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Dean Rudy February 2023 

We mourn the passing of Rudy Lamone, dean of the Smith School from 1973 to 1992. Rudy was a much-loved leader and pioneer in the realm of entrepreneurship, founding the school's Dingman Center For Entrepreneurship and leaving a legacy of innovation and mentorship for generations to come. We invite you to read more about Rudy’s amazing life at as well as share your favorite memories and photos of Rudy here:

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Dean's Giving Society 2 February 2023 

This year, we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the naming of the Robert H. Smith School of Business! The Dean’s Giving Society recognizes the most loyal and generous annual supporters of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. The Dean’s Giving Society is an exclusive network of top business leaders who share a dedication to the School and celebrates those who inspire others through their generous investments.


With a leadership-level gift to the Smith School fund of your choice today and join the Dean’s Giving Society to experience Smith, and the alumni network, like never before.


For more information about the Smith School Dean's Society, please contact Melissa Turning, Annual Giving Program Manager, at 301.405.9459 or   

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Gary Williams 2 February 2023 

It was a pleasure to welcome Gary Williams, alum and legendary head coach of the Maryland Men's 2002 National Championship basketball team, here at the Smith School on January 24! Coach Williams visited Dean Konana and got a preview of the new Hall of Fame. 

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Vishal Khera Alumni SpotlightVishal Khera, MBA '00 - Winning at Entrepreneurship and Taking it to the Next Level

My Smith education has been an exceptional resource for me throughout my career. Smith is essential to enhancing soft skills as much as imparting core curriculum. Classes like business strategy and negotiations have been extremely important to my career as a management consultant, and then later as an entrepreneur...I decided to pursue my MBA to have a high impact career and to handle complex corporate challenges. Smith offered the best value for me when I was a student considering a full time MBA. The Smith School is part of one of the most reputable public universities, the location is exceptional, and internship/full time job prospects are phenomenal." Read Vishal's Story

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Women Inspire 3 February 2023 

Celebrate Smith alumnae and their achievements at Maryland Smith Women Inspire on Thursday, March 2! Women Inspire will showcase Maryland Smith’s fearless alumnae leaders excelling in business. This annual event will promote female empowerment that inspires attendees and challenges them to realize and reach their full potential.

The 2023 Women Inspire Honoree will be Maryland Smith alumnae Janice deGarmo, MBA ‘07, Director of the Office of Management Strategy & Solutions at the U.S. Department of State. Join us on Thursday, March 2 for a conversation and networking as Maryland Smith professor Nicole Coomber discusses the honoree’s professional journey.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from our 2023 Honoree. Register today for Women Inspire.


After Women Inspire, join the Alumni Association for the inaugural Women's Leadership and Development Conference on Friday, March 3, to continue hearing from a host of UMD alumnae, including past Women Inspire honorees Rita Cheng '93 and Audrey Awasom '18.

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The Black MBA Association and the Latin MBA Association present the 30th Annual William D. Bradford Banquet on Thursday, March 30th at 6pm at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. This year's theme, "Move the Needle: Becoming a Change Agent for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion", encourages us to go beyond stating the need for change and actively push for DEI-related improvements within our respective organizations regardless of status. Registration details to follow.

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TNT 2 February 2023 

Would you be open to spending 45 minutes of your time to help a current Smith Terp reach their aspirational career goal?  The Smith School Office of Career Services (OCS) is launching a new initiative called the Terp Network Team and could use your help. Their aim is to facilitate impactful engagement between a current graduate-level Smith Terp and you around the goal of refining the student's personal outreach strategy. Learn more and register today

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Exec Ed February 2023 

Smith Executive Education presents the “Workplace Negotiations: Unlocking Your Potential” workshop on March 9-10 at our Washington, DC campus. Spend two days with Smith experts to hone your skills to create win-win negotiations!  Sign up for our next information session on February 13, 2023 and find out how to make a deal that not only works today, but a deal that makes your negotiating partners want to work with you on future deals...thus building stronger long-term relationships! Register by February 15 to get $250 off! 

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Global Consulting Program February 2023 

Are you looking to expand your business globally, solve an international business challenge, or get a consultant's perspective? Here's your chance to consult with a Smith School MBA or undergraduate student team! Learn more and apply today

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Global Internship Program February 2023 

The Marketing Maryland and Manufacturing Maryland Internship Programs through the Center for Global Business can help expand your international customer base or strengthen your international supply chain with the support of trained Maryland Smith students. Learn more and apply today

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Pitch Dingman February 2023 

“After hosting nearly a decade of “Shark Tank”-style student pitch competitions, the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is expanding its annual Pitch Dingman Competition to include other University System of Maryland entrepreneurs. This year, the Dingman Center has introduced a fourth track to its signature competition, as a trial run for a larger competition in the future. This pilot will include students from nearby schools with similar pitch competitions: Bowie State University, the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.” Read more

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 Alumni Career Resources February 2023

In this time of economic uncertainty, we know the Smith community needs to stay connected to succeed. Whether you graduated two years ago or 20, the Smith School is here for you!


Alums have access to HireSmith, the school’s exclusive job postings portal, our Hot Jobs postings on LinkedIn, and to a professional career coach who can help you assess your career needs, offer tips on fine-tuning your resume, and connect you to Smith resources.


Networking opportunities are everywhere at Smith. Attend an event to build relationships, share information and develop contacts. 


And if you want to hire Smith alumni or students, contact Cynthia O'Brien,, to post a position. Thanks for helping your fellow Terps!

February 6 The Distinguished Speakers in International Business Series (College Park) 
February 15 Lost Ark Distilling Co. Tour, Tasting and Signature Craft Cocktail (Columbia, MD)
February 25 Monte Carlo (Bethesda, MD) 
February 26 Sunday Funday with Bmore Terps (Baltimore, MD) 
March 2 Women Inspire (On Campus) 
March 3  Women's Leadership Conference (On Campus) 
Alumni Association Events Check here for additional events with fellow Terps 
Distinguished Speaker Series 2 Feb 2023
Distinguished Speaker
February 6, 2023
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Monte Carlo Night February 2023
Monte Carlo
February 25, 2023
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