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Konana-Prabhudev-08Oct20-079 NewsletterDecember Highlights with Dean Prabhudev Konana

"As the semester draws to a close, I’m delighted to say -- We Did It! The return to in-person instruction went seamlessly, thanks to the dedication of our faculty and staff. Students once again had all kinds of events and extra-curricular activities. Van Munching Hall and Mayer Mall are buzzing with excitement and activities -- music to our ears!  I’m so thankful for all the faculty and staff for their commitment to providing the best possible experience for our students.

We promised a great deal at the beginning of the year, and we accomplished a great deal!" Read the Dean's Letter.
Invest in the Smith School to continue to provide exceptional experiences for our students.

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Smith Proud Moments

Former Dean Rudy Lamone proudly celebrated the announcement of the new Paul J. Cinquegrana Endowed Chair in Finance at Van Munching Hall. Dean Lamone was instrumental in assisting the late Betty and Paul Cinquegrana to consider the Smith School for their investment that supports a number of strategic priorities for the school.


Smith welcomed 285 Smith alumni, industry executives, and friends in Van Munching Hall, and virtually, for the first Advisory Council meeting on October 15th. Council members discussed their roles and goals followed by networking with students.


On November 15, Smith hosted the inaugural Government Executive Speaker Series event featuring The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy, EMBA ’13 and 24th Secretary of the U.S. Army. McCarthy shared leadership lessons from both his public and private sector experience.

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 Maryland Promise
Maryland Promise: Scholarships That Make A Difference. “Unfortunately my father passed in March due to pancreatic cancer. He was just diagnosed in January and left us 3 months later ... With the loss of my dad, current and future financial situations were a big topic between me and my family... I am so deeply grateful. Thank you so much for letting me be one step closer to achieving my dreams and making my dad proud.” A.S. Class of '25. Support Maryland Promise.
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Bill Boyle SpotlightBill Boyle ‘81: Understanding - and Supporting - Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs can face a multitude of challenges as they take their ideas from concept to startup, and Bill Boyle ’81 understands them all.

Boyle co-founded and operated FiberGate Inc., a Washington, D.C., area provider of dark fiber services. He exited the company in 2012, after 17 years at the helm. These days, he serves as donor and chairman of the advisory board at Maryland Smith’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.

Thanks to a generous gift from Boyle, Dingman recently launched the pilot of the Terp Startup Fellows, the latest addition to the center’s venture programming portfolio, supporting entrepreneurs of all kinds across the university. Read Bill's full story.

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UMD now Accepts crypto!

UMD Accepts Crypto! As end of year approaches, Maryland Smith is pleased to announce that we are accepting cryptocurrency to double our impact and get us one step closer to our vision as a global leader in research, entrepreneurship, and innovation!


We know how critical it is that we expand our impact, and we’re thrilled to do it through our ability to accept not just Bitcoin, but over 40 different types of crypto. Crypto-Philanthropy is a burgeoning industry with endless impact potential and we are proud to be on the forefront of it in the name of our mission.


Know someone with crypto? Help us spread the word by sharing our donation page.

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#GivingTuesday is November 30! On this global day of generosity, please remember Smith Terps do extraordinary things together and need your support. 


You have the power to make a difference. Don’t underestimate the impact of your gift — empowering students from around the world to become leaders in business, locally and globally and providing access to those tools that prepare students for success in the business world. 


Please show your support today and see the impact that one day can make for Maryland Smith. Thank you for making a difference.

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Tata is coming to the Smith School! On November 30th, join the Center for Social Value Creation in learning about Tata’s latest sustainability practices and the Tata Global Internships Program. The Tata Global Internships Program is an immersive experience where interns work on specific projects and gain hands-on experience within a global business. A networking reception immediately following the event will be provided for attendees. Register here.

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2021 Smith Day Video

Smith Day Recap. Thank you to everyone who joined us for Smith Day to celebrate you, the Smith Community, and our collective pride in being Smith Terps. Whether you attended a regional or corporate alumni event or the Virtual Escape Room, participated in a virtual activity, used a virtual background or other swag, shared how you were celebrating on social media (with #MarylandSmithDay), completed a thank you note for a former professor or to a fellow alumnus/a, or made a gift to a Smith School initiative, we appreciate you including the Smith School in your day! 

Check out the post-event video and the Alumni Facebook album for highlights from the day.

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 2021 Smith in the City

Smith in the City 2022. Maryland Smith is heading back to New York City! Please save the date for Thursday, February 24th for an opportunity to hear from Dean Prabhudev Konana, meet current students and catch up with favorite faculty members. Reconnect with Smith alumni in the New York region for this popular Smith event that brings the community together. More information will be coming in the new year!

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CGB Language Award - Feature Size

Business language opportunity. Enhance your career and company’s competitiveness by applying to the Center for Global Business’s Business Language Opportunity today!

The Center for Global Business (CGB) is actively seeking to support alumni from the State of Maryland University System who are in global business positions in which enhancing their foreign language skills will advance their career and/or support the growth of their respective company. Learn more and apply.

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November 30, 2021 Giving Tuesday
December 14, 2021 Northern Virginia Terps Holiday Gathering
January 24-28, 2022 UMD Career Week - Save the Date
February 24, 2022 Smith in the City - Save the Date
March 3, 2022 Women Inspire - Save the Date
March 9, 2022 UMD Giving Day - Save the Date
April 22 - 24, 2022 Black Alumni Weekend
April 30, 2022  Smith Reunions - Save the Date
Alumni Association Webinars  Check the AA calendar for additional events with fellow Terps
Past Webinars  View all of our Maryland Smith alumni past webinars
Bootstrapped Podcast Listen to all of the Dingman Center's past episodes
Distinguished Speaker Series in International Business  Catch up on the Center for Global Business's past episodes
Global Pulse  Watch the Center for Global Business's past recordings
The Inc Tank Podcast  Listen to all of the Snider Center's past episodes

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