Out and About with the Black School of Business
Back To (Spring) Business Trip
After a three-year hiatus, Behrend’s Black School of Business reintroduced its annual spring trip for students in March. More than forty Behrend business students, including Finance majors studying through World Campus, traveled to Pittsburgh for two days of company visits and networking opportunities at several companies and with Black School of Business alumni in the area.
Insights Into Erie Insurance
This spring, Dr. Peerasit Patanakul, professor of management, took a group of PSCM students to tour the Erie Insurance campus with the help of Black School Executive in Residence Melissa Gustafson, vice president of sales and product strategy and program management at Erie Insurance. The company, headquartered in Erie, is the twelfth largest home and auto insurer in the United States and employs more than 6,000 in its home and field offices.
About 100 people attended the school’s Spring Banquet at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel in April. The annual event celebrates the accomplishments of faculty and staff over the past academic year. Attendees also included the academic leadership team, corporate partners, and advisory board members.
A Colorful Start
Students and faculty members were welcomed back to campus in August with a tie-dye party, where they could create their own T-shirts, enjoy free food and ice cream, and mingle with other Black School students, staff, and faculty members.