It is with great enthusiasm that we look forward to yet another productive academic year.
Our school continues working to promote engagement, foster collaboration, and contribute to the success of our students, alumni, stakeholders, and industry partners.
Here’s some of the latest news from our school. If you have feedback for me—thoughts or ideas you’d like to share about the school and the directions we’re taking—I’d be most interested in hearing from you.
Dr. Greg Filbeck, CFA, FRM, CAIA, CIPM, PRM
Director, Black School of Business
Samuel P. Black III Professor of Finance and Risk Management
AACSB Extends Accreditation for the Black School of Business
As we announced informally following the peer review visit in March, AACSB International has extended its accreditation of the Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, through 2022. Accreditation by AACSB — the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — is the highest standard of achievement in business education. Just 5 percent of the world’s bachelor-level degree programs earn the distinction.
Alumnus and Advisory Board Member Vince Intrieri Gives Commencement Address
Penn State alumnus Vincent J. Intrieri gave the commencement address at Penn State Behrend's spring commencement ceremony, which was held on Friday, May 4, at Erie Insurance Arena. Intrieri is the founder and CEO of VDA Capital Management LLC. He earned a degree in Accounting from Penn State Behrend in 1984 and is a certified public accountant.
MIS Faculty Member Dr. Kathy Noce Wins University-Wide Award
Dr. Kathy Noce, teaching professor of MIS and director of the college’s Partnership Erie outreach program, has been selected as one of Penn State’s 2018 Achieving Women by the University’s Commission for Women. The Achieving Women Award recognizes Penn State women who have shown leadership and accomplishment in their fields and have gone beyond the realm of their defined duties and responsibilities to support the University’s diversity efforts, promote equal opportunity, or contribute to human causes and public service activities.
Planning Underway for Black School of Business Spring Trip to New York City
The annual Black School of Business trip will take place in March 2019 in New York City. You can view a YouTube video, which highlights how the trips positively impacts our students in number of ways.
The anticipated total trip cost of the trip will run slightly above $25,000, which includes an almost $500 investment per student. With approximately 40 percent of our students coming from families at or below the poverty line, this trip is cost prohibitive to some of the students who could benefit the most. If this need speaks to you, we would appreciate any financial assistance you could offer in helping to support this important program. If you are interested in donating to this cause, please contact me at [email protected] or 814-898-6549.
Professional Designation Funding Expanded in 2017-18
Due to a generous unrestricted gift from Advisory Board member George Lecore, we were able to award almost $18,000 in professional development grants to 37 students pursuing professional designations. In order to maintain this much-needed program, we ask for your consideration in supporting funding efforts. If you are interested in donating to this cause, please contact me at [email protected] or 814-898-6549.