Assistant Football Coaches Set To Join Franklin on Penn State Coaches Caravan in May 

Building on his mission to "Dominate the State," Penn State football coach James Franklin is scheduled to be joined by nine head coaches and all nine assistant football coaches during the Penn State Coaches Caravan tour in May. Visit Coaches Caravan in Philadelphia region for dates and registration details.

Agile Workshop: Case Study on Agile — Hop onto the Release Orientation Trolley

Wednesday, May 14, 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., The Conference Center at Penn State Great Valley
As with any new way of doing business, Agile methods have generated quite a bit of controversy within the software community. Yet since their emergence, in project after project, they have continued to deliver higher quality software systems in less time than traditional processes. Our keynote speakers, Brian Barr and Naeem Hussain, will present a case study, which includes a 35-minute interactive session with attendees. Workshop is free, however registration is required. Additional Agile workshop and registration >> 

Workshop focused on enhancing team productivity

3/27/2014  For businesses to thrive, leaders have to examine how to efficiently manage their team. As a school devoted to professional development, Penn State Great Valley is offering a workshop addressing this challenge: "Enhancing Team Productivity," 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, Main Building, Room 130-31, 30 E. Swedesford Rd., Malvern. Instructor, Mary Pellak, will discuss what are the typical team dynamics and perception; how to identify team effectiveness; and who are the motivators that contribute to a team's productivity. This workshop also explores the tools needed to strategize team effectiveness. Enhancing Team Productivity registration and costs.

GMAT Waiver Eligibility

3/18/2014  Penn State Great Valley recognizes that some MBA applicants may be able to demonstrate their potential for success in the program through means other than the GMAT/GRE. Effective for Summer 2014 admission, the GMAT/GRE might be waived if the applicant meets the necessary requirements. GMAT Waiver Requirements

Great Valley selected to receive sustainability funding

3/13/2014  Penn State Great Valley has been chosen as one of Penn State's five campuses to receive funding from the Reinvention Fund, an internal grant program intended to improve and expand sustainability efforts across the institution. Great Valley was selected based on two project proposals submitted by Drs. James Nemes and Barrie Litzky. The proposals, which are focused on the school's innovative sustainability ideas, will receive full or partial funding through the University's Sustainability Institute. "An Immersive and Multidisciplinary Experience in Sustainable Energy and Business" (submitted by Nemes) and "Building a Sustainable Business Development Learning Factory" (submitted by Litzky) were two of 87 proposals submitted for funding. Also to receive funding are Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State New Kensington, Penn State Schuylkill and University Park. The Reinvention Fund portfolio composition is based on a strategy of relatively strong investments in teaching and learning-focused projects and the exploration of transformational efforts at department, college and campus scales.

Faculty News

Stein-LaplanteTwo of our professors are making news with their books. Dr. Eric W. Stein, management science/IS, had his book, Fostering Creativity in Self and the Organization: Your Professional Edge, published by Business Expert Press. This book explores how to maximize creative potential and explodes the myth that creative people are born rather than developed through practice and hard work. Dr. Phil Laplante, software engineering, has his book, Software Real-Time Systems Design and Analysis, listed as a recommended read for software developers on Intel's Recommended Reading List for Developers, a valuable resource for technical professionals.

Presentation on how today's technology-based world affects leaders 

2/11/2014  Advanced information technology is changing the way professionals lead. Penn State Great Valley's master of leadership development program addresses this concern as part of its annual Leadership in Action series. "Leading in the Digital Age: Are You Connected for Success?" will be held 5:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 26, Musser Auditorium, The Conference Center, 30 E. Swedesford Rd., Malvern, Pa. The event will feature an expert panel presenting their cutting-edge research and best practices for harnessing technologies to develop leadership behaviors linked to individual, team and organizational performance. Discussions will include how students and alumni of the leadership development program have used these practices to promote positive change in their organizations and lives. Light refreshments will be served. This is a free event, but preregistration is recommended.

Certificate program focuses on complex technology systems training

1/9/2014  In today's fast-paced technology environment, trained professionals are in high demand to meet the evolving needs of the systems engineering industry. Penn State Great Valley now offers a graduate certificate program to fulfill this demand. The new systems engineering graduate certificate program focuses on the theory and practice for a broad range of systems and disciplines, preparing students to apply best practice principles across the product development and acquisition lifecycle of myriad projects. To learn more visit

MLD students-12-2013Leadership development students presenting at international conference

12/16/2013 Each year the American Educational Research Association(AERA) receives tens of thousands of submissions for presenting at their annual conference. These presentations are typically submitted by faculty and doctorate students, but this year three Penn State Great Valley students, Lisa Slagel, Daniel Lunasin and Jared Auchey, from the school's master of leadership development (MLD) program, had their empirical research study accepted. John J. Sosik, Ph.D., professor, management and organization, and Ravi Koul, Ph.D., associate professor, curriculum and instruction, who supervised the students, were proud of the students' distinction. "This is quite an accomplishment for master's level students," says Sosik. "Ravi and I are proud of Lisa, Daniel and Jared for carrying on an MLD tradition of outstanding students contributing their work to help shape the behavioral science and leadership fields at academic conferences." Their study, "Effects of gender and school context on social responsibility in Thai high schools: A person versus situation analysis," will be presented this April at the conference being held in Philadelphia, Pa.

Certificate program designed to protect cyber assets

12/3/2013 The internet era has made most organizations' information assets extremely vulnerable and targets for adversaries. Designing and deploying appropriate prevention and/or protection measures have become exceedingly sophisticated and require developing qualified cyber security professionals. To address this challenging environment, Penn State Great Valley now offers a cyber security graduate certificate, which provides education and training to help organizations develop qualified cyber security professionals.

The certificate consists of four graduate level courses: computer security, network security, computer and cyber forensics, and secure software engineering. IT managers, architects, designers, developers and quality assurance personnel will find this certificate beneficial. Learn more about the program at

Online software engineering program ranked #1 by

12/2/2013, a free, online review service, has ranked Penn State's World Campus's master's in software engineering program as number one based on its ability to provide the best chance to develop a student's skills in software engineering. The program draws on the successful resident master's degree offered by the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. Additional criteria for the review include the large selection of electives that can be tailored to the student's needs plus the curriculum's hands-on, practical, real-world experience model. Full review at]

TylerChangarisPSU alum inspires with leadership and pride

11/25/2013 When Chancellor Craig Edelbrock established the community and cultural events program at Penn State Great Valley in 2009, his mission was to share local, cultural achievements with the surrounding community. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current exhibit, "Darkness to Light," a student mural on display in the Conference Center Building lobby, 30 E. Swedesford Rd., Malvern. The mural, showcasing now through Dec. 13, is the work of 30 teens of the Bridge Academy, a faith-based, youth and mother's community center in Coatesville. It depicts the town's past, present and future as seen through the eyes of its young residents. The project is testament to the work and collaboration of numerous volunteers and Bridge Academy personnel, including a recent Penn State graduate. Assistant center director, Tyler Changaris, a 2012 College of Communications alumnus, was instrumental to the project and credits his days at Penn State as his inspiration. Read full story >>

Tailgate 2013Tailgate Benefit raises $5000 for Scholarships, Four Diamonds

The sixth annual Penn State Great Valley Tailgate Benefit, which was held on Saturday, Oct. 26, raised more than $5,000 for the School's Alumni Achievement Scholarship Fund and The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Two hundred people attended this year's benefit, which produced the largest donation raised by the event. The event's success is due to the hard work and efforts of the Great Valley community's alumni society members, advisory board members, alumni, students, staff, faculty, and friends.

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ChronicleHigherEdSchool of Graduate Professional Studies ranked in top 20 for Fulbright Awards (Master's, 2013-2014) 

10/29/2013  Chronicle of Higher Ed listed Penn State Great Valley as one of the top producers of Fulbright Schools (Master's). In 2013-14, two professors, Dr. Daniel Indro (finance) and Dr. Walter Wang (marketing), received Fulbright awards to research/teach internationally. Dr. Indro will teach at Soochow University in Taiwan, and Dr. Wang will travel to Hong Kong in January 2014 to study the internal and external drivers of firms' sustainable practices in their global supply chains. Read article:

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New Faculty

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9/16/2013  Great Valley welcomes (l to r): Yuqi (George) Gu, Ph.D., Finance; Allan Moser, Ph.D., Systems Engineering; and Satish Srinivasan, Ph.D., Information Technology.

New certificate program at Great Valley in Systems Engineering 

9/9/2013 Engineers responsible for the oversight, creation, or operation of a complex system will benefit from Penn State Great Valley's new systems engineering graduate certificate program. The program provides focused learning opportunities for systems engineers, design engineers, lead engineers, software systems engineers, project managers, and others seeking to apply systems engineering principles across the product development or acquisition lifecycle. To learn more about the program, call Denita Wright Watson at 610-725-5339 or e-mail at More information about the program is also available online at

WWangGreat Valley professor receives Fulbright to study global supply chain sustainability 

7/30/2013  Associate professor of marketing, Walter Wang, Ph.D., has been awarded a six-month Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research on global supply chain sustainability. Wang will travel to Hong Kong in January 2014 to study the internal and external drivers of firms' sustainable practices in their global supply chains. Wang anticipates that the results of this study will contribute to a theoretical and practical understanding of sustainability in the global supply chain setting; help advance businesses and public policy makers devise more effective sustainability strategies; and enhance our capability to educate the next generation business leaders.