Mark is a fourth year Finance and Accounting double-major from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is involved within Smeal on the Advisory Board for the Masters of Accounting Program Student Association (MPSA), and as Campus Ambassador for the firm PwC. Through these responsibilities, Mark has advocated for the interests of Smeal students on both an academic and professional level. Mark is running for Smeal College of Business representative to give back to the college that has shaped his Penn State experience, and to invest in the next generation of Smeal students.
- Invest in Students
Students from all backgrounds come to Penn State to receive a world-class education. However, the rising cost of tuition leaves University Park undergraduates paying one of the highest in-state rates in the country. As your Smeal representative, I will advocate for greater state appropriations to invest in students – driving college affordability at Penn State.
- Expand Major and Minor Options
The Smeal College of Business’ Finance program is ranked among the best in the country. It’s also one of the most competitive fields to study at University Park, requiring a 3.50 entrance-to-major GPA. With such a high demand for the degree, I believe a Finance minor should be developed to empower those outside the major to receive certification within the study. Fighting to expand major and minor options in Smeal will be one of my priorities as your academic college representative.
- Syllabus Accountability
Smeal majors are entitled to the same syllabus rights as other students. However, Faculty Senate policies like excused absences for interviews are not consistently included in class syllabi. Working as your liaison to Faculty Senate, I will use my position as Smeal representative to promote stronger syllabus accountability across all University policies.
MAcc Program Student Association – Advisory Board
PwC – Campus Ambassador
College Democrats – Executive Vice President