Penn State on Big Ten Network: 'Economy and the Graduate' debuts

"The Economy and the Graduate," a one-hour show covering executives' perspectives on the short-term economy as well as strategies and advice for recent college graduates and students to secure employment during the national economic downturn, will air at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, on the Big Ten Network. The show was hosted by Penn State's Smeal College of Business.

With television cameras rolling, Penn State brought together a panel of three global business executives and a live student audience for a rare conversation between employers and prospective employees.

During the one-hour show, undergraduate and MBA students from Penn State asked the panelists — Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup Inc., Karen Peetz, senior executive vice president for the Bank of New York Mellon, and John Surma, chairman and CEO of U.S. Steel, all Penn State alumni — questions such as whether to hire an employment consultant, how to weigh a salary offer versus health care and other benefits, and what activities to pursue while trying to land full-time employment.

From the significance of networking to the idea of becoming a specialist or entrepreneur in a field, the executives fielded a wide range of topics. The audience learned sound strategies — and sometimes conflicting perspectives — regarding their "brand" as an employable worker, the role of a good mentor, and the effects of setting lofty long-term goals. A preview of the one-hour show is available for viewing online here.

"The Economy and the Graduate" airs again this week at 5 p.m. on Thursday (May 7) and 8 a.m. on Friday (May 8).

Also this week, catch a replay at 3 p.m. Monday (May 4) of the softball team's home game with Indiana from this past weekend as well as replays of the Big Ten men's and women's tennis championships throughout the week. "Big Ten Short Stories" features Penn State gymnast Allie Southard at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

The network recaps the football spring games throughout the conference at 5 p.m. Monday and 1 p.m. Wednesday (May 6). Two landmark wins for Joe Paterno are featured as part of The Big Ten's Greatest Games. The Nittany Lions' 2002 win at Wisconsin — Paterno's 50th conference victory — airs at 10 p.m. Thursday. Penn State's come-from-behind 2001 win over Ohio State — which moved Paterno past Bear Bryant on the all-time wins list — airs at 1 p.m. Friday.

The following is a list of Penn State programming on the Big Ten Network for the week of May 4-10. This schedule can also be found at http://www.bigtennetwork.com/schedule/Big-Ten-Network-Penn-State-programming.asp.
 
Monday, May 4
        1:00   p.m.       Women’s Tennis: Big Ten Championships
        3:00   p.m.       Softball: Indiana @ Penn State (R)
        5:00   p.m.       Big Ten Football: Spring Games Wrap-Up
        9:00   p.m.      The Big Ten Quad #7 Guests: Troy Smith, Pierre Thomas, Stephanie White
 
Tuesday, May 5
        10:00 a.m.       The Big Ten Quad #7 Guests: Troy Smith, Pierre Thomas, Stephanie White
        11:00 a.m.       Men’s Tennis: Big Ten Championship
        1:00   p.m.       Men’s Golf: Match Play Championship
        4:00   p.m.       Big Ten Short Stories: Allie Southard
        5:00   p.m.       The Big Ten Quad #7 Guests: Troy Smith, Pierre Thomas, Stephanie White
        7:00   p.m.     Campus Programming: Penn State Impact: The Economy and the Graduate
 
Wednesday, May 6
        10:00 a.m.       Women’s Tennis: Big Ten Championships
        1:00   p.m.       Big Ten Football: Spring Games Wrap-Up
        2:30   p.m.       The Big Ten Quad #7 Guests: Troy Smith, Pierre Thomas, Stephanie White
 
Thursday, May 7
        5:00   p.m.       Campus Programming: Penn State Impact: The Economy and the Graduate
        6:30   p.m.       Big Ten All Access
        8:00   p.m.       Women’s Tennis: Big Ten Championships
        10:00 p.m.       The Big Ten’s Greatest Games: 2002 – Penn State @ Wisconsin [Football]
 
Friday, May 8
        8:00   a.m.       Campus Programming: Penn State Impact: The Economy and the Graduate
        1:00   p.m.       The Big Ten’s Greatest Games: 2001 – Ohio State @ Penn State [Football]
        3:00   p.m.       Wrestling: Big Ten Championship
        9:00   p.m.       Men’s Tennis: Big Ten Championship
 
Saturday, May 9
        12:00 p.m.       Women’s Tennis: Big Ten Championships
        9:00   p.m.       Big Ten Tonight
 
Sunday, May 10
        4:00   p.m.       Outdoor Track & Field: Jesse Owens Classic
        6:00   p.m.       Men’s Tennis: Big Ten Championship
        8:00   p.m.       The Big Ten Quad #7 Guests: Troy Smith, Pierre Thomas, Stephanie White
        9:30   p.m.       Big Ten All Access
        10:00 p.m.       Big Ten Tonight
 
All times Eastern

Last Updated November 18, 2010