Actuarial science major leads commencement procession for Smeal College

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Kevin McInturff represented the Penn State Smeal College of Business as the college’s student marshal at the spring 2014 commencement ceremony May 10.

McInturff, who graduated from Smeal with a degree in actuarial science, will begin his career in Philadelphia next month with the ACE Group, one of the world’s largest multiline property and casualty insurers.

Prior, he held an internship with Independence Blue Cross.

“We’re proud to have such outstanding and motivated students preparing to represent us in the professional world, and recognizing these student marshals is one way that we can reward some of that hard work.”

-- Jeff Sharp, associate dean of undergraduate education, Smeal College of Business

“It’s great having students like Kevin, and amazingly, we are lucky to have multiple students like him in actuarial science every year I’ve been here,” said Ron Gebhardtsbauer, clinical associate professor of actuarial science.

McInturff’s interest in actuarial science came from his strengths in math and desire to apply those strengths in a business setting.

“Going through the program with Ron Gebhardtsbauer and my fellow classmates has been a great experience,” said McInturff.

While at Penn State, McInturff enhanced his education through involvement with the Actuarial Science Club, an organization for those interested in actuarial science. The organization connects these students with each other as well as with recruiters and alumni from companies that hire in the field.

The organization also sponsors a dedicated career fair each year, which has grown to more than 30 companies.

At Sunday’s commencement ceremony, McInturff carried the college flag, escorted by Gebhardtsbauer.

In addition to the overall college marshal, each department also had a student marshal representative:

-- Department of Accounting: Jeffrey Dise

-- Department of Finance: Kelcy Kolar

-- Department of Management and Organization: Andrew D’Aversa

-- Department of Marketing: Dana Giacobello

-- Department of Risk Management: Stan Korostin

-- Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems: Matthew Kingsbury

“Our Smeal College marshals are true representatives of the academic spirit of our student body,” said Jeff Sharp, associate dean for undergraduate education at Smeal. “We’re proud to have such outstanding and motivated students preparing to represent us in the professional world, and recognizing these student marshals is one way that we can reward some of that hard work.”

Actuarial science is an option within the college’s Department of Risk Management. The curriculum stresses the application of mathematical and statistical concepts to the measurement of life and other risk contingencies while providing students with a broad understanding of the business environment.

About undergraduate education at Smeal
The Smeal College of Business offers undergraduate majors and minors that span the business spectrum, preparing students for a business world that is complex, global and diverse. Smeal undergraduate students have access to dozens of student organizations and involvement opportunities, study abroad partnerships around the world, and personalized career planning and academic advising services to help them thrive at Smeal and in their careers. Learn more at www.smeal.psu.edu/uge.

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Last Updated May 12, 2014