Celebrate China with Black School of Business

September 14, 2010

The Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will host Celebrate China, two days of programs and lectures to bring awareness to Chinese business and culture. Celebrate China will be held Sept. 20 and 21. The four events are free of charge and include sessions that are open to students, faculty members and the public.

"Given the importance of China as one of the largest trade partners with the United States, these four events will expose Penn State Behrend students and the region to the practices and culture of this important country -- from those who have firsthand experience," said William Johnson, associate professor of management. Zibo, China, is one of Erie's sister cities.

Monday, Sept. 20: Faculty Research Roundtable
Noon to 2 p.m. in the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center, room 236
Open to Penn State Behrend faculty members.

Interested faculty members will discuss ways in which the college can collaborate with Chinese partners. Pizza will be served for lunch. RSVP to Janet Cipriani, staff assistant, at jmc60@psu.edu or 814-898-6560.

Monday, Sept. 20: Chinese dinner with guest speaker Michael Elchik
6 p.m. in Reed Union Building's McGarvey Commons
Open to the Penn State Behrend community, and co-hosted by the School of Engineering.

Michael Elchik, a Pittsburgh-based high-technology executive and entrepreneur, will present "Doing Business in China." The talk will focus on the issues of establishing businesses and a presence in China for U.S.–based firms. Following the presentation, a dinner of traditional Chinese food will be served. Attendees will learn proper etiquette, including Chinese toasts and how to eat with chopsticks properly.

Reservations are required. To RSVP, contact William Johnson, associate professor of management, at whj1@psu.edu or 814-898-6434.

Tuesday, Sept. 21: Keynote presentation with Michael Elchik
Noon in the Samuel P. "Pat" Black III Conference Center
Open to the public

Michael Elchik, a Pittsburgh-based high-technology executive and entrepreneur, will present "Doing Business with High-Tech Companies in China." The keynote will focus on American companies doing business with Chinese firms as either suppliers or customers.

Throughout his career, Elchik has turned various technologies into commercially successful products and services for Carnegie Mellon University. With his most recent position, he spent more than 50 percent of his time traveling throughout China. Elchik earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.

Tuesday, Sept. 21: Panel discussion
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Reed Union Building's McGarvey Commons
Open to the public

Four panelists will discuss their personal experiences with Chinese business and culture during "Perspectives on China: Its Business and Culture." The panelists are Michael Chuang, assistant professor of management, Black School of Business; Orkun Demirag, purchasing manager, Farimax; Carolyn Louie, instructor of Business Mandarin, Black School of Business; and Jessica Zhao, associate professor of finance, Black School of Business.

For more information on any of these programs, contact William Johnson, associate professor of management, at whj1@psu.edu or 814-898-6434.

 

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Last Updated September 15, 2010