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August 2013

College of Business Online Newsletter

August 2013- Number 206

Dean’s Message Marketing & Alumni Relations
Business Career Services SCIS
Graduate Programs Undergraduate Programs
 Media Hits

Dean’s Message

Now that August is finally here, I can’t tell you how excited I am to join the College of Business and the Iowa State University community. With the warmth everyone at Iowa State has shown in my time on campus, it’s no wonder that students are flocking to Ames in droves. Thank you for all you have done to help me make a smooth transition and to prepare the college for a great upcoming academic year.


I look forward to meeting each of you in person in the weeks ahead. I hope that you and your family will be able to attend the college’s annual picnic on Friday, August 23rd. Most of all, I am eager to hear your thoughts and ideas about how we can tell the story of this great business program.


You are invited…
The beginning of a new academic year is just around the corner, and it’s time to celebrate! Faculty, staff, and their families are invited to attend:
The College of Business Annual Picnic
When: Friday, August 23
Where: Maple Shelter at Brookside Park, Ames
We 3 Catering will begin serving food at 6:00 p.m.; gather as early as 5:00 p.m. Please direct any questions to Dan Ryan by email at


The college welcomes our new faculty to campus:
David King, associate professor, Management
Hui (Sophia) Feng, assistant professor, Marketing
Andreea Kiss, assistant professor, Management
David P. Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean and professor, Finance


The college welcomes our new staff to campus:
Azure Christensen, senior director of development
Jennifer Wiederin, Human Resources Coordinator


The college also welcomes our new doctoral students to campus:

Melika Kordrostami, Marketing

Fei Song, Supply Chain Management

Pamela Manhart, Supply Chain Management

Yuanxiang Li, Information Systems
Akmal Mirsadikov, Information Systems


Janvrin, D., R. Pinsker, and M. Mascha. 2013. XBRL-Enabled, Spreadsheet, or PDF? Factors Influencing Exclusive Choice of Reporting Technology’ forthcoming in Journal of Information Systems.

Business Career Services

Employers Circle
Our office hosted the 8th Annual Employers Circle on July 30th at the Alumni Center. This was the largest event ever with 33 industry recruiters representing the top hiring organizations from our college. Our agenda included information on: best practices in internship programs, a student panel, and best practices shared by our recruiters. Thank you to the faculty and staff who joined us for the meeting and at lunch.


Employers in attendance included: Altec, Cargill, J.B. Hunt, John Deere, Kingland Systems Corporation, Kinze Manufacturing, McGladrey LLP, Nationwide, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Principal Financial Group, Sauer Danfoss, Target Stores, TMC Transportation, Transamerica, Union Pacific, WebFilings, and Wells Fargo. If you are interested in the notes and/or survey results from this meeting, please contact us.


Mark Your Calendars!
• Mock Interview Day for College of Business students is Wednesday, September 18
Business Week 2013 will be September 18-25 (The Speaker Series programming will be announced in early September)
• The Business, Industry, and Technology Career will be held on Wednesday, September 25 in Hilton Coliseum from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The Leadership Breakfast will be held the morning of the Career Fair.


Employer Development
Recent and upcoming employer visits have included, The Iowa Wild, Sogeti, John Deere, Rockwell Collins, KPMG, BKD, and Syngenta.


Professional Development
Tammy Stegman is attending the Career Services Innovation Forum held at the University of North Carolina July 31, August 1 & 2.  66 career services leaders from top institutions across the US and Canada are participating.

Graduate Programs

Dilla, W., Harrison A., Mennecke, B.E. and Janvrin, D. The Assets are Virtual but the Behavior is Real: An Analysis of Fraud in Virtual Worlds and its Implications for the Real World, forthcoming in the Journal of Information Systems.


Harrison, A., Mennecke, B.E., & Peters, A. Marketing Avatars and Embodied Representations: A Commentary about Facial Recognition in Consumer Profiling, forthcoming in Business Horizons, January 2014.


King, D.R. 2013. A phased approach to merger and acquisition integration: Tapping experiential learning. In Strategic Management in the 21st Century, Volume 2
 – Corporate Strategy, V.R. Kannan (editor), Praeger Press: 48-70

Marketing & Alumni Relations

The College of Business website is getting a face lift! We will be switching from Drupal to WordPress and with that will be some design changes. The organization and content will remain the same. A few design features you will notice include: drop down menus, sub-menus will be on the right hand side, the organization for News, Announcements, and CoB Online, a more open feel for content, and a top blue area that highlights important information.


We have been working very hard this summer on the changes and felt this was the right move for the college to stay up to date on web trends. This will be an easier platform to work with and more customization will be available. If you have questions on the new change, please feel free to contact Katie Raymon at .


The change will take place in late August with more information to come.


Douglas Walker, Laura Smarandescu and Brian Wansink: “Half Full or Empty: Cues that Lead Wine Drinkers to Unintentionally Overpour” was accepted for publication in Substance Use & Misuse.


Laura Smarandescu’s working paper has been accepted at Association for Consumer Research Conference 2013: Mesmerized: The Effect of Rotating Digital Displays on Food Preference (with Brian Mennecke and Anicia Peters).


Giordano, G. & George, J.F. “The Effects of Group Member Experience and Task Complexity on Computer-Mediated Groups Facing Deception.” To appear in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.


New service roles:
Joey George, Chair, International Conference on Information Systems Executive Committee, July 2013 – June 2014


Guy Helmer is now an AVP of Data Loss Prevention with Absolute Software (in addition to his lecturing).


Joey George, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) Representative, Association for Information Systems Council, July 2103 – June 2014


Keynote presentation:
“The Future of American Higher Education,” keynote address delivered by Joey George on May 24, 2013, at the 8th annual Midwest Association for Information Systems Conference, Normal, Illinois


Other invited presentations:
Jiang, Z., D. C. Jain. “Optimal Marketing Entry Timing for Successive Product Generations.” Proceeding of the 7th China Summer Workshop on Information Management (CSWIM), Tianjin, China, June 2013. (Best Paper Nomination)


Jiang, Z., D. Liu, D. C. Jain. ” Optimal Pricing Policy for Successive Product Generations.” Proceeding of the 7th China Summer Workshop on Information Management (CSWIM), Tianjin, China, June 2013.


“Threats to E-Commerce,” presented by Joey George at National Central University, Jongli, Taiwan, July 4, 2013


“Staying Connected to the Connected Consumer,” presented by Joey George at the 2013 Frontiers in Service Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, July 5, 2013

Undergraduate Programs

All indications are that our incoming College numbers will be up from last year (around 150+).  We’ll have final numbers with the 10-day count.  Campus enrollment projections have been trending very strong in an upward fashion, so there will be lots of student activity on campus and around town in the next weeks/months to come!


Our office will be meeting with International students and domestic students Aug 21-23 for orientation programs and to register for fall classes. Thanks to the faculty who are assisting us with meeting with prospective students and their families during our orientation sessions.   It is much appreciated!


To date, 263 incoming freshman (including Honors students) have joined Business Learning Teams; 101 transfer students have joined the Transfer Business Learning Teams.  A learning team orientation will be held on Sunday, August 25th, at 1:00 pm to kick off their year.


Kelsie Poe will join the office on August 12 as a first-year graduate student in the Higher Education program at ISU, and will be on half-time appointment.  She joins us from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned her B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education in May. She was heavily involved in residence life as an undergrad, most recently serving as a Senior Resident Assistant. Kelsie also served as a New Student Enrollment Orientation Leader, Teaching Assistant for an Ed Psych class, Honors Program mentor, and officer in Residence Hall government, so she has a wealth of student interaction, integration, and student services experience.  She will teach BusAd 101 along with advising duties. She can be reached at, if you wish to send her a welcome note.


Course Registration Reminders:
•    Prerequisites for fall College of Business courses have been monitored over the summer break. Students who are in violation of a prereq have been notified and will be notified again later in August.  Instructors will receive a list of students who remain in violation before the semester begins and we ask that you follow-up with these students about their missing prereq if/when they attend your class (es).
•    Please note that Business faculty cannot sign students into Business classes using an add slip. Refer students to Sarah Wilson in 1200 Gerdin to assist in the registration of Business courses.
•    Registration for Business classes will remain open on AccessPlus through the 5th day of the term (Friday, August 30th).  On the 6th day, class registration will close and courses may only be added in 1200 Gerdin with special permission. If you have other wishes (e.g. no adds after the 2nd class meeting, adds are okay until the end of week 2, etc.), please contact Sarah at

Media Hits

July  18 , 2013
ISU News Service
Want kids to eat healthier? Don’t tell them, show them


July 18, 2013
Inside Iowa State
President Leath appoints Michael Crum as economic development adviser


July 15, 2013
SBDC News Release
Iowa SBDC offers webinar about Affordable Care Act


June 25, 2013
Cyber security can make or break business


June 25, 2013
Des Moines Register
Palisade Systems bought by Canadian security software firm



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