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October 2013

Dean’s Message

We are now two weeks into the 2013 ISU United Way Campaign. Our goal as a college this year is $10,850.  You should have received your United Way envelope through campus mail. As of Monday morning, the College of Business has raised $1,120 (or 10.32%) of our United Way goal. To those of you that have sent in your donations – thank you for supporting the United Way!


If you have not already donated, we would like to encourage you to consider supporting the United Way as part of your philanthropic efforts for the year. One donation to United Way of Story County funds nearly 90 programs, three community impact areas (education, income and health) and a grants program for emergencies and emerging needs that serve over 30,000 individuals in Story County including ISU students, faculty and staff.


NOTE: As a reminder, after you send in your United Way donor card, please email Tara Fisher () to let her know that you donated to the United Way Campaign so that she may enter you in the College of Business random drawing. No need to share how much you donated!


These donations are completely confidential and no pledge is too small.  No one in the College of Business will see what amount or if you choose to donate. Even if you decide that you would rather not donate to the United Way campaign, please return your donor card in campus mail on or before Thursday, October 31. United Way would like the donor cards back regardless for their records.



Diane Janvrin presented ‘Building the Data Consumption Roadmap’ on September 24 at the XBRL Data Forum for Information Technology Professionals & Developers.


Jon Perkins presented his paper entitled “Investor Attitudes, Investment Screen Use, and Socially Responsible Investment Behavior” (co-authored with Bill Dilla, Diane Janvrin, and Robyn Raschke) at the 25 International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research in St. Andrews, Scotland on September 4, 2013.


Business Career Services

The Business, Industry & Technology Career Fair took place on Wednesday, September 25th in Hilton. There was a full house with 187 booths and over 3000 students attending. Please stay tuned for more specific data on career fair and interview day attendance. In addition, over 1000 students (300 + more than last fall) participated in the professional speaker series during Business Week.  Thank you to everyone who supported and made all of the Career Fair events a HUGE success. If you know students who were involved in the planning of the Fall Career Fair and any of the career-related events, please take a moment to thank them for their hard work and dedication!


Mock Interview Day was held on September 18. We had 8 organizations dedicate their day to assisting students with interviewing skills. 106 students participated (+19% from Fall 2012).


Interviews in Business Career Services

The month of October brings a full calendar of interviews in 1320 GBB.  Students are encouraged to schedule interviews around their classes as academics always come first and this policy is posted on our website.  Companies are generally flexible with interview scheduling.  Students can prepare for interviews and receive feedback on their interviewing skills during a mock interview in our office. Any COB student can schedule a mock interview online.


Emergency Response Committee

AED Heart Symbol

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are available in the Gerdin Business Building, for use in emergencies, such as cardiac arrest. They are located by the elevators on the first and second floors and an AED is now available on the third floor across from 3323 Gerdin in the central open seating area. First Aid kids are located in each departmental office.



Roger Stover has agreed to be on the editorial board of the Pacific Accounting Review.


Graduate Programs

Mark Peterson, Director of Graduate Business Career Services, moderated a panel of second-year MBA students at a Twin Cities area networking breakfast for MBA employers on September 9 in Minneapolis. The panel topic was How do MBA Employers Stay Relevant in Light of Shifting Student Interests? The event was sponsored by the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance, and co-hosted by Peterson and his counterparts from The University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and Saint Thomas University Opus College of Business. MBA recruiters and hiring managers from 3M, Best Buy, Bluestem Brands, Boston Scientific, Chart Inc., Cummins Power Generation, Deloitte, Ecolab, HB Fuller, MedTronic, and Target Corporation participated. The event was also attended by MBA career services directors from The University of Colorado-Boulder, The University of Iowa, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and California State University-Fullerton.


Manjul Gupta successfully passed his preliminary exams and is formally admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree in Business and Technology, specializing in information systems. His current research is focused on cross-cultural differences in detecting deception in a computer-mediated communication, Internet deception, and agile software development.


Akshaya Vijayalakshmi, Srikanth Viswanathan and Vipin P. Veetil’s article titled “Poor Indians Prove Amartya Sen Wrong. Even illiterate parents can make rational choices on schools for their children.” was published in Wall Street Journal, Asia on September 27, 2013. Read the article Poor Indians Prove Amartya Sen Wrong.


Iowa Small Business Development Center

The Iowa Small Business Development Center recently began a new partnership that will help small- and medium-sized Iowa businesses boost export sales and jobs. Iowa SBDC’s partnership with the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank)’s City/State Partnership is the first of its kind in the state of Iowa. It will give exporters in all 99 Iowa counties enhanced access to information about Ex-Im Bank’s resources. The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the official export credit agency of the United States. Its mission is to assist in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets. It helps turn export opportunities into real sales that help to maintain and create U.S. jobs and contribute to a stronger national economy. Ex-Im Bank products and services will be promoted within the Iowa SBDC’s statewide network, where Iowa’s entrepreneurs can meet with export finance counselors and learn how to grow their foreign sales.


Ex-Im Bank’s City/State Partnership with international trade educators and business experts in Iowa aims to build upon existing successes there. It does not compete with private sector lenders but provides export financing products that fill gaps in trade financing. It also assumes credit and country risks that the private sector is unable or unwilling to accept. It helps level the playing field for U.S. exporters by matching the financing that other governments provide to their exporters. Ex-Im Bank provides working capital guarantees (pre-export financing), export credit insurance, loan guarantees, and direct loans (buyer financing). No transaction is considered too large or too small and on average, more than 85% of our transactions directly benefit U.S. small businesses.


The purpose of Ex-Im Bank’s City/State Partners program is to ensure that the Bank’s export finance programs are more accessible to small- and medium-sized businesses through local, state, and regional economic development and business support organizations. Ex-Im Bank provides its Partners with free marketing and training materials, qualified finance experts to speak at Partners’ events, assistance with outreach and counseling, and access to a network of lenders, insurance brokers, and U.S. Government export resources. Through its City/State Partnership with the Iowa Small Business Development Center, Ex-Im Bank offers to Iowa enterprises expanded access to products such as its Global Credit Express, which helps exporters acquire low-cost working capital up to $500,000, as well as Express Insurance, which simplifies small business access to export credit risk insurance on their foreign accounts receivable.


Data and a list of Ex-Im Iowa clients 


The three award winners in this year’s John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition received business counseling services from the Iowa Small Business Development Centers. The three winners were selected from a total pool of 43 competitors. Seven finalists advanced through the executive summary and business plan rounds of the competition to the presentation round. Two of the three winners are clients of the Iowa State University SBDC, and one was assisted by the University of Iowa SBDC. The three award winners will be presented with their awards at a luncheon on Sept. 26 at Drake University.


First prize is $25,000

Second prize is $15,000

Third prize is $10,000



King, D.R., Peterson, T. 2013. Strategy from SWOT: The Case of Microsoft’s Surface Tablet, Graziado Business Review, 16(2):


King, DR., Joosub, T., Coldwell, D. 2013. Impact of government policy on the market for corporate control: Divestment by South African conglomerates, Strategic Management Society, 28 Sep – 1 October, Atlanta, GA.


Marketing & Alumni Relations

Young Women in Business LogoThe College of Business’ fourth annual Young Women In Business Conference will be held on Monday, October 21. Check-in and the welcome will be held in the Gerdin Business Building between 8-9 a.m. so stop down to the granite hallway and ground floor to greet our visitors! And most importantly – if you know of a high school girl grades 9-12 who might be interested, encourage them to visit our web site and register. The cost is only $15 for a full day of activities, including talks from accomplished professional women, meeting our faculty, and interacting with female CoB students.


Dean David Spalding will be honored as the Raisbeck Endowed Dean at his medallion ceremony on Friday, October 25 at 3 p.m. in the Stark Lecture Hall, with a reception to follow in the Bergstrom Commons. College of Business faculty and staff should have received an email invitation from the ISU Foundation. Please reply to the Foundation by phone (294-5055) or email with your RSVP.



Sree Nilakanta and Kevin Scheibe just received notice that their project “A Decision Support System for Optimized Equipment Turnover,” was funded for $69,422 through the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University.


Jenifer Blackhurst and Kevin Scheibe have been funded $10,000 by Boeing for their project, a “Proactive Supply Chain Vulnerability Assessment.” 


Undergraduate Programs

Leah Berte is serving as co-chair of the search committee for the Student Services Specialist II in the Student Disability Resources Office.


397 students are enrolled in Business Learning Teams for this fall

  • 272 first-year students
  • 107 transfer students
  • 18 junior Accounting students 

Huge kudos to Linda Garbisch, College Learning Community Coordinator, for all her efforts with BLTs!


26 Honors Freshman joined the College this fall—more than a 50% increase from last year.  Rob Musselman is the College Honors Coordinator, and instructor of the Honors BusAd 102 BLT.


Registration for Spring 2014 for seniors will start October 24. As a reminder, College of Business faculty do not sign students into Business courses.  Please refer students who are trying to add Business courses to see Sarah Wilson, Classification Officer, in 1200 Gerdin Business Building.


 Other Reminders

CELT is now accepting proposals for 2014/2015 Miller Faculty Fellowships


The deadline for Miller Faculty Fellowship proposals for the 2014/2015 academic year is Monday, December 2, 2013.

Please see for full details. 


If you have any questions, please contact Sara Marcketti, CELT Associate Director at


Media Hits

Doug Walker, Laura Smarandescu and Brian Wansink: “Half Full or Empty: Cues that Lead Wine Drinkers to Unintentionally Overpour” published in Substance Use and Misuse, September 2013. Multiple media hits were cited for the article.


Brian Mennecke, information systems, was a guest on the Brian Lehrer show, which airs weekly on CUNY, to talk about cybersecurity. The interview was recorded to air later this week.


September 16, 203

ISU Daily

New dean offers experience, has high hopes for College of Business


September 10, 2013

ISU News Service

‘The End of Money’ author David Wolman will speak at Iowa State September 19


September 6, 2013

Graziadio Business Review

The Case of Microsoft’s Surface Tablet


August 30, 2013

Business Record

A Closer Look: David Spalding


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