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November 2013

Dean’s Message

Call for Nominations for the 2014 Iowa State University Awards for Faculty and Staff
Nomination cover pages and detailed Format and Electronic Submission Instructions may be found at the following sites:

Click here for Faculty Awards
Click here for Staff Awards

College and University Award Guidelines can also be found here


MBA Executive Advisory Council Formed

Qing Hu, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, has assembled a new Executive Advisory Council for the MBA program. This group consists of 12 distinguished business leaders and alumni and will be chaired by Bill Kalm, a College of Business alumnus and retired Accenture executive who has been heavily engaged in the MBA program for many years. The EAC will hold its inaugural meeting on Friday, November 22.



Olena Watanable and two co-authors, Jere Francis (University of Missouri-Columbia) and Matthew Pinnuck (University of Melbourne) had their paper titled “Auditor Style and Financial Statement Comparability” accepted for publication at the Accounting Review.


Won No led a workshop with Eric Cohen (PWC) and Skip White (University of Delaware), on XBRL at the UWCISA (University of Waterloo Centre for Information Integrity & Information Systems Assurance) 8th Biennial Research Symposium (Toronto, Canada) on October 3, 2013.


Diane Janvrin presented the paper titled ‘The financial close process: Implications for future research’ co-authored with Maureen Mascha (Purdue University – Calumet) at the University of Waterloo Centre for Information Integrity & Information Systems Assurance’s 8th Biennial Research Symposium in Toronto, Canada on October 4, 2013.

Business Career Services 

Tammy Stegman, Sarah Van Vark, Kathy Wieland, and Meredith Williams will attend the annual Recruiting Trends conference in Chicago, IL on November 21-22. At the conference, hosted by the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, Dr. Phil Gardner with Collegiate Employment Research Institute will share the latest information from his recruiting trends survey.


At this time, we also have planned visits to the following employers in Chicago: JP Morgan, Accretive Health, Coyote Logistics, and Draftfcb.  Additional visits are being finalized.


Mock Interview Day – Part 2

Our office hosted a 2nd Mock Interview Day for students on October 15. Two local organizations volunteered time to meet with 16 students.


Professional Outreach

Kathy Wieland and Sarah Van Vark presented to parents, teachers, and counselors attending the YWIB conference on October 21.


Tammy Stegman discussed using social media in the job search with 25 local high school students at DMACC on October 25.  On October 29, Tammy also presented to 45 Ames High School seniors in a Multi-Occupations class on the topic of utilizing your soft skills in professional settings. Tammy will provide a networking presentation at the ‘Way Up Conference’ in West Des Moines, IA on November 7.


Employer Meetings

During the month of October, our staff met with Kohl’s Headquarters, CSM Bakery Products, Vermeer, Accenture, General Mills, Cargill, and Victualic.


Final Career Fair and Interview Day Data

The Fall Career Fair on September 25, advised by Meredith Williams, had a total attendance of 3257 students (+5.6%). The College of Business had 2276 students attend (+23.5%). There were 823 (+11%) interviews conducted on Interview Day. Thank you again for your support of these fall events.


Mark your calendar (and your spring syllabus!) for the Spring Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.


The paper “Government Asset Sales, Economic Nationalism, and Acquirer Performance” by Ginka Borisova and Arnie Cowan was presented last month at the Financial Management Association annual meeting in Chicago.

Graduate Programs

Linlin Chai successfully passed her preliminary exams and is formally admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree in Business and Technology, specializing in marketing.


Arun Swaminathan accepted an offer from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India and will be starting his new job as Assistant Professor in July 2014.


Professor Emeritus, Terry Childers, received The Distinguished Service Award for providing many years of exemplary service and dedication to the Journal of Consumer Research. The award was received on October 3, 2013 at the Association for Consumer Research Conference in Chicago, IL.


Kiss A. N., Barr, P.S.  “The role of cognition in opportunity exploitation”. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Strategic Management Society, 28 Sep-01 Oct, Atlanta.


Andreas Schwab served together with Stefan Wagner (European School of Management and Technology/Berlin) and Kin-Wah Chow (Rouse & Co International/Singapore) on a panel discussing intellectual property issues upon an invitation by BINUS International University and Bloomberg-Business Week in Jakarta/Indonesia on October 28, 2013.




Dengpan Liu presented a paper (co-authors: Subodha Kumar and Vijay Mookerjee) titled “IT-Marketing Coordination Decisions under Dynamic Inter-firm Competition” at the 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. He also served as a session chair for the conference.

Upcoming Lectures

Stafford Lecture

You are invited to attend the 2013 Stafford Lecture on Banking on Thursday, November 14. This is the 10th year of the lecture, and our speaker will be Suku Radia, CEO and President of Bankers Trust in Des Moines. His talk will be titled “Banking – An Industry in Crisis: Is It Over Yet?”


We will host a public reception at 10:00 a.m. in the Krieger Board Room, followed by the lecture at 11:00 a.m. in the Stark Lecture Hall (1148 Gerdin Business Building). Please join if you can, and encourage your students to do the same.


Ethics Lecture

Professor Donald L. McCabe of Rutgers University will be on campus on November 20 to give us a state-of-the-art review of current research dealing with academic integrity, honor codes, student cheating and student moral development. His lecture will be held in the Stark Lecture Hall (1148 Gerdin Business Building) and begin at 3:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Programs

REMINDER: If a student wants to add a business course for the spring 2014 semester, and it is not available on Access Plus, please refer them to see Sarah Wilson in 1200 Gerdin. Please do not sign add slips for Business classes.


If you are faculty member who would like to participate on stage for the December 20 College of Business graduation ceremony and have not touched base with Sarah Wilson, please contact her via

Young Women in Business

The College hosted 292 high school students, parents, and business

teachers on Monday, October 21 for the 4th annual Young Women in Business conference. The feedback from participants was extremely positive.  A mother, who is both an ISU alum and a current employee of Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, brought her daughter and had this to share, “I attended as a parent of a high school student and was very impressed with the breadth and depth of the topics that you were able to cover in a short amount of time. The 4 ladies that I brought all came away with a very positive experience and couldn’t be more excited about ISU.


The YWIB planning committee would like to thank all of you who helped to make this a successful event. Numerous hours and a great deal of effort were dedicated by many College faculty and staff who took on planning, presenting, promoting, designing, set-up, and other various roles. We greatly appreciate everyone’s efforts! 

Media Hits

October 30, 2013
College of Business Media Hit
College of Business honors three alumni, one corporate partner at Homecoming Awards


Brian Mennecke appeared on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River show with Doug Jacobson and Ben Stone (Iowa ACLU).  The show can be listened to at Iowa Public Radio.


October 28, 2013

WHO Radio
Brian Mennecke was interviewed by Sue Danielson at WHO Radio about the roll out of the ACA website.


October 23, 2013

ISU News Service
Iowa State students to travel to China to study Target’s supply chain


Kathy Wieland was featured in a KCCI-TV piece about skilled labor, and job placement.


October 16, 2013

Iowa Small Business Development Center Maintains National Accreditation


October 14, 2013

Brian Mennecke was interviewed by Mark Hendricks, a freelance writer, for a story on facial recognition technologies and the impact of this technology on privacy. This story  was based largely on an article recently published by Mennecke in Business Horizons. Hendricks’ story will appear in the March issue of American Way, the in-flight magazine for American Airlines.


October 9, 2013
Iowa State Daily
New master of finance program being offered at ISU


October 2, 2013
ISU News Service
Starting a business: Entrepreneurs offer insight and guidance for ISU students



The September 27 press release from News Service, “Over the limit: ISU researchers test how size, shape and color of wine glass affect how much you pour,” featuring the work of marketing faculty Laura Smarandescu and Doug Walker, received extensive coverage in October. The press release was based on the article: “Half Full or Half Empty: Cues that lead Wine Drinkers to Unintentionally Overpour,” that appeared in Substance Use and Misuse, 2013.


A sample of some of the major news organizations that covered the story:

Time Magazine

CBS News

Fox News

ABC News


Several broadcast clips for the wine story aired all over the country, adding up to more than $2.2 million in broadcast coverage. In addition, numerous other science websites, lifestyle magazines, and international media also carried the story throughout September and October.

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