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December 2013

Dean’s Message

Happy Holidays! I want to thank all College of Business faculty and staff for everything you’ve done to make this semester run smoothly. I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our students. Have a safe, happy, and restful holiday season with your families.


As I mentioned in an email a few weeks ago, the College of Business will be observing the university partial shutdown during holiday break. The Gerdin Business Building will be closed from December 23, 2013 –January 1, 2014. During this time, the building will be locked and temperature controls will be set back to save energy. Please keep this in mind if you will be working in the building. If you will not be working during this time, please communicate your plans in advance to your supervisor and unplug unused electronic equipment while you’re gone.


Finally, don’t forget about nominations for the 2014 University Awards for Faculty and Staff. Nominations Open Only to Colleges are to be submitted electronically to the college by our deadline of Monday, January 27, 2014 to . A link to our college “Awards” webpage is included on the College of Business Webpage


Gerdin Citizenship Program:
Gerdin Citizenship Program Global Awareness Poster Presentations – On Wednesday, December 4th  GCP participants will present posters on a global business-related topic to meet their global awareness component for the Gerdin Citizenship Program. Due to the large number of students that would like to participate this semester, presentations will be divided into two groups. The first group will go from 1:30-3:00pm and the second group will go from 3:30-5:00pm in the Droste Den. A short reception will follow at 5pm where the winning posters will be announced. We hope that you will stop by to see the hard work these students have put into their projects and enjoy some light refreshments!


College of Business Scholarships:

College of Business scholarship applications are being accepted online from November 15 – February 3. Completing the online application ensures that students will be considered for all available scholarships in which they are eligible during the 2014-2015 academic year. Awardees will be notified the beginning of April. No exceptions will be made for late applications. Please encourage your students to apply. If you have questions, contact our scholarship coordinator, Tara Fisher, at 515 294-6842 or email


United Way Campaign:
It is our pleasure to announce that the College of Business has surpassed its United Way Campaign goal by nearly 65%!! As of Monday, the College of Business has contributed $17,884 towards the Story County United Way Campaign. To those of you that donated – thank you for your support of the Story County United Way. This is truly a worthwhile organization that impacts so many people in our community.


We are also pleased to announce the winners of the CoB United Way random drawing:

  • 2 free tickets to a men’s non-conference basketball game of choice – Brad Shrader
  • 2 free tickets to a men’s non-conference basketball game of choice – Jennifer Wiederin
  • 2 one-time passes to Reiman Gardens – Sree Nilakanta
  • 2 two tickets to Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn & the Del McCoury Band at Stephens Auditorium on February 14, 2014 – Deborah Morris
  • A special bonus United Way gift bag – Arnie Cowan


Jon Perkins’ paper (co-authored with Cynthia Jeffrey) entitled “The Relationship between Energy Taxation and Business Environmental Expenditures in the European Union” has been accepted for publication in The International Journal of Accounting.

Business Career Services

Chicago Employer Development

Tammy Stegman, Sarah Van Vark and Kathy Wieland visited Chicago area employers on November 20, 21 & 22. Those employers included Accretive Health, Coyote Logistics, Draft FCB, Hub Group Distribution, Intertek, JP Morgan, and Northern Trust. If you know of contacts or companies in the Chicagoland area, we are seeking additional recruiting firms in this area. During this visit the staff also attended the Recruiting Trends Conference. This conference was hosted by the Midwest Association for Colleges and Employers (MWACE). Dr. Phil Gardner, Principal Investigator with the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University shared information from the recent recruiting trends survey report. The 2013-2014 Recruiting Trends report can be accessed at MSU Recruiting Trends Report.  Please contact our office if you have questions about the presentation or the report.


Roger Stover presented a co-authored paper, “Added Insight into the Role of Deposit Insurance in Depositor Behavior” at the Conference on Banking, Finance, Money and Institutions: The Post-Crisis Era in Guildford UK on November 3, 2013.


The paper “Government Asset Sales, Economic Nationalism, and Acquirer Performance” by Ginka Borisova and Arnie Cowan was presented last month at Wake Forest University as part of the “Conference on Privatization: Contracting Issues at the Intersection of the Public and Private Sectors” in Winston-Salem, NC.

Graduate Programs

Winter Marketing Educators’ Conference (AMA)

Special session: Rethinking Marginalization (co-chairs: Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin and Samantha Cross) Paper: Samantha N.N. Cross, Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin, Terry L. Childers, “Two ends of the olfactory sensitivity continuum: Too much and too little”


David Correll manuscript with Yoshi Suzuki and Bobby Martens entitled, “Biorenewable fuels at the intersection of product and process flexibility: A novel modeling approach and application” was accepted for publication by the International Journal of Production Economics.


David Correll attended the Decisions Sciences Institute in Baltimore, MD November 22-25.


Joey George and Deborah Martinez attended the Ph.D. Project in Chicago, IL November 20 – 22.


King, D.R., and DeMarie, S. Forthcoming. Organizational Jazz: Furthering the Understanding of Organizational Culture using Music, Graziadio Business Review.


Risberg, A., King, D.R., and Meglio, O. are editing a forthcoming Routledge book tentatively entitled: Companion to Mergers and Acquisition.


Proposal to Long Range Planning for a ‘special issue’ on the strategic management of dynamic growth was accepted with Capasso, A., Dagnino, G., King, D.R., and Tienari, J. serving as guest editors for notional publication in 2015.


Stephen Kim’s paper with David Gilliland (Colorado State University) entitled “When Do Incentives Work in Channels of Distribution?” is accepted for publication in Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.


Scott Grawe and his co-authors Chad Autry (The University of Tennessee) and Patricia J. Daugherty (Michigan State University) had their article, “Organizational Implants and Logistics Service Innovation: A Relational Social Capital Perspective” accepted for publication at Transportation Journal.


Scott Grawe, Frank Montabon, and two supply chain students (Lindsay Haack and Daniel Berg) presented findings from the 2013 Supply Chain Live Case in China at the November Institute for Supply Management (ISM) conference in Des Moines.


Scott Grawe served on a panel to discuss “Innovation in Teaching – Be Creative!” at the 2013 Donald J. Bowersox Doctoral Symposium during the CSCMP Annual Conference in Denver, CO.


Scott Grawe served on a panel to discuss “Academic Promotion – Service: Where to get involved and when to say NO!” at the 2013 Donald J. Bowersox Doctoral Symposium during the CSCMP Annual Conference in Denver, CO.

Undergraduate Programs

The College of Business graduation is Friday, December 20 at 5:00 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. Invitations went out in early November to over 250 undergraduates and 20 graduate students who are scheduled to graduate this fall. Please join us in celebrating our student’s accomplishments and plan to attend the event!


Leah Berte and Sarah Wilson accompanied 3 students participating in the Eller Ethics Case Competition in Tucson, AZ, Oct. 23-26.


Students in the Multicultural Business Network made blankets for children for Story County Project Linus as a service project for their early November meeting. These blankets were given to children in Story County who are seriously ill and/or in need.


MBN Blankets


During the two November transfer orientation programs, 31 new transfer students attended to register and prepare to join us for spring semester.


As of the week of Nov. 18, Melody Schobert has returned to the office for a few hours each week! She is still receiving weekly chemo treatments, but hopes to return on a near full-time basis come spring semester—we are glad to have her back with us!  Please welcome her the next time you see her.

Media Hits

Brian Mennecke was interviewed by Erik Sofge for an article he is writing for Popular Science. The article addresses the technical and privacy issues raised by facial recognition technology. The article is scheduled to be printed in January, 2014. 


Brian Mennecke was featured in a story on mobile shopping applications, which appeared recently in the Des Moines Register. The story included information and recommendations offered by Dr. Mennecke on using mobile applications for Holiday shopping.


Scott Grawe was interviewed by Sue Danielson of WHO to discuss the Supply Chain Live Case in China.  The interview was broadcast on a weekly public affairs program.


Scott Grawe was interviewed by Sue Danielson of WHO to discuss Amazon’s potential use of drones to deliver items to customers.


Travis Sapp was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, How Investors Leave Billions on the Table on Saturday, November 2, 2013.




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