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March 2014

Dean’s Message

Thanks to everyone who made Greg Churchill’s visit for February’s Executive In Residence program a very successful one. I have heard positive feedback from faculty and staff in the college and I know Greg enjoyed the experience. I hope that this will serve as the first of many more Executives In Residence to come in years ahead.


Please make every effort to help us continue to promote our Hong Kong study tour to your students. The price of this trip was reduced to help make this more affordable for students. Contact Sarah Wilson for details about this tour.


I wish everyone a restful (and warm!) spring break, especially those traveling with students to China, Italy, and Ireland.


The Accounting Research Rankings compiled by the Brigham Young University Department of Accounting rank Iowa State number one in Accounting Information Systems research productivity for the last 6 years and the last 12 years. College of Business Researchers contributing to the ranking include: Bill Dilla, Diane Janvrin, and Won No (accounting faculty), Brian Mennecke (MIS faculty), and Andrew Harrison (IS Ph.D. student). Details about the ranking are available at BYU Accounting. Information on each individual author’s contribution to this ranking can be found by navigating to this site and entering the author’s name in the Author Search box.

Business Career Services

Thank you to the faculty and staff for their support of the career events for our students in the College of Business. Your attendance at the Career Week events, Pre-night’s, Leadership Breakfast, Career Fair and the Networking reception are all appreciated.


160 organizations participated in the Career Fair to recruit College of Business students (up 6.6% from Spring 2013). There were 1383 College of Business students that attended the career fair (+19% from Spring 2013).


47 students participated in our Mock Interview Day on February 5 which was impacted by a snow event which cancelled several of the interviewing schedules. For Interview Day, the day after the Career Fair, there were 388 interviews conducted (+7.78% from Spring 2013). Close to 700 students attended one or more of the 13 career-related presentations during Career Week 2014.


This time of year, students are busy interviewing for internships and full-time positions. As you talk with students, please encourage them to submit salary offers, acceptances, and employment information to Business Career Services and to meet with us if they are having difficulty finding a job or internship.


In addition to the Career Fair, our staff has taken meetings in February with the following employers: Hagie Manufacturing, Kohl’s Headquarters, and John Deere

Iowa Small Business Development Centers

Jim Heckmann, SBDC State Director, retired effective Feb. 28, 2014. He will be living the good life in Port Townsend, WA where he and his wife, Karen, have purchased a well-established, full-service boatyard that provides maintenance, re-powering and upgrading for power and sail boats. 


Xiaolu Wang paper, “Price Shocks, News Disclosures, and Asymmetric Drifts” is forthcoming at the Accounting Review Journal. This paper is co-authored with Kevin Wang and Hai Lu from University of Toronto.


Wei Zhang and Ajay Kalra (Rice University), “A Joint Examination of Quality Choice and Satisfaction: The Impact of Circumstantial Variables,” Journal of Marketing Research, forthcoming


Hui Feng and coauthors presented the paper titled  “Compared to What? Exploring the Consequences of Different CMO Pay Benchmarks” by Hui Feng, Kimberly A. Whitlerand Neil A. Morganat Winter American Marketing Association Educator’s Conference in Orlando, FL on February 21.


Joey George was invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management Information Systems, one of the top journals in the MIS field.


Joey George was named a senior editor at the Journal of the Midwest Association for Information Systems.


“Sender Credibility and Deception Detection Computers in Human Behavior,” by Joey F. George, Patti Tilley & Gabriel Giordano, has been accepted for publication in Computers in Human Behavior.


On Feb 7, Joey George delivered an invited lecture on “Culture, Media & Deception” at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Undergraduate Programs

Registration for summer and fall 2014 begins the week after spring break. Seniors will begin registering on Tuesday, March 25, and registration will continue for all students through the week of April 14.


Please remember that Business faculty cannot sign students into Business classes. Registration for classes will remain open on AccessPlus through the 5th day of the term. If you have a student approach you to get into your class, please refer them to AccessPlus or have them see Sarah Wilson in 1200 Gerdin for assistance.


Linda Garbisch is serving on the welcome/keynote speaker committee and Diann Burright is co-chairing the program committee for the ISU Student Success Summit, which will be held on Thursday, April 3. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this one-day program—registration information will be available soon.


Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Multicultural Liaison Officer for the College, hosted the first of two spring Lunch and Learn sessions for multicultural students in Business on Feb. 19. Katie Mott from the Office of Student Financial Aid presented on scholarships and financial aid opportunities.  The event was co-sponsored by the Multicultural Business Network.


Sarah Wilson co-presented with Jan Friedel (Associate Professor, ISU School of Education) on the “new reverse transfer” at the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges (NACTC) Conference in Houston, TX, held Feb. 19-21.

Collegiate Women in Business

With the support of Dean Spalding, a new student organization called Collegiate Women in Business (CWIB) has been formed under the College of Business umbrella. CWIB was formed by advisor, Kayla Sander, and three College of Business students, Sadie Hayes, Sara Brandenburg, and Sarah Olson. The purpose of this organization is to inspire, empower, and develop the college’s current female students.


Upon holding the first meeting this February, the group was welcomed by our student body with 73 female students immediately joining as members. The members have expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to develop a camaraderie with their peers as well as cultivate a sense of empowerment that they can carry into their future careers. Members will network with influential women professionals, undergo professional development training, discuss personal and professional decisions that lie ahead, reflect on personal goals, and learn how to recognize and utilize behavioral norms. If you would like to promote this group to your students, CWIB meets every Wednesday from 5:00-6:00 PM in Gerdin 2117.  You can contact Kayla Sander or the three student leaders with any comments or questions.

Media Hits

February 24, 2014

Iowa State Daily

Facial recognition apps pose privacy risks


February 7, 2014
Business Record
Guest Opinion: Help your business with CyBiz


February 5, 2014
College of Business offers free tax preparation through IRS VITA program


February 4, 2014
International Business Times
Facial Recognition Apps, Like Name Tag, Could Lead To A Situation Like The ‘War on Terror’


February 3, 2014
ISU News Service
ISU professor says privacy concerns with new facial recognition apps like a war on terror


January 30, 2014

Russ Laczniak Talks About the Business of the Super Bowl on IPR’s “River to River”



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