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April 2014

Dean’s Message

April promises to be another busy month as we head down the home stretch to spring commencement!


Congratulations to the nominees for the 2014 Dean’s Advisory Council funded College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards. Please be sure to join us for the awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in 1148 Gerdin, with a reception following immediately after in the Bergstrom Commons.


P&S Superior Service Award

Ron Ackerman

Greg Buttery

Jeff Inman

Julie Lelonek

Katie Raymon

Elizabeth Salton

Meredith Williams


P&S Student Impact Award

Ron Ackerman

Tara Fisher

Deborah Martinez


Merit Superior Service Award

Debbie Johnson

Michele Kohrs

Karen Mallas

Stacey Ross


Merit Student Impact Award

Michele Kohrs


Non-Tenure Eligible Faculty Superior Service Award

Jan Duffy

Tim Folger

Shoba Premkumar

Eric Smith



Junior Faculty Research Award

Ginka Borisova

Toyin Clottey

Samantha Cross

James Summers

Olena Watanabe


Senior Faculty Research Award

Diane Janvrin

James McElroy

Sridhar Ramaswami

Travis Sapp

Yoshi Suzuki


Junior Faculty Teaching Award

Mike Bootsma

Jamie Brown

Scott Grawe

James Summers

Doug Walker


Senior Faculty Teaching Award

Anne Clem

Stephen Kim

Mark Power

Kevin Scheibe

Charles (Brad) Shrader


Please plan attend the spring 2014 Bacon Ethics Lecture on Monday, April 21 at 4:00 in the Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building. Aaron Beam, a founder and the first chief financial officer at HealthSouth, will be our guest lecturer. His talk about his own ethical lapses during HealthSouth’s downfall, including time in prison and the loss of his CPA license, should make for a compelling discussion. This event is open to students, faculty, and staff. More details of this event can be found at the Bacon Ethics Lecture web site.


The College of Business welcomes the Logistics Doctoral Symposium, coming to Ames on April 3-5. The conference brings together faculty and PhD candidates in the logistics field. They have a full agenda visiting many buildings on campus and throughout Ames. Please help our guests feel welcome! Thanks to Scott Grawe, Dave Cantor, and Elizabeth Salton for all their hard work in making this conference come together.


Finally, we invite you and your family to join us for coffee, juice, and donuts before the VEISHEA Parade on Saturday, April 12. We will be on the Ground Floor of Gerdin at 9:00 a.m. prior to the parade at 10:30. RSVP to Deborah Martinez by April 4 at 12:00 p.m.


Reconsidering Decision Usefulness, by Paul F. Williams and Sue Ravenscroft was accepted for publication at Contemporary Accounting Research.


Jim Cannon received a Best Paper award at the Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning conference. The name of the paper is, “Customer Transaction Costs and Marketing Simulations: Modeling a New Relationship Marketing Approach”


Bill Dilla has been appointed as an associate editor for the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems (IJAIS). IJAIS is recognized as one of the two top journals specializing in accounting information systems research.


Bill Dilla presented on the “Psychology of Fraud” at the February meeting of the Ames chapter of the American Financial Womens’ Association (AFWA) and the March meeting at the Des Moines chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).


Bill Dilla participated in a panel on “The Future and the Direction of the FIA Section Journal” at the 2014 AAA Forensic and Investigative Accounting Research Conference.

Business Career Services

There are many summer internship and full-time job opportunities that we continue to identify and which are posting on CyHire. Currently, there are over 200 business internship positions and over 500 full-time positions we are working with today. Please encourage students who are seeking to check CyHire on a regular basis and talk to Business Career Services for additional internship and comprehensive job seeking resources.


New salary information updated for 2012-2013 is available on our website.


Our office hosted a program on utilizing LinkedIn for over 125 students, faculty and staff on March 12.


Tammy Stegman attended ISCORE (Conference on Race and Ethnicity) on March 7.


Our staff met with the following employers in March: Principal Financial Group, Vermeer, Federated Insurance, Nationwide, Greater Des Moines Partnership, and Bright Future Management/Kirstein Communications

Communications Center

Abhi Rao, Sue Pagnac (Central College, Pella, IA) and Brittany Cottrill (Grand View, Des Moines, IA) presented “Finding the Center: Crafting a position on centralized vs. decentralized writing centers” in the International Writing Center Association Conference in Indianapolis, IN on March 19.


Abhi Rao and Joe Doolittle will be presenting “Assessment that matters: Using an emergent assessment model” at the Iowa Writing Centers Consortium in Sioux City, IA on April 4.

Graduate Programs

Andy Harrison defended and passed his dissertation on March 26, 2014. Congratulations!


Andy Harrison has accepted an offer from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati (a research extensive institution). Andy will be moving to the Cincinnati area this coming summer and he will be starting his new position as an Assistant Professor of IS beginning next August.  The members of Andy’s committee are Bill Dilla, Joey George, Brian Mennecke (Chair), David Peters (Sociology), and Anthony Townsend.  


David Correll, Yoshi Suzuki’s and Bobby Marten’s manuscript, “Logistical Designs for Bioeconomy Applications: was accepted for publication by the journal Biomass & Bioenergy.


The Iowa State MBA team finished third in the 8th annual Big 12 MBA Case Competition held at the University of Kansas this past weekend.  Team members included: Jake Van Diest, Kayla Nielsen, Jonathan Sukup, and Kevin Guinan. The Iowa State team competed against teams from Oklahoma State and Kansas in the divisional round of the competition.  In the finals, Oklahoma finished first, followed by Baylor, then Iowa State.  With the exception of Texas, all the other nine conference universities participated in the case competition.  Ron Ackerman was the team adviser. We are extremely proud of Jake, Kayla, Jon, and Kevin! 


Mark Peterson and Steven Burton, Director of Postgraduate Professional Programmes at Singapore Management University, presented “Standards for Collecting and Reporting MBA Employment Data” at the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance 2014 Asia Conference, March 12-14 in Singapore. Peterson also met with numerous Singapore- and Hong Kong-based MBA employers on this trip.


 Jim McElroy will be honored by the Oklahoma State University College of Business as one of their top 100 graduates over the past 100 years. This is a nice honor and is an important event at the Spears School of Business.


King, D.R., Meglio, O., Risberg, A. 2014. Strategic windows: Achieving the benefits of speed in acquisitions, European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, July 3-5, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


 Peters, A., Winschiers-Theophilus, H., & Mennecke, B.E. Facebook Use and Cultural Practices in Namibia and the United States, conditionally accepted at Computers in Human Behavior.


Nah, F., Mennecke, B.E., Schiller, S., & Luse, A. Institutional Boundaries and Trust of Virtual Teams in Collaborative Design: An Experimental Study in a Virtual World Environment, forthcoming in Computers in Human Behavior.


Brian Mennecke was quoted in the March issue of American Way magazine, the in-flight magazine for American Airlines: This Machine Never Forgets a Face.

Undergraduate Programs

Registration for summer and fall 2014 begins the week after spring break. Seniors began registration on Tuesday, March 25th, 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 though 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.


A reminder to faculty who will be volunteering on stage in the COB Commencement Ceremony on May 9, please confirm your participation with Sarah Wilson at .


Brenda Thorbs-Weber was selected as February Staff of the month for the College of Business.  This is sponsored by the Business Council. 

Annual Union Pacific

The 2nd Annual Union Pacific Marketing Case Competition was held in the Gerdin Business Building on Friday, March 7, 2014. Participants were given a live case and then had 4 hours to come up with a solution and then prepare a 15 minute presentation to executives from Union Pacific. The top 2 teams have been invited to participate in a case competition against University of Nebraska on April 4th. Those teams included:


2014 Best Performance

Team – L.L. Cool Train Inc.

Benjamin Dennis, Patrick Dennis

Nathaniel Hackbarth, Quinn Maass


2014 1st Runner Up

Team – Night Train

James Larson, Justin Mather

Ross Maurer, Prasanna Revankar


Please congratulate these students for their accomplishments and wish them luck as they advance to compete against the University of Nebraska!

Media Hits

March 25, 2014

Iowa State Daily

Students follow Target supply chain from Ames to China


March 24, 2014

Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

Students Win Cash For Innovative Pitches


March 7, 2014
ISU Daily

ISU Enactus team takes third in ethics case competition





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