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June 2014

Dean’s Message

Thank you to all of the faculty and staff who volunteered to make last month’s spring graduation ceremony a tremendous success. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into making this a special day for our graduating seniors.


June marks another important month for the College of Business as we welcome incoming freshmen and transfer students at Orientation. Our building will be busy with these important guests and their parents. Orientation is a huge undertaking; a special thanks goes out to those who make it happen, particularly the staff in the Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office. And for those of you who wish to follow along on social media, you can do so using the hashtag #IowaStateORI.


Have a safe, happy, and productive summer!


Jon Perkins and Cynthia Jeffrey have been awarded a $27,500 competitive research grant from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants for their proposal entitled “An Examination of the Determinants of Integrated Reporting Existence and Quality and Their Implications for Future Standard Setters.” The objective of the grant is to stimulate fresh research into issues at the heart of the further development of integrated reporting standards by the International Integrated Reporting Committee. As part of the grant, they will present their preliminary findings in a special symposium at the International Association for Accounting Education and Research World Congress of Accounting Educators and Researchers in Florence, Italy on Friday, November 14.


Congratulations to Cynthia Jeffrey and Sue Ravenscroft who received the 2014 Exemplary Faculty Mentor award for outstanding mentoring provided to a junior colleague. This new award was created to recognize the importance of mentoring for the success of early career faculty at Iowa State University. Only 16 faculty mentors received this award for going above and beyond the expectations for a faculty mentor, presented by Provost Wickert and Associate Provost Bratsch-Prince at a ceremony that was held on May 7.

Business Career Services

NACE Annual Conference

Melanie Gella, Tammy Stegman, Meredith Williams, and Kathy Wieland will attend the Annual NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Conference June 8-11 in San Antonio, TX. This conference includes professional development opportunities for our staff relating to career services and trends. We are also finalizing several meetings with employers during our time in San Antonio.


Big XII Career Services Meeting

Tammy Stegman attended the Big XII Career Services meeting in Ft. Worth, TX hosted by Texas Christian University May 12-14.


Career Coaching Intensive

Meredith Williams attended a Career Coaching conference through NACE May 5-6 in Rosemont, IL.


Employer Development

Our staff spoke with the following employers during the month of May: Sign Pro, Vermeer, and ConAgra.


We are currently organizing employer visits to the Minneapolis area in the month of August. If you are aware of an employer you believe should recruit business students from ISU, please let us know and we will reach out to the firm or organization.


We will host our Annual Employers Circle for the Top College of Business Hiring Organizations on July 31 at Reiman Gardens.


Fall 2014 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

  • Mock Interview Day for College of Business students is Wednesday, September 17
  • The Speaker Series for Business Week 2014 will be September 17-23. Specific speakers, dates, locations, and times will be announced in early September.
  • The Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 24 in Hilton Coliseum from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Our annual Leadership Breakfast will be that morning prior to the Career Fair from 9-10:30 a.m. at Scheman.

 Graduate Programs

Mark Peterson, Director of Graduate Business Career Services, presented “Best Practices in MBA Employment Data Collection” at the Canadian Association of Collegiate Educators and Employers 2014 Annual Conference in Saint John’s, Newfoundland, representing ISU and MBA CSEA.


Hui (Sophia) Feng’s paper “Marketing Department Power and Firm Performance.” was presented as one of the leading presentations in the plenary session on the 4th Theory+ Practice in Marketing (TPM) Conference, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. on May 22, 2014.(co-authored with Neil A. Morgan and Lopo L. Rego )


Hui (Sophia) Feng presented her paper “Firm Capabilities and Growth: the Moderating Effect of Market Conditions” on the Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN. on May 21, 2014. (co-authored with Neil A. Morgan and Lopo L. Rego)


David King gave an invited presentation entitled “Organizational learning and ambidexterity in cross-border, high-technology acquisitions” at Copenhagen Business School on 19 June, 2014.


Togar Simatupang, Andreas Schwab, Donald Lantu and Howard Frederick had their proposal for a special issue on “Building Sustainable Entrepreneurship Ecosystems” accepted by the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.


Andreas Schwab gave invited presentations titled “The Case against Null-Hypothesis Significance Testing: Flaws, Alternatives and Action Plans” at Singapore Management University (Singapore, May 5), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore, May 7) and Institute of Technology Bandung (Indonesia, May 19, 2014).


Cheng, L-C., Cantor, D.E., Grimm, C.M, and Dresner, M., “Supply Chain Drivers of Organizational Flexibility – A Study of US Manufacturing Industries”, Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2014, forthcoming.


Cantor, D.E., Morrow, P.C., and Blackhurst, J.V., “An Examination of How Supervisors Influence Their Subordinates to Engage in Environmental Behaviors,” Decision Sciences Journal, 2014, forthcoming.


Dave Cantor has been appointed as Associate Editor of Journal of Operations Management and Journal of Supply Chain Management.

Undergraduate Programs

Orientation for incoming students begins next week! Orientation dates are June 2 and July 3 for transfer students; June 12 for new international students; and June 5 & 6, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 17 & 18, 22 & 23, 24 & 25, June 30 & July 1 for incoming first-time students. Please welcome these new students and their families!


The Regional NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) conference was held May 21-23 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, IA. Stephanie Larson, Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Leah Berte, Diann Burright, Linda Garbisch, and Melody Schobert were in attendance.


Sarah Adams will begin work as the new Recruiter/International Programs Coordinator on June 9. She will be housed in the Undergraduate Programs suite. Sarah joins us from the College of Veterinary Medicine, where she served as recruiter for the Biomedical Sciences graduate program.


Thank you to all faculty and staff who served on the search committee and/or attended the open forums for our Recruiter/International Programs Coordinator candidates in early May!


Congratulations to Sarah Wilson, winner of the P&S Outstanding New Professional Award! She will be given this prestigious award at the University Awards Ceremony in the fall.


A fond farewell and thank you to Ben McCarty, who graduated from the School of Education with a master’s degree in Student Affairs. Ben secured a full-time position as a Student Services Specialist with the Department of Ag & Biosystems Engineering, which he began on May 16. If you see Ben around campus, please wish him well and thank him for his past two years of service to our students and the College.

Media Hits

May 20, 2014
More Recruiters Plan to Hire MBAs


May 16, 2014
America Express’s “open forum”
David King was interviewed by Mark Henriks for the article,The annals of business history are loaded with companies that fell because they couldn’t follow up on a single success.


May 16, 2014
Des Moines Register
Mark Power’s Secret to Retirement: Save Now, Relax Later


May 14, 2014
Des Moines Register
Profile: Iowa State business dean aims to expand school’s impact


May 10, 2014
Travis Sapp was cited in Jason Zweig’s Intelligent Investor Column in the Wall Street Journal.


May 3, 2014
Des Moines Register
DeMarie: hiring remote workers more common than people realize


May 1, 2014
Iowa State Daily
Marketing proposes potential 3-track curriculum changes





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