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July 2014

Dean’s Message

Happy Anniversary!


Today, July 1, marks the 30th anniversary of the College of Business. The Board of Regents approved the creation of the college in 1983 and on July 1, 1984 the change became official. We will be celebrating the anniversary throughout 2014-2015, as well as the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Gerdin Business Building. Watch for more details on our event scheduled for Thursday evening, October 30. Also, don’t forget about our Welcome Back picnic on Friday evening, August 22.


I hope you are enjoying a restful summer and some extra downtime with your friends and families.



Diane Janvrin’s paper titled The Financial Close Process: Implications for Future Research co-authored with Maureen Mascha (Purdue University – Calumet) was accepted in June for publication in International Journal of Accounting Information Systems.


Cynthia Jeffrey and Jon Perkins are co-authors on a paper entitled “The Association between Energy Taxation and the Intensity of Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the European Union” that  has been accepted for publication in The International Journal of Accounting.


Cynthia Jeffrey has been invited to present her paper (co-authored with Jon Perkins) entitled “The Association between Energy Taxation and the Intensity of Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the European Union” at the 2014 International Journal of Accounting Symposium, July 17 – 20, in São Paulo, Brazil.


Jon Perkins has been invited to discuss a paper by Kingsley Olibe of Kansas State University entitled “Security Returns and Volume Responses around International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Earnings Announcements” at the 2014 International Journal of

Accounting Symposium, July 17 – 20, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Business Career Services

NACE Annual Conference
While attending the National Association of Employers and Colleges (NACE) conference in San Antonio, TX., Kathy Wieland, Melanie Gella, Meredith Williams, and Tammy Stegman had the opportunity to meet with employers from: Hormel, General Dynamics, Payless ShoeSource, Land O’ Lakes,, TaTa Consultancy Services, Country Financial, Belvedere Trading, and IBM.


Employer Development

Our staff spoke with the following employers during the month of June: Cambridge Investment Research, Rockwell Collins, John Deere, Bankers Life, J.C.Penney, and Sogeti.


Kathy Wieland visited Union Pacific in Omaha in June. The agenda included a briefing by the UP executives on the ISU recruiting team. They reported outstanding recruiting results from this past year and wanted to thank all of the faculty and staff with which they engaged this past year.


We are 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.


Employers Circle
Business Career Services will host the 9th Annual Employers Circle July 31 at Reiman Gardens. The Employers Circle will include our staff and representatives from the top hiring organizations for the College of Business. If you have interest in engaging with our top recruiters, please let us know and we can include you in our lunch plans.


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 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Scheman.


Jamie Brown’s paper titled “Which Investments Do Firms Protect? Liquidity Management and Real Adjustments When Access to Finance Falls Sharply” (co-authored with B. Petersen) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial Intermediation.


Jamie Brown presented a paper titled “Financial Disclosure, Corporate Transparency, and Innovation” at the INFINITI 2014 Conference on International Finance in Prato, Italy.  


Andreas Schwab gave invited presentations titled “Opportunities, Challenges and Recent Trends in Meta-Analysis: A Journal Editor’s Perspective” at the University Gadjah Mada, (Yogyakarta, June 24) and “The Case against Null-Hypothesis Statistical Significance Tests: Flaws, Alternatives and Action Plans” at the University of Indonesia (Jakarta, June 23).

Undergraduate Programs

A sincere appreciation and a fond (and hesitant) farewell to Deborah Morris, who retires from the Undergraduate Programs Office on July 15. She has ably served the College for the past 18 years, and has had a hand in nearly every students path in the College, with her work on degree audits, new student orientation, and front desk operations. She will be missed, but we wish her the very best as she spends her well-earned retirement as she chooses!


New this fall, we will begin using a scheduling software to schedule rooms in Gerdin. We will no longer use Outlook for scheduling classrooms, conference rooms, computer labs, etc. Instead, we will be converting to a software called “EMS”. Other campus partners, including the Memorial Union, Alumni Center, and Athletics, use this same system to schedule their rooms. EMS will prevent double bookings, send confirmations, and keep a log of activity. It will also allow many more users access to view the calendar and be an easier interface online. Training sessions are being set for early July with primary schedulers throughout the building. More information will be sent to all College personnel in the near future. Big thanks to Sarah Wilson (and our IT partners) for shepherding this valuable improvement!


New student orientation for freshman wrapped up on July 1, with an additional transfer orientation on July 3. Approximately 523 new freshmen were seen at summer orientation, along with 65 new transfer students in the two summer sessions. Transfer students also attended orientation sessions in April, and are continuing to complete the online orientation and schedule classes, so numbers continue to add up. Please welcome new students and families as you see them in the building.


Brenda Thorbs-Weber is meeting weekly with College of Business students who are participating in the summer APEX program. The Academic Program for Excellence (APEX) is an eight-week academic summer program designed for incoming multicultural freshmen. The students are enrolled in classes this summer and will continue as freshmen in Business in fall. This group will be meeting with Dean Spalding, as well as Career Services.


Summer EIS (Experience Iowa State) programs will be held on July 21, 25, 28, and August 1. The Undergraduate Programs advisers will host business guests at 10:00 a.m. in 2118 Gerdin. Also attending will be Career Services and a faculty member from each department.

Media Hits

June 16, 2014

Al Jazeera America TV

Brian Mennecke participated in a discussion on facial recognition in a segment on the program called “The Stream.” Al Jazeera TV America is broadcast nationally.


June 10, 2014

ISU News Service

Why your office should be like a jazz jam session





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