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October 2014

Dean’s Message

Prepare yourselves for plenty of excitement in October. I hope you can attend as many of these events as possible.


  • Thursday, October 2, 4:00-5:30, Bergstrom Commons: we welcome back the entire Gerdin family to Iowa State for the first time since the building was dedicated. RSVP here.
  • Friday, October 10, 9:00-11:30, Alumni Center: retirement reception for Labh and Tahira Hira. RSVP here.
  • Friday, October 10, 1:30, Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building: college presents its annual Homecoming Honors & Awards. No RSVP necessary. Full details here.
  • Monday, October 20, all day, Gerdin Business Building and Memorial Union: our fifth annual Young Women In Business Conference for high school girls.
  • Thursday, October 23, 8:00 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union: Planet Money Live! The Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture featuring Jacob Goldstein and David Kestenbaum of NPR’s Planet Money.
  • Sunday, October 26 through Tuesday, October 28: the AACSB visiting team will be on campus as part of its reaccreditation process for the College of Business.
  • Thursday, October 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m., First Floor of Gerdin Business Building: our special 10/30 event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Gerdin Business Building and the 30th anniversary of the college. RSVP here.
  • Friday, October 31, all day, Krieger Board Room: meeting of the College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council.

Thank you for your support of these College of Business events!



Olena Watanabe will be presenting a paper titled “Product Market Competition and Financial Reporting Comparability,” co-authored with Scott Seavey (University of Nebraska), at the American Accounting Association  Midwest Region Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. The paper was earlier presented at the AAA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.


Diane Janvrin’s paper, ‘Making Sense of Complex Data Using Interaction Data Visualization’ co-authored with Bill Dilla and Robyn Raschke (University of Nevada – Las Vegas) has been accepted at the Journal of Accounting Education.


Diane Janvrin’s paper titled, ‘The Perceived Impact of Journal of Information Systems on Promotion and Tenure,” co-authored with Gary Peters (University of Arkansas) and Jee-Hae Lim (University of Waterloo) has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Information Systems (the American Accounting Association’s Accounting Information Systems section journal).

Business Career Services

The Business, Industry & Technology Career Fair took place on Wednesday, September 24 in Hilton. There was a full house with 194 booths and close to 3,300 students attending. In addition, over 1,400 students participated in the professional speaker series during Business Week.


Thank you to everyone who supported and made all of the Career Fair events a HUGE success. If you know students who were involved in the planning of the Fall Career Fair and any of the career-related events, please take a moment to thank them for their hard work and dedication!


Mock Interview Day was held on September 17. We had 8 organizations dedicate their day to assisting students with interviewing skills and 97 students participated (-8.5% from last year.)


Interviews in Business Career Services
The month of October brings a full calendar of interviews in 1320 GBB. Students are encouraged to schedule interviews around their classes as academics always come first. This policy is posted on our website. Companies are generally flexible with interview scheduling.


Students can prepare for interviews and receive feedback on their interviewing skills during a 1-hour mock interview in our office. Any CoB student can discuss options and schedule a mock interview through their Career Coordinator.


Employer Visits

In addition to the companies on-campus for our career-related events, we also held meetings with the following employers: Eldorado Trading, New York Life, Kohl’s, 3M, Academic Institute of Australia (Internship Program), Accenture, Cargill, Caterpillar, and HNI.


The paper “Government Asset Sales, Economic Nationalism, and Acquirer Wealth Effects” by Ginka Borisova and Arnold R. Cowan was accepted for publication in The Journal of Corporate Finance.


The paper “Government Ownership and the Cost of Debt: Evidence from Government Investments in Publicly-Traded Firms” was presented by Ginka Borisova as part of the finance seminar series at the University of Iowa.

Graduate Programs

Diana Sloan and Mark Peterson represented the ISU MBA at the National Society of Hispanic MBAs 2014 Annual Conference and Career Expo in Philadelphia, PA.


Mark Peterson and Emily Anderson, Director of MBA Career Management at the Owen School of Management, Vanderbilt University, presented “Standards Q&A,”a web seminar for members of the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance. The session was designed to help MBA career services offices prepare MBA CSEA Standards-compliant reports for the upcoming annual MBA employment statistics data reporting and ranking data submission processes. Peterson is Co-Chair of MBA CSEA’s Standards Committee.


Dawn Laux, an HCI PhD student supervised by Brian Mennecke, successfully defended her dissertation in September.  Her dissertation is entitled, “A model for measuring student persistence through collaborative learning,” and her committee included Anthony Townsend, Stephen Gilbert (HCI), Ana-Paula Correia (Education), and James McElroy. Dr. Laux is currently a clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology, College of Technology, Purdue University. 


Presentation: Schriber, S., King, D. 2014. Competitive dynamics: An explanation for parity in acquisition performance, Strategic Management Society (SMS), 20-23 September, Madrid, Spain.

Paper was a finalist (5 out of 24) for the “best paper” award for practice implications.


Panelist: King, D. 2014. Applying Stakeholder Analysis in the Classroom. Strategic Management Society (SMS), 20-23 September, Madrid, Spain.


Andreas Schwab joined the editorial advisory board of The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management.


Samantha Cross is an invited participant at the Roundtable Session: “Is it Still Worth it? Exploring Contemporary Marketplace Diversity Research” at the North American Association for Consumer Research (ACR) conference, Baltimore, MD, October 2014.


Brian Mennecke’s proposal for a panel on privacy has been accepted at the 35th annual International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) to be held Dec., 2014, in Auckland New Zealand.  The panel is entitled, “Privacy in the Age of Big Data: The Challenges and Opportunities for Privacy Research.”  Participants on the panel include Heng Xu, Chuan-Hoo Tan, H. Jeff Smith, Malcolm Crompton (Integrity Solutions Pty Ltd), Marie Shroff (New Zealand Consumer Board), & Joey F. George (moderator).

Undergraduate Programs

The Undergraduate Programs Office sponsored 4 women Business students attending the Womyn of Colour retreat last weekend. Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Multicultural Liaison Officer for the COB, arranged for their support.


Advising for spring 2015 registration begins very soon—Seniors will begin registering on Oct. 23. Please remember that faculty cannot sign students in to their classes. For any scheduling questions, please refer students to their adviser in the Undergraduate Programs Office (1200 Gerdin).


CELT is now accepting proposals for 2015/2016 Miller Faculty Fellowships.  The deadline for the Miller Faculty Fellowship proposal 2015/2016 academic year is Monday, December 8, 2014. Please see the Miller Faculty Fellowship Program for 2015-2016 for full details. If you have questions, please contact CELT Associate Director.

College of Business Study Tours 2015

College of Business Study Tours 2015

Spring Break Study Tours:

  • Supply Chain International Live Case, China (undergraduate only) – Scott Grawe
  • Global Marketing in Developed and Emerging Markets, Germany, Austria, & Czech Republic (primary undergraduate, MBA if seats available) – Sekar Raju and Sridhar Ramaswami
  • Global Marketing in Emerging Markets, Chile & Brazil (primary undergraduate) – John Wong
  • International Entrepreneurship, Italy (undergraduate only) – Howard Van Auken
  • Entrepreneurship in Advancing Economy, Chile (primary MBA, undergraduates if seats available) – Jim Cannon and Todd Thornock


  • MKT 340, Rome – John Wong
  • MKT 340, Hong Kong – Sanjeev Agarwal
  • MGMT 370, Valencia – Pol Hermann
  • MAcc, London – Jan Duffy

Program information about the study tours listed above can be found on the study tours page.


Contact for more information or to request a representative speak to your class about upcoming study tours.


Collegiate Women in Business

Collegiate Women in Business really enjoyed “Coffee Talk” with their major faculty throughout the week of Monday, Sept. 29 – Friday, Oct. 3.  CWIB wants to send their great appreciation to the female faculty across all departments who took time during this busy week to have a cup of coffee and pass along valued advice to their students.

 United Way Campaign

We are now into our fourth week of the 2014 ISU United Way Campaign. Our goal as a college this year is $18,500. You should have received your United Way envelope through campus mail. As of Monday morning, the College of Business has raised $5,361 (or 28.98%) of our United Way goal. To those of you that have sent in your donations – thank you for supporting United Way!


If you have not already donated, we would like to encourage you to consider supporting the United Way as part of your philanthropic efforts for the year. One donation to United Way of Story County funds nearly 90 programs, three community impact areas (education, income and health) and a grants program for emergencies and emerging needs that serve over 30,000 individuals in Story County including ISU students, faculty and staff.


NOTE: As a reminder, please email to be entered in the College of Business drawing. Prizes include: 2 tickets to the Great Gatsby at Stephens Auditorium on February 12, a dessert of your choice, a nice bottle of wine, breakfast for 2 people and lunch for 4 people – paid for by the Dean, Dean Spalding’s seats (2) for the December 31 ISU Men’s Basketball game against Mississippi Valley State, and the opportunity to cut the Dean’s tie. Donations to the United Way Campaign earn 3 tickets while returning your United Way Campaign packets for reuse will still earn 1 ticket even if you decide not to donate.


These donations are completely confidential and no pledge is too small.  No one in the College of Business will see what amount or if you choose to donate. Even if you decide that you would rather not donate to the United Way campaign, please return your donor card in campus mail on or before Wednesday, October 15. United Way would like the donor cards back regardless for their records.


Drench the Faculty:

When: Donations will be accepted October 1-October 15; the winner will be announced at an unveiling event on October 16 (over lunch hour)


Who: 3 Deans, 3 Department Chairs, 3 Faculty: Dean Spalding, Associate Dean Danny Johnson, Associate Dean Qing Hu, Rick Dark, Russ Laczniak, Sree Nilakanta, Mike Bootsma, Anne Clem and Fred Choobineh.


Description: Students, Faculty and Staff will have the opportunity to put money in a bucket for the person that they would most like to see have ice cold water (imagine a huge Gatorade container filled ice and water) dumped on them. The lucky “winner” will be the person with the most money in their buckets. Stuffing other people’s buckets is HIGHLY encouraged….as is bribing your constituents to put money in OTHER people’s buckets. Buckets for each individual will be located in the Dean’s Office (official buckets), faculty lounge and Undergraduate Programs Office.


The amount raised and the lucky winner will be announced at our event on October 16 outside of Gerdin. All of the eligible candidates will be present and the winner will be a surprise. All proceeds will benefit the Story County United Way Campaign.


This event is hosted by various College of Business Clubs!

Media Hits


September 26, 2014
Iowa State Daily
‘Your career is a journey’: ISU alumna earns spot at Nike with hard work


September 24, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Jim McElroy was cited in the Wall Street Journal in the article “The dog ate my data! The art of making effective excuses.” on page D1. The author cited Jim’s study with J. Michael Crant of the University of Notre Dame in the Journal of Applied Psychology, 2008.


September 17, 2014

American Express Open Forums
Dave King was interviewed by Mark Henricks on unusual business combinations


September 10, 2014
ISU News Services
College of Business keeps pace with Iowa State’s enrollment growth


September 9, 2014
ISU News Services
U.S. News rankings: Iowa State is 50th among best public national universities


September 8, 2014
ISU News Services
Officials break ground for new economic development hub at Iowa State Research Park


September 2, 2014
Business Record
Jayashankar: making microfinance work in the United States




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