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February 2015

Dean’s Message

January was an exciting month in the College of Business, and February promises to be busy as well.


Wednesday, February 11 is our spring Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair. Please make every effort to support our Career Services staff, students, and employers. And a big thank you to our Career Services staff for ensuring that this most important event runs smoothly.


I strongly encourage you to help us promote the Valencia and Rome study tours to your students. I am committed to raising student involvement with our international programs, and these study tours can help accomplish that. Contact Pol Herrmann for details about the Valencia tour, and Sarah Adams for the Rome tour.


It is now time to solicit for award nominations for the annual College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards, which are funded by the Dean’s Advisory Council. This is always a great opportunity to recognize our faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the college throughout the past year. All nominations should be submitted to Julie Lelonek in the Dean’s Office by March 1. A full description of each award, the award criteria and nomination guidelines are available from our college’s Awards webpage.


Finally, I am pleased to announce the arrival of Michele Appelgate as the new Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations at the College of Business. Please join me in welcoming Michele, an ISU Alumnae, back to Iowa State.


Bill Dilla ​and Robyn Raschke of the University of Nevada–Las Vegas had their paper “Data Visualization for Fraud Detection: Practice Implications and a Call for Future Research.” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems.


Diane Janvrin presented a paper titled ‘Social Technology in Public Accounting Firms’ at the American Accounting Association (AAA) Accounting Information Systems Midyear meeting on January 23 in Charleston, SC.


Diane Janvrin attended several meetings in Charleston planning the Journal of Information Systems Conference (JISC2015) on Information Technology Auditing to be held March 26 and 27 at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) headquarters. Janvrin is co-chairing this conference with David Wood (Brigham Young University).

Business Career Services


New salary and employment data is now available! Our 2013-2014 six-month employment report is available online in this handout. In addition, you can also find the 2013-14 salary information and the full annual report on our website.


Spring 2015 Career Week – Important Dates

There are still openings for Mock Interview Day, Wednesday, February 4, for students interested in a practice interview with an industry recruiter. They may sign-up on CyHire.


The Career Week Speakers Series for students in the College of Business will be held Wednesday, February 4 – Tuesday, February 10. A complete schedule of speaker presentations can be found at: Career Week Speaker Series.


The Leadership Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, February 11 in Scheman room 167 from 9am to 10:30am. This event is an opportunity for students and faculty to network with company recruiters. Students may register to attend within CyHire under ‘Attend Events.’


The 2015 Spring Business, Industry & Technology Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 11 in Hilton Coliseum (12:00-6:00 PM).  There will also be a networking reception held after the career fair in Johnny’s at Hilton.

If you have not already done so, please consider inviting a career services staff member into your class to briefly share information about the career fair with your students.


Interview Day will be held in the Memorial Union on Thursday, February 12. Students can apply for on campus recruiting positions in CyHire NOW and meet with employers at the career fair to be considered for opportunities.


Student Outreach

Kathy Wieland presented to AKP and football recruits. Sarah Van Vark presented to the Global Business Club on Career Fair Prep. Tammy Stegman presented on Career Fair events to 70 members of the ISU Marketing Club.


Employer Development

During the month of January, our staff met with ADM, CAT, Iowa Bankers Association, PwC, HNI, Doextra, Thrivent, and Blue River Hybrids


Professional Development

Melanie Gella attended a Career Coaching Intensive conference through NACE January 12-13th in Dallas, TX.


The paper “The U.S. Treasury’s Capital Purchase Program:  Treasury’s Selectivity and Market Returns across Weak and Healthy Banks” by Valentina Salotti and Kenneth Carow has been selected as one of the 2014 Outstanding Articles in the Journal of Financial Research.


Arnie Cowan has been appointed to an initial three-year term as an associate editor of the journal Finance Research Letters.

Graduate Programs

Diana Sloan is now a board member for the YWCA Ames-ISU


The paper “Integrating Personality and Social Networks: A Meta-Analysis of Personality, Network Position, and Work Outcomes in Organizations by Ruolian Fang, Blaine Landis, Zhen Zhang, Marc H. Anderson, Jason D. Shaw, & Martin Kilduff was accepted for publication at Organization Science.


Samantha Cross’ paper, with co-authors, Robert L. Harrison (Western Michigan University) and Kevin D. Thomas (University of Texas, Austin), titled “Negotiating Cultural Ambiguity: The Role of Markets and Consumption in Multiracial Identity Development” has been accepted for publication at Consumption, Markets and Culture (CMC), a niche journal focusing on “consumerism and the markets as the site of social behaviour and discourse.”


Hui Feng will present “Complement or Substitute? The Contingency Value of Firm Capabilities under Different Market Conditions” (co-authored with Neil A. Morgan and Lopo L. Rego)  at Winter American Marketing Association Educator’s Conference in San Antonio, TX on February 13.​​


Brian Mennecke has had a paper conditionally accepted for publication. The paper examines social media use in the United States and Africa and is entitled, Facebook Use and Cultural Practices in Namibia and the United States. The paper is coauthored with Anicia Peters (Human Computer Interaction PhD graduate, ISU College of Business) and Heike Winschiers-Theophilus (Polytechnic of Namibia).

Undergraduate Programs

Brenda Thorbs-Weber, COB Multicultural Liaison Officer is hosting weekly “Snack & Chat” sessions for students from 3:00-4:00 pm. Locations rotate between 1301 and 2320 Gerdin, but exact sites can be found listed in our office.


On January 29, Sarah Adams and representatives from 4-H Extension and Outreach attended North Iowa Area Community College’s Entrepreneur for a Day (E4D) programming for 5th grade students in Mason City, Iowa. E4D was launched by the NIACC Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center in 2005. The purpose of E4D programming is to introduce 5th grade students to the essential concepts of entrepreneurship and economics, through both personal enrichment and for future community, county, and statewide economic vitality. The visit will aid in the establishment of College of Business youth programming that is currently being developed as part of the College’s undergraduate recruitment strategy.



Sarah Adams 4H.2

E4D programming day


Linda Garbisch, Leah Berte, Melody Schobert, and Diann Burright attended the Mid-Year Learning Community Institute on Jan. 28 in the Memorial Union.


Interviews are set for the new Academic Adviser III position. Open forums will take place in the Board Room on these days/times:

Friday, Feb. 6 10:20-10:50am AND 1:40-2:10pm

Monday, Feb. 9 10:20-10:50am

Please join us and provide feedback as we make steps toward providing additional advising assistance for our growing enrollment.


Do you know of any students who would make a great Business Ambassador; someone who loves their major and experience at ISU? Do you know students who like being involved on campus and meeting new people? As a CoB Ambassador, their mission would be to provide an engaging and positive experience for our prospective students and families within the College of Business. Encourage students to apply by Feb. 23.

More information can be found at the Business Ambassador Website.


Applications are available in 1200 Gerdin or online. Please contact Leah Berte, Academic Adviser/Ambassador Coordinator, for more information.

Media Hits

January 30, 2015

Brian Mennecke’s research on privacy and facial recognition was featured in an article written by John Bohannon that appeared in the January 30, 2015, issue of the journal Science.  The article is entitled Unmasked and is part of a special issue on privacy that appeared in the journal.


January 29, 2015
Iowa Small Business Development Center Press Release
Iowa Small Business Development Center announces inaugural business award winners


January 23, 2015
Ames Tribune
ISU’s College of Business receives accreditation extension


January 22, 2015
ISU News Service
Iowa State students part of global challenge to reduce food insecurity


January 21, 2015
The Des Moines Register
ISU business school re-accredited


January 18, 2015
Globe Gazette
Appelgate says leaving Mason City is “bittersweet”


January 12, 2015

Iowa Small Business Development Center News Release
Iowa Small Business Development Center Announces its 2014 Entrepreneur Award Winners



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