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March 2015

Dean’s Message

We just completed another very busy, and cold, month!


On February 5 we announced the Board of Regents’ approval of our new Master of Business Analytics program. Our next step is to implement a “road show” where we will visit key businesses in Iowa and the Midwest to recruit our first cohort, which begins in August. It’s important that we fill this first cohort and start the new program off on the right foot. Your help in promoting the program is appreciated. You can view the requirements and details in our news release.


Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Career Fair a success. We had a very strong showing by companies interested in recruiting our students which made for a lot of excellent networking opportunities.


It was great to see a record number of students compete in the annual UP Case Competition, which was completed on Friday. What a great experience for them to propose solutions for a real-world problem. Thank you to everyone who made that competition possible. The four student teams competing were: Choo-choo-bacca; Right-On-Track; Cyclone Express and Loco-Motives.


We all survived some bitter temperatures in February and look forward to a pleasant spring! I wish you all the best over spring break, especially those who are traveling on College supported trips.


The paper titled ‘Comments by the Auditing Standards Committee of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association on the IESBA ED Release (August 14, 2014), Proposed Changes to Certain Provisions of the Code Addressing the Long Association of Personnel with an Audit or Assurance Client’ co-authored by Willie Gist (Ohio University), Urton Anderson (University of Kentucky), Marshall Pitman (University of Texas at San Antonio) and Diane Janvrin (Iowa State University) has been accepted for publication in Current Issues in Auditing (American Accounting Association Auditing section journal).


Sue Ravenscroft was invited to speak on two panels at the Accounting Program Leaders Group meeting of the American Accounting Association.  Ravenscroft was on one panel with Jan Williams (who was on the AACSB accreditation team at ISU) where they spoke about Research Impact and encouraging Faculty Writing. Ravenscroft spoke on a second panel on “Strategies for Providing Students with Writing and Oral Communication Skills. The conference was held in Nashville February 6-7.


Kayla Sander, senior lecturer in accounting will receive the Rising Star Award, Thursday, March 5. Congratulations Kayla!

Business Career Services

Thank you to the faculty and staff for their support of the career events for our students in the College of Business. Your attendance and support of student attendance at the Career Week events, Pre-night’s, Leadership Breakfast, Career Fair and the Networking reception are all appreciated.


64 students participated in our Mock Interview Day on February 4. Thank you to the participating employers: BKD, First National Bank, John Deere, Kingland Systems, Pella Corporation, Principal Financial Group, and Wells Fargo.


176 organizations participated in the 2015 Spring Career Fair to recruit College of Business students (+10% from Spring 2014). As a side note, this is the same number of employers that attended the 2014 Fall Career Fair, typically a larger fair with more employers. There were 1,407 College of Business students that attended the Career Fair (+1.7% from Spring 2014).


For Interview Day, the day after the Career Fair, there were 532 interviews conducted (+37.1% from Spring 2014).


524 students attended one or more of the 21 career-related presentations during Career Week 2014.


This time of year, students are busy interviewing for internships and full-time positions. As you talk with students, please encourage them to submit salary offers, acceptances, and employment information to Business Career Services and to meet with us if they need assistance finding a job or internship.


Employer Development

In addition to the Career Fair, our staff has taken meetings in February with the following employers regarding recruiting of College of Business students: Target Headquarters, Huxley Business Association, Nationwide, McGladrey, Murray Associates, and Mutual of Omaha. Please let us know if there are employers you would like us to contact.


Student Outreach

Tammy Stegman spoke to 55 Alpha Kappa Psi students on February 5 on Preparing for the Career Fair. She also spoke to 33 Nevada High School sophomores on interviewing. Melanie Gella spoke to 10 students from the Multicultural Business Network on Preparing for the Career Fair.

Graduate Programs

Laura Kilbride (’09 in Health & Human Performance) joined the Graduate Programs Office as a Program Assistant I in February.


Deborah Martinez received the P&S CYtation Award on Thursday, February 26.


Coldwell, D., Joosub, T., King, DR., McClelland, D. Forthcoming. Institutional Forces and Divestment Performance of South African Conglomerates: Case Study Evidence, South African Journal of Economics and Management Science.


Andreas Schwab had his editorial titled “Why All Researchers Should Report Effect Sizes and their Confidence Intervals: Paving the Way for Meta-Analysis and Evidence-Based Management Practices” accepted for publication in Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice.


Nominated by the editors for the Outstanding Author Contribution Award for the book chapter: King, DR. 2014. The influence of complementary resources on firm boundary decisions. In Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, Volume 13.  Finkelstein, S., and Cooper, C. (eds). Emerald Publishing: Bingley, UK, pp. 25-42


Samantha Cross’ paper, with co-authors, Robert L. Harrison and Kevin D. Thomas, titled “Consuming Ambiguity: Multiracial Identity Development and the Marketplace” was presented at the American Marketing Association (AMA) Winter Conference in San Antonio, TX, February 2015. This paper received a conference Best in Track Paper Award in the Consumer Culture Theory track.


Samantha Cross has two papers accepted for presentation at the 2015 American Academy of Advertising conference in Chicago, Illinois, March 2015. The first paper w/co-authors Mary C. Gilly and Robert L. Harrison is titled “The Role of Advertising in the Evolution of Thanksgiving.” The 2nd paper w/co-authors, Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin, Russell N. Laczniak and Terry L. Childers is titled “Sniff, Sniff, This Ad Smells Better: Olfactory Imagery and Individual Differences in Sense of Smell.”


Suzuki, Yoshinori, Qazi Shaheen Kabir, “Green Vehicle Routing for Small Motor Carriers”, Transportation Journal, forthcoming.


Drew Zhang coordinates the ISU Distinguished Speaker Series in Big Data. The first speaker will come to campus this spring.


Yoshi Suzuki was appointed as an Associate Editor of Decision Sciences.

Undergraduate Programs

Registration for summer and fall 2015 begins the week after spring break. Seniors will begin registering on Tuesday, March 24, and registration will continue for all students through the week of April 13.


Please remember that Business faculty cannot sign students into Business classes. Registration for classes will remain open on AccessPlus through the 5th day of the term. If you have a student approach you to get into your class, please refer them to Access+ or have them see John Wageman in 1200 Gerdin for assistance.


The Undergraduate Programs Office is rolling out CyAdvise, our new online appointment scheduling and advising records system, for advising appointments beginning in March. This system is a companion to the CyHire system that Career Services uses, and will allow the Academic Advisors to better communicate, message, and schedule with their advisees. Reminders and appointment confirmations are automated in the system, allowing for better information and flexibility for students. Additional features and data gathering will be implemented as we go. Many thanks to the University’s Academic Advising Innovation Grant for funding this system’s purchase.


Each of the starting wrestlers on the ISU Wrestling squad selected a University staff member to join them in their Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night festivities on Friday, February 13. Stephanie Larson was named by COB student/ISU wrestler Kyle Larson as one of the special people that has inspired, touched, or helped him throughout his time here as a student. She was recognized at the dual meet against Arizona State and was also invited to sit mat-side with the Iowa State coaches during Kyle’s match. Thanks, Stephanie for your great work and efforts with our student athletes!


At the February 18 Lunch and Learn, Megan Hunt, a Financial Literacy Adviser from the Student Loan Education Office talked to multicultural students about responsible budgeting, credit use, and money management. “Snack & Chat” sessions will continue Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 pm throughout March. Locations vary; see schedule in 1200 Gerdin. These programs are coordinated by Brenda Thorbs-Weber.


Interviews and selection processes are in progress for the 2015-16 Business Ambassadors and BLT Peer Mentors. These students assist with recruitment activities and learning communities, respectively. Staff leads for these two student groups are Leah Berte (Ambassadors) and Linda Garbisch (Peer Mentors).


Leah Berte volunteered and attended the ISU P&S Annual Conference on February 12, held in the Scheman Building.


Lee Van Brocklin has been designated as the College of Business’ Veterans Advising Coordinator, and serves on the Military Credit College Liaison Committee. He attended the Military Credit Evaluations workshop at DMACC on February 6.

Media Hits

February 22, 2015
The Gazette
Recruiting female business leaders


February 18, 2015
Iowa Small Business Development Center News Release
Sergeant Bluff woman is Iowa Small Business Development Center award winner


February 5, 2015
CoB Press Release
Master of Business Analytics Program



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