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June 2015

Dean’s Message

As we look back on the recent spring graduation, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our faculty and staff for all that you did to make this a special year. We had celebrations throughout the year, with a wonderful commencement bringing it to a fitting conclusion. You all did such a wonderful job!


We had a quiet week after graduation, but it’s good to see some students in the halls now as they take summer classes. Things continue to pick up in June here at the College of Business. A busy schedule with orientation is beginning and we look forward to meeting our future students, both incoming freshmen and transfer students. Orientation is an extremely important process and I would like to thank those who make it happen, in particular the staff in the Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs office. Thank you for all that you do to make orientation a success!


As you see groups coming here for orientation, and other College visits, please say hello and make them all feel welcome.


For those of you traveling, for College business or personal pleasure, I wish you all safe travels!


Jon Perkins’ teaching case with Cynthia Jeffrey entitled “Cisco Systems, Inc.: Minding the GAAP?” was accepted for publication in Issues in Accounting Education.

Business Career Services

NACE Annual Conference

Melanie Gella, Sarah Van Vark, Angela Wagner, Meredith Williams, and Kathy Wieland will attend the Annual NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Conference June 2-5 in Anaheim, CA. 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 Anaheim.


Big XII Career Services Meeting

Kathy Wieland attended the Big XII Career Services meeting in Norman, OK hosted by the University of Oklahoma May 11-13.


Kathy Wieland, Meredith Williams, Melanie Gella, Tabatha Carney (College of LAS), and Tiffany Atilano (College of Design) presented to 400 Gilbert High School students on May 6 regarding Soft Skills/Networking.


We are currently organizing employer visits for the summer. 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.


Fall 2015 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

  • Mock Interview Day for College of Business students is Wednesday, September 23.
  • The Speaker Series for Business Week 2015 will be September 23-29. 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 30 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.


Dr. Priyanka Jayashankar (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture), Dr. Arvind Ashta (Banque Populaire Chair, Burgundy School of Business) and Dr. Mark Rasmussen (Director, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University) have co-authored a paper “Slow money in an era of fiduciary capitalism” which has been accepted for publication in the leading high-impact journal Ecological Economics.


Anderson, M. H., & Sun, P. Y. T. IN PRESS. The Downside of Transformational Leadership When Encouraging Followers to Network. Leadership Quarterly.


Andreas Schwab was elected representative-at-large by the members of the Research Method Division in the Academy of Management. He will serve a three-year term.


Toyin Clottey presented his research titled “Estimating the Net Demand Distribution for Determining Core Acquisition Quantities in a Rolling Horizon” at the Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) on May 8 in Washington D.C.


Kevin Scheibe was elected as incoming-President for the Midwest Chapter of the Association for Information Systems (MWAIS).


Yoshi Suzuki was appointed as the next co-editor of Transportation Journal. His six-year term starts from this summer.

Undergraduate Programs

Summer Orientation for incoming freshman students starts on Monday, June 1. The CoB will host 7 sessions this summer, along with a transfer orientation on July 2. As of today, 584 students have registered for the freshman orientation programs, so please welcome (or direct) any stray students and families that you see in the building. Thanks in advance to those of you helping with the Orientation programs!


Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Multicultural Liaison attended NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity) in Washington, D.C. May 26 – 30.

Student Organization News

“Of the Year” award recipients – this award is coordinated by Business Council and awarded by the College of Business student body in sincere appreciation of the recipients work in the College of Business. Congratulations to our winners.

  • Michael Bootsma – Teacher of the Year
  • Kathy Wieland – Staff of the Year
  • Linda Garbisch – Adviser of the Year

Live United Food Drive

Fourteen College of Business student organizations participated in the Live United Food Drive and collected nearly 400 items to donate to local area food banks.


  • Congratulations to the winning student organization team – Team #3 (MIS Club, Beta Alpha Psi, ISU Investment Group, Business Ambassadors, ENACTUS) for their donation of 187 items.
  • Thank you to all participating student organizations – SCM Club, Marketing Club, MIS Club, Delta Sigma Pi, CWIB, Beta Alpha Psi, SHRM Club, Alpha Kappa Psi, ISU Investment Group, ISU Sales Club, REIN Club, Business Ambassadors, Business Council, ENACTUS. We are extremely proud of the support these student organizations gave to the event – Your donations will have a huge impact on children and families during the summer months.
  • Those items collected by the fourteen student organizations were combined with the College of Business donations made by faculty and staff. The College of Business contributed 532 pounds of food (20 huge boxes!) and $720 monetary donations during the Story County Seventh Annual Live United Food Drive (April 27-May 6).
  • To those of you that donated – thank you for your support of the Seventh Annual Live United Food Drive. The United Way of Story County is still waiting on a couple of donations from a few large businesses in Ames but the unofficial county wide totals are 8,829 pounds of food/items and $3,532 in monetary donations were collected and distributed to food pantries throughout Story County. Our efforts will help feed many hungry children and adults in our community during the upcoming summer months.

Maize Retreat

On Friday, May 15, the College of Business participated in the first annual Maize Retreat, a bilingual/multi-cultural retreat for youth entering grades 9 through 12 hosted by Iowa 4-H. Maize is designed to tap into the Latino and Native American culture, history and achievements as an entry point into the 4-H Program. Priorities are: Healthy Living, STEM, Citizenship and Leadership, and Communications of the Arts.


The College of Business had a full workshop with 17 students becoming entrepreneurs for the day. Participants experienced participating in “Shark Tank” by working in teams, using business concepts to establish a product or service, creating a sales pitch, and presenting to a panel of judges. The program was led by Sarah Adams and CoB senior in management, Holli Baker. The panel of judges included Pol Herrmann, Monica Gordillo, Diana Sloan, and Brenda Thorbs-Weber.


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 Media Hits

May 13, 2015
Iowa Small Business Development Center Press Release
Sioux City entrepreneurs are Iowa SBDC award winners


April 24, 2015

Mental Floss

Brian Mennecke was quoted in Mental Floss


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