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August 2015


Dean’s Message


Welcome back to the beginning of what we anticipate will be another wonderful school year at the College of Business! Before you know it, students will be filling our hallways and classrooms. One special event we always look forward to each August is the annual Welcome Back Picnic. You should have received an email invitation for this special event, which will be held August 21st at 6:00 p.m. at Moore Memorial Park, 3050 Northridge Pkwy. We will meet in the Big Bluestem Shelter. Please send your RSVP to Jennifer Anderson at


As we begin the new school year, you will notice there are many exciting events coming up. I invite you to visit the home page of our web site to see a complete list of events here at the College:


As we watch the admissions numbers, we expect another increase in our enrollment this year. To accommodate this growth, we have taken steps to hire more high-quality faculty. Please join me in welcoming the following faculty:



  • Li Fang — adjunct assistant professor of accounting. Earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in accounting from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; B.A. in Business Administration from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.


  • Tracy Turner, associate professor of finance. Earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Davis, an M.A. in economics from Colorado State University, and a B.A. in economics and government from California State University Sacramento. 
  • Youngme Seo, assistant professor of community and regional planning, will teach finance. Earned a Ph.D. in Public Affairs & Urban Studies and a Master of Urban Studies from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs of Cleveland State University, Cleveland; Certificate of Sustainable Land Use Planning Course from The World Bank Institute; Certificate of Advanced SAS programmer from SAS Institute; Bachelor of Arts, French Literature, Korean Open University, Seoul Korea.

Information Systems

  • Jacquelyn Rees Ulmer, Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems Chair.  Earned a Ph.D. and BSBA in Decision and Information Sciences from the Warrington College of Business Administration, University of Florida.
  • Jim Davis, associate professor of Management Information Systems. (began January 2015) Earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science, all from Iowa State University.
  • Lingyao Ivy Yuan, assistant professor of information systems. Earned a Ph.D. in information systems from the Kelly School of Business at the Indiana University-Bloomington. Earned an M.S. in information security and privacy from University of North Carolina Charlotte and a B.S. in information management and systems from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. 
  • Rahul Parsa, Faculty Fellow of Des Moines programs, Supply Chain and Information Systems Department. Earned a Ph.D. in Statistics from Texas A & M University; Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Mathematics from the Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.


  • Florence Honore, assistant professor of management. Earned a Ph.D. in business administration at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Earned an M.S. and B.A. in business engineering from Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Michael Howe, assistant professor of management. Earned a Ph.D. in management and an M.B.A. from the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.


  • Aditya Gupta, assistant professor of marketing. Earned a Ph.D. in business administration from the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. Earned an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management and a B.Sc. C.I.S. in computer science from the University of Delhi.
  • Jose Rosa, professor of marketing and Dean’s Fellow in Marketing. Earned a Ph.D. in business administration and psychology and a M. A. in psychology from the University of Michigan; an M.B.A. from Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College and a bachelor of industrial administration in marketing and organizational development from the General Motors Institute.

Supply Chain

  • Haozhe Chen, associate professor of supply chain management. Earned a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Oklahoma, an M.B.A. from The University of Alabama and a B.A. in English from Anhui University in Hefei, China.
  • Sachin Modi, associate professor of supply chain management. Earned a Ph.D. in operations management and decision sciences from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Holds an M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from the Maharashta Institute of Technology at the University of Pune in India.
  • Tyler Morgan, assistant professor of supply chain management. Earned a Ph.D. in Marketing (focusing on supply chain management), an M.B.A., and a B.S. in Finance, all from the University of Alabama.


Accounting Department

A paper titled “Social Technology: A Compendium of Short Cases,” written by Diane Janvrin (Accounting), Brett Considine (University of London School of Economics), JP Krahel (University of Loyola – Maryland), and Margarita Lenk (Colorado State University) was accepted for publication in Issues in Accounting Education (the American Accounting Association’s education journal).


Melvin A. Lamboy-Ruiz, Ph.D., CPA and Sue Ravenscroft, Ph.D., CPA, are the faculty advisors of the recently formed National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) – ISU Student Chapter. On June 9, 2015, Dr. Lamboy-Ruiz attended the NABA National Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, NV to represent the ISU student chapter during the official approval of new student chapters by NABA’s board of directors. Aaron Goitom is the accounting student leading this organization. He and his team had the initiative to start the formation of this chapter in the College of Business. Our chapter is the only NABA student chapter in the state of Iowa!  

 Aug photo_NABA National Convention



Business Career Services

Career Professionals of Iowa Conference (CCPI):
Meredith Williams
and Angela Wagner attended the Annual Career Professionals of Iowa Conference July 9th-10th at the University of Iowa.


Midwest Association for Colleges and Employers (MWACE): 
Gella and Angela Wagner attended the MWACE conference in Lombard, IL July 20-22nd. During the conference, we participated in various conference sessions as well as visited with JPMorgan and Allstate.


Employer Development:
During the month of July, our staff met with Nestle Purina, Koch, Waddell & Reed, Pella, Businessolver, and HNI regarding recruiting efforts. We are planning a trip to Kansas City area employers during the month of August.


Employer’s Circle:
Business Career Services will host the Annual Employers Circle July 30th at the Alumni Center. The Employers Circle will include our staff, several faculty/administrators and representatives from the top hiring organizations for the College of Business.


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 30th 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 – 10:30 a.m.


Finance Department

Arnie Cowan and Valentina Salotti presented “The Consequences of Prohibiting Selective Disclosure to Analysts: Evidence from Europe” at the INFINITI Conference on International Finance in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Graduate Office 

Diana Sloan, Director of Graduate Marketing and Alumni Relations, presented “Innovative Recruitment and Admission Ideas for Smaller/Regional MBA Programs” at the GMAC Conference in Denver, Colorado to over 100 attendees.  


Diana Sloan, Director of Graduate Marketing and Alumni Relations, has joined the leadership team of Colegas, the Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Association, as Staff Representative.


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Information Systems

Kevin Scheibe spent six weeks in Seattle engaged with Boeing in a faculty internship. During his time there he worked in the Analytics and Data Warehouse group in the IT business solutions division.


International Programs

College of Business International Programs is excited to announce the 2016 CoB International Study Courses! If you would like a guest speaker or additional materials about international programs for your class this fall please contact Sarah Adams at


Undergraduate Spring Break

  • Supply Chain Live Case in Chile (SCM 491) will explore Caterpillar’s supply chain end to end. The course, taught by Frank Montabon, will include visits to the Port of Houston and the highest altitude operating mine in the world. The course concludes with a visit to Caterpillar headquarters and student recommendation presentations.
  • Global Marketing in Developed and Emerging Markets (MKT 492), taught by Sekar Raju, includes travel to Greece and Turkey plus the opportunity to work with one of the largest food companies in Turkey, Yildiz Holdin. Company visits and sighting seeing in Athens, Delphi, and Istanbul round out the course.
  • International Entrepreneurship (MGMT 367) takes a first-hand look at the essentials of operating an entrepreneurial firm in an international environment, Florence, Italy to be exact! Taught by Howard Van Auken, this course includes the opportunity to work on a case study of an Italian company while taking in all the sights Florence has to offer.
  • Aegon Live Case Study Course will include travel to Spain and is being taught by Todd Thornock.

Undergraduate Summer

  • ACCT 285 will be offered in Rome, Italy by Jim Cannon. This business core class is an option for pre-business students interested in an international study course for summer 2016! Highlights include company visits to Cinecitta Studios and Fiat Cassino Plant, plus cultural visits throughout the city.
  • MGMT 370 will be taught by Pol Herrmann, and offered as part of the ISU on the Mediterranean: Summer in Valencia, Spain program. Highlights include the opportunity to live with a Spanish host family and guided day-trips to Madrid, Toledo, El Escorial, and Segovia.
  • SCM 301 will be offered in Dublin, Ireland by Scott Grawe and Bobby Martens.       Highlights include company visits to Jameson, Guinness, and the Port of Dublin/3PL facility. Students will work on a mini live case that includes mapping Guinness’s supply chain and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Graduate Spring Break

  • MBA Study Course will be taught by Sam DeMarie and Jim Summers, and includes travel to Portugal and Spain. Students will have the opportunity to engage with companies and participate in a live case regarding diversification strategy in order to understand business in a global context.        

Graduate Summer

  • MAcc Summer Program will be offered again this year at Spears School of Business at Regent’s College in London. Courses are supplemented by guest lectures, company visits and field trips.


 ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship / CyBiz Lab

Startup Ames is a group for Ames entrepreneurs and business builders. They meet monthly with area entrepreneurs for education and networking opportunities. The group’s third meetup this year will be August 20 at 8:00 a.m. with guest speaker Geoff Wood, founder and community builder at Gravitate. Geoff will share the story of the developing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central Iowa. He’ll talk about the core tenets of any startup community, what’s worked and not worked so far in Des Moines, and opportunities for Ames and the ISU community.


Geoff has been helping tell the story of the Iowa startup community since 2009. He publishes a weekly digest of the top innovation community news, hosts a podcast highlighting members of the community, speaks at conferences, organizes events, runs Gravitate—the entrepreneurial center of gravity in downtown Des Moines and recently helped launch The Iowan Project ( an initiative to identify and connect our state’s diaspora. He’s a graduate of Iowa State’s Community and Regional Planning program, holds an MBA from Indiana University and currently resides in Windsor Heights.


Free to attend, RSVP today!

Management Department

Marc H. Anderson’s article (co-authored with Peter Sun), titled “Reviewing leadership styles: Overlaps and the need for a new ‘full-range’ theory”” has been accepted for publication at the International Journal of Management Reviews. 



Russell Laczniak, Ph.D., has two papers forthcoming:  

  • “The Journal of Advertising and the Development of Advertising Theory: Reflections and Directions for Future Research,” accepted for publication at Journal of Advertising
  •  “Children and Advertising,” accepted for publication in Oxford Bibliographies in Communication, New York: Oxford University Press, written with Les Carlson.

The following papers were presented at the Marketing & Public Policy Conference (in June – Washington, DC): 

  • Vijayalakshmi, Akshaya and Russell N. Laczniak (2015), “When Violence becomes Acceptable: The Case of Violent Humorous Commercials” presented at American Marketing Association Marketing and Public Policy Conference (Abstract will be published).  
  • Laczniak, Russell, Douglas Walker, Les Carlson and E. Deanne Brocato (2015), “Parental Mediation and Children’s Violent Video Game Play: The Role of ESRB Ratings,” presented at American Marketing Association Marketing and Public Policy Conference (Abstract will be published).   

Samantha Cross presented her paper, “Sensory Identity: The Impact of Olfaction on Consumption,” at the Consumer Culture Theory Conference, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, June 2015 (co-authors Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin and Terry L. Childers). This paper was also accepted for publication in the Research in Consumer Behavior Series, Ed. Russell Belk, Jeff Murray, Anastasia Thyroff: Emerald Publishing Group


Samantha Cross presented her paper “Walking Through the World Differently: Multi-racial Identity Development, Socialization and Marketplace Experience,” at the Marketing and Public Policy Conference, Washington, D.C., June 2015 (co-authors Robert L. Harrison and Kevin Thomas).


Samantha Cross was a participant at the 2015 Transformative Consumer Research (TCR) Dialogical Track, Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA, June 2015.



Undergraduate Office

We regretfully bid a fond farewell to Leah Berte, who leaves the CoB after five years as an Academic Adviser. She is taking on a new position as a recruiter at Kingland Systems here in Ames, so we may still see her around from time to time! Her last day in our office will be August 3rd. She was instrumental in resurrecting and leading the Business Ambassador group. We offer a grateful thank you for all she has done for the CoB and our students. We send our best wishes to Leah!


Lee Van Brocklin has taken on the role of Veterans Advising Coordinator for the CoB. If you have veterans or military personnel in your classes who have academic questions, concerns, or wish to make connections, please send them Lee’s way.


A big thank you to Rob Musselman, who finished serving as the CoB Honors Program Coordinator earlier this summer. Shannon Grundmeier will take over as Honors Program Coordinator this fall, and will serve on the Academic Standards Committee in this capacity.


In case you missed it…Tara Fisher joined the Undergraduate Programs Office on June 1, and will continue to serve as CoB Scholarship Coordinator, GCP Coordinator, and student org liaison. She will also add a small advising load to her duties. We are glad to have Tara on our staff!


Sarah Adams along with Extension staff, hosted high school students during the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference June 30 through July 2. During the three-day business workshop, students had a unique hands-on learning experience through a real life “Shark Tank.” Teams developed a business, plan for success, and sales pitch that was presented to a panel of CoB judges. Entrepreneur for a Day: Business Endeavors Shark Tank (E4D:Best) also includes team building, communication, and leadership development activities.


During summer orientation in June, 614 freshman students were assisted in preparing for their first semester at ISU. We also served another 78 transfer students during summer orientation programs. As of June 30, 813 new incoming students for Fall 2015 had been assisted with their initial registration processes, with additional students still seeking assistance throughout the summer. Orientation programs will conclude with International Student Orientation and a final “just in time” orientation session on August 19 and 20. 


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  • The first cohort for the Master of Business Analytics class begins August 3. This new program was designed to move the university forward in the President’s initiative for Big Data. Enrollment exceeded expectations.
  • The SBCD (Small Business Development Center) Business of the Month in July was East Mill Bakeshop & Catering, Dubuque, owned by Nick and Emily Puls.
  • Recently published research from Iowa State University shines a spotlight on the “slow money” movement, which seeks to match locally produced and environmentally friendly food and artisanal products and services with fresh capital investment. Priyanka Jayashankar, an adjunct assistant professor of management was lead author of the study. Learn more:




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