Recent CoB Online

October 2015

 Dean’s Message

We are excited to start the 2015-16 academic year and especially pleased to say we have a record-high enrollment! The College of Business fall enrollment is 4,485, which is a 9.8 percent increase over last year. This breaks the record from 1986, which was 4,414 students.  The University fall enrollment is 36,001, which represents the seventh year in a row of record enrollment.

Having more students is always great news, but just having them here isn’t enough. We want to do all we can to help them stay here, be successful students and help prepare them for exciting careers after graduation. Thank you ALL for the great work you do every day with students to make that happen.


Since school started, our faculty and staff have been very busy planning multiple events, including the College of Business Lecture Series, Business Week, Career Fair, and the annual Young Women in Business Conference. These events take a lot of time to prepare and host. Please join me in thanking everyone who helps organize our events.


I’m pleased to announce that we have all three associate department chair positions filled: Bill Dilla (Accounting/Finance), Scott Grawe (SCIS) and Sekar Raju (Management/Marketing). Thank you to all three for taking on these additional responsibilities.


United Way Campaign update:

We are now almost two weeks into the 2015 United Way Campaign. Our goal as a college this year is to raise $31,000.  You should have received your United Way envelope through campus mail. I am honored to serve as the 2015 Iowa State University United Way Campaign Chair. It would be great to show an even stronger level of support in the College of Business for this year’s campaign. To those of you that have sent in your donations – thank you for supporting the United Way! If you have not already donated, please consider supporting the United Way as part of your philanthropic efforts for the year. The United Way of Story County supports 92 core programs and four community initiatives that serve more than 30,000 individuals in the Story County area. This includes ISU staff, faculty and students. After you send in your United Way donor card, please email Tara Fisher ( to let her know you donated to the United Way Campaign. Your name will be entered into a College of Business drawing. No need to share how much you donated. It’s all confidential. No pledge is too small.  If you choose not to make a donation, please return your donor card in campus mail on or before Thursday, October 15. United Way would like the donor cards back for their records. Please contact Tara Fisher ( if you have any questions. Here’s another way to support the United Way campaign — eat at Panda Express on Friday, October 2 between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Twenty percent of all sales (pre-tax) brought in by this fundraiser will be donated directly to United Way of Story County. Participants must present a flyer (a hard-copy or on your smartphone) on the day of this fundraiser to get credit for their orders. To get the coupon, visit Everyone is welcome! Be sure to spread the word. Take your friends out for lunch or dinner, and share as many flyers as possible to promote this fundraiser. This is a worthwhile organization that positively impacts our community.


Accounting Department

Michael Bootsma, Dean’s Teaching Fellow, Senior Lecturer of Accounting presented the ethics portion of the ISU Foundation’s annual continuing education program for lawyers, accountants and trust advisor on September 16, 2015. 


Diane Janvrin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting, had an article accepted for publication in Current Issues in Auditing. The article, titled “Comments of the Auditing Standards Committee on PCAOB Staff Consultation Paper No. 2015-01, The Auditors’ Use of the Work of Specialists ,” was co-authored by Jennifer Joe (University of Delaware), Dereck Barr-Pulliam (University of Wisconsin), Stephani Mason (DePaul University), Marshall Pitman (University of  Texas – San Antonio), Zebihollah Rezaee (University of Memphis),  Kerri-Ann Sanderson (Bentley University),  and   Yi-Jing Wu (Texas Tech University ).  



Faculty and staff recipients of Iowa State University’s most distinguished awards were honored Monday, Sept. 21, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. The College of Business was well represented!


  • Shannon Grundmeier, academic adviser, received the award for Early Achievement in Academic Advising. This award recognizes outstanding performance by an academic adviser early in a career. A $1,500 award is granted.
  • Brad Shrader, Professor of Management, was name a Morrill Professor. The title of Morrill Professor is conferred on a faculty member who has exhibited excellence in undergraduate or graduate teaching or Extension and Outreach programs, and who has demonstrated outstanding performance in at least one other area of faculty responsibility. Nominees must hold the rank of professor and have served for at least five years on the ISU faculty. A $6,000 increment in base salary is granted, and the awardee retains the title for the remainder of his or her career at the university.
  •  Judi Eyles, assistant director, Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, and interim director, CyBIZ Lab, received the award for Achievement in Economic Development in Iowa. This award recognizes individuals or teams for outstanding achievements in advancing the economic development of the state of Iowa. A $1,500 award is granted:
  •  Ronald Ackerman, director of graduate admissions and student services, received the Professional and Scientific Excellence Award, which recognizes contributions made by a professional and scientific staff member within and beyond the university, and career progress demonstrated by accomplishments at Iowa State. A $1,500 award is granted.
  • (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

    (Photo by Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

Business Career Services

The Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair

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 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Scheman.



Mock Interview Day was held on September 23rd. We had seven organizations dedicate their day to assisting students with interviewing skills and 107 students participated (an increase of 8% from last year.)


Student Development

Angela Wagner spoke to Delta Sigma Pi, September 10, on networking, interviewing, and career fair tips. Melanie Gella spoke to 15 students from the Multicultural Business Network on preparing for the career fair. Sarah Van Vark spoke to 40 students from Beta Alpha Psi on preparing for the career fair. Kathy Wieland spoke to 23 students from Ames High School on Interview Skills, 45 students from Alpha Kappa Psi on resumes, and College Young Women in Business on resumes and career fair.


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.


 Finance Department    

Jamie Brown, Ph.D., Dean’s Professorship in Finance, Associate Professor of Finance, made presentations at the IZA/Kauffman Foundation Workshop on Entrepreneurship Research in Washington DC (September 16-17), and the Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference in Boston, MA (September 20-21).  In addition, his research was referenced in U.S. News & World Report in a piece titled “What’s the Future of Finance?”


 Flu Clinic (Free)

Oct 5-16, 2015

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

205, TASF (Ames Lab Bldg.)


The Occupational Medicine staff will administer flu shots to employees for free (while supplies last) Monday – Friday, Oct 5 – Oct 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Shots will be available at the TASF (Technical and Administrative Services Facility). No appointment is necessary. Please remember to bring your ISU ID card to the clinic (or know your ID number). In addition, wearing a short-sleeve or loose-fitting shirt will provide better access to your arm and ease of administration of the vaccine. Note: parking is limited in front of TASF, so you are encouraged to consider walking or biking to the clinic if possible. Questions? Contact UHR Service Center at 294-4800.


Protect yourself: Along with getting the flu vaccination, there are steps you can take to protect yourself against the spread of germs:  

  • Wash your hands regularly with warm, soapy water (at least 20 seconds). Soap and water are best. Antibacterial hand sanitizer helps, too.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. Cough into your sleeve or a tissue. Then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Sanitize work areas or areas of high traffic. Wipe phones, counters, computer mouse, door handles, etc.
  • Strengthen your immune system by eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and other healthy foods.
  • Exercise – maintain regular activity; Rest – slow down your schedule and get plenty of rest!) 

What You Should Know for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season:

 ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship / CyBiz Lab

ISU students had the opportunity to meet the founder of Redbox on September 22. Mike DeLazzer, one of the founding members of the well-known movie rental company, spoke to three entrepreneurship classes on his recent visit. Following the student classes, Mike delivered a public talk at Gerdin on his advice to start something while young and what it took for him in creating the Redbox kiosk. Read the Register’s interview with Mike DeLazzer:


DeLazzer and students


Marketing/ Management Department

David King, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management

  • Article accepted: King, DR., Schriber, S. Forthcoming. Addressing competitive responses to acquisitions, California Management Review.
  • Invited to join editorial board of Journal of Management with a term until June 2017. According to Harzing’s most recent journal rankings JOM has a 2-year impact factor of 6.071 ranking it #4 out of 172 in Management, #3 out of 116 in Business, and #1 out of 73 in Applied Psychology journals.

 Marketing Team (Dean’s Marketing)

Watch for two publications:

  • Discover Business (issue #2) will soon appear in your inboxes!
  • The fall issue of Prospectus will be printed and delivered in the coming weeks!

 News Coverage

Sept. 28: David King, Associate Professor of Management, was interviewed by the Des Moines Register for a story about Meredith, and how its acquisition by Media General has been thrown in doubt by Nexstar making a competing bid for Media General.


Sept. 22: The DM Register accepted our invitation to attend the Mike DeLazzer lecture and interview him for an article.


Sept. 21: The Ames Tribune printed our news release about the RedBox founder, Mike DeLazzer, lecture:


Sept. 15: Brian Mennecke was interviewed in the online article, “Store Surveillance Keeps an Eye on Your Hair and Clothes,” MIT Technology:


Sept. 15: Dean Spalding was interviewed by the Des Moines Register regarding DAC member Daniel Houston being named CEO of Principal Financial Group:


Sept. 13: David King, associate professor of management, was interviewed by the DM Register in this article, “Corporate headquarters viewed as vital for Des Moines,”


Sept. 12: The Ames Tribune wrote a feature article about CyBiz Lab:


Sept. 9: Dean Spalding was interviewed by the Ames Tribune because of our record enrollment.


Sept. 8: David King, associate professor of management, was interviewed by the DM Register regarding the Meredith Corporation merger with Media General Inc:


Sept. 1: Brian Mennecke was interviewed by Slate Magazine for an article titled, “It’s Just That Feeling: Our irrationally intense fear of face-identifying technology is holding us back.”


Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

America’s SBDCs are celebrating 35 years. SBDCs provide a wide assortment of technical assistance and resources to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.  The primary focus of SBDCs are to foster local and regional economical development through job creation and retention.  How does it happen?  Through SBDCs’ support of business growth, sustainability, and the enhanced creation of new business entities. Iowa State University is the statewide host for America’s SBDC Iowa.  The state office and an outreach service center are hosted by the College of Business. You can learn more at

 Social Media

Our social media numbers continue to climb! Do you LIKE us? Please like us and follow us! All social media platforms are easily accessible from our home page:


 Supply Chain/ Information Systems Department

Scott Grawe, Ph.D., Associate Chair of Supply Chain and Information Systems:

  • served as a judge for the Supply Chain Innovation Award at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual Global Conference in San Diego, CA on September 28-29.
  • presented with Julie Grove (StarKist Co.) and Ken Heller (DSC Logistics) on “Supplier Integration: Delivering Business Value” at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual Global Conference in San Diego, CA on September 29.
  • served as a panelist to discuss “Success in the Academic Environment” at the 25th Annual Donald J. Bowersox Doctoral Symposium in San Diego, CA on September 28.

 Undergraduate Department

Two new advisors will join the Undergraduate Programs Office on October 12 – Cindy Sheehy and Kathy Weaver. Both join us from Advisor positions in the College of Engineering: Cindy from EE/CPRE and Kathy from IMSE. Please welcome them to the COB!

Lee Van Brocklin, John Wageman, and Brenda Thorbs-Weber attended the 6th Annual Iowa Statewide Veterans Conference, with the theme “Learning to Return Services”, at the Memorial Union on Sept. 28th.


“Snack and Chat” with your MLO has resumed for the fall semester. Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Multicultural Liaison Officer for the College holds these drop-by sessions for students on (most) Thursday afternoons from 3-4 pm in 1301 Gerdin (a schedule is posted in 1200 Gerdin). Please encourage students to attend!


Linda Svenson and Diann Burright are participants in a CELT-sponsored Teaching and Learning Circle, “Crucial Conversations”, led by Dr. Steve Freeman. These sessions are taking place Sept. 14 – Oct. 26 over the lunch hour.


Tara Fisher (CoB representative for this new scholarship opportunity) assisted with the Cardinal Leaders and Scholars Conference held on Sunday, Sept. 20 at C.Y. Stephens. More than 800 freshman students who were awarded this scholarship registered for the conference. Hill Harper (Iowa-born actor) was the keynote speaker. A series of breakout sessions on leadership topics followed.



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