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November 2015

Dean’s Message 

October was an extremely busy month!

The 6th annual Young Women in Business Conference was held October 5. More than 325 students (grades 9-12), parents, teachers, and counselors attended. Each year, students participate in sessions showcasing different aspects of businesses and how they can make that career their reality. A variety of speakers participated, including leaders from 3M, Boston Scientific, Business Publications, Cerner, Enterprise Holdings, ISU Research Park, KPMG, Life Care Services, Renewable Energy Group Inc., and Union Pacific. Faculty presenters included Amber Bellville, Anne Clem, Jan Duffy, Sophia Feng, Monica Gordillo, Bobby Martens, Brian Mennecke, Ellen Mullen, Shoba Premkumar, Valentina Salotti, & Julie Summers. Additional volunteers included Lucy Berger, Greg Buttery, Jeff Inman, Leslie Pease, Linda Svenson, Jackie Rees Ulmer, Kathy Wieland, and more than 50 Collegiate Women in Business student volunteers. Please help me in thanking the committee that organized this important event: Sarah Adams, Elizabeth Salton, Tara Fisher, Monica Gordillo, Michele Kohrs, Angela Wagner, and student Katie Ollearis.


We also celebrated Homecoming during the last week in October. The CoB sponsored the Food on Campus lunch on Tuesday Oct. 26. We also welcomed our Homecoming awardees to campus and enjoyed our visits with them and their families. The annual Honors and Awards ceremony and lunch was held Friday, October 30 at which time we honored our awardees and presented them with a beautiful trophy as a symbol of our gratitude for all they do to support the CoB. Please read our news release on the web site for details about each awardee.  My thanks to all who helped prepare for Homecoming, including Azure Christensen, Cory Hanson, Michele Morales, and Michele Appelgate.


Graduation/ Convocation: You received an email from me on October 23 that outlines some important changes regarding what we always called “graduation.” Please review that email for full details.


In short, starting this semester and going forward, the College of Business is making two distinct changes to our fall and spring ceremonies that celebrate our graduating students:

  • Change in Description: Going forward we ask that faculty and staff refer to our ceremony as a “convocation” rather than “graduation.” 
  • Change in Attire: To create a visual distinction between the University and College events, starting this December and going forward, our students will no longer wear a cap and gown or cords. Instead, they will be asked to wear business attire during convocation.

Faculty and staff that are representing the College of Business on stage at convocation will continue to wear regalia. The University Commencement Ceremony still requires all graduates to wear a cap and gown and faculty and staff who are participating in graduation to wear regalia.

Please address any questions you may have regarding these changes to me or Elizabeth Salton. I sincerely appreciate your cooperation in helping to spread a consistent message to our students who inquire about our convocation and thank you for all you do to help make this a memorable occasion for our students and their guests. 


Thank you to everyone who supported the United Way Chill for the Bills fundraiser! We had a chilling conclusion to our fundraising efforts on Wednesday October 28.  Just three hours before the big chill, students, faculty and staff had raised $950. By Noon, that total was $2,221.55! Please visit the CoB social media sites to see the photos! Our hearts go out to Sekar Raju and Alex Malliet, who literally took one for the team. Below are the final amounts.





Thank you to all who participated. Donations make a difference to people living or working in Story County. With the help of the LIVE UNITED fund, United Way of Story County prioritizes community needs and funds valuable programs.


Accounting Department

Friday October 30, Michael Bootsma, Dean’s Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer of Accounting, working with the COB Dean’s Office, hosted the Iowa Society of CPA’s Annual Career Awareness in Accounting Conference.  Anne Clem, Ph.D., Elaine R. Everson Teaching Fellow, represented the College by providing the morning welcome. 


The American Accounting Association hosted its first Accounting IS Big Data Webinar on October 27 and featured material from a teaching case published in 2014 in Journal of Accounting Education written by Bill Dilla, Ph.D., Associate Chair of Accounting and Finance, Robyn Raschke (UNLV), and Diane Janvrin, Ph.D., William L. Varner Professor, titled Making sense of Complex Data Using Interactive Data Visualization.


Business Career Services

Final Career Fair and Interview Day Data

The Fall Career Fair on September 30, advised by Meredith Williams, had a total attendance of 3,681 students (+11.2%)  The College of Business had 2,533 students attend (+13.3%).  There were 1,115 (+11.9%) interviews conducted on Interview Day. 


Thank you to everyone who supported and made all of the Career Fair events a HUGE success. If you know students who were involved in the planning of the Fall Career Fair and any of the career-related events, please take a moment to thank them for their hard work and dedication! 


Mark your calendar (and your spring syllabus!) for the Spring Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair on Wednesday February 10, 2016.


Student Development

Angela Wagner participated in the planning and execution of the Young Women in Business conference on October 5. Jake Waddingham presented to 120 members of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority on cover letters and resumes.


Employer Development

Our staff spoke with the following employers during the month of September and October: Best Buy, Boys & Girls Club, Federated Insurance, HNI, John Deere, Kinze Manufacturing, Kohler, Microsoft, MSG Minnesota Inc., Principal Financial Group, PwC, Rita’s of West Des Moines, Southwestern Advantage, Vermeer Corporation.


Recruiting Trends Conference

Melanie Gella, Angela Wagner, Kathy Wieland and Meredith Williams will attend the annual Recruiting Trends conference in Chicago, IL November 19-20.  At the conference, hosted by the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, they will discuss the latest recruiting trends, and benchmark with others in Career Services.  We are also planning visits with local employers and alumni during our trip to Chicago.  If you know of a company that we should visit in that area, please let us know.


 ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship / CyBiz Lab

  • Startup Weekend Ames, November 20-22nd at Gerdin!  Faculty we are recruiting you to help us make this a great event at Iowa State this November.  If you teach any class, please share this opportunity with your students!  Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where students, developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.  Student tickets are $50 and if they register by Nov. 9th they can have a chance to win an iPad Mini.
    • Also, we encourage and invite faculty to participate as this is not just a student event.  Many professionals within marketing, design, programming, finance, and sales participate to share their field of expertise within each team at Startup Weekend.
    • Register at
    • A big thanks to the College of Business for your generous sponsorship and space!
  • Finalists from the 2015 Fall Innovation Pitch Competition:  The Fall Innovation Pitch Competition was held on October 22 at the ISU Entrepreneurship & Innovation Learning Community.  Four finalists were awarded the top prize after delivering a 90-second pitch to a panel of judges.   Daniel Plantamura, awarded Best Overall Pitch Winner; Michael Hanigan, awarded Audience Choice; Jessica Graham, awarded Best New Innovation; Mason Cook, awarded New Best Business Idea; and Eve Iversen, awarded Best Social Venture.
    • Attached photo of the winners (in that prior order); Jessica, Daniel and Mason all CoB majors.

 Pappajohn Center November issue


Mark your calendar for upcoming lectures sponsored by the CoB:


Stafford Lecture

Title: Dodd Frank – Five Years Later Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
Jeff Plagge, President and CEO of Northwest Financial Corp in Arnolds Park, IA and immediate past chair of the American Bankers Association.

Lecture at 11:00 a.m., 1148 Gerdin


In 2010, the Dodd Frank Act was passed to limit future risks to the financial system.  Five years later many of the rules are still not implemented and it is unclear whether those new regulations that have been implemented are hitting their intended targets or accomplishing their intended goals.  An Act that was mostly targeted at large financial institutions has rolled downstream and impacted the entire industry. The most significant unintended consequence is the massive impact the Act is having on community banks around the country.  This lecture will focus on the Act itself and discuss the impact to community banks.


The Robert Stafford Lecture Series on Banking was established by the College of Business and funded by Ames National Corporation as a part of its 100 years of service to Ames.  The lecture honors the late Robert Stafford for his many years of dedicated service to First National Bank and Ames National Corporation. The fund was established so that the Department of Finance may bring a distinguished speaker from the financial services industry with a strong preference for prominent Iowa bankers. Sponsors: College of Business, Ames National Corporation


Executive in Residence

Title: Moments of Truth, While Navigating Change  Monday, Nov. 16, 2015: Lecture from 3:10-4:00 p.m. 1148 Gerdin

Brenda Cushing (’86 Accounting), Retired Executive Vice President and CFO of Athene Holding Ltd., has experienced change in the workplace many times. She served as chief financial officer for Athene USA, a position she held since Athene acquired Aviva USA last year. Cushing is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. Prior to working with Athene, Cushing was the chief financial officer of Aviva and previously held senior financial roles with AmerUS. Aviva acquired AmerUS in 2006. Cushing is also a member of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board, which awards state incentives to companies looking to expand in Iowa. Athene Holding is based in Bermuda.

Marketing/ Management Departments

Andreas Schwab, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of Management and Dean’s Fellow in Management:

  • Was appointed representative-at-large of the Research Method Community of the Strategic Management Society (two-year term).
  • Presented a study “Constructing Priors for Bayesian Analysis from People’s Predictions: Lessons from Behavioral and Forecasting Research” at the Strategic Management Conference in Denver on October 5, 2015. The study was conducted with Bill Starbuck (University of Oregon).
  • Conducted a workshop titled “Beyond Statistical Significance in Strategy Research: Effect Sizes, CIs, Graphs, Meta-Analysis and Baseline Models” at the Strategic Management Society Conference in Denver on October 3, 2015. He was joined by Bill Starbuck (University of Oregon) and Sam Holloway (University of Portland).
  • Served as chair for the session “Improving Methods” at the Strategic Management Society Conference in Denver on October 5, 2015.

Russ Laczniak, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, Sam DeMarie, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, and Brian Mennecke attended the Annual MBA Roundtable at Washington University’s Olin School of Business.  The colloquium was held on October 22-23 on the Washington University campus and examined how MBA programs can equip students with communication competencies.  Faculty, staff, and administrators in attendance represented a variety of prestigious institutions including the Arizona State University, the University of Cambridge, Indiana University, John Hopkins University, the University of Iowa, MIT, UC Irvine, and many others.  


Andreea Kiss, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Management, and co-author, Yuliya Snihur (Toulouse Business School, France), presented a paper titled, “Survival and Demise in the Bookselling Industry: An Identity Perspective on Incumbent Reaction to Business Model Innovation” at the Strategic Management Society Conference in Denver, October 3-6. He also served as a chair of the session on “Organizational identity” organized during this conference.


Hui Feng (Sophia), Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing has two papers accepted for presentation at the American Marketing Association (AMA) Winter Conference in Las Vegas, Feb. 2016. They are:  


  • “Firing Customers: Does It Pay Off and When?” is co-authored with Neil A. Morgan and Lopo Rego from Indiana University.
  • “Does Crowd Wisdom Bring Wealth? The Impact of Crowdsourcing on Firm Performance” is co-authored with Zixia Cao from University of Colorado Denver.

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

  • Panelist for Corporate Strategy Paper Development Workshop on Acquisition Strategies and Programs at Strategic Management Society conference, Denver, CO, 3-6 October 2015.
  • Chaired session on “Teaching Challenges: Ask the Experts” at Strategic Management Society conference, Denver, CO, 3-6 October 2015.
  • Presentation: King, D. “Serial Acquisitions” as part of panel on acquisition strategies and programs at the Strategic Management Society conference, Denver, CO, 3-6 October 2015.
  • Presentation: King, D., DeMarie, S. Corporate Divestiture: Revisiting External Explanations at Strategic Management Society conference, Denver, CO, 3-6 October 2015.
  • Presentation: King, D. “M&A and Growth” at the Inaugural Experts meeting held at the MCI Management Center, Innsbruck, Innsbruck University, Austria: 16-17 October 2015.
  • Book Chapter published: King, DR. 2015. Management as a limit to organizational change: Implications for acquisitions. In Organizational Change Management Strategies in Modern Business. A. Goksoy (ed.). IGI Global: Hershey, PA.

David King

At the meeting in Austria, this photo includes Dr. Florian Bauer (MCI Management Center), David King (center), and Dr. Svante Schriber (Stockholm Business School).


 Marketing Team (Dean’s Marketing)

We invited four Web Manager finalists to campus at the end of October for in-person interviews. We had 22 applicants, and about eight who made it to phone interviews. Stay tuned for an announcement in the coming days to learn who will serve as our new web manager. Once hired, this talented person will help is lay the groundwork in developing a plan to create a new CoB web site, with other exciting projects to follow. Faculty and staff will be part of this planning and implementation process. Details to come!


Michele Appelgate, Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations, wrote a chapter in the newly published Iowa State book, “Iowa’s Community Colleges. A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment.”


 News Coverage

October 28: The Ames Tribune accepted our invitation to cover the Chills for the Bills United Way fundraising event at Gerdin.


October 26: David King wrote an editorial titled, Medical mergers: Higher prices but greater benefit, in the Des Moines Register:


October 23: Rahul Parsa and David Spalding were interviewed in an article in the Business Record, announcing our expanded offerings at Capital Square in Des Moines. This was the result of our news release.


Oct. 16: Russ Laczniak, professor of marketing, was a guest on Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River” to discuss his new research on how parents influence children’s play of violent video games. He will also be a guest on BYU Radio in November. Both are the result of a News Service story. Additional media interviews are also scheduled.


Oct. 8: KQWC Radio in Webster City interviewed Russ Laczniak about his video game research.


Oct. 5: The Ames Tribune accepted our invitation to attended the YWIB Conference:


Oct. 2: Blogger on Logistics Viewpoints explained how CyBiz Lab was hired to help solve a problem:


Oct. 6: Ames Tribune cover the YWIB conference:




 Social Media

Our LIKES and follows continue to climb! Please continue to share our CoB news and follow us on all social media sites possible. Our Facebook page is just about ready to hit a milestone. Please LIKE us so we reach 2,000 followers. All sites are easily accessible from our web site home page.

 Supply Chain and Information Systems Department

Sachin B. Modi, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, has a paper titled “Corporate Social Responsibility and Shareholder Wealth: The Role of Marketing Capability” (co-authored with Saurabh Mishra – McGill University) that has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Marketing.


Joey George, Ph.D., John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business was invited to present “Culture, Media & Deception: A Global Study,” at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, on October 23, 2015.


Brian Mennecke, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Information Systems, spoke at the Iowa Youth Symposium (IYS), which was held on Tuesday October 20, at the State of Iowa Capital.  The IYS is a component of the Iowa United Nations Association, which is a non-profit organization seeking to engage Iowans globally through educational programming for youth and adults, humanitarian relief drives, and unique celebrations of our global interconnectedness. Dr. Mennecke spoke to the High School participants in the Science Roundtable about “Biometric Identification and Privacy.”


 Undergraduate Department

Registration season is upon us!  There is a lot of activity right now in 1200 Gerdin. Help us help the students: please talk up new classes being offered in your majors for spring and encourage them to see their advisors with questions.


REMINDER:  If a student wants to add a business course for the spring 2016 semester and it is not available on Access Plus, please refer them to see John Wageman in 1200 Gerdin. Please do not sign add slips for Business classes.


Transfer Orientations will take place on Nov. 2 and Nov. 13 for incoming Spring 2016 transfer students.


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