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December 2015

Dean’s Message 

Christmas Tree David_FBHappy Holidays! We’re quickly coming to the end of another busy, yet exciting, semester. I want to thank all of you here in the College of Business, faculty and staff, for everything you’ve done to make the fall semester run smoothly and for everything you do every day to move this College forward. I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our 4,485 students. I wish you a safe, happy, and restful holiday season with your families.


We look forward to celebrating the fall 2015 College of Business Convocation on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in James H. Hilton Coliseum. Thank you to all who organize and volunteer during this important milestone for our students.


Please remember that Iowa State has announced it will once again be supporting a partial closing during the winter semester break from December 24, 2015 –January 1, 2016. Details were emailed to you on October 13. Please review those details and talk with your supervisor if you plan to take time off (paid or unpaid).


With the holiday season upon us, I hope you can join us for two special events:

  • Holiday Reception: December 9 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in room 3164 Gerdin. Please RSVP by December 4 to Elizabeth Salton or 515-294-6882. 
  • Holiday Social: You and a guest are invited to this annual event, to be held Friday January 8, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP by December 18 to Elizabeth Salton or 515-294-6882.

A separate invitation was emailed to you (November 20) for both events.


Finally, don’t forget about nominations for the 2016 University Awards for Faculty and Staff. Nominations open only to colleges are to be submitted electronically by our college deadline of Monday, December 21, 2015 (please note this is an earlier deadline than in previous years).  Nominations that are open to Individuals and units are to be submitted by February 10, 2016. All nominations are to be routed through Jenn Wiederin at More information on our college “Awards” webpage can be found at Iowa State University College of Business.


Accounting Department

Diane Janvrin, Ph.D., William L. Varner Professor, presented a paper titled ‘IT Audit Specialist Use: Does Firm Size Matter?’ co-authored with Greg Jenkins (Virginia Tech), James Bierstaker (Villanova University), and Jordan Lowe (Arizona State University) at the International Symposium on Accounting Information Systems hosted by University of Central Florida in , Orlando FL on October 30, 2015.


Jon Perkins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting, and Cynthia Jeffrey, Ph.D., Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Accounting, have the following new publications:


Perkins has also accepted another three-year appointment as an Associate Editor for Issues in Accounting Education, beginning in January 2016


Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting, presented a research proposal of the study he is conducting with Dr. Abhijit Rao titled, Director of the College of Business Communication Center, “Effect of Flipped-Team-Based Learning Teaching Model in Intermediate Accounting,” November 6-8 at the 2016 American Accounting Association Diversity Section Midyear Meeting in Atlanta, GA.


Business Career Services

Employment Information
Our office is in the process of collecting employment information for August and December 2015 graduates. If students share employment information with you, let us know and please encourage them to report to our office as well.


Employer Development
Melanie Gella, Angela Wagner, Kathy Wieland, and Meredith Williams visited Chicago area employers November 19-20. These employers included All State Insurance, BMO Capital Markets, Freddie Mac, JPMorgan, and Strata Decision Technology.


During this visit, the staff also attended the Recruiting Trends Conference in Chicago, IL November 19-20. This conference was hosted by the Midwest Association for Colleges and Employers (MWACE). Mary Scott, President with Scott Resource Group, shared information workplace expectations versus reality. The report can be accessed here. Please contact our office if you have questions.


During the month of November, our staff also met with Brooks Lodden, Businessolver, Converge Consulting, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Hach, Happy Medium, Hubbell Realty, Kingland Systems, Pella, Sogeti, Textron Aviation, US Cellular HQ, and XPO Logistics.


Student Development

Melanie Gella presented to Honors Program students on November 13: Creating Resumes and to APEX students: Resumes and Making Connections.


Professional Development

Kathy Wieland participated in a pilot training program delivered by ISU Central HR titled Your Role as a Hiring Manager.


 Finance Department

Mark L. Power, Ph.D., University Professor of Finance and Principal Financial Group Finance Professor, and Jon Hobbs (who received his Ph.D. in statistics at ISU and is now a research associate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab), published a paper titled, “A Comparative Analysis of Financial Professionals’ Perception of the Level of Graduating Business Student Retirement Planning Familiarity, Motivation and Preparedness.” It was published in Risk Management and Insurance Review, 2015, Vol. 18.


Graduate Programs

Melika Kordrostami, Ph.D. Candidate in Marketing, presented a paper in Society for marketing Advances conference which was in November 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas. The name of paper is “Gender differences in processing: Explored in an incongruent information context.” The paper was submitted with Akshaya Vijayalakshmi and Jenny (Meng-Hsien) Lin.

Marketing/ Management Departments

Aditya Gupta, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, had a paper accepted for presentation at the American Marketing Association (AMA) Winter Conference in Las Vegas, Feb. 2016. Title of the paper is: “Managing Key Account Profitability in Business Markets: Aligning Buyer-Seller Interfirm Network and Seller Within Firm Network.”


David King, Ph.D., associate professor of management, was invited by the Journal of Management Studies to continue on Editorial board for another three year term (2016-2018).


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


  • Served as a guest editor for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business on “Building Sustainable Entrepreneurship Ecosystems.” He was joined by Togar Simatupang and Donald Lantu (Institute of Technology Bandung).
  • Served as a judge for the inaugural Start-Up Weekend in Ames organized by the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, November 20-22.

 Wei Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing, has been invited to join the Editorial Review Board for Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.


 Marketing Team (Dean’s Marketing)

News from Michele Appelgate, Director of Marketing and Alumni Relation:


  • I am pleased to announce we hired a Web Manager. Gracen Kostelecky will begin duties on Monday January 4. He comes to us from the Illinois Junior Golf Association, where he served as Director of Marketing. Gracen grew up in Ames and is a graduate of the CoB (Marketing and Management) and is very excited to return to Ames. His office space will be located in the Dean’s suite. Please join us in welcoming Gracen.
  • The marketing team is creating a new series of postcards to highlight various successes at the CoB. These will be brief messages that can be sent to the deans and associate deans across the country who rank us in the US News & World Report survey each year. The goal is to keep the Iowa State CoB on their minds in an effort to improve our rankings. This will be an ongoing postcard series that captures our highest successes. We are excited to share the first two with you here: 





If you have suggestions on future postcards, please let us know. Also, if you have an interesting story you feel should be included in our marketing efforts, please contact Michele Appelgate with the details. We are always looking for great stories.


 News Coverage

Nov. 17: David King was interviewed by Iowa Public Radio as a follow-up to the Media General and Meredith acquisition that has been potentially interrupted by Nextstar bidding for Media General. 


Nov. 5: Business Record, “Paulsen to lead ISU supply chain initiative.” From a news developed by the Provost’s office. 


Nov. 5: Des Moines Register, Supply Chain Initiative announced for CoB, with Kraig Paulsen. From news release developed by Provost’s office.


Nov. 4: A study by Hui (Sophia) Feng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing, published in the Journal of Marketing in September, was published on several web sites, including:


Nov. 3: Russ Laczniak, PhD, interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, was interviewed live on the Top of Mind program at BYURadio


 Supply Chain and Information Systems Department

Kevin Scheibe, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems:

  • was a panelist for a discussion on encouraging professionalism in the classroom at INFORMS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
  • will present at the Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. The title of his presentation is “A Quasi-Robust-Optimization Approach to Big Data Regression.” His co-authors are Drs. Cliff Ragsdale and Jennifer Blackhurst.

Toyin Clottey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, will present his research, titled “Non-response Bias Assessment in OM and Logistics Survey Research,” at the annual conference of the Decision Sciences Institute, in Seattle from Nov 21st to Nov. 24th. He will also chair a session titled, “Theoretical Perspectives of Sustainability.”


Sachin Modi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, published a paper titled, “Beyond Patient Classification: Using Individual Patient Characteristics in Appointment Scheduling.” It was co-authored with Peter Salzarulo (Miami University) and Stephan Mahar, (Villanova University) and was recently accepted for publication in Production & Operations Management Journal.


Brian Mennecke, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems, and two of his former doctoral students, Dawn Laux (Human Computer Interaction) and Andy Luse (MIS and Human Computer Interaction), had a paper conditionally accepted for publication in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.  The citation for the paper is, Laux, D., Luse, A., & Mennecke, B.E. Collaboration, Connectedness, and Community: An Examination of the Factors Influencing Student Persistence in Virtual Communities, conditionally accepted at Computers in Human Behavior.  


 Undergraduate Department

A second Lunch and Learn session for multicultural students in Business was hosted by Brenda Thorbs-Weber on Nov. 18.  Sue Ravenscroft, Sree Nilakanta, Beatriz Pereira and Toyin Clottey provided insights into their fields and profession, along with their tips for success for students.


During the two November transfer orientation programs, 37 new transfer students attended to register and prepare to join us for spring semester.  Other incoming transfer students have been completing the online orientations and are meeting individually with advisors to create their spring schedules.  Upcoming spring orientation sessions will be held for international and domestic students the week of Jan. 4.


Diann Burright partnered with Jennifer Anderson, College of Design, to present information about the College and majors to open option students enrolled in LAS 101 on Nov. 3 and 5.


Rob Musselman represented the College of Business at ISU Visit Days at Kirkwood Community College, DMACC, and Hawkeye Community College.  Sarah Adams also made visits this semester to the Northwest Iowa Regents Resource Center in Sioux City and the Southwest Iowa Regents Resource Center in Council Bluffs.


Stephanie Larson travelled to Italy Oct. 5-8 to attend the bi-annual conference and site visit for the CIMBA Italy study abroad programs.


Starting late finals week through early January, the Undergraduate Programs Office will be getting a facelift. During this painting and carpeting update, we will be in temporary locations farther down the first floor hallway (yet to be determined), so please look for signage if you need to find us!  We will be available for students (and grade processing) through Dec. 23.  We plan to be back in our regular space by at least Jan. 6.   


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