Recent CoB Online

May 2016

Dean’s Message

It’s hard to believe we are preparing for spring graduation. I would like to thank all of our faculty and staff for making this a successful school year. We have so much to be proud of. Your passion and dedication to our students is always appreciated.


I hope that you will attend the College of Business convocation ceremony on Friday May 6. The ceremony begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. Your attendance means a lot to our students and their families. Jacob Duncan, a Marketing and Management major from Winterset, Iowa will be our student speaker at the ceremony. Joseph Flynn, a Supply Chain Management and Marketing major from Alleman, Iowa will serve as the university student marshal for the College of Business at the Iowa State University Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 7. He has chosen Eric Smith, lecturer of Supply Chain Management, as his faculty escort. Congratulations to both Jacob and Joseph.


If you are attending or volunteering for the College of Business convocation, please read this for important details about the arrival and departure times. 


Faculty promotions were recently announced. These promotions take effect for the 2016-2017 year. Congratulations to:


Zhu Zhang – Associate Professor
Brian Mennecke – Professor
Toyin Clottey – Associate Professor
Ioannis Floros – Associate Professor
Andreea Kiss – Associate Professor
Jon Perkins – Associate Professor
Valentina Salotti – Associate Professor
Qian Wang – Associate Professor
Xiaolu Wang – Associate Professor
Zhu Zhang – Associate Professor
Guy Helmer – Senior Lecturer
Curtis Hoff – Senior Lecturer


And last, but not least, I would like to congratulate the winners for the 2016 College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards, funded by the Dean’s Advisory Council. Winners were announced during the awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.


P&S Superior Service Award: Julie Palmer
P&S Student Impact Award:  Deborah Martinez
Merit Superior Service Award: Karen Mallas
Merit Student Impact Award: Patty Hefflefinger
Non-Tenure Eligible Faculty Superior Service Award: Shoba Premkumar
Junior Faculty Research Award: Sachin Modi
Senior Faculty Research Award: Stephen Kim
Junior Faculty Teaching Award: Toyin Clottey
Senior Faculty Teaching Award: Mike Bootsma


Congratulations to all!

Accounting Department

Thirty-three senior and masters’ level accounting students participated in the spring 2016 CPA Exam Field Testing Event at Iowa State. The AICPA will be launching a new version of the Uniform CPA exam in 2017, and this event provided exam developers valuable feedback necessary in the development of this exam. Special thanks go to accounting masters’ students Jordan Kulow and Shelby Beilke for proctoring the test sessions and to Leslie Pease of the College IT staff for doing the technology setup necessary for this event to work.


Sue Ravenscroft, Ph.D., Roger P. Murphy Professor of Accounting:

  • Was given a Distinguished Service Award at the Public Interest Section of American Accounting Association meeting in March.
  • Served as a discussant at the Public Interest Section meeting.
  • Organized a panel on Budget Deficits and Income Inequality, led by Edward Kleinbard, USC professor and former chair of the Joint Committee on Taxation.
  • Is a member of the Accounting Exemplar nominating committee of that section as well.
  • Was asked to serve on the editorial board of Critical Perspectives in Accounting.

Melvin A. Lamboy-Ruiz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting was invited to present the paper “The Impact of Regulatory Scrutiny on the Accrual-based and Real Earnings Management in Nonprofit and For-Profit U.S. Hospitals” at the University of Illinois, Chicago on April 12 as part of their Accounting Research Workshops series.


Jim Cannon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting, had a paper, titled “Teaching Values: An Experiential Approach,” that received the “Best Paper” award in the Innovations track of the Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning conference.


Through the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), Todd Thornock, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting, and Jim Cannon met with the president and senior management of Agri-Industrial Plastics to provide professional training and tools to analyze tradeoffs between inventory storage costs and batch production setup costs. In addition, they provided training documentation on how to evaluate the costs/benefits of customer payment terms.


Diane Janvrin, Ph.D., William L. Varner Professor, made a presentation on Cybersecurity Risks at the April 20 meeting of the Ames Chapter of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance.


On April 7, Michael Bootsma, Senior Lecturer of Accounting, provided an ethics presentation titled “Developing an Ethical Decision Making Model” to the joint group of the Iowa College and University Business Officers  and  the Professional Association for Human Resources.

America’s SBDC Iowa

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) chose one of our SBDC clients as its 2016 Iowa Small Business Person of the Year. Tony Halsted, owner, Hoover’s Hatchery Company, Rudd, Iowa, who was our 2016 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year and a client of our regional center in Mason City, will be honored by the SBA at a ceremony and reception on May 6 in West Des Moines.  Halsted will go on to represent Iowa during National Small Business Week ceremonies held in Washington, DC this week where he will compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year Award.

Business Career Services

Employer Development

Melanie Gella attended the Commercial Real Estate Trends & Issues Forum in Urbandale, IA. Meredith Williams attend the 2016 Analytics Symposium in Des Moines, IA.


In April, our staff met with AT&T, Athene, CR England, Genesys Innovations, Hormel, Hy-Vee, Transamerica, Two Rivers Marketing and Workiva.


We are currently in the process of planning summer travel and employer visits. If you are aware of an employer you believe should recruit business students from Iowa State, please let us know and we will reach out to the firm or organization.


Student Development

Angela Wagner presented to Alpha Phi Sorority on Interview Tips to 150 members. She also presented to University Studies 104 on Resume Tips to 25 students. Angela Wagner was initiated into Delta Sigma Pi as a faculty initiate.


Fall 2016 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

  • Mock Interview Day for College of Business students is Wednesday, September 14th.
  • The Speaker Series for Business Week 2016 will be September 14th-20th. 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 21 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.

Kathy Wieland served on an External Review team for College of Design Student Services.

Dean’s Marketing

Message from Michele Appelgate, Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations:

We are always looking for story ideas to include in our marketing and alumni relations efforts. What makes a good story? They are all around us! Think about students who may have overcome great odds to be successful here, or who come from an interesting place in the world, or some fascinating research being conducted by our faculty. Perhaps there is a member of our faculty or staff who has a very unusual hobby, or talent? All ideas are welcome– but no promises about their publication! Please send story ideas to Michele Appelgate. They may lead to articles in the Prospectus, Discover Business e-newsletter, the CoB web site or some other marketing materials.


  • Web site planning: thank you to all who have joined us so far in our information-gathering meetings. So far, we have met with members of each faculty department. We will continue to schedule meetings with those who are here over the summer months. Your feedback is very helpful and much appreciated.
  • Gracen Kostelcky, Web Manager, attended a web design seminar in Minneapolis April 25-26.
  • Michele Appelgate, Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations, became certified in CPR/AED.

Finance Department

Lei Gao, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance, earned an Outstanding Paper Award for a paper, titled “Local Religious Beliefs and Hedge Fund Risk-taking Behaviors” (coauthored with Ying Wang and Jing Zhao) at the 52nd Meeting of the Eastern Finance Association (EFA)  in Baltimore, Maryland, April 6-9.


Arnie Cowan, Ph.D., Wells Fargo Professor in Finance, and Patricia Ryan Ph.D., (Colorado State University) received a 2016 Global Finance Conference Best Paper Award for their paper, “IPO Share Revisions.” Arnie presented the paper at the conference in Fresno, California on April 22.


James R. Brown, Ph.D., Dean’s Professorship in Finance, won the 2015 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Editors of The Financial Review (presented at the Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting in Baltimore, April 2016).

Graduate Office

Diana Sloan, Director of Graduate Marketing & Alumni Relations:

  • attended the 2016 Spring Analytics Symposium April 6, 2016 in Des Moines.
  • attended the Annual Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education Spring Leadership Conference April 8, 2016 held at the Iowa State University Alumni Center.

Deborah Martinez attended the National Association for Graduate Enrollment Management Conference in Nashville, TN April 12-15, 2016. She volunteered at the conference and also recruited for the Graduate Programs at Belmont University.


Deborah Martinez and Diana Sloan became certified in CPR/AED in April.


Deborah Martinez, Diana Sloan and Michelle Vannoy took the Recognizing and Reporting Disturbing Behavior Training that the college hosted. 


The new Society of MBA Alumni Leadership Team was appointed in April. The Iowa State University MBA works in collaboration with the Society of MBA Alumni to serve alumni in the Ames – Des Moines area. 

Marketing Department

José Antonio Rosa, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing, represented Iowa State’s College of Business at the “Diversifying Business by Enhancing Hispanic American Educational Attainment Summit” at Northeastern University on April 22.  The summit is part of a nationwide Ph.D. project/White House initiative on educational excellence for Hispanics that will include similar events throughout the U.S. over the next year.  The primary objective is to facilitate dialogue between businesses, policy makers, and colleges and universities on how to best adjust current practices and priorities for changing student and workforce demographics over the next decade.  Dr. Rosa served on a panel focused on the State of Hispanic American Educational Attainment and delivered closing comments on possible next steps for the organizations and institutions represented at the Summit.  The summit was co-sponsored by Bentley University, Boston University, and Northeastern University.

Management Department

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

  • Book chapter accepted: Bauer, F., Uzelac, B., King, D., Schriber, S. Entrepreneurial integration skills: Knowing what you acquire to integrate it. In Mergers and Acquisitions, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Yaakov Weber and Shlomo Tarba (eds). Emerald: Bingley, UK.
  • Conference paper accepted: King, D., Kiss, A. 2016. A temporal perspective on family business education, Strategic Management Society, 17-20 September, Berlin.

 News Coverage

April 17: The article “A question of benefits and costs,” featuring research conducted by Sachin Modi, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, was posted on the Corporate Science web site:

 Supply Chain

David Cantor, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, received the Best Associate Editor Award at the Journal of Supply Chain Management. The award will be presented at an Academy of Management Conference session August 6 in Anaheim, California.

Haozhe Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management,

  • Received the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence – Highly Commended Paper Award for the following publication:
    • Huo, Baofeng, Zhaojun Han, Haozhe Chen, and Xiande Zhao (2015). “The effect of high-involvement human resource management practices on supply chain integration.” International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management 45, No. 8, pp. 716-746.

Brian Mennecke, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems, Joey George, Ph.D., Professor of Information Systems and John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business, and  Akmal Mirsadikov, Ph.D. candidate in SCIS, had a paper accepted for publication: Web Site Credibility Assessment: An Empirical Investigation of Prominence-Interpretation Theory, forthcoming inAIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction.


Akmal Mirsadikov, Brian Mennecke, and Andrew Harrison (former PhD student and Assistant Professor of MIS at University of Cincinnati) have had a paper accepted for the America’s Conference on Information Systems.  The citation for the paper is as follows: Mirsadikov, A., Harrison, A., & Mennecke, B.E., Tales From the Wheel: An IT-Fueled Ride as an UBER Driver, forthcoming in the Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Americas Conference on Information Systems.

 Undergraduate Department

Please welcome two new advisers to the Undergraduate Programs Office staff:

Katherine Clottey began her duties on April 26th in a half-time appointment.  She joins us from DMACC, where she worked since December 2014.

Carrie Graves-Warden begins her duties on May 2nd.  Carrie joins us from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department on campus.  Please welcome them both to the COB!


From John Wageman:  Prerequisites for summer College of Business courses will be reviewed for each 4 week summer session (May, June, and July).  Students who do not have the required prereq will be contacted, and instructors will receive a list of students who remain in violation. Prerequisites for fall College of Business courses will be monitored starting mid-August after summer grades have been posted.  Students who are in violation of a prereq will be notified prior to and after the start of fall semester.  Instructors will receive a list of students who remain in violation after the first week of classes.


Aaron Goitom, graduating student in Accounting will receive the College of Business MLO Award at the Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) Graduation Reception May 1.  Aaron established the first student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and is graduating with honors.  He was nominated by Brenda Thorbs-Weber.

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