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June 2016

Dean’s Message

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of another amazing school year.


We celebrated the end of the academic year with our graduating seniors in a special College of Business Convocation Ceremony held Friday, May 6, at Hilton Coliseum. Thank you to all faculty and staff who helped make this event special for our students and their families. Here are our graduation numbers:

  • 717 undergraduate students graduated this spring. This summer, 99 are expected to graduate.
  • 87 master’s students graduated this spring. This summer, 32 graduate students and two Ph.D. students plan to graduate.

As we look back on our convocation ceremony, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our faculty and staff for all that you did to make this event special for our students and their families. A special thank you goes to Elizabeth Salton and Tara Fisher for their work organizing the event. This was another exciting year filled with many accomplishments, with a wonderful convocation bringing it to a fitting conclusion. You all did an outstanding job! 


We had a quiet week after graduation, but it’s good to see some students in the halls now as they take summer classes. A busy schedule with orientation is beginning and we look forward to meeting our future students. Orientation is an extremely important process and I would like to thank those who make it happen, in particular the staff in the Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs office. Thank you for all that you do to make orientation a success!


As you see groups coming here for orientation, and other college visits, please say hello and make them all feel welcome.


If you haven’t read your copy of Discover Business, please read that at your earliest convenience. It was emailed to you May 16. This issue summarizes many of the successes we enjoyed during the academic year. This electronic newsletter is sent to all alumni, advisory councils, faculty, staff, business deans around the country, and friends of the college. It’s also posted on our web site under the “About” tab on the home page.


Also, the results are in for the United Way Food Drive. More than 10,000 pounds of food was collected this year! The College of Business alone collected 335 pounds of food and $555 in cash, making our donation the second highest of any unit on campus behind the Department of Residence. Thank you to Tara Fisher for her help in coordinating this and to all of you who made donations!


For those of you traveling, for college business or personal pleasure, I wish you all safe travels!


Accounting Department

Melvin A. Lamboy-Ruiz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting, presented the paper “Optimal Threshold of Charity Care and Bad Debts for Maintaining Tax-Exempt Status in Nonprofit Hospitals” (co-authored with Donald Lien and Pamela Smith from University of Texas – San Antonio) at the 2016 AAA Western Region Meeting in Seattle, WA on May 7, 2016.


The paper, “The Influence of Ownership and Regulatory Scrutiny on Earnings Management in U. S. Hospitals” (co-authored by Melvin A. Lamboy-Ruiz, James N. Cannon and Olena Watanabe, all Assistant Professors of Accounting), was recently listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for: ERN: Non-Profit Form (Topic) and Governmental & Nonprofit Accounting eJournal.


Sam (Sunghan) Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting:

  • was accepted to present the paper “CEO Networks and Information Aggregation: Evidence from Management Forecast Accuracy” at 2016 JAFF conference to be held in June, 2016.
  • was accepted to present five papers including “CEO Networks and Information Aggregation: Evidence from Management Forecast Accuracy,” “SEC Comment Letter Disclosures and Short Selling,” “The Role of Analysts in Disseminating Timely Information: The Case of Comparable Store Sales Growth,” “Managerial Ability and Corporate Social Performance,” “Accounting Conservatism, Overinvestment, and Post-SEO Stock Market Performance,” at 2016 AAA annual meeting to be held in August, 2016.
  • was invited to present the paper “SEC Comment Letter Disclosures and Short Selling” at workshops at Seoul National University and Segang University in their Accounting Research Workshops series.
  • was invited to present the paper “CEO Networks and Information Aggregation: Evidence from Management Forecast Accuracy” at a workshop at Yonsei University in its Accounting Research Workshops series.

Business Career Services (undergraduate)

NACE Annual Conference

Melanie Gella, Sarah Van Vark, Angela Wagner, Meredith Williams, and Kathy Wieland will attend the Annual NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Conference June 7-10, in Chicago, IL.  This conference includes professional development opportunities for our staff relating to career services and trends. We are also finalizing several meetings with employers during our time in Chicago.


Big XII Career Services Meeting

Kathy Wieland attended the Big XII Career Services meeting in Waco, TX, hosted by Baylor University May 9-11.


Employer Development

In May, our staff met with Best Buy, Gallup, HNI, Kingland Systems, and Levi, Ray & Shoup.


We are currently organizing employer visits for the summer. If you are aware of an employer you believe should recruit business students from ISU, please let us know and we will reach out to the firm or organization.


Student Development

Sarah Van Vark presented on Resumes and CyHire to the UST 104 class on April 26.


Fall 2016 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

  • Mock Interview Day for College of Business students is Wednesday, September 14.
  • The Speaker Series for Business Week 2016 will be September 12 – 20.  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 9-10:30 a.m.

Dean’s Marketing

From Michele Appelgate, Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations:


The fourth issue of Discover Business was emailed May 16. This is the College of Business electronic newsletter. It is mailed at the beginning and end of each semester to: CoB alumni, faculty, staff, retirees, business deans across the country who ranks us in the U.S. News & World Report survey, members of the DAC and all EACs, members of the ISU Alumni Relations Council, ISU University Relations Council, and it’s posted on our web site. More than 30,000 people receive it, which provides some very high-level visibility. 


Emergency Response Committee

The College of Business Emergency Response Committee (Bobby Martens, Dawn Just, Rs Nappinnai, Michele Kohrs) coordinated CPR/AED training courses as well as Recognizing and Reporting Disturbing Behavior courses this spring semester here in the Gerdin Business Building.  There were 19 faculty and staff who received two-year certification for CPR/AED.  The Recognizing and Reporting Disturbing Behavior courses were well attended.  The Committee will consider offering additional courses for the F16 semester.


ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

CYstarters officially kicked off on Monday, May 23, with office space out at ISU Research Park.  CYstarters is a 10-week summer accelerator for Iowa State students and recent graduates to dedicate their summer to achieving their startup goals and entrepreneurial aspirations. Meet the first cohort for CYstarters:


Learn more about CYstarters and how you can help mentor:

Marketing Department

Hui (Sophia) Feng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing:

  • presented the paper “Marketing Department Power and Firm Performance” as one of the panelists in a special session on “Is the Marketing Function Influential or Not? We Should Really Be the Ones to Know!”  together with Bernie Jaworski, Linda Price,O.C Ferrell, Martin Key, Terry Clark, and David Stewart at Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference on May 18, Orlando, FL. 
  • served as session chair and presented the paper “Does Crowd Wisdom bring Wealth? The Impact of Crowd-sourcing on Firm Performance” co-authored with Zixia Cao from University of Colorado Denver in 6th Theory + Practice in Marketing Conference on May 19, Texas A&M University, Houston, Texas.
  • Her paper with Neil Morgan and Lopo Rego from Indiana University titled “Marketing Department Power and Firm Performance” published on Journal of Marketing, 2015, 79(5), 1-20, has been nominated as a finalist for two awards by the Journal of Marketing Editorial Review Board: the 2015 Shelby D. Hunt/Harold H. Maynard Award AND 2015 Marketing Science Institute/H. Paul Root Award.

Russell Laczniak, Ph.D., Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research and the John and Connie Stafford Professor in Business, along with Douglas M. Walker (Kansas State University), Les Carlson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and E. Deanne Brocato (Utah State University) (2016), had the following paper accepted for publication at Journal of Public Policy & Marketing: “Parental Restrictive Mediation and Children’s Violent Videogame Play: The Role of ESRB Ratings”.


Samantha Cross, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing:

  • Paper accepted for publication: Cross, Samantha N.N. and Mary C. Gilly, “The Impact of Diversity on Institutional Longevity,” International Journal of Research in Marketing, (forthcoming Issue 1, 2017)
  • Conference paper accepted: Cross, Samantha N.N., Robert L. Harrison and Mary C. Gilly, “The Role of Marketing in the Evolution of Thanksgiving,” Consumer Culture Theory Conference, Lille, France, July 2016
  • Conference paper accepted: Cross, Samantha N.N., Robert L. Harrison and Kevin D. Thomas, “The Multiracial Body in the Multicultural Marketplace,” Special Session on Multicultural Marketplaces: Theoretical and Empirical Ground Advances, Academy of Marketing Science World Marketing Congress, Paris, France, July 2016

Management Department

Andreas Schwab, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor of Management and Dean’s Fellow in Management conducted a professional development workshop titled “How to develop papers for submission to leading international journals” at the Sun Yat Sen Business School in Guangzhou/China on May 28, 2016. He was joined by Garry Bruton (TCU), David Ahlstrom (Chinese University Hong Kong), Brian Boyd (City University Hong Kong), Michael Carney (Concordia University), Eric Tsang (UT-Dallas), and Robert Wright (Polytechnic University Hong Kong).


Marc Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management; Florence Honoré, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management; Jeff Kushkowski, (professor in the ISU library, business librarian); Brad Shrader, Ph.D., University Professor of Management, and Robby White, Ph.D., Lecturer of Management, had their paper titled “Mapping the intellectual structure of governance research: A citation analysis” accepted for presentation at the 2016 International Corporate Governance Society meeting in Boston.


Brad Shrader was invited to be part of a panel presentation titled “Learning from Teaching Failures, Achieving Teaching Success” at the 2016 Strategic Management Society meeting in Berlin.


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

  • Conference paper accepted: Amiri, S., King, D. 2016. “Competing Explanations of Acquisition Divestment”, Midwest Strategy Conference, 23-24 June, University of Kansas.

News Coverage

May 16: University Relations (News Service) sent a news release including recent research by David King, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management.

News coverage includes:

May 13:  “Ames Tribune: Ames man chosen for national award,” Ted Bair, regional director of the Iowa State University Small Business Development Center (ISU SBDC) in Ames, has been named the 2016 Iowa “State Star” by the national Small Business Development Center organization, America’s SBDC.

Supply Chain

Toyin Clottey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management:

  • attended the annual conference of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers in Anaheim, CA. He presented his paper, titled “Determining core acquisition quantities when products have long return lags” on May 22.
  • He also received the award for best paper in the IIE Transactions Focused Issue on Design and Manufacturing 2016, that same day.

Joey George, Ph.D., John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business and Professor of Information Systems:

  • was on Faculty Professional Development Award leave during the spring semester 2016, which he spent as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
  • delivered the keynote speech at the Midwest Association of Information Systems conference in Milwaukee, WI, on May 20, 2016.

Undergraduate Department

Summer orientation for incoming freshman students starts on Tuesday, May 31.  The CoB will host eight sessions this summer, along with a transfer orientation on July 1.  To date, 562 students (+990 guests) have registered for the freshman orientation programs, so please welcome (or help guide) any stray students and families that you see in the building.  Thanks in advance to those of you helping with the orientation programs here and at the university level!


Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Multicultural Liaison attended NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity) in San Francisco, CA, in May.


Congratulations to Stephanie Larson, who was notified of her receipt of the ISU Award for Academic Advising Impact.  She will officially receive her award at the University Awards Ceremony in September.  Stephanie has served as an adviser in the college since 2003, and has had a tremendous impact on our students.   


Business Council sponsored the “Teacher, Staff, and Adviser of the Year” awards.  Recipients this year were: Mike Bootsma – Teacher of the Year; Angela Wagner – Staff of the Year; Tara Fisher – Adviser of the Year.  Congratulations to the winners, who were presented these awards at the CoB Awards Ceremony in April.


The United Way Food Drive was a huge success – the CoB One Can Challenge netted 16 boxes of food and $555 in donations.  Thanks to Business Council and co-advisers Tara Fisher and Melody Schobert for their efforts in getting the word out about this great service to Story County residents!


Beta Gamma Sigma inductions were held in April, with 57 new members.  Ginka Borisova and Tara Fisher co-led the event.


Gerdin Citizenship Program also concluded another successful year, with 22 students earning their certificates.  Tara Fisher coordinates this program.


Congratulations to Shannon Grundmeier, husband Jake, and big sister Katelyn on the birth of Grady Collins Grundmeier, born May 7, at 10:36 p.m.  Grady weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was 20.5 in long.  Welcome to the CoB family, Grady!

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