/August 2016

August 2016

August 2016

Dean’s Message

Welcome back! It’s hard to believe it’s already August. We are looking forward to another wonderful school year at the College of Business. I hope you had a great summer and some extra downtime with friends and families. Soon, students will be moving back to campus and our hallways will be buzzing with activity again.

As you know, Information Systems Professor Brian Mennecke passed away in July during a boating accident while on vacation in Michigan.  I’d like to thank the many people who attended his funeral and provided his family with visits, cards, kind words, and prayers. We really do have a supportive family of coworkers here at the CoB and it’s a culture that means so much to all of us.

I hope you can join us at the College of Business Welcome Back Picnic Friday, August 19 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Moore Memorial Park in the Big Bluestem Shelter (same location as last year). An email invitation will be sent.

Please mark your calendar for the annual New Faculty and Staff Welcome Reception, to be held from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Friday, September 9 in the Bergstrom Commons. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. You will receive an email invitation soon. This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet your new colleagues. Please join me in welcoming the following new faculty and staff to the CoB:



  • Yonghong Jia, Assistant Professor of Accounting


  • Junyan Shen, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Finance


  • Xuhui (David) Wo, Assistant Professor of Management

Management Information Systems

  • Jon Beard, Senior Lecturer of Management Information Systems
  • Miguel Velasco, Lecturer of Management Information Systems
  • Tim Smith, Lecturer of Management Information Systems


  • Huifang Mao, Associate Professor and Dean’s Fellow of Marketing

Supply Chain Management

  • Johanna Amaya-Leal, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management
  • Meltem Denizel, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management


Alex Andrade, Program Manager, CyBiz Lab
Emily Bowman, Graphic Designer II
Katherine Clottey, Academic Adviser
Meleah Cue, Program Assistant, Graduate Programs
Lauren Drew, Assistant Director, Graduate Business Career Services
Heather Forburger, Program Assistant
Carrie Graves-Warden, Academic Adviser
Gracen Kostelecky, Web Manager
Travis Kramer, System Support Specialist
Kraig Paulsen, Director of Supply Chain Initiatives
Jayson Rose, Director of Development
Cindy Sheehy, Academic Adviser
Taylor Shire, Recruiter/International Programs Coordinator
Kathy Weaver, Academic Adviser

Accounting Department

Todd Thornock, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting has a paper accepted for publication: Holderness, D. K., K. J. Olsen, and T. A. Thornock. 2016. “Who are you to tell me that?!” The moderating effect of performance feedback source and psychological entitlement on individual performance.  Journal of Management Accounting Research (forthcoming).

Business Career Services

Career Professionals of Iowa Conference (CPI)
Melanie Gella and Jake Waddingham attended the Annual Career Professionals of Iowa Conference July 7th-8th at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA.

Midwest Association for Colleges and Employers (MWACE)
Melanie Gella, Angela Wagner, Kathy Wieland, and Meredith Williams attended the MWACE conference in St. Louis, MO July 27-29th.

Employer Development
During the month of July, our staff met with Denman & Company, Deloitte, EY, Federated Insurance, Greater Dubuque Development Corp., KPMG, PwC and RSM.

We are planning a trip to Denver and Dallas area employers during the month of August. 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.

Employers Circle

Business Career Services will host the Annual Employers Circle August 2nd at Reiman Gardens – Hunziker House. The Employers Circle will include our staff, several faculty/administrators and representatives from the top hiring organizations for the College of Business.

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 12th – 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 21st 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.

Dean’s Marketing

Michele Appelgate, Director of Marketing & Alumni Relations, Gracen Kostelecky, Web Manager, and Emily Bowman, Graphic Designer, spent two days at Publicis Hawkeye advertising agency in Dallas, Texas. This comprehensive ad agency was created by CoB alumni and Dean’s Advisory Council member Steve Dapper. This was a great opportunity for our team to “see behind the curtain” of a comprehensive full-service ad agency. They work with national companies such as T-Mobile, TruGreen, Delta Dental, and many more. They gave us a sneak-peak of some commercials they created for Bridgestone Tires, which will air for the first time during the Olympics. We met in small groups with experts who shared their processes for web, video, print, experiential, and digital campaign development. We came back with many great ideas to help our process here at the CoB!

Finance Department

Xiaolu Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance, had a paper titled, “Optimal Portfolio Selection with and without Risk-free Asset,” co-authored with Raymond Kan (University of Toronto) and Guofu Zhou (Washington University, St. Louis), that won the Best Paper Award of the 2016 China Finance Review International Conference. The conference was in Shanghai, China, July 16-17, 2016.

James Brown, Ph.D., Dean’s Professor of Finance, had a paper titled “Stock Markets, Credit Markets, and Technology-Led Growth,” (co-authored with Bruce Petersen and Gustav Martinsson), accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial Intermediation.

Ioannis V. Floros, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance:

  • presented a paper, “Raising Capital When the Going Gets Tough: U.S. Bank Equity Issuance from 2001 to 2014” (co-authored with Lamont Black and Rajdeep Sengupta), at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
  • was invited to offer a research seminar coming September at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship/CyBIZ Lab

The CYstarters Celebration took place July 29, wrapping up the 10-week student accelerator.   This was the first year of the program, which allowed the opportunity for Iowa State students and recent graduates to focus on launching their business over the summer.  The program offered funding over the course of the summer, mentorship and accountability from the Pappajohn Center staff, expert leaders on business topics ranging from story selling, how to build power teams, legal and intellectual property, product development and more! See the full list of graduating startups from the program.

Marketing Department

Beatriz Pereira, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing, completed the “Mediation, Moderation, and Conditional Process Analysis seminar,” a five-day workshop in Chicago from July 11-15 with Andrew F. Hayes, Ph.D.

Samantha Cross, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Marketing has a paper accepted for publication: Bennett, Aronté, Stacey Menzel Baker, Samantha Cross et al., “Omission and Commission as Marketplace Trauma,” Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. This paper is a result of the authors’ participation in the 2016 Transformative Consumer Research (TCR) workshop.

Management Department

Andreas Schwab, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of Management and Dean’s Fellow in Management had a paper that he co-authored with Chris Rider (Georgetown University), Jim Wade (George Washington University), and Anand Swaminathan (Emory University) titled “Racial Disparity in Leadership: Performance-Reward Bias in Promotions of National Football League Coaches” presented at the EGOS Conference in Naples, Italy (July 7-9, 2016).

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

  • Book chapter published: Patel, P., King, DR. 2016. Performance in cross-border, high-technology acquisitions. In Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, Volume 15.  Finkelstein, S., and Cooper, C. (eds). Emerald Publishing: Bingley, UK, pp. 115-144.
  • Article accepted: Meglio, O., King, DR., Risberg, A. Forthcoming. Speed in acquisitions: A managerial framework. Business Horizons.

Andreea Kiss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, was invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of World Business, a top journal in the field of International Business.

News Coverage

Des Moines Register reporter Bill Petroski is working on a story about plans to remove an old state symbol and slogan from the Iowa Capitol complex, and wanted to talk with someone about the decision to remove and importance of having a single state symbol/slogan. Russ Laczniak, professor of marketing, talked with Petroski for the story.

There was much news coverage of the death of Brian Mennecke, Ph.D., Professor of Information Systems, including these reports:

July 16, 2016: Iowa State Daily: story was updated to include comments from Brian’s students, coworkers and ISU President.


July 15, 2016: Iowa State Daily:

July 14, 2016: Ames Tribune:

July 14, 2016: KGLO Radio, Mason City, IA

July 14, 2016: WLUC Channel 6, Negaunee, MI, http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/content/news/386807751.html

July 14, 2016, Iron County Reporter, Iron River, MI:


Supply Chain and Information Systems Department

Yoshinori Suzuki, Ph.D, Professor of Supply Chain Management has the following papers accepted for publication:

  • “Economies of Product Diversity in Collaborative Logistics,” Journal of Business Logistics, forthcoming, co-authored with Shih-Hao Lu,D. student of Supply Chain Management.
  • “A Dual Objective Metaheuristic Approach to Solve Practical Pollution Routing Problem,” International Journal of Production Economics, forthcoming.

Zhengrui Jiang, Ph.D., Thome Professor in Business and Associate Professor of Information Systems, has a new paper accepted for publication (with Cai, Yuanfeng, Zhengrui Jiang, Vijay Mookerjee): “How to Deal with Liars? Designing Intelligent Rule-Based Expert Systems to Increase Accuracy or Reduce Cost.” INFORMS Journal on Computing, forthcoming.

Undergraduate Department

Brenda Thorbs-Weber has been working closely with three incoming students in APEX (Academic Programs for Excellence) this summer.  They meet weekly for transition/success programs and discussion, and recently met with Dean Spalding. These students are taking seven credits this summer. They will continue this fall in the CoB.  Each week, Brenda meets with the students providing them with opportunities to learn more about the College of Business.  Students also met with Dean Spalding to learn more what a Dean of a college does, and to gain tips for being successful at Iowa State.

As of July 25, 814 new incoming students for fall 2016 had been assisted with their initial registration processes, with additional students still seeking assistance throughout the summer.  We also worked with 26 new incoming summer entry students.  Orientation programs will conclude with International Student Orientation and a final “just in time” orientation session on August 16 and 18.

Please welcome Taylor Shire as our new Recruiter/International Programs Coordinator to the Undergraduate Programs Office staff.  Taylor begins her duties on August 1.  She joins us from the Mechanical Engineering Department on campus, where she served as a Program Assistant for undergraduate programs.  Please welcome her to the CoB!

With bittersweet feelings, we must say farewell to Lee Van Brocklin, who has announced his retirement, effective September 2.  Lee came to Iowa State University in 1990 as an NROTC Staff Officer, teaching junior Midshipman.  He retired from the Navy in 1993 and after a short stint with the American Red Cross, he started at Iowa State as an Adviser in EE/CPRE dept. in 1995.  He later moved to the FCS College (now part of Human Sciences) in 1997 as the Classification Officer, and finally moved to the CoB in 2005 as an Adviser.  Lee has spent 21 years at Iowa State (not counting his time as an NROTC instructor) and 11 years in the Undergraduate Programs office in the CoB. We are very appreciative of Lee’s many contributions to the college, where he served on the International Programs and Curriculum committees, as well as serving as an administrative adviser and course coordinator for BusAd 103 (101).  His focus on improvement, his ideas, and his ‘voice’ will be sorely missed, but we wish him all the best in his retirement.  He has requested there be no formal retirement event, so you may share your personal farewell thoughts as you choose.

Tara Fisher, Melody Schobert, Kathy Weaver and Brenda Thorbs-Weber attended a two-day Mental Health First Aid training in July to better respond to students or colleagues experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem.