//October 2016

October 2016

October 2016

Dean’s Message

We are excited to start the 2016-17 academic year and especially pleased to say we have another record-high enrollment! The College of Business fall enrollment is 4,772, which is a 6.4 percent increase over last year.

Since school started, our faculty and staff have been very busy planning multiple events, including the new CEO Speaker Series, Business Week, Career Fair, and the annual Young Women in Business Conference, among others. These events take a lot of time to prepare and host. Please join me in thanking everyone who helps organize our events.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings came out and we are pleased to see that supply chain management made its inaugural debut at 18th in the nation. That places it 14th among public universities. The College of Business undergraduate programs moved up in the rankings to 77th overall among AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)-accredited programs, from 80th last year.

United Way Campaign update:

We are now almost two weeks into the 2016 United Way Campaign. Our goal as a college this year is to raise $45,000.  You should have received your United Way envelope through campus mail. To those of you that have sent in your donations – thank you for supporting the United Way! If you have not already donated, please consider supporting the United Way as part of your philanthropic efforts (Deadline: October 15). The United Way of Story County supports 92 core programs and four community initiatives that serve more than 30,000 individuals in the Story County area. This includes ISU staff, faculty, and students. This also includes more than 2,000 children that are among Story County’s hidden hungry. One in four children in Story County qualifies for free or reduced lunch at their school. Some of these families are unable to provide food for their children outside of school, especially over the weekend or summer months.

After you send in your United Way donor card, please email Tara Fisher (tfisher@iastate.edu) to let her know you donated to the United Way Campaign. Your name will be entered into a College of Business drawing. No need to share how much you donated. It’s all confidential and no pledge is too small.

Here are some other fun ways to support the United Way campaign:

  • Casual Week in support of the United Way Campaign: October 3-7. For $20, participants will be allowed to wear jeans all week long. Participants will get a printed badge to indicate they are supporting the United Way. Payment can be made with Lucy Berger or Tara Fisher in 1200 Gerdin or with Heather Forburger in 2200 Gerdin. Checks payable to “United Way of Story County” or exact cash amount accepted. No change will be available.
  • Alma Mater Day – Wednesday, October 12. Pay $5 to wear your alma mater apparel with pride. Participants will get a printed badge to indicate they are supporting the United Way. Payment can be made with Lucy Berger or Tara Fisher in 1200 Gerdin or with Heather Forburger in 2200 Gerdin. Checks payable to “United Way of Story County” or exact cash amount accepted. No change will be available. The department or office with the highest participation among members will have bragging rights for the year. Be on the lookout for photo opportunities!
  • Chills for the Bill$ – Volume 2.0: Wednesday, October 12, at 12:00 p.m.
    • Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to donate money in a bucket for the person that they would most like to see have icy cold water dumped on them. The lucky “winners” will be the individuals with the most money and the least money in their buckets. Buckets for each individual will be located in the Dean’s office and the Undergraduate Programs office. There will also be tables set up in the Granite Hallway during lunch hours. Donations will be accepted October 5-October 11 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Amounts raised and lucky winners will be announced at our event on Wednesday, October 12 at 12:00 p.m. outside of Gerdin. All eligible candidates will be present and the “winners” will be a surprise.
    • All proceeds will benefit the Story County United Way Campaign. Coordinated by Business Council Last year, more than $2,200 was raised during this event for the United Way of Story County. We hope to top that!
    • Participants:
      • David Spalding
      • Danny Johnson
      • Russ Laczniak
      • Scott Grawe
      • Rick Dark
      • Jacquelyn Ulmer
      • Pol Herrmann
      • Bill Dilla
      • Sekar Raju
      • Tara Fisher
      • Gracen Kostelecky
      • Austin Hilbrands – President, Business Council
      • Dan Zabler – President, ISU Supply Chain Management Club
      • Jaslyn Clark, President, Collegiate Women in Business (CWIB)

Questions? Please contact Tara Fisher: tfisher@iastate.edu.

Accounting Department

Anne Clem, senior lecturer in Accounting and the Elaine R. Everson Teaching Fellow, received the University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching during a ceremony September 26 at the Memorial Union, Great Hall. The award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding teaching performance over an extended period of time.

Diane Janvrin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting, Bill Dilla, Ph. D., Professor of Accounting, and Yonghong Jia, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Accounting, attended the American Accounting Association Accounting IS Big Data Conference in San Francisco on September 14 and 15th. The Conference  was designed to build and deepen accounting academics and professionals’ opportunities for collaboration around big data and analytics and their ability to transform accounting operations and practices.  Diane and Bill also served on the Accounting IS Big Data Advisory Board responsible for developing the conference program and facilitating participant discussion.

Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Accounting, along with Sue Ravenscroft, Ph.D., Roger P. Murphy Professor of Accounting, attended the 2016 National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Central Region Student Conference held on September 22-24 in Milwaukee, WI. As faculty advisers of the ISU NABA Student Chapter, they traveled to the conference with nine business students from different majors who participated in a series of professional development workshops, career fair, and interviews with NABA’s corporate sponsors from across the nation.

William Dilla, Ph.D., Union Pacific / Charles B. Handy Professor of Accounting, received an award from the Accounting Information Systems Section of the American Accounting Association for outstanding service as a reviewer at the Journal of Information Systems.

Business Career Services

The Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair held on Wednesday, September 21, advised by Meredith Williams, had a total attendance of over 3,600 students and over 200 companies.

Meredith Williams received the University P&S Outstanding New Professional Award during a ceremony September 26 at the Memorial Union, Great Hall. The award recognizes a P&S staff member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments unusually early in his or her professional career.

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 8, 2017.

Mock Interview Day was held on September 14. We had five organizations dedicate their day to assisting students with interviewing skills and 109 students participated.

Interviews in Business Career Services
October brings a full calendar of interviews in 1320 GBB. Students are encouraged to schedule interviews around their classes as academics always come first. This policy is posted on our website.  Companies are generally flexible with interview scheduling.

Students can prepare for interviews and receive feedback on their interviewing skills during a 1-hour mock interview in our office. Any COB student can discuss options and schedule a mock interview through their career coordinator.

Student Development

Melanie Gella spoke to 16 students from the Multicultural Business Network on preparing for the career fair. Kathy Wieland spoke to the Global Business Club and Collegiate Young Women in Business.

Employer Development

Our staff spoke with the following employers during the month of September: Anderson Trucking Service, Aflac, Cargill, HNI, Nationwide, Principal Financial Group, and Renewable Energy Group.

Dean’s Marketing

Emily Bowman, Graphic Designer, attended a National Seminars Training workshop titled, “Digital Marketing Boot Camp” in Des Moines, September 19-20.

Website Update

From Gracen Kostelecky, Web Manager: Many people have been asking about an update on our new website. After several months of research, collaboration with faculty and staff, brainstorming, and workshop sessions, I have started the actual design process of the new website. Although I do not have an exact timeline or specific date of launch, I can tell you that things are moving forward and looking good. In the next few weeks/months, we will be doing some user testing, and sharing new sections and pages with specific departments for your review. If you have any specific content updates that you want to see on the new website, please send them my way. Thank you for your cooperation.

Gracen Kostelecky gave a presentation to the Iowa State Sports Business Club about his experience working in the athletic industry. He also attended the PRAMES 1/2 Day Learning Workshop, “Core Video Techniques.”

Finance Department

Travis Sapp, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance, has an article titled “Efficient Estimation of Distributional Tail Shape and the Extremal Index with Applications to Risk Management,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Mathematical Finance.

Management Department

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

  • with co-author William Starbuck, have their article titled “A Call for Openness in Research Reporting: How to Turn Problematic Practices into Helpful Tools” accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Learning & Education.
  • with co-authors Wei Zhang, Jing Zhang, and Sipei Zhang, have their article titled “Institutional Environment and IPO Strategy: A Study of ChiNext in China” accepted for publication in the Management and Organization Review.
  • with co-authors Rene Bakker, Robert DeFillippi, and Joerg Sydow, have their editorial article titled “Temporary Organizing: Promises, Processes, Problems” accepted for publication in Organization Studies.
  • with co-organizer Ioannis Thanos (Lancaster University), moderated a research method panel discussion on “Researching Processes in Strategy: Core Challenges and Opportunities” at the annual international Strategic Management Society conference in Berlin, Germany, on September 18.

Florence Honoré, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, presented a paper co-authored with Darcy Fudge Kamal and Cristina Nistor (both from Chapman University), titled “A Two-sided Matching Approach for Status-motivated Supply Relationships: Foal-sharing Contracts in the Thoroughbred Horse Industry,” at the Strategic Management Society Conference in Berlin, on September 18.

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

  • Article Published: Bauer, F.,King, DR, Matzler, K. 2016. Speed of acquisition integration: Separating the role of human and task integration. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 32(3): 150-165.
  • Conference Presentation:Kiss, A., King, D. 2016. A Temporal Perspective on Family Business Education, Strategic Management Society, 17-20 September, Berlin.
  • Chair: Teaching interest group panel on “Big Questions in Strategy Education Research” Strategic Management Society, 17-20 September, Berlin.

News Coverage

September 28: The Business Record Daily AM added a short article about the upcoming Building on Diversity Summit on October 21. The article can be found at:

September 26: The Business Record Daily AM added a short article and link to ISU news service release under its “Latest News” column:

September 26: James Brown, Dean’s Professorship in Finance, and David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean, were quoted in a release from ISU News Service. The article, “The Risk and Reward of Financial Sector Reform in the U.S.,” can be found at:

September 8: Tony Townsend, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Systems, was on “River to River,” Iowa Public Radio: http://iowapublicradio.org/programs/river-river-ipr-news-and-studio-one.

September 7: ISU Daily wrote an article about our new entrepreneurship degree, which was generated from our news release.

Eric Smith, Lecturer of Supply Chain Management, was quoted in the August issue of Progressive Grocer. The article, “Driven by Demand. Rethinking Strategies Can Help Grocers Shore Up Weak Links and Prepare for Multichannel Retailing,” can be found at:

Supply Chain and Information Systems Department

Robert E. Overstreet, Ph.D., Affiliate Assistant Professor of Department of Supply Chain & Information Systems had two papers accepted for publication:

  • “Leavin’ on My Mind: Influence of Safety Climate on Truck Drivers’ Job Attitudes and Intentions to Leave,” accepted for publication in Transportation Journal, with authors Stephen M. Swartz (Auburn University), Matthew A. Douglas (Air Force Institute of Technology), and Matthew D. Roberts (Air Force Institute of Technology).
  • “A Framework for Investigating Optimization of Service Parts Performance with Big Data,” accepted for publication in Annals of Operations Research, with authors Christopher A. Boone (Texas Christian University), Benjamin T. Hazen (Air Force Institute of Technology), and Joseph B. Skipper (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College).

Yoshinori Suzuki, Ph.D., Dean’s Professor of Supply Chain Management, and Juan D. Cortes, Ph.D., candidate in Supply Chain Management, have an article titled “A Tabu Search with Gradual Evolution Process,” accepted for publication in Computers & Industrial Engineering.

Undergraduate Department

Cindy Sheehy attended the 7th Annual Iowa Statewide Veterans Conference at the University of Northern Iowa on September 26.

“Snack and Chat” with your MLO has resumed for the fall semester! Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Multicultural Liaison Officer for the college, holds these drop-by sessions for students on (most) Thursday afternoons from 3-4 p.m. in 1301 Gerdin (a schedule is posted in 1200 Gerdin). Please encourage students to attend!

Sarah Adams, Taylor Shire, and Diann Burright hosted a COB overview session for new admissions staff training on September 1.  Topics included our majors, international programs, and undergrad connections to our grad programs. Ten admissions staff members were in attendance.

Carrie Graves-Warden and Diann Burright met with Brandelle Unkrich, Director of CIMBA international programs from the University of Iowa, on September 15, to discuss our participation in the consortium, along with planning and promotional ideas for this popular study abroad opportunity for our students.

Diann Burright facilitated a “What Would You Advise?” session for academic advisers across campus on September 12.

Kathy Weaver was inducted into the ISU Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as a Distinguished Member on Sunday, September 18.  She was nominated by CoB student, Cassidy Moore.  Congratulations, Kathy!

Stephanie Larson received the ISU Award for Academic Advising Impact at the 2016 ISU Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony on Monday, September 26.  She has served as an adviser at ISU/in the COB since 2003. This award is very well deserved!

Also, congratulations to Stephanie on being named Assistant Director, Undergraduate Programs! She is very deserving of this title, as she has provided wonderful service to our college and her fellow advisers for a number of years, and has been a strong champion for students. She has been adding additional administrative responsibilities and will continue to advise students, but will be of great support and leadership to the office, as well as a partner to the director.