/February 2017

February 2017

February 2017

Dean’s Message

For the second year in a row, we were the presenting sponsor for the Business Record’s annual Book of Lists Unveiling Event, January 5. Published annually in January, the Book of Lists is an extensive resource guide for business professionals in Central Iowa. We held this event in Capital Square, downtown Des Moines, for several reasons:

  • To increase our visibility in the Des Moines market
  • To highlight our classroom space in Capital Square, and to promote our professional MBA program
  • To network with alumni, business professionals, and key stakeholders in Des Moines

More than 450 business leaders, CEOs, professionals, and alumni attended. This was a high-level event that provided an opportunity for relationship building, networking, and promotion of our presence in downtown Des Moines. Of course, CY also attended and was a crowd favorite! We even had our own CoB Snapchat filter, which I am told was used widely. Thank you to our marketing team, Michele Appelgate, Emily Bowman, Amanda Scott, Gracen Kostelecky, and marketing intern Amy Griffith, for organizing such a great event.  You can read a recap of the event and see photos on our website.

We had a wonderful turnout at our annual holiday social on January 13 at the Alumni Center. Congratulations to the staff in the Dr. Charles B. Handy Graduate Office staff for winning the first holiday social photo contest. I’m pleased to report the success of our second food drive that evening. Our faculty and staff members donated four full boxes of items. Those items were all collected and donated to The SHOP, which is an on-campus food pantry benefiting Iowa State University students and employees. They appreciated our efforts and sent a thank you card expressing their sincere gratitude. Thanks to all of you who made a difference with your donations.

The spring Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair will be Wednesday, February 8. Please encourage students to attend. I would like to thank our Career Services staff for ensuring that this most important event runs smoothly.

I strongly encourage you to help us promote our upcoming study abroad programs. We have two trips planned this summer: ACCT 285 in Rome, Italy with Jim Cannon; and MGMT 370/MKT 340 in Valencia, Spain with Pol Herrmann and Sekar Raju. Please contact those faculty members or Taylor Shire for details.

It’s time to solicit award nominations for the annual College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards, which are funded by the Dean’s Advisory Council. This is always a great opportunity to recognize our faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the college throughout the past year. All nominations should be submitted to Monica Sasse in the Dean’s Office by March 1. A full description of each award, the award criteria, and nomination guidelines are available from our awards webpage.

Accounting Department

Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz, PhD, assistant professor of accounting, presented a paper co-authored with James Cannon, PhD, and Olena Watanabe, PhD,  titled “The Influence of Ownership and Regulatory Scrutiny on Earnings Management in U. S. Hospitals,” at the 2017 American Accounting Association – Management Accounting Section Midyear Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 6.

Sam (Sunghan) Lee, PhD, assistant professor of accounting:

  • discussed “The Complementarity Between CSR Disclosures and the Use of CSR-Based Performance Measures in CEO Annual Incentive Contracts” at 2017 AAA Management Accounting Section Mid-Year meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • had a paper presented by his coauthor at 2017 AAA Management Accounting Section Mid-Year meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “CEO Networks and Information Aggregation: Evidence from Management Forecast Accuracy.”
  • had a paper presented by his coauthor at Washington State University workshop series. “Do Debtholders Demand Less Accounting Conservatism for Socially Responsible Firms?”

Diane Janvrin, PhD, associate professor of accounting:

  • presented a paper titled “PCAOB Inspections: Entity-level and Application-level Control Deficiencies” co-authored with Maureen Mascha (Purdue University Northwest) and Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz, PhD, at the American Accounting Association (AAA) Accounting Information Systems (AIS) Section Midyear Meeting in Orlando, Florida on January 21.
  • In addition, is chairing the AIS Section Education Committee and was responsible for coordinating the review process and discussant assignments for the education submissions for this meeting.

Business Career Services

Our 2015-2016 full annual report is available online.

Student Outreach

Angela Wagner presented to Delta Sigma Pi on January 26, on business etiquette to 70 students.

Employer Development

During the month of January, our staff had meetings with ConAgra and Kingland Systems.

The Career Week Speakers Series for students in the College of Business began Monday, January 30 and continues through Tuesday, February 7. A complete schedule of speaker presentations can be found at: Career Week Speaker Series.

We would be pleased if you could attend the Leadership Breakfast, which will be held this semester on Wednesday, February 8, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in Scheman 167.  We will bring approximately 175 students, recruiters, and faculty/staff together on this morning for a full, plated breakfast buffet and networking. Please RSVP to Patty Hefflefinger, pkheffle@iastate.edu, if able to attend. Students may register to attend within CyHire under ‘Attend Events.’

The 2017 Spring Business, Industry & Technology Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 8 in Hilton Coliseum (12:00 – 6:00 p.m.). There are 147 employers registered to attend as of January 23. There will also be a networking reception held after the career fair. If you have not already done so, please consider inviting a Career Services staff member into your class to briefly share information about the career fair with your students. Interview Day will be held in the Memorial Union on Thursday, February 9. Students can apply for on-campus recruiting positions in CyHire NOW and meet with employers at the career fair to be considered for opportunities.

Spring 2017 Career Event

Career Week January 30 to February 3
Career Week Speaker Series January 30 to February 7
Finance Club Career Night February 7 3:00-6:00 p.m.
MIS Club Career Night February 7 7:00-9:00 p.m.
SCM Club Career Night February 7 6:30-9:00 p.m.
College of Business Leadership Breakfast February 8 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair February 8 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Interview Day February 9 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dean’s Marketing

Emily Bowman attended the “How to Strengthen Your Academic Brand and Boost Enrollment with Social” webinar hosted by Hootsuite and the University of Southern California on January 26.

With all of the new faces here in Gerdin, we were asked to provide a reminder of what each person on the Dean’s Marketing Team does so correct contacts can be made. Here is how we can assist you:

Michele Appelgate, director of marketing & alumni relations, supervises and leads the team. Under the direction of the dean, she aligns the marketing efforts with the College of Business strategic plan. She leads the team to create a variety of marketing materials that promote the college, our events, programs, our students, alumni, faculty, research, and others as needed. She collects entries for the monthly CoB Online, writes for and prepares the college magazine, Prospectus, each fall and spring. She also writes and coordinates the college e-newsletter, Discover Business, which reaches all alumni and key stakeholders once at the beginning and once at the end of each semester.

Amanda Scott, assistant director of marketing & alumni relations, assists with writing, marketing, and communications, with a heavy focus on coordinating CoB events. She leads the efforts to plan CoB convocation ceremonies, college conferences, lectures, and other events. She also serves as back-up when the director of marketing is away from the office.

Gracen Kostelecky, web manager, is the lead person for creating a new website for the college, which is making good progress. The site has been designed. Gracen is working with individual departments to complete the navigation and desired content. Gracen is also our main photographer and videographer.

Emily Bowman, graphic designer, creates flyers, posters, banners, plasma TV promotions, advertisements, and rotator images that you see on the home page of our website. Emily manages the college’s social media sites, and serves as back-up for photography as needed.

Amy Griffith, marketing intern, is a senior in journalism who plans to graduate in the spring. She has excellent writing skills and is helping us prepare content for marketing materials, including the website. She also assists with events, and helps coordinate materials for the CoB Online and Discover Business.

Management Department

David King, PhD, associate professor of management:

  • Article published online: Meglio, O., King, DR., Risberg, A. In Press. Speed in acquisitions: A managerial framework. Business Horizons: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2016.12.004
  • Invited to join the editorial board of Long Range Planning

News Coverage

January 25: Russell Laczniak, associate dean for graduate programs and research, was featured in an article from ISU News Service about research on the effectiveness of the video game rating system, which was published online in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. Read the article here: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2017/01/25/gameratings

January: Kathy Wieland, director of Business Career Services, was quoted in an article from The Key magazine, the national publication of Kappa Kappa Gamma titled, “Is Grad School Worth It?” See the whole publication and the article here: http://mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=370206#{%22issue_id%22:370206,%22page%22:0}

January 4: David King, PhD, associate professor of management, spoke with a reporter from NPR’s Marketplace about how Monsanto is responding to the threat of climate change. Hear the story about how the agricultural giant is helping farmers grow crops while facing changing weather patterns here: http://www.marketplace.org/2017/01/05/world/how-does-agriculture-giant-monsanto-respond-climate-changehow

ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

Pictured L to R: Tom Swartwood, (Drake University), Diana Wright, Linda Niehm, Younggeun Lee, Yiming Zhuang

The United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Conference took place in Philadelphia last week. The annual conference had over 600 entrepreneur educators and scholars attend, including from Iowa State: Diana Wright, Pappajohn Center; Linda Niehm, chair of entrepreneurship in human science; Younggeun Lee, PhD student in entrepreneurship; Yiming Zhuang, PhD student in supply chain.

CYstarters Summer Accelerator applications are now open for Iowa State students and recent graduates. If you have any students interested in starting their own business or have ideas, feel free to send them to Diana Wright, dkw@iastate.edu OR to www.isupjcenter.org/programs/cystarters to learn more. Applications are due March 29.

We love to promote and collaborate on events related to entrepreneurship, innovation, and improving Iowa’s businesses. The Pappajohn Center staff are also available to speak on these topics with advanced notice to your classes or committees. Interested? Email info@isupjcenter.org.

Supply Chain and Information Systems Department

Rahul Parsa, PhD, senior lecturer of MIS, was invited to serve on the Casualty Actuarial Society Exams MAS I & II committees, which is a national (international) actuarial organization that certifies casualty actuaries. Casualty actuaries have to pass a series of exams given by CAS and MAS I & II are some of them. For more on these exams, see http://www.casact.org/admissions/process/?fa=introduction.

Yiming Zhuang, PhD student in supply chain management, and Younggeun Lee, PhD student in entrepreneurship, presented a paper titled, “Integrating Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain Perspectives of Innovation: The Influence of Network Capability” at United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 21.

Robert E. Overstreet, PhD, affiliate assistant professor of Department of Supply Chain & Information Systems, had one journal submission and two conference submissions accepted:

  • “The myth of strategic and tactical airlift,” Air and Space Power Journal, with authors Jacob D. Maywald (Air Force Institute of Technology), Adam D. Reiman (Air Force Institute of Technology), and Alan W. Johnson (Air Force Institute of Technology).
  • “Reducing airlift inefficiency through aircraft selection modeling,” Western Decision Sciences Institute 2017 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, with authors Jacob D. Maywald (Air Force Institute of Technology), Adam D. Reiman (Air Force Institute of Technology), and Alan W. Johnson (Air Force Institute of Technology).
  • “Operating legally fatigued: A typology approach to understanding hours of service,” Western Decision Sciences Institute 2017 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, with authors Jason R. Anderson (Air Force Institute of Technology), Benjamin T. Hazen (Air Force Institute of Technology), Jeffrey A. Ogden (Air Force Institute of Technology), and Matthew D. Roberts (Air Force Institute of Technology).

Zhengrui Jiang, PhD, Thome Professor in Business and associate professor of information systems:

  • Received the Outstanding Associate Editor Award for MIS Quarterly for the year 2016.
  • Paper Acceptance: Wei Zong, Feng Wu, and Zhengrui Jiang. A Markov-based Update Policy for Constantly Changing Database Systems, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

Undergraduate Programs

Brenda Thorbs-Weber volunteered at the 19th annual “I’ll Make me a World in Iowa” in Des Moines on January 27 http://worldiniowa.com/.  This festival features an Education Day where hundreds of high school and middle school students come to learn about African American culture and explore higher education. The following day is designated for Celebrating African American Art’s Culture & Contributions at the Iowa Events Center.

Shannon Grundmeier, Kathy Weaver, and Melody Schobert attended the Mid-Year Learning Community Institute on January 27 in the Memorial Union.

Taylor Shire participated in a review of the Iowa State Rome facility/programs January 26-February 1.

Michele Kohrs is retiring from Iowa State on February 1.  She started her career at Iowa State as a temporary employee in 1993, and has been with the CoB since 1999.  She has skillfully and effectively served as a secretary in the UG Programs Office, and will be sorely missed.  She is looking forward to a future trip to Florida, spoiling her granddaughters (even more!), and loving life – cheerfully, as we’ve come to love about her.  We will miss her, and wish her all the very, very best in retirement – farewell, Michele!

Course Registration Reminders:

  • Registration for classes will remain open on AccessPlus though the 5th day of the term. At the end of the 5th day (Friday, January 13), class registration will close and students will not be allowed to add business courses or change sections.  If there is not an open seat in AccessPlus, a student cannot be added to the class.  If the course has an enrollment restriction that is not met (e.g. ACCT major trying to add a FIN restricted section, etc), and there is a seat available on AccessPlus prior to the end of the 5th day, students can see John Wageman during walk-in hours in the Undergraduate Program Office (1200 Gerdin) for assistance.
  • As a reminder, business faculty do not sign students into their classes or switch sections. Please do not discuss available seats with students or the possibility of getting added to a class. Referring a student to John ensures that they have meet the appropriate prerequisite for the course, that there is an actual seat in the classroom for the student, an extenuating circumstance beyond the student’s control actually exists, etc.
  • Prerequisites for spring College of Business courses have been monitored over the winter break. Students who are in violation of a prereq have been notified and provided instructions on resolving the violation or to drop the course. Additional prereq runs will occur prior to the start of term and after the first week of classes.  John will continue to work with students through the end of the registration period to resolve prerequisite issues before notifying the instructors.