/March 2017

March 2017

March 2017

Dean’s Message 

 It’s been a very busy semester, with many more exciting events to come.

One upcoming deadline I’d like to remind you about is the award nominations for the annual College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards, which are funded by the Dean’s Advisory Council. The deadline has been extended to Friday, March 10. This is a great opportunity to recognize our faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the college throughout the past year. Celebrating each other is part of our values. I encourage you all to take a few minutes to consider the fine work being done by your colleagues, and make appropriate nominations. All nominations should be submitted to Monica Sasse in the Dean’s Office. A full description of each award, the award criteria, and nomination guidelines are available from our awards webpage. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in room 1148 Gerdin, the Stark Lecture Hall, with a reception immediately following in the Bergstrom Commons. Please mark your calendars for this important event—we look forward to seeing you there!

Speaking of awards, Mike Bootsma was voted Best Professor by students who voted in the ISU Daily Student Choice Awards. Mike also received this award last year. It’s great to have students recognize the high quality faculty we have at the CoB. Please join me in congratulating Mike!

Each year, two colleges are selected to serve as co-champions for the Iowa State University Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE). It’s an honor for us to serve as co-champion this year with the College of Engineering. This is a welcome opportunity, and perfect timing since we have been doing so much good work in the areas of diversity and inclusion. A few examples include the recent Building Community event, an annual Pride Week Panel Discussion, the fall Building on Diversity: Higher Ed & Business Summit, and many more. Thank you to all who have been involved in these important initiatives.

Business Career Services

Thank you to the faculty and staff for their support of the career events for our students in the College of Business. Your attendance and support of student attendance at the Career Week events, Career Nights, Leadership Breakfast, Career Fair and the Networking reception are all appreciated.

We are excited to report 152 organizations participated in the 2017 Spring Career Fair to recruit College of Business students (-9.5% from spring 2016). There were 1,552 College of Business students that attended the Career Fair (+20.7% from spring 2016). For Interview Day, the day after the Career Fair, there were 367 interviews conducted (-14.3% from spring 2016). Also, 641 students attended one or more of the 24 career-related presentations during Career Week 2017.

This time of year, students are busy interviewing for internships and full-time positions. As you talk with students, please encourage them to submit salary offers, acceptances, and employment information to Business Career Services and to meet with us if they need assistance finding a job or internship.


Employer Development

Kathy Wieland presented to the SCIS Advisory Board with 25 employers/faculty in attendance. Our staff has also taken meetings in February with the following employers regarding recruiting of College of Business students: Fastenal, Fiserv, Hach, and Pizza Ranch HQ. Please let us know if there are employers you would like us to contact.

Student Outreach

Tanya Austin and Kathy Wieland presented to the Athletic Department on resume workshop to 50 students. Tanya Austin presented to University Studies 100x classroom on Career Services Overview. Tanya Austin presented to the Student Organization Leadership Luncheon over Career Week Highlights to 35 students/faculty/staff.

Professional Development:

Tanya Austin and Angela Wagner attended the CELT- Team-based learning workshops from January 26 – February 23. Tanya Austin and Melanie Gella attended the Respondus workshop on February 9. Melanie Gella and Angela Wager attended The Future of Higher Education Conference in Des Moines on February 22.

Communications Center

The Communications Center began an English Language Learners Club in February designed for international students to have a chance to practice talking, presenting, and writing in English for a business context. They will have the opportunity to engage other international students and learn to apply English skills to a wide variety of business documents and speaking opportunities. This club is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. For spring semester, it meets every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. in the Communications Center (2148 Gerdin). Students are still welcome to join! For more information, please contact Jamie Sass at jdsass@iastate.edu.

Dean’s Marketing

Emily Bowman, graphic designer, attended a Social Media Marketing Conference on February 15-16, in Des Moines.

ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

  • The 7th Annual Innovation Pitch Competition will take place on March 8, 5:00-8:30 p.m. at the ISU Maintenance Shop.  Please encourage students to attend or pitch!  Faculty and staff are welcomed to attend, too.
  • The CYstarters student accelerator has applications open for any student interested in launching a business or idea.  There will be a CYstarters’ Info Session on March 9, 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the ISU Memorial Union, room 3512.  Please refer students to www.isupjcenter.org.  The College of Business is a big supporter of the program and we are excited to grow the program this year!
  • The Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is coming up this spring.  Students from across Iowa will compete for (3) $5,000 seed grants and have the chance to pitch to John Pappajohn and his team at Equity Dynamics.  This is a unique opportunity for students developing business plans.
    For more info: www.isupjcenter.org/competitions/student-business-plan
  • Entrepreneurial Scholarships applications are open for students. We do have some specific CoB scholarships, so please share with any student that might have an entrepreneurial-mindset or business they are pursuing.  Application deadline is March 22: www.isupjcenter.org/learn/scholarships
  • Lastly, we have applications open for the Okoboji Entrepreneur Institute, held August 6-12.  Only eight ISU students will be selected.  More info at www.isupjcenter.org/programs/okoboji-entrepreneurship-institute

Management Department

David King, PhD, associate professor of management:

  • External reviewer: dissertation by Mai Anh Dao at University of Innsbruck (Austria) on: Creating value through acquisitions—Integrating strategic, organizational and procedural perspectives. Defended February 3.
  • Article accepted: Bauer, F., Schriber, S., King, D. Was Top-Akquisiteure bei der Integration anders machen: Ein Blick hinter gängige Dichotomien zur Ergründung unterschiedlicher Erfolgspfade. M&A Review (published in German).
  • Awarded Fulbright grant to study in Austria in 2018.

Marketing Department

Hui Feng (Sophia), PhD, assistant professor of marketing, presented her papers at the American Marketing Association (AMA) Winter Conference in Orlando, FL, February 17-19.

  • “Does Crowd Wisdom Bring Wealth? The Impact of Crowdsourcing on Firm Performance”, co-authored with Zixia (Summer) Cao, University of Colorado Denver.
  • “The Impact of Chief Marketing Officer Pay Reference Points on Firm Performance”, co-authored with Kimberly Whitler, University of Virginia.

José Antonio Rosa, PhD, John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow:

  • With Carlos Trujillo had a paper titled “Creativity and Socio-Economic Stratum: The Role of Hope and Integral Affect” accepted by the International Journal of Consumer Studies.
  • Presented a paper titled “When Consumers Struggle: Action Crisis, Cognition, and Commitment for Problematic Goal Pursuits” at the American Marketing Association Winter 2017 conference.  It is joint work with Richard Vann and Sean McCrae and under review at Journal of Consumer Psychology.
  • Was honored as Faculty of the Month by College of Business students for January 2017.

News Coverage

February 28: Dave Cantor, PhD, Walker Professorship in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, was interviewed in a news release, “Access to big data would help trucking companies improve safety and productivity,” by ISU News Service:

February 27: Joey George, PhD, John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business was interviewed by WOI-TV in Des Moines about the College of Business’ Neuroscience Lab and eye-tracking technology. The interview is the result of a News Service release. Watch the video here:  http://www.weareiowa.com/news/local-news/dont-lie-to-me-isu-reveals-eye-tracking-technology/663650219

February 23: Joey George, PhD, John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business was interviewed by KCCI-TV in Des Moines about the College of Business’ Neuroscience Lab and eye-tracking technology. The interview is the result of a News Service release. Watch the video here: http://www.kcci.com/article/eye-tracking-tech-trains-employers-to-pick-up-on-lies/8967870

February 18: Joey George participated in an interview with WHO Radio about ISU’s neuroscience lab and eye-tracking technology to detect deception. This is the result of a News Service story.

February 17: David King, PhD, associate professor of management, talked with Marielle Segarra, a reporter for Marketplace, about Kraft’s proposed merger with Unilever.

February 17: The Business Record Daily AM picked up a story from News Service with a statement from Joey George about eye-tracking being used in interviews with job prospects.

February 16: Joey George was interviewed in an article for News Service about eye-tracking technology to detect deception. The College of Business is one of a dozen in the world to have access to a neuroscience lab equipped with eye-tracking technology and an EEG machine for research. Read the article here: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2017/02/16/eyetrackingdeception

February 16: The College of Business Alumni Watch Party was promoted on Evensi. Learn more about this event to cheer on the men’s basketball team as they take on West Virginia here: https://www.evensi.us/alumni-watch-party-johnnys-hall-of-fame/200059486

February 15: David King was mentioned in the Hartford Courant by a co-author about research on the effect workplace relationships have on company environment and culture. Read the full article here: http://www.courant.com/business/dan-haar/hc-haar-sex-in-the-workplace-baker-20170213-story.html

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Zhengrui Jiang, PhD, Thome Professor in Business and associate professor of information systems, and Dengpan Liu, PhD, associate professor of information systems, had a paper accepted for MIS Quarterly titled, Feng, H., Z. Jiang, D. Liu. “Quality, Pricing, and Release Time: Optimal Market Entry Strategy for New Software-As-A-Service Vendors.”

Undergraduate Programs

Registration for summer and fall 2017 begins the week after spring break.  Seniors will begin registering on Tuesday, March 21 through the start of the term.

Please remember that business faculty cannot sign students into business classes. Registration for fall classes will remain open on Access Plus through the fifth day of the term (summer deadlines are much more compressed). If you have a student approach you to get into your class, please refer them to Access Plus or have them see John Wageman in 1200 Gerdin for assistance.  The College of Business enforces all course prerequisites.  Students must meet the prerequisite or approved substitute before registering for a course.

Sarah Adams, Taylor Shire, Lucy Berger, and Business Ambassadors led a youth program for 85 middle school students from across the state during the 2017 OPPTAG Investigation Series on February 2 and 16. The program, “Cy’s Pizza Pies” introduces students to basic business concepts through the creation of a mini business plan and Playdoh products. Working in a team participants develop, build, and sell Playdoh products while exploring opportunities in business.