/April 2017

April 2017

April 2017

Dean’s Message

When the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings were released on March 14, we were excited to see our full-time MBA program has climbed six spots, placing us at #65 among U.S. MBA programs. We are now tied for second in the Big 12!

The month of April is going to be a busy one. We have many exciting events and activities this month, including two conferences that we are hosting. The first is the Business Analytics Symposium on Tuesday, April 4, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown — which is sold out!

The second is the Voorhees Supply Chain Conference on Friday, April 28. This year’s event (the 25th anniversary) will be held in the Sukup End Zone at Jack Trice Stadium. The theme is “The Future of Supply Chain” and promises to be of value for people in many different professions. Topics will include drones, automated driving, 3D printing, and more. There is still time to register. Please share the conference details with your friends and colleagues who may be interested in attending.

In between those conferences, we will also host our second annual Pride Week Panel Discussion (April 10), two CEO Speaker Series events (April 11 and April 18), and the Stafford Lecture Series on Banking (April 13). We are also a sponsor of the Young Entrepreneur’s Convention in Des Moines (April 21-22). I invite you to review the details of all events on our website, consider attending, and encourage your students to attend.

I would like to congratulate the nominees for the 2016 College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards, funded by the Dean’s Advisory Council. Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 26, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in room 1148 Gerdin, the Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall. A reception will immediately follow in the Bergstrom Commons. Please mark your calendars to attend this important celebration.

Nominees include:

Senior Faculty Teaching Award
John Wong, Brad Shrader, Kevin Scheibe, Mark Power, Anne Clem

Junior Faculty Teaching Award
Florence Honore, Samantha Cross, Tyler Morgan, Tyler Jensen, Sam Lee

Junior Faculty Research Award
Sophia (Hui) Feng, Haozhe Chen, Ginka Borisova, Todd Thornock, Mike Howe

Non-Tenure Eligible Faculty Superior Performance Award
Eric Smith, Mike Bootsma

Senior Faculty Research Award

Steve Kim, Dave Cantor, Jamie Brown, Diane Janvrin, Marc Anderson

Merit Student Impact Award
Karen Mallas

Merit Superior Service Award
Pat McGriff, Patty Hefflefinger

P & S Student Impact Award
Tara Fisher, Alex Andrade

P & S Superior Service Award
Lucy Berger, Emily Bowman, Gracen Kostelecky, Monica Sasse, Sarah VanVark

Accounting Department

Diane Janvrin, PhD, associate professor of accounting, has an article titled “Audit Information Technology Use and Perceived Importance: Have the Big 4 Lost Their Advantage?” with co-authors Jordan Lowe (Arizona State University), James Bierstaker (Villanova University), and Greg Jenkins (Virginia Tech University) accepted for publication in the Journal of Information Systems (an American Accounting Association sponsored journal).

Michael Bootsma, senior lecturer, received a master of science in taxation from Golden Gate University.

Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz, PhD, assistant professor of accounting, had a paper presented by his co-author, Abhijit Rao, PhD, director of the Communications Center, titled “Go Team! Implications of Flipping a Team-Based Learning Course” at the 2017 ISU CELT Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Scholars Panel in 2030 Morrill Hall on March 10.


Business Career Services

There are many internship and full-time job opportunities that we continue to identify and post on CyHire. Please encourage students who are seeking opportunities to check CyHire on a regular basis and to talk to Business Career Services for additional internship and comprehensive job seeking resources.

Employer Development

In March, our staff met with Fastenal, Fiserv, Liberty Global, Nationwide, Seaboard Foods, and Textron Aviation. We also met with a representative from an Amsterdam internship program.  

We are currently in the process of planning summer travel and employer visits. If you are aware of an employer you believe should recruit business students from Iowa State, please let us know and we will reach out to the firm or organization.

Student Development

Angela Wagner assisted with and attended the 2017 Union Pacific Marketing Case Competition dinner and competition on March 3, and the Collegiate Women in Business Dinner. Angela Wagner and Kathy Wieland attended the Delta Sigma Pi Appreciation Dinner. Kathy Wieland presented to Beta Gamma Sigma on Salary and Offer Evaluation and Negotiation.

Professional Development

Tanya Austin and Angela Wagner attended Team Based Learning – 5 week CELT workshop, and CELT workshop – Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions. Angela Wagner attended the ISU Conference on Race and Ethnicity on March 1. Melanie Gella attended the Quinnipiac G.A.M.E. VII Forum in New York City, March 30 – April 1.

Fall 2017 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Business Week September 11-15
Business Week Speaker Series September 11-19
Beta Alpha Psi Meet the Firm September 19
Finance Club Career Night September 19
Management Information Systems Club Career Night September 19
Marketing and Management Club Career Night September 19
Supply Chain Management Club Career Night September 19
College of Business Leadership Breakfast September 20
Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair September 20
Interview Day September 21

Dean’s Marketing

From Michele Appelgate, director of marketing and alumni relations — April is a busy month with seven high-level events that we are busy coordinating and promoting. In addition to events, I’d like to share a few of the latest promotions we’ve been working on. For the first time, we are promoting the CoB online summer courses. “Learn While You Earn” is a digital campaign that encourages students to take an online summer course while they are also earning money at their summer internship. You can see this campaign on our website and social media sites. We also purchased digital ads in the ISU Daily from March 20-25. The connecting landing page is still available here.

In March, we sent a new supply chain management postcard to all AACSB Deans (who rank us in the U.S. News & World Report survey), celebrating the many recent rankings. Also, we congratulated three people for being included in the Business Record’s Forty Under 40 class, and we are in the process of creating marketing materials to promote several new fall courses. Also watch for some new promotions for the undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship!

Are you purchasing promotional giveaway items, such as pens, water bottles, or shirts for an upcoming college event? Please send all promotional item design requests to Emily Bowman (bowmane@iastate.edu), even if the design consists only of the CoB logo. Items that use the university logo or the words “Iowa State” or “Iowa State University” are required to get approval from the Iowa State University Trademark Licensing Office. This will help keep your project on time by avoiding a potential rejection from Trademark.

Emily Bowman, graphic designer, attended the 2017 UCDA Design Summit in Greenville, South Carolina, March 30-31.

Michele Appelgate attended the AACSB B-School Communications and Development Symposium at Baruch College, New York City, March 27-29.


Priyanka Jayashankar, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of management and Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Sekar Raju, PhD, associate chair of marketing and management and associate professor of marketing, presented a poster with a focus on enabling healthy lives at ISU Faculty Research Day, March 21. The poster title is “Understanding how the poor perceive food availability: The role of social ties, food knowledge and demographics.”

David King, PhD, associate professor of management:

  • Invited speaker: University of Hong Kong’s School of Business, March 13, for presentation titled: Competitor Reactions as an Explanation of Lower Acquisition Performance.
  • Committee member: Iowa State University review and selection of Bailey Research Career Development Award for Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
  • Article published: 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, 28: 42-49. (published in German).
  • Paper accepted: “A Meta-analysis of 21st Century Acquisition Research” for presentation in a Divisional Paper session at the 2017 Academy of Management Meeting taking place August 4 – 8 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Andreas Schwab, PhD, associate professor of management and Dean’s Fellow in Management:

  • was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant to join the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) in Indonesia for the 2017-18 academic year. He will participate in a longitudinal study of entrepreneurial ecosystems in the batik textile industry.
  • will chair the awards committee of the Research Method Division at the Academy of Management.


Stephen Kim, PhD, dean’s professorship in marketing, had a paper titled, “Working More or Working Less? Contingent Allocation of Reseller Effort in Distribution Channels” (coauthored with David Gilliland) accepted for publication in Industrial Marketing Management.

Melika Kordrostami, PhD candidate in marketing,

  • presented a paper titled: Vijayalakshmi, Akshaya, Lin, Meng-Hsien and, Melika Kordrostami (2017), “The Sensation of Touch Makes Me Feel Better: Touch as an Antidote for PSA Ad Induced Negative Affect,” working paper, Society for Consumer Psychology Annual Conference.
  • thesis abstract was accepted for “3 minute thesis presentation,” 4th Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference, Iowa State University

New Coverage

February 16: The Business Record Daily AM promoted the Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture Series on February 22, with Adam Davidson, host of NPR’s “Planet Money.”

February 17: The Business Record Friday AM events section mentioned the upcoming Analytics Symposium on April 4.

February 17: The Voorhees Supply Chain Conference on April 28 was mentioned in the Business Record Friday PM Daily under upcoming events in Central Iowa.

José Antonio Rosa, PhD, John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow, was interviewed by Associated Press writer, Tali Arbel on the nature of multi-level network marketing organizations like Mary Kay and Herbalife, with particular interest in why they target women for recruitment. Rosa has done research into network marketing organizations and their influence on identity and identification.

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Johanna Amaya Leal, PhD, assistant professor of supply chain management, had the following paper published, “Urban Freight Policymaking: The Role of Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the journal Transport Policy. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967070X16303043

Toyin Clottey, PhD, associate professor of supply chain management, was nominated and won the teacher of the month award by the Business Council for the month of February.

Jacquelyn Rees Ulmer, PhD, Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Management Information Systems, and Tracy Turner, PhD, associate professor of finance, attended “Development: The Career Strategy That Works!” with workshop presenter Janice Fenn at the Hilton Garden Inn, Johnston, Iowa on March 1.


Summer and fall registration is open!  Registration began on March 21 and continues for all students, with assigned registration times through April 17. Registration for fall 2017 courses will remain open on AccessPlus though the fifth day of the term (August 25). 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 course. Prerequisite runs for fall 2017 courses will run after summer grades are posted August 8.

Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Kathy Weaver, Melody Schobert, and Diann Burright attended ISCORE (Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity) at the Memorial Union on March 3.  Brenda also attended the pre-conference session on March 1.

Diann Burright attended the Community College CAO Summit at Reiman Gardens on March 9. Speakers were Dr. Christine Johnson-McPhail, president emeritus and founder of the Community College Leadership Program and Dr. Davis Jenkins from the Community College Research Center.

Kelly Pistilli, Kathy Weaver, Anne Bonanno, Shannon Grundmeier, and Diann Burright attended the Adviser Appreciation Breakfast sponsored by CELT, on March 8.  A seminar discussion led by Brent Lohoefener (from University Counsel’s Office) regarding adviser note-taking in the new EAB system was also a part of the event.

Kathy Weaver accompanied the MGMT 367 students on their study abroad trip to Florence, Italy, over spring break; Tara Fisher accompanied the BUSAD 491 trip to Spain; and Taylor Shire travelled with the MBA and SCM students on the SCM 491 trip to China.

Ke (Karen) Huang attended mental health first aid training on March 3.

Taylor Shire attended the NAFSA (international educators) Conference in Atlanta, on March 7 – 10.

Sarah Adams participated in the ISU 4U Promise family event on March 29. This program works with Moulton Elementary School (in Des Moines) students, assisting them in navigating their pathway to ISU for their college careers.