/May 2017

May 2017

May 2017

Dean’s Message

It’s an exciting time of year as we prepare for our spring convocation and the university commencement ceremonies. I would like to thank all of our faculty and staff for making this a successful school year. We have so much to be proud of. Your passion and dedication to our students is always appreciated.

I hope you will attend the College of Business convocation ceremony on Friday, May 5. The ceremony begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum. Your attendance means a lot to our students and their families. Morgan Tully, a marketing and management major from Burlington, Wisconsin, will be our student speaker at the ceremony. You can read more about Morgan and all of our student marshals on our website. Congratulations to these outstanding students.

Olivia Reicks, a supply chain management major from Lawler, Iowa, will serve as the university student marshal for the College of Business at the university commencement ceremony Saturday, May 6. Olivia has chosen Eric Smith, a lecturer in supply chain management, as her faculty escort. Congratulations to both Olivia and Eric.

I’m pleased to announce we have two faculty members who received the Board of Regents, State of Iowa approval for promotions effective for the 2017-18 academic year. Faculty being promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure are Sunghan (Sam) Lee and Samantha Cross. Please join me in congratulating them both!

I would also like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards, funded by the Dean’s Advisory Council. Winners were announced during the awards ceremony on April 26.

P&S Superior Service Award: Gracen Kostelecky
P&S Student Impact Award:  Alex Andrade
Merit Superior Service Award: Pat McGriff
Merit Student Impact Award: Karen Mallas
Non-Tenure Eligible Faculty Superior Service Award: Mike Bootsma
Junior Faculty Research Award: Sophia (Hui) Feng
Senior Faculty Research Award: Jamie Brown
Junior Faculty Teaching Award: Sam Lee
Senior Faculty Teaching Award: Anne Clem

Congratulations to all!

Please mark your calendar for our Welcome Back Picnic, 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 18.  It will be held at the same location as the past several years: Big Blue Stem Shelter. Details to come!


James Cannon, PhD, assistant professor of accounting, received a Best Experiential Learning Paper Award at the Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning Conference in March for the paper titled, “Conceptualizing Co-Creative Strategies in Experiential Education: Individual versus Group Approaches” co-authored with Bryon C. Geddes and Hugh M. Cannon.

Kayla Sander, senior lecturer of accounting: The first College of Business Women in Business Advisory Board meeting took place on Friday, April 14. The board was established by Kayla Sander and Jennifer Kreiser to advise the many strategic women in business initiatives in the college geared toward current students and student recruitment. The board consists of the following members: Natalie Merrill, Renewable Energy Group; Jennifer Hasuer Struck, DuPont Pioneer; Miriam DeDios, Coopera; Sadie Hayes, Life Care Services; Sara Brandenburg, Allianz Life; Sarah Lucke, The Scoular Company; Erin Hofer, KPMG; and Rebecca Mohling, Permasteelisa North America. Thank you to all those who presented including Dean David Spalding, Jackie Rees Ulmer, Valentina Salotti, Taylor Shire, Melanie Gella, Kayla Sander, and Jennifer Kreiser.

Business Career Services

Employer Development

In April, our staff met with CliftonLarsonAllen, Gardiner Thomson, Global Reach, Kum and Go, Landus, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Plante Moran, RSM, and Ruan.

Melanie Gella attended the Commercial Real Estate Trends & Issues Forum in Urbandale. Kathy Wieland presented at the Dean’s Advisory Council with updates to Career Services. Kathy Wieland also attended Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge luncheon.

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 University, please let us know and we will reach out to the firm or organization.

Student Development

Kathy Wieland attended Delta Sigma Pi Faculty Appreciation Dinner, and presented at Beta Gamma Sigma on “Offer Evaluation and Negotiation.” Melanie Gella and Sarah Van Vark presented to U ST 104 on “Networking and Comprehensive Job Search.” Melanie Gella attended the Finance Club trip to Chicago and Muscatine where they visited with Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Export-Import Bank, Freddie Mac, HNI, and Perkins Asset Management.

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        

Gracen Kostelecky, web manager, attended the Front End Design Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, 20-21.

Michele Appelgate, director of marketing and alumni relations, and Emily Bowman, graphic designer, participated in a Social Media Roundtable Discussion on April 26, to provide input on the content that should be included in the College of Business MKT361X Social Media Marketing Strategy course offered fall 2017.

From Michele Appelgate — The spring issue of Prospectus was mailed at the end of April. All faculty and staff members at the CoB should have received one in the mail (at work or home, depending on the mailing preferences you have on file with the ISU Foundation).  We have extra copies if you would like to share them at your events, or with students, and family. Prospectus Online is also available.

As we close our academic year, I’d like to thank my team for all of the amazing work they have done. Gracen Kostelecky, Emily Bowman, Amanda Scott, and our marketing intern, Amy Griffith have gone above and beyond to plan and promote all of our events and college successes. We wish Amy well as she graduates in May from the ISU Greenlee School of Journalism and begins her full-time career. Amy has agreed to continue as a freelance writer for us, so you may have an opportunity to work with her again.

Events – My team is working on a plan to improve how we communicate college events to everyone in the building. Currently, we have two places where we communicate upcoming events with you: 1) CoB Online 2) The EVENTS calendar on the college website. Please visit the EVENTS calendar web page often to see what is on the schedule. As you plan your own team/department events, you can see what else is on the schedule so events can be spaced out if possible. We update that web page as soon as details are confirmed and shared with us. We are also seeking ways to improve communication in a timely manner for you. Also, college events are shared on our social media platforms. We encourage you to follow us there as well. They are all accessible from our website at the bottom of the home page.

Have you seen the new CoB coffee tumblers? These were purchased as speaker gifts and social media giveaway items. With all of the interest, we will make these available for all faculty and staff. The cost is $8.00 per tumbler. Beginning Monday, May 8, simply contact Amanda Scott to place your order. Make checks payable to the College of Business, or provide exact change for cash.


Ginka Borisova, PhD, associate professor of finance, had a paper titled, “CEO Compensation and Government Ownership” co-authored with Jesus Salas, and Andrey Zagorchev, presented at the Eastern Finance Association annual meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.

ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship 

  • Meet the 2017 CYstarters cohort. CYstarters is a 10-week student accelerator offered through the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. This summer 13 teams will go through the program and receive funding, accountability, educational sessions, mentorship, and collaborative workspace. We invite the CoB faculty and staff to the CYstarters’ Community 2017 Kick-Off on Wednesday, May 24, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility. RSVP at http://www.isupjcenter.org/event/cystarters-community-2017-kick-off/
  • Iowa State students competed as finalists at the statewide Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition held in downtown Des Moines on April 21. Nolan Herlocker (Propelled Solutions), Steven Brockshus (Terva), and Mitchell Hora (Continuum Ag) represented Iowa State. The top three statewide finalists received $5,000 with Mitchell Hora from ISU receiving one of the top awards!
  • The Young Entrepreneurs Convention took place this year on April 21 – 22, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. During the two-day conference geared towards aspiring young entrepreneurs, Nolan Herlocker (senior in industrial technology and president of the ISU Entrepreneur Club) took second place in the Elevator Pitch among 60 applicants.
  • Congratulations to Ted Bair with the ISU SBDC on his retirement! Ted was awarded the Iowa Secretary of State’s Impact Award for his work in helping hundreds of small businesses get their start. See photo the left.


Priyanka Jayashankar, adjunct assistant professor of management and Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Sekar Raju, PhD, Gerald and Margaret Pint Faculty Fellow and associate chair of marketing and management, presented a poster at the Global Food Security Consortium, Iowa State University, on April 12. 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:

  • Article published online: King, DR., Sekerka, L. In Press. “Managing Competing Interests: A Review of Ethics in Military Procurement.” Public Integrity: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10999922.2016.1276789
  • Article accepted: King, D.R., Schriber, S., Bauer, F. 2017. “Resilience in Acquisition Integration,” Strategic Management Society Annual Conference. Houston, Texas, October 28-31 October.
  • Article accepted: Amiri, S., King, D., DeMarie, S. 2017. A Review of Corporate Divestment Antecedents and Processes. 8th Annual Midwest Strategy Meeting, June 8 – 9, Ames, IA.

Younggeun Lee, PhD student of entrepreneurship:

  • Conference paper accepted: Lee, Y., & Kreiser, P.M. (2017). “Ambidexterity in Entrepreneurial Firms: The Influence of Dynamic Capabilities,” Strategic Management Society Special Conference, June 2 – 4, Banff, Canada
  • Conference proceedings published/presented: Zhuang, Y., & Lee, Y. (2017). “Integrating Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain Perspectives of Innovation: The Influence of Network Capability,” United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference Proceedings(p. 1300). United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
  • Conference poster presented: Lee, Y., & Kreiser, P.M. Entrepreneurial Orientation, Ambidexterity, and Firm Performance: The Moderating Role of Dynamic Capabilities, 2017 Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference, April 12, Iowa State University
  • Conference poster presented: Lee, Y., & Zhuang, Y. Entrepreneurial Orientation, Sustainable Supply Chain Practices and Firm Performance: The Moderating Role of Network Capability, 2017 Graduate and Professional Student Research Conference, April 12, Iowa State University


Verónica Martín Ruiz, PhD student of marketing, and José A. Rosa, PhD, John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow, had a paper titled, “Methods to Improve Construct Measurement Equivalency in Cross-Cultural Consumer Research” accepted for presentation at 2017 AMA Summer Conference.

Russell Laczniak, PhD, John and Connie Stafford Professor in Business and associate dean for graduate programs and research, presented the paper titled, “Children’s Consumption of Violent Videogames: Parental Influence and Public Policy Recommendation” at the Symposium of Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Notre Dame on April 3.

Stephen Kim, PhD, Dean’s Professor of Marketing:

  • had a manuscript titled, “Dual Control of Salesforce in Partially Integrated Channels” (coauthored with Amrit Tiwana) accepted for publication in Journal of Retailing.
  • had a manuscript co-authored with Pushpinder Gill, PhD student in marketing, titled, “When Does a Manager Matter in Franchising? Unpacking the Effect of Routine Enforcement” accepted to the 2017 Summer AMA Conference in San Francisco.

News Coverage

April 25: David King, PhD, associate professor of management, had a live interview with WHO TV 13 for the 4:00 p.m. newscast to discuss his latest research on competition and self-interests in business.

April 25: Science Newsline picked up an ISU News Service article of an interview with David King and his research on self-interests and competition in business. See the article here: http://www.sciencenewsline.com/news/2017042513450021.html

April 24: David King was interviewed in an article from ISU News Service about his research on competition and self-interests in business. Read the release here: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2017/04/24/selfinterests

April 8: The Iowa State Daily featured an article on Pride Week 2017 and mentioned the College of Business panel discussion, “Inclusion in the Workplace,” on April 10.

March 31: The 4th annual innovationIowa Magazine Launch Party 2017 on April 5, sponsored by the College of Business, was promoted in the Business Record’s Friday PM Daily.

March 31: The 2017 College of Business Analytics Symposium on April 4, was promoted in the Business Record’s Friday PM Daily.

Diana Wright, ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and Steven Brockshus, senior in agriculture business and part of last summer’s CYstarters program both were interviews on KHOI radio for the Business Connect program.  Listen here: http://archive.khoifm.org/mp3/khoi_170421_130000BusinessConnect.mp3


Supply Chain and Information Systems

Joey George, PhD, John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business:

  • Invited member of panel, “Negotiating the Job Search,” 2017 Big XII+ MIS Research Symposium, University of Nebraska Omaha, April 8.
  • Invited presentations: “Neuroscience and Information Systems: The Case for Eye Tracking,” presented at the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, April 20; “E-Commerce and Deception,”presented at the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, April 21.
  • Winner of Iowa State University 2017 Exemplary Faculty Mentor award

Toyin Clottey, PhD, associate professor of supply chain management, had an extended abstract titled, “Evaluating Progress Information Sharing when Sourcing Recovered Materials for Eco-products” accepted for presentation in the special issues track on responsible operations, at the 2017 Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM) conference. The conference will be held on June 20 and 21, at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with only 10 out of 63 abstracts selected for presentation.

Johanna Amaya Leal, PhD, assistant professor of supply chain management, will be part of the POMS 14th Annual Program for Emerging Scholars during the POMS 2017 Conference in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, May 7. The goal of this by-invitation-only program is to provide junior professionals with career building advice in developing excellence in their personal programs of teaching, research, and service in operations management. The program is highly interactive and will feature internationally recognized senior OM scholars as discussion leaders.

Shuang (Sophie) Zhai, PhD student of information systems, presented a paper co-authored with Zhu (Drew) Zhang, PhD, associate professor of information systems and Kingland Faculty Fellow in Business Analytics, and Joey George, PhD, professor of information systems and John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business, titled, “The evolution of MIS Intellectual Core,” at the 15th Annual Big XII + MIS Symposium at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Patricia (Pat) Oswald joins the Undergraduate Programs Office on May 1. She will serve as a program assistant, helping to oversee the student office assistants, processing time/leave for all staff, managing the overall office operations and student records, and working with recruitment, advising, and the delivery of other student services provided by the office. Please welcome Pat to the CoB!

Tara Fisher attended “LGBTQIA+ 101: Best Practices for Supporting Students” two-day training on February 27 and March 6.

Undergraduate staff (along with colleagues from Career Services and Graduate Programs) participated in VIRT (Violent Incident Response Training) on Tuesday, March 28.

Taylor Shire served as a selection panelist for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in Houston, Texas on Wednesday, April 5.

Shannon Grundmeier, Diann Burright, Kelly Pistilli, Kathy Weaver, and John Wageman attended the Iowa Academic Advising Network annual drive-in conference at the FFA Enrichment Center at DMACC on April 13. (Shannon continues to serve on the Board of Directors for this organization for another year.)

Sarah Adams and Taylor Shire provided College of Business learning content to 2nd graders at Moulton and King Elementary Schools on April 18 and 19. Lucy Berger assisted with the programs both days.

Shannon Grundmeier, Diann Burright, Kelly Pistilli, Tara Fisher, Michele Tapp, Carrie Graves-Warden, Melody Schobert, Stephanie Larson, Anne Bonanno attended “How to Support Veteran and Military Students” coordinated by the ISU Veterans Center on April 18.

Taylor Shire, Melody Schobert, and Karen Huang attended the NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Iowa Conference at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday, April 26. Karen Huang and Melody Schobert presented a session titled, “Creating Opportunities for Intercultural Interactions.”

Beta Gamma Sigma inductions were held on April 24, with 51 new members. Ginka Borisova, Amanda Scott, and Tara Fisher co-led the event.

Gerdin Citizenship Program also concluded another successful year, with 20 students earning their certificates on April 24. Tara Fisher coordinates this program.

Prerequisites for summer College of Business courses will be reviewed for each four-week summer session (May, June, and July). Students who do not have the required prerequisite will be contacted, and instructors will receive a list of students who remain in violation. Prerequisites for fall College of Business courses will be monitored starting mid-August after summer grades have been posted.  Students who are in violation of a prerequisite will be notified prior to and after the start of fall semester.  Instructors will receive a list of students who remain in violation after the first week of classes.