/June 2017

June 2017

June 2017

Dean’s Message

Welcome to summer!

We celebrated the end of the academic year with our graduating seniors in a special College of Business convocation ceremony held Friday, May 5, at Hilton Coliseum. Here are our graduation numbers:

  • This spring, 772 students graduated from the College of Business. That includes 676 bachelor degrees, 94 master’s degrees, and two PhDs.
  • This summer, 109 students graduate from the College of Business. That includes 85 bachelor degrees, 20 master’s degrees, and four PhDs.

student shaking professors hand at graduationAs we look back on our convocation ceremony, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our faculty and staff for all that you did to make this event special for our students and their families. I would like to extend a special thank you to Scott Grawe for filling in for me this year (I was able to enjoy my own daughter’s graduation in Oregon!) and to Amanda Scott for her work organizing the event. This was another exciting year filled with many accomplishments. You all did an outstanding job!

The hallways are pretty quiet these days, but we do enjoy seeing students here for summer courses. We also promoted our online summer courses to students this year (“Learn While You Earn”), encouraging them to take an online class during internships or employment back home over the summer months.

A busy schedule with orientation began on May 30, and we look forward to meeting our future students. Orientation is an extremely important process and I would like to thank those who make it happen, in particular the staff in the Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office. Thank you for all that you do to make orientation a success! As you see groups coming here for orientation, and other college visits, please say hello and make them all feel welcome.

Results are in for the United Way Food Drive. According to the United Way of Story County news release, “Thanks to the community, this year’s ninth annual food drive broke a new record with a total of 13,848 pounds of food and supplies and over $5,000 donated. The donations were distributed to 13 food pantries in Ames, Cambridge, Colo, Huxley, Maxwell, McCallsburg/Zearing, Nevada, Slater/Sheldahl and Story City.” The College of Business collected 360 pounds of food (335 last year), and $870 in cash ($555 last year). The only unit to collect more items than us was the Department of Residence, but we collected the most cash! Tara Fisher, from the undergraduate office, and Haley Cook from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences served as the 2017 Iowa State University Live United Food Drive co-chairs. Nick Stanford, graduate assistant-academic adviser, helped with collecting donations. Thanks to everyone who helped and made donations!

For those of you traveling, for college business or personal pleasure, I wish you all safe travels.


Zhejia Ling, PhD, assistant professor of accounting, presented a paper “SEC Comment Letter Disclosures and Short Selling” (co-authored with Sam Lee and Zabihollah Rezaee) at European Accounting Association Annual Congress in May.

Diane Janvrin, PhD, William L. Varner Professor of Accounting, as chair of the American Accounting Association Accounting Information Systems (AIS) education committee, coordinated the AIS Bootcamp to increase faculty engagement with practitioners and integrate these ideas into the classroom. The bootcamp was held May 17-19, at Deloitte headquarters in Chicago.

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

  • Presented “The Role of Compensation Contract in Shaping Conservative Accounting: Evidence from Executive Clawback Provisions” at 2017 European Accounting Annual Congress in Valencia, Spain.
  • His paper was presented by his coauthor at 2017 European Accounting Annual Congress in Valencia, Spain. “SEC Comment Letter Disclosures and Short Selling.”
  • His paper was accepted for presentation at 2017 Conference on the Convergence of Financial and Managerial Accounting Research in Banff, Canada. “The Role of Compensation Contract in Shaping Conservative Accounting: Evidence from Executive Clawback Provisions.”
  • His paper was accepted for presentation at 2017 MIT Asia Conference in Accounting in Hangzhou, China. “SEC Comment Letter Disclosures and Short Selling.”

Business Career Services

Big XII Career Services Meeting

Kathy Wieland attended the Big XII Career Services meeting May 9-10, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, hosted by Oklahoma State University.

Tanya Austin and Meredith Williams attended Gallup’s Accelerated Strengths Coaching Program May 15-19, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Angela Wagner attended the Social Media Roundtable discussion hosted by the Department of Marketing on April 26.

Employer Development

In May, our staff met with Kum & Go and TMC/A division of CH Robinson.

We are currently organizing employer visits for the summer. If you are aware of an employer you believe should recruit business students from ISU, please let us know and we will reach out to the firm or organization.

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
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





Communications Center

The Communications Center is hosting an intensive series of workshops and lectures this summer to help international students with grammar, pronunciation, and overall written and oral communication skills. These meetings are cumulative and students will have plenty of opportunities to practice new skills. Currently, these events are being hosted in the Communications Center, 2148 Gerdin, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Please direct questions to Jamie Sass at jdsass@iastate.edu or stop by the Communications Center.

Dean’s Marketing  

Please visit the recently updated College of Business events calendar on our website to see what is coming up! We hope you will refer to this calendar regularly so you always know what is happening here at the college.

If you have an event you would like listed, please send it to Gracen Kostelecky, web manager. Here are some highlights of upcoming CoB events:

  • Alumni Zoo Brew – you are all invited to join us Wednesday, June 14, from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines for a “wild” event. This is coordinated by the ISU Alumni Association. All colleges at the university are invited to participate and connect with their alumni. We will have a table and game in the pavilion area (which has an overhead cover). Only people age 21 and older will be admitted to the park that evening. Please stop in to see us as we connect with CoB alumni!
  • Young Women in Business Leadership Camp (July 9-14) – a new program offered by the CoB for young women interested in exploring how their skills and interests translate to opportunities in business.
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    Molly Ryan

We would like to welcome our new marketing intern, Molly Ryan, a CoB marketing student. Molly will assist us each month with the CoB Online entry collections, various writing projects, event planning, and more. Please help us welcome her!

Website – the new CoB website is coming along. Gracen Kostelecky, web manager, has created a Beta site, which is currently under review by many people in the building. We are expecting to launch the new site this summer. Stay tuned for details!

Advertisements – Here are some recent ad campaigns:

  • Women of Influence (exclusive digital sponsor) – please share that link with people in your network
  • Brag Book – This annual magazine is published by the Business Record and highlights awards and rankings in Des Moines. We chose to promote our space in Capital Square (shown below)
  • Lift Iowa (shown below)
Red graphic with a photo of a tall downtown building at night

Red and white graphic about YWIB


Red graphic with three girls sitting in a circle about YWIB

red coffee tervisThe latest issue of the college’s electronic newsletter, Discover Business, was emailed to you May 23. This issue summarizes many of the successes we enjoyed during the academic year. This electronic newsletter is sent to all alumni, advisory councils, faculty, staff, business deans around the country, and friends of the college.

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. Simply contact Amanda Scott to place your order. Make checks payable to the College of Business.




Travis Sapp, PhD, Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Finance, presented his paper “Efficient Estimation of Distributional Tail Shape and the Extremal Index with Applications to Risk Management” at the Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida.

James Brown, PhD, Kingland MBA Professor:

  • Paper “Does Transparency Stifle or Facilitate Innovation?” (with Gustav Martinsson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Swedish House of Finance) was invited for presentation at the 8th Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Conference at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Paper “The Environment and Directed Technical Change: Pollution Taxes and Firm Investment in Innovation” (with Gustav Martinsson and Christian Thomann, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies) was invited for presentation at the 2017 Green Finance Conference at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
  • Papers “Growing Up Without Finance” (with Tony Cookson, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Rawley Heimer, Boston College) and “Weathering Cash Flow Shocks” (with Ivan Ivanov, Federal Reserve Board, Washington, D.C., and Matthew Gustafson, Penn State University) were invited for presentation at the Society for Financial Studies Cavalcade at Vanderbilt University.
  • Paper “Productivity Growth in the Financial Crisis: Evidence from Entrepreneurial Firms” (with Gustav Martinsson and Christian Thomann) was invited for presentation at the 2nd Entrepreneurial Finance Conference at the Vlerick Business School in Ghent, Belgium.


David King, PhD, associate professor of management:

  • Conference co-chairs: King, D.R., Demarie, S., Shrader, C.B. 2017, 8th Annual Midwest Strategy Meeting, June 8-9 in Ames, Iowa
  • Invited speaker: University of Innsbruck, doctoral seminar, (Skype)
  • Invited to second term on Journal of Management editorial board (2017-2020)
  • Accepted position at Florida State University as chair, Department of Management and J. Buryl Higdon Professor of Management

Andreas Schwab, PhD, associate professor of management and Dean’s Fellow in Management, and James Werbel, PhD, retired CoB professor of management had their paper titled, “Managerial Gender Diversity and Firm Performance: An Integration of Different Theoretical Perspectives,” selected for recognition as a 2016 Outstanding Group & Organization Management (GOM) Paper and nominated for a “Best GOM Paper” Award by the GOM Editorial Team.


Russell N. Laczniak, PhD, associate dean for graduate programs and research and John and Connie Stafford Professor of Business, had the following paper published: Laczniak, Russell N., Douglas M. Walker, Les Carlson and E. Deanne Brocato (2017), “Parental Restrictive Mediation and Children’s Violent Videogame Play: The Role of ESRB Ratings,” Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Vol. 36 (1), 70-78.

News Coverage

May 12: Johanna Amaya-Leal, PhD, assistant professor, was interviewed in an article for Business Record about her research regarding private-public actions that could help control congestion when trucks enter city downtown areas from the suburbs.

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Joey George, PhD, John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business, attended the MWAIS conference in Springfield, Illinois in May, where he was part of two panels: “Editors-in-Chief: Publishing in IS Journals,” and “Building JMWAIS – Editorial Board Discussions.”  His paper, “Media Choice in Asynchronous Deception Detection,” co-written with Roger W. McHaney and Manjul Gupta, won the award for second best conference paper.

Juan David Cortes, PhD, candidate of supply chain management, had his final dissertation defense on May 31.

Shih-Hao Lu, PhD, candidate of supply chain management, defended his dissertation on March 24.

Pamela Manhart, PhD, candidate of supply chain management, defended her dissertation on April 5.

Robert E. Overstreet, PhD, affiliate assistant professor of supply chain and information systems, was chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for The International Journal of Logistics Management in the 2017 Emerald Literati Awards.

Haozhe Chen, PhD, associate professor of supply chain management:

  • Invited to serve as a co-guest-editor of a special issue of International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management: “SCM 4.0: Supply Chain Management in the Digital Age
  • Appointed to the Academic Strategies Committee of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) for a two-year term.
  • Appointed to Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) 2017 Doctoral Dissertation Award selection committee.
  • Invited to serve as a logistics doctoral thesis adjudicator for the School of Graduate Research at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Invited to serve as a logistics doctoral thesis examiner for the School of Graduate Research at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Doctoral candidate Ms. Meihua Gu successfully defended her thesis titled: “Exploring Supply Chain Collaboration of the Manufacturing Firms in China” and was granted the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Rahul Parsa, PhD, senior lecturer of management information systems, had a paper co-authored with Jacquelyn Rees Ulmer, PhD, Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Management Information Systems, and Ramona Lee, titled, “An Approach to the Individual Claims Reserving Method,” win Best Paper Award for the ASTIN Colloquium. Parsa will present the paper at the August 2017 Colloquia in Panama.


Summer Orientation for incoming freshman students started on Tuesday, May 30. The CoB will host eight sessions this summer, along with a transfer orientation on June 30. To date, 620 students (plus 1,080 guests) have registered for the freshman orientation programs, so please welcome, or help guide, any stray students and families that you see in the building. Thanks in advance to those of you helping with the orientation programs here and at the university!

Brenda Thorbs-Weber, multicultural liaison, is attending NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity) in Fort Worth, Texas from May 30 – June 3.

Congratulations to Shannon Grundmeier – Adviser of the Year. This award, sponsored by Business Council, was presented at the CoB Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony in April.

Congratulations (and soon, farewell) to Nick Stanford, graduate assistant Adviser in the Undergraduate Programs Office who has been with us since August 2015. He graduated in May from the School of Education with his MEd in student affairs. He will remain on staff in our office through June 30, assisting with orientation programs and advising. Nick begins his professional higher education career as a resident director in Residential Life at University at Albany, SUNY on August 1. We wish Nick all the best, and thank him for his contributions to our office these past two years! Good luck!