/July 2017

July 2017

July 2017

Dean’s Message

Happy 33rd anniversary to the College of Business! On July 1, 1984, the College of Business Administration officially opened for students.

It was great having future students and their families in the building last month during orientation. They bring a lot of excitement and energy into the building! Organizing orientation is no easy task. Please join me in thanking the many people who helped organize all of the visits, in particular those in the Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office, as well as others who assisted. You’ve all done a wonderful job to make orientation such a positive event for incoming students and their families.

Please mark your calendar for the College of Business Welcome Back Picnic on Friday evening, 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 18.  Please note the new location this year: Brookside Park, 1325 6th Street, in the Maple Shelter. You will receive an email invitation soon.

I hope you are enjoying your summer with friends and family.


Jim Cannon, PhD, assistant professor of accounting:

  • Received the MBA Advisory Council Teaching Excellence Award
  • Along with his co-authors, had two papers accepted and presented at the Conference on the Convergence of Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Presented “Evaluating Operations-based Data in Earnings Prediction: A Study of the U.S. Airline Industry,” co-authored with Taylor Randall (University of Utah), Christian Terwiesch (University of Pennsylvania), and Olena Watanabe, assistant professor of accounting.

Olena Watanabe, PhD, assistant professor of accounting, presenting “Does State Community Benefits Regulation Influence Charity Care and Operational Efficiency of U.S. Nonprofit Hospitals?” co-authored with Melvin Lamboy Ruiz, PhD, assistant professor of accounting, and Jim Cannon.

Business Career Services

Kathy Wieland is serving as a 2016-2017 university representative in the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge program. The culmination of the program is travel with 11 students from six institutions along with Land O’Lakes staff/leadership to view applications of the program solutions in Tanzania and Ethiopia the last two weeks of June.

Professional Development

NACE Annual Conference

Tanya Austin, Melanie Gella, Angela Wagner, Meredith Williams, and Kathy Wieland attended the Annual NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Conference June 6-9 in Las Vegas, NV.  This conference included professional development opportunities for our staff relating to career services and trends. Melanie GellaAngela Wagner, and Meredith Williams attended Roadmap to Intercultural Competence Workshop during the NACE conference.

Angela Wagner and Meredith Williams attended Metro Women Connect, “Get Fierce in 2017: Transform Conversations” in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 13.

Angela Wagner and Meredith Williams attended Fast-Track Iowa’s Future Conference in Des Moines, Iowa on June 21, at the Iowa Events Center.

Melanie Gella, Sarah Van Vark, and Meredith Williams attended The Research-Based Flipped Classroom – Team-Based Learning on June 27-29.

Tanya Austin attended training from the CareerLeader Career Coaching Institute on “Helping Students Get the Most out of CareerLeader” on June 26, in San Francisco, California. Career Leader-College is the assessment tool we use with undecided students within the College of Business.

Employer Development

In June, our staff met with Allegiant Airlines, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hormel, MGM Resorts, Principal Financial Group, TMC Transportation, and Zappos.

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.

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 2


Dean’s Marketing

Gracen Kostelecky, web manager, sent an email to the faculty and staff at the end of June about testing the beta website. He will keep everyone updated on a timeline with launch of the new site and any updates or information you might need to know. If you have any feedback on the beta site, please email him at gracenk@iastate.edu, or fill out the “Contact Web Master” form in the bottom right footer of the web page by Wednesday, July 5. You can access the beta site at the URL, https://www.business.iastate.edu/.

Do you have a guest speaker coming to your class in the fall? We would love to help welcome them by providing a CoB branded gift. Just contact Amanda Scott and she will help you organize the gift.


Ioannis V. Floros, PhD, associate professor of finance:

  • Paper “A Detailed Look at the Total Stock Market Failure” (co-authored with David Florysiak and Shane A. Johnson) was presented by co-author at the research seminar series at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • Presented the paper “At-The-Market Offering” (co-authored with Matthew T. Billett and Jon A. Garfinkel) at the 2017 FMA European Conference in Lisbon.
  • The paper “Reducing uncertainty through a two-stage IPO” (co-authored with Rebel A. Cole and Vladimir I. Ivanov) was presented by co-author at the “Elevator Pitch” session of the 2017 FMA European Conference in Lisbon.

Roger Stover, professor of finance, co-authored a paper presented at the Western Economic Association’s annual meeting.


Younggeun Lee, PhD student in entrepreneurship, and Patrick M. Kreiser, PhD, Bob and Kay Smith Fellow in Entrepreneurship and associate professor of management, presented a paper titled, “Ambidexterity in Entrepreneurial Firms: The Influence of Bricolage Capability” at the Strategic Management Society Special Conference in Banff, Canada on June 4.

Patrick Kreiser was recently invited to join the Editorial Review Board at Journal of Business Venturing.


Stephen Kim, PhD, Dean’s Professor of Marketing, had a manuscript titled, “Making Channel Incentives Work: A Discriminating Match Framework” (coauthored with Youngsu Lee) accepted for publication at Industrial Marketing Management.

Beatriz Pereira, assistant professor of marketing, and Jose Rosa, professor of marketing and John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow, attended the “2017 Transformative Consumer Research Conference”, and presented the paper “Staying on the Virtuous Path: Helping Consumers Do What They Should” (co-authored with Richard Vann, Jason Stornelli, Catalina Estrada, and Carlos Trujillo).

News Coverage

Many news outlets published the names of students who made the CoB Dean’s list. They include:

June 20: Iowa State University featured a story about the Multicultural Business Network (MBN) on its homepage, “It’s not just business. It’s an adventure.” See the article here:  http://www.iastate.edu/stories/2017/06/business


Supply Chain and Information Systems

Emily Kohnke, lecturer of supply chain management, and her co-authors had a paper accepted by Production and Operations Management titled, “Delivering Long-term Surgical Care in Underserved Communities: The Enabling Role of International NPOs as Partners.”

Yiming Zhuang, PhD student in supply chain management, presented a paper co-authored with Younggeun Lee, titled, “Environmental Supply Chain Practices in Entrepreneurial Firms: The Role of Network Capability” at the Midwest Strategy Meeting at Iowa State University on June 9.


Brenda Thorbs-Weber, multicultural liaison, coordinated a program for 30 high school juniors in the Early Outreach Program who visited the College of Business, on June 21. Judi Eyles, assistant director of the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, talked with students about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Brenda is also working with our five new APEX (Academic Program for Excellence) students weekly throughout the summer. In these sessions, the students are introduced to resources, skill building, academic and career planning, and transition to the university. They will take part in a service learning project and also meet with the dean on July 5.

Summer EIS (Experience Iowa State) programs will be held on July 20, 24, 27, and 31. The Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office recruitment staff will host business guests at 10:00 a.m. in 2118 Gerdin. Also attending will be Career Services career coordinators.

New Student Orientation for freshmen wrapped up on June 29, with an additional transfer orientation on June 30. Approximately 650 new freshmen were seen at summer orientation, with around 70 new transfer students between the two summer sessions. Transfer students also attended orientation sessions in April, and are continuing to complete the online orientation and schedule classes, so numbers continue to add up. A ‘last chance’ orientation along with international student orientation are yet to come in mid-August. Our CoB enrollment is projected to remain strong, and up yet again from last fall.

Sarah Adams hosted 83 high school students from across Iowa during the State 4-H Conference June 27-29. Participants attended Cy’s Pizza Pies, a hands-on business simulation involving the creation of play-doh products, in Gerdin.

The Young Women in Business – Leadership Camp will be held July 9-14. This new opportunity will bring together 50 young women grades 9-12 from across the country for a week of exploration and fun! Campers will spend their days in the Gerdin Business Building attending workshops hosted by CoB faculty and staff, exploring opportunities in business, and completing a project for local non-profits Youth and Shelter Services and Iowa Arboretum. Evenings will be spent at the 4-H Camp for traditional camping activities. Follow our week of camp on CoB social media sites or learn more at http://www.business.iastate.edu/ywib/leadership-camp/