/October 2017

October 2017

October 2017

Dean’s message

What an amazing start to the school year this has been! On the second day of classes, we celebrated a $7 million commitment from the Gerdin Charitable Foundation for our building expansion. A few weeks later, on September 11, we announced the historic $50 million gift from Debbie and Jerry Ivy to name the college. The impact and importance of these gifts cannot be over-emphasized. To put this in perspective, only 14 business colleges in the United States have ever received a gift larger than $50 million. We are among an elite group of colleges. Thank you to all who provided written notes of thanks to both the Gerdin family and Debbie and Jerry Ivy. Those thoughtful notes are appreciated. As I mentioned in a previous email: the Board of Regents needs to approve the gift and the name change, so I ask that you not use the new name in any marketing or communications. This includes business cards, letterhead, email signatures, and other places you would normally use the college name. As soon as we have the green light to use the new name, we will use it everywhere! Thank you for your patience. If you have not yet read the details of this gift, please visit our website. You can also watch the video of the announcement on the CoB YouTube channel.

The U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings were published September 12. The college results are:

  • Best undergraduate business programs among 494 schools ranked: tied for 48th among publics and tied for 78th overall. This places us in the top 16%.
  • Best undergraduate supply chain management/logistics programs among 20 schools ranked: tied for 14th among publics and tied for 19th overall.

We have another record-high enrollment this year! The College of Business fall enrollment is 4,921, which is a 3 percent increase over last year.

Please also join me in congratulating Judi Eyles for being named director of the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.

United Way campaign update:

We are now almost two weeks into the 2017 United Way Campaign. Our goal as a college this year is to raise $45,000. You should have received your United Way envelope through campus mail. To those of you that have sent in your donations – thank you for supporting the United Way! If you have not already donated, please consider supporting the United Way as part of your philanthropic efforts (the deadline is October 13). The United Way of Story County supports 92 core programs and four community initiatives that serve more than 30,000 individuals in the Story County area. This includes ISU staff, faculty, and students. This also includes more than 2,000 children that are among Story County’s hidden hungry. One in four children in Story County qualifies for free or reduced lunch at their school. Some of these families are unable to provide food for their children outside of school, especially over the weekend or summer months. A little as $5 per month helps!

Here are some other fun ways to support the United Way campaign:

  • Casual Week in support of the United Way Campaign: October 2-6. For $20, participants will be allowed to wear jeans all week long. You may also pay $5 per day if you cannot participate the entire week. Participants will get a printed badge to indicate they are supporting the United Way. Payment can be made with Heather Forburger in 2200 Gerdin. Checks payable to “United Way of Story County” or exact cash amount accepted. No change will be available.
  • Chills for the Bill$ – Volume 3.0: Tuesday, October 10, at 12:15 p.m.
    • Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to donate money in a bucket for the person that they would most like to see have icy cold water dumped on them. One lucky “winner” will feel the chill! We will have a new method of determining the recipient. Buckets for each individual will be located in the Dean’s Suite and the Undergraduate Programs Office. There will also be tables set up in the Granite Hallway during lunch hours. Donations are being accepted now through October 10 at 11:00 a.m.
    • Amounts raised and lucky winners will be announced at our event on Tuesday, October 10 at 12:15 p.m. outside of Gerdin. All eligible candidates will be present and the “winners” will be a surprise.
    • All proceeds will benefit the Story County United Way Campaign. Coordinated by Business Council last year, more than $3,300 was raised during this event for the United Way of Story County. We hope to top that!
    • Participants:
      • David Spalding
      • Danny Johnson
      • Russ Laczniak
      • Scott Grawe
      • Rick Dark
      • Jackie Ulmer
      • Pol Herrmann
      • Tara Fisher
      • Ron Ackerman

Questions? Please contact Monica Sasse (sasse@iastate.edu) or Tara Fisher (tfisher@iastate.edu).

Business Career Services

The Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair was held on Wednesday, September 20, advised by Meredith Williams, had a total attendance of over 3,600 students and over 200 companies.

Thank you to everyone who supported and made all of the Career Fair events a HUGE success. If you know students who were involved in the planning of the fall Career Fair and any of the career-related events, please take a moment to thank them for their hard work and dedication!

Mark your calendar (and your spring syllabus!) for the Spring Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Mock Interview Day was held on September 13. We had eight organizations dedicate their day to assisting students with interviewing skills and 92 students participated.

Interviews in Business Career Services
The month of October brings a full calendar of interviews in 1320 GBB. Students are encouraged to schedule interviews around their classes as academics always come first. This policy is posted on our website. Companies are generally flexible with interview scheduling.

Students can prepare for interviews and receive feedback on their interviewing skills during a 1-hour mock interview in our office. Any CoB student can discuss options and schedule a mock interview through their career coordinator.

Employers in the Classroom

We encourage and support interaction between campus recruiters and college faculty members. Individual faculty members frequently host employers in their classrooms. Please review our policy on classroom engagement.

Student Development

Tanya Austin presented to MGMT 471 and to the SWAG Academy for student athletes on Resume Writing. Tanya Austin and Angela Wagner presented to MGMT 343 on Clifton Strengths for Students. Melanie Gella spoke to 20 students from the Multicultural Business Network and Global Business Club on Preparing for the Career Fair. Angela Wagner presented a resume workshop to Delta Sigma Pi on September 13, and to Management 471 on September 15. Kathy Wieland presented to 100 students from Collegiate Women in Business.

Employer Development

Our staff spoke with the following employers during the month of September: Cerner, CRST, FBL Financial (Farm Bureau Financial Services), Land O’ Lakes, Manchester/Story, and Textron.

Dean’s Marketing

Gracen Kostelecky, web manager, attended an American Marketing Association Workshop, “Video Marketing, Take One, ACTION,” in Des Moines, September 19.

Michele Appelgate, director of marketing and alumni relations, was a guest speaker at two of Sandy Jennings-Hammonds marketing classes, September 25, to talk about the role of the Dean’s Marketing Team.

News Coverage

The following articles relate to the Debbie and Jerry Ivy donation:

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Kevin Scheibe, PhD, Kingland Business Analytics Faculty Fellow and Tony Townsend, PhD, associate professor of information systems, along with co-authors Andrew Luse, and Behrooz Emami, had a paper titled “Training, Self-Efficacy, and Performance; a Replication Study” accepted for publication in AIS Transactions on Replication Research.

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

  • Along with co-authors Manjul Gupta, Gabriel Giordano, Annette Mills, Vanesa Tennant, and Carmen Lewis, have had their paper, “The Effects of Communication Media and Culture on Deception Detection Accuracy,” accepted for publication in MIS QuarterlyMIS Quarterly is on the Financial Times 50 list of business journals and has a 5-year impact factor of 12.222.
  • Visited the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, China, September 23-30, for a series of invited lectures and presentations.
  • Has been named a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the oldest professional association for computing and information systems practitioners and academics.

Robert E. Overstreet, PhD, assistant professor of supply chain management:

  • presented a paper titled “Divergent Management-level Views of the Role of Human Capital in Logistics” at the Academic Research Symposium (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals)
  • was invited to serve as a poster session co-chair at the Academic Research Symposium (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals)
  • participated in the Editorial Review Board meeting for the International Journal of Logistics Management

Rui Chen, PhD, associate professor of management information systems, was invited to join the Editorial Board of a special issue on business analytics of Journal of the Association for Information Systems, which is the flagship journal of the Association for Information Systems. This special issue is titled “Addressing Societal Challenges through Analytics.”

Haozhe Chen, PhD, associate professor of supply chain management, published the following article:

  • Baofeng Huo, Chen Liu, Haozhe Chen, and Xiande Zhao (2017), “Dependence, Trust, and 3PL Integration: An Empirical Study in China”, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 47, No. 9, pp. 927-948.

Zhengrui Jiang, PhD, Thome Professor of Business and associate professor in information systems, had a new paper accepted:

Wang, Mingzheng, Zhengrui Jiang, Yu Zhang, Haifang Yang. “T-closeness Slicing: A New Privacy Preserving Approach for Transactional Data Publishing” INFORMS Journal on Computing, forthcoming.

Pat Daugherty, PhD,  Debbie and Jerry Ivy Chair in Business and professor in supply chain management

  • moderated a “Meet the Editors” panel discussion at the Academic Research Symposium.
  • presented in a session entitled “Faculty: Approaching and Achieving Tenure… Now What?” at the CSCMP Doctoral Symposium.


Registration for spring 2018 for projected seniors will start October 20. As a reminder, College of Business faculty do not sign students into business courses. Please refer students who are trying to add business courses to see John Wageman, classification officer, in 1200 Gerdin Business Building. Current course restrictions (e.g. majors only for section A1, non-majors for section A2) will be enforced until after the first day of freshman registration (November 10). Students needing to bypass these restrictions after that point will need to see John during his walk-in hours, generally each day 9-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Diann Burright, Haozhe Chen, and Scott Grawe met with Chinese Consul General Hong Lei and his education delegation from Chicago on September 11.

Karen Huang, Michele Tapp, and Diann Burright attended the Financial Aid Conference for Campus Partners on September 13 at the Memorial Union.

Sarah Adams, Lucy Berger, Diann Burright, Tara Fisher, Karen Huang, Cindy Sheehy, Taylor Shire, Michele Tapp, Brenda Thorbs-Weber, and Kathy Weaver volunteered with the Meals from the Heartland event on September 14 during Business Week.

Tara Fisher, Michele Tapp, and Brenda Thorbs-Weber served as members on the Business Week Committee along with others (Gracen Kostelecky, Amanda Severson, Kathy Wieland, Melanie Gella, Scott Grawe, Mike Bootsma, Monica Gordillo, Diana Sloan, Diana Wright, Kara Masteller, Katey Trecker, Jason Frei, and Izak Christensen) volunteering and coordinating many of the events during our fall 2017 Business Week. Thank you for the hard work from all committee members!

Diann Burright is serving as the CoB representative in the WorkCyte Change Liaison Network. This group is charged with being a point of contact and communication channel between the Workday @ ISU Team and the college, as well as engaging individuals to complete implementation tasks. As the university moves toward implementation of our new enterprise system – Workday – opportunities for input, training, and communication will be shared. Workday will encompass all aspects of financials, human capital management (HCM), and student systems. Access+/ADIN, People Admin, and Kuali systems (among likely others) will end with the use of Workday.

With the advent of “The Spark” e-newsletter from the Multicultural Student Affairs Office, the undergraduate programs staff will be gathering for monthly staff discussion sessions about the topics shared/questions posed in that e-newsletter. Our first session will be Wednesday, September 27, at noon in 2320 Gerdin. If you are receiving “The Spark” and are interested in joining us, please contact Diann.

Melody Schobert attended the September 28 Learning Community Coffee and Conversation focused on incorporating international students into learning communities. She was able to share information about the International College of Business Learning Team with those attending.

Melody Schobert attended Canvas Training workshops provided by Canvas personnel September 5-6.