/November 2017

November 2017

November 2017

Dean’s Message

October is always one of our busiest months, and this year was no exception. We hosted the Stafford Lecture Series on Banking, the Young Women in Business Fall Conference, and enjoyed Cyclone Family Weekend, just to name a few.

We also held a special event to celebrate the official naming of the Ivy College of Business on Friday, October 20, which was held on central campus. Thank you to our marketing team, Michele Appelgate, Amanda Severson, Gracen Kostelecky, Emily Bowman and marketing intern, Molly Ryan, for all of their great work to organize that special event. It was a great mix of students, faculty, and staff who all came to celebrate this historic moment. Please enjoy a few of the photos here.

Each October we host hundreds of high school students for our annual Young Women in Business Conference, which was held October 23. Students in grades 9-12, parents, teachers, and counselors attended for a full day of activities that showcase what a great future they can have in business. Please join me in thanking the planning committee for this important event, which was led by Jennifer Kreiser, senior lecturer of accounting, Sarah Adams, undergraduate recruitment coordinator, and Amanda Severson, assistant director of marketing and alumni relations. A special thank you also goes to the many members of our faculty and staff who assisted and provided informative breakout sessions for these students. Please enjoy these event photos.

Large group of girls in an auditorium Group of high school girls learning about engineering Group of High School girls posing for photo with Cy

That was a busy week, as it was also the start of Homecoming at Iowa State University. It was great to walk in the parade with our students. Thank you, Tara Fisher, for organizing this fun event.

Group of students and staff holding a large College of Business Banner

We honored four awardees during the annual ISU Alumni Association Honors & Awards Ceremony held Friday, October 27. It was great to connect with friends and alumni.

We have some great events coming up. Please save the date for:

  • Greater Iowa Credit Union Lecture – Peter Dunn, also known as Pete the Planner®, is an award-winning comedian and an award-winning financial mind. Please join us November 1, from 8:00-9:00 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. Please encourage your students to attend.
  • Save the date for the first Ivy College of Business Holiday Social! We’re changing things up this year. We received feedback that many people would like to have the event before the holidays, and someplace off campus. Our social will be held Tuesday, December 5, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Ave, downtown Ames. Electronic invitations will be sent in advance.
  • Plans are underway for the fall convocation ceremony, Friday, December 15. Please note the new starting time is 4:00 p.m. The deadline for faculty to confirm being on stage for the event is Friday, November 3 – if you have not already done so, please email Amanda Severson if you plan to participate on stage.

We also held our United Way of Story County fundraiser in October. Thank you to everyone who donated to this good cause, and especially to those who participated in our “Chill for the Bill$” event. The name matched the conditions of the day — it was quite chilly indeed! Thank you to Business Council students, Tara Fisher, and Monica Sasse for their work in coordinating this fundraiser. Danny Johnson, was the lucky “winner!” Please visit the CoB social media sites to see the photos. Monica will send an email later this week to provide an overall update to the campaign.

Danny Johnson $791.57
Ron Ackerman $529.92
David Spalding $91.01
Jackie Ulmer $81.27
Scott Grawe $31.46
Rick Dark $22.01
Tara Fisher $14.97
Pol Herrmann $6.02
Russ Laczniak $1.01
TOTAL $1,569.24



Bill Dilla, PhD, associate chair of accounting and finance and the Union Pacific/Charles B. Handy Professor in Accounting, was a member of the advisory board for the American Accounting Association’s “Accounting IS Big Data” conference held September 7 and 8 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a panelist for the “Accounting Visionaries: What’s Next?” session. Other participants included an accounting faculty member from the University of Southern California, an accounting program administrator from Indiana University, and the KPMG partner responsible for leading the firm’s audit innovation initiatives.

Michael Bootsma, Dean’s Teaching Fellow in Accounting and Brad Shrader, Morrill Professor in Management, advised students Jacob Dean and Gabrielle Dutchik in the Eller Ethics Case Competition held at the University of Arizona.  Gabby and Jake placed fourth overall and are the first Iowa State team to make it to the final round of the competition.

Diane Janvrin, PhD, William L. Varner Professor, along with co-author Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz, PhD, assistant professor of accounting, had their paper titled “PCAOB Inspections: An Analysis of Entity-level vs. Application-level Control Audit Deficiencies” presented by their co-author Maureen Mascha (Purdue University – Northwest) at the 10th Biennial Symposium on Information Integrity and Information Systems Assurance.  This event was sponsored by the University of Waterloo in Toronto, Canada, on October 20.

Business Career Services

Final Career Fair and Interview Day Data

The Fall Career Fair on September 20, had a total attendance of 3,683 (+2.8%) students. The Ivy College of Business had 2,710.5 students attend (+6.9%). There were 893 interviews conducted on Interview Day.

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.

Student Development

Melanie Gella is presenting to 24 students for six weeks on Jump Start Your Job Search. This opportunity is provided by a grant written by Brenda Thorbs-Weber and funded by John Deere. Angela Wagner presented to Ames High School on Career Selection (Creating Your Own Career Recipe) to 13 students, and to the Marketing Club on Careers in Marketing to 55 students. Angela Wagner also participated in the planning and execution of the Young Women in Business Conference on October 23. Kathy Wieland presented to 45 members of Rho Lambda, Greek honors society for women, on Evaluating and Negotiating Offers.

Employer Development

Our staff spoke with the following employers during the month of October: Cintas, Crane, Monsanto, PSB Research, and SAP. We are planning a trip to the Chicago area employers during the month of November and a Seattle trip in the month of December. 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.

Staff Development

Kathy Wieland presented to 15 staffers of Career Exploration Services about Business Career Services. Tanya Austin provided Strengths Team Coaching to the CoB graduate program staff. This team strengths-based developmental workshop is designed to transform individual, team, and organizational performance.

Dean’s Marketing Team

Michele Appelgate and Amanda Severson attended the Iowa Women Lead Change conference in Des Moines on October 19.


Tyler Jensen, PhD, assistant professor of finance, received a university-wide competitive grant for international conference travel. The grant covers 70 percent of airfare expenses.


Andreas Schwab, PhD, associate professor of management and Dean’s Fellow in Management, joined the editorial board of Organization Research Methods.

Younggeun Lee, PhD student in entrepreneurship, presented a paper co-authored with Patrick M. Kreiser, PhD, Bob and Kay Smith Fellow in Entrepreneurship and associate professor of management, titled, “Organizational Culture and Entrepreneurial Orientation: Orthogonal View on Individualism and Collectivism” at the Midwest Academy of Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on October 21.


Vijayalakshmi, Akshaya, Jenny Lin, and Russell N. Laczniak (forthcoming), associate dean for graduate programs and research, “Managing Children’s Internet Advertising Experiences: Parental Preferences for Regulation,” accepted for publication in Journal of Consumer Affairs.

Verónica Martín Ruiz, PhD student of marketing, presented a paper titled, “Methods to Improve Construct Measurement Equivalency in Cross-Cultural Consumer Research”, co-authored with José Rosa, John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow, on October 27, at The Association of Consumer Research North America Conference – ACR 2017 San Diego.

Associate Chair of Management and Marketing, Sekar Raju, PhD, the Gerald and Margaret Pint Faculty Fellow, received a university-wide competitive grant for international conference travel. The grant covers 70 percent of airfare expenses.

Samantha N. Cross, PhD, associate professor of marketing:

  • manuscript titled, “Applying EEG in Consumer Neuroscience” (co-authored with Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin, Terry Childers and William Jones) was accepted for publication in a special issue on Neuromarketing in the European Journal of Marketing. This research is a product of the pioneering work undertaken by our doctoral students in our neuro lab.
  • participated in the 2017 Association for Consumer Research (ACR) Doctoral Symposium as a faculty mentor, held in San Diego, California, in October.
  • presented a paper titled “The Resilient Consumer” (w/co-author Akon Ekpo) in the working paper session at the 2017 ACR conference.
  • manuscript titled, “Hoarding: Understanding Divergent Acquisition, Consumption and Disposal” (co-authored with Gail Leizerovici and Dante Pirouz) was accepted for publication at the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research (JACR), in their special issue on risky consumption. JACR is a newer “quarterly journal of thematic explorations from the Association for Consumer Research”.

News Coverage

October 14: The Mason City Globe Gazette printed a version of the YWIB Conference news release. See the post here: http://globegazette.com/business/names-news-in-north-iowa-business-for-oct/collection_353ab759-843b-554c-9a1e-e46e022a804a.html.

October 17: The Business Record published an article about the naming of Jackie Rees Ulmer as the new associate dean of undergraduate programs. See the article here: http://www.businessrecord.com/Content/Default/All-Latest-News/Article/Ulmer-named-associate-dean-of-ISU-College-of-Business-/-3/248/79940.

October 19: The Chronicle of Higher Education picked up the news release about Jackie Rees Ulmer’s promotion to associate dean of undergraduate programs.

October 21: The Ames Tribune features an article titled “ISU College of Business gets new name.” See it here: http://www.amestrib.com/news/20171019/isu-college-of-business-gets-new-name.

October 23: Lift IOWA Newsletter mentioned Jackie Rees Ulmer’s promotion to associate dean of undergraduate programs.

October 23: WHO TV published an article titled “Iowa State Encouraging Female High School Students to Consider Business Career,” featuring a video story. See the post here: http://whotv.com/2017/10/23/iowa-state-encouraging-female-high-school-students-to-consider-business-career/.

Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

Have you ever considered starting a business? Students, faculty and staff, and the community can register for the upcoming Smart Start Workshop on Saturday, November 4, in 2127 Gerdin. Topics will be presented by local professionals including: banking basics, accounting for business, intellectual property, marketing, insurance, and stories from local entrepreneurs. This is a free workshop, but registration is required at http://www.isupjcenter.org/event/smart-start-workshop/

Applications are now open for the 2018 CYstarters summer accelerator. If you know of students working on ideas and businesses in your classes, please make them aware of this great opportunity! CYstarters is for current Iowa State students and recent graduates to help speed up success and launch their business over the course of 10 weeks in the summer.  Students can apply online here: http://www.isupjcenter.org/programs/cystarters/

Bonus! If you as faculty/staff would like to get involved in the program, we are always looking for mentors. Join the CYstarters’ Mentor Network here: http://www.isupjcenter.org/cystarters-mentor-network/

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Kevin Scheibe, PhD, Kingland Faculty Fellow of Business Analytics, had the article titled “Supply Chain Vulnerability Assessment: A Network Based Visualization and Clustering Analysis Approach” accepted for publication in Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. The article is co-authored with Jennifer Blackhurst, Jonny Rungtusanatham, and Saurabh Ambulkar.

Young Woong Park, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of management information systems, published the following article: Y.W. Park and D. Klabjan (2017), “Bayesian Network Learning via Topological Order”, Journal of Machine Learning Research 18(99) pp. 1-32.

Robert Overstreet, PhD, assistant professor of supply chain management was selected by the Iowa State Chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars as their 2017-2018 Distinguished Member.

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

  • was invited to present “Detecting Deception in Enhanced Résumés” at the Cyclone Society for Human Resource Management meeting, Ames, Iowa, October 19.
  • delivered an invited presentation, “Detection of Deception Online,” online for the California Institute of Advanced Management (CIAM), El Monte, California, October 14.

Undergraduate Programs

Registration for spring 2018 classes will remain open on AccessPlus though the fifth day of the term (January 12). At the end of the fifth day, class registration will close and students will not be added to business courses or section changes. If there is not an open seat in AccessPlus, a student cannot be added to the class. If the course has an enrollment restriction that is not met (e.g. ACCT major trying to add a FIN restricted section, etc.), and there is a seat available on AccessPlus prior to the end of the fifth day, students can see John Wageman during drop-ins (9:00-10:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. most business days) in 1200 Gerdin starting Friday, November 10.

Graduate students must initiate a petition to enroll in a business undergraduate course. Petition forms are available online and in the Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office.

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 class. Opening and releasing seats at strategic points in the registration process is key to enrollment management. Students must watch AccessPlus to try to add a class, and John can only help them add a restricted section (not a closed section) if prereqs are met.

Kelly Pistilli and Melody Schobert attended the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Annual Conference in St. Louis October 11 – 14. Kelly presented a session entitled, “QPR & F: Suicide Prevention Tool Kit for Advisers” with Theresa Hitchcock from the University of Louisville.

We would like to thank the following professors for taking time to visit with students at the Multicultural Business Network (MBN) October 12 meeting. The group is advised by Brenda Thorbs-Weber.

Johanna Amaya-Leal, SCM; Haozhe Chen, SCM; Samantha Cross, MKT; Monica Gordillo, MGMT; and RS Nappinnai, FINGroup of students and faculty

Sarah Adams, Tara Fisher, and Michele Tapp served on the YWIB Conference committee. The event, held on October 23 was another success, with over 150 high school women participating.

Huge thanks to all faculty and staff volunteers who assisted with the Major Fair held on October 11, in the Durham Great Hall at the Memorial Union, as well as the coordination efforts by Sarah Adams.

Diann Burright attended the Regents Disability Summit at Reiman Gardens on October 19. Retired Senator, Tom Harkin was the afternoon keynote speaker.

Angela Wagner and Diann Burright staffed the CoB table at the Parent and Family Weekend Resource Fair at the Memorial Union on October 20.

Sarah Adams and Diann Burright attended the Iowa Women Lead Change Conference in Des Moines on October 26.

Tara Fisher helped judge first round cuts of “Yell Like Hell” on Saturday, October 21, from 12-4 p.m. on central campus. Fifteen skits were presented, only eight moved on to the second round on Wednesday.

Dean Spalding, Tara Fisher, and student representatives from Business Council, Multicultural Business Network, and National Association of Black Accountants represented the Ivy College of Business in the Homecoming Parade on Sunday, October 22.