/December 2017

December 2017

December 2017

Dean’s Message

Happy holidays! It’s hard to believe we’re near the end of 2017. I want to thank all of you for everything you’ve done to make the fall semester run smoothly and for everything you do every day to move this college forward. I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our 4,921 students.

We look forward to celebrating the fall 2017 Ivy College of Business Convocation on Friday, December 15, at 4:00 p.m. (new starting time) in James H. Hilton Coliseum. Thank you to all who organize and volunteer during this important milestone for our students.

Please remember that Iowa State University has announced it will once again be supporting a partial closing during the winter semester break from December 25, 2017 –January 1, 2018. Details were emailed to you on October 31, by Monica Sasse. Please review those details and talk with your supervisor if you plan to take time off (paid or unpaid).

With the holiday season upon us, I hope you can join us for two special events:

  • Holiday Social: You and a guest are invited to this annual event, to be held Tuesday, December 5, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Torrent Brewing Company, 504 Burnett Ave., downtown Ames. If you missed the RSVP deadline and would like to attend, please contact Amanda Severson: amandas@iastate.edu
  • Holiday Reception: December 12, at 9:00 a.m. in room 3164 Gerdin to thank our janitorial staff. No RSVP required.

Finally, please consider making nominations for the 2018 University Awards for faculty and staff. Nominations that are open to individuals and units are to be submitted by January 22, 2018. All nominations are to be routed through Jenn Wiederin: Wiederin@iastate.edu. 

I wish you a safe, happy, and restful holiday season with your families!


Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz, PhD, assistant professor of accounting, James Cannon, PhD, assistant professor of accounting, and Olena Watanabe, PhD, assistant professor of accounting, had their article titled “Does State Community Benefits Regulation Influence Charity Care and Operational Efficiency in U.S. Non-profit Hospitals?” accepted for publication in Journal of Business Ethics.

Business Career Services

Angela Wagner and Kathy Wieland visited Chicago area employers on November 15 and 16, including Ace Hardware, Echo Global Logistics, JP Morgan & Chase, AC Nielsen, Redwood Logistics, and TMC, a division of CH Robinson.

During the month of November, our staff also met BCC Advisors, CFA Society of Iowa, FBL Financial, Insight Wealth Group, and Wellmark.

Employment Information
Our office is in the process of collecting employment information for August and December 2017 graduates. If students share employment information with you, let us know and please encourage them to report to our office as well.

Student Development

Tanya Austin presented on Team Strengths to 35 MBA students. Angela Wagner presented on Trends in Marketing and Management during the Management and Marketing Executive Advisory Committee meeting on November 10. Melanie Gella and Angela Wagner presented to University Studies classes (UST 104) on Networking. Kathy Wieland presented to the Women in Business Advisory Board on November 3.

Spring 2018 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!


Speaker Series January 31 to February 7
Finance and Accounting Career Night February 6
Marketing and Sales Club Career Night February 6
MIS Club Career Night February 6
Supply Chain Management Club Career Night February 6
College of Business Leadership Breakfast February 7
Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair February 7
Interview Day February 8


Dean’s Marketing

Michele Appelgate, Emily Bowman, Gracen Kostelecky, and Amanda Severson attended Violence Incidence Response Training (VIRT) on November 1, in the Krieger Board Room.

Emily Bowman, graphic designer, attended the Des Moines Ad Day Conference hosted by the American Advertising Federation on November 10, in West Des Moines.

Amanda Severson presented to the Women in Business Advisory Board on November 3.

Amanda Severson presented on alumni relations to three of the MKT 343 Personal Sales classes with a member of the ISU Alumni Association.


James Brown, PhD, Kingland MBA Professor, had his paper titled, “Does Transparency Stifle or Facilitate Innovation?” (with Gustav Martinsson) accepted for publication in Management Science.


Samantha Cross, PhD, associate professor of marketing, had her manuscript titled, “Understanding Olfaction and Emotions and the Moderating Role of Individual Differences,” (co-authored with Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin and Terry Childers) accepted for publication in the European Journal of Marketing.

Samantha Cross, PhD, associate professor of marketing, and Russ Laczniak, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, had their manuscript titled, “The Sniffing Effect: Olfactory Sensitivity and Olfactory Imagery in Advertising,” (co-authored with Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin and Terry Childers) accepted for publication in the Journal of Advertising.

Both of these papers also stem from the pioneering work undertaken in our neuro lab.

Hui (Sophia) Feng, PhD, assistant professor of marketing:

  • manuscript titled “Marketing Capabilities in International Marketing,” co-authored with Neil A. Morgan (Indiana University) and Kimberly A. Whitler (University of Virginia), was accepted for publication in Journal of International Marketing.
  • had her paper titled “Chief Marketing Officer and Strategic Alliance Success,” co-authored with Hang Nguyen (Michigan State University) accepted for presentation at the Winter American Marketing Association (AMA) Conference to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2018.
  • had two papers accepted for presentations at the American Marketing Association (AMA) Global Marketing SIG 2018 Conference to be held in Greece, May 2018. These two papers are:
    • “Does Crowd Wisdom Bring Wealth? The Impact of Crowd-sourcing on Firm Performance” co-authored with Zixia Cao (University of Colorado Denver)
    • “Chief Marketing Officer and Strategic Alliance Success” co-authored with Hang Nguyen (Michigan State University)

Sekar Raju, PhD, associate chair of management and marketing, along with co-authors Nicole Montgomery, Kalpesh Desai, and H. Rao Unnava, had their paper titled, “When Good Consumers Turn Bad: Psychological Contract Breach in Committed Brand Relationships” accepted for publication in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

News Coverage

Supply Chain and Information Systems

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

  • manuscript titled “Multiple Criteria Decision Making on the Load Planning Process to Enhance Cargo Compartment Utilization” (co-authored with Nathan J. Carlson, Adam D. Reiman, and Matthew R. Douglas) was accepted for publication in Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics.
  • certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Professional

Zhengrui Jiang, PhD, Thome Professor in Business and associate professor of information systems, has been appointed as an associate editor for Information Systems Research, a premier journal of the field of information systems. His term starts January 1, 2018.

Undergraduate Programs Office

Prerequisite runs for spring 2018 classes will run after fall grades are posted December 20. Students with violations will be emailed and provided instructions on resolving the violation or to drop the course. We will continue to work with students through the end of the registration period to resolve the prereq issue (i.e. drop the course, identify approved course substitute, initiate prereq petition, etc.) before notifying the instructors. Instructors will be notified after the first week of the term of the remaining students with prereq issues.

Taylor Shire and Lucy Berger, along with members of Business Ambassadors, participated in OPPTAG’s Early Investigation Series on November 16, and November 30. The visiting high-achieving middle school students went through our “Cy’s Pizza Pies” business simulation.

Cindy Sheehy, Kelly Pistilli, and Diann Burright attended the Military Credit Application workshop on November 13 in Morrill Hall.

Carrie Graves-Warden, Karen Huang, Taylor Shire, and Diann Burright, along with Jackie Rees Ulmer and Scott Grawe, met with representatives from China’s Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) on November 29. The Ivy CoB has had a transfer agreement with the institution, and the discussion centered around these students coming to Iowa State and the academic nuances involved in their progression to graduation from Iowa State.

Tara Fisher, along with GCP student leaders, coordinated another successful Gerdin Citizenship Program poster presentation/competition on November 29.  Ten students presented their posters, with judges from the Ivy CoB, Grinnell Mutual, Kingland Systems, Rockwell Collins, Transamerica, and Union Pacific. Rockwell Collins served as a sponsor for this event.