/March 2018

March 2018

March 2018

2018-06-04T09:05:49+00:00 March 1, 2018|

Dean’s Message

Spring semester is always a busy time, and this year is no different. We have many exciting events coming up that I would like to highlight.

The vice president of UPS, Alan Amling, will present a lecture “Launched by Disruption” on March 7 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in the Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin. I invite you to attend. Please also share the news with your students. Details are found on our website.

I’m excited to announce our inaugural Ivy Women in Business Awards ceremony, March 21. These awards celebrate women in business, and their champions, and serve as an opportunity to inspire young women in college as they prepare for a bright future in business. In partnership with our Collegiate Women in Business members, we will host this event at the ISU Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us if you can, and please share the details with your contacts. Details, including information about the winners, can be found on our website.

We’ve got a lot of great events coming up, which are all posted on our website Events page. When you visit that page regularly, you’ll be sure to stay updated on all upcoming events at the college.

It’s time to solicit award nominations for the annual Ivy College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards, which are funded by the Dean’s Advisory Council. This is always a great opportunity to recognize our faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the college throughout the past year. All nominations should be submitted to Monica Sasse in the Dean’s Office by March 16. A full description of each award, the award criteria, and nomination guidelines are available on our awards webpage.  Also mark your calendars for the Ivy College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday, April 26 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin with a reception immediately following in the Bergstrom Commons.


Diane Janvrin, PhD, William L. Warner professor and associate professor of accounting, spoke at the Ames Chapter Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance monthly meeting on “The Role of Textual Analysis in Accounting Applications.”

Michael Bootsma, Dean’s Teaching Fellow in Accounting and senior lecturer of accounting, accompanied Jacob Dean (SCIS) and Gabrielle Dutchik (Acct/MIS) to the Templeton Ethics Case Competition at Stetson University. Jake and Gabbie finished second in their bracket.

Business Career Services

Thank you to the faculty and staff for their support of the career events for our students in the Ivy College of Business. We appreciate your attendance and support of our students at the Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair, the club career nights, and the Leadership Breakfast. There were 163 organizations that participated in the 2018 Spring Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair (+7.2% from spring 2017). There were about 1,400 Ivy College of Business students that attended.

This time of year, students are busy interviewing for internships and full-time positions. As you talk with students, please encourage them to submit salary offers, acceptances, and employment information to Business Career Services and to meet with us if they need assistance finding a job or internship. Additionally, interview scheduling with companies should generally be flexible and classes do come first. Helping students to understand that they can ask for multiple options for interview dates may be important. https://www.ivybusiness.iastate.edu/careers/students/student-policies/


Employer Development

Angela Wagner and Liz Hergert met with Geico. Business Career Services staff met with Hormel. Kathy Wieland spoke with ConstructX and RSM.

Student Outreach

Tanya Austin presented to 60 students from the athletic department on resume and career fair prep. She also presented to MGMT 471 on advanced resume writing. About 60 students were in attendance. Laura Paine presented to 11 students on Resumes 101. Tanya Austin presented to 28 students on How to Create a Strong LinkedIn Profile.

Professional Development:

Tanya Austin attended the Gold Star Training on February 6.

Business Career Services will be hosting the Big XII Career Services Directors meeting in May and the College Career Professionals of Iowa meeting in July in conjunction with the other members of the ISU Career Services Council. If any Ivy College of Business faculty and staff are interested in engaging with either of these two groups when on campus, please let us know.

Communications Center

Jamie Sass, communications center assistant director, presented at the Midwest Writing Center Association’s bi-annual conference in Omaha. Her panel, “Speak Up: Supporting Marginalized Voices in our Speaking Centers,” presented the theoretical context for how formal public discourse such as classroom presentations can privilege white identities, and how tutors can support English language learners, students of color, and other students who may feel disenfranchised as public speakers.

Dean’s Marketing

A quick reminder on branding: please remember to use our new name in your communications: Ivy College of Business (or Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business when space allows). The Ivy CoB brand guidelines are posted on our website under faculty and staff resources.

Emily Bowman and Amanda Severson attended the 2018 Professional and Scientific Council Professional Development Conference on February 14, held at the Scheman Building.


Valentina Salotti, associate professor of finance, was awarded the 2018 Jentz Fellowship by the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC). She will serve as the Jentz Faculty Fellow at the GSBC 2018 annual development program in Boulder, Colorado.


Priyanka Jayashankar, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of management, and Sekar Raju, PhD, associate chair of management and marketing, had their research work on “Perceptions of food availability: An examination of low income consumers” presented at a poster session at the American Marketing Association winter conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Andreas Schwab, PhD, associate professor of management, Dean’s Fellow in Management and Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Technology Bandung:

  • has his article titled “Investigating and Communicating Uncertainty of Effects: The Power of Graphs” published in Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice.
  • conducted a method workshop titled “Quantitative Research Methods: How to Evaluate Hypotheses Using Effect Sizes, Effect Uncertainty, Baseline Models, and Other Approaches” and served as a keynote speaker for the doctoral student consortium of the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference at Queensland University and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, February 6-9.


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

  • her paper “Firm Capabilities and Growth: The Moderating Role of Market Conditions” was published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science in 2017 has been nominated as one of the top 10 papers published in JAMS in 2017 and the finalist for the JAMS Sheth Foundation Best Paper Award
  • presented her paper “Chief Marketing Officer and Strategic Alliance Success,” co-authored with Hang Nguyen (Michigan State University) at the American Marketing Association (AMA) Winter Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 24.

News Coverage

January 23: Rui Chen, PhD, associate professor of information systems, was interviewed by Tom Noller at WHO Radio Des Moines. The interview was with regard to his ongoing research projects about data breach fatigue.

February 19: The Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University has selected three women as the winners of the inaugural Ivy Women in Business Awards, which celebrates women in business and aims to inspire young women in college. The winners are:

  • Luann Rickert, vice president, internal audit, John Deere: Champion Award
  • Christina Spalding Moffatt, owner, Crème Cupcake: Inspiration Award
  • Kelli Schmidt, managing director, KPMG: Young Alumna Award

February 19: ISU Ivy College of Business names Women in Business winners https://businessrecord.com/Content/Culture/Culture/Article/ISU-Ivy-College-of-Business-names-Women-in-Business-winners-/170/832/81325

February 28: ISU proposes real estate grad degree https://businessrecord.com/Content/Default/All-Latest-News/Article/ISU-proposes-real-estate-grad-degree/-3/248/81455

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Toyin Clottey, PhD, associate professor of supply chain management, won a competitive research grant from the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) to investigate “The Value of Quality-distribution Information Sharing for the Selective Assembly of Bearing Components” (Co-P.I with W.C. Benton of the Ohio State University), and will  be named an NCMM fellow for 2018-2019.


Registration for summer and fall 2018 begins the week after spring break. Seniors will begin registering on Tuesday, March 20 (with juniors a week later, then sophomores, then freshman the following weeks. Registration remains open through the start of the fall term.

Please remember that Business faculty cannot sign students into Business classes. Registration for fall classes will remain open on AccessPlus through the fifth day of the term (summer deadlines are much more compressed). If you have a student approach you to get into your class, please refer them to Access Plus or have them see John Wageman in 1200 Gerdin for assistance.  The Ivy College of Business enforces all course prerequisites. Students must meet the prerequisite or approved substitute before registering for a course.

Karen Huang and Melody Schobert shared information about the Ivy College of Business International Business Learning Team (IBLT) with University Learning Community Coordinators at a lunch session on February 1. The first-year IBLT is composed of half international and half domestic students, and a new section with a similar structure designed for transfer students is being planned for the fall. Activities designed to promote global awareness and develop intercultural sensitivity were shared as well.

Stephanie Larson and Michele Tapp participated in Interview Days for new incoming graduate students on February 20 at the Memorial Union.  Students in the Student Affairs master’s program must secure an internship for admission, and these interview days provide the structure for hiring those GA positions. The Undergraduate Programs Office is seeking one GA for the 2018-2020 academic years to serve as an academic advisor, as our current grad, Anne Bonanno, will graduate in May.

Lucy Berger attended “Yield Boot Camp” on February 20. This seminar, sponsored by ISU Admissions, focused on methods and activities to help move prospective students from ‘offer’ to ‘admit’ status.