/October 2018  

October 2018  

October 2018  

2018-10-02T08:16:44+00:00 October 1, 2018|

Dean’s Message

It’s been a busy start to the fall semester, which is normal for us! It’s exciting that we have another record enrollment this fall. Official numbers were announced September 5, and the Ivy College of Business is up 10 students. We now have 4,931 students—making us the fastest growing college at Iowa State University for the fourth year in row!

I hope you were able to attend or participate in some of the Business Week activities, held September 17-21. I’m excited to share some highlights provided by the planning committee:

Business Week activity attendance

  • BBQ = 500+
  • T-Shirt = 600
  • Networking Night = 50
  • Service Project = 80
  • Student Org Showdown = 70
  • Pitch Competition = 25
  • Students, faculty, and staff volunteers packaged 20,000 meals with Meals from the Heartland.
  • Each event this year that required registration sold out, including our new events:
    • Networking Night (guest speaker, Jodie Beach, talked on business etiquette, name tags, small talk, and all things networking)
    • Student Org Showdown (participants from 10 student organizations competed against each other in a “Minute to Win It” style competition to earn money for their student organization).

Hats off to the entire Business Week planning committee for this great work! Because of your efforts, it was a successful, visible week highlighting the Ivy College of Business.

On September 26, thousands of students attended the fall 2018 Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair at Hilton Coliseum. Prior to the fair, our undergraduate Career Services staff hosted the Leadership Breakfast, with guest speaker Michelle Book (‘83 accounting), CEO and president of the Iowa Food Bank. This was also held in conjunction with our CEO Speaker Series. Thank you to Kathy Wieland and her team for organizing another successful breakfast and career fair.

Last week, I sent you an email with important news about the new WorkCyte cloud-based software system at Iowa State University. I will continue to keep you updated on announcements. This system replaces many other systems and impacts all employees at the university. For helpful communications, we have also added a new section to Ivy Online, “WorkCyte Updates,” found at the end of this newsletter. Please read those messages so you are aware of all important changes.

The U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings were published on September 10. The college result is:

  • Best undergraduate business programs among 503 schools ranked: tied for 49th among publics and tied for 79th overall.

Update from United Way – we are currently at 17% towards our $45,000 United Way goal. Thanks to all of you who have donated so far! Every bit helps those in need in our community. So please, take a few moments and return your donation cards. The United Way Committee is working on an additional fundraiser that will take place mid-October.


Diane Javrin, William L. Varner Professor and associate professor of accounting, presented a use case titled, “Can Blockchain Concepts be Used in the Financial Close Process?” at the American Accounting Association 2018 Blockchain Technology: An Emerging Issues Forum in San Francisco, September 13.

Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz, assistant professor of accounting:

  • accepted invitation from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey to present his research at their Accounting Information Systems Workshop Series scheduled for December 7.
  • accepted invitation to be the 2018-2019 editor for the newsletter of the American Accounting Association (AAA) Diversity Section during their business meeting at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • hosted, along with Sue Ravenscroft, Roger P. Murphy Professor of Accounting, the 2018 Officers Training of the ISU National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Student Chapter on August 26.

Business Career Services

Fall 2018 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

The Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair was held Wednesday, September 26, in Hilton Coliseum from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Our annual Career Fair Breakfast was held at the Sukup End Zone Club that morning prior to the Career Fair. Michelle Book (‘83 accounting), CEO and president of the Iowa Food Bank, was the guest speaker.

Mock Interview Day was held on September 19. We had seven organizations dedicate their day to assisting students with interviewing skills.

Interviews in Business Career Services
The month of October brings a full calendar of interviews in 1320 Gerdin. 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 one-hour mock interview in our office. Any Ivy College of Business student can discuss options and schedule a mock interview through their career coordinator.

Student Development

Tanya Austin, Sarah Van Vark, and Kathy Wieland presented to over 800 students in BUS AD 102 and 103. Haley Flores presented to two Sales Management (MKT 442) classes and the Multicultural Business Network on September 13.

Employer Development

Our staff spoke with the following employers during the month of September: Accenture, Land O’Lakes, and Union Pacific.

Dean’s Marketing

In last month’s Ivy Online, we provided details about how to request assistance from our team, with a list of ways we can help you with your promotions. Please fill out a simple request form. This ensures you get on our project list and it helps us prioritize projects. Please allow two weeks for the work to be completed. We understand that new events come up, and we will continue to do our best to meet your deadlines. It’s possible that we can complete the project sooner, but having a day or two notice is causing stress on the team. We appreciate you planning in advance as much as possible!

Michele Appelgate, Emily Bowman, Suzanne Lyndon, and Fritz Nordengren all assisted with various Business Week activities and promotions.

Emily Bowman attended the second annual Des Moines Ad Day, hosted by the American Advertising Federation in Des Moines on September 28.


James Brown, Kingland MBA Professor, had his paper titled, “Growing Up Without Finance” (with Tony Cookson and Rawlry Heimer) accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial Economics.

Zhaoxin Lin, PhD candidate in information systems, Travis Sapp, Dean’s Fellow in Finance and associate professor of finance, Jackie Rees Ulmer, associate dean for undergraduate programs, and Rahul Parsa, senior lecturer in finance, had their paper titled, “Insider Trading Ahead of Cyber Breach Announcements” featured in summary form on the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog: http://clsbluesky.law.columbia.edu/

Graduate Programs

Samuel DeMarie, associate professor of management, and Amanda Severson attended the Women in Agribusiness Summit in Denver, Colorado, September 24-26. The Ivy College of Business executive MBA program sponsored the conference that focuses on preparing executive-level women in agribusiness to advance to the next level of their industry.

The Ivy executive MBA program announced the formation of an advisory council that includes 14 executives from the food, agriculture, and biosystems industries. The Ivy EMBA Advisory Council will provide invaluable guidance on the current needs facing these industries and assist in shaping the curriculum of the program. You can view the full council here.


Andreas Schwab, Dean’s Fellow and associate professor of management, attended the Strategic Management Society Conference in Paris, France, September 22-25:

  • To present a paper titled, “Investigating the Uncertainty of Hypothesized Effects Using Graphs.”
  • To conduct a research methods workshop titled, “A Practical Guide to Machine Learning” with Bart Vanneste (UCL), Anoop Menon (Wharton), Sen Chai (ESSEC), and Anil Doshi (UCL).
  • To conduct a research method symposium titled, “No More Fixed P-Value Thresholds: Quantitative Strategy Research in the Era of New Journal Reporting Requirements” with Will Mitchell (Toronto), Don Bergh (Denver), Alfonso Gambardella (Bocconi), Brent Goldfarb (Maryland), and George Banks (UNC-Charlotte).


Ju-Yeon Lee, assistant professor of marketing, along with co-authors Andrew Crecelius (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Justin Lawrence (Michigan State University), Son Lam (University of Georgia), and Lisa Scheer (University of Missouri) had their paper titled, “Effects of Channel Members’ Customer-Centric Structures on Supplier Performance,” accepted for publication in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

News Coverage

September 16: Iowa State Daily featured an article announcing new additions to Business Week. Read more here.

September 25: Iowa State Daily published an article titled, “Advice From the Dean: How to Succeed at the Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair.” Read more here.

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Johanna Amaya Leal, assistant professor of supply chain management:

  • Delivered a talk titled, “Urban Freight Initiatives: State of the Art and State of the Practice” for the Freight Roundatble at the Des Moines MPO on September 19
  • Published an article titled, “Sending Help Where is Needed Most After Disasters” at The Conversation: http://theconversation.com/sending-help-where-its-needed-most-after-disasters-103210
  • Delivered a Fulbright Lecture titled, “Impacts of Non-Established Relief Groups on Humanitarian Supply Chains” at Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 7.
  • Received a Fulbright Grant in partnership with University of Central Florida to organize a workshop titled, “Using Analytical Methods for Supply Chains.” The event took place at Universidad JorgeTadeo Lozano in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 7. http://www.fulbright.edu.co/catedra-cadenas-logisticas-2018/

Robert Overstreet, assistant professor of supply chain management, along with co-authors Matthew Roberts (USAF), Matthew Douglas (Baylor), Jeffrey Ogden (University of North Texas), and Christine Schubert-Kabban (Air Force Institute of Technology), had their paper titled, “Development and Validation of a Multi-level Air Freight Handling Safety Climate Scale” accepted for publication at the Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour.

Yiming Zhuang, PhD candidate in supply chain management, and Younggeun Lee, PhD candidate in entrepreneurship, had their paper titled, “Board Composition and Corporate Social Responsibility Performance: Evidence from Chinese Public Firms,” published in Sustainability. This paper is co-authored with Xinyue Chang (PhD candidate in statistics).

Zhaoxin Lin, PhD candidate in information systems, presented the paper titled, “Pricing Cyber Security Insurance: A Copula Model Using an Objective, Verifiable, Loss Measure” at the Central States Actuarial Forum (CSAF) 2018 Annual Meeting in Springfield, Missouri. The paper is coauthored with Rahul Parsa, senior lecturer in finance, Jackie Rees Ulmer, associate dean for undergraduate programs and the Union Pacific Professor of Information Systems, and Travis Sapp, Dean’s Fellow in Finance and associate professor of finance.

Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office

Registration for spring 2019 for projected seniors will begin October 18. As a reminder, Ivy College of Business faculty do not sign students into business courses. Please refer students who are trying to add business courses to 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 8). At that time, if a seat remains in the course and the prerequisite is met, a student may be able to add the class by seeing John during his walk-in hours, generally each day 9:00-10:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Taylor Shire, Diann Burright, and Jackie Rees Ulmer met with Mike Ickowitz and Codie Wem from the University of New South Wales (Australia) on September 5. Exploring this campus as a study abroad exchange option was the focus of the meeting.

Diann Burright, Karen Huang, Jackie Rees Ulmer, and Scott Grawe met with Doreen John, Sunway University (Malaysia) on September 18. Discussions surrounding incoming transfer students and curricular equivalencies/pathways were the focus of the meeting.

Kelly Pistilli attended the Financial Aid Conference for Campus Partners on September 19, at the Memorial Union.

Tara Fisher, Michele Tapp, and Brenda Thorbs-Weber served as members on the Business Week Committee (along with other Ivy faculty and staff) volunteering and coordinating many of the events.  Thank you for the hard work from all committee members!

Lucy Berger, Tara Fisher, Michele Tapp, Shannon Grundmeier, Pat Oswald, John Wageman, and Kathy Weaver volunteered with the Meals from the Heartland service project event on September 19, during Business Week.

Lucy Berger and Kathy Weaver were participants on the fifth-place faculty/staff team for the Business Week Student Org Challenge. Tara Fisher, Michele Tapp, and Brenda Thorbs-Weber also helped staff this event.

Diann Burright attended a Gender Bilingual Communication workshop on September 12, at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Center. The event was sponsored by Metro Women Connect, and featured Amber Nelson from Lingo Consulting, Inc.

Taylor Shire represented Ivy international programs at the Study Abroad Fair on September 13, to promote international opportunities available to Ivy students. She also met with several partners and affiliates during the fair.

Taylor Shire met with Jennifer Walker from Swansea University in Wales, UK, on September 7, to explore how Swansea can better serve Ivy students studying abroad. One of the issues on the table was providing international internship opportunities as part of the semester abroad. As a result of this meeting, Ivy students can participate in a four-week unpaid internship as part of a spring semester abroad at Swansea.

Taylor Shire met with Kurt and Karen Espeland on September 20, to thank them for their generous support of international programs.

Taylor Shire presented information on international opportunities to all first semester students in BUDAD 102 and 103 sections during the month of September.

Diann Burright moderated a panel of undergraduate student scholarship recipients at the Dean’s Advisory Council meeting on September 14.

WorkCyte Updates

On September 27, David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean, sent an email with important news about the new WorkCyte cloud-based software system at Iowa State. The full message can be read here. Look for more information each month, from now until July, on how Workday and WorkCyte will benefit faculty and staff in the academic division. If you have any questions about the transition, contact Ivy College of Business PIT (project implementation team) Crew Chief, Bill Dilla.