/June 2019

June 2019

June 2019

2019-09-03T11:23:26-05:00 June 3, 2019|

Dean’s Message

June is here and we finally have some warmer days. I hope your summer is off to a great start!

We celebrate our 2019 spring graduates, which totaled 949. That includes bachelors, masters, and PhD students. Our convocation ceremony was a little longer this year due to the high numbers, which made it an extra special event. We anticipate another 119 summer graduates. We are so proud of our students, as well as the faculty and staff who helped them reach this life-changing achievement. I would like to thank all of the faculty and staff who assisted in making convocation such a meaningful event for our students and their families. Thank you to Suzanne Lyndon, our event planner, for leading the efforts in making convocation the best possible ceremony for all.

Even though the halls of Gerdin were quiet for a couple of weeks after convocation and commencement ceremonies, they quickly livened up with the start of Orientation at the end of May. Orientation is an important process and I would like to thank those who make it happen, especially the dedicated staff in the Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office. I would like to thank Diann Burright and her team for all they do to make orientation a success. As you see groups coming here for Orientation, and other college visits, please say hello and make them all feel welcome.

Please mark your calendar for the fall welcome back picnic Friday, August 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Moore Memorial Park, Big Bluestem Shelter. Invitations will be e-mailed soon.

Live United Food Drive Update: The Ivy College of Business was extremely generous this year. Our college came in second place for pounds of donations (238 pounds) behind the Department of Residence and gave the most monetarily by far, raising $930, which is equal to 6,696 additional pounds of food for our local food pantries. The increase of food donated this year from last year can be attributed, in part, to the collaboration with Business Council and Collegiate Women in Business. Both student organizations encouraged members to donate food as another service project before the semester ended.

The marketing and communications team has created a new page on our website to provide updates about the building expansion. Please see details below in the new section, #Gerdin Grows.


Bill Dilla, chair, Department of Accounting, Union Pacific/Charles B. Handy Professor in Accounting:

  • Attended the Iowa Society of CPAs annual meeting, May 3, where Ivy College of Business accounting student, Alexandra Patterson, was awarded an ISCPA scholarship.
  • Attended the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Conference in Tampa, Florida, May 15.
  • Presented to the Des Moines Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, May 21, titled, “Bitcoin and Blockchain: Why the “Buzz”?”
  • With Associate Professor of Accounting, Diane Janvrin, the William L. Varner Associate Professor of Accounting, Jon Perkins, associate professor of accounting, and Robyn Raschke (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), had the paper titled, “Do Environmental Responsibility Views Influence Investors’ use of Environmental Performance and Assurance Information?” accepted for publication in the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.

Associate Professor of Accounting, Diane Janvrin, the William L. Varner Associate Professor of Accounting, made a presentation on May 22 titled, “Cybersecurity in the Accounting Curriculum,” at the American Accounting Association Accounting Information Systems (AIS) section Incorporating Cybersecurity into Accounting boot camp held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the headquarters of Grant Thorton.

Business Career Services

Professional Development

Kathy Wieland attended the Big XII Career Services Directors meeting in Manhattan, Kansas, May 6-8, to discuss and share best practices, policy, and the current college recruiting landscape.

Employer Development

Kathy Wieland

  • Attended the Business Education Alliance Group meeting at DMACC, May 23. The Business Education Alliance Group is a sub-committee of the Iowa Business Council.
  • Delivered a Strengths Discovery workshop to the Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Women’s Mentoring Group May 28.

We are currently organizing employer visits for the summer. 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.

Fall 2019 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Beta Alpha Psi Meet the Firm Accounting and Finance Career Night September 24
Management Information Systems Club Career Night September 24
Marketing Club Career Night September 24
Supply Chain Management Club Career Night September 24
College of Business Leadership Breakfast September 25
Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair September 25
Interview Day September 26



Learn the latest news about the exciting Gerdin Business Building expansion on our new web page: Gerdin Grows. We created a hashtag, #GerdinGrows, to help us promote the project on our social media sites. Photos of the progress will also be included, so visit often!


The Ivy Instructional Technology Idea category is a new edition to Ivy Online meant to provide a brief technology idea for faculty/staff to utilize in the classroom – Canvas, web conferencing, CyBox, Panopto, etc.

Canvas – Recovering Deleted Course Content

Have you ever deleted something by mistake in your Canvas course? When course content has been deleted, it is possible to restore select content by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to the home page of the Canvas course in question. Note the link of the course: https://canvas.iastate.edu/courses/12345
  1. Add /undelete to the link and press enter. The new URL will look similar to this: https://canvas.iastate.edu/courses/12345/undelete
  1. You will see a list of Canvas content that can be restored. If an item is not on this list, it cannot be restored.
  2. Your browser will prompt you asking if you are sure you would like to make this change. Click OK.
  3. The content has now been restored. Be sure to check the location the content should appear in your Canvas course to verify your action.

Marketing and Communications Services (formerly Dean’s Marketing)

  • Michele Appelgate, Emily Bowman, and Suzanne Lyndon attended the spring 2019 Marketing Summit May 15.
  • Michele Appelgate presented the We Are Ivy branding campaign to the Alumni Relations Council May 16.
  • Michele Appelgate attended Baylor University’s Big12 Marketing Summit on May 30-31, by webinar, where she presented the We Are Ivy branding campaign to other Big 12 marketing directors and their teams.

News Coverage

May 1: The next CYstarters cohort was featured in the article, “Meet the 2019 CYstarters Cohort,” published by Medium. Read the article here.

May 6: The Business Record daily newsletter featured the announcement of the CYstarters cohort. Read the article here.

May 9: Sekar Raju, chair of the Department of Marketing, the Gerald and Margaret Pint Faculty Fellow and associate professor of marketing, was mentioned in the article, “Meet the Next Emerging Leaders Academy Cohort,” published by Inside Iowa State. Read the article here.

May 9: Kathy Wieland, Business Career Services director, was interviewed for the article “Iowa’s Class of 2019 Greeted with Open Job Market,” published by KCCI Channel 8. Read the article here.

May 14: The Iowa State University Ivy College of Business innovationENTREPRENEUR of the Year Award was featured in the Business Record. Ivy alumni and DAC member, David Kingland (’80 industrial administration), has been named the recipient of this year’s award. Read the article here.

May 17: Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair of Agribusiness and professor of finance, was featured in a statement published by the National Pork Producers

May 17: Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair of Agribusiness and professor of finance, was featured in a statement published by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) about the U.S. lifting North American metal tariffs. Read the statement here. The NPPC statement was also posted by several other outlets listed here:

  • AgriNews – Read the article here.
  • The Hill – Read the article here.
  • Farm Talk – Read the article here.
  • KNEB – Read the article
  • KRVN – Read the article here.
  • York’s Max Country – Read the article here.
  • Oklahoma Farm Report – Read the article here
  • Barn OnAir & Online – Read the article here.
  • Rural Radio Network – Read the article here.
  • Farm Journal’s Pork – Read the article here.
  • Wisconsin State Farmer – Read the article here.
  • May 17: Associate Professor of Finance, James Brown, Kingland MBA Professor and chair of the Department of Finance, was mentioned in the article “Exposure to Banking at an Early Age Can Lead to Long-Lasting Financial Health” published by Consumer Affairs. Read the article here.

May 24: Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair of Agribusiness and professor of finance, was quoted in the article, “National Pork Producers Council Attends White House Event on Trade Aid,” posted by Farm Journal’s Pork. Read the article here. Hayes also appeared in other similar articles listed below:

  • ”NPPC Attends White House Event on Trade Aid: Seeks Solution for Historic China Sales Opportunity” by American Ag Network. Read the article here.
  • ”NPPC Attends White House Event on Trade Aid” by Barn OnAir & Online. Read the article here.
  • “Nat’l Pork Producers Council Representatives Attend White House Event on Trade Aid” posted by AgriMarketing. Read the article here.
  • ”Trump Claims Progress in Japan on Ag, Beef” by Supermarket News. Read the article here.
  • “Trump Claims Progress in Japan on Ag, Beef” by Feedstuffs. Read the article here.

Supply Chain and Information Systems

On May 4, Chris Faires, PhD student in supply chain management, and Johanna Amaya, assistant professor in supply chain management, presented the paper titled, “The Role of the Private Sector After Disasters, the Case of Hurricane Harvey,” at the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Toyin Clottey, presented his research “Assessing for Unit Non-Response Bias in Dyadic Survey-Based Supply Chain Management Research,” with W.C. Benton (Ohio State University), May 5, at the POMS annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Jon W. Beard, senior lecturer of information systems:

  • Accompanied 11 undergraduate students over spring break to Chicago, Illinois, and Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the Consulting and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) course. Beard and the students visited Accenture and WeWork, both hosted by Ivy College of Business graduates, in Chicago. In Germany they headed to SAP’s headquarters, Entega (a German energy company), and Edelman (a global marketing firm). The students were then able to tour Frankfurt, Mainz, Heidelberg, and Darmstadt.
    • Students: Rachel Basala, Matt Diasy, Kobe Eischeid, David Gasper, Chance Gustafson, Kelsey Hill, Keagan Nelson-Talley, Drew Olson, Axell-Dominic Tan, Hoan Tuttle, and Adam Vangorp
  • Published the paper, “Giving, Even When It Hurts,” as part of a set of teaching activities titled, “Story Hour in the Management Classroom.” Other panelists included: C.M. Peterson (North Dakota State), T.O. Peterson (North Dakota State), S.D. Aikens (Concordia College), J.W. Beard (Iowa State), J.E. Beatty (Michigan), C.A. Blair (College of Charleston), A.P. Lesko (Harvard Extension School), & W.E. Small (Coastal Carolina) This was published in the Management Teaching Review journal in March. The material was based on a conference session at the 2016 Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference held at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.
  • Presented a session at the 2019 Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference with Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, assistant professor of industrial design at Iowa State, titled, “Sketchnoting for Critical Thinking and Learning.”  The conference was held at Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey.
  • Presented a paper with Tim O. Peterson (North Dakota State University) titled, “‘And They Can Figure out the Rest from Here: Confronting the Challenge of Teaching Systems Analysis and Design to Novice Analysts with the Hollow Squares Exercise,” at the 35th annual Information Systems Education Conference in Galveston, Texas.
Pat Daugherty, the Debbie and Jerry Ivy Chair in Business and professor of supply chain management, along with former and current Journal of Business Logistics editors Tom Goldsby, Walter Zinn, Dave Closs, Jim Stock, Stan Fawcett, and Matt Waller, co-authored a paper, “Reflections on 40 Years of the Journal of Business Logistics: From the Editors.”  The paper appears in the first 2019 issue of the Journal of Business Logistics.
Young Woong Park, adjunct assistant professor of information systems:
  • Had his paper titled, “Optimization for L1-Norm Error Fitting via Data Aggregation,” accepted for publication in INFORMS Journal on Computing.
  • Had his paper titled, “A Mathematical Programming Approach for Imputation of Unknown Journal Ratings in a Combined Journal Quality List,” co-authored with Jinhak Kim and Alvin J. Williams (University of South Alabama), accepted for publication in Decision Sciences.


Austin Haytko presented “Fast Travel Advising: When to Skip & When to Take the Long Way” at the NACADA Region 6 Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, May 1-3.

Diann Burright attended an ISU Process Mapping workshop on May 17, in the Sun Room.

Summer Orientation programs for incoming Ivy freshman began May 29, with 83 students registered. To date, 660 students have registered for the eight summer Ivy orientation sessions. The dates for these programs are:

May 29-30

June 4-5, 6-7, 9-10, 11-12, 19-20, 24-25, 26-27

Due to the construction and likely noise interruptions in the building, much of the large group programming will be held in Curtiss Hall this summer. You will see students and their families back in Gerdin later in the afternoons on Day 1 and in the morning of Day 2.  Please welcome new students and families to Ivy!



On May 28, Bill Dilla, Ivy College of Business PIT crew chief, sent an email with Workday training reminders. If you haven’t started training already, now is the time to do it. Everyone should take the following computer-based training courses on Learn@ISU as soon as possible:

  • Introduction to Workday (15 minutes)
  • Employee Self Service (30 minutes)

You will be asked to respond to a number of multiple choice questions during each training session. Don’t be concerned about giving the right answer on the first try—no one is tracking your score.

On May 30, David Spalding, sent an email with important updates about WorkCyte. The focus was on the roles within Workday, from hiring graduate students and monitoring timesheets to approving million-dollar expenditures—and everything in between. 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 Crew Chief, Bill Dilla.