/October 2019

October 2019

October 2019

2019-10-02T08:26:25-05:00 October 1, 2019|

Dean’s Message

The fall semester is going full-speed ahead with many exciting events, including Business Week, another successful Career Fair, and the CEO Speaker Series, where we welcomed back alumna Beth Ford, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes. Preparing for those high-level events is not easy. It takes the commitment of many people who are willing to meet often to plan the details, in addition to their already busy schedules. Thank you to everyone who assisted in making those events meaningful and successful for our students. Great job!

On September 9, the U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings were published. We remain tied for 48th among public universities, tied for 79th overall. We are excited to see our supply chain management program is ranked 23 in the nation. Our enrollment dipped a little this fall, as we anticipated. Our fall enrollment is 4,823 students, which is down from last fall’s number: 4,931. We continue to evaluate our recruiting efforts and find ways to reach more students at all academic levels. Thank you to all who help in this important effort.

We have many exciting successes to promote. First, our part-time MBA program was voted “Best MBA Program in Des Moines,” again! We launched a full marketing campaign on the day of the announcement, September 27. In addition, the first year cohort of our full-time MBA has reached gender parity for the first time in the history of our program. Top MBA programs such as Stanford and Harvard have not yet achieved that goal! We are developing a promotional campaign for that as well.

The Gerdin Business Building expansion project is moving along nicely. It’s on time and on budget! The exterior walls are expected to be in place, enclosing the shell of the building, in November. I would like to thank Danny Johnson for his attention to detail on this important project.

As you can see, we are a college on the move!

2019 United Way update:

I hope all of you have marked your calendars for the Ivy Envelope Drop-Off event Thursday, October 10 in the Krieger Boardroom.  There will be bagels and muffins as a thank you for participating and helping us reach our participation goal.  There will also be two amazing raffle prizes, which we will announce next week.  Every donation, big or small helps those in need in our community.

There are some amazing options as a United Way donor. Please consider being a part of one of the following affinity groups:

  • Traditional Leadership donors give $1,000 annually and have a substantial effect on how United Way can act on its mission. As little as $84/month can make a significant difference to the work being done in Story County.
  • Women United donors contribute $1,000 or more to enhance the financial literacy and self-confidence of women. Money management workshops, continuing education, and a scholarship program are included. As little as $84/month can help women achieve self-sufficiency and confidence through financial education.
  • Young Leaders Society members are age 40 and under who contribute a minimum of $250 a year. YLS members become engaged and educated about the needs in our community and United Way solutions. This ends up being as little as $21/month from payroll deduction!

We are confident that we can significantly increase our participation rate from last year.  Even if you choose to not donate, you can still participate in the raffle by returning your donation envelope so the materials can be recycled for the next campaign.



Diane Janvrin, William L. Varner Professor and associate professor of accounting, presented at the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Iowa Chapter Fall Seminar in West Des Moines, September 19. The title of her presentation was, “Using Tableau and Power BI to Visualize Data.”

Zhejia Ling, assistant professor of accounting; Qian Wang, associate professor of accounting; and Olena Watanabe, assistant professor of accounting, had their article co-authored with James Cannon (Utah State University) titled, “10-K Disclosure of Corporate Social Responsibility and Firms’ Competitive Advantages,” accepted for publication at European Accounting Review.

Olena Watanabe presented her paper, co-authored with Melvin Lamboy-Ruiz (Georgia Southern University) titled, “The Differential Effect of Medicaid Expansions Under the Affordable Care Act on the Operations of U.S. Hospitals,” at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, August 12.


Business Career Services

The Business, Industry, and Technology Career Fair was held September 25, in Hilton Coliseum. Our annual Career Fair Breakfast was held prior to the Career Fair  at Sukup End Zone Club, Jack Trice Stadium.

Mock Interview Day was held September 18. 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

Haley Flores presented to 60 students at the Marketing Club meeting September 17, about upcoming events, campus recruiting, and career fair/career night preparation. Kathy Wieland, Sarah Van Vark, and Tanya Austin presented to BusAd 103 about career preparation and upcoming events. Kathy Wieland and Tanya Austin provided Team Strengths training in MIS 301 and MIS 436.



Visit our college events web page often to stay in touch with what is happening around the college. This comprehensive listing will also help you avoid conflicting schedules as you plan your own events.



Hua Sun, associate professor of finance, served as an expert witness giving oral testimony on fair lending and financial inclusion before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. In a follow-up note, committee staffer Brian Castro  wrote, “the subcommittee and staff are fortunate to have the benefit of your expertise on your ground-breaking research and on the critical problems of lending discrimination and capital access.” A video of this hearing can be found here.



Marc Anderson, associate professor of management, was reappointed as a Dean’s Faculty Fellow.

Pol Herrmann, professor of management, was appointed the Bob and Kay Smith Chair in Entrepreneurship.

Deidra Schleicher, department chair and professor of management, was appointed the John and Deborah Ganoe Professor of Management.

Andreas Schwab, Dean’s Faculty Fellow in Management and associate professor of management:

  • Conducted a research methods workshop titled, “Bayesian Statistics: How to Conduct and Publish High-Quality Bayesian Studies”
  • Conducted a research method symposium titled, “Why and How to Replace Statistical Significance Tests with Better Methods”
  • Conducted a research method symposium titled, “Bayesian Statistics: Why We All Should Be Bayesians.”
    All events took place at the Academy of Management Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, in August.



Ashley Goreczny, assistant professor of marketing:

  • Received the 2019 Highly Commended Award from the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing for her paper titled, “What Drives a Salesperson’s Goal Achievement? An Empirical Examination,” coauthored with V. Kumar and Todd Maurer.
  • Received a certificate of recognition and appreciation from the American Marketing Association (AMA) Doctoral Special Interest Group for her support of the AMA DocSIG at the AMA conference in August.

Samantha N. Cross, associate professor of marketing:

  • Had her paper titled, “Discourses of Disability: Building Physical and Mental Marketplace Resilience,” co-authored with Dr. Akon Ekpo, Loyola University, Chicago, accepted for presentation at the Association for Consumer Research (ACR) conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, in October.
  • H Had her paper titled, “Overcoming Consumption Limitations: Savvy and Motivated”, co-authored with Joseann Knight (University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados), accepted for presentation at the Association for Consumer Research (ACR) conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, in October.
  • Had the knowledge forum titled, “Assembling Impact: Learning from Consumer Research’s Institutional Entrepreneurs,” co-chaired with Markus Giesler (York University, Toronto, Canada), accepted for presentation at the Association for Consumer Research (ACR) conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, in October.
  • Was invited to participate as a Faculty Fellow at the 2019 ACR Doctoral Symposium, which takes place prior to the ACR conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, in October.


Marketing and Communications Services

Building and maintaining working relationships with the media and obtaining positive news coverage is always a goal of ours at the Ivy College of Business. To help us coordinate these efforts, we kindly ask that if you are contacted by a reporter for an interview please let Dean Spalding and Michele Appelgate know. If you have plans to contact a reporter to promote your program, please contact us in advance. We may have other media relations in progress. Our team promotes and tracks all news coverage for the college. Your help in keeping the lines of communication open is appreciated.

The marketing team launched a promotional campaign to coincide with the Des Moines Business Record’s “Best of Des Moines” reader survey results. The Ivy MBA was voted the “Best MBA Program in Des Moines” for the second year in a row. A print advertisement was emailed to faculty and staff September 27. Several students are currently featured in digital ads appearing in different Business Record e-newsletters.

The Des Moines skywalk display ads have all been updated to reflect a new style of promotions. Masters programs for working professionals are all being promoted. They include MBA, master of real estate development, executive MBA, and business analytics.

Emily Bowman, graphic designer, and Suzanne Lyndon, event planner:

  • Attended the P&S Council Seminar Series event, “P&S Classification & Compensation Review Update,” September 10, in the Memorial Union.
  • Served on the Business Week Committee and assisted with various activities and promotions September 16-20.

Check out a recap and photos of this year’s Business Week events here!

Michele Appelgate, Suzanne Lyndon, Fritz Nordengren, Emily Bowman, and Katelyn Seese prepared all promotion and event details for the CEO Speaker Series, featuring Beth Ford (‘86 management), president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., September 24. For those who were unable to attend, you can watch the full lecture on the Ivy College of Business YouTube channel.

A new series of student video profiles, “Making a Name for Myself,” is underway. Each video will highlight a student from a different major. The first three videos are posted on our You Tube channel.


News Coverage

August 30: Raj Agnihotri, Dean’s Fellow in Marketing and director of the Ivy Sales Consortium, was interviewed for a blog series, Sixth City Marketing, about his experience and expertise in the world of marketing and sales. Read about it here.

September 4:  José Rosa, the John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow and professor of marketing, was featured in an ISU Daily article about the new reACT exhibition series, of which he was a guest curator for the first exhibition, “It Starts with Us: Civility and the 21st Century Land Grant Mission.” Read more about the exhibition series and José’s work here.

September 6: Amanda Severson, executive and professional graduate program coordinator, wrote an article about the college’s  new EMBA program titled, “ISU Launches MBA for Ag,” published by Wallaces Farmer. Read the article here.

September 13: Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair of Agribusines and professor of finance, was featured in a statement made by the National Pork Producers Council about Chinese tariffs in the pork industry. Read the statement here or from other sources listed below:

September 25: Feng Guo, assistant professor of accounting, had a research article titled, “The Impact of Information Technology on Stock Price Crash Risk,” published on the Columbia Law School Blog. Read the article here. Additional coverage includes:

September 25-28: Dermot Hayes was mentioned in the following articles, listed below, focusing on trade agreements with Japan and the effect it has on the pork industry:

  • “Trump: US, Japan Agree on 1st Stage of New Trade Agreement,” published by Wisconsin State Farmer. Read here.
  • “President signs trade deal with Japan,” by Read here.
  • “South Dakota Pork President Pleased with Signing Of Trade Deal with Japan,” by Radio 570 WNAX. Read here.
  • “NPPC Officers Join President Trump for Japan Trade Pact Signing Ceremony,” by Southeast AgNET. Read here.
  • “Worst-case Scenario: Iowa’s $8 billion Pork Industry Tests its Readiness for African Swine Fever Outbreak,” by The Des Moines Register. Read here.
  • “Ag Big Winner in Japan Deal,” by Great American Insurance Group. Read here.
  • “Opinion: Japan Trade Deal Levels Playing Field for U.S. Pork Producers,” by AgriPulse. Read here.
  • “Uncertainty Reigns for Two Major Trade Agreements,” by Iowa Farmer Today. Read here.


PhD Programs

Brenda Carr, assistant director of PhD programs and graduate marketing and recruitment, traveled to the University of Boston, Temple University, and Duke University in September for PhD recruitment fairs.


Supply Chain Management

Bill Rose, assistant professor of supply chain management; Peter Ralston, assistant professor of supply chain management; and Chad Autry had their paper titled, “Urbanness and its Implications for Logistics Strategy: A Revised Perspective,” accepted for publication in Transportation Journal.

Peter Ralston, assistant professor of supply chain management, recently presented a conference paper titled, “Evaluating the Core Competencies of Emotional Intelligence within Logistics and Supply Chain Management,” at the annual CSCMP Academic Research Symposium. This work was presented with  Scott Keller and Katrina Savitskie.


Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office

Registration for spring 2019 for projected seniors will begin October 24. 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 see 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 14). 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 9:00-10:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. each day.

Kathy Weaver, Sarah Adams, Karen Huang, and Diann Burright attended the Financial Aid Conference for Campus Partners, September 12 in the Memorial Union.

Kelly Pistilli presented at the Academic Advising Summit, September 19, at Reiman Gardens. Her presentation titled, “Build It So They Will Know,” highlighted her work on the development of Canvas sites for Ivy honors students and  incoming first year students. Also attending the summit were Stephanie Larson, Shannon Grundmeier, Tara Fisher, Kathy Weaver, Michele Tapp, and Diann Burright.

Tara Fisher, Michele Tapp, and Brenda Thorbs-Weber served as members of the Business Week Committee (along with other Ivy faculty and staff) volunteering and coordinating many of the events during our fall 2019 Business Week. Thank you for the hard work from all committee members!

Taylor Shire represented Ivy International Programs at the Study Abroad Fair, September 19, to promote international opportunities available to Ivy students. She also met with several partners and affiliates during the fair.

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

Kathy Weaver and Shannon Grundmeier hosted two new events in September for Ivy Business Learning Team (BLT) participants this fall. The Ivy Major Fair provided first-semester students with an opportunity to explore each major within the Ivy College of Business and network with Ivy faculty and current students in each program. Tanya Austin also assisted with the Get Career Fair Ready event in which students attended mini-workshops to learn more about resume basics, how to navigate in CyHire, and the art of crafting an elevator pitch. Over 250 students and peer mentors participated in these events.

Business Learning Teams would like to thank the following faculty and staff for participating in the major fair: Johanna Amaya, Amy Brandau (Economics), Manjot Bhussar, Andrew Crecelius, Jason (Feng) Gao, Ashley Goreczny, Tyler Jensen, Jing Li, Joram Ngwenya, Rahul Parsa, Peter Ralston, Junyan Shen, and Miguel Velasco.

Kelly Pistilli attended the Metro Women Connect workshop, “To Be or Not to be: Creating Strong Mentoring Relationships,” in Des Moines, September 24. Metro Women Connect is sponsored by the statewide organization Women Lead Change.