/December 2019

December 2019

December 2019

2019-12-05T10:19:05-06:00 December 4, 2019|

Dean’s Message

On November 12, I sent you an email with some exciting news: The Princeton Review® and Entrepreneur magazine announced Iowa State University is #26 in their listing of best undergraduate programs for entrepreneurship studies. As you know, our entrepreneurship major became available to students in fall 2017, so to say we have a nationally ranked program in two years is impressive. This is a testament to the dedication and talent of our faculty and staff, who continue to offer high quality academic programs for our students. I would like to thank every one of you for your work in this area.

Our marketing and communication services team created a unique campaign to highlight this outstanding accomplishment. Our campaign kicked off November 12 with a social media announcement video featuring one of our entrepreneurship students, Lauren Jones. We also have an expanded video of Lauren, which we are advertising on YouTube. Please read our news release where you can find additional details.

We look forward to celebrating the Fall 2019 Ivy College of Business Convocation Ceremony on Friday, December 20, at 4:00 p.m. at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Thank you to all who organize and volunteer during this important milestone for our students.

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

  • Holiday Social: You and an adult guest are invited to this annual event, to be held Monday, December 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Cornbred Barbecue, 526 Main Street, Ames. Please RSVP to Suzanne Lyndon (slyndon@iastate.edu).
  • Holiday Reception: Tuesday, December 10, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in 3164 Gerdin to thank our janitorial staff. No RSVP required.

Update from United Way – Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m extremely proud to announce that we have exceeded our United Way goal by 36%! Thank you to all who contributed to this important campaign which supports so many programs for those in need in our community. Way to go Ivy faculty and staff!

As we head into a season of holidays, I would like to take a moment to sincerely thank all of you for everything you’ve done to make the fall semester run smoothly and for everything you do on a daily basis to move this college forward. I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our students.


Diane Janvrin, William L. Varner Professor and associate professor of accounting, presented her research at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Office of Economic and Risk Analysis Academic Seminar Series in Washington, D.C., on November 22. She was asked to present two papers: “Information Technology in an Audit Context: Have the Big 4 Lost Their Advantage,” co-authored with Jordan Lowe (Arizona State University), James Bierstaker (Villanova University), and Greg Jenkins (Auburn University) and, “The Impact of Technology on the Bank Confirmation Process: Evidence on U.S. and International Growth and Effectiveness by Audit Firm Size,” co-authored with Paul Caster (Fairfield University) and Randy Elder (University of North Carolina – Greensboro).

Bill Dilla, Union Pacific / Charles B. Handy Professor of Accounting, delivered a presentation titled, “Bitcoin and Blockchain: Why the ‘Buzz’,” to the Des Moines Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) on November 8.

Business Career Services

Employer Development
During the month of November, our staff worked with 3M, ConAgra, F&G Annuities, Huron Consulting, IPC, McLane, Metalcraft, and Northwestern Mutual-Chicago.

Employment Information
Business Career Services is in the process of collecting employment information for August and December 2019 graduates. If students share employment information with you, please let us know and encourage them to report to our office as well.

Professional Development
Haley Flores attended The Way Up Conference in West Des Moines November 7-8. She also attended Global DSM: Tapping International Student Talent in Des Moines on November 19

Spring 2020 Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Ivy College of Business Career Fair Breakfast February 12
Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair February 12
Interview Day February 13


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 schedule conflicts as you plan your own events. Upcoming events include the Contemporary Issues in Accounting Conference and the college’s Fall 2019 Convocation Ceremony, both on December 20.


The article “Insider Trading Ahead of Cyber Breach Announcements” by Zhaoxin Lin (PhD student, information systems and business analytics); Travis Sapp, director, master of finance program and associate professor of finance; Jackie Rees Ulmer, Union Pacific Professor of Information Systems and associate dean for professional masters programs; and Rahul Parsa, professor of teaching, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Financial Markets.

Tyler Jensen, assistant professor of finance, had his paper “Funding Conditions and Insurance Stock Returns: Do Insurance Stocks Really Benefit from Rising Interest Rate Regimes?” accepted for publication in Risk Management and Insurance Review.


Winter is coming, and the Gerdin expansion is being buttoned up against the elements. Installation of the exterior wall panels is nearing completion, and installation of the roof membrane and exterior glass curtain walls will begin in mid-December. Click here to view more interior photos and a live view from the constrution webcam.

Information Systems and Business Analytics

Young Woong Park, adjunct assistant professor of information systems and business analytics, was appointed as a research fellow at DataArts, located at Southern Methodist University, from October 2019 to October 2020. He will be working on analytics research projects to improve arts and cultural organization operations.


Raj Agnihotri, Dean’s Fellow in Marketing and director of the Professional Sales Forum, had a paper accepted for presentation with Amin Rostami (PhD student, marketing) and Ashish Kalra (LaSalle University) titled, “When It Becomes Too Much: The Effect of Internal Competition on Effort and Performance and the Moderating Role of Self-Monitoring,” at the Society for Marketing Advances Annual Conference, November 5-8, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

José Rosa, John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow and professor of marketing, presented “Managing Teams for Creative Outcomes” for the November meeting of the Professional and Scientific Council Seminar Series. The presentation is available for viewing in Learn@ISU.

Marketing and Communication Services

Michele Appelgate and Emily Bowman attended the American Marketing Association Iowa chapter lunch workshop, “Trolling is the New Trying: Zero-Dollar Marketing in the Age of Authenticity,” in Des Moines, November 6.

A few highlights from November promotions:

  • The marketing team launched a promotional campaign to celebrate the news that Iowa State University was ranked #26 in the Princeton Review’s 14th annual survey naming the top undergraduate and graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies. The campaign included:
    • a fun social media video to kick off the campaign, featuring Ivy student Lauren Jones (senior, entrepreneurship). You can see it on our Facebook page.
    • targeted emails to the Dean’s Advisory Council, all college Executive Advisory Councils, alumni, faculty, staff, and donors of the college.
    • a social media giveaway contest, in partnership with Ames’ new Big Acai Bowls, which is co-owned by Ivy student Josh Dingle (senior, marketing).
    • an Instagram takeover featuring Ivy student Anthony Swindell (senior, entrepreneurship).
    • plasma screen announcements, posters, and flyers in the Gerdin Business Building.
    • a separate, 30-second video featuring Lauren Jones will run on YouTube as a paid ad campaign through mid-February.
  • A print ad promoting the master of real estate development was submitted to Urban Land magazine and will be featured in their Winter 2020 Education Special Supplement.
  • A print ad promoting the supply chain management program was submitted to Inbound Logistics for their December issue.
  • A print ad promoting three masters programs for working professionals (EMBA, master of real estate development, and master of business analytics) was submitted to the Corridor Business Journal (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City) for their annual Newsmaker magazine.

News Coverage

November 8: Hua Sun, associate professor of finance, took part in a hearing held by the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations about lending and housing discrimination against members of the LGBTQ+ community. Read about it here.

November 12: The Princeton Review® and Entrepreneur magazine announced the results of The Princeton Review’s 14th annual survey naming the top undergraduate and graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies. Media coverage from our news release included:

November 14: The college’s newly approved professional sales certificate was mentioned in an article in Inside Iowa State. Read about it here.

November 14: Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding was interviewed for the article, “Dean of Business Reflects on New Programs and Student Opportunities,” in the Iowa State Daily. Read about it here.

November 15: Samantha Cross, associate professor of marketing, was featured in an article published in Medium titled, “Modern Thanksgiving was Invented to Drive You Nuts.” Read about it here.

November 18: David and Deb Kingland and Kingland Systems’ $3 million gift to the Gerdin Business Building expansion was featured in the Business Record. Read about it here.

November 18: Lincoln Journal Star featured key stats about the Iowa State MBA program in the article, “Going Back to School for an MBA? Here are the Best Programs.” Read about it here.

November 19: Iowa State Daily published an article about the 2020 Ivy Women in Business Awards. Read about the awards and nomination process here.

November 20: Kingland created a video to share how Iowa State and Kingland work together; the video features several Ivy faculty. Watch the video here.

November 21: Dean Spalding was mentioned in an Inside Iowa State article for his role as interim vice president for economic development. This edition of Inside Iowa State also included a piece about Kingland’s $3 million contribution to the Gerdin Business Building expansion. Read about it here.

November 21: The Economic Development and Industry Relations newsletter highlighted Dean Spalding’s annual economic development and technology transfer report, along with the announcement of Iowa State’s #26 ranking for best undergraduate programs for entrepreneurship studies. Read the newsletter here.

November 22: Dean Spalding was quoted in the article, “Contributions Toward Gerdin Expansion Exceed Expectations,” published by the Ames Tribune. Read about it here.

November 25: Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair of Agribusiness and professor of finance, was quoted in the article, “SF Special: How Contract Feeding Changed the Hog Industry,” published by Succesful Farming. Read about it here.

November 26: Dermot Hayes was featured in the article, “US Pork Industry Sees $25 Billion China Market Without Tariffs,” by MSN.com. Read about it here; similar articles are listed below:

  • “Consolidated Infrastructure: U.S. Pork Can Reduce Overall U.S. Trade Deficit with China by Nearly Six Percent,” by Market Screener. Read the story here.
  • “U.S. Pork Can Reduce U.S. Trade Deficit With China by Nearly 6%,” by Feedstuffs. Read the story here.
  • “U.S. Pork Missing Out on Unprecedented Sales Opportunity in China,” by Ag News Feed. Read the story here.

November 30: The Ivy College of Business was featured in the article, “Iowa State University College of Business Receives $3 Million Gift,” by Philanthropy News Digest. Read about it here.

PhD Program

Brenda Carr, assistant director of PhD programs, attended the following recruitment events:

  • November 19: University of Michigan PhD recruitment fair
  • November 21-22: PhD Project Annual Conference in Chicago, along with Joey George, Iowa State University Distinguished Professor in Business, John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business, and associate dean for research; Jose Beltran, PhD student in management; José Rosa, John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow and professor of marketing; and Toyin Clottey, associate professor of supply chain management.

Supply Chain Management

Meltem Denizel-Karakaya, associate professor of supply chain management; Yoshi Suzuki, Land O’Lakes, Inc. Endowed Professor in Supply Chain Management; and Cristopher Anderson (Renewable Energy Group), had their paper titled, “Increasing Biofuel Proliferation via the Optimal Use of Government Incentives,” accepted for publication in the Transportation Journal.

Rob Overstreet, assistant professor of supply chain management:

  • Has been named a senior associate editor at the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, a top journal in supply chain management.
  • Was invited to serve on a panel as part of the college’s First Gen Week celebration. The First Gen Panel Discussion brought together Ivy faculty, staff, and alumni for a conversation about their experiences as first-generation college students.

Yoshi Suzuki, Land O’Lakes, Inc. Endowed Professor in Supply Chain Management, had his paper titled, “Impact of Material Convergence on Last-Mile Distribution,” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Production Economics.

Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office 

Brenda Thorbs-Weber served as moderator for the First Gen Panel Discussion on November 7.

Brenda Thorbs-Weber and Melody Schobert attended the Students Against Racism meeting on November 7.

Shannon Grundmeier participated in the university’s First Generation Student Celebration on November 8.

Taylor Shire accompanied MGMT 410 students and their instructor, Ryan Bhattacharyya, on a trip to Uganda over Fall Break.

Registration reminders for Spring 2020:

Registration for spring 2020 classes will remain open in AccessPlus though January 17, the fifth day of the term. At the end of the fifth day, class registration will close and students will not be added to business courses or allowed to make section changes. If there is not an open seat in AccessPlus, a student cannot be added to the class. If the course has an enrollment restriction that is not met (e.g. ACCT major trying to add a FIN restricted section), and there is a seat available in AccessPlus prior to the end of the fifth day, students can see John Wageman during drop-in hours (9:00-10:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. most business days) in the Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office (1200 Gerdin).

Graduate students must initiate a petition to enroll in an undergraduate business course. Petition forms are available online and in the Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office.

As a reminder, Ivy faculty do not sign students into their classes or switch sections. Please do not discuss available seats with students or the possibility of getting added to a class. Opening and releasing seats at strategic points in the registration process is key to enrollment management. Students must watch AccessPlus to try to add a class, as we can only help them add a restricted section (not a closed section) if prerequisites are met.

Prerequisite checking for Spring 2020:

Prerequisite runs for spring 2020 classes will run after fall grades are posted December 27. Students with violations will be emailed and provided instructions on resolving the violation or dropping the course. We will continue to work with students through the end of the registration period to resolve the prerequisite issue (i.e. drop the course, identify an approved course substitute, initiate prerequisite petition, etc.) before notifying the instructor. Instructors will be notified of any remaining students with prerequisite issues after the first week of the term.