Dean’s Message

Happy New Year and welcome to a new decade!

I would like to thank all of you for making 2019 a successful year for our students. I extend a special thanks to the many faculty and staff members who volunteered during our December convocation ceremony at Hilton Coliseum. This ceremony means a lot to our students and their families. Your participation is valued and appreciated.

I would like to invite everyone in the Ivy family to join us at the annual Book of Lists Unveiling Event at Capital Square from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9. As the presenting sponsor, our goal is to increase our visibility in the Des Moines market, highlight our classroom space in Capital Square, and network with alumni, business professionals, and friends in Des Moines. This is a great opportunity for you to network and promote your programs.

The next “Building Our Community” event will be held in February. The goal of this event is to strengthen our college community of students, faculty, and staff. This is an opportunity for us to learn from each other. Together, we can identify ways to meet our college goal of continuous improvement in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Faculty and staff will be invited to register online for a 30-minute time slot. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Thank you to Valentina Salotti for leading this important effort. Please watch for event details – coming soon!

January 10: Deadline for Ivy Women in Business Awards — I would like remind everyone the deadline is near for the Ivy Women in Business Awards: January 10. I know it is a busy time of year, so I sincerely thank you for taking the opportunity to honor deserving candidates. We have three categories for consideration. Please review the category details and submit your nominations on our website.

March 10: Deadline for Ivy College of Business Awards — Please consider nominating your fellow faculty and staff as a way to honor their hard work. We have a variety of award categories for consideration, and nominations can come from anyone in the college. All nominations can be submitted electronically or hard copy to Monica Sasse ( in the Dean’s Suite, 2200 Gerdin, by March 10. Each nomination must include an Ivy College of Business Cover Sheet (which is provided once you click on the award category) and other required materials. The awards will be presented in April at the Ivy College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Dean’s Advisory Council. Please review the category details and submit your nominations on our website.

I wish you all the best in the coming semester and look forward to working with you as we continue to make Ivy an exceptional experience for students.

Business Career Services

Employer Development

Tami Corcoran attended the Principal Real Estate Investors Intern Presentations on December 3. Three of the seven interns were from Iowa State University. We also worked with John Deere and Union Pacific on upcoming projects.

Student Development

On December 2, Kathy Wieland delivered a presentation on networking to 14 students of the Multicultural Student Success program.

Spring 2020 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

Technical Career Night February 5
Ivy College of Business Career Fair Breakfast February 12
Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair February 12
Interview Day February 13



The expansion project has moved indoors, while exterior work continues with the installation of windows and the beginning of brickwork on the new third floor.


Marketing and Communications Services 

The marketing and communications team is sharing a few small (and not so small) examples of our recent work.

From left to right: Window display on the Des Moines skywalk in Capital Square; a digital ad that ran in several Business Record e-newsletters; a large decal on the temporary construction wall near the Granite Hallway.

Emily Bowman, graphic designer:

  • Attended the American Advertising Federation Iowa chapter lunch workshop, “From YouTube to TikTok – How to Create Compelling Social Media Videos” in Des Moines, December 12.
  • Installed a new window display at Capital Square in Des Moines on December 12.

News Coverage

December 2: Samantha Cross, associate professor of marketing, wrote the article, “How Advertising Shaped Thanksgiving as We Know It,” published by The Palm Beach Post. Read her article here.

December 2: Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair of Agribusiness and professor of finance, was mentioned in the article, “U.S. Pork Can Reduce Trade Deficit with China,” by the Norfolk Daily News. Read it here.

December 5: Dermot Hayes was mentioned in the article, “Japan Pushes Trade Deal Through; U.S. Red Meat to Get Improved Access,” by Ag Newsfeed.

December 9: Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding, Michele Appelgate, director of marketing and communications, and Emily Bowman, graphic designer, were interviewed for the Iowa State Daily article, “Rebranding of Business College Extending its Reach with Campaign.” Read it here.

December 9: Dermot Hayes was mentioned in the article, “Analysis: Zero-Tariff Access to China Would Yield Significant Benefits for U.S. Pork,” by Ag News 890. Read it here.

December 10: Dermot Hayes was quoted in the article, “Ag community hopeful USMCA trade deal developments lead to bill signing,” by the Quad-City Times. Read it here.

December 11: Kathy Weaver, academic adviser, was quoted in the article, “Short Courses Enhance Iowa State Curriculum,” published by Iowa State Daily. Read it here.

December 30: The Business Record Lift Iowa newsletter published an announcement about the Ivy Women in Business Awards nominations being open.

Supply Chain Management

Haozhe Chen, associate professor of supply chain management, and Benjamin Griffis, PhD student in supply chain management, published the article, “Returns Management Employee Development: Antecedents and Outcomes,” in the International Journal of Logistics Management. The article was coauthored with Stefan E Genchev and Geoff Willis.

Toyin Clottey, associate professor of supply chain management:

  • Had his paper, co-authored with W.C. Benton (the Ohio State University), titled, “Recommendations for Assessing Unit Non-response Bias in Dyadic Focused Empirical Supply Chain Management Research,” conditionally accepted for publication in the Decision Sciences Journal.
  • Gave a presentation, titled, “Unit Non-response Bias Assessment in Dyadic Survey-based Supply Chain Management Research,” at the annual conference of the Decisions Sciences Institute in November.