Dean’s Message

More than 700 business professionals filled the atrium at Capital Square for the Business Record’s Book of Lists unveiling event January 9 in downtown Des Moines. Published annually in January, the Book of Lists is an essential resource guide for business professionals in central Iowa. Guests included CEOs, business leaders, alumni, and friends of Iowa State University and the Ivy College of Business. We host this event in Capital Square, downtown Des Moines, for several reasons:

  • to increase our visibility in the Des Moines market
  • to highlight our classroom space in Capital Square
  • to promote our professional programs
  • to network with alumni, business professionals, and key stakeholders in Des Moines.

Please enjoy the photos and details posted on our website.

As a reminder, March 10 is the 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.

Please also mark your calendar for the third annual Ivy Women in Business Awards Ceremony on March 25, at the ISU Alumni Center. These awards honor women in business and those who work to inspire and advance the careers of women. The Ivy College of Business and the Collegiate Women in Business student organization sponsor this event. Please see our event page to learn about this year’s event details.



Diane Janvrin, William L. Varner Professor and associate professor of accounting, and co-authors Ingrid Fisher and Mark Hughes (State University of New York, Albany), were awarded the Outstanding Education Case Award at the 2020 Accounting Information Systems/Strategic and Emerging Technologies Midyear Meeting in Orlando on January 24, for the paper titled, “Introducing Textual Analysis Concepts into the Accounting Curriculum.”


Business Career Services

Welcome back to the spring semester! We are excited to work with students and continue to guide them on their individual career search. Faculty and staff play an important role supporting students and their goals. Helping students in their job searches may have legal and ethical implications. Please read the following guidelines for providing references and faculty/staff interaction with recruiters: A Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring.

The Spring 2020 Business, Industry & Technology Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, February 12, in Hilton Coliseum from 12:00-5:00 p.m. The Career Fair Breakfast will be that morning prior to the career fair from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Scheman Building. Interview Day will be held in the Memorial Union on Thursday, February 13. Students can apply for on-campus recruiting positions in CyHire and meet with employers at the career fair to be considered for their opportunities.

Spring 2020 Upcoming Career Events – Mark Your Calendars!

More information on these events can be found in CyHire.

BCS Spring Kick Off Day 1320 Gerdin February 5

Technical Career Night

Hosted by the MIS Club

ISU Alumni Center February 5
Ivy College of Business Career Fair Breakfast Scheman Building February 12
Business, Industry & Technology Career Fair Hilton Coliseum February 12
Interview Day Memorial Union February 13


Student Development

Sarah Van Vark, Kathy Wieland, Haley Flores, Tami Corcoran, and Brooke Long provided mock interviews for the John Deere Emerging Leaders program involving students from across several colleges.

Kathy Wieland delivered a Team Strengths Discovery session for Mahdi Moqri’s MIS 436 class.

Tanya Austin delivered Strengths Discovery sessions for John Wong’s MKT 450 classes.



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 Building Our Community event on February 20.



The skylight has been installed over the new lobby area, along with most of the third floor windows. Several of the large exterior glass curtain walls have been installed, with the remaining glass curtain walls to be installed in the coming weeks. Inside, electrical and plumbing rough-in is underway, and duct work is being installed for the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Rough-in framing has begun for the interior walls.


Marketing and Communications Services

Michele Appelgate and Fritz Nordengren provided a digital branding presentation at Russ Laczniak’s MKT 340 class, in the Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, January 24.

Suzanne Lyndon, event planner, organized the 2019 Book of Lists unveiling event in Des Moines, sponsored by the Ivy College of Business.

Here are a few examples of ads that will run in Iowa publications in February 2020:


News Coverage

December 19: The Ivy College of Business supply chain management program was ranked #3 out of 27 by Read more about this ranking here.

January 13: Priyanka Jayashankar, adjunct assistant professor, was featured in the article, “ISU Researcher Seeking Ag Professionals to Interview About Use of Big Data,” published by the Seed Science Center. Read more about it here.

January 16: Inside Iowa State wrote an article about the new inclusivity training for faculty, and featured a photo of the inaugural group to receive the training, the Department of Management. Read the article here.

January 27: Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding was quoted in the article, “Iowa State Startup Factory Announces its Eighth Cohort, Program Successes To-Date,” published by the ISU Start Up Factory. Read about it here.

  • This story also appeared in the InnovationIOWA weekly newsletter. Read about it here.

January 30: The Ivy College of Business was included in the Business Record newsletter as the sponsor of the InnovationENTREPRENEUR award, one of the InnovationIOWA 2020 awards. Read about the award and how to nominate someone here.

January 30:  The college’s partnership with the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce for the Accelerate Emerging Leaders Series was included in the Business Record’s Upcoming Events with a mention of Jim Summers, Max S. Wortman, Jr. Professor and associate professor of management. Read about it here.


Supply Chain Management

Meltem Denizel, associate professor of supply chain management, with co-author Ihsan Yanikoglu, had their paper titled, “A Robust Optimization Approach to Multi-period Remanufacturing Planning with Uncertain Quality of Inputs,” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Production Research.

Peter Ralston, assistant professor of supply chain management, and Jennifer Blackhurst had their paper titled, “Industry 4.0 and Resilience in the Supply Chain: A Driver of Capability Enhancement or Capability Loss?” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Production Research.

Haozhe Chen, associate professor of supply chain management, published an article titled, “It’s Time for your Secondary Market to Play a Primary Role,” in Supply Chain Management Review. The article was co-authored with Zac Rogers (Colorado State University) and Dale Rogers (Arizona State University).


Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office

Brenda Thorbs-Weber, Karen Huang, Katherine Clottey, Kathy Weaver, Melody Schobert, Shannon Grundmeier, Stephanie Larson, and Tara Fisher attended a Low-Income Student Outreach Initiative training to learn more about how to support low-income students through proactive advising methods.

Tara Fisher and Kelly Pistilli attended a NACADA webinar training about Academic Advising and Trans Equity to better support transgendered students on campus.

Tara Fisher, Cindy Sheehy, and Brenda Thorbs-Weber attended a WEPAN webinar titled, “Responding to Hate: Addressing bias incidents and hate crimes on campus,” to better support our students and improve campus climate.

Tara Fisher and Shannon Grundmeier attended the ISU Alumni Association webinar titled, “Creating Greatness through the Stories We Tell,” led by Carrie Copley, a life and business coach.

Tara Fisher attended the United Way Campaign Celebration on December 13. Over $2.13 million was raised for the 2019 Story County United Way Campaign. The Ivy College of Business raised over $67,885 (136% of our goal!) for the 2019 United Way Campaign. A big thank you to committee members Monica Sasse (Dean’s Suite), Tara Fisher (Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office), Colby Geniec (Dean’s Suite), Bruce Kraft (Department of Finance) and Scott Johnson (Department of Management) for their efforts!

Tara Fisher, Shannon Grundmeier, Pat Oswald, and Melody Schobert attended a Transferology training from the Office of the Registrar. Transferology is a new online tool that allows students to search for courses to take at another school based on the courses needed to complete their degree at Iowa State University.