Dean’s Message

March is finally here, which means spring is just around the corner! One of my favorite events in the spring is the Ivy College of Business Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony, which will be at 4:00 p.m. April 10 in the Memorial Union, Cardinal Room. A reception will immediately follow. These awards are funded by the Dean’s Advisory Council and provide a great opportunity to recognize our faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the college throughout the past year. There is still time to make nominations. The deadline is March 10. Please consider nominating your fellow faculty and staff as a way to honor their hard work. All nominations can be submitted electronically or by hard copy to Monica Sasse ( in the Dean’s Suite, 2200 Gerdin. Each nomination must include an Ivy College of Business Cover Sheet (provided once you click on the award category) and other required materials. Please review the category details and submit your nominations on our website.

Another exciting spring event is our third annual Ivy Women in Business Awards Ceremony, to be held 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 RSVP on our event page so we can plan for food. I hope you can join us!


Michael Bootsma, Dean’s Teaching Fellow in accounting, accompanied Anna Jaspers, junior in supply chain management, and Kate Howell, senior in management information systems, as their faculty coach for the Templeton Ethics Competition held at Stetson University. Anna and Kate placed second at the competition, which is our best finish to date at an external ethics competition.

Business Career Services


Staff members delivered several presentations as a part of the approximately 25 professional development sessions in the Spring 2020 Speaker Series:

Tanya Austin presented to 30 students on “Building an Effective LinkedIn Profile.”

Kathy Wieland delivered a “Strengths Discovery” session for 25 students and  a session on “Salary and Offer Evaluation and Negotiation” to 20 students.

The staff of Business Career Services visited all BUS AD 103 classes to discuss preparation for the Spring Career Fair, the Speaker Series, and utilization of CyHire.

Tanya Austin delivered a presentation about LinkedIn to the International Student Ambassador Club (20 students).

Employer Development:

Staff engaged with the following companies to enhance recruitment: Federated Insurance, International Paper, NBCUniversal, Palmer Group, and Zoetis.

Spring Career Fair:

Over 1,700 students attended the Spring Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair, which was up from 1,500 students the prior spring. A total of 142 companies/employers participated, which was virtually even with the year prior.

Professional Development:

Business Career Services staff participated in a Student Mental Health Workshop delivered by the Student Counseling Center and Thielen Health Center.

Tanya Austin attended the Ivy Pitch Off competition on February 11

Kathy Wieland attended the “ISU Womxn Leading from the Middle” professional development learning community session lead by the department of Learning Communities.

Dr. Charles B. Handy Graduate Programs Office

MBA students Kyle Wendt, Maddie Hagerty, NishantPraveen, along with competition adviser Nick Sloan, assistant director of graduate recruitment, traveled to the Gies MBA Strategy Case Competition at the University of Illinois February 6-8, 2020.

MBA students Michael Hiraldo-Santana, Riley Meyers, Erin Starkey and Zach Woodbeck, along with competition adviser Henrik Sternberg, assistant professor of supply chain management, traveled to TCU’s Graduate Supply Chain Case Competition February 20-23, 2020.


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 Ivy Women in Business Awards ceremony. Please RSVP on our event page so we can plan for food.


One year into the construction project, the Gerdin expansion is close to being fully enclosed. Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC rough-in continues, and interior walls are being framed. Bricks are being installed on the south exterior wall, and the crane is scheduled to be removed from the site by the end of March.


Information Systems and Business Analytics

Young Woong Park, adjunct assistant professor of information systems and business analytics, had his paper titled, “Subset Selection for Multiple Linear Regression via Optimization,” co-authored with Diego Klabjan (Northwestern University), accepted for publication in the Journal of Global Optimization.

Dan Zhu, professor of information systems and business analytics, recently had the following papers accepted for publication:

  • Cai and D. Zhu, “Who Can We Trust: A New Approach for Fraudulent Rater Detection in Reputation Systems,” Decision Sciences.
  • Han, D. Zhu, N. Kothari, “Strategic Use of Twitter as Source of Health Information: A Pilot Study with Textual Analysis of Health Tweets,” Journal of Informatics for Health and Social Care.
  • Cai and D. Zhu, “Trustworthy and Profit: A New Value-based Neighbor Selection Method in Recommender Systems under Shilling Attacks,” in Decision Support Systems.


Priyanka Jayashankar, adjunct assistant professor of management, had the following conference papers accepted:

  • With co-author Srinivas Venugopal, “How Social Enterprises Work Nested Institutions to Foster Market Inclusion of the Differently Abled in Subsistence Marketplaces,” to be presented at the Subsistence Marketplaces Conference, Los Angeles, California, May 30-June 1.
  • With co-authors Sree Nilakanta, Kingland Systems Graduate Director of Business Analytics and associate professor of information systems and business analytics, Wesley J. Johnston, and Earl Hur, “An Exploration of Relational Dynamics and Resource Integration in Digital Agriculture Innovation Ecosystems: a Multi-Stakeholder Narrative,” to be presented at the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference in San Diego, California, July 16-20.


Hui Feng (Sophia), associate professor of marketing:

  • Received the JAMS Sheth Foundation Best Paper Award for the following paper as the best paper of the year in 2019: Neil A. Morgan, Kim A. Whitler, Hui Feng and Simos Chari (2019), “Research in Marketing Strategy,” Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 47(1), 4-29.
  • Had her paper “Does Crowd Wisdom Bring Wealth? The Bifurcated Impact of Crowdsourcing Contests on Shareholder Value,” presented at the American Marketing Association Winter Academic Conference in San Diego, California, on February 16, 2020. The paper is co-authored with Cao Zixia (University of Colorado Denver) and Michael Wiles (Arizona State University).

José Antonio Rosa, professor of marketing and the John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow, published a short article titled, “Here’s How You Can be Nudged to Eat Healthier, Recycle, and Make Better Decisions Every Day,” in The Conversation on December 18, 2019. The article has had more than 22,000 reads and was republished by Fast Company, Lee Enterprises, EcoWatch, The Raw Story, Gizmodo,, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Flipboard (content from other republishers) and Gannett newspapers. It has been read by people around the world, including in Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and others. You can read the article here. Rosa is also a faculty fellow in ISU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Ashley Goreczny, assistant professor of marketing, and Heather Patterson, marketing PhD student, had their paper, “What are the impacts of website and social media engagement on stock prices after competitor bankruptcy?” accepted for presentation at the 2020 American Marketing Association Winter Academic Conference, which took place in San Diego, California, February 14-16. Heather Patterson presented the paper.

Marketing and Communication Services

Building and maintaining working relationships with the media is always a goal of ours at the Ivy College of Business. To help us coordinate these efforts, we kindly ask that if a reporter contacts you 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 Michele Appelgate in advance. We may have other media relations in progress. Our team promotes and tracks all news coverage for the college so we want to be sure we have all of the information. Your help in keeping the lines of communication open is appreciated!

Michele Appelgate provided a branding presentation for Russ Laczniak’s MKT 340 class, in the Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, February 28.

Michele Appelgate and Emily Bowman attended the “Innovate at Iowa State Update” webinar.

Emily Bowman, Meredith Francom, and Suzanne Lyndon attended the 2020 Professional and Scientific Council Professional Development Conference on February 13, held at the Scheman Building.

Michele Appelgate, Emily Bowman, Meredith Francom, and Suzanne Lyndon:

  • Attended the American Marketing Association’s Experience 2020 conference on February 7, in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Attended the Spring Career Fair Breakfast on February 12, held at the Scheman Building.

Here are a few examples of recent promotions our team has worked on.

News Coverage

February 2: Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair of Agribusiness and professor of finance, was quoted in an article by the Red River Farm Network titled, “China Could Still Be in the Market for U.S. Pork.” Read more here.

February 8: José Antonio Rosa, John and Deborah Ganoe Faculty Fellow, faculty fellow in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and professor of marketing, was the author of the article “Here’s how you can be nudged to eat healthier, recycle and make better decisions every day,” published by The Ladders. Read about it here.

February 17: Lift Iowa Weekly featured an article about the Ivy Women in Business Awards titled, “Ivy Women in Business Award Winners Announced.” Read about it here or from other sources below:

  • Business Record – read here.
  • Business Record Daily – read here.

February 19: The 2020 Women in Business Inspiration Award winner, Berta Aldrich, was featured in the article “Ivy College of Business Names Berta Aldrich Women in Business Inspiration Award Winner for 2020,” written by her employer, Private Advisor Group. Read about it here.

February 20: The Iowa State Daily announced the Ivy Women in Business Awards Ceremony in their newsletter. Read about it here and follow the link to RSVP.

February 20: Priyanka Jayashankar, adjunct assistant professor of management, was interviewed and mentioned in the article, “Iowa State Study on Digital Agriculture Ecosystems,” by Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network. The article also mentions Sree Nilakanta, Kingland Systems Graduate Director of Business Analytics and associate professor of information systems and business analytics, as a collaborator on the study. Read and listen to this interview here.

February 23: The Financial Times released an article with a list of “Business School Research with Social Impact,” including two papers from Ivy faculty, “Lending Practices to Same-Sex Borrowers,” by Hua Sun, associate professor of finance, and Lei Gao, assistant professor of finance, and “Growing Up without Finance,” by Jamie Brown, Kingland MBA Professorand chair of the Department of Finance Read the full Financial Times article here.

February 25: The Ames Tribune wrote an article about the Pappajohn Center’s College-by-College Pitch Off series and Innovation Pitch Competition. Read about it here.

February 26: Poets & Quants released an article about the Ivy MBA titled, “Welcome to Iowa State, Where Gender Equity Has Become Reality,” which quotes Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding and Jackie Rees-Ulmer, Union Pacific Professor of Information Systems and associate dean for professional masters programs. A pitch from the college generated the news coverage. Read about it here.

February 28: ISU News Flash mentioned two Ivy Women in Business award recipients, Anna Florzak and Renee Schaaf, in their Awards and Honors section. Read about it here.

February 28: The article, “Ivy College of Business’ Full-Time MBA Achieves Gender Equity,” was featured as the Business Record’s top story of the day. A pitch from the college generated the news coverage. Read about it here.

February 29: Kathy Wieland, director of Business Career Services, was quoted in the article, “A Guide to Preparing Resumes and Cover Letters,” by the Iowa State Daily. Read about it here.

Supply Chain Management

Yoshi Suzuki, professor of supply chain management, Toyin Clottey, associate professor of supply chain management, and Ivy PhD graduate Shih-Hao Lu, recently had their manuscript, “The Last Mile: Managing Driver Helper Dispatching for Package Delivery Services,” conditionally accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Logistics.

Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office

Tara Fisher attended a NACADA webinar training about incorporating coaching conversations into academic advising practice.

Taylor Shire attended a workshop on developing faculty-led study abroad experiences hosted by CEA Study Abroad in Phoenix, Arizona. She also attended a business school-focused Education Abroad Summit hosted by Worldstrides in Washington, D.C.

Melody Schobert, Diann Burright, Pat Oswald, and Shannon Grundmeier attended the 2020 Professional and Scientific Council Professional Development Conference on February 13.

Summer and fall registration opens soon! Registration will begin on March 25 (for undergraduate students) and continues for all students though the fifth day of the term (August 28). As a reminder, Ivy College of Business instructors do not sign students into their classes or switch sections. Please do not discuss available seats with students or the possibility of being added to a class. Prerequisite checks for fall 2020 classes will run after summer grades are posted on August 7 and continue through the  third week of the semester.

Diann Burright is participating in a six-week workshop, “Energize Your Leadership Process,” sponsored by UHR Learning and Development.