Dean’s Message

A lot has happened in the past three weeks. Most of you have been working remotely to keep the business of the college moving forward. Student classes have all been moved to online learning since March 23, which is a major undertaking and a new process for so many.

Please know that I appreciate everything each one of you are doing to take care of our students. I want to make sure that you are also taking care of yourselves by maintaining proper work-life balance. That is much harder to do when your work life moves into your home! While working from home all the time is new to all of us, email is not new. One of the keys to maintaining balance is to keep the same rules you had with email when you were working from Gerdin. Just because your work computer is now in your home doesn’t mean that you need to respond to emails 24/7.

In case you missed my email this week, I would like to provide an update on the length of our remote working days. At this time, employees who are currently working from home are encouraged to continue until further notice. I will update you as soon as I know more.

Normally, at this time we would be counting down the days for our annual Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony. Unfortunately, we must reschedule this celebration for a time when we are all together in the fall. A new date will be shared as soon as that information is available.

Thank you for all you do for our students and for each other!


Bill Dilla, Union Pacific/Charles B. Handy Professor and chair, Department of Accounting, presented to the March meeting of the Ames Chapter of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA). The title of his presentation was “CPAs Gone Bad.”

Dr. Charles B. Handy Graduate Programs Office

Graduate Business Career Services is open regular university business hours and evening hours by appointment (remote access at this time), in support of Ivy full-time and part-time graduate programs. The move to remote work in the graduate career services arena has led to newly created opportunities to engage in numerous employer roundtable calls, virtual events with industry groups, and web calls with other MBA career services teams, each week. Likewise, we’ve been actively reaching out to our top Ivy graduate employer partners to gauge changes they anticipate or are experiencing at the current time. We have begun passing news and updates regarding the graduate-level recruiting/hiring landscape, as well as specific company and industry updates, to Ivy MBA and specialized master’s students in a new weekly career management email blast.

A summary of the most recent MBA and specialized masters employment statistics can be found here.

If you have questions regarding graduate-level employment or internship recruitment, or would like specific updates or information, please don’t hesitate to contact Mark Peterson:


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our spring events have been postponed. They include:

  • Ivy Women in Business Awards – rescheduled for September 2, 2020
  • Business Analytics Symposium – rescheduled for July 23, 2020
  • Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony – postponed until fall semester
  • Robert Stafford Lecture on Banking – postponed until fall semester

The Ivy College of Business Convocation Ceremony scheduled for May 8 has been canceled. Instead, the Ivy Marketing and Communication Services team will produce a convocation video featuring student-submitted photos and videos, along with video congratulations from Dean Spalding and Ivy faculty and staff.


Construction continues to move forward. Please visit our website for the latest photos.

Information Systems and Business Analytics 

Jon W. Beard, associate professor of information systems and business analytics:

  • With Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness (formerly of the ISU College of Design, now at the University of Texas at Austin), presented a professional development workshop titled, “Sketchnoting: A Visual Methodology Fostering Critical Thinking and Knowledge Retention for our Students,” at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Boston in August 2019. The presentation received the Best Professional Development Workshop Award for the Management Education and Development (MED) Division of the Academy of Management.
  • Presented “Scholarly Teaching in Systems Thinking and Information Systems” in an invited session titled, “What You Need to Know to be a Scholarly Teacher.” This was a professional development workshop at INFORMS in Seattle, WA. Three additional presenters were from North Dakota State University.
  • Presented “Systems Thinking and Decision Making (in Complex, Dynamic Situations)” in a professional development workshop titled, “The Rest of the Story: Using Literature to Enhance Learning in the Business Classroom,” at the Midwest Academy of Management in Omaha, Nebraska, in October 2019. Faculty from several other institutions also presented in this session.


Ju-Yeon Lee, assistant professor of marketing, is featured along with her co-authors for their journal article, “Improving Cancer Outreach Effectiveness Through Targeting and Economic Assessments: Insights from a Randomized Field Experiment,” published in the Journal of Marketing for the Scholarly Insights series on the Journal of Marketing website. Read about it here on the American Marketing Association’s website or find it through the Journal of Marketing Twitter or LinkedIn.

Russ Laczniak, the John and Connie Stafford Professor of Business and professor of marketing, presented the following paper, co-authored with Melika Kordrostami (’17, PhD in marketing), at the American Academy of Advertising Conference on March 28. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the conference was held virtually, not in San Diego. The title of the paper is, “Female Sexual Power Models in Ads: Obnoxious or Confident?” and is based on the second essay from Melika’s dissertation. Melika is currently an assistant professor of marketing at California State University, San Bernardino.

Marketing and Communications Services

Our team is working remotely but doing all we can to meet the needs of our faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our top priorities include creating a digital convocation message, promoting summer online classes, and helping our recruiters as they engage with students who are unable to visit our beautiful campus in person. We have also postponed most college events and are in the process of rescheduling those. We appreciate all who have helped us with these priorities!

Michele Appelgate, director of marketing; Emily Bowman, graphic designer; and Suzanne Lyndon, event planner, attended the “Cisco Webex Meetings Tutorial and Q&A” webinar delivered by Iowa State University Information Technology Services.

Michele Appelgate, Emily Bowman, Suzanne Lyndon, and Meredith Francom attended the “7 Strategies for a Productive Virtual Workplace” webinar delivered by Inspiring Solutions (West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce)

Michele Appelgate attended:

  • Asana work-from-home webinar, March 18
  • AACBS Big 12 Communicators Zoom meeting, March 31

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


News Coverage

March 9: The Business Record’s Lift Iowa newsletter wrote an article titled, “Ivy College of Business’ Full-Time MBA Achieves Gender Equity.” Read about it here.

March 10: The Robert Stafford Lecture on Banking, established by the Ivy College of Business, was featured in a Market Screener article titled, “Ames National: Presents the Robert Stafford Lecture Series on April 21.” Read about it here.

March 17: The Ivy College of Business’ full-time MBA program was featured in the article, “Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Graduate Program Takes Top Ranking,” published by Iowa State University News Service, for its new ranking as the #28 MBA program among public schools. Read about it here.

March 20:  This year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings for graduate programs put the Ivy College of Business’ full-time MBA at #53. Read about the rankings here.

March 24: Iowa State University featured Hua Sun, associate professor of finance, and Lei Gao, assistant professor of finance, on the university homepage for research on same-sex discrimination in mortgage lending practices in the article, “An Adventure Worth Testifying For.” Read about it here.

Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office

Summer and fall registration was delayed and will open on April 2 for graduate students and April 6 for undergraduates (seniors). Fall registration will continue for all students though the fifth day of the term in fall (August 28); summer registration continues into the first few days of each ‘term.’ As a reminder, business instructors 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. 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.

Advisers are working remotely, but are still meeting with and serving students. Appointments can still be made online via AccessPlus and will be held by phone, email, or virtually.

Lots of questions are swirling around the temporary Pass/Not Pass policy implemented for the formerly in-person courses that are now online. Students will earn their regular letter grades at the end of the semester, then have the opportunity to elect P/NP grading (D- is passing for undergraduates, and students would ‘earn’ a P in that case). The P/NP policy for 500-600 level courses and graduate students requires a C or higher in order to be considered a P.

Please refer students with questions regarding the election of P/NP grading to their advisers.