Dean’s Message

As we welcome spring, I cannot help but think about what a strong start we had to this semester. We enjoyed several special gatherings, including the annual Book of Lists Unveiling event at Capital Square as well as the Building Our Community event. Those were wonderful gatherings, held at a time when we could be together for good conversations and laughter.

Everything changed in mid-March when we moved all classes online and we started working from home to protect the health of our community. I know how disruptive this was for everyone, especially for those who dealt with concerns about family members.

As we conclude the semester, we will honor our graduating seniors with a special virtual convocation video. In the coming days, you will receive information about how to access the video and the virtual graduation website.

As we plan for summer classes to be completely online, our thoughts automatically turn to fall.

President Wintersteen shared (April 24 letter) a statement from Board of Regents President Michael Richards that we are planning on a full, normal operation for our universities for the fall 2020 semester. President Wintersteen wrote: “Here at Iowa State University, we will consider all options that follow this directive and prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.” She also announced (April 28 letter) the formation of the Executive Committee for Fall Planning. The committee will focus on health and safety, classroom teaching, academic support, residence halls and dining, and research support. As she stated, “The issues are complex. This will require our entire community to rise to yet another level in our commitment to our mission and each other.”

These are definitely uncharted times, which naturally cause anxiety and concern among our faculty and staff. Even though I do not yet have all of the answers about how this pandemic affects the college, I pledge to do my best in keeping you informed as information comes to me. I strive to keep an open dialogue as things change. Please watch your email for upcoming Desserts with David where I can share updates and take your questions.

Speaking of fall: we are making plans for our annual Faculty/Staff Welcome Back Picnic: Friday, August 21. Please mark your calendar. This will certainly be different than our previous picnics, but know we are exploring some great ways to be together while still maintaining social distance recommendations.

I realize how challenging these past weeks have been and I want you to know much I appreciate all that you are doing for our students and for each other!

Dr. Charles B. Handy Graduate Programs Office

Mark Peterson, director of career services, presented the webinar, “Reflections from the Past: How to Weather the COVID-19 Storm,” by MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance.


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

  • Business Analytics Symposium – rescheduled for July 23
  • Ivy Women in Business Awards – rescheduled for September 2
  • 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 David Spalding, faculty, and staff.

Information Systems and Business Analytics

Rui Chen, associate professor of information systems, had the following papers accepted for publication:

Chen, R., Gaia, J., and Rao, H.R.”An Examination of the Effect of Recent Phishing Encounters on Phishing Susceptibility”, Decision Support Systems

Gentina, E., Chen, R., Yang, Z.Y. “Development of Theory of Mind on Online Social Networks: Evidence from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat”, Journal of Business Research


Priyanka Jayashankar, adjunct assistant professor in management, had the following papers accepted in the 45th macro-marketing conference:

  • with Sree Nilakanta, Kingland Systems Graduate Director of Business Analytics, and Wesley Johnston (Georgia State University): “A Conceptual Introduction to an AI-based Food Marketing System: Navigating Assortment Expansion from Farm to Fork.”
  • with Srinivas Venugopal (University of Vermont): “How Social Enterprises Work Nested Institutions to Foster Market Inclusion of the Differently Abled – A Macromarketing Perspective.”

Marketing and Communications Services

We are excited to announce that two of our 2019 projects have made it to the American Marketing Association (AMA Iowa) award entries finalist stage. To support us winning, there is a public voting portion before judges at AMA Colorado make their final decision. We need your help! Starting May 11, all finalist entries will be posted on the AMA Iowa Facebook page for People’s Choice Award voting.  Simply “like” the Ivy entry when they post it. Anyone can vote, so please share with your friends and family, too. We are the finalist in these two categories, which will be announced on these dates:

  • May 21 – Video
  • May 22 – Marketing Department of the Year

The last day for voting is May 15. We appreciate your vote!


Emily Bowman, graphic designer, attended the LinkedIn webinar “Maximizing Your Performance with a Multiproduct Strategy,” April 8.

Michele Appelgate, director of marketing, attended:

  • a special meeting of the Iowa State University Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting, April 7. She represents the college as a member of the university’s Alumni Relations Council.
  • the Business Record’s News & Networking virtual event, April 9.
  • “How Higher Education Creative Teams Are Sharing Assets in the Remote Era,” April 21.

News Coverage

April 2: Lisa Shimkat, state director of America’s SBDC Iowa, was quoted in the article “Vet Med Secures Sanitizer with Network of Helping Hands,” by Inside Iowa State. Read about it here or in the article below:

  • “Distillery Helps Supply Hand Sanitizer to Veterinary Medicine College,” by Iowa State Daily. Read about it here.

April 6: Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Chair of Agribusiness and professor of finance, was featured in the article, “Study: African Swine Fever Outbreak Could Cost US Up To $50 Billion,“ by Iowa Public Radio for his study on African Swine Fever. Read about it here or from the sources below:

  • “ISU Study Predicts Big Loses for Pork Industry if African Swine Fever Hits,” by Radio Iowa. Read here.
  • “Economist Estimates $50 Billion in Economic Losses if ASF Reaches US,” by Brownfield Ag News. Read here.
  • “Study: African Swine Fever Outbreak Could Cost US Up To $50 Billion,” by KIWA Radio. Read here.

April 9: Academic advisers, Kelly Pistilli and Austin Haytko, were featured in the Inside Iowa State article, “How Advisers Connect with Students in an Uncertain Time.” Read about it here.

April 13: The New York Times quoted Dermot Hayes in the article, “Virus Closes Some Meat Plants, Raising Fear of Shortages.” Read about it here and similar articles featuring Dermot Hayes below:

  • “Former agriculture secretary issues stark warning that a ‘cascading series of events’ is disrupting the US food chain amid coronavirus pandemic as meat producers plan to cut jobs and products,” by Daily Mail. Read here.
  • “Slaughterhouses That Supply America’s Meat Are Starting to Close,” by Bloomberg. Read here.
  • “U.S. Hog Farmers Say They Need Federal Help to Stay Afloat During Coronavirus Crisis,” by CBS News. Read here.
  • “National Pork Producers Council: Hog Farmers Face COVID-19 Financial Crisis,” by MarketScreener. Read here.
  • “Pork Farmers Put in Bid for Billions in Federal Aid,” by Roll Call. Read here.
  • “Dire Crisis Hitting Pork Industry as Pigs Back Up Due to COVID-19,” by Successful Farming. Read here.
  • “Hog Farmers Could Face $5 Billion Loss,” by Progressive Farmer. Read here.
  • “US Pig Farmers Face $5 Billion Losses and Oversupply Issues Amid COVID-19 Pandemic,” by The Pig Site. Read here.
  • “LIVESTOCK-Cattle, Hog Futures Recover; More U.S. Meat Plants Shut,” by Daily Mail. Read here.
  • “US Meat Plants Close, but Supply Strong for Grilling Season,” by Daily Mail. Read here.
  • “COVID-19: The Economic Blood Bath for Ag Continues,” by Beef Magazine. Read here.
  • “U.S. livestock: Cattle, Hog Futures Recover,” by Glacier Farm Media. Read here.
  • “Until Markets Improve, Focus on Slashing Costs,” by Farm Futures. Read here.
  • “Why Americans May See a Meat Shortage During the Coronavirus Outbreak,” by ABC 7. Read here.
  • “USDA Outlines COVID-19 Aid Support,” by Supermarket News. Read here.
  • “COVID-10 Costs Pork Producers $5 Billion,” National Hog Farmer. Read here.
  • “S. Pork Producers Call for Immediate Government Intervention,” by Read here.
  • “Iowa to Deploy COVID-19 Testing ‘Strike Teams’ to Tama County Long-Term Care Facility,” by Des Moines Register. Read here.
  • “Pork Producers Bracing for a Tough Year,” by Southern Farm Network. Read here.

April 16: A Business Record newsletter included the announcement of Dave Cantor, Walker Professorship in Logistics and professor of supply chain management, being appointed as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Supply Chain Management. This was the result of a news release from the Marketing and Communications Services team. Read the announcement here.

April 18: Bobby Martens, associate professor of supply chain management and academic director the supply chain forum, was quoted in the article, “The US Won’t Run Out of Food During the Coronavirus Pandemic,” by Vox. Read about it here.

April 23: Raisbeck Endowed Dean, David Spalding, was a guest speaker at the event News & Networking hosted by the Business Record. Read about the event here, or watch his update here.

April 24: Dermot Hayes was quoted in the CNN Article, “Livestock Industry Warns that Federal Help for Desperate Farms Will Fall Short.” Read the article here.

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship delivered a series of 10 in-person and virtual webinars as part of their new Start Something Series. Over 170 individuals attended the webinars which consisted of students, faculty, staff, and community members from all across Iowa.

Small Business Development Center

On April 26, America’s SBDC Iowa launched a social media campaign called Support Small Businesses 5 Day Challenge. It was a series of daily challenges to support small businesses from the comfort and safety of your home. There was a tremendous response including partnering with Main Street Iowa, ISU Extension & Outreach, Chambers of Commerce and Economic Developers across the state. We are excited that Iowans want to support our small businesses! The videos can be found at