Dean’s Message

Happy anniversary to the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business! (July 1, 1984).

It has been an exciting academic year filled with many successes as well as some challenging circumstances due to the pandemic and our transition to remote work and online courses. I continue to be impressed with the great progress our faculty and staff are making during these times. I appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for our students and each other.

I would like to thank everyone involved in New Student Orientation. They did an outstanding job providing a high-quality virtual experience for our incoming students.

As you know, we will soon return to campus. The Ivy COVID-19 Task Force members are busy preparing a return-to-campus action plan. Many of them will be reporting to work at the Gerdin Business Building starting July 6, to test the plan and make any changes needed. For additional details about returning to campus, please refer to my June 23 email. There will you find the latest information as well as answers to frequently asked questions. I would like to thank all of the members of the Ivy COVID-19 Task Force, led by Scott Johnson, for their diligent work on helping us prepare a work plan. This team of talented faculty and staff have committed many hours to the safe return of everyone in the college. In addition to Scott, members include Jon Beard, Diann Burright, Tara Cluff, Michele Appelgate, Frank Montabon, Kathy Wieland, Danny Johnson, and Sarah Wilson.

Thank you, everyone, for all you do every day for the Ivy community!

Business Career Services (undergraduate)

Tanya Austin, professional development coordinator and career coordinator, has been recognized as the 2019-2020 Staff of the Year. This annual award is coordinated by the Ivy Student Council and voted on by the Ivy student body. A formal recognition will occur in the fall during the Ivy College of Business Awards Ceremony (date to be determined).

Business Career Services (graduate)

Tabatha Carney and Mark Peterson attended the MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance 2020 Global Virtual Conference, June 29-July 1.Peterson presented “What’s Working for You?” an open discussion on the topic of vendors and vendor relationships in the MBA career management/talent recruiting space.

Department of Accounting

Christine Denison, associate professor in accounting, earned the top score on the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) exam during the January/February 2020 testing window. She had the highest combined test score of all CMA candidates in the world.

Mike Bootsma, Dean’s Teaching Fellow in accounting, has been recognized as the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year. This annual award is coordinated by the Ivy Student Council and voted on by the Ivy student body. A formal recognition will occur in the fall during the Ivy College of Business Awards Ceremony (date to be determined).

Department of Finance

Arnie Cowan, Wells Fargo Professor of Finance:

  • was notified by ResearchGate on April 30 that his 1992 article “Non-Parametric Event Study Tests” reached 5,000 reads
  • with Valentina Salotti, Iowa Bankers Association Fellow and associate dean for undergraduate programs, had the paper, “Anti-Selective Disclosure Regulation and Analyst Forecast Accuracy and Usefulness,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Corporate Finance.

Lei Gao, assistant professor of finance, worked with researchers from Iowa State University, William & Mary, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to develop models and a COVID-19 forecasts dashboard (click here) to visualize, track, and predict real-time COVID-19 infections and deaths in the United States. Using the team’s analysis and forecasts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is able to more accurately forecast COVID-19 deaths and assess how COVID-19 will impact the nation (click here).

Department of Management and Entrepreneurship 

On June 4, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved a name change for the Department of Management to Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. The name change will allow the department to more accurately serve students, businesses, and other stakeholders. The name change highlights the importance of entrepreneurship as a strategic priority. Read our full news release.

Department of Marketing

Raj Agnihotri, Dean’s Fellow in Marketing and director of the Ivy Sales Forum:

  • participated as a panelist for the webinar “Restoring Revenue in a Post-COVID, B2B Marketplace: The Role of Digital Selling,” June 23. Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) organized the webinar for Iowa businesses.
  • published the paper, “Sales Management, Education, and Scholarship Across Cultures: Early Findings from a Global Study and an Agenda for Future Research,” in the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management. Coauthors include Riley Dugan (University of Dayton), Deva Rangarajan (Ball State University), Lenita Davis (University of Arkansas-Little Rock), Willy Bolander (Florida State University), Ellen Bolman Pullins (University of Toledo), Dawn Deeter-Schmelz (Kansas State University), and Joel Le Bon (Johns Hopkins University).

Ashley Goreczny, assistant professor of marketing, had her paper, “The Impact of Marketplace Literacy on New Product Purchase for Subsistence Consumers: A Field Experiment,” accepted at the 2020 Subsistence Marketplaces Conference, which took place virtually May 31-June 1. She presented the paper and led a discussion on how to conduct field experiments.


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Marketing and Communications Services 

Do you follow the college on social media? If not, please do! Also, when sharing news of the college on social media on your personal profiles, please consider tagging/mentioning:

  • LinkedIn: @Iowa State University – Ivy College of Business
  • Facebook: @ISU.CollegeofBusiness
  • Twitter: @ISU_CoB
  • Instagram: @isucollegeofbusiness

News Coverage

June 4: David Spalding was a guest on the Iowa SBDC/ISU Extension podcast, “Back to Business,” where he talked about the work of the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR), the Gerdin expansion, entrepreneurship programs in the Ivy College of Business, and how EDIR and the college responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can listen to the episode here.

June 29: Haozhe Chen, associate professor of supply chain management, was interviewed in the Corridor Business Journal article, “Supply strain: Corridor manufacturers work around supply disruptions.” You can read the article here.

Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office

Michele Tapp has been recognized as the 2019-2020 Advisor of the Year. This annual award is coordinated by the Ivy Student Council and voted on by the Ivy student body. A formal recognition will occur in the fall during the Ivy College of Business Awards Ceremony (date to be determined).

Brenda Thorbs-Weber is working closely with three new APEX (Academic Program for Excellence) students weekly throughout the summer. In these sessions, students are introduced to resources, skill building, academic and career planning, and transition to the university. Susan Cruz-Rodriguez, a graduate student in education, is assisting Brenda as the APEX graduate assistant.

New Student Orientation for freshmen continues into July. As of June 25, 641 new Ivy freshmen completed the online summer orientation modules. Advising and registration appointments will continue into July. Transfer students are continuing to complete their online orientation program and schedule classes as well, so numbers continue to add up.  A ‘last chance’ orientation along with international student orientation are yet to come in mid-August.  Our Ivy new student enrollment is projected to be down a little from last fall.