Dean’s Message

I hope you have all found some time to rest and enjoy some time off over the summer. Coming back to a new academic year will look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I am confident we will continue to offer a high-quality educational experience for our students.

Starting Monday, August 3, we welcome back many more members of our faculty and staff. Having more people here will help us further test our internal return-to-campus plans. I would like to emphasize the importance of wearing face coverings (mask/shield) anytime you are outside of your individual office. This helps reduce transmission, models the behavior that we want to see from students, and helps our colleagues to feel more comfortable coming to work.

Please review the email I sent to all faculty and staff last Friday that outlined new information and reminders related to the return to campus. Thank you to our Ivy COVID-19 Task Force members for their ongoing assistance with these messages. I plan to send you updates each Friday.

In case you missed it, the university has been sharing some new videos as part of the Cyclones Care awareness campaign. You can view them here:

  • A look at new signage being prepared for campus buildings. Click here.
  • Classrooms, lecture halls, and learning spaces are being reset to provide more physical distancing for the fall semester. Click here.
  • COVID-19 testing and move-in at Iowa State University. Click here.

As we start the new school year, I would like to highlight some ways to help everyone stay connected to news within the college:

  • Ivy Online — please submit your work-related news (such as conferences, research publications, professional development) to the Ivy Online electronic newsletter each month. A meeting invitation was emailed to all faculty and staff and should be in your calendar. If it is not, please add a reminder on your calendar to send your submissions to Michele Appelgate, director of marketing and communications, and one week before the end of each month.
  • Follow us on social media. You can access all of our platforms on the home page of our website. To submit suggestions for social media posts, contact Emily Bowman.
  • Events can be found on our college calendar. Please visit that regularly, especially if you are thinking of adding an event. This helps you to avoid conflicting events within the college. If you have questions about events, contact Suzanne Lyndon.

Thank you, all, for your commitment to our students. I look forward to working with all of you this year!

Business Career Services (undergraduate)

Business Career Services is preparing to deliver a full schedule of virtual recruiting events and activities this fall. We are excited to be able to innovate and provide the quantity and quality of events to which Ivy students, staff, and faculty are accustomed. More information will be provided to faculty and staff for use in classes in the coming weeks. Please contact us at if we can answer any questions for you at this time. Also, please be thinking about the ways you can encourage our students. The job market is good for Ivy students and their engagement this fall is very important to our success.

Event Date Time Platform
Fall Virtual Actuarial Science Career Night hosted by Gamma Iota Sigma Sept. 17 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. CyHire
Virtual Speaker Series Sept. 21-29 Various TBD
Fall Virtual Beta Alpha Psi-Meet the Firm Accounting and Finance Career Night Sept. 22 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. CyHire
Fall Virtual Supply Chain Management Club Career Night Sept. 23 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. CyHire
Fall Virtual Technical Career Night hosted by the MIS Club Sept 24 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. CyHire
Fall Virtual Mock Interview Day Sept. 23 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. CyHire
Fall Virtual Marketing Club and Sales Club Career Night Sept. 29 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. CyHire
Fall Virtual Business, Industry and Technology Career Fair Sept. 30 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CareerEco


Department of Accounting

Feng (Jason) Guo, assistant professor of accounting, along with co-authors Chenxi Lin (University of Oklahoma), Adi Masli (University of Kansas), and Mike Wilkins (University of Kansas) had  their paper, “Auditor Responses to Shareholder Activism,” accepted for publication in Contemporary Accounting Research.

Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics

Chinju Paul, PhD candidate in information systems, Bryan Hosack (Penske Logistics), and Kevin Scheibe, the Thome Professor in Business and chair of the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, published the paper, “A Brief History of the Midwest Association for Information Systems: 2005-2020,” in the Journal of the Midwest Association for Information Systems.

Young Woong Park, adjunct assistant professor of information systems and business analytics, had his paper, “A Mathematical Programming Approach for Integrated Multiple Linear Regression Subset Selection and Validation,” co-authored with Seokhyun Chung (University of Michigan) and Taesu Cheong (Korea University), accepted for publication in Pattern Recognition. 

From Sree Nilakanta, associate professor of information systems and business analytics:

  • Big Data in a Box, a startup founded by Nilakanta and a graduate of the Iowa State University Startup Factory, has secured a $100,000 USDA NIFA SBIR Phase I grant to pursue research on compliance and data analytics related to organic farming practices of Iowa farmers. The grant is for nine months and will enable the development of a software prototype that uses edge computing technology. The genesis of the project is from a research project Nilakanta and his graduate student developed and further refined during Iowa State’s I-Corps program. The project will also receive a matching fund of $25,000 from the Iowa Economic Development Association through its IICorp operation.
  • In addition to the NIFA funded project, Nilakanta is also serving as the business mentor on a team that is participating in the national NSF InnovationCorps program this fall. The NSF’s I-Corps program is a highly competitive program. Accepted teams receive $50,000 to conduct early stage research on a marketable innovation. He is part of the team from the College of Engineering.

Drew Zhang and Amulya Gupta (computer science doctoral student) published an article in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, a prestigious artificial intelligence journal. The work advances the frontier of business intelligence research.

Department of Management and Entrepreneurship

Jim Summers, Max W. Wortman, Jr. Professor and associate professor in management and entrepreneurship, gave a virtual presentation on “Virtual Collaboration and Problem Solving” to the Business and Advisory Councils of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance.

Andreas Schwab, associate professor of management and entrepreneurship, was reappointed as Dean’s Faculty Fellow.

Deidra Schleicher, John and Deborah Ganoe Professor and chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, was invited to the editorial board for the Academy of Management Journal.

Department of Marketing

Wei Zhang, associate professor of marketing, had the paper, “The Zero Bias in Target Retirement Fund Choice,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Consumer Research. You can read it here.

Raj Agnihotri, Dean’s Fellow in Marketing and director of the Ivy Professional Sales Forum, had a case study, “Sarva Pharmaceuticals in Cambodia: Fight or Fold?” published by Ivey Publishing (Canada), with Sandeep Puri (Asian Institute of Management, Philippines), Rakesh Singh, and Bindu Gupta (Institute of Management Technology, India).

Beatriz Pereira, assistant professor of marketing, had her manuscript, “Collective Health Versus Individual Freedom: How Identity Conflict Shapes Compliance with Covid-19 Prevention,” invited for presentation at the 2020 Compassion Week, organized by Decision Research (Eugene, Oregon). This year, the weeklong seminar series will take place virtually August 3-7.

Department of Supply Chain Management

Patricia J. Daugherty, the Debbie and Jerry Ivy Chair in Business and professor of supply chain management, with Raj Agnihotri, Dean’s Fellow in Marketing and director of the Ivy Professional Sales Forum, received acceptance at Decision Sciences Journal for their paper, “Drivers and Performance Implications of Frontline Employees’ Social Capital Development and Maintenance: The Role of Online Social Networks.” Additional authors include Sudha Mani (Monash University), Nawar Chaker (Elon University), and Prabakar Kothandaraman (State University of New York-Oswego).

Henrik Sternberg, assistant professor of supply chain management, and Meltem Denizel, associate professor of supply chain management, had their paper, “Towards the Physical Internet – Logistics Service Modularity and Design Implications,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Logistics.

Peter Ralston, assistant professor of supply chain management, had the paper, “Quality Output, Workplace Environment, and Employee Retention: The Positive Influence of Emotionally Intelligent Supply Chain Managers,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Logistics. Co-authors include Scott Keller and Steve LeMay, both of the University of West Florida.

The Gerdin Business Building has been quiet this summer, with the majority of faculty and staff working from home, but the Gerdin expansion site is bustling with activity. Inside, most of the drywall has been installed and primed, and tiling is underway in the new restrooms. The concrete risers and ramps in the 60- and 72-seat classrooms are complete, and carpet and terrazzo flooring will be installed later this summer. 

Marketing and Communications Services

Emily Bowman, graphic designer, attended two webinars:

  • “20 Years of Experience in 3 Months: Navigating Social Media During Crisis,” on July 9, presented by the Social Media Club Des Moines.
  • Cyclones Care campaign discussion on July 16, led by Erin Rosacker, communications specialist.

Michele Appelgate, director of marketing and communications, attended the Cyclones Care campaign virtual meeting on July 16, hosted by the office of Strategic Relations and Communications. The meeting was scheduled to answer questions about the new awareness campaign.

Do you need help with a marketing project? Check out our new and improved marketing request form. Please communicate with us by using this form before embarking on your own marketing efforts. Any marketing project that is public-facing should be created by our team. This includes anything posted on our website, social media, flyers, etc. We would like to work with you to ensure all projects follow our Ivy brand standards. We appreciate your support!

News Coverage

May 29: Maartje Schouten, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, was interviewed for a podcast episode, “HR Strategies in the Era of COVID-19,” with the Enterprise Development team of ISU Extension and Outreach. You can listen to the podcast here.

Shoba Premkumar, teaching professor of finance, was featured in WalletHub’s piece about balance transfer credit cards. You can find her contribution here.

July 27: New Service published an article about research from Wei Zhang, Kingland Faculty Fellow in Business Analytics and associate professor of marketing. Read it here.

Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office

Melody Schobert, academic adviser, attended the National Career Development Association Virtual Conference July 15-17.

Kelly Pistilli, academic adviser, and Sarah Eastlund, program assistant, have worked throughout the summer to adapt New Student Orientation to meet the needs of incoming students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students have been asked to complete an online orientation module that includes information from New Student Programs as well as the Ivy College of Business. Once that is complete, the student meets by video or by phone with an academic adviser to develop a schedule for the fall. As of July 27, 660 freshmen and 213 transfer students have registered for fall 2020 classes. Academic advisers will continue to register new students through the beginning of the school year. International Student Orientation will be August 14.

Sarah Adams, undergraduate recruitment coordinator, and Kayla Hauser, recruiter and scholarship coordinator, have spent the summer on continued recruitment efforts, offering virtual group and individual visits to freshmen, transfers, and international students. Prospective students also receive recruitment materials and marketing items. Virtual visit options will continue this fall and can be scheduled here.

The Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office staff and Valentina Salotti, associate dean for undergraduate programs, continue to prepare for the fall semester. New practices and procedures are being developed to mitigate exposure to COVID-19 while meeting the needs of our Ivy students.