Dean’s Message 

It seems strange to be talking about the end of the semester already, but this year is once again proving to be unique in so many ways. Despite the disruption of the coronavirus, the faculty and staff of the Ivy College of Business continue to move forward. It is a testament to the dedication and innovation of our faculty and staff who are working for a common cause. I am proud of the work that is going on here. Thank you to all of you for what you do for our students, this college, and for each other!  

After 20 months of construction, the Gerdin Business Building expansion is nearly complete, and we have been issued an occupancy permit. The fencing around the project was recently removed. We look forward to the much-anticipated reopening of Wallace Road in the coming days. As CyRide reconvenes its previous route, it will be great to have students from all over campus coming through our building again. We look forward to welcoming them.  

Final preparations for spring term are underway. New this year, Iowa State University is offering a winter session where students can enroll for online coursework over their winter holiday. This is a great way for students to catch up or get ahead in their degree preparation. Winter term classes will be held December 14 to January 21, 2021. We are offering several business courses for Ivy students. In addition, we are offering several new courses for the spring semester. Details about those and winter term can be found here.  

Starting next week, we celebrate Business Week. We moved this annual celebration to coincide with the opening of the building addition. Tours of our new 45,000 square-foot expansion will be one of the highlights. We are excited for our faculty, staff, and students to see the new facility that will support Ivy students for years to come. We hope you will take the time to participate.  

Plans are also underway for convocation. We are preparing a virtual convocation celebration that will begin airing on YouTube Saturday, November 28. You can see details here. Thank you to our marketing and communications team for organizing and creating this special celebration for our Ivy community.   

United Way Campaign update: Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who participated in this year’s United Way campaign.  We not only met our goal, but exceeded it with a month left to go in the campaign!  More than ever our support is needed to provide important resources to our community and I couldn’t be prouder of the commitment of our college to help those in need.   

Business Career Services (graduate) 

Graduate Business Career Services has completed its employment report for the 2019-2020 graduating full-time MBA class. COVID-19 disrupted the spring employment recruiting season for MBAs, leading to a lower-than-normal percentage of students receiving job offers by May graduation (69 percent reported receiving at least one offer by graduation. This is typically 80 percent or higher.) Recruiting recovered during the summer, however, and 97 percent of graduates reported receiving at least one offer (and accepting an offer) within three months of graduation. Still, graduates reported a 9 percent lower average starting base salary than in 2019. A few highlights: 

  • 97 percent of graduating full-time MBA students accepted a job offer within three months of graduation 
  • 89 percent of first-year, full-time MBA students completed a summer internship 
  • The top functional areas by job acceptance were supply chain management (29 percent) followed by consulting (14 percent) 
  • The top industry by job acceptance was manufacturing (18 percent of job acceptances) 
  • 74 percent of graduates accepted positions in the Midwest 

The full report will be available on our website soon. Employment data for specialty master’s programs follows a different timetable and is pending a six-month follow-up survey in November. 

Dr. Charles B. Handy Graduate Programs Office  

Jackie Ulmer, Jim Summers, Sam Sivaskandan, Mark Peterson, Debbie Johnson, Meredith Francom, and Sarah Wilson hosted a meet and greet session for Ivy Connect, a program designed to engage deferred international students, on Wednesday, October 13. Mark Peterson also presented a resume workshop during the session. 

Sarah Wilson, Jamie Sass, and John Burnley hosted a three-part virtual workshop in October for MBA students competing in external case competitions. This fall, eight MBA students will participate in virtual case competitions at Baylor University and Carnegie Mellon University. 


Gerdin Expansion Celebration 

2:00-4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9 

Kingland Hub 

Open house with 20-minute guided tours of the new expansion, plus coffee, hot chocolate, and ice cream from the ISU Creamery. Masks are required; food and beverages will be served with contactless pickup. Dean Spalding will deliver brief remarks at 3 p.m. (also live streamed). 

Business Week (November 9-12) 

Click here to see a full list of Business Week activities. Please encourage your students to participate in Business Week events, especially the Wednesday afternoon virtual lecture by Miriam Lewis, chief inclusion officer at Principal Financial Group. 

Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics 

Drew Zhang, associate professor of MIS, and Sophie Zhai (former MIS doctoral student, currently assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma) presented their research on “predicting firm financial performance via deep text mining” at two invitation-only events: an SEC research brownbag, and the 2020 Bloomberg/Columbia ML4FIN Workshop. 

Department of Marketing  

Hui Feng (Sophia), associate professor of marketing:  

  • had her paper, “Antecedents and Financial Impacts of Building Brand Love,” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Research in Marketing (with Nguyen Hang, Michigan State University).   
  • her paper, “Research in Marketing Strategy,” published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (2019) with Neil A. Morgan, Kim A. Whitler, and Simos Chari has reached nearly 55,000 reads on ResearchGate. It was awarded the JAMS Sheth Foundation Best Paper Award earlier in 2020. Read more.  

Raj Agnihotri, Dean’s Fellow in Marketing and director of the Ivy Sales Forum, had a paper accepted for publication, “Assessing the Drivers and Outcomes of Behavioral Self-leadership,” in the European Journal of Marketing, with coauthors Ashish Kalra (LaSalle University), Rakesh Singh (Institute of Management Technology), Sandeep Puri (Asian Institute of Management), and Narendra Kumar (Allergan Singapore Pte Ltd). 

Samantha N. N. Cross, associate professor of marketing: 

  • was elected to serve as Perspectives Director (Academic-Government) on the board for the Association for Consumer Research (ACR) for a three-year term (2021-2023). 
  • her manuscript, titled “Together We Rise: How Social Movements Succeed,” co-authored with Gia Nardini, Tracy Rank-Christman, Melissa G. Bublitz, and Laura A. Peracchio, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Drawing on insights from consumer psychology, this research review investigates how social movements succeed in creating social change. Read More. 

Ju-Yeon Lee, associate professor of marketing, had a paper, “Sharing Economy: International Marketing Strategies,” accepted for publication in the Journal of International Business Studies (with Irina V.  Kozlenkova, Diandian Xiang, and Robert W. Palmatier).   

Andrew Crecelius, assistant professor of marketing, had a paper titled, “Salesperson Dual Agency in Price Negotiations,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Marketing. The paper was co-authored with Justin Lawrence (Oklahoma State University), Lisa Scheer (University of Missouri), and Son Lam (University of Georgia). 

Department of Supply Chain Management 

Haozhe Chen, associate professor of supply chain management: 

  • published a chapter titled “Reverse Logistics: What It Is and Where It Is Headed,” coauthored with Lisa Cotter (former senior director of reverse logistics at Best Buy), in The Oxford Handbook of Supply Chain Management, published by Oxford University Press. 
  • co-chaired the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ 30th Annual Bowersox Doctoral Symposium. 
  • delivered a presentation titled “Connecting the Disconnected: Using E-commerce and Supply Chain Management to Create New Business Models” at the 26th Forum Internacional Supply Chain, the largest supply chain conference in Brazil. 


The fencing around the expansion project, facing Wallace Road, is down! The fire marshal has approved the occupancy and soon the new addition hallways will be completely open for everyone to use! Visit our Gerdin Grows web page to see the latest photos. 

Marketing and Communications Services  

Recent promotions for the college:  

Michele Appelgate was the guest speaker at the Marketing Club meeting, October 14, presenting the Ivy branding efforts.   

Michele Appelgate, Fritz Nordengren, Meredith Francom, Emily Bowman, and Suzanne Lyndon participated in a team retreat to work on the new college website and strategic marketing plan for 2020-21, October 8.  

Recent work:


News Coverage 

October 5: Diane Janvrin, William L. Varner Professor in Accounting, was featured in AICPA’s press release about their 2020 Effective Learning Strategies Awards. Read more.  

October 8: Ivy’s MBA program was featured in an article by Yahoo! News about 44 MBA programs where graduates get jobs fast. Read more.  

October 15: Ju-Yeon Lee, associate professor of marketing, was featured in a news release about cancer outreach published by Iowa State News Service. Read more. 

October 16: Curt Hoff, professor of practice, was featured in CreditDonkey’s article about banking. Read more. 

October 23: Ashley Goreczny, assistant professor of marketing, was featured in WalletHub’s article about cash back credit cards. Read more. 

October 23: The Ivy College of Business was showcased in the ISU Alumni Association newsletter for our best rankings in at least 12 years with U.S. News & World ReportRead more.  

October 23: Ju-Yeon Lee, associate professor of marketing, was featured in the Iowa State Alumni Association newsletter about her cancer outreach research. Read more. 

October 28: Beatriz Pereira, an assistant professor of marketing, was featured by the Iowa State News Service about her research making health a central part of identity. Read more. 

Union Pacific Undergraduate Programs Office 

Kelly Pistilli was nominated by Delta Sigma Pi for Chapter Advisor of the Year. She was awarded the Great Plains Regional award and also the Provincial Chapter Advisor of the Year award. She was then one of five to six nominees for the national award, which was awarded to another advisor. Nice work, Kelly! 

Austin Haytko successfully defended his dissertation and earned his Ed.D. in higher education from Concordia University in Chicago. Congratulations, Dr. Haytko! 

Diann Burright, Shannon Grundmeier, Kelly Pistilli, Melody Schobert, Brenda Thorbs-Weber, and Kathy Weaver attended the University Academic Advising Council’s Advising Summit on September 24. The topic of this year’s summit centered around student engagement. 

Diann Burright attended the Financial Aid Campus Partners conference on October 9. 

Workday Student User Group sessions were held October 13-15. Diann Burright attended through her role on the SIS Readiness Evaluation Team. 

Kayla Hauser and Sarah Adams virtually represented Ivy at the Majors Fair on October 15. The event was attended by 509 students; representatives from colleges and majors across campus were there to assist students in making major decisions. This event was sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, aimed at deciding students in particular. 

Shannon Grundmeier participated in the Virtual Learning Community Summit co-hosted by the National Learning Communities Conference Consortium, Learning Communities Association, and the Washington Center on October 23 and 24. 

Tara Fisher spoke at The Conference: Balance on October 30. The Conference: Balance 2020 is a virtual event designed and implemented by event management students for the Iowa State and Ames communities. Tara shared insight into life inside the Ivy College of Business, how to become involved in clubs and organizations and gain professional experience within the college, as well as finding balance between personal and professional life. 

Diann Burright attended the Diversity and Women in Higher Education webinar, sponsored by IowaWHE. The featured speaker was Gailda Davis from ACE. 

Brenda Thorbs-Weber along with her graduate assistant Kennesha Woods and student assistants Ethan Nguyen and Fatima Garcia conducted a calling project to contact all new first-semester multicultural students (approximately 145 students). This outreach allowed for connection, resource referrals, assistance and intervention (if needed), support, and a welcome voice on the phone. 

Winter 2020 and spring 2021 class registration began October 28.  

Spring 2021 Orientation will continue in a virtual format. Students began accessing the online orientation materials on October 21, and advising/registration appointments will begin on November 2.