Notes from Ken Brown, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

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Ken Brown

Hello, my name is Ken Brown. I am the Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. This blog will share my thoughts on work and life. Feel free to use the comment feature to send your thoughts, questions, and feedback. Happy reading and go Hawks!

Summer fun? Tell me about it!

What are you doing with your summer? I know students interning in Hong Kong, Paris, New York, Chicago, and even here in Iowa City. I also know students taking classes and working part-time. What great learning opportunities!

I finished trips to the Ohio, Delaware, New York, and Michigan. Up next — Beijing and Shanghai. I’m meeting up with some students and alumni there. If you have any tips for my trip let me know. I am bringing my 14-year old daughter with me so she can see these amazing cities.

After China, I’m back in the office for a while before more trips — Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver. I love to travel. If you have great summer travel stories, post them here or email me! Pictures are great, too. I post a few on Tumbler, Twitter, and Facebook and welcome you to connect with me there. My username is always some variant of kgbphd. Safe and happy summer to everyone.

Fun blog by Tippie alum — a Chicago insider!

One of my former students, Maddy Osman, recently reached out to me about a new project she started for people living in (or visiting) Chicago.

The project is a lifestyle blog called Chicago Cheap Ass. Despite the slightly abrasive name, the blog aims to show those living on a budget how to enjoy the city of Chicago. Maddy covers topics as diverse as food, transportation, entertainment and dating, and it has a companion Facebook page with current deals.

For those looking to start a blog, Maddy is happy to be a mentor. She has experience in the marketing and technical fields necessary to be successful. Feel free to reach out at If you’re local to Chicago and need a creative outlet, she’s always looking to feature interested writers as well!

Graduation and Staying in Touch

Saturday was an outstanding day! Congratulations to all the proud Tippie graduates and their families. And thank you for your great work.

I hope you were able to join us for the reception and class picture here at PBB, and formal ceremony at Carver Hawkeye Arena. A common theme in all the remarks given (my remarks, Dean Gardial’s, Tom Veale’s, and our student speaker Patrick Chang’s) was a simple theme — stay in touch! Make sure to join the LinkedIn account and follow Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Flickr feeds so you can keep up with the great things happening here. And don’t be shy to raise your hand to offer feedback or volunteer.

Check out pictures and stories here:—henry-b.-tippie-college-of-business-18229

Congratulations again, and best wishes to everyone for fun and sun over the summer months.

Graduation Events

First, to everyone taking finals — good luck! I hope your final projects and exams are going well. Keep studying and happy end of the semester.

To those of you graduating, congratulations! Don’t forget to join us here in PBB for a reception Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30pm. Graduation starts Saturday at 5pm at Carver Hawkeye Arena, but all graduates should arrive, dressed well with graduation gear in hand, by 4:15pm. We’ll get you lined up and ready to go. I look forward to seeing you there!


Young Alumni Board Meeting

capital governor

Members of the Young Alumni Board convened Friday in the capital building in Des Moines. Our meeting was held in the Old Supreme Court chambers, and we spent breaks touring the building. We even had a chance to meet the Governor, who was gracious enough to give us a tour of his office. Thanks to Michael Bousselot, Tippie alum and legal aid to Governor Branstead, for making the arrangements!


This Wednesday night we held the Tippie Leadership Recognition Ceremony. Individuals and student groups were recognized for their accomplishments over this academic year.

Among the many individual winners were 21 students awarded as 21 Under 21. These are the current and future leaders of our college. Among organizations, multiple wins were had by Women in Business, Fashion Management Club, and Tippie Senate.

Thanks to everyone who organized and to all the guest speakers, including Dean Gardial and David Hensley, Executive Director of JPEC. I particularly enjoyed the student speakers — Ali Rosenberg and Jonathan De Jesus. Great job everyone!

Info sessions for brand new service-oriented student group

Want to be part of starting something new? Want to give back by helping people who struggle with technology for basic tasks?

You don’t need to be a techwiz to help retirees learn how to become more comfortable with their technology. All you need is a few hours a semester and a willingness to help. Come learn more about “Computer Comfort” at one of these information sessions:

Tuesday, April 21, 4:30pm in W401 PBB

Wednesday, April 22, 4:30pm in W401 PBB

Services for Andrew Mogni

In an email to all students and staff in Tippie earlier this week, I passed along the sad news that Andrew Mogni, a junior Finance major, passed away last weekend. The brief obituary is pasted below; it includes information on his Glen Ellyn service and his family’s wishes. I have not yet heard of an Iowa City event, but I will pass along any information I receive. We are all heartbroken by this tragedy and send our sympathies to all those who knew and loved Andrew.

Andrew James Mogni, a 20 year resident of Glen Ellyn; passed away April 5, 2015, He was born May 23, 1994. He graduated from Benet Academy in Lisle and was a junior at Iowa University and was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He is survived by his parents, Benjamin and Theresa Mogni, and his brothers, Benjamin and Stephen.Visitation: Friday 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Rd. Wheaton. Funeral Mass: Saturday 10:30 a.m. at St. Petronille Church, 420 Glenwood Avenue, Glen Ellyn, Luncheon Celebration immediately following mass. Interment: 2:00 p.m. Assumption Cemetery, 1 South 510 Winfield Road Wheaton. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Muscular Dystrophy Association

Ken Brown has been teaching at the University of Iowa since 1998. Despite being born in Texas and growing up in Maryland, Ken is almost an Iowa native. His parents met here in graduate school back in the 1960's, and married soon thereafter. Without the fantastic programs here at the University to lure people from all over, Ken wouldn't be here today. Or be anywhere for that matter. View Ken's Tippie profile.