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!


As finals are wrapping up, I want to wish all of our graduates congratulations. Sometimes we take for granted the “college degree,” but it is an amazing accomplishment worthy of celebration. So celebrate and enjoy!

To those finishing up this semester to return for the summer and/or fall, congratulations on your success this year. Enjoy some time to rest and recover, so you can come back ready for a great fall semester — new faces, classes, and a refreshed and fired up football team.

Send summer stories my way so I can come back with a fresh set of stories to tell our new direct admit class. Our incoming class may be as many as 500 high achieving, eager students. I can’t wait!

Come eat and support Tippie Build 9

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We have broken ground on Tippie Build 9, and you can support our community cause simply by dropping by and eating! Drop a few dollars or even spare change. Every penny goes directly to Habit for Humanity to support our build.

Tonight — Baltimore!

Tonight (Tuesday at 6pm) we have a reading of a play about college life. The UI Theater group has agreed to do a reading right here in W151 PBB.

The play follows a group of students as they deal with racism, discrimination, and other related challenges. Some faculty and staff have seen it already, and strongly encouraged us to bring the performance into our building. We are grateful to the director and the theater students (including a Tippie student whom you may know) for agreeing to this special showing.

I hope to see you tonight for a reading of Baltimore.

Event this week: Great panel including Ini Augustine

Earlier this week I attended a great panel discussion organized by Phi Beta Sigma (see pictures of the organizers below along with the event flier). The panel was outstanding, and it was anchored by Ini Augustine, the CEO of Des Moines based SocialWise Media Group. Ini is a graduate of the University of Iowa Venture School. Read about her in the Des Moines Business Record and check our her website.

One thing she said sticks with me — don’t forget your worth! Treat yourself with dignity and respect, and expect the same treatment from others. The idea means making sure you are good to yourself and it also means not settling for less than you are worth. I think she meant this both a big picture way (don’t take jobs or be with people who make you less than can be) and a more detailed way (make sure to negotiate good deals). Lots of other good advice was offered at the event. Thanks to Phi Beta Sigma for organizing!

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Don’t be that guy!

Yesterday on my way to work, I nearly ran over a guy crossing the street. He was tall and thin, wearing dark clothes. He has a sweatshirt hood pulled up over his head and was walking with his head down, talking on his cell phone. I don’t see how he could have been aware of anything going on around him. He was crossing the street against a green, ignoring the Don’t Walk sign. I did manage to see him and avoid running him over. Just barely.

I’ve been reliving this scene in my mind, where I swerved to avoid crushing someone, for two reasons.

First, a safety report was just released showing a 10% year over year increase in pedestrian fatalities in the United States. That’s a lot more people dying for many reasons including more walkers (to be healthy) and more drivers (because of lower gas prices). But another reason, noted in the report, is that people are starting at phones and not looking around them. Don’t be that guy.

Second, we are heading off to spring break, when many students travel. For some, that means driving and walking in unfamiliar areas. If you are looking at your phone rather than looking around you, you might miss something fun and you might also walk right into trouble. Don’t be that guy.

I hope everyone has a great spring break whether you are traveling or not. If you aren’t traveling, I encourage you to get outside and recharge your body and mind so you are ready for the rush to finals.

Job Fair!

The Spring Job & Internship Fair will be Wednesday, February 24th from 11am-4-pm in the Iowa Memorial Union. Below you will find some information about the Fair.

  • 165 organizations attending!
  • 80 of these organizations are seeking business majors!
  • 101 organizations are looking for interns!
  • 157 organizations have full-time job opportunities!

Here a few pro tips to help you if this is your first time:

  • Bring a resume that has been vetted by the Career Center and 3-4 good friends. It should NOT include a picture of your favorite pet.
  • Make sure to use the correct company name when talking to the recruiter. No one from Target likes to hear that you think Wal*Mart is a good company.
  • Dress for success. Its better to look good than feel good. Actually its better to do both, but I always love a good Billy Crystal clip.

Now go get an internship or job!


Guess who visited Tippie today? Andre Wright, the founder of BLU Collar Fashion, a local clothing and fashion company with a powerful brand and a powerful message. Look for pictures later, but take a look at what a local entrepreneur is doing right here in town:

WE are Born Leaders United. http://www.blucollarfashion.com

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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.