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!

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


The current University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) election is one of the most interesting and competitive races I can remember! There are Tippie students on both ballots and each has a solid campaign platform. I encourage you to do your research, make up your mind, and vote this week.

The Daily Iowan ran a point/counterpoint on each party here.

You can vote on ISIS by logging in and following these links: Student Records>My UIowa>My Vote

Want to be a senator?

The Tippie Senate serves as an undergraduate student advisory board for the Tippie College of Business. Students, faculty, and staff in the college may consult the senate, and members of the senate may bring issues to be reviewed and discussed.

Members of the Tippie Senate register for a 1-semester hour class each semester they are in the senate. This seminar meets Wednesdays, 9:30-10:20 a.m., and is mandatory for all members. Students receive a Pass/Fail grade for the seminar.

Use the form below to announce your candidacy for the 2015 senate election. All applications and signature sheets must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10. More information here.

Summer mentor? Yes, please.

The Tippie Young Alumni Board (YAB) is putting together a network of alumni who will be available to provide mentoring and advice to Tippie students over the summer. This service will be particularly useful if you are visiting a new city for an internship or working a part-time job someplace where you don’t have an existing network. Find out more information about the program and apply on the website.

Applications accepted NOW through Friday, April 24. The application is a short online form. If you have questions, contact YAB at or contact me directly.

This is a great opportunity to connect with our fantastic alumni network!

Great quote from Tippie student-athlete Ally Disterhoft

From the University of Iowa profile:

“I wanted to go somewhere with great academics and a great business school,” Disterhoft said. “That’s what the Tippie College of Business is. It’s a great institution with amazing professors. I definitely made the right decision coming here. I’ve had nothing but great experiences in the classroom.”

And your professors and coaches have had nothing but great experiences with you, Ally. As Coach Bluder noted, you are the only sophomore in the country to be an Academic All American. Amazing! Keep up the great work! And good luck to you and the whole team against Baylor on Friday. Go Hawks!

So impressed…

with our great students. Among them are our student athletes. If you hadn’t see it, read this great piece profiling a few of them:

Another call for “Lunch with Professors”

Students can nominate themselves to have lunch with a professor using this form:

Its fast and easy. We’ve already had our first successful lunch — a couple of students took Professor Todd Hogue to lunch and one of our generous donors picked up the tab. I wonder who will be next?

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.