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!

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?

Women in Business

WIB Blue Ribbon

Women in Business (WIB) are officially the first UI student organization to be Blue Zone certified! This is a great accomplishment because it shows their dedication to advancing their members’ health and well-being. I hope that other student organizations will soon follow WIB’s lead. For more information on Blue Zones, visit here:

And here is the official ribbon cutting with members of the group, along with the healthy snacks at the event. Congratulations WIB!

Should I attend the job and internship fair? Yes.

It doesn’t matter your year in school or your major. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what you want to do for a living. Attending a job fair is a learning experience that we should all pursue. Go visit, bring a resume, and ask questions.

The Job and Internship Fair is this Wednesday, February 25 from 11am – 4pm. Check in at Hubbard Commons, IMU. Over 165 organizations will attend the fair this year.

If you want help preparing your resume or setting up a plan for how to interact with employers, visit the Career Center or talk to your academic advisor!

What a week!

Today is Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras — the end of carnival and the last day before Lent), and tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. Its a big couple days in all Catholic countries in the world, and many cities that have major Mardi Gras celebrations.

Tomorrow is the Lunar New Year on the other side of the world, and it will technically occur on Thursday for us. This is also a major celebration (Spring Festival) all over the world, wherever the Lunar calendar is used. And, again, there are celebrations all over the world.

We are having our own Lunar New Year celebrations here in Tippie. See below for two events. Please come join us to share in food, fellowship, and fun.



Its hard NOT to feel great about Iowa athletics after this past week. Three of our students were recognized for their success on the court and in the classroom: Ally DisterhoftMike Gesell and Jarrod Uthoff (more information here). And with wins this weekend over Maryland (men’s basketball), Penn State (wrestling) and Wisconsin (women’s basketball), it is a great time to be a Hawkeye sports fan.

Personally, I think our teams would do even better if they had more Tippie students. Imagine what would happen if Sam Logic was studying Accounting instead of Health and Human Physiology. We should recruit her!

Want to interact more with faculty? Get free lunch?

If you want both at the same time, then we have a deal for you!

Tippie Senate is introducing a fun, new way to be able to communicate with your professors in an informal setting. Through Lunch with Professors, you can “vote” to have lunch with a professor of your choice to discuss classes, research, careers, and more. Additionally, if the professor you vote for is chosen, then you and a small group of students will have your meal arranged and paid for by the Tippie College of Business.

We encourage you to nominate yourself and a professor by filling out the form at this link:

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.