Friday, May 24, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 54 -- The view from my desk

The concrete block work on the tower is almost complete.

This green coating will help deter moisture from causing problems
after the limestone veneer is added.

The Hodge Hall expansion is looking a little green this week.

On the 10th Street side on the east end of the expansion, the concrete block is now coated with a "fluid-applied membrane air barrier," according to Gregg Rinnert, site manager for the Skillman Corporation. Gregg says the coating keeps the warm air inside the building from mixing with the cold air outside in the winter and creating moisture between the concrete block and the limestone veneer.

This photo was taken from the Bridge hallway.
The pale green looks nice as a backdrop to the beautiful spring flowers that adorn the IU campus, and today had to be just about the nicest day we've had this spring, a perfect day to get a jump on the holiday weekend by spending Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in advance of the Indy 500, or just about anywhere that wasn't inside.

It's a good thing most people were out enjoying the beautiful day because the older part of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center was closed and without power as workers got a lot of new electrical wiring hooked up to the new transformer and air-handling units. The power was turned back on around 4:30 p.m.

The view from my desk this week shows the concrete block has just about reached the top of the entry tower, and workers have already made good progress on the rear stairwell.

The slate roof is also all but finished. Brandon Wolf, BIM manager with Skillman Corp., shared some photos with us from a bird's eye view. (BIM stands for Building Information Modeling, just in case you were wondering....)

Nice shot of the slate roof by Skillman's Brandon Wolf.

Looking out over one of the gables onto 10th Street.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Miller wins prestigious AAA award for Accounting research

Brian Miller

The American Accounting Association will be honoring Kelley School professor Brian Miller with the 2013 Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award at the annual meeting in August. 

The award recognizes the contributions of Miller's paper, “The Importance of Distinguishing Errors from Irregularities in Restatement Research: The Case of Restatements and CEO/CFO Turnover,”  which was co-authored with Karen Hennes and Andy Leone and published in The Accounting Review in 2008.   

The Notable Contributions Award is one of the AAA’s major awards and is based on the magnitude of a paper’s contribution to accounting education, practice, and/or future accounting research, as well as the breadth of potential interest and originality of the content.

Brian’s award continues the Accounting faculty’s outstanding achievements with AAA  national research awards. Honorees in the last five years include Leslie Hodder (AAA/Deloitte Wildman Medal Award, 2009) and  Pat Hopkins (Distinguished Contributions to Accounting Literature Award, 2011) for AAA level awards, and Sonja Rego (ATA Tax Manuscript Award, 2011) for AAA section awards.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 53 -- The view from my desk

The masons are just about finished building the concrete block wall around the front tower.
What's on the menu for Year Two of the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center expansion and renovation? Let's start with this summer.

Although we do have classes going on at Kelley -- including Summer I-Core -- the crew will take advantage of the lighter foot traffic and empty classrooms to get some of the inside work out of the way.

A lot of that work will take place even farther inside the interior -- in the walls and ceilings. Doesn't have much of a visual "wow" factor when completed, but it's all essential work, including switching out the fire protection system, installing new security devices, and connecting existing power lines to the new switches and circuits.

To that end, the power will be off for the entire undergraduate building all day Friday, May 24. Professional and support staff will be relocated to available rooms in Kelley's Godfrey Center.

When you stop to think about how all of this construction and renovation affects the people who work and learn here, you realize how this project couldn't be managed without some careful planning and  masterful logistics. On the Kelley side, those plans are orchestrated by Assistant Dean of Finance and Operations Teresa Kase, construction liaison Nathan Morrison, and Ryan Bassett, Kelley's manager of emergency, safety and security planning. The team does a great job keeping the Kelley family informed of what's going on and works to minimize the inconvenience as much as possible.

In addition to the electrical work, the crew also will be installing voice and data cabling, and extending duct work and pipes to connect with the expansion. Major stuff going on there.

More noticeable, and something that does have that "wow" factor, will be the new terrazzo tiles on floors one through four. The tiles will look similar to the flooring that's now in the Hall of Honor. Some of the interior walls affected by the expansion and renovation will be finished out as well.

Of course, work will continue on the outside of the building, too. With the concrete block nearly finished on the new tower section, I noticed the crew getting everything in place on Friday to begin masonry work on the rear stairwell and northwest section of the expansion.

I expect the view from my desk will change considerably in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dean Kesner chooses Laureen Maines as Associate Dean of Faculty & Research

Professor LaureenMaines has accepted Dean Idalene Kesner's invitation to serve in the role of Associate Dean of Faculty & Research effective July 1, 2013.

Maines, who holds the KPMG Professorship, has served in the role of Department Chairperson for the Accounting Department since 2010. During that time, she has contributed in many outstanding ways including overseeing the department’s faculty hiring efforts, which have resulted in outstanding hires, and leading the school in the AACSB Accounting reaccreditation process. 

Kesner said anyone who has had the privilege of working closely with Maines knows that whatever tasks she takes on, she performs them at the highest level of quality and professionalism.  

"She sets the standard of what it means to be an outstanding faculty member and administrator. We are so very fortunate that she has agreed to serve the school by taking on this important role, and we will all benefit from the creativity and insight that she brings," Kesner said. 

Maines has published many high-impact articles in the top accounting journals, and she has presented her research in the field’s top conferences and workshops. On two separate occasions, she has won the Kelley School’s outstanding research award. Maines is also an exceptional teacher. In addition to her many teaching award nominations from both the undergraduate and doctoral programs, she won the Trustee Teaching Award in 2006. 

On the service dimension, Maines has contributed to activities at every level ranging from the department to the school and to the university.  She has been equally generous contributing her time to the profession including serving as Editor for The Accounting Review (2008-2011), Associate Editor of Contemporary Accounting Review (2004-2006), and Associate Editor of Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research (1997-1999).  Prior to these editor positions, she served on the editorial review boards for  these journals along with two other accounting journals (Accounting Horizons and Journal of Management Accounting Research).  From 2010-2011, Maines served as the Chair for the American Accounting Association Doctoral Consortium Committee.  Yet, this is just one of numerous positions she has held for AAA and Accounting Behavior and Organizations.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 52 -- One year since Undergrad Center expansion began

It's been a year of excavators, jack hammers and welders. A year of aerial lifts,
90-ton cranes and cement pumpers.
Look at how far we've come in building the future of business.

We're on the upper tier of the first floor of the Hodge Hall expansion, looking toward the lobby at 10th and Fee. This will be "The Commons" area, with lots of seating for studying and collaborating.

Students on the middle tier of the first floor will be able to see various floors in this airy Commons area.

The stairwell in the front tower was installed in the last month. 

Tall windows in The Commons will contribute to the openness of the space.

In about a year and a half, 180 students will be sitting in this theater-style classroom that's part of a matching set. 

Kelleys will have to get ahead of the curve to get to the second floor.

The Trading Room on the second floor will have a glass front
so that students can look down into The Commons and those in
The Commons can look up to see the action on the ticker.

Old and new: Concrete blocks are where windows used to be in an exterior wall of the Undergraduate center that is now an interior wall of the expansion.

This is where the second floor student lounge used to be.
It will be a walk-through to the expansion with a recycling center on the left.

The tile has been installed in one of the new bathrooms, and the terrazzo floor
has been put in. It will look much nicer when polished. 

While there is a lot of building going on, there is still demolition taking place. The concrete had to be busted out of these metal stairs to make their removal easier. This stairwell is on the front right of the building, near SPEA.

The crew continues to work on framing the rooms on the fourth floor.

The chevron-shaped element will be a glass feature in the tower.

The entry to the Arboretum can be seen through the tower stairwell.

The east end of the fourth floor will lead out to a terrace, which is being used
as a holding space for insulation at the moment.

From the terrace, you can get a good view of the Wells Library and the Arboretum.

The terrace is an extension of the Hodge Hall expansion.

The view from a fourth floor window.

This will be the large meeting room on the fourth floor. Tall windows will let a lot of light into this room, which will have a high, coffered ceiling.

How would you like to install concrete block on the INSIDE of an elevator shaft?
Claustrophobic masons need not apply.

The view from the top of the tower stairwell.

This is what the crew calls "the penthouse." No, it's not where the dean's office is going to be. This area under the slanted roof houses the air units and other utilities. 

The slate tile roof is almost complete, and
workers are adding copper tile to the side wall.

The masons on the scaffold around the tower have a pretty good view of campus.

More of that view. Even on an overcast day, it's still beautiful.

From the top of Hodge Hall, looking across Fee Lane at Kelley's Godfrey Center.

The view from my desk, Week 1.

The view from my desk, Week 52. One year and counting....

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Idie Kesner to become first woman dean for the Kelley School

Idalene Kesner, a Kelley School alumna, associate dean and professor of strategic management, has been on the faculty at the Kelley School since 1995. She will be the first woman to lead the school.

By George Vlahakis - IU Communications

Idalene "Idie" Kesner, an accomplished educator, administrator and leading researcher on strategic management, will head Indiana University's Kelley School of Business as its next dean, pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees.

Kesner, who becomes the first woman to lead the nationally acclaimed business school, has served as interim dean since October 2012.

Lauren Robel, IU executive vice president and provost of the Bloomington campus, announced today that she would recommend Kesner, who had been associate dean of faculty and research and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management, to the trustees at the board's next meeting June 20 and 21.

Kesner's appointment comes at the end of an exhaustive national search process. She succeeds Dan Smith, who left after a successful seven-year tenure as dean to become president of the IU Foundation.

"The university conducted a thorough national search for a new dean at the Kelley School, commensurate with its reputation as one of the finest business schools in the world, and Idie Kesner was a clear and compelling choice for the role," said Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie. "Idie is an internationally recognized business scholar and a renowned teacher who has played several vital leadership roles at Kelley during her 18 years at the school.

"Many of the school's most prestigious programs, such as our Full-Time MBA Program and Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, have Idie's clear imprint on them, and her passion for IU and the Kelley School are unmatched," McRobbie added. "I am confident that, under her leadership, the Kelley School will build on the outstanding legacy left by former dean and current IU Foundation President Dan Smith and continue to be home to some of the finest business educators, scholars and students anywhere."

Kesner joined the Kelley School faculty in 1995, coming from a titled faculty position at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She was chairwoman of Kelley's Full-Time MBA Program from August 2003 to August 2006 and chairwoman of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship from October 2006 to June 2009. From 1996 to 2003, she co-directed the school's Consulting Academy.

A 14-member search and screen committee underwent a thorough and extensive selection process, which attracted "many dozens" of qualified candidates, said Matthew Auer, dean of the Hutton Honors College, a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and chair of the search committee.

"The search committee, led by Dean Auer, was extremely diligent in identifying the best candidates," Robel said. "Faculty, staff, students and alumni on both the Bloomington and IUPUI campuses were involved in engaging the finalists on their vision for the school. Idie's selection reflects her superlative capabilities and credentials, and I am delighted to pass on the committee's recommendation to the trustees."

"The pool of candidates was outstanding, which shouldn't be surprising because Kelley's reputation is so strong," Auer added. "Idie Kesner is quintessentially prepared for this job. She is superbly accomplished and is going to do amazing things for Kelley."

Kesner will lead a school now in its ninth decade that is consistently ranked highly by peer academics, corporate recruiters, business developers and national business publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report. Kelley's undergraduate program was ranked No. 1 in a Bloomberg Businessweek survey of corporate recruiters. Last fall, the school received three No. 1 rankings in MBA student surveys by the publication: career services, teaching quality and student satisfaction.

"Being selected as the dean of the Kelley School is an honor of a lifetime for me," Kesner said. "As a graduate of the school, I can say with certainty that the successes I have had throughout my career are attributable to the great education and countless opportunities afforded to me by the Kelley School and its alumni network of nearly 100,000 living alums.

"The quality of the Kelley faculty and students, the support of the administration of Indiana University and the generosity of the Kelley School's corporate partners, alumni and donors make this the top dean's job of any business school in the nation," she added. "I feel privileged to be stepping into the position, and I look forward to working with the faculty, students and all Kelley School partners for many years to come."

The Kelley School offers undergraduate and graduate education programs to about 5,600 full-time students on its Bloomington campus and another 1,600 students on its Indianapolis campus. Enrollment in its Kelley Direct online MBA program -- which earlier this year was ranked third by U.S. News -- also is close to 1,000 students.

Kesner received both her MBA and Ph.D. in business administration from IU; her doctorate was awarded in 1983. She also earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in 1979.

Kesner has repeatedly been recognized for her teaching, winning 24 teaching awards during her career. Most recently, in 2012, she won a teaching award from Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea, which has a joint MBA Program with the Kelley School.

She has taught in more than 100 executive programs and served as a consultant for many different national and international firms working on strategic issues. Her research has focused on the areas of corporate boards of directors, chief executive succession, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Hodge Hall: Week 51 -- The view from my desk

Most of the slate tile has been added, and the cement block is halfway up the tower. 

The concrete risers for the ground-floor
classroom create a cool pattern as seen
from The Bridge over Fee Lane.

The crew members on the Hodge Hall Undergraduate Center construction team are moving on up.

The entry tower stairs are finished, and the cement has been poured into the bed of each pan step. They'll later be covered in stone tile.

The curved concrete risers for the two theater-style classrooms on the ground floor are now finished. It makes a cool pattern now, but a wall will soon go up in the middle to divide the space.

The concrete block is on the way up on the outside of the Fee Lane side of the building's tower. Only that section is being worked on right now, but if the front of the building is any indication, it won't be long until the  entire exterior wall is up on the west side of the project.

And at the very top, the crew has been working on the slate roof. Not sure I'd be brave enough to tackle that job. It's pretty high up. They work in teams, though, and are tied to the building in case they slip.