Business and Economics
Division Faculty

Loras College Faculty

Karen Sturm, M.A., C.P.A
Division Chair of Business & Economics
Professor of Accounting
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Professor Sturm started her career at Loras College as an undergraduate student. Her journey then took her to graduate school at the University of Iowa. After some experience at Deere Company as an internal auditor, Karen came back to Loras, where she has taught since 1983.

Sturm explains that her favorite part of Loras, from a student and teaching perspective, is the campus size. The small size allows students to be more involved with a variety of different activities such as campus ministry, sports, or the variety of clubs Loras offers. She believes that all the involvement options offered help students develop skills inside and outside the classroom. The smaller size also allows Sturm the opportunity to get to know her students better, which helps making recommendations and advising students much more successful. Sturm enjoys interacting with her students and seeing them grow throughout their Loras experience.

Loras College Faculty Daniel Conway, Ph.D.
MBA Founding Director
Center for Business Analytics Director
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Professor Conway comes to Loras with extensive corporate and higher education experiences. He has served as a full-time faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University and Augustana College, respectively. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at both Northwestern University and the University of Iowa. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in big data analytics, business analytics, finance, economics and web and text analytics. From a corporate perspective, Conway has led analytics projects for a range of companies including John Deere, Monsanto and Accenture. In addition, Conway has authored and co-authored numerous articles, columns and book chapters on topics such as privacy, security and control in electronic commerce, the evolution of metanorms and innovation patterns and big data.
Loras College Faculty Eric Eller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
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Dr. Eller received his PhD from the University of Virginia, a Masters degree from the University of Missouri, and his undergraduate degree from Missouri State. Prior to joining the faculty at Loras, Dr. Eller spent time on the tenure-track faculty at Bellarmine University, at Buena Vista University (where he was tenured), and at Upper Iowa University. Dr. Eller's areas of scholarly research include International Service Learning and Microfinance. He has taught numerous study away courses with travel destinations including Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Egypt, and the Galapagos Islands.

Under Dr. Eller's direction, the LIFE Investment class (which manages a portion of the Loras endowment) will focus on choosing investments which align with the College's mission while still maximizing portfolio efficiency.
Loras College Faculty Douglas Gambrall, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Business Administration
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Doug Gambrall is Associate Professor of Business Administration at Loras College—joining the faculty in August of 2011.  Gambrall earned his BBA, majoring in finance, from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of Evansville. After working in retail banking, Gambrall embraced higher education, serving four different colleges in Indiana, Tennessee, and Iowa as an administrator and faculty member since 1994.  In 2005, Gambrall received his doctorate in leadership education from Spalding University with a cognate in business management.
Loras College Faculty

Matthew Garrett, Ph.D.
Professor of Sport Management
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Garrett has served as the sport management program coordinator since 2005. Under his leadership, sport management case study teams at Loras have won six national championships. Garrett's research interests include sport law, governance, and human dignity issues. He also is working on a project studying the factors sport business professionals consider when accepting entry-level and middle-management jobs. An avid Cardinals fan, Garrett coaches youth baseball. He and his wife Cheryl have three children.

Loras College Faculty Hugh Graham, M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Business Administration
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Professor Graham grew up in Wichita, KS, and began working at Loras in 1988. He received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting as well as an MBA from Wichita State University. Before Loras, Graham was a public accountant for Grant Thornton and a business analyst in the National Marketing Group of Pizza Hut.

Graham's favorite part of working at Loras is the intellectually stimulating challenge of learning with the students. He says that he gets the greatest pleasure from seeing his former students succeed, not because he believes he played a large role in their success, but because he gets to witness graduates achieve their professional goals.
Loras College Faculty William Hitchcock, M.B.A.
Professor of Computing and Information Technology
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In 1984, William Hitchcock graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, double majoring in Marketing and Management Computer Systems. Upon graduation, he began working as a Programmer/Analyst for the Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Most of his development work was with marketing decision support systems utilizing retail store audit information. While working full time at Oscar Mayer, he began his graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1986. He completed his work and graduated with an MBA degree majoring in Finance, Investments, and Banking in 1988. In 1989, Hitchcock made a career move to begin teaching business courses at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He has taught business coursework to both traditional college students and professionals working in the Dubuque area. In 2011, he served as the Faculty Director of the Study Abroad program in Dublin, Ireland. He has a special interest in International/Irish studies, and has since taught several Irish-themed courses including a summer course in Ireland in 2014.
Loras College Faculty Roger Kerkenbush, M.S., C.P.A.
Assistant Professor of Accounting
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Professor Kerkenbush was previously the associate dean of business at Waukesha County Technical College. A Potosi native and Packer fan, Kerkenbush has been a Fulbright Scholar to the Czech Republic and has industry experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Andersen Consulting and others.
Loras College Faculty

Luke Lammer, M.A., C.P.A., C.M.A., C.I.A.
Assistant Professor of Accounting
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Curriculum Vitae

Professor Lammer joined Loras in 2011 from McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, where he worked primary with financial institutions. His teaching areas include Managerial Accounting, Financial Accounting and Intermediate Accounting, and his research interests include agency theory and signaling theory.

Loras College Faculty Dale Lehman, Ph.D.
Center for Business Analytics Assistant Director
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Curriculum Vitae

Dale Lehman has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester.  He has taught at a dozen universities and was Director of the MBA programs at Alaska Pacific University.  He has also held industry positions at Bell Communications Research and SBC.  He teaches in a number of specialized MBA programs in Europe.
Dale's interests are in applied data analysis.  This includes visualization of patterns in data, analysis that highlights meaningful stories hidden within data, and replication/validation of data analysis.  He is particularly interested in applications of data analysis to problems related to health care, natural resources, telecommunications and information, and finance.
Dale has co-authored three books and numerous articles. He enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, golf, travel, and teaching at small private universities.
Loras College Faculty Anne Marx Scheuerell, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Sport Management
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Dr. Marx Scheuerell is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management. She joined Loras College in the fall of 2011. She has practical experience in collegiate and secondary education athletic departments, and as a summer camp director. Her research focus is on sport as a platform for socio-cultural change with specific interests in ethics, law and gender issues. Her research has been published in numerous academic journals, and she has presented her research at national and international conferences. Dr. Marx Scheuerell received her master’s from Arizona State University and her doctorate in Sport Management from the University of Arkansas.
Loras College Faculty Patrick Marzofka, M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Business
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Pat Marzofka began working at Loras College in 1987. He received his Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MBA in marketing from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Before Loras, Marzofka taught at two small schools in Wisconsin and later worked in marketing research at Shopko.

Marzofka explains that his favorite part of working at Loras is the opportunity to interact with students inside and outside of the classroom. He considers teaching fun and rewarding. He is passionate about the topics he teaches and has discovered that each class has its own personality. “Students can make or break the class!” he explains. Based on his many years in the classroom, Marzofka believes that computer simulation is an effective tool in the education process because it focuses on experiential learning. In the class Marketing Management, he uses simulations to guide students to understand how to work in a group, be creative and have fun in the process, even if the outcome seems uncertain. Furthermore, Marzofka enjoys seeing the long lasting friendships that started in his classes or began as a result of one of his class projects.
Loras College Faculty Biniv Maskay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Biniv K. Maskay is an empirical macroeconomist with research interests in economic growth and development, open-economy monetary policy, financial development, international financial integration, international trade and foreign direct investments. He received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Kentucky, where he also served as the Instructor of Record. He has taught courses such as Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Statistics for Business and Economics, Money and Banking, International Economics and Growth and Development at Loras College and the University of Kentucky.
Loras College Faculty Dennis O’Connor, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
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Attending Creighton University for his undergrad, Dr. O’Connor received his M.A. from the American University and his Ph.D. from Notre Dame. His research and topics of interest include labor economics—specifically relative wage differentials—and Catholic social teachings on economic affairs.
Loras College Faculty Debra Schleicher, L.L.M., C.P.A., C.M.A., C.F.M.
Associate Professor of Business
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Loras College Faculty Jennifer Smith, P.h.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
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Dr. Smith earned her BS in mathematics and an MA in economics at Illinois State University.  After being employed by an insurance company as an Actuarial Research Analysis for five years, she enrolled at Northern Illinois University to earn a Ph.D. in economics.  While completing her graduate degrees, she taught classes at Heartland Community College, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Northern Illinois University.  Upon completing her Ph.D., she taught two years at Illinois Wesleyan University.  In 2009 Dr. Smith joined the faculty at Loras College.  Dr. Smith has research interests in maternal employment or non-employment on childhood obesity.  Dr. Smith has been an expert witness in wrongful death lawsuits and contributed chapters to an Economic Terms research text.

She has taught a variety of courses including: Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, History of Economic Thought, Public Finance, Economics of Poverty, Gender, Race, and Immigration, Econometrics, Senior Seminar Research, Labor Economics, Comparative Economic Structures, Democracy and Global Diversity, and Managerial Economics (MBA course).
Loras College Faculty Gene Steidinger, M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Business
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Gene Steidinger, Jr. is Associate Professor of Business and began his career at Loras College in August of 1989.  He received his B.B.A. in Marketing and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.  After graduation, Steidinger began a retailing career with the H. C. Prange Co.  He worked in store management in Wausau, Sheboygan, and Superior, Wisconsin.  He also worked in the merchandising/buying division in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  He then left retailing to complete an M.B.A. in Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985 and pursue a career in teaching.  Steidinger spent four years teaching at Mount Senario College before joining the faculty at Loras College.  His teaching and interests focus on consumer behavior, retailing, and marketing communication.  Steidinger grew up on a dairy farm near Marathon, Wisconsin and remains a “country boy” at heart.
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