Management Information Systems

Follow your passion for Management Information Systems

One of the fastest-growing job markets is that of computing. Majoring in Management Information Systems at Loras College will prepare you for a successful career in one of the hottest industries today. This major includes common-core coursework in computing and information technology  fundamentals, programming, networking and databases.

Graduates in this field can be employed in many different computing fields. They are network analysts and engineers who are responsible for an organization’s infrastructure and security, database administrators and analysts who are responsible for effectively storing data and efficiently retrieving information for an organization, and they are systems analysts who take an organization’s needs and goals and shapes technology to help them grow.

Within the Division of Business Administration, some distinctive features of this program include experiential learning, service learning and student activities, projects and research opportunities. Local and regional opportunities for internships exist, including Dubuque-area opportunities such as: Dubuque Data Services, IBM, McGraw-Hill, CES, plus on-campus IT opportunities.

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What is ACM?

The Loras College ACM organization is a student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery. Its purpose is to enhance the appreciation for computer science in both students and faculty, to encourage further study in computer science and to provide opportunities to explore new developments and careers in the field of computer science.

What does the ACM do?

The Loras ACM Club has many events throughout the year, ranging from the informative to the fun. The club takes trips to places of interest, including IBM in Rochester, MN. In addition, the club sponsors talks by faculty from Loras and other colleges. Each year, several social gatherings are held to allow students to mingle with faculty along with their peers. Traditionally, the club enjoys Christmas caroling and the Year-End Picnic with the Loras College Mathematics Club. The club is also involved in a service project each year.

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Mathematics and Computer Information Technology annually offer several awards and scholarships to students taking related courses. Some are available only to those majoring in Mathematics or Computer Information Technology while others are available to first-year students, regardless of their intended major. Winners are selected by Mathematics and Computer Information Technology faculty, and awards are presented at a ceremony each spring.

Computer Information Technology Awards and Scholarships

  • McKesson HBOC Scholarship — awarded since 1999.
    Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually. Candidates must be in their final year of study in Computer Science or Management Information Systems (MIS). Eligible candidates usually apply in April of each year and are required to submit a current transcript and an essay regarding their qualifications. A successful candidate will have excelled academically, been involved in extracurricular activities and demonstrated financial need. The recipients are chosen by representatives of McKesson HBOC along with Loras Accounting and Business, Mathematics and Computer Science faculty.

Past winners include: Sara Wieland, 2003; Deanna Ernzen, 2002; Angela Starkey (CS), 2001; Theodore Swanson (CS) and Curtis Kuhn (MIS), 2000; and Kevin Klemke and Erik Sterud, 1999.

  • Computer Information Technology Alumni Award — awarded since 1986.
    Candidates must be graduating seniors and nominated by a faculty member teaching a computer science-related course. Each candidate is asked to submit an essay detailing how they plan to use their experience in the future. The winner is selected by faculty vote. Recently, winners have garnered $100, a certificate and a nameplate engraved in their honor and displayed in Hennessy Hall.

Mathematics Awards and Scholarships

  • First-Year Mathematics Award — awarded since 1980.
    Recent winners have received $100 and a certificate in addition to the coveted handshake from the department chairperson. Candidates must be first-year students and nominated by a department faculty member. Each nominee is asked to submit a mathematical autobiography, and the winner(s) are chosen by department vote. Winners’ names are proudly displayed on nameplates near the main entrance of Hennessy Hall.
  • Droessler Scholarship — awarded since 1994.
    A scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is awarded annually from the endowment graciously provided by Dr. Earl Droessler, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Droessler is a 1942 graduate of Loras College. A candidate for this scholarship must have either junior or senior standing, have declared a mathematics major and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in all courses. Strong candidates will have shown creativity and devotion to their study of mathematics and the liberal arts in general, and be involved in extracurricular activities. Candidates are nominated by department faculty members, and winners are selected by a vote of the department faculty.
  • Sullivan Applied Mathematics and Science Award — awarded since 2001.
    Recipients receive $500. The Sullivan award is intended to reward and provide further motivation for female majors in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics or Engineering. Candidates for this annual award must maintain a 3.5 GPA and have demonstrated quality course selection in the pursuit of a liberal arts education.
  • Father Louis Ernsdorff Senior Math Award — awarded since 1980.Winners of the award receive $100, a certificate and a nameplate engraved in their honor and displayed in Hennessy Hall. Candidates for this award must be graduating seniors nominated by a faculty member in the department. The winner is then selected by a vote of the department faculty.

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Over 150 alums have graduated with a related information technology major over the past 20 years. Loras College alums are important contributors to their communities, states and country. Many continue a life of service starting during their college days and lasting throughout their professional lives.

Computing alums have gone on to successful careers in large, mid-sized and small businesses including organizations such as:

  • Allstate Insurance: Northbrook, IL
  • Cottingham and Butler: Dubuque, IA
  • CUNA Mutual Group: Madison, WI
  • IBM Corporation: Rochester, MN
  • John Deere & Company: Moline, IL
  • McGladrey & Pullen: Dubuque, Davenport, IA
  • Principal Financial Group: Des Moines, IA
  • Rockwell Collins: Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Walgreens: Chicago, IL
  • Wells Fargo: Des Moines, IA

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  • Within the last decade, nearly 100% of those who graduated from the Loras College Computer Science program reported obtaining employment or entry into graduate school within one year after graduation.
  • Computer Science students have attended and presented papers and won awards before graduation at conferences of national professional organizations.
  • The Loras College Mathematics and Computer Science programs offer several awards and scholarships yearly to students. We also offer support to students who wish to grade student papers, work in the Loras College Mathematics Lab or work as peer assistants.
  • Loras College faculty is extremely active in the academic and civic communities. Faculty members are volunteers for several local organizations including different churches and scouting organizations. All Computer Science faculty members regularly attend and present at local, regional and national professional conferences.

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Major Requirements

Division of Business & Economics
Luke Lammer, C.P.A., Chair

Students must earn a cumulative average of 2.00 or better in all L.ACC, L.BAN, L.BUS, and L.CIT courses and complete a minimum of 12 credits of courses in their major at Loras College, including the seminar course.

Please Note:
Students must get PRIOR written permission to transfer in credit once they have matriculated at Loras. Students wishing to take a summer school class on another campus must get written permission from the Chair BEFORE taking the class. If a student has taken courses on other campuses and then transfers to Loras the Division Chairperson may make a determination of those transfer credits.

Internships cannot be used to fulfill electives for any major or minor in this division. Students should complete their P UNLIs math requirement (L.MAT-150 or equivalent) by the end of their sophomore year. Since students who are double majoring within the Business & Economics Division will not be taking L.BUS-490 more than once, they need to complete an additional upper level course in either major to replace the second seminar course when applicable.

Requirements for the major in Management Information Systems (B.S.):
All MIS majors are required to take an additional upper-level business course, BUS 3xx or 4xx, excluding BUS 394 or 494 courses. If a student is double majoring in MIS and another business major, they may not “double count” this elective with that major.

 Req   Course  Cr’s
 1   L.ACC-227: Managerial Accounting  3
 2   L.ACC-228: Financial Accounting  3
 3   L.BUS-230: Principles of Management  3
 4   L.BUS-240: Principles of Marketing  3
 5   L.BUS-250: Business Statistics  3
 6   L.BUS-300+: Upper-level Business elective  3
 Select one from Req 7
 7   L.MAT-150: Calculus of One Variable I-FM  4
 7   L.MAT-170: Calculus of One Variable-FM  4
 Select one from Req 8
 8   L.CIT-110: Computing & Information Technology Basics  3
 8   L.CIT-111: Accelerated Computing & Info Tech Basics  3
 9   L.CIT-115: Programming and Design Basics  4
 10   L.CIT-217: Network Management  3
 11   L.CIT-218: Database Management  3
 Select one from Req 12
 12   L.CIT-326: Visual Basic Programming  3
 12   L.CIT-327: Structured COBOL Programming  3
 12   L.CIT-332: Web Programming  3
 13   L.CIT-300+: Any additional CIT 3xx or 4xx course  3 to 4
 14   L.CIT-300+: Any additional CIT 3xx or 4xx course  3 to 4
 15   L.CIT-485: Systems Engineering  3
 16   L.CIT-491: Project Management  3
50 to 52 total required credits

Requirements for the minor in Management Information Systems:
A student must earn a cumulative average of 2.00 or better in all CIT, ACC, and BUS courses. Students may “double count” a maximum of 6 credits in a minor.

 Req   Course  Cr’s
 Select one from Req 1
 1   L.CIT-110: Computing & Information Technology Basics  3
 1   L.CIT-111: Accelerated Computing & Info Tech Basics  3
 2   L.ACC-227: Managerial Accounting  3
 3   L.BUS-230: Principles of Management  3
Select at least 9 credits from Req 4
4   L.CIT-115: Programming and Design Basics  4
4   L.CIT-217: Network Management  3
4   L.CIT-218: Database Management  3
4   L.CIT-311: Human Computer Interaction  3
4   L.CIT-321: Data Analysis  3
4   L.CIT-322: Web Publishing I  1
4   L.CIT-323: Web Publishing II  1
4   L.CIT-324: Web Publishing III  1
4   L.CIT-326: Visual Basic Programming  3
4   L.CIT-327: Structured COBOL Programming  3
4   L.CIT-332: Web Programming  3
4   L.CIT-485: Systems Engineering  3
18 total required credits
Course Descriptions

L.CIT-110: Computing & Information Technology Basics
This is an introductory course focused on the use of computing technology to solve problems, as well as, offering hands-on experience with common computer applications. These applications will be used as tools to help students analyze problems and structure solutions, and include word processing, database, spreadsheet, program development, and the Internet. Topics will include personal computer hardware and software, operating systems computer networks, and information assurance. Restriction: Cannot be taken for credit if L.CIT-111 has already been passed. Prerequisite: Three years of high school mathematics including one year of Algebra II with a grade of C- or better or L.MAT-113 or higher. 3 credits.

L.CIT-111: Accelerated Computing & Information Technology Basics
This is a community based service learning course focused on the use of computing technology to solve problems, as well as, offering hands-on experience with common computer applications. In this “L.CIT-110”-equivalent course, students will learn basic aspects of computing technology, to analyze problems, and to structure solutions using technology tools. During the course, students will also become familiar with basic principles that apply to justice, human dignity, and distinctiveness of the human being as defined in Catholic Social Teaching. Students will provide computer training to members of the under-employed Dubuque community, and reflect on their experiences using the perspective of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Topics will include personal computer hardware and software, operating systems, computer networks, and information assurance. Restriction: Cannot be taken for credit if L.CIT-110 has already been passed. Prerequisites: Three years of high school mathematics including one year of Algebra II with a grade of C- or better or L.MAT-113 or higher. 3 credits

L.CIT-115: Programming & Design Basics
This course provides an introduction to the software engineering principles and tools used in the solution of problems, introduces a programming language and introduces students to social and professional concerns which arise with the use of computers. Prerequisite: L.MAT-117 or above. 4 credits.

L.CIT-217: Network Management
This course focuses on LAN management issues associated with evaluating, installing, and administrating computer networks. This course will integrate current technology and internetworking issues within the context of network operating systems and hardware. The course will have a lab component requiring dedicated desktop and server computers, and network hardware. Prerequisite: L.CIT-110 or L.CIT-111. 3 credits.

L.CIT-218: Database Management
Database Management is a study of the database models, the design, development, and implementation of a database, E-R and UML diagrams, SQL query language, normalization, database selection, distributed databases, ethical use of databases, and database security and control. Prerequisite: L.CIT-110 or L.CIT-111. 3 credits.

L.CIT-219: Computer Organization & Architecture
This course introduces the fundamentals of computer hardware where the students will learn basic building blocks of a small computer and how the hardware and software interface with one another. This course includes lab component where students learn the basic building blocks of computer hardware. Prerequisite: L.CIT-115. 4 credits.

L.CIT-225: Data Structures & Algorithms
This course provides an introduction to basic data structures and abstract data types. It introduces a variety of algorithms and problem solving strategies as well as elementary algorithm analysis. Prerequisite: L.CIT-115. 4 credits.

L.CIT-311: Human Computer Interaction
This course provides an introduction to the discipline of Human Computer Interaction. It is concerned with the design, evaluation and implementation of effective computing systems for human use. Topics that will be covered are: History; Principles for Design, Understanding users and their tasks; Designing with the user; Basic human factors; and, Designing visual interfaces. Prerequisites: L.CIT-115 and at least one other course from the following: L.CIT-225, L.CIT-326, L.CIT-327, or L.CIT-332. 3 credits.

L.CIT-321: Data Analysis
This course focuses on evaluating and analyzing different types of business related data and developing effective solutions. It will utilize current spreadsheet and database software as tools to facilitate the interpretation of the data. The course will have a lab component requiring student laptop computers equipped with spreadsheet and database software. Prerequisites: L.CIT-110 or L.CIT-111, or L.ACC-227. 3 credits.

L.CIT-322: Web Publishing I-Basic Authoring
This course is designed to introduce you to the tools, techniques, and skills needed to publish and manage materials posted on a web site. The course consists of three separate sections. The first section introduces basic XHTML coding and the skills needed to publish simple web pages. Prerequisite: L.CIT-110 or L.CIT-111. Must be taken along with L.CIT-323 and L.CIT-324. 1 credit.

L.CIT-323: Web Publishing II-Advanced Authoring
This course is designed to introduce you to the tools, techniques, and skills needed to publish and manage materials posted on a web site. The course consists of three separate sections. The second section focuses on programming with JavaScript. Prerequisite: L.CIT-110 or L.CIT-111. Must be taken along with L.CIT-322 and L.CIT-324. 1 credit.

L.CIT-324: Web Publishing III-Site Development & Administration
This course is designed to introduce you to the tools, techniques, and skills needed to publish and manage materials posted on a web site. The course consists of three separate sections. The third section covers topics on web design, web project management, and web maintenance. Prerequisite: L.CIT-110 or L.CIT-111. Must be taken along with L.CIT-322 and L.CIT-323. 1 credit.

L.CIT-325: Algorithm Design & Analysis
This course introduces various algorithm design strategies, familiarizes students with well-known algorithms from a variety of areas, does average and worst-case time analysis of algorithms, and extends the set of data structures with which the students are able to work. Prerequisites: L.CIT-225 and L.MAT-230. 3 credits.

L.CIT-326: Visual Basic Programming
This course focuses on continued development of computer applications, focusing on programming software in an object-oriented/event driven environment by taking full advantage of the Microsoft Visual Basic programming language. The course integrates hands-on real-world scenarios with in-depth discussions of programming concepts and techniques. The course will have a lab component requiring student laptop computers equipped with the Microsoft Visual Basic programming software. Prerequisite: L.CIT-110 or L.CIT-111, and L.CIT-115. 3 credits.

L.CIT-327: Structured COBOL Programming
This course introduces the student to the COBOL programming language, still one of the most popular business programming languages. The main focus of the course is to plan and code working computer programs. Topics covered include sequential file processing, common program structures such as decisions and loops, tables, data validation, batch and on-line processing, and direct access file processing. Prerequisite: L.CIT-115. 3 credits.

L.CIT-332: Web Programming
Students learn a programming language designed to be used on the Internet. Then by working on projects that use the language students learn about the different technologies used on the World Wide Web, such as network and inter-network protocols, process-to-process communication, interfacing to databases, human-computer interaction, and intelligent agents. Prerequisite: L.CIT-115. 3 credits.

L.CIT-340: Machine Learning
This course introduces students to topics in the Machine Learning area of Artificial Intelligence. It will include an introduction to some popular algorithms computers use to make decisions and predictions based on problems consisting of varied types of data. In addition to utilizing the algorithms themselves, students will learn about different methods of evaluating these algorithms and how to choose an algorithm for a particular problem. Prerequisite: L.CIT-225. 3 credits.

L.CIT-350: Computer Graphics
This course provides an introduction to computer graphics. This will include some of the fundamental algorithms as well as experience in graphics programming using OpenGL. Prerequisite: L.CIT-225. 3 credits.

L.CIT-357: Foundations of Programming Languages
This course provides an introduction to programming language design and implementation. It provides experience in a variety of programming paradigms as well as an introduction to programming language theory. Prerequisite: L.CIT-225. 3 credits.

L.CIT-394: Internship
This course provides structured experience in a work environment outside the classroom. Prerequisites: Two courses in CIT. GPA of 3.0 overall. Credit varies.

L.CIT-430: Project Management
This course provides concepts, methods and techniques in project management and applies them in an information technology environment. The student will apply the concepts and techniques learned to “real-world” cases. The student will evaluate cases using the methods provided and will work as part of a team to manage a project. The course will have a lab component requiring student laptop computers equipped with project management software. Prerequisites: L.CIT-110 or L.CIT-111, L.ACC-228. 3 credits.

L.CIT-432: Computer Networks
The emphasis in this course is the design and construction of computer networks and network protocols. Performance evaluation for network hardware and protocols is also a strong emphasis within the course. Topics include common protocols on the Internet and the decisions that were made to implement them. Examples from current network technologies will be used. Prerequisite: L.CIT-225. 3 credits.

L.CIT-440: Operating Systems
The focus of this course is the study of the fundamental algorithms used to manage the hardware resources of a computer. The topics include CPU scheduling, file structures, memory management, deadlock detection and avoidance, and concurrency control. Prerequisites: L.CIT-219 and L.CIT-225. 3 credits.

L.CIT-485: Systems Engineering
This course uses modeling techniques that aid in the analysis of computer information systems. Students will study, create, and analyze various models and utilize them in designing these systems. Students will also analyze how these systems fit into an organization’s overall structure and strategic plan. Prerequisites: L.CIT-115, L.CIT-217, L.CIT-218 and Senior standing. 3 credits.

L.CIT-489: System Implementation
System Implementation is a capstone experience for CIT majors in the MIS track. Ethics cases, a portfolio, a research paper, a class project, and an individualized computer project are required. Students will synthesize computer knowledge obtained in previous courses, as well as more in-depth research in an area of interest. Prerequisite: L.CIT-430. 3 credits.

L.CIT-490: Capstone Project
This course provides the experience of a semester long group project. It requires the students to apply their hardware and software skills in a group setting where cooperation and coordination are necessary for the successful completion of the project. Prerequisites: must have completed at least four courses in CIT numbered 200 or above and have Senior standing. 3 credits.

L.CIT-490E: Comprehensive Examination
A placeholder course which indicates attempt and completion of the required comprehensive examination. 0 credits. Pass/fail only.

L.CIT-491: Project Management
This course provides concepts, methods and techniques in project management and applies them in an information technology environment. The student will apply the concepts and techniques learned to “real-world” cases. The student will evaluate cases using the methods provided and will work as part of a team to manage a project. The course will have a lab component requiring student laptop computers equipped with project management software. Prerequisites: L.CIT-110 or L.CIT-111, L.ACC-228. 3 credits.

RELATED COURSES: Engineering, Mathematics

Career Opportunities

The education and experiences offered prepare students for successful careers in large, midsized and small businesses in careers such as those below, as well as the pursuit of graduate degrees in analytics, business and law.

  • Analyst/Programmer
  • Internet Marketing Analyst
  • Internet Developer
  • Network Administrator
  • Online Services Manager
  • Systems Engineers
  • Systems Operations
  • Product Forecaster/Estimator
  • Webmaster
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Software Tester
  • Systems Consulting
Loras College Department Staff

Shikhar P. Acharya
Associate Professor of Business Analytics
563.588.7784 |

Eric Eller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
563.588.7202 |

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.

Douglas Gambrall, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Business Administration
563.588.7910 |

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.

Matthew Garrett, Ph.D.
Professor of Sport Management
563.588.7165 |

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.

Hugh Graham, M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Business Administration
563.588.7765 |

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.

William Hitchcock, M.B.A.
Professor of Computing and Information Technology
563.588.7286 |

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.

Brian J Kallback CFP® CLU® QPA QKA CTFA
Instructor of Finance
563.588.7626 |

Finance Instructor, Loras College Frances J. Noonan School of Business teaching Financial Planning & Risk Management, Managerial Finance, Investments, and Personal Financial Literacy.

Luke Lammer, M.A., C.P.A., C.M.A., C.I.A.
Assistant Professor of Accounting
563.588.7379 |

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Lammer joined Loras in 2011. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Clarke University and his Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Iowa. Lammer has earned certifications as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Prior to Loras, Lammer worked as an auditor with McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, working primarily with financial institutions. Lammer has been an active contributor to item development for both the CPA and CMA exams.

Dale Lehman, Ph.D.
Center for Business Analytics Director
Professor of Business
563.588.7725 |

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.

Anne Marx Scheuerell, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Sport Management
563.588.7216 |

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.

Patrick Marzofka, M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Business
563.588.7283 |

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.

Biniv Maskay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
563.588.7915 |

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.

Debra Schleicher, L.L.M., C.P.A., C.M.A., C.F.M.
Associate Professor of Business
563.588.7404 |

Jennifer Smith, P.h.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
563.588.7952 |

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).

Karen Sturm, M.A., C.P.A
Division Chair of Business & Economics
Professor of Accounting
563.588.7405 |

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.