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Loras College to host seventh annual Business Week May 3-5

Tim Suther
Tim Suther (’82)

Loras College will host its seventh annual Business Week Tuesday, May 3 through Thursday, May 5. The event features three free presentations by alumni and professional leaders covering analytics to human resources. The series is sponsored by Dennis and Mona Houlihan. Dennis is a 1972 graduate of Loras College.

Paul Ruffalo, vice president of Ruffalo Noel Levitz, Cedar Rapids, and a 2000 graduate of Loras College, will hold the first session from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Marie Graber Ballroom A at the Alumni Campus Center (ACC). Ruffalo will discuss his career path and share valuable expertise as a technology professional. Ruffalo Noel-Levitz provides an array of technology-enabled enrollment and fundraising tools to more than 1,800 colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations across North America and beyond.

Keynote speaker Tim Suther, founder of Suther Strategic, LLC, Chicago, a member of the Loras College Board of Regents and a 1982 graduate, presents “The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be: Why the Intersection of Decision Sciences and the Humanities/Arts is the Future of Life and Career” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the ACC, Ballroom B. During his presentation, Suther will explore how technology and analytics are transforming the business landscape. Before launching Suther Strategic, Suther was managing director at JP Morgan Chase where he strategically used data to help ensure the success of the financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion. Prior to JP Morgan Chase, he was chief marketing and strategy officer at Acxiom, senior vice president and general manager at Metavante, president of Protagona, and vice president at Unisys.

Loras College also welcomes Shara Muller, a human resources generalist at Developing Alternative Choices, (DAC, Inc.), Dubuque, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. She’ll offer insight and tips for entering the workforce including salary negotiations, taxes, retirement, personal finance and other related topics. DAC, Inc. has provided services to individuals with disabilities for more than 35 years.

Full schedule

Tuesday, May 3

Paul Ruffalo, vice president, Ruffalo Noel-Levitz, “My Loras Path: Lessons from a ’00 Duhawk,” 3:30-4:30 p.m., Alumni Campus Center (ACC), Ballroom A

Wednesday, May 4

Shara Muller, human resource professional, DAC, Inc., “I Accepted a Job. Now What?” 6-7 p.m., Alumni Campus Center, Ballroom B

Thursday, May 5

Tim Suther, founder of Suther Strategic, “The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be: Why the Intersection of Decision Sciences and the Humanities/Arts is the Future of Life and Career,” 6-7 p.m. Alumni Campus Center, Ballrooms A and B

For more information, call Ann Cremer, 563.588.7191 or Anne Marx, 563.588.7216.

About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. According to the 2016 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, Loras College was named the 13th Best Regional College: Midwest. Visit www.loras.edu for more information.

Media contacts: Sue Hafkemeyer, Director of Communication

563.588.7769 Office | 563.590.3999 Cell | sue.hafkemeyer@loras.edu

Thomas Jensen, Public Relations and Social Media Manager

563.588.7179 Office | 919.930.1997 Cell | thomas.jennsen@loras.edu