Description: Dr. Eliot Elfner

Eliot S. Elfner, Ph.D., PE
Professor of Business Administration

St. Norbert College
DePere, WI  54115-2099
PH: 920-403-3233
 FAX: 920-403-4098

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Current Interests: I am using the following books in my Seminar in Strategic Management course: Van Remortel, Steve, Stop Selling Vanilla Ice Cream: The Scoop on increasing Profit by Differentiating Your Company Through Strategy and Talent, (Austin, TX: Greenleaf Book Group Press), 2012; and Wooden, John & Don Yaeger, A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring, (New York: Bloomsbury USA) 2009. For four of the last five  summers (2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013) my wife Bonnie and I participated in the College sponsored Norbertine Heritage Tours visiting and interacting with the conferes at many Norbertine Abbeys in Europe, located in the Czech Republic (Prague), Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, The Netherlands and most recently, Italy. I am currently  (and even during the ongoing school year) engaged in some serious mind-candy recreational reading, including the Janet Evanovich, James Patterson and Carl Hiaasen mysteries, and some other older and some more recent mysteries. I also read Malcolm Gladwell's book OUTLIERS,  (London: Little, Brown and Company), 2008.  On a more serious note, I recently read and discussed Becoming Who You Are, by James Martin, S. J.(Mahwah, N.J.:  HiddenSpring imprinted by Paulist Press) 2006;  Ellsberg, Robert, Modern Spiritual Masters: Writings on Contemplation and Compassion, (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books) 2008;  Faith Maps: Ten Religious Explorers from Neuman to Joseph Ratzinger (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press), 2 010; and Kelly, Matthew, The Rhythm of Life,  (New York: Fireside) 2004 with my Spirituality Group.

Professional Interests: Quality improvement and the improvement of student learning in higher education, Value/Supply Chain Management, retired as a Member of Faith Technologies, Inc. Board of Directors, and currently a member of Titletown Brewing Co. Board of Directors in Green Bay, WI. For 85 semesters (i.e. 42 1/2 years - :-)) I have been a Professor of Business Administration at St. Norbert College. During that time I served as the Social Science Division Chair (now designated as the Associate Dean of Social Sciences) from January 1996 through Summer 2003, and as the Interim Associate Dean for Social Sciences for the 2011-12 academic year.  I am a past Associate of Institutional Effectiveness Associates, a now disbanded consulting organization specializing in assessment of student learning processes. I spent the fall, 2003 semester on a sabbatical as a visiting scholar at the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management, working with the Executive Director, Dr. John R. Nevin. I have been back in the classroom since then.. 

I have three sons, all out of college, married and independent, who have provided me with nine grandchildren (three each)! Eric has his MBA from Marquette University and is the Director of Information Systems at C. G. Schmidt, Inc. a large general contractor in Milwaukee; Jon has a Masters Degree in Teaching from Dominican University in River Forest, IL and a Masters degree in American History from DePaul University in Chicago and is an American History faculty member at Homewood-Flossmor High School; Chris is a Team Leader, Decision Support at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay, WI. My wife, Bonnie (aka Pamela) has supervised sophomore block education students in their five-week placement as student teachers for St. Norbert on a part time basis for over thirty years. She and I enjoy traveling, family at the cottage, entertainment at the Meyer and Weidner Theaters in Green Bay, Music Theater at St. Norbert, and occasional city hits.

Golf, tennis, racquetball and wrestling with the grandkids keep me healthy and relaxed.

Favorite Quotes

To the question of what is the "bliss" of Golf, John Updike writes "The imensities of space, beside which even polo and baseball are constricted pastimes, must be part of it. To see one's ball gallop 200 and more yards down the fairway, or see it fly clear across an entire copse of maples in full autumn flair, is to join one's soul with the vastness that, contemplated from another angle, intimidates the spirit and makes one feel small. As it moves through the adventures of a golf match, the human body, like Alice's in Wonderland, experiences an intoxicating relativity -- huge in relation to the ball, tiny in relation to the course, exactly matched to that of the other players." (Updike, John, Golf Dreams: Writings on Golf Alfred A. Knopf)

"The American Dream need not forever be denied."
Barbara Jordan - Keynote Speech at 1976 Democratic National Convention

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(920) 403-3233

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