Inspiring Lives & Leadership

INSPIRING LIVES AND LEADERSHIP: THE LORAS LEGACY CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF

 

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Loras College officially launched the largest fundraising campaign in the 175-year history of the institution. Held on October 10, 2013, the Thursday before Homecoming, nearly 300 alumni, friends, faculty, staff, Loras retirees and students participated in the festivities.

The Loras College Jazz Combo, under the direction of assistant professor of music Glenn Pohland, DMA, played at the beginning of the reception. Sister Bernadine Curoe, SVM, part-time coordinator for academic success, gave the invocation, followed by a video created by faculty and students from the Media Studies area. President Jim Collins ('84) reflected on the $75 million effort, saying, "The Inspiring Lives and Leadership Campaign challenges all of us to match the deep love and care that we each profess for Loras with the level of generosity and commitment modeled by the priests, alumni and friends who made our education possible." He was followed by students, alumni and retired staff providing moving testimonies to their experiences at Loras and the impact the College has had on each of their lives.

"I value my connection with Loras simply because of the people. You cannot recreate the environment of compassionate and distinct leadership that drives every individual on our campus. We have students that are engaged; demonstrating athletic achievement, academic leadership, global awareness, and civic responsibility. I cherish that I can be a part of a community that values diverse leadership," Katie Kasten ('14), Student Leader of the Year, said during her remarks.

Tom Tauke ('72), campaign chair, announced that $44 million had already been raised toward the campaign goal. He shared that campaign funds will go to support the endowment, student scholarships, faculty chairs, lectureships, technology, programs and academic projects. Long-time Loras faculty and staff (current and retired) were called forward. In unison they announced that, together with those gathered for the kickoff, they are the Loras legacy. They were followed by representatives of the class of 2014 who shared together that, with the audience, they are the future of Loras College. Concluding the evening was a performance of the Loras College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, led by Bruce Kotowich, DMA, associate professor of music.

If you were at the kickoff, we thank you for your being with us. The kickoff has already made a difference in support raised for the College. Since making the public launch, the campaign has received three seven-figure commitments and a number of six-figure gifts. Events are planned in the upcoming months to engage the support of other proud Duhawks who continue to live out the mission of Loras in their families and communities around the country.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2014
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
PRESIDENTIAL RECEPTION
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
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ESTERO, FLORIDA
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2014
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DUBUQUE, IOWA
BUSINESS ANALYTICS SYMPOSIUM
THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014
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ON CAMPUS
GEORGE WEIGEL, SPEAKER, BIOGRAPHER TO POPE JOHN PAUL II
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN IRELAND TODAY: PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS BY EXPERTS FROM IRELAND, THE U.S., AND CANADA
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 28-29, 2014

LORAS LEGACY SYMPOSIUM
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014

 

OTHER REGIONS
175TH ANNIVERSARY PILGRIMAGE TO FRANCE WITH FR. JOENSEN AND PRESIDENT COLLINS THURSDAY, MAY 29 - SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014


LORAS CHOIR PERFORMS IN CARNEGIE HALL,
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014

FOR INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE EVENTS, PLEASE CONTACT MS. MARCIA BIERMAN AT 563.588.7240 OR MARCIA.BIERMAN@LORAS.EDU


EBONY LEWIS IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Ebony LewisEbony Lewis is your typical Loras student - utterly unique! Hailing from Chicago, Ebony is a transfer student majoring in Public Relations with hopes of one day working as a public relations specialist in the sports and entertainment field.

When Ebony relocated to Loras, she was welcomed immediately into the Duhawk fold.

"My most valued Loras experience was when I first transferred here," Ebony says. "I had been in a bad car accident and had surgery on both my legs. I had so many people offer me rides, offer to carry my book bag, and just be there if I needed them. That really made me value Loras and the students."

When asked what she appreciates most about her education at the College, Ebony cites the intimacy of the campus community.

"I value the small class settings, hands-on experience, and the friendly environment. I enjoy having professors who know my name and who are easy to communicate with."

Ebony places a particular emphasis on experiential learning as an important component to her Loras education. She took two criminal justice classes her first semester on campus and in that time was able to visit one jail and two prisons. This experience allowed Ebony a deeper understanding of course concepts as she saw them applied in a professional setting.

However, it is not solely academics that Ebony appreciates as a Loras student. The warm welcome Ebony encountered when she first transferred has continued throughout her time on campus. This friendly environment extends to every aspect of the Loras community, including the College's Catholic identity. Ebony appreciates how the campus conveys the faith through teaching and actions. Most notably, Ebony credits Loras for her greater appreciation of diversity and the importance of being open to the thoughts, beliefs and life stories of others.

One way in which Ebony embraces diversity is through her work in the Peers Assisting in Learning and Success (PALS) mentoring program here on campus. The program matches first-year students with upper class students who mentor the new Duhawks as they adjust to campus life.

"We support new students who identify themselves as 'intercultural' and help them adjust," Ebony explains. "I love having the opportunity to really make a difference for someone and positively impact their college experience here at Loras."

Ebony is a prime example of the quality of student Loras attracts: kind, empathetic and driven individuals who place equal value on community empowerment and academic success.


A LASTING IMPACT

For many people, an estate gift can be an easy way to make a positive impact long past the life of the individual. Loras has recently received word of several generous estate gifts designated to Loras College.

Albert J. Weitz, Ph.D. (’73)Albert J. Weitz, Ph.D. ('73), associate professor of communication at Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo., was passionate about teaching, learning, art, travel, nature and especially God. When he was informed in fall 2012 that his pancreatic cancer was terminal, he called Dianne Gibson, senior development officer at Loras College, and asked to meet. Al knew that he wanted to continue to make a difference and he had a special interest in helping students who were in need of financial aid. When Al passed away on June 26, 2013, he bequeathed the College a $25,000 estate gift to establish an endowed scholarship. Because of Al's commitment and foresight, his gift is making a lasting impact on the lives of Loras students for generations to come.

Catherine A. SchoofsCatherine A. Schoofs passed away on Nov. 11, 2012, in Dubuque. She received her bachelor's degree from Briar Cliff College and taught business education at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, and then at Wahlert Catholic High School and Immaculate Conception Academy, both in Dubuque. She held several other positions in Dubuque before ultimately becoming executive assistant to the president at Loras College from 1981 until her retirement in 1992. Catherine enjoyed staying in touch with her Loras friends and former colleagues long after her retirement. With her passing, Catherine bequeathed Loras College an unrestricted gift of $23,756.

An anonymous benefactor recently left an estate gift of $589,275 to endow need-based scholarships for deserving Loras students. This generous benefactor was a priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque for decades, lived a modest life and was the recipient of an inheritance. "He never thought his inherited windfall was his own," says the executor of his estate, who also wishes to remain anonymous.

Also leaving gifts this year to Loras at their passing were Thomas E. Arey ('56), James R. McGloughlin, Msgr. Robert B. Hoffman ('58), Gregor A. Junk ('55) and Fr. Everett Frese ('49) with gifts that together total $86,709.

We will continue to keep all of these individuals and their families in our prayers, and are grateful for the difference their gifts are making on the lives of Loras students now and well into the future.

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