Loras College Campaign Quarterly


Each and every day, the Loras College community is humbled by your generosity and grateful for your gifts of time, treasure and advocacy toward the Inspiring Lives & Leadership campaign. Following the close of our 2014-2015 fiscal year, we find it fitting to share our monumental progress.

In the past 12 months, Loras College raised an astounding $15.6 million in cash, pledges and planned gifts—a 28 percent increase over last year. Of that total, we received $8.3 million alone in cash donations, the second highest amount of total cash received in our 176-year history. Moreover, Loras saw an increase in donors for the third consecutive year. In fact, donors graduating in the last decade increased by 29 percent, contrary to national trends related to donor participation.

In addition, our 2014-2015 fiscal year broke three historic records. First, we received $8.7 million in document planned gifts—a 30 percent increase over last year. Secondly, and for the third consecutive year in a row, Loras set a new high with 36 new Heritage Society members, or those who confirm they have included the College in their estate plans. Finally, Loras College shattered another record on Duhawk Day, with 1,477 donors raising nearly $602,000 in only 24 hours.

The Inspiring Lives & Leadership campaign has focused on the people of Loras College, providing crucial support to our faculty, students and future generations to come. Since the campaign's launch on October 10, 2013, we are proud to announce campaign funds have supported the following initiatives:

  • Establishing more than 100 new endowed funds, generating funds annually for the operating budget and providing much needed scholarship aid each year going forward. Initiating paid internships for students at nearly 30 Dubuque-area organizations. Creating the Andrew P. Studdert Chair of
  • Business Ethics and Crisis Leadership, enhancing the educational experience of Loras College students and ensuring we attract and retain world-class professors by providing dedicated resources and instruction opportunities.
  • Sponsoring choral ensemble performances at Carnegie Hall, Mysteries of Christmas and the Iowa Music Educators' Association Conference in addition to student retreats and music ministry stipends.
  • Providing faculty development grants and funding faculty-student research in biology and neuroscience.
  • Celebrating interdisciplinary learning and showcasing our academic achievements, service learning and creative projects through the creation of the annual Loras College Legacy Symposium: Presentations of Research, Creativity and Service Accomplishments.
  • Funding and supporting the Loras College Center for Business Analytics, the MBA in business analytics and the business analytics certificate program.
  • Creating the Global Scholars Program, offering Chinese language classes, cultural programming and study abroad courses in China.
  • Offering varying degrees of support for our 23 varsity men's and women's sports, including the newly constructed Duhawk Plaza located on the east-end of the Rock Bowl Stadium.
  • Establishing the Loras College Poll, conducting faculty-student surveys several times each year focused on political and social issues of interest that has garnered national media attention ranging from the Wall Street Journal and CNN to Real Clear Politics and the Washington Post.
  • Updating our nationally-ranked media studies students' digital media lab in Hoffmann Hall and remodeling a new classroom and student lounge in the St. Joseph Hall of Science.
  • Renovating Keane Hall to house the Loras College Center for Business Analytics and improved faculty offices and classrooms.

Loras College graduate Mike Cambridge ('63) and his wife, Jo, intensely believe in using the blessings they have received to help others. Mike worked in the human resources industry for 13 years before he and Jo started Cambridge Staffing/Tempositions in 1979 with offices throughout eastern Iowa. During their 33 years in the staffing business, the Cambridges placed more than 75,000 individuals in either full-time jobs or temporary positions.

On June 18, 2015, the Cambridges continued to follow their calling of service and support by providing a $4.5 million donation to five entities within the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The record-breaking, 10-year pledge will be divided among Loras College ($1 million), the St. Jude and St. Patrick Catholic churches in Cedar Rapids ($1 million each), Mt. Mercy University ($1 million) and Xavier High School ($500,000).

"We just want to do the Lord's work," said Mike. He stated that he simply wants to give back to his church, his alma mater and those places he

values that educate the future leaders of the church, state and nation.

The Loras College donation funds will support the Loras Fund, the Michael and Jo Cambridge Award, new academic initiatives and establish the Michael and Jo Cambridge Endowed Scholarship, available to students from Cedar Rapids and Iowa City with demonstrated financial need.

"Mike and Jo have been great supporters of Loras College, and this selfless contribution further illustrates their deep commitment to Mike's alma mater, and their strong belief in the quality of a Catholic liberal arts education," said Loras College President Jim Collins ('84). "This Cambridgegenerous gift will ensure future generations of Duhawks the opportunity to enroll at Loras and reap the benefits of the values that are developed here."

  • “Everyone at Loras has helped me along the way—my peers, professors and administrators. Everyone is there to help and push people to achieve success,” he said

Sam Koening ('15) came to Loras because of our reputation for a strong campus community, amazing networking opportunities and for the chance to compete with one of the best NCAA Division III men's soccer teams nationally.

Koening benefited from a Loras Network of Dubuque scholarship for three years, which gave him the opportunity to get the liberal arts and sciences education—right in his hometown—that opened doors for him to grow personally and professional in the classroom, on the soccer field and through internships. Without scholarship assistance, Koening would not have played with the men's soccer team in the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. As an accounting major, he also would not have landed internships as a new business specialist with American Trust & Savings Bank or the lead tax intern and then business solutions consultant with McGladrey LLP in Dubuque.

"If I did not have financial support through scholarships, I would not be able to attend this amazing college," said Koening. "I have experienced amazing things at Loras that are priceless. Loras has proven to open many doors that I would not have been able to open on my own." His gratitude and experiences have instilled in him a desire to help others in whatever way he can. As a student, he served meals to the elderly and disabled through Donna Ginter's Thanksgiving Dinner in Dubuque, coached San Antonio Special Olympics soccer players, participated in the Dubuque Young Professionals' Days of Caring cleaning up the City of Dubuque and has helped with a children's developmental soccer league for the past few years.

"I see myself in a business setting with a strong commitment to the community. I hope to be successful in my career, so I can use my resources to help others as well," Koening Koeningexplained. "My hope for the future is to achieve success in the business world that can allow me to help many people along the way."


Countless individuals, entities and services of Loras have forever left their mark on students who have walked these hills. They also continue to form today's students through established scholarships. As these endowed funds continue to grow through the Inspiring Lives & Leadership campaign, more students are able benefit each and every year.

When we first shared a list of named scholarships a year ago, the response was tremendous. Many of you stepped forward to make a gift and ensure the legacies of those who have gone before us continue to be remembered well into the future. Below are additional endowed funds that are assisting 76 percent of Loras students who require some form of need-based aid.

Msgr. Timothy Gannon was dedicated to psychology and mental health education at Loras College, so much so that he established and chaired the Department of Psychology. This scholarship was created to honor Msgr. Gannon's 60th year as a priest and is awarded to a junior majoring in psychology to assist with their senior year of study.

This scholarship was established in 2003 to honor two history professors that impacted the lives of countless students: Thomas Auge, Ph.D., and James White, Ph.D. who began at Loras in 1956 and 1959, respectively. Recipients of the award must have a GPA of 3.35 or higher, have completed the course "Introduction to Historical Method" and must contribute to the classroom through discussion, presentation and leadership.

Established in honor of Alphonse Schramm ('39), who served as head or assistant coach in a variety of sports and helped develop the physical

education major in 1953 as well as the Loras College intramural program. Today’s award recipients must demonstrate high academic performance, leadership in the field and be dedicated to the development of physical skills, sportsmanship and healthful practices.

Those taught in the old St. Joseph's Hall (currently Hoffman Hall) were not always college students. Up until 1959, St. Joseph’s Hall, or Old St. Joe's as it is fondly remembered, was home to the Loras Academy boys’ high school. In 1959, Loras Academy closed its doors with the construction of the coed Wahlert Catholic High School. In honor of the former Academy, the Loras Academy Class of 1958 established in 1983 a scholarship for Loras College students. The scholarship is given to a deserving student who is a relative of an alumnus of Columbia/Loras Academy.

The Lynch Learning Center offers an Enhanced Program and accommodation services to Loras College students with diagnosed disabilities. The Enhanced Program includes weekly meetings with Lynch Learning Center staff members and peer tutors as well as a two-credit Learning Strategies course. Accommodation services include note-takers, extended-time testing and assistive technology and are provided to students at no additional charge. The scholarship was established in 1998 to pay the fee for at least one student accepted into the Enhanced Program each year.

Increasing the size of each of these funds is critical to helping students have the opportunity of a Loras education. To add to current scholarships, create your own or to see a complete list of scholarships held at Loras, please contact Eric Solberg in the Loras College Development Office: Eric.Solberg@Loras.edu or (563) 588-7969.

Loras College
Campaign Committee: Campaign Chair Tom Tauke ('72), Father John Schlegel ('66), Paul Breitbach ('60), William Lynch ('64),
Jim Theisen ('56), Mary Finnegan, Theresa Hoffman ('81), Don Ulrich ('58)