Under a canopy of pastel umbrellas and twinkling lights, and enveloped by the scent of a large garden's
worth of fresh flowers, Loras College inaugurated the premier Loras Legacy Ball on May 5. The theme, "A
Springtime in Paris," paid homage to Bishop Mathias Loras' French roots. The signature fundraising event
focused on raising support for student aid.
"A Springtime in Paris" volunteers:
(top) Jeanne Quann with husband Brendan Quann;
(middle) Susan Steele, with husband Mike Steele;
and (bottom) Julie (Kalb) White ('77), with husband
Michael White, D.V.M.
The evening highlights included a French dance demonstration, Parisian
cuisine and musical performances by Loras students and faculty. The ball exceeded expectations, welcoming 250
attendees and raising $310,000 through live auctions, sponsorships and with the opportunity to "fund a scholar."
The evening would
not have been possible
were it not for dedicated
members of the Board
of Regents, the National
Alumni Board, Loras
Network of Dubuque and
Stars among the
volunteers were Jeanne
Quann, Susan Steele and Julie (Kalb) White ('77). It was Jeanne's creative
vision that added
elegance and made the
evening an "experience"
for guests. Jeanne's
gift for design created
an event that featured
Paris scenes, garden
seating, a flower vendor
cart and a breathtaking
ambience of soft lights
and spring color.
Master of ceremonies Bob Kaliban ('55) lent his time and talent.
Committee members Chair Creed
Waelchli, ('97), John Schmidt,
regent, and Jeff Potts ('82)
volunteered as members of the
event committee soliciting sponsors.
Committee member Amy Kemp ('08), managed the marketing and
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A Family Tradition
For Thomas "Tom" J. Giovingo ('06), of Lisle, Ill., Loras College has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. Both his parents, Thomas P. ('78) and Kathleen ('76) (Keller) Giovingo, of Rockford, Ill., are Loras graduates and have remained involved in volunteer leadership roles since graduating. Thomas P. served on the National Alumni Board and currently holds emeritus status with the Loras Board of Regents. Kathy serves as a member of the National Alumni and the Loras Network of Rockford boards. Both are members of the St. Joseph and Heritage societies.
One of Tom's earliest memories of Loras is standing atop a car as a child at a Homecoming tailgate. As he grew older he attended Loras All-Sports Camp, later becoming an All-Sports Camp counselor. Enrolling as a Loras student after high school, he says, only strengthened his relationship to the College. He describes making friendships while at Loras that continue to this day.
Recently, Tom made a leadership gift in support of the tennis courts. Tom was a member of the Loras tennis team while in college, and for him, “tennis was a part of my memories of spring.” Due to their age, the old tennis courts were not only outdated, they also presented a safety risk to the players. With support from a dollar-for-dollar $100,000 challenge gift provided by Robert, Ed.D., and Judy Tucker, and donations from other alumni and friends, the old courts have been torn down and five new, 60-foot double courts with a U.S. Open-rated surface are being constructed.
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Loras College Television Earns Best
All-Around Newscast from Society of
LCTV earned Best All-Around Newscast and Television News and Photography from the Society of Professional Journalists
(SPJ) during the Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards presentation in Indianapolis this past May. Region 7 comprises Iowa,
Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
The Loras media studies program also recently earned Overall Excellence as a news station from the Iowa Broadcast News
Association. The student-led station collected 21 awards, claiming 13 first-place finishes, and earning two of four
LCTV also took home Best Newscast, Best Sportscast, Best Reporting, Best Anchoring and more. Overall, LCTV's 21
awards topped University of Iowa, 12; Iowa State University, five; Wartburg College, five; and St. Ambrose University, four.
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A New Giving Circle in St. Joseph Society:
“PRO DEO ET PATRIA”
Gifts to the Loras Fund have an
immediate impact on the quality
of life and education of students,
funding the area most in need at the
time of your gift. The Loras Fund
supports every aspect of the College's
daily operations, including financial
aid, campus spiritual life, academic
support, student life and athletics.
To honor donors who annually
give at the $1,000 level or more,
Loras established the St.
Joseph Society. Adding to
the previous giving level
recognition, the newly established
Pro Deo et Patria
Circle will better acknowledge
donors at the $100,000 level
All gifts to the Loras Fund
count toward the campaign
goal. To make your gift,
please visit alumni.loras.
edu/giving or contact Cayla
Schneider, director of annual
giving, at 563-588-7328,
or by email at email@example.com.
Still Time to
In honor of Msgr. Barta's many
years of commitment to Loras, an
anonymous donor has offered the
Monsignor Barta Challenge. This
challenge will match all new or
increased gifts this fiscal year over
last (June 1–May 31) dollar-for-dollar.
To participate, please visit alumni.
loras.edu/giving or contact Cayla
Schneider, director of annual giving,
at 563-588-7328, or by email at
Visit alumni.loras.edu/events for additional events and registration options.
Campaign Steering Committee: Campaign Chair Tom Tauke ('72), Father John Schlegel ('66)+,
Paul Breitbach ('60),
Bill Lynch ('64),
Jim Theisen ('56), Mary Finnegan, Theresa Hoffman ('81),
Don Ulrich ('58),
Arnie Honkamp ('62)+