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Inspiring Lives and Leadership, The Loras Legacy

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.

SpringTime in Paris

"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 volunteers, including members of the Board of Regents, the National Alumni Board, Loras Network of Dubuque and community leaders. 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 communication needs. READ MORE >

LORAS: A Family Tradition

Thomas J and Thomas P Giovingo

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.

Loras College Television Earns Best All-Around Newscast from Society of Professional Journalists


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 scholarships.

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. READ MORE >

A New Giving Circle in St. Joseph Society:

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 and above.

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


Still Time to Double Your Money!

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. or contact Cayla Schneider, director of annual giving, at 563-588-7328, or by email at

Thank You


JULY 30, 2017
Brewers vs Cubs
Baseball Game
AUGUST 11, 2017
The Rev. Raymond
Roseliep 100th Birthday
& Legacy Celebration
AUGUST 14, 2017
Golf Outing & Dinner
Elmhurst, Ill.
Football Tailgate
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
Women's Leadership
Alliance Event
SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Family Weekend Tailgate

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Loras College 

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)+

+ deceased

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