THE CLASS OF 1972 DUHAWK SCHOLARSHIP
40th Reunion Class Fundraising in 2012 Reaping Rewards Today
The Rev. Mark Ressler, Tom Tauke and Dennis Houlihan co-chaired the Class of 1972's 40th Reunion Committee in 2012. Along with maximizing attendance for this event, they endorsed a class gift to establish a new endowed scholarship, the "Class of 1972 Duhawk Scholarship Fund". They wished for the student beneficiaries to warrant need-based financial aid and to embody all of the ways that the members of the Class of 1972 have tried to conduct themselves over the years, with a demonstrated commitment to community service and faith.
The fundraising has yielded $84,000 in gifts and pledges so far. The 2014-2015 recipient of the scholarship is David Rodgers ('17). David is a sophomore from Chicago, a member of the track and field team and serves on the board of the award-winning student group, DuBuddies. DuBuddies seeks to foster relationships between Loras students and developmentally-delayed members of the Dubuque community.
"My major is public relations. I hope that one day I can provide P.R. for a professional sports franchise, such as the Chicago Bulls. I am honored to receive the Class of 1972 Duhawk Scholarship and I could not attend Loras without financial assistance such as this," said Rodgers.
"The Class of '72 fostered many long-term friendships. Many of us have stayed involved with Loras over the years. In fact, we had over 100 of us back for our 40th reunion! Our 40th reunion represented a good time to think about what we collectively can do to invest in the College's most valuable resource - its students," said Houlihan, also a current member of the Loras College Board of Regents.
The Class of 1972 is an example of the impact that reunion-aligned fundraising has at Loras College. Future generations of students will know the affinity this class has for Loras. Maybe one day, when David Rodgers celebrates his 40th reunion in 2057, he and his classmates will think about the actions of those who came before them and also provide for future Duhawks, perpetuating the cycle.
To make a donation to the Class of 1972 Duhawk Scholarship Fund, please contact Eric Solberg in the Loras Development Office at (563) 588-7969 or email Eric.Solberg@loras.edu.
1ST IN THE
On September, 23, 2014, Loras was the first college to be honored with the President of the United States' Award for Interfaith Community Service, the highest federal honor a higher education institution can receive for its commitment to community service and interfaith efforts.
|Notable examples of community service include:
- Students currently serve locally, in classes and internships, and on annual trips during semester breaks to: McKee, Ky.; Croix des Bouquet, Haiti; New Orleans, La.; Pilsen - Chicago; Camden, N.J.; Flores, Honduras; Selma, Ala.; and Vanceburg, Ky.
- Loras College's Dance Marathon (in association with the Children's Miracle Network) is the largest student-run organization on campus. The organization raises funds year round for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, and Loras has been recognized nationally as the number one per-capita fundraising school for the organization since 2009.
- Altogether, during the 2013-14 academic year students performed nearly 82,000 hours of service.
- Loras is a member of the Iowa Campus Compact, a statewide association of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education by educating students for active citizenship and building strong communities.
- Loras has earned a place on the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since 2008, and "with distinction" since 2009.
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OCTOBER 23, 2014
DES MOINES PROSPECTIVE STUDENT AND ALUMNI
HOST: LORAS NETWORK OF
OCTOBER 26, 2014
WATERLOO/CEDAR FALLS PROSPECTIVE STUDENT
HOST: LORAS NETWORK OF WATERLOO/CEDAR FALLS
NOVEMBER 7, 2014
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. RECEPTION
HOST: JIM SMITH ('56)
NOVEMBER 11, 2014
MILWAUKEE SERVICE EVENT
HOST: LORAS NETWORK OF MILWAUKEE
DECEMBER 5, 2014
MYSTERIES OF CHRISTMAS, CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY
DECEMBER 5, 2014
CHICAGO, CUBBY BEAR YOUNG ALUMNI SOCIAL
HOST: LORAS NETWORK OF CHICAGO
JANUARY 29, 2015
ROCKFORD, ILL., PROSPECTIVE STUDENT PIZZA SOCIAL
HOST: LORAS NETWORK OF ROCKFORD
FEBRUARY 8, 2015
DUBUQUE WINTER SOCIAL
HOST: LORAS NETWORK OF DUBUQUE
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*COVER PHOTO: FALL 2014 CONVOCATION
MOLLY DEVINE ('13)
TRAVELING FAR TO
FOLLOW HER DREAM
BY: KATHERINE EDWARDS ('15)
The journey to Dubuque, Iowa, from Botswana in south-central Africa is over 8,000 miles, but that did not stop Seabelo Montwedi from following her dream to become a Duhawk. Seabelo came to Loras College after being recommended by faculty emeritus, Fred Morton, Ph.D., who currently lives in Botswana. While here, she has shown her drive to succeed not only as a student but also in planning her future. She will graduate in 2015 with a degree in finance and hopes to one day open her own business.
Montwedi's favorite aspect of Loras is that "the environment allows everyone to reach their highest potential, to try out everything, and to aim to dream as wild and big as they wish to and attain those goals." Montwedi is involved on campus in the choir and is a staff writer for the Lorian student newspaper. Off campus she volunteers at St. Mark's Youth Enrichment Center and the Presentation Lantern Center, an organization offering advocacy to immigrants. Her academic achievement earned her induction into the Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) scholastic honor society. She also works as many hours as she can for the campus food service provider, ARAMARK.
Due to a family situation at home, Montwedi has struggled to cover her tuition, room and board costs. Scholarships provided to Loras by generous contributors are making her Loras experience possible. This driven Duhawk has taken advantage of the opportunities Loras has to offer and is grateful for the support. Recently she donated to the Loras Fund in honor of the College's 175th anniversary in gratitude for what she has been given. In making her donation, Montwedi said, "Loras College has been such a blessing. It was a way to pay forward all the blessings I continue to receive from the Loras community."
Student Need/Student Aid Facts:
- On average, the debt of a student leaving Loras is less than that of graduates of Iowa State University and 18 other Iowa private colleges. The average debt of a graduating Loras student in 2013 was $28,835. In context, the average price of a new car in 2013 was $32,086. Debt repayment begins six months after graduation. Graduates typically have up to 10 years to pay on their loans, with an average monthly payment of $350.
- Using federal guidelines, 22% of Loras students are classified as low income.
- Student financial need is determined by family income as reported on the free Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), a federal government college aid assessment form.
- A high percentage of Loras students work while attending college, but the average need-based aid package is approximately $16,814.
- The Loras graduate loan default rate is a remarkable 5%, compared to the state average of 9.9% and the national average of 7.7%.
FOR THIS ALUMNUS, GIVING BACK IS A FAMILY VALUE
BY: SAMANTHA-ANNE SCHMIDT ('16)
David Holmberg ('72) is continuing a family tradition with a scholarship he recently established at Loras College. "My parents, as well as my extended family, instilled in me an appreciation of family, community, ethical living and our Catholic faith, encouraging me to pursue my dreams with passion and to never forget the importance of giving back," stated Holmberg. "These early lessons were strongly reinforced by a dedicated Loras College faculty that expected 100 percent from me as they guided my collegiate liberal arts journey, preparing me well for graduate school and later life."
Loras College received a $200,000 cash donation from Holmberg toward The Inspiring Lives and Leadership campaign. The donation establishes the David J. Holmberg Science Scholarship, assisting students in pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education at the College. Holmberg reflected that the process of donating was quick and easy. "I felt that, rather than arranging an estate donation, I would make a gift now so that during my lifetime I will not only be able to help, in a small way, some future Duhawks pursue their dreams, but actually see the results. The scholarship establishment process was seamless, and I look forward to watching from the sidelines as students benefit."
President Jim Collins ('84) is grateful for Holmberg's gift and wisdom. "Loras has an amazing history of success in the health sciences. The recent ABET accreditation garnered by our engineering program and
launch of our STEM education program significantly build upon Loras' strength in the sciences. Mr. Holmberg's generosity will only enhance our ability to attract talented students to the STEM disciplines," said Collins.
The scholarship will be designated by the Loras College Office of Financial Planning and available to students who demonstrate financial need, with a preference given to female students.
"Being able to give back to an institution that is as highly regarded as Loras is really exciting," says Holmberg.
"For me, now just seemed to be the right time to make a small payment forward, to try to be a good influence, to provide support and hopefully motivate and inspire a Loras student, and to address my concern for the under-representation of women in STEM fields," says Holmberg. "It is a very satisfying feeling to know that you can impact the world today by providing a step on a future student's ladder to success."
Holmberg graduated from Loras with a degree in biology and went on to receive his master's degree in environmental chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently EHS director at the Calumet Area Industrial Commission.
THE LORAS FUND:
HELPING MEET CAMPAIGN GOALS
Your gift to the Loras Fund strengthens the College's ability to serve students and faculty through scholarships and program support. Your participation in the Loras Fund is vital to continuing the mission of offering an affordable, high-quality education. Your Loras Fund gift has an immediate impact on the quality of life and education for students by funding the area most in need at the time of your gift.
Your Loras Fund gift:
- Helps attract and retain the best students. Last year, 1,510 students (97%) received a total of $22,425,191 in Loras College awards, grants, and scholarships.
- Supports academics and instruction, including the library and the gifted and passionate faculty who inspire and challenge Loras students to be their best.
- Makes possible student life activities where Duhawks learn responsible and ethical citizenship and leadership.
- Sustains 23 varsity athletic programs; Duhawk sports develop men and women of character through teamwork, hard work and perseverance.
- Maintains and enhances the beautiful campus and facilities.
- Assists with College administration and operations: the President's office, spiritual life, admission and advancement all receive support from the Loras Fund.
- Aids the College in meeting the $75 million goal of The Inspiring Lives and Leadership campaign.
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