Students Thanking Donors: Philanthropy Day 2012

"Thank a donor...become a donor" was the tagline for the first annual Philanthropy Day, hosted by the Loras Student Alumni Council on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Students organized and set up tables outside of the AY McDonald Servery and the Alumni Campus Center Marie Graber Ballrooms from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and outside of the Barnes and Noble College Bookstore from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. to increase awareness of the importance and impact of philanthropy at Loras College.


Loras College Phonathon Sets a Record

On most evenings, Loras College students can be found studying in the library, exercising in the Athletic and Wellness Center, or relaxing in their residence halls. Although Keane Hall is no longer a residence hall, a group of students can still be found there many evenings.

Phonathon takes place at Loras College for six weeks in the fall and spring. The Dewey Phonathon Student Callers contact donors, alumni, parents, and friends of the College from Keane Hall. Chatter and laughter can be heard from the former Loras bookstore (basement of Keane Hall) as callers logged 2,352 hours of calling this year.


Alum Enters Peace Corps in Ghana at Age 68

How did I decide on the Peace Corps? It was 2010 and the recession was settling in for the long term when a good opportunity arose to sell my financial planning business. At age 67, I wasn't ready for a typical retirement. I always admired the Peace Corps since President Kennedy launched it 50 years ago, and I knew they took older folks. It seemed like the perfect answer, and I started the year-long application process with the attitude of if they'll take me, I'll take them. I did not specify any country to keep my probability high. When they announced that I was going to Ghana, I was surprised, anxious, scared and excited...



Circle your calendars baseball fans! On April 14, 2012 the Loras College baseball team, in conjunction with Capri College and Coe College, will participate in a St. Baldrick's Foundation BaseBald event at Petrakis Park.



Throughout the year, Loras students come together to raise money and support for the miracle kids by way of the Loras College Dance Marathon, collectively giving more than 15,000 hours of service through fundraising and volunteering. Dance Marathon efforts benefit children and their families - both emotionally and financially - through the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, helping to give the kids a second chance at being kids. The students participating in the Loras College Dance Marathon engage in fundraisers that provide support specifically to children and their families from the Dubuque and surrounding areas who have been treated at the Children's Hospital.



Help a current Loras student, reconnect with a classmate or learn something about your alma mater. Attend an upcoming event and you can do all three! Across the country Alumni, parents and friends are gathering with each other through service, networking and other activities. Don't miss out on an event near you. Click here and check out our listing of upcoming alumni gatherings and sign up today. You are also welcome to join us on the Loras campus for performances, lecturers, receptions, sporting events and more. Become more involved with our Duhawk family!


Iowa Serve Mini Conference

by: Maggie Baker, Service Learning Coordinator

The programs of Volunteer Iowa, Serve Illinois, and Volunteer Wisconsin will be hosting the Serve Iowa Mini Conference at Loras College on Thursday, April 12, 2012, from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Alumni Campus Center. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn how people with disabilities can strengthen communities and themselves through volunteering and national service.


Loras College President Collins Elected Chair of the IAICU

On March 7, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa, Loras College President Jim Collins was unanimously elected to serve as Chair of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (IAICU) Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 year, effective immediately.

The IAICU works on behalf of its members to inform students and their families about the quality and affordability of an education at independent non-profit colleges and universities in Iowa.

Dewey Callers Peace Corps “BaseBald”  Dance Marathon Events Serve Iowa Prestigious Appointment