Unique Name

Loras Link not only refers to our new electronic newsletter, but is also the identity of a Sherrill, Iowa, man. Link remembers receiving an email and wondering, “Why is my name in the subject line?” It wasn’t long after the first Loras Link e-newsletter was sent, that the Loras Link from Sherrill received a number of phone calls and emails. Friends and family were saying, “Did you know Loras named a newsletter after you?”



The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Loras College as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Loras College was admitted to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction for its strong institutional commitment to service and compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the community .



The Loras College Board of Regents has recently nominated new leadership, which became effective June 1, 2011. John Schmidt is replacing Tom Tauke as Board Chair. Dennis Houlihan and Tony Reardon are replacing John Schmidt as Board Vice Co- Chairs. Stephanie Savage is replacing Theresa Hoffman as Board Secretary.


Alumni Tradition

Reflections on Loras Hockey - How It All Started, Paul Krol ('84). We had a great indoor ice arena just down the street at the Dubuque Five Flags Center. A few of us started talking hockey and the next thing you know we had a core of about 4-5 people with interest. We posted flyers, maybe even made an announcement in the Loras paper (the way things were communicated before iPads and iPods). We had enough interest for a team of about 12, at least one goalie, and a coach.


The Loras Experience

This story started 45 years ago and the ending has yet to be written. Joyce Whelan, Administrative Assistant for Development, is the longest standing employee currently working at Loras College.

It all began on January 3, 1966. “Msgr. Francis Friedl was the Academic Dean and he needed some short term help in his office,” Whelan reminisced. It was supposed to be a temporary position, but later that spring they needed help organizing the academic records so they could be recorded on microfilm so she stayed on, and the rest is history.



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 gatherings and sign up today. You are also welcome to join us on the Loras campus for performances, lecturers and receptions. Become more involved with our Duhawk family!


Sports Ethics

Catholic Social Teaching and Sports/Athletics By Roman T. Ciapalo, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy. In my 29 years in the Philosophy Program at Loras I have had the privilege to teach a variety of courses, including, in recent years, one entitled Ethics in Sports. And, in the past year, as the holder of the O’Connor Chair for Catholic Thought, I have had the good fortune to be able to devote some time to thinking about the relationship between Catholic Social teaching and the key moral issues in sports and athletics. The following brief reflection is a portion of a more comprehensive essay offering a glimpse into how the richness and depth of Catholic Social Teaching may profitably be applied to a much debated area of sports and athletics.



On a recent visit to Texas, Eric Solberg, Director of Major and Planned Giving, discovered that Loras College has a great impact on the Chinese Catholics in Houston, Texas.

Louis Zee, class of 1955, is the pastor of Ascension Chinese Mission in Houston, a thriving parish of about 250 families. In the past 11 years, he has led the parishioners to build a new church (seating 500 completed in Dec. 2004) and a rectory (completed in Dec. 2010).

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