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Inspiring Lives and Leadership, The Loras Legacy

As of August 31, 2017, the most ambitious fundraising initiative in the College's
178 years raised nearly $106 million from a total of 22,420 alumni and friends.

President Jim Collins ('84) announced that the Campaign had exceeded the challenge goal. Joining him at a press conference on August 3, 2017, (left to right) were Kelly Boge ('20), Hazel Green, Wis., and Marcos Vega ('20), Dubuque. Click on the video above and let faculty, staff and students thank you for all that you did to make the campaign successful.


Examples of how the Inspiring Lives & Leadership Campaign is making a very real difference on campus:

  • Providing financial aid for students with 120 new endowed scholarships and 55 new awards
  • Studdert Endowed Chair for Crisis Leadership and Ethics
  • Paid internships for over 200 students
  • Faculty-student research in disciplines such as biology and neuroscience
  • Student performance and competition travel funds
  • Start-up funds for the MBA, undergraduate major, certificate program and symposium focusing on Business Analytics
  • The Legacy Symposium, the now annual, day-long event showcasing the scholarly work of faculty and students
  • Global Scholars Program offering Chinese language classes, cultural programming and study abroad courses in China
  • Faculty professional development grants
  • Student retreats and music ministry stipends
  • Support for men's and women's athletics
  • Facility improvements, including:
  • New classrooms, a lounge and lighting in the St. Joseph Hall of Science
  • Keane Hall 3rd floor renovations to house the Center for Business Analytics
  • Handicapped accessibility ramp and entry into Christ the King Chapel
  • Duhawk Plaza
  • New piano lab/classroom
  • Renovated athletic training classroom/ lab
  • New tennis courts
  • Expanded inclusion of Catholic thought in the curriculum
  • Literacy programs in at-risk area schools
  • Sustainability initiatives
Charting the Impact

We are incredibly grateful for the generosity and vision of all those who made a cash gift, pledge or designated a planned gift – together we made history.

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Points of Pride

Loras efforts consistently produce outcomes other institutions — public or private, large or small, Ivy League or otherwise — only wish they could achieve, including:

  • Money Magazine recently ranked Loras the seventh best college in the nation for most scholarships! Loras is one of just three schools in Iowa to make the list beating out Wartburg College, 18, and Northwestern University, 23. The ranking is of 46 high-value schools where students have the best chance of landing significant scholarship aid. Loras awarded $28 million worth of grants and scholarships to our undergraduates last year.
  • Money Magazine also just ranked Loras fourth out of Iowa's seventeen private, non-profit colleges in Best College for Your Money 2017.

But these are just the beginning. Click here to read more ways that Loras is outpacing the competition.


Tom Tauke ('72), chair
Father John Schlegel ('66)+
Paul Breitbach ('60)
Bill Lynch ('64)
Jim Theisen ('56)
Mary Finnegan
Theresa Hoffman ('81)
Don Ulrich ('58)
Arnie Honkamp ('62)+


The Rev. Msgr. James Barta ('52)
Donna M. Bauerly, Ph. D.
Rev. Msgr. Francis P. Friedl ('39)+
Edward J. (Ed) Gallagher ('48)+
Corinne G. Graber
Most Rev. Jerome Hanus, O.S.B.
Marjorie E. (Marge) Herrig
Most Rev. Daniel W. Kucera, O.S.B.+
Patrick J. Lillis ('71), M.D.
Gerard B. (Bud) Noonan ('51)
Michael D Rice ('64)
John V. ('58) and Carol Saeman
Marita Theisen
Rev. Msgr. Robert R. Vogl ('44)+
Charles M. (Charlie) ('53) and Tina+ Weepie
Father William E. Wilkie ('50), Ph.D.+

+ Indicates deceased


OCTOBER 17, 2017
Scholarship Luncheon
NOVEMBER 4, 2017
Holy Family Choral Festival
NOVEMBER 11, 2017
Alumni Football Reunion
NOVEMBER 12, 2017
Des Moines
Service Event
NOVEMBER 18, 2017
Forest Park
Alumni Pre-game Social
DECEMBER 1, 2017
Cubby Bear Social
DECEMBER 5, 2017
Mysteries of Christmas
JANUARY 27, 2018
Alumni Basketball Game
MARCH 14, 2018
Duhawk Day

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