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April 22, 2020 Alumni.loras.edu

ARIZONA STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THEMSELVES AT LORAS COLLEGE


Estefania Leon ('23) speaking at a presidential campaign on campus.


Jonathan Mendivil ('23) at an alumni event in the spring of 2019.

A growing group of high school seniors has traveled more than 1,300 miles annually from their homes in Arizona to visit Loras College. Those who chose to attend Loras have done more than overcome distance, homesickness and first snowfall experiences. “What’s really exciting is seeing the students getting engaged, learning who they are and what their purpose is in life. That's real transformation. Loras can help them do that,” said Mike Valder (’62), an attorney in Phoenix and a member of the Loras College Board of Regents. For the past decade, he and his wife Janet have helped pay the travel expenses for high school seniors in the Phoenix area who have been accepted to Loras and might not have otherwise been able to visit the campus.

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"In the mid-1960's, the Civil Rights movement was very much front and center and we began to have a few more African American students. I suppose we probably had 15 to 20 Africal-American students - many of whom were very good athletes. Their presence on campus was a new development for Loras... We had a number of those students who formed the Black Student Union. In the spring of '68 they came to me with a proposal to have the Black Student Union members live on fourth
floor of Keane Hall."

The Rev. Eugene Kutsch ('47) 

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LONGTIME BIOLOGY PROFESSOR FUNDS STUDENT RESEARCH

TURNING TO HISTORY TO FIND THE FUTURE

For the late Dr. Joseph Kapler ('48), teaching extended well beyond his biology classroom and labs at Loras College.

Kapler, who taught at Loras for 37 years before retiring in 1989, volunteered in many wildlife and conservation efforts. He partiipated in the national research effort to stop Dutch elm disease and worked for years trying to save the elms along Dubuque's Rhomberg Avenue. 

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Two books pubished by the Loras College Center for Dubuque History could become the first chaper in the story of how supporters can help create an endowed fund for te center. 

A City at Work; Dubuque, 1912 by Tim Olson ('03) and Center Director Mike Gibson ('91), features prints from a collection of glass plate negatives taken in 1912 and housed at the Center in the Bill (A '52) and JoAnne Miller Academic Resource Center on the Loras Campus. 

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