|ACADEMIC VICE PRESIDENT INVESTS IN STUDENTS AND FACULTY BY GIVING TO LORAS
Donna Heald, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Donna Heald joined Loras College in July 2017 as vice president of academic affairs.
Since then, she has joined the thousands of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends who annually give to Loras. She sees it as an investment in the students and faculty.
“I’ve been so impressed with Loras students,” Heald said. “They are exceptionally bright and talented, multitalented. They excel in the classroom, in athletics, in music and theater. It’s just been a delight to meet them and to learn from them.”
To Heald, it’s also important to support Loras faculty. “They do amazing things working with students at all levels, in and out of the classroom,” she said. “They’re the ones who provide the transformative experiences to students. Ultimately, that’s why we’re all here — for the students.”
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THREE GENERATIONS SUPPORT LORAS COLLEGE ENGINEERING PROGRAM
Kyle Riegel (’12), center, with his grandfather, Leo Riegel (’58), left, and his father, Chris Riegel at Church of All Saints in Keokuk, Iowa
Chris and Lisa Riegel give to Loras College because they think long term.
“If we don’t support Loras now, it may not be around when our grandchildren need to look for a college,” Chris said.
“You have to support it now and into the future.”
And it’s possible a future generation of Riegels will attend Loras. Chris and Lisa’s son, Kyle Riegel (’12) graduated with degrees
in engineering and applied mathematics. Chris’s father, Leo Riegel (’58) attended Loras for two years before transferring to
the University of Iowa, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. Leo retired in 2002 after working 42 years for
John Deere in Des Moines, Iowa, and Horicon, Wisconsin.
Chris and Lisa Riegel support Loras in ways that are important to them. They are sponsoring the Parent Challenge during
Duhawk Day as a way to encourage others to support the annual 24 hours of giving on March 13. Their annual giving helps the
engineering program at Loras purchase equipment and maintain its standing with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology Inc. (ABET). The board is a non-governmental organization that accredits post-secondary education programs in
applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.
Loras, which has about 30 students majoring in engineering, is one of six Iowa colleges and universities with an accredited
engineering program. The others are Dordt, St. Ambrose, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of
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DUHAWK DAY AT A GLANCE
Thousands of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends from 44 states
have supported Loras College on Duhawk Day, which will be held this year
on March 13. Donations also have come from Colombia and Tanzania in the
annual 24-hour celebration. There have been Duhawk Day events in 39 cities
over the past five years.
Find ways that you can CELEBRATE, UNITE, and SUPPORT with other Duhawks by visiting loras.edu/duhawkday.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
Forest City, Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
North Liberty, Iowa
Rock Island, Ill.
Orange County, Calif.
San Diego, Calif.
St. Louis, Mo.
St. Paul, Minn.
Please visit alumni.loras.edu/events for upcoming alumni events and registration options.
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