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DUHAWK DAY Q&A WITH JINA QUADE (’05)

Gina Quade ('05)

Duhawk Day will be held March 10, what excites you most about it?

"Duhawk Day is an amazing day to Celebrate, Unite and Support Loras! I love looking back on so many years of incredible moments and memories. I love going on social media and seeing all of the purple and gold pride. I love knowing that there are so many Loras connections in this world and even if I'm not surrounded by other Duhawks in person – we are still able to connect, remember, reflect and cherish our experiences. I love knowing that so many others share in my love and passion for Loras. I love knowing that this one special day is filled with positive thoughts, countless memories and endless Duhawk pride."

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FATHER KUTSCH (’47) REFLECTS BACK

Father Eugene Kutsch('47) Father Eugene Kutsch (’47) served as Dean of Men at Loras College from 1956 to 1969.

Editor's Note: The following text is a condensed version of remarks the Rev. Eugene Kutsch (’47) made in November at the unveiling and dedication of a bust in his likeness that was commissioned by members of the Class of 1969 and the Black Student Union.

In July 1956, while I was taking a couple of graduate math classes at Notre Dame, I received a letter from Archbishop Leo Binz, informing me he was thinking of appointing me Dean of Men at Loras College. In his letter, he asked if there was any reason I would not be able to accept that assignment. 

Contributing factors in my formation were the Franciscan Sisters, who were my grade-school teachers at St. Mary's School in downtown Dubuque, my teachers at Loras Academy and Loras College and the formation that I received at the Theological College of Catholic University.

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SCHOLARSHIPS CREATED TO HELP BLACK STUDENTS  

Loras College has created two scholarships - and seeks the financial support of its loyal alumni and supporters - in order to help additional Black students become Duhawks in the future. 

The Marie Louise Scholarship Fund has been established in memory of the Black woman who was enslaved from 1836 to 1852 in Alabama by Bishop Mathias Loras, who founded in 1839 what would become Loras College. 

The Fr. Norman Dukette Scholarship Fund has been established in memory of the first Black student to graduate from the College in 1922. He was also the fifth Black priest to be ordained in the United States. 

For information on how to support these scholarship funds, please contact Amy Bess at (563) 588-7969 or by email at amy.bess@loras.edu.

FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARS PROGRAM

First Generation Scholars Jake Hudson ('21), left, credits much of his success at Loras to the help he received from Sergio Pérez ('13), Director of Inclusion & Advocacy

“My first year, I really didn't take college seriously enough. And even though I had always wanted to graduate from college, I thought it was too daunting of a task,” said Hudson, who finished his degree in criminal justice in December and enrolled in January at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy as a Dubuque police officer.  

Hudson, the first member of his Dubuque family to attend college, completed his studies at Loras in 3 1/2 years with a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale. He was able to do this while working up to 35 hours per week at Sam’s Club in Dubuque. He gives credit for his success to Sergio Pérez (’13), Director of Inclusion & Advocacy, Diversity Officer and advisor to President Jim Collins (’84).

“Sergio had a tremendous impact on me, especially in my freshman and sophomore years,” Hudson said. “With his help, I learned how to organize myself, be more self-sufficient and be a better student inside and outside of the classroom.”

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