FRIENDS FOR 46 YEARS, SOME OF LORAS’ FIRST
FEMALE STUDENTS MEET REGULARLY
They came together at Binz Hall in 1973 as members of the third Loras College class comprised of both young men and women.
“We gravitated toward each other early on and the relationships just grew,” Eileen (Klein) O’Donoghue (’77), of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
said of the women who rank among her closest friends. “There weren’t that many girls on campus. We became quite bonded.”
Their bonds have lasted nearly five decades.
“It’s a very spirit-driven group,” said Dr. Donna (Metz) Loewen (’77), Dubuque, Iowa. “We supported one another as young women. The quilt
of our relationship has just continued to get more colorful and more spacious throughout the years.”
In addition to O’Donoghue and Loewen, members of the group include: Florence (Troester) Schuetz (’77), Dubuque, Iowa; Susan (Genzler)
Wakefield (’77), Burr Ridge, Illinois; Kathryn Ryan Braband (’77), Willowbrook, Illinois; Dr. Kristine (Heissel) Melloy (’77), Loveland,
Colorado; Dr. Debra (Eckerman) Pitton (’77), Burnsville, Minnesota; Theresa (Hentges) Ashmore (’77), Saint Paul, Minnesota; Catherine
McEnroe (’77), Plandome, New York; Colleen (Dolphin) Kramer (’77), Green Oaks, Illinois; and Jeanne Duffy (’77), McHenry, Illinois.
LORAS CONNECTS STUDENT TO MANY COMMUNITIES
For Kiera “Kiki” Cabrera (’20), a criminal justice and Spanish major from Waterloo, Iowa, Loras College means community.
In fact, Loras represents many communities for Cabrera. In addition to playing as a midfielder/forward on the Duhawk women’s
soccer team, she was an orientation leader this past summer for first-year students, is a member of the Breitbach Catholic Thinkers
& Leaders Program and a resident assistant in Beckman Hall.
“No matter how many groups you are in, you are going to be immersed,” Cabrera said. “I can go to soccer practice and have my
community there. We relate in different ways than I would with my Breitbach community. I like how each community I am involved
with has its own unique, positive experience.”
Started in 2007 with a $15-million gift from Paul (’60) and Frances Breitbach, the Breitbach program puts Catholic teachings into
action and invites up to 15 students to join its ranks each year.
EVEN AFTER 50 YEARS, FORMER RESIDENCE HALL
CONNECTS “EAST DORMERS”
A member of the Class of 1969 organized a reunion within a reunion.
David Brosch (’69), of University Park, Maryland, gathered with former classmates and members of their families at Homecoming for
the Class of 1969’s 50th reunion. He was also among the dozen or so Duhawks from 1967-71 who came back for a second reunion of East
“The big thing was seeing people I hadn’t seen in years. It was great to reconnect,” Brosch said of the East Dorm reunion. “I had been good
friends with many of them when we lived on campus.”
He lived his first three years at Loras in East Dormitory, which was established in 1958 on the second floor of the former St. Francis Hall.
The building is now part of the Alumni Campus Center.