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(From left to right) Daniel Feldhake (’21), Laney Hermsen (’23), Joshua Oglesby (’23) and Shawn Corgelas (’23) enjoy a fun moment during Launch into Loras, August 22-25. Since 2008, Launch into Loras has helped first-year students make the transition to college life.

FRIENDS FOR 46 YEARS, SOME OF LORAS’ FIRST FEMALE STUDENTS MEET REGULARLY

1977 Friends

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.

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LORAS CONNECTS STUDENT TO MANY COMMUNITIES

Kiera Cabrera

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.

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EVEN AFTER 50 YEARS, FORMER RESIDENCE HALL CONNECTS “EAST DORMERS”

East DormersA 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 Dormers.

“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.

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