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LORAS The Loras College Magazine Fall 2013

Mission Statement Loras, as a Catholic liberal arts college, creates a community of active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision-makers and responsible contributors in diverse professional, social and religious roles.


30 On the Cover Loras College 175th: Celebrate | Commemorate

Table of Contents 4 From the Hill

35 Loras Legacy

Faculty/Staff Awards & Tenure Last Lecture Teaches Creative Thought in Life Board of Regents Welcomes New Members Iowa Supreme Court Arguments Heard at Loras Founding Director of MBA Program Named Did You Know?

36 Athletic News My DIII Why DIII? Hall of Fame

Go, Pack, Go! Points of Pride Summer Happenings

40 Alumni News Duhawk Day Loras College Duhawks Leading the Way

12 Faculty/Staff News 42 Duhawk Sightings 16 Feature Stories Duhawks Exploring and Expanding Czarnecki's Collection Proud to be a Janitor's Son Inspiring Lives & Leadership: The Loras Legacy Iowa’s First College

49 Alumni Notes Recognitions Marriages New Arrivals In Memorium

24 Leading Loras into the Future President Collins' Term Extended Making an Impact

26 Leadership Level Donors Volume 62 Issue 1 | Fall 2013



PRESIDENT James E. Collins (’84) ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND DEAN OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Mary Ellen Carroll, Ph.D. VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Michael H. Doyle (’91) PROVOST AND ACADEMIC DEAN Cheryl R. Jacobsen, Ph.D. DEAN, CAMPUS SPIRITUAL LIFE The Rev. William M. Joensen, Ph.D. VICE PRESIDENT FOR ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT Omar Correa, M.Ed. VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND DEAN OF STUDENTS Arthur W. Sunleaf PUBLISHER Sue Hafkemeyer (’87) MANAGING EDITOR Jodi Cecil ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITORS Helen Kennedy, Ann (Horst) Wolter (’11), Sheila Germaine, Joyce Whelan, Bobbi Earles (’88) CONTRIBUTORS Jon Denham (’02), Sue Hafkemeyer (’87), Loras College Alumni Relations Office, Mike Gibson (MA ’91), Development Office, Eric Solberg, Jenna Lueken (’15) PHOTOGRAPHY Mary Kay Mueller, The Loras Archives, Loras College Alumni Relations Office, Loras College Athletics, Abbey Tjebkes (’14) DESIGN Happee Smith Productions





The Loras College Magazine is published twice a year for alumni, students, parents, faculty and friends of the College. The contents are selected to stimulate thought, opinion and discussion, to demonstrate the diverse interests and pursuits of the campus community and to provide news about the College and its alumni. Worldwide circulation is approximately 23,000. Editorial Office 27 Keane Hall 1450 Alta Vista Street Dubuque, IA 52001 Phone: 563-588-7235 E-Mail: National Alumni Board Katie Bellendier (’06), Cedar Rapids, Iowa William H.Callaghan (’74), Midlothian, Ill. Jane (Noonan) Demmer (’76), Cedar Falls, Iowa Kathy (Keller) Giovingo (’76), Rockford, Ill. Kendall A.Griffin (’95), Forest Park, Ill. Kris (Heissel) Melloy (’77), St. Paul, Minn. Mark J. Meloy (’83), Madison, Wis. Kelly (Stevens) Moshier (’97), Plymouth, Minn. Thomas P. O'Brien (’82), Cascade, Iowa John O'Brien (’84), Cummings, Ga. Thomas M. Onan (’57), Lake Forest, Ill. Brian R. Schermerhorn (’97), Round Hill, Va. Wendy Schrunk (’07), Chicago, Ill. James E. Smith (’56), Huntington Beach, Calif. Lori (Welsh) Thielen (’87), Dubuque, Iowa Luke J. Vandermillen (’88), West Des Moines, Iowa Todd T. Welu (’86), Naperville, Calif.

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Dear Friends: Founded in 1839, Loras College is Iowa’s first college and, as such, the 2013-14 academic year marks an especially exciting milestone—our 175th anniversary! Recently, I had the opportunity to host past Loras President, Professor and Regent Emeritus, Msgr. Francis Friedl (’39), for lunch. At my request, he recounted many of the wonderful moments he experienced over his 75-plus year association with the College. Now, at nearly 96 years of age, he happily reports, “it’s been a good life.” As a tribute to Loras and in commemoration of this momentous anniversary year, Msgr. Friedl humbly handed me a check in the amount of $175,000—$1,000 for each of the 175 years in which Loras has made a difference in the lives of our students. I couldn’t think of a more generous act, and by one of the most beloved men in Loras’ history, for which we could mark the start of our year-long celebration! Over the past 175 years, Loras has amassed significant achievements and turned out countless graduates whose contributions make a difference in our world thanks to the dedicated service of many outstanding individuals like Msgr. Friedl. Above all else, Loras is proud of consistently graduating students who have the ability to seamlessly enter the workforce while serving in a variety of leadership roles professionally, spiritually and civically. As an institution, we continue to demonstrate amazing outcomes such as: •• 96.5% of the Loras Class of 2012 is employed or pursuing further education. Nationally, that same class reports a 55% placement rate. 98.2% of our 2012 class responded, which means we record the 1.8% who did not respond as “unplaced.” Most other institutions don’t enjoy such graduate success and are less transparent with regard to their reporting and methodology. •• Loras ranks 4th among Iowa colleges and universities in ROI (return on investment) according to a recently released study done by Affordable Colleges Online. Only Drake University, University of Iowa and Iowa State University finished ahead of Loras College. •• Loras was once again cited as one of the nation’s best Catholic colleges (top 10%) by •• Numerous academic and co-curricular programs are ranked regionally and nationally. They include: Sport Management (#1); Mediation (#2); NCAA III Athletics (top 10%); Accounting (3rd in state behind UI and UNI for CPA pass rates); Health Sciences (95% placement); and Service Honor Roll (top 5% nationally) In an effort to highlight Loras’ ongoing success, its illustrious past and promising future, please note the numerous events and programs that are being held throughout the year in celebration of our 175th anniversary. I would like to invite you to participate in our celebration, which will not only commemorate the many great moments that have shaped Loras College, but will look toward the next 175 years of outstanding faith-based, liberal arts and sciences learning on which we are about to embark. I hope you enjoy reading in this magazine about some of the key figures in Loras’ recent past that have been instrumental in shaping our successes, as well the Spring Loras Magazine when we will feature many of the exciting projects and people that will set us on our future course. So many of us are blessed to live the “good life” that Msgr. Friedl acknowledges. That “good life,” in large part, can be attributed to our Loras education. I hope we can all find it in our hearts to support Loras as selflessly and as generously as Msgr. Friedl. After all, we have a responsibility to ensure tomorrow’s students have access to a Loras education that consistently delivers the powerful combination of faith and reason so that a “good life” is attainable and so that “good works” continue to be done.


Faculty/Staff Awards & Tenure The Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Banquet was held on March 22, 2013, to recognize faculty and staff for anniversaries of years of service and announce other College awards and honors.


Recipients of Noted Awards and Honors The Loras College Staff Recognition Award is presented to a fulltime staff member who has demonstrated a high degree of excellence, professionalism and integrity in the performance of their duties for Loras College. This year’s recipient was Faye Finnegan (’78), coordinator of career services and campus internships in the center for experiential learning (CEL). Finnegan was recognized based on her dedication to Loras, its students and the Dubuque community. Her nomination letter noted that “she will spend countless hours—well beyond any 40-hour work week—to make sure that not only her work is done well, but that anyone with a need has also had that need met.” The Loras College board of regents ratified the recommendation from the rank and tenure committee, the provost and the president’s decision to grant tenure and promotion to associate professor, based on performance and the needs of the College to: Marcie L. Hinton, Ph.D., assistant professor of public relations; William J. Jablonsky, assistant professor of English; Seth D. Myer, assistant professor of art and communication; Kathrin (Kate) A. Parks, Ph.D. (’98), assistant professor of sociology; Debra (Deb) S. Sazama, assistant professor of physical education and sport studies; and Michael E. Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor of computing and information technology.

Professors Recognized with Prestigious Awards The John Cardinal O’Connor Chair for Catholic Thought was awarded to David A. Pitt, Ph.D., associate professor of theology. The O’Connor Chair is awarded for projects in which the faculty member reflects creatively upon one or more of the following in light of Catholic thought: his or her disciplines, service, teaching, scholarship, significant contemporary issues, interdisciplinary perspectives and diversity. The John Henry Cardinal Newman Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award was presented to Craig Schaefer (’89), professor


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of communication arts. This award recognizes a faculty member who has a continued and well-rounded record of excellence for more than 12 years in the areas of: campus involvement/leadership, creative course development, pioneering teaching methodology, counseling effectiveness, positive role model and model classroom teaching. Breyan Strickler, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was awarded The Mike and Linda Budde Teaching Excellence Award. This award is granted annually to the top professor who has taught at Loras College fewer than 11 years. The award recognizes effectiveness in classroom teaching; concern for the role of one’s discipline within a Catholic liberal arts institution; the relationship of one’s discipline to other intellectual perspectives and, where appropriate, its bearing on moral, social and religious questions; and effectiveness in providing accurate academic advisement to students in the supervision of independent study, and informal contact with students in order to create an environment conducive to student learning.

Loras Professors Retired in 2013 Two Loras professors retired this year: Charles Manges, Ph.D., who has been a professor of education for nine years and Thomas JewellVitale (’64), professor of art, who retired after 37 years of teaching art at Loras College.

Years of Service Awards 35 Years: Roman Ciapalo, Ph.D., professor of philosophy; Mike Gibson, director of center of Dubuque area history; Mary Kay Haverland (’98), repair center coordinator; Kevin Koch, Ph.D. (’81), professor of English; The Rev. Msgr. Charles Lang (’61), development officer and Professor Emeritus. 25 Years: Pat Marzofka, associate professor of business administration; Dave Oostendorp, Ph.D., professor of chemistry 20 Years: Dan Willis, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics

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15 Years: Kristin Anderson-Bricker, Ph.D., associate professor of history; Tom Dotterweich, custodian; Ronda Jasper (’05), campus center receptionist; Kathleen Jeffries, Ph.D., associate professor of MLC; Ann (Berry) Mauss (’87), associate professor of computing and information technology; Mary Kay Mueller, senior designer; Vickie Specht, project support coordinator; Julie White, data entry/gift processing specialist 10 Years: Pam Ben, secretary for Loras All-Sports Camp; Bobbi Earles (’88), executive director of alumni and communications; Bryan Horstman, information systems administrator and DBA; Jeff Kilburg, equipment/laundry manager; Barb Liphardt, custodian; Julia Omarzu, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology; Jim Pollock, Ph.D., associate professor of English; Mick Urbain, campus safety and security officer 5 Years: Kristie Arthofer, visit coordinator for admission; Mike Doyle (’91), vice president for institutional advancement; Karen Egan, AWC front desk controller; Scott Ellerbach, associate director of admission; Lisa Garoutte, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology; Jeff Hamel, building maintenance worker; Tim Hamel, building maintenance worker; Kathy Hannan, AWC front desk controller; Justin Heinzen, head women’s basketball coach; Janine Kane, Ed. D., assistant professor of education; Tammy Marti, director of health and wellness; Clark Merkel, Ph.D., associate professor of engineering; Deone Merkel, circulation supervisor for library; Michele Nauman, assistant director of student life; Kate Parks, Ph.D. (’98), assistant professor of sociology; David Pitt, Ph.D., associate professor of theology; Jeremy Pollock, custodial supervisor for ACC; Ted Rosean (’07), media producer; Matt Saylor, assistant director of campus safety & security; Deb Sazama, assistant professor of physical education and sport studies; Robbie Stran (’02), admission representative; Breyan Strickler, Ph.D., associate professor of English; Michael Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor of computing and information technology; Dan Wellik, assistant baseball coach


After 37 years of teaching at Loras College, Thomas A. JewellVitale (’64) gave an inspiring last lecture to end his career as a Loras professor. Jewell-Vitale spoke of the changes he has experienced over the years and what he has learned and enjoyed while teaching. He focused on the importance of critical thought in art. Enjoy the following excert from his last lecture. “I would like to talk about creative thinking as it applies to art. Ideas are powerful tools and certainly the goal of any kind of thinking, but there is a need to use them to their best advantage by looking at them in their broader relationship. Artists often find themselves in a danger zone if they allow ideas to become ends in themselves and fail to see them as stepping stones in the more important creative “process” of generating new ones. We either establish a dynamic relationship with idea or we block creativity; we need a flexible disposition, acknowledging that ideas often have a mind of their own. An idea is a concoction of visual, verbal, auditory, kinesthetic or other relationships that seek a form; glued together into a shape we think makes sense. In an ingenious, communitarian way, creative solutions always cause a ripple effect; we can never know for sure how our creative efforts affect others, but because of our efforts, they might do, say or make things in ways that may never have crossed their minds. This perpetual cycle of revelation continually brings to light how the good and true evolve. This dynamic has, and always will, change the future. We often hear about the ideas that make the biggest splash but the real engine of change lies in the tiny, everyday efforts of millions, who, when doing their jobs or following their stars, perform tasks well and try to see and communicate new ways to do them. Thus, by quiet, even unconscious efforts, big ideas are nurtured by little ones and consciousness advances.”

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Board of Regents Welcomes New Members At its May 10 meeting, the Loras College board of regents re-elected John Schmidt as chair and Dennis Houlihan (’72) and Tony Reardon (’72) as vice chairs. Theresa (Obermann) Hoffman (’81) was elected to serve as secretary. As officers, these board members will serve two-year terms.

Rev. Msgr. John Enzler (’69), president and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Mary Meehan, Ph.D., president at Alverno College, an independent Catholic women’s liberal arts college in Milwaukee, Wis.

Schmidt serves as chief financial officer at A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. (Dubuque); Houlihan is first vice president and investment officer at Wells Fargo Advisors (Dubuque); Reardon is president and CEO at Ducomm, Inc. (Carson, Calif.); and Hoffman is an attorney and partner at Beecher Law Offices (Waterloo).

Eugene “Gene” Murphy, Jr. (’84), co-founder and managing partner at Murphy and Hourihane, LLC, in Chicago, Ill., and member of the prestigious Chicago Inn of Court and Irish Fellowship. He also serves as budget director for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

In addition to the election of these board officers, the following eight individuals were welcomed to the Loras board of regents for their first four-year terms:

Michael Rice II, chairman for Aon Risk Services in Chicago and chief executive officer of Aon Financial Service Group (FSG) in Denver, Colo.

James Conlan, partner and co-chairman of corporate reorganization and bankruptcy group at Sidley Austin LLP law firm in Chicago, Ill.

Steven “Steve” Sloan, O.D. (’78), president of Vision Health Center, P.C., in Dubuque and Bellevue, Iowa.

Rich Clayton (’87), vice president of marketing for business intelligence and performance management products at Oracle in San Fransisco, Calif.

Siobhan O’Connor Hartsell (’84), certified medical dosimetrist (CMD), at the ProCure CDH Proton Center in Chicago, Ill.

Iowa Supreme Court Arguments


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Founding Director of MBA Program Named CONWAY

Loras College President Jim Collins (’84) announced the appointment of Daniel Conway, Ph.D., as the founding MBA director. Conway will also serve as associate professor of business analytics.

Conway comes to Loras with extensive corporate and higher education experiences. He has served as a full-time faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University and Augustana College. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at both Northwestern University and the University of Iowa. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in big data analytics, business analytics, finance, economics and web and text analytics. From a corporate perspective, Conway has led analytics projects for a range of companies including John Deere, Monsanto and Accenture. In addition, Conway has authored and co-authored numerous articles, columns and book chapters on topics such as privacy, security and control in electronic commerce, the evolution of metanorms and innovation patterns and big data. “I’m excited to join Loras College and lead its forward-thinking MBA program. Business analytics is such an important field and this opportunity allows me to be part of a very unique program that integrates liberal arts and Catholic tradition, giving students of the

MBA program a human and social perspective of what business analytics can do,” explained Conway. “The New York Times recently cited Loras as one of the few higher education institutions that were prepared to address this massively growing field. In hiring Dan Conway, Loras also secured one of the finest industry and higher education experts,” said Collins. Conway will lead the first cohort in Loras’ MBA program emphasizing business analytics, which will begin in fall 2013. “Dan’s experience in big data and analytics is a great fit with the goals of our MBA program. The program’s emphasis will prepare students for a growing, underserved field. Dan’s knowledge and leadership will reinforce the importance of both the field and this advanced degree training,” said Rich Clayton (’87), Loras College regent and vice president of marketing at Oracle. Clayton has been involved with the development of Loras’ unique MBA program since its infancy and serves as lead member of its advisory panel.

For information about the MBA program at Loras focused on business analytics, visit

Heard at Loras On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, the Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments at Loras College as part of an effort to educate and engage citizens across the state. Loras was fortunate to be selected as a venue for the proceedings, which were followed the next day with presentations by the justices in local classrooms, including Loras and local high schools. The visit was a great opportunity for Loras College students in the criminal justice program, involved with Mock Trial, or following a pre-law track, to experience the function of the Supreme Court in contrast with other criminal court systems. Following a small reception prior to court proceedings, about 400 people, including community members, Loras College students, staff and faculty attended the oral arguments.

The court heard lawyers argue in two cases: Dorshkind v. Oak Park Place of Dubuque State v. Thompson

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Did you know

David Rabe (’62) is a Tony-Award winning playwright and screenwriter. In 1962 Rabe graduated from Loras College with a B.A. in English and in 1968 earned a M.A. in theater from Villanova after serving in the military during the Vietnam War. In 1971 Rabe saw his first play, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, performed on Broadway.

Thirty-one Loras College graduates have become Bishops across the U.S.

Rev. William Menster (’34), former commander in the United States Naval Reserve, was the first Roman Catholic priest to set foot on Antarctica, as part of Admiral Richard Byrd’s Operation High Jump in 1947. Menster also led the firstever religious service on the continent and in 1949 published Strong Men South, a chronicle of his adventures on the expedition.

Rev. Raymond Roseliep, Ph.D. (’39), a former English professor at Loras College, was a well-known haiku poet. He placed first in The Haiku Society of America’s Harold G. Henderson Memorial Award Collection in both 1977 and 1982 and in 1981 had his poem “The Morning Glory” copied onto over 2,000 buses in New York City.

Kenneth Quinn (’64) had a long career with the U.S. State Department, earning the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. In his career, Quinn served as ambassador to Cambodia, aided in implementing the Iowa SHARES program which resettled refugees from Southeast Asia in Iowa, was assigned to the Palestine Liberation Organization’s camp near Tripoli, Lebanon, and earned the Secretary of State’s Award for Heroism and Valor—specifically for his devotion to protecting American citizens in Cambodia and Vietnam. After retirement, Quinn took on the leadership role for the World Food Prize Foundation on January 1, 2000.


A group of Loras sport management students were part of history in May when they participated in the first Iowa stop of the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour. The students organized two activities that kids were able to participate in during the event—making their own “cheesehead” hats and testing their throwing arms by throwing foam footballs through a hoop. “The Packers Tailgate Tour was a great success for Loras College sport management students to work on their event management skills and social networking. The event was very successful and helped create more awareness and donor support for Camp Albrecht Acres,” explained Megan Gregg (’13), who was involved in the event. Students were approached by Camp Albrecht Acres, the beneficiary of the Dubuque Tailgate Tour proceeds, about participating. Gregg, Rachel Kerchefske (’13), Lyle Hunt (’14) (Dubuque, Iowa), Ben Suchomski (’16) (Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Jeff Kasel (’14) (Dubuque, Iowa), Mike Considine (’14) (Sandwich, Ill.), Eric Theilacker (’14) (Naperville, Ill.), Katie Gonzales (’13), Taylor Heinrichs (’13) and Jimmy Collins (’15) (Dubuque, Iowa) responded to the challenge and created the activities outside of any class requirements. “The students did an excellent job representing the program and Camp Albrecht Acres officials offered great leadership. This was a valuable opportunity for the students to engage in active learning in a sport business setting. Our students have now recently had the chance to directly be involved with Fan Fests for the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers, arguably the two premier sport organizations in the Midwest,” said Loras professor of physical education and coordinator of the sport management program Matt Garrett, Ph.D.

Megan Gregg (’13), Rachel Kerchefske (’13), Lyle Hunt (’14), Ben Suchomski (’16), and Jeff Kasel (’14)


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Points of Pride City at Work: 1912 and 2012 A Loras College photography exhibit, Images of a City at Work: 1912 and 2012, traveled to the Iowa state capital and was on exhibit in the rotunda the week of May 13, 2013. The photographs were previously on exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art where they attracted an audience of 2,466. Peter Klauer, founder of the Klauer Manufacturing Company, purchased the glass plate negatives from traveling photographers and housed them in storage for over 60 years. In the 1980s, Klauer’s grandson, William, donated the prints to the Center for Dubuque History at Loras College. The collection of prints is now known as the William J. Klauer, Sr., Collection. The exhibit was made possible through the support of Loras College, the Klauer Family Foundation, Gronen Restoration, Dubuque Old House Enthusiasts, Art Gumbo, Mediacom, Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities, City of Dubuque, Dubuque Main Street, Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2013 All-Academic Team Members The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference released the Spring 2013 list of All-Academic Team members, which included a number of Loras College students. To be eligible for IIAC All-Academic Team honors, a student-athlete must compete at the varsity level, be at least a sophomore in academic standing, have attended the nominating institution for at least one academic year and attain a 3.5 or better grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). A total of 27 Duhawks made the cut, including 14 sophomores, four juniors and nine seniors.

To view all IIAC All-Academic Team members from Loras, visit

Tom Nakashima’s Nature Morte

Loras alumnus Thomas Nakashima (’67), a painter and printmaker who has exhibited his work across the country and around the world, will be featured at the Dubuque Museum of Art through November 10, 2013. He describes his exhibit, Nature Morte (French for "still life"), as a reflection of the consequences of man trying to control nature. Nakashima’s work is part of permanent collections at over 50 different venues and he has earned numerous art awards and been involved with hundreds of publications.

Congratulations 2012 Duhawks! 96.5% of the Class of 2012 graduates report they are currently employed or enrolled in further education. An impressive 98.2% of the class responded to the survey to gather this information.

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Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit Loras College was host to the Campus Compact Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit on May 29 and 30, 2013, which brought faculty and staff from colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as some students, administrators and community partners, to share ideas and best practices and provide continuing education in the area of civic engagement. Loras has been a member of Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) since 2007. Iowa Campus Compact is a statewide association of 24 college and university presidents from every sector who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education by educating students for active citizenship and building strong communities. The Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit was founded last year to provide a regional opportunity for professional development and to encourage networking and collaboration in the Upper Midwest. The inaugural summit was held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Loras was selected as the host of this year’s summit in a competitive process based on facilities and location. As part of Iowa Campus Compact’s 10-year anniversary, awards were presented in the areas of Mission and Purpose, Administrative and Academic Leadership, Scholarship of Engagement, Community Partnership, and Student Engagement. Loras groups and individuals receiving awards were: Kevin Koch, Ph.D., and the entire Division of Language and Literature, Maggie Baker, service learning coordinator, and Duhawk Dance Marathon, with an honorable mention.

LeadAmerica Loras College hosted LeadAmerica’s Leadership, Ethics & College Success Forum at the end of June. As hosts, we were in elite company in offering LeadAmerica programming along with Stanford Law School, Stanford University, Columbia University, DePaul University, The John Hopkins University, UCLA, UCSF, and University of Texas at Dallas and Babson College. The program at Loras College, open to high school students from across the country, was a six-day, skills-based college readiness conference, which provided students with a superior, leading-edge college immersion experience. The experience was designed to enhance opportunities for students to be accepted into their college of choice, provide them with tangible college success multipliers, and empower them to become transformational leaders in their respective communities, though hands-on learning in such subjects as: Developing a Community Service Project, Increasing Leadership & Ethics Knowledge, Developing a Personal Success Plan, Increasing College Knowledge, Strengthening Critical Academic Behaviors & Leadership Skills and Strengthening Cognitive Strategies. Loras College faculty and staff served as guest speakers at the sessions on specific topics, such as research, information management-literacy, simulations on service-learning and a “capstone presentation” that integrated the conference themes. Admission staff also gave campus tours and a formal presentation on the general admission process, financial aid and showcase of the Loras process and our degree programs.


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Rivers as Bridges Sixty students from the top third of China’s elite, “key” high schools visited Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin from in late July as part of the “Rivers as Bridges” course, sponsored by the Environment and Public Health Network for Chinese Students and Scholars, along with the Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Natural Resources. The program marks the second year of an intended 10-year relationship between the people of the Mississippi and Yangtze basins using culture, using conservation and commerce as diplomatic tools that support a renewal of the Shanghai Communique in 2022. Loras College hosted a luncheon on Thursday, July 25 at in the Alumni Campus Center Café. Loras students and faculty will network, share cultural experiences and build relations as they participate this new initiative. Rivers as Bridges gives student the opportunity to learn scientific procedures in field research, wet labs, and hands-on experiments in natural resources sciences with study about air, water, biology, soil, fisheries, wildlife, and wetlands, while also allowing them to tour colleges and universities, camp, fish, swim and do service projects in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

White Sox The official kickoff to Loras’ 175th anniversary celebration year created many special Duhawk memories. President Jim Collins (’84) threw out the first pitch at the Chicago White Sox game on August 14, 2013, while nearly 1,000 Duhawks and Duhawks-by-association cheered him on. The ball sailed right into the catcher’s mitt, marking the middle of a great day of fun for Loras alums, their families and friends.

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Faculty/Staff Recognitions Valerie Bell, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, was awarded the SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) annual meeting.

BELL Kate Cooper, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, was chosen as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation. Cooper has been appointed to review grants on the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) panel and will be reviewing major state-of-the-art scientific equipment grant proposals.

COOPER Bruce Kotowich, D.M.A., associate professor of music, was selected as a panel presenter on Canadian composers at the Choral Music of the Americas Symposium on the North Dakota State University campus in Fargo, N.D.

KOTOWICH Rebecca Monhardt, Ph.D., associate professor of education, and Robert Keller, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, received additional Title IIA (Improving Teacher Quality) grant funds in the amount of $29,906 awarded by the Iowa board of regents. This funding will supplement existing funds awarded last year that provides professional development for middle school science and mathematics teachers in five districts in Northeast Iowa.

MONHARDT Jim Pollock, Ph.D., associate professor of creative writing, was notified that his book of poems, Sailing to Babylon, has been shortlisted for the $75,000 Griffin Poetry Prize, Canada’s most prestigious poetry award. Sailing to Babylon was also the runner-up for the Posner Poetry Book Award, awarded by the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Another publication by Pollock, You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada, was a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, a national American literary award.



Faculty/Staff News

Mary Lynn Neuhaus, J.D. (’76), professor of communication arts, presented at a joint conference of the Law Society of Ireland and the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution in Dublin. Her presentation entitled Is Anybody Listening explored the differences in male and female listening patterns.

NEUHAUS David Speckhard, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, recently completed a term as a member of the committee that produced the 2013 Diagnostic of Undergraduate Chemistry Knowledge exam. Speckhard’s work on behalf of the American Chemical Society Examinations Institute is a significant contribution to quality education in chemistry.

SPECKHARD Seth Myers, assistant professor of art and communication, will have an artwork titled “Corridor Two” included in the third edition of “Now & After,” an international video art exhibition that will take place in the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, Russia. Myers is one of only three Americans included from a pool of over 800 international artists who were considered.

MYERS Myers and Ted Wittman (’13) (Dubuque, Iowa) were awarded a Silver Eddy Award for “Best Short” for their film “Manifest” at Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. The film was also screened at The Palm Beach International Film Festival, the MashRome Film Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Italy, the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival on the campus of West Virginia University and in New York City, N.Y.

WITTMAN Christoffer Lammer-Heindel, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, had his article titled, “How Should We Interpret Institutional Duty-Claims?” published in Vol. 18 of the peer-reviewed Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies.


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Erin VanLaningham, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, and Amanda McKenna (’15) (Wheaton, Ill.), Michael Uhl (’16) (Bensenville, Ill.), Robert Bauch (’13) (Freeport, Ill.) and Hannah Swart (’14) (New Berlin, Wis.), co-presented at the Promoting Undergraduate Research at Liberal Arts Colleges Conference at Augustana.

VANLANINGHAM Kevin Koch, Ph.D. (’81), professor of English and William Jablonsky, assistant professor of English, both published in the Vol.12.2 issue of Big Muddy. Koch’s publication was a nonfiction narrative titled “Home Fire” and Jablonsky’s was a short story titled “Leviathan.”

KOCH Heidi Pettitt, technical services librarian, co-presented Building a Bionic Heart on a Budget: Digitizing the Institution’s Stories.

Pettitt Kristen Smith, information services librarian, and Julie Arensdorf, instruction services librarian, co-presented Extreme Reference Makeover: Increasing Circulation to the Heart of the Campus.


smith Joyce Meldrem, library director, presented Jumpstarting the Heart of Campus: Revitalizing Connections Through a Strategic Plan.

MELDREM Dedra Tentis, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice, was deployed as the USAF Guard advisor from March-July, 2013. She traveled throughout Afghanistan, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Oman and Kyrgyzstan advising military commanders and their staffs, working matters unique to the Guard and Reserve and delivering briefings on key issues and trends. The Air Force Guard and Reserve make up roughly 20% of deployed airmen with their greatest presence in operations, engineering, aircraft maintenance, logistics and security forces in Afghanistan, Qatar and Kuwait.



Faculty/Staff News

Craig Schaefer (’89), professor of communication arts, received the John Henry Cardinal Newman Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who has a continued and well-rounded record of excellence for more than 12 years in the areas of campus involvement/leadership, creative course development, pioneering teaching methodology, counseling effectiveness, positive role model and model classroom teaching.

SCHAEFER Breyan Strickler, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was presented The Mike and Linda Budde Teaching Excellence Award. This award is granted annually to the top professor who has taught at Loras College fewer than 11 years who displays effectiveness in classroom teaching and concern for the role of one’s discipline within a Catholic liberal arts institution.

STRICKLER Faye Finnegan (’78), coordinator of career services and campus internships, was recognized as the recipient of the Loras College Staff Recognition Award for her demonstration of a high degree of excellence, professionalism and integrity in the performance of her duties for Loras.

FINNEGAN David A. Pitt, Ph.D., associate professor of theology, was awarded the John Cardinal O’Connor Chair for Catholic Thought, which is awarded for projects in which the faculty member reflects creatively upon one or more of the following in light of Catholic thought: their disciplines, service, teaching, scholarship, significant contemporary issues, interdisciplinary perspectives and diversity.

PITT Matthew Shadle, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies, Stacia (Edwards) McDermott (’03), peace and justice coordinator and David Cochran, Ph.D., professor of politics, participated in the University of Notre Dame’s “Peace Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” Conference. Shadle also presented a paper titled “Pacem in Terris and the ‘Perpetual Peace’ Genre of the 18th Century,” while Cochran presented a paper titled “War and the Surprising Realism of Catholicism’s Peacemaking Agenda.”




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Duhawks Exploring and Expanding Bishop Loras arrived in Dubuque in 1839 as both a visionary and realist. He recognized and nurtured the importance of educated citizens and strong and respectful community connections, and took time to travel the newly surveyed territory, build relationships with the community members and set up educational institutions. Loras College continues Bishop Loras’ tradition of education and connection through its study abroad program. When most people are asked the purpose of having college students study abroad, one of the common answers has to do with the ability to respect and understand differences, which will lead to greater cultural competence. While I agree that this is an important benefit of studying abroad, my belief that recognizing the similarities of people from other cultures is an equally critical component of the experience was reaffirmed while teaching and living abroad via Loras’ Dublin program this past spring. It is through thoughtful connection, and the recognition of others as similar to ourselves, that we can engage in empathy, compassion and understanding. The first few days and weeks of a study abroad program allow for the typical tourist experience, where difference can be overwhelming but also exhilarating. Tourists actually seem to thrive on difference. Being a tourist provides opportunities to say “Isn’t that different?” or “unusual” or “weird?” In these small doses of culture, we actually want difference, as it makes the stories and pictures upon our return much more interesting; our trip worthwhile. However, studying/living abroad pushes students past the typical tourist “honeymoon phase” and challenges them to better understand the differences and not just look at the difference from one side (in a way that places one


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By: Lisa Grinde, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

culture above or below the other), but to also re-examine their own cultural lenses and heritage and to look at difference as just that, difference. As student's move from tourist to a community member, participating in daily life, similarities become apparent. As the dozen students studying in Dublin with me moved from taking in the tourist sites—the buildings, the museums, the landscapes, and the history—to being a part of the daily life of Dublin, they were able to discuss differences in a meaningful manner and also recognize the many similarities that existed. They engaged in reflective observation, built relationships with students and faculty at our host institution, traveled outside of Dublin and conducted interviews with community members about topics such as religion, work, health, sustainability, gender, education, immigration and emigration. From these experiences they were able to articulate one of the most important concepts of any crosscultural psychology course: there are more differences within a culture than across cultures. They were able to make a human connection. As Loras celebrates 175 years and reflects upon the rich legacy of Bishop Loras, one will notice the critical importance of human connection in his story. From securing donors in his home country of France, to working alongside the Natives of the Dubuque territory, to inviting Irish and German immigrants to venture westward from the East Coast, Bishop Loras understood the importance of cultural connection in building a community and a strong educational system. Loras College continues that legacy through its commitment to a liberal arts education, an education dedicated to graduating students who can reflectively observe and make human connections across cultures, appreciating both differences and similarities.

Czarnecki’s Collection Czarnecki’s legacy lives on in Texas diatom collection.

Dave Czarnecki, Ph.D., spent much of his career at Loras College as a professor in the biology program, focusing his attention on algal research, botany and field experiences in botany. Recently, the long-time diatom collector had the honor of having Encyonopsis Czarnecki posthumously named for him. This diatom, measuring only 10 micrometers long, bears the name of an enthusiastic diatomist. A diatom is a single-celled algae, but one of the largest and most significant groups of organisms on the plant. They can be found anywhere that is well-lit and wet, such as oceans, lakes, marshes, damp moss or rock faces. Diatoms produce much of the world’s oxygen and are important in many scientific investigations. Czarnecki’s love for science, specifically algae and diatoms, was evident throughout his life. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and biology from Bemidji State University and went on to receive his master’s degree from BSU also. He attended Northern Arizona University where he got his Ph.D. He moved to Minnesota after graduating, but shortly after accepted a position in the biology department at Loras, in 1984. His research and findings have been published in over 30 scientific journals. He continued to research and discover diatom rarities up until he lost his battle to cancer in May 2006. Czarnecki was nominated for and received much scholastic recognition, including a Friend of Science Award from the Iowa Academy of Science in 1998 and a Distinguished Alumni Award from BSU in 2006. He and his wife, Phyllis, have three daughters: Cara, Merri and Ann (’01). Czarnecki’s passion for diatoms led him to obtain the world’s largest diatom collection. It was kept and grew here, at Loras, for many years. The collection contains over 1,500 cultures. This large group of diatoms was used as a resource by many research labs and in a variety of studies around the world; from a study as an alternative source of oil to a space launch to examine the effect of weight loss on the growth of living organisms. After Czarnecki’s death, the collection was moved to the University of Texas at Austin where it lives on as the Loras College Freshwater Diatom Culture Collection in honor of Czarnecki’s service to the community of freshwater diatomists. It continues to be a valuable resource for many scientists.

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Proud to be a

A reflection on gratitude for the chances we are given

Second chances can make all the difference. They did to Bill Bartmann (’72) in his college years, and they do to the people he’s devoted his career to helping. Bartmann came to Loras in 1968, a “townie” with a fifth grade reading level and a rough past. He left Loras with a grateful heart as a pre-law school student and his father Louie's biggest fan. Now, he's a Nobel Peace Prize nominee for the work he does through his company, CFS2. “At Loras, I learned that anything is possible. Whenever you learn that at any point in your life, it’s the most valuable lesson you can learn. But you have to learn it on your own. I entered as a janitor’s son and left as a law student. Since then, I’ve been able to accomplish some things,” explained Bartmann. Bartmann grew up with seven siblings on a dairy farm in Michigan, and came to Dubuque with his family after the family lost the farm. His father found work as a janitor at Loras College and his mother cleaned houses. Education wasn’t a top priority in his family, and Bill left high school without a diploma. He earned his GED, and was accepted to Loras College, his tuition paid through his father’s employment with the College. But it was an uphill battle for Bartmann. “I was at a disadvantage, so it was really a challenge. The beauty of what Loras did, was that in spite of my handicap, in four years’ time Loras turned me into law


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school material. They took an unpolished, rough kid and gave me enough skills, tools, education and training that I could get into law school and compete against REALLY smart guys.” He credits some key figures in his Loras experience for the transformation. “Father 'Rocky' Hamilton, the head of Sociology, probably understood my circumstance better than anybody. I also took two summer school courses with Marcus W. Collins, who took me under his wing during summer school every day. He really befriended me, spent social time with me, teaching me culture. He taught me things like basic table manners, common etiquette and grammar. I so appreciated that I really had somebody who cared enough about me to help me and improve me.” Bill was transformed by his Loras experience more than just academically. The true beauty of his time at Loras was what he gained in his relationship with his father. “Freshman year, it was embarrassing [that my dad was a janitor]. I would walk down the hallways and I’d think that they [the other students] were here because their parents paid for their way. One day, the light bulb went on—‘so did my dad, he just paid for it differently'. I thought then that I was equal to these guys. I was so insecure before that point. Then I got over it, and started helping him mop floors and carry out garbage. My peers would see me and I would introduce them to my dad,” Bartmann explained. “Up until that moment, my dad didn’t command a lot of respect—then when I saw him in a

different light, I realized how lucky I was to be his son and how lucky I was that he was my dad. He gave me a gift that few fathers can actually give their kids [through tuition remission as a Loras employee]. I was lucky that I could work with him.” Bartmann describes an adolescence and young adulthood when his parents couldn’t always pay their bills on time on their very modest income. They were often harassed by bill collectors who were rude, mean and unethical in their pursuits of debt. This background, along with the experience and education that Bill got in his college years, the morals his parents instilled in him and his own experience with financial distress, led him to his current career. Bartmann founded and runs CFS2, a debt collection company garnering near-constant awards and accolades for its pioneering practices in ethical debt collection. “My belief in mankind is that people are good. 90% of people will do what they should do if given the opportunity,” he explained. “It all started with a box of bad loans and a belief that if you treat people right, most of them will do the right thing.” That first box of “bad loans” led to a recent nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for Bartmann. Bartmann remains forever grateful to his father for giving him a chance at the Loras experience through his janitorial job and encourages others to remember and thank those who gave them opportunities. His advice to current Loras students? “Advice that Father Hamilton gave me—expand your field of study and push yourself."

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By: Eric Solberg, Director of Major and Planned Giving

“The true measure of any college is the quality of the hearts, minds, and souls of the students it graduates” Jim Collins (’84), President, Loras College

Katie Kasten (’14) (Deerfield, Ill.) is not an uncommon student at Loras College. Juggling a frantic class schedule while being involved in numerous co-curricular activities, Kasten exemplifies the holistic approach to higher education embodied by Loras College and embraces the values that Loras holds dear. She is also the beneficiary of significant financial aid. Alumni know that a Loras College education is like no other. The rich, faith-based liberal arts education perfected by 175 years of dedication, has been the springboard for generations of accomplished graduates and leaders. Inspiring Lives and Leadership: The Loras Legacy is a $75 million campaign to help provide access to Loras for students like Kasten and to enhance our programs. It’s a campaign focused on the investment in Loras people. As of July 15, 2013, more than $40 million has been generously donated to Loras by alumni, parents and friends toward this effort. For Loras, the commitment to provide access to higher education for worthy students is stronger now than ever before. The average family income of Loras students is lower than that of students attending the University of Iowa or Iowa State University. One in five Loras students is on track to become the first in their family to graduate from college. Making college affordable for all students requires a substantial percentage of our overall annual budget. Loras’ chief financial officer David Eisinger explains, “Campaign contributions will improve the College’s financial profile by increasing cash flow, building the endowment and strengthening the balance sheet. Taken together these actions will give the College the


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flexibility needed to thrive in an increasingly complex and rapidlychanging higher education environment.” In recent years, Loras’ reputation and achievements have grown. Never before has Loras College been in a better position to fulfill its unique mission. Tom Tauke (’72), regent emeritus, former executive vice presidentpublic affairs, policy and communications at Verizon Communications, has agreed to serve as the chair of the Inspiring Lives and Leadership: The Loras Legacy campaign. “I am honored to serve as the campaign chair,” stated Tauke. “The time is right for all of our accomplished alumni, the local community and friends of Catholic higher education to lend financial support for Loras College. Loras has positively influenced the lives of many. I believe we all have an obligation to provide future generations with the first-class Catholic and liberal arts experiences that can help shape an ever-changing world which can learn from leaders Loras consistently produces year after year.” Kasten saw a void in opportunities to engage with adults with developmental challenges in Dubuque. She was inspired to initiate a student organization, Du-Buddies, devoted to building relationships with this sector of our population. “Du-Buddies is about recognizing that we are more alike than we are different,” said Kasten. “The friendships that are cultivated through Du-Buddies embody respect for the dignity of all people. This special opportunity empowers my desire to continue working toward a world of hope and acceptance.” Students like Kasten gravitate to a place that embodies this culture. “Loras College is the most genuine reflection of unity that I know, founded on a desire to allow students the opportunity to grow.”

Scholarship Opportunities An anonymous 1965 graduate of Loras has established two scholarships of $25,000 each in memory of Professors Emmett Polder and George Heitkamp, who made an impact on the donor during his time at Loras. He described both professors as humble, unassuming people and excellent teachers. Recipients for both scholarships will be favored if they plan to enter a health science field and if they demonstrate financial need. Funds from each scholarship can be distributed beginning in fall 2014. Heitkamp taught meteorology and physics at Loras from 1914-1964. The Heitkamp Planetarium and Observatory at Loras are named for him. Polder taught biology at Loras from 1946-1963 in the area of ecology, and also served as botanist for the State of Iowa.

Anyone wishing to further memorialize Polder or Heitkamp through these scholarships may visit Both scholarships are open to receiving additional funds.


And grow they do. This is not limited to spiritual and personal growth, but the Loras model of education provides skills employers are seeking. A record 96.5% of the class of 2012 have enjoyed placement in employment in Dubuque or acceptance into continued education within one year of graduation. The concurrence of our academic programs with the multitude of out-of-classroom practical experiences results in our highly desirable graduates. Our alumni have the ability to provide transformational experiences for our present and future students. As we look forward to another 175 years and beyond, please consider how you will participate in the Inspiring Lives and Leadership: The Loras Legacy campaign, ensuring that students like Kasten can share in the Loras Legacy and impact their communities and our world.

Please join us To celebrate Loras College and launch our momentous campaign Enjoy complimentary appetizers and drinks and special entertainment while engaging with fellow Duhawk supporters.

Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 5 p.m. Marie Graber ballroom, Alumni Campus Center Please RSVP to Marcia Bierman 563-588-7240 | For information about how to participate in this campaign, visit

Increase the Power of your Gift: The Regents Challenge Match Matching is good. We like to wear matched socks. It’s good when the pinstripes on the pants match the pinstripes on the jacket. And it’s even better when the Loras College Board of Regents matches your increase in giving. The Regents Challenge Match is a great way to increase the power of your gift to the Loras Fund. Or superpower your first gift. When you increase the amount of your Loras Fund gift from last year, the Loras College Board of Regents will match your increase dollar for dollar. For first-time donors, the Regents will match your full gift. For example, if you increase last year’s gift from $500 to $1,000, the Regents will match your increase with an additional $500 for a total impact of $1,500. If you give for the first time, the Regents will match your entire first gift. Gifts to the Loras Fund for fiscal year 2012-2013 increased by 12 percent from 2011-2012, with the Regents Challenge Match fueling the success. The Regents were so impressed, they are continuing the program for the current fiscal year, ending May 31, 2014. Your gift to the Loras Fund is crucial to the continued success of Loras College in attracting and retaining quality students who contribute to and benefit from our values of service to God and country. More than 80 percent of Loras students receive need-based financial aid, which your gifts help support. Get matched today! Use the envelope in the center of this magazine to send an increased gift, or to send your first-time gift.

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Iowa’s First College A Historical Synopsis of Loras College Pro Deo et Patria. This present-day motto of Loras, which translates to “For God and Country,” has been embodied throughout Loras’ long and rich history. It began in l839, when the first Catholic bishop of the Dubuque Diocese, Most Reverend Mathias Loras, founded a seminary directly behind St. Raphael's cathedral.

alumni are among the priests who served as chaplains during the First World War. Likewise, over 50 Loras-educated clergy served as military chaplains during World War II, including Chaplain Aloysius Schmitt, the first chaplain to die in WW II while serving on board the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In l850, he moved St. Raphael’s Seminary to Table Mound (now Key West) and renamed it Mount St. Bernard's Seminary, which also served as an academy for young boys. It hit a turning point with the death of Bishop Loras in 1858 and the start of the Civil War, but new life was brought to the institution with Rev. John Hennessy, who was appointed third bishop of Dubuque in 1866.

Loras can boast a number of notable alums including stage and screen stars like Don Ameche, Bob Kaliban, and James Waring. Others include Tony Award winning playwright David Rabe, creator of the Dick Tracy cartoon series Dick Locher, and sportscaster Greg Gumbel. Loras’ athletic department can also boast many distinguished people: Charles "Gus" Dorais of Notre Dame fame, Elmer Layden who coached at Notre Dame, and Edward Anderson, who served as coach of the Iron Men at the University of Iowa. Noted players include Olympic track star Ira Davenport and Urban "Red" Faber, a Hall of Fame pitcher for the Chicago White Sox.

In 1873, Archbishop Hennessy acquired the current site on Loras Boulevard and opened St. Joseph's College, in an old civil war hospital. In l9l4, the college again changed names to Dubuque College. Another local seminary had a similar name, so five years later, in 1920, the college was renamed Columbia College. However, there were 22 other schools in the country also called Columbia. Finally, in 1939, it was named Loras College, after its founder. Loras College continued to grow throughout the 20th century, and today the campus comprises over 63 acres. Enrollment also increased throughout much of the 20th and into the 21st century, increasing from 323 students in l945 to more than 1,600 today. Likewise, growth in faculty occurred. In l939, 53 faculty members were listed. By l989, there were l57. Today while the number of faculty is about the same, 94% hold the highest degree in their field. Loras boasts 27 Fulbright Scholars, the most in the state of Iowa among the private colleges. In l97l, Loras became co-educational and started admitting female students for the first time in its then l32 year existence. International students comprise 3% of the enrollment, representing over 15 countries ranging from Columbia to Nepal. The college has served its country well, with an R.O.T.C. unit created in 1917 and the Student Army Training Corps a year later. Eight

Today, Loras is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conferences. Offering 11 major women's sports and 11 men's sports, the college has produced 163 All-American winners and 53 Academic All-American winners. Loras is ranked 14th in the top tier of Midwestern liberal arts colleges by U.S. News Media Group and named #4 in ROI in Iowa by Affordable Colleges Online. Loras has a student/faculty ratio of 13:1 and currently offers 38 majors and study abroad programs in Ireland, Spain and South Africa. The library is among the largest private academic libraries in Iowa with over 375,000 volumes and one of the finest rare book collections in the state. It also houses one of the area’s largest local history collections in the Center for Dubuque History. Through six name changes, three major site changes, and seemingly countless wars, Loras College has remained true to its motto—Pro deo et patria—and mission. Loras, as a Catholic liberal arts college, creates a community of active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decisionmakers, and responsible contributors in diverse professional, social, and religious roles.

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President Collins’

Term Extended

A unanimous decision by the Board of Regents extended President Jim Collins’ contract by an additional four years.

Collins began serving as Loras’ 26th president in June 2004. In June 2008, the Board of Regents offered an unprecedented six year contract to Collins which is set to expire in May 2014. This new contract replaces his current agreement and extends Collins’ term as President through May 2018. “During the past year, the board of regents and I facilitated a comprehensive evaluation of President Collins’ performance. In addition to the board’s high praise, faculty, student, alumni and staff representatives all voiced their collective support for Jim’s strong leadership. He has positioned us well as an outstanding Catholic, liberal arts institution and led us through the extraordinarily challenging times in higher education. Throughout, he has earned widespread respect on campus, in the local community, throughout the region and nationally,” stated Boad Chair John Schmidt. A native of Crystal Lake, Ill., Collins began his career with Loras in 1984 as an admissions representative. In his 29 years of service to the college, he held positions as director of special projects, director of alumni and college relations, interim director of development, assistant to the president and vice president for institutional advancement. In 1999, he was appointed the college’s senior vice president. An active member of the Dubuque community, Collins currently serves on the executive committee for the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and on the Carnegie Stout Library Foundation Board. At the state level, he is Chair of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (IAICU), Vice-Chair of the Iowa College Foundation (ICF), and an appointed member of the Governor’s Healthiest State Initiative Committee. Nationally, President Collins was recently elected as Treasurer of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), serves on the Seton Hall Board of Regents and is a member of the NCAA III President’s Advisory Committee. He recently finished his term as Executive Committee member for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). As part of his role with the ACCU, Collins coordinated Loras College as host to the organization’s Spring Board Meeting June 10 - 11, 2013. Loras hosted 18 college and university presidents from across the United States during the two-day meeting. “The chance to showcase Loras to these other college and university presidents from all over the nation doesn’t happen often, but timing it alongside the celebration of our 175th couldn’t have been better. It was a tremendous opportunity to share the great work that the Loras community is accomplishing,” said Collins. Collins has served on the ACCU Board of Directors since 2009 and was unanimously elected by his peers to serve as treasurer at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in February 2013.


Leading Loras into the Future

Making an Impact Signature Gifts Inaugurate Loras 175th and Inspiring Lives and Leadership Campaign

Few have had the longstanding impact on and association with Loras College as Msgr. Francis Friedl (’39). This year, as Loras embarks on the 175th anniversary of its founding in 1839, Msgr. Friedl wanted to make an especially important impact. On Friday, August 9, 2013 Msgr. Friedl met for lunch with Loras President Jim Collins and presented him with a check for $175,000 - $1,000 for each of Loras’ 175 years. As a former president himself, Msgr. Friedl knows very well the importance of endowed scholarships and institutional priorities. As such, this gift will add $100,000 to the Friedl Scholarship already established at Loras and the remainder will be directed toward the College’s highest priorities. In November of this year, Msgr. Friedl will celebrate his 96th birthday. He graduated from Loras College in 1939 as it transitioned from Columbia College at the time of the institution’s centennial. After receiving his Ph.D. from Catholic University, Msgr. Friedl returned to Loras in 1957. From that time and until 1977, Msgr. Friedl served as Psychology Professor, Chair of the Psychology Department, Academic Dean and President, respectively. From 1987 to 1996, Msgr. Friedl also served as a member of the Board of Regents, and currently holds both Professor Emeritus and Regent Emeritus status. In response to Msgr. Friedl’s unprecedented generosity, Collins remarked, “No one represents the outstanding principles related to

a Loras education better than Msgr. Friedl. He was a gifted teacher and administrator; he served as a great pastor and he epitomizes the essence of being a priest. He is humble, personable, accomplished and always on the move. Very few have amassed as many friends and perfected the art of delivering a homily better than Msgr. Friedl. This gift ought to inspire every Loras alum and former parishioner to contribute to our campaign effort and anniversary celebration, if for no other reason but to honor this great Loras man.” Additionally, President Collins announced that Loras College has received an anonymous estate gift of $589,275 from a recently deceased alumnus. The proceeds will endow need-based scholarships for deserving Loras students. This generous benefactor was a priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque for decades, lived a modest life and was the recipient of an inheritance. “He never thought his inherited windfall was his own,” says the executor of his estate, who also wishes to remain anonymous. The gift supports the $75 million campaign that the College will officially launch on October 10, 2013, to give supporters the opportunity to join these and other benefactors in investing in student access, educational and coeducational programs, and academics at Loras College.

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Leadership Level Donors The following is a listing of leadership level donors who gave $1,000 or more during the 2012-13 fiscal year (June 1, 2012-May 31, 2013). The complete listing of donors, including the alumni class listings, will be available online at a later date. Thanks to all our donors for their support.

Individuals $100,000+ Paul (‘60) and Frances Breitbach Paul and Mary Finnegan John (‘65) and Charlotte Gavin Arnold (‘62) and Joyce Honkamp Michael (‘64) and Geraldine Rice John (‘58) and Carol Saeman Thomas (‘72) and Beverly Tauke Jim (‘56) and Marita Theisen

$25,000-99,999 Anonymous Carl (‘63) and Antonia Adducci Duane K. (‘52) and Eileen Bruening Michael (‘63) and Marlene Cambridge Michael J. (‘58) and Sharon L. Conlon Stephen (‘64) and Lorrie Conlon Timothy (‘71) and Christine Conlon James (‘67) and Jacqulyn Davis Emmet (‘56) and June DeLay William (‘68) and Connie Glynn Eldon (‘49) † and Marge Herrig Rev. Msgr. Edward W. Lechtenberg (‘47) Patrick J. Lillis (‘71) William (‘64) and Kathleen Lynch Mark (‘68) and Kathy McCarville F. Gerald (‘50) and Monica Nilles Dominic (‘56) and Judith Paolella William P. Siebert (‘66) Nicholas W. (‘84) and Nita Stanek Michael Sr. (‘63) and Patricia Starshak Barbara Sullivan Woodward (‘72) and F. Robert Woodward


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Michael (‘62) and Janet Valder Charles (‘53) and Faustine Weepie

$10,000-24,999 Anonymous James Bear (‘67) and Stephanie Holscher Bear Robert (‘68) and Mary Bertch Roberta L. Bodensteiner Thomas C. Boeh (‘81) Rev. Thomas E. Braak (‘55) Gregory and Connie Burbach John and Alice Butler James (‘84) and Lisa Collins James and Mary Lou Conlan Paul Edmeier (‘85) and Haiyan Layfield John (‘75) and Eleanor Freund John (‘57) and Judith Glunz Ramon J. Green (‘51) Greg G. Gumbel (‘67) Robert A. Holtz Dennis (‘72) and Mona Houlihan Robert (‘88) and Terese Janik Thomas (‘61) and Marjorie Kehoe Richard J. Kenney (‘63) William R. Klauer Jr. (‘65) Robert and Judy Klauer James (‘68) and Nancy Klauer Mark (‘74) and Mary Knabel Gerald (‘67) and Darlene Koppes John (‘67) and Gloria Kromer Therese M. Lampe Josephine M. Lang Charles B. Lex (‘72)

Ralph and Oonagh Linzmeier David D. Linzmeier (‘10) Allan J. (‘60) and Karon Ludwig G. John (‘73) and Marlene Manatt Roger (‘66) and Judith Manderscheid Paul (‘68) and Renee Mansheim Joy K. McCarthy Thomas (‘63) and Ruthann McCarty Mark (‘85) and Maureen (Lynch ‘85) Molo Eugene (‘84) and Solita Murphy Anthony (‘72) and Mary-Helen Reardon Richard G. (‘76) and Jean Scalise John and Donna Schmidt Thomas (‘88) and Stacy Shey Steven (‘78) and Julie (Wiezorek ‘78) Sloan Brian Smith (‘77) and Patricia Ryan David W. Spahn (‘71) Michael and Susan Steele Andrew and Mary Pat Studdert Robert and Judith Tucker Donald (‘58) and Sharon Ulrich William (‘67) and Mary Ann Walter Rev. William E. Wilkie (‘50) John (‘83) and Roberta Winkle Kathleen M. Wolfe

$5,000-9,999 Anonymous Thomas (‘50) † and Margaret Benda William (‘64) and Sandra Brennan Richard and Marlene Burgmeier Michael (‘69) and Jean Burkhardt William Callaghan (‘74) and Nancy Callaghan

Donald P. Dupont (‘51) Joseph and Ann Fitzgibbons Robert (‘56) and Barbara Frommelt James (‘75) and Jean Gantz Bernard (‘52) and Arlene Gillis Thomas (‘78) and Kathleen (Keller ‘76) Giovingo Barry (‘67) and Irene Grenier James (Pate) and Becky Gustafson David (‘65) and Carol Handel Kevin H. Heilers (‘88) Rev. John W. Hemann (‘56) William (‘61) and Barbara Huck Robert (‘67) and Karen Jensen Robert (‘55) and Patricia Kaliban Lawrence (‘71) and Kimberly Kudej Jeffrey (‘63) and Kathleen Ladd James E. (‘62) and Sharon Low Timothy (‘84) and Angelika Mackey James (‘67) and Charlene Murphy Michael T. (‘84) and Rima Murphy Thomas (‘57) and Harriet Onan Roger Ott Sr. (‘52) and Luanus Ott Robert (‘39) and Joan Owens M. Naser and Catherine Payvandi Phil (‘91) and Tricia Platte Maureen R. Savaiano Joseph (‘74) and Debra Schiesl Mary C. Schmid Eugene (‘60) and Lily Schulting Joseph (‘88) and Becky (Leibfried ‘88) Siech Janet (McDermott ‘89) and Christian Silge Bill (‘61) and Patricia Skemp Gerald (‘63) and Eleanor Spinner

Paula M. Teig James P. Trunck (‘67) Joseph (‘59) and Rosemary Tye James J. (‘66) and Lea Virtel Mary Jo (Murphy ‘81) and Shawn Werner

$2,500-4,999 Anonymous Leon and Sherry Bachelder Kevin (‘97) and Colleen (Colgan ‘98) Bakker Mark A. (‘82) and Nancy (Briggs ‘82) Blaser Jacob (‘97) and Cora Boyle John (‘67) and Mary Bremner David J. Burke (‘62) Bernadine M. Clemens Richard (‘81) and Sharon M. Cody Leo (‘92) and Lori (Lubbers ‘94) Costello Jane (Noonan ‘76) and John Demmer James (‘57) and Patrice Duffy Timothy (‘81) and Janet (Henriksen ‘81) Durham Matthew D. (‘91) and Julia (Haley ‘92) Dzarnowski David and Carol Eisinger John (‘54) and Sheila Farrell Thomas (‘56) and Bernadine Fox Joseph (‘78) and Monica Fudacz Carolyn K. Gantz Rev. Patrick G. Geary (‘51) John (‘58) and Virginia Geelan Charles and Linda Giese Thomas and Paula Giese Edward (‘88) and Barbara Grace Eugene W. Graham III (‘86) Jeffrey (‘76) and Debra (O’Connor ‘76) Gustafson John P. Hannan (‘83) Joseph Harzich (‘84) Ronald (‘72) and Judeane Helle Timothy (‘66) and Sandra Johnston David P. Keltner (‘67) James (‘66) and Margaret Kircher Ronald (‘70) and Carla Klosterman Charles (‘76) and Christine (Steffen ‘76) Korte James (‘68) and Celeste Kramer Douglas E. (‘74) Kremer and Cari Murray-Kremer William (‘80) and Sylvie LeClair David (‘72) and Ann Ludovissy Michael (‘60) and Jane McDonough Rosemary D. McGovern Mark (‘83) and Lynn Meloy John (‘72) Mertz III and Linda Mertz Kelly (Stevens ‘97) and Mark Moshier Ann M. Muehlenbein (‘85) Thomas J. Murphy (‘84)

Robert (‘56) and Rita Murray Jason (‘01) and Sarah Nemmers Bernard (‘52) and Janice Offerman Grant (‘74) Ohlson III and Jean (Mitchell ‘74) Ohlson Michael Otto (‘94) and Sushmeeta Nanda Janine (Frentress ‘82) and Steven Pickhardt Phillip (‘58) and Barbara Quillin Michael (‘75) and Debra Rahm Patrick J. (‘58) and Ruth Rea Michael Reidy (‘67) and Cheryl Moss Reidy Steven J. Reiter (‘74) Benjamin and Silma Reyes Albert (‘69) and Martha Ruffalo Richard (‘54) and Lois Schlegel Ryan and Alexis Seth Billy John and Patricia Simmonds James (‘56) and Audrey Smith Laura Storck Frank (‘74) and Susan K. Stork Peter (‘77) and Karen (Schroeder ‘76) Streit Theresa A. Ternes Jerry Thoma (‘69) and Margaret Auth James (‘60) and Mary Trosky Susan L. Wahlert Edward (‘57) and Patricia Walsh Todd T. (‘86) and Karen Welu Miriam I. White Rev. Msgr. Lyle L. Wilgenbusch (‘62) Joseph (‘84) and Debra Winkle Ted R. Wittman Paschal (‘59) and Janet Zuccaro

$1,000-2,499 Anonymous (4) Mario (‘57) and Rita Abate Tom (‘67) and Charlene Ahlers Terrence (‘63) and Marcia Allen Timothy (‘93) and Mary (Pregler ‘93) Althaus Leonard and Donna Amari Sheldon (‘66) and Pam Anderson Kristie and Jerry Arthofer Ken and Judy Balaskovits Thomas (‘89) and Barbara Barton Richard and Judy Battalini Donna Bauerly Tricia M. Behnke (‘98) David (‘77) and Julie Bellendier Raphael (‘49) and Ann Taylor Beresford Joseph and Suzanne Bernardi William (‘72) and Darlene Berry Michael T. (‘66) and Suzanne Blouin Eric Boffeli (‘94) and Cristina Badea Terry (‘70) and Colleen Boffeli

Bill (‘67) and Eileen Bolster Josh (‘04) and Mary Boots Charles P. Bormann (‘54) Joseph (‘76) and Mary Beth Bouska Thomas (‘55) and Trudy Braig Maurice (‘58) and Bette Brashaw Timothy (‘91) and Amy (Deluhery ‘92) Breitfelder James (‘71) and Deanna Brems Michael Bresticker and Sandra Culbertson Robin (Fetter ‘82) and Thomas Brown Jr Rev. Msgr. Walter L. Brunkan (‘52) John (‘51) and Edna Brunkhorst Michael (‘70) and Linda (Miller ‘75) Budde Raymond and Anna Bukszar Randall and Claudette Buresh William (‘62) and Judith Burns Francis (‘58) and Beth Butler Kathryn Lombard Byars (‘83) and David Byers Robert (‘71) and Stephanie Byrne James (‘54) and Joan Cahill Paul (‘88) and Kelly (Waters ‘88) Cain Robert (‘60) and Mary Jo Cardelli James (‘61) and Mary Kay Carr Thomas (‘60) and Jacqueline Cashman Mary A. Castrogiovanni Kurt (‘94) and Bridget Christensen Troy (‘84) and Tara Cicero Susan (Koopman ‘88) and Larry Cioeta William (‘68) and Deborah Coakley John (‘53) and Mary Ann Colloton Thomas (‘62) and Gail Condon Larry (‘62) and Kathleen Conmey Steven (‘69) and Diane Conti James (‘61) and Mary Costello Robert G. Cox (‘51) Vincent and Joanne Coyle Joyce (Wernimont ‘94) and Shane Cravens Thomas (‘83) and Diane Crowley Michael A. Bresticker and Sandra Culbertson Jerome (‘72) and Lora Darby Clarence (‘62) and Lili Darrow William Burns (‘62) and Judith Dennis-Burns Michael (‘67) and Maija Devine Charles and Marilyn Doherty Thomas (‘69) and Nancy Donnelly William (‘60) and Sharon Dougherty William (‘60) and Mary Downes Michael (‘91) and Martha Doyle James (‘58) and Kathryn Duncan Alan G. Dunn (‘61) Richard (‘88) and Bobbi (Head ‘88) Earles

Michael (‘85) and Gay Early Chuck and Mary Elder Robert (‘91) and Colleen Elwood Lisa Kapler-Emerson (‘85) and Keith Emerson Donald (‘44) and Rita Erusha Denis (‘57) and Jill Faber Thomas (‘64) and Jean Farrell Patrick (‘78) and Lola Feeney Francis A. Ferrone (‘52) John (‘60) and Deborah Fialka Edward J. Flynn (‘67) Daniel (‘55) and Ellenore Flynn James J. Foley (‘69) Gregory and Bonnie Foley Lillian Freund Don (‘61) and Jan Freymann Rev. Msgr. Francis P. Friedl (‘39) Paul (‘56) and Betty Frommelt Christopher (‘76) and Sandra Frost Jennifer (Frideres ‘98) and James Gabel William (‘66) and Karen Gahr Edward Jr. (‘48) and Catherine Gallagher Daniel (‘78) and Linda Gantz Mark and Pamela Gerard James (‘49) and Phyllis Gibson Richard (‘66) and Elizabeth Giesen Jack Gilardi (‘52) James (‘70) and Kathleen Gillman Thomas (‘06) and Leah Giovingo Jay (‘64) and Virginia Gloede Jerome P. Glunz (‘86) Thomas (‘54) and Geraldine Goodman James (‘73) and Heidi Grafft Daniel (‘87) and Lora Graham William (‘57) and Lois Graham John (‘59) and Mary Ellen Graham Rev. Robert W. Gralapp (‘60) Charles (‘68) and Carolyn Gregorius Joseph (‘37) and Marcella Guccione Rev. Daniel C. Guenther (‘77) Elizabeth (Graham ‘02) and Matthew Gullone Dyrald (‘62) and Jayne Haag Dennis (‘65) Haerle and Susan Merlinette Haerle Joseph (‘72) and Diana Hammell Most Rev. Jerome Hanus, OSB John J. Hartmann (‘74) Jeffrey (‘74) and Cinnamon Hawks Jason E. Haynes Joseph (‘86) and Trisha Hearn Gregory A. Heilers (‘91) Kevin Heitz (‘86) and Desiree Anderson-Heitz (‘87) Norbert (‘59) and Suzanne Hemesath

Leadership Level Donors


Theresa (Obermann ‘81) and Timothy Hoffman Patrick W. Holian (‘93) David J. Holmberg (‘72) George (‘62) and Rosemary Hornbeck Cheryl R. Jacobsen John (‘59) and Rosemary Jaworski Lyle (‘78) and Jennifer Jensen Melissa (Schmitt ‘96) and Ross Jensen Brian (‘81) and Kathleen (Stuermer ‘81) Jirak Rev. William M. Joensen John (‘52) and Joan Joyce Donald (‘62) and Erm Kahle Daniel J. Kaiser (‘75) Thomas (‘81) and Beth Kane Phillip (‘73) and Janet Kapraun John (‘75) Kehl Jr. and Patricia Kehl Steven (‘97) and Aimee (Tibbett ‘97) Kelchen Richard (‘60) and Mary Ellen Kelly Kim (‘75) and Katherine Keuter Robert (‘59) and Mary Lou King Roger F. Klauer (‘44) James F. Kleffman (‘56) Michael (‘59) and Rita Klein Delbert (‘62) and Janet Klein John (‘67) and Anne Klein Louis (‘53) and Jeanette Knobbe James (‘52) and Jolene Knochel Christen D. Kocher (‘00) Andrew (‘84) and Sharon Kotlarz Kenneth W. Kraus (‘57) Rev. John R. Kremer (‘55) Cory J. Kruse (‘96) Duane (‘65) and Catherine Kuennen Richard (‘62) and Mary Beth Kuhn Timothy (‘90) † and Kim Kunkel Thomas C. Kupka (‘79) Patricia Kurt (‘78) and George Weyer Bruce (‘71) and Jean Kyles Leon (‘58) and Rose Marie Lammers Kathryn (Kazmierski ‘98) and Edward LeFevour Scott (‘00) and Mary Jo (Scordato ‘00) LeGrand James (‘68) and Christine M. Lentz Keith (‘92) and Georgeann (Shey ‘92) Ligori Robert J. Loch (‘77) Keith (‘60) and Luz Loebig Paul (‘71) and Jodean Logli Aaron (‘95) and Lisa (Bolin ‘94) Louscher Thomas (‘60) and Sue Lowenberg William (‘60) Luzum Jr. and Janet Luzum Anthony (‘83) and Piper Manatt Juan and Claudia Marban


Leadership Level Donors

Harry (‘62) and Geri Mares Christopher (‘79) and Rhonda Mares Daniel (‘74) and Julie Marr Rev. Msgr. John R. McClean (‘53) Michael A. McCrea (‘88) and Ann Marie Uselmann Joseph (‘80) and Patricia McDermott John (‘75) and Stacy McDermott Rev. Paul F. McDonald (‘47) Rev. Bernard O. McGarty (‘45) Janet McGivern (‘84) and Todd Hoffman Robert (‘73) and Linda McQuillen John M. Meade Sr. (‘64) and Judith Meade Mark A. Meier Richard and Elizabeth Meier Mike and Kathleen Merfeld Harold (‘68) and Georgia Mihm Robert (‘72) and Susan Miller Roger (‘71) and Sarah J. Mohr Edward (‘61) and Jane Monaghan Dalynne R. Moore Jeffrey (‘75) and Janet Mozena Leonard (‘62) and Susan Mriscin John (‘62) and Mary Mulholland Eugene E. Murphy (‘57) John (‘93) and L. Jennifer Murphy Chip (‘74) and Julie Murray David (‘62) and Teresa Murray Betty L. Murray Michael (‘86) and Susan Musich Robert (‘60) and Margaret Naughton Kenneth P. Nelson Kay G. Noonan (‘84) Gerard (‘51) and Lola Noonan Kathryn A. Norman (‘86) Richard (‘97) and Katherine (Whalen ‘97) Novak Kevin J. O’Brien (‘11) Patrick (‘61) and Rosalie O’Brien Christopher J. O’Connell (‘81) Elizabeth O’Connell Cross (‘01) and Adam Cross James (‘58) and Nena O’Connor Edward (‘92) and Jacqueline O’Donnell Margaret (Kaiser ‘89) and Brent Ohl William (‘55) and Marlene O’Meara John (‘79) and Tamara Onderak Rev. Paul J. Otting (‘57) James D. Owens (‘76) Joan E. Pauler Joseph P. Peters (‘91) James and Elizabeth Pfohl Ann Pfohl Kirby Andrew L. Kirby James (‘76) and Ardith (Lehmann ‘78) Phillips

Fred (‘69) and Janet Pilcher Arthur and Cynthia Pizzello Robert (‘59) and Mellita Pommerich Sara (Slaggie ’99) and Greg Poulos Robert (‘69) and Rose Mary Pratt Joseph and Melinda Pudlo Lynn Quigley L. Matthew Quigley Robert (‘86) and Nancy Quinn Anthony (‘62) and Deloris Quint Terry M. Reed (‘79) Roger (‘71) and Barbara Reilly Rev. Richard R. Remmes (‘58) Mary (Snider ‘73) and Robert Reuland David (‘79) and Barbara (Wiederholt ‘79) Reynolds Janet L. Rhomberg Paul (‘81) and Susan Rice Chris and Lisa Riegel Leo Riegel (‘58) and Barbara Larsen Rev. Donald C. Ries (‘55) Mark (‘67) and Rita Rosauer Geoffrey (‘71) and Nancy Rosean Ann (Ludwig ‘95) and Steven Rossigno Robert (‘60) and Mary Roth Donald F. Rowland (‘83) Carol Runger and Robert Galligan Gerald and Kathleen Ryan James J. Ryan (‘54) Richard J. Sadowski Paul (‘65) and Mary Ann Sands Richard (‘56) and Barbara Sankovitz James (‘69) and Sara Sauter Dennis (‘77) and Carla Schemmel Brian (‘97) and Brooke Schermerhorn Emmett (‘53) and Mary Ann Scherrman David A. (‘81) and Melissa Schlader Phillip E. Schmitt (‘52) Margaret B. Schmitz Joseph (‘74) and Kathleen Schoening Nicholas Schrup III (‘77) and Carrie Schrup Richard (‘66) and Kathy Schuster Dale and Ellen Schwoebel Stuart (‘65) and Dianne Seim Daniel (‘86) and Michelle Shey Christopher (‘89) and Mary Ann (Doyle ‘89) Shey Jacob and Mallory Shireman Robert (‘74) and Joan Singsank Joan S. Skurnowicz Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Terrance J. Smith Eric J. Solberg Michael (‘99) and Jennifer (Johnson ‘00) Specht Michael (‘69) and Dorothy Stallman

Leonard (‘68) and Dianne Stecklein Stephen (‘68) and Susan Stedman F. Charles and Denise Steinhauer Steven M. Streb (‘92) Richard (‘52) and Patti Sulentic John (‘58) and Sandra Sullivan Mary M. Sullivan Patrick and Kamy Sullivan Theresa (Coleman ‘81) and David Thompson David M. (‘62) and Joanne Tigges Eugene (‘57) and Germaine Till Regis (‘66) and Donna Trenda Dennis (‘84) and Ann (Huinker ‘83) Tressel Joseph and Lucia Turk Thomas (‘81) and Jodi (Waller ‘83) Ullrich Patrick (‘90) and Wendy (Huinker ‘90) Vance Luke (‘88) and Dawn Vandermillen Stephen (‘64) and Peg Vanourny Frank (‘65) and Julie Vogl Joseph Voss (‘70) and Diana Christopher Robert (‘61) and Donna Wahlert John and Mary Walton Richard (‘62) and Lynn Weier James (‘54) and Caroline Weis Daniel (‘91) and Tracy (Galvin ‘92) Welsh James A. Welu (‘66) Timothy J. Wengert (‘81) Ann Wertz (‘03) Matthew J. Whalen (‘83) Kevin and Jane White James (‘55) and Pauline White Richard and Susan Whitty Joseph (‘68) and Lee Wiewel Joseph (‘70) and Julie Wojcik Gary (‘76) and Mari Wolter Bob Woodward, III and Beth Woodward Larry J. Zettel

Businesses $100,000+ Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque United States Department of Transportation Winston-Salem Foundation

$25,000-99,999 American Trust & Savings Bank Anderson-Weber Auto ARAMARK Corporation AY McDonald Charitable Foundation Ayco Charitable Foundation Bird Chevrolet

Brad Deery Motors Catholic Foundation of Northern Colorado Community Foundation of Sarasota County Conlon Construction Company Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Iowa College Foundation Medical Associates Clinic Foundation Schwab Charitable Fund State of Iowa Department of Education Verizon Foundation

$10,000-24,999 Barnes & Noble Burbach Financial Services Butler Family Foundation CB Lex Farms CS Packaging, Inc. Dr. Scholl Foundation Dubuque Bank & Trust Company Intermountain Gas Industries Foundation Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts Klauer Manufacturing Charitable Trust Molo Companies Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving

Shey Systems Trace Enterprises Tri-State Travel Wells Fargo

$5,000-9,999 AEGON Transamerica Foundation Apple Annie, Inc. Best Western Plus Dubuque Hotel Burkhardt & Burkhardt, LTD Florence Lindsay Trust Grecian Delight Foods, Inc IBM International Foundation Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc. Lockheed Martin Corporation Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. New York Life Foundation Pella Rolscreen Foundation Prudential Financial SJC LLC Wahlert Foundation

$2,500-4,999 Alliant Energy Foundation American Endowment Foundation American Maintenance Systems Inc.

Catholic Community Foundation Dubuque Area Swimmin’ Hurricanes Giese Companies Goldman, Sachs & Co Henry Bros. Co. John Deere & Company Matching Gift Program Pro-Stainless, Inc. Spahn & Rose Lumber Co. Charitable Foundation State Farm Foundation The Chicago Community Foundation US Bank Verizon Wireless Good Government Club

$1,000-2,499 3M Foundation Abbott Laboratories Fund Alliance Data Services Amsted Industries Foundation Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Bankers Trust Bernardi Investment Services CES Computers, Inc. Crowe Horwath LLP Exelon Corporation

Exxonmobil Foundation Fair Trade Colleges and Universities Greyhounds Are Our Business (GAOB) Hawkeye Commodities Company Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. Integrysgas Group Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Kunkel & Associates, Inc Loras Judo Club Mathis-Pfohl Foundation MulticultuReal National Collegiate Athletic Association Network for Good Northwestern Mutual Foundation Paulson Electric Company Principal Financial Group Foundation R. Meier, Inc. Rockwell Collins Securian Financial Group, Inc. T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving Texas Instruments Inc Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield


“Thanks to all the alumni, parents, and friends

who supported Loras College during last year’s phonathon. With your help, our Loras student Dewey Callers raised over

$338,000. The students look forward to speaking with you

again this year during the college’s annual phonathon to support Loras College.”



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Loras College graduates go on to achieve great things throughout their lives. Here are a few famous Loras College alumni prior to our milestone in 1971 of becoming co-educational, who made their mark on the world. For a list of more famous Loras Alumni, visit


Don Ameche

Bob Kaliban



Film actor


On May 31, 1908, Don Ameche was born. After studying at Loras College he went to Marquette, Georgetown and the University of Wisconsin to study law, but it wasn’t long before he realized his true passion was for theater. By 1929, he made his first New York stage debut as a butler on Broadway, which was shortly followed by his film debut in Sins of Man in 1936. At 77, he received an Academy Award for best supporting actor in the film Cocoon. In 1986, when asked about his life, Ameche responded, “You’re talking to a man with no regrets. I’ve always accepted things as they were. God was awfully good to me during the good days.” (Flint, Peter. New York Times journalist.)

Upon graduating cum laude from Loras in 1955, Bob Kaliban received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. While studying in London, Kaliban performed for Queen Elizabeth. After serving 27 months abroad in the U.S. Army, he returned to the U.S. and began acting in Milwaukee, Wis. His work with the theater in Milwaukee led him to Broadway and then New York. Before Kaliban retired, he had appeared not only on stage and voiced over many commercials, but also appeared in a number of films and several television series including Law & Order, As the World Turns and The Ed Sullivan Show.

Red Faber

Greg Gumbel

Attended in 1909


Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, Chicago White Sox

CBS sportscaster

Born on September 6, 1888, Urban Clarence “Red” Faber became a name preserved in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. One of the last individuals to legally throw a spit ball, and live through a World War as well as the Black Sox scandal, Faber earned his place in American baseball history. Though there are no records of his graduating from Loras College, Faber began began his career playing for St. Joseph’s College (Loras College). By 1909 Faber joined the Dubuque Miners and in 1910 he threw his first perfect game against Davenport. The next day the Pittsburg Pirates bought his contract. Later, White Sox owner Comiskey signed Faber for the 1914 season. Loras College honored the Hall of Famer by adding his name to the athletic practice field—Faber-Clark Field.

Greg Gumbel, the first African-American play-by-play announcer for a Super Bowl (2001), graduated from Loras College in 1967. In 1973, Gumbel became the sports announcer for Chicago TV station WMAQ-TV. Gumbel then went on to work with a number of other channels and stations – MSG, ESPN and WFAN, hosting radio and television shows and broadcastsAs a CBS employee, Gumbel found himself announcing, hosting and anchoring a wide variety of sporting events, from the Daytona 500 to the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games. He moved to NBC in 1994, and covered events such as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the 1995 World Championships of Figure Skating and the 1996 Summer Olympics. After Super Bowl XXXII, Gumbel returned to CBS.

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Bill Bolster Chairman and CEO of CNBC International After attending Loras, Bolster began his broadcast career by working as an on-air announcer and sales person at KDTH radio in Dubuque. He then served as Vice-President and General Manager of KWWL-TV in Waterloo and went on to found the Iowa Television Network. In 1983, Bolster went to KSDK-TV in Saint Louis, Missouri as Vice President and General Manager and then held the position of President of Multimedia Broadcasting from 1989-1991. He served for five years as President and General Manager of WNBCTV, during which time, the station dramatically increased its ratings, going from number three in New York to number one. Bolster joined CNBC in 1996. Under his leadership, CNBC became the top-rated global leader in business news and information. He served as the Chairman and CEO of CNBC International from February 2001 until his retirement in early 2004.

Father Aloysius Schmitt ’32 Archdiocesan priest killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor Aloysius Schmitt was born on December 4, 1909. After graduating from Loras College, Schmitt studied in Rome and was ordained a priest in 1935 for the archdiocese of Dubuque. By 1939, Schmitt became a chaplain and joined the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant. On December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the ship Schmitt was serving on that day—USS Oklahoma—capsized. Rather than saving his own life when it was his turn to escape the ship, Schmitt helped save the lives of 12 other sailors. Schmitt became the first chaplain to die during WWII. Loras College’s Christ the King Chapel is dedicated as a memorial to Chaplain Schmitt and all men and women of the Archdiocese who served in the military.

OCT 1-NOV 30 Tom Nakashima (’66), Nature Morte

Calendar of Events for 175 Anniversary


Homecoming Alumnus Tom Nakashima has art exhibit at Dubuque Museum of Art through November 2013


Jack Bobo World Food Prize

NOV 23

Mysteries of Christmas


Sounds of the Season

JA N JAN 26-FEB 4 6-24

FEB 27

Catholic Schools Week Brietbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders January Term trip to France: “Catholicism Encounters Modernity”

Speaker George Weigel George Weigel, founding president of the James Madison Foundation and author of the best-selling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope and Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace.

M AR 20


Premier of the Sequel to the Man of Deeds DVD Heritage Week Week-long celebration of our heritage through special events on campus


The Catholic Church in Contemporary Ireland A symposium exploring diverse elements of the contemporary Irish Catholic Church and Senior Recognition/Scholarship Day in April

APRIL 25-26

Loras Days of Caring in partnership with the City of Dubuque


The Legacy Symposium: Presentations of Research, Creativity, and Service Accomplishments

MAY 24


MAY 29-JUNE 8 Pilgrimage to France


Loras Choir Performs at Carnegie Hall Soccer trip to World Cup in Brazil

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Rev. Msgr. Francis Friedl

Donna Bauerly

Nearly eight decades ago Rev. Msgr. Francis Friedl, Ph.D., (’39), hitchhiked to Dubuque and fell in love with Columbia College, now Loras College. Friedl claims, “If I hadn’t received my Loras education, I could have never completed the things I’ve done.” He has traveled around the world and stated, “It is wonderful to run into people all over the place who know about Loras College.” While he was offered different positions at other colleges, Friedl explains, “Loras has always been so good to me.” Msgr. Friedl is a past president of Loras, a Regent Emeritus and a Professor Emeritus.

Donna Bauerly, Ph.D., came to Dubuque to be with her family and teach English at Loras College. Bauerly states, “I had a marvelous 36-year journey here and enjoyed sharing my love of education with everyone I met. Teaching has always meant so much to me. The excitement of learning with others who also want to learn is always its own reward.” She adds, “I will be forever grateful for all that Loras College and everyone who is and has been a vital part of our grand family have so graciously offered to me over the years, continuing even now.” Bauerly holds Professor Emeritus distinction at Loras.

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G. B. “Bud” Noonan

Sister Bernadine Curoe

The Noonan family has long history with Loras College. When G. B. “Bud” Noonan (’51) was ready to go to college, there was never a thought of going anywhere else. Noonan says, “I was a student at Loras from 1947-1951 and was very involved throughout my years here. I came back to teach in 1956 and after one year I was offered a position in the registrar’s office, where I stayed for the next 39 years. Loras means so much to me. I can still remember my world literature class my sophomore year with Fr. Karl Schroeder. The people I met here changed my life. I met the best man in my wedding at my first class at Loras. I made a lifetime worth of memories here and I would not give up those years for anything.”

Sister Bernadine Curoe, SVM, (MA ’69) came to Loras in 1978 and has been helping students ever since. About her 35 years at Loras, Curoe states, “Loras College has been a wonderful place to be. I have been a counselor here and helped start many student retention programs that are still being used. My journey has been enriching, invigorating, challenging and a great opportunity to meet outstanding, dedicated, caring and loving individuals. It’s the people here who I work with that made me successful, especially my coworkers Jerry Jorgensen and Ann Beckman. It’s overwhelming to think about what Loras has done for me and hopefully what I’ve done for them.”

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Travel Opportunities France A Pilgrimage to France to explore the heritage of Bishop Mathias Loras, Loras College’s founder, will take place in May-June 2014. Bishop Loras came to Dubuque from France and the trip will discover European sites important in world and Catholic history. The trip will include faith-based visits, cultural experiences and history ventures, along with leisure time at all locations.

For more information contact Heather Jungblut. | 563-588-7104

C a r n e g i e H a ll Choral and Vocal Activities Director Bruce Kotowich will conduct a Loras performance in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Present choir students as well as Loras choir alumni have the opportunity to perform on the trip scheduled for June 2014.While in NY, the group will sing at a church mass in Manhattan, attend shows and enjoy the Big Apple.

For more information contact Bruce Kotowich. | 563-588- 4096

B r a z il Join the Loras College Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams for a trip to Brazil in June 2014. The trip will include travel to Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup, Copa Cabana Beach and Christ the Redeemer among other destinations. The Duhawks will train every day and match up against professional Brazilian teams.

For more information contact Daniel Rothert. | 563-588-4936


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A Hidden Gem of Loras College The Center for Dubuque History There are so many aspects to Loras College that make it unique. One of Loras’ strongest connections to the community is through the Center for Dubuque History found in the Academic Resource Center on the Loras campus. The center began in 1976 and is now the area’s largest local history resource and the only local history center affiliated with a college or university in Iowa. Thirty-seven years ago Bob Klein (’59), Tom Auge, Ph.D., John Hess Ed.D., Tom Goodman (’54) and the Rev. William Wilkie, Ph.D. (’50) began collecting local pieces of information and decided it would be useful to start an archive of Dubuque area history. They got their idea chartered and, soon after, word had spread and the collection began to grow as people began donating different pieces of Dubuque’s history. Mike Gibson (MA ’91) began as the director of the center of Dubuque history 30 years ago. Gibson’s passion for history is what kept him at Loras and he helps over 500 visitors to the center every year. “The Center is one of the best town and gown things the College has going for it,” Gibson stated. “Local history is the history of your own backyard and everyone should have an appreciation for it. It is so rewarding to help people find answers to whatever questions they may have.” The collection at Loras contains everything from clippings, files, manuscripts, diaries, maps, and oral histories to over 13,000 images. The Center has served thousands of patrons from all over the world who come to see the immense resources archived here. Visitors include elementary school, high school and college students, novelists, movie producers, historic preservationists, archeologists, genealogists, local history buffs and everything in-between. Gibson said, “The archives are only as good as people make them.” The collection relies on the people of Dubuque to come forward with any pieces of information others could benefit from. When new materials come in, Gibson has to physically preserve the information, arrange it so people can easily locate it and reference where he received the information. He explained that it is very difficult to keep up with the supply and demand that takes place.

Gibson To contact Mike Gibson in the Center for Dubuque History, call 588.7163 or email him at

Gibson has many stories from his years in the Center. Once, a woman came in and found a picture of her father in an old yearbook. She was very emotional and explained that it was the only picture she had ever seen of her father. The archives happened to have two copies of that yearbook and he was able to give her one of the copies to share with her family. “You can’t put a price tag on that kind of service,” says Gibson. When asked about his favorite article of history in the archives, Gibson explained that at any given moment, something can become your favorite article of history. The Center for Dubuque History is a primary source that can’t be found anywhere else. Professors at Loras integrate local history and campus history into their class projects and get students more educated about Dubuque’s beautiful past. People can’t help but get interested in the local aspect that the archive holds. You never know what you’ll find when you start looking around the thousands of historical artifacts in the Center for Dubuque History.

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My DIII Associate Athletic Director Denise Udelhofen (’90, MA ’92) reflects on her Loras experiences

There isn’t much Loras associate director of athletics Denise (Bodensteiner) Udelhofen (’90, MA ’92) hasn’t done on campus since she arrived from Fredericksburg, Iowa, in the late 1980s. She was a two-sport athlete, coached multiple teams (volleyball and men’s and women’s golf) well enough to be the volleyball program’s all-time leader in wins and garner IIAC Coach of the Year honors in golf. She now serves on the national golf committee and oversees Loras’ influential Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

B.A., Sports Management, Loras College M.A., Athletic Administration, Loras College Sports at Loras: Golf and softball Golf: 3x IIAC All-Conference, runner-up medalist in 1987 Qualified as a team all four years for NGCA National Championships 2x IIAC Coach of the Year in women’s golf (2005, 2007) IIAC Coach of the Year in men’s golf (2005) Loras volleyball head coach, 1991-98, program best 150 wins Loras Softball coach, 1991-2000 Former assistant professor, department of physical education Student-Athlete Advisory Committee—coordinator NCAA Division III Men’s Golf—national committee member

Udelhofen weighs in from multiple perspectives on what NCAA Division III means to her.

D is c o v e r d e v e l o p d e di c a t e Reflecting on my college athletic career, I feel that “Discover” is a perfect motto for a first-year student-athlete, but one that also followed me through my career. I was able to discover what it meant to work within a team immediately. At the beginning, all of my teammates were from different backgrounds and abilities, so we had to figure out how to mesh as a team to be successful. Each year as I progressed through my four years I met new first-year students and was excited to see the team grow and work together. As a coach, I am constantly encouraging and striving for student-athletes to discover new friends and teammates and learn to get everyone working toward the same goal.

I was able to develop my personality as a student-athlete. The four years of college are the most frustrating, rewarding and exciting as you figure out what you want to be when you “grow up.” Loras was the right place for me to do that. The faculty and staff do a fabulous job of pushing, encouraging and challenging you to do things you haven’t done before and didn’t even know you could. As I progressed through my four years, I realized I wanted to help student-athletes reach their full potential and found athletics was the perfect avenue to achieve that.

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We all know that student-athletes need to have a special dedication to make academics and athletics work. I love the fact that athletics teaches people about leadership, teamwork, hard work, perseverance and fun. DIII is the level I enjoy and have been in all of my life. I think DIII is the division that develops the “whole” person and enables people to experience more campus activities/ atmosphere and gain a valuable academic background along with the love of competing in his/her sport.  Loras College, as a NCAA DIII institution, was the perfect place for me and I value all the relationships and experiences I was able to gain as a student-athlete, coach, instructor and now administrator.

By: Bob Quinn (’86) Director of Athletics

Watching the Loras College Duhawks compete against other NCAA Division III student-athletes, I can not help but think about the life lessons that are being learned and taught on the track, baseball field, softball field, golf course, tennis court and lacrosse field. April 8-14, 2013, marked NCAA Division III Week. The goal of this week is to promote the NCAA’s largest division of athletes and educate all as to why it is one of the greatest opportunities for student-athletes to learn and compete. Loras College is a member of the NCAA Division III. DIII represents almost 450 colleges and universities and nearly 175,000 student-athletes across the country. This makes up the largest of all the NCAA’s divisions at 42% of the entire NCAA membership. The mantra of DIII is one of discovering, developing and dedicating. Winning and losing is certainly valued and measured in DIII. As a matter of fact, there are National Championship opportunities in 36 different sports. NCAA DIII also measures overall athletic department success through a program called The Learfield Sport Directors’ Cup Challenge. Last year, Loras College ranked as high as 18 in the fall and was 46th among the 446 DIII institutions nationally this Spring. While learning and growth occur at NCAA DI institutions like Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa, balance and perspective have the potential to be skewed by things like scholarships based solely on athletic ability, incredible emphasis on winning and sometimes immense salaries for coaches and coaching staff.


Scandals like those at Penn State and, more recently, Rutgers, litter the front page of newspapers and are lead stories on daily news programs. They seem to represent all that is wrong with college athletics. In light of these headlines, NCAA DIII represents all that is right! DIII is the only division that brands itself as one of proportion, comprehensive learning, passion, responsibility, sportsmanship and citizenship. Loras College student-athletes, along with all NCAA DIII student-athletes, are mandated to demonstrate a holistic educational approach that includes rigorous academics, competitive athletics and the opportunity to pursue other interests and passions. Studentathletes are held to the same standards of admission to the institution, social conduct and high academic performance to which the general student body is held. Coaches and athletic administrators consistently take advantage of thousands of teachable moments at practices and contests to help DIII student-athletes become men and women of character and integrity. Loras College and all DIII student-athletes play for the love of the game and the opportunity to learn and grow beyond the classroom.

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Hall of Fame

2013 Inductees

On September 21, 2013, six former Duhawks entered the Loras College Athletics Hall of Fame. By: Jon Denham (’02), Sports Information Director

A month after Kris Keplinger graduated from Loras College with his physical education degree, the FIFA World Cup came to the United States to advance the game. For the two years prior, Keplinger did the same for the game right here on the Loras campus by producing two of the five best goal-scoring seasons in program history. As a transfer student under first-year head coach Eric Johnson, Keplinger helped bring back the program after its hiatus in 1991. He did so in a big way, claiming the single season goals mark by hitting the back of the net 16 times. The team won just four games that year, and then made the second biggest leap in wins in program history the next season. Keplinger’s senior season included 11 wins, and another record-setting season with 24 goals. He remains the only player for the Duhawks to score 20 or more goals in a season.

Kris Keplinger Class of 1994 Men’s Soccer

As the lone senior on the team in 1993 and a two-year captain, Keplinger led the players to the Iowa Conference Tournament finals, finishing runner-up. Three players made the All-Tournament team, including Keplinger. Despite playing just two seasons in a Duhawk uniform, he remains in the top four in career records for both points and goals scored. Keplinger took his talents and soccer knowledge to Birmingham, Ala., where he remains a physical education teacher and soccer coach. His coaching days at both Shades Valley and Hoover High Schools have included state titles, Alabama Coach of the Year and national rankings. He resides there with his wife Beth and their three daughters.

The Cy Young award was first given in the summer of 1956. That’s about the time Dick Winter was coming into his own for the Loras College Duhawks. Winter averaged about 15 innings of work over his first two seasons on the mound for Loras. By his junior season that was up to 30 behind ace and Loras Hall of Fame teammate Art Huinker. Then, in his role as the ace of the staff in 1958, it was a team high 65 innings. During those 126 total innings, he allowed just 91 hits and struck out 136, more than one batter per inning. That’s a healthy 15.1 strikeouts per nine innings pitched for the history and education major.

Dick Winter Class of 1958 Baseball

Winter especially liked to pitch against Beloit, Winona State and Quincy, who accounted for nine of his 16 wins. The righty took just one loss over the course of his career, a 9-8 game during his senior season which came down to the final inning. Winter and his wife Shirley reside in Papillion, Neb., and are the proud parents of three children.

Twenty wins is a measuring stick for college basketball teams--a season of indisputable success. Three times with Curtis Evans in the program the team reached that plateau, and, in fact, the team averaged 20 wins per season during his time as a Duhawk. In addition, there were 19 occasions when Evans’ teams eclipsed 100 points in a game with him on the floor. He was one of just 21 players in the program’s history to reach the 1,000 Point Club—finishing with 1,063. He averaged 12.4 points per game over his career for Bob Mullen’s teams.

Curtis Evans Class of 1983 Men’s Basketball


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Evans’ biggest individual honor came after his memorable 1979-80 junior season that ended in Kansas City at the NAIA National Tournament when he was named All-American. That trip was the first time the Duhawks had reached those late stages of the national tournament since 1947. They got there thanks in large part to Evans’ game-high 29 points in the district title game that “punched the ticket” to Kansas City. Today, Evans resides in the western Chicago suburb of Bellwood with his wife Gloria and their three boys.

When you’ve got a difference-maker on special teams, he simply can’t go unnoticed. Chris Gardner was a special player. Gardner was the Iowa Conference’s best kicker over the final three seasons of his career. He made headlines early in his career during his 1988 sophomore season when he made a team record 13 field goals. That season, he earned honorable mention All-American and Academic All-American. He still holds every field goal kicking record in the Loras record book: field goals made in a game, season and career, as well as longest field goal (49 yards). He made a field goal of at least 43 yards in each of his four seasons. While he doesn’t hold any of the point-after records, he was an impressive 72-for-77 in those situations over his career. For two decades, Gardner held the NCAA record for most punts in a career. He was sent out 254 times and logged over 9,000 yards in the punting game, averaging 35.6 yards per kick. His longest was 62 yards.

Chris Gardner Class of 1991 Football

He followed his 1988 season with two more All-IIAC efforts. He led the team in scoring in each of his first two seasons and was second to standout running back, Jim Romagna, in his final two seasons. He was responsible for 189 total points in his career, or 4.6 per game. Gardner now resides in Palm Coast, Fla., with his wife Sheila and their two children.

His stride was as recognizable as those late 1960s/early 1970s eyeglasses. His success on the track in that time was second to none. Back when the track distances were a little different (yards), Tom Bryan was the hard-working runner everyone came to know. When his career was over, he was a conference, regional and national champion. Bryan was a part of the Midlands and NAIA Regional winning mile relay teams of 1970-71, his junior season. That year, he added three more titles in the 880-yard race. He won the Midlands Conference title, the NAIA Regional title and eventually the NAIA National title in the middle distance event in Kansas City in 1:55.8 seconds. He was regularly a national qualifier and records indicate he was the first national champion on the Loras College track and field team. Bryan finished his degree in business in 1975 as amember of the cross country team, where he provided leadership to that team.

Tom Bryan Class of 1975 Track and Field

Bryan went on to become a master’s level track official and continued running with the University of Chicago Track Club, winning multiple events. In 2007, he was awarded a U.S. Patent for a modular fence design. He now resides in Wilmette, Ill., with his wife Jane.

Don Nachtman returned home from an injury after his freshman season that set the stage for a memorable homecoming. Nachtman was immediately eligible for the basketball and track teams upon his return to Dubuque. He provided most of his basketball prowess for the junior varsity team and shined on the track in sprinting and jumping events. His best event was the high jump—pre-Fosbury Flop—where he set the school record in 1958. He regularly cleared more than six feet and set multiple meet marks, building off his state championship in the event when he was a student at Loras Academy. Nachtman used that track speed and athleticism to help a productive football backfield gain yards AND help the defensive backs keep players in front of him—playing on both sides of the ball during each of his three seasons of eligibility. He also punted for the team for two seasons. Nachtman garnered his awards as a ball carrier, most noted for his ability to break a long run. He finished his career with an All-American nod from the Catholic All-American committee and was invited to training camps with both the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Nachtman and his wife Rocheay are the proud parents of three daughters and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this summer.

Don Nachtman Class of 1959 Football Track and Field

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5.23 Celebration Purple, gold and Loras pride were seen and felt on Thursday, May 23, 2013 (5.23). This was not only Senior Day for the class of 2013, but it began a new tradition known as Duhawk Day. To celebrate this special day for our newest group of alumni and unite them with graduates across the country and around the world, alumni were encouraged to show and share their love for Loras College by gathering with Duhawks, wearing purple and gold and using social media to tell stories and share photos. A week after the announcement of Duhawk Day, a challenge was issued by an alumnus and long-time supporter, to honor 5.23 with 523 donors. The overwhelming generosity of Duhawk supporters was phenomenal and helped us reach that goal by 3:15 p.m. With all the excitement of the day, hearing the seniors ringing the bell in honor of their last class, we decided to honor the graduates with a new goal of receiving 351 more donors, one for each 2013 graduate. In total, 940 donors, including 191 first-time donors, came forward  to help us surpass the challenge set for Duhawk Day and hundreds more exceeded our expectations by sending in stories and photos. Although the challenge issued was intended to further Duhawk spirit by concentrating on involvement in Duhawk Day, not dollars, a total of $70,983.90 was raised for the College and we want to acknowledge the generosity of all the alumni, families, friends and class of 2013. Duhawks DU it right, everytime! Thank you to all those who shared their Loras spirit! Your support means the world to current and future Duhawks, and reflects your commitment to the Loras legacy. To see more pictures, visit Loras College Alumni’s facebook page and check out the Duhawk Day album.

Duhawk Day 2014 will again be celebrated in conjunction with Senior Day on Thursday, May 22, 2014!


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Leading The Way Meet the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Recipients

Bob Klein (’59)

Carl Adducci (’63)

Ed Grace (’88)

Rev. Msgr. John Enzler (’69)

Sean O’Brien (’08)

Service Provided to Loras as Faculty, Staff or Administrator

Professional Achievements & Contributions Made

Contributions Made in Public Service

Christian Service & Volunteer Work

Young Alumni

It all started with a group of dedicated Duhawks serving on the National Alumni Board recognizing and honoring alumni who were making a difference. Now, nearly 25 years later, the tradition continues and this year’s recipients add to a longstanding list of amazing individuals. This fall during Homecoming we will honor these five Loras graduates who have been identified by their classmates, former students and family members as exemplifying the characteristics of this award. Join us on Saturday, October 12, and celebrate with these Duhawks!

Recipients are identified as having met the following criteria: Significant achievements in chosen field or particular endeavor Reflects honor on the College through personal or professional activities Contributes to the College in outstanding ways or makes significant contributions to the community at-large Demonstrates particular professional accomplishment and exemplifies the educational Mission of the College Shows excellence in contribution of time and talents to benefit the community on a local, state or national level Shows exceptional personal commitment involving time and effort while at Loras College Displays Christian ideals in daily life put forth by the College

You can help us honor a professor, mentor, classmate or friend. Nominations are currently being accepted for 2014. Please log on to and click on Networks and Boards.

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Duhawk Sightings

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Men’s Alumni Basketball Game February 2, 2013

Their graduation years may have been different, but their passion for basketball was the same as alumni players from across generations gathered in the Athletic and Wellness Center to play a friendly game.

Economic Forecast Reception March 6, 2013

The Loras Economic Forecast reception held in Burr Ridge, Ill., was hosted by Kenn Nemec (’76) and featured Mark Cloghessy (’80) as the 2013 speaker. L to R: Kenn Nemec (’76), Mark Cloghessy (’80)

Loras Network of Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Winter Social

February 17, 2013

President Jim Collins (’84) spoke to a full house at the Kirkwood Hotel during the Loras Network of Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Winter Social. L to R: Paul Ruffalo (’00), Al Ruffalo (’69), President Collins


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Women’s Alumni Basketball Game February 2, 2013

Former and current Loras women’s basketball players hit the hardwood on February 2, 2013; both purple and gold came out winners! L to R: Erin (Boxleiter) McGovern (’04), Carrie (Smith) Kennedy (’98), Cortney (Kettmann) Kueter (’05), Lindsey LaBadie (’12), Lindsay Bava (’10), Mackenzie Roth (’09), Lisa Morrissey (’10)

Loras Network of Dubuque Lunch With Loras May 20, 2013

The Loras Network of Dubuque launched Lunch With Loras, allowing alumni and friends to dine on campus in the café the second Monday of the month. L to R: Ann (Huinker) Tressel (’83), Andy Kelchen (’13)

Loras Network of Dubuque Winter Social February 24, 2013

More than 240 alumni, parents and business partners attended the inaugural Loras Network of Dubuque Winter Social. L to R: Corey Becker (’09), Abby McIntosh (’09), John Schmidt, Loras College board of regent chair

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2013 Reading Stars April 18, 2013

Congratulations to the 2013 Loras College Reading Stars who will be featured at the Academic Resource Center throughout the year! L to R: Stan Rheingans (’89), Faye Finnegan (’78), Teresa Gwardys (’14) (Belvidere, Ill.), Jonas Meyer (’04)

Future Duhawks Reardon Grandchildren The grandchildren of Mary-Helen and Tony Reardon (’72), Loras College regent. L to R: Lucy Freeman, Katie Freeman

Loras Network of Dubuque Scholarship Reception April 8, 2013

On April 8, 2013, the Loras Network of Dubuque awarded 20 scholarships to students from the tri-state area for the upcoming academic year. Staff, faculty, board members and business supporters were on hand to celebrate with the students and their families.


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Bruening Lunch June 21, 2013

Left side of table (front to back): President Jim Collins (’84), Tyler Bruening (’08), Chris Wilder (’04), Brian Svestka (’08) Right side of table (front to back): Greg Bruening, Keith Bruening, Duane Bruening (’52), Smokey Doyle (’83), Jacob Bruening, Chase Riehle (’06)

Rockford Scholarship Luncheon June 12, 2013

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Loras Network of Rockford. In celebration the board awarded two scholarships at its annual luncheon. L to R: RoseAnn Taphorn (’09), Tom Giovingo (’78)

Alumni Track and Field Meet March 16, 2013

Track and field alumni returned to campus for the annual alumni meet. L to R: Ryan Kruse (’09), Chris Johnson (’08), Brian Tlach (’08)

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Chicago Reception May 2, 2013

Nearly 150 alumni gathered at Fulton’s On the River for the Loras Network of Chicago Spring Reception. L to R: Breanne Kessenich (’07), Laura (Falkenstein) Lamecker (’08), Colleen McKenna (’07), John Looby (’73), Wendy Schrunk (’08), Steve Tartaglione (’06), Rachael Gunderson (’09), Kevin Miller (’10)

Denver Service and Social April 14, 2013

Service was the theme of an alumni and friends event in Denver. Volunteer Duhawks showed up at SAME Café, owned by Libby (Whalen) Birky (’97). L to R: Anne Karcich, Richard Karcich, Joe McDermott (’80)

Des Moines Wine Tasting June 13, 2013

Duhawks in Des Moines raised their glasses and met at a wine tasting. Look for more events with the Loras Network of Des Moines coming soon!


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Mary Pat (Thyne) Kurt (’82) was named SunCurrent News Readers' Choice Best Teacher.

RECOGNITION The Rev. Msgr. Francis P. Friedl, Ph.D. (’39) celebrated his 70th anniversary of ordination in April 2013. John Colloton (’53) was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Iowa and the College of Public Health. Rev. Msgr.Wayne Ressler (’61) was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Hall of Fame. Timothy J. Riordan (’62) was named one of Chicago’s Top-Rated Lawyers for 2013. Rev. Msgr. John Enzler (’69) was named Washingtonian of the Year for 2012 by the Washingtonian Magazine. Rev. Dennis Juhl (’69), was honored by the Archdiocese of Dubuque for his 40 years of service in the Church. Gary Van House (’71) was named CEO of SLUCare at Saint Louis University. Michael Breitbach (’72) received the Everyday Heroes award from the American Red Cross of the Tri-States. David Bellendier (’77) was selected as a guest speaker for the Iowa Knights of Columbus Convention. Michael Breitbach (’78) won a seat in the Iowa Senate as a Republican for Iowa District 28. Mary (Soat) Burns (’78) was appointed as operations officer for the Wealth Management Group of Dubuque Bank and Trust Company.

Bill Callahan (’83) was promoted to the newly-created position of Dubuque market president at Dubuque Bank and Trust Company. Richard Runde (’83) has joined Honkamp & Krueger & Co., P.C. as a general services partner. Roger Neuhaus (’84) was selected as the new president of the Iowa State University Foundation. Kay (Green) Takes (’84) received an award from Mercy Medical Center for her efforts in achievements in her field at the sixth annual Women of Achievement award ceremony at the Grand River Center.

Carlos Cano Gomez (’95) was elected to the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame during the ISF Congress which was held in Manila, Philippines. Stacie (Speirs) Pfeiffer (’96) from the Riverview Center received an award as an Up and Coming Leader at the sixth annual Women of Achievement award ceremony at the Grand River Center. Javier Manzano (’98) was awarded a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for his picture depicting the Civil War in Syria. Scott Steiner (’98) joined American Trust & Savings Bank as vice president in commercial banking. Joel Reicks (’99) received the Everyday Heroes award from the American Red Cross of the Tri-States.

Jeffrey Streit (’08) was promoted to staff accountant II at Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. Reggie Rowe (’08) was promoted to senior accountant at Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. Angela Schuster (’08) has joined Retirement Plan Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Steele Capital Management Inc. Andy Miller, D.C. (’09), has joined Malone Family Chiropractic Clinic, P.C., as an associate doctor of chiropractic. Jake Oeth (’09) was named political director of Congressman Bruce Braley’s U.S. Senate campaign. Joel Allen (’09) was named wrestling coach at Wahlert High School.

Terry Kurt (’85) joined Hammer, Simon & Jensen as a shareholder.

Ben Hoelscher, D.D.S. (’01) was awarded as a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Rick Mihm (’85) was awarded the 2013 Matthew:25 Award from Divine Word College.

Dave Willging (’02) now holds the position of relationship management specialist at Prudential Financial.

Joe Hearn (’86) received the Everyday Heroes award from the American Red Cross of the Tri-States.

Bob Woodward III (’04) was named vice president of strategic planning and business development at Woodward Communications.

Luke Hoffmann (’11) was promoted to technical support specialist II at Cartegraph Systems, Inc.

Laura (Tressel) Cooley (’04) has been promoted to personal banking officer at American Trust & Savings Bank.

Jake Pfohl (’12) has joined Cartegraph Systems, Inc. as a software test engineer.

Robert Fink (’05) was promoted to IT manager at Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C.

Maggie Burbach (’12) was promoted to work force management consultant for Honkamp Krueger Payroll Services.

Jane (Beaves) Beitzel (’87) has joined the pharmacy team at Hartig Drug Company as a full-time pharmacist. Jim Lange (’88) joined Platinum Supplemental Insurance as chief operating officer of third party administration. Peggy (Greenwood) Meehan (’90) joined Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. as a payroll customer service representative. Pam Jochum (’92) was elected to serve as the State of Iowa Senate president. She is the first female to hold this position. Donna (Fleege) Schmitt (’92) was named as the Dubuque Community School District’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.

Stephanie (Bohlen) Mettille (’06) was promoted to tax consulting manager at Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. Katie (Wernimont) Thomas (’06) from Honkamp Krueger & Co. received an award as an Up and Coming Leader at the sixth annual Women of Achievement award ceremony at the Grand River Center. Allison Evans (’07) was crowned Miss Wisconsin United States 2013 in Madison, Wis. She represented the State of Wisconsin at the United States Pageant in Washington, D.C., on July 4, 2013.

Ashley (Pregler) Weber (’10) has joined Cedar Cross Overhead Door as office manager. Ray Werner (’11) has been named the assistant director/curator at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum.

Kevin Kelchen (’12) was promoted to software engineer II at Cartegraph Systems, Inc. Andrew Studdert, former member of the Loras College board of regents and current CEO of NES Rental Holdings, Inc., was honored on April 17, 2013, with the Heritage Award from the American Red Cross of Cook County, Ill. The award recognizes corporate responsibility to employees, consumers and the public.

Alumni Notes


Luke Althaus (’10) to Katie Dupont (’10) on April 27, 2013 Spencer Drewelow (’10) to Karen Dietzenbach (’08) on June 8, 2013


Ryan Domeyer (’10) to Rebecca Wagner (’09) on Aug. 18, 2012 Sarah Cunningham (’10) to David Jackman on June 22, 2013

Douglas Schrad (’90) to Cynthia Griffis on April 13, 2013

Amy Kirkpatrick (’11) to Scott McClure on June 22, 2013

Brian Keating (’91) to Valerie Terada on Jan. 10, 2013

Allison Arthofer (’11) to Jason Krivachek on Dec. 22, 2012

Danielle Basten (’02) to Adam Beck on April 6, 2013

Jessica Gerlach (’06) to Josh Larsen on Oct. 6, 2012


Andrew Cogan (’07) to Corin Metz (’09) on April 27, 2013 Leo Brady (’07) to Christina Lundberg on Feb. 2, 2013 Adam Bauder (’07) to Katharine Allman on May 4, 2013 Elizabeth Ashby (’08) to Scott Fuchser on Nov. 24, 2012


Julie (Stienstra) (’98) and Adam Skinner, a son, Benjamin, on March 10, 2013 Kevin (’98) and Elizabeth (Erner) (’99) Schilling, a son, on Sept. 4, 2012 Kyle (’98) and Natalie Connolly, a daughter, Grace Mary Helen, on May 3, 2013 Jason (’98) and Jennifer Wiley, a daughter, Courtlynn Lois, on April 17, 2013 Michael (’99) and AnnaLynn Chaloupka, a son, Andrea Michael, on July 25, 2012 Michael (’99) and Jennifer (Johnson) (’00) Specht, a daughter, on Sept. 25, 2012

Kathleen Volk (’05) to Josh Kuehl on March 27, 2013

Erin O’Brien (’06) to Patrick Gornik on July 14, 2012

Tricia (Nadermann) (’98) and Jeff Kueter, a daughter, Lauren Ashley, on April 12, 2013

Timothy (’84) and Angelika Mackey, a daughter, Nadia Marie, on May 8, 2013 Peter Weber (’90) and Jacque Beeten, a daughter, on May 31, 2013 Lynn (Kruse) (’94) and Scott Schilling, a son, Daniel Scott, on Aug. 23, 2012

Aimee (Reichel) (’03) and Brian Tressell, a daughter, on Jan. 31, 2013 Katie (Rasmusson) (’03) and Keith Koopmann, a daughter, Kenzie, on Feb. 25, 2013 John “Tony” (’03) and Meryl (Eckermann) (’05) Welsh, a daughter, on March 2, 2013 Jennifer (Arenz) (’03) and Jesus Sanchez, a son, John Kenneth, on March 5, 2013 Abby (Hefel) (’04) and Tony Davidshofer, a son, Abel Michael, on Feb. 15, 2013 Erin (Boxleiter) (’04) and Ryan McGovern, a son, on April 6, 2013

Mark (’99) and Liz Lawler, a son, Aidan, on Sept. 18, 2012

Jon (’04) and Stephanie (Burgmeier) (’05) Ludovissy, a daughter, Julia Marie, on April 2, 2013

Melissa (Kelly) (’00) and John Kennedy, a daughter, on Nov. 25, 2012

Amanda (Chapin) (’04) and Michael McTague, a daughter, on March 7, 2013

David (’00) and Jody (Shurtleff) (’02) Willging, a daughter, Chloe, on March 12, 2013

Stefanie (Lester) (’04) and Glenn Beckwith, a son, on April 16, 2013

John (’00) and Janet Herzog, a daughter, Arika Rae, on March 23, 2013 Jacob (’02) and Michelle (Wertz) (’02) Zeal, a son, on Nov. 27, 2012 Elizabeth (McClain) (’02) and Jason Lenz, a daughter, on Jan. 18, 2013

Taresa (Steines) (’04) and Lucas David, a daughter, on April 24, 2013 Matthew (’05) and Rachel Klaren, a daughter, on March 8, 2013 Sara (Hosch) (’05) and Luke Domeyer, a son, on Feb. 15, 2013 Brian (’05) and Stephanie (Bohlen) (’06) Mettille, a daugher, Eden Catherine, on May 4, 2013

Paul Koch (’08) to Emily Thornton (’09) on June 8, 2013

Paul Theisen (’94) and Tara HulsebusTheisen, a daughter, Ivy Simone, on Jan. 5, 2013

Ellen Thys (’08) to Zachary Chosnyk on Dec. 29, 2012

Brian (’96) and Angela (Snyder) (’98) Jones, a daughter, on March 23, 2013

Maria Gonzalez (’09) to Joey Freund on Jan. 26, 2013

Thomas (’97) and Jill (Hoffman) (’01) Kult, a son, Tyler Gregory, on April 4, 2013

Nicholas Kunnert (’10) to Kristen Knudtson on April 20, 2013

Chris (’97) and Nicole Casey, a daughter, Ellyana Rose, on March 27, 2013

Stephanie (Hirsch) (’03) and Troy Otterbeck, a daughter, Isabelle Kathleen, on Jan. 24, 2013

Andrew (’05) and Sarah Thibadeau, a daughter, on May 22, 2013

Nicole Kutsch (’10) to Alexander Miller on April 26, 2013

Jolene (Berning) (’97) and Terry Belken, a daughter, on June 7, 2013

Molly (Rodham) (’03) and Mark Wagner, a daughter, on December 12, 2012

Samantha (Trausch) (’06) and David Hogan, a son, on Aug. 17, 2012

Alumni Notes

Tabethe (Galle) (’02) and Andrew Schemmel, a son, Jacob Jack, on April 18, 2013 Meghan (Manders) (’03) and Scott Herrig, a daughter, Nora Mary, on December 15, 2012

Natalee Herrig (’05) and Ryan Wilson, a son, on May 31, 2013 Tara (Mensen) (’05) and Sean McMullen, a son, on May 30, 2013

Nicole (Boland) (’06) and Joseph Kennedy, a son, on June 19, 2013

Herman J. Matheis (’48) on April 10, 2013, in Cinnaminson, N.J.

Robert E. Zahren (’51) on April 27, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Andrew (’07) and Stacy (Richard) (’08) Portzen, a son, Oliver, on March 29, 2013

James A. O’Brien, D.D.S. (’48) on April 29, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Rev. Clement J. Burke (’52) on Jan. 8, 2013, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Merlin J. “Andy” Andera (’49) on Jan. 17, 2013, in Waterloo, Iowa

Leon “Lee” G. Bourgeois Jr. (’52) on July 20, 2012, in Chandler, Ariz.

Frederic W. Syburg (’49) on Feb. 15, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wis.

Carl J. Burbuch (’52, A ’48) on April 12, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Bobbi Jo (Guenther) (’07) and Dan Molokken, a daughter, Aubriana Belle, on May 15, 2013


Brandon (’08) and Danielle Kuboushek, a son, Silas James, on April 19, 2013

Sister Mary Angela Feeney, PBVM (’38) on July 3, 2012, in Dubuque, Iowa

Merlin “Mickey” Marty (’49, A ’40) on March 8, 2013, in Galesburg, Ill.

Donald E. Pins (’53) on June 20, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Allison (Kasal) (’08) and Christopher Collins, a daughter, on June 12, 2013

Bernard D. Hurley (’38) on Jan. 25, 2013, in West Allis, Wis.

Marvin A. Meyer (’49, A ’43) on June 22, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Raymond J. Gloeb (’53) on Jan. 24, 2013, in Omaha, Neb.

Timothy (’08) and Jill (Schwenker) (’09) Miller, a son, Elijah Ray, on Jan. 6, 2013

John G. “Jerry” Schneider (’38, A ’33) on Feb. 23, 2013, in Rapid City, S.D.

Joseph A. Rhomberg (’49, A ’44) on April 1, 2013, in West Des Moines, Iowa

Frederick G. Sehring, M.D. (’53) on Oct. 26, 2012, in Green Bay, Wis.

Most Rev. Arthur J. O’Neill (’39) on April 27, 2013, in Rockford, Ill.

Thomas J. Benda, M.D. (’50 and regent emeritus) on May 27, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Wayne M. Welch (’54) on Sept. 11, 2012, in Waukon, Iowa

Timothy (’08) and Tricia Carty, a son, on Feb. 25, 2013 Christopher (’09) and Angela (Kettmann) (’10) Read, a daughter, on June 15, 2013 Joel (’10) and Emily (McCullough) (’09) Allen, a son, Declan Tyrone, on Jan. 1, 2013 Drew (’11) and Mary Clare (Horst) (’11) Chapman, a daughter, Nora Frances, on June 18, 2013 Berta Sanchez (’11) and Joel Dickson, a son, Miles Avery, on Feb. 10, 2013 John (’12) and Kate (Stachowiak) (’10) Tyler, a daughter, Teresa Natalie, on Sept. 9, 2012

Robert E. Friedell (’39) on April 23, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Rev. Francis D. Heimerman (’40) on Jan. 5, 2013, in Charles City, Iowa Joseph H. Ernster (’40) on March 6, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. Robert F. Neuwoehner (’40, A ’36) on March 25, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa Robert D. Storck, M.D. (’41) on March 14, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa George E. Rolinger (’42) on Feb. 26, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz. Paul Goodwin (’43) on Dec. 25, 2012, in Granite Bay, Calif. Dan Uchimoto (’47) on Aug. 23, 2012, in Richmond, Calif. Eldon Herrig (’48 and regent emeritus) on Feb. 8, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa John “Fritz” Ganshirt (’48) on Dec. 31, 2012, in Dubuque, Iowa Leland T. Corkery (’48) on Oct. 28, 2012, in Hiawatha, Iowa

Richard A. Mares (’50 and regent emeritus) on May 11, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wis. Rev. Patrick J. Waite (’50) on Dec. 30, 2012, in San Diego, Calif. William J. Snyder (’50) on Jan. 25, 2013, in Rockford, Ill. Charles J. Helin (’50) on Jan. 30, 2013, in Urbandale, Iowa Thomas F. Stapleton Jr. (’50) on May 30, 2012, in Naples, Fla. John O. Arling (’50, A ’45) on April 12, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa Gerald E. Witry (’51) on Oct. 23, 2012, in Hickory Hills, Ill. Rev. Robert A. Thiele (’51) on Oct. 19, 2012, in Lake City, Iowa Rev. Allan J. Kurt (’51) on April 6, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M. Andrew L. Lang (’51) on March 25, 2013, in Urbandale, Iowa

J. Thomas Quirk, Ph.D. (’55) on Dec. 3, 2012, in Dubuque, Iowa George J. Stieber (’55, A ’51) on March 3, 2013, in Fort Wayne, Ind. Robert M. Kuhn (’56) on March 21, 2013, in St. Charles, Ill. John A. Kuhl (’57) on Dec. 27, 2012, in Dubuque, Iowa William C. McCauley (’57) on April 10, 2013, in Schaumburg, Ill. Joseph J. Heller Jr., M.D. (’58) on June 1, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa Rev. Msgr. Robert B. Hoffman (’58) on March 23, 2013, in Batavia, Ill. James R. Esch (’59) on July 10, 2012, in Dyersville, Iowa Edward E. Yde (’59) on Feb. 5, 2013, in Madison, Wis. H. Ronald Willging (’60) on May 27, 2013, in St. Joseph, Mich. Peter A. Willenborg (’60) on Feb. 4, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo.

Alumni Notes



William J. Fay (’60, A ’56) on May 29, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Aloyse T. Polfer (’66) on March 19, 2013, in Longwood, Fla.

Richard G. McCoy (’77) on Feb. 17, 2013, in Urbana, Ill.

George A. Winders (A ’47) on Oct. 30, 2012, in Baton Rouge, La.

Lawrence McCormick (’62) on April 7, 2013, in Hiawatha, Iowa

James V. Melloy (’67) on June 9, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Richard “Andy” Isenhart (’79) on April 23, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Victor J. Buhr Jr. (A ’50) on Feb. 15, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Leo F. Gorman (’62) on April 11, 2013, in Surprise, Ariz.

Arthur J. McEnany (’67) on Oct. 24, 2012, in Harrisonville, Mo.

Karla K. Berns (’80) on May 26, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

John A. Baumgartner (A ’51) on Feb. 6, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Thomas C. Sannito, Ph.D. (’62) on April 1, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Franklin E. Kellogg Jr. (’67) on March 21, 2013, in Brandon, Fla.

James R. Verhille (’82) on March 3, 2013, in Marion, Iowa

Kenneth R. “Dick” Kendrick (A ’51) on April 3, 2013, in Mt. Joy, Pa.

Kenneth J. Waul (’63) on Jan. 14, 2013, in Vero Beach, Fla.

John C. Badger (’68) on Dec. 25, 2012, in Galena, Ill.

Michael E. Whitehead (’85) on June 7, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa

James R. Moldt (A ’53) on April 17, 2013, in Bettendorf, Iowa

Owen D. English (’63) on Feb. 4, 2013, in West Peoria, Ill.

Gervin S. Green (’68) on Feb. 26, 2013, in Mason City, Iowa

Joseph M. Peters (’89) on Dec. 27, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.

Richard N. Stecklein (A ’54) on Sept. 1, 2012, in Dubuque, Iowa

Clifford Cantwell (’63) on March 27, 2013, in Burlington, Wis.

William R. Harris, D.D.S. (’68) on March 3, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa

Jeffrey T. Gossman (’89) on May 6, 2013, in Readlyn, Iowa

James J. Waul (A ’57) on March 25, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Richard Maresh (’63) on March 5, 2013, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Roger J. Schiesl (’70) on Feb. 25, 2013, in Chicago, Ill.

Timothy J. Kunkel (’90) on April 15, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

David A. Becker (A ’60) on Jan. 5, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Matthew X. Pohl (’64) on March 30, 2012, in Shelby Township, Mich.

Mel J. Beadle (’74) on April 9, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Robert E. Edmunds (MA ’01) on Sept. 13, 2012, in Sterling, Ill.

Randall Husemann (A ’60) on Nov. 6, 2012, in Iowa City, Iowa

Dennis L. Kemp (’65) on May 20, 2013, in West Des Moines, Iowa

John J. “Shorty” McCormack III (’75) on Jan. 20, 2013, in Chicago, Ill.

Michael J. Murphy (’12) on March 1, 2013, in Johnson City, Texas

Thomas O’Brien Carr (A ’61) on March 5, 2013, in Cascade, Iowa

Thomas Henn, M.D. (’65) on Jan. 3, 2013, in Issaquah, Wash.

Kenneth J. Kinkor (’76) on June 7, 2013, in Eastham, Mass.

Wilfred L. Welter (A ’36) on Jan. 22, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Patrick J. Urbain (A ’62) on March 2, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Stephen Wernsing (’65) on Jan. 2, 2013, in Plano, Texas.

Gerald H. McKenna (’77) on May 1, 2013, in Allenspark, Colo.

Richard J. Leute (A ’41) on April 2, 2013, in East Dubuque, Iowa., Ill.

James J. Luedtke (’65) on Nov. 4, 2012, in Parker, Colo.

Ronald J. Zuccarelli (’77) on Jan. 14, 2013, in Seattle, Wash.

James J. Kelleher (A ’46) on March 17, 2013, in Dubuque, Iowa

Alumni Notes

Why Loras? We are nationally recognized as a strong academic institution. Loras earned the 11th spot in the Top Tier among Best Midwest Regional Colleges in the 2013 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group while receiving one of the highest peer assessment scores on academic reputation among all regional rankings (3.2 out of 4).

We are a distinguished Catholic college. Loras was named as a College of Distinction, one of only 20 among the 230 Catholic colleges and universities based on the best places to learn, grow and succeed.

We instill ethics and values throughout our students’ educational experience. According to the most recent National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and by a margin of at least 25%, our recent graduates report they have developed a deep sense of ethics and values at Loras, compared to any other college or university category.

We demonstrate strong outcomes in our academic programs. Examples include: In 2011-12, the Loras teacher education program was granted a maximal accreditation of 7 years, while receiving commendation for adopting a model of continuous improvement. In 2013, the Loras engineering program earned accreditation from ABET. Six media studies students’ films were chosen for screening at local, national and international film festivals in 2013.

We demonstrate strong outcomes in our co-curricular programs. Examples include: Men’s Soccer is ranked #2 and Women’s Soccer #10 among all institutions in the largest athletic division in the country, NCAA Division III. The Mediation Team finished #8 in the country and Mock Trial took second place regionally. The Sport Management program finished 2nd at a national case study competition in 2013 and, as such, is the only program to finish in the top three in the last seven competitions which includes Loras winning 3 national championships. Eleven students from Loras College’s Phi Beta Lambda business club qualified to attend the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California in 2013; all the students competed in two events with top ten finishers in four events.

We encourage our students to experience and serve the world. More than 90% of our students study abroad at one of our 6 affiliate sites, commit to serve on numerous domestic or international trips, engage in internships, student-faculty research or practicums and travel on any number of distinctive January term trips to great places like Greece, Mexico, Germany and many more.

We help students see God in all things. From a liturgical coordinator to FOCUS missionaries to a Dean for Campus Spiritual life, Loras provides an expansive staff to provide students with a wide variety of opportunities to pursue and enhance their faith lives.


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Loras College Fall Magazine 2013  

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Loras College Fall Magazine 2013  

Loras College Fall Magazine 2013