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The Loras College Magazine WINTER 2010


Letter from the Editor

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PRESIDENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James e. collins (’84) PROVOST AND ACADEMIC DEAN . . . . . . cheryl Jacobsen, Ph.D. VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT . . . . . . . Pamela S. gerard VICE PRESIDENT FOR ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Lail Bunders, ed.D. VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . . . Stephen Schmall (’83) ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT DEVELOPMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . .Arthur Sunleaf DEAN, CAMPUS SPIRITUAL LIFE . . . . . . . . .The rev. John Haugen PUBLISHER Lisa Lail Bunders, ed.D. MANAGING EDITOR Angie FitzPatrick C O N T R I B UTING WRITERS/EDITORS Sue (Bishop) czeshinski (’87) Brandi kamps Jon Denham (’02) Helen kennedy Mary Jo Dunne (’04) cathy kuboushek Bobbi earles (’88) Stephanie (Burgmeir) Ludovissy (’05) John eby Twyla (Mccabe) Marlow (’03) Sheila germaine Jan Powers Mike gibson geoff rosean (’71) Sandra gonzales-Denham (’05) Hannah Spina (’10) Michaela gray (’11) Joyce Whelan Maggie Writt (’12) P H OTO G R APHY/ART A2z Sports Photography emilio Alvarez (’11) David cochran David eischeid (’67) Sheila germaine Terry grant David e. Jackson Mary kay Mueller cliff Stock Photography The Loras Archives DESIGN kelly Jo (Huntington) Fassbinder (Alumnus), Imagine That! Mary kay Mueller PRINTING Woodward Printing Services N AT I O N A L ALUMNI BOARD Carl P. Adducci (’63), Western Springs, Ill. Michael Blouin (’66), Dubuque, Iowa Amy (Deluhery) Breitfelder (’92), Dubuque, Iowa William H. Callaghan, Jr. (’74), Midlothian, Ill. Jane (Noonan) Demmer (’76), Cedar Falls, Iowa Kathy (Keller) Giovingo (’76), Rockford, Ill. Kendall Griffin (’94), Forest Park, Ill. Audra (Gaiziunas) Marotta (’97), Hillsborough, N.C. Kris (Heissel) Melloy (’77), Saint Paul, Minn. Mark J. Meloy (’83), Madison, Wis. Kelly (Stevens) Moshier (’97), Minneapolis, Minn. Eugene E. Murphy, Jr. (’84), Evanston. Ill. Thomas P. O’Brien (’82), Cascade, Iowa Thomas M. Onan (’57), Lake Forest, Ill. Autumn (Esch) Pino (’99), Maquoketa, Iowa Brian Schermerhorn (’97), Alexandria, Va. Lori (Welsch) Thielen (’87), Dubuque, Iowa Luke Vandermillen (’88), West Des Moines, Iowa Kelly Walsh-Hunt, Ph.D. (’90), Rocky River, Ohio Todd T. Welu (’86), Naperville, Ill. The Loras College Magazine is published approximately 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. E D I TO R I A L OFFICE 30 keane Hall 1450 Alta Vista Street Dubuque, IA 52001 Phone: (563) 588-7811 Fax: (563) 588-4941 e-mail:

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Next year I will celebrate my 10 year college reunion. While that is a milestone, I still consider myself a “young alum,” as my college days do not seem that long ago. Maybe part of that is having the pleasure of interacting with college students for the past four years here at Loras. I am definitely seeing a change, though, in the attitudes and values of students today versus 10 years ago. Today’s Loras students shock and amaze me every day with their maturity, selflessness, strong spirituality and civic responsibility. While they work hard and like to have fun, I would argue that they are some of the most involved people I know. As you read “Today’s Loras Students” on page 10, you will see the long list of campus activities each of the students profiled is involved with…and that is just here on campus! Today’s Loras students also volunteer, work at internships, take time to study abroad and I, hope, see their families every now and then. To me, today’s Loras students are the exact opposite of the “me” generation. They are always concerned about others, whether it is their neighbor or someone halfway around the world. I hope this issue of The Loras College Magazine helps you get to know a few of today’s Loras students a little better. And I hope after you meet them, that you will share my pride in these incredible Duhawks.

ANgIe FITzPATrIck, Managing Editor

The Loras College Magazine encourages letters to the editor. Please send your letters to: Angie FitzPatrick, The Loras College Magazine, Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista Dr., Dubuque, IA 52001. You may also email your letters to All letters to the editor must include the author’s full name, class year, address and phone number. The Loras College Magazine staff reserves the right to edit letters and to omit letters for reasons of space and appropriateness. Letters not intended for publication should be clearly marked as such.

Maggie Baker, service learning coordinator, was appointed by Governor Chet Culver to the State of Iowa Early Access Council for Children and Families. Baker represents the private sector of higher education on the Council. Roy Bentley, adjunct instructor of English, has had the poem, “The Burden of Being the Whitehatted Man,” accepted for publication in the spring 2010 issue of Cold Mountain Review. Christopher Budzisz, Ph.D., associate professor of politics, presented a paper entitled, “Fortress Kabul: Redefining U.S. Interest and Success in Afghanistan,” at the 12th annual meeting of the Great Plains Political Science Association in Sioux City, Iowa. Lisa L. Bunders, Ed.D., vice president for enrollment management, was named one of eight Rising Stars for 2009 by the Tri-State Business Times. The award annually recognizes business leaders age 40 and younger for their leadership and commitment to the community. Matt Garrett, Ph.D., associate professor of physical education and chair of the Division of Physical Education and Sport Studies, has had his latest book titled, Timeless: Recollections of Family and America’s Pastime, published by Team Dubuque. The work combines autobiographical recollections concerning family and baseball with social commentary on myriad topics. Mike Gibson, director of the Center for Dubuque History and college archivist, was recently re-appointed by Iowa Governor Chet Culver to the Iowa Historical Records Advisory Board (IHRAB). IHRAB is the state’s equivalent of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) which is charged with oversight of all state archives. The board also administers the funding for all Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP) grants to groups across Iowa. Gibson has served on IHRAB since 1991 and has been re-appointed by three different Iowa governors.

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Faculty & Staff Recognitions

Janine Marie Idziak, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and director of the Bioethics Resource Center, presented the William and Julia Edwards Lecture in Philosophy and Religion at Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.) on Oct. 7, 2009. Her topic was “The DNA Frontier: Ethics and Genetics in the 21st Century.” She also participated in a university panel on health care issues. The Rev. William M. Joensen, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and director of spiritual formation for the St. Pius X Seminary program, had his essay, “The ‘Normal’ Pursuit of Eudaimonia, and the Potential Obstacle Posed by Genetic Manipulation,” included in the volume Maritain and America (ed. Christopher M. Cullen, SJ, and Joseph Allan Clair) published in fall 2009 by the American Maritain Association. Joensen also presented the paper, “Malicious Acts and Persons: Gauging the Gravity of Evil,” at the annual meeting of the American Maritain Association.

3 The Rev. William M. Joensen, Ph.D.

Gloria A. Regalbuto Bentley, Ph.D.

Christopher Budzisz, Ph.D.

Julia Omarzu, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, has been invited to write an article on interpersonal perception and communication for a new edition of the Encyclopedia of Human Behavior to be published by Elsevier in 2011.

Gloria A. Regalbuto Bentley, Ph.D., director of human and organizational development, will have her poem, “No winter but this cold rain,” published in the 25th Year Anniversary Anthology of Bottom Dog Press Poetry Books scheduled for release in 2010.

Jun San Juan, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical education and sport studies, has had the manuscript titled, “Measuring humeral head translation using fluoroscopy: A validation study,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanics.

Scott Scheuerell, Ph.D. (’95), associate professor of education, presented, “Electronic Portfolios: Digital Video to Assess Social Studies Pre-Service Teachers,” at the 2009 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) annual conference in Atlanta, Ga.

Gerard Joins Loras as Vice President for Institutional Advancement


The Loras College community welcomed Pamela S. Gerard as vice president for institutional advancement in January.


Gerard has a bachelor of arts degree in public relations from Western Kentucky University. She has served as vice president for development and alumni relations at Lake Forest College in Illinois for the past four years, where she improved alumni giving to 30% and facilitated the development of a $100 million campaign, of which more than $80 million has been raised to date. Prior

to that, she has served in the roles of vice president for philanthropy at Lake Forest Hospital, director of development for the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt University, director of development and public relations for The Salvation Army and assistant director of annual giving at the University of Rochester. Gerard has been involved in many professional organizations including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Several years ago, she served as president of the Nashville chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives. She has also served as a guest speaker at Salvation Army development conferences and has provided pro bono strategic planning counsel to a number of Chicago area nonprofit organizations.

Collins Selected as Top Irish Educator President Jim Collins (’84) has been selected as one of the Irish Education 100. This is an inaugural listing by The Irish Voice Newspaper and Irish America Magazine of the most distinguished and accomplished educators of Irish descent in North America. Honorees represent a broad spectrum of education leaders across the United States, including university presidents, board of trustee members, Irish study teachers and other dedicated educators. Collins was nominated for the recognition by Andrew Auge, Ph.D. (’78), professor of English and director of the Irish studies minor at Loras College. “It is truly an honor to be recognized by a group that not only focuses on quality education but on Irish heritage,” said Collins. “Loras is proud of our connections to Ireland through our Irish studies minor, study abroad program and ongoing research collaborations with the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire. I am grateful to Dr. Auge for his thoughtful nomination and to the Irish Education 100 selection committee.”

Loras Board Welcomes New Members Loras College welcomed four new board members to the Board of Regents in October. Officers Tom Tauke (’72), John Schmidt and Theresa Hoffmann (’81), along with the 26-member board welcomed the following new members:

Tom Tauke (’72)

John Schmidt

Theresa Hoffmann (’81)

Troy L. Cicero, Sr., is the president and chief skill officer of MulticultuReal Communications, Inc., in New Lenox, Ill. A consultant and trainer, his fields of specialization include diversity and inclusion, cultural competence, leadership development, strategic planning, conflict resolution, customer service, team building and motivational speaking. Cicero is a 1984 Loras graduate with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He has served on the Loras College National Alumni Board and was inducted into the Loras Varsity Athletics Hall of Fame for basketball. Greg Gumbel has worked as a sportscaster for more than 30 years, currently serving as a sportscaster for CBS Sports. He serves as a member of the National Board of Advisors for the March of Dimes and as a member of the Sports Advisory Board for the St. Jude Hospital for Children. Gumbel is a 1967 graduate of Loras College with a degree in English and played baseball for the Duhawks during his college career. Richard Kenney graduated from Loras in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Kenney then went on to Indiana University Bloomington where he received a MBA degree. He has served on the Loras College National Alumni Board and is retired vice president of Consolidated Papers, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

“Loras College is honored to welcome these four individuals to the Loras Board of Regents. They are all committed to the growth and ongoing success of the College,” commented Loras College President Jim Collins (’84). “Further, they will provide Loras with the expertise and vision to help advance the long-range plans for the College.”

Troy Cicero, Sr. (’84)

Greg Gumbel (’67)

Richard Kenney (’63)

Stephanie Savage


Stephanie Savage graduated from Tarleton State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is the owner of Savage Quarter Horses and serves on the board of directors for American Trust & Savings Bank and ATBancorp. Savage is very involved in her local community of Dubuque, having served on the boards of and/or volunteered her time with Hillcrest Family Services, Dubuque Museum of Art, Clarke College, IHELA, Hospice of Dubuque, Mercy Hospital and Catholic Charities. Savage’s grandmother was the first woman to serve as a member of the Loras Board of Regents.

Loras College Receives Highest Ranking Ever Loras College has earned its highest ranking ever at the 11th spot in the Top Tier among Best Midwest Baccalaureate Colleges in the 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. Over the past 26 years, U.S. News & World Report has independently evaluated colleges and universities and created a nationally recognized measure of academic excellence. The “America’s Best Colleges” rankings have grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. It provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.


“Loras’ overall score increased from 71 last year to 75 this year. Better scores in several of the individual indicators of academic quality contributed to the overall move in Loras’ ranking,” said Loras College President Jim Collins (’84). “Those indicators include peer assessment, percentage of classes under 20 students and ACT score. The percentage of freshmen in the top 25% of their high school class rose


from 30% last year to 37% this year. Loras is also noted as having a more selective acceptance rate.” Loras was additionally recognized as having one of the top five best graduation rates in its category. Academic preparation for the working world is a primary focus for Loras College. With the need for a qualified workforce at a critical level in Dubuque, business and workforce recruitment officials are encouraged by the quality of the workforce that Loras is producing. “We are constantly working to attract new business to the Dubuque area. The availability of a quality institution like Loras is a critical part of the recruitment effort,” said Mike Blouin (’66), president of the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation. “With its national rankings and ability to graduate students in a timely manner, Loras is able to deliver highly skilled employees into the Dubuque workforce. This in turn creates an invaluable resource for us as we work to attract and retain employers.” The “America’s Best Colleges” ranking is of assistance to families as they navigate the difficult decisions involved throughout the college selection process. The “America’s Best Colleges” ranking is one of the longest standing publications of its kind. U.S. News & World Report does not require that institutions complete a survey, invest in advertising or pay fees to be part of the listing.

Honoring a Friend, Celebrating Friendship By geoFF roSeAN (’71)

On Saturday, June 27, 2009, a group of Loras College alumni, their spouses, family members and friends met behind Keane Hall to rededicate the “Mojo” bench. Monsignor James Barta (’52) blessed the new bench with the same thoughtfulness (and wit) he displayed 18 years prior. (The original bench was displaced during renovation of the Keane Hall porch.) The bench is dedicated to Jim “Mojo” Maleski (’71), who died of cancer in 1991. Mojo epitomized the ideals of Loras and was truly loved by all who knew him. The rededication of the bench and celebration of Mojo’s life reminded us all that the real test of time was the friendships and ideals born at Loras. The same group who assembled behind Keane Hall this summer assembled as freshmen in the fall of 1967. From farms, towns and big cities, we entered collegiate life as boys adhering to, but unable to explain at the time, a common Christian existential lifestyle. The beginning of freshman year would mark the beginning of life-long friendships.

We managed to stay in touch throughout the years and actually get together a number of times each year. One of those times is the annual ‘Mojofest,’ when we celebrate our friendships and become boys again. Thanks Loras!

7 A group of friends and 1971 alumni gathered for the rededication of a bench in honor of Jim “Mojo” Maleski (’71).


As time evolved at Loras, and within Keane Hall, so did our camaraderie. The social and economic backgrounds became increasingly less relevant with the noted exception of engrained loyalties to either the Packers or the Bears. What mattered was who to share experiences with, laugh with, play touch football games with and be friends with. Praying and studying remained vital, but personal endeavors. Finals replaced frolic at semester ends. The gut-wrenching experiences of final exams served as grave steps to adulthood and sometimes sent boys home disgraced.

By the time we graduated in May 1971, the realities of a low draft lottery number, an unpopular Vietnam War, social unrest, finding a job, pursuing graduate school all seemed harsh and distant from the comforts of college life. While we morphed and went down different paths, we continued to be connected by wires of friendship. Our lives grew with beautiful wives and wonderful children. We now enjoy the role of listener to collegiate stories from our own children, but still relish our own tales.

Loras for Literacy Receives $238,000 Federal Grant Loras College has received notification from the United States Department of Education (DOE) that it is the recipient of a federal earmarked grant of $238,000 to continue funding Loras for Literacy initiatives this year. The program received $430,000 from the DOE last year as well. Last year the Loras for Literacy program collaborated with several elementary schools in the community to provide a partnership within the literacy curriculum. The program also created a technology-enhanced classroom at Holy Ghost Elementary with laptops for each student. Also introduced last year were Family Reading Nights, where elementary school children and their families gather at the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center to learn a new reading strategy, listen to a story and share a meal. A children’s theater workshop, instituted last year, was held again this fall, providing area grade school students the opportunity to develop literacy skills through story dramatization, role playing, improvisation and reader’s theatre.


This year Loras for Literacy will continue enhancing these initiatives as well as adding new ones. Funds from the DOE grant will support the fifth year of a summer literacy camp, the introduction of an afterschool tutoring program in the spring and purchasing a reading room for Resurrection Elementary School.

A program within the Division of Education at Loras College, Loras for Literacy strives to help educate future teachers, as well as current teachers, to be better prepared in teaching basic literacy skills to all children. The program also focuses on better preparation in working with diverse learners, and those who are struggling as readers, through mutually beneficial local partnerships. Leadership teams comprising teachers from Holy Family Catholic Schools and Dubuque Community Schools along with professors from Loras College have been regularly meeting to develop goals to further foster these literacy partnerships.

The $238,000 federal grant for the Loras for Literacy program will support its many initiatives, including the fifth year of a summer literacy camp for young learners.


Ketoff Family Makes $100,000 Gift Loras College is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous $100,000 gift from the family of the late Dr. George (’49) and Barbara Ketoff. “Our parents were tremendous individuals and wonderful role models for my brother, sister and me. We are pleased to be able to honor them and truly appreciate the willingness of Loras College to do so,” commented Jerry Ketoff, a 1991 Loras College graduate. His father, George Ketoff, Jr., D.D.S., graduated from Loras in 1949. The gift will be split to serve two purposes for the College. Half of the contribution will be used to establish the Dr. George and Barbara Ketoff Scholarship. The scholarship, which will be renewable each of the recipient’s four years, will be awarded with preference to students who have graduated from a Dubuque high school and are looking to major in the science, pre-medicine, business or education fields. The remaining funds will support the newly-constructed Athletic and Wellness Center. The sitting area in the northeast corner of the facility will bear a plaque in honor of George and Barbara Ketoff since they both enjoyed attending numerous athletic contests over the years, especially football and basketball. “George and Barbara Ketoff were two of the most exemplary people I ever met. They raised a beautiful family, were active in their Catholic faith and spoke only kind words,” said President Jim Collins (’84) upon learning of the Ketoff family generosity. “Providing scholarships to deserving Dubuque students to pursue their dreams in these academic disciplines and having a prominent student area named within our marquee athletic facility seems a most appropriate manner to steward the Ketoffs’ generosity.”

College Maintains Modest Tuition Increase for Second Year The Loras College Board of Regents approved at their October meeting a modest 3.5% tuition increase for the 2010-11 academic year. This is the second year that the board has made this decision early and has limited the increase to 3.5%. The average tuition increase at private four-year colleges for 2009-10 was 4.4%, according to data released by the College Board. The average tuition increase at public four-year universities was 6.4%. “We feel that having this information released early allows Loras students and their families time to better prepare and budget for the upcoming year,” said Loras President Jim Collins (’84). More than 95% of Loras students are receiving financial aid this year and the College awarded a total of $17,680,000 in grants. Loras College is dedicated to offering a high-quality education at a practical price and was recognized in the tenth edition of Barron’s Best Buys in College Education as being one of only 231 colleges doing so. Loras also has a strong history of graduating students in four years and was recently cited in the 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report as having one of the top five highest graduation rates among Midwest baccalaureate colleges and universities for the second consecutive year. “Together, these factors make Loras very affordable and a worthwhile investment for a top-notch education,” notes Vice President for Enrollment Management Lisa Bunders, Ed.D.

Donor Appreciation B y S H e I L A g e r M A I N e , D o N o r r e L AT I o N S / P r o S P e c T r e S e A r c H c o o r D I N AT o r

helping to shape the leaders of tomorrow through their generosity and commitment. The entire Loras community is deeply grateful for all the support shown by its many benefactors.

The Rev. John Haugen, dean of campus spiritual life, presided at a Mass in Christ the King Chapel prior to the dinner. The evening’s program included remarks from Loras College Board of Regents Chair Thomas Tauke (’72) and Collins. Charles Weepie was invited to the podium to share a few thoughts on his commitment to giving to Loras College. His reflections included comments regarding the friendship he has shared for more than 20 years with Loras’ Director of Planned Giving Don Freymann (’61). Weepie surprised Freymann with a gift from the College and thanked him for all he has done at Loras. The Donor Appreciation dinner affords the College an opportunity to thank those caring individuals who are

President Jim Collins (’84) thanks Tina and Charles (’53) Weepie for their lifetime giving to Loras College.


The Loras College Board of Regents and President Jim Collins (’84) hosted a Donor Appreciation dinner on July 23, 2009. This event was an opportunity to thank leadership-level donors who have shown their commitment and support to the College during the 2008-09 fiscal year. Special recognition was given to Charles (’53) and Tina Weepie for their lifetime giving to Loras College that has surpassed $1 million.

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Today’s Loras Students By JAN PoWerS

Maybe it has been a year or maybe it has been many years since you were the student who walked the hallways of Loras, sitting at a desk or studying in your room. Depending on your college career, and the years you were here, the make-up of the student body may have changed a bit. Take a look at today’s students, and the student body on campus for the 2009-10 academic year: -

1,568 total students 50% men, 50% women More than 80% are between the ages of 18 and 21 The youngest student enrolled is 16 and the oldest is 61 About 50% of the students are from Iowa, 35% from Illinois There are 50 international students 131 students were in the top 10% of their graduating high school class Nearly 19% are involved in intercollegiate athletics and many more in intramurals 90% receive financial aid which totals $18 million

A snapshot, by the numbers, reveals commonalities and differences between today’s Loras students and those of years past. To get a more personal and in-depth look at the young men and women on campus today, read on to learn about eight current students who are doing great things and, as one young woman noted, “being more.”

Name: D aniel Th ole Year : Fir st Year Age: 19 Hometo wn: Dye rsville, Iowa Major : U ndeclare d, leanin Seconda g toward ry Studies a Math Education, nd Music Catholic

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE LORAS COLLEGE? “I grew up in the area and was familiar with Loras. I looked at other colleges, but really felt comfortable here. My spiritual life is very important to me and this is a great environment for that. I like the comfort zone of a smaller school coming from a small, catholic high school.” WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN AT LORAS? “I’m involved with three choirs, campus Ministry and am a Breitbach scholar. I really like being a cantor, lector and eucharistic minister and am getting involved in the core team at campus Ministry, where we plan student activities.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LORAS? “There are so many opportunities … for relationships, for a strong spiritual life, for learning and trying new things, while still staying in a comfortable, family atmosphere. As a Breitbach scholar I have some awesome opportunities to take special classes and learn more about the intellectual aspects of my faith. I’m gaining a lot of passion about my faith because of that.” WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AFTER GRADUATION? “To be happy! I’ve always dreamed of becoming a family man. I want to have a career that is stable, doing something I enjoy, but balancing out my work with my family. I am comfortable with the math profession and think it will help me achieve that balance. If I become a teacher, I can help others and share my knowledge, which is something I really enjoy doing.”

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE A RESPONSIBLE CONTRIBUTOR TO YOUR COMMUNITY AFTER YOU LEAVE LORAS? “I will go into life after college with an open mind, just like I came into Loras. I’ll figure out what I’m really passionate about and then share that with others. I’ll do whatever god calls me to do.” WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR AT LORAS? “My ability to go to school here … which is only a dream for some people. I’m grateful to be here. I’m also thankful for the smaller atmosphere and that everything is so personal and comfortable to be around.”

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE LORAS COLLEGE? “I was really involved in my high school and wanted to go to a college where I could be involved in a lot of things. They have a great science department that interested me, too, and everyone has been so nice here.” WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN AT LORAS? “I’m in the concert choir, the Daughters of Isabella (the female counterpart to the knights of columbus), the Invisible children project, Duhawks for Life (a pro-life group), the Dance Marathon and FocUS, the Fellowship of catholic University Students, where I’ve gone to conferences and done bible studies.”

Name: Anna Mangan Year: First Year Age: 19 a Hometown: DeWitt, Iow toward g Major : Undeclared, leanin minor h nis Spa Biology major and

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LORAS? “The people I’ve met and the relationships I’ve developed in my first semester have been great. everyone is so open and willing to help out, especially the science teachers. And I love all the different organizations to belong to.” WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AFTER GRADUATION? “I think maybe I want to go into speech pathology, get a master’s degree and work in a small clinical setting.” HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE A RESPONSIBLE CONTRIBUTOR TO YOUR COMMUNITY AFTER YOU LEAVE LORAS? “I believe that the well-rounded education we get at Loras will help me to be a contributor no matter where I am. I’ve learned about critical thinking, and that will be a part of how I contribute. Also, the religion classes we take will help me to see that I shouldn’t judge people too quickly and should listen and help them.” WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR AT LORAS? “I’m definitely thankful I ended up here. I’ve gained lots of friends, strengthened my faith and am thankful for my family who supports me while I’m here. I’m so fortunate to be able to go to college and being in Dubuque is awesome!”

Name: H annah S pina Year : Sen ior Age: 21 Hometow

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Sp Hannah WHY DID YOU CHOOSE LORAS COLLEGE? “I started at another college and it wasn’t the right fit for me. I visited five other schools before choosing Loras and it was because it had everything I wanted… just the right size, a beautiful campus and extremely nice people. I knew I would fit in.” WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN AT LORAS? “Theater, the Arts & culture committee and Loras for Literacy. I’ve worked with local kids on theater projects and loved it.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LORAS? “I have really made a lot of great friends. I love that my professors know me and speak to me. I’m not just a number to them.” HAVE YOU HAD AN INTERNSHIP OR STUDIED ABROAD? “Last summer I interned at Brucemore in cedar rapids, Iowa. I got to do lots of theater-related things, plus marketing and public relations. I loved interacting with people and really learned a lot.”

Name: Dan Murphy Year: Senior Age: 21 , Illinois Hometown: Naperville Major : Biology Research

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AFTER GRADUATION? “I’m not exactly sure what I want to do and am willing to go just about anywhere. I’d like to work in a theater setting—I’m really passionate about that. And it would be great to work with kids in that theater setting, too.” HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE A RESPONSIBLE CONTRIBUTOR TO YOUR COMMUNITY AFTER YOU LEAVE LORAS? “I’m pretty outgoing so I would try to get to know others, work hard at whatever I’m responsible for, be respectful of others and try to do a lot of community service.” WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR AT LORAS? “For the opportunities I had in the theater program and also for being able to learn more about myself—I’ve learned to be more open-minded and focused, too. I’m thankful for the support my professors have always given me. They’ve given me so much good feedback and I’m better for it.”

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE LORAS COLLEGE? “I was on the fence at first. My Dad went here but I wasn’t sure about it myself. I really liked the catholic thing and that swayed me. I really liked the cross country coach and the guys on the team when I came here, too. Plus there are tons of things to get into here, and I like that.” WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU PARTICIPATE I IN AT LORAS? “The knights of columbus, the Health Science club, track and field and cross country. I’m obsessed with running and love all the running opportunities, since it’s such a big part of my life.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LORAS? “I like the people on campus and especially my coach and teammates on the cross country team. one thing that I have really enjoyed is gaining more confidence in myself and feeling better prepared to leave college. I’ve had a lot of great experiences here that have helped build my confidence. I’ve learned to be more independent, too.”

HAVE YOU HAD AN INTERNSHIP OR STUDIED ABROAD? “I took a J-term class and got interested in field studies, banding birds and being outdoors. I really enjoyed that. I also got to go to Mexico and work at a free clinic. That was a good experience for me to learn how to help others and to learn about an aspect of science and medicine I didn’t know that much about.” WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AFTER GRADUATION? “I’m hoping to go to grad school and focus on biomedical research. I’ve applied to several places and hope to get in somewhere to continue studying.” HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE A RESPONSIBLE CONTRIBUTOR TO YOUR COMMUNITY AFTER YOU LEAVE LORAS? “I hope to get involved in a church somewhere. I enjoy going to church now. And I want to stay involved in the knights of columbus somewhere, too.” WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR AT LORAS? “First of all, for my family. I wish they could be here more often, but I never feel alone with my friends here. I’m really thankful for my teachers, too. They don’t just teach you, they guide you. I’m thankful to be in a small college atmosphere because I feel like the college invests in every student here.”

Name: Am

ber Cha mbers Year : Jun ior Age: 20 Hometow n: Lake G eneva, W Major : In is. structiona l Strategis (Seconda t 7-12 ry Specia l Educatio English Lit n) and erature

ambers Amber Ch WHY DID YOU CHOOSE LORAS COLLEGE? “Loras had the major I wanted. Plus, I wanted to be somewhere that I could grow my faith. I felt a sense of community right away when I came here and I knew I could really fit in. I wanted to go to a school where I could be involved in lots of things and that is totally possible here.” WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN AT LORAS? “I’m in cheerleading, the Dance Marathon, concert choir, campus Ministry, am the vice president of the college Activities Board. I’m a student ambassador and also a Breitbach Scholar.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LORAS? “The community—all the people on campus. I’ve made a ton of friends—roommates, classmates, team mates, faculty, administration (President collins knows me!) and more. I love the close-knit family feeling here.” HAVE YOU HAD AN INTERNSHIP OR STUDIED ABROAD? “yes, three times, actually. on one J-term, I went to chicago and took a multicultural education course. Another term, I went to costa rica to study biology and most recently I studied

catholicism in rome. I also spent a summer abroad in Ireland studying catholicism.” WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AFTER GRADUATION? “I want to get my master’s degree in occupational therapy. I’d like to live and work in Wisconsin, want to continue coaching Special olympics and want to have a family.” HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE A RESPONSIBLE CONTRIBUTOR TO YOUR COMMUNITY AFTER YOU LEAVE LORAS? “Loras instills a desire to keep learning, to be a life-long learner. I want to do that. I’ve done several service trips and that is something I want to do wherever I go, because I enjoy helping others. I’ve also learned the importance of sharing my talents and of ‘being more.’ I want to do that in the future.” WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR AT LORAS? “There is so much! I’m thankful for my parents who sent me here. I’m thankful for the friendships I’ve made that will last beyond graduation. I’m thankful for the well-rounded education I am getting. And I’m thankful for the chance to grow intellectually in my faith and for being in a spiritual place like this.”

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE LORAS COLLEGE? “I really wanted the small, catholic, liberal arts atmosphere and Loras has it all. My Dad, grandpa and several uncles went here, but it was my own decision to pick Loras. I’m in the Breitbach scholarship program, which offered me the chance to go to school here and get a good balance of service, leadership and knowledge.”

Name: Ke vin O’Br ien Year : Jun ior Age: 21 Hometow n: Daven port, Iow a Major : Inte rnational Studies, S and Politi panish cs

WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN AT LORAS? “I work at the library, am on the Student Senate, tutor at the Writing center, write for and am an editor for The Lorian, have been in some plays and am going to go out for cross country to give that a try.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LORAS? “I like the variety of things to do and staying busy with different things. The variety of people is great, too. At a bigger school, I don’t think I could have been as involved as I am in so many different things. you can try something you’ve never been in before and feel comfortable doing it.” HAVE YOU HAD AN INTERNSHIP OR STUDIED ABROAD? “I interned for Barack obama’s campaign and also in Senator Harkin’s office on the local levels. I have studied in Argentina and then Spain, where I took part in a pilgrimage while studying Spanish culture and literature.” WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AFTER GRADUATION? “right now I’m interested in possibly joining the Peace corp in South America, or maybe getting a master’s degree at Notre


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Dame through Ace, the Alliance for catholic education. I’m still deciding at this point.” HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE A RESPONSIBLE CONTRIBUTOR TO YOUR COMMUNITY AFTER YOU LEAVE LORAS? “I won’t be afraid to sign up for things and try new things. I want to be a leader in whatever I do. I want to live out my faith by giving back, maybe in Big Brothers Big Sisters or through mentoring somewhere. I’ve become more confident since I’ve been at Loras. And that will make me more comfortable in whatever surroundings I may be in.” WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR AT LORAS? “I’m thankful for the genuine happiness that people show here at Loras. They truly care about each other. everyone is so friendly and people are willing to reach out and help each other.”

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE LORAS COLLEGE? “I was able to receive a Breitbach scholarship, which gave me the opportunity to come to the United States and study at Loras. I had heard about Loras through my high school in Bogotá. coming to Loras has been one of the greatest experiences of my entire life.” WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN AT LORAS? “I’m in the concert choir, plus I cantor at Mass and am part of core (community outreach & Service, reflection & Prayer, and empowering), a group through campus Ministry. I’m also involved with the Dance Marathon and am active in LISA – the Loras Intercultural Student Association.”

Name: Luisa Jimenez Year: Sophomore Age: 19 lombia Hometown: Bogotá, Co Major : Music Education

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LORAS? “Wow … the people. everyone is very welcoming and open to helping. As an international student, it’s not easy coming to a new country and learning a new language and culture. everyone here is so helpful. every time there is a holiday or break I am invited by many people to stay with them because I can’t go home. I love to learn more about this culture with each of those experiences.”

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE A RESPONSIBLE CONTRIBUTOR TO YOUR COMMUNITY AFTER YOU LEAVE LORAS? “I want to find a way to provide food to the poor, which is lacking in colombia. In the Breitbach program we do projects that teach us about service and I have been learning about the Dubuque rescue Mission. Some day, I want to take that knowledge to colombia and turn my knowledge from Loras into a reality.”

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AFTER GRADUATION? “right now I’m not sure if I will stay in the U.S. or return to colombia. I want to learn as much as I can, build my skills, learn more about music and education and become exposed to more service learning. Then, wherever I go, I will be ready to share my knowledge and gifts with others.”

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR AT LORAS? “I’m thankful for so many things! For the amazing teachers here, for my spiritual development, for the people who are willing to listen to me and help me develop, for my friends— who are really like my family in the U.S.—for the many opportunities to be involved on campus and for being part of the Breitbach program. I’m just thankful to be here!”

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE LORAS COLLEGE? “Late in my senior year I had basically decided what college to attend, but at the urging of a friend at Loras, I took a look at the website and was intrigued. After visiting and meeting men’s basketball coach greg gorton, I decided Loras was the place for me because of the well-rounded intellectual, spiritual, physical and social wellness that it offers. In Loras, I saw a place that I could grow in many different ways.”

Name: Tim

Kelly Year : Sop hmore Age: 20 Hometow

n: Cedar Falls, Iow Major : Sp a orts Man agement Public Re and lations

WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN AT LORAS? “I am involved in varsity basketball, the Student Union executive board, the Student Athlete Advisory committee (SAAc), LcTV (Loras college Television), the knights of columbus, Dance Marathon and the Physical education and Sports Studies Majors club (PeSS). I am also a Live Sports color commentator, a lector at Mass and have been a Discovery retreat leader.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LORAS? “Loras has great continuity as a school. every activity I’m involved in seems to complement and support another. In basketball we are constantly reinforced that the classroom comes first. In the classroom, my professors usually tell me good luck the night of a game. Padre (Father Haugen) is excellent at bringing real life examples into his ministry, making them very effective.” HAVE YOU HAD AN INTERNSHIP OR STUDIED ABROAD? “I have had two internships so far this year. During fall semester I worked with the Dubuque regional Sports commission where I helped recruit youth basketball teams for the 2010 Iowa Winter games. Through that connection I was able to get my current internship as a sales and marketing intern for the convention and Visitors Bureau at the Dubuque chamber of commerce.”

Tim Kelly

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AFTER GRADUATION? “I cannot say for sure, but I would like to pursue my master’s in sports administration and be a graduate assistant. I would also like to spend a year devoted to service, possibly with the Jesuit Volunteer core. As for my career, I would like to be an athletic administrator at the high school, college or professional level.” HOW ARE YOU GOING TO BE A RESPONSIBLE CONTRIBUTOR TO YOUR COMMUNITY AFTER YOU LEAVE LORAS? “I will serve my parish and community in any capacity I can by devoting my god-given abilities and time to worthwhile causes. I will hopefully be able to serve on a parish council, school board or any other organization that needs help.” WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR AT LORAS? “I am thankful for the support of the Loras community including the student body, staff, faculty and alumni. It is encouraging to see the same faces in the classroom, at Mass and at sporting, musical, theatre or any other extra-curricular events. This further shows that Loras encourages the development of the entire person.”

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Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Workforce By JAN PoWerS

Networking is broadly defined as “cultivating people who can be helpful to one professionally, especially in finding employment or moving to a higher position.” Through the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL), networking is taken to a new level with students seeking internships to help them learn more about their field of study and build connections with potential employers. Faye Finnegan (’78), academic internship coordinator, noted that internships are one of several ways students can enhance their education with out-of-classroom experiences. “Many students pass through our doors in search of ways to make themselves more marketable, to make themselves stand out in the job searching process. We help with a variety of things and teaching them to network is one important skill they learn here.” Using personal contacts, faculty referrals and an extensive alumni database, students can tap into a web of professionals who are willing and excited to help them make their way into the workforce. “Students learn just how important their professors are because the faculty truly wants them to connect with businesses and industries where the students will fit well. Also, alumni are so willing to assist students. We are so grateful for that resource here on our campus,” Finnegan said. The feedback Finnegan receives from employers after students have completed their internships is strong and positive. “Employers tell me that our students are better prepared than many young people and have a strong work ethic that helps them get ahead and stand out.” While internships are not a graduation requirement for all majors, many students see them as an opportunity to set themselves apart from other applicants. Meet five Loras graduates who have been connected to the internship program and are now paying it forward. Kim Miller (’97), a computer science major from Dubuque, was attending classes and working her way through school. She landed a job at CartêGraph Systems in Dubuque and has been there nearly 10 years serving as a software engineering manager. She and other managers at CartêGraph look for students who want to be involved in internships. “We look for certain characteristics in students, like being able to work in pairs or teams, being collaborators and being confident. Obviously we are looking for a certain skill set but the other characteristics are just as important. In our culture we need interns and employees who embrace the paired working environment. We find that Loras interns are well-prepared for this atmosphere. Because of their academic exposure and the activities they can participate in on campus, they come to us with knowledge and confidence. Plus, they have a good work ethic and are detail-oriented people. That certainly helps them succeed in their internships and gets them noticed when it is time to offer full-time employment,” Miller said.


Two men who got themselves noticed through their internships at CartêGraph were Girvan Aryal (’08) and Eben Krapfl (’09). Both completed internships with the company and were offered full-time positions. They work as computer engineers in two different areas of the company. Krapfl, from Centralia, Iowa, capitalized on his academic and extracurricular activities to help him secure an internship. While on campus he participated in the Math Club and was president of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Club. “Those experiences helped me take a leadership role and prepared me for working with others. I also was very persistent in searching for the internship. I was in contact with them a lot and they knew me pretty well by

the time they offered me the internship. Also, my computer science classes were excellent. Through projects with partners I learned what it takes to succeed in the business world,” Krapfl said. Aryal, a native of Kathmandu, Nepal, heard about his internship through a professor. “I applied and was lucky to get the internship. During my time there I learned that the real world requires you to work together, to do your best and to do what is best for the company, not the individual person or ego. My experiences on campus, especially in my senior computer science project, helped me to be ready for the work world. I learned that I need to focus on the big picture for the good of the company,” he said. Aryal did so well in the internship that he was offered a second one and then a full-time job. “I think my character and work ethic helped me to secure the job after graduation. I am respected as a member of the team and I just love that environment. I know that my time at Loras prepared me for this, especially the critical thinking, being ethical and learning how to be a good decision-maker … those were all things that helped me to succeed in a difficult job market,” he noted. Both men say that their internships prepared them for transitioning to full-time work. “I know I had a definite advantage over other candidates because of my internship,” said Krapfl. “Plus, they knew me and how I worked. I got to come into the work world with a little less pressure since I knew the people and the processes at CartêGraph.”

Two other members of the broader Loras “family” who connected through internships are Rob Stenander (’97) and Megan Backer (’06). Stenander, who graduated with a degree in accounting, found his passion for public accounting through another Loras alumnus who was working at KPMG, an international accounting firm with a large office in Chicago. “Kathy Hannan (’83) was an alum who helped me make a connection that ultimately resulted in my job.” He has been with the firm since 1997 and is a senior manager in the company’s real estate tax practice. Part of his responsibilities includes the recruitment and hiring of interns and employees. “We are looking for the best and brightest graduates, so GPA is important, but we also want candidates who have exhibited their leadership abilities on campus, whether through athletics, clubs, organizations or part-time employment,” said Stenander.

Backer noted that her experience was great and that the relief of securing a job before she graduated was a plus. “I was able to return to the same area where I interned and I knew both what I would be doing and who I would be working with. I know that my experiences on campus really helped me, too. From the excellent accounting classes to working with a volunteer group on campus who did tax returns for free, to working in the Accounting Lab as a tutor for other students, I know that helped me be more prepared for the work world. I also took advantage of the services at the CEL to prepare me for networking and internship hunting,” she said. Stenander added, “I got my opportunity because of a Loras alum. I have always remembered that and want to do my part to help others network and discover their opportunities.”


Aryal observed that “being an ‘A’ student is important, but being able to communicate well with others is equally important. I was always keen to learn more and ask questions and share my ideas. I think that helped me transition to working in this environment every day. I love my job. It’s the best thing that I’ve ever done and CartêGraph is like my family,” he noted.

A strong recommendation from a Loras accounting professor led Stenander to Backer. “Megan had an extraordinary GPA and was very active on campus. I took the professor’s recommendation without reservation and after interviewing her, she entered our internship program in 2005,” noted Stenander. Upon completion of the internship she was offered full-time employment, even though she returned to campus for her senior year.

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Students Gain International Research Experience Exploring Catholicism in Ireland By MAggIe WrITT (’12)

While catholicism is practiced all over the world, each country has its own way of practicing it. Twelve Loras students and two professors had the opportunity to conduct research on the topic of catholicism in the United States and Ireland, comparing the traditions, culture, history and practices of the two countries. Along with research during the spring 2009 semester in the United States, the group spent three weeks during summer break researching and attending a conference in Ireland. The trip was an opportunity for both the students and professors to reexamine their views of catholicism and educate others regarding their research at a conference co-hosted by the Archbishop kucera center for catholic Intellectual and Spiritual Life at Loras, the center for Public culture at the Institute for Art, Design, and Technology at Dun Laoghaire and the Franco-Irish Institute at the Institute for Technology at Tallaght. During the spring semester the students, led by Loras professors Andy Auge, Ph.D. (’78), David Cochran, Ph.D. and John Waldmeir, Ph.D., read books and articles that gave them background on the topics to be discussed at the conference. They also had the opportunity to talk to the Dubuque Sisters of the Presentation whose order was founded in Ireland in 1775. For the first two weeks in Ireland the group continued their research at a more experiential level by talking to people first-hand, helping them better understand the catholic culture in Ireland. Immediately a difference in cultures was apparent as the students talked to youth groups. In Ireland the youth groups were made up of teens who were non-practicing catholics, something not uncommon in Ireland, but quite different from the United States. This experience and many others gave the group a chance to reevaluate their view of Irish culture and helped to put their research into context. “one of the unique experiences I had in Ireland was talking with the people,” said Kelly Wiederholt (’11) (cuba city, Wis.). “Something that really struck me was while attending Mass there, we seemed to really stand out; not just because we were Americans but because we actually participated in Mass. We sang when there were songs, which there were not a lot of, and responded to the priest. Something else we did was hold hands during the our Father and many people looked at us to see what we were doing. It seemed as though the elders of the parish were surprised to see a group of young adults in church.”

The conference, which took place during the third week of the trip, gave the students and professors a chance to present to people from around the world, some of whom are experts on catholicism. “The crucial feature of the conference for the students was the opportunity to not only attend the presentations of the academic scholars at the conference, but to present the results of their own research through 90 minutes of round-table discussion on the comparative differences between catholicism in Ireland and the United States,” said Auge, the Loras representative who helped to plan the conference. “The three round-table discussions were well attended, with 10-20 participants each day including scholars from the United States, Ireland, england and canada.” Auge also mentioned how impressed many of the scholars were with the research done by the Loras students and their ability to articulate their ideas. overall the students enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about catholicism in Ireland and its relation to the way it is practiced in the United States. Their trip and research allowed them to form ideas and opinions regarding some of the struggles the catholic church is currently facing in Ireland. The entire experience was one the students plan to build on to help the Loras community better understand catholicism in Ireland. “The summer research project was really just the beginning. Since then, anything we see as remotely related is being utilized to make a positive difference in the catholic Identity of the campus—provoking thought, furthering discussion and encouraging a curiousness we believe our faith calls us to,” said Kevin O’Brien (’11) (Davenport, Iowa).

Kucera Center Sponsors Global Conference B y M I c H A e L A g r Ay ( ’ 1 1 )

This summer students and faculty at Loras college had the unique opportunity to present their scholarly research and participate in a global conference in Ireland. Additionally as exciting was the fact that the international conference was co-sponsored by the Archbishop kucera center for catholic Intellectual and Spiritual Life at Loras.

More than 60 scholars gathered from all over the world to investigate the influence of catholicism on different cultural fields. There were papers exploring how catholic beliefs and practices have impacted public cultures and the way they influence cultural identities within a public sphere. Areas discussed included cinema, art, television, new media and literature. Looking at comparisons and contrasts between what is considered catholic in Irish and American societies revealed ideas ranging from the architecture of churches to the structure of poetry.


“catholicism and Public cultures in Ireland, France, United kingdom and North America,” was held June 17-19, 2009, at the Institute for Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Dun Laoghaire in Dublin, Ireland. It was co-hosted by the kucera center at Loras, the center for Public culture at IADT and the Franco-Irish Institute at the Institute for Technology at Tallaght, Dublin.

“Besides developing our relationship with this important international partner (IADT) and addressing an issue central to Loras’ catholic identity, this conference enhanced Loras’ national and international reputation as a catholic liberal arts institution,” noted Andrew Auge, Ph.D. (’78), professor of english. “I am happy with the results. It is good to put Loras on the stage with global scholarship and with something that is so closely related to our mission.”

A Loras Voice on Haiti B y J o H N e B y, A S S o c I AT e P r o F e S S o r o F H I S T o ry A N D D I r e c T o r o F T H e H o N o r S P r o g r A M

How, after the earthquake in Haiti, the greatest disaster in that nation’s exceedingly tragic past, do we continue to believe in a good god who is not only cosmic and eternal but also a god of history? That question seems especially poignant as I think of Forde.

certainly does not do so in order to punish poor people for whom the Scriptures announce special divine affection. It makes less sense to me to blame this catastrophe on god than to see its roots in our shared history with Haiti.

Forde was one of the finest christians I have ever met. He was the librarian at the Louverture cleary School near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, an institution supported by The Haitian Project. His demeanor was so gentle that you felt yourself a part of him. He was highly intelligent, always ready to engage in a friendly but challenging discourse on theology or politics. His integrity, intelligence and his deep christian faith were an inspiration to me, his colleagues and the students. Forde was one of the victims of the January earthquake and we will all miss him.

Ultimately, I have great confidence that god works actively for human redemption; that He strives to rescue us from ourselves and help us to find Him in and through each other. I pray that this is a moment of growth for all of us, in which we come to find that divine spark of love and compassion that links us profoundly to the rest of humanity.

Forde was an exceptional human being. But he is only one of tens or hundreds of thousands whose lives have been cut short by this incredible tragedy. The death and casualty toll from the collapsing buildings is only the beginning: the destruction of hospitals means inadequate care for the injured; the loss of homes means people living in conditions even more squalid than before; many of the 20% of people who had work before no longer have a job; disease, starvation and thirst will increase the suffering. calamity hits the poor the hardest.

I know that many Haitians will through their miraculous strength of spirit maintain a sense of hope despite what has happened. But for many of them, hope will be nearly impossible. This is why our role here in the U.S. is so important. An acquaintance whose family lives in horrible conditions in gaza said recently, “I have to be the hope for them, because they have none. I have to be the hope.” When those in despair cannot find hope, we must take that on ourselves, living by faith that god will bring forth a new creation out of chaos. We must act on that faith by knowing that we are instruments for that renovation. All of us—U.S. citizens and Haitians alike—are god’s voices to each other for our mutual renewal. May we be their hope and they ours.

If god intervenes miraculously in this world, why did he let this happen to these poor people? Does god intervene in this world? These are tough questions and I don’t think there is only one way to answer them. I do believe, though, that it is possible to search for god in this mess. I don’t think god causes earthquakes and He

god is active in history but He’s not a tyrant. Instead, He is a problem-solver, constantly responding to our human fallibility with the patience of a parent determined to persuade us toward greater virtue and with the creativity of an eternal Being for whom creation and re-creation is an unending act of love.

A Loras Voice on Haiti B y M A ry J o D U N N e ( ’ 0 4 )

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Ghandi In 2003, God led me to make the best decision of my life—to go on the first international service trip that Loras ever offered—a trip to Haiti. I did not know much about Haiti and certainly did not know anything about the organization I was traveling with, The Haitian Project (THP). As I heard the President of THP Patrick Moynihan and Director of Development and Loras graduate Mary Jo LeGrand (’00) talk with such passion about THP and their mission to rebuild Haiti through education, I felt a calling like no other in my life before.

My first trip to Haiti, a week-long service trip, was incredible and left a lasting impression on me. Although I was only there for a week, I knew that I was being called to stay much longer. So in 2006, two years after I’d graduated from Loras, I decided to move to Haiti as a volunteer teacher and in 2007 worked for The Haitian Project as the director of community development. Working in Haiti, especially for The Haitian Project, was the best experience I’ve ever had. The mission of THP, to educate academically gifted students from some of the poorest families in Haiti with the ultimate goal of creating strong future leaders for the country, is exactly what Haiti needs—and I am honored to have contributed to that. The Haitian Project has been in Haiti for more than 20 years and I know that long after this earthquake they will continue to be a rock for the country.

Fortunately, THP always looked forward and because of this most of the buildings on the campus were fine. This allowed THP to help more in the community and continue moving forward with their mission of rebuilding Haiti. Although the country probably looks different than it did when I lived there, the spirit of the people and the hope that our students have for the future of the country will not change. It is their inspiring stories and unbelievable resilience that will carry all of us through this tragedy. And while my heart feels close to broken over the losses we have endured, I feel confident that the people of Haiti will overcome this obstacle and be led by the students of our school. I’m excited for the world to watch and hopefully fall in love with Haiti, just like I did seven years ago.

Working in Haiti taught me many things. I learned how to give selflessly, to work diligently and to serve unconditionally. Most importantly, working in Haiti and with The Haitian Project taught me how to love, and be loved, in the most profound way. Community is one of the most important aspects of being a volunteer with THP. We work as one body with many contributing parts, all of which are important. The students at our school in Haiti are incredible—their desire to rebuild their country, no matter what the circumstances are, has inspired me ever since I took my first steps onto their campus.

Haitian pre siden after the eart t palace hquake

Choir Chosen to Commemorate Pope’s Visit Members of the Loras college choir, accompanied by director Bruce Kotowich, associate professor of music, were invited to lead sung prayer during a public Mass celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Iowa. The Mass was held at Dowling catholic High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on oct. 3, 2009, and was celebrated by Archbishop celestino Migliore, Bishop richard Pates, visiting bishops and priests of the diocese. Pope John Paul II visited Iowa on oct. 4, 1979. During that historic visit, the Loras college choir helped to lead music for Mass. “We are honored to again be a part of recognizing the Holy Father’s visit to Iowa by singing in this anniversary celebration,” said kotowich. The Mass was part of a symposium titled, “What god has given, and Human Hands Have Made,” commemorating the Pope’s visit. It drew internationally known speakers Archbishop celestino Migliore, Permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, and former ambassador Ken Quinn, Ph.D. (’64), president of the World Food Prize.


When I heard the news on Jan. 12, I felt much like the rest of the world—helpless and concerned. My mind immediately went to my friends and students in Haiti. I was devastated at the thought of losing any of them and although I always knew that things in Haiti could change in a matter of seconds, I was not emotionally prepared for a catastrophe of this magnitude.

Student Named to National UNICEF Council By MAggIe WrITT (’12)

each year 24,000 children in developing countries die from preventable diseases before their fifth birthday. Loras college junior Andrea Morales (Bogotá, colombia) is committed to reducing that horrifying number to zero. As vice president of UNIceF at Loras, Morales attended the UNIceF campus Initiative Summit in New york city this past summer. As a result of attending this summit and her commitment to reducing the number to zero, she was chosen as one of five National council members for UNIceF’s campus Initiative National council.

work of the campus Initiative. The cINc consists of five members who are selected based on their level of commitment to UNIceF, history as a student leader and innovative ideas brought to the council. According to the UNIceF web site, it is “the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized.” The organization has created a global authority by which it can influence decisionmakers as well as implement grassroots initiatives, making it unique among world organizations working with the young.


“The summit was open to all UNIceF campus Initiative officers, members and advisors,” said Morales. “Its main goal was to provide these leaders with the opportunity to share successful stories, participate in skill and knowledge building workshops and bring the most recent resources for UNIceF campus clubs back to their communities.” After attending the summit and being named as a council member, Morales returned to the U.S. Fund for UNIceF office in New york city this past october for the campus Initiative National council training where she met with the four other council members.


The UNIceF campus Initiative National council (cINc) was founded in fall 2008 with the purpose of strengthening the campus Initiative program and working closely with the U.S. Fund to represent and support campus clubs around the country. It gathers and creates resources, plans and implements trainings and provides feedback given by groups and individuals to make specific recommendations regarding the

The UNICEF Campus Initiative National Council members met for a training weekend in October which was held in the U.S. Fund office in New York City. Pictured are (top row, l to r) Miko Tsubai (University of Houston), Andrea Morales (Loras College), Orlane Monga (Green Mountain College); (bottom row, l to r) Ariana Hoet (Ohio State University) and Marta Baran (Mercyhurst College).

Outdoor Alert System Added to Campus Safety Measures This summer Loras College installed an outdoor alert system as part of the campus-wide emergency notification system for campus safety. This system will be used to alert the campus community in the event of an urgent situation or emergency. The Vox Public Audio System™ complements the multi-modal Connect-ED® communication service which Loras implemented earlier this year. The Connect-ED® system allows campus administrators and security professionals the ability to reach the Loras community with information and updates during unforeseen events or emergencies through phone calls, e-mails and/or text messages. That system was successfully tested in February and was used during a campus-wide lockdown which occurred in May due to a nearby robbery. The Vox system will complement the Connect-ED service by alerting those outside immediately as well. The outdoor system was successfully tested this summer and periodic testing of both systems will occur throughout the academic year.

Professor Selected for Collaborative Biomedicine Program The University of Iowa carver college of Medicine selected David Speckhard, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and chair of the Division of Molecular and Life Sciences at Loras, through a competitive process as one of seven faculty from Iowa’s undergraduate colleges to participate last summer in the FUTUre (Fostering Undergraduate Talent - Uniting research and education) Biomedicine program. The seven faculty members participated in collaborative research projects with University of Iowa carver college of Medicine faculty. Five of the faculty members were selected to bring a student with them to participate in the research project. Loras college student Sujan Devbhandari (’11) (kathmandu, Nepal), majoring in biological research, presented, “Upgrade: Using a chimeric protein to study Ubiquitin dependent protein trafficking,” while Speckhard presented, “exploring the role of Ubiquitin in cellular Protein recycling.” “This experience was a mini-sabbatical for me. I was able to re-engage in research after several years away from active research while I served as division chair. I was able to learn new techniques, make new contacts and establish new collaborations. In addition, I was able to get firsthand experience about the programs at Iowa to help me provide more effective advising,” said Speckhard. “The hands-on experience in the lab will

also help me improve my teaching. I can now speak knowledgeably about techniques I had never seen before and can explain how the basic science information in my classes applies to significant biomedical questions.” All seven of the selected faculty members were matched with a faculty member in the carver college of Medicine who had similar scientific interests. They were also provided a fellowship, lodging and support for supplies. Program participants presented their findings at a symposium on July 31, 2009, at the carver Biomedical research Building. The intent is to enhance and continue scientific and educational interactions that were fostered during this inaugural program.


Sport Management Students Finish 2nd Nationally By MAggIe WrITT (’12)

Loras students in the sport management program participated in a case study competition held at the 2009 Sports Marketing Association conference in cleveland, ohio. The team of students wrote a 1,000-word essay in advance of the conference and created a digital poster to highlight their campaign. This poster was then presented to a panel of judges at the conference. The team consisting of Brittany Malatt (’10) (carol Stream, Ill), Jacob Hanselman (’11) (Solon, Iowa), Kristine Mason (’10) (Marshalltown, Iowa) and Chad Monahan (’11) (rockwell city, Iowa) finished second nationally in the case study competition. “This experience gave me a lot of insight into what a sport marketer’s job is like and the steps they take to solve problems. It was a great opportunity to work with a real life sports team and to be judged on our ability to put together a marketing management strategy,” Malatt said.

Loras students competing in a case study competition held at the 2009 Sports Marketing Association Conference in Cleveland.


Third Place Finish at Pi Mu Epsilon Math Conference


Members of the Loras college chapter of the math honor society Pi Mu epsilon recently attended the 24th Annual Pi Mu epsilon regional Undergraduate Math conference held at St. Norbert’s college in DePere, Wis. Students Steve Anderson (’10) (germantown, Wis.), Mark LeRoy (’10) (Algonquin, Ill.) and Monica Welter (’11) (Dubuque, Iowa) placed third in the Face Off! competition. This is the third consecutive year a Loras team has placed at the competition.

ACM Programming Contest Results in 3rd Place Finish A Loras team consisting of students Nick Burek (’11) (Brimfield, Ill.), Caroline Hooper (’13) (Hillsboro, ore.) and Connor Levenhagen (’13) (West Allis, Wis.) placed third in the Association for computing Machinery (AcM) Programming contest held at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The team solved two problems in five hours, finishing ahead of teams from UW-Platteville and St. Ambrose. contest participants were also ranked regionally and the team placed 79th out of more than 200 teams in eight states and parts of canada, finishing ahead of teams from Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

American Chemical Society Honorable Mention The American chemical Society (AcS) has awarded its Loras chapter an Honorable Mention for the activities conducted during the 2008-09 academic year. The American chemical Society, a nonprofit organization chartered by congress, is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. A list of the award-winning chapters will be published in Chemical & Engineering News and in inChemistry magazines. They will also be formally honored at the 239th AcS National Meeting in San Francisco in March 2010.



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Students Learn about Poverty from a Different Perspective By MAggIe WrITT (’12)

each academic year a theme is chosen to guide the before arriving at Loras in the fall. Additionally, they first year class summer reading as well as help deterwere required to write a paper that critically analyzed mine campus-wide events and speakers throughout the the book and challenged them to think beyond the year. The theme provides an opportunity for the Loras obvious. In their Modes of Inquiry class, students community to learn more about specific topics and to talked about the theme and how they can apply it to hear new ideas from speakers. Last year’s theme was their lives. Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to explore the theme when Loras hosted the Holocaust and featured the book Night by elie Donna Beegle, Ph.D., as a speaker on the subject of Wiesel. The Loras community had the opportunity to poverty and the working poor. hear Inge Auerbacher speak Beegle was able to speak about her life during and after accurately and openly about the the Holocaust and her experisubject of poverty because of her ence in a Nazi Meeting and talking personal experience growing up concentration camp. and living in poverty for 28 years with Dr. Beegle of her life. This year the theme “The and listening to Working Poor” was chosen to First year student Kelly look at poverty in our nation. her talk made Lisa Grinde, Ph.D., associate McGovern (’13) (chicago, Ill.) everything more professor of psychology and said, “Dr. Beegle really brought director of the Modes of the working poor to life. It is one personal. She has Inquiry first year experience thing to read about poverty and opened my eyes program, said, “our hope was try to understand it, but it is to engage the campus commuanother to hear first-hand from and made me nity in critical and thoughtful someone who lived it and more aware of the discussions of the issues survived it.” surrounding the working poor everyday struggles and those living in poverty, The theme has given Loras others face. especially within the context of students the opportunity to learn our current economic condiabout a subject not often tions. We wanted faculty, staff discussed in our society. Students – KELLY MCGOVERN (’13) and students to be able to have been able to explore what critically think about and it means for a person in this analyze the complex myriad of country to have a job (or two) individual and societal factors and still struggle to afford things placing and keeping individuals in poverty.” most people would consider a necessity. grinde hopes students “will recognize the opportunities and advanAs part of the first year experience program, all first tages they have been given and use the skills they have developed to benefit others without the same year students were required to read the book, The opportunities and skill development.” Working Poor: Invisible in America by David Shipler



Loras Dance Marathon Places 2nd in Facebook Contest The Loras college Dance Marathon placed second in a Facebook contest held by the children’s Miracle Network from July 11-Nov. 1, 2009. The contest was implemented as a way to enhance social network efforts with the children’s Miracle Network sponsors donating $10,000 to the top three schools that brought the most fans to the children’s Miracle Network Facebook fan page. Schools earned points based on several criteria, including linking to the fan page, adding comments to discussion boards and posting stories about the children’s Miracle Network and experiences with Dance Marathon. The second place finish came with $3,000 that will be added to the Loras Dance Marathon’s fundraising total in April. The national team was impressed with the Loras Dance Marathon’s finish as it is a relatively newer group and the college is smaller in size than many who participate. Loras college has been holding Dance Marathons to benefit the children’s Miracle Network since 2006.

Students raise money by committing to stay on their feet during the 12-hour event by dancing, playing games and participating in several activities throughout the night. Money raised at past Dance Marathons has supported a vending machine program at the University of Iowa children’s Hospital, providing free, healthy food options for families staying overnight in the hospital. The children’s Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs to benefit children treated at 170 children’s hospitals. To ensure those hospitals have the resources they need, the children’s Miracle Network’s partners conduct thousands of special events and grassroots fundraisers year-round. corporate partners sell miracle balloons, radio and television stations broadcast stories of medical miracles and college students hold Dance Marathons—just a few of the programs generating millions of dollars each year to provide the life-saving care and crucial services kids need.

Family Weekend Fun and Recognition By MAggIe WrITT (’12)

The Parents/Guardian of the Year Award is presented each year and students may nominate their parents or guardians by submitting an essay. The recipient is chosen from among the nominations by the Family Weekend was held Oct. 23-25, College Activities Board and Family Weekend Planning Committee. providing students and their families with This year’s recipients of the Parents of the Year award were Kevin many fun activities. and Eileen O’Brien, parents of Kevin O’Brien (’11) (Davenport, Iowa). Kevin said he nominated his parents because, “My mom and dad have always challenged me and built me up, encouraging me to pass on the opportunities and gifts they’ve given me to others. From day one they were constantly teaching and loving, and I know they have helped me to become the person I am today. That is why they are, have been, and always will be, my parents of the year.” The Father John Naumann Award is presented to a Loras College faculty or staff member who demonstrates outstanding support and involvement with Loras students and is nominated by the students for the award. This year the award was presented to the Rev. Douglas Wathier, S.T.D., professor of religious studies. Additionally, he serves as director of the Catholic Thinkers and Leaders Program and is co-chair of the Catholic Identity Committee. Wathier is known for his humility and commitment to students in helping them to grow deeper in their faith.


Family Weekend is held each fall as a chance for students’ family members to see and experience what life is like at Loras College. This year it was held the weekend of Oct. 23-25 and provided students and their families with many fun activities including an improv group, a concert featuring Loras students singing songs from Musical Theater and the Great American Songbook and a brunch where the Parents/Guardian of the Year and Father John Naumann Awards were presented. These awards give students the chance to nominate their parents and a faculty or staff member who have impacted their time at Loras.

From Theology to the Practical In June 2009, priests, deacons, cantors, choir members, accompanists, instrumentalists and music and liturgy directors from across the region gathered to participate in the liturgical music conference, “Sing to The Lord A New Song: Giving Voice to The Theology of Liturgical Music,” hosted by Loras College. The conference was intended to help pastoral musicians understand and implement the recent Bishop’s instruction on music in the liturgy in faithful and innovative ways. Topics for the conference included: Theology of Choirs and the Liturgical Assembly, Theology of Leading Liturgical Prayer, Theology of Solo-Singing in the Liturgy and Theology of Preparing the Liturgy. Conference participants worked in classroom breakout sessions that dealt with practical issues, then navigated skills workshops where they integrated theoretical practices and practical performance.


The keynote speaker was R. Kevin Seasoltz, O.S.B., one of the leading liturgical scholars in the Englishspeaking world. He was editor of Worship for 18 years, a professor of liturgy at the Catholic University of America for 25 years and is professor emeritus at St. John’s University. He is also the author of five books and more than 200 academic articles.


B y M I c H A e L A g r Ay (’11)

Christian McConnell, Ph.D., an assistant professor on the faculty of theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, lectured on Tradition and Innovation in the Liturgy. Roy Carroll, Ph.D., professor of music at Loras College, addressed Artistry and Transparency in Liturgical Ministry. David Pitt, Ph.D., assistant professor of liturgical and sacramental theology at Loras College concentrated on Ritual and Freedom in the Liturgy. “Overall it went quite well,” said Pitt. “For a first-year conference we really had a great response, exceeding expected attendance. This demonstrates that there is a need for such a conference to explore doing things a little more deeply with liturgical music. It all went very well and we received good, positive comments. We’re looking forward to next year!” Plans are already underway for next year’s conference with keynote speaker the Rev. Jan Michael Joncas, S.L.D., from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. Joncas is a noted liturgical musician and author of the book From Sacred Song to Music and the well-known song “On Eagles Wings.” Topics for next year’s conference will include the changing atmosphere of Mass and new translations implemented within Mass that will affect the musical practices.

“The Soup” Star Hits Dubuque

By MAggIe WrITT (’12)

The College Activities Board (CAB) is a student-run organization that brings different entertainment, speakers, movies, cultural activities and numerous other events to campus most weekends throughout the school year. CAB’s budget is student-funded, making it their goal to bring events to campus that reach out to all people. Within the past year CAB has brought well-known bands to campus such as Eve 6 and Saving Jane and will bring Safteysuit to campus this coming May. After polling the student body about which big-name comedian they would like to see come to Dubuque, Joel McHale was booked to come to the Five Flags Center in Joel McHale downtown Dubuque on Dec. 5, 2009. “We brought Joel McHale to Dubuque because the student body has been asking for the College Activities Board to bring a bigger-name act for the past few years,” said Michele Nauman, assistant director of student life and CAB advisor. McHale is the host of The Soup, a weekly entertainment show on E! that satirizes pop culture and current events. His quick wit and sharp comedic timing have made The Soup a pop culture phenomenon and McHale has been touring the country to sold-out audiences with his stand-up act. He also plays Jeff Winger in the new NBC show Community and stars opposite Matt Damon in the recently released movie The Informant. The event was open to the public, but Loras students, faculty and staff were able to purchase prime main floor seats at a discounted price. “I was really excited to hear Loras was finally bringing a big name performer to Dubuque,” said Traci Evers (’12) (Sugar Grove, Ill.). “It is very common for colleges to host events such as this and I think it is important for Loras to provide students with opportunities to view popular performers such as Joel McHale.”

From Printmaking to Agriculture By HANNAH SPINA (’10)

This fall the Loras College Arts and Culture Committee worked to bring enlightening and engaging events to campus. A new event, ArtFest, was included in this year’s Homecoming weekend. On display were dozens of pieces of artwork including sculpture, paintings and computer generated graphics, as well as books and poems. All of the submitted work was created by Loras alumni, faculty, staff and students. On Saturday morning of Homecoming weekend a special performance of “A Driftless Land,” a mixed media presentation including original music, images and written words, was given by Robert Dunn, Ph.D., professor of psychology and chair of the division of behavioral sciences; Kevin Koch, Ph.D. (’81), professor of English and chair of the division of language and literature; and Lou Fautsch. The Arts and Culture Committee also collaborated with the Dubuque Museum of Art in sponsoring, “A Passion for Color: American Women Printmakers, 1895-1965,” a special exhibit that ran from midAugust to early November. The exhibit featured 60 color prints in all print media—including intaglios, woodblocks, lithographs and screen prints—created by many prominent female artists, including Mary Cassatt. The pieces demonstrated not only artistic merit but also historical, religious and social value as well.

The Loras College Arts and Culture Committee takes great pride in bringing such unique, educational and fun activities to Loras and is looking forward to the upcoming spring semester.


In October a special panel discussion was held at the museum featuring Bel Needles, Ph.D., owner of the collection; Jennifer Walker, Loras College adjunct instructor of art history; Amy Worthen, printmaker and curator of prints at the Des Moines Art Center; and Louise Kames, B.V.M., artist, printmaker and Clarke College professor of art. The panel was able to offer their expertise and answer questions about the artists and the work on display. The discussion was well received and demonstrated the importance and talent of women in art.

In November the Arts and Culture Committee in conjunction with the Campus Activities Board, Humanities Iowa, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary brought Mary Swander, poet laureate of Iowa, to campus for a special presentation of her docu-drama, “Farmscape.” Written with students at Iowa State University as part of a workshop process, “Farmscape” told the true story of people engaged in the contemporary agricultural landscape. It was performed as a reader’s theatre by local volunteers, many of whom are witnessing the effects on agriculture and farming firsthand. The story came out of direct quotations taken from interviews conducted by Swander and her students. After the performance, a discussion was held regarding the issues discussed in the show and Swander was availble to answer questions and speak to the audience. The performance was well attended by members of both the Loras and local community and proved to be an eye-opening experience for many. While in Dubuque, Swander also conducted writing workshops for Loras students and was able to visit a number of classes both at Loras and at Wahlert High School.

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Hall of Fame

Kim (Kiner) Jacobsen (’97)

Michael McDermott (’82)

Robert J. Naughton (’60)

Robert M. Bertisch (’53)

Troy Cicero (’84)

John P. Duffy (’78)

The following people were inducted into the Loras college Varsity Athletics Hall of Fame on Sept. 19, 2009: Kim (Kiner) Jacobsen (’97) was Loras’ first national champion in women’s track and field. Nine times she reached either the indoor or outdoor NcAA finals (thus a nine-time AllAmerican) in the shot put or discus and came home with three national titles and two runner-up spots. kiner jolted the Loras track program in her freshman year, winning the 1994 Indoor NcAA Division III shot put title (45’- ¾” ) then finishing fourth nationally in the shot put (43’-11 ¾” ) and discus (143’-7”) in the spring. She also won the NcAA Division III shot put titles in 1996 (outdoor) and in 1997 (indoor) when she set a meet record with a toss of 47’-8” feet. A cum laude graduate in history and education, she won the 1997 Mark e. Weber Award given to a track athlete who best fills the goals of leadership and academics. She is a sixth grade teacher at Henry clay elementary School in chicago, where she lives with her husband rob and their two children ryne and kira. Michael McDermott, D.P.M (’82) was an All-American football player, a mainstay weight man on the track team and a cheerleader all while carrying a rigorous academic load. After playing one year of club football he helped usher in the highly successful Bierie reign. Twice he was NAIA regional Player of the Week, senior co-captain and All-NAIA District 15 as a senior when he earned his All-American status. In 1981, McDermott was the main defensive reason Loras was 6-3-1 with a victory over city rival University of Dubuque and a tie with St. Ambrose while averaging a meager 11.8 points a game on offense. The defense was stellar, only once giving up more than two touchdowns. McDermott’s 158 tackles for the season remains the school record. on the track, McDermott was a big producer of points in the javelin and other weight events. In his senior year he showed his Loras spirit as one of the four men on the basketball cheerleading squad and was active in intramurals, the science club and Delta Sigma. McDermott earned a medical degree in podiatry and practices in the chicago suburb of Tinley Park where he lives with his wife Jackie and their children Jake, Mark and Brooke. Robert J. Naughton (’60) was a standout on the basketball court in the late 1950s on some of coach Vince Dowd’s greatest teams, particularly the 17-7 team that advanced to the NcAA college Division Tournament in 1958-59. He is remembered as a consummate team player and rugged rebounder. If rebounds had been kept as an official statistic he would likely rank among

the top ten in school history. Teammates recall Naughton as a scrapper and a big game player. His 24point game as a junior led Loras over St. Thomas. In the 1958-59 small college NcAA’s he was a first team All-Tournament selection and had a team-high 20 points in one game. early on Naughton showed he could excel off the court. He was president of his freshman class, a three-year student senator and a member of the clerics for three years. In 1960, he was the first recipient of the coveted Father Daniel coyne Award given annually to the athlete with a high grade point and success in his sport. Naughton served 27 years as a naval aviator, including two tours in Vietnam where he was a PoW from 1967-73. During his military career he received a Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying cross, a Bronze Star, several Purple Hearts and numerous other decorations. He joined NASA in 1989 as division chief of aircraft operations at the Johnson Space center in Houston and retired in 2004. In 2005, The robert and Peggy Naughton Scholarship Fund was established at Loras with first preference given to a military service person. Naughton and his wife Peggy live in Houston and have three children—kevin, Tim and Mike—and nine grandchildren.

Troy Cicero (’84) came along to assist the Duhawks at a time when Loras’ basketball fortunes were ebbing.

John P. Duffy (’78) was an NAIA All-American in wrestling his senior year (with a sixth place finish in the Nationals). He compiled an 83-13 record in his four years and the Duhawks were 39-9 as a team. Duffy compiled an 11-0 dual record at 142-150 lbs as a freshman, winning his first 10 matches as a collegian before a tournament loss. excellence followed yearly with 17-3 for the 11-2 squad as a sophomore, 22-2 as a junior on a 9-3 team and closing with a 30-4 mark as a senior on a 10-1 team. His senior year saw him become the school’s second All-American via his finish in the tough NAIA Nationals. Thirty years after his last match Duffy is still prominent in the Loras record book. His 22-2 junior year record is the eighth best single season percentage season and his .865 career winning percentage is fourth best ever. His winning pin in a mere 13 seconds ranks as one of the quickest in the program’s history. Duffy is vice president of finance for DS container and lives with his wife Patrice in the chicago suburb of Bartlett. They have five children—Becky, katy, Dolly, Dave and Nick—two of whom have followed in their dad’s Loras sports steps, but as soccer players. Nominations for next year’s Varsity Athletics Hall of Fame inductions are being accepted. Go to and click on Hall of Fame.


Robert M. Bertsch (’53) was a two-sport Loras standout in football and baseball and went on to even greater acclaim as a lawyer and Dubuque community leader. As a quarterback, he led the Duhawks to an outstanding season in 1952 and in baseball was a three-year starter who played on Loras’ 1952 divisional Iowa conference championship team. In his sophomore year he became the backup to Hall of Famer Jack rohan at quarterback. He was set to take over as the No. 1 quarterback in 1951, but instead was a student coach after he fractured his left arm 10 days before the season opener. Aided by the legendary Doc kammer, Bertsch used handball as therapy and proved his doctor wrong who said his football days were over. Instead, in 1952 he led Loras to an 8-1 mark and became the school’s first 1,000-yard performer (1,003 total, 805 yard passing on 52 completions out of 118 attempts and 198 yards running). Nationally Bertsch was 21st in the nation in passing among NAIA colleges and 32nd in total offense. on the baseball field Bertsch snared the starting center field spot as a sophomore and was a three-year regular. records show him as a .323 hitter on the 1952 team that won the Iowa conference North title with a 7-0 record. A cum laude graduate in economics, Bertsch received his law degree in 1956 from georgetown University and was a staff legal officer in the U.S. Marines. Following his discharge he began a distinguished law career in Dubuque, retiring in 1996. Bertsch died in July 2009 and is survived by his wife carol, three children—Jane, Joseph and robert—and eight grandchildren.

In his four seasons the 6-foot-2 point guard was a starter as early as his freshman season and was a playmaking sparkplug in 77 victories over four years. He was the floor general for the 1982-83 team that went 29-6, earning a berth in the NAIA national tournament. More than two decades later, cicero’s name pops up often in the basketball record book. He is a member of the exclusive 1,000-point club (1,034) and is third in season assists (198 in 1982-83) and steals (54 in 1982-83). An All-conference selection in his junior and senior seasons, cicero was the leader of the 1982-83 team that advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the NAIA before losing in the quarterfinals to Ft. Hays State (kS-third in the 32-team field). The Duhawks’ 29 victories remain a school single-season record. career Loras statistics bear out his sterling performances as the guy who got the offense rolling – No. 2 all-time in career assists (339) and No. 3 (198 in 1982-83) and No. 6 (141 in 1983-84) in single-season assists. A stellar defender, his steals during the great 1983-84 season sparked the Loras offense to 77.5 points a game – third best in history at the time. cicero was and is an accomplished leader off the court. He was founder and four-year president of the Loras Interracial club. Today he is active in his Joliet, Ill., community as a church leader and a mentor and role model to young boys. He is president and chief skill officer of Multiculturreal communications, Inc., a training and consulting firm. cicero and his wife Tara have two sons, Troy Jr. and Terell, and a daughter Taylor.





The Loras college athletic teams again achieved some significant success on the playing field in fall 2009. Headlining the success was the Iowa conference champion and NcAA Division III Tournament participant men’s soccer team. The team reached 20 wins for the third straight season and went 8-0 in the Iowa conference. Six Duhawks were named to the All-Iowa conference soccer team, senior Santiago Mejia (’10) (cali, colombia) was the league’s MVP and head coach Dan Rothert (’96) was named the coach of the year. In addition, Mejia and teammate Miguel Bonilla (’11) (cali, colombia) were named NScAA All-Americans.


on the women’s side, the Duhawks went 12-5-4, finished third in the Iowa conference and advanced to the IIAc Tournament semifinals where they fell on penalty kicks. Jessica Kern (’12) (elmhurst, Ill.) and Kate Young (’12) (roscoe, Ill.) were named first team All-Iowa conference and four other Duhawks were named to the second team. kern and young were also All-region selections. The team outscored their opponents 52-21 in their 21 games. young also led the league with 31 total points (12 goals and 7 assists).

Senior men’s soccer player Santiago Mejia (’10) (Cali, Colombia) was named the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s MVP.

on the gridiron, the Duhawks went 2-8 (and 2-6 in the IIAc) with wins over Dubuque (43-14) and Simpson (45-21). The Duhawks averaged 20 points and 265 yards of offense per game. Loras also posted the fourth best run defense and ranked sixth in passing offense. Matt Maginot (’10) (glenview, Ill.), along with Kyle (’10) and Kale (’10) McCormick (Harpers Ferry, Iowa), were named to the All-Iowa conference squads. Sophomore quarterback Vaughn Gesing (’11) (Waukon, Iowa) threw for 1,884 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009 and Gavin Kaiser (’12) (east Dubuque, Ill.) was in the top ten in the league with just under 100 all purpose yards per game. on the tennis court, the women’s team went 4-4 in the Iowa conference, a two game improvement in the win column from 2008. In their four wins in the conference, they posted a 35-1 match record, but were unable to knock off a top tier team despite some more competitive matches. They also qualified for the IIAc team tournament for the first time under the current six team format and first overall since 2004. Breann Billiet (’10) (Decorah, Iowa), Alisha Espey (’11) (camanche, Iowa) and Katharine Mack (’13) (Hales corners, Wis.) tied for the team lead with nine wins apiece. Their slots in the 3-4-5 portion of the lineup proved to be the most productive as a result. The number two doubles team of Billiet and espey was a team best 7-6. The women’s golf team finished seventh in the IIAc Tournament under the direction of first year head coach Jim Davison. Senior Brittney Boffeli (’10) (cascade, Iowa) led the Duhawks with a 352 and first year Abby Potts (’13) (Dubuque, Iowa) emerged to finish second. either Potts or Boffeli finished first in each tournament. Potts was the Duhawks’ top finisher in four straight tournaments in the middle of the season including the Loras Fall Invite which the Duhawks won.

The cross country teams each finished fifth at the Iowa conference championships with Tara Kilburg (’11) (LaMotte, Iowa) earning a spot on the All-conference squad on the women’s side. regular names at the top of the results included kilburg, Hannah Weiss (’10) (Dallas center, Iowa) and Erica Stevens (’10) (central city, Iowa). The future also looks bright for the women’s team with first years Maria Kalb (’13) (Dubuque, Iowa) and Ashley Schoenoff (’13) (Baraboo, Wis.) and sophomore Genna Kinley (’12) (Waukee, Iowa) regularly running among the best times on the roster.

IIAc Tournament before falling to the eventual winner Simpson college. The 14-21 season saw two Duhawks, freshmen Brittney Westermeyer (’13) (Dyersville, Iowa) and junior Julianne Lord (’11) (cedar rapids, Iowa), earn All-conference honors. The two attackers were 1-2 on the Duhawks’ kills list (Westermeyer 334, Lord 286). In addition to the two attackers, senior Michelle Bahl (’10) (Sherrill, Iowa) became Loras’ all time leader in digs. Bahl’s 1,817 included a single season best of 539 in 2009.

For the men, Tyler Meyer (’11) (Asbury, Iowa) was the top finisher at the Iowa conference meet for the Duhawks, finishing 17th and he was closely followed by teammate Dan McDermott (’12) (cedar rapids, Iowa) in 18th place. Ryan Engelman (’11) (Bellevue, Iowa) won the Dr. robert Tucker Invitational on oct. 16. engelman and Dain Leytem (’11) (Dubuque, Iowa) will be seniors on the 2010 team in the fall and McDermott returns for his junior season for head coach Bob Schultz (MA ’94). The Duhawk volleyball team began their Iowa conference title defense and NcAA Tournament appearance of 2008 with some new faces on the roster in 2009. Head coach Teresa Kehe’s young women again went over .500 in the league at 5-3, tied for fourth place and won their opening round game of the

Senior volleyball player Michelle Bahl (’10) (Sherrill, Iowa) became Loras’ all time leader in digs with 1,817, including a single season best of 539 in 2009.

New Athletic Website Launched B y J o N D e N H A M ( ’ 0 2 ) , S P o rT S I N F o r M AT I o N D I r e c T o r now offers eScores (text message or email alerts when Loras events go final), links to Loras college Athletics Twitter and Facebook pages, a weekly Fan Poll and links to view live video and statistics feeds of select home events. The site continues to provide schedules, rosters, game recaps and statistics. Be sure to set as a favorite and sign up for eScores!


on Sept. 1, 2009, the Loras college Department of Athletics launched the brand new as the official home of Loras college Athletics on the web. Powered by SID Help and maintained by the Loras college Sports Information office, the new site brings a fresh look and more dynamic interaction with Duhawk fans.


alumni news MISSION STATEMENT: The National Alumni Board was formed in 1989 under the direction of the Loras College Office of Alumni Relations. The board serves to develop and promote support of alumni and friends through a variety of programs, events and communication in an effort to strengthen the College.

National Alumni Board Welcomes Three New Members

Kathy (Keller) Giovingo (’76)

Mark J. Meloy (’83)

Thomas P. O’Brien (’82)

This fall the National Alumni Board recognized Michael A. McCrea (’88) for his years of service and leadership as NAB president. Members also thanked Thomas J. Lowenberg (’60) for his work over the last four years. New members joining the board this spring include Kathy (Keller) Giovingo (’76), Mark J. Meloy (’83) and Thomas P. O’Brien (’82). giovingo has maintained a strong connection to Loras college since graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication. She was a Loras college admission counselor in the chicago area until marrying her husband Thomas P. Giovingo (’78). After moving to rockford she helped establish the Loras club of rockford and continues to serve on the board 31 years later. giovingo is a professional volunteer in the rockford area and has served on numerous boards. currently she serves on the rockford Day Nursery early Learning center board and has been appointed by Bishop Doran to represent the rockford Diocese on the rockford Diocesan Pastoral council. giovingo has been inducted into the Loras Players Hall of Fame and she and her husband have a daughter gina and son Thomas (’06). Meloy has more than 25 years of banking experience including specialized work in commercial lending as well as in mergers and acquisitions. He is originally from Platteville, Wis., and graduated from Loras with a degree in finance. Meloy also graduated from Prochnow graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined First Business in 2000 and has had various responsibilities during his tenure including president of First Business Bank in Milwaukee. Meloy is active with the March of Dimes at the state and national levels. He currently serves on the board of directors of two non-profits and the finance committee of a third. He is also a member of the Madison rotary club and St. Maria goretti catholic Parish. He and his wife Lynn live in Madison and are the parents of Loryn and connor. Meloy’s father Joe and uncles Bernard and Frank all attended Loras. o’Brien graduated from Loras with a degree in english. After beginning his career as a teacher he eventually found himself in the insurance and benefits industry. currently o’Brien serves as the executive director for Medical Associates Health Plans, which offers comprehensive health benefits to more than 400 employers and 45,000 members. o’Brien is the president-elect of the Iowa Association of Health Underwriters where he also serves on the executive Board and State Board. He has been a member of the Society of Professional Benefits Administrators since 1992. o’Brien is a musician, reader and volunteer coach for youth programs. He and his wife Megan live in cascade, Iowa, with their children clancy, Bailey and gannon. In support of the priorities of Loras College, the National Alumni Board of directors created a scholarship in 2006. Tara Kilburg (’11) was the first recipient in 2007. The next academic year Andrew Tranel (’12) received the second award and this past fall, Tessa Otero (’13) was given the latest scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship will be given to Kilburg, Tranel and Otero each of the four years they attend Loras contingent on the financial and academic requirements. In addition, the National Alumni Board will award another student for the 2010-11 academic year and plans to increase the award to $3,000. The board continues to raise funds for the scholarship and you can be part of this effort. Learn more by logging on to

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My name is Tessa Anne Otero and I am the third recipient of the National Alumni Board Scholarship. I am majoring in media studies and political science and plan to minor in Spanish, journalism and international studies. My hometown is Phoenix, Ariz., and I come from a Mexican-American family of five. I am the oldest and have a sister, Angela Rose Galarza, 7, and a brother, Mario “Daniel” Galarza, Jr., 12. My mother is Annette Galarza and my father is Mario Galarza. I attended Copper Canyon High School in Phoenix and when it came to choosing a college I wanted change.

I am currently involved with LCTV and am a reporter for them as well as for the Lorian. I am also involved with Loras Intercultural Students Association, Daughters of Isabella and the Honors Program. I am a student ambassador and do work study in the Admission Office. I am far from home, but I have tried to make Loras my second home. I was greatly welcomed and making friends was very easy. I am happy with my decision and am taking every advantage Loras has to offer. The scholarship has helped me financially because, in the end, the major factor when choosing a college is cost. I was going to attend Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, but the college is so big and I would have been just a number and not a person. The scholarships I received from Loras College helped me attend the college of my choice. I love the Midwest and my first experience with snow has been a great one, even with the blizzard. Thank you for the National Alumni Board scholarship, I am forever grateful for your support. God Bless, Tessa Anne Otero (’13)


During my first semester at Loras College many students asked me, “How did you land in Dubuque and how did you find out about Loras College?” I am an alumnus of a program called Aguila Youth Leadership and the program promotes Latino students to graduate and attend college. The program offers resources and assists the students with the college admission process. Michael Valder, a 1962 Loras graduate, got involved with the program and took me and a dozen other students to Loras. We visited the campus during the summer and got an in-depth look at the College. I loved Loras after my first day here. The school fit me and my personality.

Souly Walking By MAggIe WrITT (’12)

“Do not be afraid to go out onto the streets and into public places, like the first apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of Salvation in the squares of cities, towns and villages.” – Pope John Paul II


With these words in mind, Jon Leonetti (’07) and Jesse Weiler (’07) set out on a mission that took them across the country. This decision was a result of both men wanting to spread god’s word and the realization that prayer is one of the most important aspects of the christian faith. Putting prayer at the center of their journey, the Loras grads walked across the country in pursuit of emphasizing the importance of prayer to christians across the United States. In going on this journey they hoped to express to young people the significance of prayer and to connect to people across the country on a spiritual level. Their journey began on March 1, 2009, in california and ended in ocean city, N.J., in August.


Months after their experience the men are continuing to spread their message by producing a documentary about their journey, including thoughts on prayer from catholic bishops, priests and evangelists. Based on his experience Weiler suggests that everyone take an opportunity to walk in prayer with christ. “Whether it is for five minutes or five hours, just go out and clear your mind to make room for the god who gave his life for us.”

Leonetti and Weiler received a wealth of support from family, friends and even people they met along the way. To help these people stay updated on their journey, the men kept an online blog about their day-to-day experiences. However, walking about 20 miles a day, the men often had to rely on the support of complete strangers in order to have a place to eat and sleep at night. one of Weiler’s favorite experiences during the trip occurred as they were walking through crook, colo., a very small town containing no visible places for them to eat or sleep until they walked into a bar and met a family. Through conversation the family informed them they could stay with them as long as the two men agreed to help them with work around their new house. After working on the house for a day the father of the family made them all buffalo t-bone steaks. overall the experience there was one of their best and most delicious on the journey. They also received a great amount of support from the Loras community as they passed through Dubuque this summer. “It was really nice to be welcomed by a lot of the faculty and presented with Loras college t-shirts, too. Loras has had a large impact on my life, and I owe a lot of who I am and what I’ve done to the faculty and staff of Loras college. even though it was summertime, I still got to see lots of family and friends from the school. It was simply amazing,” said Weiler.

Jon Leonetti (’07) and Jesse Weiler (’07) walked across the country this summer spreading the word about the importance of prayer.

Graduate Donates Respirator Masks during Flu Season Loras graduate Joe Leineberg (’94), working at Superior Felt and Filtration in Ingleside, Ill., has been instrumental in the development of a new disposable respirator mask. Leineberg generously donated 1,600 of the masks to Loras college for use during the H1N1 and regular flu seasons. The Fitseal disposable respirator mask employs nonwoven tribo-electric technology coupled with a medical adhesion system that makes it an effective disposable mask in swine flu/H1N1 protection as well as for use in protection in dealing with SArS, Avian Bird Flu, disaster clean up, emergency response, terrorism and tourism abroad. The innovation was recognized as a top five finalist for the prestigious 2010 Visionary Award given by INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. “We would like thank Joe Leineberg for his generous donation of 1,600 Fitseal Particulate respirators to Loras college. We appreciate his thoughtfulness,” said Tammy Marti, rN, BSN, director of the Loras college Health center.

Dean of Students Art Sunleaf models one of the disposable respirator masks donated to Loras.



Alumni Gatherings


Alumni Soccer—Pictured are Mackenzie Gable (’10), former Iowa Head Wrestling Coach Dan Gable and Kathleen Gable.

Kernels Game—Pictured are Lydia Brown, Tom Brown and Robin (Fetter) Brown (’82).

Decorah Tailgate—Pictured are (l to r) Sam Kuhn (’90), Doug Lansing (’88), Kelly Myers (’85) and Vic Beaz.

Dubuque Golf Outing—Pictured are Greg Hermiston (’97), President Jim Collins (’84) and Amy (Wagner) Hermiston (’95).

Alumni, family and friends were on the go this past summer and fall. Loras clubs across the Midwest organized scholarship golf outings to raise money for area students attending Loras.

delay but eventually the kernels took to the field and Loras alums were treated to a victory.

on Aug. 3, 2009, the Loras Club of La Crosse invited parents, businesses, graduates and friends to hit the links at the La crosse country club. During the gathering the scholarship students were recognized. Mark your calendars now to join the club on Aug. 2, 2010. Football alumni and Duhawk supporters gathered on Aug. 4, 2009, at glunz Bavarian Haus in downtown chicago for an evening with head football coach Steve Osterberger. Memories in the rock Bowl were relived and coach osterberger gave attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the team. The Loras Club of Cedar Rapids/Iowa City invited Duhawks to a baseball game at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Aug. 9, 2009. Mother Nature caused a rain

Hundreds of golfers participated in the Loras Club of Dubuque Scholarship Golf Outing on Aug. 10, 2009, at Thunder Hills golf & country club in Peosta. This year the club awarded 21 scholarships. Board members extend their thanks and appreciation to everyone who has supported this event over the years. The lucky winners of this year’s grand prize all-inclusive trip to Mexico were Greg (’97) and Amy (’95) Hermiston. Trip sponsors included conlon construction, Diamond Jo casino and Travel Headquarters. Plan to be part of this year’s event and mark your calendar for Aug. 9, 2010. Just a few days later the Loras Club of Waterloo/Cedar Falls held its annual Scholarship golf outing on Aug. 13, 2009, at Irv Warren Memorial golf course. This year board members increased the number of scholarships awarded to area students. our thanks to the many businesses, alumni and families

Sept. Duhawk Den—Pictured are (l to r) Vivian Cicero, Sr. Bernadine Curoe (MA ’69), Troy Cicero (’84) and Tara Cicero.

Oct. Duhawk Den—Pictured are Barb (Koeller) Potts (’82), Abby Potts (’13) and Jeff Potts (’82)

I-Cubs Game—Pictured are Anne Duesner, Kathleen Klosterman and Roger Klosterman (’74).

La Crosse Golf—Pictured are Jack White (’59) , John Kerrigan (’58) and Del Klein (’62).

who participated and supported this event. Be sure to join us on Aug. 12, 2010, and help make a difference in the lives of students attending Loras.


Loras college celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Soccer with an alumni game and picnic on Aug. 29, 2009. The current Duhawks took on the former athletes in a friendly competition in the rock Bowl. Following the games everyone gathered for a picnic in Flora Park. Loras alumni proudly wore their purple and gold in Monmouth, Ill., on Sept. 5, 2009, as fans, parents and alums cheered on the Duhawk football team during an away game. The Loras Club of Dubuque held a Duhawk Den on Sept. 19, 2009, for Hall of Fame inductees and their families who were on hand prior to being recognized during halftime of the football game. Be sure to check out the Duhawk Den schedule and join us this fall in front of the Fieldhouse during football season.

Alumni Swim Meet—Pictured are (front with blue towel) Lauren Rys (’07), (middle row, l to r) Bill Meisch (’73), Joey Rys (’09), Leslie Crandall (’09), Megan Mahannah (’08), Christian Schultheis (’93), Jonathan Gentry (’05), Tasia Guiter (’07), Michelle Goebel (’10) and (far back) Matt Ross (’09).


Summer, baseball and Loras Duhawks…the perfect combination for an event hosted by the Loras Club of Des Moines. on Aug. 28, 2009, alums and their families gathered for a picnic and then enjoyed watching the I-cubs play at Principal Park.


Rockford Luncheon—Pictured are Tom P. Giovingo (’78), Lindsay Van Wy (’13) and Kathy (Keller) Giovingo (’76).


Monmouth Tailgate—Pictured are (kneeling) Al McGuire (’85), (front row, l to r) Jackie (Rowley) Gales (’88), Jennifer (Rowley) Arnold (’91), Jill (Rowley) Flynn (’94), Beverly (Witt) McGuire (’82), (back row, l to r) Sharon (Huss) Myers (’88), Kelly Myers (’85), John Rowley (’85), Mike Doyle (’91), Joe Gales (’88), Ray Cavanaugh (’86) and Tom Shey (’88).

Thousands of alumni returned to campus to celebrate Homecoming Sept. 25-27, 2009. Five new Distinguished Alumni Awards were given at the President’s Homecoming Dinner during the weekend. The classes of 1959 and 1984 celebrated milestone anniversaries. From the english and science departments to basketball and football, alumni participated in a number of activities and events with their fellow classmates and teammates. This year the Arts & culture committee celebrated the work of alumni with displays and presentations. campus tours, liturgies, choir performances and a tailgate made this a memorable weekend. Join us on oct. 1-3 this fall for Homecoming 2010. on oct. 8, 2009, California alumni gathered at the home of Jim (’56) and Audrey Smith. The Rev. Msgr. Charles Lang (’61) shared a college update with the attendees. our thanks to the Smiths for opening up their home to Duhawks in the Huntington Beach area. Family Weekend was packed with a number of events. on oct. 24, 2009, head swim coach Doug colin hosted

Waterloo Golf—Pictured (l to r) are Alex McGrew (’10), Pat Conry (’85), Dan Conry and Jason Gamblania.

the annual Alumni Swim Meet. Fans packed the stands as former athletes from 1970-2009 dove into San Jose Pool for a race against the current Loras swimming and diving team. Later in the day it was easy to spot the purple tent on the Fieldhouse lawn where the Loras Club of Dubuque hosted a Duhawk Den. Legacy parents and their children were invited to celebrate the tradition of attending Loras. Don’t miss Family Weekend this year Nov. 5-7, 2010. When the Loras college football team hit the road to take on Luther college, the Loras Club of Northeast Iowa organized a reception prior to the game. Alumni and their families gathered at T-Bock’s in downtown Decorah. our thanks to Joe Bouska (’76) and Duane Bruening (’52) for hosting this event. The Loras Club of Rockford held its annual Scholarship Luncheon at giovanni’s restaurant on Nov. 19, 2009. John Upstrom, professor of finance, was the featured speaker. His talk, “Launch Into Life: The Project/The reality,” focused on a financial magazine project current students had undertaken.

Homecoming 2009 1959

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Five Distinguished Alumni Receive Awards


B y B o B B I e A r L e S ( ’ 8 8 ) , e x e c U T I V e D I r e c T o r o F A L U M N I A N D c o M M U N I c AT I o N


Michael Adams (’99)

Sister Bernadine Curoe (MA ’69)

Bob Kaliban (’55)

Rev. L. Pail Ouderkirk (’55)

In 1989, the National Alumni Board began recognizing Distinguished Alumni and this year a new category was added to celebrate the accomplishments of our young alumni. Michael Adams (’99) is the first recipient of the young Alumni award. After graduating with a degree in business management information he has moved up the corporate ladder, performed on tour with bands and raced open wheel cars. recently he started his own business. Adams and his wife Jillian (’99) currently live in McFarland, Wis. Forty years after receiving her master’s at Loras college, Sister Bernadine Curoe (MA ’69) received a Distinguished Alumni Award for Service provided as Staff/Faculty/Administrator. After a number of teaching and counseling positions, curoe joined the Loras campus in 1978 and has been here ever since. She continues to help the Loras community, offering counseling to students, staff and faculty three days a week. Karen (McNulty) Enright (’89) was recognized for her contributions Made in Public Service. After graduating from Loras she attended John Marshall Law School. enright worked just five years before co-founding her own firm. She has been selected by Law Bulletin Publishing co., as one of “40 Lawyers Under 40 to Watch,” is included in “Who’s Who Among American Trial Lawyers” and the Million Dollar Lawyers Forum. In addition to enright’s career

Karen (McNulty) Enright (’89)

accomplishments she is also a mother to three young sons and enjoys spending time with her husband Jerry in their home in elmhurst, Ill. From film, Broadway, radio and TV, Bob Kaliban (’55) has had a number of career successes over the past 54 years. Loras recognized his accomplishments with the Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievements and contributions. kaliban has performed on hundreds of on-camera and voice-over spots for all major agencies and products. Highlights include chips Ahoy cookies, Atlas Tire and as the Ty-D-Bol man. kaliban has been happily married for more than 50 years to his college sweetheart Pat. Together they are the proud parents of three children and even prouder grandparents to nine grandchildren. kaliban and his wife currently live in garden city, N.y. The Rev. L. Paul Ouderkirk (’55) was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for christian Service and Volunteer Work. ouderkirk has taught full time in various parish high schools throughout the diocese and has been instrumental in creating Hispanic ministries throughout the archdiocese. In 2004 he retired from St. Bridget in Postville, Iowa, to live in garnavillo, Iowa, and was called out of retirement in 2008 after one of the largest immigration raids in U.S. and Iowa history. ouderkirk continues to live out his ministry to those in the Postville area and beyond.

scrapbook scrapbook Alums with Miss Am er


CHICAGO WHITE SOX GAMES The past few years several Loras alumni have had informal gatherings at Chicago White Sox games. On July 9, 2009, these Duhawks got together to cheer on the White Sox (pictured l to r): Peter Sterchele (’84), Jim Gaudette (’85), Mark Raymond, Pat Healy (’83), Liam Mahoney, Bill Hyland (’83), Scott Panozzo and Jim Brew (’83).

Loras Adoption

ALUMS WITH MISS AMERICA Loras alums Mike Mason (’67), Bill Schufreider (’87) and Matt Pucci (’08) hanging out with Miss America 2009 Katie Stam.

LORAS ADOPTION Jada (Rodts) Weiler (’98) and her husband Chris adopted two beautiful daughters in April, Keelie, 12, and Nikkie, 9.

FUTURE DUHAWKS Future Duhawks show their pride. Pictured are Olivia and Thomas Guyer, children of Joan Guyer (’92) and Julia Fifer, daughter of Amy Fifer (’92).


Steve Baumhover (’77) has joined Fidelity Bank and Trust in Dubuque, Iowa, as senior vice president.

Robert Albers, Ph.D. (’60) has authored the book, Dividend Growth Investing. He most recently served as a FINRA neutral arbitrator settling disputes within the securities industry.

Dennis Schemmel (’77) was appointed to the Natural Resource Commission for Grimes, Iowa, by Governor Chet Culver.

David Rabe (’62) has authored the children’s book, Mr. Wellington. Two of his previously published books, Dinosaurs on the Roof and The Black Monk and the Dog Problem, have recently been released in paperback. Timothy J. Riordan (’62) is now an attorney with Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC, in Chicago. He concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, employment, corporate and municipal law.


Robert Holz (’64) has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® 2010 in Communications Law, Energy Law and Health Care Law. He is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa, practicing in the Litigation and Business Divisions.


Randy Skemp (’78) recently joined CartêGraph in Dubuque, Iowa, as the executive vice president of sales. Daniel J. McHugh (’79) has been named chief executive officer of Southern Air Holdings, Inc., in Norwalk, Conn.

1980s Mary Ann Matelich (’80) received a Silver Apple award from the Great Falls Education Association in Great Falls, Mont. The award recognizes individuals who support and promote activities for children of the Great Falls community. Bill Burns (’81) has been a Chicago police officer for 23 years and is currently in his second term as F.O.P. Sergeant-at-Arms.

Tom Nakashima (’66) is currently serving a five-year term as The William S. Morris Eminent Scholar in Art at Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga.

The Rev. John Mary Gilbert (’81) is currently the monastic prior of Coru Jesu Oratory in the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis.

Sr. Patricia Clark, SVM (’67), was recently elected president of the Sisters of the Visitation in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tamara Maury (’86) was recently promoted to senior marketing manager at The McGraw-Hill Companies in Dubuque, Iowa.

Anthony Balik (’68) has regained his vision after losing it 48 years ago in a farming accident. He underwent surgery last summer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and for the first time can see his wife, children and grandchildren.

Catherine (Holland) Helling (’89) has been promoted to senior customer service representative at Prudential Financial in Dubuque, Iowa.

Kent Scheuerell (’69) has retired after 40 years of teaching. He taught sixth grade at Platteville Middle School in Platteville, Wis., and served as director of the outdoor education program.

1970s Nick Nigro (’75) has authored the children’s book, Once Upon a Tree. He is currently the career services director at Davis College in Toledo, Ohio.

Robert H. Johnson III (’89) was recently named the 2008 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year. He has taught at Lace Elementary School in Darien, Ill., for 20 years and is currently teaching fifth grade social studies, science and language arts.

1990s Julie (Cummins) Nelson (’91) is the Midwest recruitment director for Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this position she recruits students from Illinois and the St. Louis area and

is a featured presenter at many high school college information nights. Amy (Deluhery) Breitfelder (’92) was named one of eight Rising Stars for 2009 by the Tri-State Business Times. The award annually recognizes business leaders age 40 and younger for their leadership and commitment to the Dubuque community. She is currently a senior vice president for U.S. Bank. Michael E. Obermueller (’96) was one of 13 attorneys named a 2010 Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. The award recognizes outstanding attorneys age 40 and younger or those who have been practicing law for 10 or fewer years. He currently practices business, commercial and construction litigation for Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., in the Twin Cities. The Rev. Scott Boone (’97) helped raise more than $137,000 for St. Thomas Aquinas School in Webster City, Iowa, at their 2009 annual ball. Chad Huntington (’98) has been elected by Junior Achievement of the Heartland to serve as special events chair for the Tri-State Area Community Board. Theresa (Demuth) Leisen (’98) was appointed director of communication of the American Advertising Federation of Dubuque. Jennifer (Juergens) Hanniford (’99) was appointed president of the American Advertising Federation of Dubuque.

2000s Melani Moorman (’00) recently joined The McGraw-Hill Companies in Dubuque, Iowa, as a learning solutions specialist. Ryan Brown (’01) was appointed first vice president of the American Advertising Federation of Dubuque. Ryan Hosch (’03) joined Knapp and Purdy, CPAs in Dubuque, Iowa, as a certified public accountant.

Vince Amoroso (’00) married his wife Gwen on Oct. 18, 2008. Celebrating with them were (back row, l to r): Joe Lang (’99), Ellen (Manderscheid) Zacharias (’00), Meghan McKenna (’01), Amanda Carr (’01), Gwen Amoroso, Vince Amoroso (’00), Alex Greazel (’00), Mary Sullivan (’01), Renae (Rosear) Masbruch (’01), Melissa (Looney) Pence (’00), Sara (Weiland) Lang (’03), (front row, l to r): Andy Lang (’03), Brad Koch (’99), Tim Casey (’00), Erin Nelson (’01), Toby Cortelyou (’00), Justin Klein (’00), Carl Cottrell (’05), Kris Lyons (’01) and Curtis Kuhn (’00).

Robin (Slaght) Reed (’03) recently joined The McGraw-Hill Companies in Dubuque, Iowa, as a project manager. Tasha (Splinter) Lippold (’04) was appointed second vice president of the American Advertising Federation of Dubuque. Chris Loewenberg (’04) was recently promoted to marketing director at The McGraw-Hill Companies in Dubuque, Iowa. Adam Reisch (’04) was recently promoted to audit manager at Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. in Dubuque, Iowa. The Rev. Gary Mayer (’05) was ordained to the priesthood on May 23,

2009, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa. He currently serves as associate pastor at Holy Ghost, Holy Trinity and Sacred Heart Parishes in Dubuque, Iowa. Anna Hoppmann (’06) recently joined The McGraw-Hill Companies in Dubuque, Iowa, as a digital asset librarian administrator. Todd Boeckenstedt (’07) recently joined Steve Junk Insurance Agency, Inc., in Cascade, Iowa. Jared Shafer (’07) was promoted to customer services representative at Prudential Financial in Dubuque, Iowa. Taryn (Robinson) Kuntz (’08) has accepted a position as assistant director of development for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Sean O’Brien (’08) will be receiving the medal of valor this spring from the Evanston Police Department for putting his life in danger to save a fellow officer from a burning car. This award is the highest decoration for a public safety officer.

Melissa Fritz (’09) recently joined The McGraw-Hill Companies in Dubuque, Iowa, as an account coordinator.

Alumni The Rev. Steven Garner (alumnus) was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 2009, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque, Iowa. He currently serves as associate pastor at Resurrection Parish in Dubuque.

ALUMNI WEDDINGS Robb Zurek (’97) to Nikole on June 14, 2008. Mollie Moore (’00) to Chad Rawleigh on Sept. 6, 2009. Amy Schlueter (’02) to Steve Treptow on July 2, 2005. Meghan Manders (’03) to Scott Herrig on April 28, 2009. Liza DeStefano (’04) to Daniel Johnson (’05) on June 27, 2009.


Brendan Houlihan (’03) was named one of eight Rising Stars for 2009 by the Tri-State Business Times. The award annually recognizes business leaders age 40 and younger for their leadership and commitment to the Dubuque community. He is currently a financial adviser and chartered retirement planning counselor for Houlihan Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors.

Eric Bero (’02) and Adrienne Maple were married on Sept. 6, 2009. Celebrating were (l to r): Eric Bero (’02), Adrienne (Maple) Bero, George Vlasis (’02), Mike Conmey (’02), Cristina (Dacio) Ottaviano (’02), Dustin Derflinger (’02), Adam Ottaviano (’02) and Robbie Stran (’02).

Tyler Knopp (’06) to Jaclyn Kluck (’07) on Sept. 12, 2009.

To Todd (’92) and Kris Queck, a son on June 29, 2009.

To Mark McKeon (’97) and Staci Hill, a daughter on March 27, 2009.

Brielle Whitty (’06) to Brandon Good on July 4, 2009.

To Scott (’93) and Lori Casey, a son on March 4, 2009.

To Timothy (’97) and Sara (McClimon) (’98) Noonan, a son, Thomas Raymond, on Jan. 3, 2009.

Tiffany Hancock (’07) to Nick Goedken on Oct. 4, 2008.

To Betsy (Kromer) (’94) and Timothy Nyman, a daughter, Rebecca, on Aug. 20, 2009.

Lisa Coulter (’08) to Loras Even (’08) on July 11, 2009.





Brendan Conway (’98) married Rachel Witmer on the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wis., on Aug. 29, 2009. Celebrating with them were (front row, l to r): Jack Knight (’99), Matt Stasiek (’97), Jeff Decker (’01), Helen Hughes (’04), Brendan Conway (’98), Rachel Conway, Pat Dwyer (’99), Amy (Wagner) Hermiston (’95), Greg Hermiston (’97), Aaron Plein (’98), (back row, l to r): Jon Ryan (’97), Rob Lynch (’97), Andy Dampeer (’99), Ryan Hughes (’00) and Trent Rolling (’98).

To Jeff (’79) and Lisa Kurt, a son on July 28, 2009.

To Brian (’94) and Traci Roling, a daughter on Feb. 16, 2009. To Tricia (Weber) (’95) and Scott Holdgrafer, a son on Feb. 26, 2009. To Jennifer (Fluhr) (’95) and Patrick Ready, a son on Sept. 28, 2009.

1980s To Michael (’86) and Jennifer Runde, a daughter, Sarah Anne, on March 6, 2009. To Thomas (’88) and Karin Beschen, a son on Feb. 17, 2009. To Teri (Christ) (’89) and James Connely, a son, Nile James, on March 27, 2009.

1990s To Barb Flury (’90), a son on Aug. 13, 2009. To Ann (Giamalva) (’91) and Michael Sreckov, a son, Connor Michael, on Nov. 24, 2008. To Mike (’92) and Irma (Ruiz) (’95) Collins, a son, Sean Michael, on July 22, 2009.

To Rhonda (Halvorson) (’95) and Joe Schlickman, a son, Joshua Roy, on Feb. 3, 2009. To Kristin (Smith) (’96) and Mike Heiberger, a daughter, Evelyn Marie, on Nov. 28, 2009. To Beth (Nischik) (’96) and Chad Mund, a daughter, Amanda Mae, on April 30, 2009. To Jaci (Dunne) (’96) and Jeff Ogden, a daughter on Oct. 8, 2009.

To Kathryn (Magner) (’97) and Michael Panoch, a son, Ryan Thomas, on March 27, 2009. To Tammy (Hogan) (’97) and Justin Pierro, a son, Jacob, on Nov. 3, 2009. To Brian (’97) and Pamela Unsen, a daughter on Feb. 6, 2009. To Robb (’97) and Nikole Zurek, a son, Jacob Robert, on Sept. 22, 2009. To Teresa (Bargmann) (’98) and Brian (’00) Bothell, a daughter on March 24, 2009. To Jason (’99) and Nicole (Papis) (’00) Berna, a daughter on March 13, 2009. To Karla (Welter) (’99) and Mark Digmann, a daughter on Feb. 27, 2009. To Kathleen (Speck) (’99) and James Knepper, a son, Nicholas, on March 30, 2009.

To Chris (’97) and Nicole Casey, a son, Elijah John, on Feb. 26, 2009.


To Julie (Weber) (’97) and Jeff Davis, a daughter on Sept. 22, 2009.

To Chad (’00) and Martha (Henkel) (’00) Carlisle, a daughter on Jan. 26, 2009.

To Lisa (Callahan) (’97) and Wes Dolphin, a son, Jacob James, on Dec. 3, 2008.

To Eric (’00) and Polly Fleming, a daughter on Feb. 2, 2009.

Eric Engelman (’03) married his wife Amy on August 8, 2009. Celebrating with them were (front row, l to r) Ben Kilburg, Justin Gonner (’13), Nick Stumpf (’03), Ryan Engelman (’11), Jared Heim (’04), (middle row) Jeff Gonner (’80), Andrew Schwab (’03), Stephanie (Burgmeier) Ludovissy (’04), Karen Sturm (’80), Lori Kilburg (’80), Carrie Clausen, Amy Engelman, Eric Engelman (’03), Michael Ivanov (’03), Jayme Wilhelm (’03), Brenda (Kress) Stumpf (’04), Joel Sieverding (’79), (back row) Joel Sturm (’78), Barb (Clasen) Daugherty (’80), Bruce Clausen, Brad Theisen (’05), Shelly Theisen (’04), Pete Bonifas (’03), Jon Ludovissy (’03), Mike Dodds (’03), Dani (Gaydusek) Dodds (’06), Tom Oldenburg (’03), Amy Sieverding, Steph (Kowalski) Wilhelm (’02), Tom Sieverding (’03), Abby (Engelman) Veach (’07) and Ken Kurt (’03).

To John (’00) and Janet Herzog, a son on July 31, 2009. To Amy (Ring) (’00) and Kim Larson, a daughter, Ellinor Caroline, on July 24, 2009. To Casey (’00) and Tina Slaght, a daughter on Oct. 16, 2009. To Anna (Kramer) (’01) and Chris Miller, a son on Oct. 10, 2009.


To Karen (Kuhle) (’02) and Will Babler, a son, Mason William, on Aug. 14, 2009.

To Lynette (Schmidt) (’02) and Nick Elliott, a son on Sept. 27, 2009. To Melissa (Scott) (’02) and Travis (’03) King, a daughter on July 25, 2009. To Abby (Gantenbein) (’02) and Marty Kluesner, a son on Sept. 21, 2009. To Craig (’02) and Michelle Miller, a daughter on June 28, 2009.

Amy Fabricius (’97) married Patrick Jahn on Dec. 6, 2008 in Fond du Lac, Wis. Loras alumni in attendance were (l to r): Megan (Little) Hamman (’97), Scott Hamman, Amy (Fabricius) Jahn (’97), Patrick Jahn, Sarah (Lenz) Depooter (’97), Jim Depooter (’96), Jane Hoerter (’97) and Shawn Wick (’98).

To Kevin (’03) and Jennifer (Strabbing) (’05) Schmidt, a daughter, Nizhonia Marlene, on Aug. 2, 2009. To Todd (’03) and Susan Wernimont, a son on Oct. 6, 2009. To Brian (’04) and Kristie Cassidy, a daughter, Maggie, on Oct. 16, 2009.

To Dan (’02) and Kellie Ruba, a daughter on July 24, 2009.

To Louis (’04) and Angela Cook, a son on Sept. 8, 2009.

To Jill (Domeyer) (’02) and Michael Schlichte, a daughter on Jan. 16, 2009.

To Abby (Hefel) (’04) and Tony Davidshofer, a daughter on Sept. 1, 2009.

To Michael (’03) and Elizabeth Hoefer, a daughter, MaKayla Jacqueline, on Nov. 14, 2009.

To Meredith (Heiberger) (’04) and Steve Halverson, a daughter on July 27, 2009.


To Jerod (’02) and Jeana Driscoll, a daughter on Feb. 21, 2009.

Brian Mettille (’05) married Stephanie Bohlen (’06) on May 9, 2009. Lots of Duhawks from the classes of 2005 and 2006 helped them to celebrate their day.

To Laura (Schwitzer) (’04) and Nick Ludwig, a son, Logan, on March 3, 2009. To Bryant (’04) and Jessica Mangler, a daughter on Sept. 3, 2009.

To Jamie (Schmitt) (’07) and Cole Weiner, a son on March 23, 2009.

Robert Kurt (’49) on June 13, 2009, in Cascade, Iowa.

To Ruth Ann Einsweiler (’08) and Bret Hesselbacher, a son, Hunter John, on Sept. 25, 2009.

William Naughton (’49) on July 23, 2009, in Ames, Iowa.




To Jillian (Hemphill) (’04) and Jeremy Mootz, a daughter on Feb. 20, 2009. To Marcie Wampfler (’04) and Jesse Elliot, a daughter on Feb. 13, 2009. To Jesse (’05) and Heather Freiburger, a daughter on Feb. 21, 2009. To Michelle (Welter) (’05) and Luke Hartmann, a son on Feb. 26, 2009. To Nathan (’05) and Christine (Walleser) (’07) Ripperger, a son on July 2, 2009. To Kevin (’06) and Alison Knepper, a daughter on Sept. 9, 2009. To Abby Engelman (’07), a daughter on July 2, 2009. To Travis (’07) and Stephanie (Herbst) (’07) Tranel, a daughter on Feb. 19, 2009.

To Yevgeniya Palazhenko-Locklear (’08) and Everette Locklear, a son, Lucas, on March 11, 2009. To Desirae Schumacher (’09) and Adam Gillies, a son on Oct. 15, 2009.

Daniel Maloney (’50) on Sept. 5, 2009, in Crown Point, Ind. Bertram Murphy (’50) on Sept. 11, 2009, in Galena, Ill. David Conners (’51) on Jan. 22, 2009, in Washington, D.C.

ALUMNI DEATHS 1930s John Sutton (’34) on June 21, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa.

David Callaghan (’51) on July 20, 2009, in Oak Brook, Ill. John Hogan (’51) on July 25, 2009, in Ononomowoc, Wis.

1940s Emil Wakeen (’40) on July 22, 2009, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Matthew Smith (’51) on Sept. 5, 2009, in Glenview, Ill.

Robert Worden (’43) on Nov. 8, 2009, in Urbandale, Iowa.

Richard Gallagher (’51) on Oct. 6, 2009, in Ill.

The Rev. Msgr. James Finucan (’44) on June 12, 2009, in LaCrosse, Wis.

John Bitter (’51, A ’47) on Oct. 1, 2009, in Orangeville, Calif.

Aloysius “Al” Weitz (’47, A ’42) on Nov. 19, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa.

John Bradley, Ph.D. (’52) on July 29, 2009, in Dallas, Texas.

To Amy (F abricius) (’9 7) and Patrick Jahn, a son, William Jam es, on Aug. 28, 2009.

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To Carrie (Mueller) (’03) and Erik Brown, a daughter, Alivia Jo (pictured left), on Nov. 28, 2009. To Katie (Mueller) (’06) and Jeff Laban, a son, Eli Joseph (pictured right), on Nov. 4, 2009.

The Rev. Richard Hess (’52) on Sept. 1, 2009, in Iowa City, Iowa.

John Ciaciura (’61) on July 31, 2009, in Westerville, Ohio.

Richard Dorr (’68) on June 29, 2009, in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Bob Bertsch (’53, A ’49) on July 23, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa.

James Johannes, M.D. (’61) on Nov. 24, 2009, in Libertyville, Ill.


The Rev. Thomas Schwinn (’54, A ’49) on July 19, 2009, in LaCrosse, Wis.

Richard Schlindwein (’62) on July 9, 2009, in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Thomas Urban (’57) on Oct. 22, 2009, in Park Ridge, Ill.

The Rev. Larry Dougherty (’62) on Nov. 11, 2009, in North Liberty, Iowa.

Robert Wolfe (’57) on Nov. 26, 2009, in Davenport, Iowa.

Paul Anglin (’63) on Aug. 30, 2009, in Hinsdale, Ill.

John Sullivan (’58) on Oct. 5, 2009, in Reston, Va.

E. Patrick Minnick (’63) on Oct. 27, 2009, in Ames, Iowa.


Daniel Jarosz (’63) on Nov. 13, 2009, in Orland Park, Ill.

Angelo Lazzara (’60) on July 20, 2009, in Chicago, Ill. John “Jack” Kehoe (’60, A ’52) on June 16, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Sr. Mary Charissima Wambold (’73) on Nov. 11, 2008, in Milwaukee, Wis. Christopher Hanten (’75) on June 10, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa. Charles Bollinger (’76) on Sept. 5, 2009, in Chicago, Ill. Debra (Flynn) Viertel (’79) on Oct. 30, 2009, in Iowa City, Iowa.


1990s Gail Heinz Hagge (MA ’92) on Oct. 8, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa.

John Gelderman (’64) on Jan. 12, 2009, in Ill. John Shaffer (’64) on June 24, 2009, in Anamosa, Iowa.

2000s Marcia Vasquez (’03) on June 15, 2009, in Stockton, Ill.

Wayne Miller (’64) on Sept. 29, 2009, in Omaha, Neb.

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Francis Taylor (’60) on July 5, 2009, in Oviedo, Fla.

Robert Wenthold (’70) on Oct. 30, 2009, in Bethesda, Md.

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To Beth (Nischik) (’96) and Chad Mund, a daughter, Amanda Mae, on April 30, 2009.

Alumni Lee Johnson (alumnus) on Dec. 29, 2008, in Mountain Home, Ark. Edwin Becker, Ph.D. (alumnus) on Feb. 23, 2009, in Long Beach, Calif. Greg Wardle (alumnus) on April 20, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa. Daniel Meirick (alumnus) on May 19, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nev. Peter Courtney (alumnus) on May 30, 2009, in Maple Plain, Minn.


Thomas Brown (alumnus) on July 19, 2009, in Estherville, Iowa.


The Hon. Joseph Keefe (alumnus) on Aug. 3, 2009, in Decorah, Iowa. The Rev. Cletus Wessels (alumnus) on Aug. 12, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minn. Marvin Ohsann (alumnus) on Oct. 17, 2009, in Iowa City, Iowa. Michael Ameling (alumnus) on Oct. 23, 2009, in Dorchester, Iowa.

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To Dave (’01) and Stacia (Edwards) (’03) McDermott, twin boys, Aidan and Quinn, on Dec. 1, 2009.

Robert Erusha (alumnus) on Oct. 31, 2009, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. James Bourekis, D.D.S. (alumnus) on Oct. 31, 2009, in Spokane, Wash. Sr. Mary Paschal Kelly, SVM (alumnae) on Nov. 1, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa. David Turnmeyer (alumnus) on Nov. 6, 2009, in Davenport, Iowa. Robert Hebert (alumnus) on Nov. 14, 2009, in Park Forest, Ill. Leon Degnan (alumnus) on Nov. 17, 2009, in Guttenberg, Iowa. Ted Scherr (alumnus) on Nov. 18, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa. Arthur Leach (alumnus) on Nov. 23, 2009, in Bloomington, Ind. Kenneth Kramer (alumnus, A ’49) on Aug. 3, 2009, in Merced, Calif. Urban “Skip” Haas (alumnus, A ’57) on May 25, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Calling all cyclists… Loras College is forming a team for RAGBRAI XXXVIII - July 25-31, 2010! If you would like to be part of Team Loras, contact the Alumni relations office. or 800-245-6727 Limited spots are available.

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Academy Louis Fischer Jr. (A ’45) on July 27, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa. Donald Osterhaus (A ’48) on Sept. 26, 2009, in Bettendorf, Iowa. George Zugenbuehler (A ’49) on June 29, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa. Floyd Berendes (A ’52) on Nov. 10, 2009, in Hartland, Wis. Leo Westmark (A ’57) on Sept. 12, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa. Wayne Ruff (A ’59) on Sept. 7, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa. Richard Valentine (A ’59) on Nov. 5, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa. Thomas Herber (A ’60) on Sept. 5, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa. Leo Etteldorf (Academy) on Nov. 30, 2008, in La Crosse, Wis. Gilbert Tranel (Academy) on June 21, 2009, in Dubuque, Iowa.


Our Loras Students B y c AT H y k U B o U S H e k

Beginning the college search for our oldest son, much like any first-timer, was an interesting process. We went on all the visits searching for a school that would not only make Brandon happy but also keep us sleeping soundly at night. He wanted a small, Catholic college that had an engineering program. We came to the Loras campus for a visit and found his perfect fit. His college days were ones he will never forget. Brandon was hired right out of college with his bachelor of science degree in electro-mechanical engineering in 2008. Our daughter Justine’s story is a little different. She began at a different college with a different major and found everything about her situation to be unfulfilling. She would visit her brother at Loras on occasion and wondered why she wasn’t going there. After one semester she decided to transfer and Loras has proven to open many doors for her as well. Many opportunities have come into Brandon and Justine’s lives throughout their years at Loras. They both have been very successful in their academics, thanks to the professors and class sizes. My husband went to a state school and was shocked to see that Justine and Brandon wouldn’t have to be in lectures of 400 students. The attention they both have received has proven to help them through the stresses of class work, exams and group projects. Not only have we been impressed with the academics at Loras but we also are very pleased with the faith culture. We always hoped that our children would find a deeper understanding of their faith as they went off into the real world and Loras has helped Brandon and Justine do just that. The opportunities for Mass, confession, adoration and trips to conferences enhance the Catholic experience on campus and also help them bring Christ into their daily lives outside of school. One major event that has helped shape Justine’s life was her study abroad trip to Ireland in the spring of 2009. Loras had all of the details figured out from where she was living to how she was going to get to school. This trip allowed her to grow in maturity and understanding of the world around her. It was the most amazing trip for her and we even were able to visit while she was there. Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined ourselves traveling Europe for two weeks if it wasn’t for her decision to take the chance and go. Justine is now into her third year at Loras and plans to graduate with her bachelor degree in media studies in May 2011. Sending our children to college is always a challenge. After sending the oldest two of our seven children to Loras, we have complete trust in the College as a place where our kids will blossom into adulthood.


Justine (’11) and Brandon (’08) Kuboushek during Justine’s study abroad semester in Ireland.

Loras College Magazine - Winter 2010  
Loras College Magazine - Winter 2010  

Loras College Magazine - Winter 2010