Year In Review

Moments of Pride

We remain forever grateful for the many contributions made by members of the Loras campus community, our alumni and many friends.
We reflect on our challenges, successes and moments of pride the past year.


Schmitt Photo Nearly 75 years later, Loras welcomed alumnus Father Aloysius Schmitt back to campus and laid him to rest in Christ the King Chapel. He was the first chaplain killed in World War II after saving at least 12 lives.
Loras ranked eleventh in the Best in the U.S. Baccalaureate College category of more than 1,500 institutions, according to September 2016 edition of Washington Monthly.
Loras College has earned three of the four top prizes in the Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) national writing competition for the second consecutive year.
Four Iowa Conference Championships were celebrated: Women’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, and Men’s Cross Country.
Loras ranked in the top thirteen A+ Schools for B Students in the Regional Colleges: Midwest category, according to the 2017 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.
Loras College hosted its fourth Analytics Symposium, the largest in Iowa.
Loras announced the First Generation Scholars Program initiative, which offers $1,500 to support first-generation college students. April 15, 2017 is the deadline to apply at
Three Academic All Americans were named: Calvin Miller (Soccer), Sydney Wright (Soccer) and Hayley Bergan (Volleyball).
Loras earned the eleventh spot in the Top Tier among Best Midwest Regional Colleges in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.
Loras Athletics competes in the nation’s largest division (NCAA III) and ranked in the top ten percent of all institutions in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.
For the second straight year, Loras was named one of the Top 12 Collegiate Newscasts in the nation, according to the Society of Professional Journalists.
Loras sophomore Audrey Miller finished second in the nation at the NCAA III Women’s Cross Country Championship.
The Women’s Soccer Team won its first-round game against #14 St. Thomas in NCAA III Championship tournament.
The Inspiring Lives & Leadership campaign surpassed the $95M mark. 21,417 alumni and friends have contributed to date, and more than 125 new scholarships have been established, capital upgrades have been provided to Keane Hall, St. Joseph Hall of Science and the Alumni Campus Center, and new programs such as the Loras Poll and an array of analytics offerings have taken shape.
For the seventh year in a row, Loras College Dance Marathon finished as the #1 fundraising school, per capita, in the nation. 300+ dancers raised $201,717 for the Children’s Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
Five individuals received Distinguished Alumni Awards: Msgr. John McClean (’53), Tom Onan (’57), Megan Meyer (’07), Mark McCarville (’68), and Donna Loewen (’77).
Four new academic programs were launched: Biomedical Engineering, 3+2 program in Athletic Training, 3+2 program in Business Analytics as well as a Master’s degree in School Counseling.
Students can choose from eight collaborative and four Loras-sponsored semester-long study abroad options. A ninth is in the works in addition to the numerous J-Term service and study away opportunities.
Three Loras coaches earned Iowa Conference Coach of the Year honors: Justin Heinzen (Women’s Basketball), Chad Fenwick (Men’s Tennis) and Bob Schultz (Men’s Cross Country) joining four coaches named in 2015: Bob Schultz x2 (Men’s and Women’s Cross Country), Jenna Ness (Women’s Volleyball), and Dan Rothert (Men’s Soccer).
For the eighth year in a row, Loras was named to the President’s Honor Roll for Service, with Distinction.
The Sport Management student team earned its ninth national championship in the past ten years at the Sport Management Association competition.
Countless community members and Loras faithful responded to the Visitation Complex fire with prayers, material goods, contributions and support. As a result, 44 Duhawks were safely evacuated, physically unharmed and cared for.

We look forward to what 2017 holds and thank you for
your continued support.