For Immediate Release
August 4, 2016
DUBUQUE, Iowa — Loras College, Iowa’s first college, has received a $20,000 grant from the James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation to continue the renovation of 103-year-old Keane Hall. Specifically, the funds will go toward a new handicap-accessible entrance to the iconic building.
“The latest gift from the foundation is a testament to its ongoing commitment to the college,” Jim Collins, president of Loras College, said.
During the past year, with help from two previous McDonough Foundation grants, Keane Hall’s third floor was remodeled into a state-of-the-art Center for Business Analytics. The project included creating technology-advanced classrooms, meeting and seminar rooms, a lounge and seven faculty offices.
Business administration is the college’s largest academic division and has grown with the addition of a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on analytics, a bachelor’s degree in business analytics and a certificate program. Nearly 850 students and business professionals have participated in a business analytics program at Loras since the programs’ inception.
With renovations to third floor complete, the next phase is underway, focusing on the entrance to Keane Hall and making it handicap accessible. Renovations also will serve visitors and students to administrative offices and other classrooms and meeting rooms in Keane. The campus welcomes more than 10,000 visitors a year, including students from 24 states and 10 countries.
After the updates to Keane Hall’s entrance are completed, renovations will begin on the fourth floor.
Built in 1913, Keane Hall is the face of Loras. It’s named after James (John) Keane, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Dubuque from 1911-1929.
The mission of the McDonough Foundation, established in 2013, is to promote charitable, educational and health-related activities and opportunities to children and families in eastern Iowa. The foundation, honoring at late Dubuque-area couple, offers support to local nonprofit organizations that provide educational opportunities, human and social services, and health care for children and their families. This year it has awarded $467,000 in more 64 grants to local nonprofit organizations.
About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. According to the 2016 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, Loras College was named the 13th Best Regional College: Midwest. Visit www.loras.edu for more information.
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