Third-floor Keane Hall renovation dedicated

(l-r) Jason (’11), Jim (’75) and Jean, Tom (’92 MBA ’15) and Peggy Gantz help dedicate the Cathy M. Gantz (’98) Memorial Lounge and the John J. Gantz Jr. (’70) Memorial Conference Room.
William T. Lynch (‘64), delivers remarks during the 3rd Floor Keane Hall Dedication.
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(l-r) Jason (’11), Jean and Jim (’75), Tom (’92 MBA ’15) and Peggy Gantz help dedicate the Cathy M. Gantz (’98) Memorial Lounge and the John J. Gantz Jr. (’70) Memorial Conference Room.

Keane Hall was built in 1913 and since that time it has been home to not only an iconic residence hall, but also at various times, a bowling alley, gymnasium, chapel, bookstore, and administrative offices.

During the past year, the third floor of Keane Hall was renovated into a state-of-the-art Center for Business Analytics. The remodeling project included creating technology-rich classrooms, meeting and seminar rooms, a comfortable lounge and seven faculty offices.

The renovation was made possible through support of donors.  On April 22, a dedication was held to recognize and thank these generous individuals and foundations, including William (’64) and Kathleen Lynch, Jim (’56) and Marita Theisen, the Gantz Family and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Thomas (’57) and Harriet Onan, Michael (’63) and Jo Cambridge, the James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation and Thomas (’72) and Beverly Tauke.

At the event, remarks were made by President Jim Collins (’84), Mike Doyle (‘91),

Fr. William Joensen, and Bill Lynch. In discussing the importance of this effort, Lynch said: “For me as an advertising person who appreciates brands, Keane Hall is an underutilized icon on our campus … it brands Loras. It speaks volumes of our past … but it also must speak to our future. To do that, Keane Hall cries out for renovation.”

Lynch recognizes the significant impact Loras College has on its community and the importance of giving back.

“For most students, myself included, the time at Loras was a life-changing experience,” he said. “It played a huge part in my formation and what I have been able to accomplish since. It set the course for my journey through adult life.”

Although the renovations on third floor are now complete, the next phase is already underway, focusing on the entrance to Keane Hall and making it handicap accessible. This will be followed by renovations to fourth floor. To complete these critical upgrades, more funds are needed. If you would like to help make an impact, please contact Josh Boots (’04), associate vice president for institutional advancement, at 563-588-7329 or Joshua.boots@loras.edu.

Due to the tremendous success of the business programs, in 2012 Loras College launched a Master’s of Business Administration degree focused on Analytics. Following this, a certificate program was launched in 2014, and an undergraduate program in 2015. Already capturing national attention, the Loras program educates business leaders in understanding the use of data in driving decisions, and in particular, the ethics involved in those decisions. Annually, the College also hosts a national Business Analytics Symposium featuring noted speakers from business and industry.

Since its inception, 846 students and business leaders have participated in the Business Analytics program at Loras College. Keane Hall is now the official home to these growing programs. 

For more information on the Business Analytics programs, please contact Kimberly Roush, graduate marketing specialist, at 563-588-7140 or admissions@loras.edu.