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Iowa Catholic Collegiate Association Hosting Inaugural Faculty Summer Institute

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Iowa Catholic Collegiate Association Hosting Inaugural Faculty Summer Institute

DUBUQUE, Iowa –  Iowa Catholic Collegiate Association (ICCA) will host, Connections, an inaugural summer institute for member institution faculty focused on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT). The institute will be at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday and Thursday, May 29-30.

The purpose is to cultivate awareness of and formation in the CIT in order to develop a critical mass of faculty at member institutions who have had a deeper engagement with the richness of the tradition. With an emphasis on invitation, welcome, and dialogue, the institute is for faculty across disciplines and without regard to whether each claims any particular faith tradition.

The institute will also promote relationships among faculty at the six member institutions – Loras College, Briar Cliff University, Clarke University, St. Ambrose University, Mercy College of Health Sciences and Mount Mercy University.

“I think this summer institute will be a great way for faculty from Iowa’s Catholic colleges and universities to make connections and explore how the Catholic intellectual tradition can support the work we do at our member institutions,” David Cochran, Ph.D., professor of politics at Loras College, shared.

In the ever-shifting landscape of higher education, the CIT serves as a significant signpost for faculty at Catholic colleges and universities. Its breadth and depth informs teaching and learning, scholarship and service, and the individual’s sense of vocation.

The name of the institute conveys the “connections” to be developed and explored: with colleagues, among disciplines, between faith and reason, with voices inside and outside the Church, with the wisdom of the past, and with Catholic ways of seeing the world and the human person. Participation will deepen each person’s connection to the shared missions and purpose of Iowa’s Catholic colleges and universities.

Through readings, presentations, reflection and conversations, participants will recognize the existence and core features of the CIT, gain a deeper understanding of a particular application, reflect on how the intellectual resources furnished by the CIT can enrich their work at their home institutions, and reflect on how their work fits with and contributes to the CIT.

About Loras College
Loras 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 institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks 38th among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in the 2017-18 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine. Visit www.loras.edu to learn more.