Duhawk Day is one day out of the year when alumni and friends across the globe share their love for Loras College. Whether it is sharing photos on social media, attending events in one’s hometown or giving a gift to be part of the 1,450 donor goal, the opportunities to celebrate are endless.
Last year marked a new era for Duhawk Day in that it was moved fromits original date in May to its new commemoration in March. One of the biggest reasons for the change was to boost student involvement. With the day of celebration in March, most students would be on campus, allowing for campus-wide activities, creating additional excitement and Loras pride.
A special event that took place last year was a visit day for prospective students to experience firsthand what Duhawk Day is all about. Students visiting campus stayed in residence halls with current Student Ambassadors and participated in numerous activities including a trivia night, a mock class, as well as the “Yell Like L” event, in which student organizations competed to show who had the most school spirit.
Five prospective students who visited are now on campus completing their second semesters as Duhawks. Richie Hernandez (’22) from Chicago, Ill., recounted what it was like being a “Duhawk for a Day” in 2018 as he looks forward to Duhawk Day on March 13, 2019.
WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN ATTENDING THE OVERNIGHT VISIT?
I was interested in Loras’ Athletic Training program and being a part of the men’s volleyball team.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING ON CAMPUS DURING DUHAWK DAY 2018?
I had a lot of fun during Duhawk Day! Everyone around campus was so friendly and happy as they were celebrating what it means to be a Duhawk.I got to spend the day like a current student, enjoying meals on campus, joining activities and touring all of Loras. This visit helped me decide to come to Loras,and I fell in love with the campus. This experience showed me what “Duhawks supporting Duhawks” really means.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT THIS UPCOMING YEAR’S DUHAWK DAY NOW THAT YOU ARE A CURRENT STUDENT?
I’m looking forward to meeting even more Duhawks around campus and hopefully some future Duhawks who visit campus during the Duhawk Day overnight this year!