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Krystyna Kaminski

Opportunities at Hoffman Hall’s St. Joseph Auditorium lured Krystyna Kaminski (’20) from Chicago to Loras College in 2016.

Being awarded the Loras Women’s Leadership Alliance Award helped Kaminski return for her senior year.

“When I first came to Loras, I wanted to focus on education, but I also have a passion for theater and wasn’t sure if Loras would be able to allow me to participate,” Kaminski said.

But then, Anne Spoden (’15), a former senior admission representative, stepped into the spotlight. “Anne convinced me I’d still get to be involved in theater – that it would be easier because it’s not a major, so it’s not as selective and everyone can participate,” Kaminski said.

Kaminski, who will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work, has been involved in nearly every show produced at St. Joseph Auditorium during her four years at Loras. “I like working backstage. I’ve done the lights. I like building sets and painting – pretty much anything that the director needs me to do,” she said. “I’ve been forced on stage a few times, but I don’t like it,” she said.

She has been involved in much more than just theater during her time at Loras and currently serves as president of the Loras Alliance. She is co-president of the Social Work Council, diversity chair for the Student Union, treasurer of Delta Epsilon Sigma and is a member of the Guild of St. Genesius.

“I want to be a school social worker,” Kaminski shared, who expects that graduate school will be the next act in the story of her life. She wants to continue helping people.

“I’ve had opportunities to have internships that I never thought were possible,” she said. “I like the experience I’m getting from those. “It’s very rewarding that I’m getting to help people from the widest range of demographics.”

Given her history of helping others, Kaminski truly appreciated the gesture in receiving the Loras Women’s Leadership Alliance Award, after her father passed away from brain cancer in July. His death put Kaminski’s return for her senior year in doubt.

“The Loras Women’s Leadership Alliance Award helped me stay at Loras,” she said of the award. “I wanted to finish my degree but I didn’t think that I would. Because of this award, I can look forward to walking across that stage in May.”

If you would like to learn more about the Loras Women’s Leadership Alliance, contact
Cayla Schneider, Development Officer
563.588.7328 | cayla.schneider@loras.edu

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