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Loras College graduate, students garner Delta Epsilon Sigma honors

25th consecutive year students have received national awards

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Two students and a recent graduate of Loras College, a Catholic liberal arts college, earned fellowship, scholarship and national awards by the scholastic honor society Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES). This is the 25th consecutive year in which Loras students have received national DES awards.

Alexis Hansen, of New Glarus, Wisconsin and a 2017 graduate of Loras, was awarded the 2018-19 DES National Award, the highest honor bestowed to a DES member. Hansen was one of three recipients nationwide to receive the award for exemplary service to DES and Loras College. She is currently a medical student at Des Moines University.

Senior Collin O’Bryan, of Peoria, Illinois, was selected for the DES Fellowship that honors an individual who has been accepted into a graduate school program for the upcoming school year.

Junior Karsen Hise, of Knoxville, Illinois, was one of eight recipients awarded the DES Scholarship, an award available for current juniors.

“It was a banner year for the Alpha Chapter of DES,” said Matthew Garrett, Ph.D., professor of Loras Sports Management Program and advisor of DES. “Karsen, Collin, and Alexis are all truly deserving of their respective honors and it has been a joy to work with them.”

Students submit an application each year to be considered for national awards.

Delta Epsilon Sigma was founded in 1938 at Loras College by The Rev. E.A. Fitzgerald as a Catholic honor society. As a result, the college became the first DES chapter in the nation. Its mission is to recognize academic accomplishments, foster scholarly activities, and encourage a sense of intellectual community among its members.

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 among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in 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, call (563) 588-7100 or (800) 245-6727, like Loras College on Facebook or follow @lorascollege to learn more.

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