Legacy Symposium

Loras College to host Legacy Symposium April 27

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista, St., Dubuque, will host the third annual Loras Legacy Symposium starting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27. During the daylong event, students and faculty members representing every major at the college will showcase their academic accomplishments through inspiring musical performances, presentations, a juried art exhibit, and a film festival.

“At no other time do we showcase so prominently our students’ extraordinary achievements and learning experiences,” said Jim Collins, president of Loras College. “When highlighted collectively, it is amazing to witness the powerful outcomes associated with their work, service, research, and creative efforts.”

Student and faculty work will include capstone projects, case study presentations, creative readings, creative work, cluster projects, research papers, honors projects, and service project presentations.

“The symposium celebrates the liberal arts tradition at Loras College, where connections between disciplines are made, and allows us to see things from different and new perspectives,” said Erin VanLaningham, Ph.D., associate professor of English. “It’s a day to honor what we do best across campus, and bring it together for everyone to see and experience.”

Works include “Building a Dream Park for Special Needs Kids,” “Significant Times and Places in Rock & Roll: San Francisco (1965-69),” “Meeting the Student’s Needs: A Look Into Creating a Digital Text,” and a photo essay on the Ice Fest on the Mississippi River. Other topics include economic development, wellness, creative expression and environmental voices, and many others. Also, faculty will share published works ranging from “A World Without War: Why It’s No Fantasy,” to “The Rules of the Game: Experiencing Global Capitalism on a Monopoly Board.”

2016 Loras Legacy Symposium s

  • 8:30 to 8:50 a.m.

Call to community: Celebrating Catholic intellectual tradition

Alumni Campus Center (ACC), concourse

  • 9 to 10 a.m.

Session I: Concurrent poster session, oral presentations and juried art exhibit

Academic Resource Center (ARC), Wahlert Hall, ACC

  • 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Session II: Concurrent poster session, oral presentations and juried art exhibit

ARC, Wahlert Hall, ACC

  • 1:15 to 2:10 p.m.

Session III: Concurrent poster session, oral presentations and juried art exhibit

ARC, Wahlert Hall, ACC

  • 2:20 to 3:15 p.m.

Session IV: Concurrent poster session and oral presentations

ARC, Wahlert Hall, ACC

  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Faculty presentations I


  • 4:40 to 5:40 p.m.

Faculty presentations II, ARC

  • 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Film festival

The Legacy Symposium, free and open to the public, is made possible through a donation from The Rev. Msgr. James Barta. Barta began teaching at Loras College in 1961 as an assistant professor in the psychology department. He was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and to professor in 1974. While continuing to teach, Barta was named academic dean in 1977 and became the President of Loras College in 1987. In 1994, the Archbishop appointed Barta regional vicar for the Archdiocese of Dubuque and he was named vicar general in 1999. He has since retired the position of vicar general and serves as vice chancellor on the Loras College Board of Regents.

Please visit www.loras.edu/legacysymposium for a complete schedule of events.

Contacts:   Sue Hafkemeyer, Director of Communication

563.588.7769 Office | 563.590.3999 Cell | sue.hafkemeyer@loras.edu

Thomas Jensen, Public Relations and Social Media Manager

563.588.7179 Office | 919-930-1997 Cell | thomas.jensen@loras.edu