Loras College Legacy Symposium

Loras College to host Legacy Symposium May 2 2018

Daylong event highlights case studies, film festival and more

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista, St., will host its fifth annual Loras Legacy Symposium starting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 2. During the daylong event, free and open to the public, students and faculty members representing every major at the college will showcase their academic accomplishments through posted and oral presentations and film festival.

“The extraordinary works of our students are something we celebrate often, but don’t necessarily get to showcase all at once,” Jim Collins, president of Loras College, said. “During the Legacy Symposium, the Dubuque community has the unique, once-a-year opportunity to learn more about our student, faculty and staff individual and collective achievements.”

The symposium also celebrates the liberal arts tradition at Loras College, where connections between disciplines are made, and allows people to see things from different perspectives.

“It’s a day to honor what we do best across campus, and bring it together for everyone to experience,” said Eric Eller, co-chair of the Legacy Symposium Committee and associate professor of finance.

Student and faculty work will include capstone projects, case studies, creative readings and works, research papers, honors projects, and presentations of service trips to New Orleans, New Jersey, Washington, DC and Tennessee as well as J-term travels including India where students walked in the footsteps of Ghandi.

This year, intriguing projects and various works include a 3-D printed microscope attachment, works by the Loras College Art Club, “The Importance of College in the Modern Age,” “Impact of Gun Control Measures on Gun-related Violence,” “Media and Policing” and “Changes in Friendship Among College Students.” Topics also include wellness, history, environment and sustainability, philosophy, education and learning, healthcare, community and culture, health, sports, and local issues.

The film festival showcases a variety of the best of short films, including documentaries, narratives and experimental pieces, produced by the award-winning Loras Media Studies program. A list of selected films and their student directors will be available during the festival.

2018 Loras Legacy Symposium public schedule

8:30 to 8:50 a.m.
Call to community: Celebrating Catholic Intellectual Tradition
Alumni Campus Center (ACC), concours

9 to 10 a.m.
Session I: Concurrent poster and oral presentations
Academic Resource Center (ARC), ACC, Keane Hall

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Session II: Concurrent poster and oral presentations
ARC, ACC, Keane Hall

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Center for Experiential Learning roundtable discussions
ACC concourse

1:15 to 2:10 p.m.
Session III: Concurrent poster and oral presentations
ARC, ACC, Keane Hall

2:20 to 3:15 p.m.
Session IV: Concurrent poster and oral presentations
ARC, ACC, Keane Hall

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Faculty presentations I

4:40 to 5:20 p.m.
Faculty presentations II

7 to 8:30 p.m.
Film festival
St. Joseph Auditorium, Hoffmann Hall

The Legacy Symposium 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.

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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