DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista, St., will host its fourth annual Loras Legacy Symposium starting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 3. 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 inspiring musical performances, presentations, juried art exhibit, and film festival.
“This day serves as one of my favorites during the academic year,” said Jim Collins, president of Loras College. “It’s a unique opportunity for the Dubuque community to learn more about our students’ individual achievements and collaborative assignments. There is no doubt visitors will come away with a renewed spirit of discovery as they witness students tapping into a new skill, finding their passion or unearthing an idea to inspire their academic, personal or career journeys.”
Student and faculty work will include capstone projects, case study presentations, creative readings and works, research papers, honors projects, and presentations of service projects, including trips to Honduras, New Orleans, Kentucky, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.
This year, intriguing projects and various works include a trash collector robot, “The Cost of National Security,” “Religion in Dubuque,” “The Economics of Inequality,” “1986: The Collision of Sports, Politics and Pop Culture,” and “Hispanic Ministries in the Midwest. Topics also include wellness, history, environment and sustainability, philosophy, education and learning, healthcare, community and culture, health, sports, and local issues.
“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 experience.”
The juried art exhibit features images and work from digital imaging courses inspired by the identities of space and being. The media for the exhibition includes digital photography, mixed media, digital illustration, and graphic design.
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.
2017 Loras Legacy Symposium public schedule
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, Keane Hall
10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Session II: Concurrent poster session, oral presentations and juried art exhibit
ARC, Wahlert Hall, ACC
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Center for Experimental Learning roundtable discussions
1:15 to 2:10 p.m.
Session III: Concurrent poster session, oral presentations and juried art exhibit
ARC, Wahlert Hall, ACC, Keane Hall
2:20 to 3:15 p.m.
Session IV: Concurrent poster session and oral presentations
ARC, Wahlert Hall, ACC, Keane Hall
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Faculty presentations I
4:40 to 5:40 p.m.
Faculty presentations II
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
ACC, Marie Graber Ballroom
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.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
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.