For Immediate Release
March 6, 2019
Interim Director of Communications & Marketing
Loras College Set to Host Duhawk Day 2019
For second consecutive year, March date opens celebration to entire campus community
DUBUQUE, Iowa – For the seventh consecutive year, Loras College is set to host its annual day of celebration, dubbed Duhawk Day, on March 13, 2019. While the event has occurred annually since 2013, this year’s event continues the new tradition of being held in March, which helps bring together the entire campus community.
For years, Duhawk Day coincided with the final day of the academic calendar in May, which helped celebrate the induction of the newest graduates into the alumni community. However, while Duhawk Day was successful in terms of donor participation, a core group of the Loras community was missing out in the festivities, specifically the students.
“Our students are the energy on campus,” Cayla Schneider, director of annual giving said. “By moving Duhawk Day to March, it allows the students to participate, which adds excitement to an already amazing day.”
Beginning in 2018, Loras moved Duhawk Day to March in an effort to include the entire campus. Last year’s 24-hour annual event was celebrated by thousands making a gift, resulting in a record-setting 1,693 donors.
Additionally, by hosting Duhawk Day in March, the Loras admission staff joined the celebration with a prospective student visit day, allowing high school students interested in Loras College to see the campus community at its best. Richard Hernandez (’22) was one of those prospective students a year ago and now has the opportunity to celebrate as a Duhawk.
“I’m looking forward to my first Duhawk Day as a student,” Hernandez said, “Along with meeting future Duhawks participating in this year’s Duhawk Day overnight.”
Like years’ past, Duhawk Day will bring with it a multitude of events, not only in Dubuque and eastern Iowa, but all over the country. This year’s slate includes gatherings in Chicago, Denver and Washington, DC, among others. Since 2013, Duhawk Day events have been held in 44 cities across the country, resulting in a total gift count of 8,412.
About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College 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 colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2018, Loras was the highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 13th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).