Loras: A Family Tradition

For Thomas “Tom” J. Giovingo (’06), of Lisle, Ill., Loras College has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. Both his parents, Thomas P. (’78) and Kathleen (’76) (Keller) Giovingo, of Rockford, Ill., are Loras graduates and have remained involved in volunteer leadership roles since graduating. Thomas P. served on the National Alumni Board and currently holds emeritus status with the Loras Board of Regents. Kathy serves as a member of the National Alumni and the Loras Network of Rockford boards. Both are members of the St. Joseph and Heritage societies.

One of Tom’s earliest memories of Loras is standing atop a car as a child at a Homecoming tailgate. As he grew older he attended Loras All-Sports Camp, later becoming an All-Sports Camp counselor. Enrolling as a Loras student after high school, he says, only strengthened his relationship to the College. He describes making friendships while at Loras that continue to this day.

“The community aspect of Loras is something I’ve always loved,” Tom said. “I frequently visit bigger schools, but Loras always feels like home. There are few places where there’s so much interaction top down and bottom up. It’s a world you don’t get at other colleges.”

Tom graduated with a double major in marketing and advertising. Since Loras, he has been on the forefront of the emerging solutions for mobile, native and programmatic digital advertising. He has held management positions at Yahoo (recently acquired by Verizon) for nearly six years, and is currently managing a senior sales team that supports a group of the largest technology and telecom companies in the world.

Recently, Tom made a leadership gift in support of the tennis courts. Tom was a member of the Loras tennis team while in college, and for him, “tennis was a part of my memories of spring.” Due to their age, the old tennis courts were not only outdated, they also presented a safety risk to the players. With support from a dollar-for-dollar $100,000 challenge gift provided by Robert, Ed.D., and Judy Tucker, and donations from other alumni and friends, the old courts have been torn down and five new, 60-foot double courts with a U.S. Open-rated surface are being constructed.

The new courts will provide high caliber accommodations for competitive sport, recreation and entertainment. The Loras men’s and women’s teams will now be able to host tournaments. The courts also will provide a safe, quality space for camps and others, including the annual Mississippi Valley Open.

In supporting the tennis court initiative, Tom says, “I’ve been lucky in life, and this is an opportunity to make things better for someone else.” For Tom, it all comes back to the example set by his parents. He says that he’s using this gift as an opportunity to recognize his parents. “They have always given back. I wouldn’t be doing this without the example they set.”

To provide your support, please contact Chris Steinbach at 563-588-7987 or email christopher.steinbach@loras.edu.