DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, Iowa’s first college, will officially launch the Loras Women’s Leadership Alliance from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at The Pub inside the Loras Alumni Campus Center. Jim Collins, president of Loras, will open the event.
The mission of the Alliance is to engage women on the Loras College campus and in alumni communities, connecting or reconnecting them with the College.
“As these women are preparing to enter the professional world, not only the knowledge they’ve gained at Loras but the connections they form will enhance their potential for success,” Cayla Schneider, director of annual giving, said. “By forging connections between alumni, faculty and students, the Leadership Alliance builds an important network of encouragement and support.”
Schneider and Valorie Woerdehoff, director of corporate and foundation support and a 1982 graduate of Loras, are helping lead the group. The Leadership Alliance’s first project is to create and endow a scholarship for current or potential students.
The Leadership Alliance is guided by a volunteer board of alumni, faculty and staff. Members include Nancy Zachar Fett, a 1990 graduate of Loras and associated professor of social work; Deb Gustafson, 1976 graduate; Beth Mund, 1996 graduate; Sarah Ross, 1981 graduate; Theresa Hoffman and a member of the Loras College Board of Regents, 1981 graduate; and Melissa Wagner, 2009 graduate.
Loras College became co-ed in 1971. Since that time, more than 8,000 female students have graduated from Loras. Currently, 47 percent of the undergraduate student body is female.
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.