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Renovations Will Create Grand Entry to Keane Hall

Built in 1913, more than a century of history echoes through the halls of Keane Hall.

From games of slip-and-slide in the hallways during its days as a residence hall to stories of after-hours ghosts lurking in its offices today, Keane Hall occupies a big chunk of Loras lore. In addition to serving as a residence hall and administrative building, Keane Hall has housed a bowling alley, gymnasium, chapel and a bookstore.

Seeds for future stories about Keane Hall are being sewn in the building, which is in the midst of renovations for its next 100 years. The main entrance to Keane Hall is being renovated to remove its external stairs to create a ground-level entryway and grand foyer. The new entryway, along with a new elevator, will make the building more accessible to everyone.

In addition, the first and second floors are undergoing an overhaul to open up the main entryway, allowing for more natural lighting and taking advantage of the building’s views of Dubuque and the Mississippi River Valley.

The work won’t end there, however.

Plans are being formed for the eventual renovation of Keane’s fourth and fifth floors. Initial plans call for moving the president’s office and adding accommodations for campus visitors and guests on the fifth floor.

Over last year’s Christmas break, workers gutted the fourth floor to prepare the space for the eventual construction of faculty offices and classrooms. Once it is completed, it will look similar to the third floor, which was renovated in 2016 and has become home to the Francis J. Noonan School of Business. An anonymous donor funded an endowed dean’s position for the school named in memory of Francis Noonan (’42), a 43-year member of the Loras faculty who retired in 1991 as professor emeritus. Professor Noonan remains the longest-serving business faculty member at Loras.

The third floor of Keane now features technology-rich classrooms, meeting and seminar rooms, a lounge and seven faculty offices. It is home to the state-of-the-art Center for Business Analytics and a Master’s of Business Administration in Analytics graduate degree program. The School also offers a finance course called LIFE (Loras Investment Fund for the Endowment) Portfolio. Earlier this year, two teams of students involved with the LIFE Portfolio both placed in the top five among 70 universities from 14 different countries at the Peeptrade Global Investment Challenge. They topped teams from Washington University, Rice University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Oklahoma State, Dartmouth, Georgetown University, John Hopkins University, George Washington University and more.

The renovations and development of the Francis J. Noonan School of Business have been made possible through support of donors. To complete these critical upgrades, more funds are needed and naming opportunities are available, starting at $25,000. If you would like to help make an impact, please consider making an online gift or contact Joshua Boots (’04), associate vice president for institutional advancement, at 563.588.7329 or joshua.boots@loras.edu.