St. Joseph Hall of Science Sees Upgrades

A few buildings north of Keane Hall, nestled among beautiful old oak trees, stands St. Joseph Hall of Science. With support from Harry W. and Flora Wahlert in November 1961, the foundation of the new science building was laid. Construction was complete in time for the 1963-1964 academic year, and the facility was formally dedicated during the three-day celebration of the College’s 125th anniversary.

Programs within the St. Joseph Hall of Science have seen changes. Recently these include the building becoming home to the biochemistry and engineering departments; launching a neuroscience major; and adding kinesiology and athletic training to the of Division of Molecular, Health and Life Science.

The hall itself is also seeing renovations, including the addition of a neuroscience laboratory because of the support of Dr. Nicholas (’84) and Nita Stanek and the remodeling of two classrooms – the Roy J. Carver Kinesiology Classroom and Laboratory funded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, and another thanks to the generosity of Patrick Lillis, M.D. (’71). A student lounge was created with the help of Steven Sloan, O.D. (’78), Cheryl Jacobsen, Ph.D., and other alumni and friends, and the replacement of the light fixtures throughout the building with LED lighting funded by William Dougherty, M.D. (’60) and a grant from Grants to Green.

These updates positively impact the education our students receive. The Loras STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines have traditionally been a strength at the College, and positions within these fields continue to be in high demand in the workforce. Students must have up-to-date equipment and facilities to gain valuable knowledge and experience in order to successfully compete for careers or graduate school admission. Newly renovated and updated classrooms and laboratories create a modern, flexible teaching and research environment.

Even with these upgrades to the St. Joseph Hall of Science, other needs exist. Many of the classrooms and laboratories that are used daily require renovations and updates to fixtures, technology and equipment.

To provide your support, please contact Josh Boots (’04), associate vice president for institutional advancement, at 563.588.7329, or

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