Looking Back at 2020

As we kick off a new year, we take one last look back at the highlights of the old one. While 2020 was challenging in many respects, there were still plenty of moments to celebrate. Below are some of the top achievements from Loras College in 2020.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Loras College 16th Best Regional College

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Loras College 16th Best Regional College

Loras was recognized as the 16th-Best College in the Midwest according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings.

Sarah Squires (’89) named to Board of Regents

Sarah Squires (’89) named to Board of Regents

1989 graduate Sarah Squiers was named as the newest member of its Board of Regents in 2020.

Loras added to Register of National Historic Places

Loras added to Register of National Historic Places

The National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places now includes the Loras College historic District thanks to a multi-year effort.

Commencement 2020

Commencement 2020

Despite delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Loras hosted the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on October 9.

CASE 2020 award

CASE 2020 award

Loras earned a 2020 Education Fundraising Award from The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as part of the 2020 Circle of Excellence Awards.

LIFE Portfolio

LIFE Portfolio

The student-led LIFE Investment portfolio has outperformed the S&P 500over the past three years with total returns of 60.65% over that period

Board of Regents emergency relief fund

Board of Regents emergency relief fund

The Loras College Board of Regents and emeriti has donated more than $600,000 for emergency student aid relief for families impacted by the pandemic.

Mike Gibson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Mike Gibson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Prior to his retirement in June, Michael Gibson received the William J. Petersen & Edgar R. Harlan Lifetime Achievement Award.

Loras Offers Tuition-free 9th, 10th Semesters

Loras Offers Tuition-free 9th, 10th Semesters

Loras announced that it will offer a tuition-free 9th, 10th semester to assist undergraduate students in completing their bachelor’s degree in response to COVID-19.

Audrey Miller Earns Woman of the Year Nomination

Audrey Miller Earns Woman of the Year Nomination

In a year of personal accolades, Audrey Miller became the first Loras student-athlete to be nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year.

FBLA-PBL Earns Top Honors in State Competition

FBLA-PBL Earns Top Honors in State Competition

Five Loras College students topped the competition in seven categories at the Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda state competition in May.

LCTV Continues ICMA Success

LCTV Continues ICMA Success

Eighteen Loras students took home at total of 19 awards, including First Place in 10 out of 11 categories from the Iowa College Media Association.

Loras Students Earn DES Honors for 27th Straight Year

Loras Students Earn DES Honors for 27th Straight Year

Loras students continued their string of success in the Delta Epsilon Sigma national writing competition by earning first, second and honorable mention finishes.

Fr. Eugene Kutsch Honored with Bust

Fr. Eugene Kutsch Honored with Bust

Fr. Eugene Kutsch shared his desire for racial harmony at an event unveiling his bust on the Loras College campus.

Fr. Dustin Vu Returns to Loras as Chaplain

Fr. Dustin Vu Returns to Loras as Chaplain

After studying toward his ordination on campus 20 years ago, Fr. Dustin Vu returned to Loras as chaplain in 2020.

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