Loras College

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Coordinates: 42°30′10″N 90°40′53″W / 42.502805°N 90.681401°W / 42.502805; -90.681401

Loras College
Loras College Logo.png
Motto Pro Deo Et Patria
(For God and Country)
Established 1839
Type Private University
Religious affiliation Catholic Church
Endowment $22.0 million (2011)[1]
President James E. Collins
Provost Dr. Cheryl Jacobsen
Admin. staff 172
Students 1,600[2]
Location Dubuque, Iowa, USA
42.502592, −90.680984
Campus Urban[3]

Gold and Purple

Nickname Duhawks
Mascot Dewey the Duhawk
Website www.loras.edu
Keane Hall at Loras College

Loras College is a four-year Catholic college in Dubuque, Iowa with an enrollment of approximately 1,600 students. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is one of four four-year post-secondary institutions in the City of Dubuque and one of three Catholic colleges in the Archdiocese of Dubuque.


Loras College, a liberal arts college, was founded in 1839 by the Most Rev. Mathias Loras, first bishop of Dubuque, who established Saint Raphael's Seminary to educate young men for the priesthood with the expressed intention of also providing an opportunity for higher education to the citizens of the area. The college has functioned under several names: Saint Raphael's Seminary and later Saint Rephael's Academy (1839-1850), Mount St. Bernard's College and Seminary (1850-1860), St. Joseph's College (1873-1914), Dubuque College (1914-1920), and Columbia College (1920-1939).[4] The present name was adopted during the school's centennial in 1939. That same year, the national Catholic honor society, Delta Epsilon Sigma was founded at the college, by Father Fitzgerald. From the time of its founding, the college has devoted its faculty and facilities to an undergraduate program; it conferred the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

In 1963, when The Catholic University of America decided to discontinue its branch program of graduate study on the Loras campus, Loras College, realizing the growing need in the locale for study beyond the baccalaureate degree, initiated its Graduate Division offering the Master of Arts degree in some fields.

The College became coeducational in the fall of 1971. In 1973, the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees were introduced. The Division of Community Education was initiated in 1975.

Both the Undergraduate College and the Graduate Division of Loras College are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The teacher education program, both at the graduate and undergraduate level, is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education. The undergraduate teacher education program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The American Chemical Society has approved the undergraduate chemistry program. Loras College is also approved by the Association of American Universities and New York Board of Regents. The Council of Social Work Education has accredited the social work major at the baccalaureate level.


Loras offers forty-nine majors, eleven stand-alone minors, and nine pre-professional programs for undergraduates. Undergraduates can also participate in summer classes, internships, field experience, study abroad, and much more.

For graduate programs, Loras offers a Master of Arts in Clinical or General Psychology, Education STEM, and a Masters of Business Administration in Business Analytics.[5]


The Rock Bowl (September 2004)
The Loras Athletic and Wellness Center (November 2007)

Loras’ athletic teams are known as the Duhawks, a name bestowed upon the football team by a Detroit Free Press scribe in 1924 converging Dubuque and hawks . The school fields 22 men’s and women’s varsity teams in the NCAA Division III. They are a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC). Loras’ colors are Royal Purple and Gold, colors exemplified by the home football uniform of purple jerseys, gold pants and gold helmets with purple face masks. The Loras men's soccer team played in the Final Four NCAA Division III championships in 2012.

Sport Season Facilities Head
Baseball Spring Petrakis Park Carl Tebon Kory Tuescher
Nathan Roling
Men's Basketball Winter AWC Greg Gorton Buddy Sodemann
Women's Basketball Winter AWC Justin Heinzen Lynsey Barnard
Men's Golf Fall
The Meadows
Lacoma Golf
Thunder Hills
Buddy Sodemann
Women's Golf Fall
The Meadows
Lacoma Golf
Thunder Hills
Lynsey Barnard Matt Romer
Cross Country Fall Dubuque Soccer Complex Bob Schultz
Football Fall Rock Bowl Paul Mierkiewicz Josh Edwards
Steve Helminiak
BJ Main
Michael Gainey
Men's Soccer Fall Rock Bowl Dan Rothert Matt Pucci
Women's Soccer Fall Rock Bowl Dan Rothert Kelly Murphy
Lacrosse Spring Rock Bowl Emily Goetz
Softball Spring Faber-Clark Field Ashley (Rogers) Winter Rachael Rogers
Swimming & Diving Winter San Jose Pool Doug Colin Ann Foust
Men's Tennis Fall
AWC Tennis Courts Daniel "Digger" Kurt
Women's Tennis Fall
AWC Tennis Courts Karl Stubben Michelle Hamilton
Track & Field Winter
Graber Sports Center
Rock Bowl
Matt Jones Bob Schultz
Men's Volleyball Spring AWC Jeremy Thornburg
Women's Volleyball Fall AWC Jenna Ness
Wrestling Winter Graber Sports Center Randy Steward Rick Healey
Ryan Birt


Keane Hall, as seen from Wahlert Hall

Loras sits on a 65-acre (260,000 m2) campus located atop several hills in Dubuque. The grounds are bounded by Loras Boulevard on the south, Kirkwood Street on the north, Henion Street on the east, and Alta Vista Street on the west. The campus is surrounded by residential neighborhoods on all sides, some of which are among the most historic in the city. The college consists of 23 buildings, 2 athletic fields, a stadium, and 5 tennis courts. Because of its high location, several of the buildings provide excellent views of Downtown Dubuque and the Mississippi River.

Some of the more notable buildings include:

  • Athletic Wellness Center: Built in 2007–2008, the athletic wellness center provides a home to the men's and women's basketball teams as well as the women's volleyball team and men's wrestling. In addition, a cardio-vascular center, upgraded weight room and training room, as well as state-of-the-art locker rooms makes the 'AWC' a great improvement from "The Fieldhouse."
The Academic Resource Center
  • Academic Resource Center: The ARC is home to the campus' main library, including some 355,000 items. The building also includes the bookstore, and other academic uses.
The ACC, as seen from Loras Blvd (Lower Campus), with the power plant in the foreground
  • Alumni Campus Center: At the center of campus, the Alumni Campus Center is a multi-function building, and includes the student union, dining hall, and meeting rooms.
  • Christ the King Chapel: The main chapel on campus, at which is held daily Mass, Thursday night Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation, and Mass Sunday night with student lectors, cantors, musicians, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, greeters, acolytes, and sacristans. The building connects to Keane Hall via a skywalk between the two buildings.
Hoffman Hall, as seen from Cox Street
  • Hoffmann Hall: Hoffmann Hall is Loras' oldest building, established in 1909. It includes a tall clock tower, and houses various academic uses, a beautiful pre-vatican II architectural-themed chapel, along with an auditorium. The auditorium is the home of the Loras Players, the oldest continually running theater group west of the Mississippi River. The stage in the auditorium features a turntable.
Beckman Hall, a residence hall, on the left and Hoffmann Hall on the right, as seen from the Alumni Campus Center before the construction of the AWC in 2007–2008
  • Keane Hall: Keane Hall is the most visible building on campus, sitting at the peak of one of the highest hills in the city. Designed by celebrated architect Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, the building is multi-use, and includes administrative offices, academics, and faculty offices.
  • The Visitation Complex: The Visitation is a former convent that now houses the school's classes in art and music. Gallagher Hall is where most recitals take place, and the building houses an art museum and practice space for musicians. It also is a residence hall, the south side for female students, the north for male students.


The college has been expanded over the years. The Alumni Campus Center was built in 1992, and added a new library in 2001. The Academic Resource Center contains a collection of approximately 355,000 items and 11,000 magazine subscriptions. In addition to its broad general collection, the library contains a rich heritage in its special collections of rare books, as well as the photographs and manuscripts in the Center for Dubuque History located in the lower level of the library. The library is also an official document depository for both the United States government and the state of Iowa. The previous library, Wahlert Memorial Library, was remodeled into classroom space.

The college has purchased Cox Street which runs through campus from the city of Dubuque for $50,000. The school has since shut the street down and replaced it with a pedestrian friendly walk way to improve pedestrian safety and help upgrade the area aestheticly.

Additionally the Physical Plant on campus will be moving to an off campus location and replaced possibly with fast-food and other student friendly businesses.


A notable graduate of Loras College was Father Aloysius Schmitt. He was one of those killed on board the USS Oklahoma during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Other notable graduates of Loras College include:

  • Clarence Enzler (class of 1931), author of several religious books, including a Stations of the Cross book titled Everyone's Way of the Cross.
  • Msgr. John Enzler (1969), President & CEO of Catholic Charities, Washington, D.C.
  • Raymond Roseliep (class of 1939), American poet famous for haiku.
  • John Joseph Paul (class of 1939), Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse.
  • David Rabe (class of 1962), playwright and screenwriter.
  • Greg Gumbel (class of 1967), CBS sportscaster.
  • Bill Bolster (class of 1967), retired CEO of CNBC International.
  • Dennis Schmitz, contemporary American poet.
  • James V Ball, (class of 1958), retired, well known attorney Memphis, TN, Loras College HOF 2002.
  • Thomas Tauke ( class of 1972), US congressman from Iowa, 1979–1991.
  • Al Ruffalo (class of 1969), CEO of RuffaloCODY.
  • Peter Jebson (class of 1986) author of orthopedic hand surgery book Hand Secrets
  • Edward Grace (class of 1988), Deputy Chief, US Fish and Wildlife Service, 2002 and 2010 Clark R. Bavin Law Enforcement Award winner.
  • Tom Barton (class of 1989), President, Barton Wealth Management, LLC.
  • Michael M. Mihm (class of 1964), US District Court Judge for the Central District of Illinois.
  • Jim Romagna (class of 1992) Professional body builder and fitness model; contributor to various fitness magazines
  • Mike Ferrin (class of 1998), Sirius/XM radio baseball broadcaster.
  • Robert W. Pratt (class of 1969), District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa[6]
  • Chris Jans (class of 1991) Head coach of the Bowling Green Falcons men's basketball team

Although not a graduate, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Red Faber attended Loras in 1909. Faber set a college record by striking out 24 St. Ambrose batters in a 1909 game before moving on to a 20-year Major League career with the Chicago White Sox. Faber-Clark Field on Loras’ lower campus bears his name today. Film actor Don Ameche was known to have attended during the 1920s.

Although not frequently mentioned due to his controversial religious ideas later in life, Creation Spirituality founder Matthew Fox attended Loras in 1958. He was eventually ordained as a Dominican priest but then silenced for a year (forbidden to teach theology) by Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) of the Holy See in 1988. In 1993, he was expelled from the Dominican order and effectively from the Catholic Church at the order of Cardinal Ratzinger. In 1994, he became an Episcopal priest.

Another controversial graduate is William Schnoebelen, who obtained a degree in music and education from Loras in 1971. Schnoebelen went on to found With One Accord Ministry, an organization which strongly denounces Catholicism and Catholic teachings (among other things).

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  3. ^ U.S. Department of Education (2010). "College Navigator". Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ Encyclopedia Dubuque. COLLEGE "COLUMBIA COLLEGE". Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Majors and Programs". Loras College. Loras College. 
  6. ^ "Biographical Directory of Federal JudgesPratt, Robert W.publisher= Federal Judicial Center". Retrieved September 2, 2012. 

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