Loras College Celebrates 175 Years

As we celebrate our 175th anniversary with the theme: Commemorate, Educate, Celebrate, we honor Loras’ strong commitment to service through our goal of logging 175,000 hours from our alumni, faculty, staff and students; we focus on education by sharing our history through our website, magazine stories, and  Craig Schaefer’s sequel to the Man of Deeds documentary, with a special off-campus screening in early spring.
Celebrate Loras’ 175th anniversary by joining us for some special trips!

Cheer on President Collins ('84) as he throws the first pitch! Celebrate the 175th anniversary of Loras College by joining Duhawks, friends and family at the Ballpark on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago for the White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers game. Loras has a reserved section of seating located in the outfield. Prior to the game join us for a family-friendly tailgate, and get your Loras t-shirt and koozie.

Thank you to all those who were able to attend Loras Day at the Ballpark. What does it mean to be a Duhawk? Did President Collins ('84) throw a strike? View the Loras Day recap video.

A Pilgrimage to France to explore the heritage of Bishop Mathias Loras, Loras College’s founder, will take place in May-June 2014.  Bishop Loras came to Dubuque from France and the trip will discover European sites important in world and Catholic history.  The trip will include faith-based visits, cultural experiences and history ventures, along with leisure time at all locations.  For more information contact Heather Jungblut at heather.jungblut@loras.edu or 563-588-7104. 

Carnegie Hall:
Choral and Vocal Activities Director Bruce Kotowich will conduct a Loras performance in the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Present choir students as well as Loras choir alumni have the opportunity to perform on the trip scheduled for June 2014.  While in NY, the group will sing at a church mass in Manhattan, attend shows and enjoy the Big Apple.  For more information contact Bruce Kotowich at bruce.kotowich@loras.edu or 563-557-4096. 


Loras College graduates have gone on to achieve great things throughout the years. Below are just a sampling of famous Loras College alumni who made their mark on the world.

Father Aloysius Schmitt (’32) – Archdiocesan priest killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor on board the USS Oklahoma
Aloysius Schmitt was born on December 4, 1909. After graduating from Loras College, Schmitt went on to study in Rome and was ordained a priest in 1935 for the archdiocese of Dubuque. By 1939, Schmitt became a chaplain and joined the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. One of the ships to capsize was the battleship USS Oklahoma – the ship Schmitt happened to be serving on that day. Rather than saving his own life when it was his turn to escape the ship, Schmitt sacrificed himself to help save the lives of 12 other sailors. That day Schmitt became the first chaplain to die during WWII. Loras College’s Christ the King Chapel is dedicated as a memorial to Chaplain Schmitt and all men and women of the Archdiocese who served in the military. A collection of some of Chaplain Schmitt’s belongings is on display in a case in the entrance to the Chapel. There also is a small island in the Mississippi River at Dubuque named after him, Chaplain Schmitt Island.

Red Faber (attended,1909) – Hall of Fame baseball pitcher from the Chicago White Sox
Born on September 6, 1888, Urban Clarence “Red” Faber became a name preserved in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. After being one of the last individuals to legally throw a split ball, and live through a World War as well as the Black Sox scandal, Faber earned his place in American baseball history. Though there are no records of his graduating from Loras College, Faber began getting noticed during his games playing for St. Joseph College (what is today known as Loras College). By 1909 Faber joined the Dubuque Miners and in 1910 he threw his first perfect game against Davenport. The very next day the Pittsburg Pirates bought his contract. After battling through an injury on his pitching arm and learning the spit ball, White Sox owner Comiskey signed Faber for the 1914 season. Loras College honored the Baseball Hall of Famer by adding his name to the athletic practice field – Faber-Clark Field – previously named Clark Field after former librarian and donor of the field, Fr. Arthur Clark.

Don Ameche (’29) – Film actor
On May 31, 1908, Don Ameche was born. After studying at Loras College he went to Marquette, Georgetown and the University of Wisconsin to study law, but it wasn’t long before he realized his true passion was for theater. By 1929, he made his first New York stage debut as a butler on Broadway, which was shortly followed by his film debut in Sins of Man in 1936. At 77, he received an Academy Award for best supporting actor in the film Cocoon. In 1986, when asked about his life, Ameche responded, “You’re talking to a man with no regrets. I’ve always accepted things as they were. God was awfully good to me during the good days.” (Flint, Peter. New York Times journalist.)

Greg Gumbel (’67) – CBS sportscaster
Greg Gumbel, the first African-American play-by-play announcer for a Super Bowl (2001), graduated from Loras College in 1967. In 1973, Gumbel became the sports announcer for Chicago TV station WMAQ-TV. Gumbel then went on to work with a number of other channels and stations – MSG (backup announcer and 1989 New York Yankees pregame and postgame host), ESPN (sports anchor and NBA play-by-play) and WFAN (host of their first radio morning show). As a CBS employee, Gumbel found himself announcing, hosting and anchoring a wide variety of sporting events, from the Daytona 500 to the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Though he switched over to NBC in 1994 and covered events such as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the 1995 World Championships of Figure Skating and the 1996 Summer Olympics, after the Super Bowl XXXII, Gumbel returned to CBS. Gumbel is only the third person to both host and be the play-by-play announcer for a Super Bowl.

Bob Kaliban (1955) – Actor / Celebrity
Upon graduating cum laude from Loras in 1955, Bob Kaliban received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. While studying in London, Kaliban performed for Queen Elizabeth. After serving 27 months abroad in the U.S. Army, he returned to the U.S. and began acting in Milwaukee, Wis. His work with the theater in Milwaukee led him to Broadway and then New York. Before Kaliban retired, he had appeared not only on stage and voiced over many commercials, but also appeared in a number of films and several television series including Law & Order, As the World Turns and The Ed Sullivan Show.
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