As the 2014-2015 academic year begins at Loras College, students will enjoy several improvements across the campus. The continuous enhancement of the College’s facilities is essential to creating a community of active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision-makers and responsible contributors in diverse professional, social and religious roles.
The Loras College media studies program has been a leader in the field for the last 15 years, with students consistently winning about 50 awards each year in broadcast journalism, short film, sports production, documentary, experimental film and motion graphics. Once again, they have pushed to the forefront in media education with a complete re-build of their digital media lab in Hoffmann Hall.
Featuring more than a dozen brand new Apple computers, the latest in digital media software (video editing, motion graphics, audio editing, animation, graphic design and multimedia authoring), the completely fiber-connected media lab offers students a space that is on the cutting edge of technology and creative media production. The lab also integrates into the media studies TV studio facility and offers a 120 TB SAN space to foster collaborative student work.
In the center of campus, construction is underway on Duhawk Plaza, thanks to the 1970s Football Alumni Group. Located on the east end of the Rock Bowl, the plaza will house a five-foot tall Duhawk statue that the football team will touch on their way into every home game. The plaza will have two plaques on either side of the Duhawk sculpture that will explain the history of Duhawk football and the Loras College mascot. On the west end of campus, the steps of Christ the King Chapel were renovated in addition to the windows of St. Joseph Hall of Science.