Students Contributed Nearly 82,000 Hours of Service to Community, Dance Marathon Breaks Another Record

The official numbers are in: during the 2012-2013 academic year, more than a thousand Loras College students performed nearly 82,000 hours of service. The total surpasses last year’s record service hours of 58,000 by nearly 24,000 hours.

The substantial amount of student service also supports Loras College’s DuServe effort, a campaign established to see how long it takes for Duhawks and friends of the College to report a total of 175,000 hours of service—in honor of the College’s 175th anniversary celebration.  With the student hours, DuServe is currently reporting 103,000 service hours logged toward this goal.

“We are so proud of our students’ efforts to impact their community, in partnership with other citizens in Dubuque,” said Baker. “While the numbers of hours served are impressive, it is the stories behind these numbers that illustrate who Loras College is and the place it is striving to be. Through each student, alumni and faculty/staff member and their efforts to serve, we are contributing to communities in responsible and reciprocal ways.”

One of the amazing ways students contribute each year is through Duhawk Dance Marathon.  According to Brie Pumilia (’14), public relations chair for DM, highlights from this year’s fundraising efforts and culmination event include:
  • Duhawks raised $25,000 during Saturday’s 12-hour event raising the total to $201,177.35. This exceeded the set goal of $200,000 and Loras College became the first college with fewer than 2,000 students to raise more than $200,000 in such an event.
  • A total of 383 dancers came together for the event. They became a support system, a community, and miracle makers for the children at Iowa City’s Children’s Hospital.
  • There was an enormous amount of support for the event this year. We had not only members of our Dubuque community attending, but also students from UNI Dance Marathon as well as many well wishes from various Iowa Colleges.
  • A highlight of the night was doing our “Morale Dance” on the Rockbowl but this year it was more special. The football team had practice during this time; however, Duhawks support Duhawks. The team paused practice, made a tunnel for all of our kiddos and dancers to run through, and cheered on all those involved while they started the dance. They then began to join in and kept our spirits high as it became later in the night.
This year’s Dance Marathon President, Alyssa Schroeder (’14) (Mechanicsville, Iowa), is a great example of how Duahwks serve their communities through various efforts. Join Alyssa and other current and former Duhawks in our DuServe effort to record 175,000 hours.  We are currently at 103,000 hours and growing!

Schroeder explained, “Dance Marathon has forever changed my life.  It is a reason I stayed at Loras to complete my degree, and for that I am forever grateful.  However, Dance Marathon is not just an organization to me, Dance Marathon this year meant 358 college students all coming together to make a difference in the lives of children.  To me, that is phenomenal. I count myself blessed to have had the opportunity to watch every ounce of this event come together.”

She continued, “Service is something that I grew-up seeing as important.  My parents were always leading groups that served those in their community, and it has always been something I believed to be important.  When people ask me why I put so much time into service, I say, you never know when you may need help from someone else.  So until then, why not help others now that I have the opportunity?”

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