Upcoming Events                                                                                              Spring/Summer Eddition 2014

May 17 Loft Return August 21-24 Launch into Loras for First Year
May 19-22 Final Exams August 22  Returning Students Move in
May 22 Residence Halls Close at 10:00PM  August 25 Fall Semester Classes Begin
May 24   Baccalaureate/Commencement September 1 Labor Day – no classes
May 25 Loras House & Apartment Leases End at Noon October 10-12 Homecoming
August 21 First Year Students Move in Oct. 21-21 Fall Free Days – no classes
August 21 Loras House & Apartment Leases Begin October 31-Nov. 2 Family Weekend

End of the Year Checkout Procedure 
The end of the school year is fast approaching and this means finals, goodbyes, and checking out of residence halls. As your student prepares to leave Loras housing for the year, there are a few things we would like you to remind them to do. If they live in a traditional residence hall they are asked to check out by 10pm the day of their last final. The halls officially close Thursday, May 22nd. If they live in a house or apartment their lease ends on Sunday, May 25th at noon. To check out of housing, students must schedule an appointment with one of their Resident Advisors to check their room over and to return their key. Failure to do so may result in a $25 improper checkout charge and a costly lock recore. To make checkout go quickly, they should have all of their belongings removed from their room and their room should be fully cleaned in order to avoid a cleaning fee. If they have questions about checking out they should contact their RA or Area Coordinator.

Loft return will be Saturday, May 17th. The students will have to disassemble their lofts and return them to specified locations. Lower campus loft return will take place at Beckman Hall from 10-2pm. Upper campus loft return will take place at Rohlman Hall from 3-4pm.  Have a Happy Summer from Loras College Residence Life & thanks for a great year!

Duhawks DU Miracles Once Again

This year, 358 Loras College students came together on April 26th, 2014 with two goals - one being to raise $200,000 and the other to make a difference in the lives of children at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Over 50 families from Dubuque and the surrounding areas joined these incredible enthusiastic Duhawks to give them inspiration throughout the night. Students listened to stories of many of the families, danced with miracle children, and became inspired by the immense amount of strength of each of these families.

Due to the tremendous amount of work and support received from our Loras students, both of these goals were met on Saturday, April 26th. At 12:15AM, Duhawk Dance Marathon’s fundraising team proudly announced to students the total amount of money raised for 2014 as $201,177.35. The Loras College Duhawk Dance Marathon stands as the No. 1 such fundraiser per-capita in the nation each year since 2009. The money will be donated to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network. A new surgical center playroom at the hospital will be named after the marathon.

As not only the president of Duhawk Dance Marathon, but also a senior who experienced my last Dance Marathon as a student, I can easily say this was the most memorable experience of my life. I am so thankful to every dancer, committee member, and executive board member who put in the amount of time and effort to make this possible.

Alyssa Schroeder, Dance Marathon President

Summer Housing Options

This summer Loras will offer three different summer housing options. All options are at a first come, first serve basis. Smyth Hall will be available for $90.00 per week or $660.00 for the entire summer (utilities included). The Lynch McCarthy Apartment Complex will be available for $90.00 per week or $660.00 for the entire summer (utilities included). The final option is for students who are signed up to live in a campus owned house for the fall semester. They are able to sign a summer lease for $560 for the summer. This price does not include utilities. Any student living on campus for the summer will have charges billed to their student account. Please contact Jina Quade at justina.quade@loras.edu with any questions regarding summer housing!

Is Your Student Looking for Something To Do?
The College Activities Board, or CAB as it is referred to around campus, is one of the many student organizations at Loras College! The organization’s goal is to bring diverse entertainment, comedians, events, speakers, movies, concerts and many other fun social opportunities to campus. Participation in CAB is welcome to all students and is highly encouraged. The upcoming semester is sure to be a good one with a wide array of exciting and engaging events. There are many highlights for the Fall 2014 semester - starting off during Launch Into Loras CAB has signed Comedian Buzz Sutherland and Mentalist Chris Carter for the weekend! Additionally throughout the semester we will have many fun events that Duhawks can attend such as a Canoe Trip, Hypnotist Jim Wand, the midnight premiere of the third Hunger Games movie, Capture the Flag and so much more! Stay tuned for more thrilling updates throughout the year!

Collective Wisdom from the Loras College Library

Recently we asked students, What do you know now about the Library that you wish you’d known your first day on campus? This is how they responded:
  • Free coffee on Thursdays at the Library!
  • Open until midnight Sunday - Thursday
  • Librarians are friendly
  • You can check out chargers
  • Don’t hog the study rooms for yourself
  • Hidden tables/ comfy chairs in the book cases
  • There are beanbags on the first floor in the children’s section!
  • You walk into the Library on 2nd floor so 1st floor is downstairs
  • Quiet section on 1st floor
  • The Library has DVDs!!!
  • No cell service on first floor!
  • We have a rare books room on the 3rd floor. Go there if you like classic literature, languages, history, etc. It’s fascinating!
Students also shared some sage advice with us about college in general:
  • Have lots of fun and be open to new opportunities available on campus!
  • Enjoy every minute because it goes by fast
  • Be yourself
  • Make new friends
  • Get involved early in anything that interests you
Encourage your student to heed this collective wisdom and take advantage of the Library’s many resources this semester. Find out more at: www.loras.edu/library

Upcoming Billing Timeline

May 1 - Summer Billing statements are published. All summer billing charges, tuition and housing, are due in full by June 15.
July 1 - Fall Billing and Payment Plans are published
August 15 - First payment for the Fall 2014 term is due

All student account balances from the Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 terms should be paid in full by June 15.

Getting Ready for Fall
Summer is a great time for you and your student to take a look at and complete fall requirements.

  • Review the student’s immunization record. Does it need to be updated? Is their tetanus and pertussis current? Have they received the meningitis vaccine since age 16?
  • Do they take medication that must be renewed? Is it time for an annual physical or do they have medical issues that need to be evaluated by a physician?
  • Is it time for a dental checkup or eye exam?
  • Will they still be eligible for your health insurance during the 2014-2015 school year? Does the policy include Dubuque area medical providers as “in network” physicians?
  • Do they have a medical necessity for an air conditioner or meal plan change while living in Loras College Student Housing? The applications are available on the Loras College Health Center website and must be completed, signed and stamped by their physician.
  • Are they planning on studying abroad or traveling to another country? Have they met with the program director and a travel physician to determine what will be required or recommended?
  • Does their major have requirements that need to be fulfilled for observation time such as receiving a TB skin test?
  • Intercollegiate Athletes – A yearly physical and yearly completion of the forms posted on the Loras College athletic training website are required for all athletes. Lab must be included on all first year and transfer student physicals.

 The Rhythm of College Life
Certain times in the academic year tend to be universally challenging to students. Parents who understand the ups and downs of the first college year are better able to help their son or daughter negotiate the challenges of transitions. Below are some typical adjustment issues faced during this time of year:

  • Final exam anxiety
  • Apprehension about returning home for the summer
  • Sadness over leaving new friendships and/or love relationship at school
  • Realization of how college influences life decisions

Receive Email Updates

To sign up to receive email updates regarding Parent and Family information from the Student Life Office, including copies of the latest Parent Newsletter, please email Kimberly.Walsh@loras.edu. For more information on Parent Programs and other services, check out our website at: http://www.loras.edu/parents

Student Life Office Staff
Kim Walsh
Director of Student Life
(563) 588-7206
Kim is from Dubuque, IA, and has been with Loras College
since 1994. She received both her Bachelor and Master's
degrees from the University of Northern Iowa.

Melissa Klinkhammer
Assistant Director of Student Life
(563) 588-7731
Melissa is originally from Dubuque, IA and just started at Loras in
August 2013. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master’s degree from Arkansas Tech University.
Lesley Arnold
Administrative Assistant for Student Life
(563) 588-7206
Lesley is from Dubuque, IA, and has been with Loras College since 1994