Duhawks—Share your Service!!

Loras College has a commitment to serve and a reputation that confirms it.  We earn a place each year on the President’s Honor Roll for community service, and 2013 marked our third year in a row of also earning the “with distinction” honor. 

Help us prove our hunch that, collectively, our students, alumni, faculty and staff have given at least 175,000 hours of their time to better our world—just in time for our upcoming 175th anniversary!

In honor of National Volunteer Month, we think it’s high time that we start singing the praises of our alumni, faculty and staff’s service efforts!  From driving the Girl Scout carpool or unpacking boxes at the local food pantry, to traveling abroad to teach orphaned children or serving on a non-profit board, you all have stories to tell, and now is the time to do it.

Help us reach our goal by filling out the survey on the right side of this page and sharing your story as a post in the lower section. 

Let’s collect stories, inspire each other and demonstrate how we each live out the Loras College mission!

Here’s a great example of student dedication to get you started:

Katie Kasten (’14) (Deerfield, Ill.) is not atypical at Loras College. She juggles a full class schedule while involved in numerous extra-curricular activities, with a particular interest in service.

Kasten saw a void in opportunities to engage with adults with developmental challenges in Dubuque. She was inspired to initiate a student organization, Du-Buddies, devoted to building relationships with this too-often forgotten sector of our population. “Du-Buddies is about recognizing that we are more alike than we are different,” according to Kasten.  “The friendships that are cultivated through Du-Buddies embody respect for the human dignity of all people. The most unique and authentic joy is rooted in our relationships with the Buddies. This special opportunity to watch the growth of so many individuals empowers my desire to continue working toward a world of hope and acceptance.”

The organization is involved with programs like End the “R” Word Week and other social events on campus as well as events in the surrounding Dubuque community.

Students like Kasten gravitate to a place that embodies this type of service culture.  ”When examining education beyond high school, I felt attracted to the campus community.  Loras College was the most genuine reflection of unity that was founded on a desire to allow students the opportunity to grow. I was especially interested in Loras’ emphasis on spiritual life through their service trips and retreats with campus ministry,”  explained Kasten.

Share your Service and help us reach our goal.
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