Loras College Announces Honorary Degree Recipients for 175th Commencement

In conjunction with the upcoming 175th Loras College Commencement Ceremony, President Jim Collins (’84) announces the following individuals will receive honorary degrees:
Wrestling Olympian Dan Gable for his contributions made to international wrestling and dedication to eradicating sexual violence. Among numerous awards and feats, Gable is a member of both the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. As a college wrestler at Iowa State University, Gable amassed an outstanding record of 138-1, which included three NCAA championship titles. Gable has dedicated his life toward wrestling, family and speaking out against sexual violence in memory of his sister, Diane, who was raped and murdered in 1964. Dan and his wife, Kathy, have four daughters. Their youngest daughter, Mackenzie McCord, graduated from Loras in 2010.
Loras Regent Emeritus Andrew Studdert for his service to the U.S. during 9/11 and contributions made to the risk management industry. Studdert currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Chairman of the Board for NES Rental Holdings, Inc. in Chicago. Immediately prior to his current role, Studdert served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Vice President of United Airlines. On September 11, 2001 when terrorists struck by high-jacking two of United’s planes, it was his decision to ground the entire UAL fleet after the news of the attacks. Andy and his wife, Mary Pat, have three children. Their son, Matt, is a 2007 Loras College graduate.

Professor Emerita Dr. Donna Bauerly for her service and contributions made to the teaching profession and Loras College.  Bauerly began teaching at Loras in 1971 as an English instructor. She taught American Literature and Composition. In 1980, she became the Department Chair of the Division of Humanities, English and Continuing Education. In 1983, Bauerly was promoted to full professorship. She then served as chair of the Loras Faculty Senate. She was the first woman at Loras to ever attain each of these respective roles. Bauerly is well known for her teaching excellence: “Honored Faculty Award” (1989 AAHE);  nomination for CASE Professor of the Year (1989); Exemplary Teaching Forum (AAHE 1991, 1992); and the John Henry Cardinal Newman Award for Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership (Loras College 1994). Bauerly retired from Loras in 2007.
Dr. Thomas Hunt for his service to and scholarly work done for Catholic education. From 1971-1996, Dr. Hunt served as a professor in the College of Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  In 1996, he transitioned his teaching and scholarly work to the University of Dayton. Throughout his career, Hunt has written or co-authored several books surrounding the history of Catholic teaching and education. Hunt received a bachelor’s in History from Loras in 1952 and a bachelor’s in Theology from the Catholic University of America in 1956. He also obtained his master’s in Secondary Education Administration in 1965 from the Catholic University and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971.
As always, President Collins recommended these individuals to the Faculty Rank and Tenure Committee and Board of Regents. Both groups voted in favor of the slate.
The Loras College Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rock Bowl Stadium on campus. Prior to commencement, a Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Athletic and Wellness Center, located near Cox and 17th Street. For more information, visit
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