National Alumni Board

In 1988, the National Alumni Board was created.  This group was formed to represent alumni and graduates from across the country.  Learn more about what your fellow Duhawks are doing, how they are impacting students and what role you can play, by scrolling through this page.


National Alumni Board Scholarship Recipients

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Benson ('16)
Kramer ('17)
Kleitsch ('18)
Ramirez ('19) 

Click on the photos above to view student bios. 


Meet the National Alumni Board Members


President - John O'Brien
Class Year: 1984
Major: Business 

How did Loras prepare you for life after college? 

The list is long, but I would have to say the most important life lesson was perseverance and don’t give up attitude. When you surround yourself with good people that genuinely care about you, it is hard to fail at anything. School did not come easy to me and I had to work harder than the average student to get a good grade. I really did learn that by working hard, listening to wise people (teachers, counselors, faculty), sticking to it and believing in myself things would eventually pay off. They did at Loras and they have in life. I am very thankful for my experiences at Loras.


Vice President - Wendy Schrunk
Class Year: 2007
Major: Finance and Economics

How did Loras prepare you for life after college?

The faculty, staff and students I interacted with and got to know through my time at Loras have shaped the way I think, act and live. The people I met and the relationships I formed during my four years on campus helped me define what's important in life and helped me discover my strengths.   


Secretary -  Brian R. Schermerhorn
Class Year: 1997
Major: Finance

What advice would you give to current or prospective students?

This is simple: Enjoy it!  Embrace it!  Live it!  The four years I spent at Loras exploring who I was and the friendships I made – are some of the best of my life. It is why I have spent 12+ years since graduating trying to find ways to help others have the same experiences. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and have fun!


Treasurer -   Luke J. Vandermillen 
Class Year: 1988
ajor: Finance

What advice would you give to current or prospective students?

I would encourage current or prospective students to take advantage of all the opportunities that Loras has to offer. The size of the school provides you with the ability to interact with the faculty as well as your fellow students in a way that you will not find at other institutions. The culture of Loras is something that you will appreciate not only while you are a student, but for many years to come.


Katie Bellendier
Class Year: 2006

Majors: Media Studies and Public Relations

How did Loras prepare you for life after college?

Loras taught me how to go above and beyond and branch out of my comfort zone. Being involved in LCTV, I not only learned about myself but about the surrounding community through conducting interviews for news stories. By being involved in this and many other activities and organizations I learned how to network with many diverse groups


Bill Burns
Class Year: 1962

What advice would I give a current or prospective student?

I usually don’t give advice unless asked. However, if this be that case, I would encourage any student to fill your Loras plate with as many opportunities as possible, be they academic, service, athletic, spiritual. I would also recommend trying something totally new and different to expand your knowledge and experience base. And, don’t be in too big a hurry to make your career decision. Of course, you will have a focus defined and ultimately a post Loras initial career as your beginning. But remember, most likely you will change your career focus a number of times, so use your Loras experience to check off as many items on your college bucket list as possible. I’m reminded when I return to campus how unique and special the college experience was and still is. It will always remain a singular highpoint in my life, and it should be yours as well.


Jane F. (Noonan) Demmer
Class Year: 1976
Major: Mathematics

Which faculty or staff person influenced you most and why?

Frank and Bud Noonan (my uncles) were big factors in me choosing Loras College. They also had an influence on me while I was there. From an academic standpoint, Dr. Jay Kopp and Dr. Joe Schaefer had the biggest influence on me. They constantly encouraged me to pursue opportunities in Engineering and helped me understand all of the careers I could pursue. 


Rob Elwood
Class Year: 1991
Major: Finance, Marketing

Why did you choose to attend Loras?

Loras provided me with a foundation of academic, religious, and social skills. The interaction with faculty, students, alumni and the Dubuque community provided valuable experiences that I continue to draw from today. I was able to leverage the size of the school and take advantage of a culture that allowed me to stretch for goals that were set high.

Kathleen M. (Keller) Giovingo
Class Year: 1976

Major: Speech Communication

Why did you choose to attend Loras?

Coming from a large high school of nearly 5,000 students in the suburbs of Chicago, I wanted to attend a smaller college where I was treated like a person and not a number. The minute I walked on the campus, I knew it was the place for me. I loved the beautiful rolling hills of the campus along the Mississippi River, the friendly people, the small teacher to student ratio and the many opportunities for me to get involved.


Jeff Heitzman
Class Year: 1975

Major: Mathematics

What advice would you give to current or prospective students? 

Get a balanced education at Loras. For example if you major in a STEM discipline, then minor in one of the humanities or vice versa. This plus a graduate degree later on will have you prepared for the world ahead.


Chad Kunkel 
Class Year: 1998
Major: Marketing

Which staff or faculty person influenced you most?

I was instantly attracted to the Marketing Club and went on a number of trips with this group; there were two faculty members, Pat Marzofka and Gene Steidinger who not only kept me engaged but so many other students. I can remember Marzofka and Steidinger walking into the classroom and saying “today is going to be a good day, because we’re going to talk about marketing!” I loved their passion and dedication and it was contagious. This small classroom environment combined with dedicated faculty and staff are what sets Loras apart from anywhere else.  


Kate (Kenneally) McLenaghan 
Class Year: 1995

Major:  English Literature

Which faculty or staff person influenced you most and why?

Dr. Donna Bauerly. She had a wonderful way of getting her students to connect to the literature she was teaching. She opened up your mind to different ways of thinking and she made you feel your viewpoint and perception was just as important as anyone elses and she found value in everyone's opinion. In addition to being an incredible teacher, she was also an excellent listener who was compassionate and truly cared about her students as individuals as well. Each and every one of her students mattered to her.


Jane (Lyons) Mueller
Class Year: 1987
Major: Management/Marketing

What advice would you have for students today?

Keep an open mind, you don’t need to know exactly what you want to do, immerse yourself in the full experience, whether it be academics, arts, athletics; take advantage of student experiences outside the classroom, this will make you a well-rounded individual. Receiving a Liberal Arts education at Loras exposes you to an array of topics and subjects so no matter what career path you want to pursue, you develop a broad base of knowledge that can serve as building blocks as you grow into your career.  Always stretch outside your comfort zone, you just might surprise yourself! 


Thomas P. O'Brien
Class Year: 1982
Major: English

What advice would you give to current or prospective students?

Make the most of it. Your classes, friends you make, excellent professors, the extracurricular programs, intramural games, the Catholic foundation – all provide an excellent atmosphere to help you learn and grow. Go to class, study hard, play, enjoy the people – students and faculty – and have fun!


Michael Otto
Class Year: 1994
Major: History and Speech Communication

How did Loras prepare you for life after college?

By challenging me to think and articulate why I think that way. This was not only done by my professors, but roommates and friends as well. It changed how I looked at the world around me. By seeing that there is more than one correct answer (but some answers better address the question than others) and that most everyone means well with their answer. I learned to listen and hear what people are saying and evaluate their statements based on my knowledge and beliefs. This has greatly helped in me by everyday interactions with my clients and colleagues and has been a part of my professional successes.  

Michael Otto

Peter L. Streit
Class Year: 1977
Major: Mathematics

What did you enjoy most about your Loras experience?

The small student faculty ratio. My professors knew who I was and held me accountable. Loras and the dedicated staff and faculty members prepared me well for the various roles I have held over my career and t
he people I met during my four years at Loras, have become life long friends!   

Todd T. Welu

Class Year: 1986
Major: Accounting

Why did you choose to attend Loras?

Loras has a deep rooted tradition in our family. I had two uncles and an aunt that graduated from Loras, and my grandfather worked on the campus for a number of years. My parents were both born and raised in Dubuque, and we had many relatives in the area. My fond memories of Dubuque as a child wouldn't be complete without Loras. My sophomore year in high school, my dad was transferred to Dubuque with his company. I had no idea how that move would impact my life. I had decided early in my college search that I didn’t want to go to one of the big schools. I was intent on choosing a school where there was plenty of personal attention. Therefore, I focused my search on a number of smaller schools (Augustana, St. Ambrose and Loras). However, when it came time for me to choose a college it seemed natural for me to choose Loras due to my familiarity and fondness of Dubuque.


National Alumni Board History

The National Alumni Board was formed in 1989 under the direction of the Office of Alumni Relations. The board serves to develop and promote support of alumni and friends to strengthen the College. Through a variety of programs, events, and communications the board strives to create an atmosphere, which encourages lifelong friendships while simultaneously serving the alumni and the College.

The board is comprised of up to 25 members representing decades, gender, and geographic area of the alumni constituency. Members are elected to an initial term of four years, and can be reelected for a second four year term. The full board meets twice a year with the executive committee holding conference calls monthly. Each member supports and is engaged with recruitment philanthropy and internships.

Programs sponsored by the National Alumni Board include distinguished alumni awards and affinity card. The board has made pledges up to $60,000 for various projects and activities on campus and currently funds 4 scholarships that are given to four students each receiving $4,000. All monies generated by National Alumni Board support the College in some form.

Would you like to nominate someone to serve on the National Alumni Board?

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