Duhawk Day 2021 Going Completely Virtual in One Month

Loras College is set to host its ninth annual day of giving, dubbed Duhawk Day, on March 10. While the event has occurred annually since 2013, this year’s event looks to bring the entire Loras community together through entirely virtual methods.

“Each year, we encourage Duhawks to gather at events being planned in their hometowns. However, to keep everyone safe, we will not have in-person events,” Brie Burnett (’15), director of alumni, said. “Instead, we are hosting an all alumni Zoom at Noon CST on Duhawk Day. This will provide the opportunity to connect with alumni across the country, hear an update of where we are at in the donor count and also engage with students to learn how they are celebrating Duhawk Day on campus.”

Since much of Duhawk Day is celebrated online already through social media, email and text messages, the day will retain much of the same feel as previous years. There are still plenty of ways for Loras faithful to share their love of the College.

Duhawk Day 2020

Burnett said, “Duhawks can share their Loras spirit by continuing the tradition of Celebrating, Uniting and Supporting. Celebrate favorite memories, photos and moments using #DuhawkDay on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, text your friends a “Du What” for them to respond “Duhawks!” and be sure to wear purple and gold whether you are in the office or working from home. Unite with an email, text, or phone call to a favorite professor or staff member to say Happy Duhawk Day and Support Loras by giving a gift to help reach the donor goal.

Burnett is optimistic about Duhawk Day’s participation after seeing a high turnout for virtual events throughout Homecoming Week this past October.

“While this year has not been like any other, one thing we have continued to witness is the strong engagement from alumni. Loras Duhawks want to be connected to the College and one another,” she explained. “We saw this with our Virtual Homecoming and all of the interactions throughout that weekend. Alumni were commenting, posting, connecting and engaging with live videos, Zoom reunions, trivia and more. All could feel Duhawk pride and spirit throughout the weekend, and we anticipate that same feeling and energy for Duhawk Day.”

The goal for Duhawk Day is once again to have 1839 donations in recognition and honor the College’s founding year, a number that was surpassed a year ago.  

“The support pillar of Duhawk Day is so significant because it helps aid in making the Loras educational experience so special, rewarding and memorable,” Brien Nugent (’17), director of annual giving, said. “Whether you are able to give a couple of dollars or a couple of thousand dollars, the collective effort from all Loras community members helps us achieve our goals of providing a personalized educational experience that sets students up for success in life after Loras. Additionally, the goal of the day is all about participation, having 1839 donors in 24 hours – showing that as a community, we can come together, unite and meet our goals!”

The 2019 event was the first year the donor goal was set to 1839, and the Loras community united efforts for a total of 1,889 donations.

“Our goal is to make the day fun and offer our Loras community different challenges to get them involved,” Nugent explained. “This year, we have ten challenges that generous donors are sponsoring, from trying to reach 1839 donors in a day that will unlock $10,000 to getting a Duhawk donor from every state to faculty, staff and student challenges, everyone has an opportunity to get involved and make an impact. 

This year, a $100,000 challenge gift has been provided by an anonymous donor meaning all gifts made on Duhawk Day will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000 providing double the impact. 

“Whether it is your first gift or renewal of a previous gift, with an opportunity like this, there is no better day to get involved and make a contribution than on Duhawk Day, March 10,” Nugent said.

Follow along on March 10 to see the many ways you can CELEBRATE, UNITE and SUPPORT Loras College on Duhawk Day at www.loras.edu/duhawkday.

If you have questions about getting involved or making a gift, contact Nugent at 563.588.4966 or email Obrien.nugent@loras.edu.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).