Looking Back at 2020 – History In Their Own Words

This past year, we debuted the Duhawk Digest, a weekly podcast that allowed us to share Loras news and plans directly from the people who are the most knowledgeable. We were also able to sit down with a number of Loras alumni and former faculty as they shared their memories and stories of what the College means to them. While you can find the full list of episodes here, we want to highlight some of our favorite conversations from 2020:

Father Eugene Kutsch (’47)

In a year where social unrest rose to the forefront of the national consciousness, it is only fitting that Fr. Kutsch shared his memories of serving as Dean of Men during the late 1960s. Fr. Kutsch’s commitment to the equitable treatment of all people regardless of race made a significant impact to the students with whom he worked and he has continued that commitment to this day. In November, FR. Kutsch was honored with a bust that is now displayed in the Alumni Campus Center.

Sister Bernadine Curoe (’69)

A fixture on the Loras Campus for decades, Sr. Bernadine talked about her path to Loras and the significant moments that marked her time on campus, including stories of students, faculty, and how she received her moniker, “Sister B.”

Dr. Donna Bauerly

The first female faculty member in Loras College history, Dr. Donna Bauerly, professor emerita of English, talked about the hurdles she encountered and the support she received when she arrived on campus in the way that only she can.

Dr. Andy Auge (’78)

Reflecting on the legacy left by his father, Dr. Tom Auge, on the College, Dr. Andy Auge, professor of English, opened up on what brought him to Loras both as a student and a faculty member. He also shared the words from his father writtend during a tumultuous time on campus

Monsignor James Barta (’52)

Monsignor James Barta, the former president of Loras College, talked about his long history with Loras. From his arrival to the various roles he served on campus, Msgr. Barta provides his unique view of over half a century of College history.

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 2020, Loras was ranked 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 fourth 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 12th 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).