Looking Back at 2020: Impact of a Pandemic

Nothing consumed the past year more than the COVID-19 pandemic that swept across the globe. Like everywhere else, Loras College felt significant impact throughout the year, including shutting down campus midway through the spring semester, cancelled athletics, online instruction, social distancing and a delayed Commencement ceremony.

Despite the negatie aspects, Duhawks found ways to persevere and stay united. Below are some of the significant moments that only a pandemic could bring about.

The COVID-19 Semester

On March 20, Loras College faced the unprecendented yet inevitable decision to close the campus and shift all instruction online to finish the semester. We documented the moments that led up to that date and the resulting changes that followed in a timeline of the semester.

You can read the entire timeline here.



“One Stolen Moment”

In March, the wrestling team, ranked #1 in the nation, was about to complete for a national title, as were the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams. At the same time, the women’s basketball team was ready to take the court for the team’s first-ever Sweet Sixteen contest. Until the everything was cancelled.

Media Studies students captured the heartbreak and perseverence of the student-athletes in their video, One Stolen Moment.

Read about the creation of the film and watch the final movie here.


Loras Board of Regents and Emeriti Donate $600,000 for Emergency Student Aid Relief

With the financial impact of the pandemic gaining in significance through the year, families struggled to afford to send their students to Loras.

Seeing this hurdle blocking students from attending Loras in the fall, the Board of Regents and Emeriti created Emergency Sttudent Aid Relief and donated more than $600,000 to help clear the path to continuing education.

Get all the details by reading the full article here.


Tuition-Free 9th,10th Semesters Offered to Undergraduates

Due to the abrupt shift in the academic delivery and the end of many of the experiences that make up the unique Loras experience, many students found their learning diminished. As a result, Loras College offered undergraduate students with the option of sticking around for tuition-free 9th and 10th semesters to allow them to have the experiential learning options that they missed out on.

Read the entire story here.

Missed yesterday’s look back to 2020? Click here read “History in Their Own Words.”

Be sure to check back each day this week for more highlights from 2020.