Loras College to Host Annual Legacy Symposium Virtually March 17

Loras College will host its eighth Legacy Symposium event to showcase the work of students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, March 17.  Though this year will mark the first time it will be presented in an entirely virtual format, the daylong event will still provide a spotlight on the academic achievements through presentations and film

The symposium celebrates the liberal arts tradition at Loras College, where connections between disciplines are made and allow people to see things from different perspectives.

This year, due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, all projects will be showcased online. In some instances, students will present their work and field questions live during designated times. A segment of the presentations will be recorded, and forums will allow the students and faculty to interact with anyone viewing their work.

“While we certainly wish that we could gather as a community in person, this year’s Legacy Symposium offers unique benefits in that we are able to increase access and inclusivity, thereby creating an amazing and impactful opportunity for the greater Loras community to share knowledge, creativity, and a variety of perspectives.” Loras Legacy Symposium planning committee members Kathy Weber and Dr. Keith Thraen Borowski said.

The Loras Legacy Film Festival presents a diverse array of film projects from students in the Media Studies program, including short film, experimental, documentary productions. The collection of 12 films will be available to view throughout the day.

The Legacy Symposium is made possible through a donation from The Rev. Msgr. James Barta. Barta began teaching at Loras College in 1961 as an assistant professor in the psychology department. He was promoted to associate professor in 1969 and to professor in 1974. While continuing to teach, Barta was named academic dean in 1977 and became the President of Loras College in 1987. In 1994, the Archbishop appointed Barta regional vicar for the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and he was named vicar general in 1999. He has since retired the position of vicar general and serves as vice-chancellor on the Loras College Board of Regents.

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).