Julien's Journal January 2017 (Volume 42, Number 1) - Page 52


Loras College has announced it will raze the North Building of its Visitation Complex . The structure was significantly damaged by a fire caused by lightning in March of this year . The fully-restored South building remains completely operational .

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Loras President Jim Collins and the Loras College Board of Regents have yet to determine a definitive timeline for the razing the north side of the complex located at 900 Alta Vista St . That portion of the complex sustained heavy damage , particularly the roofline , when lightning struck it at approximately 1:00 a . m . on March 16 . All students and staff inside the building at the time were accounted for and evacuated safely . Displaced students were then provided housing elsewhere on campus .
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In lieu of rebuilding the North Building , Collins said the Board of Regents will review options to invest settlement funds into strategic priorities which contribute to the continued overall quality experience for students .
Immediately after the fire , the Loras and Dubuque communities immediately sprang into action . Donations of clothing , bedding , gift cards , food and sundries were gathered that morning and donations poured in throughout the following weeks and months .
Loras custodial staff , residential staff , and student residential assistants were quick to lead the evacuation effort during the fire . In addition , neighbors helped to call emergency services and aid displaced students .
In June , Loras , Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines , and Iowa Fire Marshal Jeff Quigle offered their thanks and special recognition to four employees of Radio Dubuque who helped evacuate students during the fire .
Josh Crowell , Mike Callaghan , Tim Lary and Lisa Bennett received letters of commendation , a plaque of appreciation to the entire group of heroes and free passes to Loras sporting and campus events for one year . Also , Crowell , who was first to enter the building at the time of the fire , received a college admission remission package to earn a degree at Loras .
The Rotary Club of Dubuque has commissioned local artist and fellow Rotarian , Gary Olsen , to produce an original painting to benefit local nonprofit organizations . The painting is a 15th anniversary piece of Gary ’ s Grand Excursion painting that is displayed in so many locations around Dubuque .
The Rotary Club is using 100 % of the proceeds from the sale of the limited edition prints to continue its mission of serving the humanitarian needs of the community . The prints will continue to be made available through the end of the year . Order your print online at www . dubuquerotary . org / americasriver and it will be carefully packaged and delivered or shipped at no additional cost . Prints can also be purchased directly from Gary at various locations such as HyVee or Kennedy Mall over the next couple of weeks . The Rotary Club has partnered with Creative Touch for framed options – select one of the three pre-designed options or visit Creative Touch to design your own .
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