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Loras College Students Earn Champions of Service Award

Pictured (left to right): Kimberly Walsh, associate dean of students and advisor to LCDM; Emma Walsh, senior, co-chairperson of outreach for LCDM; Emily Pollpeter, senior, co-chairperson of outreach for LCDM; Roy Buol, mayor of Dubuque; Rachel Moser, senior, co-president of LCDM; Ellie Horst, freshman, co-president of LCDM; and Dana Livingston, Ph.D., associate professor of modern languages and culture.

Loras College Dance Marathon (LCDM) has earned Champions of Service Award during a ceremony at the college marking the countrywide Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. In addition, Dana Livingston, Ph.D., associate professor of modern languages and culture at Loras, was nominated for the award.

Loras College Dance Marathon supports local families whose children have been treated at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Loras College Dance Marathon has been recognized nationally as the No. 1 per-capita fundraising school since 2009. Now in its 11th year, the student-run event has raised more than $1.3 million for the Children’s Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Last year, the organization raised $201,717. This year’s 12-hour marathon took place on April 29.

Maggie Baker, service learning coordinator at Loras, works directly with LCDM students enrolled in AmeriCorps and is continuously amazed by their work.

Livingston was nominated for his Future Talk Teen Empowerment Program at the Multicultural Family Center, Dubuque. The initiative combines summer employment, environmental education and service for at-risk youth, ages 13 to 17. They also receive a stipend, study financial literacy, and can earn a high school credit with the Dubuque Community School District.

Last year, 3,539 elected officials representing more than 178 million Americans participated in the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service.

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