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Loras Chemistry Club Earns ACS Commendable Rating
The Loras College Chemistry Club earned a “Commendable” performance rating from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for the first time in the club’s history.

“Commendable” is the second-highest rating an ACS student chapter and receive. Of the 500 student chapters around the world, only the top 30% reach that level. The highest possible rating of “Outstanding” is bestowed on the top 10%.

ACS based its rankings on the performance of the organization during the 2018-2019 academic year. The club previously earned the “Honorable Mention” ranking for the 2017-18 year, which placed it in the top 50% of student chapters.

Founded in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society. Its mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.

ACS student chapters are organizations for undergraduate students with interest in the chemical sciences. Members participate in a wide range of programs and activities that enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers.

Loras College Center for Inclusion & Advocacy Earns NASPA Award
The Loras College Center for Inclusion & Advocacy has earned The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region IV-E Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Award. The award is presented to an office/department/division at a college or university that demonstrates a successful record of achievement in celebrating and creating a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. Cultural diversity includes issues related, but not limited to, race, religion, ethnicity, creed, gender, gender identity, military status, sexual orientation, and disability.

Through the Center for Inclusion & Advocacy, Loras is focused on providing greater support to marginalized groups of students, which is a growing segment of the student population.

Loras Press Launches A City at Work 1912 and 2012 Art Books
Loras College announced that two, high quality, photography books, A City at Work: Dubuque, 1912 and A City at Work: Dubuque, 2012, both published by the Loras College Press, will be released this fall.

A City at Work: Dubuque, 1912, by Tim Olson and Mike Gibson, features prints from a collection of glass plate negatives taken in 1912 and housed in the Loras College Center for Dubuque History. The volume also includes a series of compelling essays by Mike Gibson, Tim Olson, Mary Allison Farley, Duane Hagerty, Daniel Joseph Rapp, and Kristin Anderson- Bricker, Ph.D., based on research that relates to the photographs. Select prints from the volume are scheduled to go on exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art in January 2020.

The second volume, A City at Work: Dubuque, 2012, shares photos by Tim Olson of many of the same locations as the 1912 glass plate set or similar occupations 100 years later.

Book signings and discussion of both books will take place at River Lights Bookstore on the evening of November 20 and at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in December.

Both volumes will be available separately or together from the Loras College Barnes & Noble Bookstore and from River Lights Bookstore, both in Dubuque. The entire shipment of volumes will be available by early November, in time for holiday gift giving. River Lights Bookstore is currently taking pre-orders.

A City at Work: Dubuque, 1912 is a 184-page hardbound 9 x 11.5 first edition that retails for $34.95, while A City at Work: Dubuque, 2012 is a 104-page softbound first edition 9 x 11.5 that retails for $24.95. The volumes can be purchased together for $50.00.

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