Loras College announces historic $5 million gift

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) -- Loras College in Dubuque received a $5 million gift, the largest received in the college's 180-year history. President Jim Collins said the donation will help students for years to come.

Bill Miller, a 1952 Loras Academy graduate, donated the money to Loras.

The college will use the money for facility improvements to Keane Hall, the Rock Bowl, and the multimedia program space.

Collins said the gift will help complete the Keane Hall renovation on the first floor. The college hopes to purchase a video screen for the Rock Bowl.

Those media upgrades will likely include a new studio and lab with computers, although Collins said the college is still exploring options.

"Virtually everything that touches media, digitization, and communications is going to be housed in this new multimedia center," Collins said.

According to Collins, the entire Loras community is really excited about this gift.

He said there is a "renewed sense of pride in Loras and very happy about what this will do going forward and any number of alumni also stepping up and saying, you know this is really inspiring but reminds me that I need to continue to do more."

To honor Miller for his gift, the college is renaming its library the Bill (A '52) and JoAnne Miller Academic Resource Center.