Read Patty's Story
Patty Loew initially wanted to major in physical education, but she discovered journalism and found her passion. “I really enjoyed working at the campus radio station. The news director, Paul Lowrey, was instrumental in helping me get my first professional broadcast job WKTY radio,” said Patty. After graduating in 1974, she went on to become an award-winning journalist, author and educator—working to fill the gap on Native American history and education through storytelling. Her UWL education set her up for success and that wasn’t lost on her sons, Dominic and Brooks Braga.
Both sons decided to study at UWL. Brooks was a student-athlete when their team won the WIAC Baseball Championship and qualified for the NCAA III Tournament in 2012. Two years prior, the tough decision to drop baseball was made, but after remarkable fundraising efforts in which Patty and her family were very active, the sport was reinstated. “It made winning the state championship that much sweeter,” said Patty, “It’s one of the highlights for our family.” Dominic ended up transferring to UW-Madison to finish his college career, but still flaunts his Eagle gear from time to time.
Patty is definitely full of UWL pride. As a life member, she encourages tribal teens to consider UWL as a first choice and feels loyal because of the education she received. She states, “I’m proud that Brooks, Dominic and I share this connection. I really enjoyed my four years in La Crosse and am happy that my sons experienced the same excellent teaching and learning opportunities.”
While Patty, Brooks & Dominic’s experience is unique to them, it’s similarly shared with other UWL Legacy families like yours—15,000 others are considered a part of UWL Legacy families! Your bonds are deeper, your connections stronger, and your memories keep you connected to UWL for a lifetime.
With your membership, you can share your connection and keep The La Crosse Experience alive for future generations.
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