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A weekend of sunshine, smiles, hugs

What a weekend! It was wonderful to see all of the smiling faces, hugs, and laughter at Reunion Weekend14. Check out this recap of the fun on Storify. You can also see photos and comments on our Beloit Alumni Facebook page, Beloit Alumni Twitter, and here. We cannot wait to welcome you back again! Mark your calendars for Reunion 2015 on June 12-15, 2015!

Alumni honored at Reunion
June 14, 2014, during the Alumni Assembly at Reunion, a small and mighty group of alumni were recognized for their achievements at and outside of Beloit. Craig Heiser’64, Rick Brooks’69, Peggy Robinson’74, and Stephanie Klett’89, all received the Distinguished Service Citation (DSC), and Leslie Stellwagen’04 was honored with the Young Alumni Award (YAA).

Nominated by their peers, Craig, Rick, Peggy, Stephanie, and Leslie were all more than deserving of this high honor. Do you know an alumnus/a that should be considered for 2015? Learn more and nominate a DSC or YAA recipient today.

The DSC recognizes alumni for their career achievements, service to Beloit College, and service to their community, and is awarded to 4 alumni celebrating a 15th Reunion and up, the 0's and the 5's next year. The Young Alumni Award is given to an alumnus/a celebrating their 10th Reunion (Class of 2005 next year) and recognizes someone who has best put Beloit's principles into practice in the decade after graduation.

Beloiter Days: Homecoming and Family & Friends Weekend is September 26-28

Cool breezes, sunshine, Beloit sweatshirts, cookouts, reunions, and Bucs games--can't beat it! Beloiter Days: Homecoming and Family & Friends Weekend is September 26-28, 2014, and we are looking forward to seeing you on campus again. A full schedule will be available on soon but, for now, mark your calendars. See you there!

[Beloiter Fund Logo]  Beloiter Fund reaches annual goal—thank you

  From the academic to the residential side of campus, from the classroom to      
  Commons, from athletics to theatre to the Beloit Urban Garden and everywhere in 
  between, thank you. Thank you for your generosity. Your gifts to the Beloiter Fund 
  (reaching the 3.3 million mark!) make Beloit--the people, places and spaces, and 
  programs--possible. Thank you.

James E. Duffy’49 Society Luncheon honors Kenneth’58 and Shelley Seip Beeby’59
Last summer we celebrated the renaming of the Heritage Society to the James E. Duffy’49 Society. Our celebration continued this year as we highlighted the leadership, vision, and exceptional generosity of a special couple who exemplify “impact” at Beloit College. Through their gift plans for Beloit College in their estate, as well as their many years of volunteering and generous annual support, Kenneth Jack Beeby’58 and Shelley Seip Beeby’59 embody the true philanthropic spirit of Duffy Society membership and were honored at the annual Duffy Society Luncheon June 14. Not a member of the Duffy Society? Learn more here.

A showcase of remarkable student work and extraordinary philanthropy
After a day of Student Symposium sessions April 17, President Scott Bierman and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations hosted an event in the Science Center atrium honoring about 40 of the college's most generous and long-time supporters. This event, titled "Showcase" provided the opportunity for donors to see, first-hand, the remarkable student work that their philanthropy makes possible. It was the first of a new annual event honoring these special supporters for their lifetime giving, and an exciting start to a new era at the college. Over 860 were inducted into the lifetime giving societies--read more about the societies here. Another first was celebrated at Showcase in the awarding of the D.K. Pearsons Philanthropic Leadership Award. Board Chair Jim Sanger and Marge Sanger were awarded this well-deserved honor. Read more and see photos.

Generations of Beloiters have made Beloit what it is today, and we—our students, faculty, and staff—thank you for supporting this unforgettable place and the remarkable students it nurtures. Your gift makes the unimaginable possible; the mundane, glorious; the adventure worth the work. Thank you for supporting today’s Beloiters AND tomorrow’s. You make it possible. #thanks4beloit

Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages starting July 7 to see just a small snapshot of the impact of your generosity.

Welcome to the family
May 18, the college welcomed 278 graduates to our alumni family. As you know, “turtles all the way down” has long been a theme on campus, where turtles are commemorated on ancient Indian mounds and are known as the college’s unofficial mascot. At our 164th Commencement ceremony, that phrase came to life with a special, surprise guest appearance from up-and-coming country singer Sturgill Simpson. See more from the ceremony, including fun facts about the graduates, photos, and more here. Check out the full video here.

A flash of blue and gold through Iowa

Keep an eye out for Team Beloit, spearheaded by the Development & Alumni Relations office, as it takes on RAGBRAI XLII, July 20-26, 2014. Cheer them on as they pedal through Iowa showing off their Beloiter pride. And if you are participating in this year’s ride or live in the vicinity, please join Team Beloit at BRAGBRAI, Beloit’s Regional Alumni Gathering in Mason City onWednesday, July 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For more details, email us at!

Powerhouse takes another step forward
In case you missed it, at its April meeting Beloit’s board of trustees unanimously approved a Definitive Purchase Agreement that outlines terms for the college to purchase the nearby Blackhawk Generating Station from Alliant Energy/WPL.

This formal agreement sets the terms for the building’s sale and transfer, should the college successfully raise the money needed to turn the building into a campus activity and recreation center. Approval on the college’s end signals the board’s continued interest in the Powerhouse project, and Alliant and Beloit College’s shared commitment to moving forward on plans. In May, Studio Gang, the architectural firm leading the design, presented a few preliminary drawings. See the live-stream on the college’s YouTube channel.

Bunge Theatre to see renovation thanks to alumna support
The Bunge Theatre in the Neese Theatre building will soon see an extensive renovation thanks to the generosity of Eleanor (Nor) Hall’69 and her husband Roger Hale.

Among the planned renovations, students and classes can enjoy additional lighting, sound, projection, and seating. It is hoped that this space will also provide a much-needed experimentation and learning place for theatre and non-theatre users—a stage for which students can practice the liberal arts through innovation, design, testing, and performing. Read more...

Calling all NIH participants

During the 1960s and 1970s Beloit College sent students to the Clinical Center at NIH in Bethesda, Md., to participate as subjects of clinical trials and to work as research assistants for these trials. Dr. Laura Stark of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., is embarking on a project aimed to examine the experiences of the “normal control” research subjects at the NIH. If you are interested in contributing by speaking with Dr. Stark about your experience at NIH or in learning more about this project please contact her at 860-685-3205 or


Make it possible for Beloiters and be a part of something big. Learn more about the Chelonian Society and the Beloiter Fund.

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