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Beloiter Days brings smiles, competition, and pigeons
Pigeons? Yes, pigeons. More on that below.

September 26-28, the college celebrated Beloiter Days: Homecoming and Family & Friends weekend. With over 400 folks on campus, fun was bound to happen. From receptions to tailgating, an SAE reunion to athletic hall of honor inductions to conversations with the President, breakfasts, dinners, smiles, laughter, and picture perfect weather, it was an event to remember. Take a peek at the photos on our Beloit Alumni Facebook page or a selection of photos here.

As promised, more on the pigeons. This past weekend also marked the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Downtown was bustling with activities to commemorate this important creature including an animated flyover, readings, bands, and more.

Reunion 2015 dates set

Make plans now to join us for Reunion: June 12-15, 2015! Don’t forget that everyone, regardless of class year, is invited to Reunion—those celebrating milestones are in class years ending in 5 and 0. Stay tuned for more information. If you’d like to join your reunion committee, contact us at today!

Proud to be a Beloiter
The 2015 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings were released in September and, unsurprisingly, Beloit College was called out as a top value and an “A+ School.” The college was also recognized, as it often is, for its study abroad programs. Read more about the rankings here.

The Beloit Project

Just what is the Beloit Project? As Associate Dean Matt Tedesco puts it, we’re “crowdsourcing change.” It is our chance to focus even more on our commitment to the liberal arts in practice, and put it at the center of what we do here in an innovative, distinctive, and potentially game-changing way. Want to learn more about this ambitious and campus-encompassing “project?” Read more. You can submit your ideas, too, until Friday, October 10.

Familiar face takes on Athletic Director role

Many thanks to Peggy Carl for her strong service as Beloit’s Director of Athletics & Recreation for the past six years. In the wake of her resignation for personal reasons, we welcome a familiar face to the helm of athletics. Tim Schmiechen, Associate Athletic Director and Head Men’s Soccer Coach, has graciously accepted the Director of Athletics & Recreation position.

Tim has been employed at Beloit College since 1990, and many of you have had the pleasure of getting to know him. His passion and commitment to Beloit athletics, to the success of our students, and to top-notch recruiting will serve him, and the college, well. We also look forward to seeing him on the field as he will continue in his role as head men’s soccer coach.

Mapping the Summer

This summer, geology majors Sarah Pipal’16 and Allison Vance’16 spent time in Australia. Their experiences were made possible by International Education Grants and Venture Grants, and they enjoyed hiking through national parks and trails researching. Their findings will be presented through interactive maps they are creating with ArcGIS (geographic information systems). What an impressive liberal arts in practice experience! Learn more here (plus pictures!).

In Practice: Beloiters in Madison

The Alumni Office and the Liberal Arts in Practice Center have partnered again to help Beloiters make the most of their fall break. This year, a group of students will be traveling to Madison to learn about careers in the for-profit sector from alumni and friends like you. Join us for a networking reception October 15, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Madison Children’s Museum. Learn more here and RSVP today!

Save the Date: Chicago Field Day

November 14, Beloit students will descend upon Chicago for Beloit’s annual Chicago Field Day. They will spend the day at the Lincoln Park Zoo learning more about a variety of career paths and success after Beloit from alumni and friends. They will also have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of an alumni panel and meet many of you at the evening’s reception. Please join us for the networking reception from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Share your experiences, stories, and advice. Learn more here.

Magazine Archives Online

The Beloit College Digital Collections has a new addition—the full set of Beloit College Magazines! See it here. There are 453 issues from 1910 on just waiting for you to take a look. Note: The platform has virtual page turning and you can find the page-flip view button located just above the image window. receives makeover

If you haven’t had a chance to check out recently, do take a gander. The site underwent a redesign this summer, and we think you’ll like what you see. New features include more interactive pieces, video on the homepage, and more. See it now.

Can’t join us? Tune in!

Along with a regular Lunchbox Lecture Series, athletic games, and select campus events, you can enjoy a lot of Beloit online. Faculty and special interest lunchtime lectures (Lunchbox Series) dates will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts as they happen, see an athletic game on this channel, or tune in to a campus lecture as it takes place. For instance, Nov. 19, we’ll livestream International Symposium Day presentations here—you will not want to miss these incredible student experiences and projects. If you can’t join us on campus, we’ll see you on online!

Beloit College awarded $96,000 to Think Big

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation has awarded Beloit College $96,000 to support Think BIG! (Beloit Internship Grants) this year. The program allows students to gain experience and mentorship from local leaders through internships—putting the liberal arts in practice! Over the summer, Beloit students took advantage of this opportunity to build their skills and their resumes with the program. This year, six additional internships have been funded through the grant totaling experiences for 20 students.

Thank you. The college regularly earns grants, in part, due to your wonderful support. How can that be? The alumni participation rate (i.e. the percentage (not dollars) of alumni who show their pride in Beloit by giving back) is regularly used as a benchmark for grant agencies when they consider awarding Beloit.

Learning about Human Rights

Monday, students were able to learn more about careers in human rights and social justice thanks to the Weissberg Program in Human Rights and the Office of International Education. In addition to an alumni panel, the campus enjoyed a keynote, “Russian Civil Society in 2014: The Challenge, Call, and Promise,” presented by Anna Sevortian, former director of Human Rights Watch Russia. This spring, the Weissberg program brings Weissberg Chair James S. Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. Stay tuned.

Mindset List Released

If you’re looking for the annual Mindset List, look no further. See it here.

More Power this Fall

Stay tuned! This fall more details on the Powerhouse project plans will be revealed. We’ll keep you posted.


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