Faculty, staff, and a handful of students gathered Friday in Wilson Theater to hear President Scott Bierman discuss recent successes at the college, answer questions, and introduce a new fundraising strategy for the college, one called "Fast Forward: The Campaigns for Beloiters."
After reminding the 150 or so attendees about recent campus improvement projects (the Strong Stadium updates and renovations to the World Affairs Center, Middle College and other historic buildings), Bierman talked about how those successes had informed a new strategy for the college's future fundraising efforts. “Out of these examples came a new idea," he said.
That new strategy? To focus on mission-centered projects that could be completed quickly and drive support to key college priorities.
The new strategy’s name is meant to underline this focus on the future, and the speed at which the college hopes to move.
“We need to provide focus. We need projects for which we can be held accountable,” Bierman says.
The six priorities, or “modules,” are:
- The Beloiter Fund (the annual fund, formerly known as "The Beloit Fund")
- The Liberal Arts in Practice
- The Powerhouse
- Renewing the Historic Core
The second part of this fall's "Conversation with the President" was spent answering submitted questions. Questions concerning core values and the college's strengths and weaknesses were raised and answered, and even questions about holiday lights on campus and an entry about the orientation of the sprinklers in front of the president's house were tackled. Also on the docket: a question about adding bandwidth and WiFi coverage, one about the role of Greek life and athletics on campus, as well as a discussion about the smoking policy.
The president spent a good deal of time emphasizing the importance of recruiting students from diverse economic backgrounds, and maintaining the college's standing as a student-centric institution with a commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching.
One thing that sets Beloit apart, he said, is that “it makes good on the first line of its mission statement.”