CELEB opened its doors in 2004. Located a ten-minute stroll from the center of campus to the downtown’s central business district, and just across the street from both the Hendricks Center for the performing arts and the Beloit College bookstore, CELEB offers an intimate place for work free of campus distraction.
The project, led by Professor of Economics and Coleman Foundation Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, Jerry Gustafson, has enjoyed the support of the Coleman Foundation, the Harold Price Foundation, the James S. Kemper Foundation, the Jeanne and John E. Hughes Foundation, the Wisconsin Independent Colleges Foundation, the Beloit Student Congress, over two hundred alumni, including lead donor, David Myers, Beloit, ’49, and business leaders nationwide.
The building is completely wired, with an automated telephone system and a high speed internet connection feeding the Ethernet LAN network. Access TV and Maple Tree studios feature state-of-the art equipment, as does the linear/analog and off-line video editing and audio engineering and editing suites. The building also hosts space and offices for the Myers Gallery ABBA, the “What is Social Excellence” (WISE) Foundation, managed entirely by students, and the Coleman New Ventures Lab that, itself, hosts multiple student businesses.
Students use all these facilities to put their classroom learning to use. Furthermore, CELEB brings together students who have a wide array of interests ranging from music, video, communications technology, film and business. In the “real world,” most production is collaborative. CELEB seeks to unite and integrate these separate interests into a single entity capable of increasingly professional collaborations. This kind of activity will aid you to become prepared and excited to challenge yourself and to develop patterns for a life of perpetual learning and doing.