Sunday Evening Call - Beloit College Parent Newsletter
From the Admissions desk: Rolling out the welcome mat
As the Admissions Committee finishes evaluating first-year applicants for the Class of 2019, the admissions team, in conjunction with Beloit's Development & Alumni Relations Office, will be organizing receptions for admitted students and their parents. Although space is somewhat limited, contact Leeanna Shultz (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Alumni Office if you would like to welcome these new families at the event in your city, or if have an interest in hosting or helping with future events.
The Admissions Office will be spending the rest of the spring reviewing transfer applications, welcoming visitors to campus (students, parents, and school counselors), and recruiting the Classes of 2020 and 2021. And on Saturday, March 28, they will be hosting a Spring Visit Day for sophomores and juniors beginning their college search. Know a student who might like Beloit? Read more about upcoming visit programs at www.beloit.edu/openhouse.
Record number of applications are in...
As of January 15, 3,284 applications were submitted to Beloit College for the Fall of 2015--that’s 1,000 more than were received by the same time last year. Even as the college's popularity surges, the enrollment office and partners across campus are not losing sight of the important work ahead: yielding a strong class out of those receiving acceptance letters. Want to help? The enrollment division is asking parents of current students to sign up now if they'd be willing to share their experiences with the parent of a prospective Beloiter.
Beloiters Unite! City Tour
There are so many cities and not enough time so we’re packing our Blue & Gold and going on a Beloiters Unite! City Tour this spring. Many areas will still gather on April 22, 2015 (the college’s Spring Day and traditional Beloiters Unite! day, as well as our inaugural Giving Day). But this year, there will also be additional events occurring all spring in cities across the country. From admission and networking events (mentioned above) to gatherings in homes, restaurants, and bars, this spring is bursting with opportunities to get together with fellow Beloiters (and future ones).
Keep an eye on our alumni event calendar, your email, and snail mail for events in your area.
Beloit College Financial Aid application is March 1
Just as last year, the preferred deadline to apply for financial aid is March 1, 2015. If you wish to renew any need-based aid (including grants, loans, and/or work study), please submit both the FAFSA and the Beloit College Financial Aid Application by March 1. Failure to file will not exclude you from consideration but it will likely delay the delivery of the student's financial aid notification. If you have filed (or will file) your federal income tax returns electronically, please try to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA. This assures accuracy in completing the financial information, particularly for those selected by the Department of Education for verification. For other periodic reminders and tips, please like the Beloit College Financial Aid Facebook page.
If you foresee a significant delay in submitting the required information, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call (608-363-2663) or email the Financial Aid Office to indicate the date by which you will file your forms.
Students blog about their time in Japan
Follow the lives of five students blogging their experiences and observations while studying abroad in Japan. The blog, “In Search of Modern Japan” has numerous posts covering such topics as popular culture, history, and students’ reflections on their journey. This project was partially funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and students are using this work as criteria for their Liberal Arts in Practice requirement.
Summer opportunity for families, friends, alumni
Looking for a fun and ‘out of the box’ learning experience for you, your children, your neighbor, or someone else? Consider a Beloit Blocks course this summer. Open to all, Beloit Blocks are intensive three-week courses that enable students and faculty to explore a topic in a way that just isn’t possible in the traditional academic term.
Dan Perusich, the college’s director of summer programs, says that many students from this past summer’s group report that their experience was nothing short of transformative. Hear first-hand about student experiences from summer 2014 here. Summer 2015 course offerings and fee information is available here.
#BeloiterUP for Beloit
April 22, 2015, the college will host its first giving day: #BeloiterUP. Giving Day is a special day set aside for families, alumni and friends from around the world to show their Beloit pride through a concerted effort to support the Beloiter Fund. Let’s see what a difference we can make when we work together! More information to come as the day gets closer, but if you’d like to help make this day a success, contact us to learn how 5 minutes can make a huge impact.
Beloit students to shadow D.C. alumni in March
Spring is around the corner and as in recent years, a select group of Beloit students is taking spring break on the road. This year’s cohort of 12 students will be shadowing alumni working in the D.C. area.
If you are in the D.C. area as well, please plan to join us March 11 for a networking reception. Ask the students about their spring break experiences, tell them more about your life post-Beloit, and enjoy light appetizers and new connections. Kindly RSVP to Brenna Graham in the Alumni Office at email@example.com. Time and location information will be available soon. This program is made possible by the generous support of alumni, the Weissberg Program in Human Rights, and the Bacon Know Thyself Fund.
James S. Anaya: Weissberg Chair in International Studies
Join the 2014-15 Weissberg Chair in International Studies James S. Anaya as he presents “Lessons from Serving as U.N. Rapporteur for Indigenous People's Rights” in Eaton Chapel on April 10, 2015. Anaya is the Regents' and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law. Learn about his residency this spring, and read more about the Weissberg Program in Human Rights.
Multifaceted jazz musician (alumna) visits March 25
New Orleans-based cellist, singer, composer, and improviser Helen Gillet’00 returns to Beloit for a special performance on March 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in Eaton Chapel. If you are within reach of the Beloit area, you will not want to miss this dynamic performer who was recently named “A Rising Star” by Downbeat Magazine and was featured last summer on the cover of Beloit College Magazine.
Honoring Luke Somers’08
As we shared in December, our community was shaken by the tragic loss of photojournalist Luke Somers’08 in Yemen. With input from friends, classmates, and family members, Beloit College has established the Luke Somers Memorial Fund to honor Luke and his work, and to help assure that his legacy and example endures and inspires future students.
Team Beloit rides again (x3!)
The wind in your face, beautiful views all around, and the pumping of your heart… Team Beloit, spearheaded by the Development & Alumni Relations office, is pedaling its way across Iowa as part of RAGBRAI XLIII, July 19-25, 2015. RagWHAT? RAGBRAI, or the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world. It is seven days of camaraderie, sweat, and fun, and Team Beloit will be joining the ride for the third year in a row. Any cyclists interested in joining Team Beloit (for the week, or just a day or two) should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From what classes to choose for the next semester to what internship, career, or spring break trip to take, Spring brings renewal, but also deadlines and decisions to be made. What can you do to help? Listen. Share your years of wisdom, but also encourage your student to talk it out. As they sort through their life choices, your listening ear will provide them with the confidence to make the decision that is right for them.
Your generosity has enabled 1,032 students to enjoy a Beloit experience this year. Whether through giving to Beloiter scholarships, endowed scholarships, or the Beloiter Fund for scholarships, you have made a Beloit education possible. Learn more about Fast Forward: the Campaigns for Beloiters here.
Important dates to remember:
February 5-7: Chelonia, the college’s annual spring dance exhibition
March 1: FAFSA and Beloit College Financial Aid application due
March 7-15: Midterm Break
March 11: Washington, D.C., Job Shadow Reception
March 18: Last day to drop a full-term course and Honors Term applications due for Fall 2015
March 25: Advising Practicum
March 26-April 3: Advising for Fall 2015
April 7-10: Online registration for Fall 2015
April 16: Student Symposium Day
April 22: Beloiters Unite! and #BeloiterUP giving day
Check out the full event calendar