Sunday Evening Call - Beloit College Parent Newsletter
The leaves are beginning to fall and it’s already October—it seems you were just dropping off your student during Move-in Day. Or maybe Beloit feels familiar because you were able to join us at the end of September at Beloiter Days: Family and Friends Weekend! With over 400 folks on campus, fun was bound to happen. From receptions to tailgating, conversations with the President to rallying your student out of bed for breakfast, smiles, laughter, picture perfect weather, and hopefully not too much laundry… we hope you enjoyed the weekend. If you weren’t able to make it (and even if you were, take a peek at the photos on our Beloit Alumni Facebook page or a selection of photos here.
Welcome (and welcome back) to the family! We hope you’ll firmly embrace your inner Beloiter, come back to campus on occasion, and stay in touch. We’ll keep you in the loop on campus happenings as well. We are glad your student, and you, are part of our community.
Pigeons. Yes, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
From the Admissions Desk…
The Enrollment division celebrated the retirement of Nancy Benedict as Vice President for Enrollment this summer, and welcomed the arrival of Rob Mirabile, who began his work leading our division in May.
We enthusiastically welcomed the Class of 2018, and have already begun our work of recruiting the Classes of 2019 and 2020. This year's applicants will be the first to apply under Beloit's new test-optional admissions policy. Under this policy, ACT/SAT results will not be required for most applicants. Beloit joins a rapidly growing list of national liberal arts college and national universities who have determined that test scores add little unique value to the admissions process and requiring them can discourage capable students who would greatly contribute to and benefit from Beloit College.
Plans are also underway for our fall campus visit days for prospective students and their families to visit. If you know of someone who might want to visit Beloit, check out www.beloit.edu/openhouse for upcoming visit events.
Beloit’s work toward sexual assault prevention
As national conversations surround sexual assault--both prevention and college policies to address--we wanted to be sure you are aware of Beloit's work toward prevention and the college's policy on handling sexual assault. Please take a look here. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact the Dean of Students office at 608-363-2660.
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.
Beloit.edu receives makeover
If you haven’t had a chance to check out www.beloit.edu 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 what your student is experiencing at Beloit, online. Faculty and special interest lunchtime lectures (Lunchbox Series) dates will be posted on the Beloit Alumni Facebook and Twitter accounts as they happen, you can enjoy your student in action in athletic games 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.
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.
More Power this Fall
Stay tuned! This fall more details on the Powerhouse project plans will be revealed. We’ll keep you posted.
Whether fall allergies are looming, the first colds of winter are approaching, or a case of the blues has taken hold, your student may experience a trip to the Health and Wellness Center. This is an excellent resource on campus so make sure to remind them that there are trained professionals available to help—whatever the need. Of course, we know that nothing cures like a mom or dad can, but we’ll do our best. We’re sure you’ll send a care package in the meantime!
Important dates to remember:
October 11-19: Mid-term break
October 22: Spring Honors Term applications due
October 29: Advising Practicum
November 19: International Symposium Day
November 27-30: Thanksgiving break
December 1: Last day to cancel spring residence hall contract without penalty
December 10: Last day of classes
December 11: Study Day
December 12-13: Exam Days
December 14: Study Day
December 15-16: Exam Days
December 17: Residence halls close for all students
Check out the full event calendar