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Sunday Evening Call - Beloit College Parent Newsletter

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Remarkable student work showcased at Symposium
From defining success for children with autism to sustainability, ethnographic failure to inexpensive nuclear coincidence experiments, hydrogeology to student study abroad experiences, students wowed faculty, staff, alumni, friends and one another at Student Symposium April 17. The breadth of topics was astounding and the presentations followed suit.

In fact, Student Symposium is such an impressive day, we centered the college’s inaugural annual celebration of our most generous alumni and friends on it. Throughout the day, members of our newly-created lifetime giving societies were invited to see, first-hand, the remarkable student work that their philanthropy makes possible at Symposium. It was a showcase, really, making “Showcase” a fitting theme for the day and evening’s events. You can read more about Showcase here

If you weren’t able to attend Student Symposium, you can still enjoy a few presentations. The listing of sessions that were recorded is available here and you can view them anytime at

Commencement is Sunday, May 18—details available
Where to go, where to stay, times, special events… you can find all of your commencement information at

Award-winning poet Kevin Young has been selected to address graduates at our 164th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18. Young most recently visited Beloit College in the spring of 2013 when he served as the Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing. In a message to campus, the senior class officers said, “His contemporary style of poetry, depth of thought, manner of speaking and mastery of language are sure to provide a memorable and thoughtful commencement ceremony for us all." Read more.

Alumni Association gives the senior class something to smile about

This year, the Alumni Association wanted to welcome our newest alumni with a gift that will last a lifetime—photos. Seniors and their families are invited to stop by the photo booth at Commencement.

Victor E. Ferrall, Jr., Artist in Residence brings experience, walkway
Los Angeles-based artist Lisa Anne Auerbach spent two weeks on campus this spring visiting classes and conducting a workshop as the 2014 Victor E. Ferrall, Jr., Artist-in-Residence. We will not soon forget her time here as she left students with not only an unforgettable experience working with her, but a beautiful display on campus, too. She and students installed a brick rainbow-colored walkway painted in Native American designs between the studio annex of the Wright Museum of Art and the Smith Building. See this incredible work of art here.

Students revise Statement of Culture (video)

February 10, the Beloit Student Congress unanimously approved two small revisions to the student body's "Statement of Culture," a document first drafted four years ago to help define Beloiters' community values and commitments. A video produced by 2013 graduate Jishnu Guha highlighting the unique document's features has quickly garnered more than 2,500 views on Youtube and is being used by the Admissions office with potential students. Have a look

Grant received to study Rivers in Transition
Beloit College has received a $50,000 exploratory grant to investigate the new Rivers in Transition project. Combining academic-term coursework with short-term study abroad in China, the project will be funded by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment.

Beloit faculty and students will be working closely with Henan University, a Beloit partner since 2006. Rivers in Transition will focus on the river’s relation to urban and rural life over the previous three millennia, its response in more recent times to changes in land and water use, and projections for water security or scarcity in the future. Learn more.

Spring Day renews spirits
Bouncy castles, Frisbee on the lawn, a Health Fair, taco truck, martial arts demonstration, environmentally-focused mindfulness meditation, camping out in the library, music, laughter, the Turtle Trot… Spring Day, April 17, gave students a brief respite from their busy academic lives to decompress, de-stress, and prepare for the final days of the semester. We think it’s safe to say that fun was had by all.

Summer; yet another season of change

It’s one in the afternoon and where is your child? Well, in a few weeks it will be summer break so there’s a fairly good chance he or she will still be in bed! Whether or not your student has decided to spend the summer at home or out exploring new things, you will likely continue to see your Beloiter growing and changing. 

College is a transformational experience, and although it may take a bit of time to get acclimated—especially if your student is coming home for the break—we hope you will take this opportunity to get reacquainted with your Beloiter and enjoy learning more about his or her life-changing moments.

As we see this each year, we have a few ideas that may be helpful as you and your Beloiter adjust (or readjust) to your new roles. Keep the lines of communication open. If your student is at home, talk about expectations from the beginning—such as curfew, who will take care of the laundry, and family time. Remember, they’ve been fairly independent at Beloit—making their own decisions on when to eat, sleep, do homework, etc.—so regardless of the amount of time away, everyone will need to take a moment to adjust. Discover together how your relationship is changing, often in healthy ways, and take a little time to talk through the year’s accomplishments and challenges.

Mark your calendars for Family and Friends Weekend 2014!
September 26-28, 2014, we’ll welcome families to campus for myriad activities, quality time with your student, and, homecoming festivities! Details will be revealed this summer, but please save the date!

Important dates to remember:

May 7: Last day of classes
May 8: Study day
May 9-10: Final Exam days
May 11: Study day
May 12-13: Final Exam days
May 14: Residence halls close for all non-seniors
May 15-16: Senior activities
May 17: Baccalaureate—will be live streamed!
May 18: Commencement—will be live streamed!
             8 p.m., Residence halls close for seniors
June 15: Last day to cancel fall term residence hall contract without penalty

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Past newsletters:

February 2014

October 2013

May 2013

March 2013

September 2012

May 2012

March 2012

November 2011