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Parent Newsletter--February 2014

Sad news to report; resources available
Just a few weeks ago, the college community suffered a great loss. Two of our recent graduates, Justine Ringberg’13 and Raquel Nunez’13 passed away in a car accident in Northern Wisconsin. We are deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts have been with the family and friends of Raquel and Justine. We are focusing on taking care of one another in this difficult time.

As we remember their lives, the indelible mark they have left on Beloit and our community, and knowing we each grieve in our own ways, we want you to know that there are a variety of resources available for your student to cope with this tragedy or other difficult times in their lives. Should you feel your student needs additional attention during this time of grief, please do encourage them to reach out. Members of our community including residential life, professional counseling staff, spiritual life staff, faculty, and folks all around campus are available to talk. As President Bierman shared in one of many campus communications, “Take care of yourselves and each other.”


Incredible opportunities for discussion, engagement, and connections

Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to learn from renowned thinkers and doers across a variety of disciplines through Beloit Residencies. From visiting philosophers, authors, and economists to artists-in-residence and pioneers in human rights, these distinguished guests spend a week or so immersing themselves in campus life, joining in your student’s classes, inspiring, and sharing their stories. Learn more about the Beloit Residencies and those joining us this semester.


REMINDER FROM THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE: the preferred deadline for
submission of the FAFSA and Beloit College Financial Aid application is March 1
Just as last year, the preferred deadline to apply for financial aid is March 1, 2014. 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.

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.


Summer heats up the classroom

We cannot stop thinking about summer! If you, your high school student or your college student are looking to warm up their brains, check out our summer programs. Languages, Beloit Blocks, Summer Research, and more, there’s something for everyone, so check it out!


Connect with us via Twitter, Pinterest
See the latest happenings on our brand new Twitter (@beloitalumni) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/beloitalumni/) accounts.

The bottom line is that we are continually working on ways to keep not only alumni informed of the latest at Beloit, but parents, too. We want to provide ways for you to connect with us and one another. Hopefully, you have already ‘liked’ our Facebook page and are receiving daily updates. That’s fantastic—keep it up! We know that there are Twitter and Pinterest users out there too, and we have great new information and imagery for you as well.

If you haven’t had a chance to try out these social networks, we’ve created a quick guide for you for Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. These guides will help you get set up (if you haven’t joined already) and will give you a rundown of the why and how, and the second ‘how,’ how you can connect to Beloit and Beloiters. See them here.

Stay tuned for a few fun promotions, including this month’s ‘Tweet Your Love of Beloit’ on Twitter and ‘Love Beloit’ pins on Pinterest. Get connected for more information!


Spring brings shadows

Shadow—it has nothing to do with the groundhog, but it does have to do with spring. Spring break, specifically. Students will travel all over this spring break, some for fun and relaxation, but several for opportunities to expand their education. In collaboration with the Liberal Arts in Practice Center, a group of students will job shadow alumni in Minneapolis. They will learn from folks that have been in their shoes as a Beloit student, and understand what it’s like to pursue a career in a particular area as a professional and as a Beloiter. These connections are so important, and actually happen in a variety of ways yearlong. As liberal arts practitioners, students will share their experience at a networking reception for alumni, students, and admitted students and families on March 12.

If you are in the area, please join the reception. It takes place at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis from 6-8 p.m., March 12, 2014. You will likely be blown away by the experiences the students have enjoyed, and you can share your experience as a parent with prospective families. Read more here.


A note from the Admissions Office

As the Admissions Committee finishes its work evaluating first-year applicants for the Class of 2018, the Admissions Office will be holding receptions for admitted students and their parents in San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York, Denver, Boston, Seattle, Portland, and Chicago. Although space is somewhat limited, do contact Kate Virgo (virgok@beloit.edu) in the admissions office for details if you would like to welcome these new families at the event in your city, or 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 many visitors to campus (students, parents, and school counselors), and begin our work recruiting the Classes of 2019 and 2020. On Saturday, March 29, we will be hosting Beloit 101, a visit day for sophomores and juniors beginning their college search. Do you know another student you'd like to bring to visit Beloit? Find more details on our upcoming visit programs at www.beloit.edu/openhouse.


Team Beloit rides again

The wind on 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 XLII, July 20-26, 2014. 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 again be joining the ride.  Any cyclists interested in joining Team Beloit (for the week, or just a day or two) should contact us at ragbrai@beloit.edu.


Important dates to remember:

February 6-9: Chelonia, the college’s annual spring dance exhibition
March 1: FAFSA and Beloit College Financial Aid application due
March 8-16: Midterm Break
March 12: Minneapolis Job Shadow Reception
March 19: Last day to drop a full-term course and Honors Term applications due for Fall 2014
March 26: Advising Practicum
March 27-April 4: Advising for Fall 2014
April 17: Duffy applications due
April 17: Student Symposium Day
April 21-26: Beloiters Unite! week of regional events across the world! Check out the locations soon (available in March) and join in the fun


Check out the
full event calendar