Beloit College selects Studio Gang Architects to convert power plant to campus center
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
College and building owner Alliant Energy outline three-year plan for transitioning ownership
The Board of Trustees of Beloit College has selected 2013 National Design Award winner Studio Gang Architects to lead its efforts to convert a century-old power plant into an activity and recreation center. (Press photos are available here.)
The college’s trustees approved the selection on Saturday after a series of updates regarding the college’s ongoing partnership with Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin utility, which has been working with college officials for more than a year to explore a possible sale of the Blackhawk Generating Station in Beloit. Alliant Energy officials and the college recently outlined a three-year window aimed at aligning and connecting their efforts so that the college and Alliant Energy would formalize a transition of the property in 2016, should all go well.
“We’re picking up speed,” said President Scott Bierman. “Alliant Energy and the college have spent more than a year together investigating this opportunity and its challenges. We have a shared belief in, and enthusiasm for, this project and we’re ready to accelerate and further align our efforts.”
The IRA Charitable Distribution: a simple, effective way to support Beloit
Congress recently reinstated a law that allows those who are at least 70 ½ to move up to $100,000 tax-free from their IRAs directly to a qualified charity (like Beloit!). It’s called an IRA charitable distribution, and the law has been extended to Dec 31. There are a few requirements so read more here or contact us to learn more.
3 million reasons we’re grateful
The Beloiter Fund reached its $3 million dollar annual goal and what better way to celebrate than to thank you. Our deepest thanks go to all that have contributed to the Beloiter Fund this year to make Beloit possible for students today. Starting July 1, we want to tell you the myriad ways in which your $3 million has made an impact—tune in to our Beloit College Alumni Affairs Facebook page and here for a new story each weekday through August 8. That’s right—30 days and 3 million reasons we’re grateful.
A celebration of imaginative gifts, life-changing opportunities
Announced at the annual Heritage Society Luncheon June 14, 2013, the Heritage Society is receiving a new name. The James E. Duffy Society represents the exceptional generosity that inspires legacy gifts to Beloit College. Renamed for a member of the Class of 1949, the James E. Duffy Society celebrates the vision James Duffy brings to his philanthropy at Beloit and exemplifies how all Beloit College donors can shape their charitable legacies. We recognize the crucial role the James E. Duffy’49 Society plays in the future of Beloit College. Last fall, Fast Forward: The Campaigns for Beloiters was launched as a series of focused fundraising initiatives aimed at supporting the mission of Beloit and enhancing the reputation of Beloit College. Through imaginative gifts like Duffy’s and estate gift plans that will build endowment for long-term support of the college, energizing resources are provided for the life-changing work of students and faculty. Learn more.
Passion and exploration energized through Reunion giving
Your gift makes a difference. The day-to-day and the life-changing moments you remember at Beloit were made possible by Beloiters before you. Your experience was brought to you by Beloiters. Make a commitment today to do the same for a current Beloiter with your reunion gift to the Beloiter Fund for scholarships.
And, this year, your impact is amplified. Your reunion class giving will be combined to create as many $2500 scholarships as possible—challenge yourself and challenge your classmates. Just how many dreams can your class fund, how many lives will you change?
Alumni and endowed funds bring enlightenment, motivation
"This [job shadow] really helped me visualize a path and career trajectory for myself. Before, the idea of where I want my career to end up was intimidating, but now I better understand the path to get there and it has motivated me to be excited for all the steps long the way."--Karen'15
Over spring break, eight students had the opportunity to shadow alumni in San Francisco. Through Bacon Know Thyself Funds and funding from the Weissberg Program in Human Rights, these Beloiters were able to spend a week learning the in's and out's of a day in the life of a Beloiter. From financial planning and analysis at Charles Schwab to understanding proposal writing to understanding how an English major can work at the EPA, the experiences were as varied as the advice and understanding that each student took from their experience.
A special thank you to our alumni hosts! Yet another example of experiences "Brought to you by Beloiters."
The job shadow experience and alumni reception was a collaborative effort between the offices of Career Development, Development & Alumni Relations, Admissions, and Community-Based Learning.
Lectures, workshops, and hands-on opportunities made possible by alumni
Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to cultivate their knowledge and rub shoulders with 'the greats' across a variety of disciplines through the Beloit Residencies. From visiting philosophers to artists-in-residence to pioneers in human rights, these distinguished guests spend a week or so interacting with campus, with the students, inspiring and sharing their stories. And, many of these amazing visits are made possible by alumni. Learn more about the Beloit Residencies and those joining us this semester.
Understanding the Fiscal Cliff deal
With autopen to "paper," you may find yourself wondering about the impact of the latest fiscal cliff deal on your financial portfolio. Our connection to industry leaders is your connection, too. Check out the latest information on the deal---including notes on highlights such as tax rates, estate taxes, IRA charitable rollovers---and upcoming negotiations from BNY Mellon.
We know how important the last few days of the year can be for meeting tax deadlines, and we are here to help make the process seamless for you. See our hours of operation, giving tips, and tax deadlines here.
The Latest on the Fiscal Cliff
We're keeping an eye on the fiscal cliff and how decisions could impact your financial portfolio. We're connected to industry leaders and now you are too. Check out the latest from Richard Hoey, Chief Economist at BNY Mellon.
In a brief address broadcast live and online to Beloiters across the country and world November 15, Beloit College President Scott Bierman shared a list of recent accomplishments and accolades but saved most of his time to introduce and explain the college’s new campaign strategy and slogan—Fast Forward: The Campaigns for Beloiters.
See the announcement video here: “President Bierman introduces Fast Forward”
Beloit College, Wisconsin Power and Light Company exploring possible reuse of power plant in downtown Beloit
Beloit College is partnering with Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL) to explore the possible reuse of the company’s Blackhawk Generating Station as an activity and recreation center for the college. The Blackhawk facility, which has been retired since 2010, sits on the Rock River in downtown Beloit.
The college has been developing its plans for more than a year while in informal talks with WPL. Now, with the board’s approval, the college will continue to fully explore the project’s feasibility and to assess the site’s remediation needs with WPL. At the same time, the college will begin to fundraise for the project, which would require an estimated $30 million to complete. Learn more about the project here (including artist renderings) and read more in the Beloit Daily News and Janesville Gazette
Your annual gift of $2,500 provides opportunity―a named scholarship in your own honor, or that of a friend, family member, or favorite professor―that will transform the life of a Beloiter like Joe. Your scholarship will connect you to a student’s Beloit experience so that you can witness the transformation that you made possible. Read More
While higher education fund-raising these days is dominated by large comprehensive campaigns, Beloit College President Scott Bierman decided to approach giving from a different angle. The college is developing a plan, which administrators are referring to as a “modular” or “project-based” strategy, through which it will raise money one or two projects at a time over a shorter time frame than a traditional campaign. Administrators hope the approach will set them apart from other institutions, motivate faster giving, and excite donors who can see a quick turnaround on their investments. In total, administrators believe the new approach will be as successful, if not more, for the college than more traditional models. Read More
A cool, September evening was the setting for the Karris Track & Field dedication at Strong Stadium during the Buccaneers home opener against Carroll University. The men and women, along with their families, who generously donated the financial contributions necessary to complete this project enjoyed a special reception prior to kickoff and were recognized at halftime. Read More