Beloit College offers condolences to the family of philanthropist Virginia Bell Webster who passed away July 6 at the age of 98. Mrs. Webster was predeceased by her husband, Scott Webster'35, and is survived by her sister Dorothy Hay and nephews Ed Henby'64 and Larry Bell'58. Mrs. Webster was a major supporter of the college and its Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB). Mrs. Webster, who resided in the Stateline Area, was a pioneer for women in aviation serving in World War II in the Women's Air Corps, and later in the Civil Air Patrol and as one of the first female air traffic controllers for what is now the Federal Aviation Administration.
At the time of this writing, the family has yet to announce plans for a service. Read more about the Webster’s contributions to Beloit College here.
Thanks 4 Beloit
Generations of Beloiters have made Beloit what it is today, and we—our students, faculty, and staff— thank you for supporting this unforgettable place and the remarkable students it nurtures. Your gift makes the unimaginable possible; the mundane, glorious; the adventure worth the work. Thank you for supporting today’s Beloiters AND tomorrow’s. You make it possible. #thanks4beloit
Bunge Theatre to see renovation thanks to alumna support
The Bunge Theatre in the Neese Theatre building will soon see an extensive renovation thanks to the generosity of Eleanor (Nor) Hall’69 and her husband Roger Hale.
Among the planned renovations, students and classes can enjoy additional lighting, sound, projection, and seating. It is hoped that this space will also provide a much-needed experimentation and learning place for theatre and non-theatre users—a stage for which students can practice the liberal arts through innovation, design, testing, and performing. Read more...
Powerhouse one step closer
At its April 2014 meeting, Beloit’s board of trustees unanimously approved a Definitive Purchase Agreement that outlines terms for the college to purchase the nearby Blackhawk Generating Station from Alliant Energy/WPL.
This formal agreement sets the terms for the building’s sale and transfer, should the college successfully raise the money needed to turn the building into a campus activity and recreation center. Approval on the college’s end signals the board’s continued interest in the Powerhouse project, and Alliant and Beloit College’s shared commitment to moving forward on plans.
Want to learn more about the history of the Powerhouse and see a few liberal arts in practice experiences students have had through the process? Check out the article from the spring 2014 magazine here.
Showcase celebrates lifetime giving, leadership
After a day of Student Symposium sessions April 17, President Scott Bierman and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations hosted an event in the Science Center atrium honoring about 40 of the college's most generous and long-time supporters. This event, titled "Showcase" provided the opportunity for donors to see, first-hand, the remarkable student work that their philanthropy makes possible. It was the first of a new annual event honoring these special supporters for their lifetime giving, and an exciting start to a new era at the college. Over 860 were inducted into the lifetime giving societies--read more about the societies here. Another first was celebrated at Showcase in the awarding of the D.K. Pearsons Philanthropic Leadership Award. Board Chair Jim Sanger and Marge Sanger were awarded this well-deserved honor.
Science Center lab renamed in honor of Hank Woodard
To honor one of our distinguished faculty—one that has left an indelible mark on generations of Beloiters—is a special event, and it’s even more exciting when we have the opportunity to fulfill alumni wishes to thank one of their favorites; one of their “academic heroes,” as he was presented to the development and alumni relations team.
On Friday, Feb. 28, the mineralogy-petrology laboratory in the Center for the Sciences was renamed in honor of Beloit College Emeritus Professor of Geology Hank “The Chief” Woodard. This initiative was driven by a group of alumni—headed up by Richard A. "Skip" Davis'59—with support from development and alumni relations.
It’s not the first time that alumni have worked together to fundraise for something they are passionate about. In fact, not surprisingly given Hank’s impressive career, it isn’t the first time alumni have rallied for “The Chief” either. In 2002, a committee of geology alumni came together to fund the Hank and Lyn Woodard Endowed Scholarship Fund.
See photos from the event!
Possibilities abound with the Liberal Arts in Practice
Yearlong, students enjoy experiences to put their classroom knowledge to work. It's one of of the most visible components to the Liberal Arts in Practice, and your gifts help make it possible. Other pieces of the process include a different kind of advising and reflection of the experiences, but that's a story for an other day. Take a look at a few recent ways Beloit students are learning to put feet on their education.
From hospitality and research to social media and photography, the 2014 Beloit International Film Festival has been using a variety of Beloit College interns to assist in the 2014 event (Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 23). Read more about their experiences.
An April 6 dance performance at Chicago’s Ruth Page Center for the Arts is the end goal for students enrolled in the Repertory Dance Company, a Labs Across the Curriculum course led by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance Gina T’ai.
The course, which is in its third offering, teaches students how to form and a run a functional dance company, including how to promote it, build a budget, fundraise, work with clients, and write grants. Learn more.
The Logan Museum’s Curator of Collections, Nicolette Meister, has been assisting the Rockford Burpee Museum of Natural History in its recovery from a flooding incident. A radio piece aired February 7 on NPR’s local affiliate, WNIJ. A student has been experiencing this project with her. Click here to listen to the story.
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.”
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.
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