“Our senior class felt very strongly about what our class gift should accomplish,” says class gift co-chair Laura Grube’08. “We identified an area of need where our gift could supplement College resources and directly benefit students.” The class of 2008 raised more than $25,500 to create the Off-Campus Education Endowed Fund.
The Off-Campus Education Endowed Fund will support off-campus study, which includes both domestic and study abroad programs. More than 40 percent of this year’s graduating class has participated in an off-campus study experience. "We all know classmates whose education has been greatly enriched by these opportunities and we wanted to help keep that spirit going," says class gift co-chair Nik Schuetz'08.
David Kassing'55 says his reason for the gift is simple. "My Beloit education gave me an excellent basis for my professional career, and the gift of the poetry books was but a small signal of my appreciation."
A collection of childhood memories is connected with an $85,000 poetry collection that has found a home at Beloit College.
Jared Dornburg'61 believed that every success that came to him was owed to Beloit College.
When the late Jared Dornburg’61 stepped onto Beloit’s campus, he made a leap into a wider world. He was among the first Beloiters to study abroad with the advent of the World Outlook Program, Beloit’s precursor to today's International Education program, and his 35-year career in international banking took him around the world … and back to Beloit.
"I want Beloit's facilities to be on par with - or better than - what other schools have," says James J. Flood'49.
Twenty years ago, Beloit’s Sport Center was among the best such college facilities in the country. Today, a new gift commitment and fund-raising effort will keep the center at the top of its game.
Judith Siess'69 is not alone in her campaign to strengthen interdisciplinary studies, but her contributions stand apart in the way they revive and pay homage to elements of the Beloit Plan.
The author of The One-Person Library newsletter is on a one-person crusade to strengthen interdisciplinary studies at Beloit College.
“We think it is crucial to reward students who excel at Beloit, and to do it in the name of two of Beloit’s finest. The Wirtzes were devoted to careers involving substantial service, not just to Beloit, but to all people they encountered and to the government and the country. We think they would value the way the scholarship encourages individual students.”
“We are thrilled to leave behind a legacy that will provide scholarships to benefit future generations of underrepresented students.”
When asked to give something back to the College that they would soon leave, members of the class of 2007 took the charge to heart. They raised more than $30,000, the largest senior class gift in more than a decade, to create an endowed scholarship fund.
“I hope the International Education Venture Fund attracts students who can dream a bit and take a chance to try things. They will learn that things can really happen when they do.”
For Betty Rearick Chenoweth’55, life is all about connections – among ideas, generations, cultures and alma mater. These connections, she believes, are likely to make a difference in the future.
“Jon and I believe in giving back to the College that gave us so much. It's important to help Beloit provide its students with the means to learn about the world and themselves.”
Recent graduates have a lot of financial pressures on them, like repaying student loans, career pursuits, and relocation for starters. While a sizable financial contribution to Beloit might seem unrealistic, many younger alumni are taking advantage opportunities that help a modest commitment grow into a substantial gift over time. Sarah Ruja Van Niewaal’02 and Jon Van Niewaal’01 provide a great example.
“With me, it’s simply a love affair. The place is one of my favorite places on planet earth, and I’ve met so many wonderful Beloit people. They’ve come together in numerous and varying combinations through the years to help the College become a better place for students.”
For more than four decades, life trustee Ed Bruning has maintained a strong affiliation with Beloit, an institution that's not even his alma mater. "Through the years, I've seen so many wonderful people help the College become a better place for students," says Bruning. Recently, the Brunings made a significant contribution to the College's Classic. Daring. Life-Changing. campaign, dividing their gift between current support for the Beloit Fund and endowment for the Miller Upton Forum.