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Reunion Weekend a success!

What a weekend! We had a record-breaking number of alumni and friends on campus this Reunion Weekend, June 10-13, 2016, and despite the near record-breaking heat, we had a blast! Thank you to all who came back home to celebrate with classmates and friends. From the Alumni College, parade of classes, and the Alumni Assembly, to C-Haus, Golden Hoods, tours of the Powerhouse and Emerson Hall, and class events, we shared many great moments and created new memories. We’re excited to begin planning for next year!

Reunion photos are available on our Facebook page. Please add your own and tag your friends!

Congratulations to this year's Distinguished Service Citation and Young Alumni Award winners: Robert Norris’66, Alisan Goldfarb’71, Matt Tolmach’86, Daniel Ames’91, and Larissa Thomas’06. Read their full citations.

Nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Service Citation and the Young Alumni Award are being accepted until August 1, 2016. Read more about the awards and nominate someone for the DSC or YAA today!

A special congratulations to our Duffy Society honorees Christy and Hal Mayer’64

Save the date for Beloiter Days: Homecoming and Family & Friends Weekend

Beloiter Days Weekend is just around the corner, September 23-25. Make plans today for a great weekend of fun, friendship, the Homecoming parade, campus tours and events, food, football, and more. Registration will be available later this summer. Mark your calendars and check out the preliminary schedule

Magnificent fiscal year end—Thank you! 

You are impressive. Your gifts helped us raise over $12 million and reach our $3.2 million Beloiter Fund goal! Your generosity truly makes Beloit – the people, places, spaces, and programs – possible. Thank you. 

Fall 2016 enrollment is on par with last year 

The Class of 2020 looks to be the second largest class since 1974! With more than 400 students planning to join us this fall, we are looking forward to an incredible year. Much of this success is owed to you, our alumni and friends. Your work sharing experiences with prospective families at admitted student receptions and otherwise, referring students to our admissions team, giving to modules like scholarships and renewing the historic core, publicly sharing your love of Beloit, and even sporting your Beloit gear has made all of the difference. Keep it up, and thank you! 

McNair Junior Scholars traveled to University of Minnesota

McNair Junior Scholars traveled to University of Minnesota

On Tuesday, June 21, nine rising McNair Junior Scholars visited the University of Minnesota to learn about the graduate school admissions process. They met with faculty in their disciplines to learn more about potential opportunities. The scholars are on campus this summer conducting independent research with faculty advisers. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a two-year program focused on developing and preparing students for success at the graduate level. The program’s objective is to increase the number of students in doctoral degree programs who are low-income and first-generation undergraduates, or students who come from groups underrepresented in graduate education.

The McNair Program is celebrating its 20th year at Beloit College this summer. In addition to the rising juniors, there are eight rising senior scholars conducting research both on campus with faculty members and off-campus at other universities. In the class of 2016, there were seven scholars.Five will be attending graduate school this fall with full funding, while the remaining two graduates begin work in their fields. 

Beloit Faculty visit Bosnia-Herzegovina

Beloit Faculty Visit Bosnia-Herzegovina

A group of Beloit faculty members visited the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina in May to learn about human rights through a Weissberg Program grant. After a three-year war and the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the country is attempting to recover. Attendees included Betsy Brewer (Office of International Education), Beth Dougherty (International Relations Department), Pablo Toral (Political Science/International Relations Departments), Donna Oliver (Modern Languages and Literatures Department), Amy Sarno (TheatreDepartment), Jennifer Esperanza (Anthropology Department), and Leslie Williams (Anthropology Department). The group was joined by Alen Keric'14 for a portion of the trip.

“The purpose of the trip was to learn about the conflict and take lessons from it for teaching and research in keeping with the goals of the Weissberg Program in Human Rights," says Betsy Brewer, director of International Education.  

The group took several tours, which Brewer says “allowed us to see physical traces of the conflict in the cities of Sarajevo and Mostar, but also the dissolution of Yugoslavia.” They visited two memorials, one in the mountains above Sarajevo and one in the center of Mostar that were meant to pay homage to the fight against fascism, but had since been abandoned as the country began to fall apart.

In addition to the memorials, the group visited the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, which is working to tell the recent history of Yugoslavia and the conflict. This museum is where Amanda Lawnicki’14 did a project analyzing visitors' experiences in the museum. 

Commencement

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

Commencement Max

Beloit’s 166th Commencement took place on Sunday, May 15, as 293 students said goodbye to their day-to-day life at the college. Theologian, reverend, and scholar JoAnne Marie Terrell, the 2016 Commencement speaker, urged students to embrace their uniqueness. She received an honorary doctorate from the college.

At the event, senior Reid Libby performed an original song titled John Kaufmann, to John's great pleasure.

“When I don’t have a clue, I try to think of what you would do,” sang Reid, explaining that Kaufmann would “take our dumb mistakes and turn them into something great.”

Watch the commencement video.

Nadir Commencement

In addition to the diplomas, other awards were given at Commencement. Retiring professor Carol Mankiewicz (biology and geology) was awarded emerita status at the ceremony. Nadir Carlson received the Warren Miller Blue Skies Award, given to the student who is that class’ “saving grace” by providing an infectious spirit and good cheer. Ellen Garland Moses and Wolodymyr Peter Borys Wirchnianski received honors for holding the highest GPAs for bachelor of arts degrees and Emma Koeppel held the highest GPA for bachelor of science degrees. Max Brumberg-Kraus won the Martha Peterson Prize, and Hayley Barnett spoke to her fellow graduates, reflecting on the benefits of embracing change as senior class speaker. 

Bucs win Midwest Conference Championship

Bucs win Midwest Conference Championship

Kudos to Beloit’s baseball team, which won the Midwest Conference Championship the day before Commencement. The team won in a 6-2 victory against Grinnell. The Bucs went on to the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional tournament, but fell to host University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on May 18. This is the second time the Buccaneers Team have won the Midwest Conference Championship (the first time was in 2009). Head Coach Dave DeGeorge also earned his third "Coach of the Year" Award this year. Congratulations to Coach DeGeorge and the team! 

Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

Giving Day 2016

"The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s turtles all the way down.

Student Symposium & Showcase

For the 39th year, the college hosted Student Symposium day on April 14. Over 80 presentations of student work and experiences took place across campus. Topics ranged from Spatial Calibration Using Saturn’s Moons toThe Last People of Earth: Writing and Visualizing a Dystopian Novel.

It was a great day to be a Beloiter and to be on campus.

During the evening Showcase celebrating Beloit's most loyal philanthropists, the D.K. Pearsons Award was presented to The Beloit Foundation – a local foundation that has been an ardent supporter of both the college and local community organizations over its 57-year existence. Last fall, the foundation announced it was divesting its remaining resources among a variety of community organizations, including the college.

The Beloit Foundation

Jane Petit-Moore (left) of Beloit was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the Foundation. In a video presented at the award ceremony, executive directors and presidents of several other local organizations and nonprofits shared their appreciation and celebrated the legacy of the foundation in the life of the Beloit community.

The Foundation was created in part to support local organizations that support public health, social services, education and others in the Beloit region. The D.K. Pearsons Award is named after D.K. Pearsons, a generous philanthropist to Beloit College who didn’t attend the college but came to champion – and challenge – the institution with his philanthropy. As former Beloit President Dwight Eaton remarked of Pearsons in an early history of the college, “In every critical effort of the college, he was to be the leader or was to give substantial help before the struggle culminated.”

The foundation is the first organization to receive the Pearsons Award. Past winners are Jim and Marge Sanger of Madison, Wis., and Marvin Weissberg of Washington, D.C.

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