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2017 Fall Alumni & Friends Newsletter

October 9, 2017

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Beloiter Days:
Homecoming and
Family & Friends
Weekend 2017

Remember to register for
Beloiter Days 2017:
Homecoming and Family &
Friends Weekend, October
! Kick-off the weekend
with the Homecoming
Parade on Friday, and cheer
on the Bucs as we face-off
against Lawrence University
on Saturday. This year, Tau
Kappa Epsilon will celebrate
its centennial with affinity
events throughout the

The Miller Upton Forum also
takes place during
Homecoming Weekend, with
keynote speaker,
Greenstone addressing
Beloiters on Friday, October
27. Greenstone is the former
Chief Economist for
President Obama’s Council
of Economic Advisers and
currently, serves on the
Secretary of Energy's
Advisory Board. He is the
Director of the Energy Policy
Institute at the University of
Chicago and of the Energy
& Environment Lab at the
University of Chicago Urban

Read more about his work
on our website.

In the Baltimore area?

Join host Jennifer Burdick'66
and your fellow Beloiters at
Ryan's Daughter Irish Pub
(600 East Belvedere
) on October 12,
 between 4:30 and 6:30
to catch up and have some

*Please RSVP
to or

Sustainability in
Practice Reception

The Alumni Office and the
Liberal Arts in Practice
Center are partnering to
bring current students to
Madison and Milwaukee for
two days of career
exploration in the
sustainability fields. During
this alternative fall break,
they’ll visit TREK bicycles,
UW-Milwaukee, WE
Energies, and the City of Milwaukee.

Join us for a reception
afterwards that includes an
alumni panel discussion and
the opportunity to hear
about the students
experience. Enjoy
refreshments while
celebrating Beloit!

October 18, 2017
6-8 p.m.
Urban Ecology Center
Menomonee Valley
3700 W. Pierce St.
Milwaukee, WI

*Please RSVP to 

If you live in the Milwaukee
area and are interested in volunteering as a housing
host for students during this trip, please email

Reunion 2018
June 8-11, 2018

Be sure to save the date of
June 8-11, 2018 for a
weekend full of friends, fun, and reminiscing while celebrating all that is Beloit!

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Scholarships Change Lives

"Those who do see the value in an education rooted in authentic and meaningful faculty-staff-student relationships, built around a shared mission centered on common learning, careful listening, generous hearing, close reading, courageous reflection; the kind of education that demands students and faculty become ever more sophisticated at making the boundaries between the classroom and the world beyond it increasingly porous. This sophistication has been the signature pedagogy of Beloit College for decades. The kind of education that is increasingly recognized as the most effective, the most substantive, the most—yes—practical education we know about.

Here is an equation that is really, really easy to understand: Scholarships to Beloit College = Access to a Beloit College education. Field experiences, summer research, community partnerships, off-campus programs, honors terms, and Venture Grants all wrapped around coursework and reflection and the application of knowledge and faculty and staff and other students—friends, confidants—who give meaning and breadth and depth to the whole thing. Faculty and staff living and learning side by side with students challenging, questioning, caring, and celebrating. It is a remarkable place, leading those with access to it towards remarkable lives. Scholarship gifts to Beloit College are an investment well-made."

–Beloit College President Scott Bierman (from the Beloit College Magazine)


F17, Scholarships, Katherine, Newsletter

Katherine Jossi’20
Majors: History & Political Science
Hometown: Saint Paul, Minn
Photo Editor, The Round Table

This summer Katherine traveled to Amsterdam to explore how different modes of transportation impact life in the city. She spent much of her freshman year working closely with several faculty members to develop her project, expose her to the grant writing process, and explore her interests in urban planning and transportation in an international context.

“I’ve increasingly found myself interested in urban studies. Studying transportation in one of the greatest transit hubs in the world was so thrilling. I couldn’t believe it was real. This experience really challenged me in the best way possible.” 

Experiences like Katherine's are made possible by your support of scholarships.

Distinguished Alumni Honored

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Congratulations to this year’s Distinguished Service Citation recipients: John Pasquin’67, Maggie Nygren’87, Jamey Brumfield’92, and Anne Mahle’92, and Young Alumni Award recipient Zainab al-Khawaja’07, whose award was presented in absentia by Manger Professor of International Relations Beth Dougherty. The life paths and stories of these alumni are truly inspirational and embody every part of Beloit College’s mission to help create lives of purposeful consequence.

Their citations are available to read online.Brumfield.jpg

President Scott Bierman said, “It was the best of the Reunions I have experienced in my eight years.” It was also a weekend of note as Reunion Weekend 2017 also marked the official kickoff of the Powerhouse project, as alumni, staff, city and state officials, and partners, gathered to commend the cooperation that made this transformational project a reality. The event featured Alliant Energy Chairman, President, and CEO Patricia Kampling, Studio Gang Architects Principal Jeanne Gang, and President Scott Bierman, who recognized and thanked exceptional partners who were founding visionaries. Because of their vision and support, along with the extraordinary generosity of nearly 1,000 donors, what was initially a fantastic idea is now going to be a first-of-its-kind, uniquely integrated, gathering space for Beloit College.

Inaugural Ousley Scholar-In-Residence

“Like the Ousleys, I’m often the first or the only,” said inaugural Ousley Scholar-In-Residence Moya Bailey. An assistant professor of cultures, societies, and global studies and women's, gender and sexuality studies at Northeastern University, she reflected on the often undisclosed underbelly of what it means to be the first during her keynote. Stating she came from a family of firsts, her parents were the first to graduate from college and during high school Bailey was the first and only Black student in advanced placement courses.

The Ousley Residency honors the contributions of Grace Ousley, the first black woman to graduate from the college in 1904.

“While we commemorate ‘firsts’ as achievements, we often overlook the struggle that exists alongside the accolade,” says Bailey.

Bailey acknowledged others who achieved “firsts,” such as Claudette Colvin, an unwed teen mother, who preceded Rosa Park’s activism in 1955 by refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus, and Professor of Religious Studies Debra Majeed, the first African-American woman to receive tenure at Beloit College.

“The more specific we are in addressing the types of violence we experience, the better we are able to come up with actions that will truly address it,” she says. Bailey coined the term “misogynoir,” which refers to the specific type of discrimination experienced by black women in her 2008 essay.

During an onstage conversation with Nicole Truesdel’03, senior director of the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusivity, about activism, intersectionality, and self-care, Bailey encouraged student activists to remember to take care of themselves while practicing activism.

Each year, the program will feature a junior scholar/activist/organizer/intellectual who is committed to the theory and practice of social justice. They should embody the “academic hustler” who fights for social justice in all aspects of their work. In addition to the residency, Grace and her brother, Laurence, who attended the college and donated $10,000 to the college “to be used to assist needy colored students therein,” have been honored with a conference room in South College and two honors day awards given to students each year.

Residency link:


Ferrall Artist in Residence Amanda Browder'98 looks to unite community through art

By Monty Farish'18

Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. Artist in Residence Amanda Browder'98 gave a public lecture in September, detailing her history as a textile artist and post-Beloit life. A Brooklyn-based artist, Browder’s pieces are exceptionally colorful and large in scale, covering entire buildings for short-term displays.

Browder’s intention with her work is collaboration, bringing together members of the community for sewing days in the construction of the sculptures, which are created completely by donated fabric. She wants to call attention to places people often pass by without notice and have them really look at their surroundings. Her works have been featured from Brooklyn to Flint, Mich., to Birmingham, Ala.

During her presentation, Browder announced the intention to create a piece at Beloit College, with tentative locations including the Science Center and the Powerhouse, her aim would be to draw the viewers eye to the vast difference in size and scale for the respective buildings. With this project, she will have a sewing day on campus, and the need for donated fabric, bringing her goal of collaboration to the community members of Beloit College, as well as the city and surrounding areas. Dates for sewing days are being determined and will be announced at a later date. 

September Highlights from Beloiters Unite! 

Beloiters came together all September long to celebrate Beloiters Unite events in Portland, Chicago, and the Raleigh/Durham area. It was great to see so many Beloiters come together in each of these cities!

Events included a tailgate hosted by Jon'96 and Amanda'92 Urish before the Bucaneers Women's Soccer Game in Portland (see below), a gathering hosted by Delna Sepoy Straus'09 and Tamara Fouche'10 at Goose Island Beer Co. Taproom in Chicago (see above), and dinner at the home of John'71 and Ginger Sall in the Raleigh/Durham area. We would like to extend a special thanks to our hosts for organizing such wonderful events, and a thanks to all who attended. 

Keep an eye out for events that may be happening near you by checking out our Beloiters Unite page.

If you are interested in hosting an event, please e-mail us at

F17, Scholarships, MJ, Newsletter
MJ Strawbridge’19
Majors: Political Science & Media Studies
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Track & Field, Football, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Student-Athletic
Activities Committee (SAAC)

MJ spent last summer working on research with his mentor Dr. Rongal Watson, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Health & Society. Through government documents, articles, and interviews, they explored what progress has been made in Ferguson, MO toward improving issues between law enforcement and the community since the protests in 2014.

“My experiences at Beloit have helped me realize my interest in research, public policy, and graduate school. I plan to pursue a PhD in political science, work in academia, and eventually run for political office.”

Experiences like MJ's are made possible by your support of scholarships.

Inaugural Scholarships Change Lives Luncheon

Beloit College is proud to announce the revival of the longstanding scholarship luncheon, celebrating scholarship sponsors and the students they support. The inaugural Scholarships Change Lives Luncheon this coming November will recognize Dr. James R. Ferwerda’53 (pictured left with Leah Mellett'18 discussing her research at September's Science Scholars Poster Session) and his outstanding commitment to education through the James R. Ferwerda Endowed Science Scholarship Fund, providing support for almost 350 Beloit College students since its establishment four decades ago.

As an alumnus, Beloit College Trustee, and loyal supporter of higher education, Dr. Ferwerda has impacted the lives of so many Beloiters. Please contact Director of Donor Relations Denise LaMaster at to share how your education and career has been affected by Dr. Ferwerda. We are always interested to hear from our alumni, especially during a special occasion such as this one.