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"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)
Experiences like Katherine's are made possible by your support of scholarships.
“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/int
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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.
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.