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2017 Fall Parents Newsletter

November 10, 2017
Beloit College
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Dates to Know

Online Registration for Spring 2018 Classes
November 13 - 14

International Education Week:
November 13 - 17

International Symposium Day:
November 15

Thanksgiving break:
November 23 - 26

Fall 2017 Semester Exams:
December 15 & 16, 18 & 19

Residence Halls Close:
December 20

Spring 2018 Classes Begin:
January 22, 2018


You can find the full Fall 2017 Academic Calendar and 
Spring 2018 Academic Calendar online. 

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Transferable Skills and Lasting Effects: Alumni Perspectives on Sustained Dialogue

Step up, step back, respect the silence, assume best intentions; these are the norms that many seasoned participants of Sustained Dialogue at Beloit College have deeply ingrained into their everyday dialogue practices. In addition to teaching participants how to engage in productive and meaningful dialogue on campus, the SD program is presented as one that teaches valuable and transferable dialogue skills which will support individuals in their professional careers out in the ever-ominous “real world.”

Grace Gerloff'19 interviewed several alumni about the lasting effect Sustained Dialogue has had on them. Read the full story on the Terrarium.

The Conduit


The Conduit is an ongoing source for Powerhouse information until the building opens in Fall of 2019. Readers can expect regular updates, as often as once per week. Authors will vary and among them will be Dan Schooff, Powerhouse Project Manager, and Christina Klawitter, Powerhouse Program Lead, who can be reached easily for questions or comments at or


Check out the first update as of November 6: Design Development is Complete!


When did Finance Become my Career?
a reflection by Andrew Holmbeck'05

After graduating with a degree in history, Andrew Holmbeck'05 has found himself winding a pathway toward a highly satisfying career in the financial services industry.

"I distinctly remember thinking to myself one day, 'So when did Finance become my career?' I didn’t study it in college, but I still think Beloit was crucial to where I am now. Beloit didn’t teach me finance, or the markets, or any of that. Beloit taught me how to learn, an infinitely more useful skill."

When connecting with sophomores Katie Li and Ivan Gradinsky during their Sophomore Shadow experience last spring, he took some time to reflect.Read his full reflection on the Do the LAP Blog.

Fall Advising Practicum 2017 Exceeds Campus' Expectations

From sessions like the sociology department's "On your Marx, Get Set, Go! Sociology Speed Networking," to the computer science faculty's "CS Career Advice: The Trifecta ofBusiness Success," there was no shortage of topics for students to explore in pursuit ofthe next step in their career.

The Advising Practicum is designed for students in their first three semesters to participate in a full-day series of workshops, beginning with the Initiatives advising workshop. It’s meant to help students get the most out of their education by reflecting on educational experiences and interests and developing a self-directed and personally rewarding course of study—all with the guidance and expertise of advisors, professors, our in-house professional resources, alumni, and peers.

The college dedicates this day to conversations with advisors about academic priorities and plans for activities at Beloit and beyond. The full schedule for the day, which starts with Initiatives class meetings and continues with a department & programs fair, workshops, panel discussions, and other conversations, is available online at

Next semester's Spring Advising Practicum 2018 is on the books for March 23!

Transformative Education, Strong Leadership

This semester the Liberal Arts in Practice Center (LAPC) marks a significant transition; Professor Yaffa Grossman has assumed the role of Associate Dean and Director of the Liberal Arts in Practice Center as Professor Charles Westerberg, Brannon-Ballard Professor of Sociology and founding director of the Center, returns to full-time teaching and research. 

What better opportunity for reflection on where the center has come, and where it is headed? Read the full interview on the Do The LAP Blog


2017 Beloiter Days: Homecoming and Family & Friends Weekend A Success!

Over 400 family members, friends, and alumni visited campus for Beloiter Days, October 27-29. It was a cloudy, damp, brisk weekend, but Beloiters didn’t let a little weather stand in their way of a great time.


The weekend kicked off Friday with campus and museum tours, receptions, Greek activities, a packed presentation of our Field Experience Grant program, Tau Kappa Epsilon Centennial reunion, the Homecoming parade, a celebration of Beloit Collegeathletics with the 1889 Council, and s’mores on Pearsons Quad.


This year’s parade entry grand champion was International Club. Black Students United won for best club, Theta Pi Gamma came through for the Greeks, and Women’s Softball took the win for athletics. Bill Knapton, best known as Beloit’s revered basketball coach from 1957-1997, led the procession as the 2017 Grand Marshal. Bill’s tenure at Beloitalso included service as athletic director, golf and baseball coach, and assistant in other sports.


Saturday’s events included breakfasts, a conversation with student affairs staff, Greek activities and open houses, aBeloit Urban Garden tour, dinners, and celebrations. At Strong Stadium, the tailgate was lively and the delicious fare from the food trucks kept tailgaters fed and warm. The stadium was packed for the Buccaneers football game, which ended with a disappointing loss to Lawrence University.


Saturday evening’s activities included an inspiring Athletic Hall of Honor ceremony celebrating this year’s inductees: Katie Algrem Feldner’07, Shellie Gazdik’04, Michael Flanagan’03, and Evan McCleod’99. Evan captured the shared sentiments of his fellow inductees and their Beloit College experiences when he said, “I would encourage everyone to find something, about which they are passionate, commit yourself on a daily basis, and take joy in the small gains as they happen. As those pile up you’ll see the big picture changes as well, and know that it’s worth it. I learned this lesson here, with the help of people in this room, and I’m very grateful.”


Thank you to all the alumni, parents, and friends who came together to celebrate. It was a great weekend to be a Beloiter.


Check out photos from the weekend, and post your own to our Facebook page or Twitter – #BeloiterDays2017.

In Pursuit of a Lifetime of Learning
an interview with Erin Leeann Watson'11

Since graduating from Beloit in 2011 with a degree in Political Science, Erin Leeann Watson'11 has never stopped putting the liberal arts into practice. The last six years have seen her pursuing two graduate degrees (Fordham University, MBA, 2013; University of Chicago, M.S. in Biomedical Informatics, anticipated in 2019), becoming a professional consultant with Mercer, and developing a long-running podcast.

In this interview with her former writing professor Megan Muthupandiyan, Erin talks about the highlights of working as a health benefits consultant, offers suggestions to current Beloit students on how to make the most of their education, and provides perspective on how to prepare for professional lives marked by a lifetime of learning. 

Fall Residencies

Ferrall Artist, Ousley Scholar, and the Upton Scholar

Each year, Beloit welcomes as many as six ground-breaking scholars and artists who champion causes, bring new ideas to campus, and teach and work with our students. Hailing from around the world and across a broad spectrum of fields, they share one distinction—all are thinkers and doers.

This fall has brought three such individuals to campus for performances, lectures, and presentations.

This year's Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. Endowed Artists-In-Residence Program brought alumna Amanda Browder'98 to campus for a public lecture in September, sharing her history as a textile artist and her post-Beloit life experiences. A Brooklyn-based artist, Browder’s pieces are exceptionally colorful, large in scale, temporary statements that often cover entire buildings.

This fall ushered in the inaugural Ousley Scholar-In-Residence designed to feature a junior scholar/activist/organizer/intellectual who is committed to the theory and practice ofsocial justice. As the first speaker of the inaugural Ousley Lecture, Dr. Moya Bailey discussed the significance of "being first" in her own life and in the lives of prominent Black women. She complicates the celebration of the first by weaving in the silent struggle and hardship of being first, tackling the misogynoir that hides in the shadow ofsuccess.

In the final week of October, this year's Upton Scholar Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics, University of Chicago, visited campus for a week-long series of events to discuss his work on climate change and modern energy. The week concluded with Dr. Greenstone's June and Edgar Martin Memorial Lecture. (The full lecture will be available in the coming weeks on the Beloit College YouTube channel).