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Alumni Newsletter

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Beloiters Unite! City Tour
There are so many cities and not enough time so we’re packing our Blue & Gold and going on a Beloiters Unite! City Tour this spring. In addition to enjoying one day of Beloit pride, celebration, connecting, and reconnecting, there will be events in cities throughout the spring. Of course, in many areas, alumni and friends will still gather on April 22, 2015 (the college’s Spring Day and traditional Beloiters Unite! day, as well as our inaugural Giving Day), but this just gives alumni a few more options in the type of event their city will host. From admissions and networking events to gatherings in homes, restaurants, and bars, this spring is bursting with Beloit. 

Keep an eye on our alumni event calendar, your email, and snail mail for events in your area. If you haven’t been to a Beloiters Unite!, you might be surprised at how similar your story is to an alumnus/a from another generation. When Beloiters gather, it’s always a good time. These events are all hosted and organized by volunteers—contact the Alumni Office at or 800-331-4943 to host an event in your area.

#BeloiterUp for Beloit
April 22, 2015, the college will host its first giving day: #BeloiterUp. Giving Day is a special day set aside for alumni and friends from around the world to show their Beloit pride through a concerted effort to support the Beloiter Fund. Let’s see what a difference we can make when we work together! More information will come as the day gets closer, but if you’d like to help make #BeloiterUp a success, contact us to learn how five minutes can make a huge impact.

Reunion 2015 heats up
It may be sub-zero in Beloit, but before you know it, we’ll be swapping shovels for cold drinks, sunglasses, and reminiscing. Reunion 2015 is June 12-15, 2015—we hope you are making plans to attend! Check out our website for accommodations and don’t forget you can stay in the dorms! Classes ending in ‘5s and ‘0s are celebrating milestones, but all alumni and their families are invited to Reunion. A preliminary schedule is available here, outlining a weekend where rekindling friendships, enjoying an Alumni College class or two, playing Ultimate Frisbee, catching-up at the C-Haus, and great food and drinks are on tap. Also, congratulations to the class of 1965 who will celebrate their 50th Reunion at the Golden Hoods Induction Celebration on Friday, June 12. Stay tuned to for updates!


Multifaceted jazz musician visits March 25
New Orleans-based cellist, singer, composer, and improviser Helen Gillet’00 returns to Beloit for a special performance on March 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. in Eaton Chapel. If you are within reach of the Beloit area, you will not want to miss this dynamic performer who was recently named “A Rising Star” by Downbeat Magazine and was featured last summer on the cover of Beloit College Magazine.

Students blog about their time in Japan
Follow the lives of five students blogging their experiences and observations while studying abroad in Japan. The blog, “In Search of Modern Japan” has numerous posts covering such topics as popular culture, history, and students’ reflections on their journey. This project was partially funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and students are using this work as criteria for their Liberal Arts in Practice requirement.

Summer opportunity for alumni, friends, family 
Looking for a fun and ‘out of the box’ learning experience for yourself, your children, your neighbor, or someone else? Consider a Beloit Blocks course this summer. Open to all, Beloit Blocks are intensive three-week courses that enable students and faculty to explore a topic in a way that just isn’t possible in the traditional academic term.  

Dan Perusich, the college’s director of summer programs, says that many students from this past summer’s group report that their experience was nothing short of transformative. Hear first-hand about student experiences from summer 2014 here. Summer 2015 course offerings and fee information is available here.

Honoring Luke Somers’08
As we shared in December, our community is shaken by the tragic loss of photojournalist Luke Somers’08 in Yemen. With input from friends, classmates, and family members, Beloit College has established the Luke Somers Memorial Fund to honor Luke and his work, and to help assure that his legacy and example endures and inspires future students.

Nominate a classmate today
The Alumni Association Board of Directors is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Service Citation (DSC) award and Young Alumni Award (YAA), which are presented to alumni at Reunion in June. See criteria and past recipients here. Nominations are due by March 31.

This is not Punxsutawney Phil’s kind of shadow
Spring is around the corner and as in years past, a select group of Beloit students is taking spring break on the road. Rather than hanging out on the beach, they are putting legs on their education, joining alumni in the D.C. area, and learning more about careers that are of interest through job shadowing. From March 10-12, 12 students will experience life through the eyes of a Beloit alumnus/a.

If you are in the D.C. area, please plan to join us March 11 for a networking reception. Ask the students more about what they learned, tell them more about your life post-Beloit, and enjoy light appetizers and new connections. Kindly RSVP to Brenna Graham in the Alumni Office at Time and location information will be available soon! This program is made possible by the generous support of alumni, the Weissberg Program in Human Rights, and the Bacon Know Thyself Fund.

Econ Day slated for February 13
You are invited to share your story with current Beloiters at the 29th annual Econ Day event. Students are eager to chat with you and understand more about your experiences post-Beloit. Check out the schedule of events, gather your advice, and RSVP today.

James S. Anaya: Weissberg Chair in International Studies
Join the 2014-15 Weissberg Chair in International Studies James S. Anaya as he presents “Lessons from Serving as U.N. Rapporteur for Indigenous People's Rights” in Eaton Chapel on April 10, 2015. Anaya is the Regents' and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law. Learn about his residency this spring, and read more about the Weissberg Program in Human Rights.

Chelonia is February 5-7 
With choreography from our finest students, guest choreographers, and faculty, Chelonia is sure to impress. Chelonia, the college’s annual spring dance exhibition is February 5-7. Faculty and guests will take the stage as well—you won’t want to miss it. Read more.

Team Beloit rides again (x3!)
The wind in your face, beautiful views all around, and the pumping of your heart… Team Beloit, spearheaded by the Development & Alumni Relations office, is pedaling its way across Iowa as part of RAGBRAI XLIII, July 19-25, 2015. RagWHAT? RAGBRAI, or the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is the oldest, largest, and longest bicycle touring event in the world. It is seven days of camaraderie, sweat, and fun, and Team Beloit will be joining the ride for the third year in a row. Any cyclists interested in joining Team Beloit (for the week, or just a day or two) should contact us at

Will Beloit be your Valentine?
The next Blue & Gold day is February 13! Wear your Beloit gear to work, to the gym, to the grocery store—show your love of Beloit while doing your part to build awareness of Beloit College! 

Looking for inspiration?
Don’t forget that Beloit Alumni has a Pinterest account. Check out our latest board, “I resolve to…” for a few New Year’s resolution ideas. You can find your daily dose of Beloit during the week on our Facebook page and Twitter account (@BeloitAlumni), too.

Thank you.
Your generosity has enabled 1,032 students to enjoy a Beloit experience this year. Whether through giving to Beloiter scholarships, endowed scholarships, or the Beloiter Fund for scholarships, you have made a Beloit education possible. Learn more about Fast Forward: the Campaigns for Beloiters here.

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