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New Year, new media—connect with us via Twitter, Pinterest
The New Year brings new media for you and Development & Alumni Relations. See the latest happenings for alumni and friends on our brand new Twitter (@beloitalumni) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/beloitalumni/) accounts.

The bottom line is that we are continually working on ways to keep you, our valued alumni and friends, informed of the latest at Beloit, and to provide ways for you to connect with us and one another. Hopefully, you have already ‘liked’ our Facebook page and are receiving daily updates. And, perhaps you’ve made great connections through our LinkedIn alumni group. That’s fantastic—keep it up! We know that there are Twitter and Pinterest users out there too, and we have great new information and imagery for you as well. Why not join all four?

If you haven’t had a chance to try out these social networks, we’ve created a quick guide for you for Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. These guides will help you get set up (if you haven’t joined already) and will give you a rundown of the why and how, and the second ‘how,’ how you can connect to Beloit and Beloiters. See them here.

Stay tuned for a few fun promotions, including ‘Tweet Your Love of Beloit’ on Twitter and ‘Love Beloit’ pins on Pinterest coming up. Get connected for more information!


Speaking of connecting…

Don’t forget to save the date for Reunion Weekend 14—June 13-16—and a little in-person connection. The preliminary schedule is up and awaiting events and event ideas from you. Just a reminder, everyone is invited to Reunion. Check the website periodically to stay up-to-date. We’ll post and update schedules, dorm and hotel information, registration, class information, and more. If you are celebrating a milestone this year, check your snail mail mailboxes in March for additional details and registration. Try out our new networks to get engaged, too, and tweet about Reunion using #BeloitReunion14, and/or pin a few images of your time at Beloit on Pinterest (we’ll tell you when!). As always, we’ll share Facebook updates, memories, and more on class groups and our alumni page.


Social identity program, Wright Museum of Art awarded grants
The college has received a $50,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to benefit the new Critical Engagement of Social Identities program. The grant will support faculty development seminars and pilot projects that advance teaching, research, and advising through the lens of social identity.

The Wright Museum of Art has also received a $4,629 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will aid the museum in preservation efforts of its vast print and drawing collection that includes work by such artists as Rembrandt and Picasso. Read more.

Not only do we thank the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for Humanities, we thank you, our alumni, for your support. You might not know this, but alumni participation is one of the factors granting agencies look at when considering awards—thank you!


Beloiters Unite! expands to full week

#BelUnite. The 7th annual Beloiters Unite! is April 21-26. Why a week? Well, first, why celebrate Beloit on just one day when you can celebrate Beloit for an entire week? Second, we have received feedback from several of you that Spring Day in the middle of the week doesn’t always work for your area. So, we are encouraging volunteers to plan an event during Beloiters Unite! week that makes sense for the majority of Beloiters to attend. Keep an eye on the web and stay tuned for an invitation in March.

Volunteer hosts are still needed! Contact us for more information.

Just a reminder, we’d love for you to share your photos, tweets, and more—use #BelUnite and share photos on our
Facebook and Pinterest pages. Keep the celebration going!


Econ Day slated for February 14
Share some of your Valentine’s Day love with Beloit and Beloiters at Econ Day. You are invited to share your story and all that you love about Beloit at the 28th annual event. Students are eager to chat with you and delve a little deeper into what exactly is ahead post-Beloit. Check out the schedule of events, gather your advice and flowers (okay, no flowers), and RSVP today.


Join us—and your former professors—for lunch

In the fall, the college debuted a new series of "Lunchbox" lectures by Beloit College faculty and special guests. The series continues this spring and we hope you'll join us in person or live online for each installment. Up next is Beth Dougherty, the Manger Family Professor in International Relations at Beloit College, who will discuss "Drone Wars: evaluating targeted killing as a tool of US counter-terrorism policy." You can watch live at www.beloit.edu/live on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 12:10 p.m., and even post questions, or attend live in Pearsons Hall. More installments are already in the planning for February, March and April. Stay tuned. And if you're interested in getting a monthly e-newsletter about all of the arts events and speakers coming to campus, you can sign up today at www.beloit.edu/arts.


Summer heats up the classroom

We cannot stop thinking about summer! From Reunion to classes, there is plenty going on this summer. If you, your high school student, or your college student are looking to warm up your brain, check out our summer programs. Languages, Beloit Blocks, Summer Research, and more, there’s something for everyone, so check it out!


Architect selected for Powerhouse project
In the fall, the Board of Trustees approved selection of Studio Gang as the architect to convert the historic Alliant Energy power plant into a distinctive and mission-serving student recreation and activity center.

“We’re picking up speed,” said President Scott Bierman. “Alliant Energy and the college have spent more than a year together investigating this opportunity and its challenges. We have a shared belief in, and enthusiasm for, this project and we’re ready to accelerate and further align our efforts.”

Read more about Studio Gang and our Fast Forward campaigns.


Dancers collaborate, gain practical experience
This semester, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Gina T’ai’s Repertory Dance Company class will spend the semester collaborating with dancers from Grinnell to produce a show featuring their work. What a perfect example of liberal arts in practice—and, you can see the finished work! More details to come, but for now, plan on attending the show on April 6 at Ruth Page Theater in Chicago. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Professor T'ai at taig@beloit.edu.


Indian Philosopher and Weissberg Chair Vandana Shiva to lecture April 4, 2014

Scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist, activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a one-woman movement for peace, sustainability and social justice; and she’s the 2013-14 Weissberg Chair in International Studies. She will present a lecture April 4 entitled, “Women, Development, and the Global Economy.” Mark your calendars.

Dr. Shiva earned her Ph.D. in nuclear physics at the University of Western Ontario.  However, alarmed by the threat to biodiversity posed by biotechnology, Dr. Shiva founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds. She is a world-renowned opponent of the patent system that labels living organisms as intellectual property.

Her residency and lecture is made possible through the Weissberg Program in Human Rights. Learn more.


Chelonia is February 6-9
Student choreographers and dancers have spent months preparing a spring program like no other. Chelonia, the college’s annual spring dance exhibition is February 6-9. Faculty and guest choreographers will take the stage as well—you won’t want to miss it. Read more.


Team Beloit rides again
The wind on 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 XLII, July 20-26, 2014. 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 again be joining the ride.  Any cyclists interested in joining Team Beloit (for the week, or just a day or two) should contact us at ragbrai@beloit.edu.


Calling all Alumni
Share your updates! Tell us about all of the exciting events in your lives—promotions, awards, new jobs, marriages, births, that fundraiser you’re doing… your classmates want to know the latest in your life, and so do we! Email class notes at classnotes@beloit.edu so we can include your news in the magazine. Not sure what to include? See more about class notes here.


 

Make it possible for Beloiters and be a part of something big. Learn more about the Chelonian Society and the Beloiter Fund.

[Fast Forward]Keep Beloit moving forward fast; learn more about Fast Forward: Campaigns for Beloiters.