Archived Alumni Profiles
Note: Profiles in this archive may contain outdated information as they describe our alumni and their accomplishments at the time when the profiles were first written.
, Play-by-play broadcaster
Even before Joe Davis came to Beloit, he knew he wanted to pursue a broadcasting career. From broadcasting basketball games and hosting his own sports show on BATV, Joe took advantage of all the opportunities Beloit had to offer. He also launched a video production business at CELEB, wrote a sports column for the college newspaper, played football, and interned with nearby Janesville’s ESPN 1380 radio and the Schaumburg Flyers Baseball Club. Read More
Profile for Joe Davis'10 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.
, Graduate Student
working to obtain Ph.D. in biology
Since the fifth grade, Christine Brown knew she wanted to be a biologist, but she had no idea what it really took to become one until she came to Beloit. Christine’s research projects at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado were some of her most influential experiences as a student majoring in ecology, evolution, and behavioral biology. She spent four summers there with Beloit’s former Assistant Professor of Biology Brett Woods, studying yellow-bellied marmots, hiking, and tracking animals. Read More
Profile for Christine Brown'09 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.
Many writers only dream of seeing their name on a book cover. For Madeleine Roux, that dream came true just months after leaving Beloit College. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped, her first novel, hit shelves in 2011; her second book, Sadie Walker Is Stranded, was released in January 2012. She recently moved to Los Angeles, and is in the process of signing a two-book deal in the young adult genre with Harper Collins, the first book of which will be out summer 2013. “I cannot believe how lucky I am every day,” Madeleine says. “It was so random.” Read More
Profile for Madeleine Roux'08 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.
, Project Coordinator
John Snow, Inc. in Boston, Mass., a public health research and consulting firm
Violence against women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a tough topic, but Tom McHale’07 studied it every day with colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health. His team there included physicians, geographers, architects, and political scientists acting with the same goal: improving healthcare in Idjwi, a small island on Congo’s Lake Kivu. In interviewing local women, he opened a window on the little-discussed epidemic of violence against women in their own homes, often overshadowed by the public violence instigated by militias. Read More
Profile for Tom McHale'07 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.
, Fifth-Grade Reading Teacher
KIPP S.T.A.R College Preparatory Middle Charter School in Harlem
Educational reform is one of America’s most pressing topics. How do we get students performing at grade level? How do we close the achievement gap? Chelsey Tubbs isn’t just asking these questions, she’s living the answers. Read More
Profile for Chelsey Tubbs'07 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.
Langan Engineering in New York, N.Y.
“I don’t know what type of person I would have been if I had gone to college somewhere else. I owe a lot of who I am as a person and as a professional to my experiences at Beloit.” Patrick Diggins expresses sentiments shared by many Beloit alumni. And those lessons pay off no matter what field you end up in. In Patrick’s case, he’s literally in the field. He works as a geologist with Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, a multinational corporation focused on engineering and environmental health and safety. Splitting his time between fieldwork and reporting, he plans and executes soil and water contamination investigations. Read More
Profile for Patrick Diggins'05 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.
, Law Student
American University in Washington D.C.
Not everyone can say their college years offered the chance to excel in two varsity sports, study economic growth with local business leaders, and prepare for a job on Capitol Hill. But Ted Serafini did all those things, and he did them at Beloit. Then, he applied his skills to some of the United States’ most pressing issues: the Obama administration’s trade policy. Read More
Profile for Ted Serafini'05 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.
, Research Fellow
EcoMadera Project in Ecuador
“Beloit teaches people to take their education and make a difference with it.” Blair Rynearson lives this lesson. After majoring in biology (with an emphasis on ecology, evolution, and behavioral biology), he’s tackling one of the world’s most pressing problems: destruction in the rainforest. Read More
Profile for Blair Rynearson'04 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.
John Copeland describes Beloit as a really personable college—one where everybody talks to everybody. “You just ultimately benefited from the slow accumulation of perspective and experiences other people shared with you,” he says. “I had a pretty limited upbringing in exposure to other people. Before Beloit, I never met anyone who was Jewish, never anyone of color. That stuff turns out to be important particularly when you end up in New York City wanting to do business with a wide range of people.” Read More
Profile for John Copeland'03 was last updated on Oct 30, 2017.
, Assistant professor in the department of cell biology and physiology
Washington University in St. Louis
Clarissa Schumacher Craft credits her mentors at Beloit College for encouraging her to attend graduate school immediately following Beloit. Clarissa is glad she listened to them. After receiving her Ph.D. at Northwestern University and completing post-doctoral research at Washington University in St. Louis, she is now an assistant professor in Washington University’s department of cell biology and physiology. Read More
Profile for Clarissa Schumacher Craft'03 was last updated on Oct 30, 2017.
, Script Coordinator and Writer
Last Man Standing
“You’re not going to be given every lesson in life,” says Jon Haller’02. “Sometimes you have to take your education.” Jon heard this philosophy his first year at Beloit College, and it stayed with him. It drove his undergraduate achievements and supports the work ethic required for his career path: formerly, as a writer’s assistant for 30 Rock, and currently, as script coordinator and writer for the sitcom Last Man Standing. Read More
Profile for Jon Haller'02 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.
, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Few people know Beloit from the perspective of both student and teacher. Having held both those roles, Kevin Braun can say a lot about what makes a Beloit education unique. “We focus on being engaged,” the alumnus-turned-chemistry professor says. “We say, ‘You’ve read the textbook. Now, what does it mean? How can you apply it to this problem?” The kind of student who thrives at Beloit, he says, is “not someone who wants to sit in class and take notes to regurgitate on a test. Rather, it’s someone who’s going to think, ‘How can I apply it in the world?” Read More
Profile for Kevin Braun'99 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.
, English Department Professor
Rutgers University, as of the fall of 2012
When Margaret Ronda came to Beloit College, she knew she wanted to write. She went on to become a published poet—and a teacher herself. A professor (in the English Department of Rutgers University, as of the fall of 2012) and recipient of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, Margaret credits much of her success to her Beloit experience. Read More
Profile for Margaret Ronda'98 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.
, Deputy Director
Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University
Whenever Eddie Fergus speaks to high school students, he always discusses the importance of being pushed academically. This is something he says he experienced while studying political science and education at Beloit College. Eddie became so accustomed to the intellectual curiosity and rigor of Beloit that he says he wouldn’t have been able to attend a graduate school that didn’t also possess those traits. Read More
Profile for Eddie Fergus'96 was last updated on Oct 30, 2015.