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Blue Skies 2010: Almost everything you need to know as you return to campus

August 10, 2010

From the desk of the dean:

Dear Students,

Hopefully the phrase “time flies when you're having fun” describes you and your experiences this summer! But, just because the summer is coming to a close doesn’t mean the fun has to be over. Faculty and staff have been hard at work all summer long getting ready for you and the 2010-11 academic year with a focus on making your living and learning experiences at Beloit fun, rewarding, and challenging, while helping you shape your future. 

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and we will see you soon at Convocation on Aug. 23rd, followed by dinner and live music at the Hendricks Center for the Arts!

Be well,

Bill Flanagan

Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs


Head downtown for the Hendricks Center opening

Hendricks CenterWhat began as the Beloit Post Office, and what you probably know as the city’s longtime public library, is almost ready for its third act as a teaching and performance center for Beloit College’s theater and music programs.

You can see it for yourself after Convocation on Monday, Aug. 23, beginning at 5 p.m., on the corner of Pleasant and Grand. There’ll be pizza! And music, by the Chicago Afrobeat Project! And prizes, the likes of which could keep you well-fed (gift certificates to favorite local restaurants) and well-read (five $100 gift-cards for Turtle Creek Bookstore)! Oh my.

You can also stroll through this beautifully renovated facility—the architects and designers, which included the faculty and staff working group who identified needs and priorities, were dedicated to staying true to the building's history. Polished original terrazzo floors in the main floor lobby will reflect a floating ceiling “cloud” that leads visitors back toward two modern dance studios. Elsewhere, hallway study nooks will boast Ethernet hookups and street views through the former library’s distinctive, double-paned exterior windows. 

The Hendricks Center for the Arts was a gift made possible through the generosity of Diane Hendricks, chair of ABC Supply of Beloit, and her late husband Ken Hendricks, a longtime college trustee.

In case of inclement weather, this welcome-back celebration will be held in Commons.


The Terrarium: one part fun, two parts functional

Can’t find WebAdvisor? Need to unload last semester’s textbooks? Log-in to your e-mail? Find out the lunch special for D.K.’s? Hear about all the news of the day on campus? Post your own news and events? Find out more about your favorite familiar faces on campus? View videos? Look no further. The Terrarium is what you seek.

This new internal, campus-specific portal is a one-click stop for all of the above and more. One part fun and two parts functional, the site replaces the old, email digests, and the Weekly. Log in. Let us know what you think at


Baby you can ride my bus (for FREE!)

Want to explore the city of Beloit, but your tootsies are tired from back-to-school shenanigans? Well, the city’s public transportation system has got you covered. From Aug. 14 (the beginning of orientation for first-years) to Sept. 4, the city bus system will be free to all current Beloit College students. Just flash your college ID, and you’re good to go—from Park Avenue, Bushnell, or Public Street to WalMart, Woodman’s, the Beloit Clinic…you get the idea. The transit system operates six days a week, Monday through Saturday. And did you know the city has a new transfer station, down by the stateline on Shirland Avenue, just south of the city post office? Check it out!


Emergency: If Beloit College calls, please pick up

In an attempt to make campus even safer for students, staff, and faculty, Beloit College has invested in a new emergency alert system that will allow security and other campus personnel to quickly contact the campus community in the event of an emergency. The new program, called Connect Ed, allows college officials to swiftly distribute phone and email messages to the college community in the event of a large-scale emergency or dangerous situation on or near campus. It also has the capability to contact you via text message (coming soon).

“This is one of those systems we hope we never need,” says Jason Hughes, the director of communications and marketing. “But if we do need it, we'll have it.”

Dispatchers and supervisors in the campus security office have been trained to launch the notifications, as have selected personnel in student life and the communications office. And already, alerts have been pre-loaded into the system to allow users to immediately circulate an emergency alert if needed on campus. Such an alert would be followed by a more specific message providing any new information.

While Connect Ed will give the college a new suite of communication capabilities, Hughes says it will be used only as often as necessary. “With the exception of our two annual tests, this system will only be used when we feel we have to use it. If your phone rings and it says ‘Beloit College,’ pick it up. It's important,” Hughes says.

What you should know:
The system will be tested in early September and again in early February. The test time/date will be announced in the Terrarium in advance.

In addition to other emergencies, the system will “echo” Beloit’s tornado warning horns, which go off whenever a warning is issued for Rock County
Students will be contacted at their phone numbers listed in the Datatel system, as well as at their campus e-mail addresses.  Contact information for all students and employees will be loaded into the system. For safety reasons, there is no option to opt-out.


Your student ID: Everywhere you want to be

Have you ever stared at your student ID—your best friend who feeds you, who lets you into your house, who reminds you of that unfortunate haircut you had during New Student Days—and asked it, why, oh WHY do you bind me to the swipe system? Why can’t we expand our horizons? Well, you’re in luck: the new Turtle Bucs program has come to liberate you and your BFF.

Turtle Bucs will let you buy goodies in:

-The Java Joint
-The C-Haus (upstairs only—don’t get any ideas!)
Turtle Creek Bookstore (eventually)
-and someday, maybe, in area businesses

Turtle Bucs, which will be explained in great detail in brochures and announcements all over campus when you get back, essentially works like this: it’s like a debit card. You can load money onto it and gain the benefit of not having to carry cash everywhere you go. If you want to use one measly dollar to buy that soy milk in DK’s without blowing an entire swipe on it, you can now do so with your ID—just specify that you’d like that dollar deducted from Turtle Bucs, and that you don’t want to use a regular swipe. Cool, right? 

Turtle Bucs does NOT replace your meal plan – it’s just a bonus feature that is now conveniently loaded on your ID card alongside your meal plan.

Dust off your ID card, give it a name, and make sure your plastic ID holder isn’t smashed to smithereens already—you guys will be inseparable this year!


State’s indoor smoking spaces snuffed out

Put away the Zippos, folks—at least, if you’re anywhere inside a place of employment. That includes restaurants, taverns, and, for the first time ever in Beloit, bars.

The state of Wisconsin went smoke free July 5, meaning smoking is prohibited in all workplaces. Though the college’s own C-Haus (and most of Beloit’s restaurants) have been nonsmoking for several years, this summer’s statewide ban trumps the city’s former policy, and establishments around town have moved their ashtrays out-of-doors accordingly.


Student media loves the Internet as much as you do

WBCR, the Round Table, and Beloit College are now all over your favorite social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr!

Find updates on campus, world, and pop-culture news from the Round Table from the comfort of your laptop via its brand-new Twitter account (@bcroundtable) and Gorge yourself on WBCR’s music reviews, historical anecdotes, and links to awesome music videos by visiting and following @WBCRfm on Twitter. Rest assured that you’ll never miss a pertinent Beloit College student media update again if you get on Facebook and become fans of WBCR and the Round Table this very instant.

The Round Table and WBCR are ready to show you things on the Internet. Show them some love by following them!


Davies does double time as dean

Rather than seek a new candidate from a national pool, Beloit College leadership has concluded that the college already has an exemplary dean in one of its own, Ann Davies.

Davies_at_symposiumFor the past year she has served as the college’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. In May President Bierman announced that she’ll continue in the role.

“In short order she has distinguished herself both on-campus and off-campus as an academic leader of the highest order,” he says.

In her first year of service as dean and vice president of academic affairs, Davies’ performance stood out; so much so, Bierman says, that the decision to extend her tenure in the role was met with universal enthusiasm by the various search committees and governing bodies of the college. 


Bring it before the board

The college is adopting a new, more community-based model for students wishing to appeal disciplinary action. In the past, after appealing to the J-Board, the accused was able to appeal again to the vice president of student affairs/dean of students, but no more. “The idea is to render a fair process that is timely and appropriate,” says Dean Flanagan. The new policy will ensure that a final decision is made by a board (with representation from all demographics: two faculty, two students, and a staff member) rather than by an individual. In the case of sexual assault disciplinary sanctions only, both the complainant and the accused have the right to appeal disciplinary decisions.


College Street: All tore up

chapin_&_college_street_signAs you’re headed back to campus, be aware that you might have to take a slight detour. While the city is busy repaving Riverside Drive/U.S. Highway 51 (which will most likely be closed to through traffic through the end of November), College, Chapin, and Emerson streets are also receiving a makeover, as is the circular drive in front of Eaton Chapel. Most notable for students is that the Eaton Chapel circular drive will be used for foot traffic only, and College Street will become a one-way affair, with traffic moving only south. For more detailed information, check out the detailed news item on the college’s homepage.


Info from ISR

You might see a few changes in your inbox this semester. The Barracuda spam quarantine system will no longer be in use; Google has a spam filter, and messages can be found in that platform’s spam folder. And! All student email addresses are now – will no longer function, so make sure to change your club’s lists or listserv entries with ISR. And, as always, make sure to register your personal computer with ISR, and use appropriate anti-virus software.


Movin’ on, out, up

The guys of Phi Psi will be back on College Street this fall, as they take up residence at 810. First-years will take up the reins at 819 Clary, the organization’s former abode, while the geology special interest house will now be located on Park Avenue.


A sober situation, a step above

The college has altered its sexual assault policy, which is meant to be more descriptive and specific than state law, which defines consent as “words or overt actions.” “We’re going one step above,” says Dean Flanagan. Due in part to work done by student advocates, the college’s sexual assault policy requires a verbal, sober yes between individuals engaging in sexual activity; the absence of a “no” is not enough. The updated policy is effective this fall semester.


Puckett on board

1011_007_puckettWith higher-ed and development stints ranging from Alaska to North Carolina, the college’s new Vice President for External Affairs Jeff Puckett has a lot to offer Beloit College. Like, 17 years worth of experience in the nonprofit sector.

Puckett will oversee the college’s external affairs office, which includes 18 staff members in development, alumni affairs, and corporate and foundation support. Since 1999, he has served Washington State University and the WSU Foundation in a variety of roles, most recently as the foundation’s senior vice president and chief operating officer.



Dust off your dancing shoes and head on over to Pearsons quad!

Friday, September 10
10 p.m. - Blue Plate Special
(Other acts to be announced soon!)

Saturday, September 11
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Wendy Colonna
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Richie Rich and the Chitown Blues Band
10 p.m. - This Must be the Band


New Faculty

Nimish Adhia – Economics
Natasa Basic – French
Caitlin Bass – Art History
Gabriela Cerghedean – Spanish
Karen Gonzalez Rice – Art History
Theodore Gries – Chemistry
Dennis Hanlon – Film & Emerging Media
Jesse Norris – Sociology
Jonathan Sherman – Theatre
Sarah Nesler Wolf – Dance
Alexander Hall – Classics
Brynn Welch – Philosophy
Heather Pelzel - Biology

New Staff

Robert LaTour – Physical Plant
Patricia Lowry Lowe – Physical Plant
Colleen Halter – Physical Plant
Alex Catalan – Admissions
Ray Campos – Office of International Education
Kimberly Larsen – Student Engagement and Leadership
Cathy Salinas – Physical Plant
Claire Hof – Res Life
Tom McCarthy – Res Life
Dan Holterman – Physical Plant
Robert Estrada – Food Service
Sam Perryman – Athletics
Jedidiah Rex – Information Services and Resources
Sean Keith – C-Haus
Jeff Puckett – External Affairs
Kandi Schmoldt – Food Service
Jason Hughes – Communications & Marketing
Caryn Zimmerman - Accounting


Put these in your planner

Aug. 14 – New students arrive
Aug. 21-22 – Residence halls open for all students
Aug. 23 – Registration, check-in/add-drop day
– Convocation (4 p.m., Eaton Chapel)
– Welcome-back picnic at new Hendricks Center for the Arts (5 p.m.)
Aug. 24 – Classes begin
Sept. 9 – Keefer and Keefer lecture
Sept. 10-11 – Folk’n’Blues
Sept. 13 – Weissberg Human Rights Lecture
Sept. 15 – Mackey reading by James McManus
Sept. 24-26 – Homecoming/Reunion Weekend
Oct. 8 – Midterm break begins (8 p.m.)
Oct. 18 – Midterm break ends (8 a.m.)
Oct. 20 – Honors Term applications for spring semester due
Oct. 22-24 – Family & Friends Weekend