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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”

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FRIDAYS WITH FRED: Forbidden sleigh rides to Rockford

December 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm


Every winter, Beloit College students seek more invigorating methods for coping with the weather than their daily slip and slide through snow and ice to classes, or holing up in residence halls hoping to fend off sub-zero temperatures. 

Nineteenth-century students escaped by way of forbidden sleigh rides from Beloit to Rockford Female Seminary, skated on the Rock River (and sometimes drowned), split wood for the fires they huddled around in dormitory and classroom, feasted on oysters, chestnuts, and hard cider, and dashed into and out of the cavernous Memorial Hall library where the only stove faintly warmed up Professor Emerson’s office and nothing else. 

In the next century, students held annual Winter Carnivals featuring fraternity and sorority snow sculpting contests and ice skating races at the Riverside Park lagoon, while the most fearless students risked life and limb on the steep ski slide at Big Hill Park or pummeled each other in fierce snowball fights. 

snow-plowingIn 1925 College workers still cleared snow using a horse-drawn plow.

ice hockeyStudents created a hockey rink in front of Sigma Chi in the late 1930’s.

Professor Carl Welty and his wife Susan hosted a toboggan party for biology majors in January 1945 at a time when most of the college men were still on active military duty during World War II.

The Beloit College Archives holds a wonderful description of the coming of winter in a letter by Orrin Densmore, an Emerald Grove, Wis. pioneer, written on Dec. 3, 1854, to his son Benjamin, formerly a student in the Beloit College Preparatory Department. Apparently fascinated by weather and natural phenomena, Orrin Densmore kept detailed meteorological observations later published by the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society.

“Dear Son,

Winter has at length taken the reins in earnest after quite a season of forbearance in which the old king might safely indulge for very few have the temerity to question his power if not his right to rule in his turn and if he does sport occasionally a sunny smile and allow a smoky sky he has but to mount his frigid throne in the N.W. to satisfy us that his eye knows no pity, his nostrils no mercy, that his soul is but an iceberg, a fitful, impulsive, capricious cold tempered fellow…”