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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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SPACES: Standing inside a Beloit icon—the view from the top

December 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm

By Steven Jackson’12

Getting up to the Middle College cupola is a chore. From the third floor, I follow a narrow set of stairs up to the attic. The attic is a jungle of old filing boxes and stacks of paperwork; everything seems to be covered in a layer of fine dust. Following Maintenance Supervisor Bruce Hamilton’s lead, I make my way through the attic and climb two more small flights of stairs, ducking under roof beams and trusses.

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The walls and wooden beams in this part of the attic are riddled with names and dates carved deep, scratched lightly, or slathered in white paint. The year ’87 shows up several times—1987 or 1887 we can’t be sure—and a certain Bob Smith left his mark more than once.

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One more ascent up a final ladder, and we have reached the inside of the cupola. In the morning, when we arrive, the windows are glazed in morning dew—it’s hard to see outside. Nevertheless, it feels great to be standing inside a Beloit icon.

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The first Middle College cupola was built in 1880, along with a two-story porch. In 1939, the building was redesigned and the current cupola was added. The structure hasn’t received any significant structural care or attention since that time—until now. The cupola is at the top of its game, literally and figuratively. The highest accessible spot on campus was recently renovated, and now stands spiffier than ever before.

Renovation began this September and was completed at the end of November. The cupola’s exterior wood structure was preserved, while railings, lattice work, and decorative urns surrounding the cupola were replaced with more durable synthetic material. The copper roof, once tinged green with weather and time, now has a shiny new replacement. For the steel spire crowning the building, the college hired a blacksmith to restore missing and damaged pieces using only traditional tools and methods. The entire renovation was topped off with a fresh coat of white paint. The project was made possible by a gift from William Corlis’37.