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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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Culture Lab parlays students’ experiences abroad into curriculum

March 13, 2012 at 12:10 am

International education has always been a major component of a Beloit College education, but the new Francophone Culture Lab offers even more opportunities for students to broaden their worldly experiences.

NATASA BASIC 

Currently in its pilot year, the Francophone Culture Lab developed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Languages Nataša Bašić (pictured above) has several main goals: one is to help students who study abroad in a French-speaking country to increase their awareness of their experiences and their ability to communicate what they have learned by focusing on a cultural aspect of their host culture.

Possible topics students may explore include contemporary cultural myths, cultural misunderstandings/differences, religious practices, education, and politics among others, and students can also select their own topics.

Upon return, the students enroll in a special project course and produce materials to be used in French 215 (the advanced french course). Thus, the second goal of the Francophone Culture Lab is for the students enrolled in French 215 to benefit from the up-to-date and in-depth examples and analyses of Francophone cultures.

The first student to complete the Francophone Culture Lab was Ariana Anderson’12, who studied homosexuality in Senegal. This semester, Bašić is working on campus with Ashley Pettit’13 who is studying Muslim Brotherhoods and with Aurora Cauthers-Knox’12 who is exploring power and gender in DakarfFamilies – both in Senegal.

Bašić is also coordinating projects with two students while they are abroad in Senegal this semester, who will then enroll in the course when they return next semester. These students are Angeline Peterson’13, studying oral tradition, women, and education and Valmai Hanson’13, researching senegalese literature.

These and other students who enroll in the Francophone Culture Lab will also be able to fulfill their Liberal Arts in Practice requirement.   

“For me, an important aspect is that they are able to teach my 215 students,” Bašić said. “Everyone studies something different, and every French 215 course can continue to benefit from the materials.”

The Francophone Culture Lab is part of the campus-wide Labs Across the Curriculum initiative that was implemented in the fall 2011 academic year. Funded by a $507,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, these are unique course projects that put the liberal arts into practice.

For more information on Labs Across the Curriculum, visit here.