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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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Spiritual life director suggests meditation for spiritual fitness

December 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Bill Conover

Just as an athlete dedicates time each day for exercise, Spiritual Life Program Director Bill Conover recommends people practice mindfulness meditation daily.

Unlike other forms of meditation that focus on achieving relaxation, peace, or happiness, the goal of mindfulness meditation is to develop the capacity to be aware and awake and to live each moment more fully in addition to learning how to accept a situation as it is without judging it as good or bad.

The Buddhist practice, according to Conover, results in many benefits including an increase in  concentration, compassion and emotional flexibility.

Ideally, one should practice mindfulness meditation every day for 30 minutes, but Conover said even just five minutes a day will prove beneficial. Once in a quiet, comfortable, secure room, people should position themselves in a steady position on a cushion or in a strong back chair. Making the body still will make the mind still.

Then people should close their eyes and direct all their attention on their breathing and experience all the sensations that come with it such as the coolness in the nostrils and the feeling of letting go. Whenever a thought or feeling arises, the attention should be brought back to the breathing.

Conover offers free lessons to students, staff, and faculty every Monday, and he also began teaching a Mindfulness Workshop course this semester in the psychology department, which he plans to continue.

One of Conover’s students in the class wrote in an assignment that the most striking breakthrough in terms of accepting the present moment occurred during midterms when he realized he would not be able to finish a project on time.

“In the past I would have had an extreme stress reaction and likely would have been on the verge of a breakdown, but I didn’t even have a hint of being nervous, either cognitively or physically,” the student wrote. “I just recognized what was and came to terms with it right there without a second thought until later in the day when I realized how calm I had been.”

So why is it so important to live in the present?

“The present is the only place we can actually live,” Conover said. “The past is only available to us in memory, and the future is unsure. If we train ourselves to stay present, we’ll discover just how rich and amazing it is to be human and alive.”