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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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English professor puts his own spin on the Farmer’s Almanac

February 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Over the past decade, Associate English Professor Chris Fink wrote a set of stories about farms and small towns in Wisconsin. The challenge, however, was to find an organizing principle−that is, until he thought of the Farmer’s Almanac.

Chris Fink 

“When I hit on the idea to call it Farmer’s Almanac is really when the work came together,” Fink says. “The idea allowed me to put these stories, that might not otherwise look like they belong in the same book, together,” he said. In other words, the stories hadn’t changed−just the packaging.

Fink’s book, also called Farmer’s Almanac, is divided up into sections that can be found in the annual farmers’ publication such as Long-Range Forecast, Animal Husbandry, and Hunting and Trapping. He also starts off each section with a quote from a past almanac.

Using section names from the Farmer’s Almanac is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, says Fink, who calls his book “an ironic recasting” of the longtime handbook for rural living.

Chris Fink sources 

Farmer’s Almanac will be released on Tuesday, March 12 by Emergency Press. A book launch is scheduled for Friday, April 26 at Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave., in Milwaukee.

Described as more Orwell than Rockwell, the rural stories take place in two small towns in the mythical Odette County, Wis. Like Winesburg, Ohio and The Things They Carried, the stories in Farmer’s Almanac are linked by similar locales and reappearing characters. Since it is in between a novel and a story collection, the genre is dubbed a work of fiction.

“These stories are regional with working-class themes. I consider this my subject. These are my people,” Fink says. “I think it will be of interest to people who have roots in the Midwest.”

Next up, Fink is working on another collection of short stories as well as a novel.