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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: Behind the mailboxes

March 26, 2013 at 9:34 pm

By Kate Atkinson

If you don’t know them already, you probably recognize Jim Hass and Karen Reil as the friendly folks behind the mail center desk. They have been working together at the mail center for 15 years (Jim has been there for 20) sorting and distributing the endless stream of textbooks, magazines, letters, and care packages that come in for students.

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“Karen and I do the same things the students do,” says Jim of his 10 student workers. “I tell the students if they work the desk they’ll meet everyone on this campus at least once. The president, the trustees, professors, they all come down here.”

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The mail center is more spacious than it appears from the outside, but textbook deliveries at the beginning of each term are usually pretty chaotic. Jim shows me a photo from the fall semester in which boxes and extra-large envelopes completely cover the sorting table and spill over into the passageway with barely enough space to get through.

The mail box system is also a little more complicated than it appears. Each box is labeled with a name, color-coded by year, and students who are absent have a strip of tape across their boxes informing mail sorters of where to forward their mail.

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Work at the mail center is truly a collaborative effort.  As Jim and I chat, Karen and a couple of student workers sort the mail, answer the phone, and run the front desk. Jim tells me that even when he was out sick a couple of years ago and didn’t have a replacement, students and staff chipped in and the mail center ran smoothly as usual.

Jim’s favorite part of the job is the job itself. He likes that the work is varied, and he likes the people he works with. “I love my students to death,” he says. “We couldn’t do this job without them and they know it.”

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The craziest thing they’ve ever received: A bucket of dead sharks for the biology department. Other favorites include live mice, ships in bottles, a rubber chicken with nothing but an address and postage written on it, and pizza from Chicago.

The mail center cannot send food through on-campus mail (but you can receive food if it’s sent from off campus). They also can’t send packages over 13 oz., but they are happy to advise students with outgoing packages that exceed the limit on how to best ship them.