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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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Beloit Blocks: Woodworking with Mark Klassen (pics)

June 9, 2013 at 10:55 pm

If the eight students of Mark Klassen’s woodworking course didn’t know how to use a saw or fit a wooden joint mid-May, no matter. They learned.

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“It’s everybody’s first time, basically,” says Klassen, associate professor of art and instructor for the hands-on Beloit Blocks class. “They had a series of exercises that were just basic technical woodworking skills.”

Though described as a studio art course, none of the students who earned a unit of credit in the course, which wrapped up last week, were art majors.

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“It’s a class full of very useful things that you’ll use in life,” explains Bianca Leoni’14, a rising senior and biology major. Beyond learning concrete skills like milling and joining and using power tools, she says she came to appreciate the process associated with planning out each aspect of a woodworking project, from the initial sketches to measuring, cuts, and construction.

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The longer sessions of the Block course lent themselves well to that process, Klassen says. “There’s a physicality to what we’re doing. It works really well for wordworking and artmaking.”

Beyond their time in the shop, Klassen and his students also visited artists’ studios and the state forestry department’s wood products lab. For a final project, students were tasked with finding “an underutilized space on campus, a forgotten space, an unused space, and they had to find a way to make it functional,” Klassen says.

Leoni’s project? A cabinet rigged to a pulley system, meant to be set up in the space between the stairwells of Pearsons. It illustrates that balance of function and innovation that Klassen hoped to impress upon the students.

“In the art world, you often make a distinction between being creative and utility. That’s where the individual projects come in,” Klassen says.

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