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Summer Symposium: a chance for staff and faculty to learn about Beloit, each other

May 19, 2014

Now that the dust has cleared from preparing for Commencement and attending all manner of end-of-the-year festivities, faculty and staff are invited to take some time to celebrate their accomplishments and learn about college initiatives, the campus, and some key work being done by some of the departments here at Beloit.

On Thursday, all faculty and staff are invited to take part in a number of events and sessions for the fourth annual Summer Symposium. The day will kick off with breakfast in Commons at 7:45 a.m. with recognition for staff milestones and the presentation of the Bill Behling award, followed by an opening session, “This is Beloit,” by Director of Communications and Marketing Jason Hughes at 9:45 a.m., also in Commons. Hughes will highlight some of the positioning work undertaken by the Office of Communications and Marketing, and the resulting projects: a new, viewbook, and more.

Following the opening session, Beloiters can choose from a series of concurrent sessions at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., with topics ranging from the admissions process to testing your sustainability I.Q. or even taking a walking tour of campus.

Mark your calendar--we’ll see you there! A full listing of events can be found below.

7:45 a.m.  Welcome Celebration and Symposium Kickoff
Commons, Chapin Hall

Kicking off our fourth annual Summer Symposium, President Scott Bierman will welcome you and share details about the day. While you are enjoying your breakfast, we’ll take time to celebrate one another and recognize the glorious contributions that have impacted our campus community—especially noting staff celebrating milestones.

9:45 a.m.  Opening Session, This is Beloit
Jason Hughes, Director of Communications & Marketing
Commons, Chapin Hall

A brief recap of Communications & Marketing’s “Positioning Beloit” work, what it revealed, and some of the new work it has inspired and informed—including a new, an admissions viewbook, and more.


10:45 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions I

It Takes a Campus to Recruit a Beloiter
Office of Admissions
Main Dining Room, Pearsons Hall

From prospective student to Beloiter, learn about the journey that a student takes through the admissions process and how the entire campus plays a role. We'll share stories, information about the Class of 2018, and play a prize-filled game of team trivia!

Archives Open House
Fred Burwell, College Archivist
Paula Black Seminar Room, Lower Level of the Library

The Archives is opening the vault! Step back into Beloit’s history through slides, photographs, memorabilia, and more.

Sustainability Jeopardy:  What is your Sustainability IQ?
Lindsay Chapman, Sustainability Coordinator
Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall

Are you a Sustainability Brainiac? Come find out in this game show session where teams of volunteers will learn about sustainability at the college and worldwide.


11:45 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions II

Trust Building
John Kaufmann, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
TV Lounge, Pearsons Hall

As our campus confronts issues of diversity and inclusion, we recognize the importance of taking time to build trust among newly forming groups. In this session, we will share specific methods, techniques, and a few participatory activities to help us to learn these skills.

Exploring the Liberal Arts in Practice
Jessica Fox-Wilson, Director of Career Development
Mathers, Pearsons Hall

In preparation for life after Beloit, students need to create a narrative that draws on their experiences and guides their future personal and professional development. Join us as we explore the Liberal Arts in Practice developmental model, a framework that demonstrates how students build their narrative through academic, co-curricular, and pre-professional experiences.

Historical Building Tour
Fred Burwell, College Archivist
Tour departs from the library patio

Take a stroll through campus with Archivist Fred Burwell and discover how the landscape has changed over the years.

Rain location: Paula Black Seminar Room, Lower Level of the Library