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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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Museum Mondays: Brimming with programmatic possibilities

November 18, 2012 at 5:28 pm

“Museum programs” include just about anything you can think of that can happen in a museum that’s mediated by museum staff and that relates to the museum’s collections, exhibits, or mission—everything from guided tours to craft demonstrations, and from theatre performances to games.

111920 Monday sandwich 

Beloit’s museum education practicum class has spent the fall semester exploring the range of programming possibilities in museums of all types. Students have played 1850s-era vintage base ball (yes, that’s correct—it was two words back then), helped out with Rockford’s Discovery Center Museum’s “Spooky Science” Halloween event, hugged trees at the Welty Environmental Center, led programs with fifth-graders at the Logan Museum, and took extended looks and had in-depth discussions about paintings in the Wright Museum of Art.

The course gives students an opportunity to experience and practice the range of techniques available to educators and others working in informal learning environments like museums. Students explore informal learning from the audience perspective through readings and by participating in programs both on and off campus. They also explore informal learning from the educator’s perspective by crafting programs for specific audiences and by leading groups through the programs they have created. Under the College’s new curriculum, the course is designated as a LAP-1 course, which means there is a significant amount of application of course material both on campus and in the community.

Logan Museum of Anthropology Curator of Exhibits and Education Dan Bartlett says that while the course is cross-listed under museum studies and education and youth studies, the course content and experiences are applicable to any student who might ever have to give a formal or informal presentation, from presenting at a professional conference to selling door-to-door.

“Appreciating an audience’s characteristics and using those characteristics in finding ways to make an unfamiliar subject relevant and interesting is a fundamental communication skill," he says. (Bartlett is pictured below, in costume) "The course really stresses focusing a message and developing engaging ways to get that message across.”

Dan in costurme 

On Monday, Dec. 10, members of the class will present “Science From Beyond the Grave,” a drop-in program for kids ages 6-12 at the Beloit Public Library. These short, interactive presentations highlight the life and work of some famous (and not-so-famous) dead scientists. These programs were originally prepared for the Discovery Center in Rockford. Three days of final project presentations for the class are scheduled from 2:00-3:50 p.m. on Dec. 4, Dec. 6, and Dec. 11, and are open to the campus community.

Details on these presentations will be announced after the Thanksgiving holiday break.