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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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Downtime: A very bear-y holiday tradition

December 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Linda Lauterbach, executive secretary in the Dean of Students Office, is heading up an annual holiday project to benefit the Domestic Violence Center. Every year Linda buys 50 teddy bears, makes outfits for them by hand, and offers them up for adoption in the Dean of Students Office.

Both the bear and the donation of $5 go directly to the Domestic Violence Center.

Linda was inspired to start the bear project in 2003, after meeting a non-traditional student—the student, a single mom who had just left an abusive relationship, was living in the Domestic Violence Shelter at the time. When the student’s 3-year-old daughter picked up a teddy bear from Linda’s desk to hug, Linda had the idea of donating bears to children living at the Center.

“I called the Domestic Violence Center and asked if I could clothe and donate some teddy bears for Christmas and they were thrilled with that idea,” says Linda. Over the nine years that she’s been doing the project, Linda has gradually increased the number of bears that she orders. She started with 25 and now orders and outfits 50 bears for adoption.

Each bear wears a colorful, hand-knit outfit made by either Linda or her friend Marje.


“Marje Nation, retired from the college’s financial aid office, now lives in Florida, but I send her a bear and she makes 25 outfits and I do the other 25,” says Linda. “My mother is also involved by making little blankets for each bear.”

To support the Domestic Violence Center, adopt and name a bear for $5 in the Dean of Students Office (second floor of Pearsons) before Friday (Dec. 14). After Friday, the bears will be taken to the Domestic Violence Center to be distributed.