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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: Library’s book-mender also creates paper art (pics)

February 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Phyllis Olmstead, a technical service assistant in the college’s Morse Library, is seriously crafty. In her work for the college, she orders and catalogs books, works the circulation desk, and occasionally mends books.

 But in her downtime, she has been making cards and other paper art from a combination of used and new materials. Phyllis has sold her one-of-a-kind greeting cards at the Angel Museum and has gifted them to countless lucky friends and family members over the years.

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“My husband has learned to never throw anything away,” she says as she describes her craft room at home, an emporium of rubber stamps, templates, tools, and papers of every color and weight.

Phyllis’ signature cards are made using a variety of techniques that she has honed over the years. One favorite technique is Pergamano, which can involve embossing parchment paper with a special tool or creating perforations with other tools. The result is a layered, textured aesthetic that adds dimension to the cards.

Other techniques Phyllis employs include sewing on the cards with embroidery thread, stamping, stenciling, and even repurposing dryer sheets.

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Phyllis takes classes once or twice a year on different paper crafting techniques and has also taught classes at her church and at U-Rock’s summer program, College for Kids to gifted and talented children.

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