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Parent Newsletter--October 2013

Welcome (and welcome back) to the Beloit family:
It may seem like yesterday that your student packed up their room at home and trekked to Beloit. And, some of those unused packed up items have probably made their way back home already via your backseat as you departed Family & Friends Weekend (photos of the weekend are available here). We are grateful that your student now calls Beloit home, and we are just as excited to welcome you into our family. We hope you’ll firmly embrace your inner “Beloiter,” join in a few campus events, and stay in touch. We’ll be sure to share the latest about what’s going on in our community, too. Welcome, and welcome back, to Beloit.

Powerhouse architect selection finalized
It is an exciting time at Beloit, and the Board of Trustees has just approved the final selection of a nationally recognized architect to help us transform a century-old power plant into an activity and recreation center. Studio Gang Architects will lead the effort to bring the goals of our campus-wide programming study to life.

“This project should be a model—for connecting college to community, campus to river, and our city’s past to its future while honoring the role Alliant Energy and its employees played in powering our state’s growth over a century,” President Scott Bierman said. “This is a vision Studio Gang is already helping shape and make possible. We are thrilled to see what they can teach us, discover, and do for the college and our region.”

Read more about the project here.

Beloit is the best; and we can prove it!
Yet again, Beloit was named among the best liberal arts colleges in the country, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of “Best Colleges.”

In its ranking of the top 240 liberal arts colleges nationwide, the college tied for the No. 59 spot. The faculty continues to shine as Beloit was listed in the Princeton Review at number 20 for the most accessible professors (read more); and the college is among 18 national liberal arts colleges recognized for a strong commitment to teaching with a ranking of 10 on the list for Best Undergrad Teaching from U.S. News & World Report. See how Beloit fared in other categories here.

Tune in: Upton Forum and Stone Lecture on campus and live-streamed
Your student will have the opportunity to learn from a variety of scholars throughout the year, and you can enjoy several of the lectures as well. Friday, Oct. 25, the 6th Annual Upton Forum will be held featuring James D. Gwartney. Gwartney is the Gus A. Stavros Eminent Scholar at Florida State University, where he directs the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education. He is also the co-author of the annual report, Economic Freedom of the World, which provides information on the consistency of institutions and policies with economic freedom for 144 countries. Gwartney will give the June and Edgar Martin Memorial Lecture as part of the 6th Annual Upton Forum. The lecture will be held in the atrium of the Sanger Center for the Sciences at 7 p.m., and streamed live on

The 2013 Ivan and Janice Stone Lecture will be presented by Elizabeth Ransom, Associate Professor at the University of Richmond. Speaking on “Feast and Famine:  Inequalities in the Global Food System," her talk will focus on the dramatic changes that have occurred in the agriculture and food system in recent decades, with particular emphasis on changes within the global beef trade and its impacts on the people and environments of Southern Africa. The lecture will take place in Richardson Auditorium on November 20 at 8 p.m. and will also be streamed live at

Sustained Dialogue
Over the past several years, Beloit has had an increasing focus on intercultural literacy. It is our hope that students will develop the skills to understand their own social identity as well as the social identity of others---to recognize how it shapes their lives, how they think, and how they interact with others. This understanding will enable students to approach situations from another perspective, to see what may be the root of a conflict or viewpoint as they live and learn on campus, and to go forth post-Beloit with the tools to understand and discuss varying ideals. This semester, students are participating in Sustained Dialogue. This is an opportunity for trained student mentors to facilitate conversations with small groups of students that focus on getting to know one another, exploring social identity, and working together to resolve campus issues to create a more inclusive Beloit. Curious about the initiative? Read more about it.

Bundle up and support our students

As the weather finally turns a bit milder here in the Midwest, we turn to the warmth of friends, family, and B blankets. Get yours today! Proceeds go to support the senior class gift. And, speaking of gifts, did you know that the Turtle Creek Bookstore is chock-full of more than just books. You can get the latest gear, gifts, and more. Check it out!

Missing your student?

Chances are the feeling is mutual. Whether this is your student’s first time away or fourth (or more!), they still miss you and you miss them. Consider keeping a photo album (whether it be your traditional paper album with the wonderful protective covers or a Flickr account, Facebook album, or other technology) of the events of the Fall at home, and encourage you Beloiter to do the same. Then, spend some time sharing in the memories together. It can even be as easy as a quick email, text, or Instagram! You can share a moment and let one another know you’re thinking of them.

Important dates to remember:

October 12-20: Mid-term break
October 23: Spring Honors Term applications due
October 30: Advising Practicum
November 20: International Symposium Day
November 28-December 1: Thanksgiving break
December 1: Last day to cancel spring residence hall contract without penalty
December 11: Last day of classes
December 12: Study Day
December 13-14: Exam Days
December 15: Study Day
December 16-17: Exam Days
December 18: Residence halls close for all students

Check out the
full event calendar