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Donors’ gift will allow Emerson Hall to reopen to students after nearly 40 years

One of Beloit College’s earliest and best-known buildings is returning to the college thanks to the generosity of two local donors. Emerson Hall, built in 1897 as the women’s dormitory, will be renovated in the coming year and reopened as a residence hall in the fall of 2016, the college announced as a part of its 2015 commencement exercises.

“This is a day the college has been dreaming about for more than 35 years,” said Scott Bierman, president of Beloit College. “Through the generosity of these donors, the college has regained its northern anchor, and one of our city’s most beautiful and historic buildings—and just in time too.”

The college intends to begin raising additional funds and renovating the building this fall. Emerson is expected to re-open in the fall of next year and house around 60 students.

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An incredible showcase of student work and generosity

A day of learning, exploration, and amazement followed by an evening of celebration sums up this extraordinary day in words, but the overwhelming awe simply cannot be expressed on paper (or screen).

For the 38th year, the college hosted Student Symposium day April 16. Over 80 presentations of student work and experiences took place across campus—topics ran the gamut from music and emotion, “miracle fruit,” and stream critters to the particle accelerator, ancient political advertisements, and the Latino male achievement gap. The presentations were remarkable.

For the second straight year, our most generous benefactors were invited to this day to see what their philanthropy is making possible. And we took time in the evening to share a meal and thank them for their generosity. In addition to honoring those members of our lifetime giving societies, we also recognized Marvin Weissberg, a Beloit parent and the benefactor of the college's Weissberg program, with the awarding of the D.K. Pearsons Award. See the award video featuring Marvin and Nina Weissberg, alumni who participated in the program while students, and more.

See photos here.


#BeloiterUP for Beloit; the college’s first Giving Day a success

In conjunction with Beloiters Unite! events from the east to the west (see photos on Facebook and Twitter (@beloitalumni) #belunite), Spring Day on campus, Earth Day, and more, the college hosted its first Giving Day. Sailing past the goal of $22,000 for April 22, totals for the day were upwards of $40,000. Over 250 alumni, parents, friends, and students participated in this day and it couldn’t have been done without all of you. Thank you for giving, but also, thank you for sharing your love of Beloit, your support, and your time.

These dollars go directly to supporting the college’s Beloiter Fund—annual fund—and providing resources in way of campus preservation, scholarships, alumni connections through the senior class gift, and in all of the places and spaces in between through ‘where the need is greatest.’ Thank you. Detailed overview available soon!


#BeloiterUP for Beloit on April 22 at

The college's first Giving Day is slated for April 22.

We encourage Beloiters near and far to show their pride in Beloit and make a gift to the Beloiter Fund. The Beloiter Fund, also known as the annual fund, provides the college with support for a variety of current use needs such as scholarships, renewing the historic core (campus physical needs such as restoration of residence halls, paint, trim, etc.), study abroad experiences, athletic needs, even light bulbs! As President Bierman says often, it’s “turtles all the way down” and a giving day provides an opportunity to see what we can make possible for fellow Beloiters when we work together.

On April 22, check out, hear stories of what your philanthropy can do, and have an opportunity to make a gift. If you are uncomfortable making a gift online, note on your check that you would like your gift to be counted for Giving Day and be sure to send it in the week of April 22. 

Let’s make #BeloiterUp a success!

1. Talk, tweet, share, email, call, and/or shout from the rooftops your love of Beloit.

2. Share with your network of alumni, friends, and colleagues that giving day is April 22, 2015 and that we can all make a difference.

3. Make a gift! Remember, gifts of any size matter.

4. Share your Beloit story with your network.

5. Show your support—“I am making a gift because…”

6. Share messages from the Beloit Alumni Facebook and Twitter accounts through your networks.


Making the Beloit experience possible

Your generosity has enabled 1,032 students to enjoy a Beloit experience this year. Whether through giving to Beloiter scholarships, endowed scholarships, or the Beloiter Fund for scholarships, you have made a Beloit education possible. Learn more about Fast Forward: the Campaigns for Beloiters here.


Breaking News: IRA Charitable Rollover Extension signed into law

If you have been watching Congressional action on H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Protection Act of 2014, you are likely aware that the President signed the bill December 19, 2014. Included in this legislation is a retroactive extension of the IRA charitable rollover provision. However, the extension is only for 2014 and applies to gifts completed by December 31, 2014. Time is of the essence in taking advantage of this tax-saving provision. Learn how.


Year-end Giving Tips

We know you’re busy—here are a few quick tips that may be helpful as you finalize your plans for year-end giving and meeting important tax deadlines. (including our holiday hours!) Read on.


Beloit College's Giving Day slated for April 22, 2015

On #GivingTuesday, a national day to celebrate philanthropy, we encouraged alumni and friends to give to a favorite nonprofit. We are pleased to share that many selected Beloit and gifts totaled almost $13,000 in one day. 

Also on #GivingTuesday, the college invited you to mark your calendars for April 22, 2015 as it is Beloit's inaugural Giving Day. More details to come.

George S. Parker II Endowed Chair in Art History established

A charitable trust established by the late Mr. George S. Parker II, former President and CEO of the Parker Pen company and a former Beloit College trustee, has established an endowed chair in art history at Beloit College. The George S. Parker II Endowed Chair in Art History will be held by associate professor Joy Beckman, who also directs the Wright Museum of Art, a teaching museum on campus. Read more.

Beloit powerhouse project to include riverwalk

The City of Beloit and Beloit College have been awarded a $1,009,158 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to fund a Rock River riverwalk extension. The funds, provided as a part of the federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), will extend riverside access to the outer walls of the planned redevelopment of Alliant Energy's Blackhawk Generating Station, which the college intends to turn into a waterfront activity and recreation center. Read more.


Beloit College offers condolences to the family of philanthropist Virginia Bell Webster who passed away July 6 at the age of 98. Mrs. Webster was predeceased by her husband, Scott Webster'35, and is survived by her sister Dorothy Hay and nephews Ed Henby'64 and Larry Bell'58. Mrs. Webster was a major supporter of the college and its Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB). Mrs. Webster, who resided in the Stateline Area, was a pioneer for women in aviation serving in World War II in the Women's Air Corps, and later in the Civil Air Patrol and as one of the first female air traffic controllers for what is now the Federal Aviation Administration.

At the time of this writing, the family has yet to announce plans for a service. Read more about the Webster’s contributions to Beloit College here.

Thanks 4 Beloit

Generations of Beloiters have made Beloit what it is today, and we—our students, faculty, and staff— thank you for supporting this unforgettable place and the remarkable students it nurtures. Your gift makes the unimaginable possible; the mundane, glorious; the adventure worth the work. Thank you for supporting today’s Beloiters AND tomorrow’s. You make it possible. #thanks4beloit

See the daily listing of #thanks4beloit notes here. We also posted them on our Facebook page, Twitter account, and Pinterest.

Bunge Theatre to see renovation thanks to alumna support

The Bunge Theatre in the Neese Theatre building will soon see an extensive renovation thanks to the generosity of Eleanor (Nor) Hall’69 and her husband Roger Hale.

Among the planned renovations, students and classes can enjoy additional lighting, sound, projection, and seating. It is hoped that this space will also provide a much-needed experimentation and learning place for theatre and non-theatre users—a stage for which students can practice the liberal arts through innovation, design, testing, and performing. Read more...

Powerhouse one step closer

At its April 2014 meeting, Beloit’s board of trustees unanimously approved a Definitive Purchase Agreement that outlines terms for the college to purchase the nearby Blackhawk Generating Station from Alliant Energy/WPL.

This formal agreement sets the terms for the building’s sale and transfer, should the college successfully raise the money needed to turn the building into a campus activity and recreation center. Approval on the college’s end signals the board’s continued interest in the Powerhouse project, and Alliant and Beloit College’s shared commitment to moving forward on plans.

Want to learn more about the history of the Powerhouse and see a few liberal arts in practice experiences students have had through the process? Check out the article from the spring 2014 magazine here.


Showcase celebrates lifetime giving, leadership

After a day of Student Symposium sessions April 17, President Scott Bierman and the Office of Development & Alumni Relations hosted an event in the Science Center atrium honoring about 40 of the college's most generous and long-time supporters. This event, titled "Showcase" provided the opportunity for donors to see, first-hand, the remarkable student work that their philanthropy makes possible. It was the first of a new annual event honoring these special supporters for their lifetime giving, and an exciting start to a new era at the college. Over 860 were inducted into the lifetime giving societies--read more about the societies here. Another first was celebrated at Showcase in the awarding of the D.K. Pearsons Philanthropic Leadership Award. Board Chair Jim Sanger and Marge Sanger were awarded this well-deserved honor.   

Read more and see photos.


Science Center lab renamed in honor of Hank Woodard

To honor one of our distinguished faculty—one that has left an indelible mark on generations of Beloiters—is a special event, and it’s even more exciting when we have the opportunity to fulfill alumni wishes to thank one of their favorites; one of their “academic heroes,” as he was presented to the development and alumni relations team.

On Friday, Feb. 28, the mineralogy-petrology laboratory in the Center for the Sciences was renamed in honor of Beloit College Emeritus Professor of Geology Hank “The Chief” Woodard. This initiative was driven by a group of alumni—headed up by Richard A. "Skip" Davis'59—with support from development and alumni relations.

It’s not the first time that alumni have worked together to fundraise for something they are passionate about. In fact, not surprisingly given Hank’s impressive career, it isn’t the first time alumni have rallied for “The Chief” either. In 2002, a committee of geology alumni came together to fund the Hank and Lyn Woodard Endowed Scholarship Fund.

See photos from the event!


Possibilities abound with the Liberal Arts in Practice

Yearlong, students enjoy experiences to put their classroom knowledge to work. It's one of of the most visible components to the Liberal Arts in Practice, and your gifts help make it possible. Other pieces of the process include a different kind of advising and reflection of the experiences, but that's a story for an other day. Take a look at a few recent ways Beloit students are learning to put feet on their education.

From hospitality and research to social media and photography, the 2014 Beloit International Film Festival has been using a variety of Beloit College interns to assist in the 2014 event (Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 23). Read more about their experiences.

An April 6 dance performance at Chicago’s Ruth Page Center for the Arts is the end goal for students enrolled in the Repertory Dance Company, a Labs Across the Curriculum course led by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance Gina T’ai.

The course, which is in its third offering, teaches students how to form and a run a functional dance company, including how to promote it, build a budget, fundraise, work with clients, and write grants. Learn more. 

The Logan Museum’s Curator of Collections, Nicolette Meister, has been assisting the Rockford Burpee Museum of Natural History in its recovery from a flooding incident. A radio piece aired February 7 on NPR’s local affiliate, WNIJ. A student has been experiencing this project with her.
 Click here to listen to the story.


Beloit College selects Studio Gang Architects to convert power plant to campus center

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

College and building owner Alliant Energy outline three-year plan for transitioning ownership

The Board of Trustees of Beloit College has selected 2013 National Design Award winner Studio Gang Architects to lead its efforts to convert a century-old power plant into an activity and recreation center. (Press photos are available here.)

The college’s trustees approved the selection on Saturday after a series of updates regarding the college’s ongoing partnership with Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin utility, which has been working with college officials for more than a year to explore a possible sale of the Blackhawk Generating Station in Beloit. Alliant Energy officials and the college recently outlined a three-year window aimed at aligning and connecting their efforts so that the college and Alliant Energy would formalize a transition of the property in 2016, should all go well.

“We’re picking up speed,” said President Scott Bierman. “Alliant Energy and the college have spent more than a year together investigating this opportunity and its challenges. We have a shared belief in, and enthusiasm for, this project and we’re ready to accelerate and further align our efforts.”


3 million reasons we’re grateful

The Beloiter Fund reached its $3 million dollar annual goal and what better way to celebrate than to thank you. Our deepest thanks go to all that have contributed to the Beloiter Fund this year to make Beloit possible for students today. Starting July 1, we want to tell you the myriad ways in which your $3 million has made an impact—tune in to our Beloit College Alumni Affairs Facebook page and here for a new story each weekday through August 8. That’s right—30 days and 3 million reasons we’re grateful. 

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A celebration of imaginative gifts, life-changing opportunities

Announced at the annual Heritage Society Luncheon June 14, 2013, the Heritage Society is receiving a new name. The James E. Duffy Society represents the exceptional generosity that inspires legacy gifts to Beloit College. Renamed for a member of the Class of 1949, the James E. Duffy Society celebrates the vision James Duffy brings to his philanthropy at Beloit and exemplifies how all Beloit College donors can shape their charitable legacies. We recognize the crucial role the James E. Duffy’49 Society plays in the future of Beloit College. Last fall, Fast Forward: The Campaigns for Beloiters was launched as a series of focused fundraising initiatives aimed at supporting the mission of Beloit and enhancing the reputation of Beloit College. Through imaginative gifts like Duffy’s and estate gift plans that will build endowment for long-term support of the college, energizing resources are provided for the life-changing work of students and faculty.  Learn more.

Passion and exploration energized through Reunion giving

Your gift makes a difference. The day-to-day and the life-changing moments you remember at Beloit were made possible by Beloiters before you. Your experience was brought to you by Beloiters. Make a commitment today to do the same for a current Beloiter with your reunion gift to the Beloiter Fund for scholarships.

And, this year, your impact is amplified. Your reunion class giving will be combined to create as many $2500 scholarships as possible—challenge yourself and challenge your classmates. Just how many dreams can your class fund, how many lives will you change?

Alumni and endowed funds bring enlightenment, motivation

"This [job shadow] really helped me visualize a path and career trajectory for myself. Before, the idea of where I want my career to end up was intimidating, but now I better understand the path to get there and it has motivated me to be excited for all the steps long the way."--Karen'15

Over spring break, eight students had the opportunity to shadow alumni in San Francisco. Through Bacon Know Thyself Funds and funding from the Weissberg Program in Human Rights, these Beloiters were able to spend a week learning the in's and out's of a day in the life of a Beloiter. From financial planning and analysis at Charles Schwab to understanding proposal writing to understanding how an English major can work at the EPA, the experiences were as varied as the advice and understanding that each student took from their experience.

A special thank you to our alumni hosts! Yet another example of experiences "Brought to you by Beloiters."

The job shadow experience and alumni reception was a collaborative effort between the offices of Career Development, Development & Alumni Relations, Admissions, and Community-Based Learning.


Lectures, workshops, and hands-on opportunities made possible by alumni

Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to cultivate their knowledge and rub shoulders with 'the greats' across a variety of disciplines through the Beloit Residencies. From visiting philosophers to artists-in-residence to pioneers in human rights, these distinguished guests spend a week or so interacting with campus, with the students, inspiring and sharing their stories. And, many of these amazing visits are made possible by alumni. Learn more about the Beloit Residencies and those joining us this semester.


President Bierman introduces Fast Forward: The Campaigns for Beloiters

In a brief address broadcast live and online to Beloiters across the country and world November 15, Beloit College President Scott Bierman shared a list of recent accomplishments and accolades but saved most of his time to introduce and explain the college’s new campaign strategy and slogan—Fast Forward: The Campaigns for Beloiters.

See the announcement video here: “President Bierman introduces Fast Forward”

Get the full scoop, fast.

Beloit College, Wisconsin Power and Light Company exploring possible reuse of power plant in downtown Beloit 

Beloit College is partnering with Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL) to explore the possible reuse of the company’s Blackhawk Generating Station as an activity and recreation center for the college. The Blackhawk facility, which has been retired since 2010, sits on the Rock River in downtown Beloit.

The college has been developing its plans for more than a year while in informal talks with WPL. Now, with the board’s approval, the college will continue to fully explore the project’s feasibility and to assess the site’s remediation needs with WPL. At the same time, the college will begin to fundraise for the project, which would require an estimated $30 million to complete. Learn more about the project here (including artist renderings) and read more in the Beloit Daily News and Janesville Gazette

The Beloiters Scholarship Initiative

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Your annual gift of $2,500 provides opportunity―a named scholarship in your own honor, or that of a friend, family member, or favorite professor―that will transform the life of a Beloiter like Joe. Your scholarship will connect you to a student’s Beloit experience so that you can witness the transformation that you made possible. Read More

Beloit Forgoes Traditional Campaign in Favor of Project Based Approach

While higher education fund-raising these days is dominated by large comprehensive campaigns, Beloit College President Scott Bierman decided to approach giving from a different angle. The college is developing a plan, which administrators are referring to as a “modular” or “project-based” strategy, through which it will raise money one or two projects at a time over a shorter time frame than a traditional campaign. Administrators hope the approach will set them apart from other institutions, motivate faster giving, and excite donors who can see a quick turnaround on their investments. In total, administrators believe the new approach will be as successful, if not more, for the college than more traditional models. Read More