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.
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.
#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 possible.beloit.edu
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 possible.beloit.edu, 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.