November 17, 2022

Editor’s Farewell

Susan Kasten, longtime Beloit College Magazine editor, will retire at the end of the year.

College Editor Susan Kasten College Editor Susan KastenI’ve never believed in using precious space for an editor’s letter. Since I joined Beloit College Magazine as editor in 2001, we haven’t published any, until this one.

I will retire at the end of the calendar year, so this is the last time you’ll read my name on the masthead. I want to thank you for being a lively, curious, and engaged group of readers. You were invaluable in keeping me in tune with Beloit’s boundless spirit, being direct — but kind — if we were off-base, and providing infinite story ideas about the interesting, courageous, and community-minded alumni associated with this college.

Some went the extra mile: people like Martin Morse Wooster’80, my favorite tipster, who never misses a Beloiter’s name in the press; Joe Kobylka’51, our longtime alumni director who shared his vast knowledge and mentored me as a newbie; and Professor Emerita of English Marion Stocking, whose handwritten feedback was constructively critical and downright inspirational early in my career.

Getting to know our student interns is one of the best parts of this job. To a person, they are informed, refreshingly creative, and they care deeply about the world and others. Their contributions to this magazine have been substantial, and my life has been enriched by getting to know them.

I may be moving on, but a vibrant Beloit College Magazine will continue with your support and involvement.

Farewell and best wishes, Beloiters!

—Susan Kasten, Editor

Also In This Issue

  • If Beloit had a contest for most imaginative dorm room décor, Sophie Wray’23 would probably win.

    Making Beloit home

  • Marcos Arroyo’16, left, and Bob Norris’66 met when Norris visited an environmental studies class on campus. Since then, the two have become good friends.

    Kindred spirits across five decades

  • Former head basketball coach and athletic director Bill Knapton

    Court named for Coach Knapton

  • Brooke McCammond’21 and Hannah Kang’22 led painting murals for Beloit Health System late last spring.

    Alumni artists bring cheer to local hospital


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