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Senior Profiles

Congratulations seniors! Your impact on Beloit and those around you has been extraordinary. See all profiles. →

Thanks to the Office for Student Success, Equity, and Community for leading the effort to highlight the class of 2020.

  • <div class="row"><div class="col-sm-6 senior-image"><img src="/live/image/gid/124/width/600/height/600/crop/1/src_region/253,217,555,518/4892_image.rev.1589410429.jpg" alt=""/><p><strong> Desire Piphus</strong><br/> Hometown: <strong>Beloit, Wisconsin</strong></p></div><div class="col senior-detail"><h2 class="senior-name py-2 m-0"> Desire Piphus </h2><div class="senior-info"><div><em/></div><strong> Environmental Geology</strong><br/>Chinese Minor <p class="hometown">Hometown: <strong>Beloit, Wisconsin</strong></p></div><div class="senior-quote"><em><p> “I am nominating Desire because she serves as a role model to other students in her abilities to combine her diverse interests in geology and Chinese language and culture. Desire was interested in the geosciences from the start and she quickly earned a reputation as a very strong student and an extremely hard worker in our geology program. In her freshman year, she applied to a short-term study abroad program that I co-directed with Daniel Youd (Rivers in Transition). Through a competitive application process, we selected ten students for the program that explored the natural and cultural history of the Yellow River Basin. A spring semester course culminated in a three-week travel course to the lower Yellow River Basin (in May 2017). Desire was a wonderful student team member and tackled the challenging nature of the program head-on. She was a delight to travel with, and she got along well with the entire group. Upon return, Desire decided to pursue Chinese language study, and she declared a minor in Chinese. She then enrolled in an intensive Chinese language and culture program in Chengdu after her sophomore year, where she further developed her Chinese language skills. When Desire began looking into off campus and study abroad opportunities, she also chose to study in China. She spent the fall semester of her junior year at Shandong University in Jinan, China. When it came time to offer the Rivers in Transition again (May 2019), Daniel and I selected Desire and another student to serve as a teaching assistant for the program. In this role, Desire offered her geologic expertise, helped other students with the language barrier, and assisted me and Daniel in planning exercises and travel arrangements. Desire did a fantastic job!”</p></em><div class="m-3 clearfix"><a href="/commencement/senior-profiles/index.php" class="d-inline-block pull-right"><i class="fa fa-refresh fa-2x"/></a></div></div></div></div>


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