Every year, amidst the pomp and circumstance of Commencement, Beloit takes a moment to formally recognize one senior student who stands out among his or her peers. But unlike the bulk of certificates and commendations doled out on this day, this award isn’t based on scholastic merit, or community service—or anything remotely academic.
In March of 1965, eight Beloit College students left campus to take part in the historic civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. Many of those who stayed behind showed their solidarity by organizing a demonstration of their own.
After months of negotiations mediated by Canada and the Vatican, President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 that the United States and Cuba were moving toward normalized relations, which would include lifting travel restrictions, imposing fewer limitations on remittances, allowing U.S. banks access to the Cuban financial system, and establishing the first U.S. embassy in Havana since 1961.
Sara Irick’15, of Shawnee, Kan., took this joyful picture in San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, while studying there last spring. She entered her photo, titled “Rolling in the Waves,” in Beloit’s study abroad photography contest.
It was good fortune that a guy named Smiles was the first to receive the Warren Miller Blue Skies Award. Meet Mike Smiles’82: executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vermont. Among other things, he leads the museum’s research institute, which will be conducting nautical archaeology expeditions on Lake Champlain once the ice melts.