Students who occupy club & organization leadership roles on campus share the skills they have learned through their experiences.

Learning from every experience

November, 2021

On Nov. 3, more than 70 students presented about their internships, job shadowing, volunteering, off-campus study, and other forms of engagement in the Stateline area and around the world during the inaugural Beloit & Beyond conference. The day-long conference is one of three signature programs that prepare students for success after graduation.

Ben Katz led the Beloit Fiction Journal’s editorial team last year.

Putting pen to paper

October, 2021

As he transitions from college to career, Ben Katz’21 hopes to combine his interests in public service with writing in the nonprofit sector — and pen stories for literary journals on the side.

Chelsea Gaju’21

Chelsea Gaju’21 pursues a career in solar energy

October, 2021

Chelsea will be in charge of design and assessment of photovoltaic (PV) solar projects for Rydberg Power, Inc.

Students at the grand opening of Grace’s Place. 

Grace’s Place opens with a focus on fellowship and inclusivity

October, 2021

The former Java Joint is now officially Grace’s Place after its grand opening that featured a day-long celebration of Black culture, with food, music, and free haircuts.

Joe Breiter

How persistence, a pandemic, and the New Yorker magazine spurred a degree at 61

October, 2021

“I’m like a lot of people who are sort of reassessing their existence during the pandemic.”

Alana Coats Rankin’05 teaches remotely with her daughter, Autumn, nearby. She’s one of nearly a dozen alumni who helped their former Beloit teacher and mentor during the pandemic. Photo by Greg Rankin’08.

Teachers to the rescue

October, 2021

A group of Beloit alumni teachers, including Alana Coats Rankin’05, heard that their former professor of education Kathy Greene needed their help educating young teachers. They responded by showing up in droves on screens across the country.

Nguyen Huynh’22 and Christiane Umutoni’22

A Change in Plans

October, 2021

From long family separations to remote classes in the middle of the night, international students have been tested over the past 18 months. We talk with Beloit students from England, Nepal, Rwanda, and Vietnam about the challenges and surprising silver linings during this time of uncertainty.

JT Toepfer’23 wears his trusty Dodgers cap to celebrate his mentor, announcer Joe Davis’10. 

Pursuing a passion for broadcasting

October, 2021

JT Toepfer’23 is quickly becoming the voice of Beloit. As a sports play-by-play announcer, showrunner, and writer for TV, radio, and print on campus, JT hopes to improve his craft and draw from the successful career of pro baseball broadcaster Joe Davis’10.

Men’s baseball broke records throughout the season despite playing 10 fewer games than in a typical year.

A season to remember

October, 2021

Beloit’s athletic programs exceeded all expectations despite a challenging spring.

Blackouts on campus have often led students to participate in impromptu activities across a dark campus.

When the lights went out

September, 2021

In Beloit lore, campus power outages are remembered for many things: unwelcomed thoughts of wartime, slight inconveniences, and one enchanted spring evening when nearly the entire college turned up at the same spontaneous party.

A Clark Super 100 gas station on the corner of a busy street.

Freshman at the Pumps

September, 2021

What started as a part time job turned into a close observation of relationships, racism, and cognitive dissonance at a time of national tragedy.

The Powerhouse, Beloit’s new student union is bustling with activity, including battling cages, a cafe, and study rooms.

Beloit College Powerhouse Wins Two International Awards for Studio Gang’s Innovative Design

September, 2021

The transformed generating station awarded Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation by Design Award and The Plan Award 2021.

The Beloit TV station, located in Beloit’s downtown, installed new lighting, backdrops, set pieces, furniture, and recording equipment last summer.

Public access station BeloitTV gets a makeover

September, 2021

Located in Beloit’s Center for Entrepreneurship (CELEB), BeloitTV provides students the opportunity to create their own high-quality productions for the college and greater community.

Beloit College Powerhouse

Why this coal power plant is the future of green building

September, 2021

Beloit Powerhouse is the winner of the Spaces and Places category in the 2021 Innovation by Design Awards for cleverly reusing architecture that’s already there.

Eva Laun-Smith’21 spent countless hours in the Morse Library archives as a student.

An oral history with Eva Laun-Smith

September, 2021

Athlete, activist, and Fulbright Scholar Eva Laun-Smith’21 discusses her passion for history, mentorship under College Archivist Emeritus Fred Burwell’86, and finding examples of Black joy in Beloit’s archives.

Professor Jack Street taught at Beloit from 1961 to 2015.

Revered Professor Emeritus Jack Street dies

September, 2021

The professor emeritus of Modern Languages and Literatures taught French and Italian at Beloit for 54 years and developed an extensive following of alumni admirers.

Students work together in a Beloit classroom.

Beloit College receives top-tier rankings from U.S. News & World Report

September, 2021

Undergraduate teaching, innovation, and first-year experience earn high marks.

Governor Tony Evers greets students during an event honoring the energy efficiency of the Powerhouse.

Powerhouse celebrated for energy efficiency

September, 2021

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers honored Beloit College’s Powerhouse with the Focus on Energy 2021 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award on Wednesday, September 8. Governor Evers commended the new student hub for its innovative approach to conserving energy and reducing the Beloit community’s carbon footprint.

“I’m always impressed with how important the college is to the city of Beloit and how important the city of Beloit is to the college,” says Governor Evers. “This facility serves as a great example of what can be accomplished when people come together and create something that is both sustainable and special.”

Anna Edwards’10

Harnessing the power of ocean waves

September, 2021

Beloit College physics major and electrical engineer Anna Edwards’10 is working to use ocean waves to provide renewable energy.

Addison Merchut’09

Inspired by peers’ belief in themselves to explore, focus, and achieve

September, 2021

Hatch Product Development founder (Gordon) Addison Merchut’09 threw himself into his physics studies and undergraduate life while at Beloit College, where he also began to explore engineering. Subsequent engineering studies and diverse work experiences, along with an entrepreneurial spirit nurtured at Beloit, led to his current role.

Maura Hanley’22 interned at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center in summer 2021.

Learning to Implement Change in a Federal Government Setting

August, 2021

An internship in summer 2021 with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center has given Maura Hanley’22 a better feel for a potential career in environmental management.

Stepha Kvokov’20

Helping people and the planet

August, 2021

Chemical engineering consultant Stephanida Kvokov’20 draws on skills developed while studying at Beloit College to now develop client solutions.

Tim Leslie’89 will teach a course about leadership this semester.

The art of leading

August, 2021

Executive in Residence Tim Leslie’89 on the new course he’s teaching, how sociology changed his trajectory, and why he shifted careers from law to business.

   Logan Museum first floor “cube.”

Logan Museum Receives NAGPRA Grant

August, 2021

The Logan Museum of Anthropology is pleased to be a recipient of a 2021 NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation Grant

Kaela Evans19 works with a fellow peer in the lab.

Making a positive difference

August, 2021

Newly minted chemical engineer Kaela Evans’19 (BS’21, Washington University) is passionate about doing good in the world and paying it forward.

Beloit College senior art majors Maria Aschenbrener, Eva Haykin, Brooke McCammond, and Grace Zaffiro.

laconic libations

August, 2021

laconic libations is a thesis exhibition tackling topics such as institutional barriers, the artistic process, the COVID-19 pandemic, and internal struggles of the mind.

Aaron Holzmueller competed in cross country and track and field.

Holzmueller Adds Another National Record to List of Accolades

July, 2021

Senior runner Aaron Holzmueller has had his eyes set on the Paralympics for a long time. With the Olympics in full swing and the Paralympics getting underway soon, it is fitting we revisit his story and an incredible accomplishment from the past track season.

Michael Dango teaches courses in English and media studies.

Beloit students drive efforts for inclusivity

July, 2021

University Business interviewed Michael Dango, who teaches courses in English and media studies at Beloit College, in addition to contributing to both the Justice & Rights and Worldbuilding channels. Dango discusses how today’s socially conscious college students can push for inclusivity, which ultimately attracts and retains more future students.

Erin Gallagher’21

The pursuit of justice

July, 2021

Erin Gallagher’21 was not initially thrilled about her Duffy internship placement at the Rock County Public Defender’s Office, but the placement led to a new career path.

Britt Scharringhausen

Want to change Earth’s Orbit? Ask Prof. Scharringhausen

June, 2021

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Britt Scharringhausen showed readers of Scientific American how to use an equation on the planet’s radiative equilibrium, which sets its effective temperature, which could help change the Earth’s orbit.

Mesach interning at NX Level.

Believe It, Achieve It: Swimmer, Coach, and Graduate Student

June, 2021

A love of swimming at Beloit College leads Mesach Roberts’19 to a career in sports physiology and performance coaching.

Shivangi Ambardar’21 and Professor Ranjan Roy

Tuition award and classroom named in honor of Professor Ranjan Roy

June, 2021

A group of Professor Roy’s former students and friends have created the Ranjan Roy Tuition Award to support future mathematics students.

Jessi Nguyen

Urban Programming from Home

June, 2021

Meet Jessi Nguyen, who completed an Urban Program in Philadelphia remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

   Dave DeGeorge is a dedicated mentor to students, head baseball coach, and director of athletics.

Five Earn All-MWC Honors; DeGeorge Named Coach of the Year

May, 2021

Five Buccaneers have been selected to the 2021 Midwest Conference All-North Division Team while head coach Dave DeGeorge was named the North Division Coach of the Year.

The self-designed interdisciplinary studies major in Community Development, Quin left his mark on our campus, founding the beloved Buccaneer Boathouse.

Quin Brunner acclaimed as Beloit’s resident ‘joy bringer’

May, 2021

Called a “joy bringer” by one of the nominators, Quin Brunner’21 of St. Paul, Minnesota, receives this year’s Blue Skies Award.

Superior visiting Como, Italy during her study abroad semester.

Superior Murphy’21 takes top prize for academics and community service

May, 2021

Political science major and magna cum laude graduate Superior Murphy of Milwaukee is our 2021 Peterson Prize recipient.

Lopez, Maria

Excellence in the Liberal Arts

May, 2021

Twenty three students have been inducted to Phi Beta Kappa, a national Honor Society recognizing excellence in a liberal arts education.

Helen Griffin’21

Helen Griffin’21 heads to Taiwan through a Fulbright Student Award

May, 2021

Helen Griffin’21 completed her Beloit education on a high note with four majors and highest academic honors. She attracted a Fulbright Student Award which will take her to Taiwan to teach.

Eva Laun-Smith’21

Eva Laun-Smith lands prestigious Fulbright Student Award

May, 2021

Eva Laun-Smith’21 is one of two Beloit graduates to receive a Fulbright Student Award this year. A history major and decorated track and field and volleyball athlete, Eva graduated with highest honors from Beloit. 

Hardika Kashyap’22, wearing her winning t-shirt design for English students

Hardika Kashyap’22 designs inspiring literary ‘swag’

May, 2021

When the English Department announced its t-shirt contest during the COVID pandemic, Hardika Kashyap’22 decided to give it a try.

Danielle Strejc
Jonathan Palmer ’19 in the chemistry lab holding pipet and vial

Designing molecules to be better medicines

May, 2021

Jonathan Palmer’19 uses chemistry to discover molecules that could become effective drugs.

Cambodian Students in front of their Khmer New Year stand.

International Friday: Celebrating Khmer New Year

May, 2021

On April 14, Beloit College’s Cambodian students hosted a Khmer New Year celebration in the Powerhouse.

Genia Stevens’00

Building an Ecosystem for Black Businesses

April, 2021

Entrepreneur Genia Stevens’00 is all about supporting other Black business owners, helping them clear some of the hurdles she has faced.

Aerial view of the Beloit College Powerhouse

Beloit Powerhouse earns statewide recognition

April, 2021

The Beloit Powerhouse won two awards for Best Public-Private Partnership and Best Adaptive Reuse Project at the Wisconsin Main Street Awards ceremony this month. The ceremony is hosted by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). According to a press release, the ceremony recognizes Wisconsin Main Street volunteers and staff for their historic preservation and downtown economic development efforts of communities in Wisconsin in 2020.

“The Road South” by B.J. Hollars

Recommended Reading: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders

April, 2021

Beloit’s ties to a pivotal chapter in the struggle for civil rights.

                                   Mural for Merrill Community garden, 2020, 4x12 feet, house paint and oil on plywood.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

April, 2021

Beloiters engage with the city they love by creating an art piece for the Merrill Community Garden inspired by Shel Silverstein’s 1974 classic “Where The Sidewalk Ends”.

Celia Edwards, an exchange student from York University in England, and her faculty sponsor, Nicolette Meister.

International Collaboration Leads to New Acquisitions

April, 2021

After a journey from Ilebo to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Antwerp, Belgium, four amazing Shoowa raffia design cloths recently arrived at the Logan Museum.

A view from the rooftop of the Sanger Center for the Sciences shows a park-like Beloit College campus.

Beloit wins Energy Efficiency Excellence Award

April, 2021

Beloit College was among the 2021 award winners for the “Energy Efficiency Excellence.”


The Energy Efficiency Excellence Awards recognize business participants of Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable resources program, who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to reducing energy waste by implementing energy-saving upgrades in their facilities and operations.

“I am proud to recognize each of these recipients for their commitment to drive down Wisconsin’s carbon emissions and increase our annual energy savings,” said PSC Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq. in a press release. 

Kerri Arsenault’90

Investigating a slow burn toxic disaster through the lens of memoir

April, 2021

Kerri Arsenault’90 spent her childhood in Mexico, Maine, in the shadow of Rumford Mill. The paper mill provided good-paying jobs, but Arsenault later discovered the price: a damaged environment and serious health problems caused by the mill’s toxic processes, lending the region nicknames like “Cancer Valley.” The mill operated for years with impunity and the community’s tacit support.

Overview of the USFQ/Beloit English/Spanish COIL collaboration

International Friday: Collaborative Online Learning

April, 2021

During the first mod of the spring 2021 semester, Gabriela Cerghedean and Robin Zebrowski took up an invitation from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador, to partner with a USFQ faculty member in teaching one of their courses. USFQ had shared a list of potential faculty partners and courses. Both leapt at the opportunity, in order to give students in SPAN 105, Elementary Spanish II, and COGS 260, Cyborg Brains & Hybrid Minds, a chance to learn with students located in another country.

Hispanic Cultures, Human Rights, and Careers

March, 2021

Alumnae visit Professor Sylvia López’s “Human Rights and Hispanic Cultures” to talk about pursuing  fulfilling careers and living impactful lives after Beloit.

Mizuki Matsui’20 next to the Buddhist head priest, Mr. Aso Taishun

Revitalizing Rural Japan

March, 2021

Mizuki Matsui’20 is helping to revitalize the ancient city of Shiroishi in Northern Japan through the power of tourism.

Snapshots from this year’s Student Directed One Acts, the Theatre Department’s annual showcase.

An evening of one acts

March, 2021

Overcoming COVID-19 restrictions by recording performances and performing in pods, Theatre faculty and student directors found creative and clever ways to tell their stories. Watch from the comfort of your own home at 7:30 p.m. on March 25, 26, or 27.

Stacey Jaeger’21 directs Ian Downes’ 37 Scenes and a Watermelon, which will have you contemplating fruit in a way you never have.

Abby Bender’21 brings us A Lady Who Collects Spiders Meets A Gentleman Who Collects Snakes by John Weagley, which will remind you how tough true love can really be.

And Sage Green’21 will have you wrestling with beauty standards and self-worth in 13 Letters to Lucy Grealy Written in the Bathtub by PJ Gross.

Reserve your tickets today!

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science Robin Zebrowski was recently featured in two pieces of content for her research on technology and algorithms.

Taking the bias out of technology

March, 2021

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science Robin Zebrowski was recently featured on the podcast Innovations in the Workplace discussing the process of building unbiased algorithms.

She also recently published a chapter on the impact of technology in the new book, Philosophy for Girls. 

Professor of Critical Identity Studies Catherine Orr teaches a class in Morse Ingersoll Hall.

COVID and the working woman’s invisible crisis

March, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month, Professor of Critical Identity Studies Catherine Orr spoke with Vogueand USA Todayabout the resilience of women during the pandemic.

Grace Ousley (1904) was the first African-American woman to graduate from Beloit College only nine years after the college opened its doors to women.

A gathering place

March, 2021

Beloit’s Black students will now have a larger space to gather on campus.

Tori Key’03

Beloit welcomes new trustees during winter session

February, 2021

At its winter meeting in February, the Beloit College board of trustees introduced seven new members. All of them are alumni.  

Beloit’s newly outfitted and relocated Career and Community Engagement Center is the hub for students planning their futures.

First Career Accelerator ‘a thundering success’

February, 2021

With the spring semester delayed, Beloit created a robust two-week program of workshops, panels, and networking that engaged students in planning for their futures. This wildly successful event could not have happened without alumni participation. 

DeVon Wilson’90 has spent his career working with students from marginalized backgrounds. During his keynote, Wilson encouraged students to think about ways that they can include equity and inclusion in their workplaces, from the beginning of their careers.

Finding your community: Addressing equity in the workplace

February, 2021

DeVon Wilson ’90 discusses how to put an organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion values into practice.

Pictures from a Memorable Day

Thinking of studying abroad? Here are some tips.

February, 2021

The U.S. has declared February 22 as National Study Abroad Day. To celebrate, we asked returned study abroad students to share advice, insights, and music recommendations from their host countries.

And don’t forget: February 22 is  the Beloit College application deadline for study abroad in 2021-22.

How the secular becomes religious

February, 2021

Kaveri Sarkar’20 recently had an article examining the current political climate in India published in the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics.

Aryssa Harris’21
This is one of the memorable photos of Christian and Kristian on graduation day at Beloit College.

International Friday: Two K/Christians, Two Languages, Two Jobs Abroad

February, 2021

This is the story of two Beloit alumni who were roommates, have the same name, studied a foreign language, and worked abroad, albeit it in different countries.

Lisa Anderson-Levy

The Urgent Work of Confronting Whiteness

February, 2021

Anthropology Professor Lisa Anderson-Levy provides insight into unraveling the concept of whiteness

Beloit College students spend a day in Chicago at the annual Econ Day learning and networking with alumni about business opportunities.

The secret sauce to enhancing your professional network

February, 2021

Professional networking with alumni Kejia Patterson’15 and Aidan Whinnery ’16

Blue and Gold B

Black History Month: Learn, reflect, center

February, 2021

In a letter to campus, Beloit College leaders ask the college community to develop a deeper understanding of Black histories, achievements, and resilience—not only during Black History Month in February, but as a year-round commitment.

Jim Duffy ’49

Do the Duffy! A Legacy Becomes a Verb

January, 2021

In this interview, Jim Duffy ’49 traces how Beloit College prepared him to seize the moment in the earliest days of T.V. broadcasting and, over the next 50 years, shape the heyday of the industry.

His support for Duffy Community Partnerships has equipped hundreds of students to do the same–this is why students talk about “Doing the Duffy”. In this interview he reflects on campus capers, an award-winning career and the investment he has made in future leadership through his support of his alma mater.

Ariane was in Rwanda and enjoyed time with her family

Inspiring Social Change through Film

January, 2021

Ariane Irafasha’23 managed social media while interning remotely with Sunshine Cinema in summer 2020.

Sarah Deppe

Art Professor Sarah Deppe Commissioned for Sculpture Honoring 19th Amendment

January, 2021

Sarah Deppe’s “We Rise” Honors 19th Ammendment

One of the best days for outdoor activities.

My Dream Job: Teaching English Abroad

January, 2021

Magali Gray’24 Shares About Her Dream Job and What Beloit Can Do to Help Her

   Beloit College and Sun Prairie High School have announced a new full-tuition scholarship for graduating students.

Faculty-student publication on re-imagining archaeology courses

December, 2020

Our very own Dr. Shannon M. Fie, along with former visiting assistant professor Dr. Kylie Quave, and alumni AmySue Greiff (’18), and Drew Agnew (’18), recently published “Centering the Margins.”

Prolific baseball historian and author John Thorn poses for a portrait at the Museum of the City of New York. Photo by Robert Caplin

Beloit College grad and official MLB historian, John Thorn, shepherding recognition of Negro Leagues

December, 2020

Official Major League Baseball historian John Thorn’68 was instrumental in getting the league to classify the Negro Leagues as “major league.”

Prof. Esperanza talks job prospects for college grads

December, 2020

Prof. Jennifer Esperanza recently weighed in on job prospects for recent college graduates. The good news: anthropology majors are well-positioned to secure employment after graduation!

Morgan Haynsworth put analytical, problem-solving, and leadership skills into practice in the Sociology capstone course.

Consultants for campus

December, 2020

When the Advanced Mentoring Program wanted to understand students’ experience of advising at Beloit, they turned to senior Sociology students for their expertise.

Two Beloiters walk through campus.

Beloit College Adjusts 2021 Calendar to Improve Student Safety

December, 2020

Beloit College announces an adjustment to the 2021 academic calendar. 

Adanya Gilmore’21 performs in “Discontinuities,” part of the Chelonia 2021 Screendance Festival

Realizing the Power of Her Voice and Body

December, 2020

Adanya Gilmore can be described as many things: a club leader for Students for Inclusive Campus (SIC), a Virtual Ambassador, and an inspirational performer

This is my friend Gosha and me wearing matching raincoats. I meet him in the student dormitory where I lived during my study abroad in Moscow. He taught me how to skate board and helped me practice my russian language

International Friday: Unexpected Friendships

November, 2020

Whether it’s a roommate, person on your floor, an older (or younger) mentor, or a member of another species, an unexpected friendship enriches our lives and makes for great stories and memories. Here are stories of unexpected friendships from Beloit College students, faculty, and staff!

Abby Bender’21

Advocating for Feminist Beliefs

November, 2020

It comes as absolutely no surprise that the students at Beloit College have a variety of things to bring to the community and learning culture we’re trying to harbour, and Abby Bender is no exception.

Sage Green ’21 (right)

The Puppet Play

November, 2020

Sage Green ’21 brings theater to the community with “The Puppet Play,” a devised theater project they wrote and brought to life in collaboration with high school students.

Arab Food 

International Recipe Book

November, 2020

What better way to start International Education Week than sharing food? This is a recipe collection from different countries around the world made up both of family recipes and of recipes from cookbooks and other sources. All are meaningful to the Beloiters who here share them with you.

The riverside in a Denmark town.

International Perspectives in the Age of COVID-19

November, 2020

Physical mobility across borders has been drastically curtailed under the COVID-19 pandemic, but that does not mean that the exchange of ideas and perspectives is not taking place.

Luba Mask, Logan Museum of Anthropology 

International Friday: Masks, From Ritual and Cultural Signifiers to Protective Equipment

November, 2020

This week’s International Friday, showcases the craft and creativity surrounding masks used around the world for cultural purposes, including rituals, as well as those recently created by our students and faculty for protective purposes. This invites us to think about masks beyond the context of our current global pandemic and to appreciate the traditions and stories behind them.

   Ava has been passing time during COVID-19 by continuing to draw and paint, a passion of hers that she advanced greatly during her time as a Studio Art Major at Beloit! One of Ava’s current projects is a pet portraiture commission series, in which she is offering custom portraits of pets that can be purchased in advance of the upcoming holiday season. Pet portrait commissions of your four legged friends can be made in two styles shown below: graphite or gouache on paper. Those who are interested can contact Ava at avapkrahn@gmail.com for commission details, and/or follow her incredible artwork on Instagram at @ava_krahn to support her work!

International Friday: Creativity during COVID-19

November, 2020

Life under COVID-19 has been challenging, but creative projects and the pursuit of passions have helped Beloit College community members reflect, stay grounded, grow, and prosper. May these examples inspire and comfort you.

Neighberhood haunts

International Friday: All Hallows Eve

October, 2020

What do Halloween, All Hallows Eve, All Soul’s Day, All Saint’s Day, and the Day of the Dead look like? We asked Beloit College students, faculty and staff.

The need for shared space

October, 2020

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science Robin Zebrowski explores why many of us are missing shared spaces on Academic Minute. 

Phil Chen

Professor Phil Chen explains why Wisconsin is a key state in the 2020 Election

October, 2020

Wisconsin is a key state in deciding the 2020 Presidential Election after it flipflopped from blue to red in the 2016 election.

Public health professionals Bobby Harris’08 and Shanna Dell’10 are working in a historic Baltimore hotel turned Covid respite center for people without a stable place to recover or isolate.

In the Trenches in the Time of Covid

October, 2020

Five stories of alumni bringing their best work forward in the hour of our greatest need.

Anthony Crivello ’14

Finding Your Own Voice

October, 2020

On Oct. 14 the Business and Entrepreneurship Channel had Alum Anthony Crivello ’14 talk about marketing and communications.

Fred Burwell’86 standing in the midst of the Beloit College archives.

Mister History

October, 2020

No one knows more about Beloit’s long and fascinating history than Fred Burwell’86, keeper of the College Archives since 1986.

A beautiful sunset glowing through the arched walkway in Morse-Ingersoll hall.

Moving Forward with Purpose

October, 2020

The Beloit Action Plan provides the college with a way forward during the pandemic—and beyond.

Students are expected to wear masks at all times on campus, indoors and outdoors, except when they are in their dorm rooms.

At a Critical Moment, Students Rewrite Their Statement of Culture

October, 2020

Revisions include a formal anti-racist position and a focus on student behavior that mitigates the spread of Covid-19.

In the summer of 2019, Writing on Two Wheels used biking to spark writing projects. This year, a summer like no other provided ample prompts.

Writing Wherever You Are

October, 2020

An intensive writing course with a history of experimentation embraced the summer of 2020 and its many challenges.

Professor Ron Watson in 2017.

Teaching Hard Truths About Race in American Political Science Courses

October, 2020

The American Political Science Association recently selected Professor Ron Watson’s 2019 essay about why and how he reshaped his introductory political sciences courses for its Inclusive Classroom Reading List.

The busy streets of Galway City in Ireland.

The Quiet Moments In-Between: My Brief But Spectacular Time In Ireland

October, 2020

On March 16, 2020—the day before St. Patrick’s Day—Meg Kulikowski’21 watched Ireland disappear from the window of an almost empty Aer Lingus plane. It seemed like an abrupt end to her study abroad experience, but was it?

pressed clovers

International Friday: Good Luck Charms and Symbols

October, 2020

Objects and practices that are believed to bring good luck are common to all cultures. Which bring Beloiters good luck? See examples here.

Beloit’s bike share program, run by students, features a fleet of free bikes students can check out from the front desk of the Powerhouse.

Gear Shack Launches New Student-Run Bike Share Initiative

October, 2020

The Gear Shack, which loans outdoor equipment from Beloit’s Powerhouse student union and recreation center, launched a new bike share program in October in conjunction with student leaders.

Salma Mohammad Ali ’21

Salma Mohammad Ali’21 interns remotely at Filene Research Institute

October, 2020

Salma Mohammad Ali’21 highlights Filene internship

Abby Bender’21

Being Back on Campus Feels Right

October, 2020

Abby Bender’s (Class of 2021) senior year certainly isn’t what she expected, but being back on campus feels right.

Indigenous People’s Day

Indigenous People’s Day and CMSAI

October, 2020

We talked recently to Nana Heaton about her role in Beloit Campus Mounds Sustainability and Advocacy Initiative, the group’s history, and what Indigenous People’s Day means and why it’s so important for us to celebrate it.

Beloit College Anthropology Professor Shannon Fie helps answer a question asked by Beloit College student Brock Bidwell during Fie’s physical assessment assignment activity aimed at raising awareness of the indigenous burial mounds on the Beloit Colleg campus

Beloit Anthropology faculty and students raise awareness about the campus burial mounds

September, 2020

Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Shannon Fie guides students through lessons about the campus burial mounds using innovative and culturally respectful approaches. 

History Professor Kate Johnston is teaching a special history course for the first time this fall that considers health and healing in a historical context. She is shown teaching a class in 2019.

What sickness, health, and medicine from the past can teach us now

September, 2020

Thinking about the current pandemic inspired Assistant Professor of History Kate Johnston to develop a new course that examines health and healing in America’s early history.

Beloit Student wears B mask.

Beloit College to offer on-campus COVID testing

September, 2020

Beloit College is partnering with Abbott Laboratories in Chicago to provide weekly on-campus COVID-19 testing for the entire 2020-21 academic year.

Our new state-of-the-art Powerhouse building houses our student union, recreation center, athletics facilities, and classrooms.

Beloit College Ranked No. 5 On U.S. News List of Most Innovative Liberal Arts Schools

September, 2020

Beloit Action Plan, launched amid pandemic, earns high marks

Campus in Fall

Beloit College recognized for contributing to the public good

September, 2020

Beloit College once again appears on Washington Monthly Magazine’s list of the nation’s top higher education institutions. According to its website, the magazine evaluates colleges and universities based on their contribution to the public good in three categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.

In its 2020 rankings of Liberal Arts Colleges, Beloit was ranked No. 30 out of 218 liberal arts schools.

Walking across campus

Welcome Back, Beloiters

September, 2020

This year’s Convocation was held virtually on Aug. 31, marking the opening of our 174th school year. Attendees heard from Beloit Student Government Co-Presidents Pathik Rupwate’21 and Saad Ahsan’21, who will talked about their innovative approach to our new set of behavioral guidelines and our new Student Statement of Culture. Keynote speaker Dr. Sonya Maria Johnson, the 2020 winner of the Underkofler Award for Excellence in Teaching and professor of religious studies and critical identity studies, discussed “Being a Beloiter and Meeting this Moment.”

David Morris’21

Students create new Statement of Culture as Beloit College welcomes new and returning classes to campus

August, 2020

Practicing ‘Self-Care is Community Care,’ Reinforcing a commitment to anti-racism

Ranjan Roy

Ranjan Roy: A teacher who transformed lives

August, 2020

In a letter to campus, President Scott Bierman and Provost and Dean of the College Eric Boynton reflected on Professor Roy’s legacy at Beloit.

Using data mining techniques for predicting and clustering of Chronic Kidney Disease

August, 2020

As a Pakula Biomedical Scholar, Mathematics and Computer Science major, Mahima Sharma ’21 worked with Professor Eyad Haj Said to apply data mining techniques to predict Chronic Kidney Disease.

Fiona Cismesia ’21 handles historical artifacts and documents at the Beloit Historical Society.

Intern Celebrates 19th Amendment by Studying Beloit Women’s History

August, 2020

Beloit College’s close relationships with community organizations reap educational benefits for our students.

Beloit students walk across campus in front of Middle College.

Beloit offers ninth and tenth semesters tuition-free

August, 2020

Beloit announces the expansion of its Beloit Action Plan to offer a ninth and tenth semester tuition-free to students who enroll full-time during the 2020-21 school year.

Let’s Talk About “Let’s Talk Coronavirus”

July, 2020

News about the coronavirus pandemic has dominated the media for months, but amid the flood of information, it can be difficult to find answers to your most pressing questions. “Let’s Talk Coronavirus” is here to help.

Blue and Gold B

Supporting our international students

July, 2020

In a letter to the Beloit College community, President Scott Bierman discusses the recent ICE ruling and expresses support for our international students.

How does historical trauma affect birth outcomes for African-American women?

Historical Trauma and Birth Outcomes

July, 2020

The Werner lab is recruiting research participants to help understand how and if historical trauma affects birth outcomes for African-American women.

Ana Kohout ’21 hosting a virtual story time at Hedberg Public Library.

Beloit Students Excel in Wisconsin Internships

June, 2020

A record number of Beloit College students are participating in this year’s nonprofit internship program, sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Beloit College declares Juneteenth a paid day off

June, 2020

In an email to campus, President Scott Bierman announces starting this Friday, June 19, and going forward, the college will be celebrating Juneteenth on an annual basis as a paid day off.

Through formal and informal channels, Beloit alumni volunteer to mentor students and assist them in starting their careers. Beloiters Helping Beloiters formed quickly as class of 2020 graduates faced a tough job market.

Beloiters Helping Beloiters is ‘Matchmaking at its Finest’

June, 2020

Beloit alumni are giving 2020 graduates a hand as they start careers in a challenging job market.

Students talking together in front of Middle College, nearby trees budding with new spring leaves.
Dave DeGeorge’89
Sonya Johnson

Faculty recognized for teaching excellence and innovation

June, 2020

Four faculty members were awarded major prizes for teaching excellence and innovation this spring.

Xinrui Bai’20, Beijing, China, celebrated Commencement by recording his moves atop Beloit’s sign.

A Commencement Unlike Any Other

June, 2020

With cats, dogs, and skateboards, members of the class of 2020 put their own spin on a virtual celebration.

Debra Majeed
Layna Thompson’22 was one of many to share her outdoor activity on social media with the hashtag “togetherbeloit.”

Pet Photo Contests and Zoom Dance Parties

June, 2020

Virtual trivia games, hashtags, and other social activities helped Beloit students stay connected around the world this spring.

Duffy student Uzma Sayed

Observing Help and Hope During a Pandemic

June, 2020

When field experiences ended suddenly, students continued to learn from the world around them, wherever they were, by observing social reactions to COVID-19.

Students in Center for Language Studies participate in many activities as a part of their immersive experience.

Creative Approaches to Summer Programs Increase Demand

June, 2020

Beloit’s summer programs had more to offer this year, even when taught at a distance, and students enrolled in numbers that were twice to three times higher than last year depending on the program.

A Letter About Recent Racist Acts

June, 2020

Please take a moment to read a letter sent to the Beloit College community by our president, provost, and dean of students in response to recent acts of racism and violence.

Professor of Anthropology Shannon Fie demonstrates to a class proper archaeological techniques on the Beloit College campus.

Turning your summer experiences into a credit

May, 2020

In order to adjust to COVID-19, Beloit has changed the structure of two summer courses.

Beloit College students will have the opportunity to take additional online courses thanks to a new agreement with Acadeum College Consortium
Will Maes

Excellence in the Liberal Arts

May, 2020

Thirty students from the class of 2020 have been inducted to Phi Beta Kappa, a national Honor Society recognizing excellence in a liberal arts education.

Beloit College Commencement 2018

Making graduation regalia affordable and sustainable

May, 2020

Through an independent project, an Environmental Studies senior took advantage of a hiccup in her degree planning to build upon the work of former students

Gustave Doré, “I watched the water-snakes,” engraving from Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Art, Nature, and the Anthropocene

May, 2020

How should humans relate to their environment? Are we a part of “nature”? As Tamara Ketabgian’s students show in a virtual exhibit, we are far from the first to ask these questions.

Gabe Gonzalez dancing for their dog Lucy on a balcony.

Separated, but Dancing Together

May, 2020

The Dance Entrepreneurship class curated a virtual dance festival featuring current Beloit students, alumni, and faculty during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Professor of Art History Jo Ortel

Professor of Art History played leading role in building Beloit’s environmental studies program

May, 2020

Professor Jo Ortel retires from Beloit, receives emerita honor.

Debra Majeed, professor of religious studies and Edwin F. Wilde Distinguished Service Professor.

Professor cited for bravery, commitment to transforming communities

May, 2020

Debra Majeed, professor of religious studies and Edwin F. Wilde Distinguished Service Professor earns emerita status upon retirement.

Head Baseball Coach Dave DeGeorge’89 takes his role as a mentor seriously, starting relationships with prospective students while recruiting them and continuing long after they’ve graduated.
Lisa Anderson-Levy, Professor of Anthropology

Four faculty members promoted to full professorship

May, 2020

The college’s board of trustees votes unanimously on faculty promotions.

Hannah Kang’22 is one of four student artists commissioned to paint murals in common areas of Peet Hall. The project, created and managed by students, strengthens a sense of place and community in this popular residence hall.

The Creative Minds and Murals of a Favorite Campus Home

May, 2020

A student-driven mural initiative is placing student art in a residence hall already known for its sense of place.

Senior Spotlight

Celebrating Our Class of 2020

May, 2020

The Office for Student Success, Equity, and Community is highlighting students of the class of 2020 who have left a mark on Beloit College and those around them. Read about the nominated seniors, from the words of their peers and professors.

Rankings of Beloit Pet Contest

Inaugural Beloit College Pet Photo Contest Winner announced

April, 2020

After 3,017 ballots and seven rounds, we have a winner! 

Alec Chiquoine

Political Activism & Law: An Alumni Perspective

April, 2020

Alec Chiquoine’07 reflected on how he has explored Justice & Rights throughout his life.

Lesly Davis’90 at Indiana University Global Alumni reunion in Beijing.

International Education Leader encourages students to explore

April, 2020

With numerous experiences abroad under her belt, Lesley Davis’90–a creative writing and French major–has developed and led internationally-based programs for future students to learn abroad.

Credit: Finn Brandt’20

Using a Podcast to Transfer Knowledge: Familiar and Effective

April, 2020

There is so much more about being an education major than learning to become a teacher. Finn Brandt ’22 did research about teachers’ unions and activism in Chicago and Japan and created a podcast as a medium to present his work and transfer knowledge even further.

Middle College is at the center of the Beloit College campus.

Beloit’s innovative approach to COVID-19 uncertainty

April, 2020

By breaking the semester up into two seven-and-a-half-week modules, Beloit maximizes flexibility and minimizes the disruption of the collegiate experience. Out ahead of the curve, Beloit has heard from about 20 other schools seeking details on the shift since announcing it in April.

Geneva the Dog

The Best of Beloiters’ Pet Pals

April, 2020

After two weeks of furocious competition, meet the four pawsome finalists for the Pet Photo Contest!

Beloit decisively rethinks its academic calendar at a time of global uncertainty

April, 2020

Beloit College redesigned its academic calendar to blunt the disruption of the global health crisis. Starting this fall, Beloit’s new model breaks each semester into two modules of two classes each, offering students flexibility and fewer simultaneous courses, a better alternative for remote learning. Read the story in Inside Higher Education.

Staring at Socks Screencap

Read’s study abroad film featured in Wisconsin Film Festival

April, 2020

Claire Read’20, a creative writing major, wrote and directed Staring at Socks while studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. The film, which firmly roots viewers in the headspace of a young woman struggling with mental illness, was featured in the Wisconsin Film Festival. Watch her film at wifilmfest.org.

Beloit College students enjoy a beautiful park-like campus as they stroll between classes.

Beloit creates stability in uncertain times

April, 2020

By making bold changes to its semester model, creating new financial aid programs, strengthening its mentoring program, and developing clear college-to-career pathways, Beloit is one of the first higher education institutions to launch a full-fledged plan in light of COVID-19 that best serves the needs of today’s students. (USA Today)

Unique features on the Beloit College campus are the many Indian mounds scattered around the park-like campus.

A break from tradition: Beloit College re-imagines academic calendar

April, 2020

Beloit College implements a new first-of-its-kind model for higher education for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic calendar should courses be disrupted again by COVID-19.

Manuel Ferreira

Manuel Ferreira hired as Logan Museum Curator

April, 2020

Manuel Ferreira will be the Logan Museum of Anthropology’s new curator. He is currently completing a masters degree in anthropology with a concentration in museums and heritage studies at the University of Denver. 

Manuel brings extensive experience gained from his work at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Field Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Denver Museum of Anthropology. At Beloit, he will be responsible for collections management and care and exhibit development at the Logan Museum. He will also annually teach a course in exhibit development in conjunction with the Museum Studies Program. He will begin remote work on June 6.

Manuel replaces Nicolette Meister, who served as the Logan’s curator of collections for nearly two decades, and was promoted last year to the James E. Lockwood Jr. Director of the Logan Museum of Anthropology.

A gorgeous view of the Sanger Center of the Science from the cupola of Middle College.

Get a great education without leaving your backyard: Beloit College launches new tuition program for Midwest students

April, 2020

Beloit College launches competitive tuition program for students of six Midwestern states—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Guaranteeing that the cost to to attend Beloit will match or beat the tuition at the state’s flagship campus.

Javid Ahmad’10

Alumnus appointed Afghanistan ambassador to United Arab Emirates

April, 2020

Congratulations to Javid Ahmad’10, who was just appointed by President Ashraf Ghani as the new Afghanistan ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

While he was a student at Beloit, he held internships at the embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C., researching human rights and writing analytical reports. While studying abroad, he also interned in Brussels, Belgium, for NATO.

“To me, mixing up that academic and that practitioner side was really important. This is how it is, this is how you define it, and this is how we apply it,” he told Beloit Magazine in 2017.

Ed Stern’19 in class at Beloit College

Beloit alum draws on language skills and abroad experience for international job

April, 2020

Ed Stern’19 shares how his experiences at Beloit, including a Center for Language Studies summer block course, and studying abroad in Japan, have prepared him for his current job as a sales representative for a Japanese company.

Beloit students stroll across the park-like campus at Beloit College.

Keeping Social from a Distance

April, 2020

Virtual gaming, pet photo contests, and Zoom dance parties connect Beloit students around the globe.

Beloit College students walk down one of the park-like walkways in the Beloit College campus.

Putting Students First: Beloit implements pass-fail option for students

April, 2020

In response to COVID-19, Beloit College implemented a pass-fail option for spring courses.

Sylvia Lopez takes her class outside on nice days.

Building language and community

March, 2020

The Rotary Club of Beloit has named Sylvia Lopez, Harry C. Moore Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, its Teacher of the Month for March.

Namoonga Mantina’15

Alumna helps parents talk about COVID-19

March, 2020

Namoonga Mantina’15 was a part of a team of University of Arizona researchers who created a toolkit for parents, teachers, and school administrators to reference before talking to their kids about Coronavirus.

Maria Heath’14
Seva Poitevin-Mills ’21 pictured above in Ghana.

Practicing and Learning about Public Health in Ghana

February, 2020

This week the Office of International Education sat down with Seva Poitevin-Mills ’21 to talk about studying and interning Ghana last fall. Poitevin worked at the West Africa Aids Foundation while abroad. In our conversation, she discusses the intersections of practicing and learning about public health while in Ghana.

Lessons From a Green Campus

February, 2020

Building off Beloit’s on-campus sustainability efforts, students spend the spring semester researching effective ways to reduce single-use plastics in nearby Janesville.

Sonya Johnson

Misconceptions and new directions for Religious Studies

February, 2020

At a faculty forum, Professors Sonya Maria Johnson and Natalie Gummer centered on addressing the misconceptions surrounding the field of Religious Studies in academia.

Lu Going’20 promotes WBCR as a staff member of the station.

At Beloit, streaming didn’t kill the radio star

February, 2020

Beloit College students rally around the freedom and creative spirit that WBCR 90.3 FM represents. In one form or another, Beloit voices and music tastes alike have been on the air for decades.

Dr. Atiera Coleman

Celebrating Black History Month - Black Excellence at Beloit College

February, 2020

Black excellence is an essential part of ensuring Student Success, Equity, and Community at Beloit College. Black staff, faculty, professors and other hard-working individuals carry out important jobs in every aspect of our campus and community.

Aerial view from the Rock River

A student center like none other for Beloit College

February, 2020

The Powerhouse, Beloit’s new student union is bustling with activity, including battling cages, a cafe, and study rooms.

One-of-a-Kind Student Center

February, 2020

Our new student union, the Powerhouse, connects Beloit’s industrial past with its tech-driven future. Originally built in the early 1900s, the structure was completely transformed into an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility. Students can now take advantage of its spa-like gym, indoor track, Olympic-size pool, game and hang-out spaces, café, deck overlooking the Rock River, and more.

Seakguech’s first trip in New Zealand to Milford Sound

From Beloit to New Zealand & Cambodia: Preserving the planet, one endangered plant at a time

February, 2020

Seakguech Sok’21, an environmental biology major and lover of plants and flowers, is studying abroad in New Zealand and traveled to her home country of Cambodia to work on making the world a greener place, one plant at a time. Guech came to Beloit College as a SHE-CAN scholar.

A crowd gathered in Beloit’s Sanger Center for the Sciences to celebrate the college’s 174th birthday.

Happy Birthday, Beloit!

February, 2020

Beloit celebrates 174 years.

Kat Grzeszkiewicz’20

Create Your Own Path

February, 2020

Kat Grzeszkiewicz’20, a media studies major and intern with the Beloit Snappers minor league baseball team, Kat has connected her passion for athletics to her dream of sports broadcasting and journalism. She even helped media studies become its own department.

Jake Quatt’19 drafting what became the Winter 2020 cover.

The Artist Behind Our Winter 2020 Beloit Magazine Cover

January, 2020

Jake Quatt’19 worked with the college’s magazine staff to create this issue’s cover illustration.

Meme Formalism

January, 2020

Professor Michael Dango recently published an essay about memes, literature, and Twitter in the LA Review of Books. Professor Dango researches and teaches twentieth and twenty-first century American culture, aesthetics, queer and feminist theory, and the environmental humanities.

Dianne Lugo’19

Young Alum Hits It Big in Radio

January, 2020

Within weeks of her graduation from Beloit, Dianne Lugo’19 began writing for a publication in Los Angeles and soon won a prestigious internship at National Public Radio’s acclaimed Code Switch broadcast. Dianne assists the team to research and produce a weekly podcast focusing on race and culture out of their new office in Culver City, California.  She also contributes to the show’s blog.

Dianne’s busy years at Beloit helped prepare her for a career as a journalist. She served as an editor-in-chief of and wrote for the college’s student newspaper The Round Table, and she worked as a tutor in the college’s writing center.  She graduated with a major in Biology and a minor in Journalism.

Listen to a broadcast she assisted with on Code Switch or read an article that she wrote for LA Focus.

Beloit College graduation

Beloit ranked No. 2 in the nation for financial aid

January, 2020

Beloit College was recognized as the No. 2 college for the best for financial aid.

Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges

January, 2020

Art professor George Williams has many “firsts” on his resume: first black tenured faculty member, first black department chair, and first black graduation marshal. For these and many other accomplishments, local leaders recognized Williams for his 20-year commitment to racial justice at Beloit and throughout the community.

Pathik Rupwate’21 (left) and Saad Ahsan’21 (right)

Saad Ahsan’21 and Pathik Rupwate’21 discuss becoming the new BSG co-presidents

December, 2019

In our interview, Saad Ahsan’21 and Pathik Rupwate’21 talked about working together to raise the visibility of BSG and increase its effectiveness.

Eric Boynton, provost and dean of the college.

Channels: Q&A With Provost Eric Boynton

December, 2019

Clare Eigenbrode’20 sits down with Provost and Dean of the College Eric Boynton to talk about Channels and other key elements of the newly-launched strategic plan.

Shelbi Wilkin, costume shop manager for the theater and dance department, advises a student.

Humans of Beloit: Shelbi Wilkin

December, 2019

Shelbi Wilkin,costume shop manager, took a break from preparing for a busy season in Neese to chat about sustainable fashion, her talented cat, and how her different interests unite under the lacy umbrella of costume design.

Numbers That Tell the Future

December, 2019

Yang Yang ’12 visualizes data to create effective sales models.

Beloit College Baseball players discuss lunch buddies program

Beloit College baseball team makes sure no students eat alone

November, 2019

In 2015, Jacque DeGeorge, a teacher at Hackett Elementary School, took over the Lunch Buddy program. She asked her husband and Beloit College head baseball coach Dave DeGeorge to enlist his team to participate….More than 25 players participated this year. Their goal is to help students build confidence, and make sure that they’re never alone.

Dr. Atiera Coleman’10

Full-Circle Mentorship

November, 2019

Dr. Atiera Coleman’10 is an amazing mentor because of the mentorship she received when she herself was a Beloit College student.

Maria in Siena, Italy!

Postcard from Italy: Expanding artistic creativity while practicing Italian

November, 2019

Maria Aschenbrener’21 is becoming more creative by taking advantage of the endless opportunities to engage with art in Florence, Italy.

Associate Professor of Dance Gina T’ai

The Intersection of Dance and Community

November, 2019

Associate Professor of Dance Gina T’ai discusses her community-based course called Topics in Dance Entrepreneurship.

Museum Directors named

November, 2019

In October, Provost Eric Boynton announced the directors of the Wright and Logan Museums.

Me at the top of el Castillo de Santa Bárbara

Postcard from Spain: Immersive learning of Spanish culture & language

October, 2019

Ben Orr’21 is improving his Spanish and learning in an immersive and interactive way in Alicante, Spain.

Families were able to participate in many hands-on activities at the Saturday, Oct. 19 festival event.

Beloit hosts Wisconsin Science Festival

October, 2019

On Saturday, Oct. 19, Beloit’s science faculty hosted a Wisconsin Science Festival event. At the festival, families were able to participate in demonstrations and learn about research that Beloit students and faculty are conducting.

Best American Essays

Shawn Gillen Essay Wins National Recognition

October, 2019

Shawn Gillen’s essay “The Irish Gambit,” which appeared in The New Hibernia Review in 2018, was named a Notable Essay of the Year in the most recent collection of The Best American Essays, edited by Rebecca Solnit.

Susan Choi

2015 Mackey Chair Named 2019 National Book Award Finalist

October, 2019

Susan Choi, our 2015 Mackey Chair, was named a 2019 National Book Award Finalist for her novel Trust Exercise. Choi is the fourth Mackey chair in the last decade to receive this honor!

Associate Professor of Classics Lisl Walsh

Senecan Tragedy in the City of Rome

October, 2019

Associate Professor of Classics Lisl Walsh discusses the concept of place for Roman playwrights at this year’s inaugural Faculty Forum. 

Students exploring ancient shorelines on the Geology Department annual fall field trip 2019
Exposed to vomit!

Emerging Diseases class runs a body fluid exposure simulation

September, 2019

Assistant Professor of Biology Rachel Bergstrom’s Emerging Diseases class runs a body fluid exposure simulation to learn about the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for protecting against disease transmission. Healthcare-related transmission of infectious diseases is a major risk in an epidemic situation, and proper use of PPE is an important first line of prevention against new cases.

Marist Professor Tommy Zurhellen prepares for his walk across America for VetZero.

Tom Zurhellen Walked All the Way Across America

September, 2019

After Tom Zurhellen’91 discovered disturbingly high rates of suicide and homelessness among veterans, he set out to walk some 3,000 miles to try to turn the situation around.

Fairbanks foundry workers, circa 1925. The Beloit company manufactured engines and other products and recruited African-American workers from the South.

Coming North

September, 2019

In the 20th century, a wave of African-Americans migrated from the Deep South to northern cities for jobs and a better future. A public history course is helping to preserve the stories of those who came to Beloit.

Fink book cover

National Book Review interviews Chris Fink about new book

September, 2019

In her National Book Review interview with Chris Fink, Christine Sneed describes his new short story collection Add This to the List of Things That You Are: “In this book of 14 stories, Fink has offered us a virtuoso collection in which he addresses with unflinching insight, humor, and empathy his characters’ complicated interior lives, which so often are a welter of confusion and misguided love.”

Jim Rougvie (Geology) and Susan Furukawa (Japanese)

Totoro Saves the World

August, 2019

What do a geologist and a Japanese literature scholar have in common? Quite a bit, it turns out. 

Geology Professor Jay Zambito discusses types of rock to a student in geology class.

Zambito awarded prestigious grant

July, 2019

Associate Professor of Geology Jay Zambito was awarded a $70,000 grant from The Petroleum Research Fund grant from the American Chemical Society. This is a highly competitive grant and Jay is the first Beloit College faculty member to receive it.

The grant will fund his three-year project titled “Using Biomarkers to Test the Impact of Forest Evolution on the Organic Matter Composition of Marine Black Shales”  slated to end August 2022.

Aaron Holzmuller’22 practices with the Cross Country team

Aaron Holzmueller’22 is not slowing down

July, 2019

Rising Sophomore Aaron Holzmueller’22, who lives with cerebral palsy, and recently spoke with the Chicago Tribune about not letting the disease keep him from his love of running. Holzmueller is a member of the track and field team and has goals of competing in the 2024 Paralympic Games.

Beloit’s message to sixth grade girls: ‘Science is fun!’

April, 2019

Beloit’s women science majors host Girls and Women in Science, a two-day conference that inspires 6th grade girls’ interest in science.

Nico Borbely’19, Fulbright Student Award recipient

Beloit graduate who speaks nine languages selected for Fulbright honor

April, 2019

Nico Borbely, who majored in Russian at Beloit and graduated with the class of 2019, received a Fulbright Student Award that will allow him to study in Iceland.

Weissberg Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice Joel Simon takes part in a panel discussion during the 2019 Weissberg week of events.

Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director holds residency at Beloit College

March, 2019

Joel Simon, who leads the Committee to Protect Journalists and is an expert on press freedoms around the world, was in residence at Beloit when he held the 2019 Weissberg Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice.

Healthy Happy Hour brings out students, clubs, athletes, faculty, and staff for a 5K fun run together.

Beloit welcomes swimmer with spina bifida to college team

March, 2019

Ana Kohout, who began swimming at age 5, was turned down by several colleges because of a disability when she tried to join their swim teams. At Beloit, she’s been beating her own records and speaking out about rights for people with disabilities since joining the college and the swim team in 2017.

Laurence Ousley, one of Beloit’s earliest African-American students.

Fridays with Fred: the story of two of Beloit’s earliest African-American students

January, 2012

A look at Laurence and Grace Ousley, siblings and early Black students of the college.