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Knowledge will bloom at upcoming spring Advising Practicum

Friday, March 8, 2013

Biannual event demonstrates college’s unique commitment to advising

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

Beloit College is encouraging its students to “grow their knowledge” at the upcoming spring Advising Practicum to be held on Wednesday, March 20.

Implemented in the fall of 2012, Advising Practicum is a biannual event that preempts classes for an entire day prior to advising week. The goal is to help students step back, reflect on their interests, and start planning early to get the most out of their education.

Since this Advising Practicum is taking place on the vernal equinox, the college has had some fun promoting it to students, using the theme of spring and garden gnomes.

The day begins with first-year students participating in special advising sessions, followed by concurrent workshops open to all students on such topics as:

  • Becoming money-smart
  • Explaining your liberal arts education to family, friends, and employers
  • What It Is Like to Be……at Beloit College

The last half of the day is devoted to departmental sessions, which give students the opportunity to receive in-depth advising about programs and majors. Upcoming sessions include:

  • The Living Dead, where students will learn about Greek and Latin (“zombie” languages that put extraordinary demands on your brains) with members of the Classics Department.
  • Call of the Wild, where field opportunities, field courses, and field research will be discussed.
  • Airbag, Art and Freedom led by Art Professor Mark Klassen who will talk about the relationship between art and freedom. At the conclusion of the event, Klassen will detonate an airbag.

“Beloit’s Advising Practicum gives students the opportunity to refocus on the big picture—on the connections between their past and present learning experiences and their future aspirations—right in the middle of each semester, and it offers them the tools and guidance they need to achieve those aspirations,” said Natalie Gummer, co-director of first- and second-year programs. “A full day each semester devoted to helping students figure out where they want to go and how to get there: that’s a commitment to advising that is unique to Beloit.”

Past Advising Practicums have attracted hundreds of students to the more than 150 available sessions, received a positive reaction from the student newspaper, and garnered Beloit local and national publicity, with The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel taking notice of Beloit’s reinvigorated focus on advising.

Read more about Beloit’s academic advising efforts here.