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Capstone class reimagines, renames biannual Advising Practicum

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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

Ahead of its next installment taking place on Wednesday, March 26, Beloit College’s biannual Advising Practicum has undergone some changes. Along with more student-run, all-campus workshops and a pared-down schedule, the event is now called Connecting Beloit: An Advising Practicum.

These alterations were made by students from the capstone class Translating the Liberal Arts: A Senior Capstone for Transitioning into Life After Beloit. Co-taught by Director of Career Development Jessica Fox-Wilson and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Natalie Gummer, the class had the students break into teams focused on programming, marketing, research and assessment.

“What's an advising day supposed to be about? Connecting,” said Sarah-Jane Cikara’14 of the name change. “Connecting to campus, advisors, students, opportunities, alumni, faculty and staff members.”

The practicum will include departmental sessions and special advising sessions for first-year students as it has in the past, but the upcoming one will boast several new features, including an all-campus speaker, a raffle and two different “Back in My Day” panels, one led by faculty and the other by senior students. Lastly, one of the ways the class is marketing the day is to ask students what advice they would give themselves as first-year college students.

“Overall, we hope these new features bring more innovation and collaboration to the campus community and help facilitate students’ movement from college life to the real world,” said Rachel Bond’14.

First implemented in the fall of 2012, Advising Practicum 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.

Stay tuned for a complete schedule of the day’s events.

For more information on advising at Beloit, click here.