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Senior week finally arrives, Beloiter blogs, and end-of-year shout outs

May 9, 2016
By Whitney Helm
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Scheduled activities for Senior Week get underway on Wednesday, May 11, with the Senior Party at the Grand Avenue Pub in downtown Beloit. The 21-and-over celebration will run from 10 p.m. to midnight. Shuttles will be running back and forth from The Wall, starting at 9:30 p.m.

Senior Gala, the formal dinner and dance exclusively for seniors and faculty/staff, kicks off at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Sciences atrium on Thursday, May 12. (You have one more day to RSVP. Responses are required by Monday, May 9, to or by calling 608-363-2626.)

Departmental receptions will be going on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15 at various locations on and around campus. See these web pages for specifics.

On Saturday, May 14, seniors and their parents are invited to a reception at the President’s House from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Rain location is the Main Dining Room of Pearsons Hall. Also on Saturday, May 14, Baccalaureate kicks off at 4:45 p.m. in Eaton Chapel. Beloit’s Baccalaureate program is put on by Beloiters and features the talents of (mostly) seniors, including performances of all kinds.The Senior Week celebrations culminate with Commencement on Sunday, May 15. The procession for graduation forms promptly at 10:30 a.m. on the sidewalk along College Street in front of WAC and Godfrey. In the event of inclement weather, monitor the Beloit College website for instructions. Rain site for the event is Flood Arena. All the information you need is here.

Faculty/Staff: Your regalia for Commencement 2016 is available for pick up in the Communications and Marketing office (631 College Street) through the end of next week, Friday, May 13, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.​


Jennifer Esperanza

Two blogs of interest to Beloiters
Beloit College people and ideas surfaced in two blogs last week. A question from Jennifer Esperanza, associate professor of anthropology--about why anthropology textbooks always show the “exotic” other on their covers--prompted this blog entry on rebranding anthro textbooks by Dori Tunstall in Design / Anthropology /Culture. “Why can't there be images of, for example, a group of white American women eating salads on the cover?” Jenn asked.

Another blog, this one by alumnus Aaron Barlow’73, appeared in the blog of Academe, the magazine of the American Association of University Professors. It discusses the importance of faculty-student interactions in college and the need for resources in public, urban schools, such as where he teaches at New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York. He draws extensively from his experiences at Beloit to draw a comparison.  


Weissberg Chair Jan Egeland in the news
Jan Egeland, Beloit’s ninth Weissberg Chair (2007-08), has been a media source recently on the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Egeland, the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council and an advisor to the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria, was interviewed on National Public Radio on May 4 and commented that “people do not understand how grave the situation is in Syria  ... There is no respect for international laws or humanitarian principles. To me it is the Srebrenica of our day,” referring to the Bosnian town where people were massacred in 1995. Listen to the interview here.

Indigenous Slaveries in the Americas exhibit opens
Student historians in Justin Pope’s “Slavery and Abolition” class have opened an exhibit titled Indigenous Slaveries in the Americas. The exhibit — which was formed over the course of the semester — explores varieties of captivity in the pre-Columbian Americas, ranging from northeastern North America to the western deserts of Peru in South America. The exhibit is located in the Cube Gallery of the Logan Museum of Anthropology and runs until Friday, May 13.

Jack Street 

Jack Street honored by faculty peers
Jack Street was honored by the department of modern languages and literatures on Friday with a champagne toast for his induction into the French Republic’s Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of the French Academic Palms) at the “Chevalier” (Knight) level for his long and distinguished career in teaching the French language and culture.


Shout Outs


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to the more than 100 students who were singled out at last Wednesday’s Honors Day Convocation with recognition for their work in areas ranging from anthropology to theatre. An extra shout out to the donors whose support allows the college to recognize students doing excellent work at Beloit.
to Dr. Benjamin Reese, from Duke University, who led a well-attended “Day of Exchange” on campus on May 5, and to Debra Majeed and the members of the Inclusive Living and Learning taskforce, including trustee Steve Cohen’75, Paul Dionne,Becky Moffett, Gabriella Onikoro-Arkell’17, Jim Rougvie, Kendra Schiffman,Matthew Taylor, Nicole Truesdell, Cecil Youngblood, and Matt Vadnais, whose work resulted in a successful #MakingEquityRealatBC series involving the entire campus this semester.  
to the honorees at the Beloit College Student-Athletic Activities Committee and the department of athletics awards on Wednesday. The two organizations gave out more than 30 awards during the ceremony at the Flood Arena.
to those who participated in this year’s St. Baldrick’s fundraiser sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. You are bald and beautiful!