The original stained glass windows in the Pettibone World Affairs Center were removed, cleaned, and reframed last fall as part of a larger window replacement project funded by Beloit’s Renewing the Historic Core initiative. In surprisingly good shape after 100-plus years of exposure to the elements, the panels— dating to 1905—were rehung in December on the inside of the building.
The U.S. Department of Education surveys colleges and universities biennially to find out where first-year students come from. For 2010, the Chronicle of Higher Education created a comparative chart of this information, which showed that any two Beloit College first-year students had an 86 percent chance of coming from different states. By comparison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students would have an 11 percent chance; Marquette, 73 percent; Madison, 58 percent; Ripon, 45 percent.
Two Beloit College histories are now available and searchable through the Morse Library’s digital collections. Historical Sketches of Beloit College (1928), by second College President Edward Dwight Eaton, covers the college’s founding and development. A manuscript follow-up to Sketches, written in the ’40s by history professor Robert Richardson, is also online. Both can be found at www.beloit.edu/bcdc/histories.
Around 50 juniors and seniors attended Chicago Field Day: A Day of Exploration and Networking in November. The event aimed to help students in psychology, education and youth studies, English, history, and modern languages departments navigate their education with help and advice from Chicago-based alumni. Modeled on Econ Day, Beloit’s successful networking program in economics, the event was a joint effort between Beloit’s Liberal Arts in Practice Center and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations.
Beloit is discontinuing men’s golf and tennis due to a lack of student interest. Resources saved by eliminating the two sports will go toward other athletic programs, including swimming and diving. Effective June 1, former part-timer Kevin Schober will become the college’s first full-time head coach in men’s and women’s swimming.
Building on the success of the fund-raising model that helped revamp Strong Stadium’s track and field, Beloit is planning to continue raising funds through a “modular” or project-based strategy rather than launching a comprehensive campaign like most colleges. Inside Higher Ed noted how Beloit was breaking from the traditional fund-raising pack in a story it published last fall. The full article is available by searching “Beloit” at InsideHigherEd.com.