Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Summer 2011 (August 2011)

News In Brief

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July 2011

Robert LaFleur received the James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in April, the second time the professor of anthropology and history has earned the distinction, which is based on student nominations.

Five faculty members will join Beloit in August. Two visiting professors will take permanent posts: Kathryn Stettler Johnson’02 in biology and Ted Gries in chemistry; John Kaufmann, former planetarium supervisor at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center, joins the theatre department. Lisl Walsh will teach classics and courses in women’s and gender studies. Ethnomusic­ologist Denise Gill-Gü­rtan will serve as a faculty fellow.

Two alumni assumed key roles at the college in July. Christina Pape Klawitter’98, previously assistant dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Letters & Science, stepped into the dean of students post formerly held by Bill Flanagan. Brian Morello’85, a successful business owner and entrepreneur, will co-direct the Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB). Morello will collaborate with CELEB founder and director Jerry Gustafson’63 during a two-year leadership transition.

Ali Allawi, interim minister of finance in Iraq’s transitional government, held the 2011 Weissberg Chair in International Studies at Beloit this spring.

Beloit baseball posted the second-most wins in program history this season, capturing its first-ever Midwest Conference North Division regular season title. Coach Dave DeGeorge was named MWC North Division Coach of the Year for the second time.

In April, Joshua Hall, assistant professor of economics, was awarded the Phee Boon Kang’73 Prize for Innovation in Teaching with Technology for developing a website that helps students recognize theoretical economic underpinnings in popular song lyrics. The Kang Prize was established in 1997 by Trustee Phee Boon Kang’73.

Carleton College, Kohnstamm Professor of Chemistry Brock Spencer’s alma mater, awarded him a Distinguished Achievement Award in June. The honor goes to alumni with outstanding achievements in their field.

Two recent graduates have received student Fulbright awards: Kelly Allen’11 will conduct research in Panama, while E.B. Pertner’10 will teach English in Turkey. The two are among 1,700 U.S. citizens selected for Fulbright awards this year.

The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services selected the Wright Museum of Art to participate in its Museum Assessment Program, which advances best practices and fosters improvements in museums.

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