Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Summer 2013 (August 1, 2013)

News in Brief

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July 31, 2013
  • Beloit continues to move forward with plans to repurpose the nearby, riverside powerhouse building as a student activity and recreation center. In January, current owner Alliant Energy/WPL filed paperwork with the Department of Natural Resources to identify the building’s environmental issues and pursue rehabilitation. This summer, a committee led by college board member Jo Froman’69 and Dean of Students Christina Klawitter’98 will help choose a national design partner for the project. In the best-case-scenario, environmental improvements would be finished in 2014 and a two-year re-construction started after fundraising efforts are successful.
  • The Logan Museum of Anthropology exhibited a terracotta figure from the ancient Nok culture of central Nigeria for the first time in April. After it was examined by an expert, the sculpture, a gift of Howard and Eunice Gelb of St. Paul, Minn., was confirmed to be authentic and between 1,600 and 2,500 years old.
  • Members of the class of 2017 will study and discuss Behind the Beautiful Forevers during New Student Days in late August. The 2013 common reading selection, written by Katherine Boo, is about life and death and hope in Mumbai’s Annawadi slum. It won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for nonfiction.
  • Beloit students submitted more than 60 nominations to the Alliant Energy Foundation for the Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award this year. Professor of Religious Studies Natalie Gummer received the honor at Beloit. The Alliant Energy Foundation awards the Underkofler to a select group of faculty teaching at private colleges in Wisconsin. All nominations come from students.
  • Two members of the class of 2013 were selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants and a third was chosen as an alternate. Patrick Firme, Michigan City, Ind., will be an English teaching assistant at a public high school in Medan, Indonesia. Anthony Otey, Bronx, N.Y., will also be a teaching assistant, teaching English and American Studies at the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria in Portugal. Sarah Morgan, Madison, Wis., chosen as an alternate, will conduct research in Mongolia if a spot becomes available.
  • Photographs of public art on campus and in the city of Beloit will be part of an upcoming solo exhibition on noted artist Siah Armajani at a London gallery Sept. 18-Nov.17. The Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art will feature slides of the Poetry Garden, Gazebo for One Anarchist: Emma Goldman (both on campus), and the Wood Family Fishing Bridge, located on the Rock River.
  • Director of International Education Elizabeth Brewer and Associate Director Josh Moore received the 2012-13 Phee Boon Kang’73 Prize for Innovation in Teaching with Technology for developing and teaching a digital storytelling course that teaches students to reflect on study abroad or off-campus experiences by creating short films using digital images, narration, and music.
  • Laurie Stickelmaier has been named vice president for finance and planning and treasurer for Beloit College. She succeeds John Nicholas, who retired in May after 18 years of service. Stickelmaier comes to Beloit from the College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio.

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