Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Spring 2014 (March 18, 2014)

News in Brief

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March 14, 2014
  • Tom McBride, Keefer Professor of the Humanities, will deliver his final Keefer and Keefer public lecture before he retires in May. McBride will present “SEX-SPEARE: William Shakespeare’s Anthropology of Sex” on April 16 in Richardson Auditorium; it will be live-streamed and available on demand on Beloit’s YouTube channel.
  • ASIANetwork has awarded Assistant Professor of Economics Diep Phan and four students a student-faculty fellow grant to study community tourism in Mai Chau, Vietnam, this summer. ASIANetwork is a consortium of more than 170 North American colleges that strives to strengthen the role of Asian studies within the framework of a liberal arts education.
  • Eight students were awarded Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships last fall, the largest number of Gilman awards to go to an institution of Beloit’s size. The competitive awards fund study abroad and internships for U.S. undergraduates of limited financial means. Beloit’s Gilman recipients will study in Botswana, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, and Indonesia.
  • The mineralogy-petrology lab in the Center for the Sciences was renamed the Woodard Laboratory in late February to honor the many contributions of Hank Woodard, professor emeritus of geology. The initiative was led by a group of alumni who are among the generations of Beloiters Woodard has mentored and influenced.
  • Beloit received an “A” on the first-ever vegan report card, a survey of the vegan-friendliness of 2,000 U.S. four-year colleges with dining programs, released by the youth division of PETA. Beloit was one of only two Wisconsin colleges to make an “A” grade.
  • A December article in Architect magazine explored a trend toward the creative reuse of buildings that were once power plants. It featured Beloit College’s plan to convert the nearby Alliant Energy building into a recreation and activity center among other high-profile adaptive reuse projects in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas.
  • Beloit received a $50,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to benefit its new Critical Engagement of Social Identities program through December 2014. The grant supports a series of faculty development seminars and pilot projects that advance teaching, research, and advising through the lens of social identity.
  • Students, faculty, and staff participated in a Really, Really Free Market held on campus just before winter break. RRFMs invite people to bring together items in good condition to give and share with others. The markets have been held worldwide since 2003 to promote sustainable consumerism.
  • The Buccaneers welcomed a new head football coach in February. Seth Duerr comes to Beloit from Tiffin University, where he has been assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, and recruiting coordinator. Prior to coaching at Tiffin, he was defensive coordinator for six years at the College of Wooster, his alma mater. 

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