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Summer 2014 (July 10, 2014)

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July 10, 2014
  • Robert Stavins, one of the world’s leading thinkers on climate change policy, will serve as Beloit’s 2014 Miller Upton Scholar. The Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and director of Harvard’s Environmental Economics Program will be on campus from Nov. 4-7 to work with students and faculty and give a public lecture to the community.
  • In March, Beloit named Robert Mirabile the college’s vice president for enrollment. Formerly the assistant vice president of enrollment analytics at Drexel University, he assumed the post previously held at Beloit by Nancy Benedict. Mirabile leads Beloit’s 20-person team of admissions and financial aid staff.
  • Professor of Political Science Georgia Duerst-Lahti was named a 2014 Woman of Achievement in the field of higher education by the Wisconsin Women in Government. Her selection was based on her accomplishments and contributions to higher education, as well as her dedication to public service and her community.
  • The Bunge Theatre in the Neese Theatre building will be extensively renovated thanks to the generosity of Eleanor (Nor) Hall’69 and her husband Roger Hale. The project will include additional lighting, sound, projection, and seating to make the theatre a better site for hands-on experimentation for theatre and non-theatre users alike.
  • Three students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to support their study abroad experiences this fall. In Morocco, Maddie Hallberg’16 will study elements of Moroccan textile design and consider how globalization impacts the Moroccan textile industry. In Russia, Milica Mihajlovic’16 will study literature and history. Also in Russia (Moscow), Rikako Nishimura’16 will study veganism and the Russian language.
  • In April, Associate Professor of History Beatrice McKenzie was recognized with the James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, which is based on student nominations and supported by the Alliant Energy Foundation. McKenzie was praised by students for her ability to draw connections between domestic and international issues, between history and other disciplines, and between her classroom and the community. She specializes in U.S. immigration and citizenship issues, historical or present.
  • Associate Professor of History Ellen Joyce received the Phee Boon Kang’73 Prize for Innovation in Teaching with Technology. Joyce, who joined Beloit College in 2001, was awarded the prize for her proposed project, “Crowdsourcing for Cultural Heritage Projects,” which is focused on bringing new technological tools and techniques to bear on archival work by crowdsourcing the digital transcription of documents and collections of documents.

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