Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Fall/Winter 2014 (November 4, 2014)

News In Brief

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October 31, 2014

Beloit Blend

NEWS Java Joint

Photo by Greg Anderson

One of the Java Joint’s most popular beverages these days is a robust fair trade coffee called “Beloit Blend,” given that name by the local roasters. Tina Rementer, who runs the campus coffee shop, serves hot mugs of the brew on a regular basis. “I like to say that I provide students with legal stimulants,” she says. “That’s my job and I love it.”


  • Tim Schmeichen was named Beloit’s director of athletics and recreation after former athletic director Peggy Carl left the college at the end of September. Schmeichen joined Beloit in 1990, serving as associate athletic director for the past eight years and as head coach of men’s soccer for the past 25 seasons. He will continue to coach soccer.
  • The Weissberg Program in Human Rights celebrates its 15th anniversary during the 2014-2015 academic year. Initiated in 1999 with the support of Beloit parent Marvin Weissberg, the program critically engages students with human rights issues through a residency, scholarships, off-campus projects, and post-graduate fellowships. James S. Anaya, a University of Arizona law professor whose work focuses on the rights of indigenous peoples, will be the 2015 Weissberg Professor.
  • Workers ventured to some of the highest points on campus when they re-roofed Eaton Chapel and its bell tower this summer. Gone are the weathered gray shingles, replaced by Vermont Blue slate on the tower and west and east rooftops and matching metal shingles on the main structure. The work was supported, in part, by Renewing the Historic Core funds.
  • Susan Choi will be the 25th writer to hold the Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing at Beloit, starting in January. Choi’s third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2009.
  • An official state historical marker commemorating the famed explorer Roy Chapman Andrews (1906) was placed in Beloit’s Riverside Park in September. Andrews, who grew up in Beloit, became one of the most celebrated explorers of the 20th century and is thought to be the inspiration for the film character Indiana Jones.
  • Last summer, a gift from the estate of the late Henry Bova, professor emeritus of modern languages, helped to fund aesthetic improvements and new instructional equipment in the Pettibone World Affairs Center, formerly the college’s library, now the hub of language teaching and learning.
  • Two students had the opportunity to perform a new dance choreographed by Professor of Dance Chris Johnson that was showcased at the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival. Sarah Ellen Miller’15 and Santiago Qunitana’15 performed the duet titled “Physical Manifestations of Assent” at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in September.
  • A news item that appeared in our summer issue about Pete Seeger’s campus performance in 1956 generated a host of comments on the magazine’s website, and led to the discovery that the iconic folk singer had actually performed at Beloit twice during that decade. He returned to the delight of Beloit students on May 9, 1958. 

Gone Turtle

NEWS Gone turtle
As this magazine went to press, the two turtle-riding gnome lawn ornaments, normally seated in the planters in front the President’s House on campus, had gone missing. This is not the first time the curious figures disappeared before returning—once triumphantly at Commencement. This photo was taken last year by Nick Mischler'14 as the gnomes and their steeds rode out Beloit’s first snowfall of the season.

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