Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Spring 2018 (May 16, 2018)

News in Brief

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May 15, 2018

Former Dean of Students Bill Flanagan received the Laurence A. Raymer Headliner Award in February from the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce. Flanagan was cited for his role as a champion of education and young people and for his commitment to serving his community. One of his many endeavors in retirement is supporting a literacy initiative through the Beloit School District.

When Nicole Truesdell’03, founding director of Beloit’s Office for Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness, announced her departure for Brown University this winter, her Beloit colleagues honored her by contributing nearly $4,000 to the Class of 2012 Textbook Fund, which assists low-income students with the purchase of textbooks.

In February, at its annual awards dinner, the Downtown Beloit Association recognized Beloit College for the “Best Façade Rehabilitation Over $10,000” for the recent renovation of the Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB), located at 437 E. Grand Avenue in downtown Beloit. The center held its grand re-opening in April.

Sue Swanson, professor of geology and holder of the Weeks Chair in Physical and Human Geography, received the James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in April. Swanson was lauded as a prolific scholar, dedicated college administrator, and an inspiring teacher. The award is sponsored by Alliant Energy and the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Last summer, Beloit made $83,000 available to students for a combination of internships, volunteer experiences, workshops, and other adventures. This year, students could apply for funding that originates from 14 different sources through a single interface called the Common Grant Application.

At press time in late April, alumnus Gary Arnold’92 was slated to deliver the Commencement address at Beloit College’s 168th ceremony on May 20. Arnold, a longtime advocate for people with disabilities, has served two terms as president of the board of the Little People of America. He’s presently director of programs at the Progress Center for Independent Living in Chicago.

Six faculty members teamed up to create a single statistical analysis program to replace multiple programs that were being used across campus. The project won the 2018 Phee Boon Kang’73 Prize for Innovation in Teaching with Technology. Members of the team are Kristin Bonnie (psychology), Phil Chen (political science), Alexis Grosofsky (psychology), Kylie Quave (anthropology), Leslie Williams (anthropology), and Ken Yasukawa (biology).

By the time the Eaton Chapel bells chimed the noon hour on Giving Day, April 25, the college had already exceeded its one-day fund-raising goal of $150,000, raising more than $160,000 from 309 donors. By the end of the day, however, exactly 700 donors had given $234,200 to the Beloiter Fund.

From the Archives

[Sp18] Beloit Pennant
Photo from: Beloit College Archives.

Mixed in among the documents and photographs you’d expect to find in Beloit’s Archives are any number of unusual objects, such as beanies, banners, busts, and other Beloit ephemera from long ago, not to mention examples of vintage college swag. The exact origin of this bright felt pennant is unknown, but Archivist Fred Burwell’86 speculates this expression of Beloit spirit has been around for at least a century.


[Sp18] Ed Hoerr’57Photo from: Beloit College Archives.

As we were putting the finishing touches on the spring magazine, we received the sad news that Ed Hoerr’57 had died on April 19. Hoerr can claim a place in Beloit College history that few others can: He was not only a loyal and well-connected alumnus but also a member of the college’s board of trustees and an interim college president. We are putting together a tribute to him for our fall edition.

Please email your remembrances or related stories to: or send a letter to Beloit College Magazine, 700 College St., Beloit, WI 53511.

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