Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Winter 2019 (January 2019)

News in Brief


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January 2019

[W19] Star trails in the night sky above campus.
Star trails in the night sky above campus.
Photo by Ziming “Simon” Wu’20.

City Honor Goes to Adams

Professor Emeritus Jeff Adams was one of five citizens honored by the Beloit Historical Society in October. Adams, who retired from Beloit’s faculty in 2015 as the Allen-Bradley Professor of Economics, was inducted into the society’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his extensive work to improve the community through Beloit 2000—later named Beloit 2020—projects that brought about major improvements to the city of Beloit’s riverfront and city center.

Freedom of the Press

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, will hold Beloit’s Weissberg Chair in International Studies this spring. During a weeklong residency in March, Simon will focus on freedom of the press during visits to classes, a keynote address, and a panel discussion with four additional experts on “Valuing Fact and Truth in the Age of Fake News.”

Mindset List Moves

The Mindset List, the annual list of life experiences for entering college students, is now associated with Marist College, home of the Marist Poll. The list originated at Beloit College in 1998, with authors Tom McBride, professor emeritus of English, and Ron Nief, public affairs director emeritus. McBride retired from Beloit in 2014, while Nief retired in 2009.

Buddhist Icon

Last fall, the Wright Museum of Art received a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to conserve its largest Tibetan thangka, one of the most important pieces among its thangka collection. A thangka is a religious painting, usually made of soft cloth, that depicts a Buddhist icon. This one dates to the 18th century and is constructed of embroidered silk.

Niemiec Named New Chair

Dick Niemiec’65, who served as interim Beloit College president in 2008, and most recently served as chair of the board of trustees’ Budget & Planning Committee, was unanimously selected to chair the Beloit College board of trustees. His service in that role began Nov. 1, 2018. Niemiec replaces previous chair Stopher Bartol’88, who will continue to serve on the board.

International Connections

Beloit’s Office of International Education  conducted a survey of faculty, staff, and students to document the many international connections and quantify the global nature of the Beloit College community. The survey found that Beloiters on campus have connections to more than 65 countries and speak more than 41 languages, from Armenian to Zulu.

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