Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Spring 2019 (May 2019)

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May 2019

Top Teaching Award

[Sp20] Sylvia López and her students
Photo by: Amanda Reeseburg.

Professor Sylvia López received flowers from her students when she was honored with the James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award at a ceremony in April. López, who holds the Harry C. Moore Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and teaches Spanish, was nominated for Beloit’s highest teaching honor by students and a committee of former Underkofler recipients. The Alliant Energy Foundation created the teaching award, which is administered by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.  

Writer-in-Residence

[Sp20] Anne Elizabeth Moore

Writer and Culture Critic Anne Elizabeth Moore was the college’s 2019 Mackey Professor, serving as a writer-in-residence this spring. Moore taught the Mackey Workshop, an advanced course in creative writing, and held a public reading on March 1 in Moore Lounge, where she read from her 2017 acclaimed nonfiction collection, Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes. She has also written a work of comic journalism, Threadbare, as well as Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh in 2011.

She began her career in independent publishing, editing magazines including the award-winning Punk Planet. She also served briefly as editor in chief of The Chicago Reader, an independent, alternative weekly newspaper. Next year, the Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing will mark its 30th year. Chinese American poet Marilyn Chin will serve as Beloit’s Mackey Professor.

Renovation Progress

Two residence halls, 609 Emerson and Brannon, will reopen this fall after undergoing renovations. The second floor living space of Chapin Hall is now on the top of the list for interior updates. Chapin will close in 2019-20 while restoration work is completed, but the main floor, which includes the location of Commons dining area, will remain open.

Mackey Chair

A novel by Beloit’s 2018 Mackey Chair Rebecca Makkai was chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. The Great Believers, which tells the story of people who endured the AIDS crisis, was also shortlisted for a National Book Award.

Commencement Speaker

Ruth Hamilton’07, a Harvard-educated criminal defense attorney, was announced in April as Beloit’s 2019 Commencement speaker. A senior trial attorney for the Criminal Defense Practice of the Bronx Defenders, Hamilton has focused her legal career on social justice. She was previously legal director for Still She Rises in North Tulsa, Okla., where she worked to reduce the sentences of incarcerated mothers.

Men's Basketball Coach

Josh Hinz’06 was named head coach of the Buccaneer men’s basketball program in May after serving as assistant coach for 12 years. Hinz was a prolific scorer, rebounder, and record-breaking athlete as a student at Beloit. He succeeds former head coach Brian Vraney, who left the college this spring after 12 seasons.

Giving Day

Beloit College held its fifth annual Giving Day in April, attracting gifts from 916 donors (exceeding the goal of 700) and raising $374,372. That is a 61 percent increase from last year. The final tally showed that 61 percent of donors were alumni, 16 percent students, 11 percent parents, 7 percent faculty and staff, and 5 percent friends of the college.

Environmental Stewardship Award

Beloit College received the 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award for Commercial Business from the city of Beloit in May. The annual award goes to commercial businesses that have shown outstanding environmental awareness and taken important measures to protect the environment. 

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