Beloit College

Sarah Jesmer

Beattie Park in downtown Rockford is more than just a public green space. It's home to groups of mounds created by Native American tribes as a place of gathering, peace, and burial. Indigenous people still meet there.

 

Juanita MacVenn is the treasurer of Rockford's Native American Awareness Committee, or NAAC.

Her late husband, Mac "Spotted Horse," helped form the committee. He passed in 2017.
 

This year's Weissberg Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice at Beloit College is Joel Simon. Simon, a journalist and author, has been executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) since 2006. Friday night, Simon will give a public lecture on freedom of the press. Saturday, Simon will take part in a panel discussion called "Valuing Fact and Truth in the Age of Fake News." WNIJ's Guy Stephens spoke with Simon for this week's Friday Forum.

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50 years ago, most of us graduating seniors at Beloit College didn't have any idea where we would be and what we would be like at the 50th reunion of the Class of 1969. But here we are.

On and off that beautiful campus, I got my first experience in journalism. Studied abroad, got dream jobs and learned how to teach. Beloit College helped students believe we could be and do almost anything, and go places. In anthropology, geology, history, physics, economics and government, we didn't just read about or watch other people do great stuff. We got to do it.

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This Saturday, Beloit College's Ferrall Artist-in-Residence will present a sound installation at the college's Wright Museum of Art. In the performance, she will collaborate with works created by Beloit College students.

Crawford Gates, Former RSO Music Director, Dies At 96

Jun 12, 2018
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Crawford Gates, longtime music director for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and professor emeritus at Beloit College, died at the age of 96 in the early hours of Saturday in Salt Lake City.

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The Roy Chapman Andrews Society in Beloit is presenting its annual 'Distinguished Explorer' award to Dr. Richard Alley. He’s a Penn State climatologist whose drilling into Antarctic ice led to greater knowledge of global climate change.

Dr. Alley started out studying geology at Ohio State University, but branched into studying glaciers and snowfall while working with a professor over one summer.  The data he gathered, however, was from an "unconventional" source.

How Do You Define A College Freshman (Or Whatever)?

Aug 18, 2015
Beloit College

It's that time again: A new crop of young people is entering colleges and universities around the world.

And, just as it has every summer since 1998, Beloit College is issuing its "Mindset List" to help define the factors that shaped those new freshmen -- or "first-years" or "freshies" or whatever new term may be applied by a given institution.

Beloit College created a memorial fund for Luke Somers, a hostage killed in Yemen during a U.S. rescue attempt. Somers is a graduate of the college.

The fund will honor Somers and his photojournalism, and provide students study abroad opportunities. It would especially benefit students who want to study the people and cultures of the Middle East.

American photojournalist Luke Somers was born in London 33 years ago, but chose Beloit College in Wisconsin for his liberal arts education. Somers was killed during a failed rescue attempt in Yemen.

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Many U.S. colleges and universities are adopting "test-optional" policies when it comes to admitting students. That means SAT and ACT scores are becoming less of a factor in the process. At least one area school is joining the movement.

Beloit College professor dies in Chile

Jun 21, 2012
Beloit College

Dan Shea, an anthropology professor at Beloit College since 1968, died after a fall Tuesday night while on a research trip with students in Chile.

 Shea and five Beloit students arrived June 8 and were scheduled to remain in Chile until June 27. A Beloit College alumnus and an adjunct professor also were on the trip; they remain with the students at this time. Plans are being made for their return as soon as possible.