The Beloit College Board of Trustees held their winter meeting Feb. 4-5 to approve sabbatical requests and review final plans for a new student-alumni relations initiative.
The board granted full-year sabbaticals for Daniel Barolsky of the Department of Music, Diane Lichtenstein of the Department of English, and Natalie Gummer of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. The board granted fall 2016 semester sabbaticals to Bob Elder of the Department of Economics and Bill New of the Department of Education and Youth Studies, and spring 2017 semester sabbaticals to Charles Drury of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Media Studies; Alexis Grosofsky of the Department of Psychology; Yaffa Grossman of the Department of Biology; Donna Oliver of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; James Rougvie of the Department of Geology; and Pablo Toral of the Department of Political Science.
The board also received the final two proposals for The Beloit Project, which aims to strengthen student-alumni relations and improve student employment. To do this, the proposals suggest shifting the annual reunion to April when students are still in session and to consolidate student advising and student symposium activities around the new date to ensure a maximum number of opportunities for student-alumni contact.
To improve student employment in the next academic year, the proposals include measures aimed at increasing the visibility of student employment options, specifying the benefits of student employment positions, and encouraging academic advisers to highlight student employment in their recommendations.
The board also approved additional funds to be put toward the $1.3 million upgrade to Beloit's Emerson Hall. Following renovations it will host 55 students.