Beloit College’s $10 million renovation of the Col. Robert Morse Library will include the Impact Beloit project, with community programs beginning in late 2023.
The project will develop the next generation of leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and activists through community-based learning that develops students’ career readiness and contributes to the well-being of local communities.
Beloit College President Scott Bierman said the college stands out among its peers for its personalized, student-centric educational approach that encourages students to learn through experiences and reflection.
“Tying educational experiences to career readiness allows us to remain relevant to students and the workplace,” Bierman said. “Impact Beloit takes this to the next level.” Beloit College’s mission is to empower students to lead fulfilling lives marked by high achievement, personal responsibility, and public contribution in a diverse society.
The initiative will create new career readiness programming and serve as a key access point for students, making it easy for them to discover all the college’s community-based learning and career readiness capabilities.
Morse Library renovations also will include spaces for the Beloit area community. The synergy of the college’s community-based learning will develop students’ career readiness and contribute to the well-being of local communities, especially the city of Beloit. This move elevates the visibility of Beloit College’s efforts so that more people, internally and externally, can access them.
The library renovation includes user-friendly spaces for learning, studying, designing, and other projects. The exterior design features an inviting new entrance, parking lot, and landscape that will be appealing to the campus and the greater Beloit community.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers visited Beloit College in February to award a $9 million Neighborhood Investment Fund grant for the project, citing the college’s “long history of educating citizens of the world.” The college is contributing an additional $1 million to the project.