Athletics: record-setting Baseball

Power-hitting duo first All-Americans in Buccaneer history

Sophomores Matt O’Leary #22 (second base) and Brett Kiger #42 (designated hitter) became the first All-Americans in Beloit College Baseball history following a fantastic season on the diamond in 2021. The duo were two of the top hitters in the nation all season.

Both were also First Team All-Central Region selections along with Midwest Conference All-North Division picks.

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Matt O'Leary celebrates with teammate Brett Kiger after hitting a homerun. Matt O’Leary celebrates with teammate Brett Kiger after hitting a homerun.

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Why they Chose Beloit

Committed to my success

Nicoló Petroccione feels the support of his Beloit mentors and peers — on the basketball court, in the classroom, and beyond. Beloit’s curriculum has encouraged Petroccione to open his mind and explore new areas of study. “My professors have pushed me to see new things, and everything I study is influential,” he says.

Petroccione is a rising senior and Orientation Leader (OL). New Beloiters will meet him and the OL team at Summer Orientation (July 6-15).

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Jenni Reinke?05 dances in the historic building her dance-theatre company is bringing back to life.
Jenni Reinke’05 dances in the historic building her dance-theatre company is bringing back to life.
Changing perceptions: Alumni in Action 

Bringing them out of the shadows

In Mrs. Wrights, Jenni Reinke’05 tells the stories of the women who most influenced Frank Lloyd Wright. She’s shown in the historic building her dance-theatre company is bringing back to life.

“Growing up in Wisconsin, I’d heard much about Frank Lloyd Wright and his buildings, but nothing of the women who influenced his work and were influential in their own right,” Reinke explains. “Out of this void, Mrs. Wrights was born. I use my body to make visible the women whose histories have been overshadowed by the tower of male ‘genius.’”

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Meet a Beloiter: Professor Profiles

Gaming the classroom

Physics and astronomy professor Britt Scharringhausen uses tabletop role-playing games to incorporate mathematical concepts and broader life lessons into her teaching. 

“One of my favorite definitions of ‘game’ is it’s a series of interesting choices, and I kind of think about how classrooms can be like that,” explains Scharringhausen. “I want to create lots of opportunities for that lightbulb moment to happen.” 

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