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Meet Your AMP Advisor


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Lisa Anderson-Levy

Lisa Anderson-Levy

I’m a cultural anthropologist and I teach in both Anthropology and Critical Identity Studies departments. Cultural anthropologists try to understand how people make meaning through everyday practices. I work in the Caribbean, specifically Jamaica, on issues such as gender, sexuality, race, social class, citizenship, among others.

I was born on one Caribbean island and grew up in another, so this part of the world is home. I live in the wonderful city of Beloit with my family, which includes 3 fabulous felines. I like putzing around in my garden, taking long winter walks, and fall is my favorite time of the year.

Teaching at Beloit College is my dream job because I can work closely with students as they make choices about majors, studying abroad, or deciding on internships. Working with students, to build strong intellectual profiles that will position them well for life now and post-Beloit, is the most rewarding part of the work I do. While COVID-19 has certainly turned our worlds upside down, I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into the Beloit community.

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Daniel Brückenhaus

Daniel Brückenhaus

I am a professor in the History department, and I also advise students who participate in our European Studies minor. My teaching and research focus on the history of Europe and its colonial empires in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Some of my favorite experiences at Beloit have been around working with and mentoring students, including giving advice to international students studying at Beloit and Beloit students planning to study abroad, and working one-on-one with students in research projects. Building relationships with my advisees, and getting to know who a student is both in and beyond my classrooms, gives me the opportunity to help students find their true passions, whether it is learning about history or preparing for a future in a wide range of fields such as education, research, law, journalism, political activism or NGO work. I’m excited to learn more about your goals and passions, and to support you as you build your Beloit Experience!

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Gabriela Cerghedean

Gabriela Cerghedean

I am a professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and I have been teaching at Beloit since 2010. At Beloit College I teach a variety of Spanish language courses as well as the literature of the Spanish Middle Ages. Outside my work I love to read, write, take walks, and spend time traveling abroad with my family. As often as possible, I like to share my interests with my students. As a result, in the summer 2021, I will be co-directing the International Beloit Blocks in Spain and Morocco. To study abroad is one of the great opportunities that we offer at Beloit College and I encourage all of you to experience your own journey.

I enjoyed serving for the past 5 years as Advisor to the Exchange International students. Now, I am very excited to serve as your instructor for AMP. I am looking forward to meeting you and learning more about your academic and extracurricular interests. My main goal is to make sure that each of you will have a wonderful, successful, and unforgettable experience at Beloit College!

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Suzanne Cox

Suzanne Cox

I am a professor in the Psychology department and I co-chair the Health and Society Program. As a developmental psychologist who teaches life-span development, I often look for ways that students can apply what they are learning in the classroom to their own lives and to their surrounding community. My research interests focus on parent-child relationships, and my students and I have collaborated on multiple projects exploring aspects of how developmental science can help promote optimal human development.

Much of my teaching and advising centers on how students can learn to enhance their own development, and I’m eager to learn more about your goals and interests and how best to support you throughout your years at Beloit College.

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Shannon M. Fie

Shannon Fie

I am an archaeologist in the Anthropology department. My primary interests are in the Native cultures of North America, but my classes cover many parts of the world and different time periods.

One of my favorite things about teaching at Beloit is working with objects from the Logan Museum and watching students discover for themselves what we can learn from studying them. I feel the same excitement about advising. As an advisor, I love fostering students’ curiosity, helping them find their passion and then figure out how to best achieve their goals. In the coming weeks, I am really looking forward to learning more about your interests and goals, and supporting you as you build your Beloit Experience.

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Ellen Joyce, Associate Professor and Chair of History

Ellen Joyce

I’m a professor in the History department–my specialty is Medieval European history, but I’m also very passionate about the local history of the City of Beloit and of Beloit College. I teach courses in all of those areas, and I have recently started teaching students how to communicate the results of their historical research by building websites and making online maps.

Outside of my work, I’m involved with the Beloit Historical Association, the Equal Opportunity Commission, and a couple of social justice organizations.

Getting to know my advisees and helping them identify their own interests, goals, and commitments is absolutely my favorite thing about teaching at Beloit. I’m excited to support you as you build your Beloit Experience!

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Kate Linnenberg

Kate Linnenberg

I am a professor in the Department of Sociology, and I teach classes that also count for majors in the Health & Society and Critical Identity Studies Programs as well.

What I love most about Beloit College students is their genuine love for learning. I enjoy mentoring students as they work on independent studies and conduct internships. Some of my favorite experiences at Beloit involve getting to know students both in and out of the classroom. This can happen during office hours, but it also occurs when classes come to my house for dinner, or when I see a student dance in a recital or play soccer or give a presentation at Symposium Day, or when a student helps me code interview data. Know that I am on your team, and that means I will work to help you figure out your path and achieve your dreams at Beloit College and beyond!

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Olga Ogurtsova

Olga Ogurtsova

I am a professor in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures. I love teaching Russian language, culture and literature. One of my favorite things about Beloit is that we have the most exciting students who are intelligent, curious, and never boring. Daily I look forward to being challenged by our students with their numerous insightful questions. As a Russian club adviser, every Sunday I attend “Russian Tea” meetings in the Russian house for discussions, watching movies, and cooking with students.

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Britt Scharringhausen

Britt Scharringhausen

I am a professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy, and also an advisor in the 3:2 Engineering program. I’m a planetary astronomer, and I study the rings of Saturn. You can find me teaching a course on orbital mechanics using Kerbal Space Program or playing board games with the students in the physics lounge, and I’m one of those people who is always knitting in meetings and presentations.

One of the best things about being a professor at Beloit College is getting to know my students as whole people, whether they are physics students or my first-year advisees, so I’m looking forward to finding out about your interests, goals, and plans!

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Matt Tedesco

Matt Tedesco

I’m a Philosophy professor here at Beloit, with a focus on ethics–how we ought to live, what we ought to do, what world we should work towards creating. Because of this, beyond my departmental home, I also teach and advise in several of our interdisciplinary programs: Environmental Studies, Health & Society, and Law & Justice.

I see pretty much everything I do at Beloit as about two things: conversations and connections. I love the conversations I get to have at Beloit–in the classroom, in one-on-one conversations with students, and with my faculty and staff colleagues. And I love the connections I get to make, and also help students to make, along the way. It’s a privilege to have a job where I can help Beloit students find and pursue the futures they want for themselves.

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Amy Tibbitts

Amy Tibbitts

I am a professor of Spanish in the Modern Languages and Literatures department. I teach at all the levels of the the language program, but my more specialized field of expertise is contemporary Peninsular (from Spain) narrative and film. I also teach a course on environmental literature from the Spanish-speaking world.

I have been lucky during my time at Beloit to meet amazing students who go on to do even more amazing things once they leave, such as attend graduate school, teach English abroad, become nurses and doctors, or professional educators. We will be working together to discover and develop your passions. I’m excited to learn more about what ignites your curiosity, and support you as you build your Beloit Experience!

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Yvonne Wu

Yvonne Wu

I am a professor in the Music Department. I’m a composer who teaches courses in music theory and music composition (like Songwriting and Experiments in Sound). I also lead the InterArts Ensemble, a collaborative group that creates original multidisciplinary arts performances and installations.

Among my favorite experiences at Beloit are mentoring students of all majors—getting to know your hopes and passions and helping you find meaningful experiences. You will undoubtedly grow in big ways over the next four years, and I look forward to supporting your journey. Another thing I love is the community that Beloit students build together—when they collaborate on a project, put on an event together, or pool their talents to make something happen. These are priceless experiences, and I look forward to helping you find your home in the Beloit community.

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Jay Zambito

Jay Zambito

I am a professor in the Department of Geology. I’m a paleoclimatologist and paleontologist by training, and study climate change driven extinctions in Earth’s past to better understand future climate scenarios.

One of my favorite things about Beloit is the variety of opportunities available to get to know the students. This happens not only in the classroom, but also on geology field trips that we take to places all over the country. I especially enjoy undertaking one-on-one and group research projects with students in both the field and my lab. When I need to relax and recharge I go for hikes, head to the gym or yoga studio, and make pizza from scratch.

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