Beloit Society for Learning Unlimited

About SLU


The Society for Learning Unlimited (SLU) is a non-profit organization loosely associated with Beloit College. It offers opportunities to explore cultural and intellectual interests in a stimulating environment. Learning new skills encourages personal growth, enhances emotional and mental health, and provides a more meaningful life. SLU’s membership of over 600 represents 16 zip codes of Rock County, Northern Illinois, and the Greater Beloit Area.


The SLU Board consists of up to 19 unpaid volunteer members, appointed from the current SLU membership. These Board members meet at least 4 times per term and focus their efforts on seeking out presenters who are interested in offering programs that will fill the lifelong learning needs of SLU members.

Requirements for SLU Membership

  • Enthusiasm for lifelong learning
  • You are never too old to learn
  • $7.00 per semester membership dues

Board Members

  • Gary Cook, SLU Board Chairperson
  • Pat Raymer, Executive Administrator
  • Shirley Fischer
  • Pat Foster
  • Ken Gold
  • Tom Holmes
  • Linda Hough
  • Brenda McCoy
  • Kay Nordstrom
  • Kendell Nordstrom
  • Dan Phillips
  • John Rapp
  • Shirley Swanson
  • John Wasserstrass
  • Larry White
  • IN MEMORIUM R.I.P. Friend
  • Dick Stenstrom June 19, 1936 – May 2, 2024
  • Beloit College Emeritus Professor of Geology
  • Emeritus SLU Board Member
  • Provided Stenstrom House, the home of our SLU office


If you are willing and able, please consider making a separate contribution to SLU so that we can continue to provide inexpensive, quality programming to the greater Beloit community. You can conveniently do so by including a separate check with your class enrollment form.

Remember that SLU is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. As such, it is qualified to receive charitable donations that are fully tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Contact SLU

SLU Business Office

Pat Raymer, Executive Administrator
Kay Nordstrom, Office Assistant

Office location:

Gina Stenstrom Center
627 Church St
Beloit, WI

SLU Inc.
Box 229
700 College Street
Beloit, WI 53511-5595

Course Information

Courses are held at First Congregational Church (801 Bushnell St., Beloit) unless otherwise noted in the description. We will cancel SLU courses if Beloit Public Schools cancel classes for weather emergencies,

Most courses are 2 hours in length with a coffee break in the middle. Coffee, tea and cookies are provided. To help us cut down on expenses and waste, please consider bringing your own reusable cup.

If you have paid in full for a course that is filled by the time your registration is received, or if the course is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a voucher for the cost of that course. The voucher may be used toward the cost of any remaining course this semester, or for any course the following semester. Vouchers or Refunds will NOT be issued for any courses that you have missed. If you are unable to attend a course, please notify the SLU Office promptly. When a course is filled, a waiting list is created and you may enable someone on the waiting list to attend in your place.

Some non-members of SLU and invited guests of SLU members may find it convenient to bypass our enrollment procedure and “pay at the door,” if our classroom capacity has not been met (it is best to call a couple of days ahead to ensure space). A surcharge of $3.00 will be levied on each such transaction.

The SLU Board invites this semester’s unpaid volunteer course presenters to be our guests and enroll with all fees waved, for up to three of the courses offered this semester. Course presenters should complete and submit the enrollment form in this booklet to reserve space in the desired course.