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Buccaneer Spotlight - Tess Jacquez

December 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

Tess Jacquez

12Tess Jacquez: Alumni (Class of 2011)

Sport(s): Volleyball, Softball

Pescadero, California – Pescadero High School

Major: Chemistry

How did you find out about Beloit? Did you know a lot about Beloit when you first visited campus?

“I wanted to go to a small liberal arts school away from home and a friend recommended it. I randomly applied. I didn’t know anything about Beloit College when I visited and it was actually my first time to the Midwest.”

We are focusing a lot on Liberal Arts in Practice at Beloit; so as part of what you practice(d) name one aspect that you took away(will take) from being a Beloit student-athlete that you use in your everyday life.

“Dedication and teamwork has definitely stuck with me through the time since graduation and I hope to keep that mind frame throughout life. I know I was asked for one, but these two aspects are connected in my mind.”

What (if any) accolades did you receive (Academically/Athletically) while being a student-athlete?

“Chemistry departmental honors, Blanket Award, Joe Kobylka Award, 1st and 2nd All-Conference team for volleyball, John H. Nair Chemistry award, Deans List, Academic All-Conference (I can’t remember how many times I got these last two awards, sorry!)”

If you could name one class or professor (mentor) that really meant something to you while at Beloit, who or what would that be?

“The professor that has probably impacted my life and career the most is Dr. George Lisensky. From dressing up in a robe and teaching a class as if it were in the 1800s to being my internship advisor at University of Wisconsin’s materials research engineering and science center, he provided me with an understanding of chemistry as well as a realization of multitude of ways that chemistry can be used and that chemistry relies on, and is relied on by, so many other areas of study. I am now at University of Oregon in Eugene, OR pursuing a Masters in Chemistry with an emphasis in semiconductors and photovoltaics due to my two favorite classes that I took at Beloit College (that he happened to teach), solid state chemistry and nanochemistry.”

Name one of the most rewarding experiences you took part in while at Beloit College?

“After three years (two second place finishes to SNC), the volleyball team beat SNC twice in a week and took the conference tournament after having the same record as Monmouth College, the conference champions. Attending NCAA regionals was a dream. Although it was sad we lost, the opportunity to play Washington Univ. in St. Louis was phenomenal.”

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? - Name a career goal/aspiration you strive for.

“I strive to be working at a company that produces solar cells, playing softball and volleyball in my free time, and being in another country. Overall I just want to be happy and have amazing people around me.”

“In ONE word I would you sum up Beloit College as- Un-regrettable.”