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Buccaneer Spotlight - Eric Stall

April 2, 2012 at 10:08 am

Eric Stall: Class of 2007

Sport(s): BaseballEric Stall

Naperville, Illinois – Naperville Central High School

Major: Physics

Currently: Lives in Chicago, Illinois. He is an engineer for Peoples Gas where he works in the Gas Engineering Distribution and Design South department

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

 To be honest I had never really heard of Beloit College when I was in High School. One day I had received an email from Dave DeGeorge the head baseball coach. It was a short and simple email saying Beloit College was a small Liberal Arts College located on a beautiful campus just over the border in Wisconsin. It had also mentioned that they played a handful of games on the Beloit Snappers minor league field. This definitely peaked my interest since I knew I wanted to go to a small college not too far from home and play baseball. I remember calling Coach Dave a few days after reading that email. At that point I had already visited and talked with a hand full of college baseball coaches but Coach Dave was different in the fact that he really made Beloit seem like a good fit for me. He was genuine and sincere and after that phone conversation he would always keep me updated on how the team was doing on a weekly basis either by mailing me letters or over the phone.

I knew that I wanted to play baseball in college as well as earn a degree in the sciences. What really helped me choose my major in Physics was Beloit’s 4-3 Co-Op program. This program allowed me to earn a degree in physics from Beloit in 4 years and an engineering degree from another College or University in 3 years. The list of schools Beloit was affiliated with was pretty prestiges. I chose to continue my education at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where I earned a second bachelors degree in Materials Science and Engineering specifying in polymers (plastics). This program is the second rated program in the entire country.

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.

I feel very unique and fortunate that I was able to obtain two prominent degrees, one from a small liberal arts College in Wisconsin and the other from a major University in Champaign-Urbana. In some ways my experiences were similar but in a lot of ways they were different. One major difference was being a student-athlete at Beloit College. In all honesty being a student athlete prepared me for life after college the most. Just like in life not everything in the working world goes according to plan. There will be times when everything and everyone is calm and collective and then there will be times when the pressure is on and deadlines need to be met. Things can change in an instant and not everyone you work with is going to be on the same page or is going to be easy to work with in both the difficult and easy times. As a student athlete you go through these exact same scenarios emotionally and physically. They will not be in the same office setting but rather on the playing field. Student-athletes don’t see the final seconds of a game or the last at-bat as a fan or spectator does on the outside looking in, rather they are the athlete physically in that role they are the ones on the inside looking out. Student Athletes are able to work with others to obtain a common goal in winning and that is an experience you may not always get in the classroom but is one that will carry you far in life.

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

Academically: I was on the Dean’s list and also received scholarships for Physics

Athletically:

2004 – Beloit College Baseball – Rookie of the Year

2004 – Beloit College Baseball – Defensive Player of the Year

2006 – Beloit College Baseball – Defensive Player of the Year

2006 & 2007 - Beloit College Baseball - Captain

2004, 2005 & 2006 - All Conference Selection

2007 - Recipient of the “B Blanket”

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

I would have to say Paul Stanley. In my first semester at Beloit I was still a little unsure of what I wanted to major in. I remember taking Physics 101 with Paul. He was a spectacular professor and was so down to earth. He would never let me leave an office hour until I he completely answered all of my questions.  After taking that class there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a Physics major. I was also fortunate enough to travel with Paul Stanley and another student to St. Petersburg Russia as well as Prague to partake in the 100 year anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

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

I really had a hard time answering this question. I had so many rewarding experiences in my 4 years at Beloit College. From playing baseball to being in the Sigma Chi Fraternity to the countless memories with friends and the knowledge I obtained from all of my classes, it was extremely hard to choose just one experience. However I feel that graduation represents the summation of all of my experiences while at Beloit. These were the best 4 years of my life and receiving my diploma was a great way to embody all that I had accomplished and all that I had done and the memories I made while I was there.

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

In 5 years I see myself still living here in Chicago. I want to continue to work at People’s Gas. I truly feel that the sky is the limit and I will continue to work hard in everything I do and always strive for the best.

In ONE word I would sum up Beloit College as- “Unforgettable”.