[1889 Council group shot]
In keeping with the spirit of Beloit’s first athletes, the entrepreneurial vigor evidenced in our founding and mission, as well as the shared commitments college-wide to preparation and outcomes, the college set forth a new athletic board, The 1889 Council, in September 2013.
Ben Galloway'62, co-chair
Karen Walker Proesel'93, co-chair
John JT Jacobson'62
Bill Lock/Jim Agate--Community representatives
What is the 1889 Council?
The 1889 council serves as an advisory and fundraising board for athletics. The members support athletics through their time and their philanthropy, a minimum $2500 gift is required. Members participate in conversations surrounding long-term and annual strategic goal planning, serve as leaders in promotional and fundraising initiatives, engage with the Beloit Career Network, assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes, and share their talents with various committees. See our mission statement and charter here.
The 1889 Council derives its name from a signature moment in the College’s rich history—the establishment of Beloit’s formal athletics program and its simultaneous alignment with, and service to, the college’s mission. A shared commitment to intellectual engagement, rigorous practice, diversity, and strenuous preparation has distinguished both college and program since that seminal event and year.
Mission-driven, purposefully supported
Beloit student-athletes have long been exemplars of the college’s mission. They have been expected to lead lives of purposeful consequence; to do as well as come to know; to balance the rigors and rewards of practice, training and competition with the demands of the classroom; to succeed and even to fail in both arenas, but to do so with dignity; and to answer either outcome (victory or defeat) with reflection and resolve.
The stories of those who have benefitted from and brought benefit to this program and to these commitments are the stuff of legend. The names that line the Hall of Honor are but the most visible examples.
Through their hard work, dedication and competition, Beloit’s student athletes have been given the unique opportunity to apply their in-classroom learning with experiences that promote self-discipline, teamwork, leadership and self-confidence---personal qualities and intellectual skills that contribute to the College’s goal of graduates who, do indeed, live lives of purposeful consequence.
Founded in 1846 to serve a frontier society, Beloit College is Wisconsin's first college. A four-year, independent, national college of liberal arts and sciences, Beloit offers a world class and world-referencing education that encourages independent research, fieldwork, and collaboration with peers and professors. The mission begins and ends with students.
“Beloit College engages the intelligence, imagination, and curiosity of its students, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives marked by high achievement, personal responsibility, and public contribution in a diverse society. Our emphasis on international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the integration of knowledge with experience, and close collaboration among peers, professors, and staff equips our students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully.”