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Meet Donna Niesman'68

Donna Niesman'68

Alumni Board Secretary
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What is your current occupation?
Independent Travel Consultant for Courier Travel in Glen Ellyn, IL. I'm celebrating 28 years in travel sales.

What was your major and how has that played out into your life today?
BA in French. Certainly, during my first flight ever, January 1966, to participate in a 3 month French Seminar, a seed was planted for my current career.  Those three months became eight-study, travel and work. I came back with confidence and a world view that has stood the test of time and impacted every decision in my life.

Tell us your favorite Beloit memory.
Both David Crosby and Robin Williams have said "if you remember the 60's, you weren't there" and I can't disagree. Dances at the student union come to mind, but I loved everything about campus life. The friendships formed there are still so strong and "now," that strolls down memory lane are pretty rare.

What is your favorite alumni event?
Homecoming/Reunion Weekend, but I actually consider any time I spend with a fellow Beloiter as a favorite event.

What do you consider your greatest achievement that Beloit has played a part in?
In 62 years, nothing has been more meaningful, challenging, and fun than the work my sisters (both Beloit alumnae) and I did on behalf of Barack Obama. Our work in six states over a two-year period was aided by our Beloit connections - old and new - a number of times. A Beloit education has always made me feel capable of success, no matter the challenge.

Why do you support Beloit College?
After more than 40 years to reflect, with the past 15 being very active as a class agent and Secretary of the Alumni Board, I can't imagine my life without Beloit in it. I believe our world needs critical thinkers and dedicated citizens and Beloit continues to help students reach that end.

What do you hope to accomplish on the Alumni Board?
Continue to create ways to connect over 15,000 alumni to the College in ways that are meaningful to them.

Any advice you have for current students?
I'm on campus at least twice a year, and our future alumni continue to impress me; they seem more mature than we were in the 60's (see reference to favorite Beloit memory). I'd still advise that there is a lot of learning that takes place outside the classroom, so they should never pass up an opportunity to have fun.