Over 400 family members, friends, and alumni visited campus for Beloiter Days, October 27-29. It was a cloudy, damp, brisk weekend, but Beloiters didn’t let a little weather stand in their way of a great time.
The weekend kicked off Friday with campus and museum tours, receptions, Greek activities, a packed presentation of our Field Experience Grant program, Tau Kappa Epsilon Centennial reunion, the Homecoming parade, a celebration of Beloit College athletics with the 1889 Council, and s’mores on Pearsons Quad.
This year’s parade entry grand champion was International Club. Black Students United won for best club, Theta Pi Gamma came through for the Greeks, and Women’s Softball took the win for athletics. Bill Knapton, best known as Beloit’s revered basketball coach from 1957-1997, led the procession as the 2017 Grand Marshal. Bill’s tenure at Beloit also included service as athletic director, golf and baseball coach, and assistant in other sports.
Saturday’s events included breakfasts, a conversation with student affairs staff, Greek activities and open houses, a Beloit Urban Garden tour, dinners, and celebrations. At Strong Stadium, the tailgate was lively and the delicious fare from the food trucks kept tailgaters fed and warm. The stadium was packed for the Buccaneers football game, which ended with a disappointing loss to Lawrence University.
Saturday evening’s activities included an inspiring Athletic Hall of Honor ceremony celebrating this year’s inductees: Katie Algrem Feldner’07, Shellie Gazdik’04, Michael Flanagan’03, and Evan McCleod’99. Evan captured the shared sentiments of his fellow inductees and their Beloit College experiences when he said, “I would encourage everyone to find something, about which they are passionate, commit yourself on a daily basis, and take joy in the small gains as they happen. As those pile up you’ll see the big picture changes as well, and know that it’s worth it. I learned this lesson here, with the help of people in this room, and I’m very grateful.”
Thank you to all the alumni, parents, and friends who came together to celebrate. It was a great weekend to be a Beloiter.