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Buccaneer Spotlight- Joe Goldufsky

October 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

Joe Goldufsky  Joe Goldufsky: Alumni (Class of 2010)

 Sport(s): Football

 Buffalo Grove, Illinois- Adali E. Stevenson  High School

 Major:  Cell and Molecular Biology

 Currently: Rush University Medical School

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

“I was unaware of my first visit to Beloit College. I was 13 years old and while on my way home after having just finished my SCUBA open dive certification up at Diamond Lake my Mom and I stopped to use the bathroom. Five years later, while at a Midwest football and athletics college fair I met with Coach DeGeorge at the Beloit College table and he certainly peeked my interest in Beloit College. I knew the general stuff about Beloit College on my first planned visit over the Presidential Scholarship weekend.  But I can certainly tell you I learned a lot after my visit. Beloit College truly embodies the adage, from the outside looking in, you can't understand it. From the inside looking out,
you can't explain it

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.

“Being a Beloit student-athlete is a great privilege. For me being a Beloit student-athlete provided me with a balance during my time at Beloit. It gave me discipline in both studying tirelessly for my classes and training hard for the field. I learned that it is an effort to work as one on a team, and this can be an accomplishment in itself. I learned it is best to lead through action than with words of direction. Greatest of all, I learned perseverance. I was taught to never, ever, ever give up when faced with adversity both on the field and in the classroom.”

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

“I received the 2009 Gertrude E. Sweet Award, Academic All-Conference, Dean’s List, 2009 Allstate Good Works Team.”

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

“My FYI and English professor, Tom McBride was a big mentor for me. My Beloit football coaches meant a lot to me as well.”

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

“During my final two years/seasons at Beloit College I set up with the help of my Sigma Chi fraternity brothers and Terry Owens of the athletic Department two fundraisers that were carried out over the ’08 and ’09 seasons. The first fundraiser served to raise money to help support the charitable work done by Charles Ray III in offering diabetic pumps and supplies to need-based type 1 diabetic children and adults around the USA. The second year I put together a season long fundraiser to help support the clinical research being performed now by Dr. Denise L. Faustman in an effort to reverse T1D in early and end-stage type 1 diabetic patients. Both charitable fundraisers demonstrated how the selfless actions of a few individuals can bring together families of the Bucs’ football team, the community of Beloit and spread awareness of our good works nationwide. The team and charity success shared during those seasons were the most rewarding experiences I ever had the privilege to take part in while at Beloit College.”

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

“Graduated from Rush University Medical School with a Ph.D. in Immunology/Microbiology and advancing towards discovering a curative therapy for cancer patients.”

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