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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”

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FRIDAYS WITH FRED: Football and floats and carriages, oh my

September 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm


0924 FwF"What day the Alumni come back, that day will Beloit play Foot Ball,” said past Physical Education Director and Beloit College Football Coach Dana Evans, quoted in the October 1910 edition of The Beloit Alumnus, precursor to the Beloit College Magazine.

That October 29th, Beloit defeated Lawrence 9-0 at Keep Field [present day Hancock Field] before 1,200 people, including many alumni visiting for the college’s first “Homecoming.”  

The Round Table reported that “automobiles completely lined both sides of the bleachers."

"Carriages were even more prominent on the east side of the gridiron; Beloit admirers were massed three deep the length of the field on either side, while small boys totaling fifty strong saw the game from the bluff just outside the gate.”  

The student newspaper described in detail post-game celebrations:

“The students were almost overcome with joy at the close of the great game…football men were carried from the field to the rostrum on the shoulders of elated students.  

The band, still giving forth strains whenever they could get a little wind, again headed the procession.

At the Rostra Beloitensia a halt was made for a few eloquent outbursts.  

Then with coats and hats turned inside out and with various other pieces of wearing apparel in most unconventional styles, the entire rabble, behind the band, went howling down through the city streets.”

Later that night, students lit a bonfire, demanded that each football player give a speech, and conducted a wild snake dance.  

Homecoming rituals grew even more elaborate in ensuing years.  By the 1930s fraternities and sororities held contests for house decorations and parade floats and students elected a Homecoming queen and her court. This photograph from Homecoming 1948 shows women from the Pi Beta Phi sorority posing on the steps of their sorority house [present day Alpha Sigma Tau sorority] before climbing onto their float.