Several hundred students, faculty and alumni gathered in downtown Chicago Friday to trade welcomes, advice, business cards, and congratulations on the occasion of Beloit College’s 25th annual Econ Day—a day that ended with news of a large-scale fundraising success and a touching honor for Allen Bradley Professor of Economics, Jeff Adams.
More than three dozen students made the 110-mile trip to the Chicago Board of Trade and continued on to the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center for 2011 Econ Day, which is the annual chance for the department’s majors to meet, learn from, and network with the department’s Chicago-based alumni (and those who fly in from other parts of the country).
This year, students spent the afternoon with two large alumni panels, the first of which was titled “Trading Futures, Trading Bonds” and featured alumni from the 1980s and ’90s. The second panel included 12 alumni that had attended the inaugural “Day,” and revolved around “Things I wish you had told me back in 1987.”
Adams played MC at the evening’s closing reception, where in addition to honoring Emeritus Professor Emil Kreider, he announced the successful completion of a $4 million fundraising campaign in support the department’s Miller Upton Programs, which includes an annual forum that brings a celebrated economist to campus for a week each fall.
Bill Fitzgerald’86 and Stopher Bartol’88, two alumni that had facilitated the afternoon’s panel discussions, took to the microphone and turned the spotlight on the evening’s host and day’s founder. Using a variety of emails sent in from more than 20-years-worth of students and fellow faculty members, the two (lightly) roasted Adams before announcing the creation of a new fund in his name. The Jeff Adams Internship Fund will begin supporting economics majors interning in the field as early as next fall.