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Meet Mark Spreitzer’09, city councilor and college employee

January 25, 2012


Yesterday we announced his new role at the college, but did you know that Mark Spreitzer is also a city councilor? Learn more about this newest member of the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations staff.


Name: Mark Spreitzer’09
Occupation: Assistant director of alumni and parent relations at Beloit College and Beloit city councilor.
Hometown/residence: Grew up in Chicago, but making my home in Beloit since I came here for college in 2005.
You may have seen me: In the Alumni House at 613 College St., walking around campus, at a city council meeting, or out around town knocking on doors for a political campaign.
What are a few of your favorite things? Good music, eggs for breakfast any time of the day, and walking in the woods on a nice day.
What three items go in your desert island backpack? iPod, journal, and yarn to crochet something.
What’s on your desert island jukebox? Folk (especially Peter, Paul and Mary), country, Celtic, and random other.
Favorite meal? Thanksgiving with all the fixings. And the turkey pot pie that follows it.
What can’t you live without? Good friends, good food, and my iPhone.
Any advice? No matter how long or short the amount of time you are here in Beloit, look around and take advantage of all the cool parks, cafes, shops, and activities. Get off campus and see the Beloit community. There's so much here if you're willing to stop and notice it.
What do you do in your free time? I love politics and besides following politics at all levels, I like to help out with state and local campaigns. I also love the outdoors, including gardening, camping and backpacking, canoeing, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. And board games, including Settlers of Catan and Agricola. Also riding horses, but I haven't had the chance lately.
If you could be reincarnated, what person/thing would you like to be? Probably my cat. She's spoiled.
Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? John Adams, Ted Kennedy, and Robert Byrd.
What gets you up in the morning? My alarm clock, but it usually takes a couple of rings. Also my desire to make the world a better place, but the first answer is probably more honest.
Who are your heroes? Too many to list, but Russ Feingold, Justice John Paul Stevens, and my dad would all be on the list.
Which talent would you most like to have? Stealth would be pretty cool. Think invisibility cloak combined with total silence, etc.
What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? I have to list a couple, because hidden gems are one of the best things about Beloit. For food, three: Annie's Soda Shop Cafe in Shopiere, just northeast of town, where I worked as a waiter for the past year, has the best breakfast (and lunch) around for pretty much the best price. You can also get good breakfast and great pie at Bass Creek Espresso in Afton, northwest of Beloit. Either one makes a great bike trip. Closer to campus, try Jerry's Cafe on Fourth Street or La Mexicana at Sixth and Maple streets. I'd also have to list Big Hill Park (on the way to Afton) and the Turtle Creek Greenway Trail (off Milwaukee Road on the way to Walmart) as two hidden gems of the outdoors. And the Rock River. Get in a boat and check it out. Ask me for other cool places if you want to know.
What’s the number one thing on your bucket list? Visiting Washington, D.C.
Proudest moment? Being elected to the Beloit City Council in April 2011 at age 24.
What are you most looking forward to? Helping to have a great Beloit College Reunion this summer and helping more alumni connect with Beloit.