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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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Inside Bucaneer Sports: Buc Derek Carrier'12 signs NFL contract

April 29, 2012 at 11:34 pm

This past Saturday, Derek Carrier'12 (pictured below), a four-year veteran of the Beloit College Football team as a wide receiver, signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders of the NFL.

Derek Carrier 

Though he wasn’t selected in the NFL Draft, which ended on Saturday, he still became one player on a very short list of Beloit College players to have a chance at earning a spot on the roster of a National Football League team.

The first--at least since 1950--was Jack Erickson, a tackle who was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round in the 1953 draft. Erickson spent just one year at Beloit, playing on the freshmen football team before finishing up at the United States Military Academy at West Point. But in the official NFL Draft History he is listed as attending Beloit/and serving in the U.S. Army.

Rod Hermes 

Quarterback Rod Hermes’58 (above), was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the sixth pick of the 30th round in 1956 (only five picks away from being the draft’s “Mr. Irrelevant,” the last player chosen). A native of Racine, Wis., where he earned all-state honors for Horlick High School, he transferred to Beloit after playing freshmen ball at the University of Wisconsin. But after being converted from quarterback to wide receiver (much to his dissatisfaction), he moved on to Milton College before landing at Beloit.

Hermes was the 1955 Most Valuable Player after passing for a now-pedestrian 652 yards and rushing for 200 more. Drafted with a year of eligibility remaining, he also led the 7-1 Buccaneer squad in scoring, with eight touchdowns, nine extra points and a field goal.

According to the college's then-Director of Public Relations Dave Mason in a letter to Green Bay Press Gazette sports editor in January of 1956, Hermes “would have had a considerably high passing percentage than  what he finished with (37-85, 43.5%) except that Beloit was relatively weak at end and some of the receivers had trouble holding his bullet-like tosses.”

Neither Erickson or Hermes made their respective team’s active roster.

Hermes likely would have fared better with his completion percentage had he been throwing to Carrier.  The all-time leading receiver in Beloit history, he caught 189 passes for 3,111 yards and 29 touchdowns.  He had 15 100-plus yard receiving games during his career and was an All-Midwest Conference selection three times, including as a First-Teamer as both a junior and senior.

The dream is still alive for Carrier.    


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