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Record number of attendees at Beloiter Days 2016

September 30, 2016
By Katy Phillips

Beloiter Days 2016

Congratulations to Black Students United, the Women's Volleyball team, and Theta Pi Gamma – our homecoming parade grand champion winners! 

A record turnout of over 500 family members, friends, and alumni visited campus for Beloiter Days, Sept. 23-25. The weather was great, the energy on campus was positively buzzing, and the weekend was packed with events.

The weekend kicked off Friday with an impressive student-scholar poster session, tours, receptions, Greek activities, women's tennis, a packed presentation of our Field Experience Grant program, a Phi Kappa Psi reunion, the Ninth Annual Weissberg Human Rights Fall lecture with Tamás Meszerics discussing how human rights commitments affect foreign policy, and the iconic Homecoming parade.

This year's parade entry grand champions were Black Students United, the women's volleyball team, and Theta Pi Gamma. Bill Flanagan, executive advisor to the president, former vice president and dean of students, led the procession as the 2016 Grand Marshal.

Saturday morning began the day with breakfasts, a conversation with the president, Greek activities, alumni and Beloit soccer, softball, and baseball, and a touching remembrance ceremony for recent graduates Abigail Bohstedt'13 and Darrell Scott'13 held outside of Middle College.

The men's cross country team finished the Olde English Classic with 34 points to top second-place North Park, who had 62. The women's team also finished in first place with 26 points, with Knox placing second with 76.

Beloit faculty and staff regained the coveted Shoe Horn trophy with their Olde English Classic president's challenge victory.

At Strong Stadium, the tailgate was lively and the food trucks were a big hit this year. The stadium was packed for the football game, which turned into a nail-biter. In the end our Bucs lost to Cornell College in the last 1:26.

Saturday evening's activities included a poignant Athletic Hall of Honor ceremony inducting Coach Bob Hodge, Brenda Erdman Miller'96, Josh Hinz'06, and Marc Montoya'00, and a phenomenal cello concert in Eaton Chapel with Ferrall Artist-in-Residence Helen Gillet'00, accompanied by student dancers.

Beloiter Days 2016 ended Sunday after guests enjoyed a delicious breakfast in Commons hosted by the senior class officers and Phi Kappa Psi, and a beautiful remembrance service for Dave Mason'49 in Eaton Chapel.

It was a great weekend to be a Beloiter. As alumnus Jim Winter'97 said, "Beloit College shaped who I am in so many ways… It feels like one big family, even after you have graduated and come back. It recharges me every time I visit."

Thank you to all the various campus departments and offices that helped plan and execute this successful event.