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Department of Economics hosts 33rd annual “Econ Day”

On Friday, Feb. 15, Beloit College’s Department of Economics took its trip to Chicago for the 33rd annual “Econ Day” event. Roughly 40 economics majors, along with economics professors and faculty, departed via bus at 7:00 a.m. for a day of networking with Beloit alumni.

The first stop of the day was Legacy.com, a memorialization website founded by Beloit alumnus Stopher Bartol’88. Headquartered in Evanston, Ill., Bartol created the website in 1998, and has since become the “leading online destination for remembering people’s lives,” Bartol said.

“Through partnerships with newspapers and funeral homes, we host obituaries for the vast majority of people who die in the U.S.,” he added, “and we help others pay tribute through sharing remembrances, sympathy flowers and gifts to relevant charities.”

Legacy.com hosts obituaries and memorials for more than 70 percent of all U.S. deaths, and also hosts obituaries for more than three quarters of the 100 largest newspapers in the U.S. by circulation.

After a tour of Legacy.com and hearing from Bartol, students were shuttled to the Gleacher Center at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, where a panel was held at 1 p.m. The panel, which covered leadership, included Beloit alumni, each of whom went on to work for businesses following graduation: Sylvia Feng’10 (Belden Inc.), Tim Smith’91 (Deloitte Consulting), Kaz Gunay’95 (Plumrose USA) and Jennifer McCabe’99 (Alight Solutions).

Another panel at 2:30 p.m., entitled “Finding Your Path,” featured more recent alumni. The panel consisted of Joey Casa’16 (Breakthru Beverage Group), Michelle Dillon’16 (Boeing), Ryan Sughroue’18 (American International Group), Raymond Thomas’13 (Deloitte Consulting), Zach Kolasinski’16 (Dentsply Siorna), Karla Figueroa’13 (Ernst & Young), Thu Pham’12 (Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute) and Erica Stalo’18 (Baird).

Concluding the day at 4:00 p.m. at the Midway Club was the convening of the 33rd “annual network,” where students, faculty and alumni were able to interact.

For 33 years, Beloit College’s Department of Economics has been able to host Econ Day thanks to funding from alumni. Last year the department visited Studio Gang, the Chicago-based architectural firm behind the college’s Powerhouse project.

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