"They have believed in me even more than I believed in myself.”
Evan Beals is a Wildcat through and through. His passion for the University of New Hampshire and all it has to offer is inspiring and contagious. At UNH, Evan has positively influenced the lives of thousands of individuals through his extensive involvement including serving as the Williamson Hall Council President, a Student Admissions Representative, a mentor for at-risk youth, an Orientation Leader, and a Resident Assistant.
Evan caught the “UNH bug” at the age of 15. He affectionately recalls his first UNH hockey game at the Whittemore Center. His parents were given tickets and they went to the game as a family. Little did they realize how this experience would forever seal Evan’s fate as a diehard Wildcat. While other fans were engrossed in the game, Evan was distracted by the energy, pride, and spirit he saw in the UNH student section. It was in this moment that Evan first fell in love with UNH.
Evan entered as an English Education major, however, he quickly changed his major to Sport Studies under the encouragement of UNH’s Assistant Athletic Director for Event Management, Kate McAfee. Evan has made the Dean’s List five times, receiving High Honors recognition during several semesters as well. Evan credits his success to the phenomenal Sport Studies professors who were willing to share their experiences and “educate in a personal fashion.”
One of Evan’s class assignments was to interview someone in the field of college athletics who currently holds Evan’s dream job. Rather than choosing an easily accessed local professional, Evan reached beyond his comfort zone and contacted the Assistant Director of Athletic Operations at the University of North Carolina. Evan drove 30 hours round trip to job shadow and conduct an informational interview. His visit made such an impression on the college athletics staff they invited him to visit again, and are currently talking to Evan about a potential professional position.
Evan’s early involvement managing his high school’s field hockey team enabled him to connect with UNH’s Field Hockey program. This led to Evan joining the Events Staff for the Athletics Department, and serving as the head coach’s go-to Event Staff worker. After his first two years on the Events Staff, Evan was given the chance to supervise them. “I would always put the staff first, making sure they were good, putting them before anything else.” From there, he connected with Northeastern University’s Athletics Department and landed an internship there. In addition to these experiences within Athletics, Evan had the fortunate opportunity to be a Pathways mentee through the UNH Career Center with the Boston Celtics’ Director of Ticket Sales. Evan has experienced the gambit of athletic management experiences from college to professional sports, furthering his interest in pursuing leadership within Athletics.
Evan’s appreciation of UNH and his desire to help others led him to join the Volunteer Student Admissions Representative program his freshman year. For the last four years, he has worked with hundreds of prospective students and their families helping them understand the value of education at UNH. Through each campus tour, Evan expresses his passion for UNH and shares a wealth of experiences. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is especially impressed by Evan’s dedication to underrepresented student populations, as he requested to be contacted whenever a TRIO Program, Boys and Girls Club, or other multicultural organization visits campus.
There are numerous ways Evan has left a lasting impact on the UNH community. He served as a Williamson Hall Resident Assistant for two years. As an RA, Evan wanted to have a positive impact on his residents getting involved at UNH and worked tirelessly to be open and available to all of his residents. He wanted to be a resource helping them during their transitions in college. His desire to support his students did not dissipate after his time as an RA ended; rather he has continuously connected with his past students over the years.
Evan is selfless to future and fellow Wildcats, and has an undeniable passion and drive to have a positive impact on his future alma mater. Evan absolutely “believes in UNH” and will do whatever he can to communicate UNH’s positive impact on his life. Whether it is giving a campus tour to prospective students, lending a helping hand to fellow Wildcats, or welcoming Northeastern to their “home” fields, Evan works hard to spread his UNH pride and share how UNH is a special place. Evan’s CYOS nominator and former supervisor, Jacki Vandergon, concluded, “I am honored to have had the opportunity to be a part of Evan’s journey here at UNH. I know as he is soon to close out his college career this spring, he is going to do great things and represent UNH well in all of his endeavors.” Clearly, Evan has many supporters witnessing his endeavors and appreciating his contributions here at UNH. As he heads toward graduation, some opportunities at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State are looking quite promising. Regardless of where Evan ventures though, his UNH pride will travel with him as his legacy remains behind.