Beezley family named K-State's 2015 Family of the
Year K-State Communications and Marketing
|The Beezley family is the
2015 K-State Family of the Year. (Photo: K-State Communications and
Members of the Beezley family travel four hours to Manhattan to attend
every Kansas State University home football game, but Sept. 19, the family's
trip was extra special. As they cheered on the Wildcats, they were honored at
the game as the 2015 K-State Family of the Year.
Chimes, the junior
honorary, selects the university's Family of the Year based on three criteria:
how the family is affiliated with the university; the way family members show
their loyalty and pride in K-State; and what role family plays in their lives.
"From the moment the Chimes selection committee opened the Beezleys'
application letter, we could see how passionate they were about K-State — their
application was even printed on purple paper," said Hayley Holt, junior in
biology and Chimes co-chair of events. "They have a tangible passion for K-State
and perfectly exemplify all the qualities we look for when selecting the K-State
Family of the Year."
For more than six decades, three generations of the
Beezley family have been involved in K-State through athletics, the university's
greek system, the K-State Alumni Association and more. The Beezleys'
history at the university began when William "Bill" Beezley '40 pursued a degree
in agriculture, and his sisters, Jeanie, Pat '43 and Dorothy, followed in his
footsteps. "Big Bull," as many knew him, married Geraldine "Jerry" Janssen, who
also became a passionate Wildcat fan. Together they raised six children and four
of them, Ann '75, Jerome '71, Pat '68, '70 and Jack '73, '75, attended
The Beezley family has been season ticketholders in football and
basketball for more than 40 years and has a notable history in athletics. Bill
Beezley played football for the Wildcats as a guard, was selected to play in the
1939 East-West Shrine Bowl, and was named to the All Big-6 team. Jerome Beezley
played football for two years alongside Wildcat great Lynn Dickey '71.
One notable tradition in the Beezley family is a Christmas "Wildcat exchange"
that replaces the traditional gift exchange with K-State-themed
apparel, decor and gadgets.
"Aside from the personal commitments my
family has made to K-State, they also owe much of their success to the
university," said Alix Beezley, freshman in open option who nominated her family
for the award. "I am looking forward to continuing my family's legacy and
history at their beloved university."