Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Spring 2013 (March 14, 2013)

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March 14, 2013

The March 2013 cover of Geology, a premier geoscience journal, features a full-page photograph of a fossil from Beloit’s Beane Collection. The cover relates to an article about Mississippian fossils by scientists from The Ohio State University.  Beloit’s renowned collection—a gift of the late Robert Solem—is displayed on the main floor of the Center for the Sciences.

A group of students started circulating a petition in February to gauge support for a student-run garden on campus. Among their goals is for the garden to be economically self-sufficient and ecologically sound, provide experiential learning for students, connect with campus food service, and engage the larger Beloit community.

In light of the award-winning movie Lincoln, Beloiters may be interested to know that the 16th U.S. President visited Beloit twice and traveled with a Beloiter during the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Archivist Fred Burwell’86 covers the highlights in “Abraham Lincoln’s Time in Beloit,” a video on the college’s YouTube channel. (At, click on the YouTube icon.)

Beloit’s Admissions Office will no longer charge a $35 application fee, starting with students seeking admission in 2014. According to Nancy Benedict, Beloit’s vice president for enrollment, it is increasingly unusual for colleges to charge an application fee for admission.

The Logan Museum of Anthropology received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant award to help preserve its photography collection, which includes significant images documenting the museum’s history, the campus Indian mounds, and early archaeological excavations.

Professor of Political Science Georgia Duerst-Lahti is writing about how masculinity factored into the 2012 race for the White House. Her chapter will appear in the third edition of Gender and Elections, published by Cambridge University Press, and edited by Susan Carroll and Richard Fox. The book is slated for a fall 2013 release.

In early March, Beloit College unveiled an updated website ( that is more visually appealing, easier to navigate, and works as well on a phone or a tablet as it does on a desktop. The makeover was completed by the college’s Web team in conjunction with Beloit’s Web committee, an advisory group of faculty and staff.

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