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Maria Elvira Lopez’21 standing in front of potted plants

Leaving Home to Grow and Develop a Career Path

Maria Elvira Lopez’21 chose Beloit College in order to grow and prepare for a career focused on environmental sustainability. Opportunities at Beloit College to apply learning in real-life settings helped land her a post-graduation job in the sector that means most to her.

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Layna Thompson ’22 with boyfriend Zach (left) and brother Ross (right.)

Layna Thompson ’21 plays key role in supporting Best Buy’s sustainability and social impact initiatives

She monitors industry trends and changes, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new environmental disclosure regulations and the evolving criteria of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

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Maura Hanley, with friends Emily Fulcher, Ocean Clevette, Amy Ward.

Maura Hanley’22 will work for the Ice Age Trail Alliance

Maura reported that her environmental studies capstone project was critical to getting the position: “The interviewers were really impressed with my knowledge and research I’ve done regarding environmental justice and Indigenous rights, which they view as an important asset for this position.”

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Marcos Arroyo’16 collecting water samples, surveying vegetation, and using a sonde to measure water quality.

Career ready after learning in and outside the classroom

Miami native Marcos Arroyo’16 went from feeling out of place as a first-year student to thriving after finding his focus and opportunities to apply what he was learning outside the classroom.

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Kaylie Williams’21 traveled to Granada, U.S. Virgin Islands, during her SEA Semester in spring 2020.

Future steward for the environment

Kaylie Williams’21 recently embarked on her post-college journey as a park aide at Clear Lake State Park in California. She’s bringing the skills and confidence she developed at Beloit to help her inspire future generations of nature and Indigenous rights advocates.

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Kidan Araya’13

Strategizing Climate Change Policy and Natural Resource Governance Solutions in Africa

Kidan Araya’13 lives a life of purpose as an advocate in the U.S. and abroad for communities harmed by environmental crime. Her Beloit education helped prepare her.

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Chelsea Gaju’21

Chelsea Gaju’21 pursues a career in solar energy

Chelsea will be in charge of design and assessment of photovoltaic (PV) solar projects for Rydberg Power, Inc.

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Aidan Murphy’21

Passionate about learning and fuel-efficient travel

With undergraduate degrees from both Beloit College and Washington University, Aidan Murphy’21 is embarking on a PhD as the next step toward a career in aerospace engineering.

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Quito residents participate in a workshop on growing vegetables. Maria Elvira Lopez’21 assisted in this project.

Moving from Project Idea to Project Implementation, at Beloit and Beyond

In fall 2020, Maria Elvira Lopez’21 designed a project to increase community resilience in a Quito neighborhood in an environmental studies capstone course. Support from the World Wildlife Fund made project implementation possible.

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Stepha Kvokov’20

Helping people and the planet

Chemical engineering consultant Stephanida Kvokov’20 draws on skills developed while studying at Beloit College to now develop client solutions.

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Gareth Geering

Environmental Studies major to supervise urban planning in Indianapolis

Gareth Geering’21 will be able to further his passion for sustainable urban planning.

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Anna Ellis-Nesser’11 and students at Collective Kind.

Beloit grad leads anti-bias and nature-based learning for pre-schoolers

During her time at Beloit College Anna Ellis-Nesser’11 spent her final year at Beloit College developing and leading a gardening and greening program with the Merrill Community Center.

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Simone (right) and Sitashma (left)

International Friday. Anthropause: Perspectives on Climate Crisis

The new podcast Anthropause, co-hosted by Simone Rawal’20, focuses on environmental issues and climate crisis in Nepal and beyond.

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Mizuki Matsui’20 next to the Buddhist head priest, Mr. Aso Taishun

International Friday: Revitalizing Rural Japan

Mizuki Matsui’20 is helping to revitalize the ancient city of Shiroishi in Northern Japan through the power of tourism.

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