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.

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.”

Students conducted a prescribed burn

Students conducted a prescribed burn at a local prairie

In collaboration with a local conservation nonprofit called Rock County Conservationists, the students built fire breaks and worked the perimeter to keep the fire contained within the prairie.

Amy Ward’22, center, had an opportunity to do applied research in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters last summer. A group of creative writing students also sharpened their craft in the wilderness.

Into the Wilderness

Students who traversed the Boundary Waters wilderness area in northern Minnesota last summer learned – among other things – how to think about equity in their surroundings, understand a mining controversy, and explore the nature of nature itself.

Gisela Sarabia-Sandoval’22

Gaining Resilience on the Way to a Career in Public Policy

International Relations major and SEL scholar, Gisela Sarabia-Sandoval’22 is acquiring the knowledge, experiences, and skills - academic, personal, and professional - needed for a career in public policy.

Maura Hanley’22 interned at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center in summer 2021.

Learning to Implement Change in a Federal Government Setting

An internship in summer 2021 with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center has given Maura Hanley’22 a better feel for a potential career in environmental management.

Phidor Kong’23 seated on the Beloit College sign.

Honing Writing and Analytical Skills to Develop Policy

Passionate about policy making and advocacy, Phidor Kong ’23 is taking every opportunity while at Beloit College to hone her communication and analytical skills by taking challenging courses, by serving as a research assistant, and creating policy alternatives as an intern for a Cambodian think tank.

Ke “Duke” Ding’22

Work hard, play hard

Ke “Duke” Ding’22 chose Beloit for the relationships he knew he’d foster here — studying with classmates, running track, and helping fellow international students apply for jobs. “Going to a liberal arts college is not the common choice for Chinese students. But for me, if I had to choose again, I would still choose Beloit, 100 percent.”

Amy Ward

Amy Ward recognized for outstanding academic achievement by American University

Amy Ward’ 22,  double majoring in Environmental Studies: Justice and Citizenship and French, was recognized by American University (AU) for outstanding academic achievement in the spring semester of 2021. As part of Beloit College’s off-campus study opportunities, Amy took courses at AU’s Washington Semester Program (WSP) and completed an internship with Earthjustice.

                                   Mural for Merrill Community garden, 2020, 4x12 feet, house paint and oil on plywood.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Beloiters engage with the city they love by creating an art piece for the Merrill Community Garden inspired by Shel Silverstein’s 1974 classic “Where The Sidewalk Ends”.

The Oregon coast

International Friday: Nature Appreciation

In honor of Earth Week, we collected photos from Beloiters that reflect the beauty of nature and the wonders it holds. The images serve as an invitation to reflect on our relationship to the planet and the impacts of our actions on our shared home.

Thank you to everyone who participated!


Phillip Adrian’21 Designs a Rain Garden for the Beloit College Campus

Phillip Adrian’21 is an environmental geology major working with Sue Swanson as his thesis advisor. His research points to an increasing need for rain gardens across the Upper Midwest.

Sydney Crockett ’21

Sydney Crockett’21 Explores Links between Wild Rice and Sulfate in Minnesota Lakes

Sydney Crockett’21 is an environmental geology and pre-engineering major. Sue Swanson is her thesis advisor. Sydney’s research shows how the decline and recovery of wild rice biomass is linked to sulfate concentrations in lakes.

Henry Westly ’21

Henry Westly’21 is Digging into Soil Health at Big Hill Park

Henry Westly’21 is an environmental geology major whose thesis advisor is Jim Rougvie. His research concerns soil degradation due to agricultural practices at Big Hill Park. 

Phidor was walking and taking photos with friends.

Why You Should Read Every Day

Phidor Kong’23 tells us why reading is so important.

Gustave Doré, “I watched the water-snakes,” engraving from Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Art, Nature, and the Anthropocene

How should humans relate to their environment? Are we a part of “nature”? As Tamara Ketabgian’s students show in a virtual exhibit, we are far from the first to ask these questions.


Lessons From a Green Campus

Building off Beloit’s on-campus sustainability efforts, students spend the spring semester researching effective ways to reduce single-use plastics in nearby Janesville.

   Kerry Randazzo’20

Art in Service of a Greater Cause

Kerry Randazzo’20 combined his love of theatre arts with a major in environmental arts and communications. “I began to think more about my art and how it could best be put to use in service of a greater cause, with more focus on applying my performance art and costume design to get my audiences to engage with environmental issues.”

Broakeen Sheffield’19 is a scientist, an athlete, and an entertainer

Who says you have to choose?

Broakeen Sheffield’19 has a lot going on all at once, and why not? The future pharmacist is making the most of his time at Beloit, playing football and track and field, performing, majoring in biochemistry, and writing songs (one even by request for his environmental politics class).

Caleb Nghe’20

Helping clubs get started and get funding

Caleb Nghe ’20 gets a kick out of helping clubs get started and get what they need to be successful.