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Museum Mondays: Putting a face to the museums with students, and Aaron Wilson

October 6, 2013

Who greets visitors when they enter the Logan and Wright Museums? Students! Who staffs the museums’ gift shop? Students! Who supervises and mentors these students? A former student, of course.

Last month, the museums welcomed Aaron M. Wilson’99 as their new office coordinator. Aaron is responsible for training, scheduling, and supervising the museum attendants. He takes over from Becky Moffett’85 who moved into a full-time position across campus after many successful years at the helm of the museums’ corps of student attendants.

Aaron is an accomplished alumnus. He is the author of the Publishers Weekly noted story “The Paperless Doctrine of 2152” found in the short story collection, The Last Man Standing, and has published two short story collections. He holds an M.F.A in writing from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minn., and a B.A. in creative writing, rhetoric and discourse, with a minor in environmental studies, from Beloit; in the past he’s taught English composition, literature, and environmental science, and held management positions in publishing and bookstores.

His plans for developing museum attendant staff include social media, marketing, office and inventory management, purchasing, and docent tours. When he is not in the office, he can usually be found gallivanting around Beloit with his 2-year-old daughter, Nora.

Museum attendants are Beloit students of diverse backgrounds and interests. They not only welcome visitors to the museum but also coordinate with security officers when opening and closing the museums. They also have significant responsibilities in gift shop management. The position is one of Beloit’s most popular work-study jobs, with many more applicants than available slots.

When you visit the museums, be sure to chat with the student attendants and seek out Aaron in his office on the second floor of the Wright Museum, room 211.

Museum Mondays: Putting a face to the museums with students, and Aaron Wilson 

Above: Aaron Wilson’99, museum attendant Alyssa Cupp’17, and turtle puppets invite you to visit the Museums’ Gift Shop.