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A note from the minds behind the Mindset List

June 17, 2013

From Ron Nief and Tom McBride:

Once again, as the campus turns green and lush, it is time to think about the Beloit College Mindset List. We have been working on this year’s List for the Class of 2017, which will be released August 20. We welcome your ideas and suggestions.

The class of 2017 entered the world in 1995, when O.J. Simpson was going on trial in California, Pope John Paul II made a quick visit to the U.S., and genocide was occurring in Rwanda. The Russian space station Mir was receiving its first American visitors and thousands turned out for the Million Man March in D.C. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, Gerry Garcia died and a terrorist's car bomb blew up the Oklahoma City Federal Building.

Please share your thoughts and contributions to the List in the next couple of weeks, particularly those of you with sons and daughters about to enter college, by communicating with either Ron Nief ( or Tom McBride (

And, in anticipation of the public announcement, we would like to let you know that we have signed a contract with Sourcebooks to publish a new book next year. In the meantime, on July 3-4 we will reprise The Mindset Suite: The Things We Hold Dear (music by Rob Tomaro, text by Tom McBride and Ron Nief) with the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra in Janesville and Beloit.

We invite you to join us on Facebook at “Mindset List” and at where you can share ideas. You can connect to both from

Thanks for your assistance and have a great summer.