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Wheaton receives grant to digitize marine biology collection

Digitizing of the collection is being supported locally by Wheaton’s Digital Initiatives Department, part of Library Information Services, and by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges.

Digitizing of the collection is being supported locally by Wheaton’s Digital Initiatives Department, part of Library Information Services, and by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges.

Someday soon, scholars around the world will be able to view thousands of shell specimens from a Wheaton College biology collection—and may even be able to produce plastic replicas using a 3D printer.

It’s part of an ongoing effort among colleges and universities to digitize material collections and make them available to a larger audience, and it’s a cause supported locally by Wheaton’s Digital Initiatives Department, part of Library Information Services, and by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).

Former Digital Initiatives librarian Amy Bocko first came across Wheaton’s shell collection—more than 3,500 specimens dating as far back as the late 1800s and currently managed by Professor of Biology Scott Shumway—about a year and a half ago, when she was asked to photograph a portion of the collection to highlight on the college website. When the CIC grant opportunity came up more recently, she immediately thought of the shells.

“The grant was aimed at finding hidden collections on campus, digitizing and preserving them, and bringing them to life,” Bocko said.

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Joshua Kelly ’17 takes charge in hometown politics

Joshua Kelly ’17In his first days at college, Joshua Kelly ’17 reached out to a high school friend. What began as a Facebook conversation about their freshman orientations turned into a plan to co-found a Green Party branch in their hometown of Waterford, Conn.

“We started talking about my friend’s decision to study government, and we quickly both discovered that neither one of us strongly identified with the two major political parties,” Kelly explains. When they began researching, the Green Party emerged as their favorite option, with its focus on social justice, environmental stewardship and grass-roots campaigning.

“I suggested that we find out what it would take to start a Green Party chapter in our hometown,” says Kelly.

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A minute with … the Lyon

Wheaton LyonsThe athletics department recently gave the Lyon mascot a makeover to correspond with a new logo and branding. Looking good: “Hey, look at me, on the right (the old me is on the left, so 1996). Yes, yes, I did have a little ‘work’ done, a little nip-tuck around the eyes. I’m also taking good care of myself—resting (sleeping for days) and eating right (high protein, no carbs).” Playing hard: “I get lots of exercise standing around at key athletic and campus events—from Homecoming to the Norton Halloween parade. You’d be surprised how much energy it takes to just smile and not talk.” Getting pumped: “It’s all worth it when I interact with people and see the joy, excitement and enthusiasm I generate in the name of Wheaton, no matter the event. Go Lyons!”

Best seat in the dugout

Brian Beneduce '16Senior sells innovative baseball bucket backrests

Brian “Mike” Beneduce ’16 is creating a new twist on an old pastime.

The student-athlete launched a new company and product called Bucket-Back—an attachable backrest that transforms a bucket of baseballs into a chair. In baseball, people sit on buckets at the front of the dugout to better view and record the outcome of plays.

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