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Gettysburg Leadership Program for Sophomores


Seminar Overview:

This intense, three-day seminar will introduce Carleton students to the concepts of leadership and team building in the context of liberal arts and business careers, using a historical framework. Led by Carleton alumnus Jeff Appelquist '80, author of Sacred Ground: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg & Little Bighorn, this seminar will provide a unique opportunity for 12 Carleton sophomores to gain a better understanding of self and others at one of the most historically important locations in the United States. As part of the seminar, participants will also have the opportunity to tour various sites near the Gettysburg National Military Park & Battlefield.

By participating in this seminar, twelve Carleton sophomores will come away with: 1) A better understanding of their unique leadership essence; 2) A better understanding of the leadership dimensions that enable them to lead effectively in the stress and chaos of a constantly changing business environment; and 3) A personal commitment to a process of continuous leadership development.

Information Session 

Tuesday, January 13, 5:30–6:30 in Sayles Hill Lounge
Learn how you can take part in a 3-day leadership quest spent on the battlefields in Gettysburg. Come and listen to last year’s participants share their experiences and why you should take part in this seminar. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to the Tunnel

Trip Details:

  • When: March 17 - 19, 2015. Flights depart MSP on the morning of March 17 and will return the night of March 19.
  • Hotel Information: Gettysburg Wyndham Hotel, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • All costs including transportation, lodging and meals during the program are covered by Carleton College. 

Eligibility Requirements

Enrollment is limited to twelve (12) currently enrolled, sophomore students at Carleton College. All participants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the College. Participants are selected based on answers provided on the application and ability to share their obtained knowledge with the Carleton community once they return to campus.


Current Sophomores may apply by completing the application process below. The deadline is January 23 with selection completed by January 28. Please submit a cover letter and a resume through the Tunnel and search for "Gettysburg".

Please include in the cover letter the answers to the following questions:

  • Briefly describe why you would like to attend the Blue Knight Leadership Seminar.
  • How might you share what you learn with others once you return to campus?
  • What you are currently involved in at Carleton outside of class?
  • What do you hope to gain from attending this seminar?
  • Why should the selection committee choose you?

We strongly encourage all applicants to come in to the Career Center and work with a counselor or a student career assistant on your application materials.

Travel Policies & Procedures

In the interest of student safety, improved communication, and fiscal responsibility, the following policies and procedures exist for students traveling on Carleton sponsored events:

  • All participants are required to complete a Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement form online. Any participant under the age of 18 must have the form completed by a parent or legal guardian. This form will be sent to all participants once the selection process is complete.
  • The necessary travel documents such as Driver’s Licenses, Visa’s, Passports, immunization records, etc. must be obtained before the College will make any travel arrangements


Career Center pages maintained by Andrea Kubinski
This page was last updated on 27 January 2015