- July 23, 2013
The New York Times reports the passing of Marv Rotblatt, 85, who died July 16 in Evanston, Ill. The New York Times notes that, in addition to being known as one of major league baseball's shortest pitchers (Rotblatt measured in at 5 feet 6 inches tall), he was also the inspiration for Carleton College's annual "Rotblatt" softball game, cited by Sports Illustrated in 1997 as the “longest intramural event” in the nation. According to the New York Times, "Carleton students played a 100-inning, one-day, nine-hour softball game they christened Rotblatt in the spring of 1967, to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival on campus of the college’s first class. The game was an outgrowth of the intramural Marvin J. Rotblatt Memorial Softball League — named, according to college lore, by a student who had a vintage Rotblatt bubble gum trading card."
The obituary can be read in its entirety here.
- July 22, 2013
With deep sorrow Carleton announces the passing of Eleanor "Ele" Hansen, age 92, on Saturday, July 20 in Northfield. Hired by President Gould in 1952, Ele chaired the Women's Physical Education Department, taught PE classes, and coached women's softball and cross-country for 34 years, until her retirement in 1986. She remained such a strong supporter of Carleton and individual members of the college community that many didn't feel she ever really retired. Ele had a joyful approach to life that was infectious and uplifting.
Hansen is the inspiration for The Ele Hansen Award, which annually recognizes two senior female students who bring to their sport the joy of participation and who have positively influenced others through their example, service, and leadership in the athletic or recreation program.
The Star Tribune paid tribute to Ele in its August 2, 2013 edition.
A Carleton memorial service will be held on Homecoming Weekend, Friday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.
Remembrances of Ele may written at the Farewells website:
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ele may be sent to the Northfield Senior Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy, Northfield, MN 55057.
Minnesota Public Radio correspondent Molly Bloom features Carleton College in her recent blog post, "5 Things To Do in Northfield." Kicking off the list is the town's commitment to giving "new life to old buildings" -- as an example, Bloom notes the College's Weitz Center for Creativity, the site of Northfield's former middle school and original high school. And wrapping up the list is Carleton's Cowling Arboretum, which Bloom calls "The (literally) hidden gem of Northfield."
Fred Rogers Named 2013 Distinguished Business Officer by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)July 22, 2013
Fred Rogers ’72, Carleton College Vice President and Treasurer, has been recognized as a 2013 Distinguished Business Officer by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). The NACUBO Distinguished Business Officer award is given annually “To recognize outstanding achievement in the field of business and financial management in higher education.” It is given to at most two individuals nationally each year.
Rogers, who assumed his current post at Carleton in 2004, was recently honored at the 2013 NACUBO annual meeting July 13-16 in Indianapolis.
- June 24, 2013
The Carleton College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of eight faculty members, effective September 1, 2012.
The following faculty have been promoted from associate professor to professor: Stacy N. Beckwith, professor of Hebrew; Amy Erickson, professor of physical education, athletics, and recreation; Gretchen E. Hofmeister, professor of chemistry; David R. Musicant, professor of computer science; Lori K. Pearson, professor of religion; and Linda Rossi, professor of art.
The following faculty have been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor: Luciano Henrique Battaglini, associate professor of physical education, athletics, and recreation; and Robert S. Carlson, associate professor of physical education, athletics, and recreation.
Carleton Remembers Professor Roy Grow, Frank B. Kellogg Professor of International Relations, EmeritusJune 17, 2013
It is with deep sorrow that Carleton College announces the passing of Professor Roy Grow on Sunday, June 16, surrounded by his family at home in Northfield. Roy began teaching at Carleton in 1979, and retired this spring as the Frank B. Kellogg Professor of International Relations. He was known for his uncommon dedication to students, inviting them into his home, leading them to China, and keeping up with graduates all around the world.
Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement will host its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale on Friday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the West Gym on the Carleton campus. The popular annual sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for local residents and cash for local charities. The sale is held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend and the CCCE advises shoppers to shop early and often!
Anne E. Patrick, William H. Laird Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts, Emerita, was awarded the John Courtney Murray Award at the 2013 meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America. Named for John Courtney Murray, who was a renowned America theologian known for his work on religious liberty, this award is the highest honor bestowed on a theologian by a society. This award is given annually to a member of CTSA in honor of their lifetime of distinguished theological scholarship.
Carleton will welcome Patrick back to campus during its Alumni Reunion Weekend, and Patrick will appear as part of a special booksigning event on Saturday, June 22 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in support of her latest release, "Conscience and Calling: Ethical Reflections on Catholic Women's Church Vocations" (Bloomsbury Academic/T & T Clark, 2013).
Professor and Author Scott Dominic Carpenter to Appear at Northfield's Monkey See Monkey Read BookstoreJune 10, 2013
Acclaimed author and Carleton professor Scott Dominic Carpenter will appear Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Monkey See Monkey Read Bookstore in downtown Northfield. Carpenter will read from and discuss his debut novel, “Theory Of Remainders.”
Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to the 502 graduating members of the Class of 2013 on Saturday, June 15, in a ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the Bald Spot, the lawn west of Hulings Hall on the Carleton campus. A celebratory picnic on the Bald Spot will follow. In the event of severe weather, commencement will be held indoors at the Recreation Center. Seating is available to accommodate all guests, whether outdoors or indoors, and no tickets are required. A live broadcast of the ceremony is also available.
Carleton students Muira McCammon ’13 (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Daria Kieffer ’13 (Iowa City, Iowa) have both been awarded highly competitive Fulbright Fellowships to pursue graduate work abroad in Turkey as Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs). McCammon is a French and Francophone studies and political science/international relations double major with concentrations in cross-cultural studies, European studies, and women's and gender studies. Kieffer is a sociology/anthropology major and with a concentration in educational studies.
- May 28, 2013
With another academic year drawing to a close, Carleton College prepares for the 2013 edition of its annual honors convocation, held on the last Friday of spring term to recognize faculty and students for their accomplishments and service. This year’s Honors Convocation will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 31 in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.
The 2013 Honors Convocation keynote address will be delivered by Kai Knutson ‘11, who, as an undergraduate, was awarded both the Larson International Fellowship and the Watson Fellowship. Knutson will discuss that impact that winning these two prestigious awards has had on his educational and career trajectory.
The Semaphore Repertory Dance Company, a group comprised of advanced dance students at Carleton College, will present their annual spring performance on Friday, May 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, May 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. The performances will take place in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater and are free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online at www.carleton.tixato.com/buy.
- May 22, 2013
Carleton College will celebrate some of the best in popular American music in a special choral concert on Friday, May 24 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. “It’s Showtime, Folks!” will feature the vocal talents of the Carleton Singers (performing American jazz standards) and the Carleton Choir (performing semi-staged choruses from classic Broadway musicals). This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton College’s Chinese Music Ensemble will present their spring recital this Sunday, May 26 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will feature the world premiere of Minnesota composer Paul Dice’s new instrumental composition, “Father and Son Mock Fishing at Duck Creek,” from his forthcoming full-length album of Chinese music.
Carleton Art Professors’ Work Featured in 25th Anniversary Celebration of Minneapolis Sculpture GardenMay 17, 2013
In a new installation celebrating 25 years of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the work of Carleton College art professors David Lefkowitz and Stephen Mohring is featured in “Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf.” The Walker Art Center invites the public to play two eight-hole courses, featuring individual holes created by various architects, artists, engineers, machinists, and mini-golf aficionados. The new interactive installation features everything from garden gnomes masquerading as foosball players to a scale model of a French chateau, along with mazes, gopher holes, and contours mapped from the course of the legendary Augusta National Golf Club. The result is a delight for both serious golf purists and lovers of outdoor kitsch.
Carleton College’s Jazz Ensembles will perform their annual Spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 in the Carleton College Concert Hall. Carleton’s new Instructor of Saxophone Greg Keel will perform as a guest soloist. This event is free and open to the public.
For Grandma: The 2013 Senior Art Exhibition opens tonight at 7 p.m. in the Perlman Teaching Museum of the Weitz Center for Creativity. The exhibit is the culminating event in the studio art major's experience at Carleton, showcasing artwork produced during their senior year. Tonight's reception is free and open to the public. For Grandma will remain on display through June 14.
Carleton College student Sara Hooker '13 (Belfast, Ireland) has earned a Davis Projects for Peace grant worth $10,000. Hooker, a double major in economics and international relations, along with a concentration in political economy, will utilize the grant to work with a group of low-income urban farmers in São Paulo, Brazil. The project goal is to raise the income of the farmers and their families, as well as strengthening ties in the community itself.
Carleton College’s Symphony Band, directed by Ronald Rodman, will present its spring concert on Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. This special performance wraps up the academic year with a concert celebrating the graduating members of the Class of 2013. This event is free and open to the public.
Volunteers are needed for two events happening this Saturday, May 18 in the Cowling Arboretum. From 6 to 9 a.m., the College will host its Annual Spring Bird Count and from 9 a.m. until noon, participants are invited to help with an Arboretum Spring Clean Up.
- May 13, 2013
On the heels of their first official concert in almost seven months, the revered St. Paul Chamber Orchestra comes to Carleton College for a special performance on Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 the general public, $7 for students and seniors, and free for those with a Carleton or St. Olaf College ID.
Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on Friday, May 17 on the campus Bald Spot at 11:50 a.m., following the weekly convocation address. This popular event is open to the public.
Randy Cohen, a writer best known as the author of a long-running New York Times Magazine column on ethics, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, May 17. Cohen’s presentation, entitled “How To Be Good,” explores what he considers to be the means of creating more virtuous communities. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.