Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges will use a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore how increased institutional collaboration could enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of services provided to students, faculty, and staff. The $50,000 grant will support a number of planning activities beginning this summer, and will enable the two colleges to examine the opportunities and challenges related to expanded collaboration.
- July 10, 2012
Six Carleton students, including five members of the class of 2012, have been awarded highly competitive Fulbright Fellowships to pursue graduate work abroad. The recipients include: Katie Deeg ’12 (Zionsville, Ind.), Elizabeth Durham ’12 (Ottawa Hills, Ohio), Zach Hyman ’08 (East Hampton, N.Y.), Grace Ogilby ’12 (Belmont, Mass.), Jesse Pittman ‘12 (Annapolis, Md.), and Jake Reznick ‘12 (New York). Fulbright Fellowship award winners are selected on the basis of personal qualifications, academic record, and the value of the proposed project or study.
In collaboration with the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, Carleton College is pleased to announce the first annual Northfield Summer Film Festival, running for four consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning July 10 and running through July 31. The theme of the series is "awakenings" and featured films include "Groundhog Day," "After Life," "The Crying Game," and "Local Hero." Screenings will be presented each Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema and are free and open to the public.
Emmitt C. House, Carleton Class of 1971, will present the keynote address for the Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) commencement on Friday, July 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. House will address the 52 CLAE scholars and the Carleton community, speaking about his life experiences including navigating the college search process, his undergraduate education, graduate education, and his career as a lawyer.
- June 11, 2012
Muira McCammon ‘13 (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) has earned an esteemed Beinecke Scholarship. Each Beinecke Scholar receives $4,000 to use for visiting potential graduate schools and another $30,000 to apply towards graduate school tuition. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships, and research grants. McCammon’s research and coursework at Carleton has taken her to the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, Latvia, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and throughout the United States. She received the International Center for Academic Integrity’s Donald McCabe award for her research on British undergraduate judiciaries at Oxford, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics.
- May 30, 2012
The Carleton College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of two faculty members, effective September 1, 2012. Jackson Bryce, Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of Classical Languages and the Liberal Arts, will be promoted from Professor to Professor Emeritus; and María Elena Doleman, Senior Lecturer in Spanish, will be promoted from Senior Lecturer to Senior Lecturer Emeritus.
Meera Sury ’14 (Roseville, Minn.), a sophomore biology and religion double major, recently was awarded a Davis Project for Peace Grant from the Davis United World Scholars. With the support of the grant, Sury will work with women of the South Indian village of Karasanur to expand their small-scale sewing enterprise. Sury will provide the women with power sewing machines; teach marketing strategies, as well as computer and camera skills.
As the academic year draws to a close, some Carleton students are lightening up, and that means great bargains for area residents.
Each spring Carleton College students donate unwanted possessions to the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) for its annual Lighten Up sale, held during the College’s reunion weekend. This year’s Lighten Up sale will be held at West Gym on Friday, June 15 from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 16 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The CCCE advises shoppers that the best bargains can often be found early in the sale.
Carleton College will award the Bachelor of Arts degree to 466 graduating seniors at the 138th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 9, 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.
Carleton College’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos will present their final concert of the year at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 in the Carleton College Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton College’s African Drum Ensemble, a student collective that uses indigenous instruments and teaching methods to perform rhythms and songs from West Africa, will show off its talents in a concert on Tuesday, May 29 at 4 p.m. The concert will take place on the College Bald Spot (or, in the event of rain, in the Sayles-Hill Great Space), and is free and open to the public.
Carleton College is one of 47 small colleges and universities nationwide to earn a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant that will enable the schools to work together to create more engaging science classes, bring real-world research experiences to students, and increase the diversity of students who study science. The four-year, $1 million grant will support the project Towards an Integrative STEM Education: Strengthening Transfer and Application of Learning.
Thursday, May 24 is Bob Dylan's 71st birthday and Northfield will celebrate this Minnesota music legend with the 2nd annual Dylan Fest, taking place at The Content Cow in downtown Northfield. Invited to perform this year are Carleton's all-female a cappella ensemble, The Knightingales. "Dylan's music and poetic lyrics carry the ability to touch anyone who listens, whether it's the first or hundredth time he or she has listened to a song," says Isabelle Rivers-McCue '14 (Gates Mills, Ohio), of The Knightingales in a profile published in the Northfield News.
Reverend Ruth Caigoy Janoras, an activist working through the church to protect communities in her native Philippines from environmental destruction and human rights abuses, will speak at Carleton College on Monday, May 28 at 7 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Her presentation, entitled “Environmental Justice in the Philippines: A Faith-based Perspective,” will be followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public.
For the second time in three years, Carleton's Gods of Plastic Ultimate club team captured the Division 3 USA Ultimate championship. GoP dispatched the University of Puget Sound, 14-12, in the finals after rolling through pool play and the semifinals with relative ease. It marked GoP's third national title in four years, as it previously won the 2009 and 2010 crowns before trying its hand at the D1 level in 2011.
Cathryn Manduca, director of Carleton College’s Science Education Research Center (SERC), has co-authored Earth and Mind II, a geology textbook that explores the distinctive ways geoscientists perceive, analyze, and explain the workings of the earth system. The book addresses topics such as thinking about space, time, natural systems, and the importance of fieldwork for teaching and learning.
Carleton College will hold its annual Honors Convocation, held on the last Friday of spring term to recognize faculty and students for their academic accomplishments and community service, on Friday, May 25 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. This year’s Honors Convocation featured speaker will be Jackson Bryce, the Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of Classical Languages and the Liberal Arts. A cherished annual tradition at Carleton, Honors Convocation begins and ends with a full academic procession. During the ceremony, honor students and recipients of awards and grants will be recognized. Honors Convocation is free and open to the public.
The Carleton College Orchestra will celebrate the conclusion of the academic year with a performance in the Concert Hall on Friday, May 25 at 8 p.m. Designed to showcase the many musical talents of the graduating class of 2012, this concert is free and open to the public.
NRC Report: Findings From Discipline-Based Education Research Could Improve Undergraduate Science and Engineering Teaching But Are Not Yet Widely UsedMay 21, 2012
Discipline-based education research (DBER) has generated insights that could help improve undergraduate education in science and engineering, but these findings have not yet prompted widespread changes in teaching practice, says a new report from the National Research Council. Science and engineering faculty, institutions, disciplinary societies, and professional societies should all support high-quality DBER and the adoption of the evidence-based teaching strategies that have emerged from it, the report says. Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton, chaired this research effort
Two of Carleton's club Ultimate teams, Gods of Plastic (GoP) and Eclipse, are representing Carleton at the 2012 USA Ultimate D3 Collegiate Nationals this weekend in Appleton, Wis. Eclipse is the defending women's champion, while GoP attempts to reclaim the title it won in 2010 before moving to D1 in 2011. We have links to each team's Twitter feed and to live scoring on USA Ultimate's website.
On Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m., Carleton College will host a public panel discussion on the ethics of healthcare access in America. Entitled “Healthcare as a Human Right: Access & Barriers,” this event will take place in the College’s Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236, and is free and open to the public.
- May 17, 2012
The acclaimed Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble will perform in concert Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The performance will feature Chinese classical, folk, silk and bamboo, percussion and minority music. This year’s spring concert will also feature traditional Temple music. This event is free and open to the public.
Carleton College’s senior studio art majors will present their culminating works in the College’s Senior Art Show opening Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Perlman Teaching Museum at the Weitz Center for Creativity. The art show—entitled “Untitled (for reasons)”—opens with a special reception with the students, who will be on-hand to discuss their work. Admittance to the reception and to the Perlman Teaching Museum is free and open to the public.
Carleton College vocalists will have an opportunity to shine in a concert Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The concert, entitled “Let’s Dance!,” will showcase an eclectic range of music about dance, featuring the Carleton Choir (both the Men’s Chorus and Bella Cantemus) and the Carleton Singers. Lawrence Burnett, a professor of music and choral director at Carleton, will conduct. This event is free and open to the public.