- September 17, 2013
Thanks to a gift from Eric ’66 and Mimi ’66 Carlson P’97, Carleton College has announced the establishment of the Robert E. Will ’50 Endowed Internship Fund in Social Entrepreneurship. Administered by Carleton’s career center, the fund supports 8-10 domestic or international internships per year at up to $5,000 each for students pursuing social entrepreneurship. The fund honors Bob Will, the Raymond Plank Professor of Incentive Economics, Emeritus. A 1950 Carleton graduate, Will earned his PhD at Yale University and taught at Carleton from 1957-93. He championed the importance of a liberal arts education, and each year the Robert E. Will Economics Prize is awarded to the senior economics major or majors who demonstrate excellent academic achievement and breadth of intellectual interests in the best tradition of a liberal arts education. Professor Will remains a resident of Northfield and is very involved in community activities.
- September 9, 2013
On Tuesday, September 10, Carleton College welcomes the Class of 2017 to campus. There are 529 students in the class, selected from a pool of 7,045 applicants. The students represent 45 states and 23 countries, with 92 students coming from Minnesota, followed by California (62), Illinois (54), Wisconsin (28), Washington (23), New York (22) and Massachusetts (21). Twenty new students hail from China.
- September 9, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Television Personality Jonathan Capehart ’89 to Present Carleton College’s Opening Convocation Address
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and television personality Jonathan Capehart, Class of 1989, will be the featured speaker at Carleton College’s annual all-college assembly celebrating the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year. Opening Convocation will be held Monday, September 16 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and will be preceded by the College’s traditional Academic Procession, including all current and emeriti faculty. This event is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.
- September 4, 2013
Peter Franco '14 (Newton, Mass.) has been named the recipient of a prestigious award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. A Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS) major, Franco was awarded an undergraduate scholarship in film. Franco is one of 24 winners, who will travel to New York City on October 30, 2013 to receive their awards at the 31st Annual Princess Grace Awards Gala, held in the presence of HSH The Princess of Monaco.
Franco says his films "focus on the forces that compel us to act against our nature, or what we believe to be our nature." His most recent project, which received the 2013 Princess Grace Award, draws on his experiences as a gay athlete to tell a story about a high school football player dealing with his sexuality. The film will be released in 2014.
For more information, visit www.pgfusa.org.
- August 1, 2013
The North Star Cinema Orchestra will present a 1913-style Vaudeville show at the Grand Theater on Sunday, August 4 at 7 p.m. The show re-creates an authentic Vaudeville show complete with songs and authentic jokes of the period, illustrated song slides, silent short films, and even a dog act.
- July 24, 2013
R. Kayeen Thomas, Carleton Class of 2006, was awarded the Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction at the 15th annual Harlem Book Fair on July 19 at the Langston Hughes Auditorium of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. Thomas was honored for his critically-acclaimed novel "Antebellum" (Simon & Schuster/Strebor Books 2012), for which Thomas also received a nomination for a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Debut Author. Past recipients of the Phillis Wheatley Award include Maya Angelou, Gordon Parks, and Terry McMillan.
- July 23, 2013
Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court and the recipient of an honorary degree from Carleton College, passed away Monday, July 22 at the age of 88.
- 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.
- July 22, 2013
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."
- July 22, 2013
Fred Rogers Named 2013 Distinguished Business Officer by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
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.