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  • Marv Rotblatt trading card
    Photo: Baseball Almanac
    July 23, 2013

    New York Times reports passing of Marv Rotblatt, namesake of Carleton's annual marathon game

    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.

  • Eleanor Hansen
    July 22, 2013

    Carleton Remembers Eleanor "Ele" Hansen

    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

    Carleton Featured in MPR's "Five Things To Do in Northfield"

    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
    Photo: Sara Rubinstein
    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

    Carleton College Announces Faculty Promotions

    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.

  • Roy Grow
    June 17, 2013

    Carleton Remembers Professor Roy Grow, Frank B. Kellogg Professor of International Relations, Emeritus

    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. 

  • Center for Community and Civic Engagement
    June 14, 2013

    Carleton College Hosts Its Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale

    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! 

  • Author Anne E. Patrick, William H. Laird Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts, Emerita
    Photo: Jan Jans
    June 13, 2013

    Prestigious Honor Bestowed Upon Professor Emerita, Anne E. Patrick

    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).

  • Scott Carpenter
    June 10, 2013

    Professor and Author Scott Dominic Carpenter to Appear at Northfield's Monkey See Monkey Read Bookstore

    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.”

  • June 4, 2013

    Carleton College Prepares for its 139th Commencement Ceremony, Live Broadcast Offered

    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.

  • May 30, 2013

    McCammon '13, Kieffer '13 Win Fulbright Fellowships for Work in Turkey

    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.

  • Kai Knutson, Carleton Class of 2011
    May 28, 2013

    2013 Honors Convocation, Featuring Kai Knutson ’11, Showcases Carleton Academic Achievement

    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.