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  • Climate Leadership Award Finalist
    February 8, 2013

    Carleton College Named Finalist for Climate Leadership Award

    For the second consecutive year, Carleton College is a finalist in the Second Nature 2013 Climate Leadership Awards, an annual competition among U.S. colleges and universities that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Carleton, as part of its ACUPCC agreement and its own Climate Action Plan, has an institutional goal of net zero carbon by 2050. The College has incorporated sustainability as a baseline assumption in its Strategic Plan, released this past fall after an 18-month planning process.

  • February 7, 2013

    Carleton Players Announce Revised Premiere Date for Martin Crimp’s Bold and Innovative Play, “Attempts on Her Life”

    The Carleton Players have delayed the premiere of their winter production, Martin Crimp’s groundbreaking play “Attempts on Her Life," in order to accommodate final staging demands. Performances will begin Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. and at 9:00 p.m. in the College’s Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Additional performances will be held nightly on Saturday, Feb. 16 (7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.), Thursday, Feb. 21 (7:30 p.m.), Friday, Feb. 22 (7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 23 (7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.). All performances are free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged and can be made at Audiences should note that this production contains mature subject matter.

  • Peace Corps
    February 6, 2013

    Carleton Ranked in the Top Ten Peace Corps Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities

    Carleton College has once again earned a top 10 ranking on the Peace Corps list of “Top Peace Corps Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities.” This year, the College ranks eighth among small colleges and universities.

  • February 6, 2013

    Kimberly Betz '91 Named New Career Center Director

    Kimberly Betz '91, director of career development at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, has been named director of the career center at Carleton College. She will assume her new, full-time duties on March 4. Betz has 17 years of experience in higher education career development, including a stint at Carleton from 1996-2000 when she held roles as program coordinator, assistant, and associate director with Carleton’s Career Center. She went on to serve as director of internships at Oberlin College (Ohio) before assuming her current position at St. Catherine in 2005. In 2010, she was named administrative staff employee of the year at St. Kate’s.

  • The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia
    February 1, 2013

    Carleton to host public screening of acclaimed HBO documentary film, "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia"

    The Carleton College chapter of "Eye to Eye" has partnered with HBO to host a public screening of "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia" at the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema on Monday, February 4 at 7 p.m. Dyslexia is one of the most common learning differences (affecting one in five children) yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. Dyslexics are bright students who happen to struggle with reading. An official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival,"The Big Picture" was directed by James Redford. The New York Times says the film "busts any preconceptions about limits on what people with dyslexia can achieve." This important film screening will be following by a discussion led by members of "Eye to Eye." The public is encouraged to attend this free event.


  • David Gergen
    February 1, 2013

    David Gergen, Political Commentator and Former Presidential Adviser, to Present Carleton Convocation

    David Gergen, a Harvard University professor and senior political analyst for CNN who served during the administrations of four U.S. presidents, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, Feb. 8. Gergen will talk about his thirty-plus years of experience as a political insider and his views on leadership in American political life. 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


  • Reconstructing The Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War by Michael D. Cohen '02
    January 31, 2013

    Michael D. Cohen '02 to present "How Did The Civil War Affect Colleges"

    Michael D. Cohen, Carleton Class of 2002, will visit on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum to present a talk entitled "How Did The Civil War Affect Colleges?" Cohen's appearance is in support of the publication of his first book, entitled "Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War" (University of Virgina Press, 2012). Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event and refreshments will be served. Cohen will speak at 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

  • Thomas Callister '13
    Photo: courtesy of Thomas Callister
    January 29, 2013

    Carleton College’s Callister Earns Churchill Scholarship

    Thomas Callister ’13 has been named one of the 14 Churchill Scholarship winners nationwide. The award gives him a full scholarship to earn his master of philosophy degree at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, focusing on gravitational wave astronomy. Callister, the first Idahoan to win a Churchill Scholarship in the nearly 50-year existence of the program, was one of only two liberal-arts college students among the 14 scholarship winners. This marks the second straight year that Carleton has produced a Churchill Scholarship winner, as fellow physics major and astronomer Michael Coughlin ’12 won the award a year ago. Both were the only student from a Minnesota college or university to win the award.

  • Susan Singer
    Photo: Sara Rubinstein
    January 29, 2013

    Biology Professor Singer Accepts NSF Leadership Role

    Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, will take a leave of absence from the College to serve as the director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE). The NSF’s DUE sets undergraduate science education goals to provide leadership, support curriculum development, prepare the workforce and to foster connections. These goals constitute a comprehensive approach to strengthening science, technology and math (STEM) education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, laboratories, infrastructure, assessment, diversity of students and faculty, and collaborations.

  • Greetings from Nirthfolde, Minnesota
    January 27, 2013

    Art Professor David Art Professor David Lefkowitz Explains "Nirthfolde" and Other "Quasi-Fictional Places"

    In conjunction with the popular Northfield Arts Guild Gallery exhibit "NRTHFLD: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau," professor of art David Lefkowitz will unravel the mysteries of this "slightly askew" take on Northfield in a public lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Entitled "Quasi-Fictional Places: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau and Other Original Facsimilies," Lefkowitz's talk will introduce audiences to "Nirthfolde...a bucolic, yet bustling burg situated in a parallel universe that neatly overlaps Northfield, Minnesota, and that has existed relatively unnoticed for over a century and a half."

  • Susan Singer
    Photo: Sara Rubinstein
    January 25, 2013

    Carleton College's Singer Wins "Science" Prize for Web-Based Teaching Tool

    Susan Singer, the Laurence McKinley Gould Professor of the Natural Sciences at Carleton College, has earned a Science prize for her Inquiry-Based Instruction (IBI) teaching tool for her genomics course called Genomics Explorers. Science's IBI Prize was developed to showcase outstanding materials, usable in a wide range of schools and settings, for teaching introductory science courses at the college level. The materials must be designed to encourage students' natural curiosity about how the world works, rather than to deliver facts and principles about what scientists have already discovered. Organized as one free-standing "module," the materials should offer real understanding of the nature of science, as well as providing an experience in generating and evaluating scientific evidence.

  • A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould by Eric Hillemann
    January 25, 2013

    College Archivist Eric Hillemann Publishes "A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould"

    Carleton College archivist Eric Hillemann has published "A Beacon So Bright: The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould," chronicling the namesake of the College's library—a man who served for thirty years as a professor of geology and as Carleton's "colorful and charismatic" fourth president. On Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum, Carleton will host a special booksigning event celebrating this new publication. Carleton President Steve Poskanzer will introduce Hillemann, who will give a brief presentation on the new biography. A complimentary lunch will also be provided for the first fifty attendees. Copes of "A Beacon So Bright" are available now at the Carleton Bookstore, located in the Sayles Hill Campus Center, and online at and