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Gettysburg Leadership Program for Sophomores

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2017, 11:59pm

Seminar Overview:

This intense, three-day seminar will introduce Carleton students to the concepts of leadership and team building in the context of liberal arts and business careers, using a historical framework. Led by Carleton alumnus Jeff Appelquist '80, author of Sacred Ground: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg & Little Bighorn, this seminar will provide a unique opportunity for 12 Carleton sophomores to gain a better understanding of self and others at one of the most historically important locations in the United States. As part of the seminar, participants will also have the opportunity to tour various sites at the Gettysburg National Military Park & Battlefield.

By participating in this seminar, twelve Carleton sophomores will come away with: 1) A better understanding of their unique leadership essence; 2) A better understanding of the leadership dimensions that will enable them to lead effectively in the stress and chaos of a constantly changing professional environment; and 3) A personal commitment to a process of continuous leadership development.

Information Session 

Tuesday, January 12, 12pm-1pm in Sayles Hill 251
Learn how you can take part in a 3-day leadership quest spent on the battlefields in Gettysburg. Come and listen to last year’s participants share their experiences and why you should take part in this seminar. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to the Tunnel

Trip Details:

Eligibility Requirements

Enrollment is limited to twelve (12) currently enrolled, sophomore students at Carleton College. All participants must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the College. Participants are selected based on answers provided on the application and ability to share their obtained knowledge with the Carleton community once they return to campus.


Current Sophomores may apply by completing the application process below. The deadline is February 1. Please submit a cover letter and a resume through the Tunnel and search for "Gettysburg".

Please include in the cover letter the answers to the following questions:

  • Briefly describe why you would like to attend the Gettysburg Sophomore Leadership Program.
  • How might you share what you learn with others once you return to campus?
  • What you are currently involved in at Carleton outside of class?
  • What do you hope to gain from attending this seminar?
  • Why should the selection committee choose you?

We strongly encourage all applicants to come in to the Career Center and work with a counselor or a student career assistant on your application materials.

Travel Policies & Procedures

In the interest of student safety, improved communication, and fiscal responsibility, the following policies and procedures exist for students traveling on Carleton sponsored events:

  • All participants are required to complete a Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement form online. Any participant under the age of 18 must have the form completed by a parent or legal guardian. This form will be sent to all participants once the selection process is complete.
  • The necessary travel documents such as Driver’s Licenses, Visa’s, Passports, immunization records, etc. must be obtained before the College will make any travel arrangements

Carleton College

Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement

Waiver:  In consideration of being permitted to participate in any way in (Trip/Event description completed below) hereinafter called “The Activity”, I agree, for myself, my heirs, administrators, personal representatives, and/or assigns, that I do hereby release, hold harmless, and discharge Carleton College, its officers, trustees, employees, agents and others acting on its behalf (hereinafter collectively referred to as “ASSOCIATES”), of and from all claims, demands, causes of action and legal liability, whether the same be known or unknown, anticipated or unanticipated, due to Carleton College’s and/or its ASSOCIATES’ ordinary negligence; and I do further agree that, except in the event of Carleton College’s and/or its ASSOCIATES’ gross negligence and willful and wanton misconduct, I shall not bring any claims, demands, legal actions and causes of action, against Carleton College and/or its ASSOCIATES as stated above in this clause, for any economic and/or non-economic losses due to bodily injury, death, and/or property damage sustained by me and/or my minor children and/or legal wards, if any, arising from, but not limited to, participation in The Activity.

Assumption of Risks:  Participation in The Activity carries with it certain inherent risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries.  The specific risks vary from one activity to another, but the risks range from 1: minor injuries such as scratches, bruises, and sprains 2: major injuries such as eye injury or loss of sight, joint or back injuries, travel related injuries, heart attacks, and concussions to 3: catastrophic injuries including paralysis and death.  To the extent my participation in the Activity involves leaving the premises of the Carleton College campus, I understand that Carleton College does not arrange or supervise transportation to or from campus. and that I will be required to exercise my own judgment in arranging my own transportation or  agreeing to ride with other student drivers. I hereby confirm that I have voluntarily chosen to participate in The Activity, that I have investigated the demands and requirements of The Activity, and that I am physically and emotionally fit to participate in The Activity.  In the event of illness or injury, I authorize Carleton College and/or its ASSOCIATES to administer and/or secure medical treatment on my behalf.

I have read the previous paragraphs and I know, understand, and appreciate these and other risks that are inherent in The Activity.  I hereby assert that my participation is voluntary and that I knowingly assume all such risks.

Indemnification and Hold Harmless:  I also agree to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD Carleton College HARMLESS from any and all claims, actions, suits, procedures, costs (including but not limited to any medical treatment secured on my behalf) , expenses, damages and liabilities, including attorney’s fees brought as a result of my involvement in The Activity and to reimburse them for any such expense incurred.

Severability:  I expressly agree that the foregoing waiver and assumption of risks agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the State of Minnesota and that if any of its provisions are held to be invalid,  the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect. 

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Acknowledgment of Understanding: I have read this waiver of liability, assumption of risk, and indemnity agreement, fully understand its terms, and understand that I am giving up substantial rights, including my right to bring legal action or assert a claim against Carleton College. I acknowledge that by clicking the “I agree” box below, I am signing the agreement freely and voluntarily and effecting a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law.


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