Your Gifts at Work

  • Students from around the United States share their stories about distance learning.

    Thanks to the Alumni Annual Fund, the remote spring term 2020 impacted students in surprising--and often advantageous--ways.

  • Inside Carleton Spring 2020

    Canceling in-person classes during spring term 2020 made the most sense to safeguard the health of the Carleton community, as well as the surrounding Northfield community. But it also posed a slew of challenges, particularly for low-income and international students. Luckily, the Alumni Annual Fund provides the college with flexible resources that can be immediately applied wherever needs arise. Here's how gifts to the Annual Fund impacted our students during this unprecedented term.

  • Ben Lowry, Maya Hilty, Katie Babbit, and Amida McNulty ready to research in Yellowstone.

    Learning to Unwind

    January 30, 2020

    On a mission to learn more about wolves, geology major Ben Lowry ’21, biology major Maya Hilty ’21, sociology/anthropology major Katie Babbit ’21, and psychology major Amida McNulty ’21 headed to Yellowstone National Park with support from the Four Friends Fellowship. The wolves remained elusive, but the friends learned that many important lessons aren't academic.

  • Maya Rogers '22 often settles into the Libe's Rookery.

    If you’re looking for Maya Rogers ’22 (Tulsa, Oklahoma), check the Rookery. Hidden in the center of the library’s fourth floor, the Rookery is a quiet spot just beyond the bustle of the circulation desk. Rogers likes to study there. “It’s a place where I feel very connected to Carleton,” she says. “I’m in the center of everything. But I simultaneously feel like I have space to do my own thing and focus on my work.”

  • Research in Greece

    Classics professor Jake Morton cut his teeth working in the field, wandering his beloved Greece searching for physical evidence of an ancient past. “You can run all the analysis you want on a computer,” he said, “but nothing compares to seeing it with your own eyes.” It’s no surprise, then, that after coming to teach at Carleton, he decided to share the benefits of fieldwork with his students firsthand by bringing three of them with him to Greece. 

  • Nhan Le '21

    With all Carleton has to offer, it was the mailboxes in Sayles-Hill that spoke to Nhan Le '21.

    “I liked how they were all unlocked—that everyone on campus obviously trusted each other so much,” she says. “I applied through QuestBridge, and when I matched with Carleton, I remember I cried when I found out. I was so happy and relieved.” 

  • Tsegaye Nega, center, and Deborah Gross, right

    The Global Classroom

    March 19, 2019

    International collaboration is a hallmark of Deborah Gross's and Tsegaye Nega's teaching.

  • Brittany Dominguez '21

    Brittany Dominguez '21 wasn't expecting to leave Texas. But thanks to the generous financial aid package Carleton offered, the choice to head north was obvious.

  • Students and professors on the Lake Traverse Reservation in South Dakota.

    Back from the Brink

    March 21, 2019

    Carleton students and professors are joining forces with the Dakotah Language Institute to preserve a critically endangered language.

  • Anesu Masakura '20

    Anesu Masakura ’20

    February 6, 2017

    I grew up on the dusty streets of Sakubva, an old township in Mutare, Zimbabwe's third largest city. My father was a bus driver at a local bus company, but then he got retrenched following a severe hyperinflation in 2008. Ever since, he has been hopping from one menial job to the next to make ends meet. My mother, on the other hand, operates a small market stall, where she sells an assortment of second-hand clothes, potatoes and vegetables. She's the most hard-working person I've ever known and to some extent, I think I inherited her work ethic. Being the first child in a family of five children, I've had to set good precedents for my younger siblings to emulate. I vividly recall taking up part-time jobs in the neighborhood on weekends or during school break, to help my mother put food on the table. I also paid my own tuition (and my siblings') through selling beverages and buns every day after school.

  • Sarah Meerts is teaching Carleton's first "Introduction to Neuroscience" course.

    The Best Place to Start

    March 18, 2019

    Psychology professor Sarah Meerts believes introductory courses are just as important as advanced-level courses and projects. That’s why she partnered with postdoctoral fellow Brielle Bjorke to create Carleton’s first “Foundations in Neuroscience” course.