- March 30, 2011 at 10:24 am
Carleton students Matthew Fink ’11 (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), Adam Karas ’11 (Corpus Christi, Texas), and Kai Knutson ’11 (Bloomington, Minn.) have earned three of the 40 fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. Carleton was one of only three institutions to have three or more winners, as Hamilton College (N.Y.) and Grinnell College (Iowa) also had three students receive fellowships. The fellowships, awarded to college seniors to pursue their unique passion or dream for a year of independent exploration and travel outside the United States, are picked from select private liberal arts colleges and universities. 148 finalists were nominated this year to compete on the national level. Each fellow will receive $25,000 for twelve-months of travel and exploration.
- March 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm
Update on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 3:15 p.m. CDT
The Cannon River flooding from last week is basically over for now. Several days of good weather and no additional precipitation helped the Cannon return back into its channel. The road behind Laird Stadium has re-opened as well as the parking lot behind West Gym. There are still large sections of standing water on portions of the practice fields next to the gymnasium, but that water is slowly dissipating. Because the ground remains very saturated, flooding could occur again should the Northfield area receive a large of precipitation over a short period of time.
- March 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Carleton has received information on the visitation and memorial services for John “Jack” Guckin Jr. ’14 (South Saint Paul, Minn.), who died in an automobile accident on March 15. Visitation will be Sunday, March 20, from 4-8 p.m. at the Roseville Memorial Chapel, 2245 N. Hamline Avenue, Roseville, Minn. The funeral is on Monday, March 21 at 10 a.m., at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 2048 Hamline Ave. North, Roseville, Minn. Visitation at the church to begin at 9 a.m. Transportation will be available from the Carleton campus on Sunday and Monday, and we have information on where condolences, cards and donations in John's memory may be sent. There will also be an on-campus memorial service on Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in Skinner Memorial Chapel once students return to campus from spring break.
- March 16, 2011 at 2:44 pm
Carleton first-year student John Guckin ’14 (South Saint Paul, Minn.) was killed in an automobile accident yesterday in southeastern Dakota County (Minn.). Guckin was driving home for spring break with his father, John, who also died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Guckin was a 2010 graduate of Roseville (Minn.) High School, and a member of Carleton's alpine skiing club team.
Lutsky Recipient of the American Psychological Foundation's Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology AwardMarch 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm
Neil Lutsky, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Psychology, has been named as the 2011 recipient of the American Psychological Foundation's Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. This award recognizes "a significant career of contributions as an exceptional teacher of psychology." Lutsky was nominated for this recognition by a group of his former students at Carleton and by colleagues in the psychology teaching community. “It's satisfying to receive this honor but more humbling still to recognize how fortunate I have been to have taught such outstanding students and to have benefited from inspired and dedicated colleagues at Carleton and in the teaching of psychology community,” Lutsky said.
- March 2, 2011 at 11:27 am
Representative Rush D. Holt of New Jersey, a 1970 graduate of Carleton, recently beat out "Watson," the IBM supercomputer that cleaned up on television's "Jeopardy!," in a heated battle of wits recently held in Washington, D.C. According to the Los Angeles Times, "The faux 'Jeopardy!' contest pitting Watson against Holt and some other House members was intended to emphasize the need for increased math and science education to bolster U.S. global competitiveness. Holt, a physicist who was a five-time winner on 'Jeopardy!' 35 years ago, played the first round against Watson. According to Holt's office, the Democratic congressman dusted the computer in categories such as 'Presidential Rhyme Time' and 'Also a Laundry Detergent.' (Example: 'What is a three-letter nickname for the Beatles?' Answer: 'What is Fab?')."
- February 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Four members of the Carleton College faculty have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees, as announced by Beverly Nagel, Dean of the College.
- February 12, 2011 at 2:52 pm
The Carleton College "Thrillin for a Chillin" Polar Plunge squad raised more $1,700 for Northfield Area Special Olympics. The team, comprised of eight Carleton students and two Carleton staff members, participated in the state-wide event by plunging into the frigid waters in Rochester, Minn.
- January 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm
In the 2009-2010 academic year, Carleton College faculty members received 29 grants which furnished a total of $585,582 in support for their scholarship and teaching. The grants went to 23 different faculty members who represented 15 different departments. Nearly $230,000 went to faculty in arts, literature, and humanities departments, while approximately $355,000 went to faculty in math, science, and social science departments. The 29 faculty grants were a historic high for the College, besting the old record of 22 grants received in 2003-2004. The full listing of all 29 grants is now available.
Beckwith Chairs First MLA Convention Collaborative Session for Hebrew Literature Group and Arabic Literature DivisionJanuary 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Stacy Beckwith, associate professor of Hebrew and chair of Middle Eastern Languages, recently chaired a panel discussion at the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention for the Hebrew Literature Discussion Group and the Arabic Literature Division. As a member of the executive committee, Beckwith chaired a panel titled, "Mediation and Mobility in the Western Mediterranean" at the MLA's annual convention in Los Angeles on January 6-9, 2011.
- January 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm
In what has become a Carleton tradition, the Gods of Plastic (GOP) Ultimate frisbee club team raffles off the chance to shave and cut the hair of team members. Selected team members don't shave in November and December, growing out their hair and facial hair for the two months before returning to campus. The fund-raising effort helps the club pay for their travels throughout the spring term. Satchel Kaplan-Allen '13 has the video feature on this unique and zany event held by the 2010 Division 3 Ultimate champions.
- January 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm
Carlos Gonzales '77, a former Carleton Board of Trustee member and currently an associate professor and medical director at the University of Arizona College of Medicine's Family and Community Medical department, delivered the blessing at the recent memorial in honor of the six victims in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting tragedy. We have the video of the blessing.