Awards and Recognition

Each year at Reunion, we honor alumni and friends who are receiving Alumni Association Awards for distinguished achievement, exceptional service, and pursuing paths in the spirit of Carleton. We also induct alumni varsity athletes of distinction into the 'C' Club Hall of Fame.

2015 Honorees

Annual Alumni Association Awards

During Reunion Convocation, we will recognize the following recipients of Carleton College Alumni Association Awards:

Lawrence Perlman '60, Distinguished Achievement

Larry Perlman

Minnesota-based Control Data Corp., once at the vanguard of the computer industry, was slowly spinning into decline in the late 1980s as the market began shifting to microcomputers. It was near bankruptcy when Lawrence (Larry) Perlman ’60 was called upon to lead the troubled giant’s turnaround. After returning the company to profitability, he orchestrated separating Control Data into two separate entities: Ceridian Corporation, a leader in data services, and Control Data Systems, the successor to the computer business. Perlman took the helm of Ceridian. The restructuring led to a major increase in shareholder value for the former Control Data shareholders, and in recognition for his achievement Perlman was named by Corporate Report magazine as Minnesota’s CEO of the year for 1999.

As a strong and vocal advocate for women and minorities in the workplace, Perlman was a less-than-conventional businessman. He was the first CEO to testify to Congress in support of the Family Leave Act which was opposed at the time by the leading business organizations. Responding to the criticism, he said “The way I see it, I’m clearly right if these groups think I am wrong.” He believed more women should hold top corporate positions and that all Americans should have access to jobs and economic security. To that end, he encouraged business to take the lead in the continuing education of the workforce. His  commitment to these ideals helped earn him the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 and the first-ever award for Excellence in Corporate Diversity from Working Mother magazine in 2000.

Under the Clinton administration, Perlman chaired the 21st Century Workforce Commission, established in 1998 by Congress to address a critical shortage of workers in the disciplines of science, technology,  engineering and math. In 2008 he was among the first to be inducted into the Minnesota High Tech Association’s Science and Technology Hall of Fame. Jane Belau, a former Control Data Corp. vice president, noted, Larry “is that amazing combination of brains, energy and heart… a CEO whose vision included not  just the success of his companies, but how [they] could contribute to … the important issues of mentorship, diversity, and fairness in the workplace.”

Perlman continues to pursue his other passions: conservation, specifically in the Greater Yellowstone  eco-system; art (he is a longtime trustee of the Walker Art Center) and music (he also served on the
board of the Minnesota Orchestra). As a Carleton trustee, 1986-1993 and 1998-2013, he tried to foster principles of governance that would strengthen and sustain Carleton’s future. He and his wife, Linda Peterson Perlman, received the William Carleton Medal in 2004 in recognition of their stewardship of the College.

“Carleton transformed my life,” he said, “and I feel a responsibility to give back to it.” The Perlmans live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and have two children, including Dr. David M. Perlman, ’89.

Fred Whiting '60, Distinguished Achievement

Whiting, Fred

Former South Dakota legislator Fred Whiting has “spent much of his life looking out for others in the world, many of whom have no idea how much impact he has had on their lives,” says friend and former colleague Mark Barnett, a circuit court judge and former attorney general in Whiting’s home state.

Whiting began his international odyssey by earning a graduate diploma in economics from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. A year later he was teaching in a boarding school in a remote village in Nigeria as a member of the Peace Corps. Upon returning to the United States, he attended Yale Law School, graduating in 1966.

Whiting’s international business career began in earnest as corporate development officer for Chromalloy Europe in the Netherlands, followed by a stint as general counsel for Sime Darby Berhad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Within three years, he was asked to head Sime Darby International Tire Company in Manila (formerly B.F. Goodrich Philippines), growing rubber and manufacturing tires. Whiting was also president of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, steering the U.S. business community through the 1986 revolution that ended the Marcos regime.

After Whiting’s return to South Dakota in1987, he turned to a life in politics and served in the state legislature for 10 years, serving as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But his effectiveness on the  world stage was in demand; Whiting was sought by the U.S. State Department to serve as a business, economic, and political consultant. His international stewardship has continued through democracy–building training programs in 24 countries. His workshops from Afghanistan to Vietnam have strengthened  local approaches to political governance, parliamentary reform, decentralization of government, international trade and tourism, business ethics, and private sector development.

Along with his international interests, Whiting has served on the boards of The Mount Rushmore Society, Rapid City Regional Hospital, The Nature Conservancy and The Journey Museum in Rapid City. His son  David is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department, currently serving in the Philippines.


Michael Baum '65, Distinguished Achievement 

baum, mike

There are certain qualities that mark an educator and scientist as exceptional. Among them: publication of  peer-reviewed articles in respected journals, a strong history of outside funding for research, a reputation for training students who go on to achieve great success in the field, and a record of service to the academic institution. In the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology, Michael Baum ’65, a biology professor at Boston University since 1985, is such an individual.

Colleagues in his field—which examines how hormones regulate reproduction— describe Baum as the “pillar of the behavioral neuroendocrine scientific community” and “someone who has shown tremendous influence on the entire field.”

Baum is modest about his accomplishments. His Carleton classmate and a co-chair of their 50th reunion, Sarah Hawthorne Jones, says, “When we were planning a meeting last summer, Mike mentioned he was unavailable during a certain week because he was going to Australia.” Only after pressing him further did he  confide the purpose of his journey: to accept the prestigious Daniel S. Lehrman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, one of the highest honors in the field.

Baum’s research has important implications for human communication via pheromones, an  underappreciated and sometimes controversial area of inquiry. More broadly, it is directly relevant to  understanding human psychosexual differentiation and gender identity. “Mike’s work demonstrates how fundamental neuroanatomical, neuroendocrinological, and behavioral work, using animal model systems,  can enhance our understanding of the human condition,” writes one nominator.

A frequent lecturer and author of more than 200 articles and reviews, Baum is known for his focus, integrity,  empathy, and warmth. Says another nominator, “Mike’s wisdom and judgment [have been] a guiding light for the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology for several decades; his excellence and demeanor have made him an exceptional mentor and role model for a generation of young scientists.”

In addition to his scientific accomplishments, Baum also enjoys performing with the Back Bay Chorale in Boston. He credits voice lessons during his student years for cultivating his lifelong interest in solo and choral singing.

Baum and his wife, Catherine Snow, have one son.


Penelope Brown '65, Distinguished Achievement

Brown, Penelope

As a linguistic anthropologist, Dr. Penelope Brown has established herself as an international expert and leading researcher in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural studies of language, cognition, and human  development. But it was her revolutionary theory of politeness, and the resulting book she co-authored and published in 1987 with her research collaborator and husband, Dr. Stephen Levinson, that  served as a launching pad for new research in the field.

Her studies of language in the Tzeltal Maya community in southern Mexico’s Chiapas region have spanned more than 40 years. As a former colleague explains it, Brown’s work has demonstrated “how  preconceived notions of what is involved in language in general, and child language development in particular— based on research in Western, largely middle-class environments—need to be reconsidered and reevaluated.”

Much of her expertise was gained through painstaking field research in Chiapas. “The researcher has to be prepared to learn the language, spend a great deal of time in the community, then transcribe the speech,  often  with very little help, given the type of community in which this work often goeson. Finally, the data has to be glossed in terms of grammatical categories before the data can be analyzed,” notes a colleague. “Penny has done this for Tzeltal, and her work has provided a number of extremely important findings” in  relation to syntactic and semantic  development. In turn, that prompts questions about language universals and  the language children start with and find easiest to learn.

In more recent years Brown began studying and comparing communicative development among children in the Mayan community with that of infants and children in the Rossel Island community of Papua New Guinea. Brown recently retired from her position at The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the   Netherlands and now lives in England. She and her husband, Stephen, have one son. She also has two Carleton connections in her family: sister Amanda Brown Dill ’64 and nephew Kevin Dill ’92.


David Goldstein '65, Distinguished Achievement

Goldstein, David

The importance of David Goldstein’s research, advocacy, and leadership in the field of diabetes care and  understanding can’t be overstated. Most diabetics know their HbA1c number and use it to gauge
how well they are controlling the  disease. Goldstein’s more than 30 years of research makes this possible.

In the early 1980s Goldstein was an original investigator in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and was responsible for standardizing the tests for the multi-site study. “At about the same time he  began working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to utilize these standardization methods more widely in clinical laboratories in the United States. It is this latter effort that has expanded and made
a huge impact around the world,” writes one nominator.

“The beauty of this test . . . is that it can integrate glucose control over a period of weeks and months so that by testing every three to six months it can be used to determine how well patients are
controlling their blood sugar. But in order to make sense of these values, it is necessary to establish standard procedures and norms—and this is the great contribution of David as the leader in the long, hard task of standardization,.”Another nominator writes. “The impact  of his work on the lives of patients, health care, public health, and treatment development are continuing and expanding in the face of an epidemic of obesity and diabetes around the globe.” Since 1978 Goldstein has been at the University of Missouri–Columbia and the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center where he is now a professor emeritus and continues medical student and resident physician teaching responsibilities. Goldstein has received numerous grants and won a number of awards for his research, and he has co-authored scores of articles on DCCT, pediatric endocrinology, and diabetes care and research.

Goldstein and his wife, Jean Strandberg Goldstein ’66, live in Columbia, Missouri, and have two children and four grandchildren.


Howard Tyner '65, Distinguished Achievement

Tyner, Howard

Howard Tyner’s 40-year career as a journalist started even before he came to Carleton: He was coeditor of his high school newspaper in Milwaukee. When he retired as vice president of news/editorial for Tribune Publishing in 2003, he had covered some of the most dramatic international stories of the 20th century and had also taken a giant step into the 21st century as a pioneer of media convergence.

Tyner earned a master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1967 and  landed a position with United Press International’s London bureau. Expecting to be there a year, he stayed  for 10, covering Eastern and Central Europe following the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. After being hired in 1977 by the Chicago Tribune and working as a roving international correspondent for  five years, he transferred to the Tribune’s Moscow bureau in 1982. By 1988, Jack Fuller, former publisher of  he Tribune, writes that “Howard was the obvious choice to become the editor in charge of all the  newspaper’s foreign and national coverage. . . . It is by no means always the case that a great  correspondent becomes a great editor, but Howard made the transition almost instantaneously.”

In the early ’90s, Tyner recognized that newspapers would face tumultuous changes with the dawning of the Internet. “Long before most others on the editorial side of the industry, Howard recognized that the earth was  shifting beneath our feet, that the newspaper as we had known it was an endangered entity and that  those who cared about journalism and the American people’s right to know had to adjust to new ways of working,” writes one nominator. “Howard set about trying to find new approaches to doing journalism in a for-profit world.” Under his leadership, the Tribune was the first newspaper in the nation to go online, offering expansive coverage in many subject areas, high-tech design, and interactive user interfaces.

The Tribune received six Pulitzer Prizes, two Robert Kennedy awards, and numerous other citations under Tyner’s direction. In 2000 Tyner was named U.S. editor of the year by the National Press Foundation. He was a founding member of American Society of Newspaper Editors and served as president of World Press Institute.

Tyner and his wife, Jane, live in Evanston, Illinois.


Susan Wadley '65, Distinguished Achievement

Wadley, Susan

A Carleton junior year abroad sent Susan Snow Wadley to India, and in some ways, she has not diverged from that path. Known as one of the premier anthropologists specializing in India, she is now the Ford Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies at Syracuse University. She has published influential books and articles in her field and has been the recipient of numerous research grants.

That year in India shaped Wadley’s life. There she began researching girls’ education, and she has since continued to focus on women’s lives, their rituals, their religious stories, their creative expressions, and the ways in which transformations in Indian society have affected them. This has culminated in her recent work  on female artists in the Mithila region of northern India.

“As India has gained more prominence in the world over these past five decades, much of the work that might have once seemed remote has become increasingly important, and Professor Wadley’s expertise has been sought in many areas,” one nominator notes. “For a number of years she helped select Fulbright scholars to India; she continues to be a prominent speaker and panelist in national and international  meetings.”

Another nominator takes a more esoteric look at Wadley’s work. “My personal assessment of Sue’s contribution has been in her ability to derive universal truth from lessons learned through the microscope of  local cultures. By emphasizing the importance of local conditions in response to social change and conflict, her work has had an impact beyond academia. Her chosen issues of gender, individual freedom, and religious beliefs, combined with her eclectic inquisitiveness, intellectual rigor, and personal determination, have been an example and inspiration.”

Wadley currently chairs the board of directors for the South Asian Summer Language Institute and is chair of the publications committee of the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Wadley shares her Carleton  connection with brother Calvin Wadley ’67. She and her partner of 25 years, Rick Olanoff, have four daughters.


Melissa Young '65, Distinguished Achievement

Young, Melissa

It was 1965, the middle of a turbulent era in which civil rights, social justice, feminism, and environmental responsibility were seeping into America’s consciousness. Among the Carleton students embracing these
efforts was future television documentary producer Melissa Young. “I know of no one who has so consistently been a voice for social justice and environmental responsibility as has Melissa Young,” says a nominator.

Young’s social activism took various paths, many leading through Central and South America, starting with  project building houses in Guatemala during her sophomore year. After graduation, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Peru and then volunteered in a coffeehouse in Colorado Springs—a refuge for service members opposed to the Vietnam War. She worked in a women-owned and operated custom cabinetry co-op, and she organized a group of Seattle carpenters—half of them women—to build a school in an impoverished area of Nicaragua.

While in Nicaragua, she began filming her experiences and through that project met fellow activist and filmmaker Mark Dworkin, who became her partner in work and in life. In 1987 they established Moving Images Video Project, a nonprofit that produces and distributes TV documentaries that encourage peace, human rights, global justice, and protection of the environment.  The duo’s films have consistently garnered high praise for exhaustive research, technical and artistic excellence, and audience engagement. Their work is used educationally from kindergarten to university level; six films have aired nationally on public television, the latest in 2014.

Young’s work has been recognized with three Golden Eagle Awards, the Golden and Silver Apple Awards from the National Educational Media Network, two Bronze Awards from the Columbus Film Festival, a Production Excellence Award from Women In Film Seattle, a Labor Award from Media that Matters Festival, and the Silver Award at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Young and Dworkin have two daughters and two grandchildren. In her free time, Young enjoys gardening, hiking, and swimming.


Jon Blue '70, Distinguished Achievement

Blue, Jon

Connecticut Superior Court Judge Jon Blue’s public service career began soon after his graduation from Stanford Law School in 1973. “Three years at a corporate tax firm convinced him he wanted to devote his professional abilities to a different goal,” wrote one nominator. For the next 13 years Blue worked as a legal assistance attorney and public defender arguing cases on behalf of indigent clients.

One of his cases, Little v. Streater, put him before the U.S. Supreme Court and in the pages of American Lawyer. His client, Walter Little, was being sued in a paternity case, but Little couldn’t afford to take the blood test to prove the claim was groundless. Blue won the case, arguing that a defendant in a paternity case couldn’t be denied a blood test on grounds of indigence.

Noting “the national importance of his dogged pursuit of the rights of indigent defendants,” his 25 years as a judge, his appearances before the Supreme Court of Connecticut, and his continued contributions to his profession through lectures, publications, and professional associations, “Jon’s achievements and distinguished career are a credit to the legal and judicial professions and to Carleton,” says one nominator.

Among the civil and criminal trials over which Blue presided was a high-profile case in which the wife and two daughters of a Cheshire, Connecticut, doctor were viciously attacked and murdered during a home  invasion. Despite the complexity of separate trials for the two co-defendants, a flurry of motions on each side, and a voracious press, Blue handled each situation “skillfully and thoughtfully,” one of his nominators writes.

Blue maintains an interest in the history of law as well as its practice. Later this year, his book The Case of the Piglet’s Paternity will be released. Using original records, Blue chronicled legal life in the New Haven Colony from 1638 to 1665. “Only a trial judge could have written this book—and only a trial judge with a love of history,” writes one reviewer.

Blue is married to Jean Elmblad Blue ’71,and is the father of Eleanor Blue and Miranda Blue ’06. He also notes that he is a “fortunate member of a close-knit group of Carleton friends that has shared adventures, happiness, and adversity for more than 45 years.”

Beth Boosalis Davis '70, Exceptional Service

Davis, Beth

Beth Davis is the kind of person people turn to when they need advice because they know they will get a thoughtful, honest reply. During her years of service to the college since her graduation in 1970, Davis has been called upon time and again—and has responded with wisdom, kindness, and tact.

Davis majored in English at Carleton and graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1974. Davis has practiced law, served in elected office, managed a national nonprofit, written the book Mayor Helen Boosalis: My Mother’s Life in Politics, and served on numerous boards in the greater Chicago
area and nationally.

As a Carleton volunteer, Davis has served in an array of roles: president of Alumni Council, working on reunion planning committees, supporting Alumni Annual Fund gift efforts, serving as the Chicago club chair, sitting on search committees and strategic planning groups, and her long tenure on Carleton’s Board of Trustees, beginning in 1994 as an alumni trustee and serving in numerous leadership roles on the Board from 2002 to 2014.

“That’s what the written record says,” former president Steve Lewis says in his letter of recommendation, “but it was the character of Beth’s service that sets her apart from others who have some of the same ‘credentials.’ One of the reasons Carleton is as strong an institution as it is lies in the willingness of Carleton alumni to do both what is asked of them by the college and to go beyond those tasks in offering to undertake jobs, to proffer thoughtful advice, to be analytical in their approach to issues that the college faces (or ought to face), and to do so without expecting the college or its leadership to agree with them on
everything. Beth is really exceptional in all those dimensions,” Lewis writes.

Appreciated for her tact, creativity, kindness, intelligence, and willingness to roll up her sleeves, “Beth has a buoyant personality that has the effect of raising the morale of any group she works with,” one  recommender notes. But what is intangible is the “impact her work has had, or the absolute faith and trust that leaders at the college and on the Board of Trustees have placed in Beth over time. While serving as a  leader in so many ways, Beth has also been among our most humble and modest alums.”

Davis also enjoys returning to her Carleton roots for leisure: She has been an enthusiastic participant in Carleton Alumni Adventure trips to Alaska, the American Southwest, the Columbia River, and the Black Sea.

Davis and her husband, Max, live in Evanston, IL, and have two grown sons.


Kathleen Culhane‐Pera '75, Distinguished Achievement

Kathleen Culhane Pera

Indefatigable, compassionate, and dedicated are words colleagues and friends use to describe Kathleen Culhane-Pera. A family physician, anthropologist, researcher, author, and teacher, Culhane‑Pera has dedicated her career to studying and addressing the cultural barriers that immigrant populations face when receiving medical care in the United States. She is especially well known in the Hmong community and has spent years studying the culture, learning the language, and working with the Hmong population in Minnesota and Southeast Asia.

“Kathie is a bridge between people on both sides of the cultural divide, helping Hmong patients and their community to increase trusting relationships and decrease patients’ fears of providers and procedures, and helping community health educators, primary care providers, and medical specialists incorporate cultural sensitivity and recognize the role of traditional Hmong healing in caring for and healing their patients,” a nominator writes.

Culhane-Pera has published in various medical journals, as well as editing and contributing to the book Healing by Heart: Clinical and Ethical Case Stories of Hmong Families and Western Providers. She has received several awards, including the Minnesota Academy of Family Practice awards for researcher of the year and teacher of the year. She is active in the new field of community-based participatory action research, which includes community members as co-researchers and aims to improve community health as much as make discoveries.

In 2013–14 she traveled to northern Thailand on a Fulbright Scholarship to study and assist rural populations with breaking down barriers for women during pregnancy. As a volunteer, she has traveled twice to provide medical care in Haiti. She is known for being able to communicate in a way that opens doors to new understandings. A colleague who, through Culhane-Pera’s help, arranged a meeting between a shaman and a group of students, reports, “The students and I were amazed at how Kathie could find ways to bridge two ways of knowing. It was art and science at its best.”

Dr. Culhane-Pera is Associate Medical Director and Co-director of Community-based Research at West Side Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center in Saint Paul MN, where she has worked since 1994. She and her husband Tim Pera live in Saint Paul; they have two grown children.


Emily Stevens '85, Distinguished Achievement

Emily Stevens

“Our goal is to keep girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math,” Emily Stevens told the Carleton Voice in 2013. That’s exactly what she does as managing producer of SciGirls, an Emmy Award-winning reality show for girls ages 8-12. Produced by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) and shown nationally on PBS, the show received the Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches in Children’s Television in 2011, and was nominated again in 2013.

Stevens manages production for TPT’s Science Unit, recently recognized for another Emmy‑winning show, Transplant: A Gift for Life, which revealed the emotions and science involved in vital organ transplants  through real-life stories. “Her unit is one of the most respected television science education units in the country—and Emily has played a critical role in shaping it and its success,” notes one nominator.

Stevens first worked at TPT in the early 1990s as a production manager on Hoop Dreams, Alive From Off Center, and The Dakota Conflict. “She pursues and has achieved excellence in developing and applying planning, management, and administrative skills that make the most of scarce resources, so high-quality public media products are made available to the nation,” says another nominator.

After her first tenure at TPT, Stevens’s decade of production credits included documentaries, series, features, and special projects for a wide range of  networks. As director of production at Independent Television Service for five years, Stevens worked with independent producers on more than 100 documentaries, narrative films, and series for PBS.

“Emily has spent much of her professional life working to deliver and improve public media content in America,” one nominator writes. “Despite her proven marketability in a much higher-paying industry (Hollywood filmmaking), she returned to public television, drawn by her desire to do something that makes a positive difference in people’s lives.”

Stevens and her husband, Bix Skahill, live in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.


Tracie Washington '85, Distinguished Achievement
 Tracie Washington

Tracie Washington is a passionate advocate of civil and human rights. She has a proven track record of  building strong relationships and fostering engagement among a wide range of groups. The strength of her convictions has pushed state and local officials to make strides in community growth and change in Louisiana, particularly regarding housing issues and health care services.

For more than 20 years, Washington, a New Orleans native, has maintained a general civil practice concentrated in education law, civil rights, and labor and employment law. She received a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University and a law degree from the University of Texas Law School, and has served as general counsel to the Austin, Texas, transit system and to the New Orleans Public School system.

Washington is a sought-after author, speaker, and adviser on civil rights and social justice issues. An  expert in charter school board governance, having founded one herself, Washington now serves as vice president of Treme Charter School Association and is general counsel to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology.

After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Washington’s practice focused on protecting the civil rights of individuals affected by those devastating storms. In 2006 Washington served the NAACP as director of the Gulf Coast Advocacy Center, and in 2007 she co-founded the Louisiana Justice Institute (LJI), a nonprofit civil rights legal advocacy organization devoted to fostering social justice campaigns across Louisiana, concentrating in the Gulf Coast region.  LJI has worked to develop solutions concerning race and inequity in redevelopment, public education of special needs students, public housing residents, and, most recently, health care reform and economic development.

Washington has received numerous civil rights awards and was named by MSNBC’s TheGrio as “one of its 100 History Makers in the Making” and by daily online magazine The Root as one of its “20 Leading Black Women Advocating Change.” In November 2012 Washington received the Torchbearer’s Award from the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the National Coalition of Black Women.

Says one of her nominators, “Tracie’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive. What amazes me most is her ability to—in true Carleton style—do so many things well. Her dedication to her family, her church, and her community is tireless, and she still has time to make throws for her Mardi Gras krewe.”


Stuart Comer '90, Distinguished Achievement

Stuart Comer

In a letter nominating Stuart Comer, a  classmate and fellow art history major said, “Stuart had a natural ease within the visual analysis and descriptive language of the field. More than that, he seemed to breathe art. . . . When imagining which of my fellow art history majors was going to make a mark in the world of art, it seemed clear that Stuart would be the one to watch.”

Since 2013 Comer has been chief curator of the Department of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), the United States’s flagship institution of modern art. The field “is an emerging one of international importance” that recognizes that “film is now a medium beyond modern,” and in his work, which also spans video and performance as well as film, “Comer is unifying long–established film programs with contemporary artists’ use of film in their hybrid artistic practice,” notes one nominator.

Comer spent much of the 1990s in Los Angeles, working in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s bookshop and writing reviews for local art publications, but he also was developing connections that would serve him well later on. He earned a master’s degree in curatorial studies at the Royal College of Art in London, and in 2002 began work at Tate Modern in London as curator of public events. After expanding the film program at Tate, turning it into one of the major platforms in London’s busy artists’ film circuit, his position title changed to Curator: Film, Tate’s first permanent curatorial post for film and video.

At MoMA, Comer’s “energetic exploration of relationships between art and the moving image” will enable him to “make a significant contribution to [our] efforts to exhibit, collect, and interpret the art of our time,” predicts director Glenn D. Lowry. Just before his appointment at MoMA, Comer also was given the  exceptional honor of being appointed one of three curators for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, a prestigious and trendsetting exhibition of contemporary American art, typically by young and lesser-known artists.

"Overall, Stuart Comer is a force to reckon with in the art world, especially in relation to cutting edge forms of contemporary art involving film and the new media,” writes Carleton art history professor emerita Alison Kettering.


Jim McCorkell '90, Distinguished Achievement

McCorkell, Jim

Jim McCorkell is widely recognized as an innovator and leader of one of the nation’s most successful education-oriented nonprofits. McCorkell founded College Possible in 2000 based on his dream to help students from lower-income families prepare for and get into college and earn a degree.

Starting with a handful of recent college graduates mentoring 35 low-income high school students, College Possible now annually serves more than 18,000 students in six states who receive more than 320 hours of coaching and mentorship in high school. The support continues during their transition into college and during their college experience. The results are remarkable: 98 percent of College Possible students
are admitted to college. Participation in the program makes a student ten times more likely to graduate.

McCorkell’s passion for his cause has deeply personal roots. He came from a low-income family and neither of his parents attended college. “Jim was not just an idealist who wanted to give back; he shared the experiences of the students he served. His passion and commitment to his cause has been a motivating factor for me since the day I joined College Possible as a student,” writes one nominator and Carleton graduate. “As a person who grew up below poverty, and who was told that college was not for me, walking across the stage on the Bald Spot in the spring of 2009 was the greatest achievement I have ever had.”

McCorkell was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2006 and received Harvard  Kennedy School’s alumni achievement award in 2012. College Possible has won major awards of excellence from leading associations in the field and last year was included in a report from President Obama, Increasing College Opportunities for Low‑Income Students: Promising Models and a Call to Action. This year, his organization won the U.S. Department of Education’s highly competitive i3 Grant to expand their efforts.

McCorkell maintains his Carleton connection by returning to make presentations on careers in social justice and social entrepreneurship, and he has hired recent Carleton graduates as AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteers, giving many alumni a start in the field. But he also has further ties to Carleton: His mother worked in the library for more than 30 years, his father worked in the shop as a maintenance painter, and his grandmother was a cook in Evans Dining Hall. “Though all have died, I know they would be very proud to know that I would be among the winners of this special recognition,” says McCorkell.

He and his wife, Christine Greenhow, have a son, Jack, and a dog, Milly.


Erica Mohan '00, In the Spirit of Carleton Award

Mohan, Erica

Erica Mohan is a fighter for the homeless youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the founder and executive director of Community Education Partnerships (CEP), a nonprofit organization that provides educational support through high-quality volunteer academic tutoring for homeless children in the pre-K through 12th-grade school system. Mohan has almost single-handedly run the program since its inception in 2010, providing tutors to more than 100 children in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco.

The founding of CEP is, in some ways, “the culmination of a 15-year trajectory of volunteer service and advocacy that Erica began as an undergraduate at Carleton,” says one nominator who, along with Mohan, co-directed the volunteer ESL tutoring program for immigrant adults in Minnesota. While completing her PhD in education from the University of British Columbia, Mohan tutored homeless children in southern California, where she had temporarily relocated to be near her husband. During this time, she began to imagine how she might use her PhD to transform access to education in her own community.

Her volunteer work tutoring children in Los Angeles went from one hour a week to three, to five, and finally,  full time. When she returned to Oakland in 2009 she discovered that a free tutoring service for homeless children didn’t exist, despite the vast need for such services. She completed her doctorate and immediately began conceiving her plan for CEP. The organization has been thriving, and by 2020, she hopes to help increase the percentage of Oakland students reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade from 42 to 85 percent.

In Oakland, Mohan has also co‑directed a summer program for multiethnic and transracially adopted youth. She continues her scholarly activities through conference presentations, lectures, writing, and publishing, and since 2013 has served on the board of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, which provides affordable homes for San Francisco’s poorest residents.

"Erica personifies commitment to public service and civic engagement,” says another nominator. “[She] is a shining example of the intersection of entrepreneurship and selflessness.”

Mohan and her husband, Adrian Barnes, have two children and live in Oakland, California.


Nonoko Sato '00, In the Spirit of Carleton Award

Sato, Nonoko

Only eight percent of low-income students graduate from college, yet a college education can be a critical factor in breaking the cycle of poverty for families. Nonoko Sato knows this firsthand. As executive director of SMART (Schools, Mentoring and Resource Team) in San Francisco’s Bay Area, she wants to make sure that all deserving students, no matter their economic background, have the opportunity to pursue higher education.

SMART offers an eight-year continuum of support to students in 5th through 12th grades, which includes after-school and summer programming combined with academic and social-emotional support through strong partnerships with the Bay Area’s most exceptional private schools.

Access to great education opened doors for Sato, whose background is similar to those of the students and families she serves through SMART. Sato joined the nonprofit in 2004 as a program director and was made executive director in 2008. In the six years she has been at the organization’s helm, she has extended SMART’s community reach from 55 students to 264 students. During that time, 100 percent of SMART scholars have graduated from high school and been accepted to college, and 94 percent attended college. Likewise, Sato expanded the financial goals to expand the nonprofit program, nearly doubling its annual revenue within two years.

“She has left an indelible mark,” writes Scott Jordon, chairman of the SMART board, “not just on SMART, but on the entire San Francisco educational community and beyond. . . . She has been a huge contributor to transforming the discussion of socioeconomic equality and diversity in schools throughout San Francisco.”

“I have known Nonoko since I was in the fifth grade, and I can personally attest to the fact that she genuinely cares about SMART beyond the program goals; she cares for the students and families on an individual level,” writes one nominator, a current Carleton student. “Nonoko has never simply been the director. For my peers and me, she was a mentor.”

Sato is married to Theo Johnson ’00.  They have one son.


Melia Garza '05, In the Spirit of Carleton Award

Garza, Melia

Over the past 10 years, Melia Garza has relentlessly advocated for victims of sexual assault and violence in Minnesota. “In a field where supporter fatigue and burnout are high, Melia has found a way to expand her reach beyond victim support to large-scale systemic change. She has worked with victims, perpetrators, medical staff, law enforcement, prosecutors, nonprofits, and government agencies, finding ways to bring people together, helping them see the problem of sexual violence through new eyes,” says one nominator.

During her senior year at Carleton, Garza volunteered as a victim advocate through the HOPE Center in Faribault. The center hired her as a sexual assault program coordinator and domestic violence advocate after graduation, and she helped more than 400 victims of sexual assault and domestic violence navigate the criminal justice system.

In 2008 she joined the Sexual Violence Justice Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA), helping counties organize and restructure their response to sexual violence. She also led projects related to the use of expert testimony in sexual assault cases and identifying challenges faced by law enforcement when responding to these cases. Garza completed a master’s degree in criminal justice while working full time, conducting her thesis research on prosecutor charging decisions in sexual assault cases. Last fall she took a job with the Minnesota Judicial Branch as a domestic and sexual violence analyst. She provides  expertise on court  processing of cases of sexual and domestic violence and identifies training opportunities for judges and court staff on these topics.

"Melia has the ability to listen, analyze, and use information to help people see problems differently; to creatively synthesize ideas and come up with new ideas,” says a nominator. “She works well with people who have been traditionally entrenched in the system  to change their views of how to approach sexual violence and help people to grow.”

In her free time, Garza and her partner, John Krenz, support a local farm with ethical labor practices and enjoy following a plant-based lifestyle

'C' Club Hall of Fame Inductees

Mike Barnes '75 - Football and Golf

W. Michael Barnes ’75 quarterbacked the Carleton football team for three seasons, splitting time at the position the first two of those years before turning in a stellar senior season. He led the Midwest Conference in total offense as he passed for 1,243 yards and rushed for 277 more. Barnes figured in eight total touchdowns that year and was the lone quarterback selected to the All-Midwest Conference First Team.

Mike closed out his football career in style, going 10-for-15 with four touchdown passes—and a rushing touchdown—in a 41-12 win against Beloit College. After the season, he received the Knights’ Lippert Award as the team’s MVP and was selected as an alternate quarterback for Blue-Gray postseason football game.

During his three-year career—because freshman were not eligible to play on the varsity team at the time—Barnes completed 184 of 396 passes for 3,379 passing yards and 24 touchdowns. He graduated as the program’s record holder in both career passing yards and yards per completion (18.36), the latter of which is still the team standard more than 40 years later. In the spring, Barnes traded the gridiron for the links and helped Carleton to a third-place finish at the 1972 Midwest Conference Tournament. Two years later, he was in the starting lineup as Carleton captured its first conference team title since 1961.

After graduating from Carleton, Mike went on to study at North Dakota State University from 1983-85, and while there was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha (a national honor society for political science). He earned his MAT in Education from the University of St. Thomas in 1996. Mike has had a long and successful career teaching social studies at the high school level and coaching high school football, and even served a stint as an Assistant Football Coach here at Carleton under Head Coach Bob Sullivan. Mike and his wife Kelly have been married going on 33 years now, and are the parents to two wonderful sons, Greg and Andy. The family is active in two Minnesota-based conservation efforts: “Adopt-a-River” debris cleanup along the Big Fork River and “Citizen Stream Monitor,” a program to monitor water clarity in Koochiching County.

Brigitte Breuer Ketterson '85 - Nordic Skiing and Track & Field

Brigette (Breuer) Ketterson ’85 was a key cog on Carleton’s nordic skiing team that won the National Collegiate Ski Association (NCSA) national title in 1984. Carleton placed second at the Midwest Regionals held in mid-February. At that competition, Breuer placed 14th as an individual in the 7.5-kilometer race and teamed with Ellen Anderson ’84 and Joan Scarborough ’85 as part of the first-place 3x5K relay team.

Three weeks later the Carleton squad headed to Steamboat Springs, Colo., for the NCSA national championships. Breuer concluded the week as an All-American and a national champion. She, Anderson, and Scarborough built upon their victory at regionals and again claimed the top spot in the 3x5K relay. Breuer also turned in one of her best 7.5K performances of the season, finishing 10th individually. Those results helped Carleton narrowly edge Washington State University for the top spot on the podium.

In 1985, Carleton placed third at regionals and returned to the national championships once again, finishing seventh in the team competition. When there wasn’t snow on the ground, Breuer switched sports in order to continue participating in long-distance racing. She ran on the cross country team that finished no worse than third place each season. She was an All-MIAC performer on Carleton’s women’s track and field team, finishing third in the 10,000-meter run at the 1985 conference championship.

Since graduating from Carleton, Brigitte has served as a tutor for Berlitz, was a social studies teacher and cross-country and track coach in Sharonville, OH, and was a German teacher and German assistant to the executive staff at Siemens Corporation in West Allis, WI. Brigitte earned her MAT in Secondary Education from Miami University in 1989. Since 1995, Brigitte has worked as a German and ESL tutor with Wyzant Tutoring. Brigitte married James Ketterson ’86 in July of 1986, and they wel-comed their sons Jan and Zak to the world in 1994 and 1997 (respectively). Brigitte is very active in the raising of Jan and Zak, having served on the booster clubs for their various athletic endeavors and supporting them in their academic pursuits. Both boys have followed in their mother’s footsteps, having also taken up her love of Nordic skiing.

Dan Bucy '05 - Cross Country and Track & Field

Long-distance runner Daniel Bucy ’05 concluded his Carleton College career as a two-time All-American, once in cross country and once for outdoor track & field. He also received All-America Honorable Mention on the track and was a six-time MIAC individual champion to go along with a half-dozen other all-conference performances.

A three-time All-MIAC and All-Region performer in cross country, Dan was an individual qualifier for the NCAA Championships as a junior, finishing 62nd. He returned to nationals the next fall and led Carleton’s team entry to an eighth-place finish, the program’s top placement in more than two dec-ades. Individually, he earned All-America status after finishing 12th.

Bucy earned All-MIAC honors four times for indoor track, including conference titles as a senior in both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs at the 2004 MIAC Indoor Championships. While he found success racing during both the fall and winter terms, Bucy was most dominant during the outdoor track season as he won four conference crowns, including back-to-back-to-back titles in the steeplechase. He won his first conference crown in the event in 2003 and two weeks later made his NCAA Championships debut, earning All-America status by finishing sixth with school-record time of 9:09.50. Bucy repeated as MIAC champion in the steeplechase as a junior. He then broke his school record for the event and set the current standard of 9:05.88 at a last-chance qualifying meet and would later place 12th at the NCAA Championships to secure All-America Honorable Mention. During his senior season, Bucy capped his career by racking to his third consecutive MIAC crown for the steeplechase and added a title in the 10,000-meter run. He also excelled academically and received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 2005.

After graduating from Carleton, Dan went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is currently serving as a veterinarian and radiology resident at UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Dan married Alanna McLoed ’05 in 2009. The two met on first Burton during their freshman year at Carleton, and have been together ever since.

Beth Freeman Moncrief '05 - Volleyball and Basketball

Elizabeth (Freeman) Moncrief ’05 played a key role during Carleton’s most successful period for both volleyball and women’s basketball. She stepped into the volleyball lineup as a rookie in 2001 and made an immediate impact, finishing second on the team in kills and blocks.

As a senior, Beth helped the Knights to the program’s first MIAC regular-season title in 2004, posting a 10-1 ledger in conference action and a 22-3 overall record. Already an All-MIAC and All-Region performer, she was voted to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Team in 2004, becoming the first Knight to receive the award. Upon graduation, she owned the team record with 271 block assists and was second with 330 career blocks. Freeman also ranked fifth with a .278 career attack percentage and eighth with 795 kills. She set the team record with 1.36 blocks per game in 2003 and posted a NCAA Division III record 1.000 attack percentage (12 kills on 12 attempts) during a Sept. 14, 2001, match vs. Mt. Scenario.

Freeman also found success on the hardwood. Named to the All-MIAC First-Year team in 2002, she was voted to the All-MIAC squad in both 2004 and 2005. Carleton went 93-19 (.830) during her career and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four years. The Knights captured the program’s first three MIAC Playoffs titles in 2002-04, the three winningest seasons in team history. In 2002-03, the Knights started the season 23-0 en route to a school-record 25 wins as they climbed as high as No. 5 in the national rankings. Carleton went on to win the first of its three consecutive MIAC regular-season crowns. Freeman finished second in team history for career field-goal percentage (.555) and owns two of the top four seasons in terms of shooting percentage (.586 in 2002-03 and .569 in 2003-04).

After graduating from Carleton, Beth taught English abroad in Korea, served as an assistant volleyball coach at Carleton, and served as an AmeriCorps member in Maryland. Beth was the second hire for the Genesys Works Twin Cities team in 2008. Genesys Works is a non-profit whose mission is to enable economically-disadvantaged high school students to enter and thrive in the economic mainstream by providing them the knowledge and work experience required to succeed as professionals. In 2008, Beth married Travis Moncrief ’04, and in October 2013 they welcomed their son Isaac into the world.