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Carleton College is a private liberal arts college located in Northfield, Minnesota. It has about 2,000 students and is consistently ranked in the top 10 U.S. News and World Report Best Liberal Arts Colleges. Named for benefactor William Carleton shortly after its founding in 1866, it has risen from the small congregational school that Thorstein Veblen attended to become what the Chicago Daily Tribune described in 1961 as a "little Harvard."

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  • The college awarded tenure to seven faculty members. Roger Bechtel, associate professor of theater, Catherine Fortin, assistant professor of linguistics, Tun Myint, assistant professor of political science, Asuka Sango, assistant professor of religion, Katherine St. Clair, assistant professor of mathematics, David Tompkins, assistant professor of history, and Jennifer Wolff, assistant professor of biology earned the status this year.
  • Carleton alumni and other Northfielders gave every student a flower for Friday Flowers in the early morning. In the afternoon, the St. Olaf student organization delivered another flower for each student with a hand-written note attached. Northfield News
  • Three members of the class of 2015 were killed in an automobile crash on the north edge of Northfield on Friday, 28 February. James Adams, Michael Goodgame, and Paxton Harvieux died in the accident. William Sparks ('15) and Conor Eckert ('17) were injured. The five were members of the Carleton Ultimate Team and on the way to catch a plane for California, where CUT was to participate in the Stanford Invitational. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • The Counterfactuals, a band made up of Carleton philosophy profs Daniel Groll, Andy Flory, and Jason Decker and St. Olaf musicologist Mike Fuerstein held a record release party at the Reub for their first recording, "Minimally Decent People." These Northfield Professors Rock, Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Ian Barbour, Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology and Society died on December 24, age 90. He taught at Carleton from 1955 until his retirement in 1986. In 1999, Barbour was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.
  • Men's Soccer team won the MIAC Championship with a 2-1 victory over Saint John's
  • Eric and Mimi Garbish Carlson (both class of'66) have endowed the Robert E. Will ’50 Internship Fund in Social Entrepreneurship. Carleton news release
  • Brian Freeman's '84 book, Spilled Blood, was named Best Hardcover Novel of 2013 by the International Thriller Writers. MinnPost article Brian Freeman's web site
  • R. Kayeen Thomas '06 won the Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction at the 15th annual Harlem Book Fair. Harlem Book Fair announcement


Coming up on campus

  • Thursday, 17 April - Saturday, 19 April, Accepted Students Days
  • Friday, 18 April, Convocation: Derreck Kayongo, Humanitarian relief expert and founder of the Global Soap Project, 10:50am, Skinner Memorial Chapel

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