2011 Winter Issue 1 (January 14, 2011)
Win Wallin, former chair of the Carleton Board of Trustees and a widely-respected Minnesota philanthropist and businessman, moved on from this life, last Dec. 20 at the age of 84. Wallin was a Carleton Trustee from 1983-2001 and served as Chair of the Board from 1991-99. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon stepping down from his position as chair. Wallin is survived by his wife, Maxine, and his four children, three of which attended Carleton.
On December 31, 2010, the fiber-optic cable that connected Northfield, Minnesota to the outside world was severed. For nearly thirteen hours, from the early morning to 6 p.m., the telephone and Internet services of both Carleton College and St. Olaf went down. ITS workers and phone company employees were called in from their holiday break and after a frantic day of work, which involved digging a hole in the Arb to access the fiber-optic cable and repair it, Internet service was restored.
Carleton alum named Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce by Dayton
Roman Catholic nun Sister Helen Prejean opened the first convocation of the term by highlighting her role as spiritual advisor to death row inmates. Prejan reaches out to reject the use of violence against violence in America’s system of capital punishment.
On the corner of College and Third sits the skeleton of the soon-to-be Weitz Center for Creativity, formerly known as the Arts Union building. The Weitz Center recognizes the contributions of the Weitz family, which remains the single largest donor in Carleton’s history at $25 million.
David Furumoto, an expert on Japanese theatre, visited Carleton College from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to give a lecture and performance in the Boliou Hall Auditorium. The lecture, which took place on January 7 in front of a packed audience, offered insight into the history of Kabuki theatre and allowed onlookers to observe the intricacies of one of Japan’s most popular forms of traditional performance art.
Reverend Maren Tirabassi, author, United Church of Christ Minister, and Carleton Alum of ’73, presented a talk entitled “Opening Doors and Hearts- The Church and Gender Minorities” sponsored by the Chapel and Gender and Sexuality Center on Monday January 11. Rev. Tirabassi talked about her two recently released books, All Whom God Has Joined and Transgendering Faith.