Carleton College will welcome alumni, trustees and friends of the College at ceremonies marking the grand openings of its nine new student townhouses and its Language and Dining Center on Friday, May 18. Carleton’s Founders Court also will be rededicated on that day.
The day’s events will begin at noon with the rededication of the Founders Court, a circle of stone near the Laurence McKinley Gould Library that stands as a permanent tribute to honor those whose personal philanthropy built and continues to sustain Carleton. The court recently was rebuilt and the rededication ceremony will include the installation of a stone engraved with the name of S. Eugene Bailey, a former director of the Carleton Orchestra whose gifts to the College established a scholarship program for music students and endowed the directorship of the orchestra.
At 12:30 p.m., guests of the College will be given a tour of the new Language and Dining Center, located between Nourse and Myers residence halls. The tour will be followed by a luncheon in the dining hall and a ceremony marking the dedication of named spaces in the building, including the Clement F. Shearer Dining Room, named in honor of Carleton’s former dean for budget and planning and professor of geology, and the Class of 1951 Dining Room, named for its 50th reunion celebrated this year.
Several rooms will be dedicated in the academic portion of the building, which houses Carleton’s Language Center and the departments of Asian languages and literatures, classical languages, German and Russian, and romance languages and literature. The Laura H. Winkel ’94 Gathering Space in the classics department was given in her memory by her parents, Brian and Phyllis Winkel, and grandmother, Helen D. Campbell, and the George I. Alden Trust and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations each will name a classroom.
At 4:30 p.m., there will be a courtyard reception and naming ceremony for each of the nine student townhouses, located at the entrance to Carleton at the corner of Second and Division streets. Guests will tour the townhouses, and President Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. will speak about the donors who will have their names installed on a townhouse.
The townhouses will be named in honor of the following people: Hunt House for Michael S. Hunt ’68 and Carol J. Hunt, parents of Ryan Hunt ’97; Colwell House for Thomas G. Colwell ’52 and Phyllis Daugherty Colwell ’52; Dixon House for George H. Dixon, trustee emeritus, and Marjorie F. Dixon; Collier House for John L. and Ann M. Collier, parents of John M. Collier ’90; Owens House for Robert J. Owens ’66; Brooks House for Conley Brooks, trustee emeritus, and Marney Brooks; Nason House for Horace Fishback, Jr. ’16, Margaret Nason Fishback ’25, John W. Nason ’26, Katherine Berge Nason ’33, Philip H. Nason ’33, Horace Fishback III ’50, Edna Cox Fishback, Polly Nason McCrea ’62 and Robert K. McCrea; and Scott House for John H. Scott ’44 and Margaret Fisher Scott ’48. The ninth townhouse will be named in honor of anonymous donors. A plaque will be installed inside each unit of the townhouses recognizing the generosity and stewardship of the donors.