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    • President's Summer Quarterly Meeting

      Please mark your calendars for this summer's President's Quarterly Meeting: Wednesday, August 7, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. in Kracum Performance Hall. We look forward to seeing you.

      Jenny Pexa, President's Office
    • Generator Load Testing on Wednesday, July 24

      The main campus will be switched to our back-up generators for routine monthly load testing on Wednesday, July 24 between 8 a.m. and noon. THIS IS NOT A POWER OUTAGE. It is expected to be a seamless transition and should not be noticeable. This notice is for campus awareness in the event that unexpected circumstances arise. If you have any questions please call the Maintenance Office at x4133.

      Gloria Heinz, Facilities
    • The Employee Wellness Team Announces Our Most Recent Shout OUT . . .

      Congrats to everyone who took a break and joined in on the Summer Staff Picnic on June 18. Fun was had by all. It’s good for us all to take a break. Enjoy the pictures from the Summer Staff Picnic.

      To learn more about the Carleton Wellness Team see this. Read on about a recent study proving the health benefits of taking a break!

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      Congrats to everyone who took a break and joined in on the Summer Staff Picnic on June 18. Fun was had by all. It’s good for us all to take a break. To learn more about the Carleton Wellness Team see this.

      New Study Shows Correlation Between Employee Engagement and The Long-Lost Lunch Break
      There are many research-backed health, wellness, and performance benefits of taking breaks. Here are just a few examples of the benefits of regular breaks:

      • Increased productivity. Employees gain focus and energy after stepping away from their desks. A lunch break can help prevent an unproductive, mid-afternoon slump.
      • Improved mental well-being. Employees need time to recharge. Taking some time away from the desk to go for a quick walk or enjoy a healthy lunch helps release some of this stress and improves mental well-being.
      • Creativity boost. Taking a break can give employees a fresh perspective on challenging projects. It’s hard for employees to develop new ideas or solutions when they’ve been looking at the same thing all day. A lunch break will most certainly help get those creative juices flowing.
      • More time for healthy habits. Regular breaks, including a lunch break, give employees time to practice healthy habits in the workplace. They can use break times to make a healthy lunch, exercise, meditate, or engage in a self-care activity!

      Alan Kohll, contributor who covers corporate wellness, employee well-being, and health trends. Forbes on-line, May 29, 2018.

      Enjoy the pictures from the Summer Staff Picnic. 

      Mikki Showers, Campus Recreation
    • Craft Fair and Custodial Scholarship Sale—Vendor Sign Up

      Carleton is once again hosting the Craft Fair and Custodial Scholarship Bake Sale. This year the sale will be held on Friday, December 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity. You can request a space for $30 now. Please read on for more information.

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      Carleton is once again hosting the Craft Fair and Custodial Scholarship Bake Sale. This year the sale will be held on Friday, December 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity. You can request a space for $30 which will include up to two six-foot tables. If you need more tables or space, you will need to purchase a second or third space. Booth locations will be determined by the Craft Sale Committee. Note there will be food for sale on site starting in the morning with coffee and rolls and a lunch option (until sold out).

      If you have any questions, contact the craft fair organizers at or call:
      Loretta Springer – x4186
      Diane Fredrickson – x4347
      Denise Gillen – x5593
      Linda Mueller – x4513
      Renee Rezac – x5600
      Melissa Thomas – x4309

      The last day to register for this event will be November 15, but, don’t delay, we are limiting the number of vendors so don’t miss out!

      Registration for vendors with a Carleton connection is now available online. The invitation is going out to you one week before the registration is opened to other vendors to give you first chance at a spot. Once your spot is approved, the committee will send information on how to make payment. No payment should be made at this time.

      Craft Sale Committee
    • Commencement and Reunion Waste Numbers 2019

      Commencement Waste 2019: After the ceremony, 3,800 boxed lunches are served to the graduates and their families in recyclable and compostable packaging. An estimated total of 5,272 pounds of waste was produced, and 94% of that was diverted from the landfill. 

      Reunion Waste 2019: Various sites were scattered around campus at all tent locations for Reunion, serving food on compostable materials and offering beverages in recyclable or compostable containers. An estimated total of 8,912 pounds (down from 11,164 pounds last year!) of waste was produced, and 90% of that was diverted from the landfill, up from last year's 85.6%.     

      Both of these events are considered "zero landfill" because they produce less than the international standard of 15% land-filled waste. Great job to the planning teams for these two large campus events and thanks for doing your part to lessen our burden on the Rice County Landfill!   

      Alex Miller, Energy and Sustainability
    • Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) Graduation Ceremony

      The Office of Admissions invites you to attend the Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) Graduation Ceremony. We are proud to have brought together 52 rising high school juniors, visiting from 26 states, for a week of fun and academic exploration. You are invited to bid congratulations to the CLAE class of 2019 at our graduation ceremony, featuring keynote speaker Justin Jack '12. The graduation ceremony takes place on August 2 at 5:30 p.m. in Great Hall.      

      Wenie Lado and Michael Massad '14, Admissions Office
    • Security Services Radio Rental Program

      In 2019 the college upgraded its two-way radio system. The previous system is functional and has value for the college. Two-channel portable radios are available for rental to college departments, divisions, and organizations for college approved events. Contact Security Services for more information.

      John Bermel, Security Services
    • Timothy Raylor

      Professor of English, has written the introduction and a response for an online colloquium on his book, Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Thomas Hobbes (2018). The colloquium was organized by the European Hobbes Society. Commentators are Ted H. Miller (University of Alabama), Patricia Springborg (Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany), and Alan Cromartie (University of Reading, UK).

    • Caroline Turnage-Butterbaugh

      Assistant Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for her project "Class groups of number field and zeros of L-functions." Turnage-Butterbaugh’s research will pursue problems in the intersection of analytic and algebraic number theory, developing new methods for studying the vertical distribution of zeros of L-functions and obtaining new results concerning the class groups of number fields and Landau-Siegel zeros. Her project will bring to Carleton graduate associates who are interested in better understanding the teaching and research culture at a liberal arts college and in interacting with talented undergraduates, and who will work with Turnage-Butterbaugh on problems related to the project. Carleton students in turn will benefit from attending colloquium talks by the graduate associates and from learning about graduate school culture at research universities.

    • Admissions Marketing Materials—National Gold Award

      The teams in Admissions and College Communications won national awards from CASE for their recently redesigned materials, including the Circle of Excellence Gold Award for overall branding. Highlights from the judges' comments: "Superbly creative. Wonderful blend of illustration and photos. Warm, engaging, authentic. Fun, playful, distinct personality that was consistent throughout all media and materials. Materials reflect the personality of the school and the type of students they want to attract." Congratulations to all involved! 

    • Mental Health First Aid Training

      Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for Higher Education teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

      • Dates: August 13 and 14; must attend both sessions to be certified
      • Time: 8 a.m. to noon; refreshments provided
      • Location: Sayles-Hill 251
      • Registration: register here for the training

      More information regarding the training can be found at

      Jenny Ortiz, Office of Health Promotion
    • NEH Summer Stipends for 2020

      National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients of the $6,000 grants spend two months of full-time work producing articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. Since the college can only nominate two tenure-track or tenured faculty for Summer Stipends, all such faculty must submit applications to the college's internal selection process by Friday, August 30. The college's two nominees will be notified by Friday, September 13; they will then need to complete and submit their full applications to NEH by Wednesday, September 25. (Non-tenure track faculty can submit applications outside of this process.) Please see this program summary or contact Christopher Tassava for more information.

      Christopher Tassava, Corporate and Foundation Relations
    • Howard Foundation Fellowships in Fiction, Poetry, and Playwriting and Theatre Studies

      The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals who have achieved recognition for at least one major project. In spring 2020, the foundation will award a total of eight $35,000 fellowships in the fields of Fiction, Poetry, and Playwriting and Theatre Studies; the fellowships can be used over the following four years. Proposals are due by November 1. For more information, see the post on the CFR website.  

      Christopher Tassava, Corporate and Foundation Relations
    • June New Hires

      • ShaLee Eaton, Security Officer
      • Sandra Lynn-Proshek, Administrative Assistant in SERC
      • Nate Malecha, Maintenance Engineer
      • Don Smith, Data Research Associate
      • Paula Teiken, Administrative Assistant in Political Science
      Dan Taylor, Human Resources
    • June Departures

      • Lilith Bentley, Web Designer
      • Chris Dalhed, Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
      • Steven Dalhed, Assistant Coach, Men's Cross Country and Track
      • Jody Friedow, Associate Director of Institutional Research
      • Michael Hodges, Assistant Director, Intercultural and International Life
      • Matt Lundberg, Manager of Employer Engagement
      • Tricia Peterson, Administrative Assistant in Political Science
      • Janet Russell, Director of Academic Technology
      • Steve Schauz, Area Director
      • Seth Snyder, Associate Director for Student Leadership
      • Paul Thiboutot, VP and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
      • Ailya Vajid, Associate Chaplain for Muslim and Interfaith Life
      • Genia Wilson, Area Director
      • Mark Zach, Instrument Project Manager
      Dan Taylor, Human Resources