- January 4, 2011
Carleton has announced that it is renaming its new Arts Union facility, scheduled to open September 2011, as the Weitz Center for Creativity. The renaming of the project, currently under way at the site of the former Northfield Middle School, reflects the contributions made by the family of Wally (’70) and Barbara (’70) Weitz, their children Katie (’96), Roger (’99), and Drew (’02), and their spouses Watie White (’93), Kate, and Meredith (’02) of $15 million towards the completion of the facility. The Weitz family is the largest single donor in College history at $25 million, as they also gave $10 million to launch Carleton’s Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections $300 million campaign, successfully completed this past June. Barbara and Wally served as the campaign’s co-chairs, and Wally has been a member of Carleton’s Board of Trustees since 2000.
- December 8, 2010
A tour of the Weitz Center project as steel work begins on the new teaching museum, along with a view of one of the two dance studios, a glance inside the old auditorium, the performance theater and some classroom space.
- November 19, 2010
Carleton has announced plans to erect a second, utility-grade wind turbine that will provide power directly to the College’s electrical grid. The plans hinge on final approval from City of Northfield and Rice County officials. Pending final turbine selection, the proposed output is expected to be 5,000-5,800 megawatts (MW) of power per year, reducing Carleton’s annual consumption of purchased electricity by 30-40 percent. With a proposed footprint of less than one-quarter acre, the new turbine should service one-third the annual power needs of the College.
- November 18, 2010
Update on Thurs., Nov. 18, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. CST
Carleton's administrative leadership team has issued an update to the flood recovery process. Allen and Prentice Houses are now available and will be occupied by students during winter term. West Gym is also now available, with the basketball and swimming teams resuming practices in those spaces. College officials have met with federal officials as well in regards to possible governmental funds for flood recovery, and bids are out for restorative work to Laird Stadium.
- October 26, 2010
The Carleton Bookstore is proud to serve the community of Northfield and the surrounding area. More than just a great campus bookstore, they offer full service to residents and visitors to the community twelve months a year. Mark your calendars now for the Bookstore's annual holiday sale! Take 22% off all clothing, gifts, and general reading books. Two days only, November 17 & 18, 8:30 am to 5 pm.
- October 26, 2010
Carleton College will celebrate the traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Severance Great Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
- October 25, 2010
On Tuesday, October 26th, local community leaders will meet at Carleton's Great Hall to discuss possibilities for the development of Northfield's Transit Corridor, including express bus and potential passenger rail service between Northfield and the Twin Cities. Charlotte Turovsky, Daniel Levy, and Logan Nash, who presented on transportation policy at the Project Pericles Debating for Democracy conference last Spring, are helping to facilitate the event.
Carleton College recently sponsored a group of Northfield middle and high school students and teachers to attend a convocation speech and subsequent luncheon with award-winning author and poet Sandra Cisneros. The idea of Carleton chaplain Carolyn Fure-Slocum and academic civic engagement coordinator Adrienne Falcón, 22 middle-school students, 13 highs-school students, and seven related staff members joined a handful of Carleton staff, faculty and students to have lunch following the speech and also have Cisneros sign their books. Being able to eat pizza and discuss the book with college students was a wonderful added benefit (for the Northfield students),” said Fure-Slocum. “I do think the discussions got at some critical issues and the students expressed some insightful points. Several students talked about how hearing Cisneros talk has helped them understand The House on Mango Street quite differently and in a deeper way.”
- October 18, 2010
Progress continues to unfold on Carleton’s Arts Union project, on track for a September 2011 opening. The foundation of the teaching museum is taking shape, the two elevator shafts are visible, the attic of the 1910 portion of the building is being reinforced to support new air handling and heating units, and the old auditorium is transforming into a cinema.
- October 18, 2010
Carleton College officials have estimated that the College sustained in excess of $3 million worth of damage from the flooding in late September. According to Carleton vice president and treasurer Fred Rogers, the College appears to have survived better than originally thought in some areas, while others were worse than anticipated. It is clear that the West Gym will be out of commission longer than the College had anticipated, now planning to be through the end of November. Rogers offered an update to campus on Oct. 8.
We'd like to introduce you to one of the newest members of the Carleton community, Martha Larson, who serves in a newly-created role at the College as the Manager of Campus Energy and Sustainability. Martha and her husband, Nat (also a new member of the Carleton community), recently moved to Northfield from Chicago.
As a member of the Carleton Class of 2011, Tenzin Nordon (Minneapolis) exemplifies what it means to be invested in civic engagement and active in one’s community. During her freshman year at Carleton, Nordon began tutoring youths as part of Team Tibet--a campus cultural organization. Her passion for promoting education among Tibetan students would eventually give birth to Lamton (meaning “guidance”), a Tibetan Tutoring Program that offers tutoring, educational guidance, and mentoring to youths living around the Twin Cities area.