- November 15, 2011
While Halloween traditions both young and old endure at Carleton, one tradition has quietly grown into the culture of the College near the end of October every year: giving back to the Northfield community. Whether it's trick-or-treating in Musser Hall, partaking in the athletic department's "Halloween Knight" event of Mortar Board gathering food for Northfield's food pantry, Carleton students are finding ways to give back to the community at the end of October.
- November 15, 2011
The Carleton Board of Trustees has approved a construction project that will renovate Evans Hall, an existing residence hall located near Bell Field on the eastern edge of campus. According to director of facilities and capital planning Steven Spehn, construction is slated to start in June 2012, right after Carleton’s alumni reunion weekend. The residence hall will be off-line, or unoccupied, from that point until the end of the calendar year. The plan has students returning to the facility in January 2013, while adding 40 beds to the College’s residential housing capacity.
- November 14, 2011
Work has commenced on a parking lot at the corner Second and Union Street. The 47-stall parking lot should help alleviate parking pressures around the Carleton campus and reduce on-street parking, which impacts the College’s neighbors and upgrades a previous "informal" parking area into a more formal parking lot with more spaces and improved circulation.
- October 19, 2011
Carleton will dedicate its second utility-grade wind turbine on Friday, Oct. 21. Carleton’s second wind turbine is made possible thanks to a generous gift from Laurie Weiss Kracum ’76 and Richard Kracum ’76 of Chicago. The new wind turbine will provide power directly to Carleton’s electrical grid and is expected to produce 4,000 - 5,000 MWh of electricity per year. With a footprint of less than one-quarter acre, the new turbine will serve one-third the annual power needs of nearly 2,000 full-time students plus hundreds of staff and faculty and will reduce Carleton's carbon footprint by approximately 10 percent.
- October 19, 2011
The 13th annual "Halloween KNIGHT” Carnival takes place on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 3-5 p.m. at Carleton’s Recreation Center. This free activity for pre-school through elementary-age children (and their parents) includes game and activity booths. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume.
- September 28, 2011
Two ongoing film series being shown at Carleton College this fall allow students and the general public to take full advantage of the College’s new cinema at the Weitz Center for Creativity. All screenings are free and open to the public.
This Friday, September 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Severance Great Hall, Carleton College will bring together local students, teachers, parents, and food activists to talk with each other and hear from keynote speaker Holly Lasanga of Bates College in a presentation titled "Weaving a Sustainable Food Web."
- September 10, 2011
Carleton College cordially invites everyone to a special community open house celebrating the completion of the new Weitz Center for Creativity on Saturday, September 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. The event will feature tours of the building and its many unique spaces, as well as light refreshments and musical entertainment.
This Friday, the College will be working on a video project to document the move of various faculty and staff members to the Weitz Center for Creativity. This special project will block off College Street from 1st Street to 3rd Street from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and will include a gathering of participants on the Bald Spot during the afternoon as well.
Carleton College's Department of Academic Civic Engagement is now seeking submissions for a photo contest focused on images that depict the themes of celebrating community connections and learning beyond the classroom. The winning photographs will be featuring in an inaugural exhibit in September in the College's new Weitz Center for Creativity. Entitled "Community Engagement in Rice County," the exhibit will highlight the spirit of connecting the College with the greater community. Individuals can submit up to six images, which must be received by Monday, August 8, 2011. This contest is open to anyone in Northfield and greater Rice County. More information on the photo contest can be found here. (Note that the previously announced deadline for submissions has now been extended by one week).
Five Carleton students have been awarded a local organization's "Making a Difference" award for their volunteer efforts in the Northfield community. While many Carleton students are involved in local volunteer projects throughout the school year, these students were singled out by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) for their work with local high-school students. The HCI's monthly award celebrates groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth. The June award went to Annie Boucher, Sam Ellerbeck, Emily Schickli, Nick Welna, Becca Kilman, and Carrie Paulette.
Residents of Northfield and Dundas now have a centralized location on the internet to find transportation options locally and to connect to the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area, thanks in large part to the efforts of numerous Carleton College students and staff members. Go! Northfield is sponsored by the Northfield Grassroots Transit Initiative and Northfield.org, with several Carleton-affiliated contributors. Logan Nash ’11 (Knoxville, Tenn.) built the site, while Galen Kast ’11 (Wausau, Wis.) and Elizabeth Low ’11 (Excelsior, Minn.) designed the publicity campaign working under the wing of associate professor of psychology Mija M. Van Der Wege as part of a comps project on the marketing of environmental issues.