Intersections: June 2010


Carleton College updates and events for the Northfield Community

In this issue:

Board of Trustees Approves Arts Union Construction Phase Start

Arts UnionAt their recently completed meetings in mid-May, the Carleton College Board of Trustees gave its approval to begin the Arts Union project construction phase. Since that time, many community members have noticed a flurry of activity at the site of the former Northfield middle school. The construction schedule calls for work to start on the 1950s wing the first week in June, ending by July 8. The project's first phase will close out with footings and foundations being poured at the gallery and entrance during most of August. Read the full story.

Students Organize "Carls In the Community" Day of Service

Carls in the Community The Carleton Student Association Senate organized its second "Carls in the Community" day of service in April. Students volunteered their time and energy in many ways: some helped eliminate buckthorn from the Arboretum, some pulled on waders and cleaned the Cannon River, and others helped out a number of emeriti faculty with some household and garden chores. One group helped clean up around Central Park, with a large assist from local resident Molly Woehrlin. Read the full story.

Reminder of Commencement/Reunion Impact on Neighborhood Parking

Carleton would like to remind our neighbors and Northfield area residents of two major campus events taking place in the coming three weeks that could have major impact on traffic and parking, especially around campus. The College's 136th Commencement will take place on Saturday, June 12, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., on the lawn west of Hulings Hall, while its alumni reunion will take place June 17-20. Read the full story.

Pools, Bell Field Tennis Courts Closed This Summer

swimming pool Community members who visit campus during the summer months should be aware that a number of ongoing projects may impact the use of College facilities this summer. Two main projects are taking place in athletic areas, as the Bell Field tennis courts will be removed and replaced and both pools at West Gym and Cowling Recreation Center will be closed. Other noticeable projects on campus this summer include work on two entry points to the campus. Read on for the full details.

Carleton Joins the Northfield Community to Celebrate the Fifth Annual Taste of Northfield

Once again, the Carleton community is pleased to join the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) to celebrate the fifth annual Taste of Northfield, taking place in conjunction with Reunion Weekend at the College. This year's event will be bigger and better than ever--TWO days, rather than one--Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18, from 4-10 p.m., in and around Bridge Square in historic downtown Northfield. Read more about the event.

Carleton's ACT Center Hosts its Annual "Lighten-Up!" Garage Sale

Carleton's ACT (Acting in the Community Together) Center will hold its popular annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 17 and 18, in the West Gym on the Carleton campus. As in previous years, all profits from the sale will be split between the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key), Northfield Special Olympics, and Project Friendship. Read more about the event.

Arboretum Staff Issues Poisonous Plant Alert

wild parsnip While this is a great time to enjoy and explore the Arboretum, we wanted to alert you to the risk of contact with Wild Parsnip. It is not difficult to avoid exposure to this plant once you know what it looks like and you take simple precautions, so we encourage you to keep reading and learn what you can do to still enjoy being outdoors in the Arb in this great weather! Read more about Wild Parsnip and how to avoid it.

Seen Around Carleton

R2D2In a pre-dawn, year-end prank, Carleton's Goodsell Observatory was transformed into a giant R2-D2 by an unknown group of enterprising students--complete with sound effects. The "costume" was applied without any damage to the building, but was removed by campus security after a few hours. See photos and video of the prank on Carleton's Facebook page.

Featured Events

Friday-Saturday, June 11-12
A day packed full of events leads up to Saturday morning's Commencement ceremony on the Bald Spot.



Reunion Weekend
Thursday-Sunday, June 17-20
Carleton's alumni return to campus and downtown Northfield for four days of festivities. This year the majority of attendees will be members of the classes ending in "0" and "5," but alumni from classes before or after a reunion class often attend, as well.


Other Public Events

Carleton College Bookstore

Special Commencement Hours
Saturday, June 12
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sayles-Hill Campus Center

Cowling Arboretum

Volunteer Work Event
Saturday, July 17
9:00 a.m. - noon

Saturday, August 21
9:00 a.m. - noon
Trail entrance at Oak and Second Streets


Full Campus Events Calendar

Other Key Dates

July 2: Goodsell Observatory Open House
Aug. 6: Goodsell Observatory Open House
Sept. 7: New Students Move In
Sept. 13: First Day of Classes