Intersections: Oct-Nov 2010


Carleton College updates and events for the Northfield Community

In this issue:

Carleton Begins Clean Up, Restoration After Cannon River Flooding

post-flood sedimentCollege officials have estimated that the College sustained in excess of $5 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 anticipated, now estimated to be through the end of November. Read the full story.

Prescribed Burns Planned for Arboretum

burn, baby, burn Don't be alarmed if you see smoke in the Arb this fall. Arboretum staff will be conducting several prescribed burns in both the Upper and Lower Arboretum. Some of the fires will be in support of a new research project being implemented by Carleton assistant professor of biology Dan Hernandez. Read on for more.

Progress Continues on Arts Union, Video Updates Available

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. Read more about the current state of the project.

Carleton Sponsors Northfield Students' Interaction with Author Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros and studentsCarleton College recently sponsored a group of Northfield middle and high school students and teachers to attend a convocation speech and luncheon with award-winning author and poet Sandra Cisneros. 22 middle-school students, 13 high-school students, and seven related staff members joined a handful of Carleton staff, faculty and students to join Cisneros for lunch and conversation following the speech. Read more about the event.

Carleton Senior Leads Tutoring Effort for Tibetan Students in Minnesota

Tenzin NordonTenzin Nordon exemplifies what it means to be invested in civic engagement and active in one's community. During her freshman year at Carleton, Nordon got involved in Team Tibet, a campus cultural organization. Her passion for promoting education among Tibetan students would eventually give birth to a tutoring program that offers educational guidance and mentoring to youth in the Twin Cities area. Read more about Tenzin.

Carls in the Community: Martha Larson

Martha Larson 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. Learn more about Martha.

Bookstore Announces Holiday Sale

Carleton BookstoreThe 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. Read the full story.

Seen Around Carleton

B-boys at CarletonSome of the hip hop world's best b-boys ("break-boys") visited Carleton on October 1 for a showcase and competition in the Recreation Center. An estimated 650 people watched as 18 crews from Northfield and the Twin Cities were judged on their moves by members of New York City's Dynamic Rockers crew. See a photo gallery from the event.

Featured Event

Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m.
Severance Great Hall
Carleton invites the community to celebrate the traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Festivities include Aztec dancers, a traditional altar for honoring deceased loved ones, readings, and dinner.

Other Public Events


Prints Around the Pacific Rim
Closes November 17
Art Gallery


Carleton Choir and Carleton Singers Fall Concert
Saturday, November 6, 8-9:30 p.m.
Concert Hall

Carleton Orchestra Concert
Friday, November 12, 8-9:30 p.m.
Concert Hall


Semaphore Fall Performance
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13, 7:30-9 p.m.
Arena Theater


Andrew Busch: "The 2010 Elections and the Future of American Politics"
Thursday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.
Boliou 104

Open House

Goodsell Observatory Open House
Friday, November 5, 7-9 p.m.


Suzan Harjo
Friday, October 29, 10:50 a.m.

Michael Armacost '58
Friday, November 5, 10:50 a.m.


Full Campus Events Calendar
Varsity Athletics Calendar

Other Key Dates

Nov. 17-18: Bookstore Holiday Sale
Nov. 20: Arboretum Volunteer Work Event
Nov. 23: Winter Recess begins
Nov. 25-28: Campus offices & Bookstore closed for Thanksgiving Holiday