Intersections: June 2011


Carleton College updates and events for the Northfield Community

In this issue:

Video: Weitz Center Construction Update

Steve RichardsonCarleton director of the arts Steve Richardson gives a video update of the ongoing construction of the Weitz Center, including views of the theater, cinema, dance studio, video production studio, teaching museum, and the common area/coffee shop that looks out onto the park. Watch the video.

Carleton Receives Presidential Service Award For Fourth Straight Time

Fitness award Carleton has received a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2010. The honor roll annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service. The President’s Honor Roll increases the public’s awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation as a whole. Read more.

Carleton Facilities Announces Summer Projects

Every year, summer is a busy time on the Carleton College campus as we continue our efforts to keep up with the basic maintenance of the buildings and grounds. Our focus remains on issues of basic structural integrity, addressing code and compliance, and improving safety and functionality. Read more.

Carleton’s Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale Set for June 17-18

Lighten Up Carleton College’s Acting in the Community Together (ACT) Center will hold its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 18, in the West Gym on the Carleton campus. As in previous years, all profits from the popular sale will be split between the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key), Northfield Special Olympics, and Project Friendship. Through the collaborative efforts of the ACT Center, these three local organizations and community volunteers, the Lighten Up! Garage Sale has been a highly successful fundraiser that provides essential funds for these Northfield non-profits and champions “green” living. Read more.

Carleton’s “Empty Bowls” in the Washington Times

The Washington Times recently covered Carleton’s “Empty Bowls” event, which raises money and awareness regarding hunger relief. Writer Donna Rae Scheffert attended the event on Carleton’s campus and gave her impressions, noting that the six-year-old event has raised more than $26,000 to battle hunger in the Northfield community. Read more.

Carleton Students and Staff Aid Local Transit Efforts with New Website

Go! Northfield 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, with several Carleton-affiliated contributors. Read more.

Seen Around Carleton

dunk tankCarleton President Steve Poskanzer volunteered to take a shift in the dunk tank during Senior Week festivities. Lest you feel too sorry for our fearless leader, note that the temperature was a balmy 99°F at the time! Watch a video of the Presidential dunking on Carleton's Facebook page.

Featured Events

Friday-Saturday, June 10-11
A day packed full of events leads up to Saturday morning's Commencement ceremony on the Bald Spot.



Reunion Weekend
Thursday-Sunday, June 16-19
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 "1" and "6," 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 11
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 16
9:00 a.m. - noon
Trail entrance at Oak and Second Streets


Full Campus Events Calendar

Other Key Dates

July 1: Goodsell Observatory Open House
Aug. 5: Goodsell Observatory Open House
Sept. 6: New Students Arrive
Sept. 12: First Day of Classes