Intersections: May 2008


Carleton College updates and events for the Northfield Community

In this issue:

Acting in the Community Together

The Acting in the Community Together (ACT) Center was founded in 1985, with 60 students volunteering for three local community service projects. Since then, ACT has expanded its reach to 42 ongoing projects in Northfield and the Twin Cities, supported by the volunteer efforts of nearly 600 students in the 2006-07 school year. Read more about some recent and upcoming ACT efforts.

Construction Underway on New Residence Halls

New Residence HallsCarleton began construction of two new residence halls on the southeast part of campus on Monday, May 12. At the New Residence Hall web site, you can read updates, view plans and renderings of the buildings, and even watch the progress via webcams. Read more about the project.

PAW Program Offers Nature Experience for Local Kids for 33rd Year

What started out as a grant to study birds in the Carleton College Arboretum 33 years ago has turned into a summer-long, outdoor day camp for kids called Prairie and Wood (PAW) on the Carleton campus. Read more and find out how to register.

Gould Library Named Best Academic Library in the Country

In February, Carleton’s Laurence McKinley Gould Library was named winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2008 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. The Library is open to the entire Northfield community, whose members are welcome to check out library materials and attend exhibits, lectures, and other events. Read more about the Gould Library award.

Meet Arboretum Director Nancy Braker

Nancy Braker Nancy Braker, a 1981 graduate of Carleton, assumed the position of Director of the Cowling Arboretum this fall. In a recent interview, she explained her job roles and goals and talked about the uniqueness of the Arb and the opportunities it affords the Carleton and Northfield community. Read the interview.

College Announces Plan for Waterford Bridge

Along with Waterford Township, Carleton has announced a plan for the replacement of the iron bridge located over the Cannon River in Waterford. The single-lane bridge was built in 1909 and is number one on the State of Minnesota’s deficient bridge list. The College has agreed to allow the replacement bridge to be built on about two acres of Carleton land. Read the full story about the bridge.

Seen Around Carleton

Quidditch!Carleton's first ever muggle quidditch tournament was held on May 3. Like magic, the forecast of rain and snow gave way to a beautiful day for students to participate in a sport invented for the Harry Potter books. Read more and see a photo gallery of the event.

Featured Event

Empty Bowls fundraiser
Empty Bowls Fundraiser
Friday, May 23, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Bald Spot (center of campus)
A donation of at least $10 will get you a bowl of homemade soup served in a student-made bowl. You get to keep the bowl, and your donation goes to support the Northfield Community Action Center Food Shelf.

Other Public Events


Senior Art Show
Through June 14
Art Gallery


Symphony Band Concert
Friday, May 23, 8:00 p.m.
Concert Hall


Semaphore Dance Performances
Friday, May 30, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, 8:00 p.m.
Arena Theater


Student Musical Theater presents The Rocky Horror Show
Thurs-Sat, May 29-31, 8:00 p.m.
Nourse Little Theater


Environmental and Technology Studies (ENTS) Capstone Symposium
Thurs-Fri, May 22-23, 4:30 p.m.
Willis Hall 205

Many More...

Full Campus Events Calendar
Varsity Athletics Calendar

Other Key Dates

June 4: Last day of classes
June 5-6: Bookstore summer sale
June 13-14: Commencement
June 19-22: Reunion weekend