Intersections: August 2008


Carleton College updates and events for the Northfield Community

In this issue:

New Residence Hall Construction Benefits Northfield Community

While the construction of the new residence halls moves full steam ahead to provide 230 Carleton students with brand new living accommodations in September 2009, Carls are hardly the only ones benefiting from this project. The city of Northfield, local companies and contractors, fuel suppliers and local restaurants are all seeing positive effects of the large-scale construction project. Read more about the local benefits of the residence hall construction.

Arts Union Update: Comments Welcome on New Architectural Renderings

Arts UnionWork continues on the design of the Arts Union, Carleton’s spectacular new facility on the site of the old Northfield Middle School. The project’s architects have proposed a design that ties the building to the other portions of the Middle School, relates to the campus as a whole, and is sensitive to its placement next to Central Park. Current renderings of the exterior have been posted on the Arts Union web site and public comments are welcome through the online feedback form. Read the rest of the Arts Union update.

Carleton Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

Carleton has been named one of the 25 “greenest” colleges in the United States, according to the recently-published Kaplan College Guide 2009. Carleton’s sustainability efforts include our wind turbine, single-stream recycling program, composting of food waste, and use of hybrid vehicles in our automobile fleet. Read the full story.

Carleton’s Art Gallery Partners with Minneapolis’ Northern Clay Center to Present International Pottery Exhibit

World CeramicsIn partnership with Minneapolis’ Northern Clay Center, Carleton College will present a collaborative new exhibit titled World Ceramics: Transforming Women’s Traditions, opening September 19, with a special reception and lecture on Saturday, September 20 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibit, opening reception, and related lectures are free and open to the public. Read more about the exhibit.

Community Service Office Garners Award

Carleton’s Acting in the Community Together (ACT) service program has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a school can receive for its commitment to service and civic engagement. The ACT Center and its nearly 600 student volunteers currently support 40 volunteer programs and sponsor numerous special events and speakers throughout the year. Read more about the ACT Center’s award.

Campus Construction Project Notes

Construction of the new residence halls has progressed dramatically through the summer, environmental assessment testing for the Arts Union is nearly complete, and landscape improvements are underway at the 2nd and Division Street campus entrance. Read the full story

Seen Around Carleton

GardenEmily LeGrand '09 and Katie Blanchard '10 in the Carleton garden. Blanchard is the Environmental Studies summer intern in charge of the garden, and she hopes to coordinate with the College and its new food service provider, Bon Appétit, to make the garden worker position into a full-fledged campus job or two.

Featured Events

Goodsell Observatory Telescope
Goodsell Observatory Open House
Friday, Sept. 5, 9:00 p.m.
(cancelled if cloudy)
Come gaze at the stars, nebulas, and planets at Goodsell Observatory’s monthly open house, held the first Friday of every month if skies are clear. Carleton physics and astronomy professors will be on hand to answer questions.


Deborah Bial

Opening Convocation
Monday, September 15, 3:00 p.m.
The Opening Convocation address, "Make It Happen: The Importance of Transformative Leadership," will be delivered by Deborah Bial, Founder and President of the Posse Foundation.


Other Public Events


Exhibit Opening: World Ceramics: Transforming Women’s Traditions
Sat., September 20, 8:00 p.m.
Art Gallery


Africa in the Americas: the Creole Potters of St. Lucia
Friday, September 19, 11:00 a.m.
Boliou Hall 161

Many More...

Full Campus Events Calendar
Varsity Athletics Calendar

Other Key Dates

Sept. 3: International students arrive

Sept. 10–14: New student week
Sept. 13–14: Special bookstore hours
Sept. 15: Classes begin