Intersections: June 2009


Carleton College updates and events for the Northfield Community

In this issue:

Carleton Set to Host 135th Commencement, Alumni Reunion

ReunionTwo major annual Carleton College events are set for the coming weekends that will bring a large number of out-of-town visitors to our campus. The College will celebrate its 135th Commencement on Saturday, June 13, 2009, with 506 graduating seniors receiving their diplomas. The following weekend, June 18-21, is our annual Alumni Reunion Weekend, which kicks off on Thursday with the downtown "Taste of Northfield." Read more about Commencement and Reunion 2009.

New Residence Halls Near Completion

constructionThe campus is abuzz with construction projects this summer. Carleton's major building project, construction of Cassat and Memorial Halls, are on track for a fall opening. Beginning in September 2009, the new residence halls will house approximately 230 students. Other facilities projects for the summer include exterior work, new windows, and elevator upgrades for many campus buildings. Read the full story.

Carleton Announces Major in Environmental and Technology Studies

Last month, the Carleton faculty voted 76-9 to approve an Environmental Studies (ENTS) major, something students have long anticipated. ENTS has been one of the most popular concentrations since it was first offered over ten years ago, with 15 to 20 students choosing it each year. Read more about the new ENTS major.

Empty Bowls Project Raises More Than $5,600 for Local Food Shelf

Empty BowlsOn May 15, Carleton hosted its fifth annual Empty Bowls Project Fundraiser, raising $5,605 for the Northfield Area Food Shelf. The event featured homemade soup cooked in campus interest houses and served in handmade bowls created by ceramics students. For a suggested minimum donation of $10 per bowl, participants were able to enjoy a simple meal and keep their handmade bowl. Read more and see a photo slideshow from the event.

Carleton to Host Ninth Annual "Lighten-Up" Garage Sale

Carleton's Ninth Annual "Lighten-Up" Garage Sale will take place in the West Gym on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with a bag sale beginning at noon on the second day of the sale). This popular event, sponsored by Acting in the Community Together (ACT), the College's center for community service and civic engagement, is open to the public. All proceeds go to Project Friendship, Northfield Area Special Olympics, and the Northfield Union of Youth. Read more about the event.

Summer Volunteer Work Days in the Arboretum

Carleton's Cowling Arboretum will hold two volunteer work events this summer. The monthly event will not occur in June, due to Reunion, but work days are scheduled for the 3rd Saturdays of July and August. In other Arb news, a new gate is being installed at the Arboretum entrance at the intersection of Second and Oak Streets. Designed to be more visitor friendly, the gate will have a gap in the middle to allow strollers, wheelchairs and bikes more easy access while still restricting vehicle traffic. Get the details on the Arboretum Volunteer Work Days.

Seen Around Carleton

Nick Smith '09Carleton Senior Nick Smith celebrated the the last day of classes on June 3 by serenading the campus with his bagpipes from the rooftop of Burton Hall. In January, Smith, a physics major from Houston, Texas, delivered a Senior Comprehensive Exercise (Comps) talk that was titled "Full of Hot Air: The Physics of the Bagpipe."

Featured Events

Friday-Saturday, June 12-13
A day packed full of events leads up to Saturday morning's Commencement ceremony on the Bald Spot.



Reunion Weekend
Thursday-Sunday, June 18-21
Carleton's alumni return to campus and downtown Northfield for four days of festivities. This year the majority of attendees will be alumni from the classes ending in "4" and "9", but frequently alumni from classes before or after a reunion class will attend.


Other Public Events

Carleton College Bookstore

Special Commencement Hours
Saturday, June 13
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 18
9:00 a.m. - noon

Saturday, August 15
9:00 a.m. - noon
Trail entrance at Oak and Second Streets


Full Campus Events Calendar

Other Key Dates

August 7: Goodsell Observatory Open House
Sept. 9: New Students Move In
Sept. 14: First Day of Classes