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Your Gifts at Work: Facilities

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Gifts to Carleton contributed vital support for building and maintaining a campus capable of supporting the College’s talented students and dedicated faculty and staff. For example:

  • Two new residence halls were built according to high standards of environmentally sustainable construction, supported by generous gifts from George Cassat ’46 and the late Patricia Donnell Cassat ’46.
  • Cherished historical buildings, including Willis Hall, Leighton Hall, Skinner Chapel, and Goodsell Observatory, underwent needed renovations to maintain their quality and character.
  • Plans for the Arts Union, a facility dedicated to exploring innovation and collaboration in learning and teaching, progressed toward the College’s broader campaign vision of a more consciously creative campus.
  • Carleton’s efforts to create a greener and more sustainable campus were bolstered by the donation of a new wind turbine from Richard Kracum ’76 and Laurie Weiss Kracum ’76. Read about the motivation for their generous gift.
  • An independent study project led by Katie Blanchard ’10 created Carleton’s inaugural edible landscape from an expanse of lawn between Olin and Boliou. The “Eat the Lawn” project received notable media attention and donated free vegetables to the Carleton community.

Profiles in Giving: Facilities


Some donors take a special interest in improving and preserving the buildings, grounds, and facilities of the Carleton campus. For the Sundems, it was their memories of Carleton's gathering spaces that prompted a special gift.

“It was never a question of whether we would make a gift to Carleton, but rather a question of when,” says Elizabeth Weikart Sundem ’68, who with her husband, Gary Sundem ’67, recently pledged $250,000 to name Memorial Hall’s main-floor commons area in memory of their parents, Maurice and Ruth Mary Weikart and Clifford and Sylvia Sundem.

Read more about the Sundems' gift in support of student life at Carleton.