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Your Gifts at Work: Current Needs and Campus Life

Students walking past Severance Hall High jumper Commencement

Gifts to the Annual Fund sustain the operations of the College and support Carleton’s ongoing academic and residential programs. In 2010–11, the generosity of alumni and friends strengthened the life of the College in many ways, providing support for programs and creating an environment that nurtures student achievement.

  • The Acting in the Community Together Center (ACT) coordinated 34 ongoing volunteer programs involving more than 600 students who volunteered 10,000 hours. This coming year, ACT will join forces with the Office of Academic Civic Engagement, which helps professors incorporate service learning into courses. Aligned under the Dean of the College’s office, the programs will strengthen Carleton’s focus on community-based learning, community-based research, and service learning, bringing Spanish students this fall into local classrooms as tutors for English-language learners and positioning Carleton health psychology students to study the effects of local policies on health outcomes.
  • With about three-quarters of students studying abroad during their time at Carleton, the College consistently ranks among the top of its peers for participation in mid-length off-campus programs. Designated funds help make this possible, including the Dr. and Mrs. Hilliard Dubrow Endowed Student Travel Fund, established by former Carleton professor of English Heather Dubrow in honor of her parents. Last year, biology major Haley Golz ’12 received a scholarship for a term of artmaking and cultural study in the South Pacific with Fred Hagstrom, Carleton’s Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art.
  • Convocations continue to bring the Carleton community together for an expanded and deepened intellectual dialogue, as they have for generations. This year an inspiring roster of speakers included Michael Armacost ’58, former head of the Brookings Institution and ambassador to Japan and the Philippines; Arn Chorn-Pond, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide and internationally recognized human rights leader; and Louis Menard, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning The Metaphysical Club and widely considered to be the foremost modern scholar of American studies.