Carleton Advisory Council on College and Community Relations to Hold Community Gathering

May 31, 2007

The Carleton College Advisory Council on College and Community Relations announces a community gathering on Thursday, June 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Carleton’s Boliou Hall, Room 104. The public is invited to attend.

Carleton President Robert A. Oden Jr. and his senior administrative team created the Advisory Council to provide the campus and the community with important and timely information about shared interests, and to discuss concerns and ideas with Carleton’s neighbors. Similarly, Northfield’s “East Side” neighborhood has formed a representative organization (“NESNA”), one of whose missions is to foster an exchange of ideas between that neighborhood and the College.

“Carleton's relationship with the community has never been more important,” said Carleton associate vice president Joe Hargis, who will chair the council. “Those of us who work at Carleton care deeply about the College's commitment to being a good neighbor and a good community partner.”

Hargis considers the gathering to be a chance for Advisory Council members to introduce themselves and for the community to share thoughts about issues that will be important for Carleton to address in the months and years ahead. Initially, the council will provide updates on the work of two important Carleton committees: Carleton's Residential Life Task Force, which has been meeting for the past few months to develop options for new student housing; and the Arts Planning Committee, a group of faculty, staff, and students charged with developing a comprehensive plan for renovation of the former middle school.

Other council members include Mark Gleason, director of corporate and foundation relations; Cliff Clark, professor of history and American studies; Steve Spehn, director of facilities and capital planning; Dan Bergeson, director of auxiliary services and special projects; Bruce Colwell, senior associate dean of students; Becky Zrimsek, director of alumni affairs; and Mike Hemesath, professor of economics.

For more information and disability accommodations, call the college relations office at (507) 646-4309.