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Rotary Cogwheel | 03.09.2017

March 9, 2017

Today’s Program | Thursday, March 9, 2017

Today: Emma Nielsen, Exchange Student from Denmark (Frago)

Next Week: Eric Kwun, Inbound Exchange Student (V. Dilley)

Birthdays: Pat O’Neill (3/5), Mark Quinnell (3/7) and Bob Will, the Old Keynsian, (3/8)

Last Week:
Big things are happening at Carleton College. The expansion for the Weitz Center for Creativity west of Central Park is nearing completion. But there’s more. A new building project re-engineering the college’s science facilities is about to get underway, accompanied by a new approach to energy production that will reduce both the college’s operating costs and carbon emissions

Fred Rogers, Carleton College vice president and treasurer, shared these plans with us. “It’s a huge time for the college in terms of infrastructure,” he said.

The science project is designed to better integrate the science discipline, promoting more collaborative work and providing new, state-of-the art laboratories and teaching spaces. It calls for the demolition of Mudd Hall and the construction of new facilities that will connect Hulling and Olin halls. Another dramatic change will take place in the new building’s sub-basement where a new energy center will be located. A system relying primarily on a heat pump and geothermal heating, but including auxiliary boilers and energy production, will replace the function of the aging steam plant that has heated and cooled the campus for the last 100 years. This new system, supplemented by hot water distribution and perhaps another wind turbine, will reduce the year-round heating and cooling load and eliminate the need for a high-pressure boiler system.  When this new heating system is extended to the whole campus by 2021, the steam plant boilers can be permanently shut down.

Fred said the well-researched project will cost between $38 million and $44 million. But there will be dramatic savings compared to an upgrade of the existing system. It should have a payback of 19 years with significant ongoing annual savings. The transition will take about five years. Some 400 wells will be drilled on campus to serve the geothermal heating. The steam boilers will be shut down in 2021.

The college trustees are on board with both projects. These projects will be paid for in part with a capital campaign.  Bonding will be necessary for the rest.

Bruce Morlan thought stories about his sailing adventures on Lake Superior were dramatic. But then he heard tales of true hardship and tragedy. It makes us realize some have been asked to shoulder much more than others in their lifetime.

New Member: Jeff McLaughlin was formally inducted into the club. He works in college student recruitment for Fire Engine Red, a Philadelphia-based company. He lives in town with his wife, Betsy, and their two children. His sponsor is David Koenig. Welcome Jeff.

Guests: Jenni Roney, new executive director of Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (Zweifel)

Scholarship Enhancement: David Wolf, a repeat

Welcome Back Hannah
Hannah Puzcko was back in our midst after an extended absence due to medical issues. She never missed a Packer game while she was recuperating and ready for another season.

Inbound students are:
Daniel Chien from Taiwan

Emma Nielsen from Denmark

Nico Suarez Toloza from Colombia

Eric Kwun from South Korea
Wanzita Ally from Tanzania
Matteo Lombardo, Italy

Our 2016-17 outbound students are:

Sage Brinton, Argentina

Caroline Hummel, Norway

Noah Klein, South Korea

Jane Ludwig, Colombia

Yizel Marcial, Germany

Daiki Nishioka, Taiwan

Liliana (Lily) Noble, Italy

Emma Pritchard, Taiwan

Nathaniel Urke, Brazil.

Coming Up

March 23 — Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Autobiography, (Rogers)

March 30 — Daniel Chien, Inbound Exchange Student (Ischler)

April 6 — TBD

April 13 — Wanzita Ally, (Barry Carlson)