Q+A: Summerlee reflects on first semester

In August, Alastair Summerlee stepped into the role of Carleton’s interim president and vice-chancellor for the 2017-18 academic year. From the get-go, Summerlee pledged to prioritize openness and transparency, and to bridge the gap between the university administration and the Carleton community. In an interview with The Charlatan, Summerlee spoke about his progress in meeting these objectives, what’s in store for the remainder of his term, and why he refuses to wear shoes in the office. The Charlatan (TC): How have your first few months gone? Alastair Summerlee (AS): It’s amazing. I don’t know what it is. It’s something about the place, it’s about the people, it’s being back doing this, being busy . . . I landed in Toronto and I […]

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Carleton 75th anniversary academic expo postponed

An expo showcasing Carleton’s academics as part of the university’s 75th anniversary celebrations has been postponed. Set to take place on Oct. 14 at Ottawa City Hall, the CU75 Community Connects: Community-Academic Expo would have featured guest speakers discussing different academic advancements made at Carleton. A statement on the Expo webpage states that “Carleton University regrets to announce the postponement of the Community-Academic Expo due to unforeseen circumstances.” Carleton’s interim president Alastair Summerlee said he made the decision to cancel the Expo event due to insufficient preparation. “The CU75 Community-Academic Expo was cancelled because there wasn’t sufficient time for consultation and preparation of the Expo, and one of our principal speakers had to cancel at the last minute due to […]

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Search ramps up for Carleton’s 15th president

The search is on to find Carleton’s 15th president before Alastair Summerlee’s interim term is up. A Presidential Search Committee has been formed to accomplish this task, and it has the power to appoint the next president, according to Carleton guidelines. Chris Carruthers, the chair of the committee, said the group is excited to figure out just what the school wants in its future leader. “We’re at what we would call the listening and engaging [stage], and we want to hear from many stakeholders,” Carruthers said. “We want to find out what the challenges are and what folks think the skill set for the next president of Carleton University should be . . . what we should be looking for.” […]

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CUAG introduces fall exhibits

On Sept. 11, the Carleton Univesity Art Gallery (CUAG) unveiled its four new exhibitions at its 25th anniversary celebration: Always Vessels, Animate, La chambre des cultures foraging in time and space and HERbarium. The opening remarks were delivered by Alastair Summerlee, Carleton’s interim president, who expressed his excitement and how all four exhibits, although different, blend nicely together. The turnout was great and many guests were able to interact with the artists and curators. Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow is the curator for the Indigenous art exhibit, Always Vessels. This collection features the works of Barry Ace, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Carrie Hill, Nadya Kwandibens, Jean Marshall, Pinnock Smith, Natasha Smoke Santiago, Samuel Thomas and Olivia Whetung, who are nine Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee […]

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