In the President’s State of the University Address on September 11, President Runte elaborated on what resilience means at Carleton:

“Resilience is an interesting concept.  The ability to recover after hard times is a characteristic of this university.  After the economic crisis in the 1990s, the university recovered and that renaissance is definitely complete.

It is perhaps appropriate that there are three birds in our emblem:  two ravens and a phoenix.  The phoenix was a mythical bird known for its ability to be reborn from its ashes.  The term applies as well to the characteristic of our graduates who can face difficulties and not only survive, but succeed.

The world needs more than leaders.

It needs resilient leaders who are able to make not just lemonade from that bitter fruit but lemon sorbet.”