Molly McGinnis Stine ’87

2012 Alumni Service Award

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It’s impossible to calculate the impact Molly McGinnis Stine ’87 has had on Macalester, dating back to when she joined her senior class gift committee before she even got her diploma. Her most recent service includes being an Annual Fund class volunteer and part of the Grand Society and 25th Reunion planning committees. She has also provided crucial leadership as Alumni Board president and as a member of the Board of Trustees.

“Molly is an outstanding volunteer, a generous supporter, and an enthusiastic ambassador for Macalester,” said director of alumni relations Gabrielle Lawrence ’73.

Molly, who grew up in northern Minnesota, visited Mac for high school debate tournaments but arrived as a student with firm intentions to stay away from debate and try new activities. “Then I met Dr. [Scott] Nobles,” she says, crediting the influential speech communication professor with encouraging her to return to debate. By the time she graduated, Molly and her partner held two national titles. She later co-chaired the fundraising effort to honor her mentor by endowing a scholarship in Nobles’s name.

After graduation, Molly attended law school at the University of Michigan and later practiced law in Chicago. That’s where she began volunteering at events to connect alumni in that city. Becoming more active in Macalester’s alumni network, she says, was an easy decision. She cites “meeting so many great alumni from around the world” as one of the best things about being engaged in different roles at Macalester.

“I owe so much to the college, and I can’t imagine not being involved,” Molly says. “Regardless of when we graduated, where we now live, or what we now do, we all have Mac in common.”