MacMail 2014

MacMail 2014

Help welcome seniors to the Macalester alumni community

We all remember what it was like as our last semester at Macalester drew to a close. Whether you were anxious about entering the “real world” or excited about starting the next chapter, stressed about finding a job or looking forward to moving to a new city, we were all too aware that before us lay one of the largest transitions of our lives. In the crazy rush of capstones, finals, travel arrangements and saying goodbye to friends and mentors, it’s easy for seniors to forget that they are part of a wider Macalester community that will always be a resource for them.

You can make a difference in the life of a graduating Macalester senior in just a few minutes with MacMail! From now until Thursday, May 1, the alumni office will be collecting postcards from alumni across the world with words of encouragement for a graduating senior. As the Class of 2014 enters their last round of finals, we will send each senior a postcard from alumni. It’s a simple but powerful way to connect with the next generation of alumni and make a difference for a stressed out senior.

How to Participate

1. Pick out a postcard. Choose one that depicts where you are writing from if possible.

2. Write some words of encouragement for a senior who is about to graduate.

3. Sign legibly and include your class year, but please do not include your phone number or email address.

4. Mail your postcard to:

Neely Crane-Smith
Alumni Office
Macalester College
1600 Grand Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105

Twin Cities alumni are welcome to swing by our office in Weyerhaeuser Hall and drop off your MacMail in person. We love visitors!

FAQs

Should I include my contact information in case the student wants to get in touch?

Please do not include any contact information on your MacMail, including email, phone number, Twitter, etc. Writing your name legibly and including your class year will make it easy for the student who receives your MacMail to find you in MacDirect, should they wish to be in contact.

Can I submit more than one postcard?

Absolutely!

How will I know if my postcard has been received?

We will be set up near the Student Post Office on the day that seniors receive their MacMail to collect their feedback. Each MacMail postcard will also have a sticker which informs the students why they are receiving it.

Will Mac provide postcards?

No, we would love for you to send a postcard from your city/area/country, rather than a Macalester postcard. The hope is that seniors will get a sense that alumni live all over the world, and that no matter where they go, they will be able to access the alumni network.

Should I stamp and address the postcard to the Alumni Office, or put it in an envelope and mail that?

Either way will work fine! If you would like to send a longer message, it may make sense to send the postcard in an envelope. If you have a cool stamp you'd like to show off, you might want to send the postcard in itself.

Can I pick which senior will receive my postcard?

To make sure that every senior receives a postcard, we are not assigning recipients ahead of time. You may want to start your message with "Dear graduating senior" or "Hello, new alumni!"

Why didn't I get MacMail when I was graduating?

We started MacMail for the Class of 2013 and alumni around the world rallied to make sure there were enough postcards for the whole class to receive alumni greetings. It was wildly successful and we heard from many students that MacMail helped them feel lke part of the Macalester alumni community. Help us do it again for the Class of 2014.