August 2011 - Katherine Houghton Zatz '82

Photo: Kate Houghton Zatz '82

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Many of her classmates will recognize a pair of shoes owned by our Macbassador of the Month for August. Katherine Houghton Zatz '82 used a photo of these unique "McAlister" tartan shoes as the Mac 1981, '82 & '83 Cluster Reunion Facebook group icon. Her willingness to wear tartan and engage with her classmates online are just a couple of ways Kate shows pride in her alma mater.

Kate's famous Tartan shoes.

Kate created the Facebook group while serving on the Classes of 1981, '82 & '83 Cluster Reunion Committee, and even though Reunion 2011 has come and gone, the Facebook group continues to be a dynamic and engaging space where alumni are sharing memories, news, and ideas.

Many alumni recall the early '80s as a challenging time for both Macalester and the United States. "During our time at Mac, the college’s endowment and the overall economy were in rough shape, so our experiences were highly variable," recalls Kate. "The last few years, my involvement with the college has been a deliberate attempt to reengage classmates, from providing a forum for them to connect to the truly rewarding moments of helping them reconcile with each other and the college."

Kate continues to strengthen the Macalester community by being a dependable member of the Annual Fund Summit Society, a Class Agent, and an alumni volunteer. She says, "At some point I had the epiphany that alums are stewards of the college. Our engagement, whether financially or by involvement, says a great deal about who we are and how we value our own Mac experience. I truly value mine."

Join us in congratulating Kate as our August Macbassador of the Month.

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