Q: Who even cares if I show up at my reunion?
A: Your classmates from Macalester, that’s who!
The first thing anyone asks when they are invited to reunion is, “Will so-and-so be there? We haven’t seen each other since graduation!” Don’t be missed. Plan to attend Reunion 2006 on June 2-4.
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Founders Day celebration unites Macalester community
The Macalester community celebrated Founders Day, an annual celebration of the date Edward Neill (left) chartered the college and the birthday of founding leader James Wallace (right), on Friday, Mar. 3. The event included music by Salsa del Sol, performances by other Macalester groups and bagpipers carrying in the college's birthday cake.
Founders Day began in 1938 to commemorate the day Rev. Dr. Edward Duffield Neill obtained a charter for Macalester from the Minnesota Legislature on March 5, 1874, and the birthday of James Wallace who served as our college president for 12 years. On Wallace’s 89th birthday, the college held its first Founders Day event and the tradition continued through the early 1970s.
Macalester renewed the tradition of Founders Day on March 5, 2004, to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the college's chartering and the day of President Brian Rosenberg's pre-inauguration gala. This year's Founders Day marked the 132nd anniversary of the creation of Macalester.
Returning to the community
Students answer questions about their J-term Hurricane Relief Trip to Gulfport, Miss., at a presentation on Feb. 7. Alumni, faculty, staff, students and others from the Macalester community filled the ballroom in Kagin Commons to hear their report.
Comparative Globalization, a new study abroad program, begins in 2006
Macalester will start sending students on a new year-long study abroad program, "Comparative Globalization," for the 2006-2007 academic year. The new program allows students to study in countries of their own choosing during Fall semester then come together for an intensive program at the University of Maastricht and its Center for European Studies (Netherlands) in January and over Spring semester. Up to 10 students will be selected to participate after the March 10 application deadline.
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David Pellow gives keynote address at annual American Studies Conference
David Pellow, an activist-scholar who has published widely on environmental justice issues in communities of color, gave the keynote address for this year's American Studies Conference, "The Movement for Global Environmental Justice and Human Rights," on Feb. 24. He spoke to a crowded audience about instances of environmental racism around the world and in the U.S. He also spoke about how communities have responded to each situation. The weekend conference also included a student roundtable, a luncheon talk with Minnesota State Representative Keith Ellison, a talk by an environmental activist and a roundtable with eight Twin Cities writers of color.
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Senior Heather Lendway receives MIAC Women's Swimmer of the Year award
Heather Lendway ’06 won MIAC Women's Swimmer of the Year after winning three events in three days at the conference championships on Feb. 18 at the University of Minnesota. Lendway lost just one race all season. Her three first-place finishes during the conference each set a school record and made NCAA "B" qualifying time. After three days of competition, the Macalester women placed fifth out of 11 teams and the men seventh of eight at the MIAC Championships that weekend.
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AAAS Merck awards Macalester three-year student research grant
The Biology and Chemistry Departments announced on Feb. 28 that Macalester was selected for a $60,000 Undergraduate Research Award from Merck's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Professor Paul Overvoorde, Biology, wrote the proposal, for the grant which will allow three to five students to participate in interdisciplinary research each of the next three summers. Macalester was one of 11 schools to receive this national award.
Book by Associate Professor Fabiola Franco is a best seller in Japan
Fabiola Franco's book Spanish for Reading: A Self-Instructional Course, co-authored with Karl C. Sandberg, was the best-selling foreign language instruction book in Japan for the second half of 2005 and January 2006. Franco is associate professor in Hispanic and Latin American Studies. Sandberg, who died in 2000, was DeWitt Wallace Professor of French and the Humanities.
The Italian Pie Shoppe now within walking distance of campus
The Italian Pie Shoppe opened in a new location on Grand Ave., less than a block from Macalester's campus, on Feb. 9. The pizza restaurant is located in the space previously occupied by the now-closed Risimini's, 1670 Grand Ave.
Read the story in the Mac Weekly »
Two ’05 graduates bring together Los Angeles-area alumni
Jerry Darko-Appianti ’05 and Jenny Foughner ’05 successfully organized a "mix and mingle" for Los Angeles-area alumni on Feb. 24. The duo attracted over 30 people to the Bungalow Club in West Hollywood, where alumni mingled over drinks and appetizers until 1 a.m.
Photographer Robert Fass ’81 gives gallery talk in New York City
This photo by Robert Fass '81, "Irwin and Evelyn, Chevy Chase, MD (1997)," is part of his ongoing photo essay called "As Long as We Both Shall Live" (see website).
Photographer Robert Fass ’81 gave a gallery talk about his ongoing photo essay, "As Long as we Both Shall Live:
Long-Married Couples in America," to alumni on Feb. 18 at New York City's 92nd Street Y. Robert will give another presentation of his project when he returns to campus for his 25-Year Reunion June 2-4.
See Class of '81 reunion site »
PREVIEW OF THE NEXT
In future history books about Macalester, Professors Norm and Emily Rosenberg will have a prominent place. Now in their 31st year at the college, the two historians are synonymous with "inspiring teachers" and "pioneering scholars." In the Spring issue of Macalester Today, the Rosenbergs talk with Elizabeth Tannen ’05 on such subjects as sharing one job, how their teaching has changed over the years, and what they've learned from Macalester students. Watch for the magazine in your mailbox!
Prof. Mahnaz Kousha talks to alumni about changing roles of women in Iran
Professor Mahnaz Kousha, Sociology, gave a talk on "Women’s changing position
throughout the 20th Century in Iran" to a crowd of 80 alumni on Feb. 23 in the Weyerhaeser Chapel on campus. She shared socio-historical perspectives on Iranian women’s lives and talked about the dramatic events that shape their legal and social
ALUMNI SUMMER CAMPING
IN THE GRAND TETONS
Ever wondered what it was like to visit the West in a wagon-train? Now's your chance. Alumni will tour the Grand Tetons by Wagon in July.
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Rev. Malcolm Himschoot shows documentary about his life and work
Alumni, students, staff and faculty had a special opportunity to view the documentary Call Me Malcolm and talk with Malcolm Himschoot, the film's subject, on Feb. 28. Himschoot talked about his life, the plight of trans- people both in the U.S. and around the world, the making of the documentary and his vocation as a minister in Minneapolis. Before the film, he dined with students where he chatted about his transition and work. The screening was sponsored by Scots Pride, a network of LGBT alumni.
Macalester’s “Faculty Talks” podcast series will present a variety of perspectives on the concept of “global citizenship."
Here's the March line-up:
Dean Ahmed Samatar, International Studies, will present the vision of Macalester’s new Institute for Global Citizenship.
Associate Dean Karin Trail-Johnson will talk about civic engagement and global citizenship at the local level.
Roopali Phadke, Environmental Studies, will talk about community environmental projects.
David Bressoud, Mathematics, will talk about how his Quantitative Methods for Public Policy project impact regional policy making around the world.
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Robert C. Amerson ’50 dies at age 80
Robert C. Amerson ’50, a recipient of Macalester's Distinguished Citizen Citation in 1978, died at his Brewster home on Feb. 25 at the age of 80 after a very brief illness. He served in World War II and used the GI Bill to attend Macalester. He was a Foreign Service officer and the author of two books. He enjoyed writing, music and art, and was an avid tennis player through his 80th year.
A memorial service for him was held on Cape Cod in February. A celebration of his life will be held in South Dakota in June. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Amerson ’49; his daughters Jane Kelly Amerson Lopez and Susan Robb Amerson Hartnett ’78; Susan's husband Michael Hartnett ’77; and his three grandchildren Sam, Connor, and Victoria. Memorial donations may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.
Wine Tasting "P"reunion
5:30-7:30 p.m. Wed., Mar. 15
Alumni House, Macalester College
Class of ’01 and ’96 alumni are invited to a wine tasting—complete with light appetizers and live music—to prepare for June’s big Reunion. Organized by Christine Swanson ’01, Tom Noonan ’01, Courtney Major ’01, Keeva Hartley ’96, Amy Schroeder Ireland ’96 and Brooke Schultz ’96. Contact Holly E. Munoz for more information.
D.C. Happy Hour
6-8 p.m. Wed., Mar. 8
Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave. (South of the Dupont Circle Metro Station)
Meet up with D.C.-area alumni for drinks and conversation. Contact Sarah Puro ’99 at email@example.com or 301-779-8154 for details.
Scots Baseball in Phoenix
9:30 a.m. Sat., Mar. 11
Grand Canyon College,
3300 W. Camelback Rd.
Watch Mac play ball and enjoy lunch at the Hyatt Regency Terrace Cafe (122 N. 2nd St.) with other alumni after the game.
Travis Feezell, director of athletics, will talk about sports at Macalester, the M Club and plans for a new athletics center on campus. For more information, contact Carol Polk at 1-888-242-9351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston Happy Hour
6 p.m. Thurs., Mar. 16
Rock Bottom Brewery
115 Stuart Street, Boston
The Boston alumni chapter is hosting an informal happy hour in honor of St. Patrick's day. Come "get your Irish on" and catch up with other local Mac alumni. E-mail Kevin Sloan ’97 or Jason Jacobson ’99 for details.
LGBT Legislative Teach-In
6-8 p.m. Mon., Mar. 20
Betsy’s Back Porch Coffee
5447 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis
Join Connie Kauppi ’86, Outfront Minnesota's volunteer services and operations specialist for a teach-in on the Minnesota legislative session and its potential impact on LGBT people.
See event details »
Engel-Morgan-Jardetzky Lecture: "Pharma Goes to the Laundry"
4:30 p.m. Tues., Mar. 21
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
Dr. Carl Elliott presents "Pharma Goes to the Laundry" for this year's Engel-Morgan-Jardetzky Distinguished Lecture on Science Culture and Ethics. Carl Elliott, MD, PhD, is a professor at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics and wrote the book Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream (2003). His talk will explore the ways the pharmaceutical industry is using public relations to sell prescription drugs.
Walk for dogs and their alumni owners and friends
10 a.m. Sat., Mar. 25
Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis
Dog lovers are invited to walk their dogs around Lake Nikomis together (dog not required). Meet at the Lake Nokomis Recreation Center (2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway). Some parking lots around Nokomis charge a fee for parking—look for instructions before leaving your car! This event will be re-scheduled if the weather is inclement. E-mail Andi Wulff or call her at 651-696-6083 to RSVP or get on the mailing list for future dog events.
How to buy a house
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., Mar. 25
Room 207, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
As part of Macalester's "Outside the Bubble" series, young alumni are invited to a workshop on buying a house. Masami Suga ’90, a Realtor who specializes in first-home buyers and multicultural real estate, will talk about what you need to know before buying a home.
2006 Lowe Lecture
11:30 a.m. Tues., April 4
John B. Davis Lecture Hall,
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Ctr.
Hear Gauri Viswanathan, Humanities Professor at Columbia University, speak on "Religion after Religion in Literary Modernism." Viswanathan works on education, religion and culture, 19th century British and colonial cultural studies, and the history of the disciplines.
Panel discussion on the Palestinian elections
7 pm. Wed. April 5
Weyerhaueser Memorial Chapel
The recent elections in Palestine have provoked strong reactions in Israel, Palestine and the entire region. Come participate in a discussion on the Palestinian elections, their potential impact on the peace process and what changes across the region may result with professors Ahmad Ahmad, Mohammed Bamyeh and Andy Overman.
MPCC Day at the Capitol
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thurs., April 6
Through Minnesota's State Grant Program, 130 Macalester students receive $442,000 in aid with an average grant of $3,400. The program provides $125 million annually in need-based scholarships to more than 70,000 students from low- and moderate-income families across the state. Alumni are encouraged to participate in the Minnesota Private College Council's (MPCC's) Day at the Capitol. Macalester will provide transportation and lunch. E-mail Doug Stone, College Relations, or Nadia Hogg, Community Service for details. Sign up at MPCC's website.