Photo of a class dinner from Reunion 2005.


Alumni who are celebrating Reunion this year have started registering for the big weekend taking place June 2-4. The big draws this year include "back-to-class" mini-lectures by favorite professors, the first-ever multi-generational Battle of Mac Bands,
a recital of music composed by Macalester alumni, and, of course, a chance to catch up with lost college friends.

Register by May 5 to
avoid late registration fees.

1946 » - 1951 » - 1956 » - 1971, '72 or '73 »
1981 » - 1996 » - 2001 »

And Dale Warland Concert Choir alumni from the classes of 1967 through 1985 will hold their third-ever Dale Warland Concert Choir Reunion and perform during the awards ceremony.
More about the Dale Warland Concert Choir reunion »

Left: A scene from Reunion 2005. Photo by Steve Woit.



Campus News

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan ’61 to speak on Global Citizenship

Photo of Kofi Anon '61.

Kofi Annan at Opening Convo­cation, Sept. 9, 1994.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is scheduled to speak on campus in honor of Macalester's newly created Institute for Global Citizenship 10 a.m. April 22 in the Macalester College Field House. Tickets are required to attend and a limited number are available. For further information about the event and to inquire about tickets, please e-mail Erlene Lagerquist in the Office of Special Events.

Photo of Thomas Friedman talking on March 28 in Kagin Commons. Thomas L. Friedman. Photo by Greg Helgeson.

Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman spoke to inaugurate the Institute for Global Citizenship on March 28.


Macalester receives
$500,000 Lilly grant

Macalester has received a $500,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. of Indianapolis to sustain efforts begun through an earlier grant and enhance the growth of the newly created Institute for Global Citizenship.

"It is gratifying that Lilly Endowment endorsed our plan to continue this important work under the auspices of the Institute for Global Citizenship," said Macalester President Brian C. Rosenberg." We understand inquiry into spiritual and ethical commitments, both one's own and those of others, to be essential to global citizenship. By sustaining these strong programs, we help to insure that such commitments continue to be respected and embodied in the lives of Macalester students."

Meet our 2006 Truman Scholar:
Trudy Sumiko Rebert ’07

Photo of Trudy Sumiko Rebert.

Trudy Sumiko Rebert ’07 was selected as one of 75 Truman Scholars on March 28. The Truman Scholars were elected by 19 independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of 'making a difference.' There were 598 candidates nominated by 311 colleges and universities for the scholarship that provides $30,000 toward graduate study.

Trudy has worked with a variety of Non-Government Organizations in the U.S., Tanzania, and India. She is a double major in Geography and Political Science from Hanover, Pa., and is currently studying away in India.

Kara J. Manke ’07 receives
Goldwater Scholarship

Kara J. Manke 07 adjusting a laser.
Kara J. Manke '07 adjusting a laser
for a research project.

Kara J. Manke ’07, a Chemistry major from St. Louis Park, Minn., was named a Goldwater Scholar. Manke hopes to get her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and eventually teach at the university level. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Two Macalester seniors receive Watson Fellowship to study abroad

Chloe Poynton ’06, of San Francisco, Calif., and Sneh Rao ’06, of Palatine, Ill., have been awarded the Thomas J. Watson Foundation fellowship—a one-year grant for independent study and travel outside of the United States. The grant is awarded annually to 50 graduating college or university seniors.
Read the article in Mac Weekly »


This April, Macalester’s “Faculty Talks” podcast series features interviews with professors about their personal graduation experiences, initial post-college goals and wisdom for the Class of 2006.


The Class of 2010

Of the just over 4800 high school students who applied to Macalester College, only 477 make up the Class of 2010 that will start their undergraduate studies next fall.
More Class of 2010 stats »

Memorial service held for Professor Emeritus William Saltzman

Photo of Professor Emeritus William Saltzman.

Professor Emeritus William Saltzman of Edina, Minn., an artist who taught art at Macalester from 1966 to 1983, died March 18. He was 89.

A memorial service was held March 22 in Macalester's Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel. Professor Saltzman's commissions illuminate churches and adorn institutions throughout the Twin Cities. He designed stained-glass windows, fashioned copper reliefs, worked with oil paints and built sets for the Minnesota Opera Company.

"He cast rays of glory even when he was 89 years old," Bernard Raskas, rabbi laureate of St. Paul's Temple of Aaron and former associate chaplain at Macalester, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Knowing him was one of the highlights of my life."

In the obituary for Robert C. Amerson ’50 last month, Michael Hartnett ’77 was incorrectly identified as Michael Amerson ’77. The sentence should have read: "[Robert] 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."


Q: But, I haven't saved the world yet. What will all my peers say?

A: Most will tell you they haven't saved the world yet either.

A quick review of this year's reunion notes shows one thing... Most Mac grads have found success and value in everyday life, even if they haven't saved the world. Yes, some have become doctors, lawyers, business leaders and started a non-profit or two. But all have taken what life's thrown their way and made the best of it. Read the Reunion Notes for your class to see for yourself.

Don’t be missed. Plan to attend. Reunion 2006 June 2-4.
Prepare for Reunion 2006 »

Alumni News

Jeff Halper ’68 nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize

Photo of Jeff Halper '68 in 2003.

Founder of Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD, see website), Jeff Halper ’68, was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize by the Quaker social justice organization and 1947 Nobel Peace Prize winner, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC, see website). Halper received a Distinguished Citizen Citation from Macalester College in 2003.

Halper earned his PH.D. in anthropology after graduating from Macalester and moved to Israel in 1973. He founded ICAHD in 1997. "I saw that the only answer to conflict, violence and terrorism is justice and a commitment to human rights, which are universal. Indeed, this is the only way we will bring about a world order that is truly inclusive and gives everyone an opportunity to actualize his or her potentials," he said in the Hibbing, Minn., community newspaper.

Read about other
alumni in the news »


Mac alumni around the U.S. are planning Month of Service projects to give back to their communities. Month of Service starts in April and goes through mid-May. Here is a sampling of their activities:

Los Angeles
Activity: Heal the Bay's Nothin'-but-Sand Cleanup at Playa Del Rey
Date: Saturday, April 15
Contact: Jerry Darko ’05
details »

Twin Cities, Minnesota - Scots Pride
Activity: Volunteering at Rainbow Families' 11th Annual Conference
Date: Saturday, April 29
Contact: Danielle Nelson ’05
details »

Washington, D.C.
Activity: Volunteering at Food and Friends
Date: Saturday, April 29
Contact: Kitty Harding ’04
details »

Detroit & Ann Arbor
Activity: Removing invasive plants at Miller Nature Area
Date: Saturday, May 13
Contact: Jane Opgenorth Thielking ’89
details »

Two alumni to receive honorary
degrees at Commencement

The life works of writer Charles Baxter ’69 and theologian Beverly Wildung Harrison ’54 will be recognized by Macalester with honorary degrees bestowed at Commencement in May. They will both receive Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from the college.

Baxter taught English at the University of Michigan from 1989-2002 and became the Edelstein-Keller Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota in 2003. He has written four novels, four books of stories, three books of poetry, and two books of essays.

Harrison is Carolyn Williams Beaird Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she taught for more than 30 years. Her academic work has been in Christian ethics and liberation studies.

Commencement for the Class of 2006 will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Summit Society launches
Annual Fund video contest

The Summit Society is encouraging alumni to get creative about sharing the importance of supporting Macalester's Annual Fund in its online video contest. The videos can range from 5 seconds to 3 minutes in length and need only to state three messages—"Take the call", "Double your gift," "Put it on a credit card"—in any manner at any time. Check out the first batch of entries and find out how to submit your own by clicking here.

Still from Summit Society video, Dr. Apathy.

Here's an action shot from Dr. Apathy, a short video made by Michael Barnes ’06, Curtis Gilbert ’02, Ben Johnson ’06, Adrienne Dorn ’03 and Joan Bennett ’05 for the Summit Society's contest.

View Dr. Apathy now* »
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Young alumni meet to discuss how to buy house

Eleven recent Macalester graduates met on a Saturday morning last month to learn more about how to buy a house. Masami Suga ’90, a Realtor who specializes in first-home buyers and multicultural real estate, shared her knowledge and insights about the home-buying process. The workshop was the first in the "Outside the Bubble" series geared toward helping recent graduates during the transition period after college. The next "Outside the Bubble" workshop will be "How to buy a bottle of wine" in May.


Panel Discussion on the Palestinian and Israeli Elections
7 pm. Wed. April 5
Weyerhaeuser 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.

MPCC Day at the Capitol
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, 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.

Former U.S. Ambassador Richard Celeste speaks
8 p.m. Wed., April 19
Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

"U.S.-India: The Emerging Partnership" is the topic of a lecture presented by
Richard Celeste, Colorado College President and former U.S. Ambassador to India (1997-2001). Mr. Celeste was also the Director of the U.S. Peace Corps (1979-1981) and the Governor of Ohio (1982-1990). Celeste currently chairs the Pacific Council International Policy Task Force for the Study of India and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York.


Travel to Mongolia with Macalester August 5-17 and take in this spectacular country from an insider's point of view.

When we visit Chinggis Khan College, we will be guests of the Director, Kph. Lhavagsuren — Macalester Professor Jack Weatherford's research partner for his best-selling book, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World.

Also, Lauren Bonilla ’05, who currently works in Mongolia on a Fulbright scholarship, will be joining us.

And, there will be even more Macalester connections on the journey as the departure date comes nearer.

Find out more »

Swing Night
6-10 p.m. Thursday, April 20
Historic Wabasha Street Caves,
215 Wabasha St. S., Saint Paul (website)
$7 at the door

Doors open at 6 p.m.
Dance Lesson at 6:15 p.m.
Live swing music from 7-10 p.m.

Come show your best Swing moves or make your first attempt at this exciting dance. Or, just come and watch others twirl, whirl, jump, jive and wail. Swing Night is an all ages event and open to the public. We will receive a group discount to $6/ticket if we have 25 or more attendees. Make sure you RSVP and bring your friends! E-mail Andi Wulff or call her at 651-696-6083 for reservations.

Multicultural Sampler Block Party - Kick’n it at Mac ’06 4-6 p.m. April 22
Cultural House

Welcome admitted domestic students of color to Macalester during the second annual block party that brings together host families, admitted students, faculty, staff and other alumni. There will be music, food and fun. Email Dameun Strange for details.

Macalester Sunday
at Westminster Presbyterian Church

10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 23
1200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis

Attend a special service at Westminster Presbyterian Church for the Macalester community. Hear the Macalester Choir, directed by Robert Peterson, sing and the Highland Pipers, directed by Michael Breidenbach, perform. Scottish shortbread and other refreshments will be served.

M-Club Spring Sports Day
10 a.m. Saturday, April 29
Various locations on campus

Have a sporty day of family fun at M-Club Spring Sports Day. Participate in an alumni volleyball game at 10 a.m. in the Fieldhouse, check out the Invitational MIAC Women's Track and Field Meet at 11 a.m. in the Macalester Stadium, and watch the Mac softball team play Bethel at 1 p.m. Food will be served near the softball field starting at noon.


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