Over 400 seniors to graduate May 13
Over 400 seniors, including 64 international students from 34 countries, will graduate in Macalester's 117th Commencement 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Former CNN anchor Aaron Brown, a longtime broadcaster, is the keynote speaker. Neely Anne Crane-Smith ’06, a political science major from Albuquerque, N.M., is the senior speaker.
Honorary degrees at Commencement will be presented to two alumni — writer Charles Baxter '69 and theologian Beverly Wildung Harrison '54. They will both receive Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.
"I am extremely pleased to have a speaker and two outstanding honorary degree recipients who represent the best in their professions," said President Brian Rosenberg. "They are fine examples to our seniors and their families of how talented and committed individuals can make a difference and bring about change."
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Brian Rosenberg stands up for Mac's student activists in Minneapolis paper
President Brian Rosenberg wrote an op-ed responding to Katherine Kersten's column criticizing Macalester's student activists published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on April 3.
"I know many of the activist students at Macalester," Rosenberg wrote. "When they're not lobbying
for particular causes they are participating in hurricane relief trips to the Gulf
Coast, doing volunteer work with local community organizations, studying
history, philosophy and political science, and otherwise taking seriously
Macalester's stated belief in the importance of service and in education as
enhancing the public good. I'd rather have students who care about citizenship,
even ones with whom I sometimes disagree, than students more indifferent or
The Star Tribune published Rosenberg's opinion on April 5.
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MacCARES receives Education Award
The student organization, MacCARES, received the Education Award for raising awareness about energy conservation and environmental sustainability on April 27 at Macalester’s Community Recognition Awards Celebration.
MacCARES installed a green roof over the “Fish Bowl” between Turck Hall and Doty Hall on April 14. Green roofs reduce heating and cooling costs for a building and increase roof lifespan. The student group — in partnership with the Environmental Studies Department, Facilities Management and the Development Office — hopes to install a 1350-sq.-ft green roof on Kagin Commons and has entered the EPA’s P3 student design competition in pursuit of an EPA P3 Award valued at up to $75,000.
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MacCARES installed a green roof over the fishbowl on April 14. Left to Right: Andrew Meeker ’09, Becca Orrick ’09, David Schmitt ’08, Andre Reinero ’09, Justin Lee ’08, Timothy Den Herder-Thomas ’09, Angelina Lopez ’09, Asa Diebolt ’09, Emily Cohen ’09, Alese Colehour ’09, Hannah Gelder ’08 and Ellie Rogers ’09.
Photo: Ken Moffett
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Lucia Wang '08 receives Phillips Scholarship
Lucia Wang '08 was selected as one of six 2006-2008 recipients of the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation Scholarship from the Minnesota Private College Fund. The recipients were chosen based on financial need, academic achievement, leadership, service and their proposals for service projects that meet the needs of Minnesota communities. Lucia's project, spanning two summers, will help new refugee families gain access to local food shelves and will create culturally relevant nutritional programs for adults and children. She will work with Neighborhood House, which is housed in the new Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building, on the West Side of St. Paul.
Scots women place fourth at Macalester track and field invitational
Emily Stafford ’06 won the 800-meter run in 2:17.4, leading the Scots Women Track and Field team to a fourth-place finish out of 13 teams April 29 at the 30th annual Macalester Invitational. Macalester had several outstanding performances, in the long jump, javelin throw, hammer throw and discus.
The Scots compete Thursday, May 4, at the St. Thomas Twilight Meet and Friday, May 5, at Hamline's Meet of the Unsaintly.
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Professor Gary Erickson exhibits work at the Circa Gallery in Minneapolis
Gary Erickson's "Foaming Clave"
Gary Erickson, Art, is exhibiting his ceramic sculptures through May 24 at the Circa Gallery, 1637 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis (see website). He is showing new works inspired by his trips to Cuba and last summer's Macalester art faculties trip to China. Also showing in the gallery is Cuban artist Juan Alonso's erotic flora drawings.
Memorial gathering held for Professor Emeritus Alvin King
Professor Emeritus Alvin King
A memorial gathering for Professor Emeritus Alvin J. King, who taught music at Macalester from 1967 to 1987, was held April 20 in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. He died March 30. He was 88 and lived in Wellesley, Mass.
Professor King taught courses in music theory and composition and performed widely with the Koenig String Quartet. He was a versatile composer whose pieces ranged from oratorios to works for woodwind groups to "Winnie-the-Pooh" songs. "Alvin was a loved mentor to many students, faculty and staff," said Macalester Professor Carleton Macy. "His compositions demonstrate the craft he learned studying with Paul Hindemith at Yale, as well as the beauty, wit and humor learned from his love of all life. Among other interests, Alvin was a pilot, sailor, cook and lover of everything." Professor King was recently married to his third wife, Janet King. He is also survived by two sons, Joseph and Paul King `82, and a daughter, Audrey, by his first marriage.
REUNION 2006 Q&A
Q: Why should I register for Reunion 2006 before I go?
A: So you'll have your own, cool reunion nametag...
We want you to feel welcome when you return to your alma mater for Reunion — preparing your nametag is just the beginning. Register for Reunion Weekend now and you'll also receive a handy information packet when you arrive on campus and have trouble-free access to all of the paid events you sign up for — like your class dinner and the all-class picnic. Register by May 5 to save $15 off of your registration fee.*
Don’t be missed. Register now.
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*Registration fee is waived for classes including
and before 1956, and for the Class of 2001.
Holly Hinman ’01 and Mary Morse ’82 help bring car-sharing hub to Mac
Photo: John Barobs
Employees of St. Paul's Neighborhood Energy Consortium Holly Hinman ’01 and Mary Morse ’82 were on campus April 27 to celebrate the new HOURCAR car-sharing hub scheduled to open at Macalester in July.
The HOURCAR Hub will give Macalester students and neighbors who subscribe to its services access to cars on a per-trip basis and an opportunity to save over automobile ownership.
The Neighborhood Energy Consortium has been preparing to launch the Twin Cities HOURCAR program since 2002 and has already established 12 hub locations in the Twin Cities. The Macalester Hub will be the second in St. Paul.
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Seth Lind '01 discusses documentary-making with students
Seth Lind ’01, filmmaker and public radio producer, talked about his documentary-making experiences and showed one of his films April 23 on campus.
Seth directed the short documentary film Barbara Leather about a Manhattan sandal maker. The film has screened at several festivals and will be shown at the 2006 San Francisco Documentary Festival. He was co-producer and cinematographer on the 2004 documentary film Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth (website), about the genius keyboardist of Parliament-Funkadelic and Talking Heads. Stranger screened at 20 festivals in the U.S. and abroad and won several awards.
Seth currently works as production manager for the show This American Life heard on many public radio stations.
MONTH OF SERVICE 2006
So far, Mac alumni have picked up litter at a beach in L.A., replanted native species in a park north of Indianapolis, volunteered at the Rainbow Families Conference in the Twin Cities and delivered food to those in need in Washington, D.C., for Month of Service 2006. The good deeds continue through the month of May:
Detroit & Ann Arbor
Activity: Removing invasive plants at Miller Nature Area
Date: Saturday, May 13
Activity: Helping at Land's Sake Farm
Date: Saturday, May 20
Chris Boulton '96 and Jane Turk '02 present at Massachusetts-Amherst communications conference
Chris Boulton '96 and Jane Turk '02 presented papers at "Communication in Crisis," a conference hosted by the Communication Graduate Students Association at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst held March 31 and April 1 in Amherst, Mass.
Chris Boulton, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts, was one of the conference coordinators, and delivered a competitively reviewed paper entitled "Encoding Cute: Selling Children to Adults," in the session Youth, Femininity and the Allure of Imagery.
Jane Turk, Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, delivered a competitively reviewed paper entitled "'Emergency' and Broadcast Reform: The Role of Crisis in Defining the U.S. Media Reform Movement," in the session Emergency, Response, and Policy.
Dameun Strange ’95 receives Outstanding Staff of 2006 Award
Dameun Strange ’95, associate director of Alumni Relations, received the Department of Multicultural Life Outstanding Ally Award on April 30 at the annual Harambee Celebration. "Harambee" means "working together" in Swahili and the award recognizes faculty and staff who have worked diligently throughout the academic year to advocate, promote, and support the work of the Department of Multicultural Life.
National Geographic photographer Thomas J. Abercrombie ’52 dies
Thomas J. Abercrombie
Thomas J. Abercrombie ’52 of Shady Side, Md., died April 3, 2006. He was 75. He was a noted photographer and writer for National Geographic who visited all seven continents in 38 years of world travel. From the mid-1950s to the early 1990s, “his exploits in any given week made [Ernest] Hemingway’s look like child’s play,” the New York Times wrote. He was the first civilian correspondent to reach the South Pole, led a train of 400 camels through the Sahara, swam with Jacques Costeau and outwitted an angry anti-American mob in Cambodia by convincing them that he was French. Mr. Abercrombie received a Distinguished Citizen Citation from Macalester in 1982. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Bruette Abercrombie ’54, children Mari and Bruce, brother Robert and two grandchildren.
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 10
Help welcome Macalester’s graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender seniors to Scots Pride by attending Macalester’s Lavender Graduation. This is the second time Macalester celebrates its LGBT graduates. The ceremony will include keynote speeches by staff and students, followed by a reception. For more information, contact Danielle Nelson, Scots Pride coordinator, at email@example.com or 651-696-6694.
Karaoke Night (LA-area)
7 p.m. Friday, May 19
Backstage Bar & Grill,
10400 Culver Blvd.,
Culver City, Calif.
Sing your heart out or sit back and enjoy the vocal talents of Macalester alumni at Karaoke Night. Backstage is 2005 Citysearch Winner for Best Bar Food, Best Dive Bar, Best Karaoke and Best Singles Scene. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. RSVP by e-mail to Jerry Darko '05 or call him at 612-804-5989.
See Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion in Washington, D.C.
5:45 p.m. Saturday, May 27
Wolf Trap's Filene Center,
1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.
Join Macalester alumni in Washington, D.C., in association with
Minnesota Public Radio and WETA-FM, for the 3rd annual trip to a live broadcast of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Tickets are $18 for lawn seating. Bring a picnic basket. Alcohol is not permitted. For more information, e-mail Sarah Puro '99 or call 301-779-8154.
TRAVEL TO MONGOLIA
Travel to Mongolia with Macalester and see one of the world's hottest destinations in the company of other alumni and friends.
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17th Annual M Club
Mac Hac Golf Scramble
1 p.m. Friday, June 9
St. Croix National Golf Club,
1603 32nd Street,
Enjoy an afternoon of golf and help raise money for Macalester student-athlete programs at the annual Mac Hac, sponsored by McGough Companies. We will golf at St. Croix National located in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley. Golf registration opens at 11:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. After the tournament, enjoy cocktails and bid on silent auction items before a dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Croix National Banquet Facility. For more information, e-mail Nicole or call 651-994-1459.
Registrations due May 25.
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"FACULTY TALKS" PODCAST
Macalester’s “Faculty Talks” podcast series continues to interview professors about their own graduation experiences, initial post-college goals and advice for the Class of 2006 in May.
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Mark Linder ’69 presents “Bringing Democracy to America's Cities”
2-5 p.m. Saturday, June 24
Rm. 255, Dr. Martin Luther King Library,
150 E San Fernando St., San Jose, Calif.
Come and hear Mark Linder ’69, assistant city manager of San Jose, talk on “Bringing Democracy to America's Cities” in the beautiful Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library. Mark's department covers a wide range of key services for the largest city in Northern California and 10th largest in the U.S. After Linder’s talk, Macalester alumni will be given a private tour of the MLK Library, the first of its kind that is jointly owned and operated by a city and a university, and the new City Hall, designed by world renowned architect Richard Meier. For more information, e-mail Mariam Ispahani ’92 or call 510-543-8822. RSVPs preferred.