Photo of a couple salsa dancing at Macalester Reunion 2006


Next year's reunion
coming your way
June 1-3, 2007

Milestone Years
1957 (50-year)
1982 (25-year)
1997 (10-years)
2002 (5 years)

Cluster Years


Golden Scots


Alumni from the classes of 2001, 1996, '81, '71, '72, '73, '56, '51 and '46, as well as alumni who sang with the Macalester Concert Choir under Dale Warland's direction, came back to campus June 2-4 for Reunion 2006. The apex of weekend activity was salsa dancing in the Mojitos and Martinis tent. Other activities included faculty lectures, an alumni concert, an awards convocation featuring a reunion choir directed by Dale Warland, art car painting, a family picnic, secret campus tunnel tours and more. Reunion 2006 drew a large, enthusiastic crowd. One-in-five of everyone invited showed up, making the total attendance 1,142 alumni and guests.
See Reunion 2006 photos »

A couple dances to salsa music at Reunion 2006.
Photo: Greg Helgeson





Photo of Brian Rosenberg

"All alumni and members of the Macalester community should take pleasure and pride in this show of support for the college. It testifies to the quality and importance of our work. With your generous gifts, you have demonstrated confidence in Macalester and a strong commitment to its future. I am honored to be a part of this collective effort."
President Brian Rosenberg

Thanks to an impressive 60 percent increase in alumni giving, Macalester has just completed its most successful fund-raising year ever. A total of $14.5 million (not including bequests) was donated to the college, compared to the previous high of $10.6 million in 2000. A year ago $9.7 million was raised.

Alumni giving for all purposes increased dramatically from $5.8 million to $9.3 million. A portion of these donations was the record $3.086 million raised for the Annual Fund with the help of over 700 alumni volunteers.
Learn more about alumni giving in 2005-2006 »


Feeling landlocked?
It may be a good time to travel with Macalester. Check out these upcoming adventures:

natural and cultural treasures of Mongolia.
Mongolia: August 5-17

Treasures of Italy
Italy: Sept. 28 - Oct. 6

Libya: November 9-21

Reserve your place on any of these trips today.


Highland Games and Scottish Faire (Seattle)
11 a.m. Saturday, July 8
Edgewater Park,
Mount Vernon, Wash.

Join Seattle-area alumni and Skye Richendrfer ’80, the executive director and founder of the Celtic Arts Foundation and former pipe major for the Macalester Pipe Band, for the 12th Annual Skagit Valley Highland Games and Scottish Faire (website). Fun for all ages! E-mail Carolyn Anderson ’76 for more information.

Welcome picnic for the Class of 2010  (D.C.)
1-4 p.m. Sunday, July 16
3204 Farmington Dr.,
Chevy Chase, Maryland

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All D.C.-area alumni, current and new students are invited to a picnic welcoming Macalester’s entering class. Families, children and guests are welcome. Please bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. For more information, contact hosts Leah Wortham ’70 and Eric Hirschhorn ’70 at 301-986-9584 or

LGBT Reunion 2006

September 29 - October 1
online registration is open

Take part in Macalester's first-ever LGBT Reunion this fall.

Read alumni notes, listen to oral history interviews and register online:

Visit LGBT Reunion site »

See WNBA’s Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx in Chicago
7:30 p.m. Friday, July 28
UIC Pavilion, 1150 W. Harrison St.
(at Racine Ave.)
Tickets $25

See the new WBNA franchise team — the Chicago Sky (website) — play the Minnesota Lynx (website) with other Chicago-land alumni and friends at the University of Illinois Chicago Pavilion.  Enjoy a pre-game happy hour at 5:30 p.m. at Jaks Tap (website), 901 W. Jackson St. (at Peoria St.). E-mail Susan Perry ’83 to reserve your tickets or request more information.


Jerry Darko 03 belts out a hit at karaoke night.

Los Angeles-Area alumni had a great time at the chapter's Karaoke Night in May. Pictured here is event organizer Jerry Darko ’05 belting out one of his favorite hits.

Campus News

New Dean of Multicultural Life, Tommy Lee Woon, to start this fall

Photo of Tommy Lee Woon.

Tommy Lee Woon

Tommy Lee Woon will start at Macalester as Dean of Multicultural Life this fall. Woon is leaving Dartmouth College, where he served as Associate Dean of Student Life/Director of Pluralism and Leadership since 2002. Prior to Dartmouth, he was Assistant Dean of Students and Multicultural Educator at Stanford University, Brown University and Oberlin College. Woon was selected for the Macalester position by a diverse committee made up of faculty, staff and students. The search process lasted four months and included meetings with a wide variety of people from core constituencies on campus.

Student archeologists dig Omrit

A group of 45 students and staff members were in northern Israel excavating an early Roman imperial temple complex (50 BCE-100 CE) at Omrit from May 18 to June 22. The Omrit site was discovered in 1998 by Classics Professor Andy Overman and this is the eighth season of excavation at the site.
View pictures, read field notes and listen to audio logs from the trip »

Photo from Omrit Dig led by Andy Overman.

Maeve Kane ’08 and Sam McNerney uncover a nearly complete amphora (storage vessel) at the Omrit site in northern Israel. Photo: Zachary Teicher ’07. See more photos »

Jeff Larson ’79 is new chair of the Board of Trustees

Photo of Jeff Larson 79.

Jeff Larson ’79 succeeds Mark Vander Ploeg ’74 as chair.

Jeffrey B. Larson ’79 was elected chair of Macalester's Board of Trustees effective June 1. He succeeds Mark Vander Ploeg ’74, who has served as board chair for six years. Vander Ploeg continues to serve as a member of the board. Larson is the managing partner of Sowood Capital Management LP in Boston. He has been a member of the board since 2002.

Playing surface upgraded
at Macalester Stadium

Macalester College began installing FieldTurf at Macalester Stadium on May 15 to improve the playing surface for outdoor sports. The first contest on the new surface will be the men's soccer game with Bethel on September 6.

Photo of FieldTurf installation at Macalester Stadium

Work crews prepare to install synthetic FieldTurf surface at Macalester Stadium.

“With football, men's soccer and women's soccer sharing the turf at Macalester Stadium, the field's current natural grass surface usually gets chopped up pretty badly and, by October, is less than adequate for the teams,” said Macalester Director of Athletics Travis Feezell. “Now, with the new FieldTurf, conditions will be ideal throughout the fall seasons.”

Alumni News

Eight alumni receive awards and honors at annual Award Convocation

What do an international peace advocate, a presbyterian minister, two international health and welfare advocates, a theater director and dramaturge, a composer, a public servant and a boat captain all have in common? All eight were honored for their achievements at the alumni award convocation held June 3.

2006 Alumni Award Recipients

Wlliam D. Bowell, Sr. 49

William D. Bowell, Sr. ’49
Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa
read bio »

Melvin Duncan 72

Melvin E. Duncan ’72
Distinguished Citizen Citation
read bio »

Ronald C. Gustafson 51.

Ronald C. Gustafson ’51
Distinguished Citizen Citation
read bio »

Photo of Charles N. Johnson 56

Charles N. Johnson ’56
Distinguished Citizen Citation
read bio »

Stephen H. Paulus 71

Stephen H. Paulus ’71
Distinguished Citizen Citation
read bio »

Faye M. Price 77

Faye M. Price ’77
Catharine Lealtad ’15 Service to Society Award
read bio »

Jessica Page Stickney 51

Jessica Page Stickney ’51
Distinguished Citizen Citation
read bio »

Chuck Szymanski 91

Chuck Szymanski ’91
Young Alumni Award
read bio »

Susan Haigh '73 working to provide 60 homes to low-income families this year

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, under the leadership of its executive director Susan Haigh ’73, plans to build 60 homes for low-income families this year and is the nation's fourth busiest in terms of homebuilding according to a story in the Star Tribune printed June 24. Haigh’s Habitat affiliate is placing more families in their own homes by shifting much of the charity’s efforts into building multifamily homes on more affordable property in suburbs. It is one of the first Habitat affiliates in the U.S. to use this innovative strategy.
Read the article at »

Nathan Knox ’04 starting for Minnesota Thunder soccer team

Nathan Knox ’04
Photo: Competitive Image/Paul Phillips courtesy Minnesota Thunder.

Former Macalester All-America standout Nathan Knox '04 is playing a key role again this summer for the Minnesota Thunder of the United Soccer League (website). The only two-time All-America selection in the history of Mac's men's soccer program and the 2003 MIAC Player of the Year, Knox is in his second season as a starting midfielder for the team. Through the season's first eight games, he has two goals and two assists while ranking fifth on the team in minutes played.


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