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Alumni Awards.
Nominations due by September 10

Alumni awards were presented to eight alumni during Reunion 2005.

Read their profiles...

And then, take a moment to nominate someone for 2006 who has done noteworthy work.

Nominate an alumnus/alumna ... it's easy. Just fill out the online form.

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Travel with Macalester to the Amazon, January 13-22, 2006
Journey through vast rainforests and untamed waters with an expert naturalist who will lead you on hikes through lush rainforests and on special excursions. more>>
Contact Carol Polk in the Alumni Office for more information.

Fiske Guide to Colleges Names Macalester one of 28 Best Buy Schools

The 2006 Fiske Guide to Colleges has named Macalester a Best Buy private school. For more than 20 years, this leading guide to the top 300 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada has been a source of information for students and their parents. Fiske is a selective guide with a subjective presentation rather than a statistical one.

Here's what the guide said about Macalester: "UN Secretary General Kofi Annan '61 typifies one of Mac's hallmarks: an internationalist view of the world. Mac (is in) St. Paul, a progressive capital city. Mac is the only leading Midwestern liberal arts college in an urban setting."

The list of 28 Best Buy private schools is based on the quality of the academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.

Stellar Cosmology, Neurochemical Mechanisms, Computational Chemistry: What's all that mean?
Macalester students could tell you

This summer 23 faculty members and 48 students from the science and mathematics/computer science division are conducting collaborative summer research. Much of this work will result in publication with the student being listing as a co-author.

Above: Amelia Meuller ’09 teamed up with three other students to see how a group of plant hormones known as “auxin” controls the process of root formation in the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. The protein that binds auxin to initiate a cascade of cellular events that leads to large-scale changes, such as the formation of a new root, was identified this summer. Amelia and her collaborators spent much of the summer using a combination of genetic, biochemical, and physiological methods to identify additional components of this cascade that has profound impacts on the way that plants grow and develop.


Jeannine Ruh Resigns as Coach

Macalester College's Women's Basketball Coach, Jeannine Ruh, has submitted her resignation effective July 31, 2005. She will leave coaching and return to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

Sarker Awarded MN Humanities Commission Grant

Sonita Sarker, Women's and Gender Studies, received an award from the Minnesota Humanities Commission for a book project now in process. My Country is the Whole World examines the intellectual affiliations between four women thinkers on art and politics, from Victoria Ocampo (Argentina), Virginia Woolf (England), Cornelia Sorabji (India) and Grazia Deledda (Italy). This study of the intellectuals' interpretations of fundamental 20th Century phenomena--nation and rights--demonstrate both the variety of women's/feminist ideas in their own eras (1930s and 1940s) as well as the relevance of their ideas today, in the context of war, nation-building and human rights.

Visit the Women's and Gender Studies web site.

This summer, Macalester
invites you to tilt at the windmills...

If you always meant to read Don Quixote, but
don't know Spanish
think it's too hard
wish for reading companions?

Come hear Professor Juanita Garciagodoy provide insight and guidance for summer readers at 7 p.m., Monday, August 15, Macalester College, 4th Floor Old Main.

You can join others in the Macalester community and celebrate this delightful work's 400th anniversary by reading the accessible and marvelous new translation by Edith Grossman. Start with the first 10 chapters and ponder the provocative questions. more>>

Mac in the Media

•University of Illinois chemistry Professor Chad Rienstra '93 talks about nuclear magnetic resonance in the Chemical and Life Sciences Building on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana. more>>

•Classics Professor Andy Overman says in a July 5 Star Tribune editorial, "War creates refugees. Bringing any stability to the Middle East will necessarily involve a strategy for dealing with a growing and increasingly hostile refugee population. Solving this problem will require a long-term commitment of time and resources. The alternative is a more explosive and restive Middle East." more>>

"Macalester College's golf coach Martha Nause didn't know what to do after college in the late '70s, so she decided to give the LPGA a try," writes Tad Reeve of the Pioneer Press. more>>

M Club “Meet the New Athletic Director” Luncheon

Meet Macalester's new athletic director Travis Feezell on Wednesday, September 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Weyerheauser Board Room. He speak about his vision for Macalester athletics. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Show your support by attending this luncheon hosted by the M Club. Call Eric Solberg in the Development Office at (651) 696-6476 or e-mail him at for more information. We hope to see you there.






Mark your calendar and make an evening of it!

September 29

Social scientist and bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich has spent considerable time examining the trials and tribulations of the working-class and working poor. Now she takes a look at the financial vulnerability of those who have seemingly done everything right at 7 p.m. in Kagin Commons. This event is free but tickets are required and can be picked up at area Whole Foods Markets and the Campus Center information desk (for students, faculty staff and alumni) beginning September 14.

Arthur Serota, human rights lawyer, will discuss the issue of child soldiering in Uganda and other parts of Africa as well as human rights protocols, peacekeeping and the role of the International Criminal Court from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center.

More information forthcoming on both events.

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Chicago/Madison/Milwaukee Alums
Macalester's football team will compete in Lake Forest at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, September 3. More details to come.

Twin Cities Alums
Come celebrate Macalester's New Mascot
Start the weekend with a Happy Hour for Macalester and Oberlin Alumni, 6-8 p.m., Friday, September 9, at Plums Bar, 480 Snelling Avenue, St. Paul

Show your support by attending the Football Home Opener against Oberlin at 1 p.m., and the women's soccer game against Grinnell at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 10.


•Alumni of Color Host Program. Sign up now.

•Alumni director Gabrielle Lawrence '73 and alumnus Michael Thompson '81 write about their journeys to Vietnam. Read the articles.