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Nominate a classmate to be honored by Macalester

The Alumni Board is now accepting nominations for the 2007 Alumni Awards to be given in June.

A tradition since 1949, bestowing Alumni Awards is an important way Macalester acknowledges the accomplishments and public service of its outstanding alumni. The Nominations Committee of the Alumni Board reviews nominees to select each year's recipients.

Make sure your voice is heard by nominating Macalester alumni you would like to see honored at next year's ceremony.

More about alumni awards »

Nominate an alumnus/a for an alumni award »

The deadline for nominations is September 25.



Campus News

Brian Rosenberg featured in Minnesota Public Radio's Leadership Series

Brian Rosenberg was interviewed by Midmorning host Keri Miller as part of the Minnesota Public Radio talk show's Leadership Series on July 20. He discussed the qualities of leadership, challenges of running a college and goals of educating students to become community leaders.
Hear the interview »

New York Times includes Macalester as one of 20 gems "off the beaten path"

Macalester was listed as one of 20 colleges stressing undergraduate teaching and having established or rising scholarship by The New York Times in an Education Life article titled “Off the Beaten Path.” The story ran on Sunday, July 30.
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Sara Frailich is Macalester's
new coordinator of Jewish life

Sara Frailich

Sara Frailich joins the Macalester community as its new coordinator of Jewish life. She recently received her masterís degree in Anthropology and Womenís and Gender Studies from Brandeis University (Waltham, Mass.) and replaces Rabbi Shoshana Dworsky.

Advocate College Guide includes Macalester as one of 100 best campuses for LGBT students

100 Best LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities

Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students recognized Macalester as one of the 100 Best Campuses for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) students in the United States in its first edition released August 1. Campus PrideNet (website), a national organization for LGBT and ally student leaders, compiled the best-100 list with support from the National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education (website) from a list of 680 schools nominated by LGBT college students. The guide's 100 profiled campuses were selected based on institutional policies, commitment and support, academic life, housing, student life, counseling and health services, campus safety and recruitment and retention efforts.
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Thomas E. Hill, professor emeritus in philosophy, died at 97

Professor Emeritus Thomas E. Hill of Chapel Hill. N.C., who taught philosophy at Macalester from 1946 to 1974, died July 8, 2006. He was 97. He taught briefly at King College and Southwestern (Rhodes) College and did post-doctoral study at Harvard before he began a distinguished career teaching and writing philosophy at Macalester, where he became Bloedel Professor of Philosophy. Professor Hill was known as a “Southern gentleman” to students and admired for his analytical brilliance. His five books concerned ethics, knowledge, meaning and “a good life.” He is survived by his daughters Sara P. Hill ’56 and Mary A. Hill, son Thomas, Jr., four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Former Macalester library director, Jean Kenway Archibald died at 88

Jean Kenway Archibald, 88, of Wayzata, Minn., former director of the Macalester Library, died May 18, 2006. She was hired by Macalester in 1961, initially to serve as an assistant reference librarian, but later took on the positions of reference librarian, acting librarian and associate director of the library. As an adjunct associate professor, she taught courses in government documents research. In 1978, she was named director of the Macalester Library. She received the college’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award in 1984. A memorial service was held June 8 at Macalester’s Weyerhaeuser Chapel. She is survived by daughters Ann Anton and Janet Fish, son James, brother Edward Kenway, seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Professor Emeritus Robert L. Bunting died at 85

Professor Emeritus Robert L. Bunting of Wilmington, N.C., died May 18, 2006. He was 85. He served in World War II as a captain in the Air Force and flew 72 bombing missions over Europe as a squadron leader. As F.R. Bigelow Professor of Economics at Macalester from 1969 to 1984, he taught courses in economic theory, labor economics and statistics. The Robert L. Bunting Prize in Economics is given each year to a Macalester student. Professor Bunting is survived by his second wife Anne Cochran Bunting; daughter Ann Bunting Mock, seven grandchildren, stepdaughter Arden Cochran Gaddy and brother Richard.

Alumni News

Look where we're going...

A group of 10 alumni and guests is in Mongolia Aug. 5-17 through Macalester's travel program. Their adventure goes into the heart of unspoiled Asian wilderness and offers rare opportunities to learn more about Mongolia's efforts to reclaim its identity and heritage.

Photo from India.

The next alumni trip will explore India and departs Jan. 21 returning Feb. 3, 2007. Registrations for the India trip are due Oct. 15.

Learn more about traveling to India with Macalester's travel program »

Help Macalester welcome diversity

Alumni are invited to host domestic students of color for the 2006-2007 academic year and play a vital role in these students’ adjustment to college life and living in the Twin Cities. Sign up for the Host Family Program for Students of Color/Multiracial Students and become an important community resource for someone in the Class of 2010 today.
Sign up now »

Host an international student

Twin Cities-area residents are invited to host international students for the 2006-2007 academic year. Help international students learn about life in the U.S. and participate in a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and friendship. Existing now for over 30 years, this program connects approximately 100 families and 140 students. This unique program does not involve a home stay. E-mail Marilyn Cragoe for more information.
More about the host family program for international students »

Alumni committee helps make new Athletics and Recreation Center a reality

A committee of 13 alumni steering efforts to improve Macalester athletic and recreational facilities reached a critical milestone this summer. The group helped Macalester raise $12.3 million of the estimated $41 million needed to build a new, state-of-the-art Athletics and Recreation Center for the campus and has won Board of Trustee approval to go forward with construction plans. The design for the new facility incorporates “green” adaptations intended to minimize energy use and will greatly improve health and wellness offerings available to the Macalester community.
Learn more about the new
Athletics and Recreation Center »

Leah Wortham ’70 hosted 60 D.C.-area alumni, incoming first-year students and their families for a "Welcome Class of 2010" picnic on July 16. Another welcome picnic was held Aug. 6 in Boston and two more will be held in Seattle and Chicago.
Volunteer to host a picnic next year »

Tina Falle ’03 works with Nepal Nutrition Intervention Project

As part of her MHS program in International Health, Disease Prevention and Control at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Tina Falle ’03 is in southern Nepal studying traditional birth attendants’ knowledge, attitude and practices. In a pretest of their survey, women replied that two or three is the ideal number of children for a couple, yet the average mother has four children. “Birth spacing and contraception are very much taboo topics,” says Falle. It is not unusual for girls to marry at 15, and “most birth attendants do not discuss contraception methods with women who just gave birth.” Falle is working with the local Nepal Nutrition Intervention Project.

Laura Blau ’76 wins award for sustainable design of her home

The Blau-Thompson residence in Philadelphia — recently renovated by Laura A Blau ’76 and Paul A Thompson through their firm BluPath Design Inc. — received a Bronze 2006 Commonwealth Design Award from the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania in June. The home features solar collectors that heat domestic hot water and radiant flooring, high-performance windows and skylights that provide day lighting, a rainwater and AC condensation catch system that harvests water for the garden, low- and no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints and other sustainable features. Only 15 projects in 10 Pennsylvania counties were selected were honored with 2006 Commonwealth Design Awards.


See Guys and Dolls at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse
6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12
Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave., Bemidji, Minn.

Come and see one of the most beloved musical comedies ever written, Guys and Dolls, with Macalester alumni of Northern Minnesota. Dinner at Tutto Bene starts 6 p.m., performance at Paul Bunyan Playhouse at 8 p.m. Tickets $18. Cost of dinner not included. RSVP to Janice Dickinson, including your name, class year, and number attending dinner and number attending the performance.

LGBT Reunion 2006

September 29 - October 1
online registration is open

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

Visit LGBT Reunion site »

Welcome potluck BBQ for the Class of 2010 (Chicago)
4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13
1118 Judson Ave., Evanston, Ill.

Chicago-area alumni are invited to a potluck BBQ welcoming incoming students and their parents to the Macalester community at the home of Debbie Thorne '75. Please RSVP to Janice Dickinson by Aug. 11. For directions and information about what to bring, call Debbie at 847-328-0420.

Pre-season football scrimmage & annual M Club tailgating party
1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25
Macalester Stadium

See the culmination resulting from two weeks of rigorous football training camp at the Scots scrimmage against Martin Luther College. The scrimmage will be followed by the annual M Club tailgate party at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Move-In Day for Mac Students
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2
Various locations on campus

Help Macalester’s incoming class move in! Alumni volunteers are needed to greet students, staff info tables and direct new arrivals to their dorms. Volunteer for the whole day or a two-hour shift. Any time you can give is appreciated. Contact Allison Greenlee, assistant director of Campus Programs, to sign up or learn more about this volunteer opportunity.


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