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Photo of Toni Morrison at Macalester Opening Convocation. Toni Morrison opened the academic year.
Photo: Greg Helgeson.


Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison spoke at Macalester's Opening Convocation on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

In her talk, she welcomed new and returning students, spoke of the current and future importance of intellectual freedom and shared her personal reflections about her own work.

Toni Morrison's Opening Convocation talk was broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio's "Midday" program on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
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Campus News

Macalester to break ground for new Athletic and Recreation Center

The ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Athletic and Recreation Center will happen 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, on the west side of the gymnasium. All are welcome to attend. The new center will replace the 80-year-old complex made up of the Field House, Gymnasium and Natatorium with a new state-of-the-art, eco-friendly building. The new center will have a larger field house with four multipurpose courts and a 200-meter indoor track; a performance gym able to seat 1200 to 1600 spectators; a fitness, exercise and multipurpose area three times larger than current spaces; an 8- to 10-lane swimming pool complete with the most up-to-date timing equipment and an inviting lounge area with a juice bar.
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Scots football wins home opener

Photo of two football players dumping Gaterade on the coach

New head coach Glenn Caruso picked up his first victory at Mac on Sept. 10.
Photo: Christopher Mitchell ’01

The Fighting Scots will be a team to watch this football season. Macalester won its game against Principia (St. Louis), 50-6, scoring three touchdowns and holding the Panthers to 31 yards during the first half. This is the team’s first victory since Coach Glenn Caruso came to Macalester last December. The Scots pursue the “Book of Knowledge” trophy Saturday, Sept. 16, in Northfield when they take on the Carleton Knights.
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Annie Borton ’07 named to Team of the Week

Photo of Annie Borton 07.

Macalester forward Annie Borton ’07 was named to the first ever Division III women’s soccer Team of the Week on Sept. 5 after she led the Scots to a pair of wins over Labor Day Weekend in Wisconsin. Burton has scored 46 goals for the Scots and is tied with Tawni Epperson ’99 for the No. 4 spot on Macalester's all-time goal-scoring list. Scots women’s soccer continues its winning streak from last season and logged its 29th win in a row.
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President Rosenberg to visit Seattle and Portland

President Brian Rosenberg will be in Portland, Ore., and Seattle at the end of this month for "Conversations with the President." Local alumni and friends will discuss Macalester's challenges, achievements and aspirations with him. To attend, contact Erlene Lagerquist by Monday, Sept. 18.

Portland, Ore.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27
Fifth Avenue Suites Hotel,
506 SW Washington St.

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28
The Home of Karen Sternal 74, 1924 Bonair Dr. SW

Jack Weatherford awarded Mongolia's highest national honor

Jack Weatherford, Anthropology, has been awarded the Order of the Polar Star by President Nambaryn Enkhbayar and the parliament of Mongolia. Weatherford is the author of The New York Times best-seller Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. Weatherford will travel to Mongolia to receive the award in person in February.

Theater professor Harry Waters, Jr., performs at the Guthrie

Harry Waters Jr., Theater and Dance, performed in The Falls at the new Guthrie Theater's Joe Dowling Studio Aug. 23 - Sept. 10. The play, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, is set near the St. Anthony Falls of the Mississippi in the heart of Minneapolis and tells stories of surrounding neighborhoods and their diverse inhabitants through fascinating, humorous, and often bittersweet true tales from decades ago and the recent past.

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Hear anthropology professor Jack Weatherford talk about his next book (listen) and English professor Daylanne English share insights about Toni Morrison's novel Beloved (listen).

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Students, alumni and faculty to teach six EXCO courses this fall

The Experimental College (EXCO) will offer six courses to Macalester students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community beginning the week of Sept. 18. In the spirit of the original EXCO movement of the late ’60s, organizers strive to offer Macalester and the surrounding community an opportunity to teach or learn in a space open to all kinds of knowledge. This fall's six EXCO courses are: The Great Law of Peace, Creating a Compassionate Society, History of New York, Theater of the Oppressed, Conflict Transformation and Sociology of Vocation. For more information, contact David Boehnke ’07 .

Rabbi Raskas to be honored with naming of 'Raskas Road' in St. Paul

Photo of Rabbi Raskas

Rabbi Bernard Solomon Raskas, retired visiting distinguished professor at Macalester and rabbi laureate of Temple of Aaron synagogue in St. Paul, will be honored for his many years of service to Temple of Aaron and the wider community when Hartford Ave., between Mount Curve Blvd. and Mississippi River Blvd., is co-named "Raskas Road." The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the north parking lot of the synagogue near the portico and is open to the public.

Alumni News

Macalester launches Give Green, an eco-conscious Annual Fund program

Give Green icon.

Macalester's Annual Fund has launched a program that offers alumni the option of receiving most of its fundraising communications electronically, rather than through direct mail. The program, called Give Green, was developed by Annual Fund's director Katy Lowery ’73, associate director Holly Muñoz ’02 and assistant director Paul E. Odegaard ’04. Alumni who sign up help reduce the ecological footprint of annual fundraising and save Macalester money on postage and printing.
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LGBT network of alumni records Macalester's LGBT history

Montage of alumni who were interviewed for the Oral History Project.

In conjunction with planning the first-ever reunion for Macalester's LGBT alumni Sept. 28-Oct.1, Scots Pride is recording the oral histories of these alumni and sharing them over the Web. So far, eight interviews have been posted to the Scots Pride Oral History Project, representing alumni who graduated in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and this decade.

In the most recent interview, Paula Lackie ’84 describes what Women's Soccer was like when it just became a varsity sport and how the network for LGBT alumni now known as Scots Pride came to be.

Listen to Paula Lackie ’84 interview »

Details about the LGBT Reunion »

Alumni welcome the Class of 2010

Debbie Thorne ’75 hosted a picnic to welcome the Chicago-area members of the Class of 2010 in August. Regional welcoming events were also held in Seattle, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Through Macalester You Are Here

Kevin ’95 and Jennifer (Jo) Opdyke Wilhelm ’96 have found their passion in making our world more sustainable. Kevin runs a consulting firm that helps companies and organizations use sustainable practices as a strategic advantage. Jo monitors freshwater systems of Washington’s King County.
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Two Macalester alumni receive
Minnesota Latino Achievement Awards

Manuael Cervantes 74Michael Gonzalez-Campoy 83

Manuel Cervantes ’74 and Michael Gonzalez-Campoy ’83 are the recipients of the Minnesota Latino Achievement Awards, honoring Latinos who have made history in Minnesota, and will be profiled in the magazine Vice Versa. They are among 12 individuals and two organizations being honored. Cervantes is the former city attorney for St. Paul and is now an assistant state attorney general in the Charities Division. Gonzales-Campoy, a physician, is the former president of the Minnesota Medical Society and the founder of the Minnesota Center for Obesity, Metabolism and Endocrinology. Macalester is running a public service ad in the magazine, congratulating the two alums. The magazine will be available later this month.

Trustee to match gifts from new Grand Society members in 2006-2007

A Macalester trustee is matching each new or lapsed Grand Society gift to the Annual Fund of $1,000 or more with an additional $1,000 gift. Any alumni, parent or friend of Macalester who was not a member of the Grand Society in fiscal year 2006 is eligible for this match.

The Grand Society contributed more than $1.84 million in unrestricted gifts last year helping to sustain and enrich the Macalester experience. Over the past three years, Grand Society membership has increased from 874 members to 1,005 members.

Through this challenge, Macalester hopes to add 100 more members to this valuable annual giving program. To participate, donors can make a one-time gift or set up easy monthly payments of $84 per month through Macalester's secure online giving page.
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"Chips off the ol' block"

Chips Reception

Incoming first-year students and their alumni parents and relatives met at a special event during move-in day.
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One Hippo at a Time

A 144-piece porcelain service featuring 303 hand painted views of hippopotamuses based upon photos taken by Sarah Louise Galbraith ’03 was on display at Sothebys Sept. 7-13. Sarah was hired by collector Richard Baron Cohen to travel around the world to take these photos at 101 zoos in 33 countries over the course of one year. The Hippopotamus Service is "probably the single most important commissioned service of the last 100 years," according to Antiques and the Arts. Her story has also been covered by Time Out New York and The Wall Street Journal.
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Travel to France
through Macalester

Explore pre-historic cave paintings, enjoy rich cuisines and walk the streets of medieval villages in the Dordogne Valley of southwest France this spring. All alumni and friends are welcome to enjoy this adventure scheduled for April 2007.
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LGBT Reunion


The first-ever reunion for Macalester's LGBT alumni is almost here. The weekend’s activities include an art exhibit, networking for rainbow families, a softball game, youth activities and a oral history teach-in.
Learn more »


L.A.-area Mac BBQ
6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16
1754 10th Street
(between Michigan & Olympic),
Santa Monica, Calif.

Meet L.A.-area Macalester alumni at a BBQ hosted by Liz Campos ’94 and David Benoff in Santa Monica. Bring friends and family and enjoy an evening of relaxation and great conversation. The main course, with both a meat and veggie option, will be supplied. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to bring a beverage or side dish to share. Suggested donation of $5 per person attending. On-street parking available. RSVP to Jerry Darko '05.

NPR's Corey Flintoff: “Reporting the War”
7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

National Public Radio's (NPR) Corey Flintoff will speak on his recent reporting trip to Iraq as part of the Broadcast Journalist Series, sponsored by Macalester, Minnesota Public Radio and Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Flintoff is the newscaster on NPR's "All Things Considered" and won an award for coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989. Free and open to the public, but tickets are required and are available at Twin Cities Whole Foods stores.

"What's up at Macalester?" Reception (San Francisco)
6:30-8:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 21
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street,

Come and hear the latest about Macalester, meet some of the 1,071 Mac alumni who live in the region and enjoy an engaging discussion about the latest developments at Macalester over wine and hors d'oeuvres. Please RSVP to Gabrielle Lawrence by e-mail or by calling 888-242-9351.

D.C. Night at the Theatre: In the Continuum (D.C.)
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22
Woolly Mammoth Theatre,
641 D Street NW

See award-winning Danai Gurira ’01 and co-writer/co-star Nikkole Salter present their critically acclaimed play, In the Continuum, at the Woolly in Washington, D.C. The play explores the challenge of AIDS among black women worldwide with bold insight, intelligence and unexpected humor. A reception with Danai follows the performance. Minh Ta ’97 is the alumni host for this event. Twenty first-row balcony tickets are available for $40 each. To order tickets or find out more, e-mail Erlene Lagerquist or call her at 651-696-6067 or 888-242-9351 (toll-free).

Macalester Quarterback Club (St. Paul)
7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25
O'Gara's, 164 Snelling Ave N

Hang out with The Quarterback Club every other Monday night at O’ Gara’s in St. Paul. Macalester’s football coaching staff will give alumni, parents and fans a chance to view game clips of two prior games and ask questions about Fighting Scots football. Feel free to stay and watch Monday Night Football following the Scots highlights.

Bring your dog to Wildlife Science Center
2:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30
5463 W. Broadway Ave.,
Forest Lake, Minn. [map]

Bring your well-socialized, well-behaved and dog-friendly dog for an afternoon of off-leash fun near the wild wolves of the Wildlife Science Center (website) in Forest Lake, Minn. A tour and lecture begin at 3:30 p.m. This is a great way to learn more about wolves and your pet dog. Well-behaved children are welcome to attend as long as they are supervised around the dogs. Friends and family interested in learning about wolves are welcome. Cost is $8 payable to the Wildlife Science Center when you arrive. RSVP by e-mailing Andi Wulff or calling her at 651-696-6083.


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