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“We believe [the new center] will change the way we think about recreation and wellness. But most importantly, we believe it will impact and shape our students in the best traditions of the liberal arts.”
Travis Feezell,
Athletics Director


Macalester broke ground for the Athletic and Recreation Center on Oct. 5. Jeff Larson '79, chair of the Board of Trustees and father of a first-year student; Lee Nystrom '73, chair of the project's fund raising committee and father of a first-year student; and Jess Hasken '07, president of the Macalester College Student Government, spoke during the proceedings. Representatives of the Board of Trustees, the project's fund raising and construction committees, and members of the campus community ceremonially shoveled sand during the ceremony. Mac Jazz and the director of the pipe band provided music. 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. Construction is expected to begin in December.
Learn more about the new Athletic and Recreation Center »

Photo: Greg Helgeson



Campus News

Macalester's 13th International Roundtable discusses role of U.N.

Macalester's International Roundtable will look into the role of the United Nations during its 13th annual session titled "The United Nations Organization: What Future?" Thursday, Oct. 12, through Saturday, Oct. 14. Three speakers will offer their perspectives on the topic:

Janice Gross Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, presents "Late for a Very Important Date: The U.N. in Wonderland," 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.

Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, presents "The Decline and Fall of the U.N.: Why the U.N. has Failed and How it Needs to be Reformed," 9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13.

Francis M. Deng, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Research Professor of International Politics, Law and Society and the director of the Center for Displacement Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University, presents "Divided Nations: The Paradox of Responsibility," 1:30-4:10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.

Review the complete schedule »

President Rosenberg to visit Boston

President Brian Rosenberg will be in Boston next 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, Oct. 24.

11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4
The home of Patrik '96
& Iris Muzila,
109 Todd Pond Rd.,
Lincoln, Mass.

Macalester wins EPA grant to install Green Roof on Kagin Commons

The student group, MacCares, and the Environmental Studies department have won a $10,000 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant from the EPA. The group will use the grant to investigate the insulating properties of a Green Roof, a roof covered with living plants, on Kagin Commons. Professors Jerald Dosch and Dan Hornbach are faculty advisors for the project and sophomores Alese Colehour, Timothy Den Herder-Thomas, Angelina Lopez and Ellen Rogers are the project investigators. Submitted last spring, the proposal became one of 50 to receive the EPA grant in July. The group began installing the 1,350-square-foot living surface on top of the building in Septemberr and plans to finish planting it this month. MacCares plans to apply for a $75,000 Phase II EPA grant next spring that would allow them to further research ways to make roofs more environmentally sound.

Read the story in Mac Weekly »
See photos from the installation »

Travel to France with Macalester

Small photo of a scene in France.

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. Details »

Scots women's soccer team continue to impress fans

The Scots defeated St. Benedict 3 to 1 at the women's soccer home game on Oct. 10. The Scots now boast an overall season record of 9 wins, 0 losses and 4 ties and 5-0-2 within the conference. The women's soccer team will play first-place Concordia on Saturday, Oct. 14. In other news, player Annie Borton ’07 took the No. 2 position on Macalester's list of all-time career goals by kicking her 50th goal during the Sept. 29 game against Bethel. Jenny Scanlon ’95 holds No. 1 on the chart with a record of 69 goals scored while playing with the Scots.

Macalester's president appointed chair of the Minnesota Private College Council

President Brian Rosenberg was named chair of the board of the Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) Fund and Research Foundation in September. The board includes campus presidents from 17 private colleges as well as business leaders.
Visit MPCC website »

Sears A. Eldredge directs his final play as a Macalester professor

Photo of Professor Sears A. Eldredge

Sears A. Eldredge is directing the Neapolitan comedy by Eduardo de Filippo, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Nov. 16-19 in the MainStage Theatre of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. In the play, three generations are preparing for a large Italian family meal on Sunday in Naples. The setting and characters make for quirky, boisterous, and heartwarming entertainment. Eldredge has taught theater at Macalester since 1986 and chaired the Theater and Dance Department from 1986 to 2000. Saturday, Sunday, Monday is the last play he will direct at Macalester as a professor.

Performances: Nov. 16-18 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 18-19 at 2:00 p.m. For tickets, call the MainStage Theatre box office, 651-696-6359.

Professor Mary Montgomery plays a role in Nobel Prize

Photo of Professor Mary Montgomery

Two U.S. academics have won the Nobel Prize in medicine for discovering a way that cells control the flow of genetic information. Montgomery is a co-author on the Nature article first describing RNA interference effects in C. elegans, a type of roundworm.
Read more about it in Pioneer Press»

Macalester is hiring

Macalester College has employment opportunities for the following positions:

  • Investment Analyst
  • TCC Project Administrator
  • HR Business Analyst
  • HR/Benefits Coordinator
  • Assistant Water Polo Coach
  • Store Manager
  • Associate or Assistant Director of the Annual Fund

If you are interested in any of these positions, please visit Macalester's employment opportunities page.

Alumni News

Writing the Good Fight

Matthew Pritchard ’06 is playing a key role in the start up of NEED, a magazine focused on life changing humanitarian efforts at home and abroad. He started out as a research intern and, within two weeks, was promoted to managing editor of humanitarian affairs. In this new capacity, he facilitated, researched and organized information for eight of the 10 stories featured in the premiere issue published this month. Pitchard interviewed U.S. speed skater and three-time Olympic medallist Joey Cheek about his work with Right-to-Play; Gary Dahl, country director of the American Refugee Committee in Thailand; Scott Harrison, photojournalist for Mercy Ships; and Jimmy Carter, former U.S. President and humanitarian.
More about Matthew Pritchard ’06»
Visit NEED Magazine online »

Macalester's first-ever LGBT Reunion brings over 100 LGBT alumni to campus

View photos from the LGBT Reunion

Alumni shared their artwork through a special LGBT Reunion exhibit.
Visit the LGBT Reunion photo gallery »

Macalester held its first-ever reunion for LGBT alumni and guests Sept. 29 - Oct. 1. Over 100 LGBT alumni and their guests attended the reunion taking part in activities ranging from an LGBT art show, to recording their oral histories, to playing softball on Shaw Field, to enjoying a three-course dinner featuring a keynote address by Political Science Professor Adrienne Christiansen.
Read the story in Mac Weekly »

Through Macalester You Are Here

Monitoring glaciers in the North American Rockies
Professor Kelly MacGregor
& Elena Evans ’07
Golden, British Columbia, Canada

In Geology Professor Kelly MacGregor’s words, glacier research is “not for the faint of heart.” MacGregor is concerned about the North American Rockies. She and her students conduct primary research about these huge patches of packed snow and ice and share what they learn with the larger scientific community.

Read more about her work»

Reunion 2007 Planning Has Begun

Reunion 2007 Icon

All of the Reunion 2007 planning committees convened on campus to begin preparations for the summer's big gathering. The classes of 2002; 1997; ’92, ’93 & ’94; ’82; ’67, ’68 & ’69; ’57; ’52 and ’47 will reunite June 1-3 on campus.
Learn more about Reunion 2007 »

San Francisco Reception

Photo from Sanfrancisco Reception

Larry Chatmon ’74 and Mark Leonard ’65 catch up during the reception for Macalester's Bay-area alumni on Sept. 21.
See more photos from the reception »

Volunteers needed for Linwood A+ Elementary School Lunch Buddy program

Macalester's Civic Engagement Center is looking for Twin Cities-area alumni to volunteer as lunch buddies at Linwood A+ Elementary School in St. Paul. Volunteers spend a half hour per week with Linwood Elementary School students who benefit from the unique role modeling and academic help that college students, staff, and alumni can provide. Lunch buddies are paired with a Linwood A+ Elementary School student to eat lunch and read together once a week. The program concludes with a lunch buddy visit to Macalester College where the elementary school students have an opportunity to learn more about college. Contact Ruth Janisch Lake in the Civic Engagement Center or Carol Polk in the Alumni Office for additional information about the program.

Through Macalester You Are Here

Hear the Macalester community talk about important issues

Photo of Scott Morgensen Photo of Travis Feezell Photo of Tommy Woon
Morgensen, Feezell and Woon.

Hear Professor Scott Morgensen, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, discuss his recent visit to the International AIDS Conference; Athletic Director Travis Feezell share his vision for Macalester's new Athletics and Recreation Center; and the New Dean of Multicultural Life, Tommy Woon, hopes for diversity at Macalester.

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Visit the Faculty Talks archives »


Macalester provides new service for alumni artists and art lovers

By popular demand, the Alumni Office has created a new venue for alumni artists to share their work with the larger Macalester community — the Alumni in the Arts Calendar. Since its launch near the end of September, an independent play, an emerging theater company, a touring musician and a band releasing a CD all posted their events to the new calendar. Do you have an art exhibit, play, concert, dance performance or any other artistic event coming up? Use the Alumni in the Arts Calendar to promote it to the Macalester Community.

Visit the Alumni in the Arts Calendar »

Weekend in the Arts

A variety of music, theater and exhibits are happening in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center the weekend of Oct. 14. Here are some events to look for:

Proof by David Auburn
7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 12,
to Sat., Oct. 14
MainStage Theatre

Fall Music Extravaganza - Part I
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13
Concert Hall

Fall Music Extravaganza - Part II
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
Concert Hall

Chopin Society presents pianist Anna Polonsky in Concert
3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15
Concert Hall - $20

Violinist Mary Budd Horozaniecki and Friends Concert
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15
Concert Hall

View details for these events »


New Music Concert Series Presents Yehudi Wyner
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 
Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

Macalester College presents composer and pianist Yehudi Wyner, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in music. The program will include chamber and choral music and will feature soprano Maria Jette and violinist Young-Nam Kim. Free tickets. Limited seating. For reservations call 651-696-6808.

Macalester Quarterback Club (St. Paul)
7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23
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.

Dave Zirin ’96 talk on “The Global Politics of Sports”
6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23
John B. Davis Lecture Hall

Hear author and sports journalist Dave Zirin '96 speak on "The Global Politics of Sports.” Zirin is the author of What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States. He is the editor of the Prince George's Post in Maryland and writes a weekly sports commentary, "Edge of Sports," which appears at

Kelly MacGregor talks about glaciers in the Rockies
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

Learn how Macalester’s resident glaciologist, Geology Professor Kelly MacGregor and her students conduct glacial research using satellite phones, solar panels, GPS tracking devices, and helicopters. MacGregor will share her findings and experiences researching glaciers — specifically how they are changing in response to rising global temperatures and other variables.
Explore glacier science »

Adrienne Christiansen presents “JibJab and Other Cyber Animations” (NYC)
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel,
569 Lexington Ave.
(at 51st Street)

Hear Adrienne Christiansen, associate professor and chair of Macalester's Political Science Department, lecture about the explosive growth in the number of short, online animations criticizing candidates running for office or motivating civic action in her talk “JibJab and Other Cyber Animations: Comedic Flash in the Pan or Enduring Political Commentary?” $15 per person. E-mail Michael Huber ’90 or Erlene Lagerquist for more information. Register online by Oct. 24.
Register online now »

Boston Happy Hour
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2
Kinsale Irish Pub and Restaurant
2 Center Plaza, Boston

Come and welcome the fall season with other Boston-area alumni from Macalester and Carleton at Kinsale Irish Pub (website) in the Government Center. This informal happy hour is a great way to reconnect with old friends or make new ones. Hosted by Kevin Sloan ’97 and Mohsen Mazaheri ’87. E-mail Kevin for more information.

High Winds Fund 50th anniversary
7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

High Winds Fund, Macalester's community foundation, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Anthony Flint, author of This Land: The Battle Over Sprawl and the Future of America (2006), will address the role of colleges and universities in urban development in the context of soaring energy costs, global warming, concentrated development and current market and consumer trends.

Swing Night at the Historic Wabasha Street Caves
6-10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9
215 Wabasha St. S., St. Paul
$7 at the door. $6 if more than 25 alumni attend.

Meet up with other Macalester alumni, friends and families to swing dance at the Historic Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul. Doors open at 6 p.m., a dance lesson begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by live music from 7 to 10 p.m. Bring your friends — this is an all-ages event open to the public. Contact Andi Wulff to make reservations.


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