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Happy Holidays

As you celebrate the holidays this winter, consider sharing some of this special time of the year with your friends from Macalester. Here are some events happening on campus this season.

Christmas Candlelight Service
9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8

Macalester Sirens
& Traditions in Concert

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16

Handel’s “Messiah”
26th Annual Community Sing-Along
3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

Night of Comedy
at the Brave New Workshop
5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17

Macalester Collegium
Musicum Macalestri in Concert

8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11



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Senior Keon West named
Macalester's 12th Rhodes Scholar

Photo of Keon West '06.Keon West '06 has been named a Rhodes Scholar from his home country, Jamaica. A psychology and French major, he is the 12th Macalester student to win a Rhodes and the 11th since 1967. He was notified of the decision Thursday, Nov. 17.

West said that his Macalester education helped prepare him for the Rhodes competition by helping "me to think and to look at things critically. It also means that there is a likelihood you will do some good in the world, a fact that counts for a lot with the committee."

West plans to study experimental psychology during his two years at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Womens' Soccer team sets record for best Mac season played

Women'Following scoreless regulation and overtime play, the Scots lost to Puget Sound Loggers (Wash.) in a penalty kick shootout on Nov. 18. It was the third round of NCAA playoffs. The team finished the season 20-0-2, besting all previous records for Macalester women's soccer.
Photo: Jack Leahey

Macalester is a top producer of Fulbright awards

Macalester was listed in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Nov. 4 as a top producer of Fulbright awards for American students. Macalester received five awards in 2005-06, placing it behind 14 other bachelor's institutions. Heading the list was Smith College with 14 awards. Grinnell applicants received six awards, Carleton had four awards and Williams College had three.

International Center reports record number of study abroad applicants

This fall semester, 200 students applied to study off-campus in approximately 41 countries. It was the largest applicant pool for a single semester in at least a decade, beating the old record by about 40 applications. Senior administration of the college responded to the unexpectedly high rate of interest in off-campus study by re-allocating funds to permit the acceptance of an additional 38 students above the annual study away enrollment cap.

Students write report on
Hurricane Katrina

Twenty-five students in Professor Roopali Phadke's environmental studies course "Water and Power" wrote a report "Exposing Hurricane Katrina: The Scope of an Unnatural Disaster" in an attempt to re-imagine the ways we can manage water infrastructure and why Hurricane Katrina left an indelible mark on our natural and political landscape.
Read the report »

Classics Professor Andy Overman featured in BBC radio series

Classics Professor Andy Overman was featured in the BBC radio series “Searching for the Historical Jesus” last month. He was interviewed about the outline of a huge Roman-era temple he identified in Omrit, Israel. Overman believes the temple was erected by King Herod to honor the Roman Emperor Augustus. He also believes it is the site of Caesarea Philippi, where, according to Biblical accounts, Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do you think I am?" Overman said he plans to rebuild the temple to its original 75 foot height. The journalist said, "If Dr. Overman is right about the location of his find, it could one day attract biblical scholars and Christian pilgrims in droves."
Read the article on the BBC »

Former Macalester Professor Tania Forte Dies

Dr. Tania Forte, visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Macalester in 2004-05, passed away at Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Thursday, Nov. 17. She suffered an aneurysm in her brain on Oct. 29 and never recovered consciousness. A memorial service was held for her in Israel where she was buried in Kiryat Shaul, Tel Aviv. Cards may be sent to Tania's parents, Denise and Clement Forte at 65, Quai Du Docteur Dervaux, Asnieres sur Seine, 92600, France.


Macalester alumnus shares an evening at the ballet with Macalester alumni

Russell P. Allen '74, executive director of the Orlando Ballet, graciously hosted Macalester Alumni for a performance of The Nutcracker on Friday, Dec. 2. The special evening began with wine and hors d'oeuvres followed by a light dinner. Alumni then enjoyed the holiday classic followed by a backstage reception with the artists.

Art exhibition honoring Professor Don Celender planned for Reunion 2006

Photo of Prof. Don Celender.

Photo: Greg Helgeson

Professor Don Celender was once called the "pollster laureate of conceptual art" by New York Times critic Roberta Smith. Greg Fitz '99 is curating an exhibit celebrating Celender's whimsical art for Reunion Weekend, June 2-4. The exhibit's centerpiece will be the responses from alumni, students and admirers to a Celender-style survey of only one question: "Assuming no limitations or practicalities, describe or illustrate how you imagine a perfect memorial to Don Celender's legacy."
Download the Celender survey here »

Death in a Landslide
& Alumni Cabaret packs the house

The theater was packed Saturday, Nov. 19 for the back-to-back performances of the comedy Death in a Landslide and a special Alumni Cabaret. Both productions were directed by Jack Reuller '75, the artistic director of Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. Dameun Strange ’96, Matt Dawson '00 and the No Refund Theater Company led by Steve Yoakam '75 all performed in the cabaret.

Alumni e-mail forwarding

Imagine having the address:

An alumni e-mail forwarding address is a unique way to correspond with your Mac friends, prospective employers and family. Your address forwards messages to a personal e-mail account you designate.

Get your alumni e-mail forwarding address today »

Alumni in the news

Lois Quam '83, CEO of Ovations for United Health Group, was ranked the 36th most powerful woman in business by Fortune Magazine last month.
Read about other alumni
making headlines »

Upcoming alumni trip

Alumni will venture down the Amazon River on the ship La Ammatista this January. Want to go? Act quickly. Only one cabin remains.
Learn more about alumni travel opportunities »

How do you know
you’re a Macite?

Maybe you know you’re a Macite if…

  • your roommate taught you that 18-year-old females were “women,” not “girls.”
  • a whiff of bagpipes gives you a catch in the throat.
  • you can identify the flag of the United Nations.

Tell us—in 200 words or less—how you know you’re a Macite and we’ll publish your reply in the next issue of Macalester Today.

Write to:
- or -
Macalester Today,
College Relations Office,
Macalester College,
1600 Grand Avenue,
St. Paul, MN 55105.

Hurricane Katrina Relief Trip

Thurs., Jan. 12 - Sat., Jan. 21
Register by Friday, Dec. 9
Click here for trip details »

Photo of damage in Gulfport, Miss.

Twin Cities alumni are needed for Macalester's Hurricane Katrina relief trip to Gulfport, Mississippi this January.

Help those affected by Hurricane Katrina, working together with current students, other alumni, college staff and faculty.

Accomodations are limited. Registrations taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Danielle Nelson for further information. To register, e-mail the Community Service Office by Friday, Dec. 9.

New York Happy Hour (NYC)
6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7
Bar Non, 98 3rd Ave.
(3rd Ave & 12th St.)

Join Mac alumni at NYC's #1 Vikings bar on Sundays. Features $3 well drinks and drafts. Subway: L at 3rd Ave or Union square (4, 5, 6, L, N, R, W, Q). Contact John Nimis for more information.

Handel's Messiah Sing-Along (Twin Cities)
3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10
Ridgewood Baptist Church, 4420 County Road 101, Minnetonka

Join other Macalester Alumni and the wider community to perform this holiday favorite. RSVP to Andi Wulff by e-mail,, or by phone, 651-696-6083.

Night of comedy at Brave New Workshop (Twin Cities)
5:30 Saturday, Dec. 17
Brave New Workshop,
2605 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Ease those holiday tensions with a good laugh at The Manger Crashers; or Three Wise Guys With A Pack of Camels, the Brave New Workshop's annual holiday sketch comedy show. $33 per adult.
Order tickets on-line »

Macalester Choir Winter Concert Tour in NYC
3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22
First Presbyterian
Church of New York,
5th Ave. and 12th St.

Rev. Dr. Jon M. Walton '69 invites all New York alumni, parents and friends to hear the Macalester Choir, directed by Robert L. Peterson, perform a variety of pieces at his church. A reception follows the concert. Other choir performances on this tour include:

  • 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19
    Cathedral of
    St. John the Divine
  • 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, The Browning School,
    52 East 62nd Street
  • 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20
    The Cathedral
    of Saint Patrick
  • 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22
    Holy Trinity Church

Gretchen Legler '84 reading from new book (Campus)
7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27
Weyerhaeuser Chapel

Gretchen Legler '84, associate professor at the University of Maine at Farmington, will read from her new book On the Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Legler's reading will be followed by a reception in Weyerhaeuser.

History of Macalester
Did you know that Old Main was built in 1887 for about $100,000. Explore history tid-bits like these on Macalester's new History Resource site.
Visit History Resource »


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