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Campus enters month-long energy saving competition with 13 other Minnesota schools

Many alumni recall Macalester's fierce rivalries with other Minnesota colleges. Today, students simply declared war on 13 other campuses. The goal? To save the most energy during the month of February.

The launch of the 2007 Campus Wars happened just before 2,500 scientists from 130 countries participating in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced their consensus prediction that the average global temperature will increase by 3° Celsius by year 2100.

The energy-saving competition was organized by Macalester students active in the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) and Minnesota College Energy Coalition. Macalester's efforts are led by its chapter of MPIRG and student environmental group, MacCARES. Students, faculty, and staff are doing their part to conserve energy.

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Campus News

Robin D.G. Kelley to present keynote address at American Studies Conference on Feb. 24

Photo: LisaGay Hamilton

Robin D.G. Kelley will give the keynote address for the Eighth Annual American Studies Conference at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall of the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.

Kelley, a professor in history and American studies at the University of Southern California, is regarded as one of the country’s preeminent scholars in African American history. He has written seven books including Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination (2003) and Yo' Mama's DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (1997). He is currently finishing a biography of jazz musician Thelonious Monk.

This year's conference also includes sold-out tours of the world premiere of "Race" at the Science Museum of Minnesota and the art exhibit "Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love" at the Walker Art Center.

Professor Stan Wagon and team of snow sculptors win 2nd place in international contest

Professor Stan Wagon, Math and Computer Science, was part of a five-person team to create Cool Jazz, the second-place winner in the 2007 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships earlier this month. The sculpture takes the form of a 3-D treble clef.
Visit the sculptors’ day-by-day photo log »

Five professors receive tenure

Paul Fischer, Chemistry; Mark Mazullo, Music; Bill Moseley, Geography and Urban Studies; Dianna Shandy, Anthropology; and Libby Shoop, Math and Computer Science, all received tenure last month. The five professors were honored at a reception held on campus.

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth prepares for summer program at Macalester

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY) is gearing up for two summer sessions at Macalester. The first will be June 18-29; the second, July 9-20.

Since 1970, MITY has offered summer enrichment classes for diverse, intellectually curious 7th–12th grade students on campus. The program's all-day classes cover a range of topics taught by teachers who enjoy both their area of interest and engaging adolescents. Steve Cox ’76 runs its noon recreation program. Students attend as commuters ($485 tuition) or live on campus as residents ($1,250 tuition). Registration deadline is April 20, 2007.

For more information visit or call 651-696-6590.

Macalester community reacts quickly to students' "Politically Incorrect" party

The Macalester community has reacted strongly to a now much publicized student party with a “politically incorrect” theme in which some guests wore costumes depicting negative stereotypes of race, religion and gender. The college administration and student leaders have responded by using the incident to educate students and to build dialogue about racial and ethnic sensitivity.

The small party took place Jan. 16, while most students were gone for January break. In a statement to the entire community, President Brian Rosenberg wrote:

“It is important to understand that the College condemns and will not tolerate activities of this type. It is deeply disappointing that Macalester students would be so insensitive and demonstrate such a lack of understanding of the College’s values and mission.”

Macalester College Student Government, led by President Jess Hasken ’07, helped organize a campus-wide meeting on Feb. 13 to discuss the incident, which is being investigated by the Dean of Students office and the College’s Harassment Committee.

Putting the incident in perspective, Jim Hoppe, associate dean of students, said, “We hope to take the teachable moment and engage our campus community a little bit more deeply. We hope we can start a deeper dialogue on… why these types of activities hurt people and why they get the kind of response they do.”

President Rosenberg assured alumni and the Macalester community that the party was not representative of the college’s culture or standards of conduct and that every effort would be made through dialogue and education to ensure that students understand why it was insensitive and inappropriate.

Alumni News

Registration for Reunion 2007 set to begin in March

Reunion 2007Alumni from the classes of 1942, ’47, ’52, ’57, ’67, ’68, ’69, ’82, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’97 and 2002 will return to campus June 1-3 for Reunion 2007. A preliminary calendar of events has been posted to the Reunion website and classmates continue to share updates about what they've been up to since graduating online. Alumni from reunion year classes can expect to receive the official Reunion brochure later this month and online registration will become available in late March.
Visit the Reunion 2007 site »

Dan Emerson ’76 tastes Super Bowl victory

Photo of Dan Emerson and his family holding the Lombardi Trophy.

Dan Emerson ’76 and his family holding this year's Vince Lombardi Trophy, given to Super Bowl XLI champions, the Indianapolis Colts. Dan is general counsel for the Colts. Left to right: Emily ’04, his wife Ginny, Dan and daughter Ashley.

Several alumni start 2007 in the news

Philanthropist Joan Velasquez ’63, former Marine Andrew Borene ’98, print journalist Elliot Brown ’06, writer Charles Baxter ’69 and community educator Migdalia Loyola Melendez ’96 all started off 2007 by appearing in the news.
Read more about them in
Alumni in the News»

Professors Kristi and Ray Rogers invite alumni to explore dinosaurs

Photo of Montana's Tabacco Root Mountains

Geology Professors Kristi and Ray Rogers and a team of professors from Indiana University will lead alumni of their respective schools to explore the world of dinosaurs Aug. 11-17 in Montana. Participants will explore the links between plate tectonics and dinosaur paleoecology; familiarize themselves with the dinosaur record of Montana; and have an opportunity to find their own fossils from a dinosaur area, all while enjoying the geological wonders of the natural world.
Registration information »

Frequently Asked Questions about the Alumni Board

Photo of Jill LenhardtAlumni Board president, Jill Lenhardt, answers some common questions about the Alumni Board.

Q. What is the Alumni Board?
A. It is the board of the Macalester Alumni Association. It meets twice each year, and provides leadership and direction to the Alumni Association, working through its standing committees. The mission of the Alumni Board is to involve alumni and students in a lifelong relationship with Macalester College to ensure that the Macalester experience never ends.

Q. How many people serve on the Alumni Board?
A. The Board has 35 members and includes five student members. There are currently two student openings for Fall of 2007.

Q. Who serves on the Alumni Board?
A. The board seeks to maintain an even sampling of men and women, class years and geographic locations. It is a diverse group of people, all with a strong commitment to Macalester. Board members are elected to three-year terms.

Q. What does the Alumni Support Committee of the Alumni Board do?
A. The committee focuses on supporting and strengthening regional chapters and fostering alumni connections with Macalester across the country. Alumni support committee members are very active in their local chapter activities.
Learn more about the Alumni Board »

Former trustee Margaret Wallin Marvin ’39 died on Jan. 26

Photo of Jill Lenhardt Photo: Jim Hansen

Margaret Wallin Marvin ’39, a former Macalester trustee and generous donor to the college, died Jan. 26, 2007. She was 89 and lived in Warroad, Minn. Mrs. Marvin, who majored in English and theater, went to Warroad as a high school teacher shortly after graduation and became a community leader. Because of her love of books, she donated funds to build The Warroad Public Library and Heritage Center, which continues to serve as a focal point of the community. “Small towns have many needs,” she once said in an interview. “What they need most is volunteers. You learn that you have to make things happen—and this forces people to be active.”

Mrs. Marvin received a Distinguished Citizen Citation from Macalester in 1989. Among the many survivors are granddaughters Angela Marvin ’09 and Christine Marvin ’03.


New Music at Macalester: Core Ensemble performs Ain't I A Woman
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Concert Hall

Ain't I A Woman, written by Kim Hines ’77, celebrates the life, times and works of four powerful African American women: the fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, folk artist Clementine Hunter and civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Each woman's narrative is performed by actress Taylore Mahogany Scott to a score performed by the Core Ensemble and drawn from spirituals and blues. This is the second performance in the New Music at Macalester series, celebrating contemporary music and jazz, and is sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation. Free and open to the public. For more information call 651-696-6808.

Screening and discussion of David Lynch’s Inland Empire
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21
Oak Street Cinema, 309 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis

See the Twin Cities exclusive screening of David Lynch's Inland Empire (2006). Following the screening, Assistant Professor Mark Mazullo, Music, (read bio) will provide commentary and lead a discussion about the musical subtext within the film. To be seated in a special Macalester section, e-mail Andi Wulff or call her at 651-696-6083 by Tuesday, Feb. 20, with your reservation. Tickets purchased at the door: $8 general; $6 seniors; $5 Minnesota Film Arts members; and $5 students with valid ID.
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Mac Reads in Portland
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22
Home of Hannah Ferber ’03,
Portland, Ore.

Join with Macalester alumni to discuss Midnight at the Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates at the home of Hannah Ferber ’03. Food and beverages provided.

Professor Eric Wiertelak presents Assessing Pain Relief
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall

Psychology Professor Eric Wiertelak spent the summer of 2006 in China looking at traditional Chinese medicine practices to further understand how pain relief can have multiple definitions. Hear him discuss both the philosophical approach and studies being done by his lab to investigate the value of traditional or folk remedies for the alleviation of pain and suffering. Informal conversation over coffee and cookies follows the lecture.

Tour of the Science Museum exhibit, Race
5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23
Meet at the Cultural House

Hosts and students participating in Macalester’s Students of Color / Multiracial Students Host Family Program tour the Science Museum's premiere exhibit, Race. Meet at 5 p.m. at the Cultural House for a quick sandwich. Then, leave for the museum at 5:30 p.m. The tour of the exhibit takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. E-mail Afifa Benwahoud for more information.


These Days in the Liberal Arts with Emily and Norm Rosenberg
10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Courtyard Bldg., Room 101, San Diego

Tom Fudge ’82, the acclaimed host of These Days, a two-hour public affairs talk show on KPBS-FM, will join Emily and Norm Rosenberg, his former professors, to discuss These Days in the Liberal Arts. A lunch, $10 per person, will follow the free discussion. Register by Tuesday, Feb. 20. Contact Andi Wulff for more information.
· Register online for both lunch and free discussion
· RSVP for free discussion only
· View map and directions to Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Chicago Alumni Happy Hour
5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1
Salvador’s Barro, 73 E. Lake St., Chicago

Enjoy a happy hour with Chicago-area alumni at Salvador’s Barro. For more information, e-mail Nat Kongtahworn ’95 or call him at 773-425-5760.

Founders Day Gala
8:30 p.m.-midnight Friday, March 2
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Founders Day 2007 is a gala celebration of Macalester's History for the entire college community including students, faculty, staff and alumni. A brief program in honor of Macalester's birthday will be held at 9:30 p.m. View a variety of history displays, dance to the music of Salsa del Sol and enjoy snacks, wine, beer and soft drinks. Business or semi-formal attire is encouraged. E-mail or call Erlene Lagerquist, 651-696-6067, by Friday, Feb. 23, with your plans to attend.

Blue Notes: Intersections of Race, Class and Gender in Blue symposium
5:30 p.m. Monday, March 5
Weyerhaeuser Board Room

May Mahala ’01, Penumbra Theatre Company’s August Wilson Fellow, will moderate a symposium about the theatre’s current production, Blue, written by Charles Randolph-Wright and directed by Lou Bellamy. Symposium panelists include Macalester Professors Sarita Gregory, Political Science; Duchess Harris, American Studies; Peter Rachleff, History; Jane Rhodes, chair of American Studies; Harry Waters Jr., Theatre Arts and Dance. A meet and greet begins at 5:30 p.m. and the symposium begins at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow.

MPR Broadcast Journalist Series: Jon Gordon, host of "Future Tense"
7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

Jon Gordon, host of American Public Media's nationally broadcast program "Future Tense," will talk about "The Plugged- In Generation," the growing influence technology is having on young people in America. Gordon will explore how this interaction is changing young people, and the technology they are using. Sponsored by Macalester College, Minnesota Public Radio, Dorsey & Whitney and the Bibelot Shops. Free, but tickets are required and will be available at Twin Cities area Bibelot Shops. Call 651-696-6203 for more information.

Pre-St. Paddy’s Day happy hour in Milwaukee
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14
Paddy’s Pub, Upstairs, 2339 N. Murray Avenue (one block north of North Ave.), Milwaukee

Mix and mingle with Milwaukee- and Madison-area alumni at a pre-St. Paddy’s Day gathering at smoke-free Paddy’s Pub in Milwaukee. Bring friends. Drop-ins are welcome. E-mail Greg Renden ’99 or call him at 202- 903-3211 with your plans to attend.
More about Paddy’s Pub

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