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Photo of the roof being removed from the Fieldhouse in February 2007. Construction workers carefully remove the wood perlins, structural pieces that supported the roof of the Field House, in February.
Photo: Mark Dickinson

Dismantling the Fieldhouse to make way for the MARC

With the roof of the Fieldhouse removed, construction workers carefully salvaged the large wood purlins that supported it so they can be reused for a horsebarn in Monticello, Minn. Up to 95 percent of the current athletics complex will be reused or recycled during the construction of the new Macalester Athletic and Recreation Center (MARC). This project is an example of Macalester's recently emboldened commitment to sustainability in its development projects.

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Campus News

Site chosen for the Institute for Global Citizenship

A location has been chosen for Macalester’s new Institute for Global Citizenship inaugurated last spring. The site is one of the most visible on campus — the northwest corner of Grand and Snelling intersection, where the Winton Health Services building currently is. Macalester’s health and counseling services will be relocated to modern facilities in the new Macalester Athletic and Recreation Center.

President Rosenberg announced that Macalester will seek LEED Platinum certification, the highest rating given by the U.S. Green Building Council, for this project. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely accepted green building rating system, and only 27 projects worldwide have received its platinum rating as of March 7. Students, faculty and staff will be involved in the planning and design of this sustainable building, making the building process itself an educational experience for the Macalester community.

The small building planned for the Institute for Global Citizenship will become students’ main connection point to local and global communities through the Civic Engagement Center, International Center, Internship Programs and other related services.
Learn more about the Institute for Global Citizenship »

President Rosenberg to meet with Alumni in San Francisco, Arizona, and D.C.

Macalester President Brian Rosenberg will visit with alumni in four cities this month — San Francisco, Tucson, Scottsdale and Washington, D.C. At each stop, alumni are invited to “A Conversation with the President” about Macalester’s activities and plans. Participants will hear about what’s happening at Macalester today and be able to ask their questions about the college.

San Francisco
6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 15
Xanadu Gallery,
Union Square-Frank Lloyd Wright Building,
140 Maiden Lane
Hosted by Trustee Paul A. Anderson ’73; Alumni Board Member Candace Hewitt Leonard ’67 and Mark G. Leonard ’65; and Alumni Board Member Larry Chatmon ’74 and Loretta S. Chatmon ’75.

Scottsdale, Ariz.
5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22
Desert Highlands Club,
10040 East Happy Valley Rd.
Hosted by H. Douglas Riley ’71 and Karen M. Riley. Special guest: Board of Trustees Chair Jeffrey B. Larson ’79 (Parent ’10).

Tucson, Ariz.
12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24
African Room of the Arizona Inn,
2200 East Elm St.
Hosted by Adele and Donald E. Garretson, Parents ’74 and Trustee Emeritus.

Washington, D.C.
6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28
The Ultra Room of Zola,
International Spy Museum, 800 F Street NW
Hosted by Trustee Peter H. Fenn ’70 and Alison Seale Fenn ’72 (parents ’05); and Trustee Emerita Leah Wortham ’70 and Eric L. Hirschhorn.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Erlene Lagerquist, 651-696-6067 (direct) or 888-242-9351 (toll free).

Architectural firm selected for Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center renovation

Gund Partnership of Boston was selected by Macalester’s Fine Arts Planning Group to design the new and renovated Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center earlier this month.

“When Janet Wallace was opened nearly a half-century ago, it was widely recognized as one of the finest college arts facilities in the country, and it has served our students and faculty well through the decades,” Macalester President Brian Rosenberg said, “Our goal with this project is to serve equally well the students and faculty who will work in the arts at Macalester in the years ahead.”

The firm has designed facilities for other colleges and universities including Kenyon (Ohio), Davidson (N.C.) and Brandeis (Mass.). Graham Gund, the firm’s principal partner, is a Trustee of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and a member of the visiting committees of both the Harvard Design School and the Harvard University Art Museums.

Gund Partnership representatives will start the process by visiting with faculty, students and staff, whose ideas and priorities will help shape the project.


Professor Wang Ping's photo exhibit "Behind the Gate: China in Flux After the Flood of the Three Gorges Dam"
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays,
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays,
Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays
March 3-27
Free. Details »

The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis
8 p.m. Saturday, March 10
Concert Hall
$25 Adults. $10 Students. Mac students free.
Details »

Chopin Society present Scottish Pianist Steven Osborne
3 p.m. Sunday, March 11
Concert Hall
Adult $20. Member $17. Student $12.
Details »

Wind Ensemble Performance
8 p.m. Friday, March 23
Concert Hall
Free. Details »

Spring Dance Concert
7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, March 30 & 31
2 p.m. Sunday, April 1
MainStage Theatre
Free. Details »

Mac Jazz Combos and Big Band Performance
8 p.m. Friday, March 30
Concert Hall
Free. Details »

Campus continues to heal from January incident

Macalester students, faculty, staff and administrators have planned a number of programs and activities in the wake of the “Politically Incorrect” party students held on campus in January. The student government was one of the first groups to respond by holding a community forum attended by 160 people. Students are also planning to bring a diversity-training group to campus and are considering contracting with a theater group to perform a play exploring the stereotypes prevalent in the Twin Cities.

A number of offices and administrators have also responded including the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life that held a four-hour-long vigil of hope and healing in the Chapel; the Student Affairs Department that began planning efforts to strengthen the college’s response system, safety nets, and a multicultural education co-curriculum; and Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Jane Rhodes who convened a meeting with other faculty members to discuss ways to educate on topics relating to the incident. Also, plans are under way for an enhanced program during first-year orientation.

“No one person will be able to create the systemic changes we wish to see,” wrote Dean of Multicultural Life Tommy Woon and Dean of Student Affairs Laurie Hamre in a letter to the Macalester community, “If we can remember to avoid witch hunts and to apply some important principles of collective responsibility, community caring, civic dialogue and education when offenses are committed and mistakes are made, we will make progress towards creating the learning community that we all wish to see.”

Alumni News

Alumni trip to China, Tibet and the Yangtze sells out, second departure date added

The alumni trip to China, Tibet and the Yangtze scheduled for Sept. 13 to Oct. 1 sold out last month. The only spaces available are reserved for the alumna/us who wins the Annual Fund's Giving is Lucky drawing to be held May 31, 2007. Due to the popularity and interest in this trip, another tour of this fascinating region, with an identical itinerary, has been scheduled for September 30 - October 18, 2007.
Place your reservation soon »

Alumni travelers return from India

Taj Mahal. Front, L to R: Shigeru Ochi '49, May Ochi, Gabrielle Lawrence '73, Mardene Eichhorn '53, Nancy Boedigheimer, Cherri Pedersen, Jane Hallas '70. Back: Calvin Hennig, Beryl Boe, Craig Boe '70, Judy Anderson, Bill Lien '70, Paul Fine, Karen Fine '66, Julie Ramphal '66, Lynn Yann '65, Jeff Yann, Dick Eichhorn '51, Cookie Pedersen '56, Patty Gille '71, Nancy Young '70, and guide Madan Vishwakarma. View larger photo »

Twenty alumni and their guests traveled to India through the Macalester Alumni Travel Program at the end of January returning home on Feb. 2. During their tour, they saw the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort in Jaipur, Jama Masjid in Dehli, and many other destinations. Tours of the Dordogne region of France (April); Highland Games in Mount Vernon, Washington (July); and China, Tibet and the Yangtze River (September) remain in 2007.
More about upcoming alumni trips »

Jessica Blank '97 and Eric Jensen's The Exonerated debuts at Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis

Graphic for The Exonerated by Jessica Banks and Eric Jensen

The Exonerated, a play co-written by Jessica Blank '97 and Eric Jensen and a production of Frank Theatre, is being performed Thursdays-Sundays, March 2-18, at Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. The performance tells the true stories of six people who spent from two to 22 years on Death Row for crimes they did not commit. The script is culled from actual interviews, letters, transcripts, case files, and the public record. Actors include Professor Harry Waters, Jr., Theater & Dance, Sha Cage ’95, and Professor Emeritus Warren C. Bowles. Performances are 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets: $18-20. Call the Mixed Blood Theater box office at (612) 338-6131 for reservations.
Artists, share your events with Macalester alumni here »

Marge McPherson remembered

Photo of Michael McPherson and his wife Marge.

Former Macalester President Michael McPherson and his wife Marge during Reunion Weekend, June 2003.

A celebration of Margaret E. McPherson's life will be held at 4:45 p.m. Monday, March 19, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel. The wife of former Macalester President Michael S. McPherson, Marge McPherson, died Feb. 24 in Chicago as a result of unexpected complications from surgery. She was 60.

Erlene Lagerquist, manager of special events at Macalester, worked with Mrs. McPherson during the seven years the McPhersons served the college and became a close friend. “Marge was one of the warmest and most generous people I’ve ever known. She was fun, kind and had a wonderful earthiness about her. She was an extremely lovable lady,” Lagerquist said.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. McPherson is survived by her sons Steven and Sean, sister Ellen Fyffe, brother Joseph Moran and sister-in-law Nancy Jaeger. The entire community is invited to the celebration.

Macalester Talks Podcast Series

Subscribe to Macalester Talks podcast series (formerly Faculty Talks) and you’ll enjoy intriguing interviews with members of the Macalester community on engaging topics. The latest episodes include:

Raymond Robertson, Economics, discussing how increased border patrol has affected the economic benefits of NAFTA.

Adrienne Christiansen, Political Science, talking about the upcoming presidential election, from savvy new web sites to the possibility of electing a woman for president.

Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Jane Rhodes describing the history of Black History Month, the lasting effects of Hurricane Katrina and the American Studies Conference.

Subscribe to Faculty Talks podcast in iTunes or your preferred application today.

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Macalester alumni worldwide invited to upcoming New York happy hour

On March 7, the Alumni Office accidentally sent an invite to the upcoming New York happy hour and African Music Ensemble concert to everyone on our list, regardless of where they live or what communication preferences they've chosen. This was a mistake and steps have been taken to prevent it from happening again. However, if you happen to be in New York on March 14, please do stop in at The Shannon Pot to visit with other alumni (details).

The Alumni Office and Annual Fund began using a new broadcast e-mail tool in December to communicate with alumni and friends of the college. It has so far proven to be a cost-effective and rapid way to send information about events, activities, volunteer opportunities and programming to specific audiences. You can help the college save on costs of mailing, printing and other related expenses by encouraging others to sign up to receive e-mails from Macalester. Just forward this message to them and ask them to click Manage Subscription.


New York happy hour & Macalester African Music Ensemble
5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14
The Shannon Pot, 4506 Davis Street, Long Island City
(Cross Street: Jackson Ave.)

Join us at The Shannon Pot, an Irish pub, for a happy hour and then proceed to hear Professor Sowah Mensah and Macalester's African Music Ensemble perform at LaGuardia Community College at 8 p.m. in the Main State Theatre. Questions? Contact Garett Peters '02, Margot Newkirk ’04, or Anna Schwartz '05.

Minneapolis Central Library tour
10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14
Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Come and see the new Minneapolis library, a beautiful building designed by world- renowned architect Cesar Pelli. The Central Library has hundreds of computers, a resource center for immigrants, and 38 miles of books. It offers a collection of more than 3 million items. Meet at the welcome desk at 10 a.m. After our tour, enjoy lunch with your friends at The Wild Roast restaurant, 518 E. Hennepin Ave., or Panera Bread, 233 E. Hennepin Ave. Underground parking available off 4th Street — $3 for the first hour, $4 for two hours. Sponsored by Great Scots. Email the Alumni Office to RSVP .

Pre-St. Paddy's Day happy hour in Milwaukee
6:30-9:30 p.m. Wed., March 14
Paddy's Pub, Upstairs, 2339 N. Murray Avenue (1 block north of North Ave.), Milwaukee, Wis.

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

A Conversation with the President in San Francisco
6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 15
Xanadu Gallery, Union Square-Frank Lloyd Wright Building, 140 Maiden Lane, San Francisco

Join with other San Francisco-area alumni for a reception and conversation with Macalester President Brian Rosenberg in San Francisco. Rosenberg will talk about what’s happening at Macalester and answer questions about the college today and plans for the future. Jane Rhodes, Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity; Gabrielle Lawrence ’73, Director of Alumni Relations; and Tommy Bonner, Vice President for Advancement will also be attending. Hosted by Trustee Paul A. Anderson ’73; Alumni Board Member Candace Hewitt Leonard ’67 and Mark G. Leonard ’65; and Alumni Board Member Larry Chatmon ’74 and Loretta S. Chatmon ’75. RSVP to Erlene Lagerquist, Manager of Special Events, or call her at 888-242-9351 (toll free) or 651-696-6067 (direct).

Scots Pride happy hour
6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22
PI, 2532 25th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Come mingle and reconnect with other Scots Pride alumni. Let's generate ideas for future Scot's Pride events while we hang out at the Twin Cities' new establishment, PI. Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres provided. RSVP to Stephen Sporer, associate director of Alumni Relations, or call him at 651-696-6997 by Monday, March 19.
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MacReads Portland
7-9 p.m. March 22
Home of Sue Miller ’65 & Mary Reynolds ’36, 5800 SE Weiko Way, Milwaukee, Ore.

Join together with other Portland-area Macalester alumni to discuss the book The Tree of Red Stars by Tessa Bridal. Hosted by Sue Miller ’65 and Mary Reynolds ’36. Please call Sue at 503-654-3893 to let her know your plans to attend. MacReads Portland will read The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak in April and Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson in May.

Day at the Minnesota Capitol
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29

Macalester students, staff, alumni and faculty will join their counterparts from other Minnesota private colleges to lobby legislators on behalf of the State Grant Program. The program provides need-based scholarships to middle- and lower-income students to attend public and private colleges and is considered one of the best grant programs in the country. At Macalester, 129 students receive state grants totaling $442,000 or an average of $3,426 per student. Statewide, more than 71,000 students receive grants totaling $125 million annually. Contact Doug Stone for more information.
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Boston spring happy hour
6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27
Les Zygomates Wine Bar and Bistro, 129 South Street, Boston

Join us for an alumni gathering to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring! Chef Connal McCullough ’97 will be on hand to provide a few tasty snacks. Come on your own or bring a friend. It’s always an eclectic crowd and a great way to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. Les Zygomates is a short walk from either South Station or New England Medical Center. On-street parking is metered until 8 p.m. Hosted by Kevin Sloan ’97 and Mohsen Mazaheri ’87. For more information e-mail Kevin or call him at 617-359-6332.

Seattle happy hour
5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29
Suite 410, 410 Stewart Street, Seattle

Meet with other Seattle-area Macalester alumni for a happy hour at Suite 410, a recent "club pick" of the Seattle Weekly. Contact Karen Hanson '95 or Lyungai Mbilinyi '95 for more information.

Twin Cities Young Alumni "How to find a good bottle of wine for under $10"
7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 12
Macalester Alumni House, 1644 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

With help from The Wine Thief, come explore and sample a number of Spanish wines that won't break your wallet! Professor David Sunderland, Spanish and American Studies, will join us to provide further insight into these fine wines. $13 per person. Space is limited. Contact Stephen Sporer for more information.

“Recharging a Macalester Tradition: The Institute of Global Citizenship” luncheon in Duluth
11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12
Fireside Room at Bennett's on the Lake, 600 East Superior St., Duluth, Minn.

Take part in a luncheon and discussion with Ahmed Samatar, the dean of Macalester’s new Institute for Global Citizenship. A buffet lunch will be served at noon. $17 per person. RSVP to Stephen Sporer by April 6.

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