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2007 Highlights
The Class of 1957 gave over $5 million as their reunion gift, 62 percent contributed.

44 percent of the Class of 2002 attended, breaking all known attendance records for any class.

Who was there?
The classes of 2002; 1997; ’92, ’93 & ’94; ’82; ’67, ’68 & ’69; ’57; ’52; ’47 and ’42; members of the Golden Scots; former members of the African Music Ensemble; and Twin Cities alumni who just decided to show up.

A festival atmosphere prevailed during Reunion Weekend, June 1-3, even through brief patches of rain. Many who attended reported having great fun reconnecting with each other as well as with their alma mater. Here's a small slice of what they're saying:

“I didn't expect to have two-ninths the fun I did. I'll be back!”
Eric Ebbesen ’97

“It was a fabulous weekend from start to finish!”
Ramona Bole Kaszas ’57

“I had a blast reconnecting with folks. Thanks for bringing back all of those good ol' Mac memories.
Nell Hirschmann-Levy ’02


Next year's Reunion Classes: 2003
1988, ’89 & ’90
1978, ’79 & ’80
1943 and earlier
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Campus News Macalester Athletic and Recreation Center takes shape

Metal braces hold up a wall's worth of concrete panels of the MARC. Taken June 28, 2007. Photo: Mark Dickinson.

The first of the 347 pre-cast concrete panels that will be used to make the exterior walls of the Macalester Athletic and Recreation Center (MARC) have been installed this summer. The panels average 32 feet in height and are 1 foot thick. The exterior of the walls will be covered in red brick to match other campus buildings. Construction of the MARC is expected to be finished in the fall 2008. During this time, Macalester's ball fields, tennis courts and practice field are closed. To learn more about making a gift toward the MARC or naming opportunities for the new facility, e-mail Tony Grundhauser, director of individual gifts.
View webcam of MARC construction »

President Brian Rosenberg to visit alumni in Iceland

President Brian Rosenberg will travel to Iceland to discuss the future of the college and answer questions at a reception for all Macalester alumni and parents 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Hotel Holt, Bergstadastraeti 37, Reykjavik. Contact Jón Hákon Magnússon ’64 for further details.

Fiscal Year 2007 another record year for contributions, up 12 percent

Donors contributed over $16 million, excluding bequests, in fiscal year 2007 making it the second consecutive record-setting year of philanthropic support for the college. This represents a 12 percent increase over the $14.5 million contributed in 2006. A record 11,637 donors contributed during the fiscal year that ended May 31. Alumni contributions increased nearly $1 million over 2006 to $10.2 million. Current and former parents gave $923,576, nearly doubling their total from 2006.

“I'd like to express my deepest appreciation to all the alumni, parents, and friends who have provided support to the college during the past year and to the faculty, staff and students who have inspired that support,” Brian Rosenberg said. “Special thanks are due to the Classes of 1957 and 2007 for their generosity and enthusiasm. Help of this kind enables us to provide first-rate programs and facilities to a gifted and diverse student body.”

A record 43 percent of the Class of 2007 contributed to its senior gift of $34,044, directed toward the planned renovation of Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. The Class of 1957 gave a 50-year reunion gift of just over $5 million (including bequests and pledges) from donors representing 62 percent of the class—setting records for both amount given and class participation.
More about FY07 fund raising results »
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Five alumni named to the Board of Trustees

Peter Ahn ’87, Melvin E. Collins ’75, Patricia R. Hurley ’82, Michael E. Sneed ’81 and Per von Zelowitz ’94 (clockwise above) were recently named to the Board of Trustees of Macalester College. Ahn is co-founder and partner of Hemisphere Companies (Minneapolis, Minn.), an investment and development company specializing in the leisure and hospitality industry. Collins is strategic account manager for INROADS (Minneapolis/St. Paul), an international organization preparing talented minority youth for corporate and community leadership, and was a co-chair of Macalester’s first Alumni of Color Reunion in 1999. Hurley is senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Fidelity Investments (Boston, Mass.). Sneed is company group chairperson for Johnson & Johnson (Skillman, N.J.), responsible for its Vision Care, Inc. Former Alumni Board president, von Zelowitz, is an investment director at the venture capital firm Nordic Venture Partners (Stockholm, Sweden). The Board of Trustees will hold its next meeting in October.
View list of Board of Trustees members »

Host families sought for 2007-2008 academic year

Two Macalester programs are recruiting community volunteers to host students for the upcoming school year.

Macalester’s Alumni Office and Department of Multicultural Life are seeking hosts for U.S. students of color and multiracial students. Applications are due Wednesday, July 20.
Learn more and apply here »

The International Center is looking for hosts for its Friends of Macalester International Students program. The center is hoping to match hosts with 50-60 international students. Contact Aaron Colhapp or Kristina Doan to request an application.

Both of these host family programs are not homestays — the students live on or near campus — and are a way for alumni and friends in the Twin Cities to support students by sharing friendship and community.

Scots track & field teams recognized for academic achievement

The Men's and Women's track teams were recognized for their smarts this month. Both received All-Academic Team honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The honor is given based on the cumulative GPA of each team in each division, Scots women’s team had a cumulative GPA of 3.499 and is seventh best out of the 73 NCAA Division III teams that made the list; the Men’s team had a GPA of 3.207 and was ranked 16th out of 47 Division III teams.

Professor’s art included in exhibit at Basilica of St. Mary

Godollei's "Home," a 30-by-22-inch monoprint, is one of her works displayed in the "Home Sweet Home" exhibit at the Basilica in Minneapolis.

Art Professor Ruthann Godollei has works in “Home Sweet Home Again,” a touring exhibit of art and poetry about issues of homelessness and affordable housing, through Wednesday, July 29, at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. The Family Housing Fund commissioned the works in the exhibit to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. Godollei also recently had six prints accepted into the international juried exhibit, the 14th Tallinn Print Triennial "Political and Poetical," which will be opening in October at the at the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia.
View Godollei’s work featured in Home Sweet Home Again exhibit »
Hear Godollei discuss art cars in MacTalks »

Eleven alumni talk at Working Class Studies Conference

The Working Class Studies Association (WCSA) held its 2007 conference titled “Class Matters: Working-Class Culture and Counter-Culture” at Macalester over the weekend of June 14-17. This year's Young Alumni Award winner Amalia Anderson ’97, Joshua Bertsch ’03, Tom Copeland ’72, Marv Davidov ’52, Sam Grant ’84, Jeff Helgeson ’96, Ryan Murphy ’99, Shana Redmond ’02, former faculty members Adam Waterman ’00 and Mary Wingerd ’90, and Laura Zeccardi ’07 all made presentations at the conference. Former Macalester professors Albert Lacson, Javier Morillo, Mary Romero and Sal Salerno also made presentations. To learn more about the WCSA, e-mail History Professor Peter Rachleff, the president of the organization.

Alumni News

New and improved online community, MacDirect, launches

A screenshot from MacDirect, the new online community for Macalester alumni. So far, over 1,500 alumni have registered.

Macalester’s online alumni directory has a new look and offers new features after its re-launch under the name, MacDirect, on Monday, June 25. As a password-protected online community for alumni, MacDirect provides registered users with a quick way to share their contact information; submit class notes about recent life events, job changes and other news; and upload or search resumes. Registered users also can post photos to display with their profiles and choose which parts of their personal information they wish to share with the rest of the community.

During the transition to the new online community, all usernames and passwords were reset for users of the old online directory. All alumni are invited to register and take advantage of MacDirect.
Register for MacDirect now »

Sydney Stilling ’67 wins Annual Fund’s Giving is Lucky contest

Sydney Stilling ’67 won a trip to China through the Annual Fund's Giving is Lucky contest.

The September alumni trip to China sold out so quickly the travel program added a second tour to meet demand. Lucky for Sydney Stilling ’67, two seats were reserved for her — or more precisely, for the winner of the Annual Fund’s Giving is Lucky contest. Alumni entered the contest by making gifts to the Annual Fund. Shortly after the close of last fiscal year on May 31, Stilling’s name was randomly drawn for one free trip with an option to buy a second for a companion. A better winner would have been hard to pick — Stilling has been giving back to her alma mater annually for the last 28 years.

Stilling reports that when the Annual Fund’s Danielle Nelson’05 called to break the news, it took her breath away. “What an amazing and unexpected blessing,” she later said, “That my twin sister Susan has decided to go as my roomie sets this trip up to be the trip of a lifetime. My Macalester education opened my eyes to all the possibilities that the world has to offer, and now it is providing the opportunity to see a spectacular part of it up close and personal.  Thank you so much Macalester!”

Stilling and her twin sister, Susan Earp Gibson ’67, will join 23 other alumni for the China trip departing September 13, and will visit Beijing, Tibet, the Yangtze River and Shanghai.
Catch the second China tour »
More about the Annual Fund »

Neighboring alumni needed to host first-year dinners

Photo: Ruth Chiu ’06

The Alumni Office is looking for alumni who live close to campus to host first-year dinners in October. This unique annual event gives volunteering hosts the chance to share dinner and conversation with approximately 10-15 students and their faculty advisor. "Hosting a first-year dinner is a terrific way to connect with an eager group of first-year students by sharing your Macalester memories and stories," said Stephen Sporer, associate director of Alumni Relations. For further information or to sign up, e-mail Stephen.

Nine honored at annual awards convo

Recommended by their peers and selected by a committee of the Alumni Board, a handful of alumni are recognized each year at the Alumni Awards Convocation held in June during Reunion Weekend. This year's receipients are:

Amalia Anderson ’96
Young Alumni Award
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Photo of Judy Vicars

Donald Beisswenger ’52
Honorary Degree
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Photo of Carol Leino Carey

Carol Leino Carey ’82
Distinguished Citizen Citation
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Photo of Melvin Collins

Melvin Collins ’75
Catharine Lealtad ’15 Service to Society Award
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Photo of Genell L. Knatterud

Genell L. Knatterud ’52
Distinguished Citizen Citation
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Photo of Gerry Meigs

Gerald Meigs ’57
Distinguished Citizen Citation
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Photo of Tim O'Brien

Tim O ’Brien ’68
Distinguished Citizen Citation
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Photo of Roger W. Strand

Roger W. Strand ’57
Distinguished Citizen Citation
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Photo of Judy Vicars

Judy L. Vicars ’68
Alumni Service Award
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Alumni trip to Cyprus planned for March

The Roman amphitheater at Kourion sits high above the Mediterranean and was built in the 2nd century C.E. The ancient city is one of 10 in Cyprus. Photo: Adrienne E. Christiansen.

Professor Adrienne Christiansen, Political Science, will lead an alumni trip to Cyprus next March. Participating alumni will explore UNESCO World Heritage churches, 1st century Greek theaters, Roman mosaics, Turkish baths, and English castles; experience traditional rural Cypriot life; visit mountain wineries and relax at some of Europe’s sunniest beaches. The trip is tentatively scheduled for March 5-19, 2008. For more information, e-mail Carol Polk.

Danny Schwartzman ’04 starts café from scratch

The logo for the Common Roots Cafe opened by Danny Shchwartzman ’04.

Timing the grand opening with the lunch hour, Danny Schwartzman ’04 opened Common Roots, a new café at the corner of 26th Street and Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis, on Monday, July 9. The café serves bagels, soups, salads and sandwiches made from scratch using local ingredients. It also serves fair trade coffee and tea, as well as beer. In addition to being a place to eat, the café offers free use of its Common Room to non-profit organizations and community groups.
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Mary Griep’s “Anastylosis” series shown at Minneapolis Institute for the Arts

Photo of Anastylosis in galleryThe piece, "Analstylosis" (2002) is a 8 ft. by 30 ft. rendering of Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Inset: the artist, Mary Griep ’73.

Mary Griep ’73, an art professor at St. Olaf, is currently showing works from her “Anastylosis” series in the Minnesota Artists exhibition Program Gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Taking the name from a term that refers to the restoration of a monument using original architectural methods and materials, the series features gigantic and detailed renderings of sacred structures like the Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia; the Palace of the Governors in Uxmal, Mexico; and Chatre’s Cathedral in France.  The exhibit runs through Sunday, Aug. 12, with a Critic’s Trialogue featuring critic Michael Fallon happening at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26, in the gallery.


London “Sports” Day at Northwick Park
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19
Playgolf Northwick Park, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex

Shake off the cobwebs and come out for a little putt-putt (mini-golf). Batting cages, a driving range, gym, restaurant and bar are also available. Mini-golf is £3.50 per person. Meet inside the main entrance. Those who wish may stay afterwards for a drink. 8 p.m. “tee-time.” E-mail Tom Gillespie ’00 for more information.

Boston Service Project at Land's Sake
2-5 p.m. Saturday, July 28
Land’s Sake, 86 Wellesley Street,
Weston, Mass.

Join Boston-area alumni to volunteer at Land’s Sake, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to responsible stewardship of suburban farmland and forests. A tour of the farm begins at 2 p.m., followed by an hour of service — planting, weeding, picking or whatever is needed — at 2:45 p.m. A family BBQ and potluck will round out the day. Bring salad, desserts and drinks. Dress in comfortable clothes good for working outdoors. Kid’s welcome. RSVP to Mohsen Mazaheri ’87 by Friday, July 20, with the number coming in your group, your name(s) and class year(s), your phone number, and what you plan to bring for the potluck.
Visit Land’s Sake website »

Young alumni tour Surly Brewery
6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8
Surly Brewery, 4811 Dusharme Dr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.
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Meet the new graduates while taking a tour of Surly Brewery, owned and operated by Omar Ansari ’92. Surly was recently voted the “#1 Brewery in America” by Beer Advocate Magazine. Come learn about the brewing process, network with other young alumni and sample a delicious local brew. Light appetizers and refreshments (including non-alcoholic ones) will be served at 6:30pm. Tour begins at 7:15pm. Reservations required. E-mail Stephen Sporer to reserve your glass no later than Friday, Aug 3.
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Mid-Summer BBQ in London
12-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18
The Home of Jason Lejonvarn ’88, 65 Cromwell Ave, Flat 1, Haringey, London

Jason Lejonvarn ’88 welcomes Macalester alumni, family and friends to a BBQ at his home. Grill will be fired from 1 to 3 p.m. E-mail Jason for more information.            

A Conversation with the President – Reykjavik, Iceland
5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27
Hótel Holt, Bergstadastraeti 37, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland

President Brian Rosenberg will travel to Iceland to discuss the future of the college and answer questions at a reception for all Macalester alumni and parents. Contact Jón Hákon Magnússon ’64 for further details.

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