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Three speaking events explore one of the world's most complex topics
— peace and conflict in the Middle East.


“A Mideast Summit: Challenges to Peace”

Alexander G. Hill Ballroom,
Kagin Commons

Photo of Yossi Beilin Photo of Hannan Ashrawi Photo of Walter Mondale

Yossi Beilin, Hanan Ashrawi and Walter Mondale ’50.

Two Mideast peace advocates, Palestinian Legislative Council member Hanan Ashrawi and Israeli Parliament member Yossi Beilin, discuss possible solutions to conflicts that divide the Middle East in a panel discussion moderated by Former Vice President Walter Mondale ’50.
More about Ashrawi and Beilin →
Only overflow seating is currently available. Pick up tickets at the Info Desk of the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.


“Osama Bin Laden – The Man and the Myth”

Alexander G. Hill Ballroom,
Kagin Commons

Bruce Lawrence, religion professor and director of the Islamic Studies Center at Duke University, will discuss the role the media played in making Osama Bin Laden into an infoage anti-hero and explore the man behind the myth. Lawrence is one of the nation’s leading experts in contemporary Islam and has published a number of books including The Qur’an: A Biography (2007), and Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden (editor, 2005). His talk is this year's Arnold Lowe Lecture in Religious Studies.
Open to the public, no tickets required.

Photo of Richard Holbrooke

Former Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke told students that individuals can and do make a difference in preventing and resolving major conflicts during Macalester's Opening Convocation on Monday, Sept. 10. His talk was the first of three Macalester speaking events this month examining peace and conflict in the Middle East.

Two more speaking events on Monday, Sept. 17, and Thursday, Sept. 27, will cover the challenges to peace between Palestinians and Israelis, and what we really know about Osama Bin Laden.

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Campus News

Scots Football starts season winning two out of two games played

Photo of Scots FB Team ringing bell

Linebacker Gavin Keisling ’09 ringing the victory bell after the Scots won 34-21 in their season opener played against Beloit. Photo: Christopher Mitchell / Sport Shot Photo.
View more 2007 season opener photos→

The Scots Football team claimed victory in its first two games of the season, a feat last accomplished in 1988 before most of the 2007-2008 team was born. 

In the season opener played against the Beloit Buccaneers, the Scots rallied back from a 14-0 deficit to a 34-21 victory after Jacob McDonnell’s (’10) 81-yard kickoff return. In the following away game with Principia, the Scots came within one point of their all-time single-game scoring record, claiming a 62-0 shutout win, the first win of its kind in over 40 years.

The Scots next play Carleton on Saturday, Sept. 15, in a contest over the “Book of Knowledge” traveling trophy — and for the chance to give Scots Football its first 3-0 start since 1984. The M Club, Macalester’s alumni who were once student athletes themselves, is hosting a tailgate party before the game’s kickoff (see event listing).

Can't make the game? Watch it online.
Visit Macalester Athletics Webcasts page→

Former Macalester Head Coach, Don Hudson, never forgotten

Former Macalester head football coach Don Hudson is featured in a September 2007 Minnesota Monthly magazine article written by Jay Weiner, a parent of a first-year Mac student. Hudson was the first African-American to be a head football coach at a predominantly white college and was the Macalester coach from 1972 to 1975. Coach Hudson will be honored at a special event in conjunction with the Scots Football home game on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Read the article at Minnesota Monthly

Minnesota Historical Society presents work of Macalester students in exhibit

"Right on Lake Street" opens at the Minnesota History Center on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The exhibit Macalester students helped create runs through March 9.

The Minnesota Historical Society will open “Right on Lake Street” — an exhibit developed in partnership with Macalester students, staff and faculty — at a special Minnesota History Center event 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. The exhibit explores the communities and history of the six-mile corridor linking St. Paul and Minneapolis. Its colorful models re-imagine historic and contemporary buildings, including the Wonderland Rollercoaster of the early 1900s and Calhoun Square of today, and were designed by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater.

Through a dozen courses and the college’s Civic Engagement Center, Macalester students conducted research projects engaging with residents and organizations on Lake Street. Their projects covered topics ranging from geography and economics to women’s studies and GIS mapping. Much of their work provided content for the exhibit. The Lake Street Council advised the students and helped bridge connections to community organizations.

The exhibit runs through March 9. A special alumni viewing is planned for Nov. 11.

Explore student research about Lake Street→
Read Macalester's press release about exhibit→
More about the exhibit at

Brian Rosenberg visits alumni in Iceland

Macalester President Brian Rosenberg (left) visited with alumni in Iceland at a special reception on July 26. Jón Hákon Magnússon ’64 (right) hosted the event.
View photos from Iceland trip →

Three families pledge $1.5 million for MARC gift matching fund

To provide additional incentive for prospective donors toward the $45 million Macalester Athletic and Recreation Center (MARC) currently under construction, three alumni families – representing the decades of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s – have pledged a matching fund of $1.5 million. These funds will be offered as a 50 percent match to donors considering gift proposals of $50,000 to $500,000, leveraging $3 million in commitments into a total of $4.5 million by January 30, 2008. Construction of the new facility is continuing on schedule and it is expected to open in the Fall 2008. To learn more, e-mail Tony Grundhauser, Macalester’s director of individual gifts, or call him at 651-696-6335.

The Class of 2011 arrives on campus

Orientation 2007 icon designed by Phang. Orientation materials were designed by Phong Tran ’08.

After being welcomed to the Macalester community at alumni events held in Boston, D.C., San Francisco, the Twin Cities and Seattle, the Class of 2011 arrived on campus Friday, Aug. 31, for first-year orientation -- a weekend carefully planned by Student Life staff and coordinators, and 36 student leaders.
Explore the orientation site→

Timothy D. Hart-Andersen becomes the Board of Trustees interim chair

Photo of Timothy D. Hart-Anderson

Timothy D. Hart-Andersen, senior minister of the historic Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis, has been elected to serve as interim chair of Macalester's Board of Trustees. Hart-Andersen has served as a Macalester trustee for seven years and for the past year as the board’s vice chair. 

Hart-Andersen replaces Jeff Larson ’79 who resigned in late July to focus attention on business concerns. “Macalester is fortunate to have someone of Tim’s caliber on the board and to benefit from his leadership skills at this time,” said Macalester President Brian Rosenberg.

“I am honored to step in as interim board chair at Macalester and to help build on the good momentum at the college,” said Hart-Andersen. “We have a strong group of trustees and an outstanding administration at Mac. It will be a privilege to serve among them in this interim capacity.”

Macalester’s Board of Trustees will elect its new chair at its May 16 meeting. Its next meeting will be October 4-5 on campus.





Alumni News

Planning for Reunion 2008 has begun

Committees made up of alumni volunteers met on Saturday, Sept. 8, to begin planning Reunion 2008 happening next June. Alumni from the classes of 2003; 1998; ’88, ’89 & ’90; ’83; ’78, ’79 & ’80; ’58; ’53; ’48 and ’43 return to campus June 6-8, 2008, to celebrate reunion.
Visit the Reunion 2008 website→

Nominations due for 2008 Alumni Awards

The deadline to nominate someone for the 2008 Alumni Awards is Monday, Sept. 17. Every year, these awards are given during Reunion Weekend to alumni recommended by their peers and chosen by the Alumni Board. Award categories include Distingished Citizens, Young Alumni, Catharine Lealtald Service to Society, and Alumni Service. All alumni are invited to make their nominations.
Make your Alumni Award nomination now→

Dates set for alumni trip to Cyprus

This ancient city is one of 10 in Cyprus. Photo: Adrienne E. Christiansen.

The dates of the alumni trip to Cyprus led by Professor Adrienne Christiansen are locked in for March 5-18, 2008. During the 13-day tour, a small group of Macalester alumni will gain first-hand knowledge of this Mediterranean island's complex mosaic of politics, religious expression, architectural influences and cuisines. For more information about this trip, e-mail Carol Polk.

Over 2,970 alumni now registered in online community, MacDirect

MacDirect, the password-protected online community exclusively for Macalester alumni, now boasts over 2,970 registered users since its launch in June. These alumni are now able to search the profiles of over 24,000 other active alumni and reconnect with their Mac friends. Registered users can also post their latest news about big moves, weddings, job changes, births and adoptions, or other announcements. All alumni are welcome to join MacDirect and can register in four easy steps.
Register for MacDirect now→
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Cecil Ramnaraine ’55 to teach EXCO course on campus

Photo of Cecil Ramnaraine.

Cecil Ramnaraine ’55 will be teaching a Peace and Nonviolence course this fall through the Twin Cities Experimental College (EXCO), founded by Macalester students. Ramnaraine’s course explores the great ideas and cultural diversity of the world as exemplified in the lives of 12 peacemakers. Other EXCO courses taught by Macalester’s students, faculty, staff, neighbors and alumni are planned for the semester including Basic Songwriting, The Neuropsychology of Emotion, Avant Garde and Experimental Filmmaking, and Shape-note Singing.

Macalester’s EXCO is modeled after the “Experimental College” movements on other campuses across the country. Anyone can sign up to teach or take a class and all classes are free and open to the wider community. E-mail organizers Jason Rodney ’10 or Claire Stoscheck ’07 for more information.
Visit EXCO's website→

Huelster family sends yet another of its own to Macalester

Photo of the Huelster family.

A sizable part of the Huelster family came to campus earlier this month to drop off newest Macite, Nick (center in blue). Nick's grandpa, Howard (right), is part of the Class of ’49; his grandma Mary Ann (left), the Class of ’47; his uncle Dan (far left), ’82; and his dad Ross (top right), ’79. Nick's mom, Anne (center), didn't attend Macalester, but is certainly considered a part of the college community.

130 young alumni tour Surly Brewery

Over 130 young alumni from the Twin Cities met at Surly Brewery to learn more about the Twin Cities newest micro-brewery owned and operated by Omar Ansari ’92. Ansari personally gave his alumni guests a tour and described how he used what he learned at Macalester to start his business. Asari's young brewery is getting local and national attention, and was recently reviewed in the City Pages by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, a highly regarded Twin Cities food critic.
View photos from brewery tour→
Read review of Surly at

Andrea Myklebust ’95 and Stan Sears to collaborate in Art+Fire

Rendering of how Art Fire may look when finished Diane Gorvin's rendering of how the project would look on the beach.

Andrea Myklebust ’95 and Art Professor Stan Sears are collaborating with artists Diane Gorvin and Philip Bews of Gloucestershire, U.K., for a project they call Art+Fire. The four artists are constructing a "fire ship" in the shape of a Viking long boat out of recycled and waste materials on the shores of Lake Pepin in Stockholm, Wis. When it's completed, they will set it on fire as part of a community celebration on Saturday, Sept. 22.
More at→






Tailgate party celebrating Scots Football

Stadium, On Campus

The Scots Football team is now 2-0 for the first time since 1988! To celebrate, M Club is hosting a tailgate party before the home game with Carleton. Look for the M Club tent at the northeast corner of the game field. Open to all. Kick off at 6 p.m.


Chicago-area Scots Football Tailgate Party at U. of Chicago

Jackson Park 63rd Street Beach House, 6300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Chicago-area alumni are invited to a tailgate party in support of the Scots football team in their Macalester vs. University of Chicago game. Game will be on Stagg Field, west of 55th Street and Ellie Ave. and begins at noon. E-mail Nat Kongtahworn ’95 for directions or more information.


New York Alumni Fall Happy Hour

Playwright Tavern, 202 West 49th Street, Midtown Manhattan, NYC

Join New York-area alumni for a fall happy hour and discover ways to get involved with Macalester. Cash Bar, hors d'oeuvres provided. To reserve your spot, e-mail Stephen Sporer, associate director of Alumni Relations.
More about Playwright Tavern→


MacReads Portland

Home of Valerie Plummer ’99, Portland, Ore.

Portland-area alumni will discuss the book Moloka'i by Alan Brennert. E-mail Valerie Plummer ’99 for more information.


Twin Cities Multicultural Alumni Happy Hour

The Uptown Drink, 1400 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis

International and multicultural alumni of all Twin Cities private colleges are invited to a networking happy hour hosted by IMAG, the International and Multicultural Alumnae Group affiliated with the College of St. Catherine Alumnae Association. Cash bar only. Ask for "the Katie table." To RSVP e-mail Chris Klejbuk at St. Kate's.


Mac Market - Community Arts and Crafts Event

Atrium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Students, faculty, staff and alumni display and sell their handmade arts and crafts. E-mail Karlyn Kaus Wegmann for further information.


See Angels in America with Scots Pride

MainStage Theater, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
(Additional performances October 5,6,7, 11 & 13. View ticket information.)

Scots Pride gathers to watch Macalester's fall student production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, directed by Theater Professor Harry Waters, Jr. Prior to the evening's 7 p.m. curtain, appetizers and refreshments will be served in the Fine Arts Lounge and Women Gender and Sexuality Studies Professor Scott Morgensen will share his thoughts on Tony Kushner's work. $15 per person. Questions? E-mail Stephen Sporer.
Register online here→


Walking Tour of Waterfalls and Rooftop Gardens in Downtown San Francisco

Meet at Rincon Center on Mission between Spear and Steuart, San Francisco

Bay-area alumni are invited to join president of On The Level San Francisco Excursions (website), Marilyn Straka ’68, for a mile-long walking tour of downtown San Francisco. The tour will visit water falls and rooftop gardens found in public spaces nestled in downtown San Francisco's private developments. The tour ends at Market and Montgomery where you can explore the Palace Hotel and enjoy a libation or take the historic trolley down Market Street to the recently restored and enhanced Ferry Building to have dinner by the water. $15 per person. E-mail Marilyn with questions about this tour.
Register online here→


How to Use Your Liberal Arts Degree to Land or Create an Interesting Job

Alumni House, On Campus

The first of a three-part 'how to' career series for Macalester's recent and 'mostly recent' grads in the Twin Cities, this informative, career-networking evening begins with a panel of Macalester alumni sharing their personal stories about navigating and shaping their own careers. Following the panel, which will include the panelists' personal tips on networking do's and don'ts, will be a cocktail reception for young alumni to put their new knowledge to work. $10 per person. Questions? E-mail Stephen Sporer.
Register online here→

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Handel's 'Messiah' Community Sing Along

Ridgewood Church, 4420 Highway 101 S., Minnetonka, Minn.

Bring your friends and sing Handel's ‘Messiah’ in the 28th annual community sing-along sponsored by The Music Association of Minnetonka. Or, just sit back and enjoy the music. Free and open to the public. To RSVP, e-mail Andi Wulff.


See The Nutcracker Performed by the Orlando Ballet

Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando, Fla.

Join Macalester alumni and guests to see The Nutcracker performed by the Orlando Ballet accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Hosted by Russell P. Allen ’74, executive director of the Orlando Ballet. A light buffet supper begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the performance and backstage reception with the artists. $58 per person, including dinner, ballet and reception. For questions or to reserve tickets, e-mail Russell Allen.

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