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Coach Don Hudson (front and center in tan suit) was surrounded by his former athletes for a celebration of his career at Macalester. Photo: Greg Helgeson.

Coach Don Hudson was honored at a special pre-game luncheon and a halftime presentation at the Scots Football homegame on Saturday, Oct. 6. In 1971, Hudson became the first black head coach at a predominantly white college or university in the modern era. For this, and "positively influencing a generation of student athletes," he was presented a Resolution of Appreciation from Macalester's Board of Trustees.

In his own words...

Don Hudson was interviewed on Twin Cities Public Television's Almanac on Oct. 5. In the interview, he talks about his coaching career and the challenges he and his peers faced in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Watch the Almanac episode at »

Alumni reflections about Coach Don Hudson
At the luncheon, letters from Hudson's former players were read. Here are some of the quotes from those letters:

"Don Hudson was like a surrogate father to me and to many of the guys on the track and football teams that he coached. Like all great coaches, he saw potential in us that we did not see in ourselves, and brought out the best in us."
Chuck Harris ’75

"I remember Don Hudson as an incredible role model for young men, particularly an African American such as myself."
Stan Lynch, M.D., ’78

"I remember lining up as a team practicing our positions for the national anthem.  He asked if there were any questions?  After a short pause he turned and was walking away when I asked: "Yes Coach, how does it go?"  He turned in disbelief and then smiled a large grin when he realized it was his only Canadian player that had asked the question."
Chris Robertson ’78

"Coach [Hudson] left an undeniable impression on me."
Dale Worden ’77

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Campus News

Macalester's Eco-House featured on Minnesota Public Radio

Photo of Macalester's EcoHouse Macalester's Eco-House. MPR Photo / Art Hughes.

"If you had $50,000 to make your home more energy efficient, what would you do?" This was the question put to students and Environmental Studies professors at Macalester when they received funding to make a modest ’50s rambler on Macalester's language row more sustainable. Minnesota Public Radio's Art Hughes toured the Eco-House with Professor Chris Wells and interviewed Austin Werth ’09 for a story broadcast on Friday, Oct. 5. In the interview, Wells said Eco-House "will ultimately serve as a 24-hour-a-day ecological workstation for students."
Listen to the story and view slideshow at»

Student group to host debate between two titans of U.S. presidential politics

Photo of Ron Christie. Photo of Donna Brazille. Republican Ron Christie and Democrat Donna Brazile will debate at Macalester on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Students will host two titans of U.S. Presidential politics, Democrat Donna Brazile and Republican Ron Christie, for an Oxford-style debate at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Kagin Commons. Brazile is the former campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman 2000. Christie is the former acting director of USA Freedom Corps and special assistant to President George W. Bush. Both debaters are skilled political veterans of their respective parties and promise to live up to the title chosen for the event, “Partisan Titans Debate the Future of the American Presidency.”

Macalester families share their best recipes in the Family Fest 2007 Recipe Book

Family Fest 2007 artwork

When the families of Macalester students came to campus for Family Fest Weekend, held Oct. 5-7, some left behind their best recipes for everyone to enjoy. Recipes in the compilation include Liza Grigoropoulos’s Down-to-Earth Granola, Michael Colberg’s Madison Carrot Cake, Cathy Holdorf’s Flinsen, Chris Andre’s Wild Rice Soup, Lucia Hittle’s Coconut Rice, Sherry San’s Coconut Curry Tofu, Cham Nguyen’s Vietnamese Pork Stew (Thit Kho Tau) and Richard & Chris DeRose-Most’s $10,000 Cheesecake.
Download the Macalester College Family Fest 2007 Recipe Book»

Macalester Art Gallery shows Spiders and Insects: Recent Videos by Julia Oldham

Freeze frame from one of Julie Oldham's videos.

Works by video artist Julia Oldham are on exhibit in the Art Gallery this month, through Wednesday, Oct. 24. Titled Spiders and Insects, the works explore insect communication and navigation. "I engage in a mimetic way in the activities of insects and other invertebrates," Oldham wrote about the videos. "Initially, this process feels repetitive and chaotic and requires endurance; however, a pattern emerges as I continue to behave as an insect." Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, Nashville and Tallinn, Estonia.
Watch Spiders and Insects videos online»

Two new books by English professors

Cover of book by Parker Cover of book by Dawes

English professors James Dawes and John Parker both released new books in September. Dawes' book, That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity (Harvard Press), explores the roles and complexities of storytelling in humanitarian work. Parker's book, The Aesthetics of Antichrist: From Christian Drama to Christopher Marlowe (Cornell University Press), explores Christian drama and ritual performance in theater before, and including, the work of Christopher Marlowe.
More about That the World May Know»
More about The Aesthetics of Antichrist»

Four recent grads win awards for economics papers written while students

[Edtorial Note: Katie Lim and Zack Devlin-Foltz are currently enrolled as seniors. Their class years were mistakenly first published as 2007.]

Katie Lim ’08 and Zack Devlin-Foltz ’08 presented their paper, "Motivations for Non-Rational Punishment in Public Goods Settings: An Experimental Analysis" and won first prize in the Undergraduate Student Paper Contest at the International Atlantic Economic Society Conference held Oct. 7-10 in Savannah, Ga. The paper was written in Professor Pete Ferderer's course, Behavioral Economics. Lim and Devlin-Foltz’s paper will be published in the Atlantic Economic Journal.

Two additional Mac-ites will receive awards for their student work at the Minnesota Economic Association’s annual conference with the theme "Energy and Environmental Economics" on Friday, Oct. 26, at Macalester College. Brendan Pierpont ’07 will receive the award for First Place in the Senior Thesis category for his paper "Democracy, Property Rights and FDI in Developing Countries: A Regional Analysis," and Pawan Dhir ’07 will receive the award for Third Place in the Term Paper category for his paper "The Impact of Stock Market Liberalization Emerging Equity Market Volatility: A Simulation Approach." Both winners were under the guidance of Professor Gary Krueger.

At the conference, Professor Sarah West ’91 will present her paper "Policies for the Reduction of Gasoline Consumption.” For information about attending, email Professor Pete Ferderer.

Alumni News

80 alumni and neighbors start their Wednesdays with Bressoud's History of Math

photo of Professor David Bressoud

Starting Wednesday mornings with a course on the History of Math may sound like a drag, but to 80 alumni and friends of the college, it's been a great way to be intellectually active. Professor David Bressoud’s no-credit History of Math course is one of five Alumni College programs organized for alumni this school year. Other programs include the Career Networking Series for young alumni; the Road Scholars Program that will send professors to speak in Chicago, Oakland (Calif.), Seattle and New York City; Faculty Lectures covering the topics of foreclosure trends, eating disorders and humanitarian aid; and a Summer Session on Immigration planned for July 2008.
More about the Macalester Alumni College»

Alumni share their news through the online community, MacDirect

Mac Direct icon

Brand new class notes from Richard Anderson ’77, Lisa Schrenk ’84, Elizabeth Olson ’87, Jessica Rio ’96, Amanda Westley Ziegler ’06 and Brandon Mason ’06 have been posted in MacDirect this month. MacDirect is the password-protected online community for Macalester alumni where users can search for Mac friends, post profile photos and share news in Class Notes. Since replacing the previous online directory in June, over 3,500 alumni have registered to use MacDirect.
Register for or login to MacDirect here»

First-Year students welcomed to the neighborhood by alumni

Photo of Mark and Margo Dickinson hosting a first-year dinner Fourteen alumni families living near campus opened their homes to host first-year students for dinner. On Thursday, Oct. 4., Mark (’76) and Margo (’77) Dickinson hosted students taking History Professor Peter Rachleff's first-year course, The Global and the Local.

Artist Lisa Sanditz ’95 featured in October’s Smithsonian magazine

Artist Lisa Sanditz ’95 was profiled in the October issue of Smithsonian for her landscape paintings that while aesthetically pleasing tell another story when viewed closer. "I am equally engaged by what is the beautiful and what is the degraded," she says in the story.
Read the article at»

Dan Ettinger ’04 and Jokes Across America host open mic night in Minneapolis

At Open Joke Night, Dan Ettinger ’04 dressed up by wearing a tie.

Ever wanted to bicycle across America? Enjoy a good joke? Dan Ettinger ’04 and his high school friend Simon Goldberg enthusiastically answered both questions "Yes" and are now riding from the Pacific to the Atlantic to collect the best jokes the United States has to offer. They made a pit stop in Minneapolis where they hosted an Open Joke Night at the 400 Bar on Oct. 4. "Returning to the Twin Cities was great," Ettinger said. "In the context of our trip, crossing the Mississippi was supposed to be a big event. For me, it just felt like coming home."

Over 50 alumni attended the event, and many reported having a great time. Ettinger and Goldberg also took an opportunity to make WCCO's Don Shelby laugh on his Oct. 4 radio show.
Listen to their radio interview at»

Geology Department invites alumni to reception at GSA meeting in Denver

Geology professors Kelly MacGregor and Karl Wirth are going to Denver, Colo., for the annual Geology Society of America meeting later this month. The professors will be hosting a special dessert and coffee reception for alumni who were geology majors, or would just like to stop by, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. For more information, see the event listing to the right, or e-mail Andi Wulff.

Volunteers needed to be Lunch Buddies at Linwood A+ Elementary

Linwood A+ Elementary School is looking for alumni volunteers to read with a student one-on-one once a week during their lunch hour. To volunteer, email Mary Beth Grewe at the Civic Engagement Center.
More about the Linwood Lunch Buddy program»

40 Great Scots learn about Cyprus from Professor Christiansen

Photo of Professor Adrienne Christiansen

Political Science Professor Adrienne Christiansen gave a presentation about Cyprus for 40 alumni on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Owing to its geo-strategic location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa and its lush forest, copper mines and agricultural riches, Cyprus has been colonized, invaded, or administered by a host of reigning powers throughout the centuries. Christiansen will be leading an alumni trip to explore Cyprus in March 2008.
More about alumni trip to Cyprus»
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Macalester Talks Podcast Series

Check out the latest episodes of the Macalester Talks podcast series:

Ruthanne Kurth-Schai, Education, talks about potential benefits of lowering the voting age to 16. Listen

Dr. Unni Karunakara and Jennifer Vago of Doctors Without Borders share their experiences helping displaced people around the world. Listen

Clay Steinman discusses the potential of the emerging online nonprofit news source, Listen

Sara Boyer, Biology, talks about what the daddy long legs can tell us about geological history. Listen

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First $100 of any new gifts to Annual Fund to be matched through grant

Several trustees and friends of the college have pledged to match $150,000 in gifts from alumni who have never given or didn't give last fiscal year. The goal is to help Macalester reach 43 percent in alumni participation in giving. Gifts received from alumni who didn’t give last fiscal year (June 1, 2006-May 31, 2007) will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $100. A tally of how many gifts have been matched so far through this program can be found on the Annual Fund's new "Be A Number" page.
More about making a matched gift»


Alumni Board Meeting

On Campus

Alumni Board members come to campus to meet. E-mail the Alumni Office for more information.
View list of Alumni Board Members»


M-Club Hall of Fame Dinner

M-Club, a club for Macalester's former athletes, will honor the inductees to its Hall of Fame for 2007. By invite only.
Find out who'll be inducted»


NPR's Martin Kaste presents Luckless Argentines and their American Cousins

Kagin Commons Hill Ballroom, Macalester College

NPR reporter Martin Kaste will speak at Macalester as part of Minnesota Public Radio’s Broadcast Journalist Series. Kaste will compare his five years reporting in South America to his new assignment in the Pacific Northwest. Many of Kaste's assumptions about the political and economic differences between South America and the United States have been tested in the wake of corruption scandals in Washington, D.C., and turmoil in the U.S. economy. Kaste is a graduate of Carleton College and began his broadcast career at Minnesota Public Radio. Free and open to the public, but tickets are required and can be picked up at The Bibelot Shops.


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 young alumni 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? Email Stephen Sporer or call him at 651-696-6997.
Register online here»

MacReads Portland

At the home of Carmen Doom ’98, Portland, Ore.

MacReads Portland will read and discuss A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Their November book is Animal, Plant, Miracle by Barbara Kingslover. Email the Alumni Office for more information.


Seattle Happy Hour at Spitfire

Spitfire, 2219 4th Ave., Seattle, Wash.

Meet up with other Seattle-area alumni at Spitfire in Belltown. Karen Hanson ’95 and Lyungai Mbilinji ’95 are hosts. Questions: Email Carol Polk.
Visit Spitfire’s website »


Dessert and Coffee Reception at Geology Society meeting

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Blanca Peak Room, 1750 Welton Street, Denver

Alumni are invited to special Macalester gathering at the annual Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting in Denver. Mix and mingle with local Denver alumni, Geology faculty and Geology majors from across the U.S. A short Program featuring the latest news from the Macalester College Geology Department will begin at 7:30 p.m. RSVP by emailing Andi Wulff.
Visit hotel website»
More about the 2007 GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition»


Alumni College Faculty Lecture: Laura Smith ’94 (Geography) on Foreclosures

Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

As part of the Macalester Alumni College Faculty Lectures program, Geography Professor Laura Smith ’94 will present Mortgage Foreclosure Patterns in the Twin Cities. Smith teaches courses on urban economic geography, North America and quantitative methods. She also teaches an urban GIS seminar in which students ask a question about community issues and answer them using geography techniques. Her recent research projects have focused on mortgage foreclosure patterns in the Twin Cities, transportation and development and American Indian land ownership. Free, no registration required
More about Alumni College Faculty Lectures»
Listen to Macalester Talks Podcast with Laura Smith»


Reunion 2008 Planning Meeting


On Campus

Members of Reunion Committees for Reunion 2008 will meet to plan for the big weekend happening June 6-8, 2008. Committee members for the Class of 1958 are not required to attend. Further details to be announced.
Learn more about Reunion 2008»


Professor Dianna Shandy's Road Scholar talk in Chicago

Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Blvd., Room 700

As part of the Alumni College's Road Scholars program, Anthropology Professor Dianna Shandy gives a talk titled Refugees in America: Sudanese migration, cultural identity and traditions in Chicago. Participants will enjoy a Road Scholars continental breakfast prior to the talk. $20 per person.
More about this Road Scholars event»
Register online here»


Right on Lake Street at the Minnesota History Center

345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul

Join Professor David Lanegran ’63 and Macalester alumni and their families in celebrating student research, design and media projects featured in the Right on Lake Street exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. Right on Lake Street is a colorful, interactive exhibit developed by the Minnesota Historical Society, Macalester College and the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater. Lanegran will talk about the evolution of Lake Street. Tickets $7 for adults; $5 for children, ages 4-17.
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, email 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, email Russell Allen.


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