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The Civic Engagement Center of Macalester's Institute for Global Citizenship connected students with dynamic urban research

Alumni will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, for a special tour of the exhibit with Professor David Lanegran ’63
Register to attend»

Developed in partnership with Macalester students, staff and faculty, Right on Lake Street explores the communities and history of the six-mile corridor linking St. Paul and Minneapolis through colorful models and insightful community research.

The exhibit runs through March 9.

Explore student research about Lake Street»
Read Macalester's press release about exhibit»
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Share your Lake Street stories through the Placeography wiki»

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Campus News

On the MainStage: “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes

Poster for the play, Lysistrata

The Theater and Dance Department’s production of the ancient Greek comedy “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes had its first three performances the weekend of Nov. 9. The heroine Lysistrata played by Rebecca Morales ’09 leads Athenian women played by Katia Cardenas ’10, Alison Butler ’09, Stephanie Stuart ’09, Mandi Masden ’08, Sana-e-zahra Ali-Aamir ’08, Jillian Laffrey ’10 and Claire Bancroft ’11 in a protest of the Peloponnesian War. Their strategy is to refuse all relations with their men until the men stop the War. Visiting Instructor Cheryl Moore Brinkley directs and two alumni, Lindsay Woolward ’07 and Amber Brown ’04, are involved in the production.

The final performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 15-17. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors and groups.

Professor David Itzkowitz brings A Reason to Remember exhibit to campus

A Reason To Remember exhibit graphic

Macalester hosts the Hatikvah Holocaust Education Center’s exhibit A Reason to Remember: Roth, Germany 1933-1942 in the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel this month. The exhibit tells the personal story of the five Jewish families who lived in the small village of Roth and brings history to life in an intimate and personal way through photographs, documents and eyewitness testimonies. It introduces the families as they lived in 1933 and details what happened to them during the Nazi era.
View online tour of exhibit at»

Professor Eric Wiertelak receives Career Achievement Award

Eric Wiertelak, psychology professor and director of Cognitive and Neuroscience Studies, was awarded the Career Achievement Award from the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience at their annual meeting held Nov. 2-8 in San Diego in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

The award is the society’s highest honor and is rarely given. Wiertelak's citation read: “The Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience awards Eric Wiertelak the Career Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to neuroscience education, shaping curricula at a national level, helping promote the neurosciences in undergraduate education, and increasing public awareness of neuroscience.”

While at the meetings, Wiertelak made or was co-author of four separate presentations, including presentation of research co-authored by Arsalan Azam ’07 and Nathaniel Vernon ’07.

Tess Vigeland presents “Consumed: Is our Consumer Culture Sustainable?”

Tess Vigeland, host of the nationally broadcast “Marketplace Money,” will explore the question "Is our consumer culture sustainable?" as part of American Public Media’s Consumed series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom of Kagin Commons.

The talk is part of the Broadcast Journalist Series, co-sponsored by Macalester, Minnesota Public Radio, Dorsey & Whitney LLP law firm and the Bibelot Shops. The talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and available at Twin Cities Bibelot Shops.
Learn about the Consumed series at American Public Media»

Grace King ’09 named MIAC Player of the Year

Photo of Grace King Grace King ’09

Macalester forward Grace King ’09 has been named Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Player of the Year. She is the seventh player to receive this honor since the Macalester Women’s Soccer program began. The previous six MIAC award recipients are Annie Borton ’07 (in 2005), Kate Ryan Reiling ’00 (in 1999), Tawni Epperson ’99 (in 1998), Brook Epperson ’98 (in 1997), Jennie Haire Johnson ’96 (in 1995), and Jen Scanlon ’95 (in 1992 and 1994).
Read more about Women’s Soccer and the 2007 MIAC Awards»

Scots Football ends season 4-5

Scots Football claimed an exciting win over the Lawrence Vikings on Nov. 10, ending their season with 4 wins and 5 losses. Despite a nine-game schedule, this year’s team broke the Scots 1985 record of 3,281 yards in total offense, finishing with 3,489 total yards.
Read recap of Scots Football game»

Macalester Talks Podcast Series

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

Professor Jane Rhodes talks about her new book, Framing the Black Panthers, their role in the late ’60s and ’70s and how the group is viewed today.

History Professor David Itzkowitz talks about the visiting exhibit A Reason to Remember: Roth, Germany 1933-1942.

English Professor James Dawes discusses his recent book about human rights, That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity.

Environmental Studies Professor Chris Wells talks about the initial renovations made to Macalester's EcoHouse and ways people can make their homes more sustainable.

Subscribe to the Macalester Talks podcast in iTunes or your preferred application today.
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Soek-Fang Sim dies at age 35

Photo of Professor Soek Fang Sim

Soek-Fang Sim died from breast cancer early in November. She taught courses about global media at Macalester from 2004 to 2007.

Sim received her Ph.D. in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2002. While studying there, she received the Swire-Cathay Pacific Inter-Asia Ph.D. scholarship. Before coming to Macalester, she was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University.

Her academic interest focused on the interplay between consensus and authoritarianism, and she wrote numerous articles examining the political and media systems of Singapore, East Asia and other countries. Her work has appeared in Javnost, the Journal of Contemporary Asia, Rhizomes, Journalism Studies, and the New Dictionary of the History of Ideas.

Correction: Two Economics students misidentified as “recent grads”

In the October 2007 MacWire story “Four recent grads win awards for economics papers written while students”, the winners of the first prize for the Undergraduate Student Paper Contest at the International Atlantic Economic Society Conference International Atlantic Economic Society Conference, Katie Lim and Zack Devlin-Foltz, were mistakenly identified as recent graduates and part of the Class of 2007. They are actually seniors, expected to graduate with the Class of 2008.

Alumni News

Alumni panelists provide career advice for young alumni

Photo of panelists at first Career Networking panel Jim Balabuszko-Reay ’90, Katie Eukel ’04, Jo Anna Hicks ’96, Quyen Tran Witthuhn ’95, and Adam Ried ’86 were the four panelists for the first Career Networking for Twin Cities Young Alumni panel.

At the first of a series of three career panels for Twin Cities Young Alumni, five panelists from a range of professions shared their insights into how to get an interesting job with 20 recent Macalester graduates on October 25. The panelists were food columnist Adam Ried ’86, healthcare IT consultant Jim Balabuszko-Reay ’90, Ryan Companies development director Jo Anna Hicks ’96, Transit for Livable Communities communications associate Katie Eukel ’04, and independent business owner Quyen Tran Witthuhn ’95. Two more career panels are planned — one in January about landing a job in the nonprofit sector and one in March panel about making a living as an artist.

Through the new Alumni College, Professors Lynn M. Hudson and Jane Rhodes will present to alumni in Oakland, Calif., and Professor Wang Ping will present to alumni in Seattle and New York City through the Road Scholars program; Professor Jaine Strauss and Professor Jim Dawes will give on-campus Faculty Lectures; and a two-day Summer Session will be held on campus in July.
More about the Macalester Alumni College»

Alumni Travel to Dalmatian Coast in July

Photo of Dubrovni on the Dalmation Coast

The Alumni Travel Program is offering a tour of village life along the Dalmatian Coast July 29-August 6. On this "unpack once" trip, alumni travelers and their guests will explore several unique ports of call along the Croatian coast line. These alumni travelers will meet with a former UNESCO director and visit the World Heritage site of Dubrovnik.
Explore the Dalmatian Coast ports of call»

The Travel Program is also offering a trip to Cyprus March 5-18.
More about Cyprus trip»

Ron Stolski ’62 reaches high school coaching milestone

After 46 years as a head football coach at five different Minnesota high schools, Ron Stolski ’62 achieved the 300th win of his career on October 17. Only two other football coaches in the history of the Minnesota State High School League have won so many games. In his hometown paper, Brainerd Daily Dispatch, Stolski was quoted as saying, "I never set out to do these things. Either I read somewhere or I heard from someone when you find something you love to do, it's not work. I never viewed teaching, being an athletic director, or coaching as work. I've viewed it as a way to flesh out my life, to fulfill a passion.”
Read about Coach Stolski at»

Jessica Blank ’97 publishes her first novel, Almost Home

Almost Home cover.

Jessica Blank ’97 published her first children’s novel, Almost Home (Hyperion), last month. The book tells the story of a group of homeless teenagers in Hollywood who come together to form their own dysfunctional family. Jon Bon Jovi and his two producing partners at Vector optioned the novel’s film rights two months before its October release and Blank and her husband Erik Jensen will adapt the screenplay. Blank and Jensen co-wrote The Exonerated (2002), an award-winning documentary play based on interviews they conducted with more than 40 exonerated death row inmates. A production of Exonerated was performed at Jack Reuller’s (’75) Mixed Blood Theatre in March.
More about Almost Home at»

Work of screenwriter Ken LaZebnik ’76 part of holiday season lineup

Thomas Kinkade's Home for Christmas, a film written by Ken LaZebnik ’76, will be released on Nov. 30 — just in time for the holiday season. The film is a semi-biographical story of how Thomas Kinkade was motivated to become an artist when his mother was in danger of losing the family home. Other feathers in this screenwriter’s cap include A Prairie Home Companion (2006).

Ruth Chiu ’06 and Amelia Buttress ’99 bring iD Tech Camp to Macalester

Logo of iD Tech Camp

Ruth Chiu ’06 and Amelia Buttress ’99 recently persuaded their employer, iD Tech Camps, to add Macalester College to its list of over 50 prestigious U.S. colleges and universities that have served as sites for their youth technology programs since 1999. Due to the lobbying of these alumna, students ages 7-17 will be able to spend time on campus diving into industry-leading technologies for creating video games, making web sites, programming robots, editing videos and more through a variety of programs scheduled from June 22 to August 8. There is a $75 “HoliDay Special” discount for registrations received by December 15.
Learn more about iD Tech Camp at Macalester»

Alumni invited to share MacDirect stories

“How are you using MacDirect?” Macalester’s Alumni Office is looking for stories from any of the over 3,800 users of the new online community about how MacDirect was used to reconnect with long-lost friends, plan an independent alumni gathering or meet new friends based on common interests. Submitted stories will be considered for publication in future editions of MacWire and in the Macalester Today. To submit your story, email it to the Alumni Office with the subject line ‘My MacDirect Story.’
Login or register for MacDirect here»

Paleontologist Rebecca A. Terry ’01 wins the 2007 Romer Prize

Rebecca A. Terry ’01 won the 2007 Romer Prize at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Austin, Texas, held in October. The Romer Prize is awarded for "original and important research in vertebrate paleontology and a presentation of the highest quality at the annual meeting." Rebecca gave a talk at the meeting titled “Holocene Small Mammals of the Great Basin: Recent Richness Declines and Live/Dead Analysis of Fidelity.”

In her award profile posted on the society’s website, Rebecca wrote, “[Macalester Professors] Ray and Kristi Curry Rogers gave me the incredible opportunity to accompany them to Zimbabwe and Madagascar. Harassed by baboons and bit by a lemur, I loved working alongside them and other inspiring scientists who taught me how to excavate fossils and how to collect taphonomic and geologic field data. It was an amazing experience.”

Rebecca is currently completing her Ph.D. in the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago.
Read Rebecca’s Romer Prize profile»

Alumni 70½ or older may use IRA to make charitable gifts

If you are planning to make an Annual Fund or other gift to Macalester before December 31, 2007, and you are 70½ or older, you may be eligible for a special provision of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. This law allows donors to transfer funds from an IRA to qualified charities like Macalester without incurring any tax consequences — these transfers are not included in your taxable income and are not tax-deductible. To benefit from this law:

  • You must be age 70½ or older.
  • Funds must be transferred directly from an IRA to qualified charities, such as Macalester.
  • Gifts must be outright and cannot exceed $100,000.

To ensure that your gift can be completed before December 31, 2007, contact your IRA administrator right away.  If you have questions or would like sample forms, email Christine Solso, Macalester’s director of planned gifts. 


Summit Society Happy Hour at Town Hall Brewery

Town Hall Brewery, 1430 Washington Ave. S, Minneapolis

Relax with other Twin Cities young alumni and learn how you can help Macalester by volunteering through the Annual Fund’s Summit Society. Appetizers will be provided. Parking available on the street or in the adjacent public lot. RSVP to Paul Odegaard ’04 or just show up.


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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Cheer with M Club at Scots Swimming and Diving Invitational

Butler Center Pool, The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul

Wear something orange and join M Club and the new student athlete club, Kilt Krew, to cheer on the Scots Swimming and Diving teams. Diving begins at 9 a.m.; swimming at 1 p.m. Look for a Mac the Scot sighting at this event! Email Steve Cox ’76 for more information. Bring a printout of this edition of MacWire to receive a free popcorn.

Nov17 Sa

2nd Annual Green & Fair Trade Gifts Fair

Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Do It Green! Magazine and Macalester MPIRG co-host the 2nd Annual Green & Fair Trade Gifts Fair. Shop for all of your green gifts in one place and learn how to have a more earth-friendly holiday season.

Nov17 Sa

Student Alumni Social Justice Brunch

Cafe Mac, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Enjoy a free brunch with some of Macalester's change makers. Meet students and alumni working for social justice. This is a first event organized through the Mac Alumni for Change Network — a new group connecting Macalester alumni to support collective, individual and personal efforts towards making social change — and is sponsored by the Macalester College Student Government and EXCO Twin Cities. To RSVP or request more information, email David Boehnke ’07 or see the network's Facebook group.


Scots Pride Pre-Holiday Gathering

Quatrefoil Library, 1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 105, St. Paul

Scots Pride holds its December gathering at Quatrefoil Library, which has been promoting understanding, an appreciation of diversity and history, and the value of LGBT communities since 1986. Come help celebrate Macalester's title as the “most gay-friendly college in America” and hear about the exciting Scots Pride events planned for 2008. Enjoy good food and great conversation. For more information about this event, email Stephen Sporer.
Learn more about the library at»


Class of 1998 Preunion Happy Hour and Basketball Game

Start at Plums Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Snelling & Randolph, St. Paul

The Class of 1998 is celebrating its 10-Year Reunion in June and wants to start the celebration early. All members of the Class of 1998 are welcome to join classmates to cheer on the Scots Men's Basketball team. Meet at Plums for a drink at 6 p.m. and head over to the game at 7:30 p.m. The game begins at 7:45 p.m. at St. Kates.


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 supper, ballet and reception. For questions or to reserve tickets, email Russell Allen ’74.

December Performances
Students take to the stages of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center this winter to perform music and dance. These performances are free, unless otherwise noted, and open to the public. 


Macalester Choir, MAC Singers, Womens' Choir and Mens' Chorus Concert

Concert Hall

Featuring works by Mendelssohn, Nystedt, Pärt and Hassler performed by the Macalester Choir, MAC Singers, Women's Choir, Men's Chorus and selected soloists. Directed by Robert Peterson.


Mac Jazz and Mac Jazz Combos

Concert Hall

Featuring original songs, vocalists, the spoken word and tap dancing.  Directed by Joan Griffith.


Fall Dance Concert

Main Stage Theater

Guest artist Joe Chvala joins the Macalester faculty and select students in creating dance for this annual concert. Choreography is designed around the Theater and Dance Department's
2007-2008 theme of "Gods and Monsters." General admission $7.
Other performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.


Macalester Symphony Orchestra

Concert Hall

Featuring Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9; a Drake Andersen world premiere and Bloch’s Concerto Grosso. Cary Franklin conducting.


African Music Ensemble Concert

Concert Hall

Featuring traditional African Music with authentic African drums, xylophones, flutes and songs. Directed by Sowah Mensah.


Collegium Musicum Macalestri

Concert Hall

Featuring Renaissance music and Baroque sonatas with music by Holborne, Agricola, Bach and Mattheson. Directed by Carleton Macy.


Composer's Concert

Concert Hall

Macalester students' compositions set to performance.


Traditions and Sirens Concert

Concert Hall

The Sirens are Macalester's female a cappella pop group and the Traditions are their male counterparts.


Scotch Tape performs

Concert Hall

Scotch Tape, the only co-ed a cappella group at Macalester College, sings primarily contemporary rock and pop music.

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