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Here are a few key Macalester events that will happen in 2008.

24: First-ever Sustainability Coordinator starts (more).

1-29: Black History Month
13: Legendary activist Angela Davis speaks (more)

7: Founders Day

5: Civic Engagement Workshop in Sustainability

17: Class of 2008 Graduates during 119th Commencement

6-8: Reunion 2008 (more)

27-8/2: Alumni College Summer Session (more)
29-8/2: Alumni trip to the Dalmatian Coast (more)

15-16: Alumni Volunteer Appreciation Weekend
27: Academic Year Begins (“Welcome, Class of 2012!”)

27: First Planning Meeting for Reunion 2009

2-4: International Round Table
3-5: Family Weekend
10-12: MARC Dedication and other events

10-24: Alumni trip to Morocco

1-11: Various student performances


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Campus News

New photos give inside view of the MARC

Macalester Athletic and Recreation Center: A rendering of the atrium, left, and photo taken by Greg Helgeson in December 2007, right.

Only a few people have toured the construction site for the new Macalester Athletic and Recreation Center (MARC). Luckily, one tour-taker snapped photos for everyone to enjoy. The MARC is scheduled to open in time for students to use Fall Semester.
Compare MARC construction photos to architectural renderings»

Macalester hires its first sustainability manager

Macalester has hired Suzanne Savanick-Hansen as its first sustainability manager. Savanick-Hansen will be responsible for developing and coordinating all efforts to make the campus more sustainable and for integrating these efforts into the classroom. She will report to David Wheaton, vice president for administration and finance, starting on Thursday, Jan. 24.

"We are very excited about having this role on campus," said Wheaton. "We're hoping to not only consolidate and integrate our existing sustainability initiatives, but also to think about the subject of sustainability in new ways and become an example of thoughtful action in this area."

Savanick-Hansen comes to Macalester from the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, where she was an education fellow. Her extensive experience includes being the sustainable campus initiative committee coordinator for the University of Minnesota (2000-2003), an elected supervisor for the Dakota County (Minn.) Soil and Water Conservation District (1999-2004), and green building coordinator for the State of Minnesota’s Office of Environmental Assistance (1998-2000). She has held fellowships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.N.

She earned her Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota, where she researched urban ecology and campus sustainability, her master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, and her bachelor's degree in Geology from Carleton College.

Professor Jane Rhodes to appear on San Francisco KQED's Writers' Block

Photo of Lynn M. Hudson Photo of Jane Rhodes Professors Lynn M. Hudson, History, and Jane Rhodes, American Studies, visit Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 13.

Professor Jane Rhodes will read from her new book Framing the Black Panthers on the NPR-affiliate KQED's show, Writers' Block, Monday, Jan. 14. Rhodes and Professor Lynn M. Hudson are in the Bay-area to give a Road Scholars presentation for alumni on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Rhodes will also have a 4 p.m. reading on Saturday, Jan. 12, at San Francisco Public Library Main Branch and a 7 p.m. reading on Monday, Jan. 14, at Cody's Books in Berkeley. She read at City Lights Bookstore on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
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Four faculty members become DeWitt Wallace Professors

The college recently bestowed one of its highest honors on faculty members Martin Gunderson '68 (Philosophy), Linda S. Schulte-Sasse (German and Russian Studies), Mark Davis (Biology) and Eric Wiertelak (Psychology), all four of whom are now DeWitt Wallace Endowed Professors. Each professor will give an inaugural lecture as a DeWitt Wallace Professor over the next two semesters, the first will be given by Martin Gunderson '68 on Thursday, Feb. 28 (details). DeWitt Wallace, Class of 1911, established this endowed professorship to recognize outstanding faculty members and provide supplementary support for their scholarship and teaching activities.

Other professors and professors emeriti who have been honored with this endowed professorship are Franklin H. Adler, Political Science; David M. Bressoud, Mathematics & Computer Science; G. Birgitta Hammarberg, Russian; Daniel J. Hornbach, Biology; Stuart Y. McDougal, English; Norman L. Rosenberg, History; Jack Weatherford, Anthropology; R. Ellis Dye, German; W. Scott Nobles, Speech Communication; A. Truman Schwartz, Chemistry; Emil J. Slowinski, Chemistry and Gerald F. Webers, Geology.
Learn about endowed professorships»

Professor Gary Erickson exhibits his ceramics in D.C.

Photo of one of Erickson's sculptures "Double Lotus with Five Heads" is one piece Erickson is exhibiting in D.C.

Art Professor Gary Erickson exhibits his new series of porcelains called “The Sacred Way,” named after the carved stone animals and figures leading to the Ming tombs outside Beijing, at Cross Mackenzie Ceramic Arts in Washington, D.C., from January 18 to March 12.

Erickson pays tribute to the history of ceramic arts and the rich porcelain traditions in China through original sculpture inspired by three trips he took to the country. Erickson worked and taught in Jingdezhen, a city known as the center of clay, including its vast studios producing the famous “blue & white” “china” exported around the globe. The works in his exhibit explore the imagery of the lotus flower, long a potent symbol of purity and creative power in Chinese art.

Alumni living in the D.C. area plan to attend the exhibit's opening reception where Erickson will give a presentation about his work at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 (details).

Two memorials scheduled for WPI founder in the U.S.

Memorials will be held for Harry W. Morgan, the founder of the World Press Institute (WPI) who died Oct. 29, on Jan. 12 in Point Lobos State Reserve Park, Carmel, Calif., and on Jan. 24 in New York City. Those who wish to attend should email his son Howard E. Morgan. Tax-deductible memorial donations can be sent to the Harry W. Morgan World Press Institute Journalism Fund using this downloadable form.

WPI was located at Macalester from 1961 to 2007 and brought journalists from other countries to the United States to travel and write about contemporary topics.

Alumni News

Fifty years later, alumni share their stories

Mary Gwen Owen admiring a pair of pink lady slippers.

Ever heard of the Flying Scots, the Drama Choros, Miss Woods, SPAN, or Political Emphasis Week?

Explore what Macalester was like in the late 1950s by reading the 50 great stories the Class of 1958 has shared so far about the Macalester they attended. The Class of 1958 is the third class in a row to collect these “Remember When” stories for their 50-year reunion, an idea originating from the Class of 1956 50-Year Reunion Committee. The Class of 1958 hopes even more of their classmates will contribute memories, which will be published in a book and distributed Reunion Weekend, June 6-8.

The classes of 2003; 1998; 1988, 1989 & ’90; 1983; 1978, ’79 & ’80; 1963; 1953; 1948 and 1943 also celebrate milestone reunions in June.
Read Class of 1958 Remember When stories»

Professor Wang Ping visits Seattle alumni to present on the Three Gorges Dam

Photo of Wang Ping China's Three Gorges Dam on June 1, 2006. Photo: Wang Ping, English.

Many Seattle-area alumni have already registered to see Professor Wang Ping present photos and accounts of China's Three Gorges Dam on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Seattle's Central Library. The event is part of the Alumni College Road Scholars program for 2007-2008.
More about the Alumni College Road Scholars events»

Trustee David Deno ’79 appointed president of Quiznos

Quiznos, the popular quick-service restaurant known for its toasty subs, appointed David Deno ’79 president on Monday, Jan. 7. In addition to serving as treasurer of the Board of Trustees, Deno is a parent of a Macalester student in the Class of 2011.

In his new role, Deno will oversee all of the company’s operations and international development. “The addition of Dave as president is the final piece in our strategy to bring an outstanding quick service management team to Quiznos,” said the company’s CEO, Greg Brenneman.

Deno was previously a managing director of CCMP Capital, one of the ownership partners of Quiznos. He received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and, at Macalester, majored in Political Science and Economics.
Read Quiznos press release»

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.
More about the Dalmatian Coast trip»

Input sought for internship, volunteer and career programs

The Alumni Board Student Support Committee will be emailing out a survey this month to gage alumni interest in volunteering to help current Macalester students explore their career options.

 “Our students hunger for ways to explore career options, to have experiences that bring to life theory encountered in the classroom, to gain practical professional skills and to begin building a strong resume and network that will help prepare them for the next stage of life,” says Internship Director Mike Porter. “Alumni who have provided student internships tell us the experience is energizing to themselves and their organizations.”

Porter says ways alumni help include conducting informational interviews, visiting classes or career nights, providing students with “job shadowing” experiences, using your influence to facilitate interviews with student applicants, or hosting a student intern in your organization for a summer or school year.

The committee asks everyone who receives the survey to complete it so the results can be used to enhance ways for alumni to make connections with current students in a more meaningful and personal fashion. For more information about ways to engage with current students, visit the websites of Macalester’s Internship Program, Civic Engagement Center and the Career Development Center

Central Texans explore forming an alumni chapter

An alumni chapter may form in Central Texas for the alumni who live in the region surrounding Austin. Bookie Read-Orr ’73 is organizing an exploratory meeting for all alumni interested in starting a chapter, meeting each other, exploring how to volunteer and learning about today’s Macalester. To find out more, contact Bookie through MacDirect (login required) or email the Alumni Office.

Brian Rosenberg to visit alumni in Dubai

President Brian Rosenberg and other Macalester leaders are planning an alumni reception in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in early February. Details will be announced soon. Contact the Alumni Office for more information.

MITY offers summer sessions on campus

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY) is gearing up for two summer sessions at Macalester happening June 16-27 and July 7-18. For over 40 years, MITY has offered summer enrichment classes for diverse, intellectually curious 7th–12th grade students in its Expand Your Mind program. The all-day classes cover a range of topics taught by teachers who enjoy both their area of interest and engaging adolescents.

Two alumni contribute their talents to this year's sessions — Steve Cox ’76 runs MITY's noon recreation activities and Holly Lindsay ’75 coordinates two programs for younger students, ExplorSchool for 4th–6th graders and YES for 1st–4th graders.

Students attend as commuters ($495 tuition) or live on campus as residents ($1,270 tuition). Registration deadline is April 21, 2008.
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Reunion 2008 Planning Committee Meeting

On Campus

Members of reunion committees for Reunion 2008 will meet to plan for the big weekend happening June 6-8. Committee members from the classes of 1958 and 1963 are not required to attend. The Class of 1958 committee will meet instead on Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 15 & 16.
More about Reunion 2008»


Road Scholars in Oakland: African American Icons of the San Francisco Bay Area

Niles Hall, Preservation Park, Oakland, Calif.

Professors Lynn M. Hudson (History) and Jane Rhodes (American Studies) visit Oakland, Calif., to discuss two African American icons — Mammy Pleasant and the Black Panthers — through the Alumni College Road Scholars program. Continental breakfast at 9 a.m. Talk begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration is now closed.
More about this Road Scholars event»


D.C. Opening of Professor Gary Erickson's Back From China exhibit

Cross Mackenzie Ceramic Arts, 1054 31st NW, Washington D.C.

Art Professor Gary Erickson presents an exhibit of porcelains called Back From China. Gary’s hour-long presentation starts at 5 p.m. and is followed by a gallery reception. At 7 p.m., alumni and guests will walk to Paper Moon Restaurant, 1073 31st St. NW, to converse and enjoy Italian wine and food. To RSVP, email Rachel Firgens '07 or Andrew Kaufteil '01 by Thursday, Jan. 17.
Cross Mackenzie Ceramic Arts Gallery's website»
Paper Moon Restaurant's website»


Alumni Gathering in Phoenix

At the home of Darryl Everett '71 and Brenda Mann Everett '72, Phoenix, Ariz.

Enjoy a glass of wine, tasty hors d'oeuvres and good conversation with Macalester leaders including college trustees and President Brian Rosenberg. Valet parking provided. RSVP by emailing the Alumni Office by Monday, Jan. 14.


Portland MacReads

Home of Sue Miller '65 and Mary Reynolds '36, Milwaukie, Ore.

Discuss Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky with Portland-area alumni. Food and beverages will be provided. February's book will be Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and March's book will be Blindness by Jose Saramago. Email Carol Polk to join the reading group.


Road Scholar in Seattle: Behind the Gate - After the Flood of the Three Gorges Dam

The Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, Wash.

Professor Wang Ping (English) will present to Seattle-area alumni on the benefits and dangers of the Three Gorges Dam — energy production, increased commerce, flood control, disruption of sewage and sediment drainage — through a series of photographs she took before and after the dam was completed. She will also talk about the personal stories of individuals displaced by the dam project and the environmental impact on the river ecosystem. Part of the Alumni College Road Scholars program. $15 per person, includes brunch.
More about this Road Scholars event»
Register online here»


Career Panel: How to get a paying job in the nonprofit sector

On Campus, Alumni House,
1644 Summit Ave.

Listen to a panel of alumni who work for nonprofit organizations discuss how they landed their nonprofit jobs and what their work means to them. Network and mingle with the participants both before and after the panel. $10 per person. Contact Stephen Sporer for more information.
More about the panelists»
Register online here»


Alumni College Faculty Lecture: Jaine Strauss on Marketing and Body Image

On Campus, Weyerhaeuser Board Room

As part of the Alumni College Faculty Lecture series, Jaine Strauss, Psychology, presents Mass Marketing: Research and Reflections on Body Image and Advertising. Strauss is a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on gender. Her recent work is on women's 'body talk' conversations, self-control styles in eating disorders, developmental trends in body objectification, and the impact of diet commercials on snack food consumption.
More about Alumni College Faculty Lectures»


Macalester Sunday

The House of Hope Presbyterian Church, 797 Summit Ave., St. Paul

President Brian Rosenberg, Chaplain Lucy Forster-Smith and the Macalester Choir participate in The House of Hope Presbyterian Church services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.


Scots Pride Financial Planning Seminar

On Campus, Weyerhaeuser Board Room

Lynn Elmer of Partners Financial Solutions presents Domestic Partner Retirement Planning. Contact Stephen Sporer for more information. $7 per person.
Register online here»


Pre-Oscars Talk with Film Critic Colin Covert '74

On Campus, Carnegie 06

Join with other alumni for a conversation with Star Tribune film critic Colin Covert '74 about his picks for the 80th Annual Academy Awards and other favorite films. $6 per person. Registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 18.
Register online here»


Inaugural Lecture of Martin Gunderson '68 as DeWitt Wallace Professor of Philosophy

On Campus, Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

Martin Gunderson '68 gives his inaugural lecture as DeWitt Wallace Professor of Philosophy titled Human Rights and the Creation of Human Dignity.

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