Macalester community celebrates college's 134th birthday in March
A few of Macalester's Founders. Clockwise, from bottom, Catharine Lealtad, Mary Gwen Owen, Theodore Mitau, James Wallace, Esther Suzuki and John B. Davis.
Macalester turns 134 next month and all alumni and friends are invited to join with faculty, staff and students to celebrate at Founders Day on Friday, March 7, in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. Festivities will include entertainment from student groups, a bagpipe procession, food and dancing.
Founders Day began in 1938, both to commemorate the day Rev. Dr. Edward Duffield Neill obtained the charter for Macalester from the Minnesota Legislature on March 5, 1874, and to celebrate the 89th birthday of James Wallace who served as college president for 12 years. The tradition continued through the early 1970s and was revived in March 2004.
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Macalester signs onto effort calling for presidential debate on science policy
Macalester College is one of the “Science 57” — the first colleges and universities to endorse the nonpartisan effort Science Debate 2008. Organized by Shawn Lawrence Otto '84 and co-chaired by Congress Members Vern Ehlers (R-MI) and Rush Holt (D-NJ), the effort calls for a presidential debate focused on environment, health and medicine, and science and technology policy.
“One cannot be a fully engaged citizen in this or any other democratic society without having at least a basic familiarity with the scientific thinking related to such subjects as global climate change, community health, and technology,” reads a quote from President Brian Rosenberg on the group’s website. “It follows that those who seek the privilege of leadership within such societies should be prepared to discuss their own familiarity with and views on the scientific thinking in these areas. Our candidates for president should seek opportunities to do so clearly, publicly, and in detail.”
Other signers to Science Debate 2008 include the presidents of Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, 25 Nobel and Crafoord Laureates, and a number of highly regarded math and science organizations. In addition to the college itself, Rosenberg and Professor David Bressoud, the president-elect of the Mathematical Association of America, have signed onto Science Debate 2008 as individuals.
Read more at ScienceDebate2008.com»
Tony Jennison named head football coach of Scots
Tony Jennison was named head football coach for the Scots on Friday, Feb. 1. He replaces Glenn Caruso, who recently resigned to become head football coach at St. Thomas. Jennison was the football team’s defensive coordinator for the last two seasons and is now Macalester’s 28th head coach in the 122-year history of the football program.
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Three Macalester authors nominated for Minnesota Book Award
English professors James Dawes and Wang Ping, as well as winner of a 1989 Distinguished Citizen Citation, Charles Baxter ’69, were nominated for the 2008 Minnesota Book Award on Jan. 26.
Dawes was nominated for That the World May Know, a book exploring the role of storytelling in humanitarian work; Wang for The Last Communist Virgin, a collection of short stories; and Baxter for The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot, examining how fiction writers use what is displayed to evoke what is not displayed.
The nominees for the Minnesota Book Award were selected by 24 judges from around the state. The winners in each of eight categories will be selected March 1 and the awards will be presented at a gala on April 12 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul.
You can hear Dawes and Wang talk about their nominated books in archived episodes of the Macalester Talks podcast.
Listen to interview with James Dawes»
Listen to interview with Wang Ping»
Admissions Office launches eCard service
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Know a young person who is searching for a college? Try sending a Mac E-Card to put Macalester on their radar. The Admissions Office recently launched its E-Card program. Visitors can pick one of five humorous designs, add a personal message and send it off.
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Student-led February energy-saving competition goes national
Last February, students entered Macalester into an energy saving competition with 13 other Minnesota schools. This February, Macalester is competing to reduce energy use with over 90 high schools and colleges across the U.S. Schools participating in the National Campus Energy Challenge (NCEC), a project of the Energy Action Coalition, will take extra measures to reduce heating and electricity consumption on their campuses during the month-long competition and submit comprehensive energy usage data to NCEC organizers. Regional and national awards will be given to the schools with the greatest percent reduction in total energy use.
More about the NCEC at climatechange.org»
Jim Wallis of Sojourners magazine lectures on faith and government
Jim Wallis, executive director of Sojourners magazine and a Christian activist for social change, presents his lecture Reclaiming Government as a Force for Good at noon, Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel. In his new book, The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post Religious-Right America, he examines historical periods of spiritual revival that awakened the American consciousness and produced such change as the abolition of slavery, women's suffrage, child labor law reform and the civil rights movement. He asserts that the nation is on the verge of another great awakening when citizens will reclaim their government as a force for good.