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Macalester's 134th was a birthday that can't be beat

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Students played a snowy game of Pushball on the Great Lawn to celebrate Founders Day 2008. Photos: Greg Helgeson.

When Macalester College turned 134 this month, over 1,300 of its friends came to the party. Founders Day was a hit, attracting alumni, students, faculty, staff and others to celebrate. Dancers packed the floor when drummer Shai Hayo '96 and his band Salsa del Sol took the stage.


Student actors dressed as historical college figures including Mary Gwen Owen, Ted Mitau, Charles Turck, Catharine Lealtad and Esther Suzuki. Margaret Doty was played by Vice President for Student Affairs Laurie Hamre.

In keeping with tradition, a tall birthday cake was carried through the crowded Campus Center on the shoulders of four pipers while a fifth one played.

Founders Day was first celebrated in 1938, then annually through the early 1970s. The tradition was revived in 2004 and is now a much-anticipated campus event.

MARCH 2008
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Campus News

Macalester given $13.5 million for student aid

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Shelby Davis and Phillip O. Geier visited Macalester Thursday, March 6. Photos: Greg Helgeson

The college announced a gift of $13.5 million from philanthropist Shelby Moore Cullom Davis through The Davis United World College Scholars Program earlier this month. The gift will provide need-based aid to graduates of United World Colleges (UWC) — a network of 12 secondary schools around the world — who attend Macalester. It is the largest gift of its kind in Macalester's history.

Davis and Philip O. Geier, executive director of the Davis United World College Scholars program, visited Macalester Thursday, March 6, to receive honorary degrees from the college and attend the first meeting of the college’s Global Advisory Board of the Institute for Global Citizenship. Geier is a member of the board.

Macalester currently has 93 Davis UWC Scholars and 33 of them are expected to graduate in May. Since Macalester began recruiting UWC graduates in 1986, 258 have enrolled and many of them have gone on to become U.N. officials, business leaders, educators and authors.
Read the press release»

Students provide hurricane relief over spring break

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Dameun Strange '95 went on Macalester's January 2006 relief trip and shot this documentary.

Students, organizing through Campus Programs and the Civic Engagement Center, are taking their spring break March 16-23 in New Orleans where they will work on homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The volunteers are providing relief work through Lean on Me, Inc., a nonprofit already active in the city. The 13 staff and student volunteers are staying in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home provided by the organization and are expecting to provide labor-intensive services in either the Lower 9th Ward or St. Bernard Parrish.  After the hurricane struck in August 2005, 21 students and seven staff members traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi, to provide disaster relief.
More about the hurricane trip»
Watch a documentary about the 2005 trip»
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IGC to hold Civic Forum on sustainability

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Civic Forum keynote speaker, Donald E. Worster. Photo: KU University Relations.

Macalester’s Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC) will hold its Second Annual Civic Forum titled The Environment, Citizenship, and the Public Good Thursday-Friday, March 27-28. The forum will focus on concepts of citizenship and the environment and will explore how we think about civic obligations to the environment, environmental justice, and the possibilities of a “post-liberal state” in which the U.S. embodies the values of ecological stewardship.

Macalester students, faculty and administrators will present on a variety of topics and lead discussions throughout the two-day forum. The keynote address titled On John Muir’s Trail – Nature and Society in an Age of Liberal Principles will be given by Donald E. Worster, Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Professor of U.S. History at Kansas University, during the 7 p.m. opening session on Thursday, March 27, in the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel. Worster is the former president of the American Society for Environmental History and deeply interested in this emerging field of study.

Every spring the institute sponsors the Macalester Civic Forum, which provides the Macalester community an opportunity to explore the "big" normative issues related to civic life, leadership and engagement in early 21st century America.
View Civic Forum schedule»

Global Advisory Board for Institute for Global Citizenship announced

Distinguished diplomats, business leaders, scholars and policy makers have all agreed to serve on the Global Advisory Board of the Institute for Global Citizenship created in 2006. The board held its inaugural meeting on campus on Thursday, March 6.

President Brian Rosenberg called the members of the Advisory Board “outstanding citizen leaders in their respective fields and an inspiration to our students, staff, faculty and alumni. We hope that through the institute we can educate students for leadership positions at the local, national and international level.”

The inaugural members include the previous U.N. Secretary-General, Kofi Annan '61; the chairperson of the NAACP, Julian Bond; the chairperson of the Caux International Roundtable, Lord Daniel Brennan, QC; Twin Cities philanthropist John Cowles, Jr.; former U.S. Vice President, Walter F. Mondale '50; the president of the Saint Paul Foundation, Carleen Rhodes; the president of Winnipeg University and former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lloyd Axworthy; and former St. Paul Mayor and Macalester professor emeritus George Latimer.
Read the press release»
More about the Institute for Global Citizenship»

Alumni News

Online registration now available for Reunion 2008

reunion_balloonsOver 400 alumni have told the college they plan to go to Reunion 2008. Now these, and all other Reunion-year alumni, can make their plans official by registering online. The online registration form opened Friday, March 14.  Reunion 2008 takes place Friday-Sunday, June 6-8 on campus. The deadline to register is May 9.
More about Reunion 2008»
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Annual Fund calls around the world in 24 hours

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Students Kayla Richards ’10 and Eugene Yi ’11 take a quick hug break during the 24 hours of worldwide calling.

In an effort to reach out to alumni around the world, 35 students, alumni and staff made phone calls to Macalester’s international alumni, parents and friends over the course of 24 hours starting March 2 and ending March 3. The callers collected over 75 gifts and pledges from 34 different countries totaling over $6,000 in support of the Annual Fund.

Jonathan Hausman ’89, Alana Hedlund ’04, Gabriel Heller ’98, Aditi Naik ’07, Ian Scheerer ’89, and Martha Truax ’07 volunteered their time and talents toward making this year’s International Phonathon a success.

To learn more about volunteering with the Annual Fund, email  Paul Odegaard ’04.
More about the Annual Fund»

Cruise the coast of Croatia this 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. Alumni travelers and their guests will explore several unique ports of call along the Croatian coast line and meet with a variety of local community leaders. The deadline to register is April 25.
More about the Dalmatian Coast trip»

Macalester Talks Podcast Series
Check out these recent episodes of the Macalester Talks podcast series:

Former Macalester president, John B. Davis, talks about Macalester during his tenure in the '70s with student Anna Min '09, who sheds light on today's student culture, in celebration of Founder's Day, March 7.

Environmental Studies Professor Chris Wells shares his thoughts about the issues of transportation and sustainable land use.

Political Science Professor Julie Dolan talks about the upcoming November elections who will run with whom, why young voters are so interested and what each candidate brings to the table.

Subscribe to the Macalester Talks podcast in iTunes or your preferred application today.
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Visit the Macalester Talks archives»

Play by Aditi Brennan Kapil '94 premieres at Mixed Blood Theatre

Artwork for play Love Person

The premiere of the latest play by Aditi Brennan Kapil '94, Love Person, continues through March 22 at Jack Reuller's ('75) Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. The play is described by the theater as "a language-laden love mystery" involving two couples, three cultures, and four languages. It is performed in American Sign Language (ASL), Sanskrit, spoken English and projected e-mail. Tickets range from $11 to $28 depending on performance date.
Ticket information at Mixed Blood Theatre’s site»
Read Kapil’s reflections about the first rehearsal of Love Person at»


Minnesota Public Radio Broadcast Journalist Series presents Bob Garfield
On Campus, Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Minnesota Public Radio’s Broadcast Journalist Series presents Bob Garfield, co-host of National Public Radio's On the Media. In addition to his work in radio, Garfield has written for USA Today, Washington Post Magazine, The New York Times, and Sports Illustrated and worked at ABC, CBS, PBS and CNBC. Sponsored by Macalester College, Minnesota Public Radio, Dorsey & Whitney and the Bibelot Shops. No charge, but tickets are required and are available at Bibelot Shops.

Career Panel: How to Make a Living in the Arts Without Leaving the Twin Cities
On Campus, Alumni House
Interact with a panel of alumni from a variety of fields in the arts sharing personal stories of their successes and struggles in navigating the Twin Cities arts scene. Contact Stephen Sporer for more information. This is the final panel of the three-part career networking series for Macalester's young alumni in the Twin Cities. $5 per person (starving artist discount).
View list of panelists»
Register online»

Macalester Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian

Westminster Presbyterian Church,1200 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis
Macalester Associate Chaplain Eily Marlow '97 gives the sermon, the Macalester Pipe Band, led by Michael Breidenbach, performs and the Macalester Concert Choir, directed by Robert Peterson, sings. Scottish shortbread to be served after the service.

Inaugural DeWitt Wallace Lecture of Linda S. Schulte-Sasse
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Campus Center
Linda Shulte-Sasse gives her inaugural lecture as a DeWitt Wallace Professor of German and Russian Studies. Her talk is titled If Only to Nest with the Eagle: Love Letters to Adolf Hitler.

Charles Baxter '69 Reads from The Soul Thief
On Campus, Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Charles Baxter '69 reads from his recent novel, The Soul Thief, about a grad student named Nathaniel Mason who discovers that a classmate appears to be appropriating parts of his past things Nathaniel has never told him. Baxter is a finalist for the 2008 Minnesota Book Awards for his nonfiction book, Subtext. Macalester recognized him with a Distinguished Citizen Citation in 1989 and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2006.

Faculty Lecture: English Professor Jim Dawes on Human Rights
On Campus, Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
English Professor Jim Dawes talks about his recently published book That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity (Harvard University Press, 2007) about the roles storytelling plays in the successes and failures of the modern human rights movement. Part of the Alumni College program for 2007-2008. No registration required.
More about Alumni College Faculty Lectures»
Listen to a podcast interview with Professor Dawes»


5th Annual Alumni/Varsity Tennis Event
On Campus, Tennis Courts
If interested in attending, please contact Mike Vidmar '89.

Scots Pride Supports Dining Out For Life
Location and time to be announced.
Join LGBT alumni and allies in supporting the 14th Annual Dining Out for Life day, when 134 participating Twin Cities' restaurants donate a portion of one night’s proceeds to The Aliveness Project, a local nonprofit that provides on-site meals, food shelf and other supportive services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Contact Stephen Sporer for more information.
More about Dining Out for Life in the Twin Cities»

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