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Less than a month away, the big event happens Friday-Sunday, June 6-8.

Festivities will include the all-class picnic, tours of campus, mini-lectures by faculty, a family-friendly puppet show, a book discussion with President Brian Rosenberg, kids’ tennis and soccer camps, a wine tasting, class dinners and programs, presentation of the 2008 alumni awards, and dancing to the sounds of Ginger Commodore.
View the reunion schedule



The classes of:
1988, 89 & 90
1978, 79 & 80
& earlier


Alumni are registering for Reunion 2008 by the hundreds, many beating the first Friday, May 9, deadline and saving $15 off the fee. Using phones, emails, letters, text messages, postcards, their online community MacDirect, newfangled “social utilities” like Facebook and other tactics, the planning committees for each class and cluster have contacted as many classmates as possible to “come back to Mac.”  With less than a month left before the big weekend, and an a few short weeks left to register online, there is no time like the present to register to go.


What we’re
forward to:
   “Through attending my wife's reunion [last year], I familiarized myself again with Mac, and I can speak more knowledgeably (and enthusiastically) about it… I'm really looking forward to another really fun 25-year reunion.”
Robert Forsyth '83
   “I have only been back to Mac once in 50 years. I look forward to the reunion and old and new friends.”
Delilah (Dee) Crawford
Taylor '58
   “Mac Reunion. Also known as a birthday bash for yours truly.  June 7th. Can't wait!”
Evan B.
Williams '03
   “I'm Looking forward to running the River Run! Who is joining me?”
Sine Hill
Hough '78


Campus News Alumni News Events
  Class of 2008 Senior Send-off Lecture
On Campus, Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
The Student Support Committee of the Alumni Board is presenting the Class of 2008 Senior Send-off Lecture. Political Science Professor Adrienne Christiansen will deliver an address titled "In tonight's news, a Macalester graduate..." to the graduating class. She was selected to give the address by a vote of the senior class. The entire Macalester community is invited.
  Chicago 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me' taping
Chase Auditorium, Dearborn & Madison, Chicago
Chicago-area alumni attend a live taping of NPR's humorous news quiz show, 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me.' The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Alumni meet at 5:30 p.m. for drinks and appetizers at The Grill Room, 33 W. Monroe. To attend with the Macalester group, purchase your ticket(s) to the live taping here. Tickets for the taping are general seating, but there will be a roped-off area in the auditorium for all who RSVP by emailing Adrian Moran '91.
· About The Grill Room
· Buy tickets through
  Graduation 2008
On Campus, Great Lawn in front of Old Main
The Class of 2008 graduates. Peter Berg '84 delivers commencement address and Zachary Devlin-Foltz '08 gives the senior speech.
· Details and rain plan
  Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games
Dakota County Fairgrounds, 4008 220th Street West, Farmington, Minn.

Macalester students, families and alumni are invited to attend the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games featuring a caber toss, homemade shortbread and scones, bagpipe bands, highland crafts, highland dance, and men in kilts. Great fun for kids of all ages. Stop by the Macalester Alumni Association tent in the Highland Clans. Join the Parade of Celts behind the Macalester banner at midday. General admission tickets $15; seniors (65+) $10; children (6-15) $5; children (5 & under) no charge. Go ye Scotties go! Email Libby Snelson '78 for more information.
· More at
· Directions to fairgrounds

  Mac Reads San Francisco
Unicorn, 191 Pine Street, San Francisco (close to Embarcadero BART station)

Join Bay-area alumni to discuss the book Voices from Iran by Mahnaz Kousha in the relaxed atmosphere of Unicorn, a restaurant serving Pan-Asian cuisine accompanied by an impressive wine list. All are welcome, even those who have not read the whole book. Bring ideas for future meeting places and books. Email Aleena Oberthur '05 or Mindy Lechman '05 to RSVP or if you have any questions.

  Mac Reads Portland
At the home of Paul Freeman '71, Portland, Ore.

Discuss the book Atonement by Ian McEwan with Portland-area alumni. Email Lesly Sanocki '90 for directions and to RSVP.

  Reunion 2008
On Campus
The Classes of 2003; 1998; '88, '89 and '90; '83; '78, '79 and '80; '63; '58; '53; '48; and '43 and earlier will return to campus to celebrate Reunion 2008.
· Visit Reunion 2008 website
· Register to attend
  Night at the San Francisco Symphony
Meet at Citizen Cake, 399 Grove Street, San Francisco
Join Bay-area alumni for a night at the symphony. Meet for drinks and appetizers at Citizen Cake at 5 p.m., then walk one block to Davies Symphony Hall to enjoy the San Francisco Symphony Friday 6.5 Concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. $52 per person. Space is limited. Contact Mindy Lechman '05 with questions.
· More about SFS Friday 6.5 Concert Series
· Register online
  M Club Summer Celebration in Chicago
Park Grill, located at Millennium Park, 11 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Join Chicago-area alumni for a summer celebration sponsored by the M Club. Eat, drink, chat or just enjoy the beautiful summer air with Macalester alumni and their guests on the Park Grill patio. Look for a big sign that says Macalester and come on over. A special surprise will be provided for all those who attend. Email May Lin Kessenich '05 to RSVP by Saturday, May 31.

Class of 2008 graduates on May 17

The academic year is wrapping up for Macalester students, but for the Class of 2008, crossing the stage at Macalester's 119th Commencement will be the conclusion of the class's experience as Mac students. Commencement takes place Saturday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m. on the lawn outside Old Main. Hollywood director, writer, producer and actor Peter Berg '84 will deliver the commencement address and Zachary Devlin-Foltz '08, an economics and political science major from Silver Spring, Md., will deliver the senior speech. Philosophy Professor Henry Robison West, who has taught at Macalester for 40 years, will receive an Honorary Degree during the ceremony. Twin Cities corporate leader and philanthropist Bruce B. Dayton will receive an honorary degree from the college at a special ceremony on Thursday, May 15.
·More about Commencement 2008

Adrienne Christiansen to deliver Senior Send-off Lecture

Political Science Professor Adrienne Christiansen will deliver the Senior Send-off Lecture at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel. Her talk is titled "In tonight's news, a Macalester graduate..." The talk is a new Senior Week tradition sponsored by the Student Support Committee of the Alumni Board. Christiansen was elected to give the send-off lecture by the Class of 2008. A reception will follow her talk.

Christiansen was honored with the Macalester Excellence in Teaching Award for 2008 on April 23 and will take on a new role as the next director of Macalester's Center for Scholarship and Teaching at the end of this academic year.

Community invited to Institute for Global Citizenship groundbreaking

Rendering of the new IGC building.
Rendering of the new IGC building. The groundbreaking ceremony is 11:45 a.m. Friday, May 16.

President Brian Rosenberg invites the Macalester community -- including students, faculty, staff and alumni -- to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC) happening 11:45 a.m. Friday, May 16.

The new IGC building will be located at the corner of Snelling and Grand, just south of the Kagin Commons, and house the college's Civic Engagement Center, the International Center and Internship Program. Macalester is seeking LEED Platinum Certification for the building, which would make it the first LEED Platinum building on a college campus in Minnesota and only one of a handful on a campus in the United States.

"From their founding, American liberal arts colleges have recognized that education should be, among other things, preparation for responsible citizenship in local, national, and international communities," said Macalester President Brian Rosenberg. "Macalester's creation of the Institute for Global Citizenship signals our recognition that as the nature of those communities evolves, so too must the nature of the education we provide to the women and men who will assume positions of leadership."

The approximately 17,000-sq.-ft. IGC building is scheduled to open in summer 2009.
· Read more about the groundbreaking
· View renderings and floor plans of the IGC
· Visit the IGC website

Sixteen student athletes recognized at awards banquet

Photo of Grace King Photo of Bruce B. Dayton. Rights owned by Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Grace King '08 and Tom Conboy '08 are M Club's 2008 Athletes of the Year.

Scots soccer player Grace King '09 and basketball player Tom Conboy '08 won M Club Athlete of the Year awards at the Athletics Banquet held on Sunday, May 4. King was also honored with a Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, along with tennis player Aaron Heerboth '08, softball player Katie Grudnowski '08, and soccer player Carson Gorecki '09. Female and male student athletes from every class year were also recognized with The Athletic Director's Award.
Read bios of the 2008 award winning athletes

Macalester completes its first inventory of carbon emissions

Four months ahead of schedule, and weeks after Macalester received the Sustainable St. Paul Award for Energy Efficiency, the college completed its first comprehensive carbon emissions inventory. The audit was conducted by 15 students in the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar and was presented to more than 40 students, faculty and staff at the May 1 EnviroThursday gathering in Olin-Rice by seniors Anna Goldberg and Justin Lee.

In 2007, President Brian Rosenberg signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (website), pledging that Macalester will actively pursue climate neutrality. Completing a carbon emissions inventory by September 2008 is one of the first objectives for all of the commitment's signatories.

The audit's authors said they factored in many emissions sources for the report -- gathering data from offices including facilities management, the budget, registrar, provost and human resources. The report estimates Macalester's yearly carbon emissions since 1990. According to the report, Macalester produced 27 thousand metric tons of CO2-equivalents (eCO2) in 2006 -- of which 11.9 thousand metric tons came from electricity; 9 thousand came from the campus steam plant used for heating; and 5.2 thousand came from work-related air travel of faculty and staff.

The report authors outlined short-term and long-term recommendations for reducing the college's emissions. In the short term, the report suggests increasing incentives for biking, walking, car-pooling or taking public transit to work; speeding up the switch to energy efficient light bulbs in campus buildings; and encouraging faculty and staff to choose ground transit or more direct flights when traveling for work. In the long term, they recommend continuing to uphold sustainability standards in new construction projects; expanding the Clean Energy Revolving Fund; transitioning from the fuel currently used for heating to natural gas, eventually moving to a renewable fuel source; and investing in off-campus wind power.

Davis Projects For Peace funds two Macalester student projects

Projects for Peace logoTwo Davis Projects for Peace proposed by Macalester students Leah Roth-Howe '08, Zainab Mansaray '09 and Arthur Sillah '10 were selected by the program, now in its second year, for funding.

Philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis launched the initiative on the occasion of her 100th birthday in February 2007. Designed to encourage and support motivated youth to create and implement their ideas for building peace throughout the world in the 21st century, each of 100 projects chosen annually receive $10,000 in funding.

This summer, Mansaray and Sillah will work together to rebuild and furnish a rural primary school and motivate students to become engaged in community service in their home country of Sierra Leone, which ended a 10-year civil war in 2002. Observing the need for restored educational infrastructure to usher in peace, they wrote in their proposal, "After attending the United World Colleges and Macalester, we identified this deficiency in our society and we feel that it is our responsibility to at least try to change this to the best of our abilities."

Roth-Howe will work to build intergenerational dialogue and education about the Khmer Rouge genocide that took place in Cambodia. She wrote in her proposal, "Cases of persecution and mass injustice have not faded; it is our obligation to address and remember these histories in the hope that their legacies can lead to future tolerance and peace." Roth-Howe will begin in Chicago, where she will work with the Cambodian Association of Illinois (CAI - website) to create programming geared toward building trust and confidence between Cambodian young people and their elders in preparation for their first intergenerational dialogue about the genocide. Then, she will go to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she will create similar programming for Khmer youth through the Youth for Peace organization. She plans to publish a cross-cultural book that incorporates perspectives from both Cambodian American and Cambodian teens.
· Read Mansaray and Sillah's project proposal (.pdf)
· Read Leah Roth-Howe's project proposal (.pdf)

Over half of the Class of 2008 now registered for MacDirect

Last month, when the Class of 2008 was invited to register for MacDirect, the online community for alumni, over 260 signed up. These seniors now have access to a resource valued by many alumni that allows them to post notes, maintain their contact info so friends can reach them, send emails to other Macalester alumni who have similar interests, and more. Alumni are encouraged by the Alumni Office to respond to inquiries they may receive from members of Class of 2008 and show these soon-to-be young alumni the goodwill of the wider Macalester community. The profiles for the seniors are currently hidden but will become viewable this summer.
· Register or login to MacDirect here

Alumni trip to Morocco planned for November

Photo of Morocco landscape

An alumni trip to Morocco with Sociology Professor Khaldoun Samman is scheduled for November 10-23, 2008. The tour features visits to six UNESCO World Heritage sites including Meknew, Morocco's youngest imperial city; Volubulis, with its ancient Roman ruins; and Fez, Morocco's oldest imperial city prized for its cultural, religious and educational institutions. Participants will travel a fabled ancient caravan route in the snow-topped High Atlas Mountains, see spectacular Todra Gorge, and travel to Ait ben-Haddou. Samman is director of Macalester's Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization program and specializes in the sociology of religion, the sociology of Islam and the Middle East and globalization. Email Carol Polk for more information about this trip.

Chris Wedes '49 honored for his TV character, J.P. Patches

Photo of Wedes playing JP Patches.
Chris Wedes '49 as JP Patches.

Minneapolis-native Chris Wedes '49 will be honored in Seattle when a statue depicting his famous children's TV show character, J.P. Patches, is unveiled on August 17. Gertrude, one of the 18 characters played by Bob Newman for the program, will also be depicted in the statue. As the first live telecast on Seattle's KIRO-TV in February 1958, the J.P. Patches show ran for 23 years, becoming the longest-running locally produced children's program in the United States. Wedes says it was never scripted and his character's patch-worked clown costume evolved as his fan-base of children and grown-ups contributed their favorite buttons, pins and patches to it. Fundraising for the statue has been ongoing since 2005, and the project received a matching grant from a Patches Pals group headed by Pemco President and CEO Stan McNaughton.
· Read article about Wedes in the Seattle Post Intelligencer
· Watch a January 2008 interview with Wedes on YouTube

Maureen Phillips '76 named chief counsel for Allianz Life Insurance Company

Photo of Maureen Phillips '76. Rights: Allianz Life.
Maureen Phillips. Photo: Allianz Life.

Maureen Phillips '76 was named chief counsel for Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America and deputy general counsel of Allianz of America last month. In these roles, she is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the Allianz Life legal function.  She has over 27 years of corporate legal experience and has worked for Fairview Health Services and St. Paul Travelers. In addition to her Macalester degree, she also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California. Allianz Life is a Minneapolis-based company providing fixed and variable annuities, life insurance policies, and long term care insurance products in the United States and is part of Allianz SE, which was the 15th largest corporation in the world based on revenue according to Fortune magazine (July 2007).

Ruth Lippin '65 plans Class of '65 get-together at 2008 Summer Session

Ruth Lippin '65, host of an annual Christmas tea party for her class, is organizing "turning 65" celebration gatherings in conjunction with the Alumni College Summer Session happening July 27-30. She hopes to plan "turning 65" activities before, during and after the session. Participants in the Summer Session will explore global, local and personal perspectives on immigration. To discuss "65 @ 65" celebration activities, email Ruth.
· Learn more about Summer Session 2008

Christopher O. Ward '76 recommended to be executive director of the Port Authority of NY & NJ

New York Governor David A. Paterson announced on Friday, May 2, that he recommends Christopher O. Ward '76 for appointment as the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ - website). In covering the governor's announcement the New York Sun suggests Ward is "likely a shoe-in to become the agency's top official." The recommendation is subject to Port Authority board approval.

"Chris Ward has developed extraordinary skills during his long career in both the public and private sectors," said Governor Paterson. "I believe he will provide the visionary leadership needed to build and maintain a first-rate transportation and infrastructure system for the 21st century."

Ward's career in public service includes being commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection from 2002 to 2005 and chief of planning and external affairs and director of port development for the Port Authority from 1997 to 2002. In addition to his degree from Macalester, Ward also holds a master's in Theology from Harvard University.
· Read Eliot Brown's ('06) New York Observer story on the recommendation

Katharine Heller '98 presents The Boy in the Basement at the New York International Fringe Festival

Photo of Katherine Heller '98

The Boy in the Basement, a play written by Katherine Heller '98 loosely based on her senior year at Macalester, will be performed in the New York International Fringe Festival in August. The show is based on a book Heller wrote 10 years ago as a funny graduation gift for her Macalester friends. She self published the book in 2002 and says its been a "cult hit" amongst parts of the NYC theater community.

Heller was one of the four women who co-starred in Naked in a Fishbowl, a four-night unscripted performance that received the 2007 NYC Fringe Festival's Excellence in Outstanding Ensemble Award. While at Macalester, Heller co-founded the student improv troup, Fresh Concepts — some of its early members will regroup for a Reunion 2008 performance on Saturday, June 7.


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