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Construction Begins on Institute for Global Citizenship
The new building is sustainable two ways: ecologically and financially.
It will be submitted for LEED Platinum certification and be financed without incurring debt.
Montage of the IGC groundbreaking, the current state of construction and a rendering of what the building will look like.

In June, the Winton Health Services building was torn down and 85 percent of it recycled clearing the way for the new IGC building. The IGC will be where students go to plan and implement study away , internship, civic engagement, and career programs.

The foundation of the building is already visible and is expected to be finished by May 2009. Health services has moved to the new athletic and wellness facility opening this fall.
· Details on the IGC building

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  Macalester Night at the Twins Game
Meet in the Halsey Hall Room, Metrodome, Minneapolis

Enjoy a night at a Twins ballgame with the Macalester community. Reception before game. Seats in section 136, rows 18-22. All alumni, faculty, staff, current students and their guests are welcome. $30 per person. Registration deadline is Tuesday, July 15.
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  London-area Volunteer Day at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove Street, E3 4PX, London, United Kingdom

Join with other London-area alumni and help maintain Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. The park is a Victorian cemetery designated as a Local Nature Reserve and enjoys rich wildlife including birds and butterflies. The group that coordinates volunteers and does work in the park suggests a 25-pound donation from participants to support their efforts and will offer volunteers tea service throughout the day. Please wear old clothes, sturdy footwear and bring a packed lunch. Contact Nathan Peters '99 for more information.
Visit Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park website

 

Athletic and wellness facility to be named the Leonard Center

Rendering of the campus-side entrance of the Leonard Center.

The new athletic and wellness facility opening this fall will be named the Leonard Center in honor of the late George P. Leonard '27, his wife Wilma Fox Leonard '27 and their descendants who have been long-time supporters of Macalester.

"It is important to recognize families who have had such a significant and long-lasting impact on the college," President Brian C. Rosenberg said. "The Leonard family has been one of the families for whom Macalester has been a top priority and to whom the college owes our deepest gratitude."

George P. Leonard was in the construction business and managed major projects including the Kingsley Dam in Nebraska and the Pan American Highway in Costa Rica.

George, Wilma and their descendants have supported Macalester's dance program, athletics program, the old Fieldhouse and Leonard Natatorium, the DeWitt Wallace Library, the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom in Kagin Commons as well as renovations to Wallace Hall and the Alumni House.
· Read more about naming of the Leonard Center

Third consecutive record year for contributions, up 15 percent

Donors contributed more than $18.6 million, excluding bequests, in fiscal year 2008, making it the third consecutive record-setting year of philanthropic support for the college. The total represents a 15 percent increase over the $16.2 million contributed in 2007.

A record 11,851 donors contributed during the fiscal year, which ended May 31. Alumni contributions increased nearly $4 million to $14.3 million.

"I'd like to express my deepest appreciation to our many generous donors and to our dedicated volunteers who play an all-important role in this success," said President Brian C. Rosenberg. "I also thank the campus community -- the faculty, staff, and students -- whose work inspires this support." 
· Read more about 2007-2008 contributions

Two students receive awards from the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation

The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation has selected Kristina Doan '10 and Elizabeth McCreary '09 as recipients of 2008 Carter Academic-Service Entrepreneur (CASE) grants in recognition and support of their academic civic engagement work. They are the first Macalester students to receive this honor from the foundation. Professors Patrick Schmidt, Political Science, and Daniel Trudeau, Geography, as well as Civic Engagement Center staff, are supporting Doan and McCreary in their CASE projects.

Photo of Kristina DoanPolitical science major Doan is working with the Catalyst Foundation in Northfield, Minn., to establish a mentorship program connecting adopted Vietnamese youth and local Vietnamese American professionals or college and graduate students. During the school year, each mentor-mentee pair will participate in a service project through which mentees will develop an understanding and knowledge of public leadership.

Photo of Liz McCrearyGeography major McCreary is working with the Family Place in St. Paul, a day shelter for homeless children, to provide arts education and therapy programs for Minnesota's homeless youth. With a goal of providing them a chance to express and face their feelings in a supportive and creative way, she is planning a program of weekly art activities, guest speakers and field trips. The participating children will engage in a variety of art forms including photography, sculpture, and puppetry. A weekly public exhibit will showcase their work.
·More about the CASE ServiceBook awards

College welcomes new provost

Photo of Provost Kathleen M. Murray.

Kathleen M. Murray started as Macalester's new provost on Tuesday, July 1. She was selected for the top academic position at the college after an exhaustive search that included input from faculty, staff, and students.

"I am thrilled to be joining the administrative team at Macalester at this exciting time in the college's history," Murray said, "Macalester has an extraordinary faculty and exceptional students -- I look forward to getting to know them and working with them in the coming years."

Murray comes to Macalester from Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, Ala.), where she was provost and vice president of academic affairs since 2005. From 2003-2005, she was dean of the faculty and a music professor at Lawrence University (Appleton, Wis.), and from 1999-2004 was dean of the university's conservatory and a music professor. She began teaching at Lawrence in 1986.

Murray succeeds Diane Michelfelder, who will return to teaching in Macalester's Philosophy Department.

Kim Chandler named athletic director

Photo of Kim Chandler

Kim Chandler has been named athletic director the college and will begin her new role Monday, July 14. Chandler has headed the Beloit College (Beloit, Wis.) Athletic Department for four years, overseeing its 18 varsity programs, academic course offerings and intramurals. During her time at Beloit, Chandler initiated and developed a master plan involving a multi-million dollar enhancement to Beloit's athletic facilities.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Macalester's Athletic Department and to become part of an outstanding institution and campus community," Chandler said. "My staff and I will work hard to continue the momentum to build an athletic department, student-athlete experience and campus athletic and recreation center [the Leonard Center] that mirrors the academic excellence of one of the nation's finest institutions."

Chandler succeeds Travis Feezell, who is now teaching Sports Administration at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.
· More about Kim Chandler

Mellon Foundation million innovates four academic concentrations

Macalester announced in May that it received an award of $1 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to be used in developing innovative curriculum in four new or revised interdisciplinary academic concentrations: Global Citizenship, Human Rights & Humanitarianism, Urban Studies and Community & Global Health. The award will also fund the Urban Faculty Colloquium and the Faculty Development International Seminar.

The three-year "Curricular Pathways Project" underwritten by the grant includes curriculum development, student research and internships, civic engagement opportunities as well as faculty development workshops and seminars. It will be co-directed by professors Jan Serie, Biology, and Karin Aguilar San Juan, American Studies.
· Read more about Curricular Pathways Project

First Green Star Awards presented to graduation gown donation program organizers

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Carolyn Loeb '08 collecting caps and gowns after graduation

The Macalester Sustainability Office presented its first Green Star Awards to Carolyn Loeb '08, Karin Trail-Johnson, Christie Manning, John Mountain, Denise Ward and Sylvester Gaskin who helped organize Graduation Gown Donation Program for May's commencement in response to news stories about the growing number of caps and gowns ending up in landfills.

Through the program, the Class of 2008 donated 130 of its gowns and 109 caps to the Minnesota Internship Charter High School. The program not only kept eight giant bags of garments out of landfills, but will also save the recipient school about $2000.

The Green Star Award is a new program designed to congratulate students, staff, or faculty who have done something to improve sustainability on campus.
· More about sustainability at Macalester

 

Reunion 2008 attracts 1,119 alumni and their guests

"Excellent," "delightful," "a blast," "can't imagine not going," and "a fantastic weekend" are just a few ways alumni describe Reunion 2008 which happened June 6-8. With an attendance of 1,119 and plenty of activities like class dinners, live music, award ceremonies, book discussions, puppet shows and more, the campus was filled with lively conversations and good vibes.

The Class of 2003 won the "best attendance" award for having 34 percent, 161 alumni, of their class attend. The Class of 1958 also had a strong showing with 94 out of 216 classmates attending.

Next year, the classes of 2004, 1999, '84, '74, '75, '76, '64, '59, '54 '49, '44 and earlier will celebrate reunion.
·Read more reactions to Reunion 2008
·Find out when your next reunion will be

Macalester Night at the Twins Game planned for Aug. 2

Twins Logo

Macalester is going out to the ball game on Saturday, Aug. 2. Alumni, current students, parents, faculty and staff are all invited to a night of Twins Baseball. Starting at 4:30 p.m., participants will meet and greet at a reception with Twins President Dave St. Peter, former Twins executive and sports attorney Clark Griffith, Star Tribune's sports coordinator and Macalester adjunct professor Howard Sinker '78, and Twins community programs coordinator Josh Oritz '05 in the dome's Halsey Hall Room. After the reception, Macalester community members will watch the Twins take on the Cleveland Indians from seats along the third-base line, just beyond third base, in section 136, rows 18-22. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online here by Tuesday, July 15.

Eight alumni honored with 2008 Alumni Awards

Eight alumni were honored with alumni awards during the 2008 Awards Convocation held during reunion weekend. Alumni Award recipients are nominated by other alumni and selected by the Alumni Board. Nominations for the 2009 Alumni Awards are due Sept. 19 and can be submitted here.

2008 Alumni Award recipients:

Photo of Roya Mohagheghi Ansari Roya Mohagheghi Ansari '83
Distinguished Citizen Citation
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Photo of Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Karlyn Kohrs Campbell '58
Distinguished Citizen Citation
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Photo of J. Michael Gonzalez-Campoy J. Michael González-Campoy '83
Catharine Lealtad Service to Society Award
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Photo of David Lanegran David Lanegran '63
Alumni Service Award
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Photo of Lorne Lieb Lorne Lieb '98
Young Alumni Award
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Photo of Katherine Maehr Katherine Maehr '89
Distinguished Citizen Citation
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Photo of Charlotte Anderson Tripet Charlotte Anderson Tripet '53
Distinguished Citizen Citation
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Photo of Joan Swanson Velasquez Joan Swanson Velasquez '63
Distinguished Citizen Citation
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First-year dinner hosts needed

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Sonia St.Clair '68 hosted one of 14 first-year dinners last fall.
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Do you live within walking distance of campus? Do you enjoy hosting dinner parties? Are you curious what the Class of 2012 is like?  If you answered "Yes" to all of these questions, consider being a host for a first-year dinner being organized by the Alumni Office for September.

Each dinner host will enjoy the company of 15-20 students from one of Macalester's first-year courses, along with the course's professor. The students value being welcomed into the homes of Macalester alumni, and as a host, you get the opportunity to talk with some of the newest students on campus. Hosts are not required to provide a gourmet meal -- ordering pizza is certainly fine! What makes the evening memorable for the students isn't the food but rather the conversation with alumni and one another.

The evening gives the class a great opportunity to bond and connect with one another. If you would like to volunteer to host a first-year dinner, email Stephen Sporer by Friday, July 25.

Macalester community goes "social" online

Social websites like Facebook and LinkedIn are becoming more and more popular as "social networking" becomes the second top Web activity after using search engines. Macalester now has a presence both on Facebook and LinkedIn.

The page on Facebook launched Friday, June 26, and already enjoys over 700 "fans." Macalester's LinkedIn group, created a few months ago, has attracted 165 members strictly by "word of click." These two resources make it easier to find other Macalester community members who use those sites. The college also runs MacDirect -- the online community exclusively for alumni -- that allows its users to search over 24,000 alumni profiles, post news, and comment on others' notes.
· Become of "fan" of Macalester on Facebook
· Join Macalester's group on LinkedIn
· Claim your profile on MacDirect

Michael J. Davis '69 designated Chief Judge of U.S. District Court for Minnesota District

U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis '69 has been designated Chief Judge of U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota as of Tuesday, July 1. Under federal law, the judge who is most senior in service within a district is designated as the chief judge and serves as the court's chief judicial officer for seven years. Judge Davis graduated from Macalester and the University of Minnesota Law School. In 2001, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Macalester.

Alumni launch initiative to encourage rule of law in Africa

A few alumni are active in a Books for Africa initiative to provide legal books, writings and human rights materials to African schools, libraries and civic groups. The Jack Mason Law and Democracy Initiative is headed by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan '61 and former Vice President Walter Mondale '50. It is named for alumnus Jack Mason '60 who was U.S. Magistrate Judge, a Books for Africa board member and Annan's roommate at Macalester. Judge Michael J. Davis '69 (see story above) serves on the initiative's advisory board. The American Bar Association and Thomson Reuters are participating in the effort.

Photographer Flip Schulke '54 dies at age 77

Photo of Coretta Scott King taken by Flip Schulke. Copyright: Flip Schulke.
This photo of Coretta Scott King ran on the cover of Life magazine in April 1968.
© Flip Schulke.

Flip Schulke '54, the award-winning photographer famous for his photos from the U.S. civil rights movement, died of congestive heart failure on May 15 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Schulke created more than 500,000 photos during his 60-year career and many of his photos were published in major magazines including Life, Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, and Sports Illustrated. He covered Martin Luther King Jr. between 1955 and 1968 and is well-known for the Life magazine cover photo he took of Coretta Scott King attending her husband's funeral. Schulke's photos of King were published in three books -- Martin Luther King Jr.: A Documentary, Montgomery to Memphis (1976); King Remembered (1986); and He Had a Dream (1995). In 1996, 60 of his photos of the civil rights leader were exhibited on campus.

Shulke graduated from Macalester with a triple major in political science, sociology and journalism and received a Distinguished Citizen Citation from the college in 1976. In his autobiography, Witness to our Times (2003), he said journalism professor emeritus Ivan Burg was a main influence. In 2003, Schulke gave Macalester a digital collection comprised of 11,000 of his photos.

He is survived by four children, Robin Chisolm-Seymour, Paul Schulke, Elizabeth Schulke Davidson '78, and Maria Cohen; his older sister Roxy Kaufmann, of Bermuda; and two stepsons Joe and John Toreno. A memorial service was held for him in New Ulm, Minn.

 

 

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