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First Annual Alumni College Summer Session a hit
Forty-three alumni returned to campus in July to explore immigration
photo of a Summer Session 2008 workshop.

"One thing that can be guaranteed while hanging around Mac alumni... we're willing to engage one another in almost any topic with passion, humor, and openness."
Robert Ochoa '76

Alumni engaged with each other on the topic of immigration at the first annual Summer Session of the Alumni College. The session's series of workshops, community tours and talks ended with an Oxford-style debate.  

Next year's Summer Session will explore issues surrounding climate change and global warming.

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Leonard Center opens

Photo of completed Leonard Center.

Macalester's new athletic and wellness facility, the Leonard Center, opened its doors on Aug. 11, weeks before classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 27. The facility is named in honor of the late George P. Leonard '27 and his wife Wilma Fox Leonard '27 and their descendants who have been long-time supporters of Macalester. It features a 200-meter indoor track, a 10-lane pool (see story below), a gym that seats 1200-1600 people, a fitness center, and a lounge and snack bar. The center also houses Macalester's health and wellness services, formerly located on the corner of Snelling and Grand.

A campus-only grand opening celebration is planned for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. Another opening event for the wider Macalester community, including alumni, parents and friends of the college, will be part of the Step Forward Celebration happening Oct. 10-11.

Special memberships to the Leonard Center are being offered to alumni. For one year after graduation, alumni are eligible for free membership. Alumni who graduated more than a year ago may purchase one-year memberships for $240.
· View photos of the completed Leonard Center
· More about memberships

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Pool named after Doug Riley '71

Photo of Doug Riley 71 and son Doug II.
Doug Riley '71 and his son Daren visiting the Macalester's pool under construction in April.

Omaha businessman, entrepreneur and former varsity swimmer H. Douglas Riley '71 and members of his family have donated $1 million to the new pool in the Leonard Center, the new athletic and wellness facility that opened this month. The pool will be named the Riley Pool in their honor.

Riley swam for the Scots when he attended Macalester and continues to swim three to five miles a week. He said two open-heart surgeries to repair an aortic valve have made continuous exercise even more important. "Swimming makes me feel and think better," he explained. "It's been very therapeutic for me. It resets the counters. I will get in the pool and focus. I love pools."

Photo of completed Riley Pool
The completed Riley Pool.
Photo: Andy Johnson.

The new pool includes 8-10 lanes for lap and competitive swimming, a configuration allowing swimmers and divers to practice simultaneously and a 25-yard-long water polo course.  It also features an off-deck viewing area and an expanded shallow area for teaching purposes and water-based fitness classes.

Riley said that his desire to make a difference at Macalester and his love of swimming were all considerations in his family's decision to make the gift.

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College video contest offers $2,500 alumni prize

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Alumni are invited to enter the college video contest being held in conjunction with the Step Forward Celebration happening Oct. 10-11. The prize for the best original, short video made by alumni is $2,500. Current students are eligible to compete for the $5,000 top prize and two $2,500 prizes for most humorous and most creative.

Entry videos will be judged for how well they exemplify the Macalester experience and the videomaker's hopes for the future of the college. All in less than five minutes. The winning videos will be presented during the October celebration.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15. The videos will then be judged by a panel of faculty, staff and alumni experts including Peter Berg '84, the Class of 2008's commencement speaker and director of the summer hit, Hancock.
· More about the Step Forward Video Contest

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President Brian Rosenberg appointed to Chronicle of Higher Education and New York Times higher education cabinet

Photo of Brian C. Rosenberg

Last month, President Brian Rosenberg accepted an invitation from the Chronicle of Higher Education and New York Times to join the two publications' inaugural Higher Education Cabinet. He was one of 57 college, university and education association presidents invited to serve on the cabinet that will convene frequently to identify key issues and trends in higher education. The first meeting will be held on Sept. 15, at The New York Times headquarters in New York.

Rosenberg's new role on the cabinet is yet another way he serves within the higher education community. He is a member of the Leadership Circle of the Presidents Climate Commitment, chair of the Presidents' Council of Project Pericles, and chair of the Commission on International Initiatives of the American Council on Education. Recently, he served as chair of the board of the Minnesota Private College Council.

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Alumni News

Reunion 2008 photos now available online

Boasting over 800 photos, the Reunion 2008 online photo gallery is now posted. All photos found in the collection can be individually downloaded for printing, and each of the 29 collections can be shared with the click of a button. Over 1,100 alumni attended the big event two months ago. Next year, the classes of 2004; 1999; 1984; 1974, '75 & '76; 1964; 1959; 1954; 1949, 1944 and before will celebrate reunion June 5-7.
· View Reunion 2008 photos

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MacDirect launches Facebook application

Earlier this month, Macalester launched a Facebook application that allows alumni to seamlessly access their MacDirect accounts when logged into Facebook. The application appears as a medium-sized box on a user's Facebook profile and features links to popular activities in MacDirect, including updating information, posting a resume, searching for classmates, viewing and writing class notes, and claiming an forwarding address. More functions for the application are in the works. Alumni who use Facebook are encouraged to try out this new way to access the online community exclusively for Macalester alumni, MacDirect.
· Add MacDirect application to your Facebook profile

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Explore Alfred Hitchcock through the Alumni College this fall

The Alumni College's second year of programming is taking shape and its first offering is a no-credit, three-session course called Hitchcock Unmasked. The course will be taught by English Professor Casey Jarrin in October and will explore the theme of mistaken identities found in a number of Alfred Hitchcock's films. The course is open to alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college but is limited to 45 participants. 
· Learn more about Hitchcock Unmasked
· Enroll in the course

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Mike Hazard '74 receives artist fellowship from Bush Foundation

Photo of Mike Hazard 74.

Mike Hazard  '74 was awarded one of the 15 coveted $50,000 Bush Foundation artist fellowships for 2008 this summer. The fellowship provides unrestricted support to artists who exhibit strong vision, creative energy, commitment to excellence and evidence of perseverance. Hazard, also known as Media Mike, is artist-in-residence at The Center for International Education in St. Paul. Five of his films have been broadcast on PBS and his video C. Beck, a portrait of the artist Charles Beck, is the current grand prize winner of the [i]ndependentlens Online Shorts Festival II. Hazard graduated from Macalester with a degree in English; his daughter Sonia graduated from Macalester in May.
· Read Hazard's Bush Fellowship bio
· Visit The Center for International Education website
· View Hazard's video C. Beck

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  MacReads San Francisco
Unicorn Pan Asian Cuisine, 191 Pine Street, San Francisco

Discuss A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906, by Simon Winchester, with Bay-area alumni. Reading the book is optional, just be prepared for good discussion. RSVP optional. Please contact Aleena Oberthur '05 or Mindy Lechman '05 with questions.
·Plan your trip at
·View driving directions

  M Club All Sports Picnic
On Campus, Near the North Stadium Parking Lot

All M Club members -- former Macalester student athletes -- are welcome to attend and introduce themselves to Macalester's current outstanding coaches and student athletes. Email Steve Cox '76 for more information.

  Twin Cities Young Alumni Happy Hour
Babalu Restaurant, 800 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis

Meet our new Class of 2008 alumni and learn more about staying engaged with your alma mater. Enjoy free appetizers and a cash bar featuring specially priced mojitos. Sponsored by Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund. To RSVP, email Anthony Begon by Monday, Sept. 8.
·Visit the Babalu Restaurant website

  San Francisco Walking Tour
Meet at the front door of Crissy Field Center, Mason and Halleck Streets, San Francisco

Join alumni for a two-hour, two-mile tour of the Presidio and the Letterman Digital Arts Center, now open to the public, with professional guide Marilyn Straka '68. Explore the history of the Presidio and discuss George Lucas' plans for his 'new empire.' On the way to the center, see the Presidio's wonderful mix of old Army buildings and newly renovated homes, offices and conference centers. $20 per person. Deadline Monday, Sept. 8.
·Directions to meeting location
·Register online

  M Club Tailgate Party for Scots Football
On Campus, Macalester Stadium

Macalester vs. Crown. Show your M Club card at this M Club invitational and receive a free bag of popcorn. Contact Ellie Lewis '03 for more information.

  M Club 'Celebrates You Home!' - Volleyball vs. Carleton
On Campus, Leonard Center

Show your M Club card at this M Club invitational and receive a free bag of popcorn. Contact Ellie Lewis '03 for more information.

  Deadline for 2009 Alumni Awards Nominations

Last day to submit your nominations for the 2009 Alumni Awards. Who would you like to see honored with an award next June?
·Make a nomination now

  Macalester Night at the Mariners Game
Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle, Wash.

Bring your friends and family to Macalester Alumni and M Club night at Safeco Field to watch the Seattle Mariners take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Seats are in the upper deck. A pre-game gathering is also being organized, time and location TBA. $8 per person. Register by Monday, August 25. All ordered tickets will be sent by mail. Questions? Email Ed West '91.
·View directions, parking, transit options here
·Register online



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