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All alumni, parents, students, staff, faculty and friends
invited to Step Forward Celebration Friday-Saturday, Oct. 10-11

photo of Dan in a plaid suit

It is an exciting time at Macalester. The new Leonard Center is open. The building for the Institute for Global Citizenship is quickly taking shape (read story).  Plans to renovate the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center are well underway. Most importantly, Macalester students continue to take on exciting challenges and inspire us all with their accomplishments, here and around the world.

As we reflect upon where Macalester is today, and think about its future, the Macalester community is invited to join together for the Step Forward Celebration happening Friday-Saturday, Oct. 10-11.
Learn more at the Step Forward website

For fun, guests are invited to wear tartan for the festivities. Showing how it's done (above) is David Nifoussi '07 in the suit he wore at graduation.


· All-Campus Party in the Leonard Center

· Poster Session in Olin Rice
· Dedication of the new Leonard Center
· All-Campus Picnic
· Arts Showcase in Janet Wallace
· Experiential Learning Showcase in Kagin
View schedule

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Professor Janet Serie dies at age 56

Photo of Janet Serie

Janet R. Serie, O. T. Walter Professor of Biology at Macalester College, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 17, at her home in St. Paul at the age of 56.  She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two years ago. Professor Serieís career of teaching, research, and administration at Macalester began in 1983 and in her career she taught thousands of students, inspiring many to pursue professional careers in medicine, biology, and other fields.

Serie was the founding director of the Macalester Center for Scholarship and Teaching from 2002 to 2008. In this role, Serie helped other faculty improve their teaching and understand how their own scholarship can enhance the teaching of their students. Serie also served as dean of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, director of the Womenís and Gender Studies Program, chair of the Biology Department, and director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26, at O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home Highland Park Chapel, 575 South Snelling Ave., St. Paul.  The funeral will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel on campus. Memorials are preferred to the Jan Serie Student-Faculty Research Fellowship at Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN. 55105, or Clouds in Water Zen Center, 308 Prince St., Suite 120, St. Paul, MN. 55101.
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Institute for Global Citizenship takes shape

The frame of the IGC building as of Sept. 17. Photo: Ingrid Jans '12

The new home for Macalester's Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC) is taking shape on the northwest corner of Snelling and Grand. The building will house the International Center and Civic Engagement Center, and also connect to the Internship Program office and other valuable student resources found in Kagin Commons. The finished building will be entered for LEED Platinum Certification, the highest sustainability rating given by the U.S. Green Building Council. The IGC building is expected to be finished in May 2009.

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2008 El Kati Lectureship features performance and visual art

Photo of E. Patrick Johnson, the keynote speaker for the 2008 El Kati Lecturship
E. Patrick Johnson will speak on campus Sunday, Sept. 28

The 2008 American Studies El Kati Lectureship brings the director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University (Chicago) to Macalester where he will engage with students and the wider community on topics of race and the politics of performing history.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, the lectureship begins with a performance of The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe and directed by Professor Harry Waters Jr. in which the audience walks through a "village gallery" re-examining the African American experience. At 3:30 p.m., following the performance, there will be a reception and viewing of Beyond the Colored Museum, an exhibit curated by acclaimed artist Ta-coumba Aiken featuring the work of 16 local African American artists. The day's events conclude with a talk by E. Patrick Johnson titled "Going Home Ain't Always Easy: Southern (Dis)Comfort and the Politics of Performing History." On Monday, Sept. 29, alumni and friends of the college are invited to a community discussion with E. Patrick Johnson at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni House.

The El Kati Lectureship was established by Dr. Stanley M. Berry '75, Bertram M. Days '74, and Ava B. Days to honor the career of professor Mahmoud El Kati, who taught at Macalester from 1970 to 2003.
Download PDF about the 2008 El Kati Lectureship

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Over 10,000 photos used to create mural in the Leonard Center

Photo of the mural in the Leonard Center
One unique detail of the Leonard Center, Macalester's new health and wellness facility, is the mural that wraps around three walls of the structure's 48,000-sq.-ft. fieldhouse. From a distance, the mural depicts flags from around the world, but up close viewers find it is comprised of tens of thousands images of Macalester people and activities. The 450-foot long mural was designed by L.A. Ink, a company specializing in digital mosaics of this kind, to celebrate Macalester's globally rich student body and is an example of how art is incorporated into Macalester's newest building.
View a slideshow of the fieldhouse mosaic

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Alumni News

Less than 12 seats remain in Hitchcock course for alumni

Out of its 45 available seats, less than 12 remain open for the no-credit, three-session course called Hitchcock Unmasked taught by English Professor Casey Jarrin (left). The course will explore the theme of mistaken identities found in many Alfred Hitchcock's films. The course is open to alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college. 
· Learn more about Hitchcock Unmasked
· Enroll in the course

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Professor Julie Dolan to talk on women and the presidency at Boston Museum of Science

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Political Science Professor Julie Dolan will travel to Boston to give a talk about women and the presidency 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Museum of Science. The trip is part of the Alumni College Road Scholars program through which Macalester faculty present to regional alumni chapters throughout the year.

With Hillary Clintonís historic run for the Democratic nomination, and John McCainís selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, women are closer to the office of the U.S. presidency than ever before. Both Clinton and Palin have suggested that by electing them, voters could make history and break the political glass ceiling. Despite the sharp differences between these two women, we can learn much about gender and the pursuit of the presidency from them. Professor Dolanís talk, titled Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Women in Pursuit of the Presidency, will focus on perceptions, stereotypes, and media treatment of Clinton and Palin; she also will discuss other challenges and opportunities for women on the campaign trail today. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online here.

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Fall happy hour draws over 80 Twin Cities young alumni

Photo of the scene at Young Alumni Happy Hour

More than 80 young alumni mingled with their peers over mojitos and Caribbean fare at Babalu, a Latin bistro in Minneapolis' warehouse district on Wednesday, Sept. 10. The happy hour, hosted by the offices of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund, was held to welcome the Class of 2008 as Mac's newest alumni. Not all of our latest graduates had business cards (yet) to drop into the fishbowl drawing for Mac gear, but that didn't stop them from networking and catching up on Mac news. To help plan or learn more about future young alumni events, email Stephen Sporer or Paul Odegaard.

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Families of current and future alumni meet at Chips Reception

Photo of the Ochi family

During this year's Move-In Day on Aug. 22, a reception was held for the alumni families of Macalester students. Pictured right is the Ochi family.

Left to right are Patti, Tricia, Derek (2012), Carter and Jim (1980). Not pictured is Jimís father, Shigeru, who graduated from Macalester with the Class of 1949.

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Sept. 28 - Sunday
2 - 3:30 p.m.

Performance of The Colored Museum
On Campus, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, MainStage Theatre

Tickets available after Monday, Sept. 22, for $7 at the theatre box office or by calling 651-696-6359. (Read story).

Sept. 28 - Sunday
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Beyond The Colored Museum Art Exhibit
On Campus, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Art Gallery and Lounge

Explore the themes and questions raised by the play, The Colored Museum, at this exhibit curated by Ta-coumba Aiken. Exhibit goes through October 26. (Read story).

Sept. 28 - Sunday
4:30 - 6 p.m.

El Kati Lectureship Keynote Address
On Campus, Weyerhaeuser Boardroom

Hear the 2008 El Kati Lecture Going Home Ain't Always Easy: Southern (Dis)Comfort and the Politics of Performing History presented by E. Patrick Johnson. (Read story).

Sept. 29 - Monday
4:30 - 6 p.m.

A Community Dialogue with E. Patrick Johnson
On Campus, The Alumni House

Engage in a conversation with the keynote speaker for the 2008 El Kati Lectureship, E. Patrick Johnson. Alumni are welcome to attend. (Read story).

Sept. 29 - Monday
12 p.m.

M Club Quarterback Club Luncheon
On Campus, The Leonard Center, Hall of Fame Room (#50)

Join Head Coach Tony Jennison and the Macalester football coaching staff for a recap of the last two games. Get an inside look at game films, highlights and statistics. Attendees will also have a chance to meet current Mac Football student athletes. Lunch is available for purchase at Scotty's Juice and Snack Bar next to the Hall of Fame Room. Every other Monday through Nov. 10.

Oct 2 - Thursday
7 p.m.

Alumni College Fall Course: Hitchcock Umasked (1 of 3)
On Campus, Humanities Building, Room 401

First of three sessions of Hitchcock Umasked: A Case of Mistaken Identities taught by English Professor Casey A. Jarrin. This session is titled 'He's Not Me: On the Run and In Love' and will include screening and discussion of The 39 Steps (1935) or Saboteur (1942), and clips from The Wrong Man (1956), North By Northwest (1959). $25 for all three sessions.
Register online here
Read course description

Oct 4 Saturday

M Club 'See You at the First Tee' Day

Watch Scots Men's and Women's Golf play at the MIAC Championships. Contact Ellie Lewis '03 for more information.

Oct 9 - Thursday
6 p.m.

MacReads San Francisco

Discuss The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama with other Bay-area alumni. RSVP by emailing Mindy Lechman '05.

Oct. 10 - Friday
7:45 p.m.

M Club Apparel Raffle Night
Macalester Stadium

Watch the Scots Men's Soccer team play against St. Mary's. Show your M Club card to enter a raffle for Scots apparel. Contact Ellie Lewis '03 for more information.

Oct. 13 Monday
12 p.m.

M Club Quarterback Club Luncheon
On Campus, The Leonard Center, Hall of Fame Room (#50)



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