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November 2008
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Macalester artists perform throughout November
These six performances are sure to delight

Student musicians and dancers will perform in semester-end shows this month. The Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center will be buzzing with crowds attending these fine events:


Macalester Orchestra Concert
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14
Concert Hall

Wind Ensemble  

Macalester Wind Ensemble Concert
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21
Concert Hall

Jazz Concert Mac Jazz Concert
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15
Concert Hall
World Within Worlds poster   Fall Dance Concert
7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Nov. 21 & 22;
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23
Main Stage Theatre

Colegium Musicum Macalester Collegium Musicum
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18
Concert Hall
Choir photo   Macalester Concert Choir
8 p.m. Saturday Nov. 22
Concert Hall


In this edition:

Campus News

Alumni News

Campus News

Future first lady Michelle Obama speaks in Leonard Center

Days after the Leonard Center was officially inaugurated on Oct. 11, the United States' future first lady spoke to a crowd of students, faculty, staff and people from the wider Twin Cities area in the facility's fieldhouse. The talk was organized by the Obama campaign and was a unique opportunity for students to engage in presidential politics.

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New campus math lab like those found in Ph.D. programs

Photo of Prof. Topaz and student Wilkens in XMAC lab
Student Zach Wilkens '10 and Professor Chad Topaz prepare a chemical reaction in the XMAC Lab.

Macalester is now one of the first undergraduate schools to offer math students access to a lab where they can integrate experimental and theoretical approaches to mathematical problem solving. The Experiment Modeling Analysis and Computation (XMAC) Lab, under the direction of Professor Chad Topaz, opened in May 2008 and is equipped with computers, chemical apparatus, video and still cameras, a vibration-neutralizing table and other equipment. This semester, students and professors are researching the rules governing the movement of pea aphids and investigating the Turing patterns in certain chemical reactions. The XMAC is funded by Macalester College and a grant from the National Science Foundation.
· Listen to a podcast interview with Professor Chad Topaz

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Professor Jane Rhodes interviewed about historic election


The day of the election, WCCO-TV interviewed Jane Rhodes, dean for the study of race and ethnicity, in their series "Good Question" where they take viewers' questions and match them to experts who can provide insight. The question Rhodes consulted on was, "Is this election truly historic?"
· Watch the video clip at

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Professor Paul Overvoorde co-authors paper published in Science

Biology Professor Paul Overvoorde, along with other founding members of the Genomics Education Partnership (GEP - website), published a paper in the Oct. 31 edition of Science calling for more undergraduate research opportunities in the area of genomics. Their paper provides examples of computer-based and wet-lab research projects they have successfully implemented with undergraduate students and encourages other professors teaching in the field to provide similar opportunities.
· Read the paper on

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Alumni News

Chicago Step Forward event draws crowd

Chicago alumni, parents and friends gathered to learn more about Macalester and its ambitious campaign at the Step Forward event held on Oct. 23. Those in attendance learned first hand how thousands of alumni and friends of the college are coming together to help the college provide financial aid, endow professorships and renovate the Janet Wallace Art Center. President Brian Rosenberg, student Sharmila Raghunandan'10, and Step Forward chair Jerry Crawford '71 spoke about the important role Macalester plays in the world. The crowd also saw The World Stage, a video profiling a number of alumni.

The next Step Forward event happens in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Events are also planned for San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Washington (D.C.), Boston, Seattle, and London. To RSVP for upcoming Step Forward events email Karlyn Wegmann.
· View schedule of Step Forward Regional Events

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New chapter map makes it easy to find alumni neighbors

Map of U.S. Alumni Chapters

Everyone enjoys interactive maps. They make watching election results on TV more enticing and they pull up driving directions in a snap. In October, the Alumni Office launched an online map tool to help alumni engage with each other where they live. The map shows the locations of Macalester alumni chapters around the U.S. and reveals how many alumni live in each state. When a state is clicked, a search is triggered in the online community, MacDirect, for all alumni who live there.
· Explore the alumni chapter map
· Login or register for MacDirect

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Macalester Today magazine receives two awards

Macalester Today - Cover of winning edition

Macalester Today, the magazine sent to friends and alumni of the college, won two awards from the Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association on Thursday, Nov. 6. Competing in the “Associations – Less than 30,000 Subscribers” category, the magazine won Silver in Best Overall Design for its Winter 07/08 issue and Gold in Best Feature Article for "All Teched Out" that appeared in the Spring 2008 issue. Brian Donahue designs the magazine and Laura Billings wrote the winning article. Lynette Lamb became editor of the magazine in May 2007.
· Read the winning Mac Today article online

New coffee table book commemorates college's history

Cover of Macalester College coffee table book

Watch the Macalester legacy take shape in Macalester College, the new keepsake book published in October. The book is filled with photos and memories that celebrate the college's extraordinary history and makes an ideal holiday gift for alumni and friends of the college.

Featured in the book are the alumni and faculty who developed the college's reputation — such as G. Theodore Mitau '40, David McCurdy, Chuck Green, Walter Mondale '50, Kofi Annan '61, David Lanegran '63, Jeff Halper '68, and Peter Berg '84 — along with the stories behind campus icons, like the Macalester tartan and "the rock."

With groundbreaking moments, spectacular full-color photos, and historical anecdotes from every era, the book is an homage to the events, ideas and personalities that have propelled Macalester to its current form and the values that will guide it into the future.
· Preview or order your copy of Macalester College

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Nov. 11 - Tuesday
6 p.m.

Step Forward: New York City
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Ave., New York City

Alumni, parents and friends are invited to a regional celebration of the many ways Macalester is taking steps forward. The evening is hosted by Timothy Hultquist '72, David Bell '65, Gulum Ozustun Wiliams '92 and Chuck Berg '78. To RSVP, email Karlyn Wegmann.
· More about Step Forward

Nov. 13 - Thursday
6-8 p.m.

Inside Macalester: A conversation with Dave Deno '79
Holland and Hart Law Firm, 555 17th Street - 32nd floor, Denver

Denver-area alumni are invited to a conversation with the chair of the Board of Trustees, Dave Deno '79, who recently became a Denver resident. To RSVP, email the Alumni Office.

Nov. 13 - Thursday
7 p.m.

MacReads: Portland
At the home of Alison McIntosh '01, Portland, Ore.

Discuss Away by Amy Bloom with Portland-area (Ore.) alumni. Food and beverages will be provided. Email Alison McIntosh '01 to join the group.

Nov. 14 - Friday
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rummage Sale for Haiti
On Campus, Weyerhaeuser Hall Boardroom

Alumni and college community members are invited to a rummage sale for Haiti. Proceeds will go towards a student-led initiative to go to Haiti in January and work on community and individual projects. For more information, contact Stephanie Ewbank '10.

Nov. 16 - Sunday
11:30 a.m.

MacReads: San Francisco
At the home of Laura Miller '05, Berkeley, Calif.

Discuss the book Alone in the Kitchen With an Eggplant by Jenni Ferrari-Adler with Bay-area alumni. Participants are encouraged to bring a favorite dish to share. To RSVP and receive directions to Laura’s house, email Aleena Oberthur '05 or Mindy Lechman '05.

Dec 13 - Saturday
2:30-5:30 p.m.

Handel's Messiah Sing-a-long
Ridgewood Baptist Church, 4420 County Road 101, Minnetonka

Join the Music Association of Minnetonka for their 29th Annual Messiah Community Sing-along featuring the Minnetonka Chamber Orchestra and guest soloists. From 2:30-3:30 p.m., enjoy a special Macalester social and cider hour. Singing is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bring your own score if you have one. A few scores are available to borrow at the event, but plan on arriving by 3 p.m. to do so. This event is open to the public and there is no admission fee, but donations to MAM are accepted. To RSVP, email Andi Wulff.




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