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December 2008
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Macalester braces for the recession
Campus leaders plan to maintain priorities in spite of potential financial challenges

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The National Bureau of Economic Research made it official this month: the U.S. economy is in recession and it is impossible to predict how much longer the decline will continue.

"Virtually every one of us has in some way been affected by the turmoil in the financial markets and the downturn in the larger economy. At times such as this, however, I believe that it becomes a special responsibility for those of us who are relatively fortunate to step forward and help those who are less so and to preserve those social goods—such as Macalester—upon which so much is dependent."
President Brian Rosenberg



Macalester leaders were already responding to the situation by taking a number of steps, including postponing several faculty and staff searches, asking departments to reduce non-urgent expenditures, and extending the 2009-2010 budget-planning process so that the latest possible data can be taken into account.

President Brian Rosenberg said Macalester's highest priorities during these uncertain times are "to preserve the quality of the academic experience we offer; to continue to provide competitive salaries and benefits to our current faculty and staff; and to provide financial access to the college to a talented and diverse group of students." Macalester is determined to continue its mission of educating informed and socially responsible leaders, he said.


In this edition:

Campus News

Alumni News


Campus News

Michael Waul '09 named Macalester's 13th Rhodes Scholar

Photo of Waul being selected for Rhodes Scholarship
Michael Waul '09 (2nd from right) was told he was selected as Jamaica's Rhode Scholar by Governor-General Sir Kenneth Hall (left).

Michael Waul '09 found out he was selected for a Rhodes Scholarship on Nov. 14 during a special presentation in Jamaica. He was one of eight Jamaican finalists considered by the country's Rhodes selection committee. Waul will begin his education at Oxford University in September 2009 and pursue a two-year master's degree in Medicinal Chemistry.

"Michael is a diligent, mature, enthusiastic, and pleasant young man whose senses of humor and perspective, as well as his ever-present smile, draw people to him," said Waul's academic adviser Professor Ronald Brisbois. "Michael has the innate foundations of aptitude, attitude, self-motivation, and charisma that make it easy for me to envision great things for and from him."

A biochemistry major and geography minor, Waul is the 13th Rhodes Scholar from Macalester. The previous four scholars to achieve the honor are Keon West '06, Simon Morrison '04, Christian Campbell '99 and Gretchen Rohr '98.
· Hear a podcast interview with Michael Waul '09»
· Read the Macalester press release»

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Erlene Lagerquist retires, Lea Barron is new manager of special events

Photo of Lea Barron Photo of Erlene Lagerquist
Lea Barron (left) is Macalester's new special events manager. Erlene Lagerquist (right) retired after 17 years at Macalester.

Erlene Lagerquist ends her 17-year career as Macalester's manager of special events on Friday, Dec. 5. Her service to the college was visible in the quality of hundreds of important events that are now treasured by Macalester community members including commencements, opening convocations, receptions, trustee luncheons, alumni gatherings, and visits by dignitaries such as Kofi Annan '61. In her retirement, Lagerquist says she plans to spend more time reading and visiting her children and grandchildren.

Lea Barron succeeds Erlene Lagerquist as manager of special events. Barron has over 16 years of experience in the planning, development and production of special events and has managed tradeshows, concerts, physician conferences, community fairs, incentive travel programs, golf tournaments, galas and large parties. For the past seven years she has operated her own successful company and produced events for a variety of non-profit and corporate clients. She started at Macalester on Nov. 19.

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Staff and faculty awarded a Twin Cities Bike/Walk Day bike rack trophy

Photo of Bike Walk Trophy
Some members of Macalester's 2008 Twin Cities Bike/Walk to Work Day team pose with the bike rack trophy they won for the college.

For having the highest percentage of registered teammates in its class during Twin Cities Bike/Walk to Work Day on May 14, Macalester was presented with a small bike rack trophy from the event's organizers on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Of the 10 registered teams from workplaces with 300 or more employees, Macalester's team of 37 represented 8 percent of its staff and faculty, the highest percentage in the category. Mac's team was organized by the Sustainability Office, who plans to install the trophy bike rack outside the EcoHouse, a rambler renovated to be energy efficient where four students live during the school year.

While the Sustainability Office continues its series of six forums to develop a sustainability plan for the college, they are also recruiting alumni working in green technology and the sustainability field to join a new sustainability network. To be one of the first members of this new network, email Justin Lee '08.
· Learn more about sustainability at Macalester»

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Alumni News

New York City Steps Forward

Photo: the crowd at NYC Step Forward
View photos from New York's Step Forward event here.

More than 250 alumni and friends of the college attended the Step Forward event in New York City on Nov. 11. The evening kicked off with a showing of a student video and included talks by Step Forward campaign chair Jerry Crawford '71; students Eleni Zimiles '09, Owen Trusdell '11 and Manasi Kapoor '10; and President Brian Rosenberg.

The next Step Forward event happens 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, at the City Club of San Francisco and is hosted by Mark '74 and Jeanne Vander Ploeg. Events are also planned for 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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Holiday Tip: MacDirect helps you send those cards

Sending holiday cards this year? Why not include a few of your Mac friends you haven't heard from in a while? MacDirect allows alumni to search for classmates and find the most current contact information the college has on file for each one. This season, it's quick and easy to reconnect.
· Look up classmates in MacDirect»

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Alumni travelers return from Morocco

Photo of Macites in Morocco.
View larger version here.

Through the Alumni Travel Program, 23 alumni and guests traveled to Morocco last month. During their 14-day journey, they circled the country starting and ending in Casablanca. The next trip is planned for July 17-19, 2009, and will take alumni to the San Juan Islands on a sea kayaking adventure.

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W. Michael Johnston '71 receives Grawemeyer Award

W. Michael Johnston '71, a political science professor at Colgate University (Hamilton, N.Y.), won the 2009 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. The $200,000 award honors his award-winning book, Syndromes of Corruption: Wealth, Power and Democracy (2005), which explores different forms of corruption around the world and proposes ways to curb and stop it.
· Read more at»
· Listen to an interview with Johnston»

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Dec. 6 - Saturday
1 p.m.

M Club Winter
Sports Day

On Campus, Leonard Center

The M Club invites alumni to celebrate the winter season sports of Women's and Men's Basketball plus Women's and Men's Swimming and Diving. Begin by cheering on the Women's basketball team at 1 p.m., then cheer on the Men's team at 3 p.m. An alumni reception featuring finger foods and beverages will be available from halftime of the Women's game through halftime of the Men's game in the new Hall of Fame Room. Email Ben Van Thorre '04 or Erik Jackson '05 for more information.

Dec. 8 - Monday
5:30-8:30 p.m.

NYC Holiday
Happy Hour

Wheeltapper Pub,
141 E. 44th Street,
New York City

Join NYC-area alumni for a Holiday Happy Hour. Reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and engage with the larger New York alumni community. Wheeltapper is across the street from Grand Central and accessible via the 4, 5, 6, 7, and Shuttle subway trains. To RSVP, Email Brandon Mason '06.

Dec. 10 - Wednesday
6:30 p.m.

Happy Hour
The Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Mass.

Enjoy a happy hour with Boston-area alumni and their guests at one of Cambridge's finest Irish pubs. Hosted by Swapnil Prabha '05, Claire Reynolds '05 and Martins Blums '05.
· Asgard's website»

Dec. 16 - Tuesday
5:30-8 p.m.

Twin Cities Young Alumni Happy Hour
The Happy Gnome, 498 Selby Ave., St. Paul

Young alumni of the Twin Cities region and their guests are invited to a happy hour at one of the '125 Places to Have a Beer' according to All About Beer magazine. In addition to lively conversation, there will be brief presentations about alumni volunteer opportunities and the upcoming Summit Society Phonathon. Sponsored by the Alumni Office and the Annual Fund. To RSVP, email Anthony Begon or Paul Odegaard '04.

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

Handel's Messiah

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. This event is open to the public and there is no admission fee, but donations to MAM are accepted. To RSVP, email Andi Wulff.

Jan. 9 - Friday
6:30 p.m.

Step Forward: San Francisco
City Club of San Francisco

Alumni, parents and friends are invited to this regional celebration of the many ways Macalester is taking steps forward. The evening is hosted by Mark '74 and Jeanne Vander Ploeg. To RSVP, email Karlyn Wegmann.
· More about Step Forward»




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