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June 2009
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Reunion 2009 enjoyed by record number of alumni and friends

Next year's
reunion classes are:

1995 '96, & '97
1970, '71, & '72
1940 and earlier

It all happens June 4-6, 2010. Start connecting now through MacDirect.

More than 1,300 alumni and guests returned to campus for Reunion 2009. In perfect Macalester style, everyone made the best of rainy weather and focused on what's important: reconnecting with classmates and friends, and rediscovering the Macalester values that connect alumni across generations. The Class of 2004 and their contingent of 198 classmates (42 percent) won best overall attendance, the third consecutive 5-year reunion class to do so. For the first time ever, reunion weekend was covered live on Twitter and Facebook, keeping Macalester's followers and fans updated on the festivities.

Nine alumni were honored by their peers at the weekend's annual Alumni Awards presentation: Pamila Brown '76, Louisa Chapman '75, Tonderai Chikuhwa '96, Chuck Harris '75, Art "Bud" Ogle '64, H. Kris Ronnow '59, Jessie Parker Strauss '59, Fred Swaniker '99, and Mihailo Temali '76 (click their names to see video interviews). Nominations for the 2010 Alumni Awards are due by October 5.
· Watch the Reunion 2009 video


In this edition:

Campus News

Alumni News


Campus News

Demand for Macalester is strong

Art: Class of 2013

The Class of 2013 is shaping up to be among the largest in recent memory.

According to President Brian Rosenberg, demand has been fueled by the college's academic quality and recent investments to improve the student experience, such as those in the Leonard Center and Institute for Global Citizenship. And, strategic decisions by the college to address the economic downturn, such as increasing the financial aid budget, have also had a positive impact.

While many colleges across the country experienced dips in enrollment during this difficult economy, Macalester has seen demand surge. Underscoring student interest in Macalester, many more of the students admitted to the college accepted than past experience would have predicted.

"The type of exceptional educational experience Macalester provides and the ways in which we prepare students to be global citizens and leaders are clearly valued in today's complex and changing world," said Rosenberg.

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Fine Arts Center project takes step forward

Rendering: Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

A rendering by Gund Partnership of how the expanded and renovated Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center will look. More renderings are available here.

The long-anticipated expansion and renovation of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center is moving forward. This is the third building project of the college's $150 million Step Forward campaign and will occur in two phases. The first phase includes a $31 million project that will expand and renovate music facilities and create a stunning new arts commons. The second phase will target $39 million toward the renovation of the visual arts, theatre, and dance facilities. To date, $6 million has been given or pledged toward the first phase of the project.
· View Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center project renderings
· Read recent news stories about the project

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Fiscal Year 2009 ends strong thanks to support from 10,800 individuals

Macalester closed the books for fiscal year 2009 on May 31. While giving to Macalester slowed overall along with the economy, individual donors remained generous. Gift receipts and pledge payments totaled $14.7 million, about 22 percent lower than last year's record-setting $18.7 million.

The Annual Fund raised $3.15 million, decreasing about 4 percent from the FY08 record of $3.28 million. A record 10,800 individual donors gave to the Annual Fund. While alumni participation dropped by 549 donors over the previous year, parent donors increased by 560. A record setting 54 percent of the Class of 2009 contributed to their senior gift which totaled just under $33,000. The Class of 1959 also gave just over $875,000, including planned and immediate gifts, in honor of their 50-year reunion.

In addition to these welcome results, individuals propelled the Step Forward campaign closer to its goal of raising $150 million for important college projects, the total stands at just over $107 million. FY09 saw completion in donor funding of $26 million for the Leonard Center, athletic and wellness complex; and $7.7 million for Markim Hall, the new home for the Institute for Global Citizenship.

Efforts have already begun toward making fiscal year 2010 another great one for individual giving. Help out by making one of the first gifts of the year.
· Learn more about the Macalester Annual Fund

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Kristin E. Riegel '10 selected as a Fund for Theological Education Fellow

Photo: Kristin E. Riegel

Kristin E. Riegel '10, a humanities and media and cultural studies major, was recognized for her gifts of leadership and interest in ministry work when she became one of 51 students nationwide selected for the 2009 Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Undergraduate Fellowship. She was nominated by Macalester's chaplain Lucy A. Forster-Smith.

As an FTE Undergraduate Fellow, Riegel will receive $2,000 for tuition, other educational expenses, or a self-designed experience related to the exploration of ministry. This month, she attended the annual FTE conference at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va.

Riegel is also a recipient of a Phillips Scholarship in support of her work with Latina teens in publishing an electronic magazine called Yo, Latina while developing their leadership abilities. She also has worked with the Foundation for Immigrant Resources and Education as one of Macalester's 2008 Chuck Green Civic Engagement Fellows.
· Read the press release

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Alumni News

Thirteen alumni elected to college leadership positions

Thirteen alumni were elected to serve the college on two important boards this spring; nine to the Alumni Board and four to the Board of Trustees.

Anne Crandall Campbell '82, Jennifer "Jo" Opdyke Wilhelm '96, and Maura Donovan '85 join Macalester's Board of Trustees. Campbell is an educational consultant for struggling teens and founded FamilyCares, a community service program for families around the world. Opdyke Wilhelm is an ecologist for the King County (Seattle) Department of Natural Resources and Parks. Donovan is vice president of Corporate Research and Development at Medtronic and program director for MG Biotherapeutics, a Medtronic Genzyme Company. Paul A. Anderson '73 was also re-elected for a third three-year term.

The newly elected members of the Alumni Board are Rita Reynolds Gehrenbeck '57, Kay Thomas '63, Kate Maehr '89, Daymond Dean '91, Tom Simonson '95, Sarah Rossmann Deschamps '88, Alyson Muzila '96, Julie Lenhoff Zhu '97, and student Jackie Hoong '12. The Alumni Board also selected Khaled Habayeb '03 as its president-elect.
· Congratulate these alumni through MacDirect

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President Barack Obama taps two alumni for leadership

Photo: Anne Derse 77 Photo: B. Todd Jones 79

President Obama nominated Anne Derse '77 and B. Todd Jones '79 to distinguished posts on the same day.

Within a 24-hour period, President Barack Obama nominated two Macalester alumni to government posts. B. Todd Jones '79 was nominated as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. He previously served in this position from May 1998 through January 2001 under President Bill Clinton. President Obama also nominated Anne Derse '77 to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania. Derse is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She joined the Department of State in 1981.
· More about B. Todd Jones '79
· More about Anne Derse '77

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Steve Cox '76 named St. Paul Rotary Teacher of the Year

Photo: Steve Cox 76

Steve Cox '76, ex-officio Alumni Board member and M Club president, is the 2009 St. Paul Rotary Teacher of the Year. Cox is a multi-talented mentor who teaches social studies and is a coordinator at Washington Technology Magnet Middle School, coaches soccer at Como Park High School, and advises the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth, among many other pursuits.

"I am always reminded why I am a teacher," Cox said, "every time I see that light go on in one of my student's faces that says 'Oh, I got it.'"

Cox accepted the Rotary award on behalf of all St. Paul teachers and announced that the $1,000 prize would be used to help a Como Park High School student travel to competition for National History Day, to sponsor a student camper at a YMCA camp in northern Wisconsin, and to establish a fund to assist low-income students from Chicago to attend the YMCA camp where Cox is a counselor.

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Emily Hedin '07 receives a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship

Photo: Emily Hedin 2007

Emily Hedin '07 won a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship, which will provide her up to $50,000 per year as she completes her master's degree in International Development at Oxford University.

Since graduating from Macalester, Hedin has lived in Peru for three months as an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellow, then in Senegal for 12 months on a Fulbright, and then returned to Peru where she has lived since September. Last March, she returned to Macalester to host a fundraising concert for the Center for Development with Dignity, the first major project of the nonprofit Building Dignity which she co-founded with Political Science Professor Paul Dosh.

In 2002, Masha Marchevsky '04 received one of the foundation's college scholarships, applicable to undergraduate studies.

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Macalester's popularity grows on top social networks

Logo: Facebook
Logo: LinkedIn
Logo: Twitter

Over the last year and a half, alumni and students urged Macalester to engage with them through the popular social networking sites Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Today, Macalester's page on Facebook has more than 2,000 fans, our LinkedIn group has more than 1,100 members, and our less than three-month-old Twitter account has nearly 600 followers. All "Macites" are invited to interact with each other and the college through any or all of these online social networks.
· Become a fan of Macalester on Facebook
· Join Macalester's group on LinkedIn
· Follow Macalester on Twitter

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Thursday, July 9
5:30 p.m.

Music Without Borders
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Michigan & Randolph, Chicago

Zimbabwe's Chiwoniso opens for Lura, whose sound embraces French Afro-pop, Brazilian rhythms and traditional African music. Meet at 5:30 p.m. near the orange and blue balloons for the 6:30 p.m. concert. Bring blankets, food and drinks to share, lawn chairs, and anything needed to enjoy a concert in the park. If the weather is bad, meet instead at Pizano's, 61 E. Madison, for an impromptu happy hour. Email May Lin Kessenich '05 for details.
· View event details at

7:30 p.m.

See Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth
Minneapolis Theater Garage, 711 W. Franklin Ave.

Girl Friday Productions presents The Skin of Our Teeth, the Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece by Thornton Wilder, produced by Kirby Bennett '82. The play is an optimistic tribute to the invincibility of the human spirit and a comedy of epic proportions! Following the show will be a Q & A with the producer, director and members of the cast. $18, includes ticket and post-show refreshments.
· Register online

Tuesday, July 21
7 p.m.

Alumni see the Oakland A's vs. Minn. Twins
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Enjoy a night at the ball game with San Francisco Bay area alumni and friends. Meeting location and ticket details to be announced. Email Julie Lehnhoff Zhu '97 to RSVP and for further information.

Wednesday, July 22
6 p.m.

San Francisco
Sens Restaurant,
4 Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level

Discuss Haruki Murakami's The Elephant Vanishes with Bay area alumni. Contact Aleena Oberther '05 to RSVP or with questions.
· Visit Sens Restaurant website

September 7-22

Alumni Trip to Turkey

Join faculty host Adrienne Christiansen in exploring the dramatic Turquoise Coast aboard a chartered yacht. Limited to 28 participants.
· Download brochure and registration form

Saturday, Sept. 19
3 p.m.

Annual Alumni/Varsity Tennis Event
On Campus, Hayden Tennis Courts

Former members of Macalester's tennis teams are invited to play at this annual event. The six previous alumni events were big successes and this is expected to once again be a popular event. Contact Mike Vidmar '89 for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 20
11:30 a.m.

San Francisco
Location to be announced

Discuss Fae Myenne Ng's Steer Toward Rock with Bay area alumni. Contact Aleena Oberther '05 to RSVP or with questions.






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