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July 2009
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Photo:Tonderai Chikuhwa, Nancy Turck and  family
After receiving Macalester's first Charles J. Turck Global Citizen Award, Tonderai Chikuhwa '96 (far left) enjoys conversation with Nancy Lee Turck (center front), two of Dr. Turck's granddaughters, and one great granddaughter.

Every year, a select group of alumni are honored by the Macalester community for their outstanding service to society and the college. These alumni are nominated by their peers, selected by the Alumni Board, and are presented with awards at a ceremony led by President Brian Rosenberg and the Alumni Board president during Reunion Weekend (see videos).

Who would you like to see receive a 2010 Alumni Award?
Make your nomination by Monday, Oct. 5.
· Nominate someone for a 2010 Alumni Award
· See list of past Alumni Award winners


In this edition:

Campus News

Alumni News


Campus News

Two students encounter rhino and camel fossils in... Nebraska

Photo:Madeline Marshall and Karanina Scheel
Madeline Marshall '12 (left) and Karanina Scheel '10 enjoy a laugh while conducting field research.

Karanina Scheel '10 and Madeline Marshall '12 traveled to Nebraska with geology professor Raymond Rogers to a park where a volcanic catastrophe preserved 12-million-year-old fossils of rhinos and camels. Scheel and Marshall are studying the two meters of volcanic ash that perfectly preserved these fossils and those of other animals that had congregated around an ancient watering hole. Scheel will use the research for her senior honors thesis.
· See photos and read the story

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Three students win top honors in youth social entrepreneur competition

Photo:Oseki Robbins, Seblova and Foster
Arielle Miwa Oseki Robbins '12, Dominika Seblova '11, and Elizabeth Foster ’12 next to Staples vice president Dave Sobb and Youth Venture executive director Gretchen Zucker.

Arielle Miwa Oseki Robbins '12, Dominika Seblova '11, and Elizabeth Foster '12 were honored at the Staples Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition earlier this month for their work organizing the Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge, a month-long competition designed to engage college campuses in energy reduction.

The Staples Ashoka competition asks Youth Venture teams, which are made up of students between the ages of 12 to 24, to explain what course of action they have taken to address a social issue affecting their community. Five projects from five countries won awards in the competition.
· Watch a YouTube video about the awards

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Deanna Cahoon receives annual Macalester staff award

Photo: Deanna Cahoon

Deanna Cahoon, Athletic Department coordinator, won the annual Staff Outstanding Service Award this spring. This award honors a staff member who has demonstrated outstanding work performance; outstanding service and contributions to their job, colleagues, and/or department; and outstanding service to the college.

"Deanna not only manages her own workload, but she quickly volunteers for extra responsibilities and will cheerfully drop everything to help someone else," President Brian Rosenberg said. "Over the past two years, she has done this in extraordinary circumstances—while the department moved three times and opened an enormous and complicated new facility."

Deanna is known for her leadership and work in organizing annual athletics events like the Hall of Fame Banquet, the Spring All-Sports Banquet, the Mac Hac Golf Tournament, and major sporting events hosted by the college. The Macalester community recognizes Cahoon for her dedication to the college.

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Zach McDade '10 spends his summer installing solar-powered LED lamps in Nicaragua

Photo:Solar LED Lamp
This solar panel charges a tiny LED lamp that can light up small room at night.

Zach McDade '10 is in Nicaragua this summer testing solar LED lamps developed by Patrick Delaney of the nonprofit Bright New Ideas. Working in partnership with the Nicaraguan nonprofit Grupo Fenix, McDade is living with poor rural families and inviting them to use the lamps. He hopes to learn firsthand how well the LED lamps work, if families find them useful, and the roles the technology could play in the country's education system. McDade wrote on Blogalviews, a Macalester student blog, "Hopefully, my results will be sufficiently interesting that next summer I will be able to run a full-scale study using the lights as an incentive for investing in elementary education."
· Read more about Zach McDade's project

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Alumni News

Photos from Reunion 2009 now online

View Reunion 2009 photos

Hundreds of photos from Reunion 2009, the June event attended by more than 1,300 alumni and guests, are now available online. Check them out and share them with friends. The classes of 2005; 2000; 1995, '96 & '97; 1985; 1970, '71 & '72; 1965; 1960; 1955; 1950; 1945; 1940 and earlier are already preparing for Reunion 2010 happening next June. Stay tuned for details.
· View Reunion 2009 photos

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Recent grads rush to claim alumni email addresses through MacDirect

Photo: 2009 Mac grads
The Class of 2009 is racing to MacDirect to claim email addresses.

As part of their transition to "the real world," Macalester's recent grads will lose their student email accounts Tuesday, Sept. 1. Most have been smart enough to set those accounts to forward to non-Macalester accounts for the summer. Some have been even smarter. They've set up their own forwarding addresses through MacDirect. What are the advantages of an address? First, it's a great way to brag about your alma mater when you send an email. Second, it's a professional looking address to use in career networking. And third, when used as your main address in a Facebook profile, it allows you to remain part of Facebook's Macalester Network. Plus, it's free! The "permanent email" feature of our online community for alumni, MacDirect, is available to all users.
· Claim your own address

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Alumni host families needed

Twin Cities alumni and their families are invited to participate in two unique host family programs designed to welcome first-year students to the Macalester community. One program connects alumni with incoming students of color from the U.S., and the other connects alumni with incoming international students. Neither program asks volunteers to provide homestays. Instead, hosts stay in touch with their hosted student, plan independent activities with them, and attend program-related events.

Macalester's host family program for U.S. students of color is cosponsored by Alumni Relations and the Department for Multi-Cultural Life. The program kicks off at a Sept. 18 dinner for all hosts and students. Ideal hosts will have personal experience with being a student of color at Macalester and good connections to a diverse community in the Twin Cities. To volunteer, email Stephen Sporer by Friday, July 31.

The Friends of Macalester International Students (FoMIS) host family program is run by the college's International Student Program. Ideal hosts for this program are willing to become an international student's link to the larger Twin Cities community. Hosts and students attend a kick-off event in September, and typically get together about once a month. Learn more about FoMIS here. To volunteer, complete this form.

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Centro Cultural Chicano Executive Director Tyrone Guzmán '83 dies

Photo: Tyrone Guzman

Tyrone Guzmán '83, executive director of Centro Cultural Chicano, died on June 30 at age 50.

When Guzmán studied at Macalester, he was president of the Hispanic Student Association. Over the last three years, he and his staff at Centro created a remarkable relationship with the college. They helped all members of the Macalester community feel at home at Centro. Many students, faculty, and staff have interacted with Guzmán and found him to be an exemplar of service in our community.
· Read Guzmán's obituary at

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Saturday, July 25
6 p.m.

L.A. Alumni World Café Mix and Mingle
The World Café,
2820 Main Street
Santa Monica, Calif.

Meet other alumni living in the L.A. area at The World Café and enjoy fresh air, fresh drinks, and fresh conversation on their expansive outdoor patio. Email Jerry Darko '05 to RSVP or with questions.

Thursday, July 30
6:45 p.m.

London Tour of the National Theatre Archive
National Theatre Archive,
83-101 The Cut, London

Take part in a unique experience: exploring the extensive and colorful history of the art of stagecraft through a tour of the National Theatre Archive. Meet at 6:45 p.m. at the main entrance, tour begins at 7 p.m. Afterward, enjoy an informal discussion over drinks at The Old Vic nearby. Due to space limitations, this exclusive engagement is limited to 15 participants. RSVP is required. Email Nathan Peters to attend.
· Learn about the National Theatre Archive

Hot August Events

Class of 2013 Welcome Gatherings

Alumni, parents, and students across the U.S. are coming together to welcome Macalester's incoming class and their families to the Macalester community. Join in and share your insights:

Sunday, Aug. 2
San Francisco
Los Angeles

Thursday, Aug. 6
St. Paul

Friday, Aug. 7
Portland, Ore.

Sunday, August 2-5

Alumni College Summer Session 2009
On Campus

The Alumni College Summer Session 2009, "Islam and the Middle East," begins three days of lively learning and discussion exploring traditions and tenets of Islam and its continuing influence on the boundaries, political movements, and cultures of the modern Middle East. Registration now closed.

Monday, August 3
6 p.m.

Class of 1965 Summer Gathering
The home of Ken and Ruth Lippin ’65, St. Paul

Join Class of 1965 alumni and friends for a summer salad potluck hosted by Ken and Ruth Lippin '65. Bring along a salad to share or a beverage. A rhubarb dessert will be provided. Email Ruth Lippin '65 to RSVP, with questions, and for directions.

Thursday, August 6
6 p.m.

Learn How to Brew Your Own Beer
Olin-Rice Science Center,
Smail Gallery

Along with other young alumni, learn how to brew your own beer from brewmasters Jake Keeler ’99 and Heyward Gualandi ’04. They will present easy-to-follow steps from beginning to end. Sponsored by Northern Brewer, a successful homebrew supplier owned by Chris Farley ’93. Limited to 60 participants. No cost, but registration is required. Register by Monday, Aug. 3.
Register online

Saturday- Sunday, Sept. 12-13

Greater Washington Bike MS Ride
Begins in Mount Vernon, Wash.

The M-Club and the Macalester Alumni Association in the Seattle area are sponsoring a team for the two-day Bike MS Ride 2009 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater Washington. Email Ed West ’95 for details. Training rides begin the first week in August.
· Join the Macalester team or make a donation

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 again be a great time. Contact Mike Vidmar '89 for more information.

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

MacReads: San Francisco
East Bay 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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