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August 2009
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Alumni College Summer Session 2009 a success

Photo: Alumni attend Summer Session 2009

Islam and the Middle East

Alumni College
Summer Session 2009

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Forty alumni returned to campus this month to participate in the second annual Alumni College Summer Session. The topic of this year's session was "Islam and the Middle East." Sociology professor Khaldoun Samman served as dean, putting together a rich program of presentations, panels, tours, films, and discussions.

Macalester faculty and staff who contributed their expertise to provide this enriching alumni experience include Katrinka Somdahl-Sands, visiting instructor in geography; Paul Schadewald, associate director, Civic Engagement Center; Paula Cooey, Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Christian Theology and Culture; and Joelle Vitiello, professor of French and Francophone studies. Planning has already begun for next year's session, which is expected to explore aspects of sustainability.



In this edition:

Campus News

Alumni News


Campus News

Professor Kendrick Brown new Associate Dean of Faculty

Photo: Kendrick Brown
Associate Dean of Faculty Kendrick Brown

Professor Kendrick Brown began his new role as Associate Dean of Faculty on Monday, Aug. 17. He was named to the post by Provost Kathleen Murray in April.

In announcing Brown's appointment Murray wrote, "Kendrick has served with distinction as chair of [Macalester's] Educational Policies and Governance Committee and as chair of the Psychology Department. I look forward to having him join our academic affairs team."

Brown has taught psychology at Macalester since 1998. He received his PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan and completed his undergraduate work at Mount Union College.
· Read Kendrick Brown's Selected Works profile

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Arthur Sillah ’10 researches sudden cardiac death

Photo: Arthur Sillah '10
Arthur Sillah '10

Arthur Sillah '10 is researching the number one cause of sudden cardiac death among student athletes, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He is conducting the research at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, working with their preclinical research director Dr. Robert Schwartz. Sillah and Schwartz were introduced by biology professor Elizabeth Jansen. He is the second Macalester student to work with the Dr. Schwartz at the institute.
· Read more about Sillah's research

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UK magazine seeks President Brian Rosenberg as higher education expert

President Brian Rosenberg

President Brian Rosenberg was quoted in two articles published by the UK magazine Times Higher Education on Aug. 6. In one article, he joins a chorus of academic experts in responding to a report criticized as "imperialist" (read). The second story discusses fundraising for higher education, comparing the approaches of U.S. schools to those of British schools (read).

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Joyce Minor '88 named Karl Egge Professor in Economics

Joyce R. Minor '88

Economics professor Joyce Minor '88 begins the academic year with some big shoes to fill: She now holds an endowed professorship named after one of Macalester's most rigorous and beloved economics teachers.

The Karl Egge Professorship in Economics was established to honor Professor Karl Egge’s 30-year career at the college. Egge is known for bringing Macalester alumni into the classroom to talk with current students about real-world business applications. In that spirit, the Egge endowed professorship supports an accomplished leader in business and finance to serve as a teacher, mentor, and guide to students. The Egge professorship was made possible by the generosity of alumni.

Minor fits the bill. Her professional experience includes being a senior vice president in equity research at Lehman Brothers, a vice president for equity research at Phoenix, Duff & Phelps, an assistant marketing manager at Time Magazine, and an investment banking analyst at Piper Jaffray. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1993.
· Read the media release about Joyce Minor
· Learn more about endowed professorships at Macalester

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Alumni News

Colin Covert '74 presents
"Films In & On Minnesota" series

Photo: Colin Covert
Colin Covert '74 leads alumni on a tour of films about Minnesota.

A new alumni film series called "Films In & On Minnesota" launches this fall. Participants will view and discuss five films shot in Minnesota, exploring how each helped define the state to itself and the world. Star Tribune film critic Colin Covert '74 joins special guests to introduce and discuss each film. The line-up includes The Emigrants on Sept. 10, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid on Sept. 24, American Dream on Oct. 8, A Simple Plan on Oct. 22, and Purple Rain on Nov. 12. Registration required, $25 per person.
· Register for the Alumni Film Series

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Alumni host new student gatherings

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Alumni and current students, left, met members of Macalester's incoming class from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Alumni in 10 U.S. cities hosted send-off gatherings for incoming Macalester students from their metro regions. Macalester alumni and parents threw the largest number of regional gatherings for an incoming Macalester class in recent memory.

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Alumni invited to join student rideshare site

Logo: Zipride

Remember the old rideshare bulletin board? Today's Macalester students chose to set up a digital version called Zipride, where registered users can post rides they're offering or seeking. Macalester alumni are welcome to use it.

To use Zipride, alumni need to have a "permanent" forwarding email address activated through the alumni community MacDirect. Zipride complements Macalester’s sustainability goals, and makes it easier for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to reduce the gas they use for travel.
· Set up an address
· Register for Zipride

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Alumni volunteers needed to host first-year dinners

Photo: A 2008 1st-Year Dinner
Last October, Mark Dickinson ’76 and Margo Dickinson ’77 hosted dinner for students taking Professor Karine Moe's first-year class.

Alumni who live near campus are invited to host first-year students for dinner through a program sponsored by the Student Support Committee of the Alumni Board.

Hosting a first-year dinner is an excellent way to meet the Class of 2013 and introduces our new students to the wider Macalester community. Hosts welcome a first-year class and its professor into their home for an evening of casual dining. Alumni who live within walking distance of campus are preferred, but those living a short van drive from campus will also be considered.

This is a popular event! Volunteers are encouraged to email Stephen Sporer by Monday, Aug. 31, to assure participation.
· View photos from last year's first-year dinners

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Class of 2009: Don't let this be your last issue

Are you in the Class of 2009? Does Macalester have your current email address? If we don't have it, this is your last issue of Mac Wire. To stay in the loop about all things Macalester, update your email address in the alumni online community, MacDirect, or update your address using this handy form.
· Update your email address through MacDirect

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Thursday, Aug. 27
5:30 p.m.

Portland-area Alumni Happy Hour
The Hop & Vine,
1914 N Killingsworth, Portland, Ore.

· Details

Thursday, Sept. 10
7 p.m.

Alumni Film Series Part 1 of 5: The Emigrants
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
$25 per person for series
· Register
· Details

Saturday, Sept. 12

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

4 p.m.

Austin-area Alumni Gathering at Threadgill's
301 W. Riverside Dr., Austin, Texas
· Details

7:30 p.m.

Macalester Pipe Band Concert
Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under
· Details

Thursday, Sept. 17
6:30 p.m.

Lantern-making Workshop with Professor Stan Sears
Art Department, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
$10 per person
· Register
· Details

Saturday, Sept. 19
10:30 a.m.

Scots Pride Fall Brunch
Wilde Roast Cafe, 518 Hennepin Ave. E., Minneapolis
· Details

3 p.m.

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

Thursday, Sept. 24
5:30 p.m.

Portland Alumni
Happy Hour

Lotus Cardroom and Cafe, 932 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, Ore.

· Details

7 p.m.

Alumni Film Series Part 2 of 5: Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
$25 per person for series
· Register
· Details

Saturday, Sept. 26
12:30 p.m.

Bus Tour to Art+Fire in Stockholm, Wis.
Depart from Macalester College, 62 Macalester St. $35 per person, includes transportation and dinner
· Register
· Details

7:30 p.m.

Sonatas, Interludes, and Accumulations
Main Stage Theatre, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
· Details

Sunday, Sept. 27

MacReads: San Francisco
At the home of Julie Lehnhoff Zhu '97
· Details










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