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September 2009
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Step Forward homecoming: Final regional event is Friday, Oct. 2
The yearlong campaign tour will have its final stop at Macalester.
All Twin Cities alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of the college are invited to come to the big show!

Step Forward, the campaign for Macalester, brings alumni and friends together to support Macalester's distinctive education and student experience. Over the last year, more than 1,000 people have attended regional Step Forward events in eight U.S. cities and London. Now the Macalester community who live in the Twin Cities area are invited to celebrate the college at this special "homecoming" event.

Join President Brian Rosenberg, campaign chair Jerry Crawford '71, and students for an evening of socializing and an engaging program, including a humorous and poignant student-produced video. To attend, RSVP online by Friday, Sept. 25.

Step Forward seeks to raise $150 million to support student financial aid, endowed professorships and programs, study abroad, community-based internships, and campus facilities for global citizenship, athletics and wellness, and the arts. To date, alumni and friends of the college have committed more than $109 million in gifts and pledges to the historic effort.
· Learn more about the Step Forward campaign


In this edition:

Campus News

Alumni News


Campus News

Students arrive on campus

A first-year student moves in with the help of family and volunteer helpers (in yellow).

The academic year began earlier this month and the college welcomed the Class of 2013. At the New Student Convocation during orientation weekend, Laurie Hamre presented her annual "fun facts" about the class. Alumni families of first-year students came together for the annual "Chips" reception (as in "chip off the old block"). At the Opening Convocation for all classes, President Rosenberg described his job (read/listen) and Provost Kathy Murray talked about the importance of the arts in education. Welcome to campus, students!
· Read more about the Class of 2013

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Meet our new tenure-track faculty

Sixteen new tenure-track faculty members have begun their teaching careers at Macalester. This is the largest cohort of new tenure-track faculty in at least 30 years.

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A sharp-looking group: Macalester's new tenure-track faculty. See who's who»

According to Provost Kathleen Murray, it is also one of the most talented new groups. “We have attracted many of the best and brightest in their fields and in most cases were able to hire our very top candidate,” she said.

The last big faculty hiring wave was in the mid-1960s, when the college was growing to meet the demand of post-war baby boomer students. Now, those faculty are retiring and the college is filling their open positions.
· Read descriptions of our new tenure-track faculty

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Mark Mazullo and Becky Heist to perform John Cage Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 26 & 27

Photo: Prepared Piano
The piano, prepared according to composer John Cage's instructions. Photo: Aaron Brown '10.

Music professor Mark Mazullo on piano and dance program director Becky Heist as choreographer present "Sonatas, Interludes, and Accumulations," featuring John Cage's "Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano," portions of which will be accompanied by dance. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, in the Main Stage Theatre, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. Reservations required; call box office at 651-696-6359.

The performances are part of Macalester's New Music Series, funded by the Rivendell Foundation, which presents three concerts this academic year. The next concert on Tuesday, Oct. 6, features Uri Caine, jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, who will perform his own compositions in concert with the MacJazz big band, as well as several solo numbers by others, including Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose."

There is no charge for tickets to these New Music Series concerts. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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President Rosenberg talks Mac football on public radio

Photo: Brian Rosenberg Photo: Tony Jennison Photo: Jake McDonnell '10
President Rosenberg, Coach Tony Jennison, and Jake McDonnell '10.

President Rosenberg, head football coach Tony Jennison, and student running back Jake McDonnell '10 were interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio about the aspirations of this season's team before their season opener.

In the story, Rosenberg said of all Macalester varsity sports, "Ultimately, our goal is to provide an experience that is positive and is contributing to the education students get at Macalester, and that they can look back on as being a positive part of their experience here."
· Listen at

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Alumni News

Alumni Award nominations due Monday, Oct. 5

Pamila Brown '76, right, receives her 2009 Alumni Award from Alumni Board president Libby Snelson '78.

Who would you like to see honored with a 2010 Alumni Award? Nominations are due Monday, Oct. 5, for these award categories:

Every year during reunion weekend, a group of alumni selected by their peers are honored by the Macalester community at a moving and meaningful ceremony.

· Nominate someone for a 2010 Alumni Award
· See list of past Alumni Award winners

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Special assignment for reunion-year alumni

Reunion-year alumni recently received this postcard booklet to help invite their Mac friends to Reunion 2010.

Reunion-year alumni were sent a special assignment last month: to contact their Macalester friends about Reunion 2010, June 4-6. These alumni received booklets containing Reunion postcards that can be sent to friends, encouraging them to make reunion plans now.

Macalester classes of 2005; 2000; 1995, '96 & '97; 1985; 1970, '71 & '72; 1965; 1960; 1955; 1950; 1945; and 1940 and earlier will return to campus June 4-6. The reunion planning committees for 1965 and younger will meet for the first time on campus on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 2-3.
· More about Reunion 2010
· Look up Macalester friends in MacDirect

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Alumni: provide real-world experience for students

Macalester students are some of the brightest and most thoughtful in the world. Alumni can help our students gain career insights by volunteering to provide support in any of these ways:

Now Alumni Relations, the Career Development Center, and the Internship Program are collaborating to make it easier for alumni to volunteer to offer real-world experience and advice for students. To sign up, complete this form and staff will quickly follow up about your interests.
· Sign up to provide students with career support

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Miss Macalester Today this summer? It returns!

Art: Cover of Fall Mac Today
Macalester Today arrives this month.

The fall edition has arrived and features a wonderful assortment of stories. It includes a feature about Ben Finkenbinder '07 and his job in the Obama White House, profiles of past Mac Weekly editors, a round-up of how the Class of 2009 is faring in the recession, a story about Macalester's fine arts center project, and more.

For those who gave to Macalester between June 1, 2007, and May 31, 2008, this issue arrives in a white envelope, bundled with the annual Advancement Report.

In our effort to protect the student experience during the economic downturn, the summer edition of Macalester Today was not produced.
· Read the fall edition of Macalester Today online

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

Portland Alumni Happy Hour
Lotus Cardroom and Cafe, 932 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR
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Thursday, Sept. 24
7 p.m.

Alumni Film Series Part 2 of 5: Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
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Saturday, Sept. 26
12:30 p.m.

Bus Tour to Art+Fire Event in Stockholm, Wis.
Depart from Macalester College, 62 Macalester Street
$35 per person
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Sunday, Sept. 27
11:30 a.m.

MacReads: San Francisco
At the home of Julie Lehnhoff Zhu '97
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Thursday, Oct. 1
7 p.m.

Mac Reads: Portland
At the home of Hannah Ferber '03, Portland, OR
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Sunday, Oct. 4
8 a.m.

Komen Denver Race for the Cure
Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
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Thursday, Oct. 8
7 p.m.

Alumni Film Series Part 3 of 5: American Dream
Room 250, Olin-Rice Science Center
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Saturday, Oct. 10
11 a.m.

2009 Family Fest Mac Market
Atrium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
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Monday, Oct. 19
6 p.m.

NYC Hosts Professor Casey A. Jarrin
Teachers & Writers Collaboration, 520 Eighth Avenue, Ste. 2020, NYC
$20 per person
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Monday, Oct. 19
7 p.m.

Macalester Reception at the Geological Society Meeting
Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd Center Ballroom, Hasley Rm., 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, Ore.
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Thursday, Oct. 22
7 p.m.

Alumni Film Series Part 4 of 5: A Simple Plan
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
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Saturday, Oct. 24
6 p.m.

M Club 2009
Hall of Fame Banquet

Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
$30 per person.
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Sunday, Oct. 25

Architecture Tour and Punting in Oxford
Oxford, UK
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Thursday, Nov. 12
7 p.m.

Alumni Film Series Part 5 of 5: Purple Rain
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
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Thursday, Nov. 19

Wine Tasting in London
Location and time to be determined
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