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October 2009
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Macalester's newest building certified LEED Platinum, dedicated

Photo: Julian Bond Photo: Markim Hall
Civil Rights leader Julian Bond spoke in conjunction with the dedication of LEED Platinum certified Markim Hall, home of Macalester's Institute for Global Citizenship. Photos: Aaron Brown '10

Macalester's newest building Markim Hall, home of the Institute for Global Citizenship, has had a busy first semester. In addition to housing institute programs, it has hosted a number of student, staff, faculty and alumni functions; enjoyed many tours of its sustainable features; and officially became the first LEED Platinum certified academic building in the Midwest. A high point for the facility was its dedication ceremony, attended by friends of the college including the renowned civil rights activist Julian Bond. While on campus Bond met with students, gave a talk titled "Civil Rights: Then & Now" and received an honorary degree from the college. Markim Hall is named for Mark Stricker and Kimberly Stricker Griffin '87, son and daughter of Ruth Stricker Dayton '57. Ruth and Bruce Dayton provided the lead gift for the building as part of the Step Forward campaign.
· View photos of Markim Hall
· Listen to Julian Bond's talk on civil rights
· See media coverage of Markim Hall

 

 

In this edition:

Campus News

Alumni News

 

Campus News

New book by professors Karine Moe and Dianna Shandy about women, work, and family released

Cover of book Glass Ceilings

A new book by economics professor Karine Moe and anthropology professor Dianna Shandy about the phenomenon of women opting out of the workforce was released Thursday, Oct. 15. Titled Glass Ceilings and 100-Hour Couples, their book argues that women's decisions about paid work concern and affect us all. Whether opting out or opting in, women's potential and promise as paid, highly educated workers matter to American economic growth, both within and beyond current economic circumstances.

A number of Macalester alumnae participated in Moe and Shandy's research for the book by taking an online survey in November 2007.
· Read more about Glass Ceilings

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Macalester to be carbon neutral by 2025

Download Sustainability Plan
The 39-page Macalester College Sustainability Plan is available for everyone to read here.

Macalester completed its first long-term strategic plan to combat climate change in September. In addition to achieving carbon neutrality by 2025, goals outlined in the plan include:

 
  • Eliminating waste by 2020 (zero waste)
  • Integrating sustainability into curriculum and student programs
  • Adopting a "green building" policy to reduce emissions in facility construction and operations
  • Decreasing carbon emissions from travel
  • Adopting a responsible purchasing policy

The plan was created through a year-long, campus-wide process including students, faculty, staff, and others. The plan was submitted to the American College & University President's Climate Commitment, an effort 650 colleges and universities have joined, Macalester being one of the first schools to do so.

Macalester is receiving recognition for its sustainability efforts. This month, The Sustainable Endowments Institute gave Macalester an A-minus in its annual The College Sustainability Report Card and the campus was honored with a Minnesota Waste Wise Leader Award.
· Read Sustainability Plan press release
· Download Macalester's Sustainability Plan (pdf)
· View media coverage of sustainability and Macalester

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Step Forward Twin Cities event attracts hundreds

Photo: Choir and African Music Ensemble
Opening the Step Forward Twin Cities program, The Macalester Choir and African Music Ensemble performed. Photo: Aaron Brown '10

More than 400 alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of Macalester came to the final Step Forward regional event on campus. Those in attendance enjoyed a program that featured a stirring performance by the Macalester Choir and the African Music Ensemble, speeches by four students, talks by Step Forward campaign chair Jerry Crawford '71 and President Brian Rosenberg, and a showing of The World Stage video showcasing the good work Macalester alumni are doing around the globe.
· Watch scenes from The World Stage

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International Roundtable explores global environmental concerns for the 21st century

Photo: Laura Bartolomei-Hill '10 Photo: Elizabeth Larson ’10
Laura Bartolomei-Hill '10 and Elizabeth Larson ’10 were student respondents at the 2009 International Roundtable.

Macalester's 16th International Roundtable, held earlier this month, brought Robert Costanza, University of Vermont Gund Professor of Ecological Economics; Elizabeth Economy, Director of Asia Studies for the Council on Foreign Relations; and Shawn Miller, Brigham Young University History Professor to campus to discuss the theme “Global Environment: The Eleventh Hour?” The annual public forum is hosted by Macalester's Institute for Global Citizenship.

Questions discussed at the two-day event included:

  • What are the main global environmental concerns for the 21st century?
  • What are the crucial forces responsible for the making of these issues and why?
  • Are there any alternatives to the current trends and, if affirmative, what are they and how might they be brought forward and acted upon?

Two Macalester professors and two students responded to the positions of the roundtable's guest presenters. Economics professor Sarah West '91 and student Laura Bartolomei-Hill '10 responded to Shawn Miller's talk on the tropical American origins of global agriculture. Biology professor Mark Davis and student Elizabeth Larson '10 responded to Elizabeth Economy's talk on China's environmental challenges. The International Roundtable is held every October on campus.
· Learn more about the International Roundtable

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Alumni News

Twin Cities volunteers needed for sophomore job shadowing program

Photo: Adam Oien '10 and Richard Daley '04
Richard Daley '04, left, hosted student intern Adam Oien '10 at The Databank.

This January, Macalester sophomores are being offered a new "job shadowing" program called Career Exploreships. Volunteers who work in the Twin Cities metro area are needed to make the inaugural year for this program a success.

Designed as highly flexible job shadowing experiences focusing on matching sophomores with alumni, Exploreships help students explore career options, learn about a discipline, gain exposure to the world of work, and perhaps help settle on a major.

Other ways alumni can help Macalester students in their career pursuits include offering January academic internships, semester internships, or participating in career panels.

To find out more about our January Exploreships, email Mike Porter.
· Sign up to offer an Exploreship

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Alumni trip to Kenya & Tanzania planned for next fall

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Alumni and their guests will see sights like this on the trip to Kenya and Tanzania happening next fall.

Macalester alumni are invited to go to the premier safari destinations of Kenya and Tanzania Oct. 27-Nov. 12, 2010. They will travel from the grassland plains to the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, from the world's largest volcanic crater to the edge of the Rift Valley, enjoying intimate game drives and up-close encounters. Participants will also visit:

  • Kenya’s Maasai Mara, home of the Maasai people;
  • Amboseli National Park, known for its large elephant population;
  • Serengeti National Park, one of the last great wildlife refuges;
  • Ngorongoro Crater, home to Africa’s “Big Five” (Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, and Cape Buffalo);
  • Olduvai Gorge, site of important discoveries in human evolution;
  • and Lake Manyara, noted for its abundant bird life.

Travelers will also have the option to take a four-day/three-night post-tour extension in Zanzibar,  known for its vivid history, stunning beaches, and colorful spice markets. Email Carol Polk for more information.

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IRA Direct Transfer option an excellent way for alumni older than 70½ to give

Photo: Old Main
Sustain the timeless excellence of Macalester with a gift transfer from your IRA. Find out more

If you are 70½ or older and have individual retirement accounts, there is good news: Through recent legislation, you can make an Annual Fund or special gift from an IRA and incur no taxes for the transaction. Funds transferred directly to Macalester do not add to your taxable income; they also do not qualify for a charitable deduction. The legislation allowing tax-free giving from an IRA expires December 31, 2009.

To benefit:

  • You must be 70½ or older.
  • You must transfer funds directly from a traditional or Roth IRA to a qualified charity, such as Macalester.
  • Gifts must be outright and cannot exceed $100,000.
  • Your gift must be completed by December 31, 2009.

Check with your IRA administrator and your advisors to determine whether this charitable gift opportunity makes sense for you. For more information, email Christine Solso.
· Learn more about IRA Direct Transfers (pdf)
· Find out about planned giving

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Alumni Chapter in review: London

Photo: London Chapter Leaders
Russell Bradley-Cook '02 and Nathan Peters '99 have organized great events for Macalester's London Alumni Chapter.

Alumni living in and near London have enjoyed many excellent programs this year. Launching off their well-attended Step Forward event in April, the region's alumni are keeping the momentum going with fantastic gatherings.

Chapter leaders Russell Bradley-Cook '02 and Nathan Peters '99 have a knack for working with local alumni to organize insider tours of famous cultural sites. In June, the chapter visited Christie's (see photos) and had a chance to view impressionist paintings before they were sold. In July, the chapter toured the National Theatre Archive (see photos). Lower key events have proven to please as well. The chapter has enjoyed a number of "burrito nights" where alumni meet at a pub after work, then search out a burrito stand for nourishment. They also gathered for a Saturday picnic at Hyde Park in August (see photos), complete with a game of cricket.

Their next events are a tour of Oxford led by architect Margot Orr '02 on Sunday, Oct. 25, and a wine tasting on Thursday, Nov. 19. Keep on staying connected in London, Macites!
· Visit our London chapter page
· Check out London's group on Facebook

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Events

Monday, Oct. 19
7 p.m.

Macalester Reception at the Geological Society Meeting
Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Lloyd Center Ballroom, Hasley Rm., Portland, Ore.
· Details

Thursday, Oct. 22
5:30 p.m.

Seattle Alumni Gathering
Big Time Brewery & Alehouse, 4133 University Way NE, Seattle
· Details

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
· Details

Friday, Oct. 23
4:30 p.m.

Richard Haass on President Obama
Olin-Rice Science Center, Rm. 250
Open to the public
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Friday, Oct. 23
4:45 p.m.

Religion, Belief, and Politics
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
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Friday, Oct. 23
7 p.m.

M Club Unite for Mac Volleyball
Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex
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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, guests welcome
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Sunday, Oct. 25
9 a.m.

Architecture Tour and Punting in Oxford
Oxford, UK
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Monday, Nov. 2
4:30 p.m.

Lothar von Falkenhausen Presents "The Politics of Archaeology in Modern China"
Art Bldg. Rm. 113, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
Open to the public
· Details

Friday, Nov. 6
8 p.m.

Mac Jazz in concert with Universalist Jazz
Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
Open to the public
· Details

Saturday, Nov. 7
7 p.m.

We Are the Mods Screening in Chicago
Columbia College Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Ill.
$10 per ticket, pay at door
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Wednesday, Nov. 11
4:10 p.m.

Math & Society Lecture: Jeff Weeks presents "The Shape of Space"
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
Open to the public
· Details

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
· Details

Sunday, Nov. 15
1 p.m.

Alumni see Macalester production of "Tartuffe"
Fine Arts Lounge, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
$8 per person, covers reception and ticket
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Tuesday, Nov. 17
5 p.m.

SPEAK! Series: "Well Red: Native American Playwrights & New Native Theater"
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
Open to the public
· Details

Tuesday, Nov. 17
5:30 p.m.

Professor Jane Rhodes Talks in Chicago
The Newberry Library, Towner Room, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL
$15 per person
· Details

Thursday, Nov. 19
7 p.m.

Wine Tasting in London
Vinoteca Wine Bar, 7 St. John Street, London UK
Estimated to be $40 per person, may vary based on attendance
· Details

Friday, Nov. 20
8 p.m.

Macalester Wind Ensemble Concert
Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
Open to the public.
· Details

Saturday, Nov. 21
8 p.m.

Recital: Macalester Senior Carly Levin, clarinet
Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
Open to the public
· Details

Saturday, Jan. 23
2 p.m.

2010 Alumni Track Meet
Field House, Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex
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