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November 2009
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Both Mac soccer teams proceed to NCAA championships

Photo: Women's soccer team celebrating Photo: Men's Soccer Team celebrating
Left, the Scots women's soccer team celebrates a 1-0 MIAC semi-final playoff victory over St. Thomas. Right, the men's soccer team cheers after their 1-0 victory over Carleton. Both teams are headed to the NCAA playoffs starting Friday, Nov. 13. Photos: Christopher Mitchell '01 and Matt Ten Haken.

Under the direction of head coaches John Leaney and Ian Barker, Macalester's women's and men's soccer teams made it to the NCAA playoffs for the national championship. Macalester hosts the first round women's games in the stadium Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 14 & 15, playing St. Scholastica at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (see bracket). The men's team travels to Dubuque, Iowa, to play Grinnell at Loras College the same day (see bracket). This is the last season that Leaney will coach the women's soccer team and the first time Barker has led a men's team into the national playoffs.
· Learn more about the women's soccer team
· Learn more about the men's soccer team

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Campus News

Alumni News


Campus News

2008-2009 Advancement Report is now online

Advancement Report Cover
The 2008-2009 Advancement Report

Music professor and chair Mark Mazullo, Mike Carr '73, Sandra Ortiz '97, and Julia Quanrud '09 are just a few of the 10,940 donors who gave to Macalester last fiscal year. So far in this fiscal year, 3,793 alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends have contributed to enhance the unique student experience offered at Macalester.

While there is strength in numbers, President Brian Rosenberg said at Step Forward Twin Cities last month that the campaign for Macalester is truly about people (see video).
· Read the Advancement Report online

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Macalester stages Tartuffe by Moliere

Photo: Dress rehearsal for Tartuffe
Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Nov. 13 & 14; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 19-21. Photo: Greg Helgeson

Theater professor Harry Waters directs the Macalester production of Tartuffe by Moliere, opening 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13.

The classic story is set in Paris of 1668, where a con man, Tartuffe (played by Eric Jones '10), has convinced the master of the house that he will save their souls by guiding them to lives of austerity and prosperity. Comic twists, turns, and machinations ensue.

Students performing in this production include Russel Schneider '10 as Orgon; Katia Cardenas '10 as Elmire; Gwynn Shanks '10 as Dorine; Hannah Glaser '10 as Madame Pernelle; William Gambucci '12 as Damis; Ann Stromgren '12 as Mariane; Elijah Bernstein-Cooper '13 as Valere; and Roberto Capriotti '13 as Cleante.

More than 30 alumni and their guests are planning to attend the performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, preceded by an alumni reception with Professor Waters (register here).
· View details about Macalester's production of Tartuffe

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Yeukai Mudzi '12 brings laptops to a Zimbabwe school

Photo: Yeukai Mudzi '12
Yeukai Mudzi '12 trained students at Nyamasanga School to use new OLPC laptops last summer.

Macalester economics major Yeukai Mudzi '12 worked with the organization One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) last summer in the Buhera district of Zimbabwe. Her three-person team was one of 30 chosen by OLPC to implement a program in one of 17 African countries. Her team's goal was to provide laptops to fifth, sixth, and seventh graders at Nyamasanga School and train the students how to use them. Upon her return to Macalester, Mudzi organized the Macalester Development Group to increase students' knowledge of and exposure to international development efforts.
· Read Yeukai Mudzi's story and see photos

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Macalester hosts the Minnesota premiere of Tapped

Photo: Tapped
Watch a trailer for Tapped on YouTube.

Macalester was chosen for the Minnesota premiere of Tapped, a new documentary from the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car. The event, which is open to the public, is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall.

The movie explores the $1.1 billion water bottle industry and the negative health impacts of the chemical Polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The director and producer Stephanie Soechtig and line producer Sarah Olson will be present and will lead a discussion after the screening.
· Read more about the film at

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Alumni News

Chicago's Hot Pick: "Multiculturalism at Macalester in the Age of Obama"

Photo: Jane Rhodes
Dean Jane Rhodes.

As part of the Macalester's Alumni College, Jane Rhodes, dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and chair of the American Studies department, joins alumni in Chicago to discuss "Multiculturalism and Macalester during the Obama Age." The alumni chapter event happens 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 at The Newberry Library.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., remarks begin at 6 p.m. $15 per person. Email Stephen Sporer for more information. Register by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.
· Register to see Jane Rhodes' talk

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Help Macalester become massively popular on Facebook

Screenshot of Macalester's page on Facebook.
Help the MacFan 5K campaign on Facebook. Suggest Macalester's page on Facebook to friends.

Organically, Macalester College has gained an admirable level of popularity on Facebook. Our page today is enjoyed by more than 2,900 fans. This month, an effort dubbed MacFan 5k is under way, with a goal of increasing this number to 5,000 before December 1. If successful, Macalester will be the first Minnesota private college to have 5,000 Facebook fans. More importantly, the increase in fans will make the page more robust, dynamic, and interesting for everyone who interacts with it.

Are you a fan of Macalester College? Become one today on Facebook and suggest our page to your friends.
· Become a fan of Macalester College

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Macalester Today wins five publishing awards

Macalester Today Winter 2009 Cover
The Winter 2009 edition of Macalester Today won best single cover.

Macalester Today, the college's alumni magazine, won three gold and two silver awards at the 2009 Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards. The magazine won first-place awards for best regular column, best single cover, and overall excellence; and second-place for best overall design and best table of contents. The awards are sponsored annually by the Minnesota Magazine and Publications Association.
· Read Macalester Today online

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Alumni Film Series ends with screening of Purple Rain

Purple Rain Poster

Macalester's first ever Alumni Film Series, "Minnesota In & On Film," ends Thursday, Nov. 12, with a screening of the legendary Prince epic Purple Rain at 7 p.m. in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall of the Campus Center. Colin Covert '74 will be joined by faculty guests and a local actor who appears in the film. All alumni are welcome. If you're not one of the 40 registered Film Series participants, pay $5 at the door for entry.
· View event details

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Thursday, Nov. 12
7 p.m.

MacReads: Portland, Ore.
At the home of Alexandra Ness '99, Wilsonville, Ore.
· 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, Art Building, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
$8 per person, covers reception and ticket
· Details

Tuesday, Nov. 17
5 p.m.

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

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

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

Thursday, Nov. 26
7 a.m.

Walk to End Hunger at the Mall of America
Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn.
· Details

Thursday, Dec. 3
5 p.m.

Twin Cities Young Alumni Happy Hour
Pop! Restaurant, 6 West Sixth Street, St. Paul
· Details

7 p.m.

Tapped Film Screening
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Friday, Dec. 4
5:30 p.m.

Seattle-Area Alumni Bowling Night
ACME Bowl, 100 Andover Park Way, Tukwila, Wash.
· Details

Saturday, Dec. 5
8 p.m.

Macalester Choirs Fall Choral Concert: Timeless Melodies
Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
· Details

Thursday, Dec. 10
7 p.m.

Boston Alumni Happy Hour
Alibi in the Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Boston, Mass.
· Details

Saturday, Dec. 12
2 p.m.

London Alumni View the "Turner and the Masters" Exhibit
Tate Britain, Millbank Street, London
· Details

2 p.m.

The Ballets Russes Project: A Centennial Celebration
Boardroom, Weyerhaeuser Hall
· Details

Saturday, Dec. 12
2:30 p.m.

Handel's "Messiah" 30th Annual Community Sing-along
Ridgewood Baptist Church, 4420 County Rd. 101, Minnetonka, Minn.
· Details

Sunday, Dec. 20
12:30 p.m.

Phoenix alumni see "Coyote Dreams: A Very Arizona Christmas"
The Encore Room, Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, Ariz.
· Details

Saturday, Jan. 23
2 p.m.

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


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