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April 2010
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Chief Judge Michael J. Davis '69 and Westenley Alcenat '10 are our Commencement 2010 speakers

Chief Judge Michael Davis '69 will deliver Macalester's 2010 Commencement Address and Westenley Alcenat '10 will deliver the senior speech for the ceremony. Commencement will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 15, at the college. Robert M. Gavin, Jr., Macalester president from 1984 to 1996, will receive an honorary degree. For the first time, Macalester will stream commencement live online at


Photo:Chief Judge Michael Davis

Chief Judge Michael Davis '69 was appointed by President Clinton in 1994 and became Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota in 2008, a seven-year appointment. "In his quiet yet deliberative way, Chief Judge Davis has made a career out of getting to the bottom of complex issues in a fair and just manner," said Macalester President Brian Rosenberg. "Throughout his life and work, Judge Davis has embodied Macalester's high standards and commitments to internationalism, diversity, and service to society." Davis received an honorary degree from Macalester in 2001 and received Distinguished Citizen Citation from the alumni association in 1989.

Photo:Wes Alcenat

Westenley Alcenat '10 is a political science and history major from Haiti who came to the U.S. after being orphaned in his home country. At Macalester he spearheaded a fundraising effort to aid Haiti in the aftermath of the January earthquake (see video) and was one of two student speakers at Macalester's recent Civic Forum (hear podcast interview). After graduation he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in history at Columbia University. In recognition of his achievements at Macalester, he is this year's recipient of the Global Citizenship Award.

More about Macalester's 2010 commencement speakers:
· Read The Mac Weekly article
· Read the press release


In this edition:

Campus News

Alumni News


Campus News

Search for new chief investment officer underway

Craig Aase '70 is stepping down from the helm of Macalester's endowment.

Craig Aase '70, chief investment officer, has announced his retirement at the end of 2010. The college Investment Committee, chaired by Jeff Larson '79, is leading the search for a replacement and working with the firm Ferguson Partners to recruit candidates. More information about the search can be found here.

Aase, who has been at the college for 33 years, has been instrumental in the strong performance of the Macalester endowment in spite of the recent recession. He also led the transition of the 1990 gift of Reader's Digest stock into the endowment. In 1977, Macalester's endowment was around $17 million. Today it is valued at more than $600 million and provides more than a third of revenues in Macalester's annual budget.
· Learn more about Macalester's Investment office
· Read The Mac Weekly's story about Aase's retirement

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Students volunteered in New Orleans over Spring Break

Photo: Alumni welcoming Macalester students to New Orleans in March
Alumni held a reception for 24 students who volunteered last month in New Orleans.

When Macalester students went to New Orleans last month for Alternative Spring Break, Macalester alumni welcomed them to the city over a light dinner at Beau Sejour. The 24 students volunteered with the Latino Farmers Cooperative of Louisiana, toured the levies with a Tulane professor, and met with students at Dillard University. Sixteen of the Macalester students are part of Macalester's Bonner Community Scholars Program, a program of the Civic Engagement Center. It is the fifth year that a group of Macalester students has used spring break to volunteer in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck the city in August 2005.

Macalester's Bonner Community Scholars Program is funded by a generous grant from the Bonner Foundation of Princeton, N.J. One goal of the Step Forward campaign is to raise $10 million for the Institute for Global Citizenship, of which the Civic Engagement Center is an integral part.
· Read more and see photos from the trip
· More about the Bonner Community Scholars Program

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Macalester stages Dario Fo's best-known play


Macalester's Theater and Dance Department presents Dario Fo's zany political farce, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, directed by Beth Cleary in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18.

Written in 1970, Accidental Death of an Anarchist is Nobel Prize-winner Dario Fo's best-known play, having been produced and adapted continuously worldwide since its Italian premiere. A political farce drawing on Fo's talents as a commedia performer and clown, Accidental Death is based on the events of the "Hot Autumn" of 1969 in Italy, where workers and students agitated against crackdowns and unfair labor practices.

Alumni who helped in this production are Andrea Heilman '02, set designer; Amber Brown '03, costume designer; Isabel Nelson '04, physical theater and clown technique instructor; and Michael A. Allen '09, video and sound editor.

Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors and groups of six or more.
· Read the press release about the play

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Mac goes to the Derby

Jerry Crawford '71 is managing partner for the horse Paddy O'Prada.

At this year's Kentucky Derby, Macalester has a horse in the race. If Paddy O'Prado does well, a generous Macalester alumnus has pledged his portion of the purse to the college.

Jerry Crawford '71, chair of Macalester's Step Forward campaign, is O'Prado's managing partner. He says having a horse in the derby is a lifelong dream. "For me, donating Paddy's winnings to the college is a very special opportunity to wed two of my passions: Macalester and horse racing," he said.

Paddy O'Prado is a 3-year-old colt who came in second at last week's Blue Grass race and is 19th in winnings this season. O'Prado has been listed as among the top ten picks to win the derby by all five major horse racing publications.

The Kentucky Derby will be run at 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 1. A cheer for O'Prado is a cheer for Mac!
· Visit the Kentucky Derby website
· Become a fan of O'Prado on Facebook

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New "Live It" fund advances global citizenship


The Institute for Global Citizenship Student Council established a unique way for Macalester students to live global citizenship in the real world. This year they created the Live It Fund to provide seed funding — up to $10,000 — to student projects. The first Live It Fund grantees have been selected from among 21 applications from 27 students. The selected projects will be completed this summer.

"On their own initiative, the IGC Student Council created, secured resources, and implemented a valuable new program for the college," said President Brian Rosenberg. "Their leadership in creating the Live It Fund itself exemplifies Global Citizenship, but the most beautiful aspect is that this fund enables Mac students to reflect upon the practical meanings of an often abstract yet important concept through endeavors of their own."

Danny Calderon '11 will create Macalester World Soccer Cup camp to introduce 100 middle-school-age children to the international sport of soccer. James "Flo" Zhou '13, Ty Hong '13, Stephen Peyton '13, and Mary Pheng '13 will improve the facilities and capacities of a youth center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Marichel Mejia '11 will intern with the United Farm Workers of America in Delano, Calif., to help organize migrant farm workers and research their struggles. Terence Steinberg '11 will join members of the Santee Sioux Reservation in Nebraska canoeing in the reverse route of an exile experienced by the community nearly 150 years ago. Robert Woo '12 will organize a summit in his native China to review China's budget laws and draft new policy that incorporates the mutual interests of Chinese citizens and the government. Jonas Buck '13 will make a video about the college application process to help students at under-resourced high schools improve their access to college. You can read more about these projects in this booklet produced by the IGC Student Council.

The IGC Live It Fund is currently funded by the Bigelow Endowment, a fund started in the late '90s that has supported various Macalester initiatives and civic engagement programs.
· Learn more about the IGC Student Council

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Alumni News

Nine alumni to be honored in June

Macalester Alumni Award recipients are selected by their peers and recognized during reunion weekend.

Every year, Macalester alumni nominate their peers to be honored with Alumni Awards. This June, nine alumni will receive awards at Reunion 2010:

Distinguished Citizen Citations:
Sarah Craven '85
Scott McCallum '72
David Hodge '70
David Bloom '65
Judith Pearcy Christianson '60
Alumni Service Award:
Ray Runyan '72
Catharine Lealtad Award:
B. Todd Jones '79
Young Alumnus of the Year:

Nicole Palasz '96
Charles Turck Global Citizenship Award:
Steven Laible '67

These alumni will receive their awards in front of Reunion 2010 attendees at Saturday morning's Breakfast with Brian alumni celebration.
· More about the 2010 Alumni Award winners
· Check out past Alumni Award recipients
· View the Reunion 2010 Schedule

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Alumni gifts help Macalester meet 1600 is Grand Challenge

1,600 alumni gifts by May 16 will unlock a $16,000 challenge.

Alumni from across the generations have had life-changing experiences at 1600 Grand, and most have even called it home.

Recognizing how critical alumni participation is to providing a distinctive Macalester education and those life-changing experiences for students, our Board of Trustees has challenged Mac alumni to step forward and give.

If 1,600 alumni give to the Macalester Annual Fund by May 16, our trustees will give an additional $16,000 to support the Macalester student experience.

As of April 15, more than 300 alumni have joined the challenge. If you've already given, thank you! You can further help by spreading the word. Tell other alumni about the challenge. Share it on Facebook or send this email to your Macalester friends.

Join the challenge. It's a great way to stretch the value of your gift. If you haven't given yet this fiscal year, join the challenge today!
· Join the 1600 is Grand Challenge

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Conference call with President Rosenberg to focus on Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

Join the conversation. Register today.

There's still time to register for the first Old Main Forum, an informational conference call with Macalester President Brian Rosenberg happening noon to 12:45 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 29.

President Rosenberg will share design drawings and floor plans for the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center renovation and expansion project. He'll also provide an update on the college and take your questions.

The call is open to all alumni and parents. There will be no charge for U.S. participants and no charge in most international locations. If you are living internationally, please contact us to determine if a minimal per minute toll applies to your location. Questions? Contact the communications office at or 651-696-6203.
· To participate, register here by Tuesday, April 27

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Macbassador of the Month: Ruth Milanese Lippin '65

Ruth Milanese Lippin '65 is April's Macbassador of the Month.

Ruth Milanese Lippin '65, known by her Macalester classmates as the one who holds their class together, is April's "Macbassador of the Month."

For the last 15 years, she and her husband Ken have hosted a Holiday Tea for her classmates at their home in St. Paul. When the college announced its new Summer Session series for alumni in 2007, she organized a "65 turns 65" weekend in conjunction with the event to encourage her class to participate in the program.

"I lived at home when I went to Macalester and didn't have a car. I met people in class, but didn't get to go to many evening activities. I thought, 'If I ever want to get to know these people, it is really up to me,'" Ruth said. "The Class of 1965 is really a phenomenal group of people. We have a tremendous amount of respect for each other. Because of it, there's a great deal of freedom when we talk with each other. I may not have known my classmates well in college, but now I do know them and feel deeply connected to them."

This year, she is serving on her class's 45-year Reunion committee. When the Annual Fund's reunion giving coordinator Anthony Begon announced that the first committee to reach 100 percent participation in giving would win a chocolate fountain for their class gathering, Ruth rapidly organized her committee. They won fountain rights within 24 hours.

Ruth is a consistent donor to the Annual Fund. "I, and many of my classmates, would not have been able to attend Macalester without the financial aid we received from the college," she said. "I want to help make a Macalester education possible for qualified students of modest financial means and I know that the Annual Fund plays an important part in providing that aid. Mac gave me the skills to become the person I am today and I am forever grateful."

Join us in congratulating Ruth for being selected as Macalester Macbassador of the Month.
· Contact Ruth through MacDirect
· Sign up to be a Macbassador

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Alumni will explore creating sustainable futures in August

Art: Summer Session 2010 - Creating Sustainable Futures: Perspectives from Science, Economics, and Culture

There are still seats available for the third annual Macalester Alumni College Summer Session, a three-day exploration of sustainability led by Macalester faculty and staff happening Sunday-Wednesday, August 1-4, on campus. The title for this year's session is "Creating Sustainable Futures: Perspectives from Science, Economics, and Culture."

The itinerary includes lectures, film discussions, and presentations on topics ranging from "The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change" to "Post-Aparteid Vineyards." The session wraps up with a discussion of Macalester's Sustainability Plan that aims for climate neutrality by 2025.

On-campus and off-campus pricing is available. To learn more and register, visit the Summer Session 2010 website.
· More about Summer Session 2010
· Register online for Summer Session 2010

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Mac Hac planned for Monday, June 7

Mac the Scot can golf too!

The 21st annual Mac Hac golf outing in support of Macalester athletic programs is happening Monday, June 7, at the Mendakota Country Club in Mendota Heights, Minn. Instead of being held the Friday of Reunion Weekend as in past years (and as was printed in the March Reunion 2010 mailer), Mac Hac 2010 will be held the following Monday.

The Mac Hac is open to all community members, alumni, fans, friends, and family of Macalester athletics and is limited to 144 golfers. All proceeds from this event will benefit the 21 intercollegiate sports programs of the Macalester Athletics Department.
· Register for Mac Hac 2010
· More information about Mac Hac

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Saturday, Apr. 17
8 p.m.

M Club Chicago Happy Hour
Grand River Bar and Grill, 3032 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
· Details

Thursday, Apr. 22
4:45 p.m.

Lowe Lecture - Black and White and Read all Over
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
· Details

Saturday, Apr. 24
8 p.m.

Songs of Love, Hope, and Faith, featuring Igor Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms"
Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
· Details

Thursday, Apr. 29
12 p.m.

Old Main Forum: A Call with President Rosenberg
· Details

Thursday, Apr. 29
7 p.m.

Digging Into the History of Macalester College
Kathryn W. Davis Court, Markim Hall
· Details

Sunday, May 2
12:30 p.m.

Join Macalester Alumni for The Doctor's Dilemma at Shaw Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago DCA Theater - Studio Theater, 78 E Washington, Chicago
$12.50 per person
· Details

Monday, May 3
6 p.m.

New York City Wine Tasting
11th Street Bar, 510 E 11th St. (near Avenue A)
$15 per person
· Details

Wednesday, May 5

Twin Cities Young Alumni Happy Hour
Tuggs Tavern, 219 Main Street SE, Minneapolis
· Details

Wednesday, May 5
8 p.m.

Stockholm Alumni to Meet for Drinks and Conversation
The bar of the Hotel Rival AB, Mariatorget 3, Stockholm, Sweden
· Details

Thursday, May 6
6 p.m.

Professor Marlon James Reading in San Francisco
ACT Studio, 8th Floor, 30 Grant Ave., San Francisco
· Details

Thursday, May 6
7 p.m.

A Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Portland, Oregon
· Details

Saturday, May 8
8:15 a.m.

Denver-area Alumni Participate in the Edgerunner 5K Run/Walk
Jefferson High School, 2305 Pierce Street, Edgewater, CO
· Details

Wednesday, May 12
6 p.m.

Boston Happy Hour
Eastern Standard, 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
· Details

Wednesday, May 12
7 p.m.

Mac Night at the Theatre
American Conservatory Theatre (ACT)
· Details

Saturday, May 15
1:30 p.m.

On Campus
· Details

Saturday, May 15

Hands on D.C. Service Project
Washington, D.C.
· Details

Saturday, May 15

Join Macalester alumni and friends for a Walk at Olympic Sculpture Park
Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle
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Sunday, May 23
12 p.m.

Mac Reads: San Francisco
Samovar Tea Lounge, Yerba Buena Gardens SoMa, San Francisco
· Details

Thursday, Jun. 3
6 p.m.

Annual James Wallace Society Dinner
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
· Details

June 4-6

Reunion 2010
· Details

Monday, Jun. 7
11:30 a.m.

Mac Hac Golf Outing!
Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Drive, Mendota Heights, Minn.
· Details · Register

Thursday, June 10
6 p.m.

Join Mac Alumni for Happy Hour in Berkeley
Jupiter Brewery, 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
· Details

Thursday, June 24
6 p.m.

Mac Night at the Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
· Details

Aug. 1-4

Alumni College Summer Session 2010: Creating Sustainable Futures
On Campus
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