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May 2010
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More than 1,160 already registered for Reunion 2010, June 4-6
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Reunion 2010:

Class of 2005
Class of 2000
Classes of 1995, '96 & '97
Class of 1985
Classes of 1970, '71 & '72
Class of 1965
Class of 1960
Class of 1955
Class of 1950
Class of 1945
Class of 1940
Ambassadors for Friendship

Photo: A scene from last year's reunion.

The hot ticket this summer is Macalester Reunion 2010. With more than 1,160 guests already registered, Alumni Relations staff predict it may be the best attended Reunion Weekend ever. The Class of 2005 is on track to claim the coveted "best class attendance" award, with nearly half its 510 alumni registered to be there.

The weekend's schedule includes back-to-class lectures by faculty and staff Friday afternoon; informal class, cluster, and group gatherings Friday night; the all-new Breakfast with Brian alumni celebration Saturday morning; an all-campus picnic; presentations and panel discussions on everything from the lives of women to starting a new career; a discussion of Cormac McCarthy's The Road led by President Brian Rosenberg; class dinners; and more. Former student DJs will be webstreaming live shows on WMCN Friday and Saturday (details). Special guests this year include participants in the legendary Ambassadors for Friendship program and Mac women's soccer team alumnae. It's going to be a fantastic weekend! Join us!
· View Reunion 2010 schedule
· Register to attend

 

In this edition:

Campus News

Alumni News

 

Campus News

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center plans unveiled

Rendering: Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center East Entrance
A rendering of the renovated east entrance to the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. Macalester hopes to break ground on the project in January.
View more renderings

President Brian Rosenberg formally unveiled renderings for the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center renovation and expansion project during the first Old Main Forum conference call on April 29. Listen to a recording of the call here.

Calling the project "transformational," Rosenberg explained that it will allow the college to further integrate the arts into every aspect of campus life. “The fine arts play a central role in any high-quality liberal arts education, particularly at an institution like Macalester that thinks about preparing students for world citizenship. The arts, maybe more than any other activity we engage in, connect people across cultures and communities around the globe. We think they are extremely important to all that we do at Macalester,” he said.

This project is the third and final building project of the Step Forward campaign. Fundraising is under way, with a goal of raising $18 million by October, that would allow the college to break ground in January.
· See a slide show and learn more about the project

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Kristin Riegel '10 wins national Presbyterian essay contest

Photo: Kristin Riegel, Class of 2010
Kristin Regal '10

Kristin Riegel '10 won The Presbyterian Outlook Church-College Partnership Award for her essay on, "How my education at a Presbyterian Church (USA)-related college has prepared me for significant service and leadership." Riegel majored in Humanities and Media and Cultural Studies. Her essay will be published in the magazine's 2011 Guide to Presbyterian Church (USA)-Related Colleges in October. She'll also receive $1,000.

"I'm delighted that Kristin has received this award," said K.P. Hong, assistant director for Religious and Spiritual Life and Protestant chaplain at Macalester. "What I find quite remarkable is her life of faith-in-service that moves quietly, without fanfare, in the small and humble moments of meeting others. Her regard for people is not just ethical but also sacred."

After graduating from Macalester this month, Riegel will attend McCormick Theology Seminary.
· Read Kristin Riegel's winning essay

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Professor Marlon James delivers Senior Send-Off Lecture

Photo: Marlon James
Professor Marlon James delivered the Class of 2010 Senior Send-Off Lecture on Monday, May 10.

Selected by the Class of 2010, English Professor Marlon James delivered this year's Senior Send-Off Lecture. Professor James is author of the critically acclaimed novel The Book of Night Women, published last year.

He told graduating seniors, "It's exactly all of these things you may think you have to diminish as you enter the so-called real world — all of these things you think you need to suppress because you're dealing with real people — all of these dreams that you think you have to put on hold because now you have to battle... these are exactly what you need to take with you."

This is the third year seniors have selected a professor to deliver final parting words to them. The program is modeled loosely after Macalester's "Last Lecture" series of the 1950s and is quickly becoming a 21st century tradition for the college. The Senior Send-Off Lecture is sponsored by the Student Support Committee of the Alumni Board.
· Watch a video of the Senior Send-Off Lecture

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Maddie Mette '10 and James Murrey '10 are Student-Athletes of the Year

Photo: James Murrey 10 Photo: Maddie Mette 10
James Murrey '10 and Maddie Mette '10 are M Club Student Athletes of the Year.

Several student-athletes were honored this month at the annual Athletics Department Awards Banquet. Mac baseball player James Murrey '10 was honored with the M Club Male Athlete of the Year award. Mac soccer player and track and field star Maddie Mette '10 received the M Club Female Athlete of the Year award.

Wade Ekstrom '10, Trina PaStarr '10, Jeff Yamashita '10, and Emily Bardwell '10 were recognized as Senior Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Men and women from the undergraduate classes were also recognized as athletes of the year. A Community Service Award was presented to alumnus and Board of Trustees member Lee Nystrom '73.
· More about Athletic Department Awards
· Read winner bios and award descriptions (.pdf)

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Alumni stretch their gifts through 1600 is Grand Challenge

Art:  Join the 1600 is Grand Challenge

Alumni are closing in on meeting the Annual Fund's 1600 is Grand Challenge. If 1,600 new and renewing alumni donors give to Macalester by Sunday, May 16, an extra $16,000 will be unlocked to support excellence at the college. Since the challenge was launched last month, 1,112 alumni — some whom have never given before — have done their part to unlock the challenge funds.

If you haven't given to the Annual Fund this fiscal year (which started June 1, 2009), this challenge is for you. Every new alumni gift, no matter the amount, counts toward the 1600 is Grand participation goal.

Everyone can help out by spreading the word. Email three Macalester alumni, share the challenge on Facebook, or tweet why you give to Mac (#IGiveToMac).
· Join/share the 1600 is Grand Challenge

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Alumni News

Fela!, co-produced by Roy Gabay '85, garners 11 Tony nominations

Photo: Roy Gabay, Class of 1985
Roy Gabay '85

Roy Gabay '85 is the co-producer and general manager of Fela!, a Broadway musical nominated for 11 Tony awards (view clip), including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Direction of a Musical. Fela! tied with the revival of La Cage aux Folles to earn the most nominations of any production this season. Gabay, a former Macalester trustee, has produced numerous on- and off-Broadway shows, including The Marvelous Wonderettes, The Little Dog Laughed, Frozen, and The Laramie Project. At Macalester, Gabay majored in Dramatic Arts and Law and Society.

Jerry Crawford '71, Step Forward campaign chair and trustee, appeared with Gabay in a recent Wall Street Journal story about their unique alumni connection. Crawford drew inspiration from seeing the musical Fela! in naming one of his horses.

The 2010 Tony Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, June 13, 8/7c on CBS stations.
· Read about Gabay's early career in the November 1998 Macalester Today
· Read a Stamford Times interview with Gabay
· More about this year's Tony nominations

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Atlanta alumni volunteer at MedShare

Photo: Macalester alumni volunteering at MedShare in Atlanta

Atlanta-area alumni joined together to volunteer for MedShare last month, helping prepare surplus medical supplies and equipment for distribution to under served healthcare facilities in Haiti, Congo, and Nigeria. Stephanie Greene '87, finance director at MedShare, organized this alumni service project.
· View photo gallery

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Alumni, students, faculty, and staff meet up at AAG Conference in D.C.

Photo: Elsie Achugbue, Kafui Attoh, and David Lanegran
Elsie Achugbue '00, Kafui Attoh '06, and Professor David Lanegran '63

More than 45 alumni, current students, and faculty enjoyed a Macalester reception in conjunction with the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Conference in Washington, D.C., last month. At the reception, the group congratulated Professor David Lanegran '63 for receiving the AAG's Gilbert Grosvenor Honors for Geographic Education award.
· View photo gallery

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Macbassador of the Month: Erik Jackson '05

Photo: Erik Jackson, Class of 2005
Erik Jackson '05 is April's Macbassador of the Month.

Erik Jackson '05 is May's Macbassador of the Month. As a director of M Club, an alumni group for former Mac varsity athletes, Erik has organized events including spring, winter, and fall sports days on campus, and offered ideas for M Club events that other alumni chapters can use. He has organized alumni gatherings in Denver where he lives, including a Macalester team for the region's Race for the Cure in October 2009, a happy hour in March 2010, and alumni participation in the Edgerunner 5K earlier this month.

When asked why he is so enthusiastic about his alma mater, he said, "It's the people. Attending Macalester was a defining time for me and the people throughout the Mac family — the staff, students, and alumni — have brought a lot of joy to my life. I hope my contributions help just a little bit for others to feel the same."

He is also serving as co-chair with Christina Hagstrum '05 of the Class of 2005 5-year Reunion Committee. Even with his busy schedule, he has worked tirelessly to reach out to classmates and invite them back to campus this June 4-6. He is a loyal Annual Fund donor and has given every year since he graduated. Join us in congratulating Erik for being Macbassador of the Month!
· Congratulate Erik through MacDirect
· Sign up to be a Macbassador

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Events

Saturday, May 15
10:30 a.m.

Join Macalester alumni and friends for a Walk at Olympic Sculpture Park
Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle
· Details

Saturday, May 15
8:30 a.m.

Alumni Volunteer for Hands On D.C.
Patterson Elementary School, 4399 South Capitol Terrace Street, Washington, D.C.

· Details

Saturday, May 15
1:30 p.m.

Commencement
On the Lawn
· Details

Saturday, May 22
9 a.m.

Alumni Volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository
Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W. Ann Lurie Pl., Chicago
· Details

Sunday, May 23
Noon

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

Thursday, May 27
6:30 p.m.

London Alumni Attend Happy Endings: Dinosaurs, Pandas, and Penguins
Grant Museum of Zoology, Darwin Building, Gower St, London, U.K.
· Details

Thursday, June 3
6 p.m.

Annual James Wallace Society Dinner
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
Invite only, for members of the James Wallace Society
· Details

Friday-Sunday,
June 4-6

Reunion 2010
Campus-wide
Cost varies based on activities selected
· Details

Monday, June 7
11:30 a.m.

Mac Hac Golf Outing!
Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Drive, Mendota Heights, MN 55120
· Details

Thursday, June 10
6 p.m.

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

Saturday, June 19
5 p.m.

Mac Alumni Gathering in Urbana, IL
Crystal Lake Park, Urbana, IL
· Details

Thursday, June 24
6 p.m.

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

Sunday, June 27
10:30 a.m.

Macites March in the Twin Cities Pride Parade
Hennepin Avenue, Downtown Minneapolis
· Details

Sunday-Wednesday, Aug. 1-5

Alumni College Summer Session 2010: Creating Sustainable Futures
On Campus
· Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mac Athletics
Spring Roundup
Here's how Mac teams are doing this spring.

Baseball
All 22-17-1 - MIAC 8-12
Softball
All 8-32 - MIAC 4-18
Men's Tennis
All 13-8 - MIAC 4-5
Women's Tennis
All 11-8 - MIAC 3-7
Women's Water Polo
All 6-15 - CWPA 4-6

Track & Field
Women's Team Stats
Men's Team Stats
MIAC championships for Track & Field are Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16.
Details

 

 

Social Media
Macalester is on these popular social networks.

MacDirect: 7,332 users
Facebook: 4,790 likes
LinkedIn: 1,596 members
Twitter: 1,879 followers
YouTube: 81 subscribers

 

 

 

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