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June 2010
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Return to campus for Creating Sustainable Futures

Creating Sustainable Futures: Perspectives from Science, Economics, and Culture. August 1-4, 2010. Macalester College

The Macalester Alumni College presents its third annual Summer Session August 1-4, bringing alumni and faculty together to explore a contemporary global issue from a variety of academic perspectives. This year's session is "Creating Sustainable Futures: Perspectives from Science, Economics, and Culture." Summer Session dean, Professor Roopali Phadke, has recruited excellent faculty from climate science, physics, geology, environmental psychology, economics, geography, and environmental policy and politics to engage participants. The registration deadline is Thursday, July 15.



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Campus News

Annual Fund giving sets record

Art: Thank You!
Thirty-nine percent of alumni gave to Macalester's Annual Fund last fiscal year, an increase of one percentage point over last year.

Macalester's fiscal year ended on May 31. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, parents, and others, giving to the Annual Fund set a new record of $3.4 million and alumni participation increased one percentage point to 39 percent, which is nearly 400 additional alumni donors.

"Your generosity will touch each student. Thank you," said President Brian Rosenberg. "The growth in giving to the college suggests that more alumni understand how critical the Annual Fund is to ensuring Macalester can enroll a diverse student body and give them an exceptional experience and education."

Alumni giving is important not only for students' benefit, but also because it is one measure foundations and others use to gauge the strength of the college. At Reunion 2010, Rosenberg issued a challenge to engage 50 percent of alumni to give each year, explaining that in doing so, Macalester would be an even stronger college for future generations.

Overall giving to the college, including Annual Fund and designated gifts, also increased over fiscal year 2009. To date, Macalester's Step Forward campaign has raised $125 million towards its goal of $150 million by the end of 2011.
· Learn more about Macalester's Annual Fund

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Two recent grads receive Fulbright awards

Photo: Colin Bailey Williams Photo: Colin Bailey Williams
Amanda Janoo '10 and Colin Williams '10 received Fulbright awards. Colin's photo taken by Alberto Rios de la Rosa '11.

Amanda Janoo '10 and Colin Williams '10 received awards through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Both will use their awards to travel abroad.

Janoo will travel to India to investigate the economic competitiveness of the SEWA (Self Employed Women Associations) Trade Facilitation Center, an export-oriented grassroots textile cooperative in Ahmedabad. Her research will try to answer the question: "How do developing countries like India compete in global markets while preserving social rights for workers?"

Williams will live in Germany and teach American Studies courses and English language at a German high school. He hopes the experience helps him be a teacher who can adapt to any classroom and help students live what they study.

Williams and Janoo are two of 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
· Read more about Amanda Janoo '10
· Read more about Colin Williams '10

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President Rosenberg hosts Macalester reception in Jerusalem

Photo: Brian Rosenberg digs at Omrit excavation site
Can you dig it? President Brian Rosenberg, in blue, is visiting students and faculty at the Omrit site where Macalester has led excavations since 1999.

Alumni, parents, and friends of Macalester are invited to join President Brian Rosenberg, members of the Macalester Board of Trustees, Professor Andy Overman, and current Macalester students at a reception at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at the American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem. President Rosenberg will provide an update on the college and Professor Overman will speak on the archaeological excavation that he and Mac students have conducted at Omrit, Israel. Refreshments will be served.

To attend, please email Krista Miller by Thursday, June 17. If you know other Macalester friends in the Israel or Palestinian Territories, please forward this invitation to them.
· Read a 2007 story about the Omrit excavation
· Visit the Classics Department's Omrit site

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Three Macites elected to Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees elected three new members at their May meeting: Susan Dunst Schwartz '71, Michael J. Klingensmith 'P'10, and Carrie Norbin Killoran '94.

Schwartz, an attorney, is a senior writer at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, Inc. in Chicago, a leading, worldwide provider of tax and business law information and software solutions.

Photo: Michael J. Klingensmith
Michael J. Klingensmith 'P'10

Klingensmith is the publisher of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, former managing director of AdMedia, and before that, executive vice president for Time Inc.

Photo: Carrie Norbin Killoran
Carrie Norbin Killoran '94

Killoran, an attorney, is vice president and chief compliance/integrity officer for Aurora Health Care, Inc. in Milwaukee, the largest integrated health system in Wisconsin.

Eight trustees were re-elected to the board for three-year terms ending in 2013: Peter W. Ahn '87; Melvin E. Collins '75; Ruth Stricker Dayton '57, P'87; David J. Deno '79, P'11; Patricia R. Hurley '82, P'10; John C. Law '72; Michael E. Sneed '81; and Per von Zelowitz '94.
· Read more about the three new trustees
· See a complete list of all Macalester trustees

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Rabbi Bernard Raskas dies at age 86

Rabbi Bernard Raskas, former Macalester faculty member, died Saturday, June 12. He was 86.

Raskas wasalready an esteemed rabbi and Talmudic scholar when he joined the Macalester faculty in 1985 to teach classes onancient and modern Jewish life.He was the curator of the permanent exhibit, "The Ten Commandments in Ten Versions."His students, however, are likely to remember Raskas, not for his honors or degrees, but for his profound and sincere interest in their ideas and their lives.
· Read the obituary for Rabbi Raskas at

Open positions at Macalester

President Rosenberg recently announced that Kathleen Alford, assistant to the President and secretary to the Board of Trustees, is retiring after 18 years of service. That position has been posted. As well, the college has three open development positions, two focused on securing major gifts and one on the Annual Fund. Qualified alumni are encouraged to consider these positions and/or share with qualified candidates you may know. For full descriptions, visit Macalester's Employment Opportunities page. There, you will also find all other open positions at the college.
· View job openings at Macalester

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Alumni News

Reunion 2010 sets records for attendance

Photo: Reunion 2010
The all-campus picnic at Reunion 2010. View & share photos

Reunion 2010 was attended by an estimated 1,400 alumni, their guests, and friends of the college. It was the largest reunion to date. Select photos from the weekend can be found here.

Among the numerous events on the weekend's schedule, guests report they most enjoyed President Rosenberg's Reunion address at the first ever Breakfast with Brian Alumni Celebration (watch video), the all-class picnic, the class and cluster dinners, and the martini tent.

Next year's reunion will be June 3-5, 2011, and be celebrated by alumni from the classes of 2006; 2001; 1991, '92 & '93; 1986; 1981, '82 & '83; 1966; 1961; 1956; 1951; and 1946 and earlier.
· Watch video of President Rosenberg's Reunion address
· See and share photos from Reunion 2010 on
· Find out when your next reunion will be

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Remembering George Mairs '50

Photo: George Mairs 50
George Mairs '50

It is with deep sadness that we report the death of George Mairs '50, a former Macalester trustee, lifelong friend of the college, and generous benefactor to the Leonard Center and Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center renovation and expansion project. He died on May 28 at the age of 81.

President Rosenberg said, "It is difficult for me to put into words what George has meant to Macalester and to me personally. He was a gracious, gentle, and generous man who will be missed by many."
· Read his obituary and leave a note
· Read a tribute to him by Star Tribune's Neal St. Anthony

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Preview of Macalester Today

Art: Cover of July's edition of Macalester Today

The Mayo Scholars Program, Big Ideas that Could Change the World, and How Financial Alumni Have Weathered the Recession are the top stories in the Summer 2010 issue of Macalester Today, which will hit mailboxes mid-July. You'll also get to read about Mac alums who work in the zoo and carnival business, plus photos from Reunion and Commencement 2010.

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Macbassador of the Month: The Class of 2005

Photo: The Class of 2005
The entire Class of 2005 is June's Macbassador of the Month.

For having a stellar turnout of 45 percent at Reunion 2010 and a chart-topping 60 percent contributing to their reunion gift to the Annual Fund, Macalester names the entire Class of 2005 as June Macbassador of the Month.

The Class of 2005 has demonstrated they are serious about being advocates and stewards for their college. Reflecting on his class's 5-year reunion Dustin Covell '05 said, "Hearing my experience at Macalester and what it meant to my development echoed over and over again, across generations, filled me with a feeling of immense pride and responsibility. Macalester was easily the most important investment I've made in myself to date."

It would not be surprising if the Class of 2005, as a group, shows their energetic enthusiasm for Macalester at all times. This tendancy was most evident at Reunion 2010. Their 5-year reunion gift set a record as the greatest amount raised and highest participation level of any 5-year reunion class. They also had the highest class participation in Annual Fund giving out of all classes last fiscal year. Most importantly, they clearly value their relationships with each other and with their alma mater. Thank you Class of 2005 for being so excellent!
· Sign up to be a Macbassador
See previous Macbassadors of the month

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Saturday, June 19
10:30 a.m.

Seattle-area Alumni Walk at Olympic Sculpture Park
Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave.
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Sunday, June 20
8 p.m.

Friends of Macalester Reception in Jerusalem
American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem,
1 Louis Vincent St., Jerusalem, Israel

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Thursday, June 24
6 p.m.

Mac Night at the Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
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Sunday, June 27
10:30 a.m.

Macites March in the Twin Cities Pride Parade
Hennepin Avenue, Downtown Minneapolis
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Thursday, July 15
6:30 p.m.

Outdoor Concert at Chicago's Millennium Park
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago
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Aug. 1-4

Alumni College Summer Session 2010: Creating Sustainable Futures
On Campus
On-Campus Single Room, $375; On-Campus Shared Room, $325; or Off-Campus, $225.
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