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July 2010
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Which alumni should Macalester honor?
Nominations for the 2011 Alumni Awards are now open

You are Macalester. You are Macalester values. You know the greatest ideals our community aspires to. That's why we need your help choosing whom the college should honor next year.

All members of the Macalester community are invited to make nominations for the 2011 Alumni Awards. Nominees will be considered by the Alumni Board Nominations Committee, which will discuss nominees and select the winners.

Nominations are due September 15, 2010.

What are
Alumni Awards?

Every year since 1949, Macalester has presented awards to alumni who best embody the values of the college. Nominations come from the whole Macalester community.
Macalester's 2010 Alumni Award winners pose with President Brian Rosenberg. L to R: Nicole Palasz '96, David Hodge '70, Scott McCallum '72, B. Todd Jones '79, Steven Laible '67, the president, Ray Runyan '72, Sarah Craven '85, Judith Pearcy Christianson '60, and David Bloom '65.
Photo: The 2010 Macalester Alumni Award Winners
Review Award Categories Research Alumni in the News Check Out Past Award Winners Make a Nomination

 

In this edition:

Campus News

Alumni News

 

Campus News

Macalester meets financial need of all students

Photo: Brian Lindeman
Brian Lindeman '89, Financial Aid director

As most alumni know firsthand, Macalester's commitment to attracting an economically diverse student body is a core part of its identity.

According to Financial Aid Director Brian Lindeman '89, the need among this year's incoming class is greater than in recent years. More than two-thirds of incoming students have received financial aid packages based on their family's demonstrated financial need.

"Families are still clearly feeling the impact of the recession and we're seeing that among our students," said Lindeman. "To meet this growing need, our financial aid budget has increased 20 percent in the past two years."

The average financial aid package is 84 percent grant-funded, 11 percent loans, and 5 percent work study. Among Minnesota college graduates in 2008, Macalester students had the lowest college loan debt.

Gifts to Macalester's Annual Fund and endowment earnings allow Macalester to provide a higher level of financial aid than many colleges. Financial aid and scholarships are also a key priority for the Step Forward campaign. To date, the campaign has raised $33 million toward its $44 million goal for this priority.
· Learn more about financial aid at Macalester

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Macalester common reading is The Latehomecomer

Graphic: The Latehomecomer book cover
The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang is Macalester's common reading this year.

The Class of 2014 will engage in a campus-wide book discussion, MacReads, about The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang on Saturday, Sept. 4, as part of orientation weekend. The book tells the story of the Hmong author's family journey from the refugee camps in Thailand to their new life in St. Paul.

Alumni around the world are invited to join in this Macalester community book discussion. Everyone is encouraged to have parallel book discussions with Macalester friends (search MacDirect) and share your thoughts about the book in an online discussion.
· More about MacReads

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Macalester people in the news

Graphic: Media logos
Macalester has been attracting national media attention this summer. President Brian Rosenberg was quoted in a front page Washington Post story about college presidents engaging with students; Ahmed Samatar, dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship, appeared on PBS Newshour to talk about the Somali group that claimed responsibility for the Uganda suicide bombing; golf coach Martha Nause was featured on page one of the Sunday New York Times sports section in an article about why there is no U.S. Women's Senior Open; and History Professor Peter Rachleff was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor commentary about Obama and socialism. Alumnus Fernando Oliveira '99 was quoted in a widely syndicated story from Travel+Leisure ranking the Twin Cities #5 of America's best cities for summer travel. Jim Dunn '88 and Sam Ernst '88, creators of a new SyFy channel show, Haven, were profiled in metro papers across the country. In addition, a song by alumna Amanda Warner '01 was selected as "best new music" by the online music mag Pitchfork.

Closer to campus, student Danny Calderon '11 appeared on KARE-11 TV news for his Macalester World Cup Soccer Camp, an IGC LiveIt Fund project, and Professor Kristi Rogers was interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio about the latest developments in paleontology. A former Macalester program, Amabassadors for Friendship, appeared in the Star Tribune; as did a quote from Professor David Lanegren regarding a trend toward privacy fences.
· See more media links about Macalester

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Alumni News

 

Alumni trip to Egypt planned for January 7-23, 2011

Photo: Great Sphinx
Through Macalester's alumni travel program, alumni and friends will see the Great Sphinx in January.

Guided by an expert Egyptologist, Macalester alumni and friends will journey through antiquity January 7-23, 2011. The small group of 24 will travel from vibrant Cairo and the Great Pyramids to Abu Simbel and the Upper Nile for a fascinating cruise on Lake Nasser. Then travelers will enjoy a classic voyage along the lower Nile from Aswan to Luxor, with the tour ending in the great city of Alexandria, "shining pearl of the Mediterranean."

This air, land, and cruise inclusive tour starts at $3,995. Email Carol Polk for more information.
· Download brochure and registration form (PDF)

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Two alumni artists recognized with prestigious grants

Sculptor Siah Armajani '63 and photographer Paul Shambroom '78 received two of Minnesota's most prestigious art grants this summer. Armajani was named the 2010 McKnight Distinguished Artist for his work, which spans more than five decades, and Shambroom is one of three Bush Foundation Enduring Vision Award winners.
· Read more about Siah Armajani '63
· Read more about Paul Shambroom '78

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Macbassador of the Month: Colin Covert '74

Photo: Colin Covert 74
Colin Covert '74 is July's Macbassador of the month.

Our Macbassador of the Month is Colin Covert, film critic for the Star Tribune, who generously shares his expertise with the Macalester community. For the past two years, Colin has organized and led the Alumni Film Series, a wildly popular program for Twin Cities alumni. He has also led three pre-Oscar talks on campus with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college.

"Why do I do it? I'm not much of a reunion guy, so volunteering at Mac gives me a great opportunity to stay connected to the school I love," Covert said. "I enjoy donating my time, meeting alumni, instructors, and undergrads, and discussing the subject I love best with a constellation of lively minds."

The next film series is already in the works: "Global Justice," an international look at how films depict justice in various cultures, environments, and political frameworks.
· Be a Macbassador
· See previous Macbassadors of the Month

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Twin Cities alumni invited to host Macalester students

Two Macalester host family programs are looking for volunteers for the 2010-2011 academic year: Friends of Macalester International Students (FoMIS) and the Alumni of Color and Friends Host Family Program for Students of Color/Multiracial Students. All Twin Cities alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are welcome to apply.

Through FoMIS, volunteer host families become an international student's link to the larger Twin Cities community. Hosts and students attend a kick-off event in September and typically get together about once a month. Learn more about FoMIS here. To volunteer, complete this form.

Through the Alumni of Color and Friends Host Family Program for Students of Color/Multiracial Students program, hosts build a connection with domestic students of color by meeting with them periodically and helping them feel more at home within the Twin Cities community. Hosts and students participate in four gatherings throughout the academic year and are encouraged to plan additional activities with their students. The program is co-sponsored by Alumni Relations and Multicultural Life. To volunteer, complete this form.

All Twin Cities alumni and friends are invited to sign up as hosts for either or both programs.
· More about hosting an international student
· More about hosting a student of color

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Sign up to hold a first-year dinner

One way alumni support Macalester students is by welcoming a small group of them into their homes for dinner and conversation. The first-year dinner program is quite popular with the dinner hosts, faculty, and students who participate, because it offers a unique way to meet new Macalester students and enrich their first-year experiences.

Photo: A 2009 First-Year Dinner
Margo Wylie Dickinson '77 and Mark Dickinson '76 hosted a first-year dinner in the fall of 2009.

Hosts provide a dinner for one first-year course's approximately 15 students and professor in September and October. This program is sponsored by the Student Support Committee of the Alumni Board. To volunteer, email Stephen Sporer by Friday, July 30.
· View photos from last year's first-year dinners

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Events

Saturday, July 17
1 p.m.

Tour the masterpieces of Uffizi Gallery at British Museum
British Museum, Great Court
· Details

Thursday, July 22
6:30 p.m.

San Francisco MacReads Book Club: Girl with a Dragon Tattoo
At the home of Julie Zhu, downtown San Francisco
· Details

Monday, July 26
7 p.m.

NYC Alumni See Naked in a Fishbowl
SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, New York City
Tickets $35, order from SoHo Playhouse
· Details

Sunday-Wednesday, Aug. 1-4

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

Friday, Aug. 6
7:10 p.m.

Seattle Alumni See Mariners vs. Royals Game
Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle, WA
$11 per person
· Details

Thursday, Sept. 23
4:30 p.m.

Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
· Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MacDirect: 7,439 users
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