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