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August 2010
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Macalester's new web design offers something for everyone

After more than a year of planning, research, and work, Macalester's website has a new look. For the launch, only top-level pages were updated and the remaining sections of the site will be transitioned over the next 18 months.

Screenshot of Macalester's new homepage.

Key changes include:

  • More prominent placement of stories, facts, multimedia, and news that illustrate Macalester's academic rigor and commitment to civic engagement, internationalism, and multiculturalism
  • Two new sections, About Macalester and Life at Mac, highlight Macalester's urban location and the benefits it affords students, from internship and service opportunities to career prospects, to arts and culture.
  • Use of "real world" elements, such as sticky notes, paperclips, and stories told in multimedia formats by real students, conveys the immediacy and sense of excitement that drive the Macalester community.
  • Audience links in the top navigation help alumni, parents, faculty and staff, and students quickly find the content most relevant to them.

To learn more about the navigation and features, see our annotated homepage.
· Explore new features of the new
· Read Frequently Asked Questions about the new design
· View Macalester's past web designs in the "Way Back Machine"

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Campus News

Alumni News


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Campus News

Old Main Forum to be held Friday, Sept. 17

Art: Old Main Forum - A conversation with Macalester President Brian Rosenberg
The second Old Main Forum is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17.

How does Macalester's mission of scholarship with an emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society come to life on campus today?

This, and other questions, will be discussed at the next Old Main Forum, a quarterly conference call with President Brian Rosenberg for Macalester alumni and parents, happening 10-10:45 a.m. (CDT) Friday, Sept. 17.

To participate, register by Tuesday, September 14. Everyone who registers will receive the forum's agenda, dial-in and log-in instructions, and other resources a few days before the event. Questions? Contact
· Register online for Old Main Forum

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Professor Raymond Robertson is U.S. State Department advisor

Professor Robertson gave a "Back-to-Class" lecture at Reunion 2008.

Economics Professor Raymond Robertson was named to the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) for a two-year term, beginning August 2010.

The committee, which meets three or four times a year at the State Department, provides policy advice on issues such as international economic and commercial challenges, economic sanctions policy, the impact of the global financial crisis on U.S. international business operations, U.S.– China relations, trade agreements, private sector development in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Africa and U.S. malaria policy.

"I'm pleased to be a part of this committee and look forward to working with others who share a deep interest in our country's economic policy and how it affects others around the world," says Robertson.
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Ten tips for parents of college students

Photo: Laurie Hamre
Laurie Hamre, vice president for student affairs.

The Washington Post published ten tips for parents of college students by Laurie Hamre, vice president for student affairs.

Hamre's advice includes staying in touch, even if their student isn't immediately responsive; allowing students room to fail, experience disappointments, and question their identity and beliefs; and asking questions and being open to discussing difficult topics.

Hamre's tips were originally written for Macalester parents and published on the Macalester website. Reporter Jenna Johnson thought they'd be valuable to all parents sending students off to college and asked to publish them on the Washington Post's Campus Overload blog. Since it was published, the story has been republished in The News Journal's and the Lexington Herald-Leader's
· Read Laurie Hamre's tips for Macalester parents

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Macalester remembers Marge McPherson

Former Macalester President Michael McPherson and his wife Marge during Reunion Weekend, June 2003.

"May the warm and generous spirit of Marge McPherson welcome all to the Macalester campus."

Those words on a new memorial sign and garden now welcome visitors to campus. Located on the corner of Grand Avenue and Macalester Street the memorial remembers Marge McPherson, former first lady of Macalester College (1996-2003). Marge, wife of Macalester's 16th president, Michael McPherson, died unexpectedly in 2007.

"A warm, kind and generous woman with a great sense of humor, Marge was genuinely interested in each person she met. Her commitment to knowing everyone's story endeared her to the Macalester community forever."

The memorial, which provides an inviting gateway to campus, including a large stone and brick sign similar to that located at the Snelling and Summit entrance, is a gift from Marge's family. The memorial will be formally dedicated with family members, friends, trustees, and the campus community on Oct. 2.

"Mike and Marge McPherson will always be part of the Macalester community," said President Brian Rosenberg. "This memorial will serve as a lasting reminder of their warmth and generosity, while beautifying campus for generations to come."

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Center for School Change part of $3 million study of the achievement gap

The Center for School Change at Macalester is one of the key partners in a new, five-year, $3 million federally funded project designed to help produce significant improvements in several St. Paul district and charter public schools.

The project, Turnaround Saint Paul, is a replicable public/charter school leadership model to improve educational attainment for over 2,000 students in St. Paul.

"Turnaround Saint Paul is historic," said Center for School Change Director Joe Nathan, "because it's the first time St. Paul district and charter public schools have collaborated on a grant proposal since the charter public school movement started in St. Paul in 1992."
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Alumni News

Summer Session 2010 sparks conversations

Photo: Summer Session 2010 participants taking a sustainability tour
Summer Session 2010 participants took a sustainability tour of campus as part of the session's engaging three-day schedule. More photos

Earlier this month, 29 alumni and friends returned to campus for the third annual Alumni College Summer Session. In a series of presentations and discussions led by Macalester faculty and staff, the group explored "Creating Sustainable Futures: perspectives from Science, Economics, and Culture."

Summer Session participant George Bonniwell '61 said, "I found the summer session to be very thought provoking. [The sessions] are a most enjoyable way to return to campus, meet current faculty and other alumni, and experience good food."

The presentations made by the Summer Session faculty have been posted online. Planning has already begun for Summer Session 2011. Watch for an announcement in future editions of Mac Wire.
· View photos from Summer Session 2010
· Review the session's agenda and download presentations

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Nominations for the 2011 Alumni Awards due Sept. 15

Photo: The 2010 Alumni Award Winers
The 2010 Alumni Award Winners are David Bloom '65, Nicole Palasz '96, David Hodge '70, Scott McCallum '72, Steven Laible '67, Judith Pearcy Christianson '60, B. Todd Jones '79, Raymond Runyan '72, and Sarah Craven '85. Nominate your choice for 2011

Which alumni do you think should be honored by Macalester in 2011? The college is counting on you to nominate alumni that best reflect Macalester's values. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Macalester has given annual Alumni Awards since 1949 (view past recipients). In 2011, awards will be given in five categories:

  • The Alumni Service Award honors alumni who have gone above and beyond to help the college;
  • The Catharine Lealtad '15 Service to Society Award recognizes alumni of color who have distinguished themselves in service to community;
  • The Charles J. Turck Global Citizen Award recognizes alumni who have advanced the cause of the internationalist spirit;
  • The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement, and active involvement with their local community through their lifetime;
  • And the Young Alumni Award recognizes alumni that graduated within the past 15 years and have demonstrated outstanding involvement and achievement in their post-graduate education, community contributions, career advancement, and service to Macalester.

All nominees will be considered by the Alumni Board Nominations Committee, which will discuss nominees and select the winners at their October meeting.
· Make your 2011 Alumni Awards nomination

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Alumni Fall Film Series to explore global justice

The Alumni Film Series returns this fall with an intriguing selection of films exploring cinematic depictions of justice from around the world. The series, called "Global Justice," is an international look at how films depict justice in various cultures, environments, and political frameworks. Screenings and discussions will take place at 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Sept. 22 through Nov. 10.

Art: Bicycle Thief Art: The Verdict Art: Incident at Oglala Art: The Castle
The Bicycle Thief - Sept. 22
The Verdict
- Sept. 29
Incident at Oglala - Oct. 6 The Castle - Oct. 13
Art: In the Name of the Father Art: Midnight Express Art: Crimes and Misdemeanors Art: Incident at Oglala
In the Name of the Father - Oct. 20 Midnight Express - Oct. 27 Crimes and Misdemeanors - Nov. 3 The Postman Always Rings Twice - Nov. 10

Star Tribune film critic Colin Covert '74 will introduce and discuss each film. The line-up includes The Bicycle Thief on Sept. 22, The Verdict on Sept. 29, Incident at Oglala on Oct. 6, The Castle on Oct. 13, In the Name of the Father on Oct. 20, Midnight Express on Oct. 27, Crimes and Misdemeanors on Nov. 3, and The Postman Always Rings Twice on Nov. 10.

The fee for the film series is $40 per person. Attendees must register for the entire series.
· Register online for "Global Justice," the alumni film series

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Macbassador of the Month: Rinal Ray '04

Photo: Rinal Ray, Class of 2004
Rinal Ray '04 is August's Macbassador of the month.

Rinal Ray '04 is August's Macbassador of the month. This young alumna goes above and beyond in supporting current Macalester students.

She is one of the youngest hosts in Macalester's Students of Color/Multiracial Student host family program where she spends time with new students and helps introduce them to the Twin Cities community. Last November, she presented at Seniors Career Networking night about her own career path and the value of maintaining good relationships. She also served on her class's 5-year reunion committee.

"Macalester has been a strong force and foundation for not only my professional, but also my personal life," she said. "The education I received at Mac has opened many doors and the friendships I made are sustaining for me. Much of who I am today would not have been, but for Mac. I am grateful for my college education and experience and am vested in facilitating that experience for current and future Mac do-ers!"

On top of the volunteering she does, Rinal has given to the Annual Fund every year since she graduated, demonstrating her commitment to supporting the excellent Macalester experience that benefits all students.
· Sign up to be a Macbassador
· View past month's Macbassadors
· Volunteer to host a Student of Color/Multiracial Student

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Monday, Aug. 23
5 p.m.

Twin Cities Young Alumni Happy Hour
Tiger Sushi, 2841 Lyndale Avenue, Minneapolis
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Wednesday, Aug. 25
5 p.m.

Multi-School Alumni Happy Hour in San Francisco
Zeitgeist, 199 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA
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Thursday, Aug. 26
7 p.m.

Discuss Little Bee with Portland-area alumni
At the home of Kim Brown
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Saturday, Sep. 11

Bike MS Ride 2010 with Macalester alumni
Skagit County Fairgrounds, Taylor St. & Harrison St., WA
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Wednesday, Sep. 15

Alumni Awards 2011 Nominations Due
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Thursday, Sep. 23
4:30 p.m.

Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer, speaking about her book
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
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Saturday, Sep. 25

Race for the Cure with Chicago area alumni
Grant Park, Chicago
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