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November 2010
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Macalester presents the musical "Cabaret"

Photo: Scene from opening night at Macalester production of Cabaret


Watch Video: Cabaret Preview
Preview Mac's production of "Cabaret" in this video.

"Cabaret," staged by Macalester's Theatre & Dance and Music Departments, opened to a sold-out audience on Friday, Nov. 5. Remaining performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, Nov. 12 & 13. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

The play is set in pre-World War II Nazi Germany and told through the eyes of an American writer and a troubled showgirl named Sally Bowles, who performs at the seedy Kit Kat Club. The story is adapted from John Van Druten’s play I Am a Camera and inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories. The music is by the well-known songwriting duo Kander and Ebb. Macalester's production is directed by Harry Waters Jr., choreographed by Sandy Agustin, and conducted by Cary Franklin.
· Read more about the production
· View slideshow from opening night



Willie Gambucci '12
as Emcee
Morgen Chang '11
as Sally Boyles
John Bennett '14
as Cliff
Elijah Bernstein-Cooper '13
as Ernst
Claire Bancroft '11
as Fräulen Schneider
Laura Gerbi '13
as Fräulien Kost
Stephen Sporer
as Herr Schultz


In this edition:

Campus News

Alumni News


Campus News

Next Old Main Forum is Tuesday, Nov. 30

The next Old Main Forum will dive into Macalester's endowment on Nov. 30.

President Brian Rosenberg is hosting his third Old Main Forum online at noon (CST) on Tuesday, Nov. 30. All alumni and parents worldwide are welcome to be part of the conversation.

Rosenberg will be joined by both the outgoing and incoming chief investment officers of the college, Craig Aase '70 and Mansco Perry III. The three will discuss Macalester's endowment, including how it supports students, the college's approach to managing it, and how it compares with our peer schools. The forum will end with a question and answer session.

Please sign up online to participate by Sunday, Nov. 28. Forum instructions will be sent via email to all registered participants Monday before the event.
· Register to participate in the Old Main Forum
· Watch archives of past Old Main Forums

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Young women faculty receive $1.6 million for research

Photo: Kristi Curry Rogers Photo: Devavani Chatterjea Photo: Sarah Boyer Photo: Roopali Phadke Photo: Katy Splan
Professors Kristi Curry Rogers, Devavani Chatterjea, Sarah Boyer, Roopali Phadke, and Katy Splan.

Five junior women faculty in Mac's Olin-Rice Science Center recently won grants totaling more than $1.6 million to support collaborative research projects that will involve Macalester students and provide educational opportunities rarely found at small private liberal arts colleges.

Kristi Curry Rogers (biology and geology) was awarded a $571,209 CAREER grant from the NSF that will support analysis of the life histories of living and fossil vertebrate animals. Devavani Chatterjea (biology, community and global health) received a three-year National Institutes of Health AREA grant of over $450,000 in support of research into the immune mechanisms underlying pain. Sarah Boyer (biology) has received $285,076 from the NSF to conduct a four-year study of mite harvestmen. Roopali Phadke (environmental studies) received a $248,744 NSF grant to continue her research into options for more effective public participation in the siting of wind energy farms. Katy Splan (chemistry) was awarded $50,000 by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund to explore the potential of new synthetic porphyrins.
· More about these professors

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Chuck Green Fellowship connects students with local organizations

Photo: Kaitlin Roh '12
The Chuck Green Fellowship, created through the Step Forward campaign, allowed Kaitlin Roh '12 to work at a local disability advocacy nonprofit.

Step Forward, the campaign for Macalester, has done more than allow the college to provide world-class facilities like the new Leonard Center; Markim Hall, new home to the Institute for Global Citizenship; and the soon-to-be renovated fine arts center. It also has supported a variety of programs that directly support student learning and civic engagement.

For example, through the Chuck Green Fellowship, Kaitlin Roh '12 had the opportunity to intern at the PACER Center in Bloomington, Minn. The seven-month fellowship provided her a stipend of $4,000 and allowed her to apply what she's learned in the classroom at a local nonprofit. Her project at PACER was to work with its Family-to-Family Health Information and Advocacy Center to provide information to parents about health insurance and services for their children. She also helped update the centerís website.

The Chuck Green Fellowship, which was created as part of the Step Forward campaign with the financial support of generous donors, provides 12 students a year with opportunities like Kaitlin's. "This campaign has already had a tremendous impact and is supporting diverse initiatives across campus to improve teaching and learning," said Brian Rosenberg, president. "This campaign is not only about the future of the college, itís about whatís happening on campus today."
· Read about Kaitlin Roh's Chuck Green Fellowship
· Learn more about how the Step Forward campaign

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Sasha Indarte '13 presents her research in three states

Photo: Shasha Indarte
Sasha Indarte '13 has taken her prize-winning research on tour.

Sophomore Sasha Indarte's flair for statistics research took her to Texas, Mexico, and then California, where she presented her prize-winning research at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference.
· Read her profile

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Scots Watch: Mac Football season best since 1986 & both soccer teams go to NCAA playoffs

Three Scots teams are creating buzz on campus. Both the Men's and Womens' Soccer teams have been invited to the NCAA playoffs, and the Football team finished its season 6-3, the best record since 1986.

The Men's Soccer team won its 10th MIAC men’s soccer crown, its eighth in 14 years, and has been invited to the NCAA Division III playoffs for the 11th time in the history of the program. The Women's Soccer team went 11-5-2 overall and 6-3-2 in the conference and was also selected for the NCAA championship playoffs. This will be the teamís 15th trip to nationals.

The Football team went 6-3, their best record since going 7-2-1 in 1986, and established a school record for most points scored in a season, averaging 33 a game.
· More about the Football team's season
· More about the Men's Soccer team & the NCAA playoffs
· More about the Women's Soccer team & the NCAA playoffs

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Check out Macalester's Honor Roll of Donors: Watch thank you videos, find your name, share why you give to Mac

Alumni News

Alumni Board to co-host Networking Navigation Night

Photo: Jeremy Hanson Willis Photo: Katie Eukel Photo: Amy Phenix Photo: Mary Emanuelson Photo: John Mountain

Jeremy Hanson Willis '95, Katie Eukel '04, Amy Phenix '88, Evan Welo '09 (not pictured), Mary Emanuelson, and John Mountain will share career tips and advice with Macalester juniors and seniors on Nov. 18.

The Alumni Board is joining forces with Macalester's Career Development Center to share career search tips with juniors and seniors. Students who attend the third annual Networking Navigation Night on Nov. 18 will take in how-to presentations by alumni guests and staff and have a chance to practice what they've learned by mingling with participating Twin Cities alumni over hors d'oeuvres and "mocktails."

Jeremy Hanson Willis '95, who will emcee the evening, will present "how to be sticky;" Katie Eukel '04 will talk about the do's and don'ts of social networking during a job search; Evan Welo '09 will share his networking story, and Amy Phenix '88 will review the importance of first impressions during an interview. Mary Emanuelson and John Mountain from the Career Development Center wrap up the presentations by introducing the practice networking reception.

Twin Cities alumni interested in enjoying some refreshments, picking up some networking tips, and providing a supportive environment for our Macalester students should email the Alumni Office.
· View Networking Navigation Night event listing

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Hundreds of alumni attend "Welcome to Our City" night

Photo: Welcome to Our City event in Washington, D.C.
More than 90 alumni attended the "Welcome to Our City" event in Washington, D.C.

Last month, hundreds of Macalester alumni celebrated the college's first-ever "Welcome to Our City" night in 11 metro regions across the U.S. and in the U.K.

More than 90 alumni crowded D.C.'s venue for their event, and total attendance for all participating cities topped 335. The events provided alumni new to participating cities with a way to meet local Macalester alumni, learn about their new city, and share tips and advice.
· View Welcome to Our City photos

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New president takes the helm of Alumni Board

Photo: Alumni Board for 2010-2011
The Alumni Board met on campus in October.

When the Alumni Board held their fall meeting on campus last month, it was their first meeting under the leadership of new board president Khaled Habayeb '03. It also was the first meeting for new board members Brooks Edwards '78, Rich Melin '58, Mary Hartle Larson '58, Will French '13, and Anna Faber '13.

During the meeting, the board's nominations committee reviewed Alumni Award 2011 nominations and selected this year's recipients, the alumni support committee discussed ways to engage more alumni with each other and the college, and the student support committee talked about how alumni can create meaningful engagement opportunities with current students.
· See list of Alumni Board members

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Four alumni collaborate with Becky Heist on dance film

Art: Cover of Terrain, the dance film
Becky Heist's dance film, Terrain, premieres at the Dec. 10 Dance Concert.

During her sabbatical last spring and summer, director of Macalester's dance program Becky Heist used funding from a Wallace Research grant to create Terrain, a dance film. Four alumni were involved in the project: Angus Reid '99 shot and edited the film; Mike Vasich '05 and Zack Kline '02 composed the music; and Krista Langberg '89 was a featured dancer. The film will be premiered at the first performance of the Fall Dance Concert, "Beyond Control," happening 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in the MainStage Theatre of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Coach Kate Ryan Reiling '00 named to DIII Silver Anniversary Team

Photo: Kate Ryan Reiling '00 and Ellen Dully '99 hold up the 1998 NCAA Championship trophy
Team captains Kate Ryan Reiling '00 (right) and Ellen Dully '99 hold up the NCAA championship trophy in 1998.

Macalester head women's soccer coach and alumna Kate Ryan Reiling '00 was selected to the NCAA Division III Silver Anniversary team, which was formed to celebrate 25 years of DIII women's soccer. She is one of 11 former DIII women's soccer players to receive this honor. Coach Ryan Reiling helped guide the Scots to their 1998 NCAA Division III championship and 1999 national runner-up finish.

Former women's soccer head coach John Leaney, who was Kate's coach when she played for Mac, said, "Kate is very deserving of this award. Twenty-five years of Final Fours means she was selected as one of the outstanding 11 players from over 100 teams that have played for the NCAA Division III women's championship."
· Read more

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Macbassador of the Month: Marcia Peters '89

Photo: Marcia Peters
Marcia Peters '89

November's Macbassador of the Month is Marcia Peters '89 in recognition of her service to students and organizing the college's LGBT alumni network, Scots Pride.

For the last two career networking nights, she shared her valuable perspective (from the hiring side of job interviews) with Macalester students, covering topics including interviewing techniques, appropriate attire, behavior, and mannerisms. As Scots Pride organizer, she has served as the main contact for several events for LGBT alumni, their partners, and allies. She also spoke with students at the 'Out at Work' lunch last spring, providing advice to LGBT seniors about researching and identifying LGBT-friendly employers. "It is important to me to be present as an 'out' role model for the students," she said, "because there weren't any when I was at Mac."

In addition to her volunteer time, Marcia has given to the Annual Fund every year since 2004. Her loyal financial support of the college ensures the continued excellence of the Macalester experience.
· Sign up to be a Macbassador
· View previous Macbassadors of the Month


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Macalester College: Performing Arts

20 Macalester Chamber Ensembles Concert
21 Music of Professor Randall Bauer
22 Mac Jazz and Popular Music Combos Concert
3 Macalester Choirs Fall Choral Concert: Bridges...
4 Macalester Orchestra Concert
5 Macalester Early Music Ensemble
10 Mac Jazz Concert
10 Macalester African Music Ensemble
Dance Concert "Beyond Control"


Monday, Nov. 15
12:15 p.m.

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Celebration
Concert Hall & Gallery, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
· Details

Thursday, Nov. 18
6 p.m.

Networking Navigation Night for Juniors & Seniors
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
· Details

Thursday, Dec. 2
7 p.m.

Discuss Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski with Portland-area alumni
Hosted by Lesly Sanocki '90, Portland, Ore.
· Details

Saturday, Dec. 4
2:30 p.m.

Join Macalester alumni and friends for Handel's Messiah
Ridgewood Baptist Church, 4420 County Road 101, Minnetonka, Minn.
· Details

Saturday, Jan. 22
2 p.m.

3rd Annual Alumni Track and Field Meet
Field House, Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex
· Details


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