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December 2010
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Per capita, Macalester faculty is #1 among peers for NSF grants

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Macalester faculty currently hold 24 grants from the National Science Foundation, totaling $3.9 million. On a per capita basis, that places Macalester number one among 40 peer liberal arts and sciences colleges nationally.

"That we rank first in NSF grants per capita is a testament to the quality and vibrancy of the research program here at Macalester," said President Brian Rosenberg. "It's remarkable that a college our size has so many productive faculty engaged in research."

Besides supporting research and equipment, these grants provide Macalester students research opportunities at a level that is often reserved for graduate students at large research universities.
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Community and global health concentration sends students around the world to study population health

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Photo of an ambulance in India, taken by a Macalester student studying global and community health.

Three community and global health students are profiled on Macalester's website this month: Claire Schuch '11 traveled to Arica, Chile, to study traditional medicine and community empowerment in the wake of the February 2010 earthquake; and Graham Bevan '11 and Sophia Slote '11 went to Pune, India, where they gained new perspectives on alternative treatments and how these treatments can provide more holistic health care.

Macalester faculty approved the community and global health concentration in May 2008. The concentration explores analytical frameworks for understanding population health and provides students with opportunities to apply these frameworks through course work, civic engagement, study away, and independent research. Today, 36 students are participating in the program.
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Mark Leonard '65 and Paul L. H. Olson '72 elected to Board of Trustees

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Mark Leonard '65 and Paul L. H. Olson '72 are the newest members of the Board of Trustees

Two Macalester alumni have been elected to the college's Board of Trustees: Mark Leonard '65 and Paul L. H. Olson '72.

Leonard is a retired engineer from Hewlett-Packard, where he worked on optical position encoders. Leonard is president of his family's foundation bearing his parents’ names, the George '27 & Wilma '27 Leonard Charitable Foundation. He and his wife Candy '67 continue his parents' legacy as generous Macalester supporters. They are the parents of three sons, one of whom graduates from Macalester this month.

Olson is CEO and president of nuBridges in Atlanta, Ga., a software encryption and security management provider. He has also served as executive vice president for institutional advancement at Bethel University and worked for a number of high-tech and investment management companies. These two new trustees will attend their first board meeting in January.
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Professor Louisa Bradtmiller discovers CO2 stored in deep Pacific during Ice Age

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Environmental Studies Professor Louisa Bradtmiller demonstrates in a paper that the deep Pacific Ocean likely stored more carbon during the last glacial period than it did during the last 10,000 years, the Halocene period. The paper was published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters and featured in the December 2010 edition of Nature Geoscience.

Professor Bradtmiller will be discussing her work with Seattle-area alumni on Saturday, January 8, at the Seattle Public Library.
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Twin Cities community invited to join the Festival Chorale

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Macalester's Festival Chorale is a community-wide choir.

The campus and greater Macalester community are invited to sing with the Festival Chorale, a community-wide choir led by Eugene Rogers, director of choral activities. This year, the choir will sing Maurice Duruflé's Requiem Mass, Op. 9 with the Macalester Concert Choir on Friday, April 29, 2011, at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church.

The Festival Chorale will rehearse 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Immanuel Lutheran Church starting January 25. All alumni, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome and encouraged to join. To schedule an audition time, please email choir manager Julia Brown.
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Macalester in the news

Macalester faculty, students, alumni, and staff have been getting attention in the media this winter. Here are a few stories of note:

Fast Company featured the African Leadership Academy founded by Fred Swaniker '99, a 2009 Alumni Award recipient. First-year student Eve Dong was quoted in The New York Times about November retail sales. Painter C. Michael Dudash '74 was profiled in Southwest Art. Professor David Bressoud published a column about AP calculus for the Mathematical Association of America. The Macalester Football Team got kudos for their first winning season since 1986 in a Pioneer Press column by Charlie Walters. Women's soccer coach and alumna Kate Ryan Reiling '00 invented a game that the Chicago Tribune called a good pick for getting your party started. KARE-11 reported alumna Jane Eastwood '73 has been appointed as St. Paul education director. An essay by Dania Rajendra '00 was published by The Brooklyn Rail. Neil Hilborn '11 appeared in Saint Paul Almanac's story about the upcoming Lowertown Reading Jams. Times Higher Education reports Christian Campbell '99 won the 2010 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for his poetry collection, Running in the Dusk.
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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

Sending holiday cards? Include your Macalester friends

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The holiday season is a great excuse to connect with your Macalester friends. When you're sending your holiday cards, use MacDirect to find the current mailing addresses for alumni you'd like to include on your list. MacDirect is Macalester's online community for alumni. If it's your first time visiting, register to set up your account to begin.
· Look up alumni addresses in MacDirect

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Annual Fund gears up for wave of December donors

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It only takes a minute to make a gift for 2010 using Macalester's updated online form.

December is a critical and highly active month for the Annual Fund, second only to the end of the fiscal year in May. To maintain progress for Macalester's goal of 42 percent alumni participation for the fiscal year, the Annual Fund needs 1,323 more donors this month, an increase of about 300 alumni donors over last year.

Many December donors are motivated to support the college and make sure their gift is recorded in the current tax year. Annual Fund support is tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. If you have any questions about your donor record, call the Annual Fund office toll-free at 866-814-0640. The staff will be working until 5 p.m. on Friday, December 31 to respond to all donor needs.
· Make your December gift to Mac online

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Rose Friedman '10 paper on the Mesabi miners wins award

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Rose Friedman '10

Recent graduate Rose Friedman '10 won the 2010 Barbara Wertheimer Prize from the New York State Labor History Association for her undergraduate paper, "The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and the Mesabi Miners, 1916-1917."

The association said they were impressed by Friedman's "sophisticated handling of the idea of 'race management' and her thoughtful analysis of the divergent forces at work in the IWW and the Mesabi mines."

Friedman majored in history at Macalester and wrote the prize-winning paper for last year's History senior seminar. Professor Peter Rachleff said, "Her success reflects the quality not only of her work, but also of the work done by members of the history department."

Today, Friedman works for National Public Radio on The Opinion Page of their program All Things Considered.
· Congratulate Rose Friedman '10 through MacDirect

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Alumni gathering in the works for Birkebeiner skiers

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Do you have plans to ski the American Birkebeiner? Email Gabrielle Lawrence to be part of an alumni gathering at race end.

Alumnus and former Macalester ski coach Ari Ofsevit '06, past Alumni Board president Libby Snelson '78, and director of Alumni Relations Gabrielle Lawrence '73 are planning a post-race gathering for Macites skiing in this year's Birkebeiner race between Hayward and Cable, Wis., in February. If you are planning to race the "Birke" and would like to be kept in the loop about this Macalester gathering, please email Gabrielle Lawrence.
· Visit the American Birkebeiner website

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Career Tip: Applying to Grad School

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Macalester's Career Development Center offers services for alumni too!

December is a month when many people are thinking about applying to grad school. Here are some tips for alumni from Kate Larson of the Career Development Center:

"Plan ahead. Give yourself time to consider your options and compile your programs into a list or spreadsheet. Stay in touch with faculty and professional contacts well before you want to ask them for recommendations so they are informed of your career path. Build in at least two months to write (and revise) thoughtful personal statements, and, of course, ask the Career Development Center for assistance!"
· View alumni resources at the Career Development Center

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Macbassador of the Month: Janet Armajani '53

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Janet Armajani '53

December's Macbassador of the Month is Janet Armajani '53, who is being honored for her steadfast support of her alma mater, her many hours volunteering for the college, and her enthusiasm in attending alumni and campus events.

Janet has served on each of her class's reunion committees, hosts the alumni reception at the annual Messiah Sing-a-long in Minnetonka, and volunteers for Annual Fund phonathons. She has attended all three Alumni College Summer Sessions, is a regular at the Alumni Film Series, and can be found in the audience of most all Macalester Choir concerts.

She also supports Macalester and its students, as a loyal donor. She made her first gift of $2.50 in 1964. Today, she is a member of the Annual Fund's Grand Society.

Join us in congratulating Janet for being Macbassador of the Month.
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Video of the Month

Play Great Rooms on Campus video
What are the residence halls like today? Take a quick video tour of a few students' rooms.
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Macalester College: Performing Arts

10 Mac Jazz Concert
10 Macalester African Music Ensemble
Dance Concert "Beyond Control"


Wednesday, Dec. 15

Highlander Store Winter Wonderland Sale
Highlander Store, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
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Monday, Dec. 13
7:30 p.m.

Sounds of Blackness perform The Night Before Christmas - A Musical Fantasy
Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis
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Saturday, Dec. 18
2 p.m.

San Francisco Alumni Holiday Extravaganza
Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square and Café de la Presse
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Saturday, Jan. 8
10 a.m.

Professor Louisa Bradtmiller presents in Seattle
Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle
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Wednesday, Jan. 12
7 p.m.

Discuss Stieg Larsson's novels with Macalester and Carleton alumni
Cup & Cake Café, 3500 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
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Thursday, Jan. 13
7 p.m.

Alumni discussion about Social Security with Timothy Taylor
Weyerhaeuser Board Room, Weyerhaeuser Hall
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Saturday, Jan. 22
2 p.m.

3rd Annual Alumni Track and Field Meet
Field House, Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex
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Tuesday, Jan. 25
11:30 a.m.

Karine S. Moe Inaugural Lecture as F. R. Bigelow Professor of Economics
John B Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
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