In this issue: Alumni bands to play at Reunion 2011, Macalester turns 137 in March,
American Studies conference about activist scholarship, and more...


Mac Wire

February 2011

The e-newsletter for Macalester alumni, parents, and friends.

Alumni bands to play at Reunion 2011

Photo: An alum performing at last year's reunion.

Reunion 2011, happening Friday-Sunday, June 3-5, will feature an outdoor concert of alumni bands and musicians. All interested alumni musicians, regardless of class year, may apply. The deadline is March 7.

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College News - Alumni News - Events

Macalester turns 137 in March

American Studies Conference explores
scholarship activism

Students increase activity fee to bring in guest speakers

Macalester #6 in U.S. for Peace Corps volunteers

Macalester people making headlines

Scots Watch: Women's basketball in post-season hunt and Coach Nause honored

Macbassadors of the Month:
Aditi Naik '07 & Benjamin Kantor '05

Alumni Board to meet March 4-6

Alumni call for the Annual Fund

Mac students welcomed to New Orleans by alumni

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Macalester turns 137 in March

Image: Macalester's Founders

Founders Day celebrates these Macalester legends, clockwise, from top: Esther Suzuki, John Davis, Margaret Doty, Catharine Lealtad, Mary Gwen Owen, Charles Turck, Ted Mitau, and James Wallace (center).

Macalester students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and friends will celebrate the 137th anniversary of the college receiving its charter at Founders Day, 8:30 p.m.-Midnight, Friday, March 5, in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. All alumni are welcome.

Founders Day began in 1938, both to commemorate the day Rev. Dr. Edward Duffield Neill obtained the charter for Macalester from the Minnesota Legislature on March 5, 1874, and to celebrate the 89th birthday of James Wallace, who served as college president for 12 years. The tradition continued through the early 1970s and was revived again in March 2004.
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American Studies Conference explores scholarship activism

Photo: Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Macalester's 12th annual American Studies Conference features Ruth Wilson Gilmore, president of the American Studies Association and professor for the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her keynote address, "What is to be Done? Activist Scholarship for a World in Crisis," will explore research and analysis across disciplines toward the goal of identifying and promoting multiple routes out of crisis.

The conference is open to the public, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons.
Details about the 2011 American Studies Conference

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Students increase activity fee to bring in guest speakers

Photo: MCSG

Macalester College Student Government (MCSG) members with Dean of Students Jim Hoppe. See all members

Macalester students voted to increase the college's student activity fee by $21 next year. The increased revenue will be used to fund the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, student organizations, and to establish a Lectures Coordination Board that will organize and bring guest speakers to campus.

Composed of students, faculty, and staff and with a$50,000 budget, the board is designed to give students more voice regarding which guest speakers come to campus and to build campus community by encouraging students to attend more campus-wide lectures.
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Macalester #6 in U.S. for Peace Corps volunteers

Photo: Alum Peace Corps volunteer

Jennifer Wichmann '06 ended her service in the Peace Corps on July 16, 2010. Twenty-two alumni currently serve as Peace Corps volunteers.

For the sixth year in a row, Macalester has made the Peace Corps’ list of top colleges nationally producing Peace Corps volunteers. Macalester is #6 among small colleges and universities, moving up from #7 in 2010.

“Consistent with our mission of service, multiculturalism, and internationalism, Macalester alumni have been part of the Peace Corps since its inception 50 years ago,” said Denise Ward, Macalester’s associate dean for student services and director of career development. “The high level of participation in Peace Corps by Macalester alumni reflects our students’ commitment to being global leaders.”

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Macalester people making headlines

An interview with Brightcove CEO Jeremy Allaire '93 appeared in The New York Times in which he cites Professor Emeritus Chuck Green as a key influence. Professor Mark Davis was featured in this month's Scientific American. Women's Soccer Coach Kate Ryan Reiling '00 was featured in Business Week about creating the game Morphology. David Amodio '96 received a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers from the White House. Mac King '81 appeared on PBS Nova's recent Magic and the Brain episode. Inside Higher Education published a story about Professor James Brewer Stewart's new organization "Historians Against Slavery" and also quoted Professor Karl Wirth regarding "metacognition" in a story about learning to learn. Macalester trustee Lois Quam '83 has a new role: Leading a multi-billion dollar Global Health Initiative at the U.S. State Department.
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Scots Watch: Women's basketball in post-season hunt and Coach Nause honored

Photo: Women's Basketball Action Shot

An action shot from a recent game against St. Kate's. Photo: Chris Mitchell '01 / Mac Sports Photos

The women’s basketball team is 8-10 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and within range of a top-six league finish and a berth in the MIAC playoffs. Center Majra Mucic '11 leads the MIAC in rebounding and is third in scoring, while guards Jessica Rene '12 and Shannon Rene '12 are both among the conference three-point shooting leaders. Four games remain in the team's regular-season.

Golf coach and LPGA champion Martha Nause received the "Breaking Barriers Award" during the 24th annual Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day at the Minnesota State Capitol. Some of Minnesota's most inspiring and influential student athletes, coaches, and athletic leaders are recognized at this annual awards ceremony.
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Alumni News

Macbassadors of the Month:
Aditi Naik '07 & Benjamin Kantor '05

Photo: Aditi Naik and Benjamin KantorWhen the admissions office needed more alumni volunteers to interview prospective students in NYC and Boston, Brooklyn residents Aditi Naik '07 and Benjamin Kantor '05 stepped up.

When admissions volunteer coordinator Jane Andrews asked Aditi if she could interview one prospective student, Aditi enthusiastically responded. When Jane asked if she could interview an additional prospective student, Aditi recruited Benjamin who was also eager to help. Today, these two volunteers have conducted several admissions interviews. Jane said, "They are very positive, happy to help, and enjoy representing Mac. I can't tell you how much that helps the college."

In addition to helping the Admissions Office recruit future students, Aditi and Benjamin support current students by giving to the Annual Fund. Because they each have given to the college every year since graduation, they are members of the Summit Society. Join us in congratulating Aditi and Benjamin for being Macbassadors of the Month.
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Alumni Board to meet March 4-6

Photo: The Alumni Board, 2010-2011 What do you get when you bring 30 Macalester alumni from around the world, class years ranging from 1951 to 2006, together with five current students for a weekend on campus? The best mix of learning, discussing, and socializing you can get without actually reenrolling — also known as the Alumni Board.

When the board meets the weekend of March 4-6, they will finalize recommendations to bolster volunteer programs, strengthen relationships with international alumni, and increase the Annual Fund participation rate. They also will discuss new programs to connect students and alumni and new ways to support chapter leaders.

Finally, they will say goodbye to retiring board members Libby Snelson ’78, Martin Carlson ’94, Daymond Dean ’91, Eric Engstrom '11, and Gaya Satri '11 during a special Alumni Board dinner.
More about the Alumni Board

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Alumni call for the Annual Fund

Photo: Steve Cox calling at the M Club phonathon

Steve Cox '76 helped organize the M Club phonathon.

Alumni, Macalester coaches, and friends volunteered at two Annual Fund phonathons in January: one organized by the M Club and the other by Twin Cities alumni donors.

During six nights of calling, 33 volunteer callers brought in 98 gifts and pledges, raising $8,573 to support everything that helps make Macalester excellent. Annual Fund phonathon volunteers are crucial because they encourage alumni generosity while many of the Annual Fund's regular student callers are away from campus for break. The next Annual Fund phonathon will be in May. To volunteer for the next phonathon, email Maggie Patrick.
More about the Annual Fund

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Student groups welcomed to New Orleans by alumni

Photo: Students, Staff, and Alumni at a Gathering in New OrleansMacalester alumni in New Orleans welcomed two groups of Macalester students groups to their city at a gathering in January. One group was the Bonner Scholars First Year Service Trip, who were there to to learn about social issues through service, speakers, and discussion. The other group was the Community & Cultural Survival Seminar, which was there to meet with local community leaders, scholars and activists to explore ways to support cultural survival.

"From the sights we saw to the testimonials we heard," said student Zack Avre '14, "our trip confirmed for me that I want to use my talents and energy for civic engagement and fighting for those who have been marginalized within our society."

Macalester students have traveled to New Orleans every year since Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005.
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7pm Thursday, Feb. 10
"Families, an older world, and multi-generational caregiving: It's better than you think" with Professor Ron Barrett
Weyerhaeuser Board Room, Weyerhaeuser Hall

12pm Thursday, Feb. 17
Author Elizabeth Royte Speaks About Her Book Bottlemania
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Open to the public

Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 17-20
Antigone to be Performed
Main Stage Theatre, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center &

3pm Sunday, Feb. 20
Denver Alumni Gathering and Chapter Formation
Sam's No. 3 - Downtown, 1500 Curtis St., Denver, CO

6:15pm Wed., Feb. 23
Alumni Tour of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

7pm Wed., Feb. 23
Oscar Night at Macalester
John B Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

8pm Saturday, Feb. 26
Songs of the Earth: Music of China
St. Catherine University, O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, St. Paul

8:30pm Friday, Mar. 4
Founder's Day 2011: Celebrating 137 years
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Thursday, Apr. 7
Civic Forum

Saturday, May. 14

Alumni College Summer Session - July 31-Aug. 3, 2011 - UBUNTU - I am because we are: Human Rights in the 21st Century
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