In this issue: Reunion 2011 registration open, Rosenberg hosts giant phone call, Prof. Stewart combats modern-day slavery, spring alumni film series announced, and more...
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Mac Wire

March 2011

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

Registration now open for Reunion 2011

Photo: Reunion

It's decision time for Macalester classes of 2006; 2001; 1991, '92 & '93; 1986; 1981, '82 & '83; 1966; 1961; 1956; 1951; 1946; and 1941 and earlier. Online registration for Reunion 2011, June 3-5, is now open.
Details · Register now

In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

Brian Rosenberg hosts largest Mac conversation ever

Professor Jim Stewart combats modern-day slavery

Victor Parker '11: Determined world citizen

Blast from the Past: Macalester Glee Club of 1889

Scots Watch: Jordan & Young make waves

President Rosenberg on value of liberal arts

Alumni Board holds energetic spring meeting

Macbassador of the Month: Libby Snelson '78

Annual Fund launches sustainer program

Alumni Film Series returns for spring

Contest: Design Mac's new recycling logo

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College News

Brian Rosenberg hosts largest Mac conversation ever

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Watch this preview video that was sent out a week before the Presidents' Day call.

To celebrate Presidents' Day last month, President Brian Rosenberg made a giant phone call. He called more than 18,000 Macalester alumni, parents, and friends living in the U.S. It was the largest Macalester conversation in history.

The reaction was very positive. Participants said, "I was skeptical. I wasn't sure you could do a more fantastic job than the video you did last year. This was absolutely wonderful. Thank you," and "Your call was a wonderful reminder to us as parents to be thankful [that our son] is at Macalester," and "It was a great and exhilarating experience!"

If you missed it, a recording is available online.
Listen to the Presidents' Day phone call

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Professor Jim Stewart combats modern-day slavery

Photo: James Stewart

Professor James Stewart's latest project is Historians Against Slavery, an organization to raise awareness about modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Stewart was recently interviewed about the project by Inside Higher Education. To hear him discuss the project, listen to this episode of our Macalester Talks podcast. He will also be presenting at our Macalester Alumni College 2011 Summer Session on human rights.
Listen to interview with James Stewart

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Victor Parker '11: Determined world citizen

Photo: Victor Parker, Class of 2011

Victor Parker '11 is determined to be a world citizen. His Macalester education has broadened his understanding of international human rights and given him opportunities to study, volunteer, and intern in South Africa. Parker will graduate in May and is in many ways the global citizen Macalester inspired him to be.
More about Victor Parker '11

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Blast from the Past:
Macalester Glee Club of 1889

Logo: Minnesota Historical & Cultural Grants

Digitization of The College Echo and the Macalester Bulletin was financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

A new season of Glee has started, but did you know that Macalester started its own Glee Club in 1889? See what else was happening on campus almost 125 years ago. Search historic Macalester newspapers in the DeWitt Wallace Library's digital archives.
Explore the archives

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Scots Watch: Jordan & Young make waves

Photo: Renee Jordan diving

Renee Jordan '14. Photo: Chris Mitchell '01 / Mac Sports Photos

Two swimming and diving student athletes are making waves this season: Renee Jordan '14 and Nathan Young '11. Jordan recently qualified for the NCAA Division III swimming & diving national championships (details) and will compete in 1-meter and 3-meter diving March 23-26 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Young won the 100-yard backstroke, clocking in at 51.21, at the MIAC championships in February (details). Both Young and Jordan were profiled in the Winter 2011 edition of Macalester Today (read story).
More news from Mac Athletics

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President Rosenberg on value of liberal arts

President Rosenberg is featured in the latest episode of the American RadioWorks podcast. The interview is part of a longer documentary on the value of the liberal arts that will air in September.

According to Rosenberg, a liberal arts education does give students practical skills they need to be successful professionally.

"We do have a responsibility to prepare students for a vocation, but...that is only one part of what we do. The other parts are to prepare students to develop certain skills that could be applicable to a variety of vocations: critical thinking, writing, oral expression, mathematical fluency. And we also prepare students to be agents in the communities that they inhabit. We know now that the typical student who graduates from college today will not just change jobs, but will change careers multiple times during the course of his or her life, and so the notion that you’re training students to be creative and flexible is ultimately a very practical one, because probably the career you’re training for now is not the career you will have for the rest of your life."

Rosenberg was interviewed by Stephen Smith '82, the executive editor and co-creator of American RadioWorks.
Listen to the RadioWorks interview

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Alumni News

Alumni Board holds energetic spring meeting

Image: Macalester's Founders

Thirty alumni representing classes ranging from 1951 to 2006, regions from San Francisco to Miami and Chicago to Cyprus, and professions from Wall Street trader to nonprofit leader were joined by four current students for the annual Alumni Board spring meeting earlier this month. The Alumni Board is focusing on strengthening the value of the Macalester brand this year by growing the alumni network, connecting alumni with students, and increasing alumni participation in annual giving.

The board elected two new officers at this meeting: Sarah Rossmann Deschamps '88 as president-elect and Julie Lenhoff Zhu '97 as secretary. They begin their terms in these roles in June.
More about the Alumni Board

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Macbassador of the Month:
Libby Snelson '78

Photo: Libby Snelson

Past Alumni Board president, first-year dinner host, Reunion committee member, Macalester College Pipe Band fan, and owner of the most extensive collection of tartan clothing this side of Edinburgh, Libby Snelson '78 is Macbassador of the month.

Libby finishes her second term on the Alumni Board this year. "I hear from alums of all generations, unprompted, 'Macalester changed my life,' and that applies to me too," Libby says. "Emily Rosenberg, Ellis Dye, and other Macalester professors opened up the world to me years ago, and the college needs all of our support to make that happen for students today and tomorrow."

In addition to her diligence in connecting the broader alumni community with the college, Libby has supported current students financially nearly every year since she graduated in 1978. Today, she and her husband Brett Gemlo '78 are members of the Grand Society.
Be a Macbassador

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Macalester launches sustainer program

Give loyally to the Annual Fund? Please consider becoming a sustainer this spring. Sustainers make recurring gifts, typically monthly, that are automatically charged to a credit card.

Screenshot: Online Giving Form

You can become a sustainer using our secure online giving form by selecting 'Make this a Recurring Gift.'

It's easy, you never have to remember to write a check or go online, and you can stop the charges whenever you want. Being a sustainer saves you time and you'll receive fewer calls and mail solicitations. Most importantly, by reducing fundraising costs for the college, more of your gift goes directly to student and academic programs.

Sustainers will also enjoy special events, benefits, and recognition. You can become a sustainer online. Just select "Make this a Recurring Gift," choose your preferred frequency, and select "Sustaining" for your duration.
Become a Sustainer

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Alumni Film Series returns for spring

Star Tribune film critic Colin Covert '74 returns to Macalester for another Alumni Film Series, "Hidden Gems and Surprises, Part 2." Open to the entire Macalester community, the series will explore five films selected by Covert:

Poster: Winter's Bone Poster: Son of Rambow Poster: The Lookout Poster: Mother Poster: King of Kong


March 23 - Winter's Bone - details
March 30 - Son of Rambow - details
April 6 - The Lookout - details
April 20 - Mother - details
April 27 - The King of Kong - details

Each screening will start at 7 p.m. in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall. The cost for the entire series is $25. Registration for select evenings is also available.
Register for the Alumni Film Series

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Contest: Design Mac's new recycling logo

Image: Current Recycling Poster

Macalester's current recycling poster.

Have a knack for design? Macalester Recycling Operations (MacRO) is holding a competition for a new recycling logo and tagline for the college's campus recycling program offering a prize of $100. All students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited to participate. The deadline for submissions is midnight, Monday, April 11, and the winning design will be chosen by a panel of students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Questions may be emailed to Austin Werth.
Download contest rules (PDF)

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10:15am & 7pm
Sunday, March 13
Macalester's African Music Ensemble Spring Tour, New England
Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Church St., Tariffville, CT

7:30pm Monday, March 14
Macalester's African Music Ensemble Spring Tour, New England
Recital Hall, University of Vermont, 85 S Prospect St. Burlington, VT

Thurs.-Sun., March 17-20
Macalester Concert Choir's Illinois Tour
Four performances at three different locations in Champaign and Chicago

6pm Tuesday, March 22
Macalester Gathering in Geneva
Glowing Salon Room at Hotel President Wilson, 47 Quai Wilson, Geneva

7pm Wed., March 23
2011 Alumni Spring Film Series, Part 1 of 5: Winter's Bone
John B. Davis Lecture Hall (JBD), Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

11:30am Friday, March 25
Lin Aanonsen Inaugural Lecture as O.T. Walter Endowed Professor in Biology
John B Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

8pm Friday, March 25
Minnesota Chorale presents Ein Deutsches Requiem
Hamline University, Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104

5:30pm Wed., March 30
San Francisco Multi-School Happy Hour
Orson in SOMA

7pm Wed., March 30
2011 Alumni Spring Film Series, Part 2 of 5: Son of Rambow
John B. Davis Lecture Hall (JBD), Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

7:30pm Monday, April 4
Gevalt! - The Last Minute Rescue of a Million Yiddish Books
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

7pm Wednesday, April 6
2011 Alumni Spring Film Series, Part 3 of 5: The Lookout
John B. Davis Lecture Hall (JBD), Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

6:30pm Thurs., April 7
Civic Forum
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

6pm Friday, April 8
Relay For Life
Fieldhouse, Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex
$10 (additional fundraising is appreciated!)

5pm Thursday, April 14
Save the Date: Macalester Alumni Happy Hour in DC!

7pm Wed., April 20
2011 Alumni Spring Film Series, Part 4 of 5: Mother
John B. Davis Lecture Hall (JBD), Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

7pm Wed., April 27
2011 Alumni Spring Film Series, Part 5 of 5: The King of Kong
John B. Davis Lecture Hall (JBD), Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

1:30pm Saturday, May 14

Friday-Sunday, June 3-5
Reunion 2011

Noon-8pm Mon., June 6
22nd Annual Mac Hac Golf Outing
Mendakota Country Club, 2075 Mendakota Drive, Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Sun.-Wed., July 24-27
Macalester Women's River Trip 2011
Namekagon River


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








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