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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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