In this issue: Record number of students apply for Macalester, Old Main Forum is on 4/28,
poetry slam team takes 1st, reasons to attend Reunion 2011, and more...
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APRIL 2011

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

Record-breaking number of students apply to Macalester

Bar Graph: 6,109 applicants in 2011, 4,317 in 2010, and 3,480 in 2001

6,109 students applied to be part of Macalester's Class of 2015, nearly 1,800 more than last year, setting a new record for the college. Of these applicants, 31.7 percent were admitted, a decrease from 42.5 percent last year.

In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

Next Old Main Forum is on value of liberal arts in careers

Rayanatou Laouali '12 wins Davis Projects for Peace grant

Two students win Goldwaters; two win Watsons

Poetry Slam team takes 1st in national tournament

Blast from the Past: More Mac women than men in 1908

Scots Watch: Baseball off to fast start

Reasons to attend Reunion 2011

Summer Session 2011: Space still available

Announcing Macalester Women's River Trip

Initial findings from the 2011 alumni survey

Macbassador of the Month: Alison Morris '86

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Next Old Main Forum is on value
of liberal arts in careers

Art: Old Main Forum

What are job and career prospects for today's graduates and students seeking summer employment? Do employers value a liberal arts degree? What fields are growing or are most attractive to liberal arts graduates?

Join President Brian Rosenberg and Denise Ward, associate dean for student services, for our next Old Main Forum, happening online from noon to 12:45 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, April 28, to discuss these questions and hear how todayís students are faring in the job market. President Rosenberg will also provide a campus update and take your questions.

Old Main Forum is a periodic online conversation open to all Macalester alumni and parents hosted by President Rosenberg. Please register by Tuesday, April 26.
Register to participate

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Rayanatou Laouali '12 wins Davis Projects for Peace grant

Photo: Rayanatou Laouali

Rayanatou Laouali '12, a Davis United World College scholar, won one of this year's 122 Davis Projects for Peace grants. Her project will help women in her childhood hometown of Niamey, Niger, expand the peanut-processing business they own, allowing them to better provide for and educate their children.

The Davis Projects for Peace initiative was funded by philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis in celebration of her 100th birthday in 2007. Laouali is the ninth Macalester student to receive a Davis Projects for Peace grant since the program began.
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Two students win Goldwaters; two win Watsons

Photo: Goldwater and Watson scholarship winners

Goldwater recipients, Madeline Marshall '12 and Colin Jarvis '13 (left), and Watson recipients Morgan Sleeper '11 and Keren Yoahnnes '11 (right).

Two prestigious programs have awarded scholarships to four Macalester students this semester. Madeline Marshall '12 and Colin Jarvis '13 received Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, and Morgan Sleeper '11 and Keren Yohannes '11 received Thomas J. Watson Fellowships.

Goldwater Scholarships are awarded to students with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Watson Fellowships offer college graduates of "unusual promise" a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel, in international settings new to them, to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world community.
More about Marshall and Jarvis
More about Sleeper and Yohannes

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Poetry Slam team takes 1st in national tournament

Photo: Spencer Retelle 11

Macalester poetry slam team member Spencer Retelle '11. Photo: Kate Brady.

The Macalester Poetry Slam team took first place at the 2011 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational at the University of Michigan last weekend. They also won the award for Best Writing by a Team, while three of the team's poets received individual honors. Teams from 37 other colleges and universities competed in the invitational.

The five members of Macalester's team are Dylan Garity '12, Niko Martell '13, Spencer Retelle '11, Neil Hilborn '11, and Abbie Shain '14. Their coach is poetry slam champion Sierra DeMulder.
View photos and video from the poetry slam

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Blast from the Past: More Mac women than men in 1908

Photo: Macalester's Class of 1908

Macalester's Class of 1908.
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"For the first time the women outnumber the men. The Freshman class numbers 60... Life there is more enjoyable than ever before. Nor is its popularity hard to explain. The cost per week for tuition and its incomparable board and room does not exceed five dollars. It is no wonder that students are flocking to Macalester without canvassing or coaxing." Macalester College Bulletin, October 1908, Vol. IV, No. 8, pg. 1.

See what was happening on campus in Mac's historic newspapers in the online archives. 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.
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Scots Watch: Baseball off to fast start

Photo: Alex Ingram pitching

Photo: Chris Mitchell '01 / Mac Sports Photos

The spring sports campaign rolls along for Macalester teams, and the highlight of the season to date is the fast start to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) schedule by the baseball team.

Head coach Matt Parrington and the Scots have used strong pitching to jump to the top of the early-season MIAC standings with a 5-1 record a third of the way through the conference slate. Macalester split a double-header with Hamline and swept Augsburg and nationally ranked St. Olaf. The teamís overall record is 13-9.

Pitchers Alex Ingram '11 and Eric Robinson '11 are each a perfect 4-0 this spring. Second baseman Mitch Glasser '12 leads the Scots with a .425 batting average, while outfielder Will Chen '11 is hitting .392.
Keep up with Scots Baseball
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Alumni News

Reasons to attend Reunion 2011

Reunion - June 3-5, 2011

More than 325 alumni have already registered for Reunion 2011, June 3-5, because they know it's going to be an amazing time. Will you be there?

After an evening of reconnecting with classmates at informal gatherings, the weekend officially kicks off with our second annual Breakfast with Brian, honoring this year's Alumni Award winners. New this year, four alumni bands and the Macalester Pipe Band will play at MacFest on Shaw Field, and all registered guests will receive discounts at participating neighborhood businesses.

There will be opportunities to exercise your mind at "back to class" faculty lectures, panel discussions, and the common reading discussion of Gryphon by Charles Baxter '69 with the author himself and President Rosenberg. There will also be plenty of time to reconnect with your Macalester friends and meet some new ones too.

The registration deadline for Reunion 2011 is Monday, May 9. Make your plans to attend official by registering today!
Visit the Reunion 2011 website

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Summer Session 2011: Space still available


Space is still available for our Macalester Alumni College Summer Session on Human Rights Sunday, July 31 to Wednesday, August 3 on campus.

Participants in "Ubuntu - I Am Because We Are: Human Rights in the 21st Century" will explore human rights from multiple perspectives through presentations and discussions led by Macalester faculty and special guests. Professor Jim Dawes, the Summer Session's dean, has organized a wide-ranging program covering topics such as major human rights issues facing international policymakers today; skepticism toward human rights and their philosophical responses; themes of human rights and individual freedom in Dmitri Shostakovich's 13th symphony; the contemporary movement against human trafficking; and more.

Join us for this engaging conversation with other Macalester alumni and guests. Registration packages range from $225 to $375 per person.
View schedule, faculty bios, and register to attend

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Announcing Macalester Women's River Trip

Art: Macalester Women's River Trip 2011

This summer, Macalester alumnae are invited to paddle and camp along the scenic Namekagon River in Northwest Wisconsin on the Macalester Women's River Trip, Sunday-Wednesday, July 24-27. This alumnae trip for women is reminiscent of the women's canoe and camping trips led by Macalester's fearless gym teacher, Ruth Schjelberg, in the 1940s and '50s.

Macalester has partnered with talented guide Chris Heeter of the Wild Institute to lead this trip. Chris is an experienced outdoorswoman who has led hundreds of trips for women over the past 20 years. With Chris's help, we are planning a trip that will be fun, relaxing, and rejuvenating.

The cost of the trip is $465 per person, which includes all meals, equipment, and guiding. You do not need to have previous camping or paddling experience to join us; just be ready, willing, and able to paddle after Chris shows you the ropes!

Register soon! There are only 12 spots available. More information and online registration can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Hoyt Taff '04 at 651-696-6209 or
Details and registration form for the Women's River Trip

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Initial findings from the 2011 alumni survey


This "word cloud" was generated from the open-ended survey question, "Why do you give to Macalester every year?"
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When Macalester sent an online survey to 13,768 alumni last month, the response was tremendous. Nearly 30 percent completed it, providing a wealth of new insights from the alumni community.

In general, the survey results show that nearly all Macalester alumni still feel connected with the college, have enjoyed lifelong friendships that started on campus, and had a Macalester faculty or staff person profoundly influence their lives. Eighty percent reported having a conversation about Macalester within the last month. Out of six possible reasons, respondents ranked "providing need-based financial aid" and "maintaining high quality educational resources and opportunities" to be the two most compelling reasons to give to Macalester.

Dan Balik, Director of Institutional Reporting, has begun an in-depth evaluation of the responses, which will be used to guide future decisions. Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey.

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Macbassador of the Month:
Alison Morris '86

Photo: Alison Morris

Alison Morris '86 and her son, Julian.

April's Macbassador of the Month is Alison Morris '86, in recognition of her leadership as a cochair of the Class of 1986 Reunion Committee and her loyal support of Macalester throughout the years.

Alison has brought an incredible amount of energy and fun into the task of encouraging her classmates to attend their 25-Year Reunion this June. From managing the class Facebook group to scouring old Mac Weeklies for interesting pieces of Mac history to authoring attention-getting emails and letters, Alison's efforts are helping the Class of '86 reconnect with Mac and each other.

Alison is also one of our most dependable donors. Her first gift to Mac was $10 toward the Class of 1986 Senior Gift. Since then, she has given to Macalester nearly every year. This may be why she is leading the Class of '86 Reunion Gift effort to reach a goal of 40 percent participation in raising $30,000, which will help maintain high-quality educational resources and opportunities for Macalester students.

Thank you Alison, for all of the work you do for dear old Macalester!
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Don't Forget - Become a Sustainer
Sustainers never forget to provide their ongoing support for Macalester students.
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7pm Sunday, April 17
Screening of Documentary abUSed: The Postville Raid
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

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

7pm Wednesday, 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

Noon Thursday, April 28
Old Main Forum: A Conversation with President Brian Rosenberg
Worldwide and online

6:30pm Thursday, April 28
Chicago Alumni Dine Out for Life at That Little Mexican Cafe II!
That Little Mexican Cafe II, 1055 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago

7pm Thursday, April 28
Scots Pride Dine Out for Life at Loring Kitchen and Bar
Loring Kitchen and Bar, 1359 Willow St., Minneapolis

Noon Saturday, April 30
Janis Rider Women's Track & Field Invitational
Macalester Stadium

8:30pm Thursday, May 5
Boston: Cinco de Mayo Jazz Concert, Featuring Nick Grondin '05
ZUMIX, 260 Sumner St,
$10 suggested donation

1:30pm Saturday, May 14
On the Great Lawn

Friday-Sunday, June 3-5
Reunion 2011
On Campus

6pm Friday, June 3
Alumni of Color Reception
Cultural House, On Campus

6pm Friday, June 3
Scots Pride Reception
Outside courtyard, Markim Hall

10am Monday, June 6
MAC HAC- 22nd Annual Athletic Dept. Golf Tournament
Mendakota Country Club, Mendota Heights, MN
$125/person by 5/21/11

5pm Friday-Saturday, June 10-11
Minnesota BioBlitz 2011 at Macalester's Ordway Field Station
Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area

Noon Sunday, June 12
Boston: Potluck in the Park!
Castle Island, Dorchester, MA (Near Fort Independence, Sullivan's, and Playground)

7:30pm Thursday, July 14
Street Scene, a play by Elmer Rice at the Minneapolis Theater Garage
Minneapolis Theater Garage, 711 West Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
$18 per person

July 25-27

Macalester Women's River Trip 2011, July 24-27
Namekagon River, Northwestern Wisconsin










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