In this issue: Garrison Keillor and Walter Mondale '50 to open 2011-12,
New dean of Multicultural Life, Professor Moseley receives international attention,
Welcome to Our City 2012 is Oct. 6, and more...
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Mac Wire

August 2011

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

Garrison Keillor & Walter Mondale '50 to open Macalester's 2011-12 academic year

Photo: Garrison Keillor and Walter Mondale
Mondale and Keillor chatting at a Minnesota Public Radio event last November. Photo by Jeffrey Thompson, Minnesota Public Radio News

Former Vice President Walter Mondale '50 and A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor will discuss life and politics for Macalester's 2011-12 opening convocation on Monday, Sept. 12.

In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

New Dean of Multicultural Life is Chris MacDonald-Dennis

Moseley speaks out about famine in Africa

Blast to the Past: Where Mac students once hailed from

Scots Watch: Mac's All-Americans

Alumni and faculty explore human rights

Alumni "Movers & Shakers" wanted

Welcome to Our City 2011 is Oct. 6

Alumni Film Series announced for fall

Anthropology wins Annual Fund challenge

Macbassador of the Month: Katherine Houghton Zatz '82

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New Dean of Multicultural Life is Chris MacDonald-Dennis


Christopher MacDonald-Dennis is the new Dean of Multicultural Life at Macalester.

“What Chris MacDonald-Dennis brings to Macalester is a wealth of experience not only from his previous positions but also as a long time scholar-activist involved with social change,” says Laurie Hamre, vice president of Student Affairs. "His enthusiasm for and understanding of Macalester will greatly benefit not only the college but the entire college community.”

MacDonald-Dennis most recently was assistant dean and director of Intercultural Affairs at Bryn Mawr College. He has a doctorate in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Please join us in welcoming Chris to the Macalester community.
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Moseley speaks out about famine in Africa


Professor Bill Moseley is receiving attention from world leaders and international media after his column dissecting the causes of famine in Africa was published in the Washington Post on July 29.

In his op-ed, Moseley wrote, "...Africa can no longer count on cheap imported food or afford to shift to energy-intensive crop production strategies. The path to improved food security lies in improving time-tested local approaches, which are attuned to local environmental conditions."

So far, he has been interviewed by Radio Sweden and Al-Jazeera English and has been quoted in the China Daily. He has also been invited to testify as an expert on this topic to a U.N. panel later this year.
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Blast to the Past: Where Mac students once hailed from

Macalester's original Old Main building and windmill in 1886.

Students in this fall's incoming class represent 41 U.S. states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 49 countries. In 1886, Macalester's students (18 collegiate and 65 preparatory) came from 8 states, the Dakota and Montana territories, and Canada (1 student). The presence of a windmill (or, more accurately, now a wind turbine) on campus hasn't changed, though. See what else was happening on campus 125 years ago.
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Scots Watch: Mac's All-Americans

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Macalester's All-Americans: Katie Eulau '14, Chloe Kaulas '14, Auburn Jimenez '14, and T. Joe Loiselle '12

Two Macalester water polo players gained All-America honors and two football players made preseason All-America teams.

Water polo standouts Katie Eulau '14 and Chloe Kaulas '14 have earned 2011 All-America honors for the 2011 season, as presented by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). Eulau, who plays two-meter for the Scots, and Kaulas, the team's goalkeeper, are both Division III Honorable Mention selections.

Macalester place-kicker Auburn Jimenez '14 is among 52 players selected to the 2011 Preseason All-America football team. Jimenez, who converted 4 of 5 field goal tries from beyond 40 yards last year, is the second team place kicker on the preseason squad. Teammate and running back T. Joe Loiselle '12 picked up Honorable Mention honors on the Division III Senior Classic 2011 Preseason All-America football team. Loiselle heads into his senior season with 2,077 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.
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Alumni News

Alumni and faculty explore human rights

Photo: Summer Session 2011 Participants
These alumni and friends enjoyed lively discussions about human rights with faculty at Summer Session 2011.

Thirty-three alumni and their guests came back to campus for the fourth annual Macalester Alumni College Summer Session. The topic this year was human rights. The three-day session included presentations and discussions led by faculty on topics ranging from themes of freedom and human rights in Shostakovich's "Babi Yar" to humanitarianism in contemporary world politics. Professor James Dawes, chair of the English Department and head of Macalester's new Human Rights Concentration, served as the session's dean.

Summer Session participant Steve Euller '71 says, "Summer Session is a great opportunity to once again encounter the fascinating breadth of viewpoints and considerations that a liberal arts education can bring to any topic, while experiencing a cross section of Mac's excellent faculty to get a sense of what today's students encounter at Mac."

Participant Deborah Talen '75 says, "Macalester College is too good for just 18-to-22-year-olds! As alumni we appreciate learning from the talented professors even more than when we were in school."

Alumni College Summer Sessions are held every August on a contemporary and relevant topic. Watch for information about Summer Session 2012 in future editions of Mac Wire.
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Alumni "Movers & Shakers" wanted

Remember the nervous excitement that rushed over you when you first arrived on campus? All Twin Cities alumni are invited to help us welcome Macalester's new and transfer students to our community on Friday, Sept. 2, aka Move-In Day. Join in the fun and become an "Alumni Mover & Shaker" as you help students move into their dorm rooms and welcome them with warm hellos and handshakes.

Hour-long shifts are available 7:30-10:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. To volunteer for a shift, contact Daymond Dean '91 at or 651-696-6079 by Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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Welcome to Our City 2011 is Oct. 6

Last year's Welcome To Our City event for Chicago-area alumni

If Welcome To Our City 2011 regional events are anything like last year's, alumni will not want to miss the one planned for their region.

The regional alumni chapters in Boston, New York City, D.C., Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco have begun plotting for the big night of Thursday, Oct. 6, when near-simultaneous alumni gatherings will occur around the world. These events are intended to help alumni who are new to a metro area meet those who have lived there for awhile.

If you live in a region that doesn't have an alumni chapter, contact Daymond Dean '91 at or 651-696-6079 to volunteer to host a Welcome To Our City event in your community.
View photos from Welcome to Our City 2010

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Alumni Film Series announced for fall

Star Tribune film critic and July 2010 Macbassador of the Month, Colin Covert '74, presents to the Macalester community another set of greatest films you've probably never heard of in the upcoming Alumni Film Series "Hidden Gems and Surprises, Part 3." This series is open to the entire Macalester community and the films will be screened on Thursdays, Sept. 29 - Nov. 3, with one exception on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Film Poster Sept. 29
Yi Yi
Film Poster Oct. 20
The Host
Film Poster Oct. 6
Zazie Dans
le Metro

Film Poster Oct. 27
In Bruges
Film Poster Oct. 12 -
In the Loop (English)
Film Poster Nov. 11
Citizen Ruth (USA)

Each screening will start at 7 p.m. in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall of the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. The cost for the entire series is $30. Registration for select screenings is $5 a film.
Register for the Fall Alumni Film Series

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Anthropology wins Annual Fund challenge

After a weeklong departmental challenge in the Annual Fund Call Center, the results are in. Alumni from each academic department and program were contacted to see which one could bring in the most donors. Anthropology won the competition with 50 gifts, but Biology came in a close second with 48.

In total, the challenge brought in 393 alumni gifts, of which 14 were from new Annual Fund donors and 21 became Sustainers. Alumni from all academic departments gave a total of $33,629 during the challenge. Annual Fund staff thank everyone who participated and provided this amazing boost to the Annual Fund before the academic year begins.
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Macbassador of the Month: Katherine Houghton Zatz '82

Photo: Kate Houghton Zatz '82

Many of her classmates will recognize a pair of shoes owned by our Macbassador of the Month for August. Katherine Houghton Zatz '82 used a photo of these unique "McAlister" tartan shoes as the Mac 1981, '82 & '83 Cluster Reunion Facebook group icon. Her willingness to wear tartan and engage with her classmates online are just a couple of ways Kate shows pride in her alma mater.

Kate's famous Tartan shoes.

Kate created the Facebook group while serving on the Classes of 1981, '82 & '83 Cluster Reunion Committee, and even though Reunion 2011 has come and gone, the Facebook group continues to be a dynamic and engaging space where alumni are sharing memories, news, and ideas.

Many alumni recall the early '80s as a challenging time for both Macalester and the United States. "During our time at Mac, the college’s endowment and the overall economy were in rough shape, so our experiences were highly variable," recalls Kate. "The last few years, my involvement with the college has been a deliberate attempt to reengage classmates, from providing a forum for them to connect to the truly rewarding moments of helping them reconcile with each other and the college."

Kate continues to strengthen the Macalester community by being a dependable member of the Annual Fund Summit Society, a Class Agent, and an alumni volunteer. She says, "At some point I had the epiphany that alums are stewards of the college. Our engagement, whether financially or by involvement, says a great deal about who we are and how we value our own Mac experience. I truly value mine."

Join us in congratulating Kate as our August Macbassador of the Month.
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5:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 8
Join Chicago area alumni for a behind the scenes look at the nightly news
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Enjoy an afternoon of baseball with Seattle area alumni
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7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15
Scots Pride Alumni-Student Mixer
Weyerhaeuser Board Room, Weyerhaeuser Hall

3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Join Mac alumni for Sacred Arts: Conversations and Demonstrations
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7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29
2011 Fall Film Series, Part 1 of 6: Yi Yi
John B. Davis Auditorium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
2011 Fall Film Series, Part 2 of 6: Zazie Dans le Métro
John B. Davis Auditorium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9
Macalester Geology Gathering
Rock Garden/Smail Gallery, Olin-Rice Science Center

7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 12
2011 Fall Film Series, Part 3 of 6: In The Loop
John B. Davis Auditorium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20
2011 Fall Film Series, Part 4 of 6: The Host
John B. Davis Auditorium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
Twin Cities Alumni Sing-a-Long Sound of Music
Ordway Theater, 345 Washington Street, St. Paul

1:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 22
Volunteer with Chicago area alumni
Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
2011 Fall Film Series, Part 5 of 6: In Bruges
John B. Davis Auditorium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3
2011 Fall Film Series, Part 6 of 6: Citizen Ruth
John B. Davis Auditorium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Monday, Nov. 21
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