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Mac Wire

October 2011

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

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center takes shape


The Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center renovation and expansion’s first phase officially reached the halfway point this month. The project is on pace for its scheduled July 2012 completion. To date, the college has raised $22 million of the $24 million in gifts needed for the project.
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In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship in its 11th year

Professorship in global health established

Blast to the Past: Students and Civil Rights

Scots Watch: David Melms '13 makes Good Works Team

Hosts needed for January Exploreships

Alumni invited to play Reunion 2012

Macbassador of the Month: Beth Bergman '73

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Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship in its 11th year

Gabriella Deal-Marquez '12 talks about the value of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship in this video.

Encouraging minority students to earn PhDs is the goal of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program, now in its 30th year and its 11th year at Macalester.

"We’re trying to get students of color on track to become professors," says Mellon faculty coordinator and history professor Peter Rachleff. "The ultimate goal is to diversify the pool of faculty out there."

Proof that the program works is borne out right here on campus: Three current Mac professors are MMUF alumni: Duchess Harris, American studies; Alicia Munoz, Hispanic studies; and Karin Velez, history.

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Professorship in global health established

Wesley and Lynn Edens of New York have established a $2 million endowed professorship that will be named the Edens Professorship in Global Health.

"We are excited by the opportunity to fund an initiative like this," Wes and Lynn say. “Global health is a topic of great interest to us, and there is an urgent need in higher education to prepare today’s students to address these challenges. We are delighted to be working with Macalester to advance that effort."

The new professorship's first appointment will be in health and medical geography, a field that includes topics ranging from infectious diseases to health care delivery systems to environmental health hazards.

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Blast to the Past: Students and Civil Rights

Macalester and Knoxville student leaders chatting in 1962

Half a century has passed since the Civil Rights movement seized the nation's attention. What were Macalester students doing to improve race relations during that era?

One student effort was an exchange program between Mac and two historically black Southern colleges, Knoxville and Morehouse. Between 1962 and '68, approximately 50 students participated in the program. An article in an upcoming issue of Mac Today will explore the memories of these Macites.

A special reunion for these exchange students, their roommates, and professors, is in the works for 2012. If you were involved in this program, please email Janice Dickinson '64 at with your name and contact information so we can tell you more as plans are made.

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David Melms '13 makes Good Works Team


Macalester corner back David Melms '13 is one of 22 college football players nationwide from all divisions selected for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. Team members are selected for their dedication to improving the lives of others and for their academic standing. You can vote for Melms to be the Good Works team captain at

Melms was named to the team for being a community service leader since arriving at Macalester in 2009. He is creating a program in the Twin Cities called "Stand Out" to give youth a wide array of fun alternatives to drugs and alcohol. He also founded Macalester's chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has organized multiple service projects on behalf of the student organization. In 2010, he helped lead his team to its first winning season in 24 years and was tied for the team lead in interceptions.

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Alumni News

Hosts needed for January Exploreships

New this year: Alumni working in New York City will be offering Exploreships to Mac students.

Calling all alumni in New York City, D.C., and the Twin Cities! This January, provide a current sophomore with the chance to explore your world of work. Through Macalester's Career Exploreship program, sponsored by the Alumni Board and the Internship Program, Macalester students will be matched with alumni in these three cities for informational interviews, one-day job-shadows, or three-day "on the job" experiences. This program gives students the chance to connect with alumni and learn more about fields they are interested in and, most importantly, about the path your life has taken since Mac.

If you are interested in hosting an Exploreship student at your workplace this January, please sign up. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Anne Hoyt Taff '04 in the alumni office at or 651-696-6209.
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Alumni invited to play Reunion 2012

At Reunion 2011, '90s alumni band Steeplejack and the Macalester Pipe Band spontaneously performed together.

Reunion 2012, happening Friday-Sunday, June 1-3, again will include MacFest, an outdoor concert of alumni bands and musicians. All interested alumni musicians, regardless of class year, are invited to apply. The deadline is Thursday, March 8, 2012.
Apply to perform at MacFest 2012

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Macbassador of the Month:
Beth Bergman '73

Beth Bergman '73 (left) hosting a first-year dinner this fall.

Beth Bergman '73, owner of the popular Grand Avenue art store Wet Paint, is October's Macbassador of the Month.

This fall, Beth welcomed Macalester students into her home as a host for the Alumni Board's first-year dinner program, providing the students with a fun and informal way to connect with the alumni community. "I have a daily relationship with Macalester," says Beth, whose business is a block from the college, "and I love to cook, so I feel like I'm hardly doing anything outside of ordinary when cooking dinner for the students." Beth has also served on several of her class's Reunion committees and helped stage alumni art exhibits on campus.

Beth was drawn to Macalester "for the opportunity to be part of life-changing volunteering experiences." Her first gift of $20 in 1973 and continued support of the Annual Fund as a Scots Society member has ensured that today's Macalester students have similar enriching experiences.
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It's as Easy as Pie
Make a gift to the Annual Fund by Nov. 11 and enter a drawing to see The Christmas Carol at the Guthrie with President Rosenberg. Details


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7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15
Family Fest Sampler Concert
Macalester Plymouth United Church

Noon Thursday, Oct. 20
Mark Mazullo piano recital
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

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
Join Mac alumni for 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
Discuss Zeitoun with Portland alumni
Hosted by Emily Myers ’93 and Jacob Michaels ’89, Portland, Ore.

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

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28
yMac Halloween party
Gluek's Restaurant & Bar, 16 N. 6th St., Minneapolis
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6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1
Exploreship Sign-up Deadline
Twin Cities; New York City; Washington, D.C.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

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

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5
Mac Jazz Concert
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6
Macalester Pipe Band Concert
John B. Davis Auditorium, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
No cost with Mac ID, $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11
The Inland Sea Performance
Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building

7 p.m. Wed., Nov. 16
Women in the Law: A Conversation with the Macalester Legal Community
Weyerhaeuser Board Room and Lounge, Weyerhaeuser Hall

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19
Macalester Chamber Music Ensembles Concert
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

Monday, Nov. 21
Alumni group departs for Treasures of Peru trip

8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21
Jazz and Pop Combos Concert
Alexander Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2
Macalester Choir Concert
St. Paul's United Church of Christ

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
Macalester Orchestra Concert
Macalester Plymouth United Church

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Class Notes

These alumni have recently posted class notes in MacDirect (login to view):

Alyson Schiller Muzila '96
Larry Dinger '68
Edward Mallen '71
Thuhien Nguyen '06
Victoria Harris '09
Richard Bailey '92
Michael Lens '00
Amy Sherman '94
Kristine Holmgren '75
Caroline Barnes '06
Joseph Goode '04
Bret Kramer '96
Kimberly Condon '07


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