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Mac Wire

November 2011

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

Our next Old Main Forum is Tuesday, Nov. 29


What are today's Macalester students really like? How are they similar or different from past Mac students? To discuss these and other questions, alumni and parents are invited to join President Brian Rosenberg and Vice President for Student Affairs Laurie Hamre online for our next Old Main Forum at noon (CST) on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
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In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

Macalester presents U.S. premiere of The Inland Sea

Brian Rosenberg defends the liberal arts on Huffington Post

Blast from the Past: Social scene of the '10s

Scots Watch: Fall sports wrap up

New group for young alumni takes off

Alumni scientists share insights with students

Macbassador of the Month: Jeremy Hanson Willis '95

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Macalester presents U.S. premiere of The Inland Sea


Student actors John Bennett '14 as Asquith Brown and Zoe Michael '13 as Hesp Turner.


The Inland Sea, written by MacArthur award-winning playwright Naomi Wallace, may be set in 1760s rural England, but its themes of power and class struggle resonate with the news headlines about Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring we see today. Macalester's production, directed by Professor Beth Cleary, is the U.S. premiere. The production received this glowing review in Twin Cities Daily Planet. Remaining performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19.
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Brian Rosenberg defends the liberal arts on Huffington Post


President Brian Rosenberg has been using his blog on Huffington Post to stand up for the value of the liberal arts in higher education. Check out his most recent posts:

Join the conversation by commenting with your opinion and sharing Brian's posts with your friends.
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Blast from the Past: Social scene of the '10s

Members of the Hyperion Society during the 1912-13 academic year. View original

Literary societies were once the height of the social scene on campus. One of Macalester's longest running societies was the Hyperion, which included men and women, emphasized debate and speaking, and hosted a yearly Spring Formal Dance. To learn more, and see what else was happening on campus 100 years ago, search historic Mac student newspapers in our online archives.
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Scots Watch: Fall sports wrap up

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Student athletes T. Joe Loiselle ’12, Laura Avena '14, Grace Caird '13, Matt Butler '12, Anna French '13, and Joe Giamberdino '15 all played exceptionally well this fall.

Mac football finished the season 4-5 and were denied a second winning season in a row when Carleton beat the Scots in overtime. Mac's soccer teams each had fourth-place finishes in the MIAC. The women's team advanced to the conference post-season playoffs for the eighth time in nine years. The women’s team posted 13 shutouts and finished 7-3-1 in the MIAC, while the men finished 6-3-1.

Eight Mac student-athletes were represented on the all-conference teams, including three from each of the soccer teams. Laura Avena '14 from the volleyball team led the league in serving aces and ranked second in kills, and was selected for the All-MIAC volleyball team. In men's cross country, Joe Giamberdino '15 placed 13th at the MIAC championships and was the second-best first-year in the field.

Golfer Grace Caird '13 placed 11th at the MIAC women's tourney, just missing all-conference status by one spot and Matt Butler '12 led the way for the men’s golf team. The top runner on the women’s cross country team was Anna French '13.

Macalester's winter sports season has already begun with a swimming and diving meet on Nov. 5, and the men's and women's basketball seasons are set to tip off at tournaments happening Friday-Saturday, Nov. 18-19.
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Alumni News

New group for young alumni takes off


Last spring, the alumni office and Annual Fund invited an enthusiastic group of young alumni volunteers to brainstorm a better way to engage our young alumni community. From that first meeting, this group developed "young Macalester alumni connect" or "yMac," a group designed to help alumni who graduated in the last 10 years stay connected with Macalester and each other.

Our group of volunteers became the yMac Steering Committee and developed the mission to present a series of activities and events to provide young alumni with opportunities to socialize, serve the community, make professional connections, and support the Annual Fund. The group kicked off with a Facebook group that has grown to over 800 members worldwide and a Halloween party at a local Minneapolis pub.

Thanks to everyone who has signed up on Facebook or came to the party. It’s a great way to jump start this exciting new group! A special thanks to our yMac Steering Committee: Edinam Agbenyeke '07, Kate Agnew '11, Chrissy Newcombe Dahlheimer '02, Curtis Gilbert '02, Alex James '09, Catherine Neuschler '02 and Josh Ortiz '05.
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Alumni scientists share insights with students

Science policy analyst Heather Evans '97 met with Ben Alterman '12 at the Fall 2011 Science Poster Session.

Four alumni scientists returned to campus for a day in October to share with students their experience in industry, government, and academia.

The group, all PhDs in their fields, included Michael Danielson '98, director, Chemistry Research, BioThera Pharma; Heather Evans '97, science policy analyst for the federal government; Paul Letourneau '69, neuroscience professor at the University of Minnesota; and David Whitman '85, director of Product Development in the Infection Prevention Division at 3M.

"I'm really impressed with how inquisitive the students are," says Evans. "I’m happy I could be a sounding board to some of the seniors." Crediting Macalester with excellent preparation for her career in science policy, she noted, "I use not only my technical background in physics and materials science, but also my comfort in writing, analyzing and public speaking."

The four, whose various backgrounds include biology, chemistry and physics, spoke with students about their work, met with faculty members, and engaged with students during the poster session in which student researchers presented their work.

"I enjoyed talking to many bright and energized students about their research projects and what they plan to do after graduation," says Danielson. "It’s also exciting to go back to Mac and visit with the Chemistry Department faculty who had such a huge impact on where I am today."

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Macbassador of the Month:
Jeremy Hanson Willis '95


Jeremy Hanson Willis '95 answers the call to volunteer at Mac no matter who is asking, whether it's a professor looking for a speaker, a student needing a panelist, or the alumni office recruiting Alumni Board members. When he's not serving as chief of staff for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, there's a good possibility that Jeremy is volunteering in support of some member of the Macalester community. His selfless support of Macalester is one of many attributes contributing to Jeremy being selected as November's Macbassador of the Month.

"Macalester has been an important part of my life and career, and has given me so much, that I simply feel compelled to do what I can to give back," Jeremy says. "I've been helped a lot by Mac alumni and I want to help other alumni and students succeed." Jeremy's service to Macalester comes from a sense of pride in connecting with fellow alums and students. "So many Mac alumni and students are doing very meaningful work and by volunteering I get to learn about that, which is really cool."

In addition to sharing his time and talents to support Macalester students, Jeremy strengthens Mac with his dependable support of the Annual Fund as a Sustainer and Summit Society member. Join us in congratulating Jeremy for being Macbassador of the Month.
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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

7:30pm Tuesday, Nov. 22
MacLondon Wine Tasting
Leon Restaurant,
12 Ludgate Circus

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1
Discuss The Other Wes Moore with Portland alumni
At the home of Lesly Sanocki '90, Beaverton, OR, Ore.

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2
Macalester Choir Concert
St Paul's United Church of Christ, 900 Summit Ave., St. Paul

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
Macalester Orchestra Concert
Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln Ave. St. Paul

2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4
17th Annual Class of 1965 Holiday Tea
The home of Ken and Ruth Lippin '65, St. Paul

7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7
Community Briefing: the 2010 Census and Minnesota's LGBT Communities
John B. Davis Lecture Hall (JBD), Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21
4th Annual Alumni Track & Field Meet
Field House, Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex

7:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 21
Minnesota RollerGirls
& Mac

Roy Wilkins Auditorium,
175 W. Kellogg Blvd.,
St. Paul

$22 per VIP reserved ticket
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