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Mac Wire

December 2011

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

Common Good Books to open at Mac


Garrison Keillor's store, Common Good Books, is moving to Macalester. The store expects to open in the Lampert Building on Snelling Avenue in April.

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College News - Alumni News - Events

Kristi Curry Rogers discovers hollow dinosaur bone

Macalester is on LinkedIn

Blast from the Past: Tobogganing Craze

Scots Watch: Mac's 16th Academic All-American

Alumni trip to Israel & Palestine planned for June 2012

Three couples win "An Evening with the President"

Macbassador of the Month: Neale Miller '72

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Kristi Curry Rogers discovers
hollow dinosaur bone


The comparative sizes of the bone, an average-sized person, and a Rapetosaurus (top). An illustration of the hollow bone is below.

Professor Kristi Curry Rogers and her colleagues have found that Madagascar dinosaurs carried giant, hollow bones in their skin that may have helped them survive the harsh environments they inhabited. This discovery has shed new light on the anatomy and function of these bones in the biggest animals to ever walk on land.

Curry Rogers is the lead author of a paper in Nature Communications about these bones, which grew in the skin of Rapetosaurus, a huge plant-eating dinosaur. The story has been picked up by the Smithsonian Magazine blog, International Business Times, Minnesota Public Radio, Twin Cities Public Television, KARE-11, the Star Tribune, Science Daily, and the Earth Times (see links to these stories).

Her collaborators include Michael D'Emic (University of Michigan and Georgia Southern University), Raymond Rogers, Matthew Vickaryous (Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph), and Amanda Cagan '10

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Macalester is on LinkedIn


Did you know that more than 9,000 LinkedIn users have an affiliation with Macalester? Whether you are searching for jobs, seeking career advice, or wanting to mentor other Macites, LinkedIn can be an excellent resource.

Macalester has run an official group on LinkedIn since 2008; all LinkedIn users with a relationship to the college are welcome to join it. Within this group, there are currently three subgroups. Macalester Career Connection (MC2 - join) is administered by the Career Development Center and is a space for networking, posting career advice and job listings, and sharing resources like conferences, professional development, research, and articles. The Macalester Sustainability Network (join) is a space for Macites who work in the emerging fields related to sustainability. And, Macites who work in law or are pursuing a law degree can join the Macalester Legal Network (join).

You can also connect with Macites using these two great new LinkedIn features:

LinkedIn Classmates makes it easy to explore alumni from your college. Interactive graphs show where alumni work and live and what they’re doing now.

Streamlined Job Sharing allows any member to easily repost LinkedIn job descriptions to any LinkedIn group. When viewing a job on LinkedIn, click "Share this Job" and post it to the MC2 subgroup.
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Blast from the Past: Tobogganing Craze

This toboggan chute was built on campus during the 1917-18 academic year.

Tobogganing used to be such a popular winter activity at Mac in the late 1800s that every year the college built a 40-foot toboggan chute on Shaw Field, and the men's dorm was "lined with 'tobies.'"  The chute had several incarnations, but was eventually replaced with an ice skating rink.

To learn more, and see what else was happening on campus 100 years ago, search historic Mac student newspapers in our online archives.
Visit the Macalester Archives website

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Scots Watch:
Mac's 16th Academic All-American


Taylor Rasmussen '13 has been selected as a Capital One / CoSida Academic All-American in men's soccer. Across all varsity sports, he is Macalester's 16th Academic All-America selection since 1982 and the first since 2005.

A mathematics and applied statistics double major with a 3.81 cumulative grade point average, Rasmussen led the Scots to a 10-7-1 record and fourth-place MIAC finish by scoring 14 goals. He was the MIAC goal-scoring champ each of the last two years.

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Alumni News

Alumni trip to Israel & Palestine
planned for June 2012


The alumni office is organizing a rare opportunity for alumni and their guests in June: a tour of Israel & Palestine led by Andy Overman, Macalester's Harry Drake Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Fine Arts. In addition to visiting the Macalester-led excavation at Omrit, the 16-person group will visit sites critical to Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the ancient Roman world. Space is limited.
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Three couples win "An Evening with the President"


Three Summit Society members and their guests will have an especially festive December after their names were randomly drawn in the Annual Fund's "An Evening with the President" contest.

On Friday, Dec. 16, Darlene Uhlendorf Lee ’63 and David Lee (Wausau, Wis.), David List ’74 and Erica Tesdell ’76 (St. Paul), and David Saunders-Scott ’02 and Nell Saunders-Scott ’04 (La Crosse, Wis.) will unpack their bags in Macalester’s newly renovated Alumni House and enjoy a private dinner with President Brian Rosenberg and Dr. Carol Rosenberg before the group heads to the Guthrie Theater's production of A Christmas Carol.

“I was flabbergasted that we won,” Tesdell says. “We are not big donors, but we give regularly, and it all adds up. We're looking forward to a festive evening!”

Everyone who gave to the Annual Fund between June 1, 2011, and November 11, 2011, was entered into the "Evening with the President" drawing.

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Macbassador of the Month: Neale Miller '72


For many years, Neale Miller '72 has gone out of his way to welcome groups of visiting Mac students, coordinate alumni events, and elevate Macalester's alumni presence in New Orleans. "My affiliation with the college is something of which I am very proud," he says. For these reasons, we are proud to name Neale as December's Macbassador of the Month.

Neale says he is motivated to volunteer for Mac to help today's students discover new paths through inspiring professors. "David Hopper, Jim Stewart, and David McCurdy all had a formative influence on my life," he says. "Each of these professors helped open a door for me that I did not previously know existed. I have no doubt that their legacy has been preserved and is being perpetuated by today's faculty."

Neale witnesses that legacy each January when he connects with Macalester's Bonner Scholars on their annual service project to Louisiana. "I see a strong social conscience in the students with whom I have interacted in New Orleans, a willingness to take seriously their roles as change agents," he says.

Neale says he strongly supports Macalester's "long-standing commitment to global outreach and cultural exchange." In addition to volunteering his time for his alma mater, he is also a Summit Society member and has given to Mac every year since he graduated.
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