In this issue: Step Forward campaign a historic success, donors invited to regional
"thank you" events, Henry West teaches alumni ancient philosophy,
student checks in about Exploreship, and more...
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Mac Wire

January 2012

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

Step Forward campaign a historic success

In addition to providing funding for three major construction projects on campus, the Step Forward campaign also created new scholarships, student-faculty research funds, endowed professorships, and more.

More than 20,000 donors, including 65 percent of all alumni, supported Macalester with more than $156 million during the three-year Step Forward campaign that officially ended on December 31.

In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

Thank you for Stepping Forward

Blast from the Past: Nixon's 1960 visit

Scots Watch: 4th Annual Alumni Track Meet

Henry West to teach alumni about ancient philosophy

Annual Fund hosts "Thank-a-thon"

Mac students enriched by Exploreships

Class Notes

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Thank you for Stepping Forward


Step Forward donors are invited to celebrate the campaign's successes at regional "thank you" events. The first celebration is in Phoenix on Thursday, Jan. 19. The upcoming celebrations will be held in Seattle (Thursday, Jan. 26), San Francisco (Friday, Jan. 27), Los Angeles (Saturday, Jan. 28), Chicago (Feb. 21), London (March 15), New York City (March 27), Washington, D.C. (March 29), and Boston (March 30).

Twin Cities alumni will celebrate the conclusion of the campaign at four events for these class-year ranges: 1950s and earlier (the morning of April 26), 1960s and 1970s (April 18), 1980s and 1990s (Feb. 3) and 2000s (the evening of April 26).

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Blast from the Past: Nixon's 1960 visit


Presidential candidate Richard Nixon visited Mac in 1960.

Media coverage of the Republican primaries and caucuses remind us of past Republican candidates for president who have visited Macalester. On September 17, 1960, Vice President Richard Nixon spoke at the Macalester Fieldhouse for a "Nixon for President" rally organized in part by Macalester’s Republican Club. Although Nixon lost the 1960 presidential race to John F. Kennedy, a post-election issue of The Mac Weekly points out that Nixon would have won by a landslide if the Macalester students of the time were the sole electors; Nixon received 626 votes from the Macalester student body, whereas Kennedy only received 218.


The old Fieldhouse was packed for Nixon's 1960 campaign visit.

Will today's Republican student group convince their favorite presidential hopeful to visit Mac in 2012? Only time will tell. Explore historical issues of The Mac Weekly to learn more about candidate visits throughout the years, in our online archives.
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Scots Watch: 4th Annual Alumni Track Meet


Track & field alumni at the 2011 Alumni Track Meet.

Macalester track & field alumni are gathering for the 4th annual Alumni Track Meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Leonard Center Fieldhouse. Participants will compete in field and running events. Everyone is welcome to come and cheer some of Mac's former student athletes. For more information, email Martin Peper at
Event details

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Alumni News

Henry West to teach alumni about ancient philosophy


More than 50 alumniand Mac neighbors have signed up to learn about Ancient Philosophy with Professor Henry West this February. Professor West will highlight some of the most important ideas of ancient Greek philosophers. The format will be informal and discussion-oriented.

The four sessions will cover The Pre-Socratics and Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and The Stoics and Epicureans. The group will meet Tuesdays from 7:30-9 a.m. There is no cost to participate in this no-credit crash course. All Macalester alumni are welcome to attend, but registration is required.
Register to attend

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Annual Fund hosts "Thank-a-thon"


Dale Turnham '58 making "thank you" calls for Mac.
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All day today, January 19, Macalester Annual Fund volunteers, including alumni, staff, faculty, and students, are calling donors to thank them for giving during the Step Forward campaign.

If you are among the 65 percent of alumni who supported Mac during the historic three-year campaign, we thank you for your generosity.

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Mac students enriched by Exploreships

Student Marta LeFevre-Levy '14 (left) shadowed Chris Jandro '04 (right) at Avalon School for her Exploreship.

Macalester students are gaining valuable insight and meaningful experience this month thanks to alumni in the Twin Cities, New York City, and D.C. who have volunteered to host sophomores through our Exploreship job-shadowing program this January.

We've been receiving many positive reports from students about their experiences, including this one from Marta LeFevre-Levy '14 who shadowed Chris Jandro '04, a middle and high school biology teacher at Avalon School in St. Paul.
More about Marta's Exploreship in her own words

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Class Notes

These alumni have recently posted class notes in MacDirect, our online community for alumni (login to view):

Erin DeRuggiero '96
David Tallman '00

Molly Swallow Reilly '02

John Buzza '67

Allison Wegren '09

James Hickman '75
Laura Bartlow '02
Jessica Prom Klander '04
Martha Coe '11

Rachel Billowitz '95

Erik Brandt '95

Michael Eastman '93

Zachary Morrow '08

What's your news? Post a note and your name will appear in the next edition of Mac Wire.
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Join Chuck Green and other Macalester faculty for our 5th Annual Summer Session, July 22-25.


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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
Mac's tickets are sold out!

7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24
Discuss The Handmaid's Tale with Twin Cities Alumni
Home of Emily Erickson '08

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3
New Music Series: Matt Haimovitz, solo cello
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7
Session 1: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy with Professor Henry West
Old Main 010
Registration Required

11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7
Inaugural Lecture of Thomas L. Varberg
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
African Music Ensemble
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons
No tickets required

7:30am Tuesday, Feb. 14
Session 2: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy with Professor Henry West
Old Main 009

5:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 16
D.C. Alumni Happy Hour
Russia House Restaurant & Lounge, 1800 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17
Opera Scenes
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19
Opera Scenes
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21
Session 3: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy with Professor Henry West
Old Main 009

7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 22
Oscars Review with Colin Covert '74
John B Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
13th Annual American Studies Conference Keynote Address
Kagin, Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
Macalester Orchestra Concert: Concerto and Aria Winners
Macalester Plymouth United Church

7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28
Session 4: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy with Professor Henry West
Old Main 009

Noon Thursday, Mar. 8
Music Department Thursday Noon Recital
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

10 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 17
President Brian Rosenberg in London to discuss Dickens
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London
$11 (USD) for museum admissison, lunch not included.

6 p.m. Friday, Mar. 23
Relay For Life
Fieldhouse, Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex
$10 (additional fundraising is appreciated!)

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