In this issue: Weatherford honored by Mongolia, Macalester to turn 138, the founding of BLAC, Chuck Green to lead Alumni College Summer Session 2012, the next Women's Canoe trip, and more...
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Mac Wire

February 2012

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

Mongolian foundation and prize named for Jack Weatherford


Mongolia has created a foundation and prize in honor of Macalester professor and best-selling author Jack Weatherford. The first Jack Weatherford Prize and medal were issued in January. He will speak at Commencement on May 12.

In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

Macalester to turn 138 at Founders Day

"Bus out of the Bubble" events planned for students

Blast from the Past: The founding of BLAC

Scots Watch: Peters joins 1,000-point club

Chuck Green to lead Alumni College Summer Session 2012 on Democracy

Next Women's Canoe Trip planned for the Boundary Waters

Sounds of Blackness nominated for two NAACP awards

Macbassador of the Month: John Ring ‘51

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Macalester to turn 138 at Founders Day

Image: Macalester's Founders

Founders Day celebrates these Macalester legends, clockwise, from top: Esther Suzuki, John Davis, Margaret Doty, Catharine Lealtad, Mary Gwen Owen, Charles Turck, Ted Mitau, and James Wallace (center).

Macalester students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and friends will celebrate the 138th anniversary of the college receiving its charter at Founders Day, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Friday, March 2, in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. All alumni are welcome.

Founders Day began in 1938, both to commemorate the day Rev. Dr. Edward Duffield Neill obtained the charter for Macalester from the Minnesota Legislature on March 5, 1874, and to celebrate the 89th birthday of James Wallace, who served as college president for 12 years. The tradition continued through the early 1970s and was revived again in March 2004.

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"Bus out of the Bubble" events help Mac students explore career possibilities

This semester, Alumni Relations and the Career Development Center have launched a new program designed to get students off campus and into the workplace with alums.

Unlike a normal internship or job-shadowing experience, "Bus Out of the Bubble" provides a group of students the chance to travel together to a business or organization with an alumni connection, including organizations that employ a host of Mac grads or are owned or operated by an alum. During these half-day excursions, students will learn more about the types of organizations our alumni work for and what kind of work they do. Each experience will include a tour, remarks from alumni working at the organization, and a lunch gathering of multiple alumni from the field or at the workplace.

This year's inaugural program includes trips to Minnesota Public Radio, the Mayo Clinic Medical School and Transplant Center, and a sustainability tour featuring businesses in the Green Building and lunch at Common Roots Cafe in Minneapolis.

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Blast from the Past: The founding of BLAC


A Macalester student reading a newspaper in Black House.

The Black Liberation Affairs Committee came together in the late 1960s, receiving recognition from the Community Council as an official student organization on March 5, 1968.

Its original objectives were "firstly to educate the black students more fully of themselves, and to make them aware of their role in the Black Revolution; Secondly, to involve ourselves in the black community, and lastly, but none the least, to educate the white youth on campus, and to destroy some of the myths still perpetrated." BLAC helped organize and sponsor Black Week, Black History Month, and Black Graduation; published the newspaper Imani; and participated in community service through groups such as the Inner City Youth League.

Find out more about Macalester in the 1960s, and years further past, in our online archives.

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Scots Watch: Peters joins 1,000-point club


Forward Pierce Peters '13 reached the 1,000-point milestone in career scoring for the men’s basketball team when he converted a three-point play late in the game against St. Thomas on Jan. 13 at the Leonard Center. Peters is the 19th player in the history of Macalester’s men’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points and one of just a few to accomplish this in his junior season.

Peters, who just a week earlier was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Division III team, is currently ranked third in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) in scoring, second in three-point shooting percentage, sixth in rebounding and second in blocked shots. He has netted 31 points in one game this season and 28 in a couple others.

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Alumni News

Chuck Green to lead Alumni College Summer Session 2012 on Democracy


Professor Chuck Green is faculty convener for Summer Session 2012.

Will democracy survive? It’s a widely affirmed ideal, but is democracy possible in today’s world? Or will economic realities, historic cultural clashes, terrorism and other crises overwhelm democratic initiatives? What are democracy’s costs and benefits?

Explore these and related questions at the Alumni College Summer Session 2012, July 22-25, with faculty convener Professor Chuck Green. Limited to 40 participants, the two-and-a-half-day session will approach the topic of democracy from a variety of academic perspectives.
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Next Women's Canoe Trip planned for the Boundary Waters


Last year, a group of nine Mac alumnae gathered for a canoeing and camping adventure along the Namekagon River. The trip was such a success, we have decided to plan another one. This summer, we invite you to join us as we canoe and camp in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness from Thursday, Aug. 16, to Monday, Aug. 20.
Women's Canoe Trip details

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Sounds of Blackness nominated for two NAACP Image Awards


Sounds of Blackness released this HD video for their single "Fly Again" on YouTube. Watch video


Sounds of Blackness, a vocal musical group founded at Macalester, has been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards. The group's self-titled album is nominated for "Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration" and "Outstanding World Music Album."

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast live 8/7c Friday, Feb. 17, on NBC stations. Tune in to cheer on Macalester's own!
Watch the music video "Fly Again"

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Macbassador of the Month: John Ring '51


Since graduating from Macalester 60 years ago, John Ring '51 has worked tirelessly to stay in touch with his classmates. He has served on Reunion planning committees and the Alumni Board, volunteered at Annual Fund phonathons, and serves as a Class Agent. For years, John has called and connected with every member of his class. For his ongoing dedication, John Ring is February's Macbassador of the Month.

John enjoys reminiscing with his classmates about their Macalester experiences. One common theme in these conversations is the strong relationships his classmates developed with their professors. "My classmates were no-nonsense learners and quickly took to the student-faculty mentor relationship," he says. John says these positive relationships drive his classmates' willingness to support the college and talk to him whenever he calls. That enthusiasm feeds his own desire to stay connected.

John credits his classmates for their strong ties to each other and the college. "At our age, we're not young chickens," he says. "We've experienced enough to know a good thing." For John, volunteering to support Mac by reaching out to all of his classmates every year is rewarding and fun.
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5:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 16
D.C. Alumni Happy Hour
Russia House Restaurant & Lounge

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

1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18
M Club Winter Sports Day
Alumni Gym, Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex

2 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
Room 250, Olin-Rice Science Center

7 p.m. Wed., Feb. 22
Oscars Review with Colin Covert '74
Weyerhaeuser Board Room, Weyerhaeuser Hall (Please note change of location)

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

11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24
American Studies Conference Response to Keynote Address and Lunch
Weyerhaeuser Board Room and Lounge, Weyerhaeuser Hall

4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Asian Languages & Cultures Spring Seminar
4th floor lounge, Old Main

7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
An evening of Jazz with Chicago-area alumni
Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago

7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
Macalester FaceAIDS Benefit Fashion Show
Smail Gallery, Olin-Rice Science Center

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
Room 250, Olin-Rice Science Center

7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28
Discuss We with Twin Cities alumni
Hosted by Anna Everett Beek '06

1:30 p.m. Sat., March 3
See Two Gentlemen of Verona with D.C. alums
Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C.

11:30am Tuesday, March 6
Inaugural Lecture of David L. Blaney
John B Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

7 p.m. Thursday, March 8
Discuss My Abandonment with Portland-area alumni
Hosted by Amy Kirkman '89, contact Amy for directions

8 p.m. Thursday, March 8
Bay Area Alumni Theatre Night
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, 450 Post St., San Francisco

6 p.m. Thursday, March 15
Step Forward "Thank You" Reception in London
University Women's Club

10 a.m. Sat., March 17
President Brian Rosenberg in London to discuss "Why Dickens Matters"
Museum of London

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

8 p.m. Monday, April 2
Mac Jazz Concert
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

5 p.m. Thursday, April 5
The Inaugural Lecture of Satoko Suzuki
Weyerhaeuser Board Room, Weyerhaeuser Hall

8 p.m. Saturday, April 14
Macalester Orchestra Concert
Macalester Plymouth United Church

3 p.m. Sunday, April 15
Macalester Early Music Ensemble
Alumni House

8 p.m. Friday, April 20
Mac Jazz Concert
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

8 p.m. Friday, April 27
Macalester Chamber Music Ensembles Concert
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

8 p.m. Saturday, April 28
African Music Ensemble Concert
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

3 p.m. Sunday, April 29
Macalester Choirs: Night Sings to Morning
St Paul's United Church of Christ

Friday-Sunday, June 1-3
Reunion 2012
On Campus

July 22-25

Alumni College
Summer Session 2012

On Campus

August 16-20

Women's Canoe Trip
Boundary Waters

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