In this issue: Reunion 2012 registration is open, more than 6,000 students apply for Mac,
The e-newsletter for Macalester alumni, parents, and friends.
Reunion 2012 is June 1-3 and alumni from all class years are rushing to register. The schedule includes the presentation of our 2012 Alumni Awards, class and cluster dinners, live music, faculty lectures, topical discussions, and plenty of time to reconnect with your Mac friends. All alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome!
Video of the Month
|Share this Edition
For the second year in a row, more than 6,000 students applied to Macalester.
Jeff Allen, director of admissions, told The Mac Weekly, "... applications to Mac demonstrate that the college is healthy with a mission that is alive and well."
Last year, Macalester received a record of 6,111 applications. This year, the college received 6,029.
Macalester recently granted tenure status to professors (pictured above from left to right) Dan Trudeau, Geography; Chuen-Fung Wong, Music; Laura Smith '94, Geography; Vittorio Addona, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; Darcy Burgund, Psychology; Christopher Wells, Environmental Studies; and (inset) Liang Ding, Economics. Join us in congratulating Mac's newly tenured professors.
From protesting women's curfew hours in the dorms to establishing the Women's Resource Center, the 1950s through the 1970s were a rich time for women organizing on campus.
Organizations such as the Association of Women Students, the Mac Student Feminists, and the Macalester Feminist Collective hosted teach-ins, helped increase feminist resources available on campus, and raised the consciousness of students, staff, and faculty. Read more about early groups and activities, including the popular Redstocking Coffeehouse, in historical issues of The Mac Weekly.
(You may also want to explore the online public history project Molly Brookfield '09 produced when she was a student.)
Most of Macalester's spring sports teams headed to warmer climates over spring break, March 9-18, to compete and train.
Macalester's softball squad went to Florida for the National Training Center Games in Clermont, and the baseball team is playing at the Matt Winn Classic in the Phoenix area. The golfers made their annual trip for practice and competition to Jekyll Island in Georgia.
As they have done for years, the men's and women's tennis team are playing matches this week at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. The women's water polo team played eight games in southern California and will close out spring break with four games in Washington, Pa.
Two Mac alumni are among the finalists for the 24th annual Minnesota Books Awards, which will be presented Tuesday, April 24, in St. Paul.
Shawn Lawrence Otto '84, author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, and Eric Dregni '90, author of Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America, were both nominated in the General Nonfiction category.
Nearly every year at least one Macalester alumnus or faculty member has a book nominated for these awards. Minnesota residents can participate by voting for the Readers' Choice Award on the MN Book Awards Facebook page.
Through Macalester's alumni travel program, a small group of alumni toured Vietnam in February with faculty host Adrienne Christiansen.
Professor Christiansen says, "Traveling with our alums in Vietnam and Cambodia was a bit like being in a Macalester classroom where the students are eager to discuss and have done all the readings. All of us had powerful memories of the Khmer Rouge, the Vietnam War, or anti-war protests in the U.S. More than occasionally we were struck silent as we reflected on how these events changed us and changed the people of Southeast Asia."
Macalester's DeWitt Wallace Library is now providing access to its JSTOR collections to all Macalester alumni in 2012 as part of a pilot project. JSTOR is the largest archival collection of scholarly journals. It covers most subjects, and includes materials from as far back as the 1700s. JSTOR does not include current content, and for most journals, the embargo is five years. However, it is considered an important resource for academics and includes over 1,000 journals.
A link to alumni access instructions was included in the email version of this Mac Wire. If you have misplaced it, you can request the instructions using this form.
The youngest-ever president of the Macalester Alumni Board, Khaled Habayeb '03, is a true believer in his alma mater. "I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for the support of Macalester faculty and alumni," he says, citing everything from financial aid to faculty mentorship to alumni job help.
Before joining the Alumni Board, Khaled was already an active East Coast alumni volunteer. As a student and new grad, he says, he benefited greatly from alumni connections maintained by his mentor, economics professor Karl Egge. Egge regularly incorporated alumni guest lecturers’ presentations in the classroom and taught students about the world of economics by annually taking them to New York City to meet alumni working on Wall Street.
Despite his busy schedule as both vice president of Equity Capital Markets at J.P. Morgan and an MBA student, Khaled has graciously helped with alumni events in New York, connected with students, and returned to campus for Alumni Board meetings and other events. He has also supported the Annual Fund each year since graduation. Why take on so much? Says Khaled, "I feel it’s my obligation to give back in any way possible. And I just happen to enjoy doing it, too."
Khaled demonstrates a pride in the college built on his knowledge of Macalester as well as his familiarity with other colleges and their graduates. "I've interacted with enough students from across the country to know that the quality of Mac students is second to none. It makes me proud to be a Mac grad and prouder still to support its current students."
These alumni have recently posted class notes in MacDirect, our online community for alumni (login to view):
What's your news? Post a note and a link to it will appear in the next edition of Mac Wire.
Never miss another Macalester event! Subscribe to our online calendars. Options
Sat., March 17
Friday, March 23
Sat., March 24
Sunday, Mar. 25
6:30 p.m. Tues., March 27
Tuesday, March 27
6:30 p.m. Wed., March 28
6 p.m. Thurs., March 29
3 p.m. Saturday, March 31
Monday, April 2
April 5-7 & April 12-14
Thursday, April 5
Saturday, April 14
Sunday, April 15
Sunday, April 15
6 p.m. Wed., April 18
Friday, April 20
Sunday, April 22
7:30 a.m. Thurs., April 26
6 p.m., Thurs. April 26
Friday, April 27
Friday & Saturday,
Sat., April 28
Saturday, April 28
Sunday, April 29
Friday, May 11
1:30 p.m. Sat., May 12
Friday-Sunday, June 1-3
Saturday, June 16
Mac in Social Media...
Mac Wire is an e-newsletter for alumni, parents, and friends of Macalester College.