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Mac Wire

March 2012

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

Reunion 2012 registration is open


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!
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In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

More than 6,000 students apply to Mac

Seven professors receive tenure

Blast from the Past: Mac women's groups

Scots Watch: Spring break travel for teams

Two alumni nominated for 2012 Minnesota Book Awards

Mac alumni travel to Vietnam

JSTOR is now available to Mac alumni

Macbassador of the Month: Khaled Habayeb '03

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More than 6,000 students apply to Mac

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.
Read The Mac Weekly story

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Seven professors receive tenure


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.
More about these professors and their specialties

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Blast from the Past: Mac women's groups


Carol Meadows '78 at work in the Women's Resource Center, a project of the Mac Community Feminists. From the Sept. 23, 1977, edition of The Mac Weekly

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.)
Explore The Mac Weekly archives

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Scots Watch: Spring break travel for teams


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.
Mac Athletics spring break schedule & scoreboard

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Alumni News

Two alumni nominated for 2012 Minnesota Book Awards


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.
More about the Minnesota Book Awards

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Mac alumni travel to Vietnam


Mike Wacek '78, Peggy Heppelmann, Donna Boer Orr '69, Beverly Goodman '59, Henriette Berge P'95, Shannon Godfrey '68, Patricia Sopper, Kathleen Flynn-Barnett, Barbara Sausen '65 P'97'93, Tommy Bonner, Dennis Wayne Berge '67 P'95, and Vicky Karaiskou take in a presentation while touring Vietnam.

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."

Next, alumni will travel to Turkey, Oct. 23-Nov. 6. For details email Gabrielle Lawrence at
Visit the alumni travel website

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JSTOR is now available to Mac alumni


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.

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Macbassador of the Month: Khaled Habayeb '03


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."
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Our 2012 Macalester Women's Canoe Trip to the BWCA was so popular we are offering a second excursion Aug. 21-25!
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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!)

2 p.m. Sat., March 24
Senior Recital: Music Major Claire Biringer, soprano
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

2 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 25
Senior Recital: Music Major Joe Nagel
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

6:30 p.m. Tues., March 27
NYC Step Forward Celebration
Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th St. New York City

7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27
Discuss The Elegance of the Hedgehog with Twin Cities alumni
Hosted by Kaia Erickson-Pearson '10

6:30 p.m. Wed., March 28
D.C. Step Forward Celebration
The University Club of Washington, D.C., 1135 16th Street NW

6 p.m. Thurs., March 29
Boston Step Forward Celebration

Seaport Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston

3 p.m. Saturday, March 31
Senior Recital: Music Minor Naomi Sussman, flute
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

8 p.m. Monday, April 2
Mac Pop Combos
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

April 5-7 & April 12-14
The Laramie Project

MainStage Theatre, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

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

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

2 p.m. Sunday, April 15
Junior Recital: Ida Nitter, flute
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

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

6 p.m. Wed., April 18
Twin Cities Step Forward Celebration for 1960s & '70s alumni
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

8 p.m. Friday, April 20
MacJazz with The Orange Mighty Trio
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22
Senior Recital: Music major John Carvalho, piano
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

7:30 a.m. Thurs., April 26
Twin Cities Step Forward Celebration for 1940s & '50s alumni
Hall of Fame Room, Leonard Center

6 p.m., Thurs. April 26
Twin Cities Step Forward Celebration for 2000s & '10s alumni

Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

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

Friday & Saturday,
April 27 & 28

Spring Dance Concert
Main Stage Theatre, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

8:30 a.m. Sat., April 28
yMac Service Project in conjunction with the Mississippi River Fund
Twin Cities, Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul (North Entrance)

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

8 p.m. Friday, May 11
Macalester Seniors in Recital
Macalester Plymouth United Church

1:30 p.m. Sat., May 12
Commencement 2012
On the lawn

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

9 a.m. Saturday, June 16
Volunteer with Chicago area alumni
Greater Chicago Food Depository, 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago

Aug. 16-20

Macalester Women's Canoe Trip: Boundary Waters Canoe Area 2012
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Northern Minnesota

August 21-25

Macalester Women's Canoe Trip: Boundary Waters Canoe Area 2012
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Northern Minnesota


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