In this issue: Commencement is May 12, Common Good Books now open, Theatre & Dance presents "The Laramie Project," regional Facebook groups connect Macites, and more...
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Mac Wire

April 2012

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

Commencement 2012 is Saturday, May 12


Macalester's Class of 2012 will graduate on Saturday, May 12. This year's Commencement speaker is best-selling author and DeWitt Wallace Professor of Anthropology Jack Weatherford. All Macites are welcome to attend the ceremony.
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In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

Common Good Books opens at Mac

Meet three world citizens

Macalester presents "The Laramie Project"

Scots Watch: Baseball team off to quick conference start

Mac alumni named to "40 Under Forty" list

New regional Facebook groups help alumni connect

Macbassador of the Month: Peter Ahn '87

Class Notes

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Common Good Books opens at Mac


The bookstore owned by public radio celebrity Garrison Keillor opened at its new Macalester location on Monday, April 9. As part of the store's grand opening on Tuesday, May 1, Keillor will read spring poetry at 7 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel. Common Good Books will host author talks and other events on campus.
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Meet three world citizens


Erica Martinez '12, Diego Melo Ascenscio '12, and Shahar Eberzhon '12 presented their views on global citizenship to students and faculty. Watch video of their panel discussion

Three standout students were finalists for Mac’s 2012 Global Citizenship Student Award.

Macalester has long been known for its internationalism. One of the ways it recognizes that value is to annually bestow a Global Citizenship Student Award on the graduating senior who best demonstrates a commitment to the ideals and practice of high academic performance, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement.

This year’s winner was Shahar Eberzhon '12 of Beer-Sheva, Israel. The other finalists were Diego Melo Ascenscio '12 (Bogota, Colombia), and Erica Martinez '12 (Denver). Each student was nominated by a faculty or staff member; together they demonstrate the breadth and depth of Macalester students' commitment to and interest in internationalism.
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Macalester presents "The Laramie Project"


Back row, left to right: Jeesun Choi '13 and University of St. Thomas student Mohamed Samatar '14. Front row, left to right, Naomi Madaras '15, Thalia Kostman '12, and David Jacobson '13.

The Theatre and Dance Department presents "The Laramie Project," by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theatre Project, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater this month. The production is directed by Professor Harry Waters, Jr.

Research for the "The Laramie Project" began one month after a horrific crime occurred in the city of Laramie, Wyo. In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay student registered at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a cattle fence, beaten about the head, robbed, and left to die on a bitterly cold night in October. The play, based on more than 200 interviews with 100 Laramie residents as well as on journal entries from the members of Tectonic Theater Project, resulted in a collage of reflections and reactions to the murder.

Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors and groups. Remaining performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14. At 2 p.m. April 14 there will be a special symposium about the show in the MainStage Theatre. All are welcome. Call the theater box office at 651-696-6359 for tickets.
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Scots Watch: Baseball team off to quick conference start


Nick Mar '15 hit three doubles in the recent game against Bethel. Photo by Christopher Mitchell '01 / Sport Shot Photo.

Macalester’s baseball team, defending Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) co-champs, has won six of its first eight league games in defense of the title, and is 16-11 for the season. The Scots are 10-3 over their past 13 games under MIAC Coach of the Year Matt Parrington, having gained MIAC sweeps already over St. Olaf, Gustavus, and Bethel.

Catcher Robert Williams '12 was recently named to the national team of the week and was also selected as MIAC player of the week. He is hitting .443 with 28 runs batted in. Pitcher Nick Meerson '12 is 6-1 on the mound.

Hot-hitting Scots, other than Williams, include Mitch Glasser '12 with a .360 batting average, Garrett Salzman '12 at .351 and Ross Bronfenbrenner '14 at .346.
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Alumni News

Mac alumni named to "40 Under Forty" list


Two Mac alumni—Lee Wallace '95, CEO of Peace Coffee, and Gary Collins '93, chief of surgery for Regions Hospital—were among the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s "40 under Forty" honorees for 2012.

Collins has acquired a national reputation not just for his surgical skills but for his management skills, having developed new ways to treat patients more quickly and safely. He opened an acute care surgery service at Regions that gets patients care faster and will save almost $400,000 for the hospital this year. His patient safety work was recently singled out for praise by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

Wallace has built Peace Coffee with an eye toward sustainable growth, for the business as well as for the world. Her company has thrived with a focus on fair trade coffee and low-impact business practices. She is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson and Humphrey schools and sits on the Fair Trade Resource Network’s board of directors.

As the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal said of this group, "In their relatively short careers so far, these men and women have already made a name for themselves in industries ranging from real estate to banking, from technology to medicine. If you don’t know them already, you should—year after year, our 40 Under Forty honorees have proven they’re bound for even greater things."
Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal's "40 under Forty"

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New regional Facebook groups help alumni connect


Facebook created this illustration of their worldwide traffic in December 2010. Alumni have started using these Facebook groups to connect with each other by region.

Looking for more ways to connect with Macites near you? Check out these new regional Macalester groups on Facebook. They are open to members of the Macalester community including alumni, current students, and Macalester people who are passing through looking for friendly faces.

Alumni chapters in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, and other cities are well rooted and have been sharing alumni stories and holding college events for years. Now dozens of new Facebook groups started by the Alumni Board will help facilitate Macite-to-Macite connections in other regions as well. One of the most successful of these groups so far is Macalester Jamaica, which grew to more than 55 members in its first week alone.

If you or someone you know is willing to help manage your local group, please email Associate Director of Alumni Relations Daymond Dean '91 at If you don’t see a group in your area, contact Daymond for instructions for how to set one up.
View list of regional Macalester Facebook groups

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Macbassador of the Month: Peter Ahn '87


When Reunion weekend rolls around, Peter Ahn '87 may let out a sigh of relief. Besides being a cofounder and partner in the Minneapolis-based Hemisphere Companies and a member of Macalester’s Board of Trustees, Ahn is chairing the Class of 1987’s 25-Year Reunion Committee.

"Peter Ahn has been an enthusiastic chair for the Class of 1987 25th Reunion," says Director of Alumni Relations Gabrielle Lawrence '73. "He has recruited an excellent committee, which has set ambitious goals for class attendance and participation."

Although this has been a particularly busy year for Ahn, his dedication to Macalester stretches back to his graduation. He has spoken to economics classes, served as a career networking resource, and provided job shadowing opportunities. He also serves as an Annual Fund class agent, was a member of the Step Forward campaign steering committee, served on the lead gift and Grand Society committees, and has made an Annual Fund gift every year since 1990.

"I volunteer because I can, I have the time, and I love Macalester," Peter says. "If I can connect alumni to the college, provide an opportunity for them to come back and learn about today's student experience and see the importance of Macalester, then volunteering becomes even more meaningful."
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Class Notes

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

James Rutenbeck '75
Mary Ann Hoffman '71
Mic Hunter '79
Julia Quanrud '09


What's your news? Post a note and a link to it will appear in the next edition of Mac Wire.
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Reunion 2012
Reunion 2012 is happening June 1-3. All alumni, faculty & staff are welcome!


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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

Noon Thursday, April 19
Music Department Thursday Noon Recital
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

7 p.m. Thursday, April 19
Discuss Sarah's Key with Portland area alumni
Hosted by Jack Cluth '82

5 p.m. Friday, April 20
Boston alumni happy hour and concert
Bukowski's Tavern 1281 Cambridge Street; Cambridge, MA

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

8:30 a.m. Sat., April 21
Enjoy a Spring Wildflower Hike with Portland area alumni
Gateway Transit Center, 1300 NE 99th Avenue, Portland, Ore.

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

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24
Discuss The Satanic Verses with Twin Cities alumni
Hosted by Carlye Novak '09

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

12 p.m. Thursday, April 26
Music Department Thursday Noon Recital
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

5:30 p.m. Thurs., April 26
Colorado Chapter Launch Party
1200 Vine St., 10th Fl. Party Room, Denver, CO

6 p.m. Thursday, 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

8:45 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, 900 Summit Ave., St. Paul

7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1
Spring Poetry with Garrison Keillor
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

9 a.m. Saturday, May 5
Volunteer with alumni at the Mather School
Mather Elementary School, 1 Parish Street, Dorchester, MA 02122

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

Friday-Sunday, June 1-3
Reunion 2012

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

July 22-25, 2012
Alumni College Summer Session 2012: Will Democracy Survive?
On Campus

4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5
Join alumni to watch the Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas

JELD-WEN Field, Portland, Ore. Tickets: $32.

August 16-22

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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