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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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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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.
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.
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.
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 D3baseball.com 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.
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."
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 email@example.com. If you don’t see a group in your area, contact Daymond for instructions for how to set one up.
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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