In this issue: Macalester receives $1.3M HHMI grant, 11,795 donors support Mac in FY 2012, Reunion 2012 photos, host families needed for two popular programs, and more...
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Mac Wire

June 2012

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

Macalester receives $1.3M grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Macalester was one of 47 small U.S. colleges and universities to receive a Howard Hughes Medical Institute award in support of undergraduate science education. The funding will be used to promote curricular innovation and to provide local and global research experiences for students.
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11,795 donors support Mac in FY 2012

Mac and Carleton professors team up to study Minnesota's environmental history

Alumni & friends invited to host Macalester students through two popular programs

Scots welcome three new coaches

Ursula Vernon '98 is Hugo Award nominee

Charles Baxter '69 wins The Rea Award for the Short Story

Macbassador of the Month: Jean Eddy Reissner '62

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11,795 donors support Mac in FY 2012

The books have closed on Macalester’s 2012 fiscal year, with a push in late May led by Annual Fund staff and volunteers that generated more online gifts in the last two days of the month than in any other two-day window in Macalester's history. The Annual Fund raised $3.4 million of its $3.75 million goal and 38 percent of alumni gave compared to 40 percent last fiscal year. This year, gifts to Macalester totaled more than $14 million.

Within the results, there were several highlights:

  • The Class of 1962 surpassed its goal with an impressive 68 percent participation rate to commemorate its 50-year Reunion.
  • The Class of 1987 set its highest participation rate ever in honor of its 25-year Reunion, thanks in part to a challenge from a classmate who pledged an additional $20,000 gift if the class reached its participation goal.
  • The alumni community’s newest members in the Class of 2012 set a participation record for their Senior Class Gift, with 60 percent of the class supporting the fund, a full 6 percentage points higher than the previous record. That achievement earned the recent graduates a space named for their class in the newly renovated Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center.

Volunteers were a major piece of the fundraising effort. “Our volunteers worked so hard this year,” says Danielle Nelson ’05, director of the Annual Fund. “Their energy was astounding and inspiring. Every donor and volunteer helps strengthen the student experience at Macalester immediately and into the future, and we'll carry that momentum and enthusiasm into the new fiscal year.”
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Mac and Carleton professors team up to study Minnesota's environmental history

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Professor Chris Wells

Professor Chris Wells and Carleton Professor George Vrtis have received a grant of $102,522 from the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) to advance research focused on the environmental history of Minnesota.

As a result of the grant, Macalester, Carleton, and the Minnesota Historical Society are jointly convening a conference June 13-15 on the state's environmental history. The conference will be at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.
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Alumni & friends invited to host Macalester students through two popular programs

Two Macalester host family programs are looking for volunteers for the 2012-13 academic year: Friends of Macalester International Students (FoMIS) and the Alumni of Color and Friends Host Family Program for Students of Color and Multiracial Students. All Twin Cities alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are welcome to apply.

Through FoMIS, volunteer host families become an international student's link to the larger Twin Cities community. Hosts and students attend a kick-off event in September and typically get together about once a month. Learn more about FoMIS here. To volunteer, complete this form. The program is sponsored by Macalester's International Student Programs department.

Through the Alumni of Color and Friends Host Family Program for Students of Color and Multiracial Students program, hosts build a connection with domestic students of color by meeting with them periodically and helping them feel more at home within the Twin Cities community. Hosts and students attend a kick-off event in September and  participate in four additional gatherings throughout the academic year. Hosts are encouraged to plan additional activities with their students. The program is cosponsored by Alumni Relations and Multicultural Life. To volunteer, complete this form.

All Twin Cities alumni and friends are invited to sign up as hosts for either or both programs.
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Apply to host a student of color and multiracial student

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Scots welcome three new coaches

Macalester welcomes three new coaches who will be in charge of four of the eight fall sports teams this year. Mac’s new men’s soccer coach is Gregg Olson, the new women’s soccer coach is Michele Cornish, and taking over the men’s and women’s golf programs is Tomas Adalsteinsson.

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Olson replaces Ian Barker, who left Macalester to become director of coaching education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
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Cornish takes over the women’s soccer program from former interim coach Jemma Perkins, who directed the team during the 2011 season.
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Adalsteinsson, the boys’ varsity golf coach at Lakeville South High School, replaces Martha Nause, who resigned recently following 12 years at Macalester.
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Alumni News

Ursula Vernon '98 is Hugo Award nominee

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Ursula Vernon '98, author of the popular children’s book series “Dragonbreath,” has received her first nomination for a Hugo award for her comic “Digger.” The Hugo Award, presented annually since 1955, is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy.

"Digger" is a comic about a practical wombat trapped in a quirky fantasy world. According to Vernon, it began in 2003 "in a tiny 400-square-foot apartment on Grand Avenue... with my back wedged against a radiator that sounded like it was full of angry raccoons."

The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society at the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon), which will be September 2, 2012, in Chicago. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the WorldCon, which is also responsible for administering them.
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Charles Baxter '69 wins The Rea Award for the Short Story

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Charles Baxter '69 has won The Rea Award for the Short Story, a lifetime achievement honor.

Baxter, whose most recent book, Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (Pantheon, 2011), is the Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota.

This year’s prize judges, Lorrie Moore, Stuart Dybeck, and Bill Henderson, praised Baxter's "original mind and ironic wit" and his "acute feeling for the landscape of marriage, childhood, and art."

They went on to say: "Charles Baxter is a writer of elegant sentences, an expert in the mechanics of dramatic narration, and a master of psychological exile, which is the unexotic but special terrain of the short story."
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Macbassador of the Month: Jean Eddy Reissner '62

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Jean Eddy Reissner earned two degrees from Macalester—first a biology degree and then an elementary education degree. Her husband, James Reissner '62, also attended the college, all of which goes a long way toward explaining her allegiance and loyalty to the school over the years.

She did a great job serving as the chair of the 50th Reunion committee, attracting 109 classmates and helping her class raise $1.1 million dollars—a 68 percent class participation. She also served on the Alumni Board for many years, ultimately serving as its president. While at Mac she was a Highland Dancer and helped develop and implement the Scottish Games that were held every spring on the campus for many years.

Why does she do what she does for Mac? Says Jean, "Macalester college enhanced my foundation on which to build upon as well as providing me with a great education, my husband, and lifelong friends. What could be better than that?"
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Class Notes

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

Patrick Hayden '03
Andru Monk Peters '63
Kristen Harkness '02 Melissa Kelly '00
Marc Morgan '05
Rebecca Solano '09
Zuzana Tomkova Johansen '03

Gabriela Chambi '11
Caitlin Shortridge Pomasil '06
Daniel Leon '02
David Chidsey '86
Ruth Lee Copp '68
Kristine Holmgren '75
Nathan Dintenfass '97

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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Thank you from Macalester College
Macalester's fiscal year ended May 31. Your gifts support everything we love about Mac.

 

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6 p.m. Thursday, June 21
Enjoy Burrito Night with London area alumni
Castle Pub, 54 Pentonville Road Islington, London N1 9HF

10:30 a.m. Sun., June 24
Join Macalster alumni and friends for the Twin Cities Pride Parade!
Exact meeting location is TBD

7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26
Discuss Outcasts United with Twin Cities Alumni
Hosted by Jane Turk '02

7 p.m. Thursday, June 28
Discuss An American Woman with Portland area alumni
Hosted by Lesly Sanocki '90

4:30 p.m. Friday, June 29
yMac Happy Hour
Gluek's, 16 N 6th Street, Minneapolis

7 p.m. Friday, June 29
An Evening of Baseball with Mac Alumni
Target Field, 550 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis

Wednesday, July 11
Hear Professor Adrienne Christiansen speak in London

UCL campus, specific building to be determined

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

Thursday, Aug. 16-20
Macalester Women's Canoe Trip: Boundary Waters Canoe Area 2012
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Northern Minnesota

Tuesday, Aug. 21-25
Macalester Women's Canoe Trip: Boundary Waters Canoe Area 2012
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Northern Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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