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At Reunion 2012, Peter C. Andersen ’77, Jane Bowman Holzer ’02, Molly McGinnis Stine ’87, Carolina Duarte Bradpiece ’86, James A. Williams ’77, Ron Stolski ’62, Barbara Walling Boat ’62, and Chris Ward ’76 were honored with Alumni Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Alumni Awards. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, September 4.
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Macalester recently received a new eye-tracker, allowing students and professors to conduct cutting-edge research on a wide range of behavioral topics. Eye tracking is the process of measuring either the point of gaze—where we are looking—or the motion of an eye relative to the head. An eye tracker is a device for measuring eye positions and movement.
In the late 19th century, scientists started using eye movements to try to understand what people were thinking. The first eye trackers were invented in the early 1900s; by the 1960s, the device became a popular method of analyzing how people processed information.
Active Macalester student bands include Bad Bad Hats, Blue Herron, Carroll, Ddean Cassidy, Maeth, Mirror Image, Mother Faulkners, The Muskies, Pursued by a Bear, Replicas, Word on the Street, and Olsen Twinns among others.Mickey Davis '13 (Waukee/Des Moines, Iowa) of the Olsen Twinns says, "What blows me away is that the huge amount of talent I know about isn't even all the talent there is at Mac." Others are equally impressed. Andrea Swensson, a DJ on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current, 89.3, has been spinning tunes from several student bands and has invited all Mac bands to send her their music. "It’s a good time to be part of a student band at Mac," Davis says.
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This October, the Macalester community will dedicate the completed first phase of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center renovation and expansion project.
October 1965 was marked by four days of activities dedicating the new Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. With DeWitt and Lila Wallace in attendance, the festivities held October 25-28 included a progressive dinner, with each course in a different section of the center; a formal dedication ceremony; an art exhibit opening; an evening dedication concert; a humanities colloquium titled, "An Old Tradition in a New Setting;" and a performance of Trojan Women by Euripides.
Explore more historic moments like these by visiting our online archives.
Twenty-seven Macalester winter and spring sport student-athletes made the list of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) 2011-12 Winter/Spring Academic All-Conference honorees. The MIAC recognized 449 student-athletes from its 13 institutions.
Student-athletes must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale to qualify for MIAC Academic All-Conference recognition. Athletically, student-athletes in basketball, softball, baseball, and tennis must compete in 50 percent of their team's varsity regular season contests. Athletes in swimming & diving must qualify for the finals, while track & field athletes must earn honorable mention conference honors or place in the top three of a relay.
These 27 join 29 fall sport student-athletes to earn Academic All-MIAC status, giving Macalester a total of 56 for the 2011-12 academic year.
Save the date! The Alumni of Color Reunion 2013 is scheduled for June 7-9, as part of Macalester's annual Reunion weekend. It will be a time to celebrate the 10-year anniversaries of the American Studies Department and Department of Multicultural Life through programs and activities that showcase diversity at Macalester.
Regional events are being planned to gather input about the big weekend and regional committees are forming to help encourage attendance.
All alumni are invited to attend, even if it is not your reunion year.
Come to campus and be a mover and shaker on Friday, August 31. Help us welcome Mac's newest students by helping them move into the residence halls and shaking their hands.
Volunteers are invited to sign up for one-hour shifts from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign up to help:
The greatest need is for 7:30 a.m. and other morning time slots. Coffee and pastries will be available in the Alumni House and all volunteers will receive a special Movers & Shakers T-shirt. To sign up, email Daymond Dean '91 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Perry '83, a former nonprofit worker who is now a Chicago city planner, enjoys being generous with her time to support her favorite nonprofits.
For Macalester, she has helped organize alumni activities in the Windy City since the late ’80s and has served as co-leader of the Chicago alumni chapter since 2003. Alumni get-togethers there tend to be less about going to happy hour and more about being active: They've visited art museums, packed groceries at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and enjoyed outdoor concerts together.
Susan, a regular supporter of the Annual Fund since 1984, is also in her second three-year term on the Alumni Board. She served as its vice president from 2010 to 2012. She also has served on Reunion committees for her class.
Susan tells her fellow event planners the most important thing is to keep putting on events and inviting alumni to participate. She says, "People are busy and have different tastes. The important thing is that you volunteered to organize it, you did it, and you showed up."
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