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Stadium flagpole to be dedicated in honor of Clovis Ray '99,
Neely Crane-Smith '06 returns to Mac, and more...
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Mac Wire

August 2012

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

MAC in the City events planned worldwide


It's all happening on 10-11-12. Macalester alumni and friends in cities worldwide will reconnect on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, for MAC in the City. Check out our growing list of locations and save the date!
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In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

Macalester Stadium flagpole to be dedicated in honor of Clovis Ray '99

Blast from the Past: The original Mac Summer Session

Summer Session 2012 attended by 45 alumni

Neely Crane-Smith '06 returns to Mac

Macbassador of the Month: Lesly Sanocki '90

Class Notes

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Macalester Stadium flagpole to be dedicated to Clovis Ray '99


Saturday, Sept. 8, will be Clovis Ray Day at Macalester Stadium. Clovis Ray '99, an inspiring linebacker at Mac, was killed in Afghanistan last spring while leading his U.S. Army infantry platoon in Kunar Province. The Mac football team will play Concordia (Wis.) at 1 p.m. All Mac football alumni and friends are invited to a cookout prior to the game.

There will be a memorial program for Clovis at halftime and the college will dedicate the stadium flagpole in his honor. Clovis's twin brother, Eddie Ray '99, who also played football for Macalester, will serve as honorary captain for the day.

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Blast from the Past:
The original Mac Summer Session


Left: A Mac student learns aeronautics at Summer Session 1944. Center: Macalester President Harvey Rice serves watermelon at Summer Session 1966. Right: The cover of the 1971 Summer Session's program.

Started in 1942, Summer Session at Macalester was initially designed to help the war effort, so allowing male students to graduate in three, rather than four years. For tuition of $60, students could enroll in the program as soon as they had graduated from high school.

A civilian aviation training program called the Macalester School of Aeronautics was offered in 1944 and the Institute for Foreign Students was started in 1950. Though neither of these two programs lasted, Summer Session continued for decades, ending in 1991. A new interpretation of Summer Session started in 2008 for alumni and friends.

Explore more of Macalester's history by visiting our online archives.
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Alumni News

Summer Session 2012 attended by 45 alumni


Summer Session 2012 participants

Forty-five alumni from class years ranging from 1950 to 1997 returned to campus for Summer Session in July, representing Minnesota, 14 other states, and Canada. This year's Summer Session topic was "Will Democracy Survive?" with faculty convener Chuck Green.

"Going back to Macalester for Summer Session helped me feel more grounded in the education I was so fortunate to receive," writes Katha Ukena Chamberlain '69. "Listening to other alumni as well as current and retired professors and sharing thoughts and concerns with them became a cause of celebration for me... celebrating where I came from and where I am now."

Across three and a half days, the group learned about Ancient Greece and the origins of democracy; heard from a panel of alumni working at the grassroots level in advocacy organizations, Congress, and think tanks; contemplated the prospects for international democratic movements; and tuned into the subversive elements of the classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. They explored the meaning of democracy, the implications of the information age, the impact of capitalism, and other topics. The Summer Session culminated in a group discussion of the question "Do presidential elections really matter?"

Macalester Alumni College Summer Sessions focusing on contemporary topics are held every summer. Next year's topic will be announced in a future edition of Mac Wire.
View the 2012 Summer Session schedule

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Neely Crane-Smith '06 returns to Mac


Neely Crane-Smith '06 joined the Macalester staff this month as associate director of Alumni Relations. Neely has spent the last five years as a community organizer and communications coordinator for the Center for Energy and Environment in Minneapolis.

In her new role at Macalester she will be working with young alumni, students, and Scots Pride alumni. She also will be organizing and coordinating our Macbassador alumni volunteer program, supporting the 5- and 10-year Reunion committees, and working with the Alumni Board. Neely, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., was a political science major at Macalester. She delivered her class's senior commencement address, later picked up by National Public Radio in this story. Please join us in welcoming Neely to Macalester.

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Macbassador of the Month: Lesly Sanocki '90


Lesly Sanocki '90 may have moved thousands of miles away from 1600 Grand, but her allegiance to Macalester has never wavered. Sanocki—who lives in suburban Portland, Oregon—is serving her second term on the Alumni Board (having served as its secretary for her first term), is leader of the college's alumni chapter in Portland, and is an active alumni admissions volunteer.

She also has worked on several of her class's Reunion committees, serves as an Annual Fund class agent, and is a long-time member of both the Summit and Grand giving societies.

Sanocki deserves partial credit for bringing Daymond Dean '91 back to Macalester, where he now serves as associate director of Alumni Relations. Soon after the two classmates reconnected at the Step Forward campaign kickoff event in October 2008, Sanocki nominated Dean to the Alumni Board. He joined the board later that fall, and in January 2011 became part of the Alumni Relations staff.

Dean still recalls that night at the campaign kickoff, as he and Sanocki stood in the Leonard Center Field House "letting the festive atmosphere wash over us while we listened to music, socialized with students, and ate incredible foods from around the world." He adds, “Throughout the night, Lesly talked about how her Macalester experiences had shaped her life and how fortunate she was to be an alumnus of our great college.”
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Class Notes

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

Morgan Derby '09
Brandon Mason ' 06
Rosli Mahat '79
Elizabeth Throop '80
John Garbe '01

Jessie Parker Strauss '59
Michael Albrecht '98
Molly Brookfield '09
Hal Studholme '86

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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Who should win a 2013 Alumni Award? Nominations are due Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.
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6 p.m. Wed., Aug. 29
Join Mac alumni in Singapore for happy hour
The Penny Black on Boat Quay

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30
Discuss The School of Essential Ingredients with Portland-area alumni
Hosted by Kim Brown '74

Tuesday, Sept. 4
Nominations due for Alumni Awards 2013

3-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Open House
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8
Clovis Ray '99 Day at Macalester Stadium
Macalester Stadium

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27
Discuss Shards with Portland-area alumni
Hosted by Birtukan Cinnor '05

Friday, Oct. 11
MAC in the City
Various cities, worldwide

October 11-12
International Roundtable Feeding the World: Globalization, Food, and Agriculture in the 21st Century

On campus

October 12-14
Family Fest

On campus

7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1
Discuss The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future with Portland-area alumni
Host to be determined

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6
Discuss Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail with Portland-area alumni
Host to be determined














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