In this issue: See photos of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, International Roundtable is Oct. 11-13, Macalester Today now available on iPad, volunteers needed for alumni reader program, and more...
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The recently renovated music building, Lowe Dayton arts commons, and facilities services offices in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center are now open. We thank the generous donors who have made this renovation and expansion possible.
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This year's International Roundtable, "Feeding the World: Globalization, Food, and Agriculture in the 21st Century," is happening the weekend of Family Fest, Oct. 11-13.
During the roundtable, speakers with contrasting views will discuss how best to feed the world sustainably. Internationally recognized scholars Raj Patel, Ivette Perfecto, and Joshua Muldavin will speak on Thursday, followed by a constructive critique from two members of the agri-food business community, Steven Peterson and Jennifer Shaw.
As part of the roundtable, artist Tattfoo Tan will work with a group of Macalester students and community members to identify appropriate local areas in which to install mobile gardens.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, roundtable and family fest participants will go on field trips to a local farmers market and the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis.
Have you been waiting to access Macalester Today on your iPad? Now you can. Just go to the Apple App Store and search for Macalester Today. Our Summer 2012 issue is currently available. You can enjoy all the stories from the print edition plus video, audio, and photo extras.
Five new tenure-track faculty members have joined Macalester this fall. They are Eric D. Carter (Geography, holder of the Edens Professorship in Global Health), Lesley Lavery (Political Science), Mark Mandarano (Music, Director of Instrumental Activities), Michael McGaghie (Music choral director), and Kari Shepherdson-Scott (Art and Art History).
Alumni are invited to help a current student improve his or her writing skills by giving feedback on one paper this fall. Through a new initiative called the Macalester Alumni Reader Project, volunteer readers can help strengthen current students’ writing and reasoning abilities by reviewing one 5-6 page paper.
We are currently looking for readers for three classes:
Volunteer readers will enjoy a glimpse into real academic work happening on campus today and participating students will receive constructive feedback that assists them both at Macalester and in their professional life.
This program is a joint effort of Alumni Relations and the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching.
One of the coolest things about MAC in the City, our third annual multi-city alumni event, is that it happens all around the world. This year, thanks to a new feature of Google-plus, we have an opportunity to connect all of the locations together through a live slideshow.
We need at least one smartphone-owning, Google-plus savvy alumni at each MAC in the City location to make it work. To help us out, do the following:
It's going to be some high-tech wizardry. Of course, the most important thing about MAC in the City is to be there, and all alumni are welcome.
In recognition of his role as the primary sports photographer for Macalester and his dependable financial support as a Summit Society member, Chris Mitchell '01 is September's Macbassador of the month.
Chris played junior varsity men's soccer at Mac and also participated in the basketball and ultimate Frisbee intramural teams. He majored in political science and went on to earn a master's degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota. He now works at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance where he is director of the organization's "telecommunications as commons" initiative. Chris was recognized by Government Technology magazine as a 2012 Top 25 Doer, Dreamer & Drivers in Public Sector Innovation for his work protecting and advocating for community broadband.
"There are two main motivations for why I want to help Mac. The first is that I want to give back because the college played a key role in shaping how I understand the world and how I can act within it." Chris says. "But, when it comes to my photography, my ongoing motivation comes from the great coaches, staff, and students in the athletic office. I think they deserve recognition and a record for their dedication."
If you see a photo of a Macalester game that happened in the last decade, it was probably taken by Chris. "We have always had great action photos, better than most small colleges, and Chris's skills have been a wonderful asset for us," says Andy Johnson, sports information director for Macalester. You can view Chris's Mac sport photos here.
Join us in congratulating Chris Mitchell '01, our September Macbassador of the Month.
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