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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Mac Wire

September 2012

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

Ushering in a new era for the arts at Mac


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.
View photos of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

International Roundtable is October 11-13

Macalester Today: We have an app for that

Five tenure-track professors join faculty

Volunteers needed for new Macalester Alumni Reader Project

Join us for Mac in the City + live slideshow

Macbassador of the Month: Chris Mitchell '01

Class Notes

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Video of the Month
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Move-In Day and Orientation 2012

Recent Photos
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Orientation 2012 Picnic

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College News

International Roundtable is October 11-13


The issue of how we sustainably feed the world in the coming decades is a Macalester conversation that will continue throughout the academic year. It will be discussed again as part of the American Studies Conference in the spring and at the 2013 Macalester Alumni College Summer Session.

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.
More about the 2012 International Roundtable

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Macalester Today: We have an app for that

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Available on the App Store

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.
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Five tenure-track professors join faculty

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L to R: Professors Carter, Lavery, Mandarano, McGaghie, and Shepherson-Scott.

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).

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Alumni News

Volunteers needed for new Macalester Alumni Reader Project

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:

  • Rights and Wrongs: Litigation and Public Policy with Political Science Professor Patrick Schmidt
  • Environmental Economics and Policy with Economics Professor Sarah West
  • Getting Elected: Modern Communication Campaign Strategies with Political Science Professor Adrienne Christiansen.

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.
Sign up to be an alumni reader

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Join us for MAC in the City + live slideshow


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:

  1. Tell Mac you'll be there by registering to attend.
  2. In the confirmation message, follow the link to our MAC in the City event on Google-plus. Click "Yes" to "Are you going?"
  3. Make sure you have the Google Plus app on your smartphone.
  4. Bring your smartphone to the party. When you arrive, activate the Google-plus app, view the Mac in the City event, and put the event into "Live Mode."
  5. Take pictures. Your photos will be uploaded and shared with the other cities via the Google-plus event. If you upload something by mistake, you have the power to stop or remove it.

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.
Register to attend MAC in the City

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Macbassador of the Month: Chris Mitchell '01


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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Class Notes

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

Paul Cantrell '98
William Grunloh '65
Mark Meinke '70
Catherine Pastorius Benziger '05
Cassandra Berman '06
Barry Peterson '84
Natasha Leyk '09

What's your news? Post it to MacDirect and your name will appear in the next edition of Mac Wire.
Post a class note in MacDirect

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Ad: Mac in the City - October 11, 2012
Macalester alumni are uniting in more than 20 cities around the world for MAC in the City on Oct. 11, 2012.
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10:30 a.m. Sat., Sept. 15
Join Bay Area alumni for a walking tour of the Stanford Campus Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, Calif.

12:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 15
Hike in Chautauqua with Colorado Mac Alumni Chautauqua Dining Hall, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder

12:30 p.m. Sun., Sept. 16
Walk the trails at River Trail Nature Center with Chicago area alumni
River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, Ill.

Noon Saturday, Sept. 22
Cheer on the Mac football team with Portland-area alumni Griswold Stadium, Lewis & Clark College, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road (MSC 17), Portland, Ore.

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
Macalester Music Department Faculty Gala Concert
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25
Discuss Bridge of Sighs with Twin Cities Alumni Hosted by Kate Baxter-Kauf '02

7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25
SPEAK! Series: "Living without Shame: Global Mental Health & the Siwe Project," featuring Bassey Ikpi
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

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

4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4
Book Launch: Neoliberalism and Global Theatres, edited by Lara Nielsen and Patricia Ybarra
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Theatre Building,
TH 205

6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
M Club Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10
Latino Poetry Now! Reading and Reception John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Lower Level, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 11-13
International Roundtable Feeding the World: Globalization, Food, and Agriculture in the 21st Century

John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14
Family Fest

On campus

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12
& 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
Sing Protest, Sing Peace
Main Stage Theatre, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
General $7, groups and seniors $5, students $2, faculty and staff free.

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12
Family Fest
Concert, 1 of 2

Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
Family Fest
Concert, 2 of 2

Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14
Sing Protest, Sing Peace
Main Stage Theatre, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
General $7, groups and seniors $5, students $2, faculty and staff free.

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14
Anton Kuerti Plays Beethoven
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery





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