In this issue: Renovation and expansion of Studio Art to begin this January, Macalester thanks 11,795 donors, Hosts needed for January Exploreships, Theatre & Dance presents Romeo & Juliet, and more...
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Mac Wire

October 2012

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

Renovation and expansion of Studio Art to begin this January

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On the same day the Macalester community celebrated the opening of the music building and arts commons, the college’s Board of Trustees approved the next step in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center’s comprehensive renovation and expansion. Construction on the Studio Art building will begin this January, with the project scheduled for completion in January 2014.
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In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

Macalester thanks 11,795 donors

Theatre & Dance presents Romeo & Juliet

Richard L. Schall '51 and Maryan S. Schall honored by Board of Trustees

Faculty share writing tips on YouTube

Hosts needed for January Exploreships

Isabel Nelson '04 wins IVEY Award

Alumni inducted to M Club Hall of Fame

Macbassadors of the Month: Chrissy Newcombe Dahlheimer '02 and Josh Ortiz '05

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Macalester thanks 11,795 donors

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We thank everyone who gave to Macalester in fiscal year 2012, which ended May 31. Donor gifts were at work all 366 days of the year and the college celebrates our community's generosity in our annual Honor Roll of Donors.

Visit the Honor Roll of Donors to:

  • Find yourself (and your classmates) in the honor roll.
  • Keep current with Mac through stories about our students.
  • Learn more about the impact your gifts make on campus.

So many of the past year's highlights on campus were opportunities made possible by our donors. The 11,795 alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends whose gifts totaled $14.1 million demonstrate an extraordinary confidence in our community. Their generosity allows the college to be agile in meeting our students' educational needs.

If you have questions about the Honor Roll of Donors, please contact Marin Amundson-Graham, director of Donor Relations, at donorrelations@macalester.edu.
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Theatre & Dance presents Romeo & Juliet

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Theatre and Dance premieres Romeo & Juliet on Friday, Nov. 9. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 9-10; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11; and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-17, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. Call 651-696-6359 for tickets.

The audience follows a marauding troupe of 14 players as they break into an abandoned theater and stage a performance of Romeo & Juliet. This production highlights the absurdity of a society that would promote fear over hope and hate over love.

Romeo and Juliet is directed by guest artist Matt Sciple, actor and director with Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company and Park Square Theatre. The actors are Will French '13, Jon Dahl '14, Jeesun Choi '13, Brigid Warnke '13, Stephan Straub '14, Nora Spellane '16, Jon Stark '16, John Bennett '14, Stephanie Messer '15, Lisa Hu '15, Roberto Capriotti '13, Avery Glassman '13, Katherine Hunter '13, and Alana Horton '14.
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Richard L. Schall '51 and Maryan S. Schall honored by Board of Trustees

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The Macalester Board of Trustees presented its Award for Meritorious and Distinguished Service to Richard '51 and Maryan Schall earlier this month.

Richard was the first alumnus to serve as the chair of the Board of Trustees. In that role, he led the effort to recruit John B. Davis as Macalester's president. Maryan is an early visionary in the field of communication studies.

Richard and Maryan are exceptional and deeply committed philanthropists, civic leaders, and volunteers, working as a team to make charitable giving decisions and serving on numerous local and corporate boards. Their generosity supports communities from Minnesota to California.

The board wrote of the Schalls, in a resolution it passed, "They have advanced Macalester's mission and made an extraordinary impact through their generous support for scholarships and building projects such as the Leonard Center and the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, immeasurably strengthening the Macalester experience."

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Faculty share writing tips on YouTube

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Professor James Dawes shares tips on sentence structure. Watch video

Macalester's Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching has produced a series of videos featuring faculty and staff sharing tips for academic writing. The topics covered are writing fundamentals, correcting common mistakes, pre-writing strategies, and strategies for revision.
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Alumni News

Hosts needed for January Exploreships

Calling all alumni in New York City, D.C. and the Twin Cities. This January, provide a Mac sophomore with the chance to explore your work.

Exploreships are a one-time mentorship opportunity to introduce a current Mac student to your industry, office, and profession. Students will be matched with alumni in these three cities for informational interviews, one-day job shadows, or three-day "on the job" experiences. Exploreships give students the chance to learn more about their fields of interest. Hosts have the opportunity to reflect on the path their lives have taken since Mac.

If you are interested in hosting an Exploreship student at your workplace this January, please sign up. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Neely Crane-Smith '06 in the alumni office at ncranesm@macalester.edu or 651-696-6209. The Exploreships program is sponsored by the Alumni Board and the Internship Program.
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Isabel Nelson '04 wins IVEY Award

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Isabel Nelson ’04, a Macalester admissions officer and a guest artist in the theatre and dance department, recently won an IVEY Award in Minneapolis for Emerging Artist of the Year. The IVEYs, started in 2004, are designed to celebrate the Twin Cities’ rich theater scene.

Nelson's show Ballad of the Pale Fisherman also won an overall excellence award for Illusion Theater, for its restaging of that play, originally produced for the Minneapolis Fringe Festival in 2010.

At Macalester, Nelson recently directed a group of first-year students in last week's production of Sing Protest, Sing Peace, about textile workers in early 20th century New York. She also served as assistant director for the college’s 2011 production of Twelve Ophelias and has taught a physical comedy workshop to theater students.

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Alumni inducted to M Club Hall of Fame

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Four alumni plus the 1959 Men's Track Team were inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame earlier this month. The 2012 M Club Hall of Fame class is made up of Kate Ryan Reiling '00 (soccer), David Fenn '77 (soccer / track & field), Allan Andreotti '60 (football / baseball), and Brian Nichols '60 (track & field / football).
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Macbassadors of the Month: Chrissy Newcombe Dahlheimer '02 and Josh Ortiz '05

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In recognition of their leadership of Young Macalester Alumni Connect (yMac) and dependable financial support as sustaining members of the Summit Society, Chrissy Newcombe Dahlheimer '02 and Josh Ortiz '05 are October's Macbassadors of the Month.

Together Chrissy and Josh co-chair the yMac steering committee. Their enthusiasm for Macalester has brought together a vibrant young alumni community for the college. In addition to serving as co-chairs for the yMac steering committee, both Chrissy and Josh serve as Class Agents for the Annual Fund. Since the yMac group launched a year ago, more than 160 young alumni have attended an event and 1,577 have joined the active Facebook group.

"During my time there, the college provided me with so much and the administration, faculty, and staff inspired me to reach my potential and be a contributor to the world," Ortiz says. "I am proud to be associated with such a fine institution, and am honored to help carry on the legacy of the college."  

Chrissy cites the importance of volunteering in strengthening Macalester's programs, community, and financial stability.  "Volunteering allows me to stay connected to the college and draws me closer to the Mac community," she says.  "I value the people I met at Mac and the relationships I have with fellow alumni. A strong alumni community makes Macalester a better college for today’s students."

From Halloween parties to Twins games, educational forums to networking events, yMac brings together young alumni in the Twin Cities to socialize, serve the community, make professional connections, and support the Annual Fund.

Join us in congratulating Chrissy Newcombe Dahlheimer '02 and Josh Ortiz '05, our October Macbassadors 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):

Jessica Arck '06

Emmy Higgs Matzner '05

Tracy Dalton '71

Susan Ode '71

Brianne Harrison '05

Andi Cheney '09

Rachel Gordon '03

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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7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
Mascaras y Milagros: Mexican Music in Minnesota
Weyerhaeuser Board Room, Weyerhaeuser Hall

7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20
Ordway Theatre Campus Connections
Ordway Theatre, 345 Washington St., St. Paul

7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23
Discuss Anything But Ordinary with Twin Cities area alumni
Hosted by Carlye Novak '09

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30
How to Build a Dinosaur, The New Science of Reverse Evolution with Paleontologist Jack Horner
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1
Hear Professor Devavani Chatterjea speaks in Portland, Ore.
269 Cramer Hall, Portland State University, 1721 SW Broadway Ave.

7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1
Education Is Not a Race - Deborah Stipek, Ph.D.
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2
Mac Jazz with First Universalist Jazz
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
Concert for a Cure
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
Suggested $5 donation

3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4
Jorja Fleezanis to perform with Roseville Strings
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
Suggested $10 donation, $5 for students and seniors

4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4
Soundings for Harriet Bart: Poetry Reading by Nor Hall and Eric Lorberer
Law Warschaw Gallery, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8
2012 El Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies: Thursday lecture
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8
Discuss The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future with Portland-area alumni
Hosted by Amy Kirkman '89

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
2012 El Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies: Friday Lecture
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9
7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10
2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11
Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building
$7 General, $5 Seniors, free to faculty, staff, and students through rush line. Students may reserve tickets at $2 each.

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Macalester Pipe Band Concert
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
$5 for Children, $10 for Adults, Free with Macalester ID. Tickets available at the door

7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15
7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 16
7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17
Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building
$7 General, $5 Seniors, free to faculty, staff, and students through rush line. Students may reserve tickets at $2 each.

8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19
Macalester Jazz and Popular Music Combos Concert
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30
Macalester Choirs in Concert
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Macalester Early Music Ensemble Concert
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Macalester Orchestra Concert
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6
Discuss Wild with Portland-area alumni
Hosted by Joyce Williams '68

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
Fall Dance Concert
Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building
$7 General, $5 Seniors, free to faculty, staff and students through rush line. Students may reserve tickets at $2 each.

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