In this issue: Music is in the air, Mac students among smartest in U.S.,
Mac to offer its first online course, recent grad maps Patagonia, and more...
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Mac Wire

November 2012

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

Music is in the air

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Don’t miss the college’s end of semester concerts in the beautiful new Mairs Concert Hall, a jewel box of a venue that’s part of the renovated and expanded Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center.
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In This Issue

College News - Alumni News - Events

Macalester students among smartest in U.S.

Rebecca Van Dyck '91 joins Macalester Board of Trustees

Riley Koval '13 is semi-finalist for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy

Mac to offer its first online course

Six new members join Alumni Board

Mapping Patagonia

Macbassador of the Month: Andy Lien '99

Class Notes

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College News

Macalester students among smartest in U.S.

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Our long-standing suspicions have been confirmed: Business Insider, referring to a study by cognitive training site Lumosity, listed Macalester among the 20 colleges and universities with the smartest students. The news spread quickly among Macalester alumni, students, and parents on Twitter and Facebook. When Macalester posted the news on its Facebook page the story was showered with nearly 200 likes; you can add your "Hurrah" too.
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Rebecca Van Dyck '91 joins Macalester Board of Trustees

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Rebecca Van Dyck '91, Facebook's first head of consumer marketing, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees. Fast Company ranked Van Dyck #2 in its 2012 list of "Most Creative People in Business" and in 2011, she was named one of AdWeek's "10 Brand Genius" winners.

At Macalester Van Dyck majored in history and psychology, and studied abroad at the University of Cairo in Egypt.
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Riley Koval '13 is semi-finalist for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy

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Photo by Chris Mitchell '01 / Sport Shot Photos

Mac football wide receiver Riley Koval '13 (Mount Horeb, Wis.) was selected by The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame as one of 147 candidates for the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments. The 147 nominees also comprise the list of semifinalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

This is the second year in a row Macalester has had a Campbell Award finalist. Last year's finalist was defensive lineman Will Dhonau '12.
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Mac to offer its first online course

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Online learning is one of the biggest topics in higher education these days. Mac will join the trend this year when math professor Chad Topaz and St. Olaf math professor Tina Garrett combine forces to teach an online calculus course for credit.

The class, which has the proposed title Calculus: A Modeling Approach, will be offered to all Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) students. A task force is still working out the details, but the goal is to give a small liberal arts college feel to an online course. This may be accomplished through such things as video office hours and weekly professor tutorials with small groups. Registration is likely to be capped at 20 students.

Although Provost Kathleen Murray doesn't anticipate that ACM colleges will ever have a large number of online offerings, she says, "if this experiment shows us we have a distinctive voice in the online world, I expect the consortium will build additional courses."

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Alumni News

Six new members join Alumni Board

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The Alumni Board, Fall 2012

The new members of the Alumni Board, five alumni and one student, attended their first meeting on campus in October. They are Russell Bradley-Cook '02 (London, UK), Broderick Grubb '73 (New Orleans), Brook LaFloe '15 (student and daughter of an alumna), Ruth Milanese Lippin '65 (St. Paul), Erin Sindberg Porter '00 (St. Paul), and Gene Stump '74 (California City, Calif.).

Sarah Rossmann Deschamps '88 is now Alumni Board president and is joined by officers Richard Melin '58 (Marana, Ariz.), vice president; and Julie Zhu '97 (San Francisco), secretary-treasurer.

The Alumni Board provides leadership and direction for the Macalester Alumni Association.
See list of all Alumni Board members

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Mapping Patagonia

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In his time at Macalester Ross Donihue ’11 (Waterville, Maine) ran a radio show on all things Latin American, honed his photography skills with MacPics, and, like most geography majors, could often be found in the GIS lab.

Now Donihue’s skills have landed him — together with geography partner Marty Schnure — a $5,000 National Geographic Young Explorers grant to map the site of the future Patagonia National Park in Chile, one of the last remaining wild places on earth.
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Macbassador of the Month: Andy Lien '99

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Andy Lien '99 is part of an elite society at Mac — repeat Reunion volunteers. "This is my third Reunion that I've helped to coordinate and I think it was happenstance that drew me into the first one," she says. She is co-chairing the cluster Reunion for Macalester classes of 1998 and 1999.

At Mac, Andy was both a women's, gender and sexuality studies major as well as a communication studies major. She sang in Concert Choir as a student and in Festival Chorale as an alum. Andy is currently the managing editor of Lavender Magazine (Minneapolis), where she directs the artistic and editorial vision for the award-winning LGBT publication. She is also responsible for all of the magazine's new media content, including its website, social media, and mobile apps.

Volunteering for her 5-, 10-, and now 15-year Reunion committees has allowed Andy to give back to the college in a way that feels important to her. "I can look at my life and see how Macalester has directly contributed to it, so I want to contribute to Macalester. Co-chairing the committee brings a level of engagement with more people than I knew when I was a student," Andy says. "That we can see each other in person is only the icing on the cake that is social networking these days. I truly enjoy people."

Join us in congratulating Andy, our November 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):

Renee Benoit '05

Erika Reich Giles '70

Helen Divjak '01

Hanna Chakoian '12

Zara Boham '08

 

Daniel Liu '08

Jeffrey Zethmayr '05

Andrew Sullivan '92

Ross Molho '90


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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7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 15
7:30 p.m. Friday, 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.

1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Arts 4 Kids Showcase & Workshop
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Cheer on Macalester at Colorado College
Colorado Springs, Colo.

6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Benefit for English Professor, Jon Lurie
Loft Literary Center, Open Book
Tickets are $20.

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

2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24
Cheer on Macalester at Caltech
Braun Gymnasium, Braun Athletic Center, 1200 East California Blvd., Pasadena, Calif.

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

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

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

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

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.

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
NYC night of theater Signature Theatre Company, The Pershing Square Signature Ctr., 480 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY
Tickets $45 each

2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12
English Professor Robert Warde speak in Los Angeles
Location to be determined

 

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