In this issue: Ahmed Samatar featured on CNN, Moseley wins Media Achievement Award,
Annual Fund closes in on 2012 goals, and more...
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Mac Wire

December 2012

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

Ahmed Samatar featured on CNN

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Professor Ahmed Samatar was featured on CNN's African Voices in a segment about the 2012 Somali elections. Though he did not win the presidency, Samatar is now a member of the new parliament and will remain involved in the country's political affairs from Macalester, where he will continue teaching.
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In This Issue

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Professor William Moseley wins Media Achievement Award

Women’s hoops off to good start

Annual Fund closes in on 2012 goals

Volunteers needed for Macalester Alumni Reader Project

Macalester Today: We have an app for that

Macbassador of the Month: Jey Moon '08

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Professor William Moseley wins Media Achievement Award

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Professor William Moseley received the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Media Achievement Award, an honor conferred in recognition of exceptional and outstanding accomplishments in publicizing geographical insights in media of general or mass communication.

"Over the past few years, no academic geographer has used the media more effectively to bring the insights of geographical scholarship to the general public than Professor William G. Moseley," the award citation says. "Driven by a desire to raise public awareness of issues ranging from poverty and hunger in Africa to environmental degradation to the vulnerabilities of American industrial agriculture, Professor Moseley has written wide ranging, thought-provoking opinion pieces in influential newspapers ranging from The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune to The Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has also been interviewed on major radio and television stations, including the BBC and the Voice of America. Through his efforts, Professor Moseley has helped countless readers and listeners think about the world in a richer, more geographically informed way."

Moseley will be recognized at the AAG's annual meeting in Los Angeles on April 13, 2013.
Explore list of Moseley's op-eds and interviews
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Women’s hoops off to good start

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Kyanna Jones '13 pressing down the court. Photo by Chris Mitchell '01/Sport Shot Photos

Despite losing four starters from last year’s team to graduation, the Macalester women’s basketball team is off to a good start heading into the three-week holiday break. The Scots, under eight-year head coach Ellen Thompson, have come out on top in three out of their five Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) games, picking up wins over St. Olaf, St. Catherine, and Augsburg.

Point guard Kyanna Jones '13 (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) leads the Scots in scoring (13.0), rebounding (6.9), steals (3.6), and assists (3.1), and is ranked in the top 10 in the MIAC in each of these statistical categories. Jones registered her first career double-double in the victory over the Auggies, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Jones is the team’s only returning starter from last year. Others in the starting lineup are Taylor Pike '14 (Ashland, Neb.), Veronika Jakubovie '14 (Maple Grove, Minn.), Emma Leyden '14 (Berkeley, Calif.), and Kathryn Medinger '14 (Sitka, Alaska).
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Annual Fund closes in on 2012 goals

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Meet Lillian, a first-year student and Annual Fund caller.

Macalester supporters are making a difference in the lives of our students. Last December, 2,611 donors gave a total of $590,033 to the Annual Fund, and this month the college is on track to exceed last December's totals due to our generous alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends. These new or renewing donors will help the college meet its calendar year-end goals and keep on track for its overall fiscal year objectives. Gifts to the Annual Fund support students, whether they’re taking final exams this week, trying out their first internship over winter break, or starting a new semester next month.
Make your December gift today

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Alumni News

Volunteers needed for Macalester Alumni Reader Project

Thanks to more than 100 alumni who volunteered in the pilot launch of Macalester's Alumni Reader Project (MARP), 65 students were matched with alumni readers for fall semester. In the spring, four new faculty members in their first or second year of teaching at Mac are participating in MARP. We are currently looking for readers for the following courses:

  • Men in Black: Religious Expansion and Expulsion with History Professor Karin Velez
  • Quantitative Macroeconomics Analysis with Economics Professor Mario Solis-Garcia
  • Introduction to Visual Culture with Art History Professor Kari Shepherdson-Scott
  • Politics and Policymaking with Political Science Professor Lesley Lavery

Volunteer readers will enjoy a glimpse into real academic work happening on campus today, as well as get acquainted with a new faculty member.

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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Macalester Today: We have an app for that

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Did you know Macalester Today is available for iPad? You can install it by going to the Apple App Store and searching for Macalester Today. You can enjoy all the stories from the print edition plus video, audio, and photo extras.
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Macbassador of the Month: Jey Moon '08

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In recognition of her active service both in the Boston alumni chapter and as a member of the Alumni of Color Reunion planning committee, Jey Moon '08 is December's Macbassador of the Month.

A theatre major and former RA, Moon now works as a supervisor at Children's Hospital in Boston. She has helped the Boston alumni chapter plan two successful annual MAC in the City events. As a member of the Alumni of Color Reunion planning committee, she is encouraging young alumni of color and her Class of '08 classmates to attend Reunion 2013 happening June 7-9. In addition to counting on Moon as a volunteer, Macalester counts on her automated monthly Sustainer gifts which help provide for the life-changing experiences of today's students.

Engaging with the Boston Alumni Chapter helped Moon make connections in a new city and stay connected to her college. "The interactions I had with my classmates and close friends were always engaging and challenged me in many ways," said Moon. "It is something I had hoped to have after graduation, which drew me to Mac's Boston alumni chapter. We are such a diverse group that it's always fun to get together and hang out."

Join us in congratulating Jey Moon, our December 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):

Eric Brown '94

Rob Davis '98

Candace Groth '11

Rhodri Williams '92

Kaylie Burns '09

Barry Peterson '84

Mark Burns '67

Connie Martinson Nyquist '61

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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8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
Join Mac alumni in New York City for a night of theater
Signature Theatre Company, The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd St., New York, N.Y.

2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12
Hear English Professor Robert Warde speak in Los Angeles
Buckley School, 3900 Stansbury Ave., Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Saturday, Feb. 2
Women's Basketball Alumni Game
Alumni Gym, Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex

7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 Introduction to Modern Philosophy with Professor Henry West
Olin-Rice Science Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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