Jeffrey Toobin to speak at Commencement, Ruthann Godollei receives 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award, two Mac students named Truman Scholars, provide your input for strategic planning, MacMail still needs 374 postcards to send to seniors, and more...
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Mac Wire

April 2013

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

Jeffrey Toobin to speak at Commencement


Lawyer, author, and legal expert Jeffrey Toobin P'13, a senior analyst for CNN Worldwide and a staff writer for The New Yorker, will deliver this year's commencement address. Abass Noor '13 is the senior class speaker. Commencement takes place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and will also be streamed live at
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Ruthann Godollei receives 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award

Two Mac students named Truman Scholars

Provide your input for strategic planning

Alumni help students imagine working in D.C.

MacMail still needs 374 postcards to send to seniors

Macbassador of the Month: Broderick Grubb '73

Class Notes

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Ruthann Godollei receives 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award


Art professor Ruthann Godollei has been awarded the 2013 Macalester College Thomas Jefferson Award. The award was established in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor faculty members who exemplify the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Godollei was selected by a committee of past Jefferson Award winners.
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Two Mac students named Truman Scholars


Andrew Keefe '13 (left) and Zachary Avre '14 are
2013 Truman Scholars.

Andrew Keefe '13, a senior from Minneapolis double majoring in linguistics and media and cultural studies, and Zachary Avre '14, a junior from Sioux Falls, S.D., majoring in geography, have been named 2013 Truman Scholars. Scholars were elected by independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and the likelihood of "making a difference." Keefe and Avre are two of 62 students from 54 U.S. colleges and universities to be named Truman Scholars this year.
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Provide your input for strategic planning

Macalester's strategic planning process is underway, with information gathering sessions happening on campus. As part of this process, we are asking for feedback from alumni and friends of the college. This month's question is one of several questions posed by the Board of Trustees:

What are the distinctive and attractive strengths of Macalester -- both current and potential -- and how can we best build upon and foreground those strengths?

To provide your thoughts on this question and to learn more about the strategic planning process visit our strategic planning website.

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Alumni help students imagine working in D.C.


Fourteen Mac students went on a Mac-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C., over spring break to meet with alumni working for a variety of government and nonprofit organizations. The group spent four days in the nation’s capital on a program co-organized by the Career Development Center and Alumni Relations.
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MacMail still needs 374 postcards for seniors


Alumni Relations is currently collecting MacMail, postcards from alumni with words of encouragement, welcome, and congratulations for the newest members of our alumni community.

We've received 159 MacMail postcards so far from members of classes ranging from 1957 to 2011, we need 374 more by Wednesday, May 1. Otherwise none can be delivered this year. (Imagine how awkward it would be in the Student Post Office if only a fraction of our seniors received cards.)

Your MacMail postcard can be as simple as a few sentences, your favorite poem, a drawing, a story about your own post-Mac path, or your best advice for navigating the "real world." It only takes a few minutes to make a difference for a graduating senior. Send in yours today!
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Macbassador of the Month:
Broderick Grubb '73


In recognition of his service on the Alumni Board, the Alumni of Color Reunion Committee, and the Class of 1973 Reunion Committee, Broderick Grubb '73 is April's Macbassador of the Month.

Grubb, a Mac political science and economics double major, lives in his hometown of New Orleans. Despite the considerable distance and drastic change in temperature, Grubb has traveled back to Mac four times since October to attend Alumni Board and Reunion committee meetings.

He cites three reasons for serving on the Alumni Board and two Reunion committees: Meeting and making new friends who share similar ideas; reconnecting with the the college and his memories from his time as a Mac student; and giving back to "an institution that has been responsible for so much good that has happened in my life."

In addition to his generous contributions of time and talent, Grubb is a member of the Grand Society, the Summit Society, and the James Wallace Society, as well as a steward of the El-Kati Lectureship. "I support the College financially because the financial support of many people afforded me with the opportunity to attend Mac," said Grubb. "It is my time to pay it forward."

Grubb is particularly motivated to stay connected to the community because, he says, "Students of color, with the support of the administration, were able to persuade members of the Board of Trustees that diversity at Macalester was a good thing and should be supported by the college. I want to make certain that the college continues to seek out and support academically talented students and that students of color are included in that number."

Please join us in congratulating Broderick Grubb '73 for being April's 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):

Edwin L. McClendon '81

Pakou Vang '06

Jeanette Schilling Messersmith '68

Molly J. Bowen '07

Elizabeth A. Everson '05

Peter Vanden Broeck '83

Rachel S. Bunkers-Harmes '08

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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Reunion 2012
Reunion 2013 is happening June 7‒9. All alumni, faculty and staff are welcome!
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7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 18
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19
Rations: A Performance of Hunger and the Body
Theater Building, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

8 p.m. Friday, April 19
Mac Jazz Concert
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

3 p.m. Sunday, April 21
Macalester Early Music Ensemble Concert
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23
Discuss We Need to Talk About Kevin with Twin Cities Alumni
Hosted by Emily Erickson '08, Minneapolis

8 p.m. Friday, April 26
Macalester Chamber Ensembles Concert
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

8 p.m. Saturday, April 27
3 p.m. Sunday, April 28
Macalester Choirs present Orff's Carmina Burana
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30
Chris Wells book launch at Common Good Books
Common Good Books

5:30-9 p.m. Thurs., May 2
Macalester Alumni Bay Area Perspectives Panel
Hogan Lovells LLP (3 Embarcadero Center, 15th floor) and Sens Restaurant (4 Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level), San Francisco

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3
2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 4
Spring Dance Concert
Main Stage Theater, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

8 p.m. Friday, May 3
Macalester Orchestra Concert
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

8 p.m. Saturday, May 4
African Music Ensemble Concert
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

1:30-3:30 p.m. Sun., May 5
Historic Pullman Walking Tour in Chicago
Historic Pullman Visitor Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (112th St. & Cottage Grove Ave.) Chicago

6 p.m. Thursday, May 9
yMac Service Event at Second Harvest Heartland
Second Harvest Heartland Golden Valley Warehouse, 6325 Sandburg Rd., Suite 1700, Golden Valley, Minn.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9
Professor Terry Boychuk Lecture and Discussion in London
Malet Place Engineering Building, Rm. 1.20, Gower St., London

7 p.m. Thursday, May 9
Discuss The Things They Carried with Portland Area alumni
Hosted by Lesly Sanocki '90

8 p.m. Friday, May 17
Macalester Seniors in Recital
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

1:30 p.m. Sat., May 18
Old Main Lawn

6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 18
A Night at the Roller Derby with Macalester Alumni
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis

8 p.m. Monday, May 20
Macalester Concert Choir Performance and Reception in Cambridge
Memorial Church, One Harvard Yard, Cambridge, Mass.

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22
Macalester Concert Choir Performance at Boston University
Marsh Chapel, Boston University; 735 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

Friday-Sunday, June 7-9
Reunion 2013


Calling Alumni Birders
Would you be interested in a two-week birding trip to Sri Lanka with Professor  Arjun Guneratne in January 2014? Contact Gabrielle Lawrence at


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