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Mac Wire

May 2013

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

We proudly present the Class of 2013


Macalester's Class of 2013 (#Mac13) graduates at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. This class has a lot to be proud of and much to look forward to. Commencement 2013 will be streamed live at macalester.edu/commencement.
See where #Mac13 is going next

In This Issue

Provide your input for strategic planning

Professor James Dawes in the news

Seniors receive postcards from alumni

Class of 2013 breaks Senior Class Gift record

Mac Football to join Midwest Conference

More than 1,000 alumni expected at Reunion

Macbassador of the Month:
Sarah Rossmann Deschamps '88

Class Notes

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Spring 2013 - Week #14

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Provide your input for strategic planning


Alumni and friends: Your input is needed. Please help shape the future of Macalester by providing feedback for the strategic planning process. The Board of Trustees has provided seven framing questions to help structure the planning process. This month's question is about the role of emerging technologies.

What role should information technologies, including evolving technologies associated with distance learning, play at the college over the next several years and beyond?  Do we imagine that these technologies will alter Macalester's target audience?

Please share your thoughts on this question or any of the other questions found on the strategic planning website.

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Professor James Dawes in the news


Evil Men (Harvard University Press, 2013), the latest book by English Professor James Dawes published less than a month ago, has already been praised by the Boston Globe, South China Morning Post, and on WNYC radio and Minnesota Public Radio. CNN Opinion also published his response to a gruesome viral video from Syria.

Dawes, who also directs Macalester’s Human Rights and Humanitarianism concentration, explores the nature of evil in his book. In seeking to understand those who execute atrocities, he interviewed Japanese war criminals, now old men, who committed torture and rape in occupied China during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945).

You can read a Q & A with Dawes and an excerpt from his book in this Macalester Today article. You can also find links to interviews and book reviews on his faculty profile page.

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Seniors receive postcards from alumni


Liz Watson '13 reading her MacMail

Alumni found a unique way to show their support of our graduating seniors: MacMail. Thanks to the 166 alumni who sent in MacMail postcards, all 534 members of the Class of 2013 received a personal welcome to our alumni community last week.

From limericks about graduate school to inspirational quotes, from handmade art to personal photographs, the MacMail ranged from being funny, touching, inspirational, or all of the above. The postcards brought many smiles and a few happy tears to our graduating seniors as they checked their mail in the Student Post Office.

To be contacted with more volunteer opportunities to interact with current students, sign up to be a Macbassador today.
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Class of 2013 breaks Senior Class Gift record


The 20-member Senior Class Gift Committee challenged themselves to smash the Senior Class Gift (SCG) participation record of 60 percent set by the Class of 2012. At the Senior Class Picnic on Tuesday evening, senior donors put their class over the top setting a new SCG record of 62 percent participation.

Although their class gift is designated for the Annual Fund, the college will name the foundry in the new Studio Art building for the Class of 2013 as recognition of their record breaking gift.

Join the graduating Class of 2013 with your own gift to the Annual Fund before the end of our fiscal year on May 31.
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Mac Football to join Midwest Conference


Macalester's football program is joining the Midwest Conference (MWC). Macalester is committed to remain an MIAC Conference member in all other sports that the conference sponsors.

"This is a positive step for our football program as we realign ourselves into conference play," said football head coach Tony Jennison. "The team is excited about competing annually with the same teams, developing new traditions and rivalries."

The Scots have been competing as an independent football team for the past 11 years since leaving the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) in 2001.  This fall will mark the team's last season as an independent; it will join the Midwest Conference in 2014. 
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More than 1,000 alumni expected at Reunion


Macalester Reunion has become known as the summer event not to miss among alumni, faculty, staff, and neighbors. We think it's because our alumni are awesome and open to deep and meaningful conversations.

"I was surprised how much had both changed and stayed the same after five years! Reunion made me realize that Macalester will always be my home," said Martha Traux '07 after attending last year's Reunion.

Reunion 2013 features an Alumni of Color Reunion, Drama Choros Reunion, Former Library Student Workers Reunion, and class reunions celebrating milestone years. New this year is a one-year reunion. The Class of 2012 will return to Mac to check in with each other after their first year out in the wild. See who will be there and add your name to the list.

Reunion 2013 happens June 7-9. Everyone is welcome. Will you be there? Register online today.
More about Reunion 2013

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Macbassador of the Month:
Sarah Rossmann Deschamps '88


In recognition of her outstanding leadership in the alumni community, Sarah Rossmann Deschamps '88 is May's Macbassador of the Month.

Deschamps, who double majored in Spanish and international studies, is currently Alumni Board president, an Annual Fund class agent, and 25-Year Reunion Committee chair. Soon she will also serve as a leader for the Washington, D.C., alumni chapter, when her family relocates there from St. Paul this summer.

"I give my time to Mac selfishly because I love to be around the students today. I'm inspired each and every time I talk to them," explains Deschamps. "As Alumni Board president, I now spend a lot of time on campus ― enough to see, feel, and experience the power of a Mac education. Our students are bright, deep thinkers, who are making a difference at Mac and will make a difference beyond the walls of this special place."

In addition to her substantial contribution of time and talent, Deschamps is also an Annual Fund Sustainer and a member of both the Summit and Grand societies. "Come back to Mac," she says. "I promise you'll be impressed and will want to give back."

Please join us in congratulating Sarah Rossmann Deschamps '88, our 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):

Kevin L. Matheny '88
Sunday, May 12
Nicole A. Miceli '02
Friday, May 10
Thomas E. Martin '76
Tuesday, May 07
Evelyn A. Early '68
Saturday, May 04
Tiffany Goodson Pyke '97
Tuesday, April 30
Allison F. Wegren '09
Monday, April 29

Cara L. Haberman '06
Monday, April 29
Mark W. Burns '67
Sunday, April 28
Manon E. Gentil '11
Sunday, April 28
Thomas M. Jaeger '80
Sunday, April 21
James R. Mullen '65
Thursday, April 18

What's your news? Post a note in MacDirect and a link to it will appear in the next edition of Mac Wire.
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8 p.m. Friday, May 17
Macalester seniors in recital
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery
No tickets or reservations required

1:30 p.m. Sat., May 18
Old Main Lawn
Will also be streamed live.

6 p.m. Saturday, May 18
A night at the roller derby with Macalester alumni
Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis

6:30 p.m. Mon., May 20
Young alumni happy hour in NYC
Professor Thom's, 219 2nd Ave., New York City

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

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

5:30 p.m. Thurs., May 30
Join Chicago area alumni for happy hour at Haymarket Pub and Brewery
737 W. Randolph (corner of Halsted & Randolph), Chicago

6 p.m. Thursday, June 6
James Wallace Society Dinner 2013
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

Friday, June 7-9
Reunion 2013

7-9 p.m. Thurs., June 13
Discuss Shadow of the Wind with Portland alumni
Hosted by Sue Miller '65

5-8 p.m. Thurs., June 27
Hear President Rosenberg speak in Denver
Holland & Hart Law Firm, 32nd floor - 555 17th Street (17th & Welton), Denver

7:30 p.m. Thurs., July 11
A night at the theater with Twin Cities alumni
Minneapolis Theatre Garage, 711 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis

3-5 p.m. Sat., July 13
Happy hour at the Loring Cafe in Oakland

Loring Cafe, 37 Grand Ave. and Broadway, Oakland, Calif.

7-9 p.m. Thurs., July 18
Discuss the The Twelve Tribes of Hattie with Portland area alumni

Hosted by Paul Freeman '71




Calling Alumni Birders
Join Professor  Arjun Guneratne in a two-week birding trip to Sri Lanka in January 2014.



Mac in Social Media...
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MacDirect: 9,248 users
Facebook: 8,410 fans
Twitter: 4,964 followers
LinkedIn: 3,943 members
Google Plus: +403
YouTube: 235 subscribers




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