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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.
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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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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