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Richard Blanco, inaugural poet for President Barack Obama, was awarded an honorary degree from Macalester and spoke at Opening Convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Blanco talked about the importance of a liberal arts education and shared several poems with the capacity crowd in Kagin Commons. "I am a better engineer because I am a poet," he said, "and I am a better poet because I am an engineer." Blanco told Macalester students that "no knowledge is wasted" and encouraged students to "be critical, but with love."
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Macalester alumni in cities worldwide will gather for our annual MAC in the City the evening of Thursday, Oct. 3. Events will be held in 29 cities including New York City, D.C., and San Francisco, many other U.S. cities, as well as Bangkok, Cairo, London, and Dakur.
MAC in the City (Macalester Alumni Connect in the City) is an opportunity for alumni, whether new to a region or lifelong residents, to meet each other, reflect upon their shared experiences at Macalester, and share insights about their city's resources.
Who are the members of the Macalester's Class of 2017? Vice President of Student Affairs Laurie Hamre answered this question in the speech she gave at the new student convocation during orientation.
Here are some quick facts about our newest students:
Help shape the future of Macalester by providing feedback for strategic planning. The Board of Trustees has provided several framing questions to help structure the planning process.
What are the distinctive and attractive strengths of Macalester?
How can we best ensure that students are also receiving sound preparation for rewarding and successful careers?
What steps should be taken to assess, maximize, and promote the personal and intellectual benefits of the residential college experience?
What role should information technologies, including evolving technologies associated with distance learning, play at the college over the next several years and beyond?
Former Macalester swimming and water polo standout and yMac (young Macalester alumni connect) co-chair Heather Lendway '06 posted a phenomenal performance to win the 2013 USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships, held in August in Milwaukee, Wis.
With her performance, Lendway earned a coveted spot to represent the U.S. at the 2014 ITU World Championships in Edmonton, Canada, set for Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2014. Join us in congratulating her for this great achievement.
For her dedication to welcoming first-year students, we would like to recognize Christina Fitzsimmons '11 as our Macbassador of the Month for September.
Fitzsimmons, a biology and chemistry double-major with a biochemistry emphasis, is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in chemistry and chemical biology at the University of California, San Francisco. While planning a trip to the Midwest for a wedding, Fitzsimmons (a three-time Orientation Leader) realized she would be in the Twin Cities for Move-In Day. Knowing that the college can always use an extra pair of hands, she volunteered for the alumni Movers & Shakers program and spent four hours in 96 degree weather helping direct traffic and welcoming the Class of 2017 to campus.
"I remember how stressful orientation was for me," she said. "But at the same time I also remember how helpful everyone on campus was during the whole process. If I can pay it forward and ease someone's transition to college, I'm happy to give my time."
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