Inaugural poet Richard Blanco opens academic year, Quick facts about the Class of 2017, Heather Lendway '06 is U.S. Triathlon champ, Christina Fitzsimmons '11 is Macbassador of the Month, and more...
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September 2013

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

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco opens academic year


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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MAC in the City happens in 29 cities worldwide Oct. 3

Quick facts about the Class of 2017

Provide your input for strategic planning

Heather Lendway '06 is U.S. Triathlon champ

Macbassador of the Month: Christina Fitzsimmons '11

Class Notes

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Orientation 2013

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MAC in the City happens in 29 cities worldwide Oct. 3


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.
See list of locations and register to attend

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Quick facts about the Class of 2017

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:

  • 556 first-year students and 13 transfer students
  • 49 Countries of citizenship including the U.S.
  • U.S. States/Territories: 45 plus D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam
  • Women: 59 percent
  • Students of color (self reported): 22 percent
  • International students: 65 non-resident, 38 dual citizens, and 7 U.S. permanent residents
  • 39 languages spoken at home
  • 423 different high schools attended
  • Top five intended majors:
    1. international studies
    2. political science
    3. biology
    4. psychology
    5. economics
  • Top seven states:
    1. Minnesota (15%)
    2. California
    3. Illinois
    4. Wisconsin
    5. Massachusetts
    6. New York
    7. Washington
  • 6,683 applied
The Macalester student body hails from 49 states (we're missing Wyoming) and 94 countries.

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Provide your input for strategic planning


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.

Examples include:

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?

The strategic planning website includes a complete list of framing questions as well as additional information about the planning process. Please share your thoughts about any of these questions.

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Heather Lendway '06 is U.S. Triathlon champ


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.
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Macbassador of the Month:
Christina Fitzsimmons '11

Robin Hart Ruthenbeck (left), associate director of campus programs, with Christina Fitzsimmons '11.

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."

Please join us in congratulating Christina, our September 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):

Susan Parsons Strachan '87
Wednesday, Sept. 4

Amanda Westley Ziegler '06
Wednesday, Aug. 28

Michael Kasten '85 Monday, Aug. 26

Nicholas J. Reynolds '06 Sunday, Aug. 25

Emmy Matzner Higgs Matzner '05
Monday, Aug. 19

Kent A. Meyer '77
Saturday, Aug. 17

Peter D. Clark '91
Friday, Aug. 16

Takara Matsuu-Tsuzaki '01
Thursday, Aug. 15

Ruth Lee Copp '68
Thursday, Aug. 15

Michael E. Greenberg '70
Thursday, Aug. 15

Amelia S. Derr '94
Thursday, Aug. 15

Laura W. Bartlow '02
Thursday, Aug. 15

What's your news? Post your class note in MacDirect and a link to it may appear in the next edition of Mac Wire.
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7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19
SPASM (Scots Pride Alumni-Student Mixer) Student/Alumni Reception
Boardroom, Weyerhaeuser Hall

Thursday, Oct. 3
MAC in the City
Various cities, worldwide

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4
Dig Pink with Mac's Volleyball Team
Alumni Gym, Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex

1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
Kick Cancer with Women's Soccer

Thursday, Oct. 10
International Roundtable 2013 - Global Health: Promoting Equity Within and Across Borders
JBD Lecture Hall and breakout rooms 204-215, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11
Geology Alumni Extravaganza
Olin-Rice Science Center
Registration is now open

6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
M Club Hall of Fame Dinner
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17
Discuss The Golem and the Jinni with Portland area alumni
Hosted by Kim Brown '74

1:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 19
Cheer on the Scots in Chicago
Amos Alonzo Stagg Field, Ellis Ave. & Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago

9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26
Macbassador (Alumni Volunteer) Conference
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27
Tour Mount Auburn Cemetery with Boston area alumni
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St., Cambridge

Saturday, Nov. 2
Food Drive with Mac Athletics
Macalester Stadium

7:30pm Thurs., Nov. 7
7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 8
2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9
Macalester presents The Government Inspector
Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building


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