Humanities building renamed Neill Hall, it's concert season at Mac, Amy Ostermeier '98 Human Rights Education Fund established, Ross Molho '90 is Macbassador of the Month, and more...
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November 2013

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

Humanities Building renamed Neill Hall


Macalester recently changed the name of the Humanities Building to recognize the founder and first president of the college, Edward Duffield Neill.
Read more about the name change

In This Issue

It's concert season at Mac

Amy Ostermeier '98 Human Rights Education Fund established

Meet our newest Alumni Board members

Provide your input for strategic planning

Macbassador of the Month: Ross Molho '90

Class Notes

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It's concert season at Mac

The next month brings plenty of music and dance performances to Macalester stages, all well worth a return to campus.

All music concerts are free of charge and take place in Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, unless otherwise indicated.

Macalester Choirs Concert
Sat., Nov. 16, 8 p.m.
Presenting a concert of works featuring the Mairs Concert Hall’s new Allen organ.

Jazz in the Afternoon with the Randy Bauer Trio
Sunday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m.

Macalester Pop and Jazz Combos
Monday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m

Macalester Wind Ensemble
Friday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m.

Macalester Orchestra
Friday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.

Macalester Early Music Ensemble
Saturday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m.

Macalester African Music Ensemble
Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

Macalester Asian Music Ensemble
Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m.
Hewitt Hall, Room 113, Music Building

Mac Jazz
Sunday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m.


Fall Dance Concert
Friday, Nov 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m.
Theater, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
Tickets: General Admission, $7; Student Reserved Ticket, $2; ACTC Faculty & Staff, no charge, Senior (age 62+), $5, Group of 15 or more), $75 for 15 tickets and each additional $5.

Support our student musicians while enjoying some great music and dance.

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Amy Ostermeier '98 Human Rights Education Fund established

The new fund brought Suzanne Nossel of the PEN American Center to speak.

Amy Ostermeier left St. Paul when she graduated from Macalester in 1998, but thanks to her friends and family, her legacy is opening new doors for Macalester students who share her passion for human rights and diplomacy.

Last month Ostermeier's family members, classmates, and former colleagues gathered with current Macalester students and faculty members for the inaugural Ostermeier Human Rights Lecture, featuring PEN American Center executive director Suzanne Nossel (pictured). It was the first activity launched by the Amy Ostermeier '98 Human Rights Education Fund, established in Ostermeier's memory after she passed away from cancer in September 2011. The fund provides opportunities for Mac students to better understand human rights issues around the world.

After earning a master's degree in public administration and policy at Syracuse University, Ostermeier became a senior human rights officer at the State Department's Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Social Affairs Office, where she was a key player in several crucial human rights achievements.

The day following Nossel's lecture, she and several of Ostermeier's former colleagues met with 45 Mac students to discuss careers in human rights. They also met with Mac political science majors to talk about current diplomacy issues.

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Meet our newest Alumni Board members

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Five alumni and two students began their terms on the Alumni Board last month. The new alumni members are (left to right) Mike Skoien '73, Carol Lohse Tveit '60, Erin M. Bowley '93, Erik D. Jackson '05, and Brett Gemlo '78. The new student members are Andjelka Radevic '16 and James R. Meyerson '16.

The Alumni Board provides leadership and direction for the college's alumni association. Its members are alumni and current students representing every generation, U.S. region, and some countries.
See who serves on the Alumni Board

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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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Macbassador of the Month: Ross Molho '90


When Alumni Relations contacted Ross Molho '90 in 2011 looking for alumni to host Ametrica Program students traveling to Chicago over fall break he enthusiastically said yes. Every year since, he and his wife Kris have been instrumental in the success of the program. For this and more, Ross is our Macbassador of the month for November.

Ross and Kris have arranged for more than half the host families needed for the Ametrica trip. "The Ametrica program makes a concerted effort to bring international and U.S. students together so they can get to know one another and hopefully make friendships. That’s a goal my family believes in," said Molho. Student participants say Molho's efforts and the generosity of the alumni hosts are a huge part of what makes the trip a life-changing experience.

"I love Mac. Mac provided me with the opportunity to obtain an excellent and affordable education," he continued. "Since I don’t have a million dollars to give to Mac, I give back to the school in the ways that I can." On top of donating his time to Ametrica program participants, Molho is also a loyal Annual Fund donor, providing reliable financial support for Macalester students for more than 20 years.

Please join us in congratulating Ross Molho '90, our November 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):

Martha G. Coe '11
Tuesday, Nov. 12

Samuel D. Pobst '76
Tuesday, Nov. 12

Richard C. Carus '71
Monday, Nov. 11

Howard W. Mielke '63
Thursday, Nov. 7

Janet Ericksen Johnson '72
Wednesday, Nov. 6

Jennifer Schlotthauer Maloney '92
Monday, Nov. 4

William C. Clarke '07
Thursday, Oct. 31

Raymond B. Runyan '72
Thursday, Oct. 31

Tahir J. Naim '84
Wednesday, Oct. 30


Braham B. Ketcham '05
Wednesday, Oct. 30

Heather McKenzie MacGumerait '94
Tuesday, Oct. 29

Emily S. Philipps '02
Monday, Oct. 28

Sally R. Orme '79
Sunday, Oct. 20

Erika Figueroa '99
Sunday, Oct. 20

Elizabeth Doherty Thomas '98
Saturday, Oct. 19

Kate V. Slivko '06
Thursday, Oct. 17

Manon E. Gentil '11
Thursday, Oct. 17

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, Nov. 21
Discuss In the Country of Men with Portland area alumni
Hosted by Kristine Weber '92

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23
Fall Dance Concert
Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building

11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24
Join Boston area alumni for Sunday Brunch
Joe's American Bar & Grill, 181 Newbury St., Boston

2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8
Discuss Lighter Than Air by Peter Bognanni with Twin Cities alumni
DeWitt Wallace Library, Macalester College
Please RSVP here.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10
Scotch Tape 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Lowe Dayton Arts Commons, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

7:30 a.m. Tues., Dec. 12
Join Twin Cities alumni for a book talk and breakfast with Kathleen Osborne Vellenga '59
Hall of Fame Room, Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex

5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12
Join New York City alumni for happy hour
Burnside Brooklyn, 506 Grand St. (Williamsburg)

2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
Join Chicago alumni for the first Nog and Glögg Alumni Holiday Social
R & D 659 - 4th floor party room, 659 West Randolph St., Chicago
Hosted by Niloy '99 and Juliane Ray '01

7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9
Discuss Aftershock by Robert Reich with Portland area alumni
Hosted by Joyce Williams '68

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13
Discuss Every Monkey for Themselves with Portland, Ore., alumni
Hosted by Paul Freeman '71

4:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 20
Theodore Mitau Lecture, featuring Alfie Kohn
Kagin Ballroom, Kagin Commons

7:30 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 20
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Main Stage Theatre, Theatre Building, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

9 a.m. Sat., March 1
Canine Health Seminar - Day One with Dr. Jean Dodds, DVM
John B Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Please view flyer for registration information.

9:30 a.m. Sun., March 2
Canine Health Seminar - Day Two with Dr. Ron Schulz, PhD
John B Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Please view flyer for registration information.




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