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Macalester recently changed the name of the Humanities Building to recognize the founder and first president of the college, Edward Duffield Neill.
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The next month brings plenty of music and dance performances to Macalester stages, all well worth a return to campus.
Macalester Choirs Concert
Jazz in the Afternoon with the Randy Bauer Trio
Macalester Pop and Jazz Combos
Macalester Wind Ensemble
Macalester Early Music Ensemble
Macalester African Music Ensemble
Macalester Asian Music Ensemble
Fall Dance Concert
Support our student musicians while enjoying some great music and dance.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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