Studio Art opens in time for spring classes, Macalester mourns the passing of Joan Adams Mondale '52, excitement builds for Reunion 2014, Theatre and Dance Department presents The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and more...
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February 2014

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

Studio Art opens in time for spring classes


“The new Studio Art space is purposeful and practical, with enough room for sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and 2D design,” says President Brian Rosenberg.  "Along with the Music building and the recently completed Art Commons, Macalester has built quality art facilities for our students, faculty, staff, and community to use and enjoy." The official studio art dedication for the campus community will be March 7. There will be an open house for alumni on April 12.
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In This Issue

Macalester mourns the passing of Joan Adams Mondale '52

Excitement builds for Reunion 2014

Theatre and Dance Department Presents The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Vampires 101

President Rosenberg appointed to Teagle Foundation Board

Macbassador of the Month: Seth Levine '94

Class Notes

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Macalester mourns the passing of Joan Adams Mondale '52

Joan Adams Mondale '52 throwing a pot.

Macalester College and the Macalester community mourn the passing of Joan Adams Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale '50 and an alumna who graduated from Macalester in 1952.

"Macalester has lost an alumna, passionate champion, and friend," said President Brian Rosenberg. "Joan's dedication to the college, keen mind, and extraordinary heart will be sorely missed on campus, as through the rest of Minnesota. Our condolences go to Vice President Mondale and the entire Mondale family."

Joan was a lifelong Macalester supporter, serving as a trustee from 1986 to 2007. Known for her advocacy of the arts, she proposed the trustee practice of setting aside 1 percent of construction project budgets to be used for public art on campus. Her policy is responsible for much of the public art installed in campus buildings constructed or renovated since 2000 such as the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Markim Hall, Alumni House, and the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. Joan and Walter Mondale also donated a collection of Japanese pottery to Macalester. That collection is on display in Markim Hall, home to the Institute for Global Citizenship.

The Macalester Concert Choir and Macalester Pipe Band performed at a memorial service for Joan held Feb. 8 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.  A video of the service is currently available on the church's website.
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Excitement builds for Reunion 2014


The planning committees for Reunion 2014 have met and the schedule for June 6-8 is looking great.

There will be plenty of opportunities to check out the newly renovated Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center through tours, concerts, and our 2014 Alumni Art Exhibition featuring Wayne Potratz '64. Professor David Lanegran '63 will be leading his very popular bus tour of St. Paul neighborhoods on Friday afternoon. Celebrate with alumni at Breakfast with Brian on Saturday morning as well as a laughter yoga session, alumni panels, faculty talks, a water balloon toss, and other great programming.

The classes of 2009, 2004, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954, 1949, as well as 1944 and earlier will be having milestone celebrations; special gatherings also are planned for former members of SWAP and MacJazz. Make your plans now to come back to Mac and search MacDirect to encourage your classmates to join you. Registration opens in March.
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Theatre and Dance Department Presents The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Performed continuously by Brecht’s company, the Berliner Ensemble, for the last 20 years, Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a savage comedy about Arturo Ui, a Chicago gangster who clearly resembles Adolf Hitler. As Ui (Alana Horton '14) and his associates Givola (Aubrey Rickle '14), Giri (John Stark '16), and Roma (Ryan Brownlow '14) threaten and manipulate their way into controlling Chicago's cauliflower trade, their assent mirrors the real-life rise of the Third Reich and Hitler, Goebbels, Göring, and Röhm.

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is directed by Barbra Berlovitz, one of four founding artistic directors of the 2005 Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune (TJL). For almost 30 years, Berlovitz acted, directed, taught and was instrumental in the artistic leadership of this internationally acclaimed company. Since the closing of TJL, Barbra has acted with the Sod House Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Live Action Set, Theatre Novi Most, and the Improbable Theatre companies.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Feb. 20-22, and Saturday Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. in Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359 or visit the Theatre and Dance Department's box office.
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Vampires 101

Illustration by Erin Holt '13

Kathy Clarke '17 saw the unusual class listed on Macalester’s website a couple years ago and thought, "Wow! This college has a vampire course. This is perfect for me!"

Two years later she was enrolled in that very class along with 13 classmates, discussing everything from Bram Stoker’s Dracula to the popular ’90s TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Instructor Britt Abel, a German professor, was inspired to teach the course after reading the Twilight series while leading a study abroad group in Vienna several years ago.
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President Rosenberg appointed to Teagle Foundation Board


The Teagle Foundation has appointed Brian Rosenberg and Elizabeth Boylan to its Board of Directors. They join 14 other directors on a board chaired by Walter C. Teagle, III.

The Teagle Foundation has a mission of being an influential national voice and a catalyst for change in higher education to improve undergraduate student learning in the arts and sciences.

Foundation President Judith R. Shapiro states, "We are honored that these two distinguished colleagues have agreed to join the Teagle Foundation board. Their extensive experience in academe and commitment to the value of liberal education will further enrich our efforts to support student learning in the arts and sciences. I look forward to working with them in pursuit of the Foundation’s mission."
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Macbassador of the Month: Seth Levine '94


In recognition of his ongoing support of student entrepreneurship at Macalester, Seth Levine '94 is our February Macbassador of the Month.

Levine, who majored in psychology and economics, is the managing partner and co-founder of Foundry Group, a Boulder-based early stage venture capital firm. "My experience at Macalester," he says, "served as an unbelievably strong foundation for the rest of my life."

Levine is co-sponsor and co-creator of Macathon, Macalester's technology "hackathon" and start-up competition which is being held for the second time Feb. 28-March 1. He recently came to campus to speak at the Career Development Center and at the Entrepreneurship class taught by Professor Joyce Minor '88 about the democratization of entrepeneurship and entrepreneurship as a compelling force for change in the world. His visit inspired Petar Petrovic '14 to start an entrepreneurship student organization on campus that already has 37 members.

"Mac instilled in me a spirit of service and I've always tried to live the philosophy of 'giving first,'" Seth says. "Inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs at Mac will hopefully instill in them the notion that they're playing a non zero-sum game and that they should look for opportunities in business and in life to give, not just get."

Seth is also a loyal financial contributor, supporting excellence at Macalester through his gifts to the Annual Fund as a Tartan and Summit Society member.

Please join us in congratulating Seth Levine '94, our February 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):

Rebecca R. DeJarlais Ortiz '06
Thursday, February 13

Jayne E. Discenza '13
Wednesday, February 12

Rafael F. Salas '95
Monday, February 10

Laura W. Bartlow '02
Monday, February 10

Richard B. Aronson '72
Saturday, February 08

Warren N. Anderson '83
Friday, February 07

William L. Doxsey '70
Friday, February 07

James L. Miller '78
Wednesday, February 05


Christine Marvin Farnes '03
Sunday, February 02

Seth A. Turner '80
Tuesday, January 21

Sarah Knowles Dent '84
Friday, January 17

Kathryn Iverson Landrum '05
Friday, January 17

Heather M. Pishko '94
Friday, January 17

Annie R. Thoe '83
Thursday, January 16

Jeremy L. Meckler '10
Thursday, January 16

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. Thurs., Feb. 13
"Best in Class: Closing the Achievement Gap with Black Youth"
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

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

10 a.m. Tues., Feb. 18
Talk by Acting Peace Corps Director
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

11:30 a.m. Tues., Feb. 18
Gary Krueger Inaugural Lecture - Cargill Professorship in International Economics
John B Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

4:45 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 20
Theodore Mitau Lecture, featuring Alfie Kohn
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

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

11 a.m. Sun., Feb. 23
Tour Garfield Conservatory with Chicago area alumni
Garfield Park Conservatory

7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 25
Join Twin Cities alumni to discuss Empress
Hosted by Everett Beek '06

6 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 27
American Studies Conference on "Mixed Race America: Identities and Culture"
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

4:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 28
- 3 p.m. Sat., March 1
Macathon 2014
Olin-Rice Science 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.

3 p.m. Sat., March 1
Macathon Team Presentations
Olin-Rice Science Center, Room 250
To be webstreamed live at

9:30 a.m. Sun., March 2
Canine Health Seminar - Day Two with Dr. Ron Schultz, DVM
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
Please view flyer for registration information.

7 p.m. Thurs., March 13
Fact and Fiction: Disability in the Media
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Lower Level, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

10 a.m. Sat., March 22
Big Reunion Calling Party Extravaganza!
Annual Fund Call Center, 2nd Floor, Lampert Building

4:45 p.m. Thurs. March 27
Pete Ferderer Inaugural Lecture: Edward John Noble Professor of Economics
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Lower Level, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 10
7:30 p.m. Fri., April 11
2 p.m. Sat., April 12
7:30 p.m. Sat., April 12
In the Blood
Main Stage Theatre, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

4:45 p.m. Fri., April 11
Inaugural lecture of DeWitt Wallace Professor of Art Ruthann Godollei
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

1 p.m. Sat., April 12
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Open House: Music and Studio Art
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery

7:30 p.m. Fri., April 25
2 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 26
Spring Dance Concert
Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building

10:30 a.m. Sun., April 27
Mac Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis

June 6-8
Reunion 2014


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