His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits Mac, registration is now open for Reunion 2014, 10 teams participate in Macathon 2014, it's time to write MacMail to seniors, and more...
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Mac Wire

March 2014

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

His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits Mac


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke to the Macalester community on Sunday, March 2. More than 3,500 students, faculty, staff, and guests attended, and more than 2,700 viewers tuned in for all or part of the live webcast.
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In This Issue

Registration is now open for Reunion 2014

Community invited to Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center open house April 12

Ten teams participate in Macathon 2014

Diver Renee Jordan '14 makes nationals

It's time to write MacMail to seniors

Macbassador of the Month: Jake Levy-Pollans '09

Class Notes

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Registration is now open for Reunion 2014


Online registration for Reunion 2014 is open! Reunion is happening June 6-8. There will be Laughter Yoga, the all-campus picnic, a bus tour with Professor David Lanegran '63, faculty talks, a MacJazz alumni concert, and much, much more.

We've also just confirmed polar explorer Ann Bancroft will be joining us for a discussion on Title IX. In addition to milestone Reunion years, alumni who participated in MacJazz and the Summer Work Abroad Project (SWAP) will also be having special celebrations this year. All alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome to join in the festivities.

Why delay? Register today. After you've signed up, search MacDirect for your Macalester classmates and invite them to join you.
See Reunion 2014 schedule
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Community invited to Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center open house April 12


Now that the music and studio art phases of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center expansion and renovation are complete, Macalester welcomes the wider community to an open house on Saturday, April 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tour the new facility, meet Macalester student artists, hear live music, and take selfies using some of the best new views of campus. There will also be activities for kids. Everyone is welcome to this family-friendly event.
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Ten teams participate in Macathon 2014

Alumni judges selected Macathon's three winning teams. Error 404 was awarded first place for making cOBO, a buying and selling service geared toward colleges.

Macalester held its second-ever overnight hackathon and start-up competition February28-March 1. Ten student teams participated and presented the tech-enabled products and services they created to a panel of nine alumni judges. Macathon was born from a conversation between two alumni, Per von Zelowitz '94 and Seth Levine '94, who continue to champion the event.
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Diver Renee Jordan '14 makes nationals

Sport Photo / Chris Mitchell '01

Macalester's Renee Jordan '14 and Hunter Hedenberg '16 competed at the NCAA Division III Region 1 Diving Meet at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and each performed very well, with Jordan automatically qualifying for nationals. The NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship will take place in Indianapolis March 19-22.

Jordan placed second Friday on the 3-meter board. Her score was a Macalester all-time best 490.05. Hedenberg will dive at nationals if one of the regional qualifiers does not compete. 
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It's time to write MacMail to seniors


There's nothing quite like those last few weeks leading up to graduation. For seniors, it is a unique time for reflection, anticipation, and perhaps a bit of fear about their next steps. Help welcome the next generation of alumni and congratulate them on their accomplishments by sending MacMail. Find a postcard that depicts where you are writing from, jot down a note a Macalester senior would love to receive, and mail it to Macalester College, Alumni Relations, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul MN 55105 by Thursday, May 1. In the weeks leading up to graduation, we'll deliver MacMail to our seniors via the Student Post Office
See details and instructions for sending MacMail

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Macbassador of the Month:
Jake Levy-Pollans '09


In recognition of the depth and breadth of his commitment to Macalester, Jake Levy-Pollans '09 is our Macbassador of the Month for March.

Levy-Pollans majored in political science and is now director of digital engagement for Wellstone Action. In addition to regularly attending Macalester events in the Twin Cities, Levy-Pollans is an enthusiastic and creative volunteer who contributes his time and talents to the college in a wide variety of roles. On top of serving as a class agent for the Annual Fund, over the past six months, he also spoke at a campus political science alumni event, hosted Chuck Green Fellows in his office, and co-chaired his 5-Year Reunion Planning Committee. He was also the first person to register for Reunion 2014.

"My experience at Mac was made so much richer because of the alumni I met, the networks I built, and the opportunities they gave me," said Levy-Pollans. "Why wouldn't I want to return the favor? There's a direct line between my experience as a Chuck Green Fellow junior year and the job I have today."

Please join us in congratulating Jake Levy-Pollans '09, our March 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):

Robert F. Lyon '79
Thursday, March 06

Jessica Smith Rolston '03
Friday, February 28

Mary Robert Nahm Garrett '02
Saturday, February 22

Omar Imady '88
Wednesday, February 19

Elliott J. Niblock '09
Friday, February 14

Pua Morrison Johnson '69
Friday, February 14

Thomas W. Ziebell '69
Friday, February 14

Christopher E. Barsanti '94
Friday, February 14

Timothy J. Pramas '90
Thursday, February 13

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

7:30 p.m. Sun., March 16
Hear the Macalester Concert Choir in Duluth
Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. 4th St., Duluth

6 p.m. Tues., March 18
Join D.C. area alumni and Mac students for happy hour
Vapiano in Dupont Circle, 1800 M Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

5:30 p.m. Thurs., March 20
Bay Area Midwestern Liberal Arts College Happy Hour
Southern Pacific Brewing, 620 Treat Ave., San Francisco

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, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

7:30 a.m. Tues., April 1
Philosophy Lecture Series with Henry West, Lecture 1: John Stuart Mill
Room 250, Olin-Rice Science Center

7 p.m. Thurs., April 3
Discuss My Beloved World with Portland area alumni
Hosted by Rhoda Moeller '65 and Mike Moeller '64

9:30 a.m. Sat., April 5
Join Colorado alumni for the 2nd Annual Ski Day
Copper Mountain, 509 Copper Rd., Copper Mtn.

7:30 a.m. Tues., April 8
Philosophy Lecture Series with Henry West, Lecture 2: Karl Marx
Room 250, Olin-Rice Science Center

5:30 p.m. Thurs., April 10
Asian Languages & Cultures Spring Seminar
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

7:30 p.m. Thurs., April 10
7:30 p.m. Fri., April 11
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sat., April 12
In the Blood
Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building
Tickets available at the theater box office or by calling 651-696-6359

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 a.m. Tues., April 15
Philosophy Lecture Series with Henry West, Lecture 3: Theories of Justice
Room 250, Olin-Rice Science Center

7:30 p.m. Fri., April 25
2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Sun., April 27
Spring Dance Concert
Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building

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

7 p.m. Thurs., May 8
Discuss Running the Rift with Portland area alumni
Hosted by Valerie Plummer '99

June 6-8
Reunion 2014


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