Studio Art building named for Joan Adams Mondale '52, Paul Farmer to speak at Commencement, Diver Renee Jordan '14 is national champion, Lin Aanonsen wins Thomas Jefferson Award, and more...
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Mac Wire

April 2014

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

Studio Art building named for Joan Adams Mondale '52


The Board of Trustees has approved naming the new Studio Art building after Joan Mondale '52. The building will be officially called the "Joan Adams Mondale Hall of Studio Art."

Please join President Brian Rosenberg, Provost Kathleen M. Murray, and the Mondale family for the naming ceremony of the Joan Adams Mondale Hall of Studio Art, scheduled for noon on Monday, May 5. The ceremony will be held outdoors on the lawn in front of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center's east entrance. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Lowe Dayton Commons.
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In This Issue

Paul Farmer to speak at Commencement

Diver Renee Jordan '14 is national champion

Lin Aanonsen wins Thomas Jefferson Award

Alumni College Summer Session is on Global Health

343 Mac Mail postcards needed by May 1

Attend the Reykjavik International Film Festival with alumni

Macbassador of the Month: Kristin Midelfort '74

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Paul Farmer to speak at Commencement


Partners in Health cofounder Paul Farmer will deliver this year's Commencement address for the Class of 2014. The senior speaker is Lucy Andrews '14. Commencement will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at the college. It will be webstreamed live for family and friends who cannot attend.
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Diver Renee Jordan '14 is national champion

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Alumna Margie Goodwin Schrader '01 brought her daughter and her Mac Swimming & Diving towel to cheer on Renee Jordan '14 at the national championship in Indianapolis. The lucky fans looked after Renee's lucky stuffed animal. Right: Standing with Mac athletic director Kim Chandler, Jordan holds up her trophy during a celebration in the Hall of Fame Room of the Leonard Center.

Renee Jordan '14 reached the highest point of her Macalester career when she placed first in the 1-meter diving competition at the NCAA Division III Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. To cap off her brilliant week, Jordan dove to a fourth-place finish and All-America performance in 3-meter diving. Jordan is the first NCAA champion in the history of Macalester's swimming and diving program.
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Lin Aanonsen wins Thomas Jefferson Award


Lin Aanonsen, O.T. Walter Professor of Biology and chair of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, has been awarded the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award. The award was established in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor faculty members who exemplify the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Aanonsen was selected by a committee of past Jefferson Award winners.
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Alumni College Summer Session is on Global Health


Alumni are invited to attend Summer Session 2014, Why Global Health Matters, August 3-6.

The average life expectancy in sub-Saharan African countries is about 25 years shorter than in the U.S. Around 75 percent of the early mortality in low-income settings is preventable or treatable with low-cost interventions. Even within the U.S. there are vast socioeconomic disparities in access to healthcare and in the health status of our citizens. Why do these disparities persist and can they be overcome?

These are the topics participants will explore in this two-and-a-half-day session convened by Institute for Global Citizenship Dean Christy Hanson and featuring Macalester faculty and guests.
Summer Session 2014 details

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343 MacMail postcards needed by May 1


Alumni Relations is collecting postcards with words of welcome, encouragement, and congratulations for the Class of 2014 through the MacMail program. The goal is to send a postcard from an alum to each and every graduating senior to welcome them into the larger Macalester community.

We need your help! Right now we have collected 143 of the 486 postcards we need to make sure MacMail reaches the entire Class of 2014. Help make it happen. Write your postcard (or two, or more) and send them to Macalester College, Alumni Relations, Attn: Neely Crane-Smith, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul MN 55105.
See details and instructions for sending MacMail

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Attend the Reykjavik International Film Festival with alumni


Alumni and friends are invited to join Star Tribune film critic Colin Covert '74 in Iceland Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 for the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) and an opportunity to explore this gorgeous and unique country.

RIFF highlights independent filmmaking from all over the world with an emphasis on up-and-coming filmmakers, and is a wonderful way to explore films that may never find their way to the United States.
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Macbassador of the Month:
Kristin Midelfort '74


In recognition of her dedication to the larger Macalester community, Kristin Midelfort '74 is our Macbassador of the Month for April.

Midelfort majored in art at Macalester and worked for the college for seven years as an associate director of major gifts. She is now campaign director for the Center for Science, Business and Religion at Augsburg College.

Midelfort is co-chair of her class's 40-Year Reunion Planning Committee and also volunteers as a class agent for the Annual Fund. "I volunteer for Macalester because knowing it inside and out, in the past and today, I am confident that resources are used to benefit current faculty, staff, and students," said Midelfort. "I've met alumni from every decade going back to the Class of 1936 and without exception I learned they had been marked by the values lived by the Macalester community. I am lucky to have attended Macalester and want to help others have the experiences and gain the solid education I did."

In addition to helping plan her class's Reunion and sharing her talents as a professional fundraiser, Kristin is also a reliable Annual Fund supporter and a member of the Summit Society.

Please join us in congratulating Kristin Midelfort '74 for being our April 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):

Brianne Harrison Moore '05
Thursday, April 17

William S. McDowell '69 Thursday, April 10

Ruth Milanese Lippin '65
Saturday, April 05

Gregrey J. Renstrom '69
Saturday, April 05

Emma C. Case Beasley '06
Sunday, March 23

Andrew Magill '94
Monday, March 17

Nicole K. Groves '94
Thursday, March 13

Caroline Butler Au-Yeung '02
Thursday, March 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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Ad: June 6-8 - Reunion


6 p.m. Tues., April 22
Life After Mac: Young Alum Discussion Panel
Davis Court, Markim Hall

7 p.m. April 22
Discuss The Heart is a Lonely Hunter with Twin Cities alumni
Hosted by Emily Erickson '08

6 p.m. Thurs., April 24
Join Bay area alumni for a night at the Asian Art Museum
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., San Francisco

7 p.m. Fri., April 25
Spring Dance Concert
Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building

9 a.m. Sat., April 26
M Club 2014 Spring Sports Day
Macalester Stadium and Nicholson Field

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

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

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

1:30 p.m. Sat., May 17
On Campus

1 p.m. Thurs., June 5
Residence halls open for Reunion guests

6 p.m. Thurs., June 5
James Wallace Society Dinner 2014
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

June 6-8
Reunion 2014

7 p.m. Thurs., June 12
Discuss Signature of All Things with Portland alumni
Hosted by Lesly Sanocki '90




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