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 '63 - Reunion - June 7-9, 2013


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Canadian American Conference
Bertha Strowder Dorsey

My favorite memory about Macalester years was traveling to Canada for the Canadian American Conference. The trip was great, but what I remember most was meeting and socializing with students from Trinidad who had previously visited our campus. We discovered that we had many similar experiences even though our campuses were miles apart.

Traveling the U.S. with international students
Sharon Larson Nelson

One of my favorite memories was being a leader for the Ambassadors for Friendship program. I had a wonderful six weeks traveling with four foreign students and another Mac student. I have kept in contact and visited three of the foreign students.

Serving the country
Donald E. Juenemann

In the summer of 1961, as a member of the MN Air National Guard, I was called to active duty with the US Air Force. Washington was concerned about the building of the Berlin Wall by the Soviet Union. Fear was that another Berlin airlift would be necessary. When I returned to Mac in the fall of 1962, I was the only married student on campus plus the oldest student on campus. My wife, LeAnn, and I chaperoned many parties that year.

Ambassadors for Friendship
Judith (Judy) Solum Rosenquist

The highlight of my Mac experience was the Ambassadors for Friendship trip I able to be a part of. It definitely was a "mind-opening" experience to see our country during the 60's from the point of view of four international students.

Amazing, life-shaping programs
Carolyn Dirks Dunning

My participation in Macalester's amazing programs shaped the rest of my life: Ambassadors, SWAP, World Press Institute, Canadian American Conference, and more.

SPAN experience in Morocco
Justine Broberg Boots

Henry Miller once wrote, "One's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things.” SPAN - Student Project for Amity Among Nations - was a splendid experience which has informed my life for 50 years. With classmates Jan Weiser ‘63 and Edie Henderson ‘63, our little group of intrepid travelers from other Minnesota colleges spent the summer of 1963 in Morocco following a year of study and preparation for this amazing voyage abroad. What I learned there has become part of my value system of today and as Mark Twain so generously observed "...nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people."