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Macalester Means the World to Us - 50 Year Reunion - June 6-8, 2014

Global Citizens

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Going to Berlin to on SWAP
Virginia (Ginger) Vogel Simek

For me, SWAP had a big impact and I feel fortunate to have been a part of it. Berlin was the location along with Shirley Hintz, Carolyn Tweedie, Dave Bell, Rusty Lynn, and Doug Ruth. I was back in the neighborhood where we had lived while traveling in May 2013. It was 1 year and a few days short of its being 50 years ago of our arrival. In my memory the 1964 neighborhood was on the seedy side. Not much re-building since the war, empty areas where buildings had been, and Der Blau Engel -- a place you walked quickly by especially if coming home after dark -- or was it different for the guys? Today’s neighborhood is vibrant, neat shops, great cafes & restaurants, and a desirable place to live.

Harry Morgan's Challenge
Georgia Jacob Zugay

Remember when International House Director, Harry Morgan, challenged each pair of Ambassador for Friendship Tour leaders to see how much of the $300.00 they could return to Macalester after touring the western half of the United States with four foreign students in a five week, 7,000 mile adventure to reveal the welcoming heart of Americans?

International Students
David Ranheim

I have fond memories of interacting with the international students and the WPI journalists when they were on campus. Though I can’t claim to remember meeting Kofi Annan then, it has been fun to brag that he was a senior when we were all freshmen (now known as "first years" I believe). Judy and I did get to meet him when he was a Macalester trustee.

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