Schedule

Reunion 2014 - June 6-8, 2014

Join us for an action-packed weekend

See what's happening at Reunion 2014. Take this schedule with you by visiting m.macalester.edu

Some parts of Reunion happen All Weekend

Thursday, June 5

AFTERNOON

1 p.m.
Residence halls open for Reunion guests

EVENING

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
James Wallace Society Dinner 2014

Social: 6 p.m.
Dinner: 6:45 p.m.

This annual dinner recognizes individuals supporting Macalester's future through an estate provision or life income gift. By invitation only. For more information about this event, contact Marin Amundson-Graham at mamundso@macalester.edu.
RSVP for the James Wallace Society Dinner

Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Class of 1969 Women's Retreat

Continuing our class tradition, this event promises to provide a jumping-off point for lively conversations in a comfortable setting. Topics will be sent ahead of time to give participants time to prepare. Box lunch included.

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Lowe Dayton Arts Commons

8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Class of 1964 Welcome Gathering

Start Reunion right by finding your old roommates at a casual gathering at the former home of Presidents Rice and Turck. Get caught up, enjoy light refreshments and make your weekend plans.

Hugh S. Alexander Alumni House, 1644 Summit Avenue (former President's House)

Friday, June 6

MORNING

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
All-Campus Breakfast $
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Golden Scots Society Induction Ceremony

The Class of 1964 will be inducted into the Golden Scots Society with music, memories, and medallions with a heartwarming ceremony celebrating the past and the future. All are welcome to attend!  Class of 1964 inductees are asked to arrive at the flagpole by 10 a.m. for the class entrance into the ceremony.

Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
All-Campus Lunch Buffet $
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Golden Scots Society Luncheon $

For all who have celebrated their 50-year reunion plus special recognition for those observing their 55-, 60-, 65-, 70- and 75- year reunions.

Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex, Alumni Gym

AFTERNOON

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Tour
Tour will depart from the Theater lobby.

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tour of St. Paul Neighborhoods $

Geography Professor David Lanegran ’63 leads a tour focusing on the architecture, history, and industry of several St. Paul neighborhoods. Limited to 50 participants. Tour is full, registration and waitlist is closed.

Tour departs from street side of Weyerhaeuser Hall, 62 Macalester Street

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Back to Class Faculty Lecture: Sears Eldredge

When Music, Theatre, and Dance Saved Lives

This presentation will be based on Professor Eldredge's e-book, Captive Audiences/Captive Performers: Music and Theatre as Strategies for Survival on the Thailand-Burma Railway 1942-1945 (published online by Macalester College), which investigates the role that the performing arts played in keeping Allied prisoners of war alive during the Second World War. What "lessons" about the value of the performing arts might we be able to take away from their experiences?

Back to Class Faculty Lectures are opportunities to hear a few more words from your favorite professors and meet some of the next generation of favorites.

Olin-Rice Science Center, Room 350

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Walking Tour of Macalester's Campus

Led by a Macalester student

Meet at the Bell Tower

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Back to Class Faculty Lecture: Sung Kyu Kim

Contemporary Concepts, Cosmos, and Summer Physics:  My Forty Nine Years of Teaching at Macalester

Professor Kim will reflect on Con Con, the Summer Physics Institute, his experiences with alumni, and his student's enthusiastic support throughout his 49 years at Macalester.

Back to Class Faculty Lectures are opportunities to hear a few more words from your favorite professors and meet some of the next generation of favorites.

Olin-Rice Science Center, Room 250

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Young Alumni Admissions Volunteer Social

Out-of-state alumni from the Classes of 2004 through 2013 are invited to drop by the Admissions Office for refreshments and learn more about the alumni admissions volunteer program.

Weyerhaeuser Hall, Admissions Office

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
High Tea for Classes of 1963 and earlier $

Join classmates for a variety of delightful and delicious edibles, including tea sandwiches, scones and more. Punch and assorted teas will also be provided.

Macalester Plymouth Church

EVENING

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Grand Society Open House

Join President Brian Rosenberg and fellow Grand Society donors for casual conversation and refreshments during Reunion. For Grand Society members only. Registration is now closed. Contact the Annual Fund at 651-696-6909 for more information.

President's Home

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Art Exhibition Reception

Stop by the newly renovated Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center to view Fire Turtle II: Wayne E. Potratz ’64, the Reunion 2014 Alumni Art Exhibit. Macalester's curator Greg Fitz ’99 will be at the opening to discuss the show and the artist with attendees.

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Law Warschaw Gallery

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Scots Pride Reception

Join LGBTQ alumni for conversation and community.

Olin-Rice Science Center, Rock Garden (in front of building)

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Class of 1964 Social and Casual Dinner

Join your classmates for an informal reception followed by a casual dinner, a change of tables and a dessert buffet. Relax and enjoy an evening of lively conversation, fond memories, and great food.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Snacks at Mac $

Enjoy a meal or indulge in a snack from two local food trucks, Sassy Spoon and Fork in the Road, while listening to Macalester's own Generation Gap, featuring Macalester faculty and staff. Stop by to grab a bite to eat before or during your class gathering. Cash only.

Marvin Plaza

6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday Night Class Gatherings

Welcome back! Reconnect and reminisce with classmates and friends at your Friday night gathering. Enjoy great conversation, share a few memories, and find out what your classmates have been up to since you last saw them. Cash bar.

6 p.m.
Class of 1959
DeWitt Wallace Library, Reading Room 111

7 p.m.
Class of 1969
Olin-Rice Science Center, Smail Gallery

7 p.m.
Class of 1974
Leonard Center, Hall of Fame Room

7 p.m.
Class of 1984
Bateman Plaza
Rain plan: Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Cafe Mac South End


7 p.m.
Class of 1989
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, McLaughlin Plaza
Rain plan: DeWitt Wallace Library, Harmon Room


7 p.m.
Class of 1994
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Sculpture Garden
Rain plan: Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Theater


8 p.m.
Class of 2004
Leonard Center Portico
Rain plan: Scotty's


8 p.m.
Class of 2009
Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom

All class gatherings will be held on campus. Specific locations posted in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center lobby and at registration.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Alumni of Color "basement party" a.k.a. blue lights in the basement

Sponsored by Scots MOSAIC, the Department of Multicultural Life, the American Studies Department, and the Alumni Office.

Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, The Loch

9 p.m.
Class of 1964 Informal Gathering

Come to the Alumni House to continue the conversation with classmates.

Hugh S. Alexander Alumni House

Saturday, June 7

MORNING

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Alumni Fun Run/Walk to the River

Join alumni and friends for your morning jog or a leisurely walk to the Mississippi along scenic Summit Avenue. You will be back in time for Breakfast with Brian. Open to all. Registration preferred. Sponsored by the M Club

Leonard Center west entrance

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Breakfast with Brian—A Celebration! $

The event you don't want to miss. An all-class celebration of Macalester alumni with President Brian Rosenberg. There will be music, awards, a delicious breakfast, and plenty of coffee at this event recognizing Mac alumni across the generations. Program begins at 9 a.m.

This year's alumni award winners

  • Distinguished Citizens: David Lanegran ’63, Wayne Potratz ’64, Beth Bergman ’73, Elizabeth Richards ’83
  • Alumni Service Award: Dean Verdoes ’64
  • Young Alumnus of the Year: Alexandre Mas ’99
  • Catharine Lealtad Service to Society Award: James Bennett ’69
  • Charles J. Turck Global Citizen Award: Paula Hirschoff ’66

Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex, Alumni Gym

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Macalester College Pipe Band Performs on Shaw Field

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Dorm Tours

Take a peek at Mac dorm rooms—the new, the old, and the updated! This walking tour will wind through George Draper Dayton, Wallace, Turck, and Dupre and provide you with information on residential life at Mac today. (Be sure to get the real scoop from your student tour guide.) There are stairs included on the tour.

Tours will depart from George Draper Dayton Hall at 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Is Macalester Too Politically Correct?

The Mac Mods (Macalester Alumni of Moderation) question whether Macalester students receive a sufficiently broad and balanced liberal arts education. Presentation and discussion.

006 Carnegie Hall

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Tour
Tour will depart from the Theater lobby.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Juggler on the Plaza

Enjoy an entertaining juggling show of feats and treats. Fun for the young and the young at heart!

Marvin Plaza

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Title IX Changed the Game: Discuss!

Keynote speaker Ann Bancroft and a panel of alumni, coaches, and athletes will explore the impact and ongoing influence of this Civil Rights legislation. Ann Bancroft  is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women and girls around the world to unleash the power of their dreams. Moderated by Craig Canham '64. Sponsored by the Class of 1964 and the M Club.

Leonard Center athletic & wellness complex, Hall of Fame Room

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Laughter Yoga

If you can laugh, you will excel at laughter yoga. Laughter Yoga includes self-induced laughter, relaxation techniques & yogic breathing. Join Kristin Midelfort '74 for a session and give it a try. Open to all attendees. Sponsored by the Class of 1974.

Olin-Rice Science Center, Room 241

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Back to Class Lecture: Julia Meyers-Manor '04

How to Speak Fluent Dog

Our canine companions speak to us every day using body language we typically misunderstand. Does a wagging tail really mean he's happy? Does a yawn mean he's tired? Is she really smiling at that other dog? This talk is for all individuals who would like to be better able to read the signals that dogs are sending and how to improve communication with your furry friends. Join us for a lively discussion about our favorite subject and bring your questions! Your dog will thank you for it. This lecture is for humans only.

Back to Class Faculty Lectures are opportunities to hear a few more words from your favorite professors and meet some of the next generation of favorites.

Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Zero-Waste All-Class Picnic $

Gather for an old-fashioned barbecue with live music and festive entertainment for the whole family including face painting, caricatures, and music. Be sure to recycle and compost properly.

Tent on the Great Lawn

AFTERNOON

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
MacJazz Barbeque

Join MacJazz alumni for a casual barbeque at the home of Carleton and Julia Macy. Reservations requested.

Home of Carleton Macy

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Before and After Need-Blind Admission

It has been almost ten years since Macalester made the decision to move away from need-blind admission policies.  Brian Lindeman '89, director of Financial Aid,  will review metrics from before and after the policy change to see how Macalester’s commitment to student financial aid has evolved.

Olin-Rice Science Center, Room 350

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Reunion 2014 Alumni Art Exhibition: A Conversation with the Artist Wayne Potratz '64

Macalester's curator Greg Fitz '99 will talk with the sculptor about the work featured in the exhibition, Fire Turtle II: Wayne E.Potratz '64.

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Law Warschaw Gallery

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Sustainability Tour

Learn about Mac’s sustainability initiatives by taking a walking tour of the EcoHouse, green roofs, and other features of campus. Tour ends at the LEED Platinum certified Markim Hall, home of the Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC). Led by Suzanne Savanick Hansen, sustainability manager and students.

Olin-Rice Science Center, Lobby

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Best Films 1970-1974

Colin Covert '74 has covered film for the Star Tribune for 20 years, and describes his work as consisting "mostly of thinking up synonyms for 'mediocre'." Join Colin as he talks about his picks for the best films of his college years. Open to all attendees. Sponsored by the Class of 1974.

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Hewitt Hall

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Tour
Tours will depart from the Theater lobby.

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
LGBTQ Life: 1964-2014

All alumni are welcome to hear from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer-identified alumni from across the generations talking about their experiences at Mac and their lives since graduation. Moderated by Dr. Phoebe Wood Busch ’64. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Class of 1964.

Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
M Club Slingshot Water Balloon Challenge

Put together your three-person team and test your water balloon launching skills against other reunion teams. Exciting prizes awarded to teams who come closest to hitting Mac the Scot! Sponsored by M Club. Open to all! Three-person team required to participate.

Kagin Commons lawn, teams meet at open space under Dupre Hall

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Back to Class Lecture: Peter Weisensel

Muslims in the Russian Empire: Central Asia Through Russian Eyes

The word "Empire" suggests a certain style of ruling, a hard division, a separation, such as the dominant Russian masters in the Russian Empire, from the "others," in this case the Muslims of Central Asia. Much written today about European empires assumes a hard, black-white division separating the rulers and the ruled. There certainly is something to it—Russians did dominate the others, and they were "Orientalists" (that is, Russian culture belittled and marginalized the Muslims of Central Asia). My talk, however, will argue that assumptions drawn from the French and British Empires are indiscriminately applied to the Russians. My talk will show how Russia was different.

Professor Weisensel will be on sabbatical next year and plans to retire after that. 2013-2014 was his last year teaching at Macalester. A reception with light refreshments will be held following his talk.

Back to Class Faculty Lectures are opportunities to hear a few more words from your favorite professors and meet some of the next generation of favorites.

Olin-Rice Science Center, Room 350

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friends of Bill and Bob
DeWitt Wallace Library, Room 303

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
MacJazz Reunion Concert

Enjoy some live jazz! Hear alumni from MacJazz play in Mairs Hall. Alumni participating will receive more information about a rehearsal being held on Saturday morning.

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Mairs Concert Hall

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Retrospective on the Student Work Abroad Project (SWAP), 1963-'73

Swappers will describe the impact of this historic Macalester program that sent more than 700 Mac students to overseas jobs.

Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall

3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Walking Tour of Macalester's Campus

Led by a Macalester student

Meet at the Bell Tower

4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Dedication of Memorial Tree for Todd Warner '84
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
SWAP Reception

Continue discussion and share more stories with alumni who participated in the SWAP program.

Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, The Loch

EVENING

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Former Library Student Employee Reception

Work in the library while you were at Mac? Join former library student employees and share a story or two about your time at Mac.

DeWitt Wallace Library

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
All-Class Social

Listen to the blues, classic rock sounds of The Papa Nut band while enjoying a refreshing beverage and great conversation with alumni prior to your class dinner.

Marvin Plaza

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday Night Class Dinners $

Join your classmates for one of the most popular events of the weekend. Enjoy an evening of great conversation while reconnecting with classmates. All dinners will be held on campus, specific locations posted in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center lobby. Reservations required. Walk-in registrations for Saturday night class dinners are subject to availability at an increased rate.

6 p.m.
Class of 1954 and Earlier Dinner
Alumni House

6:45 p.m.
Class of 1959 Dinner
DeWitt Wallace Library, Harmon Room

7 p.m.
Class of 1964 Dinner
Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom

7 p.m.
Class of 1969 Dinner
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, South End 

7 p.m.
Classes of 1974 Dinner
Leonard Center, Hall of Fame Room


7 p.m.
Classes of 1984 Dinner
Markim Hall, Davis Court

7 p.m.
Class of 1989 Dinner
Weyerhaeuser Board Room

7 p.m.
Class of 1994 Dinner
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Theater Stage

7 p.m.
Class of 2004 Dinner
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Crawford Hall

7 p.m.
Class of 2009 Dinner
Leonard Center, Gym

9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
MacJazz Jam Session

Enjoy some great live music with MacJazz alumni at their jam session.

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Lowe Dayton Commons

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Class of 1964 Informal Gathering

Come to the Alumni House to continue the conversation with classmates.

Hugh S. Alexander Alumni House

9 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.
The Great Mac Get Together

End your day dancing and sharing memories with alumni and friends under the big tent on the lawn. All Mac alumni are welcome.

Tent on the Great Lawn

Sunday, June 8

MORNING

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Dorm checkout

George Draper Dayton (GDD) residents:
Return keys to the GDD office.

Residents of Wallace, 37 MAC, Bigelow, Turck, and Doty:
Return keys to Wallace Hall Room 107.

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
All-Class Hot Breakfast Buffet
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, North End

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Worship Service

The Sunday morning Worship Service is inspired by our years of enrichment through living in a religiously diverse world. Reverend Dr. Donald Mackenize '66, co-author of Getting to the Heart of Interfaith, will be preaching on Healing the Nations. The theme is taken from Revelation 22, "The leaves of the tree [of life] are for the healing of the nations."

Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

All Weekend

Use the Leonard Center!
Thursday: 1-8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical walkers, weight machines, lockers, and showers are all available to registered reunion participants! Please bring your reunion name tag to check-in and use the facilities. The Riley Pool will be closed during Reunion for repairs.

Visit the Reunion 2014 Alumni Art Exhibit, Fire Turtle II: Wayne E.Potratz '64, displayed in the Law Warschaw Gallery located in the newly renovated Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center.

Wayne Potratz '64, a 2014 Macalester Distinguished Citizen award recipient, has spent his career making images and telling stories with cast metal. His work draws upon a diverse set of inspirations, including canoeing and fishing, Native American culture, Asian culture and the history of spiritual practice. His research into various indigenous traditions of metal casting deeply informs the sculpture. Images of sawhorses, tools, canoes, paddles, stones and, of course, turtles frequently appear in his body of work.

A faculty member of the University of Minnesota's Art Department since 1969, his work has been shown in more than 25 solo exhibitions and more than 340 group exhibitions since 1966. His work is represented in 23 public and corporate collections and more than 165 private collections.
Friday, June 6, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. and Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

WMCN webcasting live with alumni deejays 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (times may vary depending upon how many alumni sign up) Alumni DJs take over Macalester's radio station for the weekend. Enjoy their programs via WMCN's webstream. A schedule for the weekend will be posted at registration.

Pick up your Mac gear at the Highlander’s new location on Snelling and while you’re there grab the latest bestseller at Garrison Keillor’s bookstore, Common Good Books.

Tours of Markim Hall, home of the Institute for Global Citizenship, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Leonard Center, and Macalester campus

 

 

 

 

Check in times

Thursday 1–9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.;
1964—8 a.m.–4 p.m.

All classes except 1964 check in at Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, Room 207.

 

$ indicates a fee is associated with an event and you'll need to sign up for it on the reunion registration form.

Special Reunions

Class of 1964
Members of the Class of 1964 are our special guests as they celebrate their 50-Year Reunion and become members of the Golden Scots Society.

Mac Jazz

SWAP

Questions?

Call the alumni office at 1-888-242-9351 (toll-free) or 1-651-696-6295.