First Week Newsletter

Welcome Students!

"I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied - about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works - and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling." -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author of Americanah

This quote by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie encourages us all to remain inquisitive, to think critically, and to stay passionately engaged, as we each live out our own story.  As a new chapter begins here at Macalester, you will be challenged to make this time meaningful!

Making Your Experience Meaningful:

Integrating the core values of Macalester: multiculturalism, internationalism, academic excellence, and service to society adds significance and value to your college experience.  Here are just a few ways fellow Macalester students who have lived out these values in their own way:

Fears for my First Year Course- Ashley 17’ In the end, very few Macalester students regret the first-year course experience. It’s a chance to try something out, to get a feel for college classes, to meet people you’ll run into in the Campus Center for the next four years.”

Moving 8,000 Miles, Going to College, and Becoming an Adult- Shruthi Kamisetty “Everything I experienced my first semester was tough but many of those same things helped get me through the semesters that followed…”

Celebrating Chanukkah at Mac- Amy  “I love that my Jewish experience at Macalester is about fostering a sense of community more than anything else. I also love that plenty of my friends who aren’t Jewish feel included in that community.”

Summers of Service-Luiza Montesanti "Six years later, Davis Projects for Peace continues to fund grassroots projects designed by college students (studying at schools in the Davis UWC Scholars program), with the objective of encouraging and supporting “today’s motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.”

Living on campus provides several avenues for meeting new people and building community. Residential Director Amanda-Rae Barboza shares some advice on how to make the most of living on campus:

Making your time here more meaningful: Residential Life

Take Time to Reflect

As your college journey begins, we ask that you reflect over the next few weeks about your current experiences, and the experiences yet to come:

  • What issues are you passionate about? What makes you tick?
  • What do you hope to accomplish over the next few weeks, over the next year, and over the next four years?
  •  What are your hopes? What are your fears? What are your strengths?

But First the basics!

What if my computer breaks?

  • Contact the ITS Desk located in room 314 in Niell Hall at 651-696-6525 or

What if I don’t like my class schedule?  

  • First consult the Registrar’s list of [FAQ] and meet with your professor or adviser. Remember that the last day to add or drop classes is September 12, 2014. The registrar is located in 77 Mac Room 101. Their number is 651-696-6200 and email address is

What if I am having an emergency or need to report a crime?

  • In case of an emergency please contact campus Safety and Security (651-696-6555) or visit the Safety and Security office located in Music Building M002 (651-696-6278). For Safewalk services call 651-696-6699.

How do I use my ID card?

  • For instructions on how to us your Macalester ID card refer to the card services website or contact them at 651-696-6644 or

I have questions about living on campus:

  • If you have questions about residential life policies, roommate conflicts, or resources, contact your RA first.


IGCInstitute for Global Citizenship: Which houses the-

Fishbowl- link between Doty and Turck Residence Halls, which is frequently used as a pizza delivery location.

LC- Abbreviation for the Leonard Center, which houses Mac AthleticsHealth and Wellness Center, and the Deno Fitness Center.

LSC- Abbreviation for the Lealtad-Suzuki Center, located on the 1st floor of Kagin Commons

SPO- Abbreviation for the Student Post Office, this is the term commonly used for campus mail.

GRSC- Abbreviation for The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

MAX Center- This center offers free group and individual assistance to anyone in mathematics, biology, chemistry, writing, general learning skills, and time management. Located in Kagin Commons.

CRSL- Abbreviation for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life

The Link- The skyway between the library and Old Main, this space is also a 24 hour study space.

ROCK- This often brightly painted object can be spotted partially buried on Old Main Lawn.

ISP- Abbreviation for International Student Programs serves the educational and personal needs of Mac's diverse international student body.

DML- Abbreviation for Department of Multicultural Life works to infuse multiculturalism throughout all aspects of college life.

C-House- A residential and programming space dedicated to the promotion of cultural awareness.

AUX points- The "money" you add to your student ID, but different from Flex dollars.

CEC- Abbreviation for the Civic Engagement Center located in the Institute for Global Citizenship.


Read below each week to learn about great campus locations and resources.