Many people think of U.S. history in terms of battles, pioneers, and presidents. But for Elizabeth Tollefson ’11, studying history became much more personal—and much more local—by her last year at Macalester. more
Investigate and Map It
Nolan Levenson's class presented their GIS research about two reservations to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. That work is now research that will be used for public benefit. more
Melody of Pitch
Macalester women’s soccer team members pursue far more than soccer and their studies while they’re at college. Their range of extracurricular activities runs from editing the Mac Weekly to volunteering at local nonprofits.
When he signed up for Macalester’s legislative politics class, Reed Polakowski ’13 (Minneapolis) thought he’d be interning for a state senator or representative. Instead, he ended up in the office of Minnesota’s governor, Mark Dayton.
Exploring the Unknown
Pete Goldberg '11 spent two summers and an academic year performing research in chemistry professor Kathryn Splan’s laboratory.
Natalie Locke '11 created a unique program at Macalester - the Sustainability Student Worker Network that has led to a number of green initiatives on campus. more
Students, Chelsea Hansen '13 and Danait Teklay '13 share their experience working with Professor Andy Overman attempting to excavate Mount Vernon where approximately two to three hundred of George Washington's slaves are buried. Through the excavation they would like to give recognition to the deceased slaves.
Indiana James - M11
Today, a tour of my square, M11, with supervisor Kate Peterson ('11). Includes a special guest appearance by site architect Prof. Michael Nelson of CUNY Queens. Enjoy!
Building a Library
Waruiru Mburu '13 received a grant from the Live It Fund. Her project involves building a library at Bunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan and Needy school in Bunabumali village, Bududa District, Uganda.
Senior Art Exhibit 2011
Every spring seniors manage their own art show in Macalester's Gallery.
Amy Fisher '07 gives us a tour of her square, Sp5-5. She, Prof. Nanette Goldman, and her team are working inside the temple around the early shrine. The is part of the blog by James Mayer '11.
To Disclose–or Not
For Hannah Johnson, curiousity and her professor's mentoring resulted in a grant for summer research in Washington, D.C. more
The Award Goes To...
The alumni recipients, all biology majors, are Alese Colehour ’09, Ben Freeman ’06, and Suzy Szumowski ’09 received NSF grants.
James Christenson '11 produced the documentary Local Motives, which examines the politics and business of high-speed, commuter, and light-rail expanion in Minnesota. more
Andrew Rich ’12 (Philadelphia) spent last summer writing computer code for Google.
Mac DNA - Jamila Humphrie
Jamila Humphrie '11 (Seattle, Wash.) has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Brazil. more
Commencement 2011 Senior Speakers
Video of Emily Schorr Lesnick '11 and Matt Kazinka '11 delivering the senior class speech at Commencement 2011 on May 14.
Brian Rosenberg at Commencement 2011
Macalester President Brian Rosenberg delivered these opening remarks at Commencement 2011 on May 14.
Lois Quam '83 at Commencement 2011
Video of Macalester alumna Lois Quam '83, executive director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and former trustee, delivering her Commencement 2011 address titled, 'Entering the World.'
Photos from Commencement 2011
Journal of Human Rights
Titus Levy's '10 senior capstone article is published in the Journal of Human Rights.
Davis Peace Project
Winner of one of this year's Davis Projects for Peace grants, Rayanatou Laouali ’12, discusses her project to bring economic agency and sustainability to impoverished female peanut oil laborers in Niger.
Karen Jackson '11 spent a summer at Macalester's Ordway Field Station researching the dam's role in sedimentation for her senior honors thesis. more
Mac DNA - Off to Yale
Emma Locatelli '11 heads off to Yale University to earn a PhD in invertebrate paleontology. Here she discusses how Macalester helped her get into this prestigious program. more
Mac DNA - Morgen Chang
Morgen Cheng '11 received third place at the 48th Annual Midwest Sociological Society Student Paper Competition. She was also the lead in the fall production of Cabaret at Macalester.
Krista Moore '10 worked for former President Jimmy Carter and is now attending graduate school in France.
Model UN Team Successful
Macalester's Model United Nations team recently returned from the week long National Model UN conference in New York City. The delegation of 12 Mac students represented Mongolia and brought home a Distinguished Delegation award; the second highest given at the conference. Congratulations, MacMUN!
Jamila Humphrie Receives Fulbright Award to Brazil
Jamila Humphrie, of Seattle, Wash., has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Brazil. Humphrie will graduate at Macalester College’s 122nd commencement on May 14, 2011.
Sandwiches and Scholarship
The IGCSC hosts Sandwiches and Scholarship luncheons on the second Thursday of each month to highlight student scholarship across campus.
Unveiling the Secrets of War
A new book by Professor Olga González was published by the University of Chicago Press. more
Willem Laursen '11 seeks to understand what causes pain and how to treat it better. He continues his work at the National Institutes of Health.
Anthropology professor Scott Legge takes us on a tour of his office while explaining his field of study, biological anthropology.
Inventions for Mayo Clinic
Undergraduate science and economics students analyze projects submitted by Mayo physician-scientists.
A Private Life
Retired Macalester Religious Studies Prof. Cal Roetzel translated Civil War letters and learned a new perspective on an old war. more
Reconciliation and Iraq
Daugherty received a full scholarship to study Arabic for six weeks this summer in Muscat, Oman.
Three Amazing Jobs
After travelling the world, Sarah Louise Galbraith ’03 landed a great job at Discovery Networks, home of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and TLC.
Momchil Jelev has achieved an international career at Johnson & Johnson by building on strong academics and internships. more
Learning the Legislature
Most of the week Margo Worman ’13 (Moorhead, Minn.) is a typical political science student at Macalester College. But for 11 hours each week, she becomes a valued staff member for Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL), assistant minority leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Despite having majored in geology, Becky Roberts ’09 never expected to find herself wriggling on her belly through karst caves deep in an Alaskan island. But she did that and much more during her summer as a GeoCorps worker in the Tongass National Forest.
During their January break, a group of students traveled to Egypt and Rome for a 2-credit course.
Philosophy professor, Martin Gunderson, discusses international standards for informed consent in relation to studies conducted on human subjects.
Finding Art in Liberal Arts
Pei-Hsuan Wang '10 talks about how the liberal arts has informed her work as an artist.
Professor Boyer and two biology students co-author DNA barcoding research.
Why I Like Teaching
Macalester professors talk about what makes teaching students at Macalester rewarding.
Go-go Dancers, Arabic, and YouTube
Three Mac sociology seniors win top prizes for their academic papers.
Studying South Africa
It’s clear that Victor Parker ’11 (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) is determined to become a world citizen
The Great Liberal Arts
Hannah Glaser attends the University of Birmingham's (England) master's program in acting more
Podcast: Contemporary Slavery
History professor James Stewart talks about contemporary slavery in this country and trafficking worldwide and why these issues are nearly invisible. Stewart established Historians Against Slavery to develop "abolitionism on our campuses and in our community."
Interview with Author Charles Baxter '69
Author Charles Baxter ’69 talks here about his most recent book, Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (Pantheon, 2011), which is the common reading for Macalester Reunion 2011. Baxter, who also wrote the National Book Award-nominated novel Feast of Love, is the Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit charlesbaxter.com.
Seven Macalester students spent a week in New Orleans under the direction of Professor Molly Olsen for a seminar on cultural survival. See the trip through their eyes, as documented by Catherine Reagan '11. more