Back in march, Andrew Ojeda ’13 (Fresno, Calif.) called his mother with an unusual request for a college student: It was caucus day in Minnesota, he wanted to run for office, and he was wondering if she would support his decision.
It’s one thing for Macalester geography students to master Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping software in the lab. It’s quite another challenge to apply those skills in the real world, through a partnership with a community organization.
In this new Macalester class, students learn to weave art into the community.
Global citizenship on two wheels
This year’s Live It grants take students into neighborhoods ranging from the Twin Cities to Ghana, all in the name of putting global citizenship into action.
Exploring Energy Efficiency
Rosie Mate ’12 focused on physics, French, environmental studies, and economics at Macalester. She studies energy efficiency from different perspectives, too.
In this collaborative class, American studies students put together their own on-line academic journal.
What A Stranger May Know
"What A Stranger May Know" is a play commemorating the Virginia Tech shootings and was performed by Theatre and Dance majors and Twin Cities community participants.
Urban geography major Caroline Devany ’13 worked with St. Paul’s Frogtown Gardens, helping the neighborhood make the case for a $2.2 million public land purchase.
When she took an internship at an arts nonprofit, Cecilia Martinez-Miranda ’13 didn’t know she’d end up helping it stay afloat.
Macalester has commissioned Ta-Coumba to create a campus inspired mural of global citizenship on the third floor of Markim Hall.
Service Trip to New Orleans
In January, a group of first-year Bonner Community Scholars travelled to New Orleans for a unique J-term experience.
“Unlike so many liberal arts colleges, Mac is in an urban environment with lots of opportunities.”
Macalester cornerback, David Melms ’13, is one of 22 players selected nationally to be on the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Into the Streets
Into the Streets is the service-learning portion of orientation, in which all incoming freshman students participate in half-day service projects with community organizations. Into the Streets emphasizes the college’s commitment to service in a way that is accessible and relevant to students’ first experiences at Macalester, introducing them not only to various organizations and neighborhoods within the Twin Cities, but building a foundation for continued civic engagement and volunteerism.
Summer of Service
Whether they were teaching art in St. Paul, tending to tomato plants in Utah, or interviewing migrants in Morocco, Macalester’s Bonner Scholars were busy this summer in the name of social change.
Students and Sustainability
Students at Macalester are making it possible for the campus to become carbon neutral by 2025.
Meet the Watsons
What could be more fun that a fully funded year of international study and travel? That’s what’s in store for Morgan Sleeper ’11 (Deland, Fla.) and Keren Yohannes ’11 (Louisville, Ky.), who were awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowships—one-year grants for independent study and travel outside the United States.
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
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
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.
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.
Less than three years after enrolling at Macalester, Butler co-chairs its Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) chapter, has worked as an election judge, and pitched in for Get Out the Vote campaigns. He took on another new experience: testifying on a bill at the Minnesota State Capitol.
Terence Steinberg ’11 drew on his minors in environmental science and creative writing while working on the Mother of Water Project with the arts program COMPAS.
IMAGINE BEING DROPPED into the middle of a South American country with a week to make your way to four remote villages, find housing and food in them for volunteers, meet the decision leaders, and determine each community’s major need.
Macalester College 6th in Placing Peace Corps Volunteers
For the sixth year in a row, Macalester has placed on the Peace Corps’ list of top colleges nationally producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 22 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Macalester is No. 6 in this year’s rankings among small-sized colleges and universities (tied with Johns Hopkins), moving up from No. 7 in 2010, and No. 9 two years ago.
Kaitlyn Arctander in Russia
Kaitlyn Arctander spent the summer working at a children's camp in Russia. more
Global Model United Nations
In August, two Macalester students, Anja Crowder '13 and Yiting Wang '12, were invited to attend the Global Model United Nations conference, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference, sponsored by the United Nations, brings together a select group of students from around the world to learn about global issues by acting in the role of diplomats who must negotiate with other countries to achieve a goal or develop resolutions on a specific issue.
Banking on Experience
Course concepts quickly become the realities of daily life when, like three Mac seniors, you are investment banking interns in New York. more
In the Philippines
Two months ago, I completed my study abroad in Nanjing, China. Since then, I have spent time in the Philippines working on an island where the most important industry is sugarcane and sugar. I have been volunteering on a small farm.
Obesity & the Minnesota State Fair
In this episode of Macalester Talks, Professor Jaine Strauss talks about what makes overeating at certain festivities, such as the state fair, seem ok. Strauss is chair of the Psychology Department. Her research focuses on body image, eating disorders, mood and conceptions of self.
Civic Engagement at Macalester
Civic Engagement at Macalester
Soham Banerji '10
Soham Banerji '10 was one of 50 student micro-finance leaders chosen from around the world to attend the Africa-Middle East Micro-Credit Summit in Kenya. more
Live it Fund
How can we harness the energy and connections that define our moment and place in global historical processes to ensure that all of us flourish?
Hopi Costello's '10 unique work-study takes her off campus to a nearby school. Read the article
Mac student co-founded an NGO that addresses poverty in the Philippines. more
Notes From Nicaragua
Jennifer Wichmann '06 serves as an English teaching volunteer in the Peace Corps. more
Student Kaitlin Roh '12 worked at PACER Center, which helps families who have children with disabilities. Read the article
How to Change the World
Listen to five Mac students express how they plan to make an impact.
World Cup Soccer Camp
Live It Fund recipient Danny Calderon '11 envisioned a program that would reach out to young people and teach them about the wider world they are a part of through the global sport of soccer.
Sharmila Raghunandan ’10 found rising suicide rates correlated with rising unemployment rates in one Minnesota county. more
South African Odyssey
Child malnutrition, emergency rural medicine, and adolescents with HIV were the research focuses of three students who recently explored community health in South Africa. more