Macalester awarded Career Ready Internship grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp.
The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation has awarded Macalester College a Career Ready Internship grant for the 2014-2015 academic year in the amount of $60,022. The corporation awarded a total of $5.2 million in new grants to Macalester and 39 other colleges and universities in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin allowing students with financial need to reap the educational and career-boosting benefits of paid internships.
Author Daniel Gilbert to Speak at Opening Convocation Sept. 4
Author Daniel Gilbert, bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness and professor of psychology at Harvard University, will speak at Macalester’s opening convocation at 11:30 a.m., Thu., Sept. 4, in the Alumni Gymnasium in the Leonard Center. The topic of his talk is “Stumbling on Happiness.”
Macalester Names Rev. Kelly J. Stone Chaplain and Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life
Rev. Kelly J. Stone has been named Chaplain and Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life at Macalester College and will begin her new duties at the end of this month. Stone will oversee the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, which includes student religious groups, programs and events, and Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel.
Macalester President receives $250,000 senior presidential leadership grant from the Mellon Foundation
Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg has been awarded a $250,000 senior presidential leadership grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support initiatives arising from the college’s strategic planning process. The grant, which is made by invitation only, will start in September 2014 and end in August 2017.
Macalester Names Gary D. Martin Chief Investment Officer
Gary D. Martin will become Macalester's Chief Investment Officer, effective July 14. As CIO, Martin will oversee the college’s $746 million endowment, which ranks 18th among U.S. liberal arts colleges. The endowment supports financial aid for students, and academic and co-curricular programs, among other college priorities.
Professor’s book wins "Importance in Increasing the Awareness of Human Rights" Award
English Professor James Dawes’ book Evil Men recently won the "Importance in Increasing the Awareness of Human Rights" award at the International Human Rights Book Awards in Vienna, Austria.
Eight honored at Macalester Reunion
What do a writer, the former president of the National Council of Black American Affairs, a Princeton Economics and Public Affairs professor, a math teacher/athletic director/assistant principal and coach, a Macalester Geography professor, a practicing artist and professor, the owner of Wet Paint Artists’ Materials and Framing and the executive director of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women have in common? They are all Macalester alumni who were honored in June during reunion weekend.
German and Russian Studies Professor Kiarina Kordela Wins Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award
Professor of German in the Department of German and Russian Studies and Director of the Critical Theory Program Kiarina Kordela has been awarded the 2014 Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award that recognizes “a faculty member who has been identified by colleagues and students as exemplifying the teaching goals of Macalester College.”
Sherman Fairchild Foundation awards Macalester $487K for scientific equipment
The Sherman Fairchild Foundation has awarded Macalester College a four-year, $487K grant for scientific equipment to enhance the college’s imaging resources. The equipment will be used in courses and research opportunities across multiple departments.
Five Macalester Graduating Seniors Receive Fulbrights
Macalester graduating seniors, Jon Dahl, Rebecca Galey, and Charles Nesler have received Fulbright English Teaching Assistant awards to work in Germany, and Anne Huber has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award to work in Brazil. Sarah Rasmussen received a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Nepal.
Partners in Health’s Paul Farmer to speak at Macalester Commencement
Physician and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer will deliver the commencement address at the 2014 Macalester College graduation ceremony. Lucy Andrews, of Plymouth, Minn., is the senior class speaker. Andrews is a Geology major and captain of the Women's Track and Field Team.
Sociology student awarded a top place in national competition
Macalester senior Mara Aussendorf of Bainbridge Island, Wash., has won third place in the 2014 national Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Paper Competition with her paper titled “The Birdhouse and the Bee Hive: Parents’ Navigation of Successful Sexual Socialization.” Alpha Kappa Delta, the honors society for sociology, sponsors the annual undergraduate paper competition that receives entries from across the country. This award marks the fourth consecutive year that Macalester sociology majors have earned the top prizes from Alpha Kappa Delta.
Professor Lin Aanonsen Wins Thomas Jefferson Award
Professor Lin Aanonsen Wins Thomas Jefferson Award
Macalester student selected as a 2014 Frank Karel Fellow
Eura Chang ’15, from Rochester, Minn., has been selected as a 2014 Frank Karel Fellow. This was the second year Macalester was invited to participate.
Student project will help improve computer education and job placement skills in Vietnam
Macalester student Ngan "Jasmine" Nguyen has received a grant to undertake a project for peace by providing 60 high-school-age youth in Vinh Phuc Village in rural Vietnam computer education through the establishment of a sustainable “Interactive Learning Center” and basic computer-skills training programs.
Macalester Junior Awarded Humanity in Action Summer Fellowship
Anne Gavin, a junior from Mendota Heights, Minn., has been selected as a Fellow for the 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship.
Theatre and Dance Department Presents “In the Blood” April 10-12
The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents In the Blood, by Suzan-Lori Parks, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors and groups. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thu. – Sat., April 10 - 12, and Sat., April 12 at 2 p.m. In the Blood is directed by Harry Waters Jr., associate professor in the Theatre and Dance Department. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359. Seating is limited.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speaks at Macalester March 2, 2014
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speaks at Macalester March 2, 2014
Senior Renee Jordan Is NCAA Division III Diving Champion
Macalester Senior Renee Jordan placed first in the 1-meter diving competition at the NCAA Division III women’s swimming and diving championships in Indianapolis, Ind., on Thursday, March 20.
Macalester jumps to a top spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings
Macalester College jumped 15 positions to No. 3 on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country, making the ninth year in a row the college has made the list. Currently, 16 alumni are serving overseas in the Peace Corps, and since the agency was created in 1961, 356 Macalester graduates have made a difference as Peace Corps volunteers.
Macalester Completes $20.5M Studio Art Phase of JWFAC Expansion and Renovation
Macalester College has completed construction on a comprehensive renovation and expansion of the Studio Art building, part of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. Construction began in January 2013 and was completed in January 2014.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet to speak at Macalester
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will speak to the Macalester College community on Sunday, March 2, 2014. His talk is titled, “The Nature of Happiness, Fulfillment, and Embodiment.” Seating for the event will be limited and tickets will not be available to the general public. The event will be free for the campus community but tickets will be required. More information will be shared with the campus community when tickets are available.
Choral Director McGaghie selected as an ACDA ICEP Conducting Fellow
Macalester Music Professor and Director of Choral Activities Michael McGaghie has been selected for the 2014 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) International Conductors Exchange Program (ICEP). He is one of seven conductors chosen from a competitive nationwide application pool to spend two weeks in China conducting choirs in that country this summer.
Two Seniors Receive Minnesota High Tech Association STEM scholarships
Two Macalester seniors, Eric Biggers from Verona, Wis., and Nathan Leech of Mound, Minn., have received the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) Foundation annual scholarships awarded to undergraduate students who excel in programs geared toward science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Only 15 students across the state of Minnesota received the award.
Governor Dayton Appoints Mac Professor to Council on MLK Jr. Holiday
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Macalester Professor Duchess Harris to the Governor’s Council on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Harris’ term is effective immediately and will extend through March 1, 2014. She replaces Cheryl Chatman.
Four Faculty Members Recommended for Tenure
Pending Board of Trustees approval, Macalester has recommended tenure status for four faculty members: Cynthia Kauffeld - Hispanic Studies; Scott Legge – Anthropology; Shilad Sen - Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; and Xin Yang - Asian Languages.
Macalester Implements Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Macalester College has installed an electric vehicle charging station on campus, just north of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. The Coulumb CT2021 bollard-style model station has two charging ports and is for use by staff, faculty, and members of the community.
Macalester Renames Humanities Building after Founder and First President
Macalester College has renamed its Humanities Building Neill Hall after the Rev. Edward Duffield Neill (1823 -1893), founder and first president of the college. The Board of Trustees voted last weekend to make the change.
Macalester alumnus establishes scholarship at college
Macalester alumnus Duane Burnham, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abbott Laboratories, has established the Burnham Scholarship at Macalester College which will support five students in each incoming class.
Inaugural Ostermeier Human Rights Lecture Oct. 17
The Inaugural Ostermeier Human Rights Lecture with PEN American Center’s Suzanne Nossel is Thu., Oct. 17, 4:45 p.m., in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Nossel’s talk is titled “The New Free Speech.” The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 651-696-6290.
2013 Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship awarded to Waruiru Mburu '13
Waruiru Mburu, 24, a 2013 graduate of Macalester College, has received a 2013 Hawkinson Scholarship from the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace & Justice in Minneapolis.
Recent Macalester graduates depart for Peace Corps
Three recent Macalester College graduates will be gaining valuable international experience and making a difference in the lives of others through Peace Corps service.
Macalester ITS Associate Director Wins National Award
Barron Koralesky, the associate director for information technology services at Macalester College, has won the EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award. The EDUCAUSE Rising Star award recognizes an information technology professional who, while early in his or her career, demonstrates exceptional achievement in the area of information technology in higher education. Koralesky shares this year’s award with Jennifer Sparrow, senior director of networked knowledge ventures and emerging technologies at Virginia Tech.
Macalester’s 20th Annual International Roundtable, Oct. 10-12 "Global Health: Promoting Equity Within and Across Borders”
Macalester College presents its 20th annual International Roundtable with the theme, “Global Health: Promoting Equity Within and Across Borders,” Thu. - Sat., Oct. 10 - 12, 2013, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. The Roundtable is sponsored by the Institute for Global Citizenship and is free and open to the public.
Recent alumnae receives national essay award
Rachel Mueller, a 2013 Macalester graduate from Glenwood Springs, Colo., has won the 2013 national Nancy "Penny" Schwartz Undergraduate Essay Award from the Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA), a sub-section of the American Anthropological Association. The prize is awarded to the best undergraduate paper in Africanist anthropology.
Macalester named Truman Foundation's 2013 Institution of Honor
Macalester has been named the Truman Foundation's 2013 Institution of Honor. Truman Scholarship Honor Institutions are selected on the basis of active encouragement of outstanding young people to pursue careers in public services, effective promotion of the Truman program on their campus and sustained success in helping their students win Truman Scholarships.
Poet Richard Blanco to Speak at Macalester Opening Convocation September 11
Richard Blanco, inaugural poet for President Barack Obama and author of several acclaimed books, will speak at Macalester’s opening convocation at 4:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 11, in the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons. Blanco will also be awarded an honorary degree.
Nine Tenure-Track Professors Join Macalester
Eight new tenure-track faculty members have joined Macalester this fall. They are Morgan Adamson (Media & Cultural Studies), Peter Bognanni (English), Julia Chadaga (Russian Studies), Steve Guglielmo (Psychology), Zeynep Gürsel (International Studies), Rebecca (Rivi) Handler-Spitz (Asian Languages and Cultures), Arthur Mitchell (Asian Languages and Cultures) and Marcos Eduardo Ortega (Biology). David Shuman (Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science) will join the MSCS faculty in January 2014.
New Music at Macalester presents the ETHEL string quartet performing “GRACE”
Since its founding in 1998, the string quartet ETHEL has been a musical pioneer. They’ll perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, in Mairs Concert Hall, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, Minn. They are part of Macalester’s New Music Series, sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation.
Macalester Board Elects Two New Members
The Macalester College Board of Trustees has elected two new trustees: Dr. Patricia Elizabeth Hume, a physician at the San Francisco Free Clinic in San Francisco, Calif., and Aukse Jurkute, an investment banker for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London, England. Both have been elected to three-year terms that begin in October. They replace outgoing trustees Melvin Collins of St. Paul, Minn., and Per von Zelowitz of Summit, N.J.
Recent Macalester faculty award winners
Several Macalester faculty members have recently received grants or fellowships.
Volunteers of America - Minnesota welcomes Macalester professor to board of directors
Volunteers of America-Minnesota (VOA-MN), a nonprofit health and human services organization, recently welcomed Macalester College American Studies Prof. Karin Aguilar-San Juan to its board of directors. Aguilar-San Juan is one of two new board members who will bring fresh perspectives and deep experience in restorative justice to an organization with a long history of helping ex-offenders and at-risk teens.
Macalester marks new Annual Fund, Reunion records
This month, Macalester marked new milestones in the Annual Fund and at Reunion, thanks to its network of alumni, parents, and friends.
Macalester Math professor receives a SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has chosen a paper co-written by Macalester Math Prof. Chad Topaz and Prof. Andrew Bernoff of Harvey Mudd College for one of three outstanding paper prizes in 2013. Their paper, A Primer of Swarm Equilibria, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems Vol. 10, Issue 1 (2011), pp. 212-250, will also reappear as a "SIGEST" article in SIAM Review, the society's flagship journal.
Professor to continue work in Mongolia with an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
Macalester Geography Professor Holly Barcus has been awarded a New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to acquire additional language and cultural training to more fully extend her work on migration in Mongolia.
Macalester Sociology Graduate Wins National Paper Competition
The American Sociological Association: Sociology of Law Section has given its Undergraduate Paper Award to Mary Pheng of Richfield, Minn., a 2013 Macalester Sociology graduate. Pheng received the award for her paper “The Bureaucratic Savior: How Human Service Professionals Allocate Rights to Noncitizens.” The award will be presented during the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association this August in New York.