August, 2013

July, 2013

June, 2013

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.

May, 2013

March, 2013

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin to speak at Macalester Commencement

Lawyer, author and legal expert Jeffrey Toobin, a senior analyst for CNN Worldwide and a staff writer at The New Yorker, will deliver the commencement speech for the 2013 Macalester College graduation ceremony. Abass Noor is the senior class speaker. Noor, born in Somalia and raised in New Hope, Minn., is a Biology/Biochemistry major and Chemistry minor, with a Community and Global Health concentration.

Environmental Studies Professor Roopali Phadke Wins the Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award

Environmental Studies Professor Roopali Phadke has been awarded the 2013 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.”

Theatre and Dance Department presents RATIONS: A New Performance about Food and Eating

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents RATIONS: A New Performance about Food and Eating in various sites around campus in April

Macalester Receives $800,000 Grant from Mellon Foundation for Immersive Learning

Macalester College has received an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York to support immersive learning experiences for both students and faculty as a means of enhancing the power of a liberal arts education. The nearly four-year award will fund this project through the 2016-2017 academic year.

Three Macalester Graduating Seniors receive Foreign Language Teaching Assistantships

Macalester graduating seniors Michael Bolling, Christina Getaz and Tsesa Monaghan have all received Foreign Language Teaching Assistantships through the Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.

NSF Awards Macalester Student and Six Alumni Graduate Research Fellowships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded graduate research fellowships to a Macalester student and six Macalester alumni.

Theatre and Dance Dept. presents Matter Over Mind 2013 Spring Dance Concert

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Matter Over Mind, the 2013 Spring Dance Concert, with new works choreographed by students and Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Performances are at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., May 3, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sat., May 4. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359. There will be a post-show discussion after the Friday night show with Pilobolus Dance Theatre and another post-show discussion after the Saturday matinee with all student choreographers.

Students receive U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship

Two students have been awarded the U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

Two Macalester Students receive Truman Scholarships

Andrew B. Keefe ‘13, from Minneapolis, Minn., double majoring in Linguistics and Media and Cultural Studies, and Zachary W. Avre ‘14, from Sioux Falls, S.D., majoring in Geography, have been named 2013 Truman Scholars. more

Macalester Graduating Senior Receives Fellowship with the CBYX

Macalester graduating senior Esther Schlotterbeck from Lewiston, Maine, has received a fellowship with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) to teach language and pursue an internship in Germany.

Professor receives NEH fellowship to research the impact of French scientific mission to Ecuador

Prof. Ernesto Capello researches the impact of a French scientific mission to Ecuador.

Orchestra Spring Concert Featuring Minnesota Orchestra’s Concertmaster Erin Keefe

Minnesota Orchestra’s Concertmaster Erin Keefe joins the Macalester Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Mandarano, for their spring concert. Keefe will perform two pieces with the orchestra: Camille Saint-Saëns’ popular Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor written in 1863, and Richard Wagner’s Träume (Dreams), originally written for female voice and piano before he produced a fully orchestrated version in 1857. The concert is 8 p.m., Friday, May 3 in Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., and is free. Call 651-696-6808 or email rhest@macalester.edu for more information.

Sociology student awarded a top place in national competition

Macalester senior IndiAna R. Gowland of Mill Valley, Calif., has won third place in the 2013 national Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Paper Competition with her paper titled “No Boys/Girls Allowed: How Public Schools Respond to Uncertainty in Single-Gender Education.” 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 third consecutive year that Macalester sociology majors have earned the top prizes from Alpha Kappa Delta.

Student awarded a Boren Scholarship

David Goldstein ’16, from Sharon, Mass., has been awarded a Boren Scholarship. He'll be studying Arabic in Ifrane, Morocco, for nine weeks this summer on a full government scholarship.

Macalester student selected as a 2013 Frank Karel Fellow

Alvin Kim ’14, from Nashville, Tenn., has been selected as a 2013 Frank Karel Fellow. This is the first year Macalester was invited to make a nomination.

Art Professor Receives $30,000 Fellowship

Art Professor Christine Willcox has received a $30,000 fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation in Providence, R.I. She is one of nine recipients who represent the fields of the History of Art and Architecture, Painting, and Sculpture. Willcox’s project is called The Still Point.

Theatre Professor Receives NEA Grant

Theatre Prof. Harry Waters Jr., in partnership with Bedllam Theatre, has received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) $10,000 grant for the development of a new performance work, AKA: Father/Sons, exploring relationships between African-American fathers and sons around sexuality and sexual identity.

Macalester Graduating Senior Awarded Second Place in 2013 Presbyterian Outlook Church-College Partnership Award

Courtney Nussbaumer ’13, a graduating senior from Brookfield, Wis. double majoring in Political Science and Hispanic Studies with a Legal Studies Concentration, has been awarded second place for the 2013 Presbyterian Outlook Church-College Partnership Award. She wrote an essay based on the topic, “How my education at my PC (USA)-related college has prepared me for significant service and leadership.” Over 30 other students from colleges across the country entered this year, and a panel of judges assessed Nussbaumer’s to be one of the top essays.

Art Professor Godollei Wins Thomas Jefferson Award

Ruthann Godollei, Professor of Art, has been awarded the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award. The award was established in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor faculty members who exemplify the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Godollei was selected by a committee of past Jefferson Award winners.

Macalester Professor Awarded American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 Literature Prize

One of 19 writers who’s been granted an American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 award in literature.

February, 2013

“International Law as Smart Power” 32nd Annual Mitau Lecture with Yale’s Harold Hongju Koh

International Law as Smart Power

Armed and not Dangerous: Jesus in Jerusalem, Arnold Lowe Lectureship with Yale’s Dale B. Martin

“Armed and not Dangerous: Jesus in Jerusalem,” is the title of Dale B. Martin’s talk for the Arnold Lowe Lecture, 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. It’s free and open to the public. For more information, call 651-696-6141.

The Oleg Jardetzky Lecture on Science, Culture, and Ethics With Emory’s Frans de Waal

"The Bonobo and the Atheist: Morality, Religion, and Prosocial, Primates," is the title of Frans B. M. de Waal’s talk for the annual Oleg Jardetzky Lecture on Science, Culture, and Ethics in Honor of Jim and Mary Engel and Robert Morgan, 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6141 for more information.

Macalester Connect+ Leadership Conference with Keynoter Fred Swaniker ’99

This weekend, February 23-24, Macalester is hosting a conference designed to bring together a diverse group of student leaders from colleges throughout the United States to serve as a launching pad for their individual projects. The conference is inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the United World College movement. For more information, go to Connect+ Schedule.

Allison Charney, soprano, and Mark Mazullo, piano in recital March 3

Recital Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m., Mairs Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Mathematics students win four prizes at national meeting

Hossein Alidaee, Mike Reeks, and Maxray Savage developed their mathematics research last summer, mentored by Macalester math professors Andrew Beveridge, Dan Flath and Tom Halverson.

Macalester to host 14th annual American Studies Conference “Alternatives in a changing food world”

“Alternatives in a changing food world” is the topic University of Maryland Prof. Psyche Williams-Forson will discuss as the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual American Studies Conference at Macalester College, Feb.21-22. The conference also features a film screening of Byron Hurt’s Soul Food Junkies, a conversation with the filmmaker, and a food drive.

Macalester holds first-ever 24-hour Macathon

Macalester is holding its first-ever 24-hour Macathon, the college's first-ever "hackathon," beginning 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, ending at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Online: macathon

Climate-change expert Bill McKibben coming to St. Thomas and Macalester

Bill McKibben, one of the nation’s best-known environmental journalists and an expert on global warming, will visit the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College Feb. 20 and 21 for a series of lectures and programs titled “Celebrating and Preserving Winter: Responding to Climate Change in Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

Macalester earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

For the eighth year in a row, Macalester College has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. With 15 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 18 and remains a solid source of individuals committed to making a difference at home and abroad. Since the agency was created in 1961, 350 Macalester graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

Sociology major wins second place in MSS Paper Competition

The Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) has awarded IndiAna Gowland ’13, of Mill Valley, Calif., second place in its 49th Annual Student Paper Competition.

January, 2013

Exhibition: "Ornament and Crime: Parastou Forouhar" in Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery

Iranian-born, internationally known artist, Parastou Forouhar, presented a solo exhibition at Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery.

Theatre and Dance Department Presents Hip Hop Hopes

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Hip Hop Hopes: What’s Going On? in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors and groups. There are two performances at 7 and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, February 15, 16, 22, & 23. Single performances are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, and 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21. Please make reservations as there is limited seating. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Leland and Kathleen Hansen Establish Geography Research Endowed Fund

Leland and Kathleen Hansen of St. Paul have established a $100,000 research endowed fund at Macalester College. It will be named the Leland and Kathleen Hansen Geography Research Endowed Fund and support student research in urban geography.

MN State Arts Board grants awarded to 10 Macalester people

The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded grants to eight Macalester alumni and two Art and Art History faculty members for 2013.

Macalester grants tenure status to seven faculty members

Macalester College has granted tenure status to the following seven faculty members: Andrew Beveridge, Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science; Sarah Boyer, Biology; John Cannon, Physics & Astronomy; Devavani Chatterjea, Biology; Kristi Curry Rogers, Biology & Geology; Christina Esposito, Linguistics; and Kathryn Splan, Chemistry.

Macalester College presents guitarist Bill Frisell

He the guest for Macalester’s New Music Series, sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation. 8 p.m., Friday, February 22, Mairs Concert Hall.