Macalester Today Winter 2012

Rayanatou Laouali '12

In a tough financial climate, Macalester’s Step Forward campaign surpasses its goal.

We made it.
You made it happen.

In what was arguably one of the worst economic periods in recent history, Macalester—thanks to the generosity of its alumni and friends—met its goal of raising a historic $150 million in the Step Forward campaign. Together we even managed to surpass that goal, ultimately raising over $156 million during the 2008–2011 campaign. And what a difference that money has made.


Over $156 million

Total Money Raised


Total Number of Participants

$55 million

Amount Raised for New and Renovated Facilities

$22.5 million

Amount Raised for Annual Fund

$38 million

For Student Support

$29 million

For Faculty Support


Number of Endowed Scholarships Established or Augmented


Percent of Alumni Who Contributed to Campaign


Number of days between Twin Cities launch event on Oct. 10, 2008, and campaign close on Dec. 31, 2011

First, there are the buildings: The Leonard Center—the campaign’s first project—opened up fitness, health, and wellness opportunities for the entire campus community. Across Shaw Field, construction on the first phase of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts renovation and expansion will wrap up this summer. At the corner of Snelling and Grand, Markim Hall—home to the Institute for Global Citizenship—opened in 2009 as the state’s first higher education building to earn LEED-platinum certification. When Macalester’s Class of 2016 arrives this fall, they will have never known the college without these innovative spaces.

But Step Forward’s legacy—your legacy—isn’t just about buildings. It’s about 47 new scholarships and 8 new professorships. It’s about the more than 20,000 donors whose gifts combined to form a strong foundation for the college’s future. Your gifts will ensure access for deserving students, support for talented faculty, and state-of-the-art athletics and wellness, arts, and global citizenship learning opportunities for the entire community. Your generosity—the gifts of the entire Macalester community, scattered across the world—are an overwhelming show of support for the distinctive mission of the college you love. And for that we say, Thank you.

Mac Atrium“The Leonard Center is a gathering place on campus, and it provides a much better forum for athletics and general wellness. New investments like this will continue to benefit the school for a long, long time.” —Erik Jackson ’05, Annual Fund Class Agent

“We were one of the first among our peer schools to have a global health program. There was a lot of student interest right away, and now community and global Devavani Chatterjeahealth is the largest concentration on campus. So it’s a great time for the Edens Endowed Professorship in Global Health, which will really be a catalyst for growth.” –Devavani Chatterjea, director, Program in Community and Global Health

“Markim Hall represents a lot of Macalester ideals: rigorous scholarship, sustainability, and practical learning. By combining internships, study abroad, and civic engagement, the IGC separates Macalester from other colleges. There are record numbers of classes with civic components and student leaders in civic engagement.” —Chris Fowler ’12, IGC Student Council member (Toronto, Canada)

Kathy Murray, Provost“Endowed professorships allow us to honor the work of an extraordinary colleague while freeing up dollars we can then use to enhance academic programming—or perhaps sometime down the road, hire in another area of need.” —Kathy Murray, Provost

“At Macalester I’ve made awesome friends from all over the world, met the high academic expectations of my professors, and benefited from their willingness to help me learn. The scholarship I received started my life here, and I’m extremely thankful.” —Jose Rubio ’12 (Cumbaya, Ecuador)

“The campaign results confirm my belief that Macalester alumni are determined to be good stewards of the college. Because of our donors, volunteers, and Advancement staff, we will be able to be more accessible to students with financial need and provide an even better education.” —Brian Rosenberg, President

Eight New Chairs Established

  • Franklyn J. and Julia N. Armstrong Endowed Professorship in Mathematics
  • James F. Armstrong Endowed Professorship
  • C harles and Kathleen Berg Endowed Faculty Fellow
  • L ynn and Wesley Edens Endowed Professorship in Global Health
  • Karl Egge Endowed Professorship in Economics
  • Mark G. Leonard and Candace Hewitt Leonard Endowed Professorship in Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Middle Eastern Studies Endowed Professorship
  • Maxine and Winston Wallin Endowed Faculty Fellow
Markim Hall Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center