May, 2014

Macalester Professor Emeritus’ Book Launch and Celebration May 9

Macalester’s DeWitt Wallace Library, in cooperation with the Theatre and Dance Department, will celebrate Professor Emeritus Sears Eldredge’s book, Captive Audiences/Captive Performers, Music and Theatre as Strategies for Survival on the Thailand-Burma Railway 1942-1945, at 4:45 p.m., Fri., May 9, in the library’s Harmon Room.

New Galaxy Discovered

Erik Alfvin ’15 has discovered a new galaxy as revealed in a recently published paper co-authored with Macalester astronomy professor John Cannon and others.

Q & Artist

Samantha Leopold-Sullivan talks about her artwork.

Nepalese Sojourn

Tibetan and Himalayan People program is life changing for Macalester junior.

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.”

National Champion

Renee Jordan '14 wrapped up her Macalester diving career with a national title.

Sociology Capstones

Every year seniors do capstone projects that requires intense work. Some sociology majors share their projects.

Poetry Reading

Ghassan Zaqtan & Fady Joudah

End of life care in the U.S.

Anna Schmitz '14 delves into this sensitive issue for her capstone.

April, 2014

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.

Education Rock Stars

Student Science Grant

Paying it Forward

No Boots

Track Team Togetherness

Innocents Abroad

The Art of the Deal

What I Learned

Artistic Vision

Students share their joy at seeing the new building open its doors.

Brazilian Drumming

Macalester Student Receives U.S. State Dept. CLS to study critical need language

Abigail Stowe-Thurston ’16, of Northampton, Mass., has been awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study critical languages this summer. She will study Azerbaijani.

Five Macalester Graduating Seniors Receive Fulbrights

Five Macalester Seniors received Fulbrights.

Macalester Senior receives Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

What Political Science major Leila Malow '14 learned as a 2013 Chuck Green Fellow led the senior to DC this summer to gain skills and experience in social justice, anti-hunger, anti-poverty, and anti-racism work.

Theatre and Dance Department presents Fleet/ing the 2014 Spring Dance Concert

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Fleet/ing the 2014 Spring Dance Concert, with new works choreographed and performed by students with faculty guidance. Performances are at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., on Fri., April 25 at 7 p.m. and Sun., April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Macalester Board approves naming new Studio Art Building after alumna Joan Mondale

The Macalester College Board of Trustees has unanimously approved naming the new Studio Art building on campus after alumna Joan Mondale. The building will be officially called the “Joan Adams Mondale Hall of Studio Art.” Mondale graduated from Macalester in 1952. The trustees approved the naming last month.

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

Rosenberg letter to vendor requests they become signatory to Bangladeshi Accord

Rosenberg letter to vendor requests they become signatory to Bangladeshi Accord

Macalester student selected as a 2014 Frank Karel Fellow

Eura Chang ’15 will intern this summer in Washington, D.C.

More Adventures in Interning

Macalester students put their skills to use all over the metro area.

Class of 2014

The world is looking bright for many of the members of the Class of 2014 as they prepare to cross the dais to grab their diplomas this month.

Global Citizens 2014

Three students share Mac’s Global Citizenship Student Award. Building on their Chuck Green fellowship experience, Zack Avre '14 and Jocelyne Cardona '14 emerged as campus leaders and were two of the recipients.

Complexities of Conflict

A popular political science class has students taking on real-life roles in mock negotiations and war games.

Student Groups

Build, bike, protest, pray. Whatever your interests, you can join likeminded friends at Macalester.

Student project will help improve computer education and job placement skills in Vietnam

Ngan "Jasmine" Nguyen '17 will help improve computer education and job placement skills in Vietnam.

March, 2014

Macalester Junior Awarded Humanity in Action Summer Fellowship

Gavin's Chuck Green Fellowship work was prominent in the application essay and recommendation letter leading to this award.

Macalester Senior Receives Watson Grant

A year later, Sylvia's Chuck Green project experience would help her win a Watson Fellowship focused on community radio in Bolivia, Bangladesh, and Tanzania.

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.

French Meadow Bakery & Café opens in St. Paul near Macalester

French Meadow Bakery & Café has opened on Grand Ave. in St. Paul. The bakery and café reside at 1662 Grand Ave., former home to Coat of Many Colors and Coffee News Café.

Publish and Prosper

Mac students work alongside faculty in the lab and in the field—and publish the results.

Ten Months Later

We checked in with a few graduates from the Class of 2013 to see how life is going 10 months after graduation.


In Contagion, a first-year course, students explored the human factor in the spread of infectious diseases.

Practicing Peacekeeping

Jake Waxman ’14 won a summer fellowship to the U.S. Army War College

Red Cross Aid

Red Cross interns locate missing family members and provide health care abroad.

Carleton College Mourns the Loss of Three Students

February, 2014