March, 2014

February, 2014

Mayo Innovation

Macalester’s proximity to the Mayo Clinic and top biomedical companies provides some great opportunities, including the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program.

Amy Ostermeier Fund

A new fund for human rights gets underway at Mac.

Music by Carleton Macy Concert March 2 - A gift to the Macalester and Twin Cities communities from the Macys

The Music by Carleton Macy Concert will feature six premieres, two of which have been composed especially for this concert. Laura Nichols, mezzo, Mary Budd Horozaniecki, violin, and Christine Dahl, piano, will premiere “Road Songs” with texts by Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. “November,” a single-movement work which is the ninth and last in the composer’s series of “Prairie Trios” will be premiered by Mary Horozaniecki, Pat O’Keefe, clarinet, and John Jensen, piano

Sociology Majors Awarded Prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions

Seniors Laura Levinson and Mara Aussendorf awarded first and third prizes, respectively, in the Midwest Sociological Society Student Paper Competition.

Notes from South Africa

Lucy Kane '15 writes about her experience so far on Macalester's study abroad program in South Africa.

Macalester holds second Macathon Feb. 28-March 1

Macalester is holding its second Macathon, a mash-up of a computer hackathon and a business start-up competition 4:00 p.m., Fri., Feb. 28, ending at 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 1.

Guatemalan Sojourn

Kate Hehre ’15 (Minneapolis) spent part of January on a Macalester-sponsored trip to Guatemala.

Networking Silicon Valley

Mac students networked with alumni at San Francisco area tech companies such as Facebook and Google.

15th Annual American Studies Conference at Macalester

This year’s conference with the theme, “Mixed Race America: Identities and Culture” features two keynote speakers: Laura Kina, a visual artist, curator and Vincent de Paul Associate Profes¬sor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University, will talk about “Mixed Race Asian American Art: On Becoming and Unbecoming a ‘Happy Hapa,’” and Ralina L. Joseph, associ¬ate professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Communication and in the Departments of American Ethnic Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, will talk about “Does ‘Mixed’ Mean Post-Race? - An Examination of 21st Century Media Representations of African American Multiraciality.”

The Elegant C. Elegans

Nicole Miller '14 worked on the regulation of genes through RNAi in Professor Mary Montgomery's lab.

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.

Theatre and Dance Department Presents “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui 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. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Feb. 20-22, and Saturday Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is directed by Ruth Easton Guest Artist Barbra Berlovitz. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359 or go to

Meaning of Mixed Race

Macalester sponsors conference on the identities and culture of mixed race America.

Vampires 101

By exploring literature, film, and folklore, one first-year class found out there’s much more to vampires than Twilight.

Macalester Mourns the Passing of Joan Adams Mondale '52

Macalester College and the Macalester community mourn the passing of Joan Adams Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale '50, and alumna who graduated from Macalester in 1952.

Building a Network

Mac's location is a "huge foundation" for every student, says Joe Huber '15.

January, 2014

Internship at an Embassy

Gabriela Landeros Fernandez '15 explored diplomacy through an internship at the Mexican embassy—in Belgium.

Mac's First Online Course

Gadget Guy

A Whole New Ball Game

Global Citizens in Action

Filling the Big Office

Call of the Wild

Log Roller

Our Four First-Years Grow Up

On finding a fit: During the fall of her junior year Kiah, who was already majoring in American studies, took—and loved—two education classes, that led her to add Educational studies as a second major.

Buried Alive

Teacher of the Year

Midwest Foodie

Macalester College New Music Series Presents Lorelei Ensemble

Dedicated to the performance of new and early music for women’s voices, the Lorelei Ensemble consists of nine professional musicians whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire. They’ll perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014, 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.

Peter Happel Christian Exhibition “Sword of the Sun” in Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery

Peter Happel Christian makes art about the experience of nature, time, and perception at the intersection of photography, sculpture, and performance

Revitalizing Historic Sites

A Mac history class drew Natalie Heneghan ’15 (Cedarburg, Wis.) to a HistoriCorps summer preservation project in Wyoming.

Beyond 3D

For Minh Nguyen ’14, theoretical physics makes for absorbing detective work.

Copper in Our Bodies

Richard Liang’s study of copper may increase understanding of Alzheimer’s.

Investigating Sickle-Cell Anemia

Dinesh Rathakrishnan believes research will make him a better doctor

Learning from Lungs

Undecided between a clinical or research job, Katie Cicolello ’14 chose both.

Liberal Science

Classics major studies stem-cell therapy.

Better Living through [Plant] Chemistry

From campus research to the Mayo Clinic, Julie Sun ’14 is using science to make a difference.

Investigating Iron in Cancer Cells

Burton Masem ’14 studied the effects of iron overload on ovarian cancer cells.

Captivated by Chemistry

Much to his surprise, Andrew Olinger ’15 found his intellectual passion in chemistry.

President Rosenberg one of two appointed to Teagle Foundation Board

The Teagle Foundation has appointed Brian Rosenberg and Elizabeth Boylan to its Board of Directors. They join 14 other directors on a board chaired by Walter C. Teagle, III.

Minnesota State Arts Board Awards Grant to Art and Art History Professor for 2014

The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded a grant to Art and Art History Professor Chris Willcox for 2014.

Three Macalester alums’ video about N.D. oil boom featured on New York Times website

An excerpt of a documentary by three Macalester alumni is being featured on the New York Times website.

Tweeting from Libya

Ellen Noble ’13 analyzed tweets (over 7,000 of them) to explore the ways in which social media was used by Libyans to challenge the dominant hero-victim narrative of humanitarian crises.

Road work

Dan Knickelbein ’14 spent the summer in D.C. learning about transportation policy.

Math and the Real World

Sara Staszak used math to address the detection of structural defects.

Becoming a Scientist

Alyssa Ashbaugh ’14 did research at the Mayo Clinic, a large research university, and a campus lab.