June, 2013

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.

Studying in Siberia

While studying in Siberia, Ingrid Korsgard ’13 combined her interests in health and environmental studies with her passion for Russia.

Art in Russia

Jacob Rath '13 explores art in Russia during a summer study abroad opportunity.

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.

Three Weeks for America

While helping under-resourced schools, Christian Smith ’15 and Katie Soo ’13 also tested their own interest in teaching.

Language Houses

There’s no better way to learn a foreign language than immersing yourself in it. Macalester’s six language houses make that possible.

History and Evolution of the Earth

First-year students seek clues from Minnesota’s rock record.

Researching refugee response

When Angela Butel chose to write about Cameroonian refugees for a Macalester class project, she didn’t know that she would be one of the first people to tackle the subject.

May, 2013

Macalester Student Awarded 2013 Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Eight to be honored at Macalester Reunion in June

An EPA Administrator and a London-based Venture Philanthropist are two of eight to be honored at Macalester Reunion in June.

Math professor named AMS Congressional Fellow and elected to new position at MAA

Prof. Karen Saxe has been named the American Mathematical Society (AMS) 2013-14 Congressional Fellow.

Recent Macalester student award winners

Several Macalester students have recently received scholarships or fellowships.

Music professor receives McKnight Composition Fellowship

Music Prof. Randy Bauer has received a McKnight Composition Fellowship, funded by the McKnight Foundation. He is one of four recipients. The American Composers Forum made the announcement.

Five Macalester Graduating Seniors and One Alumna Receive Fulbrights

Macalester graduating seniors Kelsey Austin-King, Wren Brennan, Sarah Horowitz, Sarah Koehler and Elizabeth Nelson and alumna Julia Hechler have all received Fulbright Awards to work in Columbia, Brazil, China, Sri Lanka, Germany and France.

A Peek at Public Health

When a meningitis outbreak occurred, intern Alexia Malaga ’14 watched Minnesota Department of Health workers spring into action.

Engaging with Faith

Once determined to avoid matters religious, Kyle Coombs ’14 has found a home at Mac’s Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Fossils at the Smithsonian

Alexandra Lawrence ’14 interned at the National Museum of Natural History, creating replicas of 75 million-year-old fossils.

April, 2013

Q & A with Kirsten Fristad '05

Kirsten Fristad '05, NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center, visited the department in March to share her knowledge and insights with students. We took a moment to ask her some questions about her career in geology.

Polyglot Leads Model UN

Model UN leader Ruxi Zhang speaks four languages and has been published in two of them.

Virtually Together

Dominant Diver

Class of 2013

Macalester’s seniors set off for graduate school, jobs, and distant lands.

River Runner

Mac Idol

Two Views of Cambodia

It was a richer experience when students and faculty from religious studies and economics studied together in the kingdom of Cambodia.

Theatrical Creator

The artistic proposal of Macalester’s Jeesun Choi ’13 was one of five chosen for Red Eye Theater’s Works in Progress series.

Arts Advocate

Biz Launcher

Global Scholars

Iva Djurovic '13 worked with the World Bank on infant and maternal health and was selected for the World Health Organization’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Conference.

Global Citizens 2013

Three standout students win Mac’s Global Citizenship Student Awards.

Music Makers

Two new conductors–Mark Mandarano and Mike McGaghie–bring fresh energy to Macalester' performing arts scene.

Writing About Evil Men

Life of a Library

Citizen Diplomat

Superimposing Brittany Lynk’s life path onto a world map would make for a gloriously squiggly mess.

NSF Chem Fellow Off to Harvard

Andrew Bendelsmith ’13 graduates with a National Science Foundation research fellowship and a Goldwater Scholarship to support his PhD studies in organic chemistry at Harvard.

Career Connections

Over spring break, more than a dozen Mac students met with Macalester alumni working in the government and nonprofit sectors in Washington, D.C.

Fighting for Human Rights

Brittany Landorf writes, "I wrote about a shadow report on human rights abuses using small arms and light weapons in Armenia and Kenya.”

Aiding African Enterprise

Chuck Green Fellow Anja Crowder ’13 created online banking options for entrepreneurial African immigrants.

Professor Profile: Andrew Latham

A profile of political science professor Andrew Latham.

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