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.
Biotech and Society
“EVERYTHING IN THIS COURSE has shady areas that can be ethically and morally debated. I love this since I can argue for a long time,” says Guillermo Vera ’16.
Saving New Mexican Skies
The Winding Road to Wildfire
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.
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.
One Night at Macalester
At the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, only five undergraduates received prestigious Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards; two are Macalester students.
Why Big Data is a Big Deal
Entry Level at eBay
What began as an elevator conversation turned into an internship and then a job offer for Michael Costigan. This summer he’ll be working full time at eBay as a business analyst.
ESPN Uses Student Research
ESPN magazine quoted NBA player research done by Kwame Fynn ’13 and Morgan Sonnenschein ’12.
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.
Jisoo Hong '12 gives advice on how to find a job.
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.
Pursuing the Ultrafast
Maggie Molter’s graphene research allowed her to work directly with her Mac professor and as part of a university research group.
Salman Haji’s dedication to his goal—fluency in Arabic—earned him a coveted Critical Language Scholarship from the State Dept. for study in Jordan.
Through recent museum internships, Elizabeth Allen ’13 has blended her interests in history and art and found a new passion for public history.
Grand Opening Jan. 30 featuring discounts, prizes and refreshments
Highlander, the official store for Macalester College, will host a Grand Opening celebration on Wednesday, January 30. Officially opening in its new location at 32 S. Snelling late last year, Highlander now offers longer hours and expanded product assortments – including robust selections of clothing, gifts, supplies, course materials, and more.
Becoming a Scientist
Elena Tonc discovers the many paths to becoming a scientist.
Nathan Scheiner ’13 investigates persistent pain, seeking to prevent suffering.
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.
Macalester’s Art Commons on the cover of Architecture MN
Macalester's Arts Commons is on the cover of the Jan/Feb 2013 Architecture Minnesota with the caption: "A college arts commons brims with light and life." Inside, the issue features an interview with President Brian Rosenberg and six pages of the first phase of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center (JWFAC) renovation and expansion.
Most Macalester students choose to do internships in the Twin Cities, but these three students went for more exotic locales.
Language of Adoption
Silka Schreiber ’13 puts her Mandarin skills to the test helping Americans adopt children from China.
Interning with the MPCA
Michael Galgay ’14 studied urban forests with the MPCA.
Shawn Green '13 studied abroad in London to attend the war studies program at King's College.
Halfway through his college years, Patrick Snyder ’13 found his true academic passions.
Helping Global Farmers
Compatible Technology Institute intern Brianna Besch ’13 learns how innovative tools—like the bicycle-powered potato slicer—help poor farmers get enough to eat.
Will Steger Intern
Meeting acclaimed polar explorer and climate change activist Will Steger was a highlight of Mark Riegel’s internship.
Cerisa Obern ’13 arrived at Macalester already an aficionado of languages. Then she took beginning Chinese, and “I fell in love with the language,” she says. She’s been studying it ever since.
Former Macalester Trustee W. John Driscoll dead at 83
W. John Driscoll of Sunfish Lake, Minn., died peacefully Saturday, December 22, 2012, at home with his family. A long-time supporter of Macalester College, Driscoll fought Parkinson's for many years. He was 83.
French Meadow Bakery & Café to open in St. Paul near Macalester
French Meadow Bakery & Café is coming to St. Paul. The bakery and café will open at 1662-66 Grand Ave., former home to Coat of Many Colors and Coffee News Cafe. French Meadow on Grand will occupy the entire first floor of the building that is owned by Macalester College. In January the company will begin renovations and is expected to open in May 2013.
Sophors Khut '14 spent his summer researching parallel computing, troubleshooting software, and writing an e-book.
Cyber Politics in Practice
Rather than write individual term papers, political science students built a website to show how presidential candidates used Twitter during the 2012 presidential primary
Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents Face to Face, Dec. 7-8
The concert features new works by students, faculty, and guest artist Luke Olson-Elm.
Geography Professor Receives AAG Media Achievement Award
Macalester Geography Professor William Moseley has received the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Media Achievement Award.
Music Is In the Air
Romeo and Juliet
Macalester part of three-year collaborative NSF grant promoting undergraduate research
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Macalester College and 18 other colleges and universities across the United States a three-year collaborative grant in the amount of $437,883 in support of undergraduate research. The 19 undergraduate-focused institutions are a consortium known as “The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team” (UAT).
Macalester math professor named to American Mathematical Society first class of fellows
Macalester College Mathematics Professor David Bressoud is one of the mathematical scientists from around the world who has been named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2013, the program's initial year. This inaugural class of 1119 Fellows represents over 600 institutions.
Pianist Grant Loehnig and Baritone Marcus DeLoach in recital
Pianist Grant Loehnig and Baritone Marcus DeLoach in recital
Mira Hager studied tissue samples from HIV-positive patients to better understand the immune response to HIV.