May, 2013

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

Macalester Graduating Senior Receives Fellowship with the CBYX

Macalester graduating senior Esther Schlotterbeck from Lewiston, Maine, has received a fellowship with the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) to teach language and pursue an internship in Germany.

Cost Vs. Value

"Choosing a college is a lot less like choosing a product than it is like building a relationship," says President Brian Rosenberg.

Professor receives NEH fellowship to research the impact of French scientific mission to Ecuador

Prof. Ernesto Capello researches the impact of a French scientific mission to Ecuador.

Orchestra Spring Concert Featuring Minnesota Orchestra’s Concertmaster Erin Keefe

Minnesota Orchestra’s Concertmaster Erin Keefe joins the Macalester Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Mandarano, for their spring concert. Keefe will perform two pieces with the orchestra: Camille Saint-Saëns’ popular Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor written in 1863, and Richard Wagner’s Träume (Dreams), originally written for female voice and piano before he produced a fully orchestrated version in 1857. The concert is 8 p.m., Friday, May 3 in Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., and is free. Call 651-696-6808 or email for more information.

Sociology student awarded a top place in national competition

Macalester senior IndiAna R. Gowland of Mill Valley, Calif., has won third place in the 2013 national Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Paper Competition with her paper titled “No Boys/Girls Allowed: How Public Schools Respond to Uncertainty in Single-Gender Education.” 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 third consecutive year that Macalester sociology majors have earned the top prizes from Alpha Kappa Delta.

Student awarded a Boren Scholarship

David Goldstein ’16, from Sharon, Mass., has been awarded a Boren Scholarship. He'll be studying Arabic in Ifrane, Morocco, for nine weeks this summer on a full government scholarship.

Macalester student selected as a 2013 Frank Karel Fellow

Alvin Kim ’14, from Nashville, Tenn., has been selected as a 2013 Frank Karel Fellow. This is the first year Macalester was invited to make a nomination.

Art Professor Receives $30,000 Fellowship

Art Professor Christine Willcox has received a $30,000 fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation in Providence, R.I. She is one of nine recipients who represent the fields of the History of Art and Architecture, Painting, and Sculpture. Willcox’s project is called The Still Point.

Theatre Professor Receives NEA Grant

Theatre Prof. Harry Waters Jr., in partnership with Bedllam Theatre, has received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) $10,000 grant for the development of a new performance work, AKA: Father/Sons, exploring relationships between African-American fathers and sons around sexuality and sexual identity.

Macalester Graduating Senior Awarded Second Place in 2013 Presbyterian Outlook Church-College Partnership Award

Courtney Nussbaumer ’13, a graduating senior from Brookfield, Wis. double majoring in Political Science and Hispanic Studies with a Legal Studies Concentration, has been awarded second place for the 2013 Presbyterian Outlook Church-College Partnership Award. She wrote an essay based on the topic, “How my education at my PC (USA)-related college has prepared me for significant service and leadership.” Over 30 other students from colleges across the country entered this year, and a panel of judges assessed Nussbaumer’s to be one of the top essays.

Art Professor Godollei Wins Thomas Jefferson Award

Ruthann Godollei, Professor of Art, has been awarded the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award. The award was established in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor faculty members who exemplify the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Godollei was selected by a committee of past Jefferson Award winners.

2013 Projects for Peace winners

Four Macalester students, Valentino Grbavac ‘15, Andrea Grimaldi ’16, Omar Mansour ’16 and Joseph Sengeh ‘16, have received grants to undertake projects for peace in two different regions of the world. One student will help improve the quality of education in the town of Ljubuški in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the other three will work in the Sierra Leonean community of Kpetema Village building toilets and new roofs while increasing awareness of healthy sanitation practices.

Consulting Career

Through connecting with the Mac alumni network, Mara Robertson ’12 defined her career path.