Annual Fund closes fiscal year by surpassing $3 million
The final results are still being tallied, but all signs point to another successful fiscal year for Macalester’s Annual Fund, thanks to loyal support from the college’s donor community. By late May, the Annual Fund had raised more than $3 million, and a push led by staff and volunteers generated more online gifts in the last two days of May than in any other two-day window in Macalester’s history. Alumni, parents and friends helped ongoing fundraising initiatives flourish and also rallied several classes to new participation records.
Three Macalester faculty to participate in ACM-Mellon SAIL Seminar
Andrew Billing, French and Francophone Studies, Scott Legge, Anthropology, and Eric Wiertelak, Psychology and Director of Neuroscience Studies, will participate as a team representing the humanities, social and natural sciences at an ACM-Mellon Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL) in July titled “Considering Animals.”
Jay Schwartz is fascinated by the complex interactions of primates, so he jumped at the chance to join Minnesota Zoo researchers in an observational research project involving macaques.
Global citizenship on two wheels
This year’s Live It grants take students into neighborhoods ranging from the Twin Cities to Ghana, all in the name of putting global citizenship into action.
Rhodes Wins Radcliffe Fellowship
Jane Rhodes, American studies professor and Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, has been awarded a coveted year-long fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.
Macalester receives $1.3M grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Macalester has received a $1.3M, four-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in support of undergraduate science education. Macalester, one of 47 small colleges and universities in the United States to receive a HHMI award, will use the funding to promote curricular innovation and to provide local and global research experiences for students. Macalester’s application was considered along with 181 other submissions in this national competition.
Eight to be honored at Annual Macalester Reunion in June
Former NY/NJ Port Authority executive and national expert on abuse are Two of eight to be honored at Annual Macalester Reunion in June. They are a former NY/NJ Port Authority executive director, a national expert on abuse, a football coach, an actor and mentor, and an advocate at the Special Court in Sierra Leone. But one thing they all have in common is that they are all Macalester alumni who will be honored in June during reunion weekend.
Macalester and Carleton receive grant from MHS to study Minnesota’s environmental history – Joint conference in June
Chris Wells, associate professor of environmental studies at Macalester, and George Vrtis, assistant professor of environmental studies and history at Carleton College, have received a grant of $102,522 from the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) to advance research focused on the environmental history of Minnesota.
Macalester alum Charles Baxter wins prestigious Rea Award for the Short Story
Charles Baxter, a 1969 Macalester graduate and fiction writer, has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, a lifetime achievement honor.
Macalester students receive U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships
Salman Haji ’14 from Albuquerque, N.M., and Patrick Snyder ’13 from Versailles, Ky., have been awarded U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical languages this summer. Both will study Arabic.
Exploring Energy Efficiency
Rosie Mate ’12 focused on physics, French, environmental studies, and economics at Macalester. She studies energy efficiency from different perspectives, too.
A semester doing post-genocide studies in Rwanda was a life-changing experience for April DeJarlais ’12.
In this collaborative class, American studies students put together their own on-line academic journal.
May it Please the Court
Hanna Chakoian ’12 uses mathematical modeling to help the Minnesota Court of Appeals predict upcoming hearings.
Herself a Russian immigrant, Marina Test ’10 now helps first-generation college students with financial literacy.
Rich in the Arts
When you go to school in a cultural hotbed like the Twin Cities, the world of theater and dance opens up to you.
Geology Professor Ray Rogers Wins the Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award
Geology Prof. Ray Rogers has been awarded the 2012 Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award which recognizes “a faculty member who has been identified by colleagues and students as exemplifying the teaching goals of Macalester College.”
Strength in Numbers
Four math majors and soon-to-be graduate students discuss where they find the beauty in mathematics.
Jamaica's rich track and field legacy is expressed on campus by three Macalester students.
The Philanthropy of Pastry
Veronica Descotte ’03 makes the world a better place for kids, one cake at a time.
Writing of Russia
An ability to imagine "what if" took R.D. Zimmerman ’75 from Russian class to Hollywood filmmaking.
Macalester and its students are part of a growing national movement to make public health a true liberal art.
A close-knit group of four seniors leads this year's baseball team while advancing their academic careers.
Four Macalester Graduating Seniors Receive Fulbrights
Four Macalester Graduating Seniors Receive Fulbrights Keith Armstrong, Tyler Martinson, Kaitlin Roh and Ann Stromgren have all received Fulbright Awards to work in Colombia, Morocco, Jordan and Germany later this year.
Student Standouts at Econ Conference
Wanyi Li ’12 and Qianyi Yang ’12 present their honors theses research at Georgetown University’s prestigious Carroll Round economics conference.
Westminster Presbyterian Church Establishes Endowed Scholarship at Macalester
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minn., has established a $350,000 endowed scholarship at Macalester College. The scholarship will support a qualified Macalester student who is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The Diamond and the Stage
Roberto Capriotti ’13 (Pittsburgh) is both a pitcher and a budding actor. At Macalester, he can follow both passions.
Theatre and Dance Department Presents “Battles and Bodies” Spring Dance Concert April 27-28
The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents “Battles and Bodies,” a Spring Dance Concert composed of original works choreographed by eight students and guest artist/Macalester alumna Mikari Suzuki, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Performances are Friday, April 27th at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, April 28th at 2 PM as well as 7:30 PM. Admission: General $7 Senior Citizens (62+) and groups $5. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.
Urban geography major Caroline Devany ’13 worked with St. Paul’s Frogtown Gardens, helping the neighborhood make the case for a $2.2 million public land purchase.
Jack Weatherford to Speak at Macalester Commencement
Jack Weatherford, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Anthropology, will deliver the commencement speech for the 2012 graduation ceremony. The title of his talk is "Macalester Lessons." Yeukai Mudzi is the senior class speaker. Mudzi, from Zimbabwe, is an Economics major with a minor in Anthropology. Commencement will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the college. Macalester will be streaming commencement at macalester.edu/commencement/ Check back for updates.
Classics Professor Overman Wins Thomas Jefferson Award
J. Andrew Overman, the Harry M. Drake Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Fine Arts in Classics, was awarded the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Award.
Macalester Sociology Students Awarded Top Two Places in National Competition for Second Year in a Row
Senior sociology majors Jeremy Carp and Diego Melo have been selected as the First Place and Second Place winners, respectively, for the 2012 Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Paper Competition. Alpha Kappa Delta, the honors society for sociology, sponsors the annual undergraduate paper competition which receives entries from across the country.
Of TB and Tropical Disease
Three students investigate tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases with Professor Christy Hanson, dean of Mac's Institute of Global Citizenship and former USAID infectious disease chief.
Football Meets Robotics
When football player Jesse Russell ’14 met robotics executive and Mac gridiron veteran Andrew Borene ’98, the result was a natural friendship—and a paid internship.
Macalester student projects will help provide safe water in Ethiopia and build a bike library in Quito, Ecuador
This year’s winner was Shahar Eberzhon ’12 of Beer-Sheva, Israel.
Once in a Decade...
Natalie Pavlatos '12 had an internship at the Minnesota State Capitol and got to see first-hand how the legislative districts got redrawn to reflect changes in the US Census.
Costa Rican Medical Odyssey
Premed student Allison Gottwalt ’13 didn’t just study in Costa Rica. She researched topics from medicinal plants to controlling dengue—with her 22 new best friends.
Macalester Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship
Andrew Bendelsmith ’13, a junior from West St. Paul, Minn., has received a Goldwater Scholarship which is awarded to students with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
When she took an internship at an arts nonprofit, Cecilia Martinez-Miranda ’13 didn’t know she’d end up helping it stay afloat.
Mike Coleman '11 found his double major in Physics and Computer Science opened the door at Thomson Reuters.
Rachel Mueller ‘13 devoted a semester to studying music and spirituality in Senegal.
Back to Germany
After graduation last May, Carl Skarbek ’11 took his lab and classroom experiences straight to Germany.
Macalester Senior Receives Watson Grant
Charlotte Fagan '12 from East Greenwich, R.I., will use her grant to go around the world and study women's bike movements.
Center for School Change “Returning to its Roots”
The Center for School Change (CSC) will be “returning to its roots” in K-12 education, becoming an affiliate of nationally known EdVisions. The move will take place June 1. CSC has been at Macalester College since January 2010. CSC works with district and charter public schools, community members and policy-makers to help promote higher achievement and broader civic involvement.