May, 2012

May it Please the Court

Hanna Chakoian ’12 uses mathematical modeling to help the Minnesota Court of Appeals predict upcoming hearings.

Immigrant Aid

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.

Grandstand - Bhutan Stretchable Time

Run Jamaica

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.

Global Health

Macalester and its students are part of a growing national movement to make public health a true liberal art.

What's the Good Word?

What are candidates really saying? To find out, Macalester political science students analyzed candidates' Twitter activity.

April, 2012

Baseball Buddies

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.

College Novelist

Scholastic Press to publish novel of longtime writer Anna Waggener ’12 in June.

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 Design

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.

Start-up CEOs

Mac students are enthusiastic about a revived class in entrepreneurship.

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.

Grant Writer

When she took an internship at an arts nonprofit, Cecilia Martinez-Miranda ’13 didn’t know she’d end up helping it stay afloat.

Playing Doubles

Mike Coleman '11 found his double major in Physics and Computer Science opened the door at Thomson Reuters.

African Interlude

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.

Needham Hurst wins Global Citizenship Award

March, 2012

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.

Global Leader

How Emily Howland ’09 turned a Hispanic studies and English major into an international adventure trip job.

Asian Department Events

Highlights from events held by the Asian Department

90 Degrees South

Macalester art professor Chris Willcox’s marked a new career highlight this year: her first exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, a popular museum 20 minutes away from campus.

World Health Intern

An international public health class helped Glafira Marcon ’13 land a World Bank internship.

Cyber Cycling

Using computer science, a Mac alum has made pedaling around the Twin Cities that much easier.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents “The Laramie Project” April 5-14

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theatre Project 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., Thu. - Sat., April 5 - 7, and Thu. - Sat., April 12 - 14 and also at 2 p.m. Sat., April 7. On April 14th at 2 p.m., there will be a special free symposium about the show in the MainStage Theatre. All are welcome. The Laramie Project is directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Harry Waters Jr. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Macalester mourns the death of Second Lt. Clovis Ray '99

Second Lt. Clovis T. Ray of Three Rivers, Texas, died March 15 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense confirmed Saturday. He was injured when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Performance Testing

Baseball player and psychology major Nathan Rubin ’12 discovered that self-confidence really is the decisive factor in performance.

"Rethinking Race & Class" featuring Lani Guinier, the 31st Mitau Endowed Lecturer

Lani Guinier, the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will talk about "Rethinking Race & Class" as the 31st Mitau Endowed Lecturer at Macalester College, Thursday, March 22nd in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Her talk begins at 4:45 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Power of Mac Connections

David Suchy '12 found that the power of Macalester connections allowed him to launch his career.

Ecstasy and Apocalypse

In this English course, students are discussing the end of the world and enjoying it.

February, 2012