Macalester College Hosts Speaker on Performance Anxiety
Performance anxiety expert Sian Beilock will speak at Macalester College on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Beilock, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago and a former college athlete, is author of the book Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have To. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8 p.m.
Macalester Grants Tenure Status to Juliette M. Rogers
Macalester College has granted tenure status to Juliette M. Rogers, associate professor in the French and Francophone Studies Department. Rogers holds a BA from Oberlin College and a PhD from Duke University. She came to Macalester from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, where she was an associate professor of French. She joined the Macalester faculty in 2010.
Kate Peterson ’11 spent her summer at the Israel Museum, restoring artifacts from Herod’s palace.
Wesley and Lynn Edens establish endowed professorship in global health
Wesley and Lynn Edens of New York have established a $2 million endowed professorship at Macalester College. It will be named the Edens Professorship in Global Health.
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Renovation - Fall 2011
After tremendous progress this summer, the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center renovation and expansion’s first phase officially reached the halfway point this month.
Art in New York
Larsen Husby '12 was a curatorial intern for nonprofit exhibition space in New York City and assistant for three New York artists
Adil Imani wanted a chance to put his knowledge of economics and applied math into action in the real world of financial services. An intense, five-week internship in Mumbai proved to be the perfect opportunity.
Preparing for Public Health
You can tell from the way Kai Cowger ’13 spent his summer that he balances a lot of passions in life. Along with volunteering as a tutor and training for a marathon, he sought out an experience that would combine his interests in public health and lab research. He found just that in a summer internship at Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Macalester College Art Exhibit to Feature Richard Barlow
New and recent work by Minneapolis artist Richard Barlow will be included in the exhibit “A Crow’s Nest,” which opens at Macalester College at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 in the Art Gallery, 1665 Princeton Ave., St. Paul. The exhibit will run through Nov. 6.
18th Annual International Roundtable "Children of the World: The Dialectic of Promise and Vulnerability"
Macalester College presents its 18th annual International Roundtable with the theme, “Children of the World: The Dialectic of Promise and Vulnerability,” Thu. - Sat., Oct. 13 - 15, 2011, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. The Roundtable is free and open to the public.
Nice Ride Dedication
Mac just keeps getting greener. The latest fuel-saving innovation added a station for the Twin Cities public bike-sharing program Nice Ride. The program started last year in Minneapolis, where it enjoyed great success. The station was officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony in mid-September 2011.
In an interview with Grace Erny ’12, Professor Jeffrey Pearson discusses his archaeological fieldwork in the Near East, his experience with the Department of Homeland Security, and his musical skills.
Macalester co-hosts national Imagining America conference Sept. 22-24
Macalester College is co-hosting the 11th annual Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA), national conference Sept. 22-24 in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The conference will have more than 400 attendees including faculty, administrators, and students from IA colleges and universities across the country, as well as leaders of local and national arts and cultural organizations.
Leonards establish endowed professorship in math and science
Mark G. Leonard ’65 and Candace Hewitt Leonard ’67 of Los Altos, Calif., have established a $2 million endowed professorship at Macalester College. It will be named the Mark G. Leonard and Candace Hewitt Leonard Endowed Professorship in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences.
Macalester Names Tenure-Track Professor in Economics
Mario Solis-Garcia has joined the Macalester College Economics Department as a tenure-track assistant professor.
Macalester Names Tenure-Track Professor in Hispanic and Latin American Studies
Jesús Ernesto Ortiz-Diaz has joined the Macalester College Hispanic and Latin American Studies Department as a tenure-track assistant professor.
Macalester Names Tenure-Track Professor in History
Karin Vélez has joined the Macalester College History Department as a tenure-track assistant professor.
Four Tenure-Track Professors join Macalester
Four new tenure-track faculty members have joined Macalester this fall. They are Victoria Malawey (Music), Jesús Ernesto Ortiz-Diaz (Hispanic and Latin American Studies), Mario Solis-Garcia (Economics) and Karin Vélez (History).
Macalester College Presents Theo Bleckmann
Grammy-nominated jazz singer and composer Theo Bleckmann will perform for Macalester College students, staff, and friends on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln Ave., St. Paul.
Professors Ray Rogers, Kristi Curry Rogers, Geology Lab Instructor Jeff Thole,and their students spend summer months exploring the 75 million year-old rocks and fossils to answer questions related to ancient environments, ecosystems, and processes of fossilization.
Hydropolitics and the Nile
Anthropology major Kevin Boueri '12 returned home to Lebanon this summer to study Arabic and do research for his honors project on hydro-politics and the Nile.
Body of Knowledge
It's no surprise to those who know Macalester that our students are working with faculty on science research that is both original and that aims to make a difference in how people understand the world.
Community Change Agents
It’s one thing to perform service work—commendable, yet limited in scope. It’s quite another to take on social issues systemically, problem solving for the future. Such is the charge of the dozen annual Chuck Green Civic Engagement fellows, who set out each summer to analyze and address community-based issues.
Geographers Go National
Geography majors Ross Donihue ’11 and Slavisa Mijatovic ’12 spent the summer in Washington, D.C., honing their skills at National Geographic.
Laura Holt spent the entire month in fabulous San Igancio City, in the Cayo District of Belize. She was participating in a field school run by Dr. Terry Powis of Kennesaw State University.
Two Sides of Cape Town
When Will Chilton ’11 studied abroad in South Africa, he was prepared for the contrast in wealth, but another cultural difference caught him by surprise.
Nathaniel Macijeski ’14 wasn’t content to read about the philosophy of happiness; he decided to research it for himself.
Blood, Sweat and Tears
Laura Avena ’14 is a cancer survivor from age 4, an accomplished volleyball athlete, and an internationally competitive chemistry student. It’s a path forged through blood, sweat and tears.
Macalester no longer offering bottled water
Beginning September 1, 2011, Macalester College will no longer be offering bottled water.
Hannah Anderson-Dana ’13 spent fall semester volunteering at the Minnesota Children’s Museum, pointing out, “The Twin Cities is a good place to get internships.”
Adrian St. Francis ’13 (Sonoma, Calif.), an English and philosophy major, is immersed in helping design a poetry class.
Macalester Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has awarded Macalester College a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
Alexandra Frankel Receives Fulbright Award to Turkey
Alexandra Frankel, of Milwaukee, Wis., has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Turkey. Frankel graduated from Macalester College in 2009.
James Mayer Receives Fulbright Award to Turkey
James Mayer, of Houston, Texas, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Turkey. Mayer graduated from Macalester College in May.
Mac DNA - Jeesun Choi
Jeesun Choi '13 talks about her two internships in Minneapolis and her research project with English Professor Nathan Hensley on violence in Victorian novels.
Teaching with Skype
In a course on conflict in the Middle East, students used Skype technology to discuss the political situation with people living it every day.
Back in her hometown of Nanjing, China, before she ever came to Macalester, Danlu Hu ’13 read about Chinese adoptees returning to their native land. Moved by their stories, says Hu, she remembers thinking at the time, “I should really do something for these kids.”
Sometimes an internship arises from a student’s avocation rather than a major. So it is with Alexis Ramirez ’12 (Oakland, Calif.), a cultural anthropology major spending her summer immersed in art.
What are summers like at Macalester? Many Macalester students choose to take advantage of internship and research opportunities in the summer. The campus is also busy with kids taking part in the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY) and ID Tech Camp programs.
Frog and Flower Count
Each year hundreds of laypeople and scientists use sonar detectors, bug lights, live traps, and laptops to count and chronicle an area’s flora and fauna. This year the event—dubbed Minnesota BioBlitz—was held at Macalester’s Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area in Inver Grove Heights.
For someone who never expected to be in politics, Kathy Kim ’12 (Bellevue, Wash.) has come far: Next fall she’ll begin her term as president of the Macalester College Student Government.
Meet the Watsons
What could be more fun that a fully funded year of international study and travel? That’s what’s in store for Morgan Sleeper ’11 (Deland, Fla.) and Keren Yohannes ’11 (Louisville, Ky.), who were awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowships—one-year grants for independent study and travel outside the United States.