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.
History + Math = Museums
Olivia Belot writes about her internship with TRACES, an educational organization created to gather, preserve and present stories of people from the Midwest and Germany or Austria who encountered each other during World War II.
Unearthing Turkish history
History major Jemma Brown ’11 (New York, N.Y.) spent fall semester of her senior year in Turkey at Boğaziçi University, studying the contemporary Turkish art scene and its relations with the Western art market, nationalism, and constructions of Turkish identity.
Many people think of U.S. history in terms of battles, pioneers, and presidents. But for Elizabeth Tollefson ’11, studying history became much more personal—and much more local—by her last year at Macalester.
Macalester Mourns the Death of Former President John B. Davis, Jr.
Macalester Mourns the Death of Former President John B. Davis, Jr.
Investigate and Map It
Nolan Levenson '11 class Urban GIS research Indian reservations in Minnesota. The file project was presented to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The maps they developed are now available in at Native American Community Development Institute in Minneapolis on a large touch screen.
Ainsley Judge ’11 turned a passion for biking into an honors project and now a trip around the Great Lakes that will raise money for youth-led non-profit Grand Aspirations. Her story begins with Macalester's bike share program.
Melody of Pitch
Macalester women’s soccer team members pursue far more than soccer and their studies while they’re at college. Their range of extracurricular activities runs from editing the Mac Weekly to volunteering at local nonprofits.
When he signed up for Macalester’s legislative politics class, Reed Polakowski ’13 (Minneapolis) thought he’d be interning for a state senator or representative. Instead, he ended up in the office of Minnesota’s governor, Mark Dayton.
Natalie Locke '11 created the Sustainability Student Worker Network - which now includes 20 students, ensuring that program continues long after she graduates.
Mosaic on a Stick
Hannah Anderson-Dana ’13 (Portland, Ore.) spent fall semester volunteering at the Minnesota Children’s Museum, pointing out, “The Twin Cities is a good place to get internships.”
Building a Library
Waruiru Mburu '13 received a grant from the Live It Fund. Her project involves building a library at Bunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan and Needy school in Bunabumali village, Bududa District, Uganda.
Davis generates debate with essay on invasive species
Do invasive species deserve their bad reputation? Mark Davis, DeWitt Wallace Professor and chair of Macalester’s biology department, tackles that question in a Nature essay he published with 18 other ecologists, and it’s garnering international buzz.
Amy Fisher '07 gives us a tour of her square, Sp5-5. She, Prof. Nanette Goldman, and her team are working inside the temple around the early shrine. The is part of the blog by James Mayer '11.
Macalester Board Elects Three New Trustees
The Macalester College Board of Trustees has elected three new members for three-year terms:
Macalester professor finds clues about ocean circulation affecting climate change
If you’re like a lot of Americans, swimming in the ocean is a favorite summer activity. But did you know that ocean circulation can affect the Earth’s climate? While many things likely contribute to modern climate change, scientists believe that ocean circulation has had a major impact on Earth’s climate over the past 20,000 years. Macalester Environmental Studies Professor Louisa Bradtmiller recently co-authored a paper in Paleoceanography that helps to determine differences in ocean circulation between the last ice age and today.
To Disclose–or Not
For Hannah Johnson '11, curiosity and her professor's mentoring resulted in a grant for summer research in Washington, D.C.
The Award Goes To...
The alumni recipients, all biology majors, are Alese Colehour ’09, Ben Freeman ’06, and Suzy Szumowski ’09 received NSF grants.
Lots of students make 30-second YouTube videos in college, but how many make hour-long documentaries? That’s what James Christenson ’11 (Plymouth, Minnesota) did this year, producing the documentary Local Motives, which examines the politics and business of high-speed, commuter, and light-rail expansion in Minnesota.
Eric Goldfischer '13 Receives Newman Civic Fellow Award
Eric Goldfischer ’13, from Havertown, Penn., has received the Newman Civic Fellow Award from Campus Compact. He was one of 135 students from 30 states who were honored as Newman Civic Fellows.
Two Students and a Recent Graduate Receive U.S. State Department Scholarships
Martha Rigby ’13 from Etna, N.H., Kaitlin Roh ’12 from Columbus, Neb., and Rachel Wisthuff '11 from La Grange, Ill. have all been awarded U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical languages this summer.
Journal of Human Rights
Titus Levy's '10 senior capstone article is published in the Journal of Human Rights.
Karen Jackson '11 spend a summer at Macalester's Ordway Field Station researching the dam's role in sedimentation for her senior honors thesis.
Mac DNA - Off to Yale
Emma Locatelli '11 heads off to Yale University to earn a PhD in invertebrate paleontology. Here she discusses how Macalester helped her get into this prestigious program.
Mac DNA - Morgen Chang
Morgen Cheng '11 received third place at the 48th Annual Midwest Sociological Society Student Paper Competition. She was also the lead in the fall production of Cabaret at Macalester.
Former U.N. Secretary-General and Obie award-winning playwright to be honored at Reunion Weekend
They are a former U.N. Secretary-General, an Obie award-winning playwright and actress, a Presbyterian minister and a Rabbi. 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’s alumni routinely make a difference in the world,” said Gabrielle Lawrence, director, Alumni Relations. “The alumni we’re honoring next month at reunion have made differences that have changed the world.”
Krista Moore ’10 studied abroad in Tunisia, worked for former President Jimmy Carter in Atlanta, and will soon begin graduate school in France.
The Chickens Have Arrived
MULCH (Macalester Urban Land and Community Health) is beginning a new project to bring backyard chickens to campus!
Julia Smith Receives Fulbright Award to Mexico
Julia Smith, of South Burlington, Vt., has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Mexico. Smith will graduate at Macalester College’s 122nd commencement on May 14, 2011.
Ruth Conkling Receives Fulbright Award to Germany
Ruth Conkling, of Norfolk, Va., has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Germany. Conkling will graduate at Macalester College’s 122nd commencement on May 14, 2011.
Jamila Humphrie Receives Fulbright Award to Brazil
Jamila Humphrie, of Seattle, Wash., has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Brazil. Humphrie will graduate at Macalester College’s 122nd commencement on May 14, 2011.
Lois Quam to Speak at Macalester Commencement
Lois Quam ‘83, executive director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), is Macalester College’s 2011 commencement speaker. The title of her talk is “Entering the World.” Commencement will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the college. Macalester will be streaming commencement at macalester.edu/commencement/ Check back for updates.
Unveiling the Secrets of War
Professor Olga González publishes new book, Unveiling Secrets of War in the Peruvian Andes (University of Chicago Press).
Macalester Sociology Students Awarded Top Two Places in National Competition
Senior sociology majors Emily Christie of Indianapolis, Ind., and Evelyn Daugherty of Ann Arbor, Mich., have been selected as the first and second place winners, respectively, for the 2011 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.
Willem Laursen '11 seeks to understand what causes pain and how to treat it better. He continues his work at the National Institutes of Health.
Macalester College Presents Dance Concert "Resist This"
Choreographed and performed exclusively by students, the Macalester Spring Dance Concert showcases 10 new dance works. Performances are in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theatre, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.
Record-breaking number of students apply to Macalester
6,109 students applied to be part of Macalester's Class of 2015, nearly 1,800 more than last year, setting a new record for the college. Of these applicants, 31.7 percent were admitted, a decrease from 42.5 percent last year.
Sociology Student Wins Recognition From Law and Society Association
Senior sociology major Emily Christie, of Indianapolis, Ind. has been selected for Honorable Mention by the Law and Society Association in the Association’s 2011 Undergraduate Student Prize Competition for her paper “Declaraciones de Deseo y Declaraciones de Realidad: State-Indigenous Relations and Intercultural-Bilingual Education in Peru and Guatemala.”
Inventions for Mayo Clinic
Two Macalester teams recently presented at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., their analyses and recommendations about inventions in development at Mayo as part of the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program.
Two Macalester Students Finalists at National Competition
Rosie Glenn-Finer ’13, of San Francisco, Calif., and Rachel Lochner ’13 of Eagan, Minn., were selected as one of five finalist teams at the 2011 Debating for Democracy National Conference in New York City sponsored by Project Pericles. Debating for Democracy is a program in which students research, develop, and advocate public policy positions.
Two Macalester Students Win Goldwater Scholarships
Madeline Marshall '12, a junior from Hayward, Wis., and Colin Jarvis ‘13, a sophomore from St. Paul, Minn., have received Goldwater Scholarships which are awarded to students with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.