April, 2012

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

Anthropology Major Receives Danish Institute for Study Abroad's Intercultural Leadership Award

Rachel Higgs '13, from Apple Valley, Minn., has won the Danish Institute for Study Abroad's Intercultural Leadership Award for her Anthropology research last semester.

“Economic and Social Justice In The 21st Century” Featuring Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Pres. of Bennett College

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President of Bennett College, will talk about “Economic and Social Justice In The 21st Century” as the keynote speaker for the 13th Annual American Studies Conference at Macalester College, Thursday, February 23rd in Kagin Commons, Alexander Hill Ballroom, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Her talk begins at 6 p.m.

Pursuing Lung Cancer

Jaye Gardiner ’11 conducted research in the lab of Mac alumna Dr. Lisa Peterson ’81 before going on to a PhD program in cancer biology.

Arab Spring Break

Jordan was quieter than most of the Middle East last spring, but life there was still an eye-opener for Sidney Ainkorn ’12.

Alpine Idyll

After falling in love with Austria on a semester study abroad program, Adam Troldahl '09 has decided to make his life there.

Frontline Soldiers

“Front line soldiers.” That’s how Ruben Pena ‘12 describes the role of nurses. “Doctors plan the patient’s care, but nurses are in the thick of it and doing the day-to-day care,” he says.

Anthro Interns

Immunization, the Amish, and Madagascar make up the disparate worlds of three Mac anthropology majors.

Christy Hanson named Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship

Christy Hanson has been named Dean of Macalester College’s Institute for Global Citizenship.

Immersed in Mathematics

Elise delMas ’12 on the satisfaction of joining Mac faculty and fellow students for an annual math meeting in Boston.

Greenhouse Grant

With the help of a Macalester Live-It grant, Caroline Karanja ’12 returned to Kenya to build a greenhouse for girls orphaned by AIDS. more

Intimacy and Belonging: The Association between Sexual Activity and Depression among Older Adults

Kathryn Ganong, a 2010 Macalester alumnae and graduate student at Boston College, and Macalester Sociology Prof. Erik Larson have discovered sexual activity that typically incorporates other forms of physical intimacy has a robust association with lower depression for both women and men. In spite of popular perceptions that sex might matter more for men, they found no significant difference in this association between men and women. They recently published their findings in the journal Society and Mental Health.

Macalester senior Derek Ochi named AMGEN Fellow

Biology major Derek Ochi will work as a 2012 Teach For America Corps member and will receive a $3,000 grant to teach math and science.

Sociology Majors Awarded All Three Prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions

All three prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions went to Macalester students.

Literary Lion

Marissa Bianco ’13 waded right into the publishing world with an internship at Minneapolis’s Milkweed Editions.

Politico Person

“Unlike so many liberal arts colleges, Mac is in an urban environment with lots of opportunities.”

Ancient Pathogens

First-year course brings together biological, historical, and social components of infectious diseases, along with some real-world service work.

Meet Professor Moseley

Macalester geography professor Bill Moseley—-an expert in African environmental and development matters—-has been a man in demand. more

Macalester Earns Place on Peace Corps’ Annual Top Colleges Rankings

Since the Peace Corps began in 1961, 343 Macalester alumni have served, and for the seventh year in a row, Macalester has placed on the Peace Corps’ list of top colleges nationwide producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 18 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Macalester is No. 15 in this year’s rankings among small-sized colleges and universities.

January, 2012

Macalester College Presents Cellist Matt Haimovitz

Cellist Matt Haimovitz will perform for Macalester College students, staff, and friends at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2012 at Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, Minn.

Public Art Today: Beyond Murals, Monuments, and Memorials at Macalester

The symposium on public art at Macalester, “Public Art Today: Beyond Murals, Monuments, and Memorials,” explores different facets and tensions of contemporary public art as practiced in the United States today. The panelists will discuss how public art engages with issues of societal change, policy making, and environmental concerns, as well as how intellectual debates within the field have affected both the production and reception of public art in recent years. The symposium brings together artists, arts administrators, educators, and students in a discussion of the central issues in public art as they are unfolding today and its importance for particular communities and constituencies.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents "Stop Kiss"

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Stop Kiss, by Diana Son, 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., Friday and Saturday Feb. 17 and 18, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Feb. 23–25 and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. There will be a talk back following the Sunday matinee performance. Stop Kiss is directed by Cheryl Moore Brinkley, Visiting Instructor in the Theatre & Dance Department. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Exhibition - Overlook: Landscape Studies by Megan Vossler

Megan Vossler presents studies of the landscape in her exhibition “Overlook,” at the Macalester College Art Gallery, 1665 Princeton Ave., St. Paul, Minn., from Friday, February 3 through March 9, 2012. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6416 for more information. macalester.edu/gallery/

Anthropology Professor Jack Weatherford Honored in Mongolia

Weatherford will be the first recipient of the Jack Weatherford Prize and medal. more

Macalester grants tenure status to seven faculty members

Macalester College has granted tenure status to Vittorio Addona, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; Darcy Burgund, Psychology; Liang Ding, Economics; Laura Smith and Dan Trudeau, Geography; Christopher Wells, Environmental Studies and Chuen-Fung Wong, Music.

Mac Students Enriched by Exploreships

Sophomore Marta LeFevre-Levy recounts her experience job shadowing with a Mac alum Chris Jandro '04.

Macalester exceeds campaign goal raising over $156 million during difficult financial time

Macalester College has exceeded its original comprehensive campaign goal of $150 million for its Step Forward campaign, the largest in the college’s history. The public phase of the campaign, which ran from October 10, 2008 – December 31, 2011, raised over $156 million.

Surprised by O-Chem

Nick O'Conner talks about his experience worked with Professor Becky Hoye and his subsequent experience in a government-funded research program at the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok, Thailand.

From Macalester to Citigroup

Taking advantage of Macalester’s urban location, Jingjiao Zhang ’12 interned with 3M. Now she has a New York job offer.

Solar Panels

Combining her interests in architecture, environmental studies and physics in one internship, Nadia Foo Kune ’13 explored how to make renewable energy devices more aesthetically pleasing.

Worldwide Friendships

Media Studies major Donovan Kavish '13 realizes that his Mac friends from around the world have truly transformed his life. more

Networking Success

Alex Horn used his internships and connections with alumni to land a job at Disney after graduation where he joined the global Mickey Mouse brand management team.

Theater Apprentice

After a Mac alum coached Willie Gambucci ’12 in a college play, it led to two parts for him in professional productions.

Environmental Justice

Where social justice and environmentalism meet you’ll find this popular Macalester class.

December, 2011