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.
After falling in love with Austria on a semester study abroad program, Adam Troldahl '09 has decided to make his life there.
“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.
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.
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.
Marissa Bianco ’13 waded right into the publishing world with an internship at Minneapolis’s Milkweed Editions.
“Unlike so many liberal arts colleges, Mac is in an urban environment with lots of opportunities.”
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.
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.
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.
Media Studies major Donovan Kavish '13 realizes that his Mac friends from around the world have truly transformed his life. more
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.
After a Mac alum coached Willie Gambucci ’12 in a college play, it led to two parts for him in professional productions.
Where social justice and environmentalism meet you’ll find this popular Macalester class.
Finding It All at Mac
Mac students are driven without being overly competitive, a rare quality to find and one I value immensely.
Giant Dino Bone
Costa Rican EMT
Chopping through 30 miles of jungle on a search and rescue mission while avoiding poisonous snakes and wild boars was just one of the adventures I had last year with a Costa Rican paramedic unit, writes Andrew Flynn '12.
Do women living in new urbanist communities find them more empowering than typical suburbs? Charlotte Fagan ’12 set out to answer that question.
At Brookings Institution
At the Brookings Institution, Thomas Lindman ’12 found a way to bridge the gap between his applied math and geography majors, working with their Metropolitan Policy Program in Washington, D.C.
Common Good Books Opens at Macalester
Common Good Books is opening a store at Macalester College, owner Garrison Keillor announced today. The independent bookstore will reside at 38 South Snelling Avenue in the 1923 Lampert Building, just north of the corner of Grand and Snelling avenues.
Macalester's Theatre and Dance Dept. Presents "Voices of the Silenced"
The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department showcases the work of six student and faculty choreographers and guest choreographer Dmitri Peskov from Illinois Wesleyan University in the fall dance concert “Voices of the Silenced” in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Performances are at 7:30 pm December 9 and 10 and also at 2 pm December 10. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359
Dinosaur bone is largest osteoderm ever found
What more can we learn about long-necked dinosaurs that we don’t already know? A Macalester professor and her colleagues have found that Madagascar dinosaurs carried giant, hollow bones in their skin that may have helped them survive the harsh environments they inhabited. This discovery has shed new light on the anatomy and function of these bones in the biggest animals to ever walk on land.
Computer science students successfully networked 44 computers to create a single, extraordinarily powerful, virtual cluster computer.
Breaking Through to Kids
There aren’t many 13-year-olds who ask for more homework, but then most 13-year-olds aren’t as determined to succeed as those taught by two Macalester students.
Macalester College Art Exhibit to Feature Ceramic Artists
New and recent work by ceramicists will be included in the exhibit “Clay Dwelling: An Exhibition of Six Ceramic Artists,” which opens at Macalester College at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in the Art Gallery, 1665 Princeton Ave., St. Paul. The exhibit will run through Dec. 16.
Macalester cornerback, David Melms ’13, is one of 22 players selected nationally to be on the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Next Gen Investment Banker
Ajwad Imran ’12 began his senior year in an enviable position—with an investment banking job offer in hand.
Theatre and Dance Presents "The Inland Sea"
The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents “The Inland Sea” 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 Nov. 11 and 12, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Nov. 17–19 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. “The Inland Sea” is directed by Theatre and Dance Department chair Beth Cleary. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.
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.