August, 2011

July, 2011

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 will serve as cultural interpreter of the United States for Turkish students and colleagues at Afyon Kocatepe University in Afyonkarahisar. more

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

video icon Jeesun Choi '13 talks about her two internships in Minneapolis and her research project with English Professor Nathan Hensley on violence in Victorian novels.more

Teaching with Skype

Students discuss recent developments in the Middle East, with an emphasis on historical and geographic connections.

China Connection

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.”

Art Hound

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.

Macalester Summer

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

Minnesota's 2011 BioBlitz was held at Macalester's Ordway station. more

Madame President

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 Belote '11 writes about her internship experiece with TRACES. more

Unearthing Turkish history

video iconHistory 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. more

Lillie's Letters

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. more

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's class presented their GIS research about two reservations to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. That work is now research that will be used for public benefit. more

Biking Around

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.

Governor's Guy

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.

Exploring the Unknown

Pete Goldberg '11 spent two summers and an academic year performing research in chemistry professor Kathryn Splan’s laboratory.

June, 2011

Green Network

Natalie Locke '11 created a unique program at Macalester - the Sustainability Student Worker Network that has led to a number of green initiatives on campus. more

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.

Space 5-5

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, curiousity and her professor's mentoring resulted in a grant for summer research in Washington, D.C. more

The Award Goes To...

The alumni recipients, all biology majors, are Alese Colehour ’09, Ben Freeman ’06, and Suzy Szumowski ’09 received NSF grants.

Movie Man

James Christenson '11 produced the documentary Local Motives, which examines the politics and business of high-speed, commuter, and light-rail expanion in Minnesota. more

Google Guy

Andrew Rich ’12 (Philadelphia) spent last summer writing computer code for Google.

May, 2011

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.

Monitoring Mussels

Karen Jackson '11 spent a summer at Macalester's Ordway Field Station researching the dam's role in sedimentation for her senior honors thesis. more

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. more

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.”

World Citizen

Krista Moore '10 worked for former President Jimmy Carter and is now attending graduate school in France.

The Chickens Have Arrived

Emily Hanson '11 is part of the student-run group MULCH (Macalester Urban Land and Community Health) that is taking care of six chickens on Macalester's campus. more

Big Event

As Katie Agnew ’11 can tell you, sometimes extracurricular activities can really pay off. Agnew, a math major from Princeton, Minn., spent most of her free time at Macalester working on the Student Activities Program Board, serving as its chair for the last two years.

April, 2011

Julia Smith Receives Fulbright Award to Mexico

Julia Smith '11 was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Mexico. She will investigate the relative effectiveness of two different methods of ending poverty—microfinance and capital conversion. more

Ruth Conkling Receives Fulbright Award to Germany

She will investigate contemporary German literature and how Germans are reacting to their recent past.

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 Check back for updates.

Unveiling the Secrets of War

A new book by Professor Olga González was published by the University of Chicago Press. more

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.

Outwitting Pain

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.