June, 2011

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 macalester.edu/commencement/ 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.

Relay for Life

Relay For Life Raised Almost $23K

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

Undergraduate science and economics students analyze projects submitted by Mayo physician-scientists.

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.

Reconciliation and Iraq

Daugherty received a full scholarship to study Arabic for six weeks this summer in Muscat, Oman.

Three Amazing Jobs

After travelling the world, Sarah Louise Galbraith ’03 landed a great job at Discovery Networks, home of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and TLC.

New American Citizens: Opportunities and Obligations for Somalis Fifth Annual Civic Forum

What does “New American Citizens: Opportunities and Obligations for Somalis” mean? Faculty and students will answer that question during the fifth annual Civic Forum at Macalester College from 6:30 to 9:40 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall at the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

March, 2011

International Career

Momchil Jelev has achieved an international career at Johnson & Johnson by building on strong academics and internships. more

Davis Projects for Peace - Student project aims to expand women's enterprise in Niger

A Macalester student from Niger has received a $10,000 grant to return this summer to her childhood home to help women there expand their peanut-processing business, allowing them to better provide for and educate their children.

Learning the Legislature

Most of the week Margo Worman ’13 (Moorhead, Minn.) is a typical political science student at Macalester College. But for 11 hours each week, she becomes a valued staff member for Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL), assistant minority leader of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Cave Crawler

Despite having majored in geology, Becky Roberts ’09 never expected to find herself wriggling on her belly through karst caves deep in an Alaskan island. But she did that and much more during her summer as a GeoCorps worker in the Tongass National Forest.

Macalester College Presents "12 Ophelias: a play with broken songs"

The contemporary play “12 Ophelias: a play with broken songs,” by Caridad Svich, will be performed April 8 - 10 and 14 - 16 by Macalester College’s Theatre and Dance Department in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for seniors, and $2 for students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat., April 8 - 9 and 2 p.m. Sun., April 10 and at 7:30 p.m., Thu. – Sat., April 14 - 16. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Two Seniors Receive Watson Dream Grants

Morgan Sleeper '11, a Linguistics major, said getting the Watson was exciting. “It's an incredible opportunity to be able to travel wherever your passions take you.” more

Macalester Chaplain named President of Association of College and University Religious Affairs

Lucy Forster-Smith, Chaplain and Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life at Macalester College, has been named President of Association of College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA), a national organization of religious professionals serving institutions of higher learning. She is an ordained Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) minister and has been at Macalester since 1994

Macalester recognized for campus internationalization efforts

Macalester College has received the 2011 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The award, from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, recognizes campuses across the United States for its internationalization efforts.

Professor Hornbach Wins Thomas Jefferson Award

Dan Hornbach, the DeWitt Wallace Professor in Biology, has been awarded the 2011 Thomas Jefferson Award. The award was established in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor faculty members who exemplify the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Hornbach was selected by a committee of past Jefferson Award winners.

Discovering Antiquity

During their January break, a group of students traveled to Egypt and Rome for a 2-credit course.

Newborn Politico

Less than three years after enrolling at Macalester, Butler co-chairs its Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) chapter, has worked as an election judge, and pitched in for Get Out the Vote campaigns. He took on another new experience: testifying on a bill at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Guggenheim Intern

Lucky art history major Alberto Rios de la Rosa ’11 spent last summer in Venice, surrounded by art.

Macalester grants tenure to two faculty members

Macalester College has granted tenure status to Jamie Monson, professor in the History Department, and Roopali Phadke, associate professor of Environmental Studies Policy & Politics in the Environmental Studies Department.

Pushball at Macalester - a tradition - Founders Day

Pushball at noon, Friday, March 4, Macalester College, Old Main Lawn