May, 2011

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.

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

DNA Barcoding

Professor Boyer and two biology students co-author DNA barcoding research.

Lilly Fellows

Terence Steinberg ’11 drew on his minors in environmental science and creative writing while working on the Mother of Water Project with the arts program COMPAS.

February, 2011

Go-go Dancers, Arabic, and YouTube

Three Mac sociology seniors win top prizes for their academic papers.

Studying South Africa

It’s clear that Victor Parker ’11 (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) is determined to become a world citizen

Art in London

Several great internships plus an influential professor led Chloe Nelson ’10 (Atherton, Calif.) to pursue a master’s degree in art history at London’s Courtauld Institute. She began her yearlong program there in September.more

The Great Liberal Arts

Hannah Glaser attends the University of Birmingham's (England) master's program in acting more

Students Strive to "Build a Better Mac"

“How can we make Macalester better?” That’s the central question a new student-led initiative is addressing. Last fall more than 100 students came together to identify ways to strengthen the college and make it an even better place to live and learn. True to the spirit of their concern, they’re calling the effort ‘Build a Better Mac.’

Global Volunteer

IMAGINE BEING DROPPED into the middle of a South American country with a week to make your way to four remote villages, find housing and food in them for volunteers, meet the decision leaders, and determine each community’s major need.

Taking on Teeth

With work in the Macalester biochemistry lab on his resume, Xu Han ’10 is attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. more

Twin Genetics Research

Evan Welo ’09 is working on one of the world's preeminent twins studies. For Welo, who majored in psychology, working for the Minnesota Twin Family Study is the culmination of valuable research experiences during his time at Macalester.

Macalester College Presents Concert of Chinese Music

Macalester ethnomusicologist Chuen-Fung Wong and artistic director Eugene Rogers are collaborating on an evening of eclectic and inspiring vocal, dance, and instrumental performances from China for the college’s second biannual Songs of the Earth series. Conducted by Eugene Rogers, the multi-arts event will be held at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul.

Macalester Sociology Majors Sweep Prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions

Senior sociology majors Evelyn Daugherty, Jenny Evgenia Grinblo, and Morgen Chang have won the top three prizes awarded in the Forty-eighth Annual Midwest Sociological Society Student Paper Competition. Daugherty and Grinblo were co-awarded first prize and Chang received third prize.

What is to be Done? Activist Scholarship for a World in Crisis

"What is to be Done? Activist Scholarship for a World in Crisis" is the topic keynote speaker Ruth Wilson Gilmore will address at the Twelfth Annual American Studies Conference, 6 p.m., Thursday, February 10, in Alexander G. Hill Ballroom in Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Macalester College 6th in Placing Peace Corps Volunteers

For the sixth year in a row, Macalester has placed on the Peace Corps’ list of top colleges nationally producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 22 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Macalester is No. 6 in this year’s rankings among small-sized colleges and universities (tied with Johns Hopkins), moving up from No. 7 in 2010, and No. 9 two years ago.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents "Antigone"

“Antigone,” adapted from Sophocles by Bertolt Brecht and translated by Judith Malina, will be performed by Macalester College’s Theatre and Dance Department in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater February 17–19 at 7:30 p.m. and February 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.