In the blink of an eye, the semester is half over! It’s been a fast-paced fall semester. Thanks in part to the hard and thoughtful work of faculty and staff, the larger-than-usual first-year class seems to be transitioning just fine. To assist with their transition, each Friday for the first six weeks, we’ve distributed a newsletter to first-year students that highlights important information.
We celebrated our first six weeks with “reverse trick or treating.” Staff dressed in costume and went door-to-door in the first-year residence halls delivering bags of goodies, important reminders, and information about campus services.
Student organizations are in full swing, and unique programs and activities are plentiful. Students heard national music acts at Fall Fest, MacSoup has drawn large crowds to sample homemade soups and engage in conversation, 17 students participated in the March for Equality, in Washington, D.C. and the annual Poetry Slam at the Cultural House was a crowd pleaser. Among the many speakers on campus, we hosted Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, (listen to his speech) who spoke to students on President Obama’s foreign policy. This is just a sample of the many activities and programs students are involved in and organizing on campus.
In this newsletter you’ll find information on what students often experience this time of year and how you can support them. It’s also never too early to begin talking Spring 2010 registration and housing for next fall (many students sign leases as early December).
For parents of sophomores this can be a great time to begin a discussion about living on or off campus.
We hope this newsletter provides some helpful information. As always, we welcome your calls and thank you for entrusting your students to Mac.
STUDENT AFFAIRS NEWS
What’s Happening with Your Student:
November and December
What Parents Can Do:
Macalester Academic Excellence Center (MAX Center)
The MAX Center is located in Kagin Commons and is open for tutoring Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday – Thursday, 7 - 10 p.m. Professional staff counselors at the MAX Center work with students on study habits and time management, and areinstructors in their respective disciplines. The MAX Center also has 20+ student tutors available to help students in biology, chemistry, math and writing.
MEET THE STAFF
Dave Ehren, Director and Math Counselor
Becky Graham, Writing and Study Skills Counselor
Sedric McClure, Multicultural Counselor
Jenny White, Writing Counselor
Stephanie Alden, Science Counselor
Julie Lucking, Department Coordinator
Academic Programs Office
The Academic Programs Office works closely with faculty and staff to carry out the academic mission of the college. We support faculty advisers, coordinate Macalester's First-Year Course Program, assist students with decision-making about selecting a major, manage the Academic Standing Process, work with students in academic difficulty, facilitate Macalester’s Honors Program, coordinate national scholarship nominations, and oversee funds for student academic travel and outside speakers. We’re located in Weyerhaeuser Hall. For more information go to:
Ann Minnick, Director of Academic Programs Office
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