Watson Fellowships -Keren Yohannes, ’11 and Morgan Sleeper ’11
The Thomas J. Watson fellowships give college graduates of unusual promise the freedom to engage in a year of independent study and travel abroad following their graduation. We are proud to have two Macalester students win this award. more
Goldwater Scholarships - Madeline Graham ’12 and Colin Jarvis ’13
Goldwater Scholarship awards are made on the basis of merit to sophomores or juniors who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. The scholarship pays a yearly stipend to help students complete their undergraduate education. Two Macalester College students won this award this year: Madeline Graham ’12, a geology major; and Colin Jarvis ’13, an applied math major. more
Fulbright Scholarships - Jamila Humphrie ‘11 (pictured) (Brazil), Ruth Conklin '11 (Germany) and Julia Smith '11 (Mexico)
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
The Global Citizenship Student Award - Needham Hurst '11
is presented annually to the graduating senior who best demonstrates a commitment to the ideals and practice of high academic performance, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. Needham Hurst was awarded this year’s honor.
The Presidential Leadership Award for Outstanding Seniors
Recognizes seniors for their scholarship and outstanding contributions to the Macalester community throughout their college careers.
This year’s awardees include:
- Jamila Humphrie,
- Needham Hurst,
- Matt Kazinka,
- Taren Kingser,
- Emily Schorr Lesnick,
- Roman Raymundo,
- Shelle Shimizu (pictured),
- Véra Sídlová,
- Kyera Singleton,
- Julia Smith,
- Owen Truesdell, and
- Jeff Yamashita.
The Dean of Students Award
Honors students who live out the mission of the college by promoting one or more of the stated values and demonstrating genuine love of the community through service to the college. Awarded to:
- Adam Van der Sluis ’11,
- Eric Engstrom ’11,
- Sarah Mueller ’12,
- Yeukai Mudzi ’12,
- Rose Glenn-Finer ’13,
- Rebecca Jackson ’13, and
- Audrey Kohout ’14.
The Servant-Leader Award - Needham Hurst ’11
Recognizes students whose actions are congruent with their values, and who thus inspire others to develop their own leadership potential. Awarded to Needham Hurst ’11.
The Ann Bolger Vision Award - Sarah O’Connor ’13 and Marichel Mejia ’11
Applauds a student leader’s abilities to initiate positive organizational change or creative endeavors to contribute to the educational experience of students in a thoughtful, collaborative, and informed fashion.
The Civil Discourse Award - Clara Younge ’12
Is given to an individual who has promoted civil discourse on campus on issues related to difference and inclusivity, and who has thus increased understanding and dialogue among members of the Macalester community.
Outstanding Sophomore of Color Award - Rebecca Jackson and Olivia Nichols
Each year, the American Can Company awards a cash prize to an outstanding sophomore of color at Macalester College. This award is given to a student who has made a positive contribution to the Macalester College community and achieved an excellent academic standing.
Latina Award for Excellence - Luisa Paredes (pictured) and Gabriela Santiago
Since 1987, a cash award, endowed by an anonymous Mac alumnus, is given to a Latina senior woman who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement throughout her four years at Macalester. There are two recipients of this award this year: Luisa Paredes and Gabriela Santiago.
The Civil Discourse Award - Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA)
Given to a student organization that has promoted civil discourse on campus on issues related to difference and inclusivity. Through programming, education and negotiation, they have worked to increase understanding and dialogue among Macalester community members.
The Collaboration Award - MESA and Afrika!
Recognizes two or more organizations that have worked together effectively by utilizing each others strengths to accomplish a common goal. Awarded to MESA and Afrika!
The Community Service Award - Mac First Aid
Presented to a student organization that has made a significant contribution to Macalester or the community outside of the College. The contribution not only provided service to the community but created opportunities for growth and development to those who participated.
The Education Award - Adelante
Given to an organization in honor of its successful efforts to generate campus awareness of a particular issue. The organization’s efforts fostered dialogues, debates and learning within the campus community. Awarded to Adelante.
The Organizational Growth Award - Medicinal Melodies
Recognizes a student organization’s significant accomplishments in key areas such as planning, goal setting, evaluation of programs, and member involvement.
Each spring the Institute for Global Citizenship sponsors the Macalester Civic Forum. The Civic Forum provides the Macalester community an opportunity to explore the “big” normative issues related to civic life, leadership, and engagement in early 21st century America. The focus for this year’s forum was:
New American Citizens: Opportunities and Obligations for Somalis
Immigration and refugee resettlement were and still arecentral factors in the making of American society. Yet unlike earlier ages when the people of Europe were the predominant arrivals, our epoch is characterized by many from Africa, Mexico, Central and South America, and Asia who have sought opportunities to make new lives in these United States. The phenomenal arrival of tens of thousands of Somalis within the past two decades is a slice of this latest trend in the continuous reshaping of America. Among others, Somali-Americans add to this demographic change: foreign-born Americans and their children now compose at least a fifth of our population. The consequences of these shifts are already visible in many communities and states.
Thursday evening included three paper presentations:
Owen Truesdell ’11 (pictured), “E Pluribus Unum: 21st Century Citizenship and the Somali-American Experience.”
Louise Dickson ’11, “Revival of the Civic Spirit: Contradictions in Somali-American Citizenship.”
Keynote address on “The Newest African-Americans? Somali Struggles for Belonging” by University of Minnesota Sociology Professor Cawo Mohamed Abdi.
Friday and Saturday included an interview with Dean Ahmed I. Samatar followed by a celebration of music with members of the Somali community.
Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States and 19 other countries gather to take part in a global phenomenon called Relay For Life. This is a walking event that brings people together to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back and raise money to put an end to cancer.
Students Brittany Liebhard, Lorenza Pellicioli, Beth Moretzsky and Adam Freeman organized the event. more
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