Thanksgiving Break (November 24-27)
The Residence Halls are open for Thanksgiving Break. Cafe Mac is open with limited hours. During all breaks, we encourage students to leave their rooms in a safe and secure manner by closing and locking their windows, closing their curtains/blinds, unplugging all electrical items, taking out trash & recycling, leaving their heat on, and locking their doors when they leave. We also remind students to take all important items (e.g., wallets, purses, travel documents/tickets).
Winter Break (December 20-January 21)
All college housing (halls, houses, apartments) close for Winter Break on Tuesday, December 20 at noon. Students must leave 24-hours after their last final or no later than noon on 12/20, whichever comes first. No students are allowed to stay past noon on Tuesday, December 20 so please make sure you work with your student on their travel plans.
Semester II Opening (2012)
Residence Halls open for Spring Semester on Saturday, January 21 at 9 a.m. Meal plans start on Sunday, January 22 with dinner service. Students who qualify and are approved can return earlier to stay on campus starting Tuesday, Jan. 3. Details of this criteria can be found on the Residence Life webpage, www.macalester.edu/reslife. The deadline to sign- up for January Break housing is Monday, December 5.
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Finals will be coming up soon and students are beginning to feel the academic crunch. For most students, this means a bad case of the munchies, a high stress level and thoughts of home, family and the upcoming winter break.
The Macalester Water Polo teams have come up with a great way to help your favorite student through the rigor of final exams. Not only is this an easy way to help alleviate anxiety for the students, but it is stress free for you as well.
Send a finals care package
Helping your student navigate medical care
Figuring out when, how, and if to seek medical care is often a new challenge for college
students. As we move into the second half of fall term, we are in a high demand period in
the Health & Wellness Center (HWC). Here are some helpful tips for family members to
assist students in accessing services in the HWC, and how/where students are referred to
We strongly recommend that students call the office to set up an appointment in advance.
This will enable them to have a private conversation with the front desk and it might save
them a trip. The staff may recommend that the student: 1) schedule an appointment, 2)
come in to meet with the triage nurse, 3) engage in self-care and monitor, or 4) access an
As more Mac students use the strong range of staff (MD’s, NP’s, RN, MA), we are often
booked out more than one week. This can be disappointing to the students who walk in
expecting to be seen. We do set aside appointment times every day to treat ill students
who present during the day but those tend to fill up very quickly.
We are very fortunate to be in a community with outstanding medical providers most
within a two-mile radius of campus and on a bus route. If the Macalester HWC is booked
up or if they are in need of services that we are unable to provide (e.g. x-rays) we will
recommend an off-campus provider. You can look at the resources we most commonly
refer to at: www.macalester.edu/healthandwellness/afterhours/. The non-
specialty resources include “minute clinics”, urgent care, family practice, as well as
hospitals/emergency rooms. We encourage them to bring back or release records from
those visits so that we can assist with any follow-up care they might need.
If your student does not have a car or is feeling too ill to use a bus, etc., the College can
provide taxicab vouchers (round-trip). The student’s account is billed for the cost of the
taxi but the student does not need to worry about having cash, etc. Vouchers are available
from HWC, residential life staff, or security – 24/7.
In addition to providing excellent care, our goal is to help your student learn how to
navigate the health care system. Help us help them by talking to them (when they are
healthy!) about accessing care. It is difficult to try and figure these things out when
you aren’t feeling well. Utilizing a resource off campus can be a positive option and is
something they will need to know how to do once they graduate. Together we can help
your student stay healthy and learn how to get the care they need when they need it.
Contact us if you have any questions.
At the start of each semester, all regular board meal plans default to Plan A. If your student does not want to be on Plan A, your student should go to the Card Services website (www.macalester.edu/cardservices) to select the desired meal plan by Friday, February 3.
Meal plan selection occurs online from January 22-February 3, 2012 for Spring Semester.
Meal plan selections will not take effect until the next morning at breakfast.
Meal plan options for those who are required to be on a regular board plan include:
Plan A – 19 board meals + $0 flex dollars
Plan B – 14 board meals + $125 flex dollars
Plan C – 10 board meals + $200 flex dollars
Plan D - $1200 flex dollars
Meal and flex dollar balances carryover when students change their plan. If a student eats
more board meals than the newly selected plan carries, the student may not have enough
board meals for the week. For example, if it is Thursday and the student has eaten 15 board
meals, the student will not have enough board meals to complete the week if the student
selects plan B or C. However, the student would be able to use flex dollars to purchase
meals. Please plan accordingly. Plan balances reset on Monday morning.
A student may select a meal plan only once per semester. Therefore, it often makes the
most sense for the student to wait until they have confirmed their class schedule before
selecting a meal plan.
The Commuter 75 meal plan is an optional meal plan available to students who are not
required to be on a regular board meal plan. Since the Commuter 75 is an optional meal
plan, if your student was on the Commuter 75 meal plan fall semester, your student will
not be automatically put on the Commuter 75 meal plan for spring semester. Your student
must sign up for the Commuter 75 meal plan each semester.
Into the Streets
During New Student Orientation, over 400 first year students participated in “Into the
Streets,” a half-day of service projects with 16 community organizations. The event emphasizes the college's commitment to service in a way that is accessible and relevant
to students' first experiences at Macalester. Now in its 23rd year, “Into the Streets” has
become a Macalester tradition.
While service was a main component of the day, students also came away with a greater
understanding of their new home of the Twin Cities, while gaining a sense of social issues
from a local perspective and how to incorporate service into their time at Macalester.
Over 400 students volunteered at 16 sites: Youth Farm(multiple locations), Second
Harvest Heartland, West Seventh Community Center, Mississippi River Fund, Minnesota
AIDS Project, Mano a Mano, Mac Groveland Seniors, Lyngblomsten, Lutheran Social
Services, Great River Greening, Habitat for Humanity, Free Arts MN, Books for Africa, and
Concrete Beet Farm.
Students wrote in their evaluations of the day comments such as: “This was an incredible
experience; I feel like I belong even more in this community” “The experience jump-started
my enthusiasm for all the volunteer programs offered at Mac.”
Community Partner Organizations also had a positive reaction to the day: “Mac students
did a massive amount of work for us across all our program sites. It was the most
volunteers we've ever had out on a single day!” “I was extremely impressed with the
program as well as the students' eagerness to help. They were very task oriented and
had a positive attitude towards the work that was being done. I believe that the "Into
the Streets" Program is an awesome opportunity for students to get involved in their
community.” “They exceeded our expectations. We could not have been happier with
them! (Please come again!)”
If your student is still looking for a site in which to contribute, they can visit the Civic Engagement Center in the Institute for Global Citizenship (Markim Hall).