September, 2011

My Latest Obsession

In this ongoing series, Collin Calvert '13 asks students what their latest obsession is.

Scavenger Hunt

The MSCS department hosted the the third annual C*SM*S Scavenger Hunt. Students solved a series of eight puzzles whose answers led students to the hidden location of the next puzzle on the Macalester campus.

Macalester College Art Exhibit to Feature Richard Barlow

New and recent work by Minneapolis artist Richard Barlow will be included in the exhibit “A Crow’s Nest,” which opens at Macalester College at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 in the Art Gallery, 1665 Princeton Ave., St. Paul. The exhibit will run through Nov. 6.

Summer of Service

Whether they were teaching art in St. Paul, tending to tomato plants in Utah, or interviewing migrants in Morocco, Macalester’s Bonner Scholars were busy this summer in the name of social change.

18th Annual International Roundtable "Children of the World: The Dialectic of Promise and Vulnerability"

Macalester College presents its 18th annual International Roundtable with the theme, “Children of the World: The Dialectic of Promise and Vulnerability,” Thu. - Sat., Oct. 13 - 15, 2011, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. The Roundtable is free and open to the public.

Courtyard Party

Residential Life staff hosted a courtyard party for dorm residents, complete with pizza, smores, hot chocolate and the DJ club.

Kagin Ice Cream Social

Kagin Commons held its annual Ice Cream Social & Open House. Staff, tutors, counselors, and fellow students from the MAX Center, Multicultural Life, Internship Programs, Sustainability, and Career Development Center, were there to greet and serve ice cream until it ran out.

Nice Ride Dedication

Mac just keeps getting greener. The latest fuel-saving innovation added a station for the Twin Cities public bike-sharing program Nice Ride. The program started last year in Minneapolis, where it enjoyed great success. The station was officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony in mid-September 2011.

Opening Convocation

Former Vice President Walter Mondale ’50 and A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor spoke at Macalester's opening convocation. Their talk, “A conversation about life and politics,” featured remarks from Keillor and Mondale about the state of the nation followed by a Q & A session moderated by President Rosenberg.

In Petra

In an interview with Grace Erny ’12, Professor Jeffrey Pearson discusses his archaeological fieldwork in the Near East, his experience with the Department of Homeland Security, and his musical skills.

Macalester co-hosts national Imagining America conference Sept. 22-24

Macalester College is co-hosting the 11th annual Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA), national conference Sept. 22-24 in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The conference will have more than 400 attendees including faculty, administrators, and students from IA colleges and universities across the country, as well as leaders of local and national arts and cultural organizations.

Leonards establish endowed professorship in math and science

Mark G. Leonard ’65 and Candace Hewitt Leonard ’67 of Los Altos, Calif., have established a $2 million endowed professorship at Macalester College. It will be named the Mark G. Leonard and Candace Hewitt Leonard Endowed Professorship in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences.

Convocation Picnic

Following the academic year's opening Convocation with Walter Mondale and Garrison Keillor as guest speakers, Macalester held an all-campus picnic.

Involvement Fair

Students interested in joining one of Macalester's student-run groups were able to talk to members during Taste of Service, an annual event that encourages students to get involved.

My Dream Job

Students at the Sophomore Fiesta told us their dream jobs.

What Class Are You Looking Forward To?

In this bi-weekly video series, Collin Calvert '13 asks current students what class they are looking most forward to.

Sophomore Fiesta 2011

The sophomore class celebrated their return to campus with fabulous Mexican cuisine and music. The event was sponsored by Macalester's Career Development Center.

Macalester Names Tenure-Track Professor in Economics

Mario Solis-Garcia has joined the Macalester College Economics Department as a tenure-track assistant professor.

Macalester Names Tenure-Track Professor in Hispanic and Latin American Studies

Jesús Ernesto Ortiz-Diaz has joined the Macalester College Hispanic and Latin American Studies Department as a tenure-track assistant professor.

Macalester Names Tenure-Track Professor in History

Karin Vélez has joined the Macalester College History Department as a tenure-track assistant professor.

Macalester Names Tenure-Track Professor in Music

Victoria Malawey has joined the Macalester College Music Department as a tenure-track assistant professor.

Four Tenure-Track Professors join Macalester

Four new tenure-track faculty members have joined Macalester this fall. They are Victoria Malawey (Music), Jesús Ernesto Ortiz-Diaz (Hispanic and Latin American Studies), Mario Solis-Garcia (Economics) and Karin Vélez (History).

Warch named Macalester Communications Director

David Warch has been named Director of Communications at the college, following two years as client services director for the Communications and Public Relations Department. He had served as interim director since April.

Ice Cream Social

Sophomores were welcomed back with an ice cream social in Kagin Commons.

Macalester College Presents Theo Bleckmann

Grammy-nominated jazz singer and composer Theo Bleckmann performed for Macalester students, staff, and friends.

Dino Digging

Professors Ray Rogers, Kristi Curry Rogers, Geology Lab Instructor Jeff Thole, and their students spend summer months exploring the 75 million year-old rocks and fossils.

Hydropolitics and the Nile

Anthropology major Kevin Boueri '12 returned home to Lebanon this summer to study Arabic and do research for his honors project on hydro-politics and the Nile.

Mac Move-In

First-year students arrived on campus on Friday, September 2, to begin orientation and their new life at Macalester.

Students and Sustainability

Students at Macalester are making it possible for the campus to become carbon neutral by 2025.

Summer Internships

Skis, MTV, Pensions, and Jellyfish: What We Did Over Summer

Body of Knowledge

Macalester students are working with faculty on science research that is both original and aims to make a difference in how people understand the world.

Community Change Agents

It’s one thing to perform service work—commendable, yet limited in scope. It’s quite another to take on social issues systemically, problem solving for the future.

Geographers Go National

Geography majors Ross Donihue ’11 and Slavisa Mijatovic ’12 spent the summer in Washington, D.C., honing their skills at National Geographic. more

Mayan Archaeology

Laura Holt spent the entire month in fabulous San Igancio City, in the Cayo District of Belize. She was participating in a field school run by Dr. Terry Powis of Kennesaw State University.

Macalester alumnus named Acting Director of ATF

Macalester alumnus and Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones has been named Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Jones graduated from Macalester in 1979.