Every fall, Mac geography students take their GIS software skills into the real world.
Global citizenship on two wheels
This year’s Live It grants take students into neighborhoods ranging from the Twin Cities to Ghana, all in the name of putting global citizenship into action.
Exploring Energy Efficiency
Rosie Mate ’12 focused on physics, French, environmental studies, and economics at Macalester. It makes sense that she approaches studying energy efficiency from different perspectives, too.
In this collaborative class, American studies students put together their own on-line academic journal.
Macalester urban geography major Caroline Devany ’13 volunteered with St. Paul’s Frogtown Gardens, helping the neighborhood make the case for a $2.2 million public land purchase.
Macalester has commissioned Ta-Coumba to create a campus inspired mural of global citizenship on the third floor of Markim Hall.
“Unlike so many liberal arts colleges, Mac is in an urban environment with lots of opportunities.”
Macalester cornerback, David Melms ’13, is one of 22 players selected nationally to be on the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Into the Streets
Into the Streets is the service-learning portion of orientation, in which all incoming freshman students participate in half-day service projects with community organizations. Into the Streets emphasizes the college’s commitment to service in a way that is accessible and relevant to students’ first experiences at Macalester, introducing them not only to various organizations and neighborhoods within the Twin Cities, but building a foundation for continued civic engagement and volunteerism.
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.
Students and Sustainability
Students at Macalester are making it possible for the campus to become carbon neutral by 2025.
Meet the Watsons
What could be more fun that a fully funded year of international study and travel? That’s what’s in store for Morgan Sleeper ’11 (Deland, Fla.) and Keren Yohannes ’11 (Louisville, Ky.), who were awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowships—one-year grants for independent study and travel outside the United States.
Investigate and Map It
Nolan Levenson '11 class Urban GIS research Indian reservations in Minnesota. The file project was presented to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The maps they developed are now available in at Native American Community Development Institute in Minneapolis on a large touch screen.
Natalie Locke '11 created the Sustainability Student Worker Network - which now includes 20 students, ensuring that program continues long after she graduates.
Building a Library
Waruiru Mburu '13 received a grant from the Live It Fund. Her project involves building a library at Bunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan and Needy school in Bunabumali village, Bududa District, Uganda.
Davis Peace Project
Winner of one of this year's Davis Projects for Peace grants, Rayanatou Laouali ’12, discusses her project to bring economic agency and sustainability to impoverished female peanut oil laborers in Niger.
Growing up in the Dallas suburbs, Matt Butler ’12 (Southlake, Texas) wasn’t politically active. Now, 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.