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.
IMAGINE BEING DROPPED into the middle of a South American country with a week to make your way to four remote villages, find housing and food in them for volunteers, meet the decision leaders, and determine each community’s major need.
Macalester College 6th in Placing Peace Corps Volunteers
For the sixth year in a row, Macalester has placed on the Peace Corps’ list of top colleges nationally producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 22 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Macalester is No. 6 in this year’s rankings among small-sized colleges and universities (tied with Johns Hopkins), moving up from No. 7 in 2010, and No. 9 two years ago.
Kaitlyn Arctander in Russia
I spent the summer working as a volunteer at a children’s camp in the Russian countryside. I taught English classes and worked as a counselor at a camp called Computeria—a technology camp.
Global Model United Nations
In August, two Macalester students, Anja Crowder '13 and Yiting Wang '12, were invited to attend the Global Model United Nations conference, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference, sponsored by the United Nations, brings together a select group of students from around the world to learn about global issues by acting in the role of diplomats who must negotiate with other countries to achieve a goal or develop resolutions on a specific issue.
Banking on Experience
Investment banking in New York—capital markets, leveraged buyouts, mathematical modeling. Course concepts quickly become the realities of daily life when, like three Mac seniors, you are investment banking summer interns in New York.
In the Philippines
Two months ago, I completed my study abroad in Nanjing, China. Since then, I have spent time in the Philippines working on an island where the most important industry is sugarcane and sugar. I have been volunteering on a small farm.
Obesity & the Minnesota State Fair
In this episode of Macalester Talks, Professor Jaine Strauss talks about what makes overeating at certain festivities, such as the state fair, seem ok. Strauss is chair of the Psychology Department. Her research focuses on body image, eating disorders, mood and conceptions of self.
Soham Banerji ’10
Soham Banerji '10 was one of 50 student micro-finance leaders chosen from around the world to attend the Africa-Middle East Regional Micro-Credit Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
Live it Fund
How can we harness the energy and connections that define our moment and place in global historical processes to ensure that all of us flourish?