Author Daniel Gilbert to Speak at Opening Convocation Sept. 4
Author Daniel Gilbert, bestselling author of Stumbling on Happiness and professor of psychology at Harvard University, will speak at Macalester’s opening convocation at 11:30 a.m., Thu., Sept. 4, in the Alumni Gymnasium in the Leonard Center. The topic of his talk is “Stumbling on Happiness.”
Macalester Names Rev. Kelly J. Stone Chaplain and Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life
Rev. Kelly J. Stone has been named Chaplain and Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life at Macalester College and will begin her new duties at the end of this month. Stone will oversee the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, which includes student religious groups, programs and events, and Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel.
Macalester President receives $250,000 senior presidential leadership grant from the Mellon Foundation
Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg has been awarded a $250,000 senior presidential leadership grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support initiatives arising from the college’s strategic planning process. The grant, which is made by invitation only, will start in September 2014 and end in August 2017.
Macalester Names Gary D. Martin Chief Investment Officer
Gary D. Martin will become Macalester's Chief Investment Officer, effective July 14. As CIO, Martin will oversee the college’s $746 million endowment, which ranks 18th among U.S. liberal arts colleges. The endowment supports financial aid for students, and academic and co-curricular programs, among other college priorities.
Professor’s book wins “Importance in Increasing the Awareness of Human Rights” Award
English Professor James Dawes’ book Evil Men recently won the "Importance in Increasing the Awareness of Human Rights" award at the International Human Rights Book Awards in Vienna, Austria.
Eight honored at Macalester Reunion
What do a writer, the former president of the National Council of Black American Affairs, a Princeton Economics and Public Affairs professor, a math teacher/athletic director/assistant principal and coach, a Macalester Geography professor, a practicing artist and professor, the owner of Wet Paint Artists’ Materials and Framing and the executive director of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women have in common? They are all Macalester alumni who were honored in June during reunion weekend.
Pres. Brian Rosenberg to be honored with World Savvy’s Distinguished Global Educator Award, May 29
Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg has been selected to receive the World Savvy Distinguished Global Educator Award. This award is presented each year in recognition and celebration of individuals who have made a significant contribution to global learning for students and teachers in their career, as a practitioner, leader or policy maker.
Macalester Professor Emeritus’ Book Launch and Celebration May 9
Macalester’s DeWitt Wallace Library, in cooperation with the Theatre and Dance Department, will celebrate Professor Emeritus Sears Eldredge’s book, Captive Audiences/Captive Performers, Music and Theatre as Strategies for Survival on the Thailand-Burma Railway 1942-1945, at 4:45 p.m., Fri., May 9, in the library’s Harmon Room.
German and Russian Studies Professor Kiarina Kordela Wins Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award
Professor of German in the Department of German and Russian Studies and Director of the Critical Theory Program Kiarina Kordela has been awarded the 2014 Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award that recognizes “a faculty member who has been identified by colleagues and students as exemplifying the teaching goals of Macalester College.”
Sherman Fairchild Foundation awards Macalester $487K for scientific equipment
The Sherman Fairchild Foundation has awarded Macalester College a four-year, $487K grant for scientific equipment to enhance the college’s imaging resources. The equipment will be used in courses and research opportunities across multiple departments.
Macalester Student Receives U.S. State Dept. CLS to study critical need language
Abigail Stowe-Thurston ’16, of Northampton, Mass., has been awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study critical languages this summer. She will study Azerbaijani.
Five Macalester Graduating Seniors Receive Fulbrights
Macalester graduating seniors, Jon Dahl, Rebecca Galey, and Charles Nesler have received Fulbright English Teaching Assistant awards to work in Germany, and Anne Huber has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award to work in Brazil. Sarah Rasmussen received a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Nepal.
Macalester Senior receives Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
Leila Malow ’14, of Laveen, Ariz., has been selected as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow. Malow is part of the 21st class of the Emerson National Hunger Fellows.
Theatre and Dance Department presents Fleet/ing the 2014 Spring Dance Concert
The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Fleet/ing the 2014 Spring Dance Concert, with new works choreographed and performed by students with faculty guidance. Performances are at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., on Fri., April 25 at 7 p.m. and Sun., April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.
Macalester Board approves naming new Studio Art Building after alumna Joan Mondale
The Macalester College Board of Trustees has unanimously approved naming the new Studio Art building on campus after alumna Joan Mondale. The building will be officially called the “Joan Adams Mondale Hall of Studio Art.” Mondale graduated from Macalester in 1952. The trustees approved the naming last month.
Partners in Health’s Paul Farmer to speak at Macalester Commencement
Physician and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer will deliver the commencement address at the 2014 Macalester College graduation ceremony. Lucy Andrews, of Plymouth, Minn., is the senior class speaker. Andrews is a Geology major and captain of the Women's Track and Field Team.
Sociology student awarded a top place in national competition
Macalester senior Mara Aussendorf of Bainbridge Island, Wash., has won third place in the 2014 national Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Paper Competition with her paper titled “The Birdhouse and the Bee Hive: Parents’ Navigation of Successful Sexual Socialization.” Alpha Kappa Delta, the honors society for sociology, sponsors the annual undergraduate paper competition that receives entries from across the country. This award marks the fourth consecutive year that Macalester sociology majors have earned the top prizes from Alpha Kappa Delta.