Macalester named Truman Foundation’s 2013 Institution of Honor
Macalester has been named the Truman Foundation's 2013 Institution of Honor. Truman Scholarship Honor Institutions are selected on the basis of active encouragement of outstanding young people to pursue careers in public services, effective promotion of the Truman program on their campus and sustained success in helping their students win Truman Scholarships.
Poet Richard Blanco to Speak at Macalester Opening Convocation September 11
Richard Blanco, inaugural poet for President Barack Obama and author of several acclaimed books, will speak at Macalester’s opening convocation at 4:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 11, in the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons. Blanco will also be awarded an honorary degree.
Nine Tenure-Track Professors Join Macalester
Eight new tenure-track faculty members have joined Macalester this fall. They are Morgan Adamson (Media & Cultural Studies), Peter Bognanni (English), Julia Chadaga (Russian Studies), Steve Guglielmo (Psychology), Zeynep Gürsel (International Studies), Rebecca (Rivi) Handler-Spitz (Asian Languages and Cultures), Arthur Mitchell (Asian Languages and Cultures) and Marcos Eduardo Ortega (Biology). David Shuman (Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science) will join the MSCS faculty in January 2014.
New Music at Macalester presents the ETHEL string quartet performing “GRACE”
Since its founding in 1998, the string quartet ETHEL has been a musical pioneer. They’ll perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, in Mairs Concert Hall, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, Minn. They are part of Macalester’s New Music Series, sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation.
Macalester 2013 alumna is delegate to 65th Japan-America Student Conference
From July 25 to August 19, Kelly Lynn Cargos ’13 from Orange, Conn., will take part in the prestigious Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), the world’s longest running student-led exchange program between the two countries. Cargos will join a group of 70 college students, half from Japan and half from the U.S., traveling around Japan and discussing some of the most pressing issues concerning both countries.
Macalester Board Elects Two New Members
The Macalester College Board of Trustees has elected two new trustees: Dr. Patricia Elizabeth Hume, a physician at the San Francisco Free Clinic in San Francisco, Calif., and Aukse Jurkute, an investment banker for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London, England. Both have been elected to three-year terms that begin in October. They replace outgoing trustees Melvin Collins of St. Paul, Minn., and Per von Zelowitz of Summit, N.J.
Recent Macalester faculty award winners
Several Macalester faculty members have recently received grants or fellowships.
Volunteers of America – Minnesota welcomes Macalester professor to board of directors
Volunteers of America-Minnesota (VOA-MN), a nonprofit health and human services organization, recently welcomed Macalester College American Studies Prof. Karin Aguilar-San Juan to its board of directors. Aguilar-San Juan is one of two new board members who will bring fresh perspectives and deep experience in restorative justice to an organization with a long history of helping ex-offenders and at-risk teens.
Macalester Math professor receives a SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has chosen a paper co-written by Macalester Math Prof. Chad Topaz and Prof. Andrew Bernoff of Harvey Mudd College for one of three outstanding paper prizes in 2013. Their paper, A Primer of Swarm Equilibria, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems Vol. 10, Issue 1 (2011), pp. 212-250, will also reappear as a "SIGEST" article in SIAM Review, the society's flagship journal.
Professor to continue work in Mongolia with an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
Macalester Geography Professor Holly Barcus has been awarded a New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to acquire additional language and cultural training to more fully extend her work on migration in Mongolia.
Macalester Sociology Graduate Wins National Paper Competition
The American Sociological Association: Sociology of Law Section has given its Undergraduate Paper Award to Mary Pheng of Richfield, Minn., a 2013 Macalester Sociology graduate. Pheng received the award for her paper “The Bureaucratic Savior: How Human Service Professionals Allocate Rights to Noncitizens.” The award will be presented during the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association this August in New York.
Eight to be honored at Macalester Reunion in June
An EPA Administrator and a London-based Venture Philanthropist are two of eight to be honored at Macalester Reunion in June.
Math professor named AMS Congressional Fellow and elected to new position at MAA
Prof. Karen Saxe has been named the American Mathematical Society (AMS) 2013-14 Congressional Fellow.
Recent Macalester student award winners
Several Macalester students have recently received scholarships or fellowships.
Music professor receives McKnight Composition Fellowship
Music Prof. Randy Bauer has received a McKnight Composition Fellowship, funded by the McKnight Foundation. He is one of four recipients. The American Composers Forum made the announcement.
Five Macalester Graduating Seniors and One Alumna Receive Fulbrights
Macalester graduating seniors Kelsey Austin-King, Wren Brennan, Sarah Horowitz, Sarah Koehler and Elizabeth Nelson and alumna Julia Hechler have all received Fulbright Awards to work in Columbia, Brazil, China, Sri Lanka, Germany and France.
Q & A with Kirsten Fristad ’05
Kirsten Fristad '05, NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center, visited the department in March to share her knowledge and insights with students. We took a moment to ask her some questions about her career in geology.
CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin to speak at Macalester Commencement
Lawyer, author and legal expert Jeffrey Toobin, a senior analyst for CNN Worldwide and a staff writer at The New Yorker, will deliver the commencement speech for the 2013 Macalester College graduation ceremony. Abass Noor is the senior class speaker. Noor, born in Somalia and raised in New Hope, Minn., is a Biology/Biochemistry major and Chemistry minor, with a Community and Global Health concentration.
Environmental Studies Professor Roopali Phadke Wins the Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award
Environmental Studies Professor Roopali Phadke has been awarded the 2013 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.”
Theatre and Dance Department presents RATIONS: A New Performance about Food and Eating
The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents RATIONS: A New Performance about Food and Eating, in site-specific locations around the campus and in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center on the Mainstage Theatre, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Site specific performances will begin at 6:30 p.m. and move to the Mainstage at 7:30 p.m. on April 12, 13, 18, and 19; site specific performances begin at 1 p.m. and move to the Mainstage at 2 p.m. on April 14. All performances are free. For more information, call 651-696-6359.