Record-breaking number of students apply to Macalester
6,109 students applied to be part of Macalester's Class of 2015, nearly 1,800 more than last year, setting a new record for the college. Of these applicants, 31.7 percent were admitted, a decrease from 42.5 percent last year.
Sociology Student Wins Recognition From Law and Society Association
Senior sociology major Emily Christie, of Indianapolis, Ind. has been selected for Honorable Mention by the Law and Society Association in the Association’s 2011 Undergraduate Student Prize Competition for her paper “Declaraciones de Deseo y Declaraciones de Realidad: State-Indigenous Relations and Intercultural-Bilingual Education in Peru and Guatemala.”
Two Macalester Students Finalists at National Competition
Rosie Glenn-Finer ’13, of San Francisco, Calif., and Rachel Lochner ’13 of Eagan, Minn., were selected as one of five finalist teams at the 2011 Debating for Democracy National Conference in New York City sponsored by Project Pericles. Debating for Democracy is a program in which students research, develop, and advocate public policy positions.
Two Macalester Students Win Goldwater Scholarships
Madeline Marshall '12, a junior from Hayward, Wis., and Colin Jarvis ‘13, a sophomore from St. Paul, Minn., have received Goldwater Scholarships which are awarded to students with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.
New American Citizens: Opportunities and Obligations for Somalis Fifth Annual Civic Forum
What does “New American Citizens: Opportunities and Obligations for Somalis” mean? Faculty and students will answer that question during the fifth annual Civic Forum at Macalester College from 6:30 to 9:40 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall at the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Davis Projects for Peace – Student project aims to expand women’s enterprise in Niger
A Macalester student from Niger has received a $10,000 grant to return this summer to her childhood home to help women there expand their peanut-processing business, allowing them to better provide for and educate their children.
Macalester College Presents “12 Ophelias: a play with broken songs”
The contemporary play “12 Ophelias: a play with broken songs,” by Caridad Svich, will be performed April 8 - 10 and 14 - 16 by Macalester College’s Theatre and Dance Department in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for seniors, and $2 for students. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat., April 8 - 9 and 2 p.m. Sun., April 10 and at 7:30 p.m., Thu. – Sat., April 14 - 16. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.
Two Seniors Receive Watson Dream Grants
Morgan Sleeper ‘11 of Deland, FL and Keren Yohannes ‘11, of Louisville, KY, have been awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowships. The fellowship, a one-year grant for independent study and travel outside of the United States, is awarded annually to graduating college/university seniors. This year the Foundation awarded 40 fellowships out of the 148 finalists who were nominated, and the awardees came from only 23 of the 40 colleges on the Watson roster. The fellows come from select private liberal arts colleges and universities.
Macalester Chaplain named President of Association of College and University Religious Affairs
Lucy Forster-Smith, Chaplain and Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life at Macalester College, has been named President of Association of College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA), a national organization of religious professionals serving institutions of higher learning. She is an ordained Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) minister and has been at Macalester since 1994
Macalester recognized for campus internationalization efforts
Macalester College has received the 2011 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The award, from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, recognizes campuses across the United States for its internationalization efforts.
Professor Hornbach Wins Thomas Jefferson Award
Dan Hornbach, the DeWitt Wallace Professor in Biology, has been awarded the 2011 Thomas Jefferson Award. The award was established in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor faculty members who exemplify the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Hornbach was selected by a committee of past Jefferson Award winners.
Macalester grants tenure to two faculty members
Macalester College has granted tenure status to Jamie Monson, professor in the History Department, and Roopali Phadke, associate professor of Environmental Studies Policy & Politics in the Environmental Studies Department.
Pushball at Macalester – a tradition – Founders Day
Pushball at noon, Friday, March 4, Macalester College, Old Main Lawn
Students Strive to “Build a Better Mac”
“How can we make Macalester better?” That’s the central question a new student-led initiative is addressing. Last fall more than 100 students came together to identify ways to strengthen the college and make it an even better place to live and learn. True to the spirit of their concern, they’re calling the effort ‘Build a Better Mac.’
Macalester College Presents Concert of Chinese Music
Macalester ethnomusicologist Chuen-Fung Wong and artistic director Eugene Rogers are collaborating on an evening of eclectic and inspiring vocal, dance, and instrumental performances from China for the college’s second biannual Songs of the Earth series. Conducted by Eugene Rogers, the multi-arts event will be held at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul.
Macalester Sociology Majors Sweep Prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions
Senior sociology majors Evelyn Daugherty, Jenny Evgenia Grinblo, and Morgen Chang have won the top three prizes awarded in the Forty-eighth Annual Midwest Sociological Society Student Paper Competition. Daugherty and Grinblo were co-awarded first prize and Chang received third prize.
What is to be Done? Activist Scholarship for a World in Crisis
"What is to be Done? Activist Scholarship for a World in Crisis" is the topic keynote speaker Ruth Wilson Gilmore will address at the Twelfth Annual American Studies Conference, 6 p.m., Thursday, February 10, in Alexander G. Hill Ballroom in Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Her talk is free and open to the public.
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.
Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents “Antigone”
“Antigone,” adapted from Sophocles by Bertolt Brecht and translated by Judith Malina, will be performed by Macalester College’s Theatre and Dance Department in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater February 17–19 at 7:30 p.m. and February 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.
Paper about Minnesota iron miners wins first place national award for Macalester alumna
The Mesabi Iron Range in Northeastern Minnesota is a long way from Rose Friedman’s hometown of Newton, Mass., but the 2010 Macalester graduate felt passionately about the area and its early miners. So much so that her essay, "The IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) and the Mesabi Miners, 1916-1917," won the 2010 Barbara Wertheimer Prize for the best paper by an undergraduate student on a topic in labor or work history. Her paper was written for the History senior seminar in the fall of 2009. The prize carries a cash award of $250.00.
Macalester Receives $150,000 Grant From F.R. Bigelow Foundation
Macalester College has received a $150,000 grant from the F. R. Bigelow Foundation to support the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center renovation and expansion. The two-phase project, which begins this month, will expand and update the center’s facilities and enhance opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration between the arts and the broader campus community.