March, 2013

Sociology student awarded a top place in national competition

Macalester senior IndiAna R. Gowland of Mill Valley, Calif., has won third place in the 2013 national Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Paper Competition with her paper titled “No Boys/Girls Allowed: How Public Schools Respond to Uncertainty in Single-Gender Education.” 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 third consecutive year that Macalester sociology majors have earned the top prizes from Alpha Kappa Delta.

Student awarded a Boren Scholarship

David Goldstein ’16, from Sharon, Mass., has been awarded a Boren Scholarship. He'll be studying Arabic in Ifrane, Morocco, for nine weeks this summer on a full government scholarship.

Macalester student selected as a 2013 Frank Karel Fellow

Alvin Kim ’14, from Nashville, Tenn., has been selected as a 2013 Frank Karel Fellow. This is the first year Macalester was invited to make a nomination.

Art Professor Receives $30,000 Fellowship

Art Professor Christine Willcox has received a $30,000 fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation in Providence, R.I. She is one of nine recipients who represent the fields of the History of Art and Architecture, Painting, and Sculpture. Willcox’s project is called The Still Point.

Theatre Professor Receives NEA Grant

Theatre Prof. Harry Waters Jr., in partnership with Bedllam Theatre, has received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) $10,000 grant for the development of a new performance work, AKA: Father/Sons, exploring relationships between African-American fathers and sons around sexuality and sexual identity.

Macalester Graduating Senior Awarded Second Place in 2013 Presbyterian Outlook Church-College Partnership Award

Courtney Nussbaumer ’13, a graduating senior from Brookfield, Wis. double majoring in Political Science and Hispanic Studies with a Legal Studies Concentration, has been awarded second place for the 2013 Presbyterian Outlook Church-College Partnership Award. She wrote an essay based on the topic, “How my education at my PC (USA)-related college has prepared me for significant service and leadership.” Over 30 other students from colleges across the country entered this year, and a panel of judges assessed Nussbaumer’s to be one of the top essays.

Art Professor Godollei Wins Thomas Jefferson Award

Ruthann Godollei, Professor of Art, has been awarded the 2013 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. Godollei was selected by a committee of past Jefferson Award winners.

2013 Projects for Peace winners

Four Macalester students, Valentino Grbavac ‘15, Andrea Grimaldi ’16, Omar Mansour ’16 and Joseph Sengeh ‘16, have received grants to undertake projects for peace in two different regions of the world. One student will help improve the quality of education in the town of Ljubuški in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the other three will work in the Sierra Leonean community of Kpetema Village building toilets and new roofs while increasing awareness of healthy sanitation practices.

Macalester Professor Awarded American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 Literature Prize

One of 19 writers who’s been granted an American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 award in literature.

February, 2013

“International Law as Smart Power” 32nd Annual Mitau Lecture with Yale’s Harold Hongju Koh

International Law as Smart Power

Armed and not Dangerous: Jesus in Jerusalem, Arnold Lowe Lectureship with Yale’s Dale B. Martin

“Armed and not Dangerous: Jesus in Jerusalem,” is the title of Dale B. Martin’s talk for the Arnold Lowe Lecture, 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. It’s free and open to the public. For more information, call 651-696-6141.

The Oleg Jardetzky Lecture on Science, Culture, and Ethics With Emory’s Frans de Waal

"The Bonobo and the Atheist: Morality, Religion, and Prosocial, Primates," is the title of Frans B. M. de Waal’s talk for the annual Oleg Jardetzky Lecture on Science, Culture, and Ethics in Honor of Jim and Mary Engel and Robert Morgan, 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6141 for more information.

Macalester Connect+ Leadership Conference with Keynoter Fred Swaniker ’99

This weekend, February 23-24, Macalester is hosting a conference designed to bring together a diverse group of student leaders from colleges throughout the United States to serve as a launching pad for their individual projects. The conference is inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the United World College movement. For more information, go to Connect+ Schedule.

A Recital of New Music by Randy Bauer March 1 at Macalester

The concert is free and open to the public.

Allison Charney, soprano, and Mark Mazullo, piano in recital March 3

Recital Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m., Mairs Concert Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Mathematics students win four prizes at national meeting

Hossein Alidaee, Mike Reeks, and Maxray Savage developed their mathematics research last summer, mentored by Macalester math professors Andrew Beveridge, Dan Flath and Tom Halverson.

Macalester to host 14th annual American Studies Conference “Alternatives in a changing food world”

“Alternatives in a changing food world” is the topic University of Maryland Prof. Psyche Williams-Forson will discuss as the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual American Studies Conference at Macalester College, Feb.21-22. The conference also features a film screening of Byron Hurt’s Soul Food Junkies, a conversation with the filmmaker, and a food drive.

Macalester holds first-ever 24-hour Macathon

Macalester is holding its first-ever 24-hour Macathon, the college's first-ever "hackathon," beginning 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, ending at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Online: macathon

Climate-change expert Bill McKibben coming to St. Thomas and Macalester

Bill McKibben, one of the nation’s best-known environmental journalists and an expert on global warming, will visit the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College Feb. 20 and 21 for a series of lectures and programs titled “Celebrating and Preserving Winter: Responding to Climate Change in Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

Macalester earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings

For the eighth year in a row, Macalester College has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. With 15 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 18 and remains a solid source of individuals committed to making a difference at home and abroad. Since the agency was created in 1961, 350 Macalester graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

Sociology major wins second place in MSS Paper Competition

The Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) has awarded IndiAna Gowland ’13, of Mill Valley, Calif., second place in its 49th Annual Student Paper Competition.

January, 2013

Exhibition: "Ornament and Crime: Parastou Forouhar" in Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery

Iranian-born, internationally known artist, Parastou Forouhar, presented a solo exhibition at Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery.

Theatre and Dance Department Presents Hip Hop Hopes

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Hip Hop Hopes: What’s Going On? in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors and groups. There are two performances at 7 and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, February 15, 16, 22, & 23. Single performances are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, and 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21. Please make reservations as there is limited seating. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Leland and Kathleen Hansen Establish Geography Research Endowed Fund

Leland and Kathleen Hansen of St. Paul have established a $100,000 research endowed fund at Macalester College. It will be named the Leland and Kathleen Hansen Geography Research Endowed Fund and support student research in urban geography.

MN State Arts Board grants awarded to 10 Macalester people

The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded grants to eight Macalester alumni and two Art and Art History faculty members for 2013.

Grand Opening Jan. 30 featuring discounts, prizes and refreshments

Highlander, the official store for Macalester College, will host a Grand Opening celebration on Wednesday, January 30. Officially opening in its new location at 32 S. Snelling late last year, Highlander now offers longer hours and expanded product assortments – including robust selections of clothing, gifts, supplies, course materials, and more.

Macalester grants tenure status to seven faculty members

Macalester College has granted tenure status to the following seven faculty members: Andrew Beveridge, Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science; Sarah Boyer, Biology; John Cannon, Physics & Astronomy; Devavani Chatterjea, Biology; Kristi Curry Rogers, Biology & Geology; Christina Esposito, Linguistics; and Kathryn Splan, Chemistry.

Macalester College presents guitarist Bill Frisell

He the guest for Macalester’s New Music Series, sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation. 8 p.m., Friday, February 22, Mairs Concert Hall.

Macalester’s Art Commons on the cover of Architecture MN

Macalester's Arts Commons is on the cover of the Jan/Feb 2013 Architecture Minnesota with the caption: "A college arts commons brims with light and life." Inside, the issue features an interview with President Brian Rosenberg and six pages of the first phase of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center (JWFAC) renovation and expansion.

December, 2012

November, 2012

October, 2012

Facebook's head of consumer marketing elected to Macalester board

Rebecca Van Dyck, Facebook's first head of consumer marketing, has been elected to a three-year term to the Macalester College Board of Trustees. more

El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies

El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies “Transgressing Boundaries & Black Identities” Nov. 8-9, Macalester College

Theatre and Dance Department Presents Romeo and Juliet

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater.

Macalester Alumnus wins 2012 Hugo Award for comic “Digger”

Ursula Vernon '98, author of the popular children’s book series “Dragonbreath,” received her first nomination for a Hugo award for her comic “Digger.”

Macalester astrophysicist receives grant to study mysterious galaxies

In the world of astrophysics, the evolution of galaxies remains one of the great, unsolved mysteries. Macalester Professor John Cannon has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for over $295,000 to try to discover how a certain curious type of galaxy changes over time.

Macalester Receives $354,500 Mellon Grant for Student Fellowships

Macalester College has received a $354,500 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York to continue its Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program through the 2014-2015 academic year. Now in its twelfth year at Macalester, MMUF aims to reduce the serious underrepresentation of minorities in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning by encouraging minority students to earn PhDs.

Macalester College opposes Minnesota marriage amendment

Macalester College opposes Minnesota marriage amendment

Macalester’s Board of Trustees approves plans, timeline for studio art renovation and expansion

Macalester’s Board of Trustees approves plans, timeline for studio art renovation and expansion

Theatre and Dance Department Presents "Sing Protest, Sing Peace"

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Sing Protest, Sing Peace in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Admission is free. Performances are at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday October 12th and 13th, and Sunday, October 14th at 2 p.m. Sing Protest, Sing Peace is directed by guest director Isabel Nelson, ’04. For reservations call the box office at 651-696-6359.

Pianist Anton Kuerti Plays Beethoven in Macalester’s new Mairs Concert Hall

The Macalester Music Department and the Pulliam Endowment present pianist Anton Kuerti performing an all-Beethoven concert, 3 p.m., Sun., Oct. 14, in Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul. The concert is free and open to the public.

September, 2012

Macalester College Hosts International Roundtable on Globalization, Food, and Agriculture

Macalester College’s annual International Roundtable will this year feature the topic “Feeding the World: Globalization, Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century.” It will be held Thursday, Oct. 11 and Friday, Oct. 12 in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Presentations start at 11:15 a.m. on Oct. 11 and workshops at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 12. A full schedule can be found at macalester.edu/internationalroundtable.

Global Friends

50th Anniversary of United World Colleges—and its Relationship with Macalester—Celebrated

Macalester Completes $33.8M first phase of Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Expansion and Renovation

Macalester College has completed the first phase of a comprehensive renovation and expansion of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, ushering in a new era for the arts at Macalester. Construction began in January 2011 and was completed in July 2012.

Harriet Bart Exhibition “Between Echo and Silence” first in Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery

Harriet Bart, a well-established conceptual artist who works in a wide-range of media, will present the first solo exhibition at Macalester College’s Law Warschaw Gallery in the newly renovated and expanded Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. The exhibition, “Between Echo and Silence,” opens Sun., Oct. 7 and is curated by Joanna Inglot, chair and associate professor of Macalester’s Art and Art History department.