September, 2012

August, 2012

July, 2012

June, 2012

Macalester receives grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study aging

Macalester College, McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, and the University of Minnesota have received a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study aging. The grant, totaling about $200,000, will allow the researchers, over a period of three years, to study survival analysis as it relates to aging.

Muñoz receives Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship

Alicia Muñoz, an assistant professor in Hispanic Studies, has received the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for junior faculty.

Annual Fund closes fiscal year by surpassing $3 million

The final results are still being tallied, but all signs point to another successful fiscal year for Macalester’s Annual Fund, thanks to loyal support from the college’s donor community. By late May, the Annual Fund had raised more than $3 million, and a push led by staff and volunteers generated more online gifts in the last two days of May than in any other two-day window in Macalester’s history. Alumni, parents and friends helped ongoing fundraising initiatives flourish and also rallied several classes to new participation records.

Three Macalester faculty to participate in ACM-Mellon SAIL Seminar

Andrew Billing, French and Francophone Studies, Scott Legge, Anthropology, and Eric Wiertelak, Psychology and Director of Neuroscience Studies, will participate as a team representing the humanities, social and natural sciences at an ACM-Mellon Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL) in July titled “Considering Animals.”

May, 2012

Rhodes Wins Radcliffe Fellowship

Jane Rhodes, American studies professor and Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, has been awarded a coveted year-long fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

Macalester receives $1.3M grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Macalester has received a $1.3M, four-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in support of undergraduate science education. Macalester, one of 47 small colleges and universities in the United States to receive a HHMI award, will use the funding to promote curricular innovation and to provide local and global research experiences for students. Macalester’s application was considered along with 181 other submissions in this national competition.

Eight to be honored at Annual Macalester Reunion in June

Former NY/NJ Port Authority executive and national expert on abuse are Two of eight to be honored at Annual Macalester Reunion in June. They are a former NY/NJ Port Authority executive director, a national expert on abuse, a football coach, an actor and mentor, and an advocate at the Special Court in Sierra Leone. But one thing they all have in common is that they are all Macalester alumni who will be honored in June during reunion weekend.

Macalester and Carleton receive grant from MHS to study Minnesota’s environmental history – Joint conference in June

Chris Wells, associate professor of environmental studies at Macalester, and George Vrtis, assistant professor of environmental studies and history at Carleton College, have received a grant of $102,522 from the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) to advance research focused on the environmental history of Minnesota.

Macalester alum Charles Baxter wins prestigious Rea Award for the Short Story

Charles Baxter, a 1969 Macalester graduate and fiction writer, has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, a lifetime achievement honor.

Macalester students receive U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships

Salman Haji ’14 from Albuquerque, N.M., and Patrick Snyder ’13 from Versailles, Ky., have been awarded U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical languages this summer. Both will study Arabic.

Geology Professor Ray Rogers Wins the Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award

Geology Prof. Ray Rogers has been awarded the 2012 Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award which recognizes “a faculty member who has been identified by colleagues and students as exemplifying the teaching goals of Macalester College.”

April, 2012

Four Macalester Graduating Seniors Receive Fulbrights

Four Macalester Graduating Seniors Receive Fulbrights Keith Armstrong, Tyler Martinson, Kaitlin Roh and Ann Stromgren have all received Fulbright Awards to work in Colombia, Morocco, Jordan and Germany later this year.

Westminster Presbyterian Church Establishes Endowed Scholarship at Macalester

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minn., has established a $350,000 endowed scholarship at Macalester College. The scholarship will support a qualified Macalester student who is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Theatre and Dance Department Presents “Battles and Bodies” Spring Dance Concert April 27-28

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents “Battles and Bodies,” a Spring Dance Concert composed of original works choreographed by eight students and guest artist/Macalester alumna Mikari Suzuki, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Performances are Friday, April 27th at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, April 28th at 2 PM as well as 7:30 PM. Admission: General $7 Senior Citizens (62+) and groups $5. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Jack Weatherford to Speak at Macalester Commencement

Jack Weatherford, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Anthropology, will deliver the commencement speech for the 2012 graduation ceremony. The title of his talk is "Macalester Lessons." Yeukai Mudzi is the senior class speaker. Mudzi, from Zimbabwe, is an Economics major with a minor in Anthropology. Commencement will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the college. Macalester will be streaming commencement at macalester.edu/commencement/ Check back for updates.

Classics Professor Overman Wins Thomas Jefferson Award

J. Andrew Overman, the Harry M. Drake Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Fine Arts in Classics, was awarded the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Award.

Macalester Sociology Students Awarded Top Two Places in National Competition for Second Year in a Row

Senior sociology majors Jeremy Carp and Diego Melo have been selected as the First Place and Second Place winners, respectively, for the 2012 Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Paper Competition. Alpha Kappa Delta, the honors society for sociology, sponsors the annual undergraduate paper competition which receives entries from across the country.

Macalester student projects will help provide safe water in Ethiopia and build a bike library in Quito, Ecuador

This year’s winner was Shahar Eberzhon ’12 of Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Macalester Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Andrew Bendelsmith ’13, a junior from West St. Paul, Minn., has received a Goldwater Scholarship which is awarded to students with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Battle of the Bands 2012

March, 2012

Macalester Senior Receives Watson Grant

Charlotte Fagan '12 from East Greenwich, R.I., will use her grant to go around the world and study women's bike movements.

Center for School Change “Returning to its Roots”

The Center for School Change (CSC) will be “returning to its roots” in K-12 education, becoming an affiliate of nationally known EdVisions. The move will take place June 1. CSC has been at Macalester College since January 2010. CSC works with district and charter public schools, community members and policy-makers to help promote higher achievement and broader civic involvement.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents “The Laramie Project” April 5-14

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theatre Project 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. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thu. - Sat., April 5 - 7, and Thu. - Sat., April 12 - 14 and also at 2 p.m. Sat., April 7. On April 14th at 2 p.m., there will be a special free symposium about the show in the MainStage Theatre. All are welcome. The Laramie Project is directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Harry Waters Jr. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Macalester mourns the death of Second Lt. Clovis Ray '99

Second Lt. Clovis T. Ray of Three Rivers, Texas, died March 15 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense confirmed Saturday. He was injured when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

"Rethinking Race & Class" featuring Lani Guinier, the 31st Mitau Endowed Lecturer

Lani Guinier, the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will talk about "Rethinking Race & Class" as the 31st Mitau Endowed Lecturer at Macalester College, Thursday, March 22nd in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Her talk begins at 4:45 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

February, 2012

Anthropology Major Receives Danish Institute for Study Abroad's Intercultural Leadership Award

Rachel Higgs '13, from Apple Valley, Minn., has won the Danish Institute for Study Abroad's Intercultural Leadership Award for her Anthropology research last semester.

“Economic and Social Justice In The 21st Century” Featuring Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Pres. of Bennett College

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President of Bennett College, will talk about “Economic and Social Justice In The 21st Century” as the keynote speaker for the 13th Annual American Studies Conference at Macalester College, Thursday, February 23rd in Kagin Commons, Alexander Hill Ballroom, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Her talk begins at 6 p.m.

Christy Hanson named Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship

Christy Hanson has been named Dean of Macalester College’s Institute for Global Citizenship.

Intimacy and Belonging: The Association between Sexual Activity and Depression among Older Adults

Kathryn Ganong, a 2010 Macalester alumnae and graduate student at Boston College, and Macalester Sociology Prof. Erik Larson have discovered sexual activity that typically incorporates other forms of physical intimacy has a robust association with lower depression for both women and men. In spite of popular perceptions that sex might matter more for men, they found no significant difference in this association between men and women. They recently published their findings in the journal Society and Mental Health.

Macalester senior Derek Ochi named AMGEN Fellow

Biology major Derek Ochi will work as a 2012 Teach For America Corps member and will receive a $3,000 grant to teach math and science.

Sociology Majors Awarded All Three Prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions

All three prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions went to Macalester students.

Macalester Earns Place on Peace Corps’ Annual Top Colleges Rankings

Since the Peace Corps began in 1961, 343 Macalester alumni have served, and for the seventh year in a row, Macalester has placed on the Peace Corps’ list of top colleges nationwide producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 18 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Macalester is No. 15 in this year’s rankings among small-sized colleges and universities.

January, 2012

Macalester College Presents Cellist Matt Haimovitz

Cellist Matt Haimovitz will perform for Macalester College students, staff, and friends at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2012 at Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, Minn.

Public Art Today: Beyond Murals, Monuments, and Memorials at Macalester

The symposium on public art at Macalester, “Public Art Today: Beyond Murals, Monuments, and Memorials,” explores different facets and tensions of contemporary public art as practiced in the United States today. The panelists will discuss how public art engages with issues of societal change, policy making, and environmental concerns, as well as how intellectual debates within the field have affected both the production and reception of public art in recent years. The symposium brings together artists, arts administrators, educators, and students in a discussion of the central issues in public art as they are unfolding today and its importance for particular communities and constituencies.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents "Stop Kiss"

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Stop Kiss, by Diana Son, 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. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday Feb. 17 and 18, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Feb. 23–25 and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. There will be a talk back following the Sunday matinee performance. Stop Kiss is directed by Cheryl Moore Brinkley, Visiting Instructor in the Theatre & Dance Department. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Exhibition - Overlook: Landscape Studies by Megan Vossler

Megan Vossler presents studies of the landscape in her exhibition “Overlook,” at the Macalester College Art Gallery, 1665 Princeton Ave., St. Paul, Minn., from Friday, February 3 through March 9, 2012. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6416 for more information. macalester.edu/gallery/

Anthropology Professor Jack Weatherford Honored in Mongolia

Weatherford will be the first recipient of the Jack Weatherford Prize and medal. more

Macalester grants tenure status to seven faculty members

Macalester College has granted tenure status to Vittorio Addona, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; Darcy Burgund, Psychology; Liang Ding, Economics; Laura Smith and Dan Trudeau, Geography; Christopher Wells, Environmental Studies and Chuen-Fung Wong, Music.

Macalester exceeds campaign goal raising over $156 million during difficult financial time

Macalester College has exceeded its original comprehensive campaign goal of $150 million for its Step Forward campaign, the largest in the college’s history. The public phase of the campaign, which ran from October 10, 2008 – December 31, 2011, raised over $156 million.

December, 2011

November, 2011