IMAGINE BEING DROPPED into the middle of a South American country with a week to make your way to four remote villages, find housing and food in them for volunteers, meet the decision leaders, and determine each community’s major need.
Taking on Teeth
With three summers of National Science Foundation research programs and a semester in a Macalester biochemistry lab on his resume, Xu Han ’10 is attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
Twin Genetics Research
Evan Welo ’09 is working on one of the world's preeminent twins studies. For Welo, who majored in psychology, working for the Minnesota Twin Family Study is the culmination of valuable research experiences during his time at Macalester.
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.
Making it at Microsoft
Less than a year after donning his cap and gown, David Klock ’10 is putting in 12-hour days at Microsoft. And loving it.
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.
Emma Locatelli '11 spent a semester studying geology and music in Cork, Ireland. She is now at Yale University, pursuing a PhD in geology.
Macalester receives Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Macalester College for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification. The classification was awarded after an extensive review of the college’s community engagement locally, nationally and globally. Macalester is one of only 27 baccalaureate colleges nationally to have achieved the classification since it began in 2006. Since that time, a total of 311 colleges and universities have received the classification.
In the Fast Lane
Zeid Habayeb '11 got an internship at Atlantic Records, New York City, through a Macalester alumnus.
The question is this: Will temperature and CO2 continue to share the same pattern in the future that they have shared for the last 600,000 years? If so, it's going to warm up very quickly, given how much higher the atmospheric CO2 concentration is now.
When Disaster Strikes
If an F3 tornado touches down in southwestern Minnesota striking the region’s major hospital, are there enough beds in secondary facilities to handle the patients? Or will mobile medical units need to be dispatched? Who is responsible for such determinations? Who delegates and coordinates efforts in a disaster?
Thinking About Theater
Did you know that the Twin Cities have more theater seats per capita than anywhere but New York? I’ve occupied at least six of those seats in one semester, and I’m not even a theater major.
Ringing in 2011 with alumni support
After a calendar year-end push that yielded more than 6,000 calls to Macalester alumni and friends, the Annual Fund ended the year strong, with 2,187 gifts in December alone. Since June 1, the start of our fiscal year, Annual Fund has raised nearly $2 million, which is $53,000 more than the same period last year. To date, the Annual Fund is more than halfway toward its goal of fundraising $3.6 million by the end of the fiscal year on May 31.
In the Write
Two recent geography alumni have published papers based on research they did with Geography Professor William Moseley while they were at Macalester.
"Between us we held eight mosquito nets and a safety box. In front of Kader sat an old cardboard box full of syringes, vitamin A supplements, and children’s vaccination records," writes Elissa Butler about her study abroad experience and research on polio.