July, 2014

June, 2014

Macalester President receives $250,000 senior presidential leadership grant from the Mellon Foundation

Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg has been awarded a $250,000 senior presidential leadership grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support initiatives arising from the college’s strategic planning process. The grant, which is made by invitation only, will start in September 2014 and end in August 2017.

Who the Enemy Is

The research of Mellon Mays scholar Christine Ohenewah ’15 explores tensions between Africans and African Americans.

Kids Books, Bolivian Style

Kyle Coombs ’14 spent his study abroad semester compiling a trilingual children’s book.

Into the Archives

Creative learning approach leads to Mellon Foundation grant.

Macalester Names Gary D. Martin Chief Investment Officer

Gary D. Martin will become Macalester's Chief Investment Officer, effective July 14. As CIO, Martin will oversee the college’s $746 million endowment, which ranks 18th among U.S. liberal arts colleges. The endowment supports financial aid for students, and academic and co-curricular programs, among other college priorities.

Music Entrepreneur

A recent Macalester grad is working on a platform to help music fans discover and share new talent.

First-Year Standout

Distance runner Kimber Meyer ’17 makes her mark.

Film Star

A short film by Mac alum Annie Silverstein ’01 wins first place at Cannes Film Festival.

Studying Science in Norway

Charlotte Martinkus ’14 was delighted to find a program that allowed her to study in Europe while pursuing a physics degree.

Rethinking the World Cup

A soccer fan takes a serious look at the World Cup.

Talking with Farmers

Book by EcoHouse residents raises awareness about small-scale growers.

Alumni Win Science Grants

Six recent Macalester grads win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships to support explorations into subjects ranging from stars to monkeys.

May, 2014

Promoting Global Music

Mackenzie Martin ’16 enjoyed everything about working as a marketing intern for Minneapolis’s Cedar Cultural Center.

Fulbright Fellow

Portuguese and Spanish speaker Anne Huber ’14 will spend a year teaching English in Brazil.

Grad School Prep

Michelle Lee ’14 won a summer internship that helps students prepare for graduate school.

Professor’s book wins "Importance in Increasing the Awareness of Human Rights" Award

English Professor James Dawes’ book Evil Men recently won the "Importance in Increasing the Awareness of Human Rights" award at the International Human Rights Book Awards in Vienna, Austria.

Eight honored at Macalester Reunion

What do a writer, the former president of the National Council of Black American Affairs, a Princeton Economics and Public Affairs professor, a math teacher/athletic director/assistant principal and coach, a Macalester Geography professor, a practicing artist and professor, the owner of Wet Paint Artists’ Materials and Framing and the executive director of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women have in common? They are all Macalester alumni who were honored in June during reunion weekend.

Pres. Brian Rosenberg to be honored with World Savvy’s Distinguished Global Educator Award, May 29

Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg has been selected to receive the World Savvy Distinguished Global Educator Award. This award is presented each year in recognition and celebration of individuals who have made a significant contribution to global learning for students and teachers in their career, as a practitioner, leader or policy maker.

Pipe Plaid

The story behind the pipers that add the mood at Mac

Public Health Prize

Macalester’s team won a top prize in their first appearance at Public Health Scholar Bowl.

Russian Social Media

Mac students gain real world experience at Russian business conference in St. Paul.

Baseball Stats

Justin Sims '14 did research on Major League Baseball drafts.

Macalester Professor Emeritus’ Book Launch and Celebration May 9

Macalester’s DeWitt Wallace Library, in cooperation with the Theatre and Dance Department, will celebrate Professor Emeritus Sears Eldredge’s book, Captive Audiences/Captive Performers, Music and Theatre as Strategies for Survival on the Thailand-Burma Railway 1942-1945, at 4:45 p.m., Fri., May 9, in the library’s Harmon Room.

New Galaxy Discovered

Erik Alfvin ’15 has discovered a new galaxy as revealed in a recently published paper co-authored with Macalester astronomy professor John Cannon and others.

Q & Artist

Samantha Leopold-Sullivan talks about her artwork.

Nepalese Sojourn

Tibetan and Himalayan People program is life changing for Macalester junior.

German and Russian Studies Professor Kiarina Kordela Wins Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award

Professor of German in the Department of German and Russian Studies and Director of the Critical Theory Program Kiarina Kordela has been awarded the 2014 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.”

National Champion

Renee Jordan '14 wrapped up her Macalester diving career with a national title.

Sociology Capstones

Every year seniors do capstone projects that requires intense work. Some sociology majors share their projects.

Poetry Reading

Ghassan Zaqtan & Fady Joudah

End of life care in the U.S.

Anna Schmitz '14 delves into this sensitive issue for her capstone.

April, 2014

Sherman Fairchild Foundation awards Macalester $487K for scientific equipment

The Sherman Fairchild Foundation has awarded Macalester College a four-year, $487K grant for scientific equipment to enhance the college’s imaging resources. The equipment will be used in courses and research opportunities across multiple departments.

No Boots

Education Rock Stars

Paying it Forward

Student Science Grant

The Art of the Deal

Innocents Abroad

Track Team Togetherness

Brazilian Drumming

What I Learned

Artistic Vision

Students share their joy at seeing the new building open its doors.

Macalester Student Receives U.S. State Dept. CLS to study critical need language

Abigail Stowe-Thurston ’16, of Northampton, Mass., has been awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study critical languages this summer. She will study Azerbaijani.

Five Macalester Graduating Seniors Receive Fulbrights

Five Macalester Seniors received Fulbrights.

Macalester Senior receives Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

What Political Science major Leila Malow '14 learned as a 2013 Chuck Green Fellow led the senior to DC this summer to gain skills and experience in social justice, anti-hunger, anti-poverty, and anti-racism work.

Theatre and Dance Department presents Fleet/ing the 2014 Spring Dance Concert

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Fleet/ing the 2014 Spring Dance Concert, with new works choreographed and performed by students with faculty guidance. Performances are at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., on Fri., April 25 at 7 p.m. and Sun., April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Macalester Board approves naming new Studio Art Building after alumna Joan Mondale

The Macalester College Board of Trustees has unanimously approved naming the new Studio Art building on campus after alumna Joan Mondale. The building will be officially called the “Joan Adams Mondale Hall of Studio Art.” Mondale graduated from Macalester in 1952. The trustees approved the naming last month.