September, 2013

August, 2013

Macalester Chemistry Professor Named 2013 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

Macalester named Truman Foundation's 2013 Institution of Honor

Macalester has been named the Truman Foundation's 2013 Institution of Honor. Truman Scholarship Honor Institutions are selected on the basis of active encouragement of outstanding young people to pursue careers in public services, effective promotion of the Truman program on their campus and sustained success in helping their students win Truman Scholarships.

Poet Richard Blanco to Speak at Macalester Opening Convocation September 11

Richard Blanco, inaugural poet for President Barack Obama and author of several acclaimed books, will speak at Macalester’s opening convocation at 4:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 11, in the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons. Blanco will also be awarded an honorary degree.

Nine Tenure-Track Professors Join Macalester

Eight new tenure-track faculty members have joined Macalester this fall. They are Morgan Adamson (Media & Cultural Studies), Peter Bognanni (English), Julia Chadaga (Russian Studies), Steve Guglielmo (Psychology), Zeynep Gürsel (International Studies), Rebecca (Rivi) Handler-Spitz (Asian Languages and Cultures), Arthur Mitchell (Asian Languages and Cultures) and Marcos Eduardo Ortega (Biology). David Shuman (Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science) will join the MSCS faculty in January 2014.

New Music at Macalester presents the ETHEL string quartet performing “GRACE”

Since its founding in 1998, the string quartet ETHEL has been a musical pioneer. They’ll perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, in Mairs Concert Hall, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, Minn. They are part of Macalester’s New Music Series, sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation.


Cosmochemistry students unravel the mysteries of the solar system from behind a scanning electron microscope in Olin-Rice.

Math Whizzes

Success for the new Applied Math and Statistics (AMS) track for math majors.

July, 2013

Emotional Labor

“Emotional Labor” is from a short story in progress by Peter Bognanni ’01, who has been a visiting professor in the English Department for several years.

A Sense of Place

Connecting students to the community is a growing part of Macalester’s mission.

Guiding a Poet’s Press

Editor Jeffrey Shotts ’96 is the force behind the recent success of Minnesota’s Graywolf Press.

The Wine Makers

Making It Through The Week

Steve Kotok ’92 is CEO of a successful upstart newsweekly. And he began his journey there selling hummus for Old City Café.

Mental Health Advocate

Sue Abderholden ’76 advocates for the 1 in 4 Americans diagnosed with a mental illness.

Community-Based Theatres

Building giant, colorful puppets. Devising complex performances in groups. Listening and learning from each other. These are all essential parts of Professor Harry Waters’s Community-based Theatres class.


When Mark Thomson studied at Oxford University, he expected hints of Hogwarts. But he never anticipated how much he’d accomplish there.

The Capacity for Empathy

Macalester 2013 alumna is delegate to 65th Japan-America Student Conference

From July 25 to August 19, Kelly Lynn Cargos ’13 from Orange, Conn., will take part in the prestigious Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), the world’s longest running student-led exchange program between the two countries. Cargos will join a group of 70 college students, half from Japan and half from the U.S., traveling around Japan and discussing some of the most pressing issues concerning both countries.

Football and Fine Arts

John Verkuilen ’13, a four-year football player for Macalester, also sang in and co-led the student a cappella group Off Kilter.

The Fire Department and Facebook

Courtney Nussbaumer ’13 recently worked as a social media intern for the St. Paul Fire Department.

Singapore Semester

Physics major Chris Krapu ’13 was Mac’s first student to study in Singapore through a new exchange program.

Hunger Games: The Course

An American studies professor bases her popular new class on a successful young adult trilogy.

Macalester Board Elects Two New Members

The Macalester College Board of Trustees has elected two new trustees: Dr. Patricia Elizabeth Hume, a physician at the San Francisco Free Clinic in San Francisco, Calif., and Aukse Jurkute, an investment banker for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London, England. Both have been elected to three-year terms that begin in October. They replace outgoing trustees Melvin Collins of St. Paul, Minn., and Per von Zelowitz of Summit, N.J.

June, 2013

Recent Macalester faculty award winners

Several Macalester faculty members have recently received grants or fellowships.

Volunteers of America - Minnesota welcomes Macalester professor to board of directors

Volunteers of America-Minnesota (VOA-MN), a nonprofit health and human services organization, recently welcomed Macalester College American Studies Prof. Karin Aguilar-San Juan to its board of directors. Aguilar-San Juan is one of two new board members who will bring fresh perspectives and deep experience in restorative justice to an organization with a long history of helping ex-offenders and at-risk teens.

Community Cooking

Understanding the role geography plays in community health led Carey Hert ’13 to play with her food with a Minneapolis community

Interning for the Bureau

Working with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension gave Collin Calvert ’13 a new outlook on law enforcement.

Macalester marks new Annual Fund, Reunion records

This month, Macalester marked new milestones in the Annual Fund and at Reunion, thanks to its network of alumni, parents, and friends.

Studying in Siberia

While studying in Siberia, Ingrid Korsgard ’13 combined her interests in health and environmental studies with her passion for Russia.

Art in Russia

Jacob Rath '13 explores art in Russia during a summer study abroad opportunity.

Macalester Math professor receives a SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) has chosen a paper co-written by Macalester Math Prof. Chad Topaz and Prof. Andrew Bernoff of Harvey Mudd College for one of three outstanding paper prizes in 2013. Their paper, A Primer of Swarm Equilibria, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems Vol. 10, Issue 1 (2011), pp. 212-250, will also reappear as a "SIGEST" article in SIAM Review, the society's flagship journal.

Professor to continue work in Mongolia with an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship

Macalester Geography Professor Holly Barcus has been awarded a New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to acquire additional language and cultural training to more fully extend her work on migration in Mongolia.

Macalester Sociology Graduate Wins National Paper Competition

The American Sociological Association: Sociology of Law Section has given its Undergraduate Paper Award to Mary Pheng of Richfield, Minn., a 2013 Macalester Sociology graduate. Pheng received the award for her paper “The Bureaucratic Savior: How Human Service Professionals Allocate Rights to Noncitizens.” The award will be presented during the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association this August in New York.

Three Weeks for America

While helping under-resourced schools, Christian Smith ’15 and Katie Soo ’13 also tested their own interest in teaching.

Language Houses

There’s no better way to learn a foreign language than immersing yourself in it. Macalester’s six language houses make that possible.

History and Evolution of the Earth

First-year students seek clues from Minnesota’s rock record.

Researching refugee response

When Angela Butel chose to write about Cameroonian refugees for a Macalester class project, she didn’t know that she would be one of the first people to tackle the subject.

May, 2013

Macalester Student Awarded 2013 Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Eight to be honored at Macalester Reunion in June

An EPA Administrator and a London-based Venture Philanthropist are two of eight to be honored at Macalester Reunion in June.

Math professor named AMS Congressional Fellow and elected to new position at MAA

Prof. Karen Saxe has been named the American Mathematical Society (AMS) 2013-14 Congressional Fellow.

Recent Macalester student award winners

Several Macalester students have recently received scholarships or fellowships.

Music professor receives McKnight Composition Fellowship

Music Prof. Randy Bauer has received a McKnight Composition Fellowship, funded by the McKnight Foundation. He is one of four recipients. The American Composers Forum made the announcement.

Five Macalester Graduating Seniors and One Alumna Receive Fulbrights

Macalester graduating seniors Kelsey Austin-King, Wren Brennan, Sarah Horowitz, Sarah Koehler and Elizabeth Nelson and alumna Julia Hechler have all received Fulbright Awards to work in Columbia, Brazil, China, Sri Lanka, Germany and France.

A Peek at Public Health

When a meningitis outbreak occurred, intern Alexia Malaga ’14 watched Minnesota Department of Health workers spring into action.

Engaging with Faith

Once determined to avoid matters religious, Kyle Coombs ’14 has found a home at Mac’s Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Fossils at the Smithsonian

Alexandra Lawrence ’14 interned at the National Museum of Natural History, creating replicas of 75 million-year-old fossils.