October, 2013

All the Right Moves

Jon Chen ’11 first learned to dance at Macalester. Now he’s showing his ballroom skills on the national stage.

Keeping Secrets

Amazon tracks your purchases. Google sifts your email. And Uncle Sam may be monitoring your international calls. Is privacy even possible in the age of the Internet?

Ten Years

President Wilson

Kai Wilson ’14 (West Hartford, Conn.) never took part in student government in high school, but he’s now the president of the Macalester College Student Government (MCSG).

The Anxious, Empathic Writer

Wiffle Ball Hero

A Gazelle and Flesh-Eating Beetles

9 Professors 4 Answers

The Beez Kneez

An environmental studies degree led Erin Rupp '04 to a carerr producing honey and educating kids about the importance of bees.

Archaeology Students' Posters Presented at MN Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

United Nations Intern

After sending an email to a Macalester alumnus she’d never met, Jolena Zabel ’16 spent the summer in Washington, D.C., interning with the United Nations Population Fund.

Absolute Time

Sam Eklund ’14 helps philosophy professor take a new look at 17th century thinkers.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents “The Government Inspector” November 7-9

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents The Government Inspector, by Nikolai Gogol, 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., Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nov. 7, 8, and 9, and Saturday Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. The Government Inspector is directed by Robert Rosen, guest artist in the Theatre and Dance Department. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Macalester Renames Humanities Building after Founder and First President

Macalester College has renamed its Humanities Building Neill Hall after the Rev. Edward Duffield Neill (1823 -1893), founder and first president of the college. The Board of Trustees voted last weekend to make the change.

Macalester alumnus establishes scholarship at college

Macalester alumnus Duane Burnham, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abbott Laboratories, has established the Burnham Scholarship at Macalester College which will support five students in each incoming class.

South Africa Sojourn

A semester in Cape Town led Stephen Peyton ’13 to important research—and his life’s work.

We're No. 1 Again

Per Capita, Macalester Faculty #1 Among Peers for National Science Foundation Grants

Improving Solar Cells

John Graham ’14 worked on cutting edge thin film research for solar cells with physics professor Jim Doyle.

Why Global Health Matters

Christy Hanson, dean for the Institute of Global Citizenship, explains why global health matters.

Spiritual Meets Medical

An interest in Islam led Marni Schreiber ’14 to a project helping hospitals meet the needs of diverse populations.

Inaugural Ostermeier Human Rights Lecture Oct. 17

The Inaugural Ostermeier Human Rights Lecture with PEN American Center’s Suzanne Nossel is Thu., Oct. 17, 4:45 p.m., in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Nossel’s talk is titled “The New Free Speech.” The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 651-696-6290.

September, 2013

2013 Hawkinson Foundation Scholarship awarded to Waruiru Mburu '13

Waruiru Mburu, 24, a 2013 graduate of Macalester College, has received a 2013 Hawkinson Scholarship from the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation for Peace & Justice in Minneapolis.

Recent Macalester graduates depart for Peace Corps

Three recent Macalester College graduates will be gaining valuable international experience and making a difference in the lives of others through Peace Corps service.

Macalester ITS Associate Director Wins National Award

Barron Koralesky, the associate director for information technology services at Macalester College, has won the EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award. The EDUCAUSE Rising Star award recognizes an information technology professional who, while early in his or her career, demonstrates exceptional achievement in the area of information technology in higher education. Koralesky shares this year’s award with Jennifer Sparrow, senior director of networked knowledge ventures and emerging technologies at Virginia Tech.

Zinc Roofs and Latrines

Three students worked with villagers in Sierra Leone to build latrines and waterproof roofs, supported by a Davis Projects for Peace grant.

Macalester’s 20th Annual International Roundtable, Oct. 10-12 "Global Health: Promoting Equity Within and Across Borders”

Macalester College presents its 20th annual International Roundtable with the theme, “Global Health: Promoting Equity Within and Across Borders,” Thu. - Sat., Oct. 10 - 12, 2013, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. The Roundtable is sponsored by the Institute for Global Citizenship and is free and open to the public.

Princeton Fellow

Kwame Gayle ’11 Heads to Botswana as Princeton in Africa Fellow.

Summer Internships

Microsoft, Hearst Publishing, United Nations…

Recent alumnae receives national essay award

The prize is awarded to the best undergraduate paper in Africanist anthropology.

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.