Jamaica's rich track and field legacy is expressed on campus by three Macalester students.
The Philanthropy of Pastry
Veronica Descotte ’03 makes the world a better place for kids, one cake at a time.
Writing of Russia
An ability to imagine "what if" took R.D. Zimmerman ’75 from Russian class to Hollywood filmmaking.
Macalester and its students are part of a growing national movement to make public health a true liberal art.
A close-knit group of four seniors leads this year's baseball team while advancing their academic careers.
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.
Student Standouts at Econ Conference
Economics and Mathematics students Wanyi Li ’12 and Qianyi Yang ’12 recently presented their honors theses research at Georgetown University’s prestigious Carroll Round economics conference and Li brought back the Outstanding Young Economist award.
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.
The Diamond and the Stage
Roberto Capriotti ’13 (Pittsburgh) is both a pitcher and a budding actor. At Macalester, he can follow both passions.
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.
Macalester urban geography major Caroline Devany ’13 volunteered with St. Paul’s Frogtown Gardens, helping the neighborhood make the case for a $2.2 million public land purchase.
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, has been awarded the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Award. The award was established in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor faculty members who exemplify the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Overman was selected by a committee of past Jefferson Award winners.
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.
Of TB and Tropical Disease
Three Mac students investigate global public health threats with Professor Christy Hanson, international public health veteran and new dean for the Institute of Global Citizenship.
Football Meets Robotics
Macalester football player Jesse Russell ’14 met robotics executive Andrew Borene ’98 at a Mac football game. The result was a paid internship with ReconRobotics and Robotics Alley.
Macalester student projects will help provide safe water in Ethiopia and build a bike library in Quito, Ecuador
Two Macalester students, Selamawit Gebremariam ‘13 and Charlotte Fagan ’12, have each received $10,000 grants to undertake projects for peace in two different regions of the world. One student will help provide safe water to an Ethiopian clinic and community and the other will start a “bike library” for women in Quito, Ecuador respectively.
Once in a Decade...
Natalie Pavlatos '12 had an internship at the Minnesota State Capitol and got to see first-hand how the legislative districts got redrawn to reflect changes in the US Census.
Costa Rican Medical Odyssey
Allison Gottwalt ’13 wanted to study in a Spanish-speaking country and advance her premed preparation. In Costa Rica, she did both—and had the time of her life.
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.
Mike Coleman '11 found his double major in Physics and Computer Science opened the door at Thomson Reuters.
After spending two years in Swaziland before college, Rachel Mueller ‘13 was happy to return to Africa, where she devoted a semester to studying music and spirituality in Senegal.
Macalester Senior Receives Watson Grant
Charlotte Fagan ‘12, of East Greenwich, R.I., has been awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The fellowship, a one-year grant for independent study and travel outside of the United States, is awarded annually to graduating college/university seniors. This year the Foundation awarded 40 fellowships out of the 147 finalists who were nominated, and the awardees came from 29 of the 40 colleges on the Watson roster. The fellows come from select private liberal arts colleges and universities.
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.
How Emily Howland ’09 turned a Hispanic studies and English major into an international adventure trip job.
90 Degrees South
Macalester art professor Chris Willcox’s marked a new career highlight this year: her first exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, a popular museum 20 minutes away from campus.
World Health Intern
An international public health class helped Glafira Marcon ’13 land a World Bank internship.
Using computer science, a Mac alum has made pedaling around the Twin Cities that much easier.
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.
Baseball player and psychology major Nathan Rubin ’12 discovered that self-confidence really is the decisive factor in performance.
"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.
The Power of Mac Connections
David Suchy '12 found that the power of Macalester connections allowed him to launch his career.
Anthropology Major Receives Danish Institute for Study Abroad's Intercultural Leadership Award
Rachel Higgs, a junior 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.
Arab Spring Break
Jordan was quieter than most of the Middle East last spring, but life there was still an eye-opener for Sidney Ainkorn ’12.
“Front line soldiers.” That’s how Ruben Pena ‘12 describes the role of nurses. “Doctors plan the patient’s care, but nurses are in the thick of it and doing the day-to-day care,” he says. That’s what makes the field so appealing to him. Pena, a psychology major from Asuncion, Paraguay, holds an internship at Regions Hospital in downtown St. Paul,
Immunization, the Amish, and Madagascar make up the disparate worlds of three Mac anthropology majors.
Christy Hanson named Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship
Christy Hanson has been named Dean of Macalester College’s Institute for Global Citizenship.