In an interview with Grace Erny ’12, Professor Jeffrey Pearson discusses his archaeological fieldwork in the Near East, his experience with the Department of Homeland Security, and his musical skills.
Macalester co-hosts national Imagining America conference Sept. 22-24
Macalester College is co-hosting the 11th annual Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA), national conference Sept. 22-24 in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The conference will have more than 400 attendees including faculty, administrators, and students from IA colleges and universities across the country, as well as leaders of local and national arts and cultural organizations.
Leonards establish endowed professorship in math and science
Mark G. Leonard ’65 and Candace Hewitt Leonard ’67 of Los Altos, Calif., have established a $2 million endowed professorship at Macalester College. It will be named the Mark G. Leonard and Candace Hewitt Leonard Endowed Professorship in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences.
Macalester Names Tenure-Track Professor in Economics
Mario Solis-Garcia has joined the Macalester College Economics Department as a tenure-track assistant professor.
Macalester Names Tenure-Track Professor in Hispanic and Latin American Studies
Jesús Ernesto Ortiz-Diaz has joined the Macalester College Hispanic and Latin American Studies Department as a tenure-track assistant professor.
Macalester Names Tenure-Track Professor in History
Karin Vélez has joined the Macalester College History Department as a tenure-track assistant professor.
Four Tenure-Track Professors join Macalester
Four new tenure-track faculty members have joined Macalester this fall. They are Victoria Malawey (Music), Jesús Ernesto Ortiz-Diaz (Hispanic and Latin American Studies), Mario Solis-Garcia (Economics) and Karin Vélez (History).
Macalester College Presents Theo Bleckmann
Grammy-nominated jazz singer and composer Theo Bleckmann will perform for Macalester College students, staff, and friends on Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln Ave., St. Paul.
Professors Ray Rogers, Kristi Curry Rogers, Geology Lab Instructor Jeff Thole,and their students spend summer months exploring the 75 million year-old rocks and fossils to answer questions related to ancient environments, ecosystems, and processes of fossilization.
Hydropolitics and the Nile
Anthropology major Kevin Boueri '12 returned home to Lebanon this summer to study Arabic and do research for his honors project on hydro-politics and the Nile.
Body of Knowledge
It's no surprise to those who know Macalester that our students are working with faculty on science research that is both original and that aims to make a difference in how people understand the world.
Community Change Agents
It’s one thing to perform service work—commendable, yet limited in scope. It’s quite another to take on social issues systemically, problem solving for the future. Such is the charge of the dozen annual Chuck Green Civic Engagement fellows, who set out each summer to analyze and address community-based issues.
Geographers Go National
Geography majors Ross Donihue ’11 and Slavisa Mijatovic ’12 spent the summer in Washington, D.C., honing their skills at National Geographic.
Laura Holt spent the entire month in fabulous San Igancio City, in the Cayo District of Belize. She was participating in a field school run by Dr. Terry Powis of Kennesaw State University.
Two Sides of Cape Town
When Will Chilton ’11 studied abroad in South Africa, he was prepared for the contrast in wealth, but another cultural difference caught him by surprise.
Nathaniel Macijeski ’14 wasn’t content to read about the philosophy of happiness; he decided to research it for himself.
Blood, Sweat and Tears
Laura Avena ’14 is a cancer survivor from age 4, an accomplished volleyball athlete, and an internationally competitive chemistry student. It’s a path forged through blood, sweat and tears.
Macalester no longer offering bottled water
Beginning September 1, 2011, Macalester College will no longer be offering bottled water.
Hannah Anderson-Dana ’13 spent fall semester volunteering at the Minnesota Children’s Museum, pointing out, “The Twin Cities is a good place to get internships.”
Adrian St. Francis ’13 (Sonoma, Calif.), an English and philosophy major, is immersed in helping design a poetry class.
Macalester Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has awarded Macalester College a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
Alexandra Frankel Receives Fulbright Award to Turkey
Alexandra Frankel, of Milwaukee, Wis., has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Turkey. Frankel graduated from Macalester College in 2009.
James Mayer Receives Fulbright Award to Turkey
James Mayer, of Houston, Texas, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Turkey. Mayer graduated from Macalester College in May.
Mac DNA - Jeesun Choi
Jeesun Choi '13 talks about her two internships in Minneapolis and her research project with English Professor Nathan Hensley on violence in Victorian novels.
Teaching with Skype
In a course on conflict in the Middle East, students used Skype technology to discuss the political situation with people living it every day.
Back in her hometown of Nanjing, China, before she ever came to Macalester, Danlu Hu ’13 read about Chinese adoptees returning to their native land. Moved by their stories, says Hu, she remembers thinking at the time, “I should really do something for these kids.”
Sometimes an internship arises from a student’s avocation rather than a major. So it is with Alexis Ramirez ’12 (Oakland, Calif.), a cultural anthropology major spending her summer immersed in art.
What are summers like at Macalester? Many Macalester students choose to take advantage of internship and research opportunities in the summer. The campus is also busy with kids taking part in the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (MITY) and ID Tech Camp programs.
Frog and Flower Count
Each year hundreds of laypeople and scientists use sonar detectors, bug lights, live traps, and laptops to count and chronicle an area’s flora and fauna. This year the event—dubbed Minnesota BioBlitz—was held at Macalester’s Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area in Inver Grove Heights.
For someone who never expected to be in politics, Kathy Kim ’12 (Bellevue, Wash.) has come far: Next fall she’ll begin her term as president of the Macalester College Student Government.
Meet the Watsons
What could be more fun that a fully funded year of international study and travel? That’s what’s in store for Morgan Sleeper ’11 (Deland, Fla.) and Keren Yohannes ’11 (Louisville, Ky.), who were awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowships—one-year grants for independent study and travel outside the United States.
History + Math = Museums
Olivia Belot writes about her internship with TRACES, an educational organization created to gather, preserve and present stories of people from the Midwest and Germany or Austria who encountered each other during World War II.
Unearthing Turkish history
History major Jemma Brown ’11 (New York, N.Y.) spent fall semester of her senior year in Turkey at Boğaziçi University, studying the contemporary Turkish art scene and its relations with the Western art market, nationalism, and constructions of Turkish identity.
Many people think of U.S. history in terms of battles, pioneers, and presidents. But for Elizabeth Tollefson ’11, studying history became much more personal—and much more local—by her last year at Macalester.
Macalester Mourns the Death of Former President John B. Davis, Jr.
Macalester Mourns the Death of Former President John B. Davis, Jr.
Investigate and Map It
Nolan Levenson '11 class Urban GIS research Indian reservations in Minnesota. The file project was presented to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The maps they developed are now available in at Native American Community Development Institute in Minneapolis on a large touch screen.
Ainsley Judge ’11 turned a passion for biking into an honors project and now a trip around the Great Lakes that will raise money for youth-led non-profit Grand Aspirations. Her story begins with Macalester's bike share program.
Melody of Pitch
Macalester women’s soccer team members pursue far more than soccer and their studies while they’re at college. Their range of extracurricular activities runs from editing the Mac Weekly to volunteering at local nonprofits.
When he signed up for Macalester’s legislative politics class, Reed Polakowski ’13 (Minneapolis) thought he’d be interning for a state senator or representative. Instead, he ended up in the office of Minnesota’s governor, Mark Dayton.
Natalie Locke '11 created the Sustainability Student Worker Network - which now includes 20 students, ensuring that program continues long after she graduates.
Mosaic on a Stick
Hannah Anderson-Dana ’13 (Portland, Ore.) spent fall semester volunteering at the Minnesota Children’s Museum, pointing out, “The Twin Cities is a good place to get internships.”