April, 2012

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.

Urban Design

Urban geography major Caroline Devany ’13 worked 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, was awarded the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Award.

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.

Start-up CEOs

Mac students are enthusiastic about a revived class in entrepreneurship.

Of TB and Tropical Disease

Three students investigate tuberculosis and neglected tropical diseases with Professor Christy Hanson, dean of Mac's Institute of Global Citizenship and former USAID infectious disease chief.

Football Meets Robotics

When football player Jesse Russell ’14 met robotics executive and Mac gridiron veteran Andrew Borene ’98, the result was a natural friendship—and a paid internship.

Macalester student projects will help provide safe water in Ethiopia and build a bike library in Quito, Ecuador

This year’s winner was Shahar Eberzhon ’12 of Beer-Sheva, Israel.

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

Premed student Allison Gottwalt ’13 didn’t just study in Costa Rica. She researched topics from medicinal plants to controlling dengue—with her 22 new best friends.

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.

Grant Writer

When she took an internship at an arts nonprofit, Cecilia Martinez-Miranda ’13 didn’t know she’d end up helping it stay afloat.

Playing Doubles

Mike Coleman '11 found his double major in Physics and Computer Science opened the door at Thomson Reuters.

African Interlude

Rachel Mueller ‘13 devoted a semester to studying music and spirituality in Senegal.

Back to Germany

After graduation last May, Carl Skarbek ’11 took his lab and classroom experiences straight to Germany.

Needham Hurst wins Global Citizenship Award

March, 2012

Macalester Senior Receives Watson Grant

Charlotte Fagan '12 from East Greenwich, R.I., will use her grant to go around the world and study women's bike movements.

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.

Global Leader

How Emily Howland ’09 turned a Hispanic studies and English major into an international adventure trip job.

Asian Department Events

Highlights from events held by the Asian Department

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.

Cyber Cycling

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.

Performance Testing

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.

Ecstasy and Apocalypse

In this English course, students are discussing the end of the world and enjoying it.

February, 2012

Anthropology Major Receives Danish Institute for Study Abroad's Intercultural Leadership Award

Rachel Higgs '13, 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.

Pursuing Lung Cancer

Jaye Gardiner ’11 conducted research in the lab of Mac alumna Dr. Lisa Peterson ’81 before going on to a PhD program in cancer biology.

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.

Alpine Idyll

After falling in love with Austria on a semester study abroad program, Adam Troldahl '09 has decided to make his life there.

Frontline Soldiers

“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.

Anthro Interns

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.

Immersed in Mathematics

Elise delMas ’12 on the satisfaction of joining Mac faculty and fellow students for an annual math meeting in Boston.

Greenhouse Grant

With the help of a Macalester Live-It grant, Caroline Karanja ’12 returned to Kenya to build a greenhouse for girls orphaned by AIDS. more

Intimacy and Belonging: The Association between Sexual Activity and Depression among Older Adults

Kathryn Ganong, a 2010 Macalester alumnae and graduate student at Boston College, and Macalester Sociology Prof. Erik Larson have discovered sexual activity that typically incorporates other forms of physical intimacy has a robust association with lower depression for both women and men. In spite of popular perceptions that sex might matter more for men, they found no significant difference in this association between men and women. They recently published their findings in the journal Society and Mental Health.

Macalester senior Derek Ochi named AMGEN Fellow

Biology major Derek Ochi will work as a 2012 Teach For America Corps member and will receive a $3,000 grant to teach math and science.

Sociology Majors Awarded All Three Prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions

All three prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions went to Macalester students.

Literary Lion

Marissa Bianco ’13 waded right into the publishing world with an internship at Minneapolis’s Milkweed Editions.

Politico Person

“Unlike so many liberal arts colleges, Mac is in an urban environment with lots of opportunities.”

Ancient Pathogens

First-year course brings together biological, historical, and social components of infectious diseases, along with some real-world service work.

Meet Professor Moseley

Macalester geography professor Bill Moseley—-an expert in African environmental and development matters—-has been a man in demand. more

Macalester Earns Place on Peace Corps’ Annual Top Colleges Rankings

Since the Peace Corps began in 1961, 343 Macalester alumni have served, and for the seventh year in a row, Macalester has placed on the Peace Corps’ list of top colleges nationwide producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 18 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Macalester is No. 15 in this year’s rankings among small-sized colleges and universities.

January, 2012