August, 2012

July, 2012

Bleeding Kansas

For her honors project, one history major took a closer look at a Civil War-era conflict she’d studied as a child, paving her way to grad school.

Undergrad Actors - Two Macalester juniors star in a Minnesota Fringe Festival production

This summer, Macalester juniors Rob Gelberg '14 (English/Creative Writing major, North Caldwell, N.J.) and Alana Horton '14 (Theatre and Dance major, Northampton, Mass.) co-starred in a Fringe Festival drama.

Stellar Research

By the time I graduate from Macalester, I will have participated in three fascinating astronomy research projects, and I will be a co-author of one—or maybe more­—published journal articles. more

Stone's Throw Urban Farm

Alex Liebman ’12 and Emily Hanson ’11, with four partners, have turned 15 vacant city lots into Stone’s Throw Urban Farm, where they are growing an abundance of fresh, delicious vegetables.

Macalester permanently protects open space along the Mississippi River

In partnership with Dakota County, the city of Inver Grove Heights and the Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), Macalester College has permanently protected 150 acres of the Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area (Ordway Field Station) along the Mississippi River in Inver Grove Heights.

Grandstand - Reborn

Farm Fright

Adventures in Organic Farming

"Shake the hands that feeds you."

Chapbook Press

A student-run publishing company called Cloud City started last spring at Macalester. This chapbook press was led by Ollie St. John ’12 (Washington, D.C.) and Luke Marcott ’12 (St. Paul), advised by English professors Wang Ping, Peter Bognanni, and James Cihlar, and aided by a team of student editors including Angus McLinn ’12 (Middleton, Wis.) and Nick Arciero ’12 (Mounds View, Minn.).

Chinese House

Ten years ago, Macalester didn’t even teach Chinese. Now interest in the language has grown so much that this fall the college will open a Chinese language residence.

Junior Politician

Back in march, Andrew Ojeda ’13 (Fresno, Calif.) called his mother with an unusual request for a college student: It was caucus day in Minnesota, he wanted to run for office, and he was wondering if she would support his decision.

Being Clever, Being Kind

President Brian Rosenberg delivered the following remarks at Macalester’s 123rd Commencement, held May 12, 2012.

Young Author

Just out of college, Lara Avery ’10 will launch her writing career this fall with the publication of her first novel.

Feelin' Surly

Omar Ansari ’92 brings craft beer to the people.

Beyond the Auto

Mac experts predict that bikes, buses, and your own two feet are the transit options that will reign supreme in the cities of tomorrow.

White Bread and Dreams of Perfect Food

Reflecting back on 150 years of battles over America’s bread habits, five dreams come up repeatedly.

The Perfect Meal

Rethinking foodie fundamentalism in service of feeding the whole world.


Jesse Dubois '07 is designing California yards with peas and lettuce.

Chicago's Mr. Chips

At a Jesuit inner-city school for boys, Chris Dwyer ’05 does everything from coach basketball to raise chickens.

Chinese Gaming

A Mac senior takes on the challenge of uncovering—and filming a documentary about—the hidden world of Chinese video games.

GIS Consultants

It’s one thing for Macalester geography students to master Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping software in the lab. It’s quite another challenge to apply those skills in the real world, through a partnership with a community organization.

Eye-Tracking Lab

Student Bands

Public Art

In this new Macalester class, students learn to weave art into the community.

June, 2012

British Medicine

In a London study abroad program, Graham Brown ’12 got an eye-opening look at how medicine works in the United Kingdom.

Macalester receives grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study aging

Macalester College, McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, and the University of Minnesota have received a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study aging. The grant, totaling about $200,000, will allow the researchers, over a period of three years, to study survival analysis as it relates to aging.

Twitter Extroverts

I tweet, therefore I am...outgoing? That’s what most Twitter readers concluded, found Ethan Cline '13.

Sci Fi

A class in this popular literature form forces Mac students to grapple with the big questions.

Muñoz receives Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship

Alicia Muñoz, an assistant professor in Hispanic Studies, has received the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for junior faculty.

Annual Fund closes fiscal year by surpassing $3 million

The final results are still being tallied, but all signs point to another successful fiscal year for Macalester’s Annual Fund, thanks to loyal support from the college’s donor community. By late May, the Annual Fund had raised more than $3 million, and a push led by staff and volunteers generated more online gifts in the last two days of May than in any other two-day window in Macalester’s history. Alumni, parents and friends helped ongoing fundraising initiatives flourish and also rallied several classes to new participation records.

Three Macalester faculty to participate in ACM-Mellon SAIL Seminar

Andrew Billing, French and Francophone Studies, Scott Legge, Anthropology, and Eric Wiertelak, Psychology and Director of Neuroscience Studies, will participate as a team representing the humanities, social and natural sciences at an ACM-Mellon Seminars in Advanced Interdisciplinary Learning (SAIL) in July titled “Considering Animals.”

May, 2012

Monkey Business

Jay Schwartz is fascinated by the complex interactions of primates, so he jumped at the chance to join Minnesota Zoo researchers in an observational research project involving macaques.

Global citizenship on two wheels

This year’s Live It grants take students into neighborhoods ranging from the Twin Cities to Ghana, all in the name of putting global citizenship into action.

Rhodes Wins Radcliffe Fellowship

Jane Rhodes, American studies professor and Dean for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, has been awarded a coveted year-long fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

Macalester receives $1.3M grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Macalester has received a $1.3M, four-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in support of undergraduate science education. Macalester, one of 47 small colleges and universities in the United States to receive a HHMI award, will use the funding to promote curricular innovation and to provide local and global research experiences for students. Macalester’s application was considered along with 181 other submissions in this national competition.

Eight to be honored at Annual Macalester Reunion in June

Former NY/NJ Port Authority executive and national expert on abuse are Two of eight to be honored at Annual Macalester Reunion in June. They are a former NY/NJ Port Authority executive director, a national expert on abuse, a football coach, an actor and mentor, and an advocate at the Special Court in Sierra Leone. But one thing they all have in common is that they are all Macalester alumni who will be honored in June during reunion weekend.

Macalester and Carleton receive grant from MHS to study Minnesota’s environmental history – Joint conference in June

Chris Wells, associate professor of environmental studies at Macalester, and George Vrtis, assistant professor of environmental studies and history at Carleton College, have received a grant of $102,522 from the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) to advance research focused on the environmental history of Minnesota.

Macalester alum Charles Baxter wins prestigious Rea Award for the Short Story

Charles Baxter, a 1969 Macalester graduate and fiction writer, has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, a lifetime achievement honor.

Macalester students receive U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships

Salman Haji ’14 from Albuquerque, N.M., and Patrick Snyder ’13 from Versailles, Ky., have been awarded U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical languages this summer. Both will study Arabic.

Exploring Energy Efficiency

Rosie Mate ’12 focused on physics, French, environmental studies, and economics at Macalester. She studies energy efficiency from different perspectives, too.

Rwandan Restoration

A semester doing post-genocide studies in Rwanda was a life-changing experience for April DeJarlais ’12.

Publishing 101

In this collaborative class, American studies students put together their own on-line academic journal.

May it Please the Court

Hanna Chakoian ’12 uses mathematical modeling to help the Minnesota Court of Appeals predict upcoming hearings.

Immigrant Aid

Herself a Russian immigrant, Marina Test ’10 now helps first-generation college students with financial literacy.

Rich in the Arts

When you go to school in a cultural hotbed like the Twin Cities, the world of theater and dance opens up to you.

Geology Professor Ray Rogers Wins the Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award

Geology Prof. Ray Rogers has been awarded the 2012 Jack and Marty Rossmann Excellence in Teaching Award which recognizes “a faculty member who has been identified by colleagues and students as exemplifying the teaching goals of Macalester College.”

Strength in Numbers

Four math majors and soon-to-be graduate students discuss where they find the beauty in mathematics.

Grandstand - Bhutan Stretchable Time

Run Jamaica

Jamaica's rich track and field legacy is expressed on campus by three Macalester students.