February, 2012

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

Macalester College Presents Cellist Matt Haimovitz

Cellist Matt Haimovitz will perform for Macalester College students, staff, and friends at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2012 at Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, Minn.

Public Art Today: Beyond Murals, Monuments, and Memorials at Macalester

The symposium on public art at Macalester, “Public Art Today: Beyond Murals, Monuments, and Memorials,” explores different facets and tensions of contemporary public art as practiced in the United States today. The panelists will discuss how public art engages with issues of societal change, policy making, and environmental concerns, as well as how intellectual debates within the field have affected both the production and reception of public art in recent years. The symposium brings together artists, arts administrators, educators, and students in a discussion of the central issues in public art as they are unfolding today and its importance for particular communities and constituencies.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents "Stop Kiss"

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Stop Kiss, by Diana Son, 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., Friday and Saturday Feb. 17 and 18, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Feb. 23–25 and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. There will be a talk back following the Sunday matinee performance. Stop Kiss is directed by Cheryl Moore Brinkley, Visiting Instructor in the Theatre & Dance Department. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Exhibition - Overlook: Landscape Studies by Megan Vossler

Megan Vossler presents studies of the landscape in her exhibition “Overlook,” at the Macalester College Art Gallery, 1665 Princeton Ave., St. Paul, Minn., from Friday, February 3 through March 9, 2012. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6416 for more information. macalester.edu/gallery/

Anthropology Professor Jack Weatherford Honored in Mongolia

Weatherford will be the first recipient of the Jack Weatherford Prize and medal. more

Macalester grants tenure status to seven faculty members

Macalester College has granted tenure status to Vittorio Addona, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science; Darcy Burgund, Psychology; Liang Ding, Economics; Laura Smith and Dan Trudeau, Geography; Christopher Wells, Environmental Studies and Chuen-Fung Wong, Music.

Mac Students Enriched by Exploreships

Sophomore Marta LeFevre-Levy recounts her experience job shadowing with a Mac alum Chris Jandro '04.

Macalester exceeds campaign goal raising over $156 million during difficult financial time

Macalester College has exceeded its original comprehensive campaign goal of $150 million for its Step Forward campaign, the largest in the college’s history. The public phase of the campaign, which ran from October 10, 2008 – December 31, 2011, raised over $156 million.

Surprised by O-Chem

Nick O'Conner talks about his experience worked with Professor Becky Hoye and his subsequent experience in a government-funded research program at the Chulabhorn Research Institute in Bangkok, Thailand.

From Macalester to Citigroup

Taking advantage of Macalester’s urban location, Jingjiao Zhang ’12 interned with 3M. Now she has a New York job offer.

Solar Panels

Combining her interests in architecture, environmental studies and physics in one internship, Nadia Foo Kune ’13 explored how to make renewable energy devices more aesthetically pleasing.

Worldwide Friendships

Media Studies major Donovan Kavish '13 realizes that his Mac friends from around the world have truly transformed his life. more

Networking Success

Alex Horn used his internships and connections with alumni to land a job at Disney after graduation where he joined the global Mickey Mouse brand management team.

Theater Apprentice

After a Mac alum coached Willie Gambucci ’12 in a college play, it led to two parts for him in professional productions.

Environmental Justice

Where social justice and environmentalism meet you’ll find this popular Macalester class.

December, 2011

November, 2011

Macalester's Theatre and Dance Dept. Presents "Voices of the Silenced"

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department showcases the work of six student and faculty choreographers and guest choreographer Dmitri Peskov from Illinois Wesleyan University in the fall dance concert “Voices of the Silenced” in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Performances are at 7:30 pm December 9 and 10 and also at 2 pm December 10. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359

Dinosaur bone is largest osteoderm ever found

What more can we learn about long-necked dinosaurs that we don’t already know? A Macalester professor and her colleagues have found that Madagascar dinosaurs carried giant, hollow bones in their skin that may have helped them survive the harsh environments they inhabited. This discovery has shed new light on the anatomy and function of these bones in the biggest animals to ever walk on land.

Parallel Programming

Computer science students successfully networked 44 computers to create a single, extraordinarily powerful, virtual cluster computer.

Breaking Through to Kids

There aren’t many 13-year-olds who ask for more homework, but then most 13-year-olds aren’t as determined to succeed as those taught by two Macalester students.

Macalester College Art Exhibit to Feature Ceramic Artists

New and recent work by ceramicists will be included in the exhibit “Clay Dwelling: An Exhibition of Six Ceramic Artists,” which opens at Macalester College at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in the Art Gallery, 1665 Princeton Ave., St. Paul. The exhibit will run through Dec. 16.

Stand Out

Macalester cornerback, David Melms ’13, is one of 22 players selected nationally to be on the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Next Gen Investment Banker

Ajwad Imran ’12 began his senior year in an enviable position—with an investment banking job offer in hand.

October, 2011

Theatre and Dance Presents "The Inland Sea"

The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents “The Inland Sea” 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., Friday and Saturday Nov. 11 and 12, and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Nov. 17–19 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. “The Inland Sea” is directed by Theatre and Dance Department chair Beth Cleary. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Macalester College Hosts Speaker on Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety expert Sian Beilock will speak at Macalester College on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Beilock, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago and a former college athlete, is author of the book Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have To. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8 p.m.

Macalester Grants Tenure Status to Juliette M. Rogers

Macalester College has granted tenure status to Juliette M. Rogers, associate professor in the French and Francophone Studies Department. Rogers holds a BA from Oberlin College and a PhD from Duke University. She came to Macalester from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, where she was an associate professor of French. She joined the Macalester faculty in 2010.

Israel Intern

Kate Peterson ’11 spent her summer at the Israel Museum, restoring artifacts from Herod’s palace.

Elizabeth Larson

Wesley and Lynn Edens establish endowed professorship in global health

Wesley and Lynn Edens of New York have established a $2 million endowed professorship at Macalester College. It will be named the Edens Professorship in Global Health.

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Renovation - Fall 2011

After tremendous progress this summer, the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center renovation and expansion’s first phase officially reached the halfway point this month.

Art in New York

Larsen Husby was a curatorial intern for a gallery in New York City. more

Intense Internship

Adil Imani wanted a chance to put his knowledge of economics and applied math into action in the real world of financial services. An intense, five-week internship in Mumbai proved to be the perfect opportunity.

Preparing for Public Health

In his quest to make a difference, Kai Cowger '13 balances many passions, from tutoring to interning at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center.

September, 2011