February, 2011

Studying South Africa

It’s clear that Victor Parker ’11 (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) is determined to become a world citizen

Art in London

Several great internships plus an influential professor led Chloe Nelson ’10 (Atherton, Calif.) to pursue a master’s degree in art history at London’s Courtauld Institute. She began her yearlong program there in September.more

The Great Liberal Arts

Hannah Glaser attends the University of Birmingham's (England) master's program in acting more

Students Strive to "Build a Better Mac"

“How can we make Macalester better?” That’s the central question a new student-led initiative is addressing. Last fall more than 100 students came together to identify ways to strengthen the college and make it an even better place to live and learn. True to the spirit of their concern, they’re calling the effort ‘Build a Better Mac.’

Global Volunteer

IMAGINE BEING DROPPED into the middle of a South American country with a week to make your way to four remote villages, find housing and food in them for volunteers, meet the decision leaders, and determine each community’s major need.

Taking on Teeth

With work in the Macalester biochemistry lab on his resume, Xu Han ’10 is attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. more

Twin Genetics Research

Evan Welo ’09 is working on one of the world's preeminent twins studies. For Welo, who majored in psychology, working for the Minnesota Twin Family Study is the culmination of valuable research experiences during his time at Macalester.

Macalester College Presents Concert of Chinese Music

Macalester ethnomusicologist Chuen-Fung Wong and artistic director Eugene Rogers are collaborating on an evening of eclectic and inspiring vocal, dance, and instrumental performances from China for the college’s second biannual Songs of the Earth series. Conducted by Eugene Rogers, the multi-arts event will be held at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium at the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul.

Macalester Sociology Majors Sweep Prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions

Senior sociology majors Evelyn Daugherty, Jenny Evgenia Grinblo, and Morgen Chang have won the top three prizes awarded in the Forty-eighth Annual Midwest Sociological Society Student Paper Competition. Daugherty and Grinblo were co-awarded first prize and Chang received third prize.

What is to be Done? Activist Scholarship for a World in Crisis

"What is to be Done? Activist Scholarship for a World in Crisis" is the topic keynote speaker Ruth Wilson Gilmore will address at the Twelfth Annual American Studies Conference, 6 p.m., Thursday, February 10, in Alexander G. Hill Ballroom in Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Macalester College 6th in Placing Peace Corps Volunteers

For the sixth year in a row, Macalester has placed on the Peace Corps’ list of top colleges nationally producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 22 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Macalester is No. 6 in this year’s rankings among small-sized colleges and universities (tied with Johns Hopkins), moving up from No. 7 in 2010, and No. 9 two years ago.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents "Antigone"

“Antigone,” adapted from Sophocles by Bertolt Brecht and translated by Judith Malina, will be performed by Macalester College’s Theatre and Dance Department in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theater February 17–19 at 7:30 p.m. and February 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.

January, 2011

Paper about Minnesota iron miners wins first place national award for Macalester alumna

The Mesabi Iron Range in Northeastern Minnesota is a long way from Rose Friedman’s hometown of Newton, Mass., but the 2010 Macalester graduate felt passionately about the area and its early miners. So much so that her essay, "The IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) and the Mesabi Miners, 1916-1917," won the 2010 Barbara Wertheimer Prize for the best paper by an undergraduate student on a topic in labor or work history. Her paper was written for the History senior seminar in the fall of 2009. The prize carries a cash award of $250.00.

Making it at Microsoft

Less than a year after donning his cap and gown, David Klock ’10 is putting in 12-hour days at Microsoft. And loving it.

Macalester Receives $150,000 Grant From F.R. Bigelow Foundation

Macalester College has received a $150,000 grant from the F. R. Bigelow Foundation to support the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center renovation and expansion. The two-phase project, which begins this month, will expand and update the center’s facilities and enhance opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration between the arts and the broader campus community.

Cliff Geology

Emma Locatelli '11 spent a semester studying geology and music in Cork, Ireland. She is now at Yale University, pursuing a PhD in geology.

Macalester receives Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Macalester College for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification. The classification was awarded after an extensive review of the college’s community engagement locally, nationally and globally. Macalester is one of only 27 baccalaureate colleges nationally to have achieved the classification since it began in 2006. Since that time, a total of 311 colleges and universities have received the classification.

In the Fast Lane

Zeid Habayeb '11 got an internship at Atlantic Records, New York City, through a Macalester alumnus. more

Ocean Secrets

Will temperature and CO2 continue to share the same pattern in the future that they have shared for the last 600,000 years? Professor Louisa Bradtmiller is hunting down the answer. more

When Disaster Strikes

Ethan Forsgren '11 helped design disaster scenarios with the Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Emergency Preparedness. more

Thinking About Theater

Did you know that the Twin Cities have more theater seats per capita than anywhere but New York? I’ve occupied at least six of those seats in one semester, and I’m not even a theater major.

Ringing in 2011 with alumni support

After a calendar year-end push that yielded more than 6,000 calls to Macalester alumni and friends, the Annual Fund ended the year strong, with 2,187 gifts in December alone. Since June 1, the start of our fiscal year, Annual Fund has raised nearly $2 million, which is $53,000 more than the same period last year. To date, the Annual Fund is more than halfway toward its goal of fundraising $3.6 million by the end of the fiscal year on May 31.

December, 2010

In the Write

Two recent geography alumni have published papers based on research they did with Geography Professor William Moseley while they were at Macalester.

Ending Polio

"Between us we held eight mosquito nets and a safety box. In front of Kader sat an old cardboard box full of syringes, vitamin A supplements, and children’s vaccination records," writes Elissa Butler about her study abroad experience and research on polio.

Truman Scholar

Shelle Shimizu ’11 wins the Truman Scholarship.

Macalester Board Elects Two New Trustees

The Macalester College Board of Trustees has elected two new trustees: Mark Leonard '65 and Paul L. H. Olson ‘72.

Media Alert - Photo Op: Macalester Students Hug a Dog to Beat Finals' Stress

Who: Macalester students, dogs, alumni, dogs, faculty, dogs, staff and dogs; What: Macalester’s “Dog Day Afternoon” is an opportunity for students to relieve stress and receive some doggie social therapy before final exams; When: Saturday, December 11, ~ 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Where: Bateman Plaza, in front of the Ruth Stricker Campus Center

We're No. 1

Per Capita, Macalester Faculty #1 Among Peers for National Science Foundation Grants. more

Old Main to Wall Street

Although the common stereotype is that all liberal arts graduates are social workers or environmental activists, there are plenty of businesspeople among our alumni.

Internships: Bridge to Success

Federico Burlon held a number of internships in the Twin Cities.

Journalism 24/7

Student journalist Tatiana Craine has covered author Neil Gaiman (Coraline), directors Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) and Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air)—even London Fashion Week. more

My 300-Acre Lab

My summer research on buckthorn capped off a great academic experience with the Macalester Biology Department.

Serengeti Grant

What’s the connection between an upstate New York dairy farm and a $3 million study of sustainable development in the Serengeti? Mac economics professor Amy Damon. more

November, 2010

Macalester Professor Discovers CO2 Stored in Deep Pacific During Ice Age

Paleoclimatologists have long wondered why atmospheric CO2 was so much lower during the last glacial period. Where did the carbon go? Macalester Environmental Studies Professor Louisa Bradtmiller demonstrates, in a new paper, that the deep Pacific Ocean (below 2000 meters) likely stored more carbon during the last glacial period than the Holocene (the last 10,000 years of the Earth's history -- the time since the end of the last major glacial epoch, or "ice age.").

Macalester College Presents Dance Concert "Beyond Control"

Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department showcases the work of nine student and faculty choreographers, and guest choreographer Vanessa Voskuil in “Beyond Control” at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theatre, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., December 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m., December 12. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.

Composer Randall Bauer's Classical and Jazz Works Featured at Macalester Concert

A concert featuring noted classical composer, jazz pianist, and Macalester Professor Randall Bauer will be performed at Macalester College on Sunday, November 21 at 3 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Fierce and Fast

With Her First Novel, Nightshade, History Professor Andrea Cremer introduces a New Fantasy Female.

Delving into Space

Building on his Macalester research, senior John Allan probed galaxies with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy—ASTRON.

Brave New World of English

Those who imagine English classes as solely composed of readings of novels would be startled by some of the exciting outings and guest speakers enjoyed by Macalester English classes this fall. more

Statistics on the Cutting Edge

Sophomore Sasha Indarte’s flair for statistics research took her to Texas, Mexico, then California, where she presented her prize-winning research at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference. more

October, 2010

Media Alert - Closing the Achievement Gap - Panel Discussion

What are the most important things to be done to close performance gaps linked to race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status, while still promoting overall progress? Panelists include: Carlos Mariani, Valeria Silva, Mary Cathryn Ricker and Bill Wilson. 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 3, Kagin Commons, Alexander G. Hill Ballroom.

The Kids are All Right: Few Negative Associations With Moms' Return to Work Soon After Having Children

Children whose mothers return to work before their offspring turn 3 are no more likely to have academic or behavioral problems than kids whose mothers stay at home, according to a review of 50 years of research.

Media Alert - Macalester alum Alex Lemon to read from his best-selling book, Happy: A Memoir

Alex Lemon will read from his best-selling book, Happy: A Memoir at 7 p.m., Monday, October 25, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel.

Mark Mazullo to Present Lecture-Recital on Dmitri Shostakovich

A lecture–recital about Dmitri Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues, Opus 87 will be presented by Macalester music professor Mark Mazullo at Macalester College on Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Macalester College Theatre and Dance and Music Departments Present "Cabaret" November 5-6 and November 11-13

The exciting 1960s musical “Cabaret” will be performed Nov. 5–6 and Nov. 11–13 by Macalester College’s Theatre and Dance and Music Departments in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

3M and Macalester

In any economy, nothing beats a personal introduction to a highly desirable company. Just ask Krasi Tomov ’10, who held an internship at 3M and now works at the company. more

Marshall Griffith to Headline Macalester Jazz Concert

A jazz concert featuring noted pianist Marshall Griffith will be performed at Macalester College on Monday, October 18 at 8 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall.

Macalester Names Mansco Perry III Chief Investment Officer

Mansco Perry III will become Macalester's Chief Investment Officer, effective November 1. As CIO, Perry will oversee the college’s $587 million endowment, which ranks 14th among U.S. liberal arts colleges. The endowment supports financial aid for students, and academic and co-curricular programs, among other college priorities.

Discovering New Molecules

Chemistry professor Paul Fischer draws nearly half a million dollars in research and equipment grants to Mac this year.

Macalester Moves Forward on $33.8 Million Arts Center Expansion and Renovation

Macalester College has secured funding and board approval to move forward with the first phase of a comprehensive renovation and expansion of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. The project will begin in January 2011.