The Center for Prairie Studies is delighted to welcome Elizabeth Hill to the college as the new Outreach Coordinator for the Center and manager of the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA). Elizabeth began her employment on March 1 and has moved into Larissa Mottl's former office, #204 Macy House (1205 Park Street). We hired Elizabeth in December, about the time she finished the coursework for her M.S.
Some very interesting things are happening with regard to sustainability down in Fairfield, Iowa, as members of my Intentional Communities class and I discovered during a visit there in late April. Fairfield has 9,500 inhabitants – just about the size of Grinnell –and is the county seat of Jefferson County. The imposing 1891 stone and brick county courthouse, with an outsized bell tower, is situated in a picturesque town square and conveys the impression of quintessential small town Iowa. However, a drive around the community quickly dispels that notion, since Fairfield is also home to M
It is with deep regret that the Center for Prairie Studies bids farewell to Larissa Mottl, Outreach Coordinator for the Center and manager of the college's Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) for the Biology Department for the last dozen years. Larissa has accepted an almost too-good-to-be-true position with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in St.
The Center for Prairie Studies recently acquired a new work of art for its collection: a pastel by Rachel Melis, '01, called "The CERA Prairie." The work was donated to the Center by Tor Janson, also '01. Rachel was an early supporter of the Center during her student years, and we were delighted to add this work to our collection, not only because it was done at the college's Conard Environmental Research Area, a place closely connected to the Center's mission, but also because Rachel did it while she was a student at Grinnell.
The Center for Prairie Studies and the Grinnell College Libraries have collaborated in the installation of two dramatic eighteen-foot tall photographs of prairie plants on the east and west walls of the first floor of Burling Library (south side). Created by The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, these photographs portray not only the above-ground portion of the plants but also their astonishing root systems.