Tentative Schedule – Subject to change.

For an updated schedule, please visit the welcome and information table, Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, lobby, upon your arrival.

Friday, September 22

7:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Welcome and Information Table
Upon your arrival, please visit the welcome and information table for the most current schedule of events, maps, and information regarding Family Weekend.
Rosenfield Center, lobby
8 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
Class Visits
Families are invited to attend classes. Stop by the Family Weekend welcome and information table in the lobby of the Rosenfield Center to view the list of classes and get your required guest pass. Seating is limited.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Campus Office Visit Drop-ins
Please feel free to make an appointment or stop by campus offices to see the services we offer your students.
8 a.m.–close
Grinnell College Golf Course
We welcome friends and families of our students to golf for free. Golf clubs and carts are available for rent. Schedule a tee time at the Grinnell College Colf Course.
North edge of campus
8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Grinnell College Pioneer Bookshop
Visit the Bookshop at its new location for Grinnell insignia clothing and gifts. Be sure to take advantage of the Family Weekend special 10% discount. Some exclusions apply.
933 Main Street, downtown Grinnell
9 a.m.
Office of Admission Information Session
Prospective students and families can learn more about Grinnell College. An admission counselor will discuss important information about the Grinnell experience, the application process, and financial aid. There will be time for questions and answers.
Please sign up for the information session. Parents, you don’t need to sign up– — only prospective students.
Chrystal Center, second floor
10 a.m.
Admission Campus Tour
Explore Grinnell’s campus grounds and facilities on an hourlong tour led by a student guide.
Departs from John Chrystal Center, second floor
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India
This exhibition features 47 paintings by 24 artists, with works from the Gond and Warli communities of central India, the Mithila region of Bihar, and the narrative scroll painters of West Bengal.
Divided into four broad categories: Myth and Cosmology, Nature — Real and Imagined, Village Life, and Contemporary Explorations, the exhibition explores the breadth and variety of a dynamic aesthetic that remains deeply rooted in traditional culture, yet vitally responsive to issues of global concern.
Organized by BINDU modern Gallery and toured by International Arts and Artists, Washington, D.C.
Bucksbaum Center, Faulconer Gallery
1 p.m.
Office of Admission Information Session
Prospective students and families can learn more about Grinnell College. An admission counselor will discuss important information about the Grinnell experience, the application process, and financial aid. There will be time for questions and answers.
Please sign up for the information session. Parents, you don’t need to sign up — only prospective students.
Chrystal Center, second floor
1:30 p.m.
Gumaa Prayer
This weekly session of the Muslim Prayer Group is open for all to observe or participate. Prayers will be held in the new Muslim Prayer and Cultural Space.
Center for Religion, Spirituality and Social Justice, 913 Eighth Ave.
2 p.m.
Admission Campus Tour
Explore Grinnell’s campus grounds and facilities on an hour–long tour led by a student guide.
Departs from Chrystal Center, second floor
3–5 p.m.
President’s Welcome: Raynard S. Kington – 3 p.m.
President Kington will welcome families and friends and share brief remarks related to the College.
Rosenfield Center, Room 101.
Resources Fair and Ice Cream Social 3:30–5 p.m.
Following President Kington’s welcome, please join the staff from the Division of Student Affairs and various departments throughout the College for ice cream while learning about resources available to your student at Grinnell.
North Campus Grove between Younker Hall and Rosenfield Center
Rain location: Rosenfield Center, second floor lobby.
4 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Modernism to Indigenous Arts in Post-Independence India
Umesh Gaur, Ph.D. and Sunanda Gaur, M.D. have one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary Indian art in the world, including the art in Many Visions, Many Versions. In their talk, they will introduce the artists in their collection; many are now internationally famous. They will also provide a context for the work within the rise of modernism at the time of Indian independence in 1947, and the subsequent recognition of modern indigenous traditions.
Opening Reception with refreshments will follow at 5–6 p.m.
Bucksbaum Center, Faulconer Gallery
5–8 p.m.
The Unity Project
An interactive celebration of diversity in our community. Participants will reflect on individual identities to create a yarn canopy of human connectedness.
Corner of Sixth Avenue and Broad Street
5:15 p.m.
Kabbalat Shabbat
All are invited to Kabbalat Shabbat, a short contemplative and spiritual service ushering in the Sabbath. Led by Rob Cabelli, associate chaplain and rabbi.
Rosenfield Center, Room 209
6:15 p.m.
Shabbat Table
All are invited to Shabbat Table, the weekly Shabbat dinner of vegetarian/dairy cuisine prepared by Grinnell College students from the student group Chalutzim, welcoming the Sabbath with the spirit of community and peace. For more information, please email Rob Cabelli or call 641–269–4266.
Rosenfield Center, Room 209
7 p.m.
SGA Movie: Wonder Woman (2017, PG-13)
Harris Center Cinema
7:30–9 p.m.
Grinnell Jazz Ensemble
Grinnell College alumnus Herbie Hancock ’60 remains one of the most influential and prolific innovators in the history of jazz music. Hancock has been on the creative cutting edge of American music for five decades.
The Grinnell College Jazz Ensemble pays tribute to Hancock by performing the music from one of his most seminal albums, Head Hunters. Recorded in 1973, Head Hunters had an enormous impact on the trajectory of jazz. Following on his earlier work with the Miles Davis electric bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s, Hancock incorporated sounds drawn from funk, rock, and soul music, creating a package that was equal parts experimental and groovy.
Bucksbaum Center, Sebring-Lewis Hall
9–11 p.m.
Grant O. Gale Observatory
Dependent upon weather conditions, the Gale Observatory may be open for viewing on an informal basis; no transportation will be provided. This observatory, north of Rosenbloom Field, features one of the largest telescopes in Iowa. If opened, physics professor Robert R. Cadmus Jr. will be available during viewing hours.
Please check with staff at the Family Weekend welcome and information desk to see if the observatory will be open. Regardless of weather conditions, the observatory will be open Saturday night, complete with shuttle service.
Gale Observatory
9:30 p.m.
SGA Movie: Wonder Woman (2017, PG-13)
Harris Center Cinema

Saturday, September 23

7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Welcome and Information Table
Upon your arrival, please visit the welcome and information table for the most current schedule of events, maps, and information regarding Family Weekend.
Rosenfield Center, lobby
8 a.m.–close
Grinnell College Golf Course
We welcome friends and families of our students to golf for free. Golf clubs and carts are available for rent. Schedule a tee time at the Grinnell College Colf Course.
North edge of campus
9–10:30 a.m.
Science Division Poster Session and Reception
Engage with students as they present their research and summer internships in a scholarly poster session format. Science faculty and staff will also attend.
Noyce Science Center, Ahrens Atrium
9–10:30 a.m.
Social Studies and Humanities Divisions Poster Session and Reception
Engage with students as they present their research and summer internships in a scholarly poster session format. Social studies and humanities faculty and staff will also attend.
Rosenfield Center, second floor lobby
9 a.m.
Shabbat Service and Torah Study with Rabbi Rob
Shabbat morning prayer begins at 9 a.m.
At 10 a.m. we begin Shabbat morning Torah study. All are welcome to attend either or both. Torah study is an open-ended conversation, a way of grappling for meaning as we journey through life, through the lens of Judaism’s wisdom literature.
At 11:30 a.m. we will transition to the brief conclusion of the prayer service. For more information, please email Rabbi Rob Cabelli or call 641-269-4266.
Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice, Prayer Garage
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Grinnell College Pioneer Bookshop
Visit the Bookshop at its new location for Grinnell insignia clothing and gifts. Be sure to take advantage of the Family Weekend special 10% discount on selected items.
933 Main St., downtown Grinnell
10 a.m.
Office of Admission Information Session
Prospective students and families can learn more about Grinnell College. An admission counselor will discuss important information about the Grinnell experience, the application process, and financial aid. There will be time for questions and answers.
Please sign up for the information session. Parents, you don’t need to sign up — only prospective students.
Chrystal Center, second floor
10 a.m.–11 a.m.
Grinnell Legacy Reception
(invitation-only) Alumni parents and grandparents (along with their students!) are invited to attend this invitation-only continental breakfast reception hosted by three generations of Grinnell women: Jessica Toft ’89, Carolyn Hewes ’58, and Sophia Schott ’21. Sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
Main Lounge
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Trip to Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA)
Join biology faculty and staff members in touring the College’s biological field station including a one-mile hike and tour of the Environmental Education Center. Please wear close-toed shoes or boots and weather–appropriate clothes.
Space is limited; please sign up at the welcome and information table in the Rosenfield Center lobby.
Departs from Rosenfield Center, lobby
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
The Unity Project
An interactive celebration of diversity in our community. Participants will reflect on individual identities to create a yarn canopy of human connectedness.
Corner of Sixth Avenue and Broad Street
11 a.m.
Admission Campus Tour
Explore Grinnell’s campus grounds and facilities on an hourlong tour led by a student guide.
Departs from Chrystal Center, second floor
11 a.m.
Grinnell Women’s Soccer vs. Beloit College
Jane Springer Soccer Field
1 p.m.
Grinnell Football vs. Norbert College
Rosenbloom Field
1:30 p.m.
Grinnell Men’s Soccer vs. Beloit College
Jane Springer Soccer Field
2 p.m.
Grinnell Symphony Orchestra
The Grinnell Symphony Orchestra performs a short program featuring Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony.” The program also includes Offenbach’s “Overture” to Orpheus in the Underworld and “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The Grinnell Symphony Orchestra is directed by Jaemi B. Loeb.
Bucksbaum Center, Sebring-Lewis Hall
9–11 p.m.
Grant O. Gale Observatory
The Gale Observatory, north of Rosenbloom Field, features one of the largest telescopes in Iowa. Physics professor Robert R. Cadmus, Jr. will be available during viewing hours.
Gale Observatory; a shuttle will depart every half hour in front of the Rosenfield Center.

Sunday, September 24

8 a.m.
Yoga
Connecting breath and movement, this 60-minute yoga practice offers a relaxing way to start the day. Enjoy warming and invigorating poses, finishing with a period of relaxation. For beginners and experienced alike. Mats provided.
Bucksbaum Center, Faulconer Gallery
8 a.m.–close
Grinnell College Golf Course
We welcome friends and families of our students to golf for free. Golf clubs and carts are available for rent. Schedule a tee time at the Grinnell College Colf Course.
North edge of campus
9:30–11 a.m.
Lox ’n’ Bagel Brunch
Chalutzim of Grinnell College invites you to enjoy an early lox ‘n bagel brunch (with all the trimmings), complete with fresh fruit and juices, freshly scrambled eggs, and good company. All are welcome.
Rosenfield Center, Room 209
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Unity Project
An interactive celebration of diversity in our community. Participants will reflect on individual identities to create a yarn canopy of human connectedness.
Corner of Sixth Avenue and Broad Street
10:30 a.m.
Interdenominational Christian Worship Service
Rev. Deanna Shorb, dean of religious life and chaplin, will preach with worship assistance from Grinnell College students.
Herrick Chapel
11 a.m.
Grinnell Women’s Soccer vs. Lake Forest College
Jane Springer Soccer Field
1:30 p.m.
Grinnell Men’s Soccer vs. Lake Forest College
Jane Springer Soccer Field