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Workplace safety: Call for greater coordination among stakeholders National and international stakeholders have been urged to forge a greater coordination among them to ensure sustainable improvement in workplace safety in Bangladesh. The call emerged from a discussion in New...

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Any biologist will tell you that a fragmented forest doesn’t pack the biological punch of a pristine woodland. It can be difficult to restore what has been lost, but with the right plan, a stitched-together forest can again provide the kind of habitat some species will use. A...
Twenty-five years ago I helped kill dozens of other human beings. At that time I was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell College with two degrees in philosophy. I also was expert in directing 100-pound high explosive projectiles to scream from the sky and burst among the...
1846 -- Trustee James J. Hill created the College's endowment with a single silver dollar on the table.     1882 -- After a cyclone ravaged the campus just before Commencement in 1882, the College rallied, with the help of local leader J.B. Grinnell, to raise the funds to...
Nestled between two College-owned houses across the street from Younker Hall are nine vegetable beds, a greenhouse, a toolshed, and a brightly painted sign welcoming visitors to the campus garden. Since 1999, the plot has been a hands-on bridge between students and Iowa’s...
Here we have another late report. Apparently Africa is still in my blood and I am still doing things slowly. I am back in the States. So is my luggage. So is Lauren. The latter two almost didn't make it. Just as my luggage was lost when I arrived in Lesotho last January, it was...
Kenji Yoshino ’11, a Science Learning Center post-baccalaureate fellow at Grinnell College, has created a digital microscope made from a smartphone, a cheap laser pointer lens, and a few things from the hardware store. It’s a contraption that anyone can construct with $10 worth...
A note arrives out of the blue: Pick up your care package at the mailroom window. It’s from someone you don’t know, someone who doesn’t know you, and the only thing you have in common is Grinnell. In this not-so-random act of kindness, born of a Facebook-group discussion, more...
In the 61 years after it was first summited, Mount Everest has called tens of thousands of climbers to its icy trails. They focus on death-defying physical and mental achievements, but they face a more mundane summons on the mountain: nature’s call. Every climbing season, up to...
Halfway through high school, Brian Lawson ’06 decided that engineering would be a good career path. He liked working on cars and his dad is an electrical engineer. So he applied to engineering schools — and Grinnell. Lawson chose Grinnell with the intention of pursuing the 3-2...
Susan Klumpner ’09 loves tennis. So much so that she has turned the sport into a vehicle to teach social skills to students in Chicago-area schools, lessons that can mean more in life than a finely tuned backhand. Klumpner played tennis for Downers Grove High School in Downers...
More than 1,400 Grinnell College alumni, friends, and family will return to campus for the College’s 135th Alumni Reunion Weekend. Alums from as far as India, Thailand, and New Zealand will return to Grinnell from May 28 to June 1. Reunion is one of the College’s biggest social...
Carly Schuna ’06 is the 2014 U.S. Open Wheel Gymnastics Champion. How did someone who "hates exercise" end up a gymnastics champion? Schuna describes what drew her to the sport. And it's not the gold medals. Schuna is a freelance writer and editor and a German Wheel instructor...
  Herbie Hancock ’60 has been named the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. The jazz great — who played with Miles Davis in his youth and has influenced innumerable styles of music — will give six lectures as part of the Charles Eliot Norton Lecture...
  Novelist Grant Faulkner ’87 inspires nearly a half-million would-be novelists — more than 150 of them in Grinnell — to write 50,000 words during a 30-day international writing marathon, the largest event of its kind. Faulkner is executive director of National Novel Writing...
  Students interested in traditional and nontraditional healthcare careers need to know how to make the most of their liberal arts experience. Matthew Croco ’97 an orthodontist with his own practice in Coralville, Iowa, suggested successful alumni return to campus to discuss...
The Asia Society recently honored Luna Ranjit ’00, co-founder and executive director of Adhikaar for Human Rights & Social Justice, for her “outstanding achievements, commitment to public service, and desire to make the world a better place.” The society named her to their...
  Bryan Lake ’02 received a 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for his work as a kindergarten teacher at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary in Urbana, Ill. He’ll receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and a paid trip for two...
One year out of Grinnell and Kyle Espinosa ’12 has an Emmy to his name. “I feel pretty ecstatic to win an Emmy for a project I had a significant role in,” he says. “The statue is for the team, but if I had a spare $2000 lying around, I could get mine.” Espinosa is part of...
Two recent art history grads move forward in their post-B.A. professional lives. This summer Tianhan Gao ’11 (left) … …became the associate cataloguer for the Classical Chinese Paintings Department at the art auction house Sotheby’s International in New York. Tianhan came to...
There is no shortage of leaders among Grinnell’s alumni. Plenty have risen to what most would consider lofty leadership positions in business, finance, and politics. Grinnellians also are leaders in the arts, academia, technology, and social reforms. Despite this, a 2008 on-...
Earlier this year, inventive jazz pianist Herbie Hancock '60 discussed “The Ethics of Jazz” as Harvard’s 2014 Norton Lecturer. His six-lecture series is now available online: The Wisdom of Miles Davis Breaking the Rules Cultural Diplomacy and the Voice of Freedom Innovation and...
In her recent comic “The Size of Things,” Zoe Schein ’12, the creator of Z-nifty and the Funk, explains why she loves Iowa. Images courtesy of Zoe Schein. Originally published on Z-nifty and the Funk.
Wondering what you can do with a Russian degree? Daniel Wolfe ’99 knows many ways to use one. After graduation, Wolfe thrived in a handful of diverse careers — translating for a music company in Russia, working for a video game company in corporate America, and teaching music to...
“Twenty years ago, Grinnell College did something that no one else would do. They vouched for a young man who had lost everything and needed a second chance,” says Jeetander Dulani ’98. “Before applying to Grinnell, I had been homeless, and while I was able to get off the street...

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Grinnell College recognized the professional accomplishments and service contributions of 10 alumni during Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 1-3 on the Grinnell campus. Alumni Award winners are members of reunion classes who have distinguished themselves in their careers and...
GRINNELL, IA— Two Grinnell College alumni have been awarded Lori Ann Schwab Alumni Grants for service projects in their home communities. The Schwab alumni grants are named for the late Lori Ann Schwab who died while an arts student at Grinnell in 1994. The $1,500 grants support...
  Grinnell College is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Wilson ’98 as the College’s new Chief Investment Officer. Wilson will succeed David Clay on Jan. 1, 2014. Wilson’s hire was the outcome of a rigorous global search for a College CIO who will usher in a new era of...

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Application Contact Person:  Doug CutchinsApplication Contact Information:  cutchins[at]grinnell[dot]edu Application Wall Alumni Service Award applications must be completed electronically. Please email all elements of your application as Word or PDF documents to Doug Cutchins...