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"When you get something right in lab, it's like making a birdie or getting a one-putt," says Stephanie Spahr '14. She joins her mentor, chemistry professor Stephen Sieck, to share stories about "failed" experiments, organic chemistry, and finding success in the top programs in...

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During the summer of 1970, I was a member of the construction crew that built the Physical Education Complex, or PEC. It was a hot job during a hot summer during a hot time. As I watched the building come down during 2010–11 while visiting my son, C.J. Erickson ’11, I began to...
Archie Tyson ’06 transferred to Grinnell for two reasons: the rigorous education and the opportunity to play football. “I knew that I wasn’t going to get drafted to play in the NFL, so my attitude was to play and enjoy the game, but to get a quality education at the same time,”...
On Feb. 17, Grinnell Pioneer Michael Brus ’14 swam his way into the national record book, setting an NCAA Division III record in the 200-yard backstroke with a clocking time of 1:45.94.  Brus was competing at the 2013 Midwest Conference (MWC) Swimming and Diving Championships,...
In the fall and winter of 2010, closely following the completion of the new Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center, workers dismantled and largely recycled the College’s Physical Education Complex (PEC). You can read all about the 1971 building’s history in the...
Christine Ajinjeru ’14 traveled nearly 8,000 miles to get to Grinnell College. Sarah Burnell ’14 went less than 8 blocks. Despite their differences—cultural, geographic, and otherwise—or perhaps because of them, the two Academic All-American track stars have become best friends...
Fox Sports featured Coach David Arseneault and “The System” — Grinnell’s fast-paced, high-scoring, record-setting basketball. “As far as I know, the game is still about trying to outscore the opponent,” says Arseneault. Not only does the video refer to “Coach A” as a “mad...
Christine Thorburn '92 narrowly missed medaling at the 2008 Beijing Olympic women's cycling competition. "I was fifth in the time trial (3.2 seconds slower than the bronze medalist over 36 minutes of racing!)" Thorburn says. She was 52nd in the road race, after doing the work...
  Once again, Grinnell has been chosen to host the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. In March 2016, the championship will be contested in the Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center. The six-lane, 200-meter track includes an eight-lane...
The 1990 Grinnell College women's cross country team: (back row, l to r) Sandra Robinson '93, Kiki Anderson Chanders '92, Jennifer Veshia '91, Melanie Leavitt '93, Kara Beach King '93, Katherine Fairbanks Sargent '91 (author of the poem), Coach E. Freeman; (front row, l to r);...
Not just a student. Not just an athlete. How do you balance a great education and academic rigor with strong athletics? For Kainoa Inafuku ’14 — as with many student-athletles — it was with professors who demanded his best and helped him deliver. With coaches who care about...
*/ Images by Jim Heemstra. This article appeared as a web extra for The Grinnell Magazine, Summer 2010. Pfun with the Pfishes: Vic Verrett, Lucy Green, Bob Baumann, Dewey Meyer, Tom Evans, and Art Heimann. Vic Verrett, Art Heimann, and Gordon Packard begin their workout in...
The Grinnell College Athletics Hall of Fame will welcome 12 new members. The Hall was created in 1995 to recognize the achievements of the college’s most accomplished student athletes. This year’s inductees will be honored on Saturday, Aug. 30. A morning ceremony, reception, and...

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