Day of Community Service to mark May 7 inauguration of President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D.

BannersGrinnell College President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., will beinaugurated as Grinnell’s 13th president, Sat., May 7, during a day that includes community service activities for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the national liberal arts college.

Kington, who began his Grinnell tenure in August, 2010, brings a fresh perspective to the academic world as the former deputy director and acting director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to NIH, he directed the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the largest studies of the health of the U.S. population. He also served as assistant professor of medicine at UCLA and as a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation. Kington attended the University of Michigan where he received his B.S. with distinction and his M.D., and later completed his M.B.A. with distinction and Ph.D. at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science in 2006.

In the spirit of Grinnell’s core value of social responsibility, Kington’s inauguration will also mark the college’s first annual Day of Service. Grinnell’s 20,000 alumni will be invited to participate in service activities in their home communities around the globe. In the city of Grinnell, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and local community members will work from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on service projects to benefit local organizations such as local schools, Imagine Grinnell, Second Mile, Drake Community Library, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Mid-Iowa Community Action, and the Poweshiek Animal League Shelter.

Kington’s inaugural address, “Preparing Students to Change the World,” will be the focal point of the inauguration ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. on the college’s Central Campus. Delegates from higher education institutions are expected to attend the outdoor ceremony. David White, chair of the college’s board of trustees and a 1990 graduate, will conduct the investiture, and Kington will receive greetings and remarks from members of several Grinnell constituencies.

The inauguration ceremony will be livestreamed at www.grinnell.edu/inauguration. Rain location for the 3 p.m. ceremony is Herrick Chapel, 1128 Park St., on the Grinnell campus. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please call 641-269-3235 as soon as possible to make a request.

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Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., will be inaugurated as Grinnell’s 13th president, Sat., May 7, during a day that includes community service activities with local organizations.

In the spirit of the college’s core value of social responsibility, Kington’s inauguration will mark Grinnell’s first annual Day of Service. Grinnell’s 20,000 alumni will be invited to participate in service activities in their home communities around the globe.

In the city of Grinnell, community members, alumni, faculty, staff, and students will work together from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on service projects with organizations including Imagine Grinnell, Second Mile, Drake Community Library, Grinnell Regional Medical Center, Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell Arts Academy, Mid-Iowa Community Action, and the Poweshiek Animal League Shelter, in addition to local schools, 4-H, Girl Scout, and community-supported agriculture projects.

Individuals planning to participate in the inaugural Day of Service should register on the RSVP form atwww.grinnell.edu/inauguration or by calling 641-269-4981 so that teams of appropriate size and activity level may be assigned to the volunteer sites. All registrants should attend a kickoff event at 8 a.m. on May 7 at the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, 1115 8th Ave., where volunteer assignments will be distributed.

Local residents are also invited to attend Kington’s inauguration ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. on Central Campus. Delegates from higher education institutions are expected to attend the outdoor ceremony, where Kington will address “Preparing Students to Change the World.” David White, chair of the college’s board of trustees and a 1990 graduate, will conduct the investiture, and Kington will receive greetings and remarks from members of several Grinnell constituencies.

Other public activities include a showcase of student achievement from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at various campus locations, and an inaugural lunch in the Marketplace Dining Hall of the Rosenfield Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kington, who began his Grinnell tenure last August, brings a fresh perspective to the academic world as the former deputy director and acting director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to NIH, he directed the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the largest studies of the health of the U.S. population. He also served as assistant professor of medicine at UCLA and as a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation.

An inauguration information table will be available in the Rosenfield Center on May 7. Rain location for the 3 p.m. inauguration ceremony is Herrick Chapel, 1128 Park St., where there will be limited seating. The ceremony will also be livestreamed at www.grinnell.edu/inauguration. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please call 641-269-3235 as soon as possible to make a request.

 

 

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 15:04