Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Four Grinnell College alumni were recognized during the recent Alumni Reunion Weekend for their involvement in service organizations— two received Joseph F. Wall Alumni Service Awards of $25,000 each for service projects in their selected non-profit organizations, and two received Lori Ann Schwab Alumni Grants for service organizations in their home communities.

The Wall Alumni Service Awards are named for the late Joseph F. Wall, a Grinnell College alumnus and long-time professor of history who inspired an ideal of social responsibility in his students. The Wall Alumni Service Awards are open to all Grinnell graduates who engage in service projects, programs and organizations dedicated to improving the lives of others. The 2012 Wall Alumni Service Award winners are:


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 are open to Grinnell graduates from 1992 to 1998 who are staff members or volunteers in non-profit service organizations and public schools. The 2012 winners are:

Chase Strangio, a 2004 Grinnell graduate from Jackson Heights, N.Y., who developed the Lorena Borjas Community Fund to provide legal, financial and logistical support to low-income LGBTQ immigrants in New York City.   Nora Bloch, a 1992 graduate of Grinnell from Jamaica Plain, Mass., volunteers at the Rafael Hernandez Two-Way Bilingual School in Boston, where she assists and promotes fine arts instruction.

Amy Smith, a 1995 Grinnell graduate from San Francisco, works with Bay Area organizations to assist incarcerated individuals at San Quentin State Prison in their transition to release.


Kathy Hansen Waddell, a 1996 Grinnell graduate from Edmond, Okla., supports the Oklahoma City YWCA Hand in Hand Learning Center that provides trauma services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.