Toys & Tigers Winter Clearance - Pioneer Bookshop
Now through January 31, 2012, save 30% off all toys and clothing (GHS Tiger and more) in stock at the Pioneer Bookshop. Select books up to 75% off. Hurry in for best selection.
The Gift Guide Coupon expires January 31, 2012. Get 10% off one regular priced book. Coupons available in the bookshop.
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Thursdays open until 8pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm.
Community Mini-Grant Program Application - Deadline Quickly Approaching
Grinnell College is now accepting applications for Community Mini-Grants. The Mini-Grant Program provides catalyst funding for small-to mid-scale projects to help Grinnell become a more attractive place to live, work and play. Mini-grants, which range from $1,000 to $7,500, focus on cultural, recreational and educational initiatives including those benefitting the social needs of the community, as well as projects that enhance the safety, beauty and economic vitality of the local area.
Applications for 2012 must be received in the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement by the January 27 deadline. Additional application information is available at http://www.grinnell.edu/offices/communityenhance/minigrant/.
In 2011, community mini-grants were awarded to 11 local projects: Drake Community Library for electronic book service; Grinnell Area Arts Council for computer and office equipment; Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce for website development; Grinnell Big Brothers Big Sisters for activities to support mentor matches; Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool for a school bus; Grinnell Little League for field upgrades; Grinnell Parks and Recreation Department to improve Arbor Lake shelters; Grinnell Police Department for patrol bicycles; Grinnell Regional Medical Center for electronic records wireless access; PALS animal shelter for insulated pet doors; and Poweshiek County Fair Association for campground improvements.
Mini-grant applications will be reviewed by Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement and engagement, and an advisory committee of Grinnell College faculty and staff, college students from the local area, and community representatives. Awardees will be notified by March 1.
The Flu Season is Almost Upon Us!
Flu season is almost here. The two most common types of flu that we see at Student Health and Counseling Services at this time of year are seasonal flu and gastroenteritis (aka norovirus or stomach flu). Below is some important information that you can use to prevent yourself from catching the flu bug.
CDC Recommendations to prevent the flu:
• Get a seasonal flu vaccine
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Cover your cough
• Wash your hands with soap and water often
• Don’t share eating utensils
• If you have the flu, avoid contact with others to prevent the spread of the disease
• Carefully wash fruits and vegetables, and cook oysters and other shellfish thoroughly before eating them.
• People with gastrointestinal flu should not prepare food for others while they have symptoms and for 3 days after they recover from their illness
• After throwing up or having diarrhea, immediately clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces by using a bleach-based household cleaner as directed on the product label.
• Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool.
Common Seasonal Flu (Influenza)Symptoms
Influenza usually starts suddenly and may include the following symptoms:
• Fever (usually high)
• Tiredness (can be extreme)
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Body aches
• Diarrhea and vomiting (more common among children than adults)
Having these symptoms does not always mean that you have the flu. Many different illnesses, including the common cold, can result in similar symptoms.
Symptoms of Gastroenteritis (aka Norovirus or Stomach Flu)
• Nausea and vomiting
• Stomach Cramping
• Low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and general sense of fatigue (less common)
For more information on influenza and gastroenteritis please see below the following CDC links:
Remember, wash your hands often and follow simple tips to stay virus-free.