TO: All Members of the Faculty
FR: Royce Wolf
RE: Alumni Scholars Program
The Alumni Scholar Program is funded for the Spring semester of 2013. Therefore, we are writing to ask for your nominations following the usual guidelines outlined below. Alumni Scholars will be invited to the College to present their scholarship, to renew acquaintances with faculty, and to meet current students. Past nominations have been received from departments, concentrations, and other faculty groups.
Alumni Scholars should be persons of promise who have graduated from the College within the past 8-10 years and who have their graduate degrees in hand, or very nearly so. "Scholarship" can be defined rather broadly to include not just academic disciplines represented at Grinnell, but also fields such as law, engineering, performing arts, and librarianship.
A visit usually lasts two days and includes a public presentation by the scholar and one or more less formal meetings with students interested in learning about the Scholar's own path from Grinnell to the Scholar's present field of work or perhaps to discuss graduate programs. The Alumni Scholars fund covers the cost of these visits: an honorarium of $250, reasonable travel costs, and meals. Past visits have cost about $1,000 each.
If you have a nomination for an alumni scholar, please consult with your department or concentration first, and then contact Royce via email at firstname.lastname@example.org . The short nomination statement should include the name of the alum, year graduated, what the alum has done after graduation, what the alum would do while on campus, and the approximate date of the visit.
Nominations will be reviewed as they are received in order to give sponsors flexibility for planning. However, visits should be proposed no later than the end of the third full week of classes in the spring.