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Grinnell College VP Houston Dougharty Is Honored by National Professional Association

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 9:43 pm

Grinnell, Iowa -- Houston Dougharty, vice president for student affairs at Grinnell College, was honored earlier this month at the regional meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

The organization recognized Dougharty for Outstanding Performance as a Senior Student Affairs Officer, an honor that is presented to an individual who has excelled as a dean in the student affairs profession.

About Houston Dougharty

Houston Dougharty has been vice president of student affairs at Grinnell since spring 2008. Over the past 29 years—at Grinnell and in student affairs positions at other colleges and universities—he has led and served in most areas of college student affairs, including counseling and health services, substance abuse prevention, suicide and self-harming behaviors prevention, admissions, multicultural affairs and service learning.

Dougharty is active regionally and nationally in a number of professional organizations, and is frequently invited to speak at professional conferences. Currently an adjunct faculty member at Drake University in Des Moines, he previously taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Before coming to Grinnell, Dougharty held leadership positions in student affairs at Lewis & Clark College, the University of Puget Sound, Iowa State, Western Washington University, UCSB, and the University of Hartford. He is a native of Santa Fe, N.M.

About NASPA

NASPA is a leading association for student affairs professionals. The organization provides professional development, advocacy, and research for 13,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries and 8 U.S. territories.

About Grinnell College

Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.

Anti-Death Penalty Activist Sister Helen Prejean Will Deliver Keynote Address at Grinnell Prize Award Ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 5

Grinnell, Iowa – Sister Helen Prejean—the Roman Catholic nun whose efforts to abolish the death penalty inspired the Oscar-winning film Dead Man Walking—will present the keynote speech at the Grinnell Prize awards ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 4:15 p.m. in Herrick Chapel at Grinnell College.

The event will feature the presentation of Grinnell Prize medals to three young people who are innovators in social justice. This year’s Grinnell Prize recipients will be announced Monday, Oct. 28. For more information, go to www.grinnell.edu/grinnellprize.

The Nov. 5 awards ceremony—and a book signing at Macy House immediately following the ceremony—are open to the public at no charge. No tickets are required.

About Sister Helen Prejean

For three decades, Sister Helen Prejean has been a leading voice against the death penalty, shaping the conversation nationally, internationally and within the Catholic Church.

A member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, Prejean spent her first years with the Sisters teaching religion to junior high school students. Realizing that being on the side of poor people is an essential part of the Gospel, she moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and worked at New Orleans’ Hope House from 1984 to 1986.

During that time, Prejean was asked to correspond with a death row inmate, Patrick Sonnier, at Angola, the state penitentiary of Louisiana. Prejean agreed and became Sonnier’s spiritual adviser. After witnessing his execution, she wrote Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. A New York Times Best Seller for 31 weeks, the book inspired the 1996 movie of the same name, directed by Tim Robbins and starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon. Dead Man Walking also was the basis for an opera and a play for high schools and colleges.

Since 1984, Prejean has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. Prejean is also the author of The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, and presently is at work on River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.

About the Grinnell Prize

The Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize (also known as the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $100,000, half to each winning individual (or individuals) and half to an organization committed to the winner’s area of social justice. Nominations for the 2014 Grinnell Prize are being accepted through November 8. For more information, go to www.grinnell.edu/grinnellprize.

About Grinnell College

Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.

 

Grinnell Science Project

The Grinnell Science Project is committed to developing the talents of all students interested in science and mathematics, especially those from groups underrepresented in the sciences -- students of color, first-generation college students, and women in physics, mathematics and computer science.

Sarah Labowitz '04 Urging Stakeholders to Ensure Sustainable Improvement in Bengali Workplace Safety

Workplace safety: Call for greater coordination among stakeholders

National and international stakeholders have been urged to forge a greater coordination among them to ensure sustainable improvement in workplace safety in Bangladesh.

The call emerged from a discussion in New York on Tuesday, according to a message received here Wednesday.

Media Source:
 Dhaka Tribune

When Asked if Colleges Should Be Judged by Graduates’ Pay, Parents of Grinnellians Responded

Should Colleges Be Judged by Graduates’ Pay?

September 18, 2013

To the Editor:

James B. Stewart's column noted that Grinnell College was rated 17th in the U.S. News rankings but was 366th in the PayScale ranking for midcareer median salary.

Media Source:
 New York Times

Winners

2016 Grinnell Prize Winners

The power of words and language to effect positive change in individuals and societies is the focus of the 2016 Grinnell Prize, the largest monetary award presented by a U.S. college recognizing achievements in social justice.

Macy House

The Jesse Macy House at 1205 Park Street opened in spring 2008— a newly renovated home for many of the College's distinguished programs. The house brings together programs that regularly enrich the lives of Grinnellians by bringing special speakers and performers to campus, providing new and unusual research opportunities, and bridging the boundaries between academic disciplines.