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Media Relations

The Grinnell College media relations team works directly with media to increase understanding and support of the College among prospective students, alumni and parents, and other constituents. We work with reporters from all types of media, and from all over the U.S. and around the world.

Climbing Wall

Located in the Bear athletic and recreation center, the climbing wall offers bouldering, top rope climbing, autobelays and lead climbing opportunities. Open sessions are scheduled 4-5 days weekly, with additional specialty sessions for beginners, groups and advanced workshops. The bouldering wall is open most times the center is open. In addition to GORP sponsored climbing times, GORP is happy to schedule sessions for any groups of 6 or more wishing to use the wall.

Yarn Bombing the Peace Grove

A guerilla art project knits together a group of students, townspeople, and local alumni

“I was working on my calculus homework in the math lab, and one of the tutors got sidetracked and started to tell me about an article that she had read about ‘yarn bombing’  — people knitting sweaters for trees to decorate public places — and I was seriously intrigued. I’d never knit anything before, but women in a knitting group in town [including Joan Baker ’51 and Dorothy Palmer ’62] welcomed us into their Sit ’n’ Knit group and taught us how. They have us over to their houses every Thursday night for knitting sessions! Almost half of the students in my tutorial joined the project, and we set up a knitting station in Burling so anyone could take a break and knit on one of the sweaters.” —Cassie Miller ’16

“At first people were hesitant about the project, sometimes thinking that we were trying to keep the trees warm. After we explained it was more of a public art installation that we were initiating as part of our tutorial [anthropology professor Jon Andelson ’70’s Our Prairie Town: Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives], they were much more enthusiastic. At the public knitting station in Burling, people were knitting like crazy. That sweater turned out to be much longer than the rest and was full of different knitting styles and patterns, representing, however cheesy this may sound, all the different people who worked on the project. I like thinking about people walking up to the library feeling stressed about school or life in general and smiling when they see our tree sweaters. —Sophie Neems ’16

About Grinnell

Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a private, coed, residential liberal arts and sciences college located in Grinnell, Iowa. We confer bachelor of arts degrees in 26 major fields and offer individualized curriculum planning and advising. Independent majors are possible.


Explore the history of Grinnell, with roots that date back to the birth of the state, recovery after a devastating cyclone, and more than 150 years of growth and change.

Dr. Kelley Donham is the Third Speaker in Prairie Studies Series, "Chemical Contaminants in Our Environment"

4:15 p.m., ARH 102, informal discussion with Professor Donham
7:30 p.m., ARH 102, lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns"

On Wednesday, February 6, the Center for Prairie Studies is sponsoring a visit to campus by Dr. Kelley Donham, Professor and Associate Head for Agricultural Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Health in the College of Public Health, The University of Iowa. At 4:15 p.m., Dr. Donham will participate in an informal discussion about occupational and environmental health issues in Iowa agriculture, including issues relating to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). At 7:30 p.m., also in ARH 102, he will present a lecture, "Intensive Livestock Production Systems: Occupational and Environmental Concerns." The public is invited to both events. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Donham earned a B.S in Premedical Sciences and a M.S. in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University. He practiced veterinary medicine for several years before returning to the University of Iowa as a faculty member in 1973. He achieved the rank of full Professor in 1984.

At the University of Iowa, Dr. Donham developed an MS – PhD degree and Certificate program in Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Iowa, the first and one of the few teaching programs today in agricultural medicine. The program focuses on specialty training for health care and occupational health professionals in health and safety issues in the farming community.

Dr. Donham's research has focused on occupational and environmental health concerns relative to intensive livestock housing, having conducted the original studies in this area beginning in 1974. In addition, he studies diseases of agricultural workers, particularly respiratory diseases, zoonotic infectious diseases, and intervention methods for prevention. He has published over 140 articles, three books, and numerous chapters in these areas. With co-author Anders Thelin of Sweden, he authored the first text book for the field, Agricultural Medicine: Occupational and Environmental Health for the Health Professions (Blackwell, 2006).

Campus Safety and Security

Your safety and the security of all on-campus property and programs is the focus of Grinnell’s Office of Campus Safety and Security.  The security staff complements Grinnell’s philosophy of self-governance and personal responsibility by working with students, faculty members, and others to prevent safety issues and provide a safe campus environment in which to live, learn, and work.