The Grinnell College Board of Trustees initiated a series of studies at its February meeting designed to result in a wind farm to supply power for college use. College officials are now preparing a financing plan, performing feasibility studies and considering locations to gather information for a detailed plan for the trustees. The studies, which could take as much as two years, will assess a wind farm estimated at three turbines costing around $13 million and possibly supplying as much as half the college’s power consumption.
As the strategic planning year draws to a close we ponder what sort of document the plan might generate. The full compilation of ideas, emails, data, minutes of group meetings, and other documents created during the year would accumulate into a large volume. What we have in mind, however, is a compact statement of strategic aspirations and directions. The strategic plan document is more likely to be a small manual than an encyclopedia. It will be most useful if it fits in a pocket, or on a Smartphone.
The Grinnell College Putnam team placed in the top 10% of all participating institutions for the second consecutive year. As reported by the Putnam committee:
"A total of 4440 students from 572 colleges and universities in Canada and the United States participated in the Competition. There were teams from more than 460 institutions"
During Spring Break, videos designated as “Library Use Only” were moved from the Burling Media Room office and integrated into the regular video collection. The move allows all patrons to have more ready access for browsing during library hours and makes it easier for faculty and staff to check these recordings out when the Media Room office is closed.
The Postgraduate Success Working Group encountered a perception among various constituents on campus that Grinnellians thought pursuing a career with a for-profit organization was anti-Grinnellian. Yet when we asked individuals on campus if for-profit careers were consistent with a Grinnell education, many said yes. Intrigued by this paradox, we surveyed all 282 faculty members, 485 staff members, and 1,632 students (a total of 2,399 individuals) last semester; 46 percent of the faculty, 31 percent of the staff, and 24 percent of the students responded.
The Libraries are happy to announce the launch of our new mobile catalog interface athttp://libweb.grinnell.edu/m/. Search the library catalog, keep a list of saved items, IM a librarian, or check library hours all on your mobile device. You can also access a few of your favorite databases in our Mobile databases list.
More features coming soon! Please let us know if you have any feature suggestions atquery[at]grinnell[dot]edu.
Student Work presented at SIAM PP12
Department with Strong Showing at JMM Seven faculty members and two students represented the Grinnell Mathematics and Statistics Department at this year's Joint Mathematics Meeting in Boston, January 4-7, 2012. The Joint Mathematics Meeting is an annual meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). It is the "Largest annual mathematics meeting in the world" and had over 7000 attendees this year. Alice Nadeau '13 and Bingxi Wu '13 presented the poster Multiplicative Partitions during the MAA Undergraduate Poster Session.
Strategic Plan Update, February 2012
During fall semester 2011, after poring over hundreds of ideas and suggestions offered by the Grinnell College community, the strategic planning working groups developed the following material for consideration by the strategic plan steering committee. The committee will draw from this list to develop strategic themes and further develop a subset of ideas that will be pursued in the strategic plan.
Alumni Engagement: Engage alumni with one another, with faculty, and with students through: