Four third-year Grinnell College students are preparing to go to the head of the class as the next generation of college professors. The first cohort of Mellon Mays Fellows, made possible through a $500,000 four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was selected from among last year's second-year students at Grinnell who aspire to teach at the college level.
Grinnell College’s JP Prouty ’10 has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-North Region Team. The defender from Stilwell, Kan., was named to the All-Region third team. A three-time All-Region performer and three-time All-Midwest Conference first-teamer, Prouty anchored a Pioneer defense that gave up a measly 1.43 goals per game and qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history. He ranked second on the team in assists with three and third in goals with five.
Dr. Craig Henderson ’63 recently brought his perspective on health care reform to the Grinnell campus in his talk, “A View from Inside the Death Panels,” sponsored by the Wilson Program. Dr. Henderson presented a contrast to the controversy that has surrounded “death panels” in recent months by providing detailed and valuable insights into how a real-life panel operates.
Liane Ellison Norman ’59 wrote this poem about planning her 50th Grinnell College Reunion, held in 2009.
Eight hundred and ten miles each way,
a journey to the center of the country,
Interstates 79 to 70 to 74 to 80. We left
in 5 a.m. dark, fog thickening in hollows
of West Virginia, fanning out fall light
in Ohio, heading flat through Indiana
and Illinois fields of corn and soy, gentle
hills of Iowa. I remembered how I, a girl
of Wasatch Mountains loved Iowa,
alfalfa smell, silos, barns, Angus cattle grazing
My story is that I came to Grinnell in 1958 as an early entrant (didn’t graduate high school) from an East Coast suburb. Not only was I Jewish, but also I came from a secular Jewish, left-wing family. I think my Grinnell experience solidified my Jewish identification because I was seen as “odd” in a number of ways. One small story: I was very blonde and have a fair complexion. During my first week at school, a classmate from a small Midwestern town and I were sharing information. When I said I was Jewish, she was astounded. She had never met a Jew and thought they all had dark complexions.
Originally published in the Summer 1976 Grinnell Magazine
Before I recount my tale about The Magical Place, I want to make one simple observation: Angels fly because they take themselves so lightly.
Once upon a time, a little boy named Jimmy discovered himself in a magical place. The place was like an island in a sea of gold or white or green, depending upon the season, as Jimmy was to learn.
Each student in the course Tyrants and Tunesmiths: Music and the State in Modern Europe wrote a review based upon the experience of the performance, but adopting the perspective of a particular cultural or political figure from the original premiere in 1900 in Rome.
According to Assistant Professor of History Kelly Maynard, the exercise provides a good way for students to apply the historical training they have been receiving in this unique course to their evening at the opera.
Two students share their reviews:
Grinnell College's Sam Calisch '10 (pictured) has won the prestigious Roy W. LeClere Award winner for academic excellence.
The award goes to the Midwest Conference male student-athlete who had the highest grade point average during his junior year while lettering in at least two league sports. It is named for Roy W. LeClere, a collegiate sports enthusiast whose passion for the MWC led friends and co-workers to originally sponsor the award as a memorial in his honor.