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The French program explores the diverse literatures, identities, and cultures of the French-speaking world. All courses are taught in French, provide intensive work in oral and written expression, and are approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students may meet prestigious artists, intellectuals, and government figures hosted by the department.
The Arabic program introduces students to Arabic language and culture. All courses are taught in Arabic and provide intensive work in oral and written expression. The language curriculum can be complemented with courses on the Middle East and North Africa offered by departments such as History, Religious Studies, and Anthropology and with off-campus study program options.
Grinnell sits in the middle of a vast and dynamic environment known as prairie. Tall grasses, flowering plants, deep root systems, soil, and fire comprise the ecosystem. The complex root system means that two-thirds of the prairie lives below ground, and that fire will destroy only the dead matter above ground. This ecosystem is responsible for creating the rich Iowa soil that agriculturalists have enjoyed for generations.
"When you get something right in lab, it's like making a birdie or getting a one-putt," says Stephanie Spahr '14. She joins her mentor, chemistry professor Stephen Sieck, to share stories about "failed" experiments, organic chemistry, and finding success in the top programs in the country.
President Raynard Kington is pleased to announce that Kate Walker will be the next vice president of finance and treasurer of Grinnell College. Walker is currently the assistant vice president of finance for Macalester College, and she will begin work at Grinnell on October 21, 2013.
Walker will succeed Grinnell Vice President and Treasurer Karen Voss, who has for some time been planning her retirement. Voss will assist with the orientation and transition process.
Hall wellness coordinator Samantha Schwartz '14 advises students to practice gratitude.