Faculty

Meet the New Alumni Director

Sat, 2007-12-15 15:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

Recently, on a sunny September afternoon Jim Hess saw his worlds collide — sort of. Hess, the new director of alumni relations at Grinnell College, was in Washington, D.C., his former home, at a picnic for Grinnell alumni and students.

Hess has spent the last 18 years in the nation's capital working at George Washington University, most recently as executive director in the Office of University Events. He moved to Grinnell in June with his wife, Kirsten, and their 3-year-old daughter, Madeleine.

Tenure

Fri, 2007-06-15 16:13 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

Tenure: on its face, not the loveliest of words. But there are few as sweet in the ears of an early-career academic. Tenure signifies job security, the acceptance of one's senior colleagues, a feeling of belonging and - perhaps most importantly - support for a life's work.

The Innovators

Fri, 2007-06-15 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

Perhaps we've all had a flash of inspiration that we were positive would lead to success: the million-dollar idea, the can't-miss business concept, the surefire solution to a vexing problem.

While most of us never get those great ideas off the drawing board, the Grinnellians on these pages have turned their visions into reality. From part-time businesses to companies with a global reach, they've found willing buyers for their innovative approaches.

Commencement 2007

Fri, 2007-06-15 12:10 | By Anonymous (not verified)

It wasn't real. We black-robed, silly-hatted seniors gathered outside of ARH to wait for the exercises of commencement to start -- which meant we were graduating. And none of us could believe that we were actually graduating, despite all the evidence to the contrary. I thought it was more likely that the whole deal was a lame practical joke. Our professors would wink at us when we got our diplomas, and we'd open them up to see just a big GOTCHA where a real diploma should be.

Grinnellians and Innovators

Thu, 2007-03-15 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Warren Morrow '99 and Max Cardenas '01 are great exemplars of the Grinnell tradition of innovative thinking.

While activism is continually reinterpreted for each generation at Grinnell, Warren Morrow and Max Cardenas are part of a Grinnell tradition of innovative thinking and action that includes such exemplars as Harry Hopkins '12 and Robert Noyce '49.

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