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Young, Gifted and Black sharing music ministry during spring break tour

Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, a 30-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 20-25, in churches in Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas-Ft. Worth, as part of a spring break tour.

The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, open to students of all backgrounds, has a 45-year history on the Grinnell campus. Through a bond of “cultural uniformity,” the choir ministers to a variety of audiences with a wide selection of sacred music, including spirituals and traditional and contemporary gospel.

The gospel choir, directed by Barry Jones, lecturer of music, will share their music ministry at:

Mar. 20, 11 a.m.: Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 1025 NE 15th St., Oklahoma City, Okla.

Mar. 20, 5 p.m.: Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, 7336 W. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, Okla.

Mar. 22: community service projects at San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope, San Antonio, Tex. 

Mar. 23, 7 p.m.: Brentwood Baptist Church, 13033 Landmark Dr., Houston, Tex.

Mar. 24, 7 p.m.: Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, 1007 E. Terrell Ave., Fort Worth, Tex.

Mar. 25, 7 p.m.: Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas, Tex.

Each engagement is tailored to the audience, adding an air of spontaneity and encouraging audience participation. The choir has featured works by Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, Richard Smallwood, and Hezekiah Walker.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

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Mini-grants to local projects announced

Monday, Mar. 7, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell, IA
3/7/11

Eleven Grinnell area organizations will benefit from more than $30,000 in grant support from the Grinnell College Mini-Grant Program for arts, educational and community initiatives.

“We increased both the maximum grant amount and the total grant funds available from the program this year so we were better able to meet community needs,” said Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement and engagement. The maximum award increased to $7,500 for the annual mini-grant program, which has, since 2002, funded more than $131,000 in small-to mid-scale projects for the Grinnell area.

Traditionally, the grants review committee has been comprised of faculty, staff and Grinnell College students from the local area. This year, the review committee, led by Chavez-Silva, added two community members, Rick Ramsey and Monique McLay Shore.

Of the 25 proposals submitted, the volunteer committee designated full or partial funding to the following projects this spring: Drake Community Library for electronic book service; Grinnell Area Arts Council for computer and office equipment; Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce for website development; Grinnell Big Brothers Big Sisters for activities to support mentor matches; Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool for a school bus; Grinnell Little League for field upgrades; Grinnell Parks and Recreation Department to improve Arbor Lake shelters; Grinnell Police Department for patrol bicycles; Grinnell Regional Medical Center for electronic records wireless access; PALS animal shelter for insulated pet doors; and Poweshiek County Fair Association for campground improvements.

For more information about the mini-grant program, contact Chavez-Silva at 641-269-3900,chavezsm@grinnell.edu, or visit the website: http://www.grinnell.edu/Offices/communityenhance/minigrant. - 30 -

 

Abraham Inc. to perform cross-cultural, cross-genre concert Jan. 31

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Funk, jazz and hip hop will collide in a Grinnell College performance by Abraham Inc.—an eclectic group of klezmer, clarinet, and trombone—on Mon., Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel.

Featuring klezmer artist and clarinetist David Krakauer; funk trombonist Fred Wesley; and hip hop architect Socalled, Abraham Inc. creates a new musical space, “a cross-cultural, cross-genre development.” The group’s debut release “Tweet Tweet” topped Billboard’s charts as #1 in funk, #1 in Jewish and Yiddish music, and #7 in jazz, plus #35 in music sales on Amazon.

“This is a not-to-miss performance,” said Rachel Bly, director of conference operations and events at Grinnell. “This concert is all about collaboration, mutual respect and breaking down boundaries. There is something for everyone with this fun, upbeat music created by world-class musicians.”

Tickets are required for this free public performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Wed., Jan. 26, noon-5 p.m. Limited tickets are also available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. For ticket questions, call 641-269-3101 or go to http://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/publicevents/.

Abraham, Inc.’s appearance at Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Public Events Committee. Herrick Chapel is located at 1128 Park St. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request.

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Faculty promotions approved by Board of Trustees

Monday, May. 9, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

The Grinnell College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of faculty members to new ranks for the 2011-12 academic year:

• Promoted to associate professor with tenure: Keith Brouhle (economics); Brigittine French (anthropology); and Lee Emma Running (art). Background information about these newly tenured faculty members is attached.

• Promoted to associate professor: Heather Benning (physical education) and Brian Jaworski (physical education). Background information about these faculty promotions is attached.

• Moving from active teaching to senior faculty status: Gail Bonath (library).

• Moving from senior faculty status to professors emeriti: Michael Cavanagh (English); Charles Duke (physics); Diane Robertson (biology); and Bruce Voyles (biology).

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

Background information for tenure promotions:

Keith R. Brouhle, associate professor of economics. B.A., Grinnell College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois.

Keith Brouhle joined the economics department in 2005, after serving as assistant professor at the University of Alberta. Brouhle is a noted innovator in the use of teaching technologies, including interactive “games” and concrete applications to reinforce abstract concepts. His primary area of scholarship is empirical environmental economics, and his work has appeared in a range of well-respected journals in his field. His additional interest is the influence of voluntary programs on the environmental behavior of firms in the United States and Canada. On campus, Brouhle has been a member of the Rosenfield Committee, the campus plan update task force, the admissions board, and committees for scholarship, faculty recruiting, the environmental studies and policy studies concentrations, and the Social Studies Division for technology and pedagogy. At a national level, he is a reviewer for eight scholarly journals in economics.

Brigittine French, associate professor of anthropology. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa. Brigittine French came to Grinnell in 2003 as a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in linguistic anthropology. French’s research is focused on the relation between language and political power; specifically, language and ideology, nationalism, and the role of language in the formation of ethnic identity. She has worked in both Guatemala and Ireland on these issues and on the constructions of gender expectation through linguistic discourse. Her book, “Maya Ethnolinguistic Identity: Violence, Cultural Rights, and Modernity in Highland Guatemala,” was published in 2010 by the University of Arizona Press. French has served as chair of the linguistics concentration and the Peace Studies program, and on the teacher education committee, the admission board, and the Watson Fellowship committee. Nationally, she was elected to a two-year term as social science representative to the executive board of the American Conference for Irish Studies, and is chair of the James F. Donnelly Prize for Outstanding Book in the Social Sciences.

Lee Emma Running, associate professor of art. B.F.A., Pratt Institute; M.S., M.F.A., University of Iowa.

Lee Emma Running joined the studio art faculty at Grinnell in 2005 from the University of Iowa, where she was a lecturer and sculpture research assistant. She teaches classes in drawing and sculpture at all levels, as well as a new introduction to studio art she helped design. In her scholarly work, Running engages in both individual and group projects, typically in the form of drawings and installations. She has shown her work at many nationally recognized galleries and recently signed a long-term contract with Olson Larsen Galleries in West Des Moines. She is also engaged in fulfilling a public art commission for the Grinnell Regional Medical Center. In addition to her solo work, she is a member of The Moving Crew Artist Collective, a group of international artists who develop collaborative projects that engage ideas of community, movement and transformation. Running has served on the Expanding Knowledge Initiative advisory board, the convocation and public events committees, and has been active in the early career faculty group.

Background information for promotions to associate professor:

Heather Benning, associate professor of physical education. B.A., Grinnell College, M.A., University of Iowa.

Heather Benning has been a member of the physical education staff in a variety of capacities since her Grinnell graduation in 1996. She became head women’s soccer coach in 1998, was assistant track coach from 2000 to 2007, and became assistant professor in 2001. In 2002, she was named senior woman administrator for the athletics program, and since 2007, she has also been assistant athletic director. Benning was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2006; her teams have been conference champions four times, appeared in NCAA national tournaments four times, and since 2003, have been named All-Academic teams every year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She recently published a peer-reviewed article in Soccer Journal, as part of a series authored by prominent international coaches. Benning has an extensive record of committee service for the NCAA and Title IX Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Woman. Locally, she has served as faculty advisor to the Stonewall Resource Center, and on committees for student life, President’s Medal selection, accessibility, college hearing board, and health services.

Brian J. Jaworski, associate professor of physical education. B.A., DePauw University, M.Ed., Indiana State University.

Brian Jaworski joined the Grinnell faculty in 2004 after an extensive coaching career in Indiana. He serves as head coach for men’s soccer and golf, and was previously assistant track coach. Jaworski was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2009, the same year the men’s soccer team won the conference and qualified for NCAA nationals for the first time in the college’s history. His soccer teams have been consistently recognized as National Soccer Coaches Association of American Academic Teams. He is the author of several highly regarded articles on coaching technique. Since 2005, Jaworski has been the director of the college’s summer sports camp, and he is in demand as a leader of soccer clinics around the state. He has been a member of the college’s hearing board and currently serves on the judicial committee, while serving as NCAA representative for the Midwest Regional Golf Committee.

Rosenfield symposium on "What is social justice?" Sept. 13-15

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell College’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights will open the 2011-12 academic year with a three-day symposium, Sept. 13-15, focused on “What is Social Justice?”

Sarah Purcell, director of the Rosenfield Program, said the symposium will provide “opportunities for conversation with practitioners and theorists about what we mean by social justice.” In 2010, Grinnell launched the Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize awards program to honor individuals under the age of 40 who demonstrate leadership, creativity and accomplishment in effecting positive social change, The first winners of the Grinnell Prize, announced in May, will be on the Grinnell campus Oct. 25-27 to receive their awards and make public presentations during a Social Justice Prize symposium, also co-sponsored by the Rosenfield Program.

“The September symposium will help to provide context and prepare us for the dialogue that will take place when the winners arrive on campus in October. We anticipate lively discussion from our global campus community and invite the public to join in,” Purcell said.

The Sept. 13-15 symposium will include the following free, public events to be held in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus:

• Tues., Sept. 13, 4:15 p.m.: Grinnell faculty members including Kesho Scott (American studies and sociology), Chris Hunter (sociology), Lakesia Johnson (gender, women’s and sexuality studies), and Monty Roper (anthropology and global development studies) will open the symposium with a discussion of social justice from interdisciplinary and personal points of view.

• Tues., Sept. 13, 8 p.m.: Edward Hailes, Jr., managing director and general counsel of the Advancement Project, will discuss “The Characteristics of a Just Democracy,” from his background as a civil rights lawyer, former NAACP administrator and Southern Baptist pastor.

• Wed., Sept. 14, 4:15 p.m.: “Connecting Social Justice and Social Entrepreneurship” will be the focus of a talk by Sara Gould, Atlantic Philanthropies senior fellow at the Foundation Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the disadvantaged. Gould will also conduct a workshop for students interested in managing a social justice organization.

• Wed., Sept. 14, 8 p.m.: Bread and Puppet, a Vermont arts collective focused on human rights issues, will perform using life-size puppets. The troupe will be on the Grinnell campus for a week-long residency of workshops with students. A documentary about the group will be shown at 4:15 p.m., Fri., Sept. 9 in Room 302 of Alumni Recitation Hall.

• Thurs., Sept. 15, 11 a.m.: Grinnell President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D. will deliver the opening Scholars’ Convocation of the academic year on “Choosing Grinnell’s Future.” Kington initiated the Grinnell Prize when he joined the college in 2010 to provide social change role models for Grinnell students.

• Thurs., Sept. 15, 4:15 p.m.: Kristin Kalsem, professor of law at the University of Cincinnati will discuss “Social Justice Feminism.”

• Thurs., Sept. 15, 8 p.m.: David Estlund, Lombardo Family Professor of Humanities, Brown University, will close the symposium with “Utopophobia,” looking at the ethical basis for social justice beliefs.

For more information about the September or October social justice symposia, contact Sarah Purcell, purcelsj@grinnell.edu, 641-269-3091. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar@grinnell.edu.