Faculty

Meet the New Alumni Director

Wed, 2009-08-05 16:12 | 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.

A History of Giving at Grinnell College

Wed, 2009-08-05 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

1846 -- Trustee James J. Hill created the College's endowment with a single silver dollar on the table.    

1882 -- After a cyclone ravaged the campus just before Commencement in 1882, the College rallied, with the help of local leader J.B. Grinnell, to raise the funds to completely rebuild the campus.

1910s -- President John H.T. Main's "Campaigns of Progress" raised enough money to begin his building plan, which would culminate in the Quad and the North Campus residence halls.

Defying Darkness

Wed, 2009-08-05 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

Before the Nazis invaded in 1939, about 1 million Jewish children lived in Poland. After the war, they had virtually disappeared from that country — fewer than 5,000 survived. The odds were not good for Jewish youngsters in Eastern Europe. Too small to work, they were usually killed immediately by the Nazis. Most who survived spent the war in hiding.

The brutality of the Holocaust is considered one of the worst atrocities of human history. How could it be said that anything good came out of such malevolence?

Hope Amid Destruction in Chengdu

Wed, 2009-08-05 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

When China's 8.0-magnitude quake struck the apartment of 23-year-old Zhang Na, she and her husband did exactly what everyone else did. They rushed out of their home without a moment's thought of saving a single possession. It was a desperate move to save their lives. But it wasn't only two lives that were saved. There was a third.

The day after her escape, Zhang gave a birth to a girl.

"I haven't decided her name yet," she says, lying in a bed at a makeshift hospital for new mothers and their babies.

The Innovators

Wed, 2009-08-05 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.

Grinnellians and Innovators

Wed, 2009-08-05 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.

Podcasts of Listen Hear

Wed, 2009-08-05 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

News Director Linn Davis '08 led a group of dedicated student producers to create the 30-minute broadcast, modeled after public radio's This American Life.

Listen Hear includes an always-varying lineup of news, feature stories, and interviews. Recent programs include stories about the local tattoo parlor, the trauma of room draw, students who don't wear shoes, and live interviews with College and community members.

Faculty in Nanjing

Wed, 2009-08-05 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

In the late 1980s, the College was adding Chinese to the curriculum, and the decision to focus on China was both prescient and advantageous. Through the partnership with Nanjing University, Grinnell receives two research scholars from Nanjing each year, along with a visiting instructor of Chinese. Grinnell in return sends two of its faculty or staff each year to teach students in Nanjing.

Adventures in Obamaland

Wed, 2009-08-05 16:12 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Issue: Spring 2009

Greetings from a Grinnellian who is living in Obamaland. Did you know I live a block from President Obama's Chicago home? It is incredibly thrilling and exciting. You can't imagine!

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