He spent a brief but fruitful time at the College, where he engaged the lives of students, townspeople, and beyond. Shortly after Glenn Leggett became president, there was an all-campus convocation featuring an extraordinary performance of the Verdi Requiem, led by a not-yet-famous young conductor.
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.
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.
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.
Grinnell College president emeritus George Drake '56 looks back on the 100-year history of Grinnell's Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Beta of Iowa.
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.