Will Freeman, the longtime coach of track and field and cross country at Grinnell College, has been chosen for induction into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame. He is one of nine former Gators who will be inducted April 9, 2010, in Gainesville. Freeman was selected based on his accomplishments both while a track and field athlete for the Gators and as a coach after his time at Florida.
Four third-year Grinnell College students are preparing to go to the head of the class as the next generation of college professors. The first cohort of Mellon Mays Fellows, made possible through a $500,000 four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was selected from among last year's second-year students at Grinnell who aspire to teach at the college level.
Grinnell College’s JP Prouty ’10 has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-North Region Team. The defender from Stilwell, Kan., was named to the All-Region third team. A three-time All-Region performer and three-time All-Midwest Conference first-teamer, Prouty anchored a Pioneer defense that gave up a measly 1.43 goals per game and qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history. He ranked second on the team in assists with three and third in goals with five.
Dr. Craig Henderson ’63 recently brought his perspective on health care reform to the Grinnell campus in his talk, “A View from Inside the Death Panels,” sponsored by the Wilson Program. Dr. Henderson presented a contrast to the controversy that has surrounded “death panels” in recent months by providing detailed and valuable insights into how a real-life panel operates.
My story is that I came to Grinnell in 1958 as an early entrant (didn’t graduate high school) from an East Coast suburb. Not only was I Jewish, but also I came from a secular Jewish, left-wing family. I think my Grinnell experience solidified my Jewish identification because I was seen as “odd” in a number of ways. One small story: I was very blonde and have a fair complexion. During my first week at school, a classmate from a small Midwestern town and I were sharing information. When I said I was Jewish, she was astounded. She had never met a Jew and thought they all had dark complexions.
Henry M. Walker, Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Professor of Natural Science and Mathematics and professor of computer science at Grinnell College, has been named a Distinguished Educator by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.
Grinnell College's Kelly Bruce '12 has been named the Midwest Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week.
Bruce, from Middleton, Wis. (Middleton HS), earned an NCAA provisional standard in one-meter diving when she scored 259.50 in six dives at a home dual meet with Loras College Friday. She not only won that event, but claimed victory in three-meter diving, as well.
For the season, Bruce has won five diving crowns in three dual meets. She set the school record for one-meter diving (11 dives) last season with a score of 420.45.
Grinnell College's Frances Leslie '10 was named to the honorable mention list of the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-Central Region Women's Team.
The forward also helped the Pioneer women claim the 2009 Team Academic Award from the NSCAA. Leslie led the Pioneers in goals in 2009, including a four-goal performance against Illinois College that was just one shy of the school record.
Grinnell's men had two honorees on the All-North Central/Region Team, as JP Prouty '10 was named to the first team and Alex Exarhos '10 the second team.
Dan Krauss '12 of Grinnell College has been selected to compete in the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships on Nov. 21 at Highland Hills Golf Course in Highland, Ohio.
A total of 32 teams and 56 individuals, the first seven athletes from each region who were not a part of a qualifying team, were picked to participate in the national meet.
Krauss, who ranks among the fastest Pioneers in the history of the program, turned in an All-Central Region performance Saturday at Oakland Acres Golf Course. He finished 13th in the meet with a clocking of 25:26.3.
Claire Reeder '11 of Grinnell College has been named the 2009 Midwest Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, while the Pioneers' Jackie Hutchison was tabbed the league's Coach of the Year.
The Pioneers enjoyed a historic season in which they qualified for the MWC Championships for the first time since a qualifying system was implemented in 2005. Grinnell finished third in league with a 5-4 mark.