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Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in math and science to Alice Nadeau '13

Friday, Mar. 30, 2012 12:00 am

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Grinnell College student Alice Nadeau has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for up to $7,500 toward tuition and other expenses during the 2012-13 academic year. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was established by Congress to encourage excellence in science and mathematics for American undergraduate students with excellent academic records and outstanding potential.

Nadeau, a third-year mathematics major from Waterloo, Ia., plans to pursue a Ph.D. and teach at the university level. “I am currently trying to explore as many areas of mathematics as available to me,” Nadeau said. “This is important in both teaching and research since connections and correlations can and frequently do come from outside one’s own specific field of study.”

As a Grinnell student, Nadeau serves as a student assistant for the Grinnell Science Project pre-orientation program; works in the costume studio for the theatre department; swims for the varsity swim team; and is an active participant in student government.

Grinnell student Rebecca Mandt, a third-year biology major from Mendota Heights, Minn., was named honorable mention in the competition. She plans a career in biomedical research.

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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Four Grinnell College students awarded federal scholarships to study abroad

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 12:00 am

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GRINNELL, IA—Four Grinnell College students have received federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to support study abroad during the 2012-2013 school year.

The Gilman Scholarship is a federal grant program that "provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide." The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The four Grinnell students and their programs are:

  • Laura Huerta, a third year sociology major with a concentration in American studies, is from Los Angeles, Calif., and will study in Denmark. She volunteers at a local animal shelter, has worked as a multicultural resource intern on Grinnell's campus, and is a Posse scholar. She hopes to either receive her master's in social work or start her own organization to help the youth and gang members of South Central Los Angeles.
  • Anika Manzoor, a gender, women's and sexuality studies major with a concentration in global development studies, from Bethesda, Md., will study in Costa Rica for the fall semester of her senior year. At Grinnell she is a student advisor and Posse Scholar. In Maryland she leads School Girls Unite, a nonprofit organization that engages young people in activism regarding global issues that affect girls.
  • Jenny Mith, a rising junior and Philosophy major from Los Angeles, Calif., will study in the Grinnell-in-London program. At Grinnell, she is a part of the student educational policy committee for the philosophy department, a Mellon Mays Fellow, and a Posse Scholar.
  • Sara Sanders, a political science major from Lincoln, Neb., will study in France. She is entering her third year and is the head librarian of Grinnell College's KDIC 88.5 radio station.

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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Mellon grants to Grinnell totaling more than $1 million

Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 12:00 am

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Grinnell College grants totaling more than $1 million to support continual development of interdisciplinary courses and programs in the humanities and to encourage students to consider college teaching careers.

            A $100,000 Mellon Presidential Discretionary Grant supports development of courses and co-curricular programs that demonstrate the benefit of humanities study in lifelong learning. Grant activities will be coordinated through Grinnell’s Center for the Humanities, which supports research and teaching as well as invited talks, symposia and ongoing activities that draw attention to scholarly work in classical and modern languages, the arts, philosophy, and religion.

“The Mellon grant allows us to develop programs that address recent national discussions about the place of the humanities in education, policy-making and business,” said Shuchi Kapila, director of the Center for the Humanities and associate professor of English. More than one-third of Grinnell students graduate with degrees in humanities fields of study.

            A second Mellon grant of more than $400,000 renews the college’s relationship with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program, which encourages “minority students and others with demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities” to pursue Ph.D.s in the arts and sciences. Grinnell joined the MMUF program in 2009 with assistance from an initial Mellon grant. MMUF fellows receive mentoring from faculty, funding for conference attendance, loan repayment support, and other resources that connect them to a national network of current and future college professors.

            “We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for recognizing Grinnell’s commitment to the Mellon Mays Fellowship Program,” said Shanna Benjamin, faculty coordinator for the MMUF program and assistant professor of English. “The renewal grant allows us to continue our efforts to identify and support promising students who want to teach at the college level.”

            A third grant of $540,000 renews initial Mellon funding of Grinnell’s Expanding Knowledge Initiative (EKI), which extends the college’s liberal-arts curriculum through interdisciplinary courses of contemporary academic relevance. “The Expanding Knowledge Initiative continues to be an important part of advancing student learning across traditional disciplines,” said Dean of the College Paula Smith. “The Mellon grant support is important to our commitment to faculty and curriculum development.”  For example, the Mellon grant funding has allowed Grinnell to add Arabic language instruction to the curriculum.  

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports projects in higher education, information technology, performing arts, arts conservation, and the environment. The MMUF program is in its 24th year and has supported more than 3,700 fellows nationwide.

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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Grinnell Prize selection committee announced

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 12:00 am

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Grinnell College has announced the 10-member selection committee to determine the winners of the 2013 Grinnell Prize. The award program honors young innovators under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.

Nominations for the 2013 Prize will be accepted beginning Sept. 5, when the winners of the 2012 Prize will be announced, and are due by Nov. 5, 2012. Winners of the 2013 Prize will be announced in the fall of 2013. Details of the program and its nomination process are available atwww.grinnell.edu/socialjusticeprize.

“Each year, the Grinnell Prize selection committee is required to select Prize winners from hundreds of qualified and impressive nominations,” said Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D. “With the prize program entering its third year, the quality of these nominations continues to impress us, and we are thrilled to have a selection committee with so much experience and passion for effecting positive social change.”

The selection committee will be chaired by Eliza Willis, professor of political science, Grinnell College. Willis teaches courses on Latin American politics, global development, international political economy, and the political economy of developing countries. She previously served as chair of the Grinnell faculty.

The nine other members – largely Iowa-based – are recognized individuals who work for social change in various capacities. Their backgrounds, accomplishments and experiences reflect the diversity in Grinnell students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the state.

  • Meg Jones Bair, director of donor relations, Grinnell College. She has served in a variety of positions in the Development and Alumni Relations office during the past 17 years and also served on the Poweshiek County Foster Care Review Board and the Grinnell College Collection Committee.
  • Emily Westergaard Hamilton, executive director, Des Moines “I Have a Dream” Foundation and Grinnell College 2002 graduate. Her organization works with at-risk youth to help students graduate and attend college.
  • Chris Hunter, professor of sociology, Grinnell College. He has served as coordinator of the college’s Minority Opportunities through School Transformation Program, a faculty representative on the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Committee on Minority Concerns, and on the boards of Mid-Iowa Community Action and the public library.
  • Kristi Knous, president and COO, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.  She also serves on the boards of Bravo Greater Des Moines, Midwest Housing Equity Group, and the Iowa State University Foundation Women and Philanthropy Advisory Committee.
  • Colleen Osborne, Grinnell College senior and student body president. She is a political science major hoping to pursue a career in women’s advocacy and international relations.
  • Suku Radia, president and CEO, Bankers Trust. He is active in numerous professional, economic development, educational and charitable organizations, including United Way of Central Iowa and the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
  • Suzanne Siskel, executive vice president and chief operating officer, The Asia Foundation. She oversees the foundation’s day-to-day operations and works on strategy and policy issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Marsha Ternus, former chief justice, Iowa Supreme Court. As chief justice, she made the improvement of court oversight of child welfare cases a priority for the Iowa Judicial Branch, and in 2012, was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
  • Barrett Thomas, member of the Grinnell College board of trustees and a 1997 graduate. He is an associate professor in the Department of Management Sciences at the University of Iowa and is active in the fields of process improvement, logistics, and dynamic programming.

Selection committee members will pick one to three winners to receive an award of $100,000, half awarded to the individual and half to an organization committed to the winner’s area of social change, for a total of up to $300,000 in prize monies. Past nominations have spanned a diverse array of social issues, including hunger relief, childhood education, environmental issues, literacy, youth arts, fair housing, violence prevention, immigration, GLBTQ, youth services, hospice care, children’s mental health and global peace, among many others.

The Grinnell Prize directly reflects Grinnell’s historic mission to educate men and women “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.” Nominations are open to U.S. citizens as well as nationals of other countries and are encouraged across a wide range of fields, including science, medicine, the environment, humanities, business, economics, education, law, public policy, social services, religion and ethics, as well as projects that cross these boundaries. Special efforts are made to seek nominees who work in areas that may not be traditionally viewed as directly connected to social justice, such as the arts and business. No affiliation with Grinnell College is required.

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.

Grinnell to participate in Iowa Private College Week Aug. 6-10

Thursday, Jul. 12, 2012 12:00 am

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Grinnell College, one of 28 members of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (IAICU), will host prospective students and families during Iowa Private College Week, Aug. 6-10.

“These initial campus visits give students and families the opportunity to learn firsthand which Iowa college may be the right fit for their future,” said Will Cummins, assistant director of admission and coordinator of Grinnell’s activities for the tour week.

Information sessions will be held daily on the Grinnell campus at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Prospective students will meet with faculty and current students, learn about academic programs and financial aid availability, and tour residence halls and campus facilities.

Each visiting student will receive a “passport” stamped at each Iowa college on the tour; students who visit three or more campuses and enroll at a participating college are eligible for $500 bookstore drawings. Casey’s General Stores have also partnered with IAICU to offer gas discounts for families making campus visits Aug. 6-10.

Students may register for a Grinnell campus visit at http://www.grinnell.edu/admission/visit, or pre-register for IPCW campus visits at www.thinkindependently.com.  

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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Eight graduates awarded prestigious NSF Fellowships

Friday, Jun. 29, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Eight Grinnell College graduates have been awarded highly competitive research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The prestigious fellowships carry a $30,000 stipend and $10,500 cost of education allowance for up to three years of study at some of the world’s most highly regarded research institutions.

Each NSF Fellow conducted undergraduate research while at Grinnell, where approximately one-third of students major in science. About half of all Grinnell science majors complete research projects on campus, and many more do research at other universities, abroad and in national laboratories. Since 2006, more than 25 Grinnell graduates have received the prestigious fellowships. Six Grinnellians were also named honorable mention by the 2012 NSF Fellows program.

NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching and innovations in science and engineering. More than 80 percent of NSF Fellows earn Ph.D.s in their chosen fields within 10 years of receiving the fellowships. Grinnell ranks 8th nationally in the percentage of graduates who later complete Ph.D.s in the sciences.

The Grinnell graduates named NSF Fellows for 2012:

• Lauren Cantley, a 2011 physics graduate, is pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she conducts research on the mechanical properties of nanomaterials.

• Deisy Del Real, a 2007 sociology graduate, is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the psychological well-being of undocumented young adults.

• Heather (Anu) Kramer, a 2009 anthropology and biology graduate, is pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental science at the University of California, Berkeley, where she conducts research in modeling wildfires using light detection and ranging.

• Karl Kremling, a 2010 biology and Spanish graduate, will pursue a Ph.D. in plant biology at Cornell University, studying plant genetics to better understand yield gains in hybrid plants.

• Bryan Leland, a 2009 biological chemistry graduate, is pursuing a Ph.D. in cell biology at Yale University. His research focuses on the nuclear envelope, or membrane that surrounds the DNA inside of cells.

• Laura Mertens, a 2011 chemistry graduate, is pursuing a Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology, where she uses physical chemistry methods to study atmospherically relevant chemical reactions.

• Alison Mikulyuk, a 2002 biology graduate, is pursuing a Ph.D. in limnology and marine sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research involves the impact of aquatic plants on lake ecosystems.

• Matthew Nielsen, a 2010 biology graduate, is pursuing a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, where he plans to study the behavioral adaptation of predatory insects to urban environments.

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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10 Alumni Award winners recognized during Reunion Weekend

Monday, Jun. 4, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College recognized the professional accomplishments and service contributions of 10 alumni during Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 1-3 on the Grinnell campus. Alumni Award winners are members of reunion classes who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities and embody Grinnell’s mission of life-long learning and service.

The recognized alumni include:

  • Audrey “Bunny” Howard Swanson, a member of the class of 1943 from Belle Plaine, Minn., for her dedicated service to Grinnell and the League of Women Voters.
  • Linda Miller Staubitz, a member of the class of 1962 from Highwood, Ill., for her volunteer service to the college and local opera.
  • James Holbrook, a member of the class of 1966 from Salt Lake City, for his efforts in international dispute resolution.
  • Jacque “Jack” Reynolds, a member of the class of 1968 from Olathe, Kan., for sharing his medical expertise through local community service.
  • Mark Hamilton, a member of the class of 1971 from Ames, Ia., for advancing community journalism.
  • Barry Zigas, a member of the class of 1973 from Washington, D.C., for his advocacy in low-income housing policy.
  • Kimberly Kuncl, a member of the class of 1987 from Atlanta, for local and national work in women’s healthcare.
  • Anthony Weeks, a member of the class of 1991 from San Francisco, for his award-winning second career in filmmaking.
  • Devora Kimelman-Block, a member of the class of 1993 from Silver Spring, Md., for her work in community-supported food production.
  • Seth Gitter, a 2002 graduate from Silver Spring, Md., for his global development work.

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. -30-

Bowen Scholarships awarded to four Iowa high school graduates

Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Four Iowa high school graduates will soon benefit from the generous Howard R. Bowen Scholarship program at Grinnell College. Bowen Scholars are selected on the basis of a written scholarship examination and an on-campus interview and are awarded a $25,000 scholarship each year ($100,000 total during four years at Grinnell).

The Bowen Scholars entering Grinnell College this fall include:

  •  Emily Hackman, daughter of Adrian and Lisa Hackman of Mason City. While a student at Mason City High School, Hackman participated in speech and debate, community service, marching band, symphonic band, varsity swimming, and an exchange program in Germany.
  •  China Mauck, daughter of Kent and Sheila Mauck of Des Moines. While a student at Roosevelt High School, Mauck participated in community service activities, jazz band, orchestra, Des Moines Youth Symphony, and dance.
  •  Rebecca Rasmussen, daughter of Ned and Carole Rasmussen of Des Moines. While a student at Roosevelt High School, Rasmussen participated in varsity volleyball, varsity bowling, community service, and National Honor Society.
  •  Charles (CJ) Ray, son of Charles and Brenda Ray of Ottumwa. While a student at Ottumwa High School, Ray participated in varsity tennis, debate, and math competition team.

The Bowen Scholars were among more than 80 Iowa students who competed for the scholarship, which was established in 1987 to honor Dr. Howard R. Bowen, former president of Grinnell College. The Bowen Scholarship competition is open to all Iowa high school seniors who are United States citizens and eligible to attend Grinnell. For more information about financial aid at Grinnell College, http://www.grinnell.edu/Offices/financialaid/.

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Faulconer Gallery exhibits portfolios from college's permanent collection

Saturday, Jun. 2, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Print and photography portfolios from the Grinnell College Art Collection will imbue the summer exhibition at Faulconer Gallery, opening June 15. “Portfolio: Artists Work in Series” features artists Edward Burtynsky, Tacita Dean, Glenn Ligon, Catherine Opie, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker, whose works are part of the college’s permanent art collection.

“While Faulconer Gallery regularly exhibits travelling exhibitions by national and international artists, it isn't often that we get to fill the space with works from our own collection,” said Daniel Strong, associate director of the gallery and curator of exhibitions. “The Grinnell College collection has grown considerably since the gallery opened in 1999, and many of the works in “Portfolio” are on display for the first time.”

The Grinnell collection, comprised primarily of works on paper, is also rich in portfolios, which allow an artist to elaborate on a theme throughout a group or series of prints. Strong points to “Portfolio” examples such as Canadian photographer Burtynsky, who is represented in the show with a photography portfolio taken at the shipbreaking yards of Bangladesh in 2000. All of the Burtynsky works were acquired in the past year and are exhibited in Grinnell for the first time. A portfolio by the late painter and printmaker Michael Mazur features 20 etchings and accompanying texts based on Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” also on view in Grinnell for the first time.

Faulconer Gallery will host the following public events this summer surrounded by these artists’ portfolios:

• Fri., June 15, 7 p.m. Exhibition opens with sounds of Too Many Strings Band, including traditional bluegrass, folk ballads, Irish music covers, and original compositions.

• Tues., June 26, noon: Gallery talk with curator Daniel Strong.

• Thursdays, June 21-Aug. 16, 12:15-12:50 p.m.: yoga with Monica St. Angelo.

“Portfolio” is open June 15 through Aug. 19 during summer gallery hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Monday and July 4. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, call 641-269-4660 or visit www.grinnell.edu/faulconergallery.

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