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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

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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

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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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More than 1,300 expected for Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 1-3

Thursday, May. 24, 2012 12:00 am

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More than 1,300 Grinnell College alumni, friends and family will return to campus for the 133rd Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 1-3, travelling from as far as South Africa, Switzerland and Hong Kong to enjoy a full weekend of programming.

Alumni College, which begins Wednesday preceding Reunion, gives former students a chance to return to the classroom with courses on activism and entrepreneurship taught by Victoria Brown and Sarah Purcell, history; Doug Caulkins, anthropology; Mark Montgomery, economics; Kesho Scott, sociology; and Barb Trish, political science.

The Alumni College program will open with an “excursion” through the town of Grinnell to reacquaint alumni with the community and its many volunteer and service organizations. The town tour will be led by Grinnell students involved in community groups.

George Drake, president emeritus and professor emeritus of history, will present the annual faculty lecture, “Grinnell College, Then and Now,” at 8:30 a.m., Sat., June 2, in Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 302. Alumni Awards for service to professions, the college, and community will be presented to 10 honored members of reunion classes on Sat. at 3:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel. Other weekend highlights include music by alumni bands; the traditional bakery run; an oral history project; and tours of new campus buildings.

For a complete schedule of reunion activities, go to http://loggia.grinnell.edu/reunion.

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Record number of Grinnellians win Fulbright awards this year

Thursday, May. 17, 2012 12:00 am

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A record number of Grinnell College seniors have accepted Fulbright assistantships for international teaching and research assignments next year—11 who will graduate on Mon., May 21, plus one recent graduate, making a total of 12 Fulbrights for Grinnellians this year.

The prestigious Fulbright international education exchange program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. State Department.

“This has been a banner year for Grinnellians in the Fulbright competition,” said Doug Cutchins, director of social commitment. “Grinnell has consistently been a top producer for the Fulbright program, but this year we exceeded even our own expectations.” Cutchins said that a record number of Grinnell students applied to the Fulbright program (55) and a record number received offers (15) or were named alternates (7).

Grinnellians and their country assignments for 2012-13 include:

• Elizabeth Behr, a French and anthropology major from Edina, Minn., will teach English in South Korea.

• Jared Dye, a Russian major from Mount Vernon, Ia., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Russia.

• Marco (Max) Fulgoni, an anthropology and Spanish major from Kalamazoo, Mich., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Malaysia.

• Laura Glass, a religious studies major from Albuquerque, N.M., will teach English in Nepal.

• Claire Griffith, a political science major from Westminster West, Vt., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Macedonia.

• Kristen Moreland, a Russian major from Pella, Ia., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Russia.

• Christopher Neubert, a 2008 graduate from Des Moines, Ia., will conduct independent research and field work in Sri Lanka.

• Hannah Taylor, a German and English major from Williamsburg, Va., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Germany.

• Noah Tetenbaum, a philosophy major from Amherst, Mass., will study Arabic in Egypt.

• Emily Ullberg, a psychology and Chinese major from Prairie View, Ill., will work with the Rural Education Action Project in China.

• Justin Wedell, a political science major from Pepper Pike, Ohio, has accepted an English teaching assistantship to Turkey.

• Robin Wetherill, an anthropology major from Indianapolis, Ind., will teach English in the Czech Republic.

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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Endowed chairs honor faculty achievements

Wednesday, May. 9, 2012 12:00 am

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The Grinnell College Board of Trustees recently approved the installation of six senior faculty members to endowed professorships for the 2012-13 academic year:

·         William (Bill) Ferguson, professor of economics, named the Gertrude B. Austin Professor of Economics, an endowed professorship created in 1963 by 1909 alumna Gertrude Bishop Phillips Austin and instructor Charles Burgess Austin.

·         M. Johanna Meehan, professor of philosophy, named the McCay-Casady Professor of Humanities, an endowed chair created in 1993 by alumni Dale and Rose Casady McCay.

·         Astrid Henry, associate professor of gender, women’s and sexuality studies, named to the Louise Noun Chair in Women’s Studies, endowed in 1985 by alumnus Joseph Rosenfield  in honor of his sister and alumna, Louise Rosenfield Noun.

·         Scott Cook, professor of Chinese, named to the Cowles-Kruidenier Chair of Chinese Studies, created by a 1988 grant from the Gardner and Florence Call Cowles Foundation.

·         John Christian Rommereim, professor of music, named the Blanche Johnson Professor of Music, created in 1997 by Harold B. Johnson Jr., in memory of his aunt, Blanche Johnson.

·         Clark Lindgren, professor of biology, named the Patricia A. Johnson Professor, an endowed professorship created in 2000 by Harold B. Johnson Jr. to honor his mother, Patricia Armstrong Johnson.

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.

Faculty promoted to new ranks for 2012-13 academic year

Tuesday, May. 8, 2012 12:00 am

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The Grinnell College Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of faculty members to new ranks for the 2012-13 academic year:

·         Promoted to associate professor with tenure: David Cook-Martin(sociology); Janet Davis (computer science); Timothy Dobe (religious studies); Jacob Willig-Onwuachi (physics).

·         Promoted to full professor: Vincent (Vince) Eckhart (biology); Jin Feng (Chinese and Japanese); David Harrison (French and Arabic); Elaine Marzluff (chemistry).

·         Moving from active teaching to senior faculty status: Sigmund (Sig) Barber (German); Victoria Brown (history); Robert (Bob) Cadmus (physics); Robert (Tim) Chasson (art); Janice (Jan) Gross (French and Arabic); Jennifer Michaels (German); Charles (Chuck) Sullivan (biology); Roger Vetter (music).

·         Moving from senior faculty status to emerita/emeritus status: Diane (Dee) Fairchild (physical education); Helen Scott (Russian); Christopher McKee (library); Saadi Simawe (English).

 

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.

Iowa story "Mayberry" on stage in Roberts Theatre May 4

Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

“Mayberry,” an Iowa story with national implications by playwright Sean Christopher Lewis, will be on stage at Grinnell College, Fri., May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Theatre of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell campus.

Lewis created “Mayberry” to explore the impact of Iowa City’s growing African American population and the dynamics of communities in transition. Grinnell is the second stop for this Hancher Auditorium-commissioned production. Members of Iowa City-based Working Group Theatre will perform the new work that is intended to embrace the challenges and opportunities of a growing, diverse, enlightened community. The production includes adult language and themes.

Tickets are required for the Grinnell performance and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts box office, beginning Tues., May 1, noon-5 p.m. Limited tickets are also available from the Pioneer Bookshop in downtown Grinnell. For ticket questions, call641-269-3101 or go to http://www.grinnell.edu/car/confops/publicevents/.

The “Mayberry” performance at Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Public Events Committee. Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 Park St. 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.

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