Katherine Kraft Harris ’39 died at Westminster Canterbury Richmond (Va.) on April 23 at the age of 93. Katie, as she was called, was born in Des Moines, Iowa and educated in the public schools there. She attended Grinnell College for her freshman year and then transferred to the University of Iowa, where she was chosen Pep Queen for 1936. She was a member of the Beta Zeta chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and earned a B.A., with a certificate in journalism, in 1938.
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Grinnell students learn the ancient skills of hunting and gathering in an unusual course taught by Professor of Anthropology John Whittaker. In this class, students are required to gather acorns and then use prehistoric tools to pulverize them and create a meal (which they are encouraged to taste).
Grinnell College sociologist Karla Erickson studies “the way people die” and the cultural implications of a rapidly aging population in an era of significant medical advances. As part of her academic research, Erickson trained as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) to “live” the role of those who deliver ongoing palliative care. A retirement community in the town of Grinnell provided her with personal access for her research on the intimate connections between patients, families and caregivers.
Lauren Sieben, Chronicle of Higher Education
Liberal-Arts Colleges Reach Minds Behind Bars
By Lauren Sieben
Re-published with permission of The Chronicle of Higher Education
John Hammers spent the past 12 years behind bars. His daily routine consisted mostly of playing pinochle or spades and watching sitcoms on television. Serving time for burglary, he wanted to better himself, but he had no outlet.
With the explosion of online channels like Twitter and text messaging, written communication has become more immediate and, in many cases, abbreviated. Despite this trend, there is still a vital need for people in all fields to know how to write well.
Grinnell takes an encompassing approach to the teaching of writing. The College stands apart from many similar institutions in requiring every tenure-track professor – including mathematicians, sculptors and chemists – to teach writing as part of a first-year tutorial.
With the recent move to overhaul the federal student loan program , it's an appropriate time to reassess the impact of debt on college graduates.
Grinnell College President Russell Osgood believes that while education loans have been criticized for overly encumbering students, there is a strong case that students are more engaged with their education when they have a personal financial stake in it.
College decision letters have arrived in prospective student mailboxes, and families will soon have big decisions to make.
Grinnell College Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Seth Allen is available to talk about what students and families should consider in the decision-making process. Hisrecent blog post describes the process from the college’s point of view.