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.
Harry Hopkins 1912 is best known as a the architect of the Works Progress Administration. But he had an arguably more important role in world history — as an
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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 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.
The Grinnell College baseball doubleheader at William Penn University in Oskaloosa on Wednesday has been postponed due to rain. The contests will now just be a single game, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday.
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.