Media Relations

The media relations team acts as a direct liaison between Grinnell College and both print and broadcast media. Staff issue news releases, communicate Grinnell news and information to media outlets, and facilitate student/faculty interaction with the press.

For students, faculty, and staff

Contact Media Relations to:

  • publicize an event, accomplishment, or other initiative
  • suggest interesting Grinnell-related stories for coverage

If a reporter contacts you:

No horns

I believe there were only four students in my class (1961) from New York City. Grinnell opened a new world to me that forever changed my life. Being a Bronx kid, every person, every piece of music, and every place was new — and I was new to many Midwesterners. My first-year roommate actually checked the back of my head for horns. Times have certainly changed!

I send my best wishes to any classmate who may have remembered me, and to Grinnell, that made my adult life possible. There was no better place to mature and learn — then as now.

Digital or print?

I would love to read The Grinnell Magazine on my iPad. We travel a lot and it would be nice to stay caught up with some of our magazines. Thanks, Arlo!
Hedda Haymond Smithson ’62 Fair Oaks, Calif.

No! I do not want to be on Arlo’s List and lose the wonderful The Grinnell Magazine! I have saved more than six years of this prizewinning and stimulating publication, in real print! Please see my views on loss of print in my poem [above].
Merle Fischlowitz ’53 San Diego, Calif.

Letters to the Editor

The Grinnell Magazine welcomes letters from readers concerning the contents of the magazine or issues relating to the College. All letters should include the author’s name and address. Anonymous letters will be discarded. Letters selected for publication may be edited for length, content, and style. Address correspondence to: The Grinnell Magazine, Office of Communications, Grinnell College, Grinnell IA 50112-1690, or send email to magazine[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

For John Pfitsch


I met him on the first day of my freshman year
And he told me that he always liked Israelis

I’m not Israeli I explained at football practice
But he wouldn’t hear of it

We were running drills in the hot afternoon
He was drawing plays on the blackboard

It has been forty years but I still remember
The day he told us about liberating
A concentration camp in 1945

Who wouldn’t be changed by that he said

He was shaken by the suffering of the dead
And he admired the toughness of survivors


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