On Feb. 17, Grinnell Pioneer Michael Brus ’14 swam his way into the national record book, setting an NCAA Division III record in the 200-yard backstroke with a clocking time of 1:45.94. Brus was competing at the 2013 Midwest Conference (MWC) Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Grinnell. The mark is pending certification.
A guerilla art project knits together a group of students, townspeople, and local alumni.
Grinnell College is better known for contributing record percentages of its graduates to Ph.D. programs and the Peace Corps than for its alumni in business careers.
But Grinnellians have long applied their innovative minds, independent spirits, wide-ranging curiosities and interdisciplinary perspectives to public-sector careers — often with spectacular results.
In the Fall 2012 issue of The Grinnell Magazine on Grinnellians in business:
Twenty-five years ago I helped kill dozens of other human beings.
At that time I was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell College with two degrees in philosophy. I also was expert in directing 100-pound high explosive projectiles to scream from the sky and burst among the living.
I have experienced the cusp of modern American history. From the backyard barbecues and fall football games of the 1950s, to the selfishness and cynicism of the 1980s and 1990s. And in between were the protests, marches, craziness, and killing.
When Grinnell's English department brought Ralph Savarese to Iowa six years ago from Florida, he saw it as a chance to nourish a range of interests that -- to an outsider, at least -- looks not only exhaustive, but downright exhausting.
Early Days at Grinnell
So I was watching TV last week and I must say I'm appalled:
In July 2011, as he concluded his first year at Grinnell, President Raynard S. Kington charted a 31-city regional alumni event schedule — starting in London in July 2011 and concluding in late-May 2012 in Se
oul, Korea. At each stop, Kington delivered his “Choosing Grinnell’s Future” message, plus current news from campus.