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Goldwater Scholarship for excellence in math and science to Alice Nadeau '13

Friday, Mar. 30, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell College student Alice Nadeau has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for up to $7,500 toward tuition and other expenses during the 2012-13 academic year. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was established by Congress to encourage excellence in science and mathematics for American undergraduate students with excellent academic records and outstanding potential.

Nadeau, a third-year mathematics major from Waterloo, Ia., plans to pursue a Ph.D. and teach at the university level. “I am currently trying to explore as many areas of mathematics as available to me,” Nadeau said. “This is important in both teaching and research since connections and correlations can and frequently do come from outside one’s own specific field of study.”

As a Grinnell student, Nadeau serves as a student assistant for the Grinnell Science Project pre-orientation program; works in the costume studio for the theatre department; swims for the varsity swim team; and is an active participant in student government.

Grinnell student Rebecca Mandt, a third-year biology major from Mendota Heights, Minn., was named honorable mention in the competition. She plans a career in biomedical research.

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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Bucksbaum Center for the Arts

Parking and Access

Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at the corner of Park Street and 6th Avenue. On-street parking is available on the east side of Park Street between 5th and 8th Avenues and in visitor spots around campus. Accessible parking is available in the cul-de-sac off 6th Avenue. See Maps and Directions for more information.

Recital Hall and Rehearsal Rooms

Sebring-Lewis Hall in the Bucksbaum Center has elevated Grinnell's musical performance tradition by providing an intimate, accessible, and acoustically responsive space. Well suited for student and faculty recitals and concerts, the recital hall preserves and enhances the College's level of musical excellence. Student performers test their skills here, and students in the audience discover new musical interests as they are exhilarated by listening to live music.

Key Features

  • Square feet of recital hall: 4,050
  • Seating capacity of recital hall: 348
  • Type of stage floor: tongue-in-groove, cherry
  • Portable seated risers
  • Two Green Rooms
  • Sound-isolated control room
  • Separate rehearsal spaces for large ensembles, early music, and non-Western instruments
  • Square feet of early music hall: 1,125
  • Square feet of ethno music hall: 940
  • Square feet of large ensemble rehearsal room: 1,940

Gallery

The Faulconer Gallery is an inspiring aesthetic experience. It also offers a valuable learning and teaching experience for students, faculty, and the campus community.

Key Features

  • Square feet of gallery space: 7,420
  • Climate control system
  • Flexible and functional exhibition space for diverse artistic genres
  • Special reception desk, which reflects the shape of the building
  • Five lighting zones, ranging from natural to five-foot candles
  • Square feet of storage space: 1,870
  • Square feet of workshop space: 725
  • Square feet of packing and preparation area: 1,200

Theatres and Dance Studio

The theatre component of the Bucksbaum Center allows for innovation and the means to enhance Grinnell's theatre tradition. The Flanagan Studio Theatre provides students and faculty with space for experimentation and refinement. Built to be flexible, the studio theatre allows for multiple seating arrangements and lighting possibilities.

Key Features

  • Square feet of studio theatre: 2,000
  • Seating capacity of studio theatre: variable, 120 maximum
  • Square feet of scene shop: 3,200 with paint area
  • Square feet of dance studio: 1,170
  • Dedicated dust collection system in scene shop
  • Number of major power tools: 10 including table saw, radial arm saw, drill press
  • Ceiling height in scene shop: 20 feet
  • Sprung floor in Roberts Theatre, properly constructed for dance
  • Separate welding room
  • Circuiting systems for lighting
  • House light system
  • Upgraded lighting and sound systems
  • Costume shop with separate dye, wash, and spray rooms
  • Sound/recording studio
  • One Green Room
  • Dressing and make-up rooms

Art Studios

A ceramics studio, a sculpture studio, a printmaking studio, a painting studio, and several multipurpose studios optimize faculty and student interaction. Students are no longer turned away from studio art courses because of a lack of space. In addition, art studios for visiting artists attract speakers and artists from around the nation, giving students exposure to a variety of artistic styles and techniques.

Key Features

  • Number of art studios: 11
  • Square feet of faculty art studios: 500
  • Square feet of sculpture studio: 2,200
  • Square feet of ceramics studio: 2,200
  • Square feet of multipurpose studio: 1,750
  • Square feet of printmaking studio: 2,400
  • Square feet of painting studio: 1,930
  • Square feet of drawing studio: 1,760
  • Track lighting in all studios
  • Special air handling and exhaust systems
  • Separate welding room
  • Separate kiln room
  • Art computer room

Music Practice, Classroom, and Lab Spaces

The Bucksbaum Center offers an environment that accommodates students and fulfills educational needs. Students have access to technologies that aid teaching and learning, including an electronic music laboratory, a multimedia arts laboratory, and a CD-ROM library of audio and visual materials.

Key Features

  • Total number of music practice rooms: 15
  • Square feet for practice rooms: varies from 50 to 250
  • Largest practice room: percussion
  • Special rooms for percussion, harp, and two-piano practice
  • Square feet of electronic music studio: 500
  • Thirteen-station music keyboard and computer lab
  • Multimedia production laboratory
  • Floor, ceiling, and wall treatments for sound isolation
  • Special software and hardware for music notation, ear training, and group keyboard instruction
  • Audio-, video-, and computer-equipped classrooms and seminar rooms
  • Climate control system for instrument storage

Shonda Kuiper, mathematics, awarded the 2012 MERLOT Classics Award

2012 Merlot Classics Award - Stat2Labs

The Sloan Consortium
Newburyport, Ma., United States
August 3, 2012

Dr. Kuiper's creative and engaging games and labs exemplify reform efforts in Statistics Education, and she is highly deserving of a MERLOT Classics Award.

Editor Notes: 

  • The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching – MERLOT (www.merlot.org) Announces the 2012 MERLOT Awards for Exemplary Online Learning Resources. This program recognizes and promotes outstanding peer reviewed online resources designed to enhance teaching and learning. The award is granted to honor the authors and developers of these resources for their contributions to the academic community. Every year each of the MERLOT Editorial Boards is able to select an outstanding resource from its discipline to receive the MERLOT Classics Award. MERLOT considers this learning material an exemplary online learning resource and it is now recognized as so on the MERLOT website listing. United States, Aug. 2.

  • Shonda Kuiper's textbook, "Practicing Statistics: Guided Investigations for the Second Course" is available, contrary to the information provided in the release.

Person Mentioned: Faculty/Staff- Shonda Kuiper, mathematics

25 Years of Grinnell-Nanjing Exchange

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Grinnell College’s partnership with Nanjing University.

At the end of May, President Raynard S. KingtonDean Paula Smith, and other College officials travel to Nanjing, China — a city of about 8 million on the Yangtze River and some 250 miles west of Shanghai — to celebrate the anniversary and sign the next five-year agreement between the two institutions. While there, they also meet with Grinnell alumni in the region.

The Grinnell-Nanjing Exchange was a form of renewing the old “Grinnell-in-China” program, started in 1916 when the College provided financial support, teachers, and principals for two missionary-run high schools. That program ended with the Japanese invasion of China in 1937.

When the Grinnell-Nanjing Exchange was founded in 1987, it brought a Chinese language professor to Grinnell from Nanjing to support Grinnell’s nascent Chinese language program and sent a Grinnell College student to Nanjing after graduation to teach English at a Chinese middle school (the equivalent of an American senior high school).

Over the years, the exchange has grown. It now sends Grinnell faculty to teach in China each spring and brings Chinese scholars and language instructors to Grinnell. As part of the Grinnell Corps postgraduate service program, the exchange dispatches two new Grinnell graduates each year to teach English at a school affiliated with Nanjing University. The exchange also provides an annual scholarship to Grinnell for a high school graduate from Nanjing. The winner is selected from one of four high schools in Nanjing, including the school where Grinnell College graduates teach English.

The history of the program has its benefits. “I frequently feel the presence of Grinnell in Nanjing,” says Dylan O’Donoghue ’11, a 2011–12 Nanjing teaching fellow. “Since being here, I have randomly run into more than six Grinnellians, including current students, alumni, and former faculty. It feels like everyone has heard of Grinnell or knows a former fellow or someone related to the College,” she continues. “When I meet or hear of a Grinnellian in Nanjing, I get that ‘small world‘ feeling, and I know that if that person is a excited to meet me as I am to meet him or her, a relationship will develop. It’s the Grinnell-in-Nanjing way.”

The agreement signed in May represents the sixth five-year agreement between the two institutions and is in effect for the 2012–2017 period.