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Media advisory: South Korea Ambassador on campus Sept. 7

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Dr. Han Duk-Soo, the Ambassador to the U.S. from the Republic of Korea, will visit the Grinnell College campus on Wed., Sept. 7. The Ambassador will present a public lecture at 8 p.m. on “Korea-U.S. Relations in the 21st Century” in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. Members of the media who wish to cover Ambassador Han’s talk and question-and-answer should contact Cindy Deppe, deppec@grinnell.edu, 641-269-4834; 641-990-7745 for details.

In recent months, Ambassador Han has made visits across the country to gain support for the U.S. Free Trade Agreement with South Korea. He previously served as prime minister (2007-09) and as deputy prime minister (2005-07), during which time he was also minister of finance and economy. He earlier served in various positions in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. He holds degrees in economics from Seoul National University and Harvard University.

The Ambassador’s visit to Grinnell comes during a week of campus activities focused on Korea including a public lecture on “International Trade Relations” by visiting scholar Choi Byung-il of Ewha Womans University and presentations by Grinnell students who completed summer internships in Korea. These activities, sponsored by the college’s Center for International Studies, were initiated by Grinnell graduate and trustee Kihwan Kim, chair of The Seoul Financial Forum.


Bread and Puppet Theater on campus

Friday, Sep. 2, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - "Political, spectacular, universal, rich” describes the street theatre-style of Bread and Puppet, one of the country’s oldest, non-profit theatre companies, coming to Grinnell College for a week-long residency this month.

Bread and Puppet uses larger-than-life papier-mache puppets, music and dance to drive home points about how people treat each other, with an overall theme of universal peace. The troupe will offer a free outdoor public performance on Mon., Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. on the college’s MacEachron Field. The puppeteers will also participate in an ongoing social justice symposium on Wed., Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. A documentary about the troupe’s work will be shown at 4:15 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 9 in Room 302 of Alumni Recitation Hall. Throughout the week, the troupe will also conduct puppetry workshops for Grinnell students.

Tickets are not required for the Bread and Puppet public events. The audience for the Sept. 19 outdoor performance is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs as limited seating will be available. MacEachron Field is located in the heart of the Grinnell campus, north of 8th Ave. If inclement weather, the performance will be held in Harris Center, 1114 10th Ave.

The troupe’s residency at Grinnell is sponsored by the college’s Public Events Committee. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar@grinnell.edu. -30-

National Science Foundation grant funds new equipment

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell College has been awarded a $220,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to purchase equipment used to determine the structure of chemical compounds. The Major Research Instrumentation grant, submitted by Grinnell chemistry and physics faculty members, purchased an X-ray diffractometer, an instrument usually found at major research universities.

Professor of Chemistry Martin Minelli, who is principal investigator for the grant, said that the instrument will be used by Grinnell undergraduates for research projects in several areas of chemistry and solid state physics.

“The diffractometer allows us to use X-rays to determine the structure of new compounds, once we have grown crystals. We cannot do this structure determination with our current equipment and must send the crystals to another facility, which is inefficient and time-consuming,” Minelli said. “Having the analysis capability on-site offers Grinnell students a hands-on opportunity that is rarely available at small liberal-arts colleges.”

Grinnell faculty and students will use the new equipment during summer research and in classes and Mentored Advanced Projects during the academic year in the college’s Robert N. Noyce ’49 Science Center, named for the Intel founder and co-inventor of the microchip. “The new equipment is portable so it can be used in a variety of labs and departments,” Minelli said.

Approximately one-third of Grinnell students graduate with a major in science. Many continue into some of the top graduate programs in the country; in fact, Grinnell ranks 8th per capita among U.S. colleges and universities in producing graduates who later complete Ph.D.s in the sciences.

NSF funds research and equipment that supports the advancement of science. The project described was supported by Award No. CHE-1126521. 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.



Grinnell to participate in Iowa Private College Week, Aug. 1-5

Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - More than 5,000 Iowa students and families are expected to participate in Iowa Private College Week, Aug. 1-5, including visits to the Grinnell College campus. Grinnell is one of 28 members of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (IAICU) to host prospective students and families who want to jumpstart the college search process. Sarah White, associate director of admission at Grinnell and chair of IAICU’s Private College Week effort, said these initial campus visits “give students and families opportunities to learn firsthand which college may be the right fit for their future.” Information sessions will be held daily on the Grinnell campus at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Prospective students will meet with faculty and current students, learn about academic programs and financial aid availability, and tour residence halls and campus facilities. Each visiting student will receive a “passport” stamped at each private college on the tour; students who visit three or more campuses and enroll at a participating college are eligible for $500 bookstore drawings. Casey’s General Stores has also partnered with IAICU to offer gas discounts for families making campus visits during the week. Students may register for a Grinnell campus visit athttp://www.grinnell.edu/admission/visit, or pre-register for IPCW campus visits at www.thinkindependently.com. 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. -30-

Recent graduates win Fulbright Awards

Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Seven recent Grinnell College graduates have received Fulbright assistantships for international teaching and research assignments. The prestigious Fulbright international education exchange program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. State Department.

The Chronicle of Higher Education last year listed Grinnell as one of the “top producing schools” for students earning Fulbrights. Fourteen Grinnell students were finalists in the Fulbright program this year; six were named alternates.

Grinnellians and their country assignments for 2011-12 include:

• Nicole Bridgland, a 2011 mathematics and music graduate from Millersville, Md., will study math at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

• Juan Garcia, a 2011 graduate in Russian from Alexandria, Va., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Russia.

• Erin Labasan, a 2011 psychology graduate from Neotsu, Ore., accepted an English teaching assistantship in Korea.

• Herbert Lynn, a 2011 sociology graduate from Danville, Ky., will teach English in Indonesia.

• Elisabeth Masback, a 2011 Spanish graduate from New Canaan, Conn., will teach English in Spain.

• Alexis “Ali” Smith, a 2011 anthropology graduate from Albany, N.Y., has accepted an English teaching assistantship in Turkey.

• Carolyn Wright, a 2010 graduate, began teaching English in Brazil in February.

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.


Iowa high school Bowen Scholars announced

Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Two Iowa high school students have been awarded scholarships worth $100,000 during four years at Grinnell College. The generous Howard R. Bowen Scholarship program at Grinnell provides selected Iowa scholars a $25,000 scholarship each year for four years, based on a written scholarship examination, an on-campus interview, and continued academic excellence.

Bowen Scholars entering Grinnell College this fall include:

• Vinita Singh, daughter of Ravindra and Natalia Singh of Ames. While a student at Ames High School, Singh participated in community service, debate, mock trial, and Indian classical dance.

• Ben Weideman, son of Mary Weideman and Eleanor Dilkes of Iowa City. While a student at City High School, Weideman participated in varsity and club swimming, All-State and show choirs, and National Honor Society.

The Bowen Scholars are among more than 55 Iowa students who competed for the scholarship, which was established in 1987 to honor Dr. Howard R. Bowen, former president of Grinnell College. The Bowen Scholarship competition is open to all Iowa high school seniors who are United States citizens and eligible to attend Grinnell. For more information about financial aid at Grinnell College, http://www.grinnell.edu/Offices/financialaid/.


Six alumni honored during Reunion Weekend

Monday, Jun. 6, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell College recognized the professional accomplishments and service contributions of six alumni during Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 3-5 on the Grinnell campus. Alumni Award winners are members of reunion classes who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities and embody Grinnell’s mission of life-long learning and service.

The recognized alumni include:

• Jane Richardson Bredeson, a member of the class of 1951 from Concord, N.H., for her work to improve educational institutions.

• Joanne Bunge, a member of the class of 1956 from Grinnell, Ia., for her service to the college and alumni.

• Marilyn J. Kelsey, a member of the class of 1961 from Bloomington, Ind., for her dedication to public education and student journalism.

• F. Hudson Miller, a member of the class of 1980 from Los Angeles, for his award-winning sound work on highly acclaimed films.

• Ellen R. McDonald, a member of the class of 1981 from Kansas City, Mo., for her commitment to non-profit management and consulting,

• Charles E. Gottdiener, a member of the class of 1986 from Tenafly, N.J., for his business success and support to aspiring Grinnell students.

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. -30-

Faulconer Gallery creating summer fun through outreach programs

Wednesday, Jun. 1, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery is offering free hands-on art activities for area children and families throughout June and July.

The Faulconer Arts Outreach in the Parks will offer children a choice of activities at each session held on-campus and in city parks. Activities include ceramics, painting, drawing, collage, truck glittering, sculpture, and more, according to Tilly Woodward, curator of academic and community outreach. No registration is required, and parents are welcome to participate with their children.

The Faulconer Arts Outreach program schedule includes:

• June 20, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Arbor Lake shelter house

• June 22, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Bailey Park

• June 27, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Merrill Park, west shelter

• June 29, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, north side

• July 6, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, north side

• July 7, 3:30-5 p.m., Central Park

• July 11, 10:30 a.m.– noon, Ahrens Park, shelter #1

• July 13, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Drake Library

• July 20, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, north side

• July 22, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Poweshiek County Fair

• July 23, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Poweshiek County Fair

• July 25, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Jaycee Park

• July 27, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, north side

Faulconer Gallery is also partnering with Drake Community Library, The Galaxy, Poweshiek County Fair, and the Davis Stars program to provide art projects that support other ongoing programs at these community organizations. Registration is required for some of these events. More information is available from the individual organizations. The Faulconer Arts Outreach summer programs are made possible by partnerships with Faulconer Gallery, Drake Community Library, Iowa Arts Council, Grinnell Area Arts Council, Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce, and Grinnell Parks and Recreation.

For more information, contact Tilly Woodward at 641-269-4663 or woodward@grinnell.edu.


Adult Community Exploration Series (ACES) offered by faculty this summer

Thursday, May. 26, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College will offer the Adult Community Exploration Series (ACES) throughout the summer with courses taught by faculty in anthropology, biology and French. The free courses, co-sponsored by the Community Education Council and Grinnell College, will be held on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Room of the college's Old Glove Factory, located at 733 Broad Street in Grinnell. Registration is requested to assist instructors in preparing for class needs. To register, send email to calendar@grinnell.edu, or call 641-269-3178.

Courses for summer 2011 include:

“Americans in Paris: Through the Looking Glass”

June 15, 22

Taught by Jan Gross, professor of French, and Dan Gross, director of the Alternate Language Study Option (ALSO) Program

As an international meeting place for revolutionary and artistic movements, and a refuge from racial, gender and political barriers, Paris has been many things to many Americans. This course will examine the myths and realities associated with the City of Light through literary readings, films, memoirs, essays and sites of American interest.

Jan and Dan Gross have been regular visitors to Paris for more than 40 years. Jan, who is Seth Richards Professor in Modern Languages, has taught French at Grinnell since 1977. Her area of research is contemporary performance and how theatre expresses identity. She taught a tutorial for first-year students on the ACES topic. Dan specializes in language self-instruction and pedagogy. He created the college’s self-instructional ALSO program and serves as an officer of the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs.

“Vaccinations and Society”

June 29, July 6

Taught by Shannon Hinsa-Leasure, assistant professor of biology

Class participants will discuss many aspects of vaccinations, including the discovery of vaccines, compliance and non-compliance with recommended guidelines, and the responsibility to provide effective low-cost vaccines to the world. Discussions will include how race, gender and religion influence choices.

Shannon Hinsa-Leasure holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Dartmouth Medical School. Her research investigates traits important for bacterial survival in the extreme environment of the Siberian permafrost; specifically, she examines the genes necessary for bacteria to attach to surfaces and form biofilms under a variety of environmental conditions.

“Rethinking Local History for the Sake of a Local Future”

July 13, 20

Taught by Jon Andelson, professor of anthropology and director, Center for Prairie Studies Small-town Iowa has a past that deserves to be preserved and remembered. But does small-town Iowa have a future? What will the future be? Does the past we remember have anything to do with the future we create? The class will explore these questions while sharing and rethinking local history.

Jon Andelson, Rosenfield Professor of Social Science, studies intentional communities, the relationship between humans and nature, sustainability, agriculture and religion. He is currently working on a book about the Amana culture and history. Jon co-founded the Grinnell Area Local Foods Alliance, served on the Imagine Grinnell board, and serves on the board of Grinnell-Newburg Educational Excellence.

“The French Revolution: History and Present-day Consequences”

July 27, Aug. 3

Taught by David Harrison, associate professor of French, and director, Center for International Studies This class will explore how religion, democracy, elitism and state authority emerged during the French Revolution and Enlightenment. Harrison will lead the class in discussion of how these ideas apply and are contested in contemporary France.

David Harrison teaches French and the literature and culture of the 17th and 18th centuries. He has published scholarly articles on French writers of these periods and is currently researching the 17th century French novel. As director of the Center for International Studies, he oversees initiatives to increase the global dimensions of student and faculty work.


More than 1100 to return for Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 3-5

Wednesday, May. 18, 2011 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

More than 1100 Grinnell College alumni, friends, and family will return to campus for the 132nd Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 3-5. Alumni will travel from as far as Thailand, Mexico and Canada to enjoy a full weekend of programming that begins Wednesday with Alumni College and concludes Sunday with a farewell breakfast and interdenominational Christian worship service.

Alumni College, which provides former students a chance to be in the classroom again, will focus on Africa and the college’s interdisciplinary studies programs devoted to that area of the world. Courses will be taught by Vicki Bentley-Condit, anthropology; Doug Cutchins, social commitment; Lesley Delmenico, theatre; George Drake, history; Bob Grey, political science; Shuchi Kapila, English; and J. Montgomery Roper, anthropology/global development studies.

Several new programs have been added to this year’s reunion schedule, including an open bench session on the Herrick Chapel organ; wellness activities; and Tiny Circus with Grinnell graduate Carlos Ferguson. The annual Alumni Lecture will be presented by Dr. John Canady, a 1980 graduate, who will discuss his experiences with “Giving Back: Surgical Humanitarian Missions in Developing Countries.”

Alumni Awards for service to professions, the college, and community will be presented to seven honored members of reunion classes on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel. Other weekend highlights include the Reunion Waltz; 5K run/walk; music by campus bands from the classes of 2005-07; service projects; the traditional bakery run; and tours of new campus buildings and downtown.

For a schedule of reunion activities, go to http://loggia.grinnell.edu/reunion.