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2012 nominations for Social Justice Prize open through Nov. 14

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2011 12:00 am

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Grinnell College today announced the call for nominations for the 2012 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize. This prize program, now in its second year, honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Up to three $100,000 awards will be divided evenly, with half going to the individual(s) and half to the organization(s) committed to each winner’s area of social justice.

Last year’s winners of the Grinnell Prize, selected from more than 1,000 nominations from 66 countries, include Boris Bulayev, president, and Eric Glustrom, executive director, Educate! (shared award); James Kofi Annan, executive director, Challenging Heights; and Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, co-founder and director emeritus, Encounter. They will receive their awards on campus at the Social Justice Prize Symposium October 25-27.

Grinnell encourages entries for 2012 from across a wide range of fields, including science, medicine, the environment, humanities, business, economics, education, law, public policy, social services, religion and ethics, as well as projects that cross these boundaries. Nominations are also encouraged from areas that may not have been traditionally viewed as directly connected to social justice, such as the arts and business. Nominees may be U.S. citizens or nationals of other countries; no affiliation to Grinnell College is required.

A selection committee will evaluate the nominations based on how candidates have embraced the values of a liberal arts education, including critical thinking, creative problem-solving, free inquiry and commitment to using and sharing knowledge to better humanity. The selection committee will be chaired by George A. Drake, a 1956 graduate who served as Grinnell’s president from 1979 to 1991. Committee members are recognized individuals who work for social change in various capacities – largely Iowa-based – and represent the college’s faculty, student body, alumni, staff and trustees, plus prominent individuals not formally affiliated with Grinnell.

The Grinnell Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize program directly reflects the College’s historic mission to educate men and women “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.”

The idea for the Grinnell Prize originated with Grinnell’s president, Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., who began his tenure as the college’s thirteenth president in August, 2010. “Given the college’s longstanding belief in social justice as a core tenet of its liberal arts academic mission, I am proud to recognize and honor young individuals who embody our values and organizations that share our commitment to change the world,” said Kington. “With this award, we’re honoring those who practice what we teach. Our 2011 winners have made extraordinary contributions in the pursuit of positive social change, and I look forward to an even larger group of outstanding candidates for our 2012 Prize program.”

Nominations for the 2012 Prize are due by November 14, with winners to be announced at the beginning of the academic year in 2012. In the fall of 2012, the college will hold a special symposium on campus featuring public lectures by prize recipients regarding their experiences and perspectives in shaping innovative social change. Details of the program and its nomination process are available at www.grinnell.edu/socialjusticeprize.

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.

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

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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

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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

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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.