The 2009 Grinnell College Baseball season was one to remember. After winning 22 games (a single-season school record), earning a trip to the Midwest Conference Playoffs, and graduating six seniors that started a combined 358 games (30 from the mound), it doesn’t figure to get much better for the Pioneers.
The Grinnell College women's cross country team is back on top in the Midwest Conference.
The Pioneers, who had won four league titles in a row before surrendering the crown last year, emerged victorious at the 2009 MWC Championships Saturday at Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park, Ill. It was Grinnell's 16th league title in the program's history.
The Pioneers scored 62 points, nine better than runner-up Carroll University and 11 better than third-place Monmouth College.
The Grinnell College football team announced its award winners for the 2009 campaign.
Marquis Bradley '11 won the Dick Ullrich '33 Award for the top offensive or defensive backfield performer, Mike Tricoli '10 earned the Abe Rosenbloom '34 Award for top offensive or defensive lineman and Ryan Boehm '10 was named the special teams most valuable player.
Grinnell College was one of 99 institutions to have both its men's and women's soccer programs earn the Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
A total of 576 teams earned the award, 333 women's squads and 143 on the men's side. Squads must have a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher to be honored.
The Grinnell women are coached by Heather Benning and the men by Brian Jaworski. \
Grinnell College's JP Prouty '10 (left) was named to the first team of the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-North/Central Region Men's Soccer Team, while teammate Alex Exarhos '10 (right) was a second-team selection.
Grinnell College's Henry Reich '09 has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 7 Men's Track and Field/Cross Country First Team, while Thomas Jamison '09 was a Second-Team selection.
By being named to the First Team, Reich is now in the running to be an NCAA Academic All-American. That team will be named in the near future.
In a few hours, we will be boarding our flight in Shanghai for the nonstop flight to Chicago. We are eager to be home, but not yet ready to leave China. Here are some final impressions.
Our lodging is at the far end of Nanjing University campus. The campus is divided into the dormitory area for the students (and we live in this part of campus) and the academic and teaching area. Hankou Road runs through the middle of campus and divides the two sections. Several times a day we walk through the dorms and see the students going about their daily lives.
As director of the Faulconer Gallery in Grinnell, Iowa (population 9100), I feel a deep commitment to the art and artists of the Midwest region. But--perhaps as a result--I also love to travel and discover the ways in which artists are connected to their places all over the world. In 5 days, I leave for Nanjing, China (population 6 million), where I will be teaching at one of the premier Chinese universities--Nanjing University--and exploring the art worlds of China. Stay tuned for stories from my journey.