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Reich named to Academic All-District First Team; Jamison is Second-Team selection

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 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.

Reich, a physics/mathematics major from Mahtomedi, Minn., has three conference titles to his credit this school year, winning the Midwest Conference individual cross country crown in 2008 (25 minutes, 51 seconds) and MWC indoor titles in the 3000- and 5000-meter races (8:46.61 and 15:09.55). He led Grinnell to just the third perfect cross country score in league history last fall (1 through 5 finish) and guided the Pioneers to the NCAA National Meet.

He was also the winner of the Roy W. LeClere Award, which is given to the MWC male student-athlete with the highest GPA his junior year. He ranks sixth all-time on Grinnell's 8 kilometer cross country chart and was offered an interview for the Rhodes Scholarship.

Jamison, a history major from Portland, Ore., won the 1500-meter run at the 2009 MWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He had a clocking of 4:01.07 in the event. Jamison also broke into Grinnell's all-time leader chart in the mile run during the indoor campaign.

The ESPN The Magazine Academic Teams are co-sponsored by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).

Click here to see Academic All-District Teams

Yodeling my way to prosperity

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

On the cold and snowy afternoon on Fri., Nov. 13, I found myself sitting in the Early Music Room at Grinnell College surrounded by 15-20 like-minded individuals. Over the next 45 minutes or so, I would be learning how to yodel.
 
This wasn’t just any yodeling workshop. This was “Yodeling Your Way to Prosperity” with the Double D Wranglers, a cowboy band whose visit to campus was sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies, the Department of Music, and the Grinnell Area Arts Council. The group specializes in cowboy yodeling, and singer and bassist Chris Gudgel was going to show us how it’s done.
 
The workshop began with a history lesson. The Bavarian-style yodeling many people are familiar with was developed in the Alps as a means of communication over long distances, but yodeling is also used in Georgian folk music and by Pygmies in Central Africa. The exact origins of “cowboy” yodeling are unclear, but Gudgel said it seemed to emerge in the early 20th century and was popularized in Western movies. Movie stars like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers incorporated it into their songs, and ever since, yodeling has been an integral part of cowboy music.
 
The history was easy. Actually learning how to yodel? THAT was hard.
 
“It’s a lot easier to demonstrate than it is to explain it,” Gudgel said, and he was right. Successful yodeling depends on finding the break in one’s voice between the normal singing (“chest”) voice and the falsetto (“head” voice). Rapidly change pitch between the two registers, add some syllables (for example, “yodel-a-eee-ooo”), and voila! You’re yodeling!
 
After a quick lecture on yodeling theory, it came time to put it into practice. The room was soon filled with yodels and, in my case, attempted yodels.
 
“You can’t do this quietly,” Gudgel called out. “There is absolutely no part of yodeling that can be done quietly.”
 
The braver among us tried out our yodels for the group, and then the Double D Wranglers gave us a demonstration. Gudgel, fiddler Charity Gudgel, and guitarist Paul Siebert have been traveling all over the country spreading their love of cowboy yodeling, and the group stuck around for a performance that night at the Voertman Theater.
 
I decided to try out my newly acquired yodeling skills alone in my car, and I can truthfully say I wasn’t that great. While I have limited vocal ability and my yodeling probably sounded more like a dying cat than Gene Autry, I had an absolute blast.

Getting ready to launch

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

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.

Campus Life as we see it

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

 

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.

This campus of Nanjing University is for post-graduate study, so all the students have completed their undergraduate degrees.  There are a couple of very big dormitories--10 stories or more--but most are 3 or 4 stories high.  Cici tells us that she shares a room with 6 other girls.  The dorm is neither heated or air conditioned, and has only cold water.  If the students want hot water, they go to a central area (morning and evening) and collect a large thermos of hot water to take back to their room.  During the day, the thermoses sit along various walkways and walls,  like cheerful colored sentinals.  (I need to purchase a device to upload my pictures--stay tuned for visuals.) 

Today, the sun is shining for the first time since we arrived in China.  As a result, it is wash day.  Almost every window in the dorms is festooned with laundry, and the wash lines between the dorms are lined with quilts and blankets out to air.  I doubt there is a washing machine in any of the dorms, but there are a few establishments on and near campus that do washing.  Cici says most students launder by hand to save money.

The dorms also don't have showers, but there are shower houses on campus. In the evening we watch the students head to the bath house with their buckets of toiletries.  Afterwards, some of the girls head back to the dorms in their pajamas, and the others have on fresh clothes.  There is a barber and hair cutting place just next to the bath house and they also do a lively business in the evening.  We think about all the amenities our students have in the dorms and are amazed by the difference in this post-graduate student life from a Grinnell undergrad's experience.

Our usual path through campus takes us past the back loading dock for the cafeteria.  This morning they were unloading vegetables and fresh fish.  The fish was so fresh that many of them were flopping about in their tubs, and at one point a number of eels (or what looked like eels), made a break for it and were working their way down the steps.  Since the mighty Yangtze is miles away, I fear their cause was hopeless and they are likely all lunch by now.

We've noticed that Nanjing students dress quite conservatively.  Jeans are the dominant uniform, though more shorts and skirts have been in evidence with the return of the sun.  Skirts are usually worn with hose, and many young women wear a sweater or a jacket as a kind of professional attire, no matter how warm it gets.  Bare legs and shoulders are unusual, though as the temperatures start to climb, we'll see if that holds true. 

The campus is wonderfully green and leafy and very well policed.  There is little trash and we seeing groundskeepers trimming the hedges daily.  They do not, however, have the American fetish with lawn mowing and the grass is allowed to get quite long.  All the major pathways are fully shaded by sycamore trees (as are many of the boulevards in the city), and there are lots of little parks scattered about campus. Even though the campus is densely built and the buildings often look a little decrepit on the outside, the greenery makes it very appealing.

Our final impression is that the cleaning staff here loves to wash floors.  Just about every time we go to the lobby, someone is either sweeping or mopping the floor.  Streets are cleaned regularly, paths swept, and stairs kept free of debris.  With so many feet crossing surfaces all the time, we are glad of this dedication to surface scouring!

Good-bye to China

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:24 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

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.

The images we will retain (like these two pictures) span the unimaginable scale of everything, and the precision of small meticulous details. Cities, buildings, spaces, and projects of all kinds are huge, remarkable, and almost beyond imagining. Architectural detail, finish, landscaping, historic sites are often exquisitely crafted and well maintained. In between it all is an unrelenting tide of people going about their daily business, selling everything possible, and moving from commerce to home to work in a fluid stream of cars, buses, scooters, bikes and pedestrians. No American who hasn’t experienced Asia can imagine the constant press of people, everywhere.

A number of people in China speak a little English.  Some people speak English quite well.  Most people do not.  We learned to get by with our non-existent Chinese by pointing, getting names and directions in Chinese to give to the cab driver, and mastering a few key words. People were invariably willing to work through the communication lags. Above all, we found the Chinese people to be almost unflappable. To coexist with over a billion people requires a willingness to take things as they come. We never saw road rage, never heard angry words on the street with all the bumping and jostling, rarely saw an accident.  People accept that they share a dense existence and work with it.

Our time in China was bounded by the urban experience. We had no chance to visit the countryside, and the beauty and poverty that reigns there.  Not that there isn’t plenty of poverty in the cities, but it tends to be glossed over by the mask created by the government, putting a good face on the surface in the areas where visitors tend to go. The government’s ability to control perceived reality is astonishing, and to question it is difficult. It is very easy to slip into admiration for what they have done, and to forget to ask what the hidden costs may have been.

The gap between rich and poor is big and growing. Many people live in cramped quarters on very modest means. A block or two away will be a Bentley dealership, or a gated apartment building, or a private club. The clerk or the guard or the waitress will inhabit one world while at work, and another when they go home. We wonder if the contrast may someday become too great to bear. The Chinese worry about this too.

In Beijing and Shanghai, we found the growing might of the Chinese art world (I have yet to write the blog on Shanghai art galleries and what we saw). In Nanjing, we had a very short visit with a group of painters. From what they said in our few hours together, it would be crucial to talk with them—and other artists—at length about art and life.

In five weeks we got a taste, a sense, a glimpse of China.  Much of what we absorbed was on a sensory level. It would take ages to achieve a deeper understanding.  First impressions always lie in the places where we can find common ground. The underlying differences only broke the surface in tiny, tantalizing ways. 

Before I went, I had vague ideas that China would be quaint, difficult, scary, impenetrable. I found it to be futuristic, easy, safe, and generous.  We ignore this country at our peril.

 

Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

Phone: 

 (641) 269-4655

Mears Cottage,1213 Sixth Avenue, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA 50112

Chair: Astrid Henry

Overview

Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field in which women, men, gender, and sexuality are examined by looking at various cultures and historical periods, and by employing diverse methods of inquiry. Students in the major will gain theoretical and methodological tools grounded in feminist and queer scholarship. Majors will study the history and development of feminist and queer thought, as well as the evolution of the field of women’s studies, with a strong emphasis on intersectional analyses (i.e., the ways in which race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and nationality interact). Students will become familiar with how theorists and researchers in gender, women’s and sexuality studies critically engage theoretical paradigms, such as liberalism, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and post-colonialism. Majors will be introduced to research methods that unearth invisible or silenced knowledge and that revisit and revise previous readings of cultural products and practices. They will study methods of feminist and queer research in the social sciences and humanities, including oral history, case studies, archival research, visual and literary criticism, survey/ content analysis, and field work. Majors will learn to ask the basic questions underlying the production of new knowledge, including: Who does research? Does it matter who the researcher is? How does the social location (race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality) of the researcher shape the production of knowledge? What is the relationship between feminist and queer research and social change?  

 

"Thus, it is not color or sex which constructs the ground for these struggles. Rather it is the way we think about race, class and gender--the political links we choose to make among and between struggles."      

- Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Campus Wellness

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

Issue: 

 (Unpublished) April 22, 2010

The 8 Colors of Fitness: Understanding and Embracing Your Fitness Personality
Friday, April 30th, 12-1pm, JRC 209
Open to all staff, faculty and partners.

Part of the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is figuring out what kinds of physical activity works for you– which we all know can take years of trial and error. If you would like to "cut to the chase" and discover your fitness personality, join us for a brown bag lunch presentation with Suzanne Brue, author of The 8 Colors of Fitness: Discover Your Color-Coded Fitness Personality and Create an Exercise Program You'll Never Quit!

Read about Suzanne's work and take the 8-minute quiz at http://www.the8colors.com, (based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MBTI). Hey...you might discover that you've been pursuing activities of the wrong color!

Please RSVP to Jen Jacobsen, Wellness Coordinator - jacobsen[at]grinnell[dot]edu

 

Community Wellness Fair
Live Healthy Grinnell Finale + summer community wellness preview
Tuesday, April 27th 4-7pm in JRC 101

Come celebrate 100 days of healthier living plus find out about summer wellness opportunities offered by Grinnell College and the larger Grinnell community. All faculty/staff/partners encouraged to attend, (whether or not you participated in Live Healthy Grinnell.) We'll also help Imagine Grinnell kick off its spring bike and hike programs!

Sponsored by the Grinnell Wellness Collaborative. Light refreshments provided. No RSVP needed.

 

Advising Records After Graduation

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

When advisees graduate, advisers may choose to keep their files for a period of time to assist with reference requests. The adviser may then choose to shred the files or to return them to the Academic Advising Office for shredding. Permanent academic records for each student are maintained by the Registrar's Office. If you need information about a former advisee for the purpose of a letter of recommendation contact the Registrar's Office, x3450.

Graduating On Time: A Brief Overview Of Regulations

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

 

Graduating On Time: A Brief Overview of Regulations

Making "normal progress" toward graduation: See the Student Handbook. The usual number of credits required is 16 per semester, but one 12 credit semester still allows for graduation on time. For example: 7 semesters of 16 credits plus 1 semester of 12 credits = (7 x 16) + (1 x 12) = 124 credits. Graduation requirements: Requirements for tutorial, total credits, major field, and residence can be found in the Student Handbook. Rules to watch:

  • Practicum credits - not more than 8 credits in all
  • Performance credits - not more than 16 credits allowed
  • Independent study - a maximum of 12 credits (plus-2, 297, 299, 397, 399 and 499) in one department may count toward graduation
  • Internship Study - maximum of 8 credits
  • Departmental limit - not more than 48 credits in one department
  • Divisional limit - not more than 92 credits in one division

A student with a well-balanced program in the first two years should have no difficulty with these limits."Plus-2s" and other independent work: First-year students may enroll only after they successfully complete the tutorial. First- and second-year students may take only one "plus-2" per semester.  

Changing Advisers

Fri, 2013-01-04 02:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Normally, a student's tutorial professor serves as the student's adviser until the student declares a major (by pre-registration in the fourth semester). Transfer students not in tutorials are assigned advisers in the department in which they have indicated an interest. However, if either the student or the adviser feels that the advising relationship is incompatible, he or she may contact the Dean for Student Success and Academic Advising about making a change. When faculty members go on leave they make arrangements for their advisees to be advised by another faculty member. Major advisees may be assigned to another member of the department. (The Registrar's Office has a "Change of Major Adviser" form.) Undeclared advisees should be guided in selecting an interim adviser; because these students will know few faculty at this point, they should be coached through this process. In both cases the faculty member notifies the Academic Advising Office of these changes.