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White House honors for Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell

Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012 12:00 am

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The Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG), a student-run nonprofit microfinance lending organization at Grinnell College, was named by the White House this week as one of the top five winners of  the “Campus Champions of Change Challenge.”

SEG represented the only Iowa college and the only small college in the 15 finalists of the White House challenge, which began last fall to highlight innovative ideas on college campuses and to inspire community involvement. 

“The work of the Social Entrepreneurs is an excellent example of creative collaboration and compassion in a global context,” said Grinnell College President Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D. “Current Grinnell students, recent alumni and community partners have reached out locally and globally to improve the lives of others.”

In its five years of operation, SEG has expanded from providing international loans for small projects in remote communities to also assisting individuals in the local community. The microfinance organization has loaned more than $37,000 in 44 countries, with $13,000 going to 25 individuals in the Grinnell area. A volunteer board of Grinnell students, alumni and local residents oversees the lending and fundraising.

This is the second White House recognition for a Grinnell program in two years. In January 2011, the Grinnell Science Project was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring of students underrepresented in the sciences.

The SEG award also represents Grinnell’s long-standing commitment to social justice. In 2010, the college initiated The Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize program to recognize individuals under 40 whodemonstrate leadership in their fields and show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change throughout the world. 

Six SEG members will attend an event at the White House on Mar. 15. The Grinnell organization will be featured—along with UCLA, University of Chicago, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and University of Arkansas—on an upcoming segment of mtvU.

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.                    


Alumni scientists earn prestigious NSF research fellowships

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

Grinnell College is responding to the nation’s call to fill the scientist pipeline. This year eight Grinnell graduates have been awarded highly competitive research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The prestigious fellowships carry a $30,000 stipend and $10,500 cost of education allowance for up to three years of study at some of the world's most highly regarded research institutions.

The Grinnell graduates named NSF Fellows for 2010:

LINES Ballet to perform at Grinnell College

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 12:30 pm

GRINNELL, IA—Alonzo King’s celebrated LINES Ballet of San Francisco will perform on Wed., Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.

Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists, choreographer Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions and imbue classical ballet with new expressive potential. The visionary choreography connects audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity, vulnerability, tenderness, furious abandon, and exhilarating freedom.

Grinnell student to implement Davis Project for Peace

Friday, Mar. 19, 2010 11:30 am


GRINNELL, IA--Grinnell College student Ami Shrestha will implement an international peace project this summer, thanks to a $10,000 award through Davis Projects for Peace. Davis Projects for Peace are funded by internationalist and philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who committed $1 million to fund grassroots projects through a competition on 74 college and university campuses.

Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir in concert in St. Paul, Milwaukee

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA.—Grinnell College’s Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir will present public concerts, March 20-23, in St. Paul and Milwaukee as part of a spring break tour. The choir’s concert repertoire, directed by Barry Jones, will include traditional gospel and contemporary selections as well as spiritual dance and a praise team, accompanied by percussion and guitar.

The YGB singers’ tour schedule will include the following public concerts:

Mar. 20: St. Paul, Minn., St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 6:30 p.m.

Grinnell College announces Feb. 1 mini-grants deadline

Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 12:30 pm


 GRINNELL, IA--Grinnell College is accepting applications for Community Mini-Grants for cultural, recreational, and educational projects in the Grinnell community. The Mini-Grant Program typically supports requests in the $500 to $5,000 range, with preference given to projects that have impact on the safety, beauty, and economic vitality of the community; projects that request matching or challenge funds; and initiatives that demonstrate collaborative partnerships.

Grinnell College establishes Partnership in Education with Grinnell High School

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College and Grinnell High School have decided to establish a "Partnership in Education" with a goal of enhancing educational opportunities at both institutions.

Through this new partnership, the two schools are looking into new and creative ways to link their programming. The partnership will work on creating new connections, but will also focus on raising awareness of the many programs already in place.