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Prouty earns All-Region honors for 3rd straight season

Wed, 2009-12-16 07:23 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Grinnell College’s JP Prouty ’10 has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III All-North Region Team. The defender from Stilwell, Kan., was named to the All-Region third team. A three-time All-Region performer and three-time All-Midwest Conference first-teamer, Prouty anchored a Pioneer defense that gave up a measly 1.43 goals per game and qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history. He ranked second on the team in assists with three and third in goals with five.

Grinnell College magazine receives top honors

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA – For the second year in a row, The Grinnell Magazine, Grinnell College’s flagship publication, has received top honors in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V competition.

The quarterly publication edited by Jacqueline Hartling Stolze and art directed by Jim Powers received a gold award, the highest regional honor for institutional magazines. CASE awards recognize institutions and individuals that “demonstrate outstanding achievement in the concept and execution of advancement programs and communication.” For more information about the CASE awards, go tohttp://www.casefive.org/awards/prideofcase/2009/winners.cfm.

To request a copy of the latest issue or to learn more about The Grinnell Magazine, go to http://www.grinnell.edu/magazine/. The Grinnell Magazine also provides significant online content to complement the print publication athttp://www.grinnell.edu/car/communication/magazine/extras/.

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 25 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

Grinnell College among leading producers of Fulbright assistants

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College is among the nation's leaders in the number of graduates who are awarded Fulbright grants to work and serve in international locations, according to the U.S. Fulbright Program, in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education .

Grinnell is among the top 12 liberal-arts colleges in the country to produce graduates who are awarded Fulbright assistantships—seven 2009 graduates and six 2008 graduates. More than 30 Grinnell students and alumni have applied to the competitive Fulbright program in each of the last two years.

Doug Cutchins, who coordinates Grinnell's Fulbright application process as director of the Office of Social Commitment, said that the rise in Fulbright awards reflects Grinnell's commitment to a culture of internationalism. "With so many students studying abroad and coming here from other countries, applying for a Fulbright becomes a natural extension of their Grinnell experience," Cutchins said.

Nearly 60 percent of Grinnell students study abroad for at least one semester during their four years. The Chronicle of Higher Education also recently noted that Grinnell has among the highest percentages (13 percent) of international students at undergraduate institutions.

"Both of these rankings are evidence of Grinnell's emphasis on internationalism," said David Harrison, director of the college's Center for International Studies. "Grinnell's interdisciplinary approach gives students different perspectives on global issues so they can understand the people, places, and processes that define today's world, which leads them to discover how they can best contribute to the world."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides funding for one academic year of study, research, or teaching assistance abroad. The program, which is sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, equips future American leaders with the skills needed in an increasingly global environment. Finalists for the 2010-11 program will be announced at the end of January, and notification of placement begins in March. More information on the Fulbright Program is available at .

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 College to host group sing of Handel's "Messiah"

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College will host a participatory group sing of selections of George Frideric Handel''s classic "Messiah" on Sun., Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell College campus.

The First Annual Handel''s "Messiah" Sing is open to all who wish to participate, and will feature several selections from the work, including the well-known "Hallelujah!" chorus. No previous experience is necessary, but an optional rehearsal will take place at 1 p.m.

The sing will feature a group of soloists from the college, including Michael Oxley, tenor, an applied music associate; Graciela Guzman, soprano, a third-year student from Canoga Park, Calif.; and Heather Riggs, alto, a second-year student from Portland, Ore

Norm Grimm, president-elect of the Iowa Choral Directors Association and choral director at Newton Senior High School, will direct the performance. Randy Brush will accompany on timpani and Grinnell College organist Linda Bryant will play the college''s recently restored Aeolian-Skinner organ.

The "Messiah" group sing is sponsored by the Grinnell College Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice. Herrick Chapel is located at 1128 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus and is wheelchair accessible.

Grinnell College Community Chorus to perform Dec. 4

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA - The Grinnell College Community Chorus will perform music for choir and organ on Fri., Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell College campus.

Directed by John Rommereim, professor of music, the mixed chorus will perform Leonard Bernstein''s "Chicester Psalms," Tarik O''Regan''s "Dorchester Canticles," as well as shorter works by Haydn, Bruckner, Faure, and Rommereim.

The concert will highlight Herrick Chapel''s newly restored Aeolian-Skinner organ, with Marlys Boote as accompanist. The choir will be joined by Michael Oxley, tenor soloist; Janet Hoech, harp; Christopher Gainey, guitar; and Mark Dorr, percussion.

Herrick Chapel is located at 7th Ave. and Park St. on the Grinnell campus. For more information about Grinnell College music events, go to

A student delegate to the Atlantic Treaty Association

Mon, 2009-11-23 13:13 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Cy Mistry ’11 has learned much about political science in the classrooms of Grinnell College. His interest has carried him far from Iowa to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he recently had the opportunity to dive into the real world of international politics at the 55th General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association. Student delegates discussed issues like the future of Afghanistan, as well as European dependency on Russian gas and oil, with international leaders and diplomats representing their countries at the conference.

With support from the Center for International Studies, Mistry traveled to the conference from Granada, Spain, where he is pursuing off-campus study. To prepare for the experience, Mistry studied the history and evolution of the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), along with the issues of international relations to be discussed.

Mistry credits his liberal arts education at Grinnell for helping him contend with the wide range of topics discussed, as well as the intensity of the panels. “Though the conference was centered on issues pertaining to international relations, panel discussions often ended up covering a variety of subjects — including environmental sciences, religion, and economics — and it became evident that many of the students/delegates had a great understanding of political science, but were oftentimes unfamiliar with some of the concepts discussed, such as alternative energy in the Black Sea region,” Mistry says.

Because of the diversity of the delegates, he says, the opinions varied greatly over the role of the ATA and NATO, international relations issues, and even Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. However, the delegates displayed solidarity in their sympathy for the victims of the suicide bombing outside of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 8. This gesture of goodwill is an example of the overlying attitude of community pervasive throughout the conference, Mistry says. Though opinions differed, everyone was open to the opinions and ideas of all delegates, no matter their age or nationality. Respect was key in having the conference run smoothly, he adds.

Mistry recognizes the advantage of hearing so many differing opinions. “Often, information about these topics in the United States is limited by the fact that we only have one view on the issue at hand, and hearing participants from 30-odd countries fiercely discuss a topic such as NATO expansion has broadened my viewpoint tremendously.” The immersion of the students in a real political conference enabled them to experience the diplomatic process firsthand. Mistry cites “the importance of maintaining peace and security in the international community, as well as the importance of a functioning democracy” as two of the most important lessons he took away from the unforgettable experience.

For a more detailed look at his trip, check out Mistry’s blog.

Grinnell College Cinefest to highlight work of women directors

Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College's Cultural Films Committee will host the first annual Grinnell Cinefest Dec. 4-6 in the Harris Center Cinema on the Grinnell campus.

This year's festival, which focuses on the work of international women filmmakers, is part of the Cultural Film Committee's new programming and kicks off the year-long celebration for 20 years of gender and women's studies at the college. Many of the films are rare and have not been previously shown on the Grinnell campus. One was screened at the Cannes Film Festival only this year, and another-Ulrike Ottinger's "Freak Orlando"-is difficult to find in the U.S. Many of the screenings will be followed by a student-led discussion.

The showings for Fri., Dec. 4 include "Dreaming Rivers," directed by Martine Attille, at 4:30 p.m.; "Daughters of the Dust," directed by Julie Dash, at 6:30 p.m.; "Circles of Confusion," directed by Phoebe Tooke, at 9 p.m.; and "La Mujer Sin Cabeza," directed by Lecrecia Martel, at 9:15 p.m.

Showings for Sat., Dec. 5 include "Thriller," directed by Sally Potter, at noon; "Orlando," directed by Sally Potter, at 12:35 p.m.; "Freak Orlando," directed by Ulrike Ottinger, at 3 p.m.

Showings for Sun., Dec. 6 include "Khush," directed by Pratibha Parmar, at 1 p.m.; "A Song of Ceylon," directed by Laleen Jayamanne, at 2 p.m.; "Velvet Tigress," directed by Jen Sachs, at 3:30 p.m.; and "Sita Sings the Blues," directed by Nina Paley, at 3:45 p.m.

Grinnell Cinefest is co-sponsored by Burling Library, the Grinnell College Center for the Humanities, and the Louise R. Noun Program in Women's Studies. The Harris Center is located at 1114 10th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus.

Former Israeli Ambassador to Speak at Grinnell College

Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Former Israeli Ambassador Asher Naim will describe his role in the 1991 Operation Solomon, Mon., Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus.

Naim, who served as ambassador to Ethiopia at the time of Operation Solomon, set in motion the airlift of more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to resettle in Israel. Born in Libya, he obtained a master’s of jurisprudence degree from Hebrew University before embarking on his lengthy foreign service career which also involved ambassadorships to Uganda, Kenya, Korea, and Finland.

“Behind the Scenes Story of Operation Solomon: Exodus of Ethiopian Jews to Israel,” is free and open to the public. Naim will also hold an informal question-and-answer session about an ambassador’s role and responsibilities on Nov. 30 at 4:15 p.m. in Grinnell House, 1011 Park St., Grinnell.

Naim’s visit to Grinnell is sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights and in cooperation with Cornell College, where the ambassador will speak on Dec. 1. For more information about the Rosenfield Program, contact Sarah Purcell, purcelsj[at]grinnell[dot]edu, 641-269-3091.

Poet Tomaz Salamun to Read from His Work at Grinnell College

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun will read from his work as part of the Writers@Grinnell program on Wed., Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.

Salamun is the author of close to 40 books of poetry, at least nine of which have been translated into English. He is considered Slovenia’s greatest living poet and one of the foremost figures of the Eastern European poetical avant-garde. Some of his recent publications in English are “The Book for My Brother,” “Woods and Chalices,” and “There’s the Hand and There’s the Arid Chair.” A new book of poetry, “Blue Tower,” is due out in 2010. He has been awarded many international literary prizes, including the Preseren Prize, the Jenko Prize, and a Pushcart Prize.

Salamun was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1941, grew up in Koper, Slovenia, and now lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He makes regular visits to teach and read in the United States.

For more information about the Writers@Grinnell program, go tohttp://www.grinnell.edu/academic/english/creative/conference/. The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 Park St.

Grinnell Theatre Goes Shakespearean with As You Like It

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—The Grinnell College Department of Theatre and Dance will present Shakespeare’s 1600 romantic comedy “As You Like It” on Nov. 20-22 in Roberts Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts on the Grinnell College campus.

Long recognized as the greatest English pastoral play, “As You Like It” sends a group of noble refugees from the pomp of court life out to the pastures and forest of Arden, where the banished Duke and his court make “sweet use of adversity” and the heroine Rosalind, disguised as a shepherd boy, tries and tests her lover Orlando. The play both celebrates and mocks “the simple life” and the follies of romantic love. Court and country, sophisticated and simple, sonneteering swains and goatgirls—Shakespeare builds the play by contrasts and ends it in harmony, as fortunes are restored, the lost are found, and four pairs of lovers are married. “As You Like It” is a holiday, filled with wit, song, dance, pageantry, and the redeeming wisdom of the “good in everything.” Grinnell’s production is set in Regency England and draws on 19th-century Arcadian landscape design and art.

Ellen Mease, associate professor of theatre, directs the play. Guest artist Stewart Benjamin Farrar designs set, lights, and props, and resident designer Erin Howell-Gritsch provides the Regency costumes.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. for the Nov. 20-21 performances and 2 p.m. for the performance on Nov. 22. Tickets are required for this free event and may be obtained at the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts ticket office beginning Mon., Nov. 16. The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus. Box office and ticket information is available athttp://web.grinnell.edu/theatre/facilities/box_office.html or by calling 641-269-4444.