Caribbean novelist Jamaica Kincaid will address the Grinnell College Class of 2012 at the college’s 166th Exercises of Commencement, on Mon., May 21, at 10 a.m. on Central Campus.*
Grinnell College student Mateo Jarquín has been awarded a $34,000 competitive Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study. Jarquín, a third-year history major from Nicaragua, was nominated by Grinnell for the national competition based on his academic record, post-graduate plans and financial need.
Grinnell Singers to perform Duke Ellington jazz Fri.
Amy Fraenkel, North American regional director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), will deliver the Grinnell College Phi Beta Kappa Scholars’ Convocation lecture, Thurs., Apr. 26 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus.
Fraenkel, who is a 1985 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell, will discuss her 25-year career in environmental law and policy in the government and private sectors and the impact her liberal arts education has had on international environmental policy.
Grinnell College student Charity Porotesano has been awarded the Truman Scholarship, a $30,000 nationally competitive graduate study scholarship sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Foundation.
Porotesano, a senior political science major from American Samoa, plans to teach before pursuing a dual graduate program in human resource development and public policy. Her career goal is to return to American Samoa as a specialist for educational change.
The Grinnell Singers, recently returned from a five-city tour, will perform the campus premiere of a commissioned work by rising composer Mohammed Fairouz on Sat., Apr. 14, with the composer present. The 49-voice select choir, directed by Professor of Music John Rommereim, will be joined by violist Christine Rutledge of the University of Iowa and baritone Andrew Whitfield of Luther College in the performance of Fairouz' work, which sets to music the poetry of Seamus Heaney and biblical verses in Arabic.
Writers@Grinnell will offer weekly activities throughout April, featuring Shakespeare, novelists, poets, and memoirists.
On Thurs., Apr. 5, novelist and memoirist Jennifer Finney Boylan will read from a range of works including young adult books and short stories. Boylan has been a frequent guest on national TV and radio shows for insights into gender and imagination from “She’s Not There,” her bestselling memoir as a transgendered individual.
Grinnell College students Tinggong Zhan and Xiaorong Yin will implement an international peace project in China this summer, thanks to a $10,000 award throughDavis 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 90 college and university campuses.
Twelve Grinnell area organizations will benefit from $25,000 in grant support from the Grinnell College Mini-Grant Program for community-based projects and initiatives.
“The grant process was highly competitive with nearly 30 applications and $120,000 in requests,” said Monica Chavez-Silva, director of community enhancement and engagement. “Given the large number of requests, the committee focused on projects that have the greatest community impact and hold promise for longer term sustainability.”
The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, a 32-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 18-24, in churches in Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, and Houston, Tex., as part of a spring break tour.