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Students Get Creative Leading Fall Service Trips

Our service-oriented Alternate Break (alt break) and ReNew (disaster relief) trips are completely student-planned, led, and run.  So it was student-leaders Maddie Howland ’16 and Jasmine Gerritsen ’16 who quickly responded when the national government shutdown threw a wrench into their plans. In a display of speed and grace under pressure, they quickly revamped their plans to visit the now-closed Mark Twain National Park in Missouri, replacing the trip with one to Wisconsin.

Natalie Duncombe ’15, an alt break administrator, drew on her experiences leading an earlier trip to help them. She says, “Before the trip I led to Houston, it seemed everything was going wrong, but it all worked out and we had a great experience. This made dealing with all the last minute changes in Madeline and Jasmine's trip easier. Having dealt with a similar situation before removes some the shock and makes it easier to be optimistic about alternative solutions.” 

Our programs are designed to create a community of active citizens, and give students the opportunity to travel, develop new perspectives, enhance leadership skills, and participate in educational and hands-on community service.

The groups are composed entirely of students who live and work together in the communities they serve. They have full responsibility for their decisions and travel without faculty or staff. Trip leaders are responsible for reaching out to organizations, arranging travel and housing, and recruiting participants. A team of past trip leaders administers the program, with advice from Susan Sanning, assistant director of service learning and engagement.

The fall trips are usually regional, taking place in Iowa and surrounding states. This year they address housing and disaster recovery, sustainable urban community agriculture, and organic farming for those with developmental and other disabilities.

Highlights from this break’s trips include:

  • Led by Adrian Rodriguez ’15, Christian Noyce ’15, Minna Montgomery ’16, Taylor Watts’ 16, students are helping community members continue to rebuild homes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the wake of massive flooding in 2003. (ReNew)
  • Led by Howland and Gerritsen, students are assisting the residents of a community homestead, learning how members of a community of disabled adults work and live together farming, building custom furniture, and making crafts for sale. (Alt Break)
  • Lead by Ellie Honan ’14 and Chrissy Swartz ’14, students are investigating the ways the for-profit world can have a positive social impact through urban and rural farms, orchards, and gardens. (Alt Break)

ReNew trips are always disaster relief trips. Popular themes for alt break trips include community enhancement, housing, sustainable and community agriculture, hunger relief, education, environmental justice and conservation, immigration, and refuge services.  Other recent alt break trip locations include Georgia, California, Texas, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C.

Contact the ReNew or Alt Break student administrators or Susan Sanning for more information or if you are a student interested in joining or leading a trip.  

Students Host Popular Ultimate Tourney

Who’s that taking over MacEachron Field this weekend? It’s Ultimate teams from across the Midwest, here for the 11th annual Elephantitis tournament!

Grinnell’s nationally ranked men’s and women’s teams (the Grinnellephants and the Sticky Tongue Frogs) host it every year.

“We absolutely love hosting this event,” says Evan Ma ’14. “And there’s always a long line to sign up for it.” For many teams, it’s the first tournament of the fall, a time for new players to learn the basics of the game before the competitive spring season.

“Elephantitis is an excellent time to let rookies play their hearts out and figure out what the sport is really like. Several teams, including the Grinnell squads, break into two smaller teams to get everyone as much playing time as possible,” says Ma. “The friendly environment draws teams in, but Sunday still gets competitive late in the day.”

Players come from schools of all sizes; the University of Iowa, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse teams join in the fun with teams from smaller schools like Grinnell.

Grinnell players look forward to their own highlight, playing against our alumni team, the Grinnellephant Graveyard.

The Grinnellephants and Sticky Toungue Frogs give a special thanks to Lyle Bauman, who has supported the event for years. “Every Elephantitis, a bunch of the teams camp at Lyle Bauman’s farm out in Brooklyn,” says Ma. “Lyle is absolutely the man. Not only does he let teams stay there, Lyle and his friends grill for more than 500 people. He is truly an amazing guy.”

Student Activities Office

The Office of Student Activities offers support and resources to help you plan, manage, and finance your campus event. Our office collaborates with the Student Government Association to run films, concerts, all-campus events, and more to enhance an active and engaged campus culture and to help you become a more efficient organizer and leader.

Grinnell men's tennis team seeks another successful campaign

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

The Grinnell College men’s tennis team will be looking for another highly-successful campaign in 2010.

The squad’s top returnee is Juan Carlos Perez ’11 (pictured), who qualified for the NCAA Division III National Tournament last year in singles play.

Other top returnees are Sam Raife ’10, Dmitriy Glumov ’12, Eric Ritter ’12, Martin Dluhos ’12 and Michael Cole ’12. Other key contributors will be team captain Alec Moore ’11, Ben Flebbe ’11, Daniel Nellis ’13, Ishan Bhadkamkar’13 and Colin Johnson ’13.
Coach Andy Hamilton said the biggest challenge will be replacing NCAA doubles qualifiers and All-Americans Dan LaFountaine ’09 and Nate Fox ’09.

“When you look at us on paper, we know there are big holes to fill after losing All-Americans Dan and Nate,” said Grinnell Hamilton. “What people don’t realize is we have many players returning who have experience in our lineup. The big question is who will move into fill the roles vacated by Dan and Nate and how well our doubles realign.”

The Pioneers open the 2010 campaign Saturday at the University of Dubuque with duals against both the host school and Carroll University. The team’s current singles order is Perez, Glumov, Dluhos, Bhadkamkar, Raife, Ritter and either Nellis or Cole. Doubles are currently the duos of Perez-Glumov, Dluhos-Bhadkamkar, Raife-Johnson and Cole-Nellis.

The Pioneers will be seeking their seventh Midwest Conference title in a row in 2010.

“Our immediate goal is to get comfortable on the court through experience, and the overall goal is to retain our Midwest Conference title,” said Hamilton. “We know with the loss of two great seniors, people will be gunning for us. This team also wants to see if we can move back into the top 15 in the region.”

Hamilton said Saturday’s season-opening action will be a challenge. “Carroll is a program on the rise,” he said. “We need to make sure we’re focused and ready. Dubuque has everybody back and a new No. 1. Their lineup is deeper, and it was a talented lineup before they got their new No. 1.”

Boehm, Bradley named to All-MWC 2nd team; 3 other Pioneers on honorable mention list

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


Grinnell College football players Ryan Boehm '10 and Marquis Bradley '11 have been named to the All-Midwest Conference Second Team for the 2009 campaign.

Boehm, a repeat All-MWC selection after earning honorable mention status in 2008, was named to the squad at a special teams spot and Bradley as a linebacker.

Boehm, who was also a key defensive back for the Pioneers, returned 18 punts this season for 125 yards, a 6.9-yard per return average. On defense, he finished fourth on the team in tackles with 70 while also breaking up six passes. Bradley finished second on the team and third in the conference with 107 tackles, including 16 for loss, and three sacks. He also forced three fumbles, recovered one and had an interception.

Honorable mention selections from Grinnell included wide receiver Robert Seer '12, offensive lineman Chris Jarmon '12 and defensive back Marc Heronemus '11.

Seer led the Pioneers in receiving this season with 47 catches for 760 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 76 yards a game. Heronemus ranked seventh on the team in tackles with 52, including 2.5 for loss, while also intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble. Jarmon was a key blocker for an offense that produced more than 2,900 yards of offense during the season.

Conference champion Monmouth College swept the individual All-MWC awards, with quarterback Alex Taney repeating as Offensive Player of the Year and Steve Bell winning the Coach of the Year award again. Anthony Goranson was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year.
2009 All-Conference Team

Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center

The Rosenfield Center is the central gathering place at Grinnell. In addition to space for a range of campus offices, it contains the central dining room and kitchens of the College, the Spencer Grill, the Crady Mail Room, recreational areas and lounges, a multipurpose room, smaller meeting rooms, classrooms, and a gallery. The Rosenfield Center is named after longtime Grinnell College trustee and benefactor Joe Rosenfield ’25.

Parking near the building includes some accessible parking to the east, limited spaces in a small lot across 8th Avenue, and a large lot off 10th Avenue to the north.  

Bruce is MWC Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week

Mon, 2009-11-23 00:00 | By Anonymous (not verified)

Grinnell College's Kelly Bruce '12 has been named the Midwest Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week.

Bruce, from Middleton, Wis. (Middleton HS), earned an NCAA provisional standard in one-meter diving when she scored 259.50 in six dives at a home dual meet with Loras College Friday. She not only won that event, but claimed victory in three-meter diving, as well.

For the season, Bruce has won five diving crowns in three dual meets. She set the school record for one-meter diving (11 dives) last season with a score of 420.45.

The Male Performer of the Week is Alex Marks of Lake Forest College.