March 14, 2020 - Yesterday, we urged students leaving campus to do so sooner rather than later,recommending an accelerated departure timeline due to a growing concern about canceled flights and travel issues. That departure has started to happen and we are grateful to our considerable network as its members continue supporting those who need it.
March 13, 2020 - Students are asked to move off campus as soon as possible and limit large gatherings. There will be no “traditional” graduation ceremony this May; instead, we will begin looking at alternative ways that we might honor graduating seniors.
We write with today’s updates to our continuing response to the COVID-19 pandemic with thanks for the efforts and understanding of our community as its members make important decisions about the rest of the semester.
March 10, 2020 - The coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States and around the globe. There are no known cases on campus. However, because the situation is changing so rapidly, for the good of our campus and city community, we feel compelled to move forward with plans to prevent or slow the transmission of the virus as best we can, and mitigate its risks once it comes to our community. We are looking at information from the most reliable medical experts to weigh risks and next actions.
Across the street from campus at the corner of Park Street and 6th Avenue in Grinnell, Iowa, sits a 30–by-80-foot plot that’s been tilled and cared for. In the milder months, you’ll see it filled with crops like peppers and radishes, and you’ll see Grinnellians working there.
Juan Carlos Pérez Borja ’11, Juan Castaño ’00, and Zoé Strecker ’88 each receive $35,000 to advance ongoing social projects.