Grinnell water polo player with ball

Anybody Can Do It

Dec 17, 2018
From the bleachers, water polo looks challenging. “It’s unlike any sport I’ve ever played before,” says Camille Hall ’19, women’s team co-captain. “It’s so multifaceted.”
Student sits at CERA drawing a bison

Defining the Humanities

Dec 17, 2018

Elfenbein: It’s the study of how people make sense of their lives, but importantly, what it is that they produce to communicate, and how they communicate what…

Iowa landscape at CERA

Getting to the Meat of the Matter

Jan 10, 2019
If you drive to Grinnell on Interstate 80, you might be inclined to think Iowa’s economy is heavily agriculture-based. Your eyes might deceive you, says Jack Mutti, professor emeritus of economics. In terms of actual production, the agricultural sector accounts for about five percent of Iowa’s GDP. Yet, agriculture is connected intimately with many other industries, including manufacturing. So, the impact of recent tariffs is bigger than some of the numbers might lead you to believe, especially because the tariffs most directly affect exports.
Anneke Walker Nagao ’87 selfie

Her Perfect Advice

Jan 10, 2019
“From the minute I was first introduced to Japanese in elementary school, my life changed,” says Anneke Walker Nagao ’87. “My whole life revolves around that moment.”
Monessa Cummins, associate professor of classics, and Jiayun Chen ’19, a classics and art history double major, examine a marble Roman portrait head, believed to be from the 1st century, in the print study room of the Burling Library.

Why Should We Study the Humanities?

Jan 03, 2019
As new learning spaces dedicated to humanities and social studies rise up on the Grinnell campus, so are conversations springing up about what those disciplines commonly identified as “the humanities” mean to our lives.
Tor Erickson ’01 and Isabella Kugel ’20 stand in front of wood slabs that were made into a desk that now greets visitors in the new Admission and Student Financial Services center.

No Room for Error

Jan 03, 2019
From flowering crabapples to sycamores, birches, and firs, the trees dotting Grinnell’s campus have served as familiar landmarks — as well as beloved spots to climb, make art, and meet for class — for generations of Grinnell students.

The Ice Rink Lesson

Jun 28, 2018
Typical January temperatures in Fairbanks, Alaska, hover near 20 below zero. Some of my jogging friends would brave the cold and continue their pastime outdoors. I chose an alternative venue, a narrow track circling the Olympic-size hockey rink at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

2018 Alumni Awards

Jun 27, 2018
Alumni are nominated for Grinnell College’s Alumni Awards for many reasons. Below are a few of the reasons their supporters offered.

A Pioneering Doctor

Jun 27, 2018
In the late 1960s, when the future president of the American Medical Association expressed an interest in medicine, her high school guidance counselor advised her that women don’t go to medical school. Today Dr. Barbara McAneny ’73 is a nationally recognized leader in oncology treatment, and this June begins her term as president of the AMA, the fourth woman president and the first president from New Mexico.