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In this issue: Fall 2020

Group gathers to celebrate the installation of Morrison plaque
Campus News

Morrison Etched in Stone

Caesar. Isaiah. Emerson. Darwin. Shakespeare. Dante. Homer. Plato. Michelangelo. Goethe. Galileo. For 115 years, these names have stood alone in the limestone of Carnegie Library, inscribed as examples of great thinkers who represented the values, aspirations, and identity of a young Grinnell College.
graphic of a face mask
Campus News

Alumni, Students, and Families from China Donate Equipment

When it became clear that personal protective equipment (PPE) would likely be in short supply in Grinnell, students, their families, and alumni from China stepped up.

Students choosing from a long, crowded table of packages and one student holding her choice which is wrapped in pink
Campus News

Care Package Project Connects Campus and Alumni Communities

Students flocked to the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center in February to receive one of 1,304 alumni care packages from all over the world.
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Campus News

With Remote Learning, Grinnell Is Everywhere

On March 30, Grinnellians across the globe started a new chapter in their undergraduate experience: distance learning. Even under these challenging conditions, Grinnellians and their families found a way to stay connected.
Anne Harris
Campus News

Anne Harris Named Grinnell President

On July 14, the Board of Trustees announced their unanimous decision that Anne F. Harris would be the 14th president of Grinnell College.
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Campus News

Key Stats

A National Science Foundation grant, students who received a laptop, mobile hot spot or both for distance learning, and faculty members awarded tenure this May.

Cell phone shows President Kington's remarks in the prerecorded ceremony in front of the empty commencement stage
Campus News

‘We hope that we can bring a little Grinnell to you.’

Grinnell’s class of 2020 was scattered around the globe for Commencement ceremonies, but faculty and staff stood on the familiar ground of Central Campus to address new graduates.
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Supporting Our Students Fund Eases Distance Learning

Surge of donor gifts provides laptops and hot spots for students.

Two players reach for the volleyball behind net printed with GC PRIDE and Honor G
Alumni Council News

Council Work Aims to Strengthen GC Pride

Health services, communications, personal finance workshop, and Code of Leadership addressed

Two examples of the Helpers cartoons, included larger in the story
Back Talk

Stories of Good in the World

Sally Campbell Galman ’96, a professor of child and family studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has earned significant acclaim for her arts-based social science research. This spring, her “Look for the Helpers” series of cartoons that ran in her hometown newspaper, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, has brought her sharp insights to a wider audience.


Nurse Cares for Vulnerable People During the Pandemic

As a registered nurse at Minnesota Community Care, Mira Miller ’94 provides a range of care to low-income and homeless adults.

Shelter in Place 2020 Social Distancing All-Stars Green and Yellow Tortoise  with a cup of tea

Artist Creates Team of "Social Distancing All-Stars"

For graphic facilitator Brandy Agerbeck ’96, the pandemic has taken a brutal toll on her business. Her spring teaching tour in Europe was postponed, and her live workshops are on hold.

If there is any silver lining, it is the clarity with which she sees her role in this moment. “I’m turning to the same tool I teach,” she says. “Drawing.”

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A Transformation for an Event Space

Like many other businesses, the Central Collective, an event space in Knoxville, Tennessee, closed its doors in mid-March. But co-founder Dale Mackey ’07 has worked hard to fulfill its mission in different ways during the pause.

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Nightly Piano Bar Show Takes Off Online

Jon Richardson ’10 has been a full-time performer since graduating from New England Conservatory in 2017. But the weekly piano bar shows that were his bread and butter vanished as COVID-19 accelerated.

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Face Shields from Scratch

When Jonathan Rebelsky ’20 and Sage Kapland-Goland ’20 learned about an effort to support local hospitals by using 3D printers to create face shields, they sprang into action. They found an open-source face shield plan, connected with Erik Sanning ’89, technical director in the Department of Theatre and Dance, and got to work.