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In this issue: Fall 2019

Agné Lukoseviciute ’21 throwing hammer

The Hammer Thrower

Agné Lukoseviciute ’21 beat her own school record for the hammer throw multiple times during the outdoor track season. With a throw of 181 feet 1 inch at the Midwest Conference Outdoor Championships May 10, 2019, Lukoseviciute threw the second-best in the country in Division III competition. 

“A big part is the technique,” she says. “I obsess over the technique.” 

Ben Binversie ’17 talking into the microphone

The Making of "All Things Grinnell"

Ben Binversie ’17, content specialist fellow with the Grinnell College Office of Communications, is producer of the new All Things Grinnell podcast. We asked him about it:

graduates clapping
Campus News

Go Forth Grinnellian

"Given that you are independent thinkers, I won’t be giving you any all-encompassing advice, no homilies, or ancient Chinese wisdom. Instead I am going to do what writers do best, and that is to talk about myself."  Amy Tan, novelist

Student picking up their alumni care package
Campus News

Bundles of Joy (and Snacks)

Scott and Laura Cleveland Shepherd, both class of 1982, are on the second floor of Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center behind a folding table piled high with boxes and bags of varying size, shape, and color. They’re busy handing out care packages to students who stand patiently in a line at least 20 people deep — an improvement over the queue yesterday that stretched at times to more than 100.

artwork in gallery during BAX
Campus News

Grinnell College Museum of Art

The Faulconer Gallery is changing its name this summer to the Grinnell College Museum of Art.
Arrel Gray ’00 with son

Changing Child Care

To hear Arrel Gray ’00 talk about the need for identifying and supporting quality child care, it’s no wonder that his business has been so successful. He recalls how difficult it was when he and his wife, who also works full time, first searched for care for their now 4-year-old son.

Alumni award winners

2019 Alumni Awards

The Grinnell College Alumni Council has selected 14 exceptional graduates to receive the 2019 Alumni Awards.
The Alumni Award recognizes individuals who embody Grinnell College’s mission of lifetime learning and service and contribute to the common good. Nominated by their classmates and peers, recipients have distinguished themselves by their service to their careers, their community, and/or the College.

school bus
Back Talk

School Bus Daze

Unlike other boys, I never wanted to be a bus driver when I grew up; if I had, Grinnell would have given me the opportunity to fulfill my childhood ambition. But such was not to be.

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Campus News

Over $1 Million

Grinnell College’s 36-hour Scarlet & Give Back Day on April 10–11, 2019, raised more than $1 million to support programs and opportunities for current and future Grinnell students. 

spring campus
Campus News

New Leader for Academic Affairs

On July 1, Anne F. Harris takes the reins as Grinnell’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. Harris comes to Grinnell from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where she most recently served as a professor and vice president for academic affairs. Over more than 20 years at DePauw, she has held various faculty and academic administrative appointments.
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Campus News

In Honor of Our Deceased Veterans

Grinnell College is planning a new veterans memorial to join and complement the existing monument in Herrick Chapel, which honors the 11 Grinnell College students who lost their lives in the U.S. Civil War. This new plaque will honor all students and alumni who lost their lives defending the United States in the many wars and conflicts since 1865.

Campus in spring outside of Burling Library
Alumni Council News

Council Highlights Civility and Communication

Grinnell’s 26-member Alumni Council came together on campus March 7–9. The weather was typical Iowa — snow, rain, ice, and some sun — but indoor spaces in both the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center and the partially finished Humanities and Social Studies Center (HSSC, now shortened by students to “husk”) were warm and welcoming.
Amy Tan being hooded
Campus News

Honorary Degree Recipients

“Remember, take every opportunity to do your best. And I have done it, I hope.” – Edith Renfrow Smith ’37
Faculty standing and clapping at commencement
Campus News

In Recognition of Excellence

Congratulations to faculty granted promotions and tenure in 2019 and to those who are transitioning to senior faculty status* or emeritus faculty.

George Moose ’66 and Judith R. Kaufmann

Serving Others

During the 1960s, Grinnell’s Program for Practical Political Education (PPPE) flourished, sponsoring elaborate mock political conventions in Darby Gym and bringing to campus a long list of luminaries, including former Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.

Mike Latham at his farewell party
Strategy Session

On the Virtues of Stretching Oneself

This spring, I had the extraordinary privilege to speak to 70 Grinnell students and recent alumni who applied for competitive external fellowships this year. These remarkable people had summoned the courage to apply for awards like the Fulbright, Watson, Truman, Marshall, or Rhodes scholarships.