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In this issue: Fall 2017

Shonda Kuiper
Campus News

Expert in Statistics Education Wins NSF Grant

Shonda Kuiper, professor of mathematics and statistics whose work in statistics education is nationally recognized, recently received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program. 

Shanna Benjamin
Campus News

Shanna Benjamin Selected for National Leadership Program

Benjamin is one of 45 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2017–18 Senior Leadership Academy.
Shuchi Kapila in a seminar with 2 students looking on
Campus News

Shuchi Kapila Leads Institute for Global Engagement

Shuchi Kapila, professor of English, has been named assistant vice president for global education and senior global officer. She succeeds David Cook-Martín as head of the Institute for Global Engagement. 

Crenellations atop ARH in morning light
Campus News

Board of Trustees Election

The College Board of Trustees recently elected four new members: Jeanne Myerson ’75, Sheryl Walter ’78, Odile Disch-Bhadkamkar, and Julie Gosselink.
Painting called Woodpecker and the Ironsmith by Ram Singh Urveti
Campus News

Fall at the Faulconer Gallery

Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India features 47 paintings by 24 artists and showcases works from the Gond and Warli communities of central India, the Mithila region of Bihar, and the narrative scroll painters of West Bengal.
3-story steel structure in place on east side of Carnegie Hall
Campus News

Construction Zone

The South Pavilion of the new Humanities and Social Studies Complex (HSSC) took shape on central campus during the summer.
Crenellations atop ARH in morning light
Campus News

Title IX Complaint Closed

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) notified Grinnell College by letter, dated July 28, 2017, that the Title IX complaint opened in July 2015 has been administratively closed.

8 students show off items found during the Grinnell Science Project scavenger hung
Strategy Session

Developing a Comprehensive Diversity Plan

Developing a comprehensive diversity plan is an iterative process that requires considerable time, attention, and care, especially when gathering and evaluating confidential feedback. Because of this, it has not been a quick process.

Eric Ragan sets a volleyball on the left side of the net to two women on the other side
Pioneers

A Culture of Learning

Eric Ragan ’12 first came to Grinnell in 2008 knowing little more than that he wanted to keep playing sports in college, and he wanted to do it in a “high academic” environment.

Lucy Chechik, wearing safety glasses, examines a test tube
Giving

Chemistry in Copenhagen

Lucy Chechik ’18, a chemistry major from Minneapolis, wanted to study abroad and chose DIS (Danish Institute for Study Abroad) Copenhagen because of its focus on medicine. 

Alumni Council members pose in old Grinnell sports jerseys
Alumni Council News

Planning a Multicultural Alumni Weekend

Diversity and inclusion have long been core values of Grinnell College. Today, 26 percent of the College’s students are domestic students of color, 18 percent international students, nearly 17 percent are first-generation students, and many are students who openly identify as LGBTQIA+.
Daniel Davis
Back Talk

A Growth Mindset

After graduating college, I spent a long time searching for the perfect job. Most important in my search was finding a job where I felt like part of a team that was pushing me to be the best I could be.