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In this issue: Fall 2018

Roger Sayre ’81 holds his race medals
Pioneers

Rarified Air

During his first semester at Grinnell College, Roger Sayre’s Norris Hall friends dubbed him “a menace to society,” or “Menace” for short. “I hadn’t really taken up running yet, so I had all this excess energy,” Sayre says by way of explanation.
Women's basketball vs Knox
Strategy Session

Strengthening Equity and Opportunity in Athletics

When John Kispert ’85 and Jill Goldberg Kispert put the final arrangements together for a gift to support intercollegiate athletics, it helped the College gain more focus about how designated giving would strengthen programming across campus.

Herbie Hancock ’60, Janice Pearson ’58, David Van Nostrand ’58, and (we think) Anne Moore ’59.
Back Talk

Music: A Language of Compassion

“They called themselves the Velvetones…like velvet,” said my mother, Catharine Herr Van Nostrand ’59, as she reminisced over her 1958 photo of my father, David Van Nostrand ’58, singing with Herbie Hancock ’60 and two other students at the piano.

Grant Faulkner ’87 writing with helmet on
Profile

Derriere in chair

Grant Faulkner ’87 says the best way to learn how to write a novel is to just sit down and write it.

Students stand outside of campus building in 1879
Alumni Council News

A Brief History

I never knew I was a member of something called the Grinnell College Alumni Association. I became a member after completing my first semester, as does everyone who completes 16 credits at Grinnell.

Athletic Hall of Fame 2018 winners
Profile

2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Grinnell College celebrated the accomplishments of nine athletes who were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame during the biennial ceremony Sept. 1, 2018.

Vet working with dog
Profile

White Coats

Separated by 35 years of education and experience, what could Miranda Thomas ’17 and Sara Mathews ’82 possibly have in common? Dedication to animal care, white coats, mutual admiration, and Grinnell’s externship program.
Keith Archer
Campus News

New Vice President for Finance Settles In

Born and raised in the Midwest, Keith Archer already feels comfortable in Grinnell. “It’s a really good fit,” he says.

Empty campus during summer with big clouds
Campus News

Welcome, New Trustees

The Grinnell College Board of Trustees recently elected five new members to four-year terms: G. Barry Huff ’73, Kimberly Kuncl ’87, Stephen G. Moyer ’79, Angela Onwuachi-Willig ’94, and Saumil Parikh ’99.

General student life on campus in the fall
Campus News

New Leader Joins DAR

Jaci A. Thiede started her new position as Grinnell’s vice president for development and alumni relations (DAR) July 31. She takes the helm as the College prepares for the public launch of its first comprehensive fundraising campaign in 20 years.
Aerial image of HSSC
Campus News

A Changing Central Campus

Construction of the Humanities and Social Studies Center (HSSC) has changed the look of central campus. Two new pavilions, one directly east of Carnegie Hall and one northeast of Alumni Recitation Hall (ARH), will be ready for occupancy in early 2019.

Students getting food at Food truck and smoothie celebration
Campus News

Wellness Survey

Grinnell College has collected wellness data from students every three years since 2012. The data collection is part of a national effort, the American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment.

Student takes notes in notebook
Giving

A Leg Up

Since 2010 Grinnell College has partnered with QuestBridge, a national nonprofit organization that connects high-achieving, low-income high school students with educational opportunities.