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  • Liberal Arts Map Illustration
  • 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.
  • 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.

In this issue: Spring 2019

Students in Lee Running, Associate Professor of Art, drawing class use observational drawing techniques during a trip to the Conrad Evironmental Research Area
Feature

Defining the Humanities

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 it is they’re thinking about and experiencing.
Students in classroom listening
Feature

Charting a Course from Classroom to Career

Megan Crawford, assistant dean and director of advising and exploration, shares the ways that the Center for Careers, Life, and Service prepares students for life beyond graduation.

Students dancing at ISO Cultural evening in the Harris center.
Alumni Council News

A Been There Done That Resource

As members of the Alumni Council’s 2017–18 Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Saurabh Saraf ’05, Howie Schein ’66, and I agreed to tackle the challenge of connecting traditionally marginalized students with alumni. We were assisted by Sarah Smith-Benanti, assistant director of alumni and donor relations for diverse communities. Our group agreed early on that this program should be shaped by student needs.

Kaydi-Ann works with a colleague on the computer
Profile

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

“My whole life I said to myself, ‘I will not teach,’” says Kaydi-Ann Newsome ’14, an economics major from Jamaica. “I remember my chemistry teacher in year nine saying to me, ‘You know, one day you’re going to be a teacher.’ I was just like, ‘No, sir. It’s not going to happen. It’s just not going to happen.’”

Anneke Walker Nagao ’87 selfie
Profile

Her Perfect Advice

“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.”

Iowa landscape at CERA
Profile

Getting to the Meat of the Matter

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.

Two students with plants grown in greenhouse
Campus News

Building a Greenhouse and Intergenerational Relationships

Congratulations to Chad Darby ’88 and Jennifer Kulik ’94, recipients of the College’s 2018 Joseph F. Wall ’41 Alumni Service Award. Each will use the $30,000 award to launch programs benefiting their respective communities in the Pacific Northwest.
Hand raising in crowd
Campus News

Grinnell College National Poll

In fall 2018, Grinnell College partnered with J. Ann Selzer, a nationally renowned pollster from Iowa, to conduct the Grinnell College National Poll. The College undertook this pilot project as a way to provide research opportunities to students and faculty and to contribute to the national discussion about the direction of American politics.

The new admission building
Campus News

AFA Construction Update

The new Admission and Student Financial Services center at the southwest corner of Park Street and Eighth Avenue opened for business in November.
Stone detail on building
Campus News

Oops! Our Bad

Grinnell College is a tad late in handling a simple vote — okay, 50 years late.

Grinnell Prize winner visits classrooms
Campus News

Behind the Scenes with the Grinnell Prize

How can awarding $100,000 to a social justice innovator each year benefit Grinnell students and the College? More than a few people asked that question when the Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize was first awarded in 2011.

HSSC Outdoor space rendering
Giving

Learning Outdoors

In many ways, outdoor learning at Grinnell College was already synonymous with celebrated biology professor Kenneth A. Christiansen.
“Anything and everything was of interest to him, particularly his research outdoors,” says Anne Spence ’66, a former College Trustee and student of Christiansen’s.

Grinnell water polo player with ball
Pioneers

Anybody Can Do It

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 is reading while in Eiren Shea's Classroom
Strategy Session

Investing in Diversity and Inclusion

In August 2018, 463 first-year students representing 46 states and 20 countries matriculated at Grinnell. They are one of our most diverse classes ever: 19 percent are international students; 15 percent are first-generation college students; and 28 percent are domestic students of color, a record-setting number at Grinnell.

Michi Soderberg ’21 stands in front of bubble gum wall
Back Talk

From Bubblegum to Butterflies

Last spring, I participated for the first time in the Everyday Class Notes (ECN) care package project and found it was a wonderful way to connect with current students, in more ways than one.