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  • Erin Whalen sitting on a picnic table outside of school
  • Fredo Rivera ’06 sitting on a chair in the Faulconer Art Gallery
  • Jeanne Pinder ’75 standing outside her office

In this issue: Summer 2018

Madeleine Pesch ’16 standing on beach with bike

Full Effort

Madeleine Pesch ’16 likes to joke that she would never have found Grinnell if it weren’t for the “amazing pool” she first saw in a swimming-and-diving brochure. She went on to record plenty of stellar accomplishments in the Russell K. Osgood pool during her four years, but the double major in chemistry and gender, women’s, and sexuality studies (GWSS) meant taking academics just as seriously.

Misha Gelnarova ’18

Q&A with Misha Gelnarova ’18

Michaela “Misha” Gelnarova — an independent major in international relations and communications, from the Czech Republic — is vice president of academic affairs for the Student Government Association during the current (2017–18) school year.

Q: You seem like you’re involved in almost everything that happens on campus. Can you tell me about some of the leadership roles you serve in?

Twin Cities group event
Alumni Council News

Fostering Community Grinnell Style

If you’ve ever stopped someone wearing a Grinnell sweatshirt or slightly stalked a vehicle with a Grinnell College bumper sticker, it’s probably because you know the delight a conversation with a fellow Grinnellian can bring. Over the past few years, the College has recognized how much we enjoy running into fellow alumni, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) hired Anna Halpin-Healy ’13 as the assistant director of alumni relations for regional programs.

Katie Hail-Jares ’07 standing on street

Street-Based Sex Work

A biology and religious studies double-major at Grinnell College, Katie Hail-Jares ’07 looks back on Professor Tammy Nyden’s Philosophy of Science class as instrumental to the way she approaches her research on sex work. It was in that class that she realized that in order to grow, science needed to include more diverse voices.  

Barry Matchett ’94 running with the cross country team in 1994

The Running Man

Barry Matchett ’94, director of external affairs for NRG Energy, a power generation company, is running campaigns to promote clean energy development. He also campaigns for running as the secretary of the board for USA Pentathlon, the governing body for the Olympic sport.

Magazine stacked on desk
Campus News

Readers Speak Volumes

How do our readers think we’re doing with The Grinnell Magazine? That question was the main focus of a reader survey conducted by Grinnell’s Office of Analytic Support and Institutional Research for the Offices of Communications and Development and Alumni Relations in October and November 2017. Survey invitations were emailed to 15,313 people who receive the magazine; 1,862 people, 12.2 percent, responded. 

Tara Shukla, Skull, 2016, charcoal on paper, 30 x 22 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Campus News

Art and Science Unite

Jackie Brown, professor of biology, and Lesley Wright, director of the Faulconer Gallery, have teamed up to curate an exhibition that explores the relationship between visual art and biology. On display at the Faulconer Gallery until June 10, Making Life Visible: Art, Biology, and Visualization takes its inspiration from Brown’s research with former student Idelle Cooper ’01 on Hawaiian damselfly color.

HSSC construction zone
Campus News

Construction update

The east side of Alumni Recitation Hall (ARH, originally opened in 1916) and Carnegie Hall (opened in 1905 as the College library and used since the 1950s for classrooms and offices) are being enclosed by a new structure. In this photo from the front of the Noyce Science Center, the top of ARH can be seen next to the pillar supporting the crane.

Celina Karp Biniaz ’52 speaking to a crowd
Campus News

Commencement 2018

Celina Karp Biniaz ’52, the youngest Jewish person rescued by Oskar Schindler, a Czech businessman, during the Holocaust, will be Grinnell College’s 2018 Commencement speaker. Alumni Chase Strangio ’04 and James Holbrook ’66 will receive honorary degrees as will Tracey Menten, a teacher from Omaha, on May 21

Campus shot with purple blooms on trees
Strategy Session

Persuading Students to Choose Grinnell

In October of 2017, I had the pleasure of speaking with alumni volunteers on campus during Volunteer Weekend about the work of the admission and financial aid offices. I quizzed their memories of the college search process that eventually brought them to Grinnell College. Most of the non-Iowans in the room were willing to admit to some reservations, as high school seniors, about the idea of going to college in Iowa.


Hola! Bonjour! Guten Tag!

Emily Ricker ’18 knew she could “get away with speaking English” during her 2016 summer internship in Pohnpei, an island in the Federated States of Micronesia. But when she learned she could add a language component to her summer internship, Ricker said yes.

Tom Rayfiel standing in tunnel
Back Talk

In Search of Tom Cole ’71

Grinnell has always impressed me by having few glitzy, headline-hogging alums. I’d like to think the College instead produces serious, hardworking leaders in all sorts of fields; the kind who do, rather than boast about doing. Among those, I include Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla, from the state’s 4th District, and a deputy majority whip. Several months ago, troubled by the state of our country, I wrote him a letter. 

June 14, 2017

Dear Tom Cole,