Alumni Profiles

After a bad breakup in 2007, April Dobbins ’99 landed on the doorstep of her grandfather’s Alabama farm as a single mother, feeling like a failure. 

“Having to return to this place made me feel like I wasn’t able to cut it in life,” she says.

Spring training means another 14-hour workday for Sam Eaton ’07, director of baseball operations for the Arizona Diamondbacks. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

On summer Sundays 100 years ago, Grinnellians could ride the train south to the mill on the Skunk River. Picnickers gazed upon, rode across, and floated under the bowstring iron bridges that connected the farms and hamlets of Poweshiek County.  

Recipients have distinguished themselves by their service to their careers, their community, and/or the College.

For many of us, convenience is a cornerstone of modern movie-watching. Plop down onto the couch, scavenge for the remote, and with one click of a button, vast libraries of cinema appear at our fingertips.

For Chase Strangio ’04, Grinnell was both personally and politically formative. “I knew I was queer; I knew that I had a critical political sensibility, but I didn’t have any real sense of who I was before Grinnell.”

When Laura Allender Ferguson ’89 attended Grinnell, the College and the country were on the brink of a massive cultural shift: the computing revolution.

By the time Opeyemi Awe ’15 graduated from Grinnell, her list of accomplishments was formidable: senator, vice president for student affairs, and president of the Student Government Association; internships with the U.S.

Six alumni were inducted into Grinnell College’s Athletics Hall of Fame in Sept. 2016.

An alumnus combats the myths surrounding human trafficking.