Alumni Profiles

With academic jobs at a premium and corporate America more appreciative of the social sciences, modern-day anthropologists are increasingly working with companies like Intel, IBM, and Google — all of which have in-house anthropologists.

“Books like Of Mice and Men and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time might be well-meaning, but ultimately speak for people with disabilities in a way that doesn’t show their true dynamism, capabilities, and unique voices,” says Bryan Boyce '08.

Picture a techie — it’s likely you’re imagining a slightly out of shape young man hunched over a computer somewhere in California, rather than someone like Terian Koscik ’12.

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.