Fall 2020

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In this Issue

When Karen Smith Hirshon ’73 takes the stage, the possibilities abound. The versatile Grinnell alumna plays more than a half-dozen stringed instruments: fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, and hammered dulcimer.

In his more than 20 years as a journalist, Christopher Maag ’95 has covered everything from the waning days of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to the devastating floods that overran Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It’s why, at age 46, he remains committed to journalism, despite its tribulations.

As a global public health student, Carson Peters ’20 cherishes the importance of working with community. In June, she launched Essential Cards Campaign, a card-writing campaign to thank essential workers in College Park, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Community: A new “Grinnell Crossroads” art project welcomes people by commemorating Grinnell’s history and celebrating its intersecting lives and histories.

Appointment: Schvalla Rivera was named Grinnell’s chief diversity officer and associate vice president of diversity and inclusion in July.

Grants: Four Grinnell seniors and two alumni received Fulbright U.S. Student Grants for research/study and teaching English in 2020–21.

Gifts: The sculpture was donated by Harold Kasimow, professor emeritus of religious studies, and his wife Lolya Lipchitz.

Academics: The spirit of community and desire to care for students prompted the quick development of summer classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Retirement: Grinnell-in-London director retires.

Awards: Angela Frimpong ’20 received this year’s Samuel Huntington Public Service Award.