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In this issue: Fall 2021

Students walking under the trees which are covered in fall foliage
Strategy Session

New Required Course Addresses Needs Identified by Students

For the first time in 50 years, Grinnell faculty have approved a new requirement as part of the individually advised curriculum. The new course, First-Year Experience: Connections, is discussion-based and experiential and introduces students to important ideas about wellness, diversity, and respectful dialogue across difference. It delivers on the College’s stated mission and core values.

l to r: Sasha Baumann ’17, Evelyn Berryhill ’20, Anjali Jain ’21, and Lana Katai ’21
Campus News

Fulbright Grants

Sasha Baumann ’17, Evelyn Berryhill ’20, Anjali Jain ’21, and Lana Katai ’21 received Fulbright U.S. Student Grants for research/study and teaching English in 2021–22. For more than 70 years, Fulbright grants have provided future American leaders with opportunities to study, conduct research, and teach abroad.

Students talking with President Anne Harris at beginning of year
Campus News

Class of 2025

n August Grinnell welcomed 472 first-year students from 46 different states and 31 countries. A welcome ceremony included the presentation of commemorative medallions that pay tribute to an important event in the College’s history.

Victoria Jones
Campus News

Victoria Jones — Championing Black Joy, Art, and Culture

The 2021 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize of $50,000 was awarded to Victoria Jones, founder and executive director of TONE. Jones’ social innovation work centers Black joy, activism, and community building in Memphis, Tennessee.

Total gifts and committments chart detailing breakdown of $17907839 for July 2020 through June 2021
Campus News

Grinnellians Continue to Invest in Students

A total of 7,806 donors made gifts to Grinnell College during the past fiscal year, an increase of 180 donors from the previous year. Gifts from alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends of the College, and parents of students and alumni combined to yield impressive participation and contribution totals. The number of alumni donors alone increased 7.6% from 4,979 to 5,358.

Jana L. Grimes
Campus News

New Human Resources Leadership

Jana L. Grimes has been appointed vice president of human resources. As a member of the senior leadership team, Grimes provides strategic vision, leadership, and direction for the College’s invaluable human resources. Grimes, who came to Grinnell from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, has more than 30 years of experience in human resources, 20 of those in higher education.

Tommy Lee ë22 get paint ready for community members to paint on the mural design he created
Campus News

Students and Community Volunteers Unite to Paint Mural

This summer the Offices of International Student Affairs and Community Partnerships, Planning, and Research partnered with the Grinnell Area Arts Council on a community mural project displayed on the south side of McNally’s Foods store in downtown Grinnell. The mural was designed by Guhn “Tommy” Lee ’22, a studio art major and a summer intern for the arts council.

The Noyce Sience Center elbow light up at sunset
Alumni Council News

Let’s Embrace the Future Together

I’m always proud to share that Grinnell was a stop in the underground railroad. In fact, I feel many find our legacy of social justice impressive when I talk about my time in the prairie. When I share these stories, I often think about the decisions our founders were faced with when they opened our school.

Doug Johnson ’77 and John Chambers ’77 in their senior year swim team photo

How a treasured friendship turned into a biology professorship

Students in Leslie Gregg-Jolly’s First-Year Tutorial course, What Makes You You?, are exploring identity formation. To demonstrate the role of relationships, Gregg-Jolly is incorporating a real-life example into the tutorial about a friendship formed in the mid-1970s.
Suyog Shrestha ’06, left, points out a feature to Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, far right.

Suyog Shrestha ’06

Born and raised in Nepal, Suyog Shrestha ’06 knew early on that he wanted to study physics in the United States; and in the summer of 2002, he came to Grinnell. Now a particle physicist, he’s been working at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), just outside Geneva, Switzerland, for the past decade.

Neil Martin at a race

Neil Matin ’99

When racing was shut down by the pandemic, Neil Martin ’99, clinical director of radiation oncology and co-director of the Prostate Cancer Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston, didn’t stop. He did dozens of 26.2-mile training runs, the equivalent of 57 marathons in a row. Running was a stress reliever at an incredibly stressful time.

Edith Renfrow Smith
Back Talk

When a Name Becomes a Person

My summer research with Edith Renfrow Smith ’37, by Feven A. Getachew ’24