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In this issue: Spring 2022

President Anne Harris talking with students
Campus News

A Message from President Anne F. Harris

Beginning again both holds promise and calls for resolve. Entering a third year of a global pandemic, opening a new chapter, rethinking long-lived practices, re-engaging in what had been paused during the height of the pandemic.

Penny Bender Sebring , Charles Ashby Lewis, and Mike and Linda Bird Powers
Campus News

Philanthropy: Career Communities Gifts

Gifts from Penny Bender Sebring ’64 (LL.D ’15) and Charles Ashby Lewis (LL.D ’15) extend their support of the Education Professions Career Community, and from Mike and Linda Bird Powers, both class of 1967, continues funding for the Health Professions Career Community.

Beronda L. Montgomery,
Campus News

New Dean of the College

Beronda L. Montgomery, an internationally recognized plant biology researcher and expert on mentoring in science, will join Grinnell in July 2022 as the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College.

Susan Baley
Campus News

New Museum Director

Susan Baley is the new director of the Grinnell College Museum of Art.

Sunset over the Noyce Science Center elbow
Campus News

Grinnell Receives $500,000 Grant

A grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Program will support two new Grinnell Clare Boothe Luce Professors — one in mathematics and statistics and one in data science.

The Grinnell College presidents medallion
Campus News

Presidential Inauguration

President Anne F. Harris will be officially installed as the 14th president in the College's 175-year history at her inauguration ceremony on Saturday, May 7.

Bucksbaum Arts Center
Campus News

Lesley Wright Honored

The Grinnell College Museum of Art Leadership Council established the Wright Fund for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Projects in honor of Lesley Wright.

Tovah Flygare, Rachel Vanwiggeren Walman, Alok Shah, and Susan Klumpner
Campus News

2021 Wall Service Awards

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Joseph F. Wall ’41 Alumni Service Awards, four alums have been chosen as the 2021 award winners.

Forbes 30 under 30 with images of the three winners
Campus News

Forbes “30 Under 30” Honorees

Three inspiring Grinnellians, Jen Liang ’14, Albert Owusu-Asare ’16, and Ameer Shujjah ’16 made the Forbes 2022 North America “30 Under 30” list.

View from Cowles Dibble loggia to Younker Hall
Back Talk

Too Interested in Too Much

How one alum discovered too much was just right.
Map showing location of the new facility to the south west of campus

Academics Reach Downtown

A lead gift from Dick Knapp ’76 will help build a Grinnell College film and media center in downtown Grinnell.

Old photo from family of Hazel Wilson and Carl Wright

Five Generations Family

Sisters Nancy Welch Barnby ’61 and Jill Welch ’64 said they never felt under pressure to attend Grinnell College. It was just an expectation that they never questioned.
Heather Benning

Heather Benning ’96

Heather Benning ’96 never thought she would be part of conversations that decided the course of the NCAA basketball tournament and other collegiate sports championships.

Valencia Alvarez

Valencia Alvarez ’20

The journey from her hometown of Yucaipa, California, to Grinnell was notable. She was the first in her family to attend college, it was the first time she had traveled by plane, and Iowa was the farthest she’d ever been from home.
Grinnellians on Mac Field
Alumni Council News

The Resiliency of Grinnellians

As any Grinnellian knows, the best parts of a Grinnell experience are those impromptu community moments that occur outside of any scheduled activity.
Eliza Willis, Autumn Wilke, and students

Innovation, Inclusion, and Accessibility

Students’ experience with human-centered design brings changes to campus — and to their own lives.
Grinnell College football team celebrating

Lost Seasons and New Beginnings

How student-athletes’ sense of community and team culture was challenged and changed.