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In this issue: Summer 2021

Humanities and Social Sciences Center and courtyard lit up at dusk
Strategy Session

Moving forward, together

Monica Chavez-Silva and Caleb Elfenbein, strategic planning co-leads, discuss the strategic planning process.

Team congratulating Brock Weirather on perfect game
Campus News

Brock Weirather ’21 Pitches a Perfect Game

On Sunday, April 25, in the opening game against Knox College, Brock Weirather ’21 pitched a perfect game.
Close up of graduates hands as they stand side-by-side, one holding a diploma
Campus News

2021 Tenured and Emeriti Faculty

Grinnell honored seven faculty members retiring in 2021 for their years of service and bestowed on them the title of emeritus or emerita faculty.
Commencement Speaker Kesho Scott kicking up a leg
Campus News

Grinnell Celebrates 2021 Graduates

Kesho Scott drew upon the symbolism in Frank Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz," during her inspiring Commencement address.

Logo reads Scarlet & Give Back Day, together we are greater, with squirrel and acorn graphic
Campus News

Scarlet & Give Back Day

Grinnell received 1,954 gifts and raised $1,078,042 to help ensure current and future generations of students enjoy the numerous benefits of a Grinnell education.

Scarlet and tan notebook reads Grinnell College Renion 2021 remote and reimagined
Campus News

Remote and Reimagined

The College has been celebrating reunions for more than 140 years — and this year Grinnell hosted its first virtual Reunion June 3–10.

John Garrison
Campus News

Garrison Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

John Garrison, professor of English and chair of peace and conflict studies, received a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship
Grace Duffy ’22
Alumni Council News

First student funded by Endowed Internship for Racial Justice works with ACLU of Texas

Grace Duffy ’22 wanted a summer internship in public policy, law, or criminal justice reform to help her decide what career to pursue.
Maijid Moujaled ’14 (left) and Ham Serunjogi ’16

Young alums pledge $50,000 to support entrepreneurship

Ham Serunjogi ’16 and Maijid Moujaled ’14, co-founders of the Chipper Cash payment platform, wanted practical entrepreneurial experience while at Grinnel, so helped launched Pioneer Weekend.
Ron Stanford ’71 and Fay Hazelcorn Stanford ’72

Ron Stanford ’71 and Fay Hazelcorn Stanford ’72

Booking concerts for the College led to the Stanford's work with Cajun culture, and from there to an album, an art exhibit, and a book.

2021 Alumni Award winners
Alumni Award

2021 Alumni Awards

Nominated by classmates and peers, recipients have distinguished themselves by service to their professions, communities, and the College
Josh Blue

Josh Blue ’01

Josh Blue ’01 faced one of the tougher challenges posed by the pandemic: how to ensure young students continue to learn amid drastically altered learning environments.

Pen Pan Community logo
Alumni Council News

Community Connection: Pen Pals

During the pandemic, Mitch Sevier ’21 and Paul Cover ’21 knew students and alumni needed connection more than ever. Their answer was a pen pal program that could facilitate long-term connections.

Kyle Parker

Kyle Parker ’17

As a result of his own challenges finding services in Grinnell, Kyle Parker ’17 founded ClipDart, an on-demand mobile barber service for people who do not have reliable access to barbershop services that focus on their specific hair care needs.