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Two traditions bookend student life at Grinnell. The day before classes begin, the entire class of 2019 will gather in Herrick Chapel, where alumni will welcome them into the Grinnell community; the next time these students will gather as a whole class will be to celebrate their commencement. At the aptly named Medallion Ceremony, each new student receives a silver medallion engraved with their class year. Read more about the history and significance of the Medallion Ceremony.
From Russia with Silver
William Eric Blevins '04 claimed two silver medals — in the one-meter and 3-meter events — at the 16th World Masters Diving Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Blevins, nicknamed "Country," was a two-time All-American while at Grinnell, and became the first diver to win eight Midwest Conference championships. He was selected to the Grinnell Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Your generous support this past fiscal year means a world of difference to Grinnell College students. Thank you for helping the College enable students to explore their interests and identify their passions. We look forward to more great things in the next fiscal year.
Reunion Weekend 2015 Is Gone...
...but not forgotten. We're building our Reunion Weekend and Alumni College 2015 Archives. So far, we have links to our social media album and our Facebook photo albums. Watch for more in the weeks to come! Visit the Archives page here.
The Wright Thing to Do
Glenn Schnadt ‘50 and Mary Schnadt ‘49 will be honored for their role in saving Frank Lloyd Wright’s A.D. German Warehouse, in Richfield Center, Wisc., and donating it back to their community for restoration. Read about it in Alumni News.
What's New in Alumni News?
Intersections: The Roads Traveled After Graduation Follow the journey of Daniel Kisslinger '14 as he takes to the road to talk with Grinnellians about their journeys after graduation.
The Story of How Grinnell Students Brought Home the Story of Selma On March 25, 1965, an epic demonstration for voting rights ended in a triumphant rally at the Alabama capitol in Montgomery after a 5-day, 50-mile walk from Selma. Among those who were there that historic month of March were Grinnell students who brought home photos and stories for the College's student newspaper. Grinnell College alum and Board of Trustee member Hal Fuson '67 offers his first-hand account.
Andrés Chang '05 realized a dream he'd had since graduation: to establish an endowed scholarship. Read about Chang's gift and have a conversation with Chang about its significance to him.
Karen Van Dusen '77 and Joel Spiegel '78 have pledged $1 million for new learning spaces for Grinnell's humanities and social studies programs. Read about their gift here.
Susan McCurry '71, member of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, has pledged $4 million to start Global Learning Program. Read more about McCurry's gift here.
A $300,000 gift from M. Anne Spence '66, Board of Trustee member, will advance study of the Classics at Grinnell and support upgrade to the College's humanities and social studies learning spaces. Read about Spence's gift here.
And Last But Not Least... Scarlet and Give Back Day! We would have to call it a success. But don't take our word for it. Check the numbers yourself. More here.
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