Alumni News

Two Alums Save a Frank Lloyd Wright WarehouseGlenn Schnadt ‘50 and Mary Schnadt ‘49 are among this year’s Wright Spirit Awards from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. At a conference by the conservancy this fall, the Schnadts will be honored for their role in saving Wright’s A.D. German Warehouse, in Richfield Center, Wisc., and donating it back to their community for restoration. For information on the conference, please view this pdf. For information on the A.D. German Warehouse, please read “On Wisconsin: Saving Wright’s lone warehouse.”   

Intersections: Learning to Leave Grinnell

Photograph by Daniel Kisslinger '14 from Intersections tumblr siteFrom the commencement stage to... where? How do Grinnell graduates take the next step? And where does that next step lead? In the summer of 2014, as a new graduate himself, Daniel Kisslinger '14 hit the road to learn about roads Grinnellians traveled and gather stories and an understanding of how Grinnellians shape their lives in the moments and months after graduation. Visit his tumblr site, Intersections, for audio recordings and photographs.

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.

Gift Announcement
Andrés Chang ’05 has pledged a $50,000 gift to establish the Perpetua Fund, a new endowed scholarship for students enrolled at Grinnell. Read more here.

Gift Announcement

Alumni Pledge $1 Million for New Learning Spaces
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.

Gift Announcement


Trustee Pledges $4 Million to Start Global Learning Program
Susan McCurry  ’71, a member of Grinnell College’s Board of Trustees, has pledged $4 million to the College. McCurry’s gift, a portion of which will come from the Roland and Ruby Holden Foundation, will establish the Global Learning Program at Grinnell College. Read more about it.

Gift AnnouncementClassics Department at Grinnell College Greek Fresco imageTrustee's Pledge Will Advance Study of the Classics 
A $300,000 gift from Grinnell College alum and Board of Trustee member M. Anne Spence '66 includes support to upgrade humanities and social studies learning spaces. Read more here. 

What a great day! Thank you, everyone!

Our final numbers: 1,922 donors and a grand total of $853,586.10.   

Read more about Scarlet and Give Back Day, March 31, 2015!

Manhattan Transfer

On spring break, students learn from the experts, whether learning about startups in Silicon Valley, the social impact of nonprofits in Chicago, or careers in international relations and human rights in Manhattan.This year, 20 Grinnell College students took to the streets of Manhattan on their New York City Human Rights and International Relations Tour. They met alumni in their workplaces–The New York Times and the United Nations, to name just two–and at evening networking events at the Center for Constitutional Rights and Neo Futurists Theater. 
The New York City break tour was the third industry tour organized by the Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR)In 2012, a dozen Grinnell students learned the wonders of startups in Silicon Valley. In 2013, another dozen students blew into the Windy City to observe careers in nonprofits with social impact.  
“The biggest impact for students is the opportunity to connect with alumni in their place of work, in areas students are interested in," says Nate Dobbels, assistant director of Alumni Relations for Career Programs. "For alumni, it’s a reason to reconnect with the College, share their knowledge, and influence future leaders." 
Industry tour topics are determined by student interests, and “cut across where alumni are working, varying geographic locations and the diverse pathways of our graduates," according to Mark Peltz, Daniel and Patricia Jipp Finkelman Dean of Careers, Life, and Service. 
The CLS office and DAR also provide a spring break externship program for first- and second-year students. This year, through the program, alumni across the country hosted 3- to 5-day job shadow experiences for more than 80 Grinnell students.  

New Scholarship for Iowans

Those Iowans admitted for enrollment in Grinnell College are now automatically considered for a new scholarship from the Dorrit Walsh Endowed Scholarship Fund. Read more

Thank You for Your Giving Tuesday Participation!

Grinnell College’s first foray into the international Giving Tuesday initiative was a huge success! By the numbers, in the 24 hours of Giving Tuesday, 112 people gave back to the College, and $41,310.64 was raised for current and future Grinnell students. We also enjoyed the opportunity to engage with all the alumni, parents, and friends who shared their pictures and comments describing their pride in Grinnell. Thank you, everyone, for your generous support!