Alumni News


Grinnell College Inducts 12 into Athletics Hall of Fame

The Grinnell College Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed 12 new members this summer. The inductees were honored with a day of celebration Sat,, Aug. 30, 2014. Read about the 2014 Grinnell College Athletics Hall of Fame inductees here (PDF in new window).

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Births and Adoptions
Emilia (Garvey) Packard '06 and Errol Packard, May 5, 2014, their first child, a daughter, Miriam Eda Packard.
Megan Schubel '97 and Brian McNamara, April 2, 2014, their first child, a daughter, Anna Kathryn McNamara.
Emily Carlson Marti '00 and Chad Marti, March 20, 2014, their first baby, their second child, a daughter, Stella Quinn Marti.
Megan Hustings '01 and Omar Capers, March 17, 2014, their first baby, a daughter, Jasmine Ellen Karen Hustings-Capers.. Their first visitor was Erin Hustings '98
Linnea Rich '99 and Aaron Rich, Dec. 28, 2013, twins: Andrew Oscar and Nathan Max Rich.

Marriages and Unions

Eszter Csicsai '07 and Roman Molino Dunn, June 21, 2014. Attending were: Sara A. Kramer '07 (Sara Cohen while at Grinnell, also recently married), Emma B. Meade '07, Katrina A. Funk '07, and M. Jenny Weber '07.
Molly Dahlberg '07 and Travis Richter, May 31, 2014, at The Inn in Okoboji, IA. Attending were: Anna Johnson '07, Christena (McIntyre) Austin '07, Brady Austin '07, Claire TIndal '07, and Margie Scribner '10.

Publications, Productions, and Exhibitions

Thomas Meglioranza '92 (music) released The Good Song, his third album with pianist Reiko Uchida. It is a period-instrument recording of French song cycles, including Gabriel Fauré's "La bonne chanson" (which Uchida and Meglioranza performed at Grinnell in 2007). The album has so far received rave reviews in The New York Times, Gramophone, The American Record Guide, and Limelight Magazine, among others. 

Pete Ferrell '74 is interviewed in an episode of Years of Living Dangerously called "Against the Wind" about wind power as a source of renewable energy. Go here for more information.

Benjamin Barber '60 has a new book out, If Mayors Ruled the WorldHe has given a TED talk based on the book.

Max Farrell '12 is highlighted in the Des Moines Register for releasing a worldwide crowd-sourced music video.

Victoria Vertilo '12 and Janet Gibson, Grinnell College professor of psychology, cowrote the paper "Influence of character strengths on mental-health stigma" in the Journal of Positive Psychology. The paper examines traits of open-mindedness, kindness, hope, and social intelligence in the context of mental-health stigma. 

Kumail Nanjiani '01, who has appeared on The Colbert ReportThe Late Show with David Letterman, and Franklin & Bash, now is lampooning startups on HBO’s new series Silicon ValleyRead more.

Scott Samuelson '95 wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed on the value of the humanities. He was the keynote speaker for the Grinnell student symposium Spring into the Humanities in April 2014.

Annie Ewaskio '04 had a piece of her artwork on display in the Whitney Houston Biennial in New York City in March 2014.

Timothy Polashek '94 has a new book out called The Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists.

Ben Templin '81 published "The Politics of the Payroll Tax" in Quinnipiac Law Review [32:1, pp. 1-51, Dec. 2013]

Elizabeth Laine, an 8th-grade teacher at Noble High School in southern Maine, was recognized in the fall of 2013 as a National Board Certified Teacher in science.

Erik Jarvis '12, of Omaha, has been collaborating with Kelly Musselman '11 on writing 10 songs. The two alums have launched a crowd-sourced fundraising effort to fund the recording of their songs. Mussleman lives in Brush, CO, and teaches 7th-grade writing. Jarvis teaches at the Omaha School of Rock. 

Jeff Dunn '69 had his book Big, Bad, Beautiful: Death Valley, a volume of photography and commentary, published by Music Memory Publications, September 2013.  


Charity Porotesano '12  received the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa’s volunteer of the year award. Read more about her work and the award

Michael Reinemer '76 works at The Wilderness Society national headquarters where he manages communications for protecting wildlands.

Carly Jerome '11 was chosen by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living  as a future leader in long-term and post-acute care. Jerome joins the Association’s Future Leaders program, a year-long program in training and guidance for long-term and post-acute care professionals.

Jacob Sagrans ’09 was named the student winner of the 2014 Award for Equity and Community Building at McGill University (Montreal) at a ceremony on April 24, 2014. The award recognizes work to advocate for greater inclusion of LGBT people and other marginalized groups at McGill, where Sagrans is a PhD candidate in musicology. For more about the award and Sagrans' equity-related accomplishments, visit


Anne V. Nolan '84 is a bilingual teacher in the Chicago Public School system, teaching 5th grade Latino Students, and she raises two daughters, ages 13 and 15. 

Christopher Marler '81 has been the director of the Africa Digital Media Academy in Kigali, Riwanda, since 2012. More information is available at

Dennis Still '95 recently joined thisCLICKS as Lead Business Analyst & Data Hacker in St. Paul, MN. In addition, he recently started his own analytics consulting business called Bigfoot Analytics ( where he helps businesses and organizations (non-profits, too) successfully use their data to drive better decision making, hunt for insights, dispel the myths.

Sarah Smith '07 accepted a position, starting July 7, 2014, as the Coordinator of Partnerships for Wellness, Safety, and Achievement with the West Chicago Elementary School District.

Matthew Welch '96 has been appointed chief operating officer of SASB, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. SASB sets standards for public companies to disclose performance on environmental, social, and governance factors in their 10K filings with the SEC.

Nathaniel Inglis Steinfeld '06 was named research director for the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council, a state organization that advises the legislature and governor on criminal justice policy and sentencing issues, in December 2013.


Willa Campbell '07, MSN in midwifery and women's health, Yale School of Nursing, 2014.

James Magruder '92, Ph.D. in history of art, Johns Hopkins University, May 2014, with dissertation in "Byzantine Cameos and the Aesthetics of the Icon."

Sarah Smith '07, master's degree in public policy, Vanderbilt University, May 2014. 

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