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Multicultural Alumni Weekend
November 10 - 11
Grinnell, IA


Grinnell-in-Madison Reception
6 - 8:30 p.m.
Madison, WI


20th Gathering at the Berghoff
6 - 9:30 p.m.
Chicago, IL

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Alumni News
Special Campus Memo: Scott Wilson

September 7, 2017

Dear Grinnellians,

I am writing to let you know that Scott L. Wilson 98, Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of the College, will be leaving his position to become CIO of Washington University in St. Louis. Scott's last day at Grinnell will be Nov. 12, and he will assume his new role Dec. 1.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics at Grinnell, and he attended the University of Chicago's financial mathematics program. He is a chartered financial analyst.

In 2010, he returned to Grinnell as Director of Investments and was promoted to Chief Investment Officer, effective January 1, 2014. Grinnell's endowment had a market value of $1.26 billion when Scott joined the College's Investment Office. By the end of fiscal year 2016, the endowment had increased to $1.65 billion. Results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017, are not yet final, but the estimated endowment value is on track to exceed $1.8 billion.

Prior to joining the College, Scott worked for Barclays Capital in Tokyo, Japan; Bank of America Securities in Chicago, London and Tokyo; and Merrill Lynch & Credit Suisse First Boston.

It has been a privilege and a pleasure for me to work with Scott over the past seven years. I know I speak for the board and the entire college community in thanking him for his service and wishing him well in his new position. The College is finalizing details of a succession plan. Additional information will be shared when it becomes available.


Raynard S. Kington


Statement from President Kington Regarding DACA

September 5, 2017

As president of Grinnell College, I have voiced the College's support of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. I wrote to President Trump prior to today’s announcement, imploring him to preserve DACA. I am deeply dismayed that President Trump has ended DACA and its protection from deportation of young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a plan to continue renewing permits for anyone whose status expires in the next six months, giving Congress time to act before individuals currently protected by DACA lose their ability to work, study, and live without fear of deportation. I have written to Iowa's U.S. senators, and Grinnell's Congressional Representative Rod Blum, urging them to take swift action to uphold DACA and to create a path to citizenship for the nearly 800,000 young people known as "Dreamers" who have benefited from this compassionate and humanitarian policy.

I want to assure the campus community that the College is dedicated to unequivocally supporting our students who might feel vulnerable for themselves or family and friends as a result of the termination of the DACA program. Grinnell College remains an open and welcoming campus that supports all Grinnellians.

I feel very strongly about this issue; I am the son of an immigrant. My father was an immigrant brought to this country as a child. My grandfather was initially undocumented and deported from Ellis Island, but went on to gain legal status and to help his family to build a life in this country.

If you or someone you know has concerns about their status under the change in policy, please reach out to our offices of International Student Affairs, Intercultural Affairs, Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice, and Student Health and Counseling Services.

Librarian Trading Cards

The Grinnell College Libraries are very excited to announce that we now have trading cards featuring our librarians! Each card features a photo, job title, home base (office location), consulting areas, abilities (super powers or other librarian skills), and contact information. So far, we’ve handed the cards out during New Faculty Orientation, and IPOP and PCPOP tours. Trading cards featuring library staff members will be coming soon.

The design and template were created by Han Trinh ’17.

CULTURE. Exhibit

CULTURE.” Is now on display in Burling Gallery on the lower level.

Using a wide range of materials from Special Collections and Archives, this exhibit looks at black culture at Grinnell College and in Des Moines from the period of 1967 to 1973. CULTURE. highlights individuals that were dedicated to fighting for social justice and black consciousness. It also explores the legacy of these people and movements.

This exhibit was curated by Erik Henderson ’19.

Writers@Grinnell: Benjamin Percy

On Thursday, August 31, thriller author, comic book writer, and screenwriter, Benjamin Percy will read from his work and discuss writing as part of the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 6 p.m. at the Pioneer Bookshop, located at 933 Main in downtown Grinnell.

In addition, Percy will lead a roundtable discussion, which is free and open to the public, at 4:15 p.m. August 31 in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, Room 209.

Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels — mostly recently, The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) — two books of short stories, and a book of essays. He writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series for DC Comics, and James Bond for Dynamite Entertainment. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in GQ, Esquire, Time, Men's Journal, the New York Times, and the Paris Review. His honors include a Whiting Award, an NEA fellowship, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.

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