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Grinnell-in-Boston Summer Picnic
4-6:30 p.m.
Somerville, MA


LA Posse Legacy Event
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gramercy Garden


Bay Area Summer Picnic
4-7 p.m.
Cuesta Park

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Export Your 3Search & Classic Catalog Saved Items Before July 2

On July 2, 2018, Primo will replace 3Search and the Classic Catalog/My Library Account, which will be 3Search and Classic Catalog Saved Items and Searchesdecommissioned on July 2, 2018.  Because of technical incompatibilities between these systems, we are unable to migrate your saved items and searches to Primo automatically.

If you wish to preserve your saved items or searches, please export them from 3Search or the Classic Catalog before July 2.

If you are not able to export your saved lists from 3Search by July 2 and wish to have your list of saved items or searches, please e-mail your request to query.   Although the system will no longer be publicly available after July 2, copies of your saved items and searches will persist in backups that are available to library staff for several weeks and can likely be retrieved from those backups for you on request.

Warning! Those with lists in the Classic Catalog must have them exported by the July 2 deadline, or they will be permanently lost.



SPARK Community-Based Innovation Challenge Wins International Award

Grinnell College is the winner of Ashoka U’s 2018 Innovation Award for Community Partnership for its SPARK Community-Based Innovation Challenge in an international competition.

The Innovation Award is Ashoka U’s top honor for higher education programs in social innovation education. It recognizes high-impact and highly replicable education innovations creating new ways colleges and universities can be a force for positive social impact. Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs.

Grinnell’s SPARK Innovation Challenge is one of six programs selected to receive the 2018 Innovation Award from among 150 applicants and 18 finalists. Two of the winners are based outside the United States — one in Chile and the other in England.

“I am both incredibly humbled and honored to receive this award,” says Susan Sanning, who accepted the honor on behalf of Grinnell at the 2018 Ashoka Exchange at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

“Grinnell College is located in a rural community of approximately 9,000 people,” adds Sanning, associate dean and director of service and social innovation at the college. “The change-making we support is driven by a number of core values, the primary of which is our commitment to community-driven partnerships.”

The SPARK Challenge offers Grinnell students the opportunity to work together to address challenges faced by the larger Grinnell community. Community partners identify challenges unique to their work and agree to collaborate with groups of students to create short- and long-term solutions.

A committee from the Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership reviews students’ applications and selects the students best suited to each team. The teams then consult with their community partners, conduct relevant research and utilize their and their community partners’ knowledge and connections to create solutions that are innovative, practical and beneficial to the community.

SPARK then holds a pitch contest, open to the entire community, where the teams are given about 5 minutes to explain their challenge and pitch their solutions to a team of judges who are community members. The judges offer constructive feedback and, taking into account audience excitement and participation, determine which solution will receive up to $15,000 of implementation funding from the Wilson Center.

With these funds and through the support of the college’s Center for Careers, Life, and Service and the Service Learning Work-Study Program, SPARK winners and their community partners implement their solutions over the course of the following year. SPARK projects have filled gaps in service, reinvented means for providing services, and begun to disrupt systems that undergird community inequities.

Students report their work through SPARK has deepened their connection and understanding of the complexity of challenges faced by rural communities. Moreover, they say they have gained interpersonal competence, honed transferable professional skills, and better understand how their own values may drive their aspirations.

The 2017 winning team of three students tackled the issue of food insecurity in rural areas surrounding Grinnell, where many residents in need of food work long hours or have limited access to transportation.

The students created a feasible and sustainable mobile food pantry and resource service through a partnership with Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA), a nonprofit that serves children and families in central Iowa, and Ramsey-Weeks Inc., a local real estate company and insurance agency that loaned its truck for use as the mobile pantry.

Since last summer the holistic mobile service has been helping low-income households throughout Poweshiek County in need of food and other self-sufficiency resources offered by MICA.


Primo, The Grinnell College Libraries' New Library Catalog and Search System

On June 28, 2018, Primo will replace 3Search and the Classic Catalog/My Library Account.  Like 3Search, Primo will provide access to books, media and more from Grinnell’s collections and from libraries around the world (WorldCat), as well as access to some of the articles and primary sources available via Grinnell’s 200-plus databases. Enhancements in Primo include access to many more articles than were available in 3Search and a simplified display with a single column of results.

If you have questions about this transition, please get in touch with us via e-mail or live chat or stop by the circulation desk in Burling or Kistle.

Stay tuned for more information.




Grinnell College Announces Promotions of Faculty for 2018-19

The Grinnell College Board of Trustees has approved the awarding of tenure for the 2018-19 academic year. In addition, President Raynard S. Kington has approved numerous faculty promotions.

Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure

  • Michael Guenther, history

  • Peter Hanson, political science

  • Cora Jakubiak , education

  • Eliza Kempton, physics

  • Carolyn Herbst Lewis, history

  • Danielle Lussier , political science

  • Tony Perman, music

  • Hai-Dang Phan ’03, English

  • Joshua Sandquist , biology

Promoted to Full Professor

  • Ross Haenfler, sociology

  • Elizabeth Prevost, history

  • Lee Emma Running, art and art history

  • Elizabeth Trimmer, chemistry

Moving to Senior Faculty Status

  • David Arseneault , physical education

  • George Barlow, English

Join Summerfest on June 9 to Celebrate Discovery, Fun, and Learning

The College’s fourth annual Summerfest — a free, daylong celebration of discovery and global learning for all ages — will take place on campus from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 9.

The evening outdoor performance will feature Bichina Bia Congo, a high-energy Congolese dance and drum company based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Attendees will be invited to clap and dance along with company members to create a memorable “village” experience.

Summerfest also will showcase the Iowa premiere of the award-winning movie, Saints Rest, a musical drama set in small-town Iowa that was shot on location in Grinnell. Created by Noga Ashkenazi ’09 and Tyson Stock ‘09, the movie tells the story of two estranged sisters, who over the course of one summer, form a connection through their shared love of music, as they grieve the recent death of their mother. Saints Rest received an Audience Award at the 2018 River Run Film International Film Festival.

Ashkenazi and Stock will answer questions and provide a sneak peek of the movie, starting at 5 p.m. in Flanagan Studio Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell. The first screening in Iowa will start at 8:30 p.m. in the Harris Center Cinema, 1114 10th Ave.

As part of Summerfest, Saint’s Rest also will be shown at The Strand, 921 Main St., on Sunday, June 10. The screening will begin at noon, followed at 1:30 p.m. by a question-and-answer session with Ashkenazi, the director. The screening is free and open to the public, although admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday’s festivities will include engaging workshops, creative performances and family-oriented activities presented by area organizations and Grinnell faculty. Offerings include a Musical Tour of Mexico; workshops about songwriting, drawing, steel drums and circus acts; and live music by the Nola Jazz Band, Katie Sin, Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico, Too Many Strings Band, River Glen Breitbach and Amy Andrews.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase on campus. Vendors will include O’s Grill, Dragon Wagon BBQ, Scratch Cupcakery Curbside, Hungry Rooster, Island Vybz, and Kona Ice.

Summerfest events will be held both outdoors and inside campus buildings. Attendees are asked to come prepared to be outdoors throughout the day. In the event of rain, events will be moved inside. A campus map and full schedule are available online.

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