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The Grinnellian

The Grinnellian is a monthly e-newsletter launched July 2019 to broadly share Grinnell College stories, events, and activities. Besides being informational, a key goal of the newsletter is to demonstrate the differences donors and volunteers are making in the lives of current and future Grinnell students.

The Archive

Please note, the archived issues of The Grinnellian are exact versions of the e-newsletter sent out. As such, some of the events, contests, and links may have expired. If you have any questions, please contact us at alumni@grinnell.edu.

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The Grinnellian Trivia

In each issue of The Grinnellian, we include a Grinnell trivia question. The first five who reply each month with the correct answer wins a prize. Please see the archived questions, answers, and a list of winners.

April 2024

What tech inventor was a Grinnell College trustee from 1980-1988?

Answer: Steve Jobs

Winners: Nathaniel Borenstein ’80, Scott Porter ’80, Randy Gleason ’82, Tammy McKanan ’86, and Jackie Stockdale-DeLay ’89.

March 2024

Read Hall is named after what former Grinnell dean of women?

Answer: Luella Jane Read

Winners: Mimi Trangsrud ’62, Cindy Maier ’70, Cornell Rudov ’79, Dana Johnson ’88, and Jen Jacobsen ’95.

February 2024

In 1991, the Black Cultural Center was renamed for what former dean of student affairs?

Answer: Conney M. Kimbo

Winners: Don Kraitsik ’69, Robert Etzkorn ’73, Jared Gottlieb ’73, Deb McKnight ’73, and Miranda Thomas ’17.

January 2024

The Grinnellephants and Grinneleanor Roosevelts compete in what sport?

Answer: Ultimate Frisbee

Winners: Meredith Ing ’97, Benjamin Cantor-Stone ’07, John Bruns ’10, Annie Pigott ’12, and Rita McCall ’16.

December 2023

What character did Walter Koenig ’58 portray on Star Trek?

Answer: Pavel Chekov

Winners: Louise Alcorn ’92, Dana Sly ’15, Jin Chang ’18, Anthony Fitzpatrick ’18, and Sharon Falduto.

November 2023

In 1991, Grinnell’s Human/Gay Resource Center was renamed to what?

Answer: Stonewall Resource Center

Winners: Sharyn Obsatz ’93, Steven Sacks ’95, Javon Garcia ’14, Ian Soderholm ’15, and Cassie Oliver.

October 2023

Where was the original location of Grinnell’s Pub Quiz?

Answer: Lyle’s Pub

Winners: Chris Zug ’93, Mitch Avitt ’10, Gina Falada ’16, Zainab Thompson ’22, and Tara Rawlings ’23.

September 2023

What Grinnell music ensemble has performed in Romania, Russia, and Finland?

Answer: The Grinnell Singers

Winners: Revae Nelson ’02, Kate Giuca ’07, Deborah Gertner ’08, Clare Patterson ’08, and Ari Anisfeld ’09.

August 2023

What do the flags hanging above Spencer Grill represent?

Answer: The different nationalities of current Grinnell students

Winners: Lester Alemàn ’07, Paige Wheeler ’16, Zainab Thompson ’22, Khondamir Imomnazarov ’23, and Paul Catanzaro.

July 2023

Who was the longest serving Grinnell College president?

Answer: John Hanson Thomas Main

Winners: Ann Lousin ’64, Jim Hamilton ’65, Kim Thomas ’72, Tara Rawlings ’23, and Gene Wubbels.

June 2023

“The men of old were strong and bold” are the first few words of what school song?

Answer: Here Comes the Pioneers

Winners: Gary Wilson ’66, Jane Meyer ’67, Amy Spitzer ’73, Jim Strickler ’78, and Carissa Lehning ’22.  

May 2023

What DAR staff member is Grinnell softball’s all-time leader in career doubles?

Answer: Dinah Zebot ’03

Winner: Rania Robb ’03

April 2023

What alumna was co-founder and president of the League of Women Voters Iowa chapter?

Answer: Louise Rosenfield Noun ’29

Winners: Betsy Clarke ’69, Bob Eckardt ’73, and Chris Zug ’93

March 2023

What College building was the first in Iowa to receive LEED gold certification?

Answer: CERA’s Environmental Education Center

Winners: Cindy Maier ’70, Natalie Rehm ’96, Carissa Lehning ’22, Pamela Cox, and Em Heath.

February 2023

Who was the first African American woman to receive tenure at Grinnell College?

Answer: Kesho Scott

Winners: Jack Spence ’64, Jon Gray ’73, Rae Whatley ’88, David Fuller ’90, and Emma Knatterud-Johnson ’05.

January 2023

What residence hall was initially built to accommodate the Officers’ Candidate School during WWII?

Answer: Cowles Hall

Winners: Ann Lousin ’64, Kim Thomas ’72, Susan Grodsky ’74, John Nordmeyer ’83, and Anushka Kulshreshtha ’21.