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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 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.

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.

August 2020

In what city was the 1846 meeting held where James J. Hill famously laid down the silver dollar to start Grinnell College’s endowment?

Answer: Davenport, Iowa

Winners: Dave Palmer ’62, Scott Stuart ’72, David Piston ’84, Joel Shapiro ’89, and Hana Lord ’18.

July 2020

What honor did Rolling Stone magazine bestow upon Burling Library in the 1980s?

Answer: Most comfiest library in the country.

Winners: Melanie King ’78, David de Young ’86, Jonathan Rose ’95, Phoebe Juel ’96, and Chris Gales ’14.

June 2020

What author and Nobel laureate’s name was recently inscribed in the atrium of the HSSC?

Answer: Toni Morrison

Winners: Molly Skouson ’20, Gina Donovan ’04, Lillian Fitzsimmons ’20, Moe Sabai ’20, and Laura Juliano ’98.

May 2020

Which residence hall, known for in-room sinks, did Herbie Hancock ’60 live in during his time as a student at Grinnell?

Answer: Clark Hall

Winners: Ben Tape ’12, Jin Komerska ’20, Cristian Douglas Sales Garcia ’22, Norm Cook ’58, and Nick Malinowski ’04

April 2020

Who is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder for the Grinnell women’s basketball team?

Answer: Laura VanSickle ’90

Winners: Sarina Kopf ’22, Amy Woodworth ’91, Wade Beltramo ’93, Jessica Toft ’89, and Philip Kantzler ’89

March 2020

What 1946 Grinnell alumna blazed a trail by being the first female director of pediatric surgery at St. Louis Children’s hospital?

Answer: Jessie L. Ternberg

Winners: Byron Bangert ’69, Jon Krieg ’84, Karl Dukstein ’81, and Gene Wubbels

February 2020

Who was the architect for the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts?

Answer: Cesar Pelli

Winners: JB Labowitz ’71, Melissa Hardy ’16, Jennifer Wagner ’95, Patti Rounsevell ’71, and Grant Glowiak ’10

January 2020

What was the title of the speech Martin Luther King Jr. gave at Grinnell College in 1967?

Answer: Remaining Awake During a Revolution

Winners: Doug Hodum ’93, Mark Bailey ’79, Meghan Riley ’19, Rachel Hinkley ’21, and Jeneine Brown Welch ’94

December 2019

Who is Younker Hall named after and what year did it open?

Answer: Benjamin A. Younker and 1951

Winners: Neva J. Specht ’89, Cassidy Wright ’14, Brian Hanson ’85, Jane Meyer ’67, and Leila Payer ’21

November 2019

Illinois is the No. 1 state where current Grinnell students are from. Which state is No. 2?

Answer: Minnesota

Winners: Emma Roszkowski ’18, Amy J. Hyde ’93, Mark Davis, Samantha Pilicer ’15, and Nick DePetris ’08

October 2019

What two buildings on Grinnell’s campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places?

Answer: Goodnow Hall and Mears Hall (or Mears Cottage)

Winners: Samantha Braman ’12, Greg Lee ’77, John Norman ’82, Annie Pigott ’12, and Mark Duncan ’19

September 2019

Who is the winningest football coach in the history of Grinnell College?

Answer: Edd Bowers ’43

Winners: Joe Pinder, Joel Patterson ’67, Stephen Aldrich ’63, James Pannell, and Philip H. King ’64

August 2019

The Kistle Science Library inside Noyce Science Center was named in honor of what alumna?

Answer: Helen Pierce Kistle ’38

Winners: Mark Duncan ’19, Katie Parrish ’18, Sonja Spain ’18, Eric Misty ‘14, and Apryl Henry ’89

July 2019

Who wrote the words and music to “Here Comes the Pioneers”?

Answer: H. W. Matlack 1902

Winners: Larz Hagen ’20, Lilya Woodburn ’20, Lori Hilmer, Alyssa Popowitch ’98, and David Cavins ’98