Grinnellians in the News

Grinnellians are out in the world doing great things. When Grinnellians are featured in newspapers, writing prominent blog posts, or just showing up doing something awesome we want to make sure you can see the great work being done by your fellow alumni and others tied to Grinnell.

State Of The Artist: A River Runs Through Her

Caitlyn Baylor '12 is the newest executive director for Rockford Area Arts Council.

Northern Public Radio – June 26, 2019

Grinnellian Joins Cushman & Wakefield Board of Directors

Richard McGinn '68 joins the international real estate company as an independent member.

Boston Real Estate Times – June 12, 2019

Sharing CERN with Nepal

Suyog Shrestha '06and his colleagues are using their unique experiences working at CERN to bring some of these opportunities back to his home country.

Symmetry Magazine – June 6, 2019

Grinnell College students are collecting interviews with LGBTQ Iowans for oral histories project

A dedicated group of Grinnell College students and their professor are seeking to discover and preserve LGBTQ history in Iowa by recording testimonials and making these recordings publicly available for future generations.

Little Village Magazine – June 4, 2019

Grinnell College in talks to acquire library collection of Salisbury House

Grinnell College has preliminarily agreed to acquire the Des Moines Salisbury House’s library collection of rare books, including first editions and historic documents.

Business Record – June 3, 2019

Rochester schools honor ‘legend’ Mike Hopkins

Mike Hopkins '78 is honored as he retires from the Rochester School District as Superintendent. – May 23, 2019

Students Explore from Peace Corps to Pentagon

Sixteen Grinnell College students devoted a week this spring to learning about international affairs outside of the classroom during the International Affairs Study Tour in Washington, D.C.

Iowa Ag Connection – May 13, 2019

Africa Cross-border Payment Startup Chipper Cash Secures $2.4m Investment Led by Deciens Capital

Chipper Cash, an African cross-border payment startup has raised a $2.4 million seed round led by Deciens Capital. Also joining the funding round are 500 Startups and Liquid 2 Ventures.

Co-founded by Ham Serunjogi ’16 (Uganda) and Maijid Moujaled ’14 (Ghana) in October 2018, Chipper Cash offers no-fee, P2P, cross-border mobile-money payments in Africa.

We featured Chipper Cash in November in an alumni newstory.

Innovation Village – May 09, 2019

Buffett Reveals ‘Outrageous’ Acts That Lifted College’s Endowment to $2 Billion

Warren Buffett recalls the partnership between himself and Joe Rosenfield ’25 as part of George Drake ’56's new book Mentor, Life and Legacy of Joe Rosenfield.

Bloomberg – May 02, 2019

Out actor/singer finds meaning in ‘Jubilee’

With “Jubilee” (now premiering at Arena Stage in Washington D.C.), actor Jaysen Wright ’09 relays a compelling piece of African-American music and social history.

Washington Blade – Apr. 27, 2019

New book looks at historical violence in Congress and the relevance for today

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War features stories about Grinnell College founder Josiah Grinnell and his time in congress.

Omaha World-Herald – Apr. 27, 2019

How Improv Helps You Handle Handel

John Rommerieim, Blanche Johnson Professor of Music speaks with Iowa Public Radio on composing and conducting.

Iowa Public Radio – Apr. 15, 2019

Tran Le earns Explore Microsoft internship after only one semester of Computer Science

Tran Le ’21 switched from Economics to Computer Science and was able to get an internship with Microsoft.

Hackernoon – Apr. 12, 2019

Liming earns top ratings

John Liming ’78 has given a AV Preeminent rate highlighting excellence in law practice.

Crescent-News – Apr. 7, 2019

Wendy Knox’s Frank Theatre, known for shows in abandoned buildings, wraps up 30th season

Wendy Knox ’79, and the Frank Theatre has developed a reputation for staging works in unusual spaces.

Twin Cities Pioneer Press – Apr. 05, 2019

Holocaust survivor educated in Iowa returns to recount her days at Auschwitz, warn against 'corrosive' hatred

When Celina Karp Biniaz ’52 talks about her time at a Nazi death camp, she tries not to do feel anger. Instead, she hopes to convey an aura of peace and forgiveness.

Des Moines Register – Mar. 31, 2019

Ricenbaw tapped as principal of year

Ross Ricenbaw ’02 was selected as the 2019 Middle School Principal of the Year.

The Waverly News – Mar. 27, 2019

White Activism Is Crucial In The Wake of Right-Wing Terrorism

Author Laura El Alam ’97 discusses the role all whites have in disavowing white supremacy.

Muslim Matters – Mar. 25, 2019

This animal activist used to get in your face - now he's going after your palate

Bruce Friedrich ’96 is taking a different approach to getting others to remove animal products from their diet.

Seattle Time – Apr. 14, 2019

Minnesota’s new DNR commissioner: Cool hand for a hot seat

Sarah Strommen ’95, is the first woman to be appointed Minnesota’s DNR commissioner.

Star Tribune – Mar. 16, 2019


In San Francisco, a young, queer woman of color wants to redefine food criticism

Soleil Ho ’09 is bring a new style and viewpoint to being a food critic.

Washington Post – Mar. 08, 2019

Grinnellian Joins The World Food Prize As Director Of Planning

The World Food Prize Foundation announced Meghna Ravishankar ’17 has joined the Foundation as the new Director of Planning

AgriMarketing – Mar. 07, 2019

Grinnell College Professor Honored at Statehouse During Black History Month

The Iowa House honored Kesho Scott for Black History Month.

WHO-TV – Feb. 27, 2019


Grinnellian named Flagler Artist of the Year

Trish Vevera ’62 has combined artistic styles to find her own style, which she herself terms “abstracted reality.”

Flagler Live – Feb. 01, 2019

American Farmland Trust Announces Grinnellian Hired As VP For Programs

Dr. Beth Sauerhaft ’85, will help lead AFT's national initiatives that seek to protect farmland, combat climate change, conserve water, engage women landowners in improving environmental stewardship, support farm viability and bring a new generation of farmers on to the land.

AgriMarketing – Jan. 29, 2019

Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole ’71, take a moment to reflect.

The Ada News – Jan. 23, 2019

Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum, champions of music school, inducted to Aspen Hall of Fame

Life Trustee Kay Bucksbaum ’51, and her husband Matthew (deceased) enshrined in the Aspen Hall of Fame as members of its 2019 class.

The Aspen Times – Jan. 18, 2019

Strawdog Theatre Company Announces New Artistic Director

Leda Hoffmann ’09 joins the Strawdog Theater.

Broadway World – Jan. 16, 2019

Grinnellian Joins Dorsey Health Strategies in Minneapolis

Kristen Barlow ’07 has joined International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP and its healthcare consulting firm, Dorsey Health Strategies.

Dorsey – Jan. 07, 2019

May Gives Solo Proformances in California

Heather May ’92 presented a one-person play that she authored titled Rearranging the Furniture at an American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) forum as well as at the University of California at Irvine for members of that institution’s Department of Drama.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Jan. 04, 2019