Board of Trustees Leadership Transition
During the Grinnell College Board of Trustees annual meeting May 2-4,
David Maxwell '66 was elected to serve as the new Board Chair.
Maxwell served as president of Drake University for 16 years until his retirement in 2015.
Maxwell succeeds outgoing Board Chair
Patricia Jipp Finkelman '80
, who was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2019.
The Board Chair, who holds the office for two years and serves for no more than two consecutive terms, acts as the chief board officer, and calls and presides at meetings of the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee. The Chair provides leadership related to Board responsibilities, which among others, include ensuring that the College remains faithful to its mission and values, that there is a clear vision of the College's future and a plan to realize that vision, as well as fiduciary oversight that encompasses College finances, approval of the budget and management of the College's endowment.
Under Finkelman's leadership as Board Chair, the College has maintained its strong financial position while recommitting to the College's policy of need-blind admission for domestic students and to meet 100 percent of the financial need of every Grinnell student. Thanks to careful Board oversight, diversity and inclusion priorities have been advanced; the endowment has increased to more than $1.9 billion; and the College's reputation as a leader in liberal arts education has grown worldwide.
Trustees Vote Regarding Union Expansion
During the annual spring meeting of the Board of Trustees, administration provided Board members with updates on the work to explore the potential to selectively expand the student dining union by including a limited number of additional student positions. The briefing for the Board included a summary of discussions to date with representatives of the Union of Grinnell Student Dining Workers (UGSDW). After thorough discussion, the Board determined that given the complexity of the issues, it needed more time to deliberate the implications of student union expansion. Consequently, the Board unanimously voted on a motion that directed the administration to suspend talks over voluntary selective expansion of the UGSDW bargaining unit pending further discussion by the Board at its October 2019 meeting. Future updates related to student dining union expansion matters will be noted in weekly campus memos and posted on the
Student Unionization website
, as appropriate.
Grinnell College Museum of Art
The Faulconer Gallery is changing its name this summer to the Grinnell College Museum of Art.
"For many years now, we have functioned as a museum," says
Lesley Wright, director of the gallery and of the museum. "We have a growing collection. We have exhibitions. We have a deep set of programs. But people don't think of us as a museum."
For some, a gallery means a smaller space or a space only for exhibitions; for others, it's a commercial place to buy artwork. Resolving that confusion was one reason for the name change, Wright says.
The name change also celebrates Faulconer's 20th anniversary.
The name Faulconer Gallery will be retained for the exhibition space, which honors the intentions of Vernon '61 and Amy Hamamoto '59 Faulconer when they named it.
The Grinnell College Museum of Art name will also be added to the Print and Drawing Study Room, located in Burling Library. The print room, which was opened in 1983 and houses the College's collection of works on paper, has been a part of Faulconer Gallery since 1999.
The Faulconer Gallery logo will be retired this summer. New signs, print materials, and a website will celebrate the new name and look.
Wellness Reimbursement Deadline June 1
Please be aware that the Wellness Reimbursement deadline for submitting reimbursement requests is June 1. The deadline is necessary to allow time for payroll to process requests within this fiscal year. Reimbursement requests must be submitted online through
with attached receipts for approval. Once your request has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation that your request has been received.
New Veteran's Memorial Planned for Herrick Chapel
At the back of Herrick Chapel hangs a special memorial honoring the 11 Grinnell College students who lost their lives in the Civil War. The last entry is dated April 6, 1865.
A new veteran's memorial installation is being planned to join and complement the existing plaque. It will honor those who have been killed in action since 1865. Any student or alum who died in active duty while serving in one of the United States military branches will have their name included on the new memorial following submission of their details to the College.
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is asking friends, family members, and loved ones of these service men and women to submit their names and details related to their service. If you know someone whose name should be included on the list, please complete our
For the initial installation, please submit names by
July 1, 2019.
HR Announces Summer Hours
The 2019 summer hours program for staff and faculty will begin Monday, June 3 and continue until Friday, August 2. Please see the summer hours memo for complete details including information on returning to regular hours the week of the July 4 holiday.
Performance Evaluation Process Now Open
The performance evaluation process is now open. You may access the process using the
Performance Evaluation Dashboard
or you may find the link in GrinnellShare under the Office of Human Resources Helpful Links. The self-evaluation kicks-off the process and needs to be completed before supervisors can access their part. Please remember it is important for everyone to complete their performance evaluation steps in a timely manner.
of the process need to be completed by June 14.
Listen to the Latest Episode of All Things Grinnell: Indigenous
Episode 12 of All Things Grinnell is available now. Ben Binversie '17 talks with scholars of native studies about important issues facing Indigenous people throughout the United States, from the effect of oil booms on people and land to misrepresentation in literature. Sebastian Braun, director of the American Indian studies program at Iowa State University, discusses the Bakken oil boom and the impact it's had on native and non-native people and the environment based on his time at the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. Gina Caison, assistant professor of English at Georgia State University, talks with Ben about the often overlooked role of indigenous people in the South and how focusing on that history impacts contemporary native peoples. In case you missed the concert, check out the short story on Noura Mint Seymali, the Mauritanian musical emissary who performed in Herrick Chapel on April 3. You can listen and download the podcast on
, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Sign up for a Session with a TIAA Representative
Meet with a TIAA financial consultant here at the College to discuss your financial retirement goals. Visit GrinnellShare to find out when a representative will be available in April for individual sessions, as well as how to schedule a time.
Campus Construction Update
|Tech Talks: Open Educational Resources
Wednesday, May 8
4:15 p.m., Forum, DLab
Learn about open educational resources from other language resource centers.
Wednesday, May 8-Thursday, May 9
7:30 p.m., Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Wall Theatre (Room 154)
Students of THD-311 (Studies in Performance), taught by Lesley Delmenico, associate professor of theatre and dance, will present staged adaptations of short stories from Salman Rushdie's East, West collection. Characters in these three plays - Free Radio (East), At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers (West), and The Courter (East, West) - grapple with what is "home" in different eras and places. This series has given opportunities to students of color and international students to take on roles that they personally identify with. Many of the cast members are first-time actors, while most of the students in the class are working with an aspect of theatre that they have never engaged with before. Come and support these three student-led productions on May 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. No tickets required!
|End of Year Faculty/Staff Bash
Friday, May 10
8 p.m., Grinnell College Golf Course
All faculty and staff, along with a guest, are invited to the end of year faculty/staff bash, featuring dancing, a cash bar, and light snacks served all evening. Guests must be 21 or older. NO RSVP required.
|The Budget Presentation
Monday, May 13
4 p.m., Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101
Faculty and staff are invited to a presentation that will review the annual budget process, the recently approved FY20 budget, and a general budget outlook, prepared by
r, vice president for finance and treasurer,
, vice president for enrollment and dean of admission and financial aid, and
, chief investment officer.
|Retirement Reception for Joan Mohan
Tuesday, May 14
4:15 p.m., Grinnell House
Since 1983, Joan Mohan, director of the Reading Lab, has taught and influenced generations of Grinnell students, and the Reading Lab bears the strong individual stamp of her dedication and expertise. Please join us as we thank Joan for her 36 years of service and wish her all the best in her retirement.
|Get to Know Grinnell: Jon Andelson
Wednesday, May 15
noon, Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Jon Andelson '70, Rosenfield Professor of Social Science (Anthropology), will present "Campus Life, Campus Strife: A Personal View of Grinnell in the Late '60s." The Get to Know Grinnell Series highlights various aspects of the College's history and culture, told by those who lived it. Andelson will present for 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. Bring
your own lunch - beverages and dessert will be served. Please RSVP o
n the Office of Human Resources' GrinnellShare Training Site.
|Home Athletic Events
Good luck to track and field, men's tennis, and women's golf as they compete in postseason play!