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Greetings, Grinnell Families

This newsletter is designed to provide the families of students with important information and a look at life as a Grinnellian. In this issue, you'll find information about student health and wellness, financial aid, events, deadlines, and more.

An Evening with President Anne F. Harris

Anne F. Harris

College leadership is pleased to resume providing opportunities for alumni, parents, and friends to hold space together at venues near their homes and workplaces.

These casual evening events will allow time to get to know Grinnell’s 14th president better, and to learn more about the vision for Grinnell’s future. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Whether we’re coming to a town near you, or an event coincides with your personal travel, please save the date and plan to connect with us!

Visit Presidential Tour 2023 for more information.

  • April 10: Boston, Massachusetts
  • April 12: Minneapolis, Minnesota    
  • April 26: Chicago, Illinois
  • May 11: New York, New York
  • June 23: San Diego, California
  • June 24: Los Angeles, California

Campus News

Faculty and Staff News

Read more stories about faculty/staff awards and accomplishments.

Student and Alumni News and Stories



Read more campus news and stories at the Grinnell College News site.

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Going Forth

Season 3 of the Center for Careers, Life, and Service podcast, Going Forth, with hosts Jane Hoffmann ’24 and Nicholas Lampietti ’25, explores what it means to live a life of meaning and purpose. Hear from a dynamic slate of alums, students, and CLS staff about civic engagement, Fulbright Grants, astrophysics, and more.

Going Forth features discussions with people who are making the world a better place. Recent episodes include:

Follow the series online to find out when new episodes are released.

What’s Happening on Campus

Please note: Events are subject to change. Please refer to program websites and social media for the most current information.

Met Opera

  • March 18: Wagner’s Lohengrin
  • April 1: Verdi’s Falstaff
  • April 15: Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier
  • April 29: Terence Blanchard’s Champion
  • May 20: Mozart’s Don Giovanni
  • June 3: Mozart’s Die Zauberflote

Grinnell College offers the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD on Saturdays in the Harris Cinema. Tickets are free for students, faculty, and staff.

Scholars’ Convocation Series

  • April 13: Eddie Glaude, 7–8 p.m.
  • May 4: Phi Beta Kappa

Convocations are held Thursdays at 11 a.m. CT in the Rosenfield Center, Room 101, unless otherwise noted. Some will be available via Webex. Follow our public events series on Facebook for more information.


  • April 11: Sandra Lim and Gabrielle Calvocoressi
  • April 20: Raven Leilani, distinguished author
  • April 21: Willard Spiegelman
  • April 27: Julian Rubinstein, Armando Montaño Memorial Lecture

Find more information and links for events that are offered online at Writers@Grinnell Events.

Student-Lead Entertainment

In addition to the College's rich academic calendar, students collaborate to bring great entertainment to campus such as the upcoming African and Caribbean Student Union Gala (April 22) and Weekend Springfest (April 29). Students can find a complete calendar of entertainment on GrinnellShare.

2022–23 Academic Calendar 

All dates are inclusive

March 18

Spring break begins

April 3

Classes resume

May 12

Last day of classes

May 15–19

Exam week

May 20

5 p.m. — Residence halls close for non-seniors

May 22


5 p.m. — Residence halls close for graduating seniors

Summer Semester

May 30–Aug. 4

Five-Year Academic Calendar

Student Dates to Remember

Grinnell College Museum of Art

Upcoming Exhibitions

Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, noon–5 p.m.

Abstract painting by Vian Sora incorporating shapes of bright red blue and green

Through April 8

Selections from the Permanent Collection

In 2022, the Grinnell College Museum of Art acquired four works by Baghdad-born and now Louisville, Kentucky, based artist Vian Sora. Her work explores the awesome power of natural forces, water in particular, as a backdrop for human experiences of trauma, displacement, and persistent hope of transcendence.

Image: Vian Sora. River Bed, 2022, oil on canvas, 72 x 96 in. © Vian Sora. Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund

A sculpture resembling a light tan suitcase with a large circular hole cut through it

Through April 8

Devices, Tools, Objects, and Props: Recent work by Jeremy Chen 

This exhibition of sculptural artworks by Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Chair of American Studies Jeremy Chen invites contemplation of the manifold meanings and uses of objects or things, and our complex entanglement with materials. Consisting primarily of humble objects of pathos or humor, many works in the exhibition have a purpose or use with the human body. 

Image: Jeremy Chen, A Space for My Body, 2022, mixed media, courtesy of the artist.

Blue on white large dish with coy gazelle

Through May 6

Fragmentary Visions: Grinnell College’s Kelekian Collection

Fragmentary Visions is the most comprehensive display of Grinnell’s extensive Kelekian collection, donated by Nanette Rodney Kelekian, granddaughter of famed art dealer Dikran Kelekian. The ceramics, manuscripts, and textiles on display are some of the oldest objects in the museum’s permanent collection, hailing from the Eastern Mediterranean, West Asia, and the greater Islamic world. Fragments and everyday objects alongside art made for the elite allow viewers to experience the spectrum of art collected by many museums but rarely shown together. Fragmentary Visions is curated by Exhibition Seminar students Marina Busby ’24, David Gales ’23, Melena Johnson ’23, and Verda Karaoǧlu ’25, taught by Professor Eiren Shea of the Art History Department.

Image: Iran, 17th century, Large Dish with Coy Gazelle, “Kubachi” ware, underglaze blue decoration with overglaze patterning, 33 cm dia. Grinnell College Museum of Art Collection, gift of Nanette Rodney Kelekian.

Five clear panes with organic forms are positioned to produce overlapping and offset shadows on the wall behind them

April 21 – May 22

Bachelor of Art Exhibition

The Bachelor of Art Exhibition (BAX) presents work in the creative arts by third- and fourth-year Grinnell College students. With support from GCMoA staff, students manage all the exhibition details from the submission of proposals to the selection of a juror to the installation process, as well as the creation of an exhibition catalog and website. The exhibition includes photographs, drawings, sculpture, paintings, video, installations, and works created digitally.

Image: McKenna Doherty ’22 and Hannah Agpoon ’22, Panes, 2022, vinyl and plexiglass

Additional Events

  • Tuesdays through May 16: Yoga in the Museum with Joy Jones
  • March 3: Human and Thing Entanglements: A Short Performance
  • March 7: Art as Artist, Matter as Maker; Agency and Experience of Medieval Objects, a gallery talk with President Anne F. Harris
  • March 9: Sex Wars Debate, with students from Assistant Professor Leah Allen’s Bad Feminists, Bad Critic class.
  • April 8: MIYUMI Project performance
  • April 21: BAX Opening Reception and Award

Visit the Grinnell College Museum of Art for more information about these and other offerings.

Education Credit/IRS Form 1098-T

On behalf of Grinnell College, ECSI provides the ability to easily access your 1098-T form online. Paper copies were mailed prior to Jan. 31, 2023. Questions regarding eligibility for education credits should be directed to a tax professional.

May 2023 Graduates

To avoid departmental fees, students should return the following as they prepare to leave Grinnell College:

  • A.V. equipment
  • library books
  • meal containers
  • room keys
  • athletic equipment

Students should also check their e-bill via Student Self-Service and pay any outstanding balance due.

When the semester ends, campus offices will submit any student charges to the Office of Student Accounts. Once all department charges have been entered, the office will close out Pioneer Card accounts and damage accounts. Any balances will then be transferred to the tuition account. Statements will be sent to those who owe a balance and refunds issued to students with a negative balance.

All refunds will be disbursed as follows:

  • If you have direct deposit information on file for reimbursements with the Accounting Office, the refund will be directly deposited to your bank account.
  • If you or your student plan to close the bank account on file, please keep it open until the end of July or provide new direct deposit information for a bank account that will remain open.
  • If students have not previously provided the direct deposit information, they may do so through the Banking Information section of their Student Self-Service account.
  • If no direct deposit information is provided, the check will be mailed to the student at the address on file.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Accounts, 641-269-4100.

Student Health Insurance Billing

All students are billed for Student Health Insurance coverage every year they are enrolled. 

If students are insured under an ACA-compliant plan, they are not required to be insured under the College plan. However, to be credited with the insurance premium charged on the student bill, students must waive the insurance each year prior to the publicized deadline. Coverage cannot be removed after the scheduled deadline. 

Please watch for health insurance billing information when fall bills are distributed.

Planning Ahead for Payment Transfers

Payments for tuition statements sent internationally or from college savings accounts require longer processing times.

Please initiate these payments as soon as possible after bills are available to make sure payment transfers are completed by the July 24 due date. Flexibility will not be provided for payment transfers requested after the due date.

Need-Based Financial Aid Application Process for 2023–24

April 1, 2023, is the deadline for current domestic students to reapply for need-based financial aid for the 2023–24 academic year.

The following forms are required:

Students should check the My Documents and Aid Messages page of the online financial aid office (student login required) to see if additional items are required and to check the status of their documents.

Current international students generally do not need to submit documentation to reapply for financial aid.

The Office of Financial Aid expects to begin sending notifications of 2023–24 financial aid eligibility later this spring. More information can be found on the College’s returning students' financial aid webpage. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.

Perry Family Has Become Enthusiastic Grinnell Ambassadors

Pamela and Patrick Perry, parents of Parker Perry ’24, serve on the Grinnell College Parents and Families Leadership Council, and Pamela is vice chair of the group.

“It was Parker’s first year when we learned about the council, and to me it seemed like a really great way to get to know other families from around the country, with students in different class years,” Pamela explains. “We wanted to learn more about the institution … and we wanted to get involved in a meaningful way.”

Parker, who’s spending this current semester studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, has thrived. The political science major is an integral member of the Pioneer golf team.

Joining the council was a wonderful vehicle, says Pam, to create a connection to Grinnell during that initial pandemic year. They’ve since become enthusiastic ambassadors, co-hosting virtual family admissions sessions in the spring.

Read more about the Perry’s story.

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Pamela and Patrick Perry

Scarlet & Give Back Day:

Come Together to Support Grinnellians April 19-20

When we all do what we can, we are stronger, smarter, and shine brighter. This is collective impact — the combined result of our individual contributions to the common good.

For Scarlet & Give Back Day this year, an anonymous donor is offering a dollar-for-dollar match on every gift to Grinnell College, up to $500,000. When you direct your gift to the fund or program that is meaningful to you, this donor will direct an equal amount to the fund or program they find meaningful at the College.

Plus, members of the Parents and Families Leadership Council will give $100 to the College in recognition of each of the first 450 gifts from parents of current students and alumni. Your gift can help the College receive up to an additional $45,000 to benefit students and scholarships.

On Scarlet and Give Back Day, join us to make a collective impact on our fellow Grinnellians, to provide opportunities for the students of today and tomorrow, and to ensure our values and ideals will pass to future generations.

The world needs more Grinnellians, and Grinnellians need your collective impact this Scarlet & Give Back Day.

You can donate and find more information on Scarlet & Give Back Day online.

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Support Our Students
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Parents and families play an integral role in supporting and enhancing their students’ experiences.

We invite you to join in the stewardship efforts that sustain a distinctive Grinnell education. Learn more here.

The values of Grinnell College and our history as an institution of social justice and social responsibility can both inspire us and hold us accountable to the work of an equitable community. Gifts of all sizes support Grinnell’s commitment to its students and to the change-makers and solution-seekers they are and will become.

Start your journey along the Arc of Giving by supporting Grinnell with a gift today.

Arc of Giving

Keeping up with the Grinnellians

Keep up with what’s happening in the Grinnell universe by following Grinnell's TwitterInstagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook accounts. 

To stay in touch with what’s happening on campus, you can also read The Grinnell Magazine.

Visit the President’s Bookshelf to learn about some of the many authors and published works that President Anne F. Harris has been reading and discussing for expertise and perspective. All selections are available for purchase or online order at the Pioneer Bookshop.

Stay in Touch with the Center for Careers, Life, and Service

Stay connected and find out more about how the College’s Center for Careers, Life, and Service empowers students and alumni to live, learn, and work with meaning and purpose:

Additional Family Resources

For more information and resources, visit the College’s Families webpage or reach out to Tina Popson ’97, associate director of the Parents and Families Program within the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

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