We are thrilled to report that
was raised during our
#Grateful4Graceland Day of Giving!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, was our second Day of Giving to Give and Share.  We asked alumni and friends to reflect on their Graceland experience, express what they were grateful for on social media and make an appreciation gift.  The results were amazing!

A group of alumni, friends, and their matching employers stepped up with a pool of Matching Dollars. A gift from alumni and friends age 40 and younger was matched 2:1 while gifts from everyone over 40 was matched 1:1. That means gifts to our #Grateful4Graceland Day of Giving were either doubled or tripled!

THANK YOU to our Matching Challenge pool of donors:

  • Gail Hice Brown '63

  • Sue Bevington '89 and her matching employer Microsoft

  • An anonymous friend and their matching employer


Here are a few of the many posts from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

"I'm #Grateful4Graceland today and every day because Graceland changed my life and the lives of my family for the better. I give because it matters."  Peggy Sturdevant '96

"Loved my time at Graceland and am happy to be able to support my alma mater!"  Lauren Mish Trimble '06

"I am #Grateful4Graceland because it opened the door to exciting career opportunities in the Des Moines area! Not to mention, my sweetie and I met and are married with two beautiful children. At Graceland, you create memories that will last you a lifetime. You will meet your forever friends. Thank you Graceland for such dedicated professors (BIG shout out to Jim Jones, Kevin Brunner and Ron Smith for being so passionate about education and encouraging innovative thinking), and a supportive environment that helped me learn and grow!"  Meg Fryer Zhuja '07

"I am grateful for all of the professors that care for their students and want to see them succeed.  I love the dedication from all the staff and how much they care."  Jessica Caton, current student

"#Grateful4Graceland because I loved being House President of Leilani!"  Rachel Lamble Johnson '03

"I am very grateful for Graceland!  My 4 years there were the best, and, because of it, I can now support myself in retirement!"  Norma Hall Mercurio '68

"I've been at GU for almost 4 years and I would not trade my experience for anything."  Karrah Varner, current student

"I received the greatest gift ever at Graceland – my husband of almost 54 years.  Great education, great friends, great hubby!"  Brenda Shaw Mitchell '64

"We’re both grateful for all that Graceland has given us in our lives.  Good luck with the campaign!"  Jeff and Susan Scranton Naylor ‘86

"At Graceland, I was challenged both in and outside of the classroom which led me to my career in Higher Education.  Because of my undergraduate experience at Graceland, I choose to work every day with college students as they wrestle with their intellectual, social and emotional development.  Thank you to the Graceland staff and faculty who continue to dedicate their time and passion to our home on the hill."  Cassie Eskridge '07

"I am happy to give to GU which gave so much to me!"  Sandra Jagger Newcom '75

"I’m so grateful for the education I received and the relationships I built during my time at Graceland!"  Melissa McCoy '05

"It was two years of making lasting friendships and indelible, happy memories.  My roomy and I still communicate and have great fun and conversations."  Carolyn Cunningham Weeks ‘51

"Graceland 4 eva!!!" Doug and Ginelle Sakima Roberts '01

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Three Ways to Make a Gift

1. Make a gift online with your credit card.  Click here to go to our website.

2. Call us toll free to make a gift with your credit card at 800.645.3582

3. Mail a check to:
          Development Office
          Graceland University
          1 University Place 
          Lamoni, IA 50140

Did you miss it?

We recorded the live stream from the Day of Giving so you can go back and watch.  Click here, then click on the "On Demand" tab, scroll down to the March 21, 2017 Day of Giving event, and click on the TV icon to the right.  Paul J. Davis '77 interviewed alumni, friends, faculty, student leaders, and coaches.  You will also be able to view the performances of the Gadets (dance), cheer, and choir.  The schedule is listed below along with approximate times so you can jump to a particular part of the video.  It will warm your heart to listen to the wonderful testimonies and see the familiar faces of faculty and staff.  

Time Description VIDEO TIME
11 a.m. Women's Volleyball Video 5:24
11:15 a.m. Kelly Everett, V.P. for Institutional Advancement 13:35
11:30 a.m. Brad Carr, Student Activities & Conferences & Events 30:30
11:45 a.m. Dr. Bill Juhnke, Faculty Emeritus 43:50
12 noon Men's Volleyball Video 1:02:04
12:01 p.m. Chris Swerngin and Kaitlyn Lackey, School of Nursing students from Independence  
12:15 p.m. Alex Craven, Graceland Student Government (GSG) President 1:16:20
12:30 p.m. Brianna Bendorf, Homecoming Queen 1:31:55
12:45 p.m. Claudia Horton, Interim V.P. for Independence Campus and Dean of School of Nursing 1:54:00
1:00 p.m. Women's Basketball Video 2:01:25
1:01 p.m. Jazz Combo with Jack Ergo 2:05:10
1:25 p.m. Jack Ergo, Associate Professor of Music 2:25:00
1:30 p.m. Maddi Borison, Intramural Director 2:33:00
1:45 p.m. Dean Limric '53 2:47:03
2:00 p.m. Men's Basketball Video  
2:01 p.m. Katelyn Metcalf, President of House Chaplains 3:03:00
2:15 p.m. Sarimar Gascot and Alii Salone, School of Nursing students from Independence 3:14:00
2:30 p.m. Mike Hoffman, Campus Minister 3:30:00
2:45 p.m. Chelsea Santa Lucia 3:45:00
3:00 p.m. Women's Soccer Video  
3:01 p.m. Chamber Singers, Mark Woodcock 3:57:30
3:30 p.m. Sean O'Keefe, Academic Student Council (ASC) President 4:19:30
3:45 p.m. Joe Worlund, Director of Athletics 4:41:05
4:00 p.m. Men's Soccer Video  
4:15 p.m. Hayley Rankin, Campus Organization for Social Activities (COSA) President 5:13:30
4:30 p.m. Stew McDole, Women's Volleyball Head Coach 5:29:00
4:45 p.m. Thelma Sword, Professor of Nursing 5:45:00
5:00 p.m. Gadets Dance Team Video  
5:01 p.m. After Glow Band 6:02:00
5:30 p.m. Gadets and Cheer Squad 6:34:40
5:45 p.m. "It's In the Shaw" video  
6:00 p.m. Carolyn Tovey, KBUZ Radio 7:01:00
6:15 p.m. John Sellars, President 7:12:00
6:30 p.m. Devin Rose, Speaker of the Senate 7:28:00
6:45 p.m. Randallyn Smith, 2017-18 CHP President 7:44:00
7:00 p.m. Chris Ortiz, KBUZ Radio 7:55:00
7:15 p.m.

Stassi Cramm, Community of Christ

7:30 p.m. Live Drawing for Prizes  
7:45 p.m. Dave Schaal, V.P. for Student Life and Dean of Students  
8:00 p.m. Live Stream Ends