Tara Shupe ’11 entered a photo contest called the Annual Exposure Award, and one of her images was in a digital display on July 13, 2015 in Paris, France, at the Louvre! “If Graceland has done one thing beyond giving me a great education, it was inspiring my love for experiencing the world with creative eyes and an open mind.” Tara is a professional photographer and entrepreneur of “Wild Creatives,” a creative community invested in wandering, embracing and creating.

CLASS NOTES

Stay connected to Graceland!
Join us on
Facebook.com/GracelandUniversity
and follow us on
Twitter @GracelandU Instagram @gracelanduniversity 

 

Weddings

Christopher ’05 and Tara Eskridge ’05 Grubbs, Rowlett, Texas, April 18, 2014.

Taylor Johnson ’12 and Bobby Daniels, West Des Moines, Iowa, May 1, 2015.

 

Anniversaries

Wayne ’59 and Eryleene Groner celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 26, 2015.

David ’66 and Janet Henderson ’66 Irby celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 27, 2014.

Jim ’51 and Mona VanTuyl ’50 Jones celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 30, 2015.

Johnny ’55 and Mary Lou Weaver ’55 Noble celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 26, 2015.

Robert H. ’65 and Sandra Ellerman Walker celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 20, 2015.

Jerry W. ’66 and Diana Willetts ’65 Wiggins celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 25, 2015. 

 

Births

Richard ’12 and Tara Betts,
Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Emma Grace, born June 22, 2015.

Jim ’01 and Julie Craft,
Independence, Missouri, Conner James, born June 10, 2015.

Aaron ’07 and Jackie Danielle ’07 Gill, Olathe, Kansas, Layla Elizabeth, born July 20, 2015.

Christopher ’05 and Tara Eskridge ’05 Grubbs, Rowlett, Texas, Tenley Jayne, born April 22, 2015.

Gregg ’10 and Emily Phillips ’10 Irr, Liberty, Missouri, Perry Joseph, born Nov. 26, 2014.

Brett ’04 and Rebecca Loving ’04 Jagger, St. Louis, Missouri, Margaret Clare, born May 30, 2015.

David ’03 and , Lubbock, Texas, Hannah Christine, born March 2, 2015. 

 

In Memorium

Duane R. Baird ’58, Oak Grove, Missouri, May 5, 2015.

Nettie Mae Anderson ’50 Baughman, Independence, Missouri, April 15, 2015.

Audrey Mascher ’42 Weller Birks, Peoria, Arizona, July 6, 2015.

Harry W. Black ’51, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, May 10, 2015.

David Boyd ’54, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 14, 2015.

Elaine Marie Admundson ’48 Carriker, Davis, California, July 23, 2015.

Joyce Mattingly ’47 Colville, Independence, Missouri, April 12, 2015.

William C. Dawson ’55, West Branch, Michigan, May 19, 2014.

Harry A. Dennis ’47, Boise, Idaho, May 24, 2015.

Finis Claude Easter ’48, Independence, Missouri, June 29, 2015.

Sara Davis ’55 Edmiston, Greenville, North Carolina, Feb. 28, 2015.

Ronald J. Gleason ’51, Houston, Texas, May 22, 2015.

Charlene Allen ’38 Gleazer, San Francisco, California, May 21, 2015.

Warren L. Gose ’49, Cameron, Missouri, June 23, 2014. 

Donald A. Hedden ’49, Independence, Missouri, July 24, 2015.

John Hoover ’74, Loudon, Tennessee, Aug. 6, 2015.

Donna Pascoff ’51 Kapp, Sun City, Arizona, May 14, 2015.

Marie Bevan ’48 Kiersch, Laramie, Wyoming, June 15, 2015.

Connie Kyle ’52, Camarillo, California, June 17, 2015.

Edward G. Mason ’71, Omaha, Nebraska, July 30, 2015.

Karmi Eaton ’81 McCune, Independence, Missouri, June 1, 2015.

Robert E. Michener ’48, Bishop, California, April 18, 2015.

Thomas B. Nowlin ’58, Lamoni, Iowa, Aug. 22, 2015.

Connie Asbury ’93 Ostergard, Rineyville, Kentucky, Sept. 17, 2014.

Dale D. Parkinson ’54, Pompano Beach, Florida, March 7, 2015.

William Dean Poore ’47, Columbia, Missouri, Aug. 28, 2014.

Phyllis Conklin ’53 Silhavy, Alma, Michigan, May 10, 2015.

Paul E. Teeter ’48, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, March 19, 2015.

Dorothy Raisbeck ’53 Tenos, Jacksonville, Florida, July 27, 2015.

Wayne Thompson ’41, Palm Springs, California, Jan. 9, 2015.

Cynthia Berndt ’72 Van De Voorde, Longmont, Colorado, May 30, 2015.

Leland D. White ’52, Youngstown, Ohio, Aug. 29, 2014. 

President Barack Obama has selected Kansas City attorney James Ash ’78 for a position on the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development.

Ash has been a partner at Husch Blackwell LLP since 1993 and currently serves as
a chair for its food and agribusiness unit. He also has experience as chair of the firm’s business division and its corporate departments. He served as interim general counsel for H&R Block Inc. from 2008-12.

“I’m personally very excited to get involved on a national and global scale on efforts to battle what I think is the single biggest issue in the world today: the millions of people who go to sleep hungry every night and the hundreds of millions who suffer from the effects of malnutrition,” Ash said. 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Why It Matters

College Bound High School Students [1]

89% YouTube
80% Facebook
61% Instagram
58% Twitter

Teens Online Daily [2]

92%

Average Hours Per Day on Social Media [3]

1.72

Graceland Facebook Followers

10,500


[1] www.ypulse.com/post/view/social-media-tracked-trends-the-stats-on-whos-using-what

[2] www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/teens-social-media-technology-2015/

[3] www.adweek.com/socialtimes/time-spent-online/613474