HOMECOMING: The Hilltop Where...

Graceland has come a long way from its meek beginnings at 126 South Linden Street, 2nd floor of the France Building in Downtown Lamoni.

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The Drive to Succeed

Senior Ujang Zarems has seen success this fall out on the golf course and in the classroom. 

 

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The LIVING Among Legends Project...

...was created in 2012 by the Residence Life Office, in response to President John Sellars’ request for university leaders to find ways to tell Graceland’s STORIES.

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"BEING THE PRESIDENT OF GRACELAND UNIVERSITY IS AN INCREDIBLE PRIVILEGE. I HAVE FELT BLESSED EVERY DAY FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS THROUGH DAILY ASSOCIATIONS WITH STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, ALUMNI AND FRIENDS."

I know it may sound corny, but with every annual report to alumni, I feel a deep appreciation for our alumni and friends who have made it possible for Graceland to excel. “The Power of Together,” our new branding motto, is so true when it applies to the incredible impact gifts big and small make on what Graceland can accomplish.

By the time the next annual report appears on the pages of Horizons, Graceland will have a new president. As this is my last chance to pay tribute to the incredible Graceland family, let me take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to so many who have demonstrated “The Power of Together” in so many ways.

THANK YOU...

  • for making Graceland a 1st Tier academic institution.
  • for helping renovate our buildings and upgrade our equipment.
  • for getting us through the toughest financial times since the Great Depression.
  • for making our campuses sacred ground.
  • for helping our graduates get good jobs.
  • for believing in Graceland’s staff and faculty.
  • for service on the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association Board.
  • to those who have volunteered your time for special projects.
  • to my wife, Bette, and my family for their support.
  • to Jodi Seymour, my longsuffering executive assistant, and Tom Morain for his work in government relations and community development.

It is time to begin a new chapter for Bette and me, but we shall never forget the joy we have shared and will continue to cherish as part of the inspiring Graceland family. 

John Sellars, PhD, CPA
President

THE POWER OF TOGETHER 

"IT TAKES ALL OF US “TOGETHER” — LISTENING, REFLECTING, SHARING AND EVEN DEBATING WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE GRACELAND SUCCESSFUL."

Shared leadership is changing in American universities, Graceland included.

Our new theme, “The Power of Together,” provides a clarity of mission and purpose.

The Board of Trustees is evolving into an active working board with shared governance as its model of leadership. The administration is working across all functional areas of the school while the faculty is working in interdisciplinary teams guided by the broad mission of the school. And the focus of this effort? It is students. “The Power of Together” produces a nurturing environment where students discover who they are, where they want to go and who they want to become. In other words, we all are focusing on student success.

The integration efforts are working. Student life, athletics, religious life, leadership development — all are coming together to build a holistic community. 

Students are supported within a setting where genuine interest, care and intellectual challenge coalesce to produce a vibrant, stimulating community.

All stakeholders in the university are invited to participate in this building process.

This is a continuous effort — and it’s not easy — but we are making signi cant progress as caring and committed people demonstrate respect and acceptance of both differences and alternative ways of thinking and doing. I am proud of what we have already accomplished to demonstrate what the power of together can accomplish.

The Board of Trustees is deeply committed to clarify our responsibilities and to implement the policies that will promote success for every Graceland student. It is “paying it forward” for those of us whose years on “the Hill” gave us vision of healthy, purposeful and stimulating lives. We are striving to understand what shared governance means, both in terms of responsibilities and limitations, in a university committed to the “Power of Together.” It is a challenge indeed, one that calls out the best efforts of all of us — together. 

 

Harry J. Ashenhurst, PhD
Chair, Board of Trustees

Want to change the world? Join the GU4U Mentoring Program.

Providing students, alumni and friends with an invaluable opportunity –
TO HELP EACH OTHER, one Gracelander at a time. 

 

"MENTORING A GRACELAND STUDENT HAS BEEN BOTH FUN AND REWARDING.

As with any mentoring relationship you need to establish common goals and determine the roles for each party. I have shared some of my business perspectives and insights with Ross, in reality I’ve learned far more from Ross!

Understanding his class work, information technology projects and intern experience has been fascinating. We’ve had a chance to meet personally three times and by e-media perhaps once per month."          -Art Woodcock '78

 

"GU4U IS SUCH A GREAT PROGRAM. I'M GLAD I GOT INVOLVED. I WAS PAIRED WITH ART, WHO SHARES MANY OF MY COMMON INTERESTS AND HAS BECOME A GREAT FRIEND.

We have met a few times in person now so I feel comfortable reaching out to him if I ever need advice, whether it be professional or anything else. I would recommend the program to all Graceland students. For me, it was a great opportunity to meet someone new and learn a lot from someone outside of my family and the people that I see every day."           -Ross Robino '17