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Graceland University Students Benefit by Creation of Communications Club

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Communications Club became an official Graceland club at the start of the 2015-16 school year. The goal of the club is to offer students the opportunity to get involved in and gain experience from the involvement in a variety of forms of communication at Graceland - social media, graphic design, photography, videography, writing and web – while Graceland benefits from their ideas and efforts.

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Mentorship Program GU4U Introduced at Fall Burn 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Mentors can be extremely helpful to college students. In order to help Graceland students gain the most from their education, Enactus has collaborated with the Graceland Alumni Board to offer GU4U, a mentorship program that will pair current students and recent graduates with alumni and friends in their field of study.

Second Graceland University Town Hall Meeting to Address Privilege

Monday, November 9, 2015

Graceland University has announced that “Privilege” will be the topic for the second Graceland “Town Hall Meeting,” to be held Dec. 3 on the Lamoni campus. “Town Hall Meetings have the potential to be a high-impact practice,” said Tammy Everett, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Everett continued, “At Graceland, we are working to engage students in this process every semester.”

Graceland University Announces Summer Courses in England

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Studying abroad can be one of the most enriching, interesting and educationally stimulating experiences of a student’s entire life. Such an opportunity can offer both personal and professional growth and can help students develop skills and gain experiences not available in a classroom. Graceland courses in England will take place May 2 through 23, 2016, and offer a variety of course topics to choose from.

Graceland University Welcomes So Percussion

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Drums, cymbals, tin cans, xylophones and other things that go bump in the night are coming to Graceland. So Percussion will perform in the Shaw Family Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Nov. 4. There are no advance ticket sales or reserved seats. The box office opens at 6:45 p.m.

Graceland University Hosts First On-Campus Internship Fair

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

“This event was key in raising awareness about the benefits of doing an internship,” said Catharine Craig, Director of the CAP Center. It was also an opportunity for all students to see just how many resources and connections we can offer on campus and through our Graceland network!”

Graceland University Announces First Environmental Symposium

Thursday, September 3, 2015

This symposium will showcase environmental professionals and researchers from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom will speak on this year’s symposium theme, “Changing Paradigms.” The conference will focus on environmental issues, from wind and solar energy to food waste. “Come and join other blue, gold and ‘green’ alumni interested in supporting Graceland environmental studies and sustainability projects!”

Graceland University Mourns the Passing of Tom Nowlin

Monday, August 24, 2015

Nowlin coached five sports in more than 41 years while working at Graceland University. He was the first wrestling coach at Graceland and was the head coach of baseball, tennis and track while serving as an assistant football coach throughout his tenure with the Yellowjackets.

Graceland University is Again One of the "Best in the Midwest"

Monday, August 24, 2015

This designation as “Best in the Midwest” for another year speaks highly to the personal attention students receive at Graceland. Personal attention paves the way for student success. This attribute was highlighted through many of the student surveys done by The Princeton Review, as well as in conversations with students on campus and after graduation.

Graceland University AmeriCorps Youth Launch Program Receives Funding for its Eighth Year

Friday, August 21, 2015

Shannon Harris, Director of Graceland’s AmeriCorps Youth Launch program, received word that the program has been awarded $522,000 to continue activities for the next three years. The federal funding for the program is matched by an approximately equal amount from the Dekko Foundation and an additional $67,000 in staff and services by Graceland University.

Graceland University TRiO Grant Funded for Another Five Years

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Graceland University is excited to continue the strong 37-year history Graceland has built with the SSS program. The new grant cycle will provide 1.5 million dollars over the next five years to provide program services to increase the retention and graduation rates of the 180 first-generation, low-income Graceland students served by the program.

Graceland University Awards Spectacular Scholarships

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The $142,000 in scholarships given at Spec are announced at the end of the week-long camp and are available to students entering their senior year of high school and participating in Spec. Contact the Admissions Office or visit our website at for more information on what scholarships or grants are available to you.

Graceland University to Sponsor Free Red Cross Training

Monday, July 13, 2015

Leaders from Graceland’s Youth Launch Commission provided funding and made arrangements with local hospitals in the region to provide CPR classes at no cost to individuals willing to become certified. It is the hope of the Pettit family and Graceland University that many will take advantage of these training opportunities and help turn what could have been a tragedy for one family into a blessing for many.

Graceland University Announces New Social Media Marketing Major

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Social Media Marketing major at Graceland will include a unique combination of communications courses, business and marketing courses, and visual design courses aimed to ready students for jobs in the current real world. The major will serve as a progressive recruiting tool for admissions, drawing on the strengths of both the Graceland University C.H. Sandage School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Graceland University Marionette Boot Camp Announced for August

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

“My hopes are that we afford students the potential for making new friends, learning how to collaborate on projects, and employ a lot of creativeness, all with a hands-on approach,” says Lee Maples, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Scene Designer at Graceland University.

Graceland University Social Media Marketing Class Competes in Principal Challenge

Friday, May 15, 2015

The contest, The Voice of the Young Consumer University Partnership, is an annual, semester-long project by The Principal in which students address a real business marketing challenge facing the company. The Graceland team’s presentation theme was “Life Happens … Where will you be,” focusing on various message topics important to Millennials.

Kirk Bjorland to Head Iowa Innovation Corporation

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bjorland has served as Graceland’s Director of Marketing and Vice President of Enrollment. “Kirk Bjorland is a driven marketer who has worked tirelessly toward Graceland’s success. I trust the future of Iowa’s innovation economy in his hands,” said Graceland University President John Sellars. Bjorland has also served as the city administrator and mayor of Lamoni.

SkillPath Acquires National Seminars Training

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

For 25 years, SkillPath, along with their technical training division, CompuMaster, has been dedicated to providing quality training for businesses across the U.S., Canada and Australia. SkillPath delivers more than 20,000 how-to sessions to over 500,000 people in 450 cities. Since joining forces with Graceland University in 1995, SkillPath’s quality training has never been stronger.

Upcoming Events

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    Monday, November 30
    8:00 AM

  • 1st Thursday @ Noon Music Recital

    Thursday, December 3
    12:00 PM

  • Town Hall Meeting

    Thursday, December 3
    7:00 PM

  • Visit Friday

    Friday, December 4
    8:00 AM

  • Symphonic Band Concert

    Friday, December 4
    7:30 PM

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    Monday, December 7
    7:30 PM

  • Jazz Ensemble Concert

    Tuesday, December 8
    7:30 PM

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    Friday, December 11
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    Monday, December 14
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