Spotlight Archive

Stephen Moore '16

Before coming to Graceland, Stephen Moore of Scottsdale, Arizona, didn’t see himself as the best student.

Kurt Van Kuiken '14

“Every single person in the athletic training major really just wants to see students succeed."

Christa Hill '15

“The professors are really nice and you can tell that they care about you and want to have a personal relationship with you, but they also want to challenge you.”

Tabitha Gonzalez '14

"Graceland has given me the confidence to follow my dreams and continues to make a difference in my life.”

April Smith '17

“The AG program was starting to really take off and I wanted to be a part of the growing system."

Montel Evans '15

"I rave about this program to my co-workers and other aspiring teachers."

Matt Binnicker, '99

Dr. Binnicker has written over 30 peer-reviewed articles, authored 4 book chapters, serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, and has been invited to present his research at conferences around the world.

Nathaniel Myer, '10

It is Nate's experience with Graceland's successful Enactus team that he credits for his recent success.

Marissa Roberts, '13

Marissa Roberts is a triple threat: She can sing, she can dance, and she can act. She was a star in Lamoni as a Vocal Performance major, and now, only five months after graduating from Graceland, she’s landed work as a paid extra in Los Angeles.

Sofia Jaramillo, '14

Mexico City native Sofia Jaramillo’s college of choice had to have two things: a great tennis team and the opportunity to major in Visual Communication.

Justin Pontier, '15

Justin Pontier remembers being on the Graceland campus as a nine-year-old who had already caught the acting bug.

Karima Burns, '14

Karima Burns knew she wanted to go “somewhere small” for college, but had no idea that would mean moving halfway across the country to rural Iowa.

Tatiana Davis, '13

Tatiana Davis learned long ago that life is no fairy tale, but that hasn't stopped her from seeing the world through enchanted eyes.

Sophia Ringsdorf, '13

For most people, getting braces is less than a desirable experience. There's the pain, the maintenance, the expense, the physical appearance - the list of grievances goes on.

Karin Blythe, '08

When Karin Blythe '08 graduated from Graceland, she left Lamoni "on a high."

Junbin Guo, '13

Junbin Guo is just one of many international students at Graceland University.

Daniel Vogelsang, '13

Daniel Vogelsang '13 says that he has always been an explorer. And since coming to Graceland, he has indulged the trait.

Jennifer Abraham, '11

For many students, it can be difficult to see how their classwork will one day benefit their lives.

Sarah Balik, '12

Ever since Sarah Balik '12 was little, she knew she wanted to be a doctor. However, during winter term of her sophomore year at Graceland, she encountered a conflict that would eventually change her mind.

Nathalie Baptiste, '10

Nathalie Baptiste '10 learned a lot of things at Graceland - and not just in the classroom.

Tyler Bridge, '08

While at Graceland, Social Sciences Division Chair Dr. Brain Smith kindled his interest when he spoke about the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and doctors.

Brittany Bennett, '11

In fall of 2011 Graceland added a Human Services major to their Bachelors of Arts programs. And Brittany Bennett knew this new degree would be perfect for her.

Morgan Bradford, '12

It was an accident that got Morgan Bradford '12 interested in Residence Life.

Colleen Brian, '11

It's not every day that your best friend asks you to spend a year with them in South Korea. But when Colleen Brian '11 began the application process for the World Service Corps, she asked Sally Norton '11 to sign up with her.

Rebecca Bullock, '09

Rebecca Bullock '09 has never been someone you would consider an underachiever. At Graceland, she had two majors, History with a non-Western emphasis and International Studies.

Ryanne Carlson, '11

Ryanne Miiller '11 Carlson came to Graceland because it was a place she'd heard wonderful things about. A third generation Gracelander, her parents and both sets of her grandparents attended "the Hill".

Alex Cash, '12

If you don't know Alex Cash '12 personally, you may know his work. In fact, it may even be in the palm of your hand.

Liz Deegan, '12

Culture Shock. It's not something you'd think a New Yorker would get. But Liz Deegan '12, hailing from New York state, received an ample dose of it when she first showed up in Lamoni.

Brandon Fletcher, '11

Brandon Fletcher '11 came to Graceland because of SPECTACULAR camp. "It's that simple," he says.

Abby Hernandez, '11

Abby Hernandez '11 has two big passions - theatre and community service. And through the Lamoni community, she's been able to experience both.

Tyler Jones, '09

Ever since Tyler Jones '09 was little, he wanted to come to Graceland. He jokes that this may be the result of a little parental "brain-washing"; and if this is the case, his parents did their job well.

Brittany Longsdorf, '10

Iowa sunsets, Swarm-Inn Super Tots and Cheville House's James Bond function. These were a few of Brittany Longsdorf's favorite things.

Cleuzia Navessee, '13

Cleuzia Navessee '13 originally came to the United States from the South African country of Mozambique because she wasn't keeping up with her school work.

Matthew Nii, '11

When the time came for Matthew Nii '11 to select a graduate program, he couldn't deny that Graceland gave him a taste for the personalized education a smaller university can provide.

Trent Ranney, '12

A year ago, Trent Ranney '12 says that the only thing he knew about paint was "how to spell it." But while traveling to Nationals with the Graceland Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, Trent handed out his resume to the franchise College Pro Painters.

Jessi Ruckman, '11

When Jessi Ruckman '11 ran for Aponivi House President (HP) at the end of her sophomore year at Graceland, she was just hoping for the chance to lead her house and provide others with help and support.

Ryan Sheehy, '10

Ryan Sheehy's research is cutting edge, with the potential to extend lives in the future. This research focuses on a group of drugs' potential as a treatment for brain cancer.

Paige Webberley, '12

Paige Webberley '12 says that Graceland has helped her step outside of her comfort zone and gain confidence.

Justin Wallace, '12

Justin Wallace '12 calls himself "a dude just trying to make it." And as he prepares for his graduation this May, the chances for this 'dude' look pretty favorable.

Derrick White, '14

When Derrick White's Graceland professor suggested that he enter a national songwriting competition, Derrick figured that it couldn't hurt to try.

June Wiley, '13

June Wiley '13 loves elephants. Period. And her internships reflect that passion. Whether it's the work she did at Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary in Arkansas or her recent work at the veterinary clinic at Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas, it's obvious that June has a passion for helping animals.

Emily Rose, '12

Emily Rose '12 isn't one for filling out applications. In high school, Emily knew exactly where she wanted to go to college. Graceland was the only university she troubled herself to apply to.

Julia Wilkerson, '12

When the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) club traveled to a national supercomputing conference in New Orleans, Julia Wilkerson '12 passed out her resume to a few potential employers