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Last week, after several months of preparation and planning, a group of students from Graceland University learned that they had been awarded a $5,000 grant to address issues of hunger and food waste on campus and in the Lamoni community. The grant was sponsored by The Campus Kitchens Project and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.

The Graceland University Intercultural Office with the help of Student Senate will sponsor a Native American Indian Heritage Month event Thursday, Nov. 16, from 4-5 p.m. in Carol Hall. The event, which is open to the public, features Ray Slick, an enrolled Meskwaki Nation member currently living on the Meskwaki settlement in Tama, Iowa. Slick will discuss the American Indian culture and its history in Iowa, including the Meskwaki Settlement along with the contributions and customs of Native Americans.

Graceland University President Patricia H. Draves is among more than 800 other college and university presidents who have signed a letter sent to United States Senate and House leaders urging Congress to take action that would permanently protect Dreamers.

Patricia H. Draves, PhD, was inaugurated as Graceland University’s 18th president Friday morning, Oct. 13. The event was the culmination of a week of inaugural celebrations and opened the annual homecoming festivities for members and friends of the Graceland community.

Graceland alumnus Matthew Bolton, PhD ’01 was part the efforts with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the organization recently announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017.

A new Yellowjackets mascot statue has found a home in the entryway of the Eugene E. and Julia Travis Closson Physical Education Center. The statue was donated by funds from the Aaron House Scholarship Fund and placed according to the results of a social media poll.

The Graceland University Theatre Department will put on upcoming performances of “Lend Me a Tenor” written by Ken Ludwig during the homecoming weekend. The play is directed by Gary Heisserer, PhD and has a cast of eight characters.

Graceland University President Patricia H. Draves welcomed Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg to the Lamoni campus today during the Decatur County stop on their 99-county tour of the state. A small group of students and faculty were honored to have the opportunity to meet with them.

The Graceland Fine Arts season opens today, Friday, Sept. 8, in Carol Hall with a Fall Faculty Showcase Recital. Five talented musicians from the Music Department will present selections representing a broad range of vocal and instrumental repertoire. The program is at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

Graceland University Professor of Education Dennis McElroy was among 25 people honored with the President's Volunteer Service Award for his work as part of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The award was presented in June during ISTE's conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Our new faculty members have arrived on campus and are completing their first week of instructing their new classes. We are excited for a successful 2017-18. Meet our newcomers.

The online Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program offered through the Graceland University C. H. Sandage School of Business has been ranked number four by College Choice on their list of the 35 Best Online Organizational Leadership Degrees.

Team Yellowjacket had a successful seventh year with the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), a non-competitive cycling road tour organized by The Des Moines Register. Riders travel across Iowa from the west end of the state at the Missouri River to the Mississippi River bordering the east edge. According to their website, RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest bike-touring event in the world.

For the sixth year in a row, Graceland University has been named Best in the Midwest for 2018 by the Princeton Review. Graceland is among 158 premier colleges to make the list, released annually.

Graceland senior, Will Ward `18 and Scott Briell, Vice President of Enrollment gave an impromptu interview to CW Iowa Live's Jackie Schmillen on the first day of the 2017 Iowa State Fair.

For the past 11 years, Ken and Cindy McClain have generously offered McClain internships to well over 100 Graceland students, providing them hands-on experience with their businesses on the Independence, Missouri, town square. The partnership has become a refined course in entrepreneurial endeavors benefitting and influencing Graceland students with experiential learning.

Graceland University School of Nursing has ranked twice in the 25 Best Online Nurse Practitioners Degree Programs for 2017 by College Choice.

Graceland has just learned that lifelong Gracelander Velma Ruch has passed away. Ruch graduated from Graceland College in 1941 and then returned as part of the English faculty in 1946. She became the first woman on Graceland’s faculty to hold a PhD, and later chaired the Language and Literature Division from its creation in 1965 until 1984.

The Television Academy announced Saturday that Jordan Wayne Long, a 2008 Graceland University graduate, is among the winners of the 69th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.

Longtime Graceland supporter JR Shaw, whose significant generosity led to the magnificent Shaw Center, recently gave yet another gift of art to Graceland University. The Shaw lobby is now adorned with a large original oil and acrylic on panel entitled “Slice” by Erin Loree. The painting makes a statement, measuring 86 X 68 and demands attention with its strong composition and bold color.

Graceland University has taken a big stride this summer in support for its premier soccer programs and has committed to a complete renovation of the playing surface, consisting of sod removal, laser grading, and resodding to enhance the quality and playability.

Graceland University Sustainability and the Lamoni Food Pantry have teamed up to spearhead the Lamoni Raised Bed Community Garden Project featuring community gardens in downtown Lamoni.

Graceland University nurtures and sends into the world individuals who take the mission of the university to heart and carry it out in their daily lives. An example of this occurs each summer at Lake Doniphan near Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where a concentration of Gracelanders – representing a wide range of ages and backgrounds – passionately come together and volunteer a week of their summer at Camp MOJA.

Today begins the new president’s responsibility to transcend the leadership team and reach out to the entire Graceland community to ensure achievement is planned, collaborative and celebrated. Her role will include a commitment to the mission and values of Graceland University, grounded in the Christian faith and sponsoring church, Community of Christ.

Graceland University Vice President of Enrollment Management Scott Briell is pleased to announce an internal restructure of the Athletics Department designed to create a strong leadership team for athletic success. Brady McKillip '00 has been appointed as Athletic Director. Zach Mullins has been appointed as an Associate Athletic Director. Stew McDole '65 will remain as an Associate Athletic Director.