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Graceland University awarded $122,000 in prestigious scholarships to Spectacular campers last week. Spectacular, or Spec, is the largest annual gathering of youth in Community of Christ, Graceland’s sponsoring church. Over 1,000 campers and their leaders gather at Graceland University, where they have opportunities to participate in leadership and discipleship development, diverse worship, and expression of arts, music and sports. The scholarships awarded 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 the camp.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself to Franklin, so she went for it. Along with four other recipients, Franklin beat out 325 other applicants to receive the award for the 2019 Artist Fellowship fiscal year presented through the Iowa Arts Council.

Governor Kim Reynolds and Volunteer Iowa honor leaders in volunteer service with Bobbie Finch Champion of Service Awards

Dennis McElroy was recognized with the President's Volunteer Service Award at the 2018 International Society for Technology in a Education (ISTE) conference in Chicago last month. This is the second year in a row McElroy has received the honor and was recognized along with approximately 20 others at the silver level designated for volunteers who volunteered 250-499 hours during the past year.

Graceland Executive Council today approved the addition of esports for the Lamoni, Iowa, campus for the 2018-19 school year. Graceland’s esports program will be housed under Student Life and will share space with Graceland Enactus in the Memorial Student Center as the effort gets up and going.

A consistent theme has emerged from the stories coming out of the Graceland University community over the past years: Gracelanders are making the world a better place. Students, faculty, alumni… the actions they are taking and the impact they are making provide strong evidence that Graceland values – learning, wholeness and community for the enrichment of lives and the betterment of the world – are taking hold in them and the parts of the world they touch. While this practice is strong in individuals around the world, one place in which a large-scale impact is made by a growing group of people connected to the university is at Camp Moja, a summer camp sponsored by Graceland’s sponsoring church, Community of Christ, for people with intellectual disabilities. The camp takes place for one week each summer and is made possible entirely by volunteers.

This fall, many of the resources Graceland already provides will be consolidated into a student success center in the F.M. Smith Library in order to provide a one-stop location for a variety of services. The center will be a collaborative effort of several departments and will include tutoring, the Writing Center, TRIO, peer mentors, disability services, career services and more. Consolidating these services into one location will provide Lamoni-campus students the convenience of a centralized location and will include “hang out” space to study or just be with friends.

“Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. I don’t care if I never get back.” The song that has become a staple at every baseball game across North America since its introduction at Major League Baseball games during the 1934 World Series.

After a national search, assisted by Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and Dr. Richard F. Geise, Dr. Jill Rhea has been chosen as Graceland Univ...

With an audience made up of friends, family and supporters, Graceland Enactus delivered their final competition presentation of the 2017-18 school year to a panel of judges who would ultimately decide their fate. In a league of three other schools – Canisius College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Utah Valley University – those judges placed Graceland in the number-four spot. This placement places Graceland University Enactus as one of the top 16 Enactus teams in the country, and their placement means a $1,500 award for the program.

Graceland University Enactus will advance to the second round of competition after making their way into the top 16 teams in the country Monday. The decision was announced to a crowd of students and supporters anticipating the results after a day of competition at the Kansas City Convention Center. Graceland’s presentation team – made up of students Alyssa Dockins, Melissa Sherer, Regan Jackson, Robbie Turk, Sydney Dorrance and Zack Ferrara – out-presented the four other universities in their league – Southern Adventist University, Cornerstone University, Southwestern College–Kansas and Penn State University Park – and answered all questions from the judges in a way that enhanced their presentation even further as they delivered the same passion in their words as they feel for the projects they were there to represent.

Graceland Enactus is inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit to make a difference; and they do just that in both local and global communities. After winning the regional competition in Chicago last month, this week, the team’s project work has brought them to Kansas City, Missouri, for the annual Enactus U.S. National Exposition, where they will compete against student teams from universities across the country. On 1,600 university campuses worldwide, Enactus provides students the opportunity to channel their unique talents, passions and ideas to create projects that empower others. This year, though they have many to choose from, Graceland Enactus will showcase three key projects: Kids Bank, Right 2 Fresh and Brain Breaks.

In an effort to better understand millennials, Principal, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, developed the Voice of the Young Consumer Business Challenge in 2012. Their goal: to learn college students’ thoughts and ideas on how to engage millennials with Principal’s products.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Allied Health James Geiselman, DC, MS, EMT-P, initiated a conversation with his alma mater, Logan University, that has led to a partnership between the two universities in which students are the winners. Combined with his passion for educating the next generation of health care providers, it was the similarities Geiselman saw in the two universities – a conservative health care model, an interdisciplinary team approach, and a commitment to whole patient care – that prompted his passion to connect them. The 3+3 articulation program will allow students to complete their first three years of undergraduate study at Graceland, then transfer to Logan University to start the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program there.

The graduating class of 2018 will matriculate Sunday, April 29, at 10 a.m. in Closson Center on the Lamoni, Iowa, campus. The commencement address will be given by Graceland alumnus Matthew Bolton, PhD, `01, director of the International Disarmament Institute and professor of political science at Pace University in New York City, and his spouse, Emily Welty, PhD, director of Peace and Justice Studies at Pace University, ecumenist and artist. Bolton and Welty are part of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and will be presented with honorary doctorates during the commencement ceremony.

April 13, 2018 – On stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Graceland University theatre major Haley Johnson `19 competed in the Irene Ryan Scholarship competition, awarded annually.

Pierogis.  Arepas.  Mandazis.  Alfajores.  Baklava.  Chicken Chhoyela.  Soan Papdi. Take a bite out of the world at the 12th Annual Cultural Celebration Saturday, April 14, from 4–7 p.m. in the Shaw Center Lobby. Savor the wonderful cuisines of the Graceland University and Lamoni multicultural community. Enjoy the global atmosphere and representatives from around the world. Appreciate the diversity that is American – past and present. There is even a kid-friendly adventure that will offer passports for children and youth to obtain stickers at the various booths, showing off their travels around the world. Open to the community, the afternoon’s activities are sponsored by Graceland’s Intercultural Office; Black Student Union (BSU); Latino, International and Polynesian Clubs; and the Campus Organization for Student Activities (COSA).

Friday, March 30, the Graceland University Division of Science and Math was pleased to honor Daniel ‘48 and Alice ‘47 Waite for their generous gift of an endowed chair in science. The Daniel E. and Alice D. Waite Chair in Science will fund a faculty position in perpetuity and honors the scholarship of the chair holder.

When deciding upon a career, one of the most important considerations is the organization from which you receive your education — and this may not be limited to a college or university. Business-training associations seek to give professional instruction to those on a specific career path, and SkillPath is one of the most notable.

Graceland University will host the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference March 22-24. Students and faculty from the Midwestern region will present papers and findings, discuss topics of academia, and have the chance to expand their academic and professional network. The conference location varies each year, and Graceland offered to hold it in Lamoni this year.

The Graceland University Yellowjackets men’s basketball team closed out their week of national competition with a campus full of supporters to welcome them home to “the Hill” Wednesday. The team claimed the NAIA DI National Championship title the night before in front of a record tournament crowd. The National Champions were provided a police and fire fighter escort as they entered the southern Iowa state line, leading the caravan the four miles north into Lamoni and to the campus where supporters from both the Graceland and Lamoni communities greeted them with music, cheers, signs and even some small fireworks.

A historic season came to a close Tuesday night when Graceland University hoisted the national championship trophy of the 81st Annual NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship at Municipal Auditorium. Graceland became the first team from the state of Iowa to win the national championship in the event's history when GU's Justin Harley splashed a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Graceland an 83-80 overtime victory over Louisiana State University-Alexandria.

Graceland University used a strong second-half performance to defeat Louisiana State University–Shreveport, 87-80, in the semifinals of the of the 81st Annual NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Monday night at Municipal Auditorium.

Graceland University Men’s Basketball has had an incredible season. After making Yellowjacket history by winning the Heart Conference Tournament followed by the program’s first-ever appearance at the NAIA DI Men’s Basketball National Championship, the team will compete in the “Fab Four” Semifinals on Monday. To compliment this incredible season and an incredible team, has been an incredible amount of support from the Graceland family: fellow students, faculty, staff, administration, the local community, alumni, and family and friends. Graceland pride has connected people throughout the world at the tournament, on both campuses – Lamoni and Independence, and on social media.

Graceland University's men's basketball team knocked off the reigning national champions, Texas Wesleyan University, 70-61, in the first round of the 81st Annual NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Thursday night at Municipal Auditorium. The Yellowjackets earned their first-ever NAIA National Tournament win in their debut game on the national tournament stage.