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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.

Graceland University men's basketball team made history Monday night in the Closson Center claiming their first-ever Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament crown with a 95-68 victory over Peru State College.

The state of Iowa ranks number one on U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best States ranking, which evaluated each of the 50 states based on eight categories: health care, education, economy, opportunity, infrastructure, crime and corrections, fiscal stability and quality of life.

Third-seeded and nationally ranked No. 23 Graceland University defeated two-seeded and nationally ranked No. 7 Central Methodist 62-51 on the road. With the win, Graceland has advanced to the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship game.

Graceland University is pleased to announce that Dr. Sharon Little-Stoetzel will be appointed dean of the School of Nursing, effective June 1. Little-Stoetzel earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Truman State University (formerly NE MO State) in 1984, a master's degree in nursing at the University of Missouri in 1991, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2013.

For the second year and with the guidance of Associate Professor of Business Administration Jeff McElroy, MBA, Graceland’s Sport Marketing class is working with the Iowa Wolves basketball team and Group Sales Manager, Jazmine Constantino, on both a marketing and a sales project. Earlier this semester, the class traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to meet the team and attend a sales training session before enjoying a game to experience all that goes into a successful event.

Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m., members of the Graceland University Lamoni campus primarily from the Black Student Union, International Club, Latino Club and Polynesian Club, as well as members of the faculty and alumni community gathered for the annual tradition of International Night.

Graceland University is preparing for the future and the dramatically changing higher education environment. In the fall, University President Patricia H. Draves presented a blueprint for the university to move forward in six strategic pathways.

Funshine Learning Center, the early childhood program that is partnered with Graceland University's Gleazer School of Education (GSOE) in Lamoni, Iowa, was recently notified by The Dekko Foundation that it is the recipient of a $100,000 grant for 2018. Funshine is a 5-star rated early learning center garnering the highest rating given by the Iowa Department of Human Services for early childhood development.

Haley Johnson, a Graceland University junior, has earned first place at the regional finals at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) regional conference in Des Moines, Iowa. She will now go on, with her partner to the national festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The Bridge Endowment is a unique opportunity for clubs and organizations on the Lamoni campus to be rewarded for their service and contribution to the Lamoni community. Applications are currently being accepted on the Lamoni campus from Graceland clubs and organizations.

Over the past two years, members of the Graceland University community have teamed up with the Kansas City Chiefs to raise funds to build a middle school in the village of La Plazuela, Guatemala, and one in Las Majadas, Guatemala.

Graceland University has announced that Dr. Matthew Bolton and Dr. Emily Welty will be commencement speakers at this year’s spring graduation exercises.

Graceland University, has launched a search for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) and Dean of the Faculty. The search committee invites nominations of and applications from accomplished individuals who will provide this growing and evolving university with outstanding leadership during a time of exciting change and development.

Nancy Wallace came to Graceland College from Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1970. She is a member of the class of 1974 and has filled the hearts of many who have also come to "...

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.