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James Thomas Jr. '09 has created a life he never thought possible. And now he's giving that same chance to high school football players who might otherwise believe they can't do the same.

Peoria, Illinois-born Tommy Ratkiewicz-Stierwalt ‘12 knew at a very young age he wanted to be involved in the arts in some capacity and began performing in the third grade. He was first involved with local theatre in 2007 when cast in the ensemble of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dream Coat at Quad City Music Guild in Moline, Illinois where he grew up.

Graceland University believes experiential learning is an important part of student success, and the Principal Voice of the Young Consumer (VOYC) Business Challenge provides Graceland social media marketing students with just that. Each spring for the past five years, students in the Social Media Marketing class at Graceland have had the opportunity to develop a real marketing plan for a Fortune 500 company.

Keely Cardwell graduated from Graceland in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). After working as an RN for seven years, she is currently finishing a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) at the University of Kansas. Horizons caught up with Keely to hear about her burgeoning career and Graceland memories.

Mike Davis ’10 samples the pizza everywhere he goes. It is all part of the cultural immersion that Mike includes in his research. His time at Graceland included managing the Pizza Shack, and he considers himself a connoisseur.

There is a reason why people choose to be on one side of the camera and not the other. Peering through her Nikon D810, Tara Shupe ‘11 shies away from being in a photograph and struggles to reveal her accomplishments, but she is finding success capturing the world from the other side of the lens. Freelance photography careers are not very linear, and success comes in surprises. Tara is open to gathering creative energy at every turn and thankful for the broad artistic base she received during her Graceland years.

Kosovo’s Minister of Justice Dhurata Hoxha will bring the address at Graceland University’s 120th commencement. Graceland graduates, Dhurata Hoxha and Ambassador Zana Zeqiri Rudi will receive honorary doctorates. Additional Kosovo dignitaries on the platform will include Consul General Xhavit Gashi, and Kosovo Ambassador Greg Delawie. US Ambassador and former Graceland president John Menzies will return to campus for the ceremonies.

When Andrew Murphy '14 started at Graceland, he had seen little of the world beyond the Midwest. In Lamoni, "the center of everywhere," he became friends with Hawaiian volleyball players who inspired him to travel. After a summer in South Korea with World Service Corps, he was on his way to being a global citizen serving the less fortunate.

The Graceland University Alumni Board of Directors (ABOD) had its annual meeting March 11 and elected new officers who will serve for the next two years, beginning June 1. Michele Black ’81 was elected President, Joseph “Joe” Booz ’86 was elected as Vice President, and Holly (Phillips) Caskey ’81 was elected as Secretary. Cal Closson ‘82, who has most recently served as president and vice president prior to his current role, has enjoyed his tenure but wishes to give others the opportunity to lead. He will continue to take an active role in several areas of the board.

Graceland University Vice President for Enrollment Management, Scott Briell, has been selected as a 2017 recipient of the Flagler College Professional Achievement Award. The awa...

Graceland University awarded three prestigious Pro Musica Performance Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year to local students. A limited number of these awards are given ea...

The Lamoni and surrounding communities are invited to the Graceland University Lamoni campus on Tuesday, March 21, to celebrate the second #Grateful4Graceland Day of Giving celebration. Come to the Memorial Student Center (MSC) Main Room between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to enjoy fun activities, games, free popcorn and watch the live interviews and performances being streamed across the internet. Find more information, including a schedule of the day’s entertainment and games at www.graceland.edu/grateful4graceland.

The Graceland University Nursing Program has been ranked number four in the nation for the 2017 Top Online Graduate Nursing Programs by SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004.

Graceland University Nursing has been ranked among the Best Programs in both Iowa and Missouri for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program was ranked at number six in Iowa and number nine in Missouri by RegisteredNursing.org.

The Graceland choirs will present a joint concert Monday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaw Family Auditorium. Both the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers will be under the direction of Mark Woodcock, a visiting choral conductor while Sara Blessing is on maternity leave. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Graceland University Enactus Community Fitness Team has set its first challenge on the Lamoni Recreation Trails. With the recommendation of the Lamoni Trails Commission to support their proposal, the team presented their project to Lamoni City Council at its last meeting.

Graceland University has been ranked among the top 10 Best Colleges for Business Majors in Iowa, according to Zippia, an organization specializing in offering support to college graduates in navigating their career options and direction.

Dr. Patricia H. Draves will become the 18th president of Graceland University. Dr. Harry J. Ashenhurst, chairman of the university Board of Trustees, made the announcement after an intensive search process that lasted eight months. Draves is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Draves will replace Dr. John Sellars, who will retire after 10 years as Graceland president.

Students and faculty alike have been busy this year in the Graceland University School of Nursing. The unpredictability of the Zika virus prevented the nursing students from traveling to Guatemala in May, as planned, however, that did not stop two faculty members Beverly South and Sharon Little-Stoetzel, their spouses and interpreter Linda Drown ‘70 from meeting the commitment made to partners in the area.

Graceland University’s Theatre Department is hosting a guest artist. Jody Hovland, cofounder and former Artistic Director of Iowa City’s professional company, Rivers...

Graceland University Men's Basketball junior center, Jeremy Deemer, has been named to the 2017 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®, announced today by Allstate Insurance Company, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

Graceland University has announced that students planning to enroll in one of the university-sponsored 2017 summer session course offerings in England this summer can apply for scholarship funds now available through the university.

As a social practice artist who encourages a community to learn together, share experiences, skills, traditions and stories in the name of art, Graceland University Assistant Professor of Art Karen Gergely will soon bring her enthusiasm to downtown Lamoni, Iowa. Not too long ago, Gergely approached Pat Hoffman, who coordinates Graceland's service learning activities, with the concept of painting a mural in Lamoni that would reflect the community using the talents of students from the university and Lamoni schools. From there, the idea began to come to life.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Dec. 15 – The Master of Science in Nursing degree with an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN-AGACNP) concentration was recently introduced by the Graceland University School of Nursing.

The Graceland choirs, orchestra and a community children’s choir will join forces to celebrate the season with “Christmas at the Shaw: Full of Grace and Truth.” The free performance is on Friday night, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaw Family Auditorium.