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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.

Brian Anders ‘13 gives credit to his experience at Graceland University for landing a great job post-college, and he came back Nov. 21, to tell his story and give real-world tips to current students.

As students on the Graceland University Lamoni campus walk to classes in Resch Science and Technology Hall, they are reminded daily of a former student who once took summer classes on the same campus. Peggy Whitson’s connection to Graceland goes back decades, but even after finding success as a NASA chief astronaut in more recent years, the Beaconsfield, Iowa, native has returned to campus to speak to students about her experiences and has donated several items that showcase her achievements and experiences through the displays in Resch Hall.

Here Comes the World!

November 2, 2016

Graceland University (GU) students bring their unique customs to the Shaw Center stage once again through dress, instrumental numbers, dancing, and singing for an Intercultural Night of entertainment. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. on November 5th. “Intercultural Night lets our students share their cultures. The audience enjoys a tour of countries around the world,” Diana Jones, Director of the Intercultural Office, said, “and it’s free to the public – no airfare, no hotel charges, and no guide fees.”

The Graceland Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will perform their fall concert Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaw Family Auditorium. The concert is free and the public is welcome. “Alleluia” is the theme that director Sara Blessing has selected for this diverse program. Composers from Hungary, Estonia, Germany, and Switzerland will contribute selections with their American counterparts.

In 1985, Graceland University’s Athletic Department asked Joe Shelton '67 to temporarily cover PA Field Announcement duties for home football games. “I thought I’d work a couple games and then turn it back to the regular announcer,” Shelton said. This year marked the first time in 30 years that someone else was behind the microphone at Huntsman Field.

Inside the Pit

October 4, 2016

In many ways the Homecoming musical has been an institution for the Graceland community. Every year, the theater department works tirelessly to bring together a production of the quality you can usually only find at a major university. Without the help from several teams of dedicated people, the homecoming musical would never be able to come together as well as it does, time and time again.

Preparing for the Sixth Annual Graceland University Agricultural Business/FFA Days has been an exciting time of year for the agricultural business program members. The first took place Wednesday, Sept. 21, and offered a full day of outdoor activities for visiting students. The final day, set for Thursday, Nov. 17, will focus on “Agriculture: Past, Present and Future” and will include special guests.

Graceland University is pleased to announce several recent honors that showcase the university’s institutional success. The Princeton Review has again named Graceland as a “Best in the Midwest” college for 2017, a designation received by Graceland every year since 2012. U.S. News & World Report has also ranked Graceland as a first tier regional school for 2017, a designation also earned each year since 2012.

The Iowa Museum Association will honor Tom Morain from Graceland University with the organization’s Leadership Award on Monday, Oct. 17, during its annual meeting in Ames. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the museum field through visionary leadership.

This past spring, Graceland University launched a creative writing project in the Iowa-Missouri border region that brought Graceland University English majors together with local high school students to read, write, recite and discuss poetry. The campaign culminated in the university’s inaugural Poetry Day on April 7, in tribute to National Poetry Month.

Graceland University is excited to announce the hiring of Craig Doty as Head Coach for the Graceland Men’s Basketball program. Doty officially began his coaching role with Graceland on Monday, May 16. He will maintain connections to his new team throughout the summer months and be actively recruiting for the 2016-17 season.

Graceland prides itself on an enormous level of alumni interaction and support, as there is constant work to provide opportunities to current students to better advance them both academically and professionally. Knowing the financial toll internships can require, an anonymous alumni donor recently provided $1,000 to go directly to students enrolled in internships.

After a successful trip to the Rogers, Arkansas, Enactus Regional Competition in April, Graceland Enactus has qualified to compete at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Lo...

Graceland University Board of Trustees Chair, Harry Ashenhurst, PhD, announced today on behalf of the entire Graceland University Board of Trustees, that President John Sellars, PhD, CPA will retire on July 15, 2017. Sellars has served as President of Graceland University since 2007.

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 four 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.

The Graceland University Robotics team of Oscar Chang and Aquila Galusha finished first at the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS) April 21 and 22 at the University of Northern Iowa. MICS is an annual conference on computing, attended by schools of all sizes, that includes presentations of topics and papers in addition to the robotics and programming contests.

Graceland University held its annual Scholars’ Showcase Wednesday, April 16, with Graceland alumnus Roger D. Launius as the keynote speaker. Launius is senior curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., where he was division chair from 2003-07. Between 1990 and 2002, he served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Graceland vocal department will feature the world premiere of a commissioned song, “You Guided Me,” by composer Michael John Trotta. The work sets to music the words of poet Rabindranath Tagore. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, in the Shaw Family Auditorium in Shaw Center on the Graceland University Lamoni campus.

The Graceland juried exhibition consists of artwork submitted by students in designated categories. It is judged by an individual or panel, according to certain measures. Graceland students entered nearly 150 works in one of three categories: two dimensional art, sculpture and graphic design.

Graceland University’s director of choral music, Sara Blessing, will present a free recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, in Carol Hall in Shaw Center on the Lamoni campus. The demanding Sunday repertoire will include pieces in six languages: English, French, Italian, German, Czechoslovakian and Hebrew.

The Graceland University artist in residence program, sponsored by JR Shaw, for whom Shaw Center is named, is proud to announce that Victor Cicansky will be on campus from March 28 through April 2. Cicansky is a Canadian ceramic artist whose work “Ode to Pickling” was given to the Graceland Fine Art Collection by JR Shaw in 2012.

Jack Ergo leads the Graceland Orchestra in a solid program of classic works — with some twists. The free performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in Carol Hall in Shaw Center on the Graceland Lamoni campus.

Graceland University’s School of Education prepares graduates to take initiative and to be leaders. Leslie Niebauer ’15 began teaching the fall after she graduated from Graceland’s elementary education program and has already made her mark, improving the school for her students.

Graceland Marches On!

March 14, 2016

Visual and Performing Arts Division chair, Dr. Adam Groh, is excited to announce the forming of a marching band this fall and is busy recruiting players who want to be on the ground floor of creating an excellent program.

Graceland University Director of Admissions, Kevin Brown, has been appointed by the Board of Regents to serve on the advisory board for the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit (MCMC). The group will also be working with Home Base Iowa (HBI).

The Graceland University Theatre Department is presenting “Love and Information,” a hilarious but thought-provoking exploration of when either knowing too much or not enough is better. Written by Caryl Churchill, the Graceland production is directed by Tracy Salter.

Graceland Vocal Day draws two very talented singers to campus, baritone Keith Harris and Lamoni native Leah McIntire-Barnett. Harris will present a vocal recital in Shaw Center at 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, Feb. 22. The recital is free and open to the public.

“Chanticleer,” an all-male ensemble of a dozen singers, is coming to Shaw Center at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, on Monday evening, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are only $10, a real bargain compared with the $25-$50 you would pay at most other locations. However, for those 18 and under, admission is FREE. Yes, students enter FREE! Bring the whole family for an evening of outstanding music for less than the cost of a family night at the movies.

The Graceland Symphonic Band will perform a concert entitled “Allied Forces” Monday evening, Feb. 22, at 7:30 in Shaw Center on the Graceland Lamoni campus. The Symphony Band includes 31 students this semester from across the continental United States and Puerto Rico. The concert is free and open to the public.

Graceland Plans for Change

February 11, 2016

“The only thing that is constant is change.” The rate at which our world is now changing, however, could not have been anticipated in 500 B.C. when the Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote those words.

The Graceland Music Department will host Brass Day for area band students on Friday, Feb. 12. Funded by the AmeriCorps Youth Launch program, the opportunity will bring high school brass players to the Shaw Center on the Graceland campus to hear and work with professional musicians and interact with Graceland students and faculty. The day also includes a recital in Shaw Center’s Carol Hall by the visiting brass artists at 1 p.m. The recital is free and open to the public.

An art exhibit now showing in the Constance Gallery in The Helene Center for the Visual Arts combines two elements that rarely go together: electronic circuitry and maps.

With employers looking for a variety of experiences beyond a major and degree when hiring new college graduates, joining a club as a college student can be a great way to add to your experiences and gain attention. Clubs can also simply be a way for you to interact and network with your school and peer community, having fun in the process. And there are a lot of clubs to choose from at Graceland University.

The Graceland University Division of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) is developing a new design for its concerts, recitals, plays and exhibits schedule, according to Division Chair Adam Groh. “The spectacular new additions to Shaw Center have made us rethink our performance schedule,” Groh reports. To take advantage of the new opportunities the facility expansion provides, the VPA division will be promoting all of its public events in a new “At the Shaw” calendar.

“Frankly, I am pumped beyond words to do this,” Heisserer shared with us. “I love the play, I love the incredibly talented cast we’ve assembled, and I love the opportunity to share this production with the Unicorn audience.”

Shawnna Jackson ’98, Tina Ross and Becky Captain of Graceland University were recently honored at the 2015 Nurse of the Year Awards by the Greater Kansas Chapter of March of Dimes. Nurses who demonstrate excellence and leadership in the field of nursing were recognized at a gala event on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas, where patients, families and colleagues gather to honor the selflessness, dedication and passion of area nurses.

Communications Club became an official Graceland club at the start of the 2015-16 school year. The goal of the club is to offer students the opportunity to get involved in and gain experience from the involvement in a variety of forms of communication at Graceland - social media, graphic design, photography, videography, writing and web – while Graceland benefits from their ideas and efforts.

Mentors can be extremely helpful to college students. In order to help Graceland students gain the most from their education, Enactus has collaborated with the Graceland Alumni Board to offer GU4U, a mentorship program that will pair current students and recent graduates with alumni and friends in their field of study.

Graceland University has announced that “Privilege” will be the topic for the second Graceland “Town Hall Meeting,” to be held Dec. 3 on the Lamoni campus. “Town Hall Meetings have the potential to be a high-impact practice,” said Tammy Everett, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty. Everett continued, “At Graceland, we are working to engage students in this process every semester.”

Drums, cymbals, tin cans, xylophones and other things that go bump in the night are coming to Graceland. So Percussion will perform in the Shaw Family Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Nov. 4. There are no advance ticket sales or reserved seats. The box office opens at 6:45 p.m.

Studying abroad can be one of the most enriching, interesting and educationally stimulating experiences of a student’s entire life. Such an opportunity can offer both personal and professional growth and can help students develop skills and gain experiences not available in a classroom. Graceland courses in England will take place May 2 through 23, 2016, and offer a variety of course topics to choose from.

“This event was key in raising awareness about the benefits of doing an internship,” said Catharine Craig, Director of the CAP Center. It was also an opportunity for all students to see just how many resources and connections we can offer on campus and through our Graceland network!”

Graceland takes on Central Methodist (1-3) at home this weekend – with cameras rolling – and the Athletics Department has announced a “Gold Out” in support of the team. The Yellowjackets will be wearing their gold uniforms, and fans attending the game are encouraged to wear Graceland gold and blanket the stands.

Iowa Second District Congressman Dave Loebsack, whose district includes Decatur County, will be presenting the annual Constitution Day Lecture at Graceland Monday, Sept. 21.

In conjunction with the Graceland University College Fair on Sept. 21, and with financial support from the Youth Launch Commission grant funds, highly-regarded motivational speaker Mark Lindquist will present “Passion! Eight Steps to Find Yours” at 11 a.m. in the Shaw Center.

Peter Mark Hamann, internationally renowned potter, will visit Lamoni, Iowa, Tuesday, Sept. 22. Hamann will give an artist talk and pottery demonstration at 6 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio in The Helene Center for the Visual Arts at Graceland University. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

This symposium will showcase environmental professionals and researchers from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom will speak on this year’s symposium theme, “Changing Paradigms.” The conference will focus on environmental issues, from wind and solar energy to food waste. “Come and join other blue, gold and ‘green’ alumni interested in supporting Graceland environmental studies and sustainability projects!”

Nowlin coached five sports in more than 41 years while working at Graceland University. He was the first wrestling coach at Graceland and was the head coach of baseball, tennis and track while serving as an assistant football coach throughout his tenure with the Yellowjackets.

This designation as “Best in the Midwest” for another year speaks highly to the personal attention students receive at Graceland. Personal attention paves the way for student success. This attribute was highlighted through many of the student surveys done by The Princeton Review, as well as in conversations with students on campus and after graduation.

Shannon Harris, Director of Graceland’s AmeriCorps Youth Launch program, received word that the program has been awarded $522,000 to continue activities for the next three years. The federal funding for the program is matched by an approximately equal amount from the Dekko Foundation and an additional $67,000 in staff and services by Graceland University.

Graceland University is excited to continue the strong 37-year history Graceland has built with the SSS program. The new grant cycle will provide 1.5 million dollars over the next five years to provide program services to increase the retention and graduation rates of the 180 first-generation, low-income Graceland students served by the program.

The $142,000 in scholarships given 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 Spec. Contact the Admissions Office or visit our website at for more information on what scholarships or grants are available to you.

Leaders from Graceland’s Youth Launch Commission provided funding and made arrangements with local hospitals in the region to provide CPR classes at no cost to individuals willing to become certified. It is the hope of the Pettit family and Graceland University that many will take advantage of these training opportunities and help turn what could have been a tragedy for one family into a blessing for many.

Hampton attended Graceland University in the 1950s, returning as a member of the faculty in 1960. Over the years, he has been a fixture on the sidelines of the many sports he has coached. In addition to those sidelines, he also made his mark in the classroom with his students.

The Social Media Marketing major at Graceland will include a unique combination of communications courses, business and marketing courses, and visual design courses aimed to ready students for jobs in the current real world. The major will serve as a progressive recruiting tool for admissions, drawing on the strengths of both the Graceland University C.H. Sandage School of Business and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“My hopes are that we afford students the potential for making new friends, learning how to collaborate on projects, and employ a lot of creativeness, all with a hands-on approach,” says Lee Maples, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Scene Designer at Graceland University.

The contest, The Voice of the Young Consumer University Partnership, is an annual, semester-long project by The Principal in which students address a real business marketing challenge facing the company. The Graceland team’s presentation theme was “Life Happens … Where will you be,” focusing on various message topics important to Millennials.

"This event is a way for us to give back to the community and the state by volunteering our time, by not only hosting these athletes but getting a chance to get to know them. I love this event and look forward to it every year when it comes around.” - Jesse Godfrey, GU Football

Bjorland has served as Graceland’s Director of Marketing and Vice President of Enrollment. “Kirk Bjorland is a driven marketer who has worked tirelessly toward Graceland’s success. I trust the future of Iowa’s innovation economy in his hands,” said Graceland University President John Sellars. Bjorland has also served as the city administrator and mayor of Lamoni.

Graceland University has been ranked seventh in Iowa in a recent study offering a list of the Iowa best value colleges conducted by SmartAsset, a financial technology company based in New York City that provides financial analytics and advice.

For 25 years, SkillPath, along with their technical training division, CompuMaster, has been dedicated to providing quality training for businesses across the U.S., Canada and Australia. SkillPath delivers more than 20,000 how-to sessions to over 500,000 people in 450 cities. Since joining forces with Graceland University in 1995, SkillPath’s quality training has never been stronger.

During the Spring 2015 semester, Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement interns, supervised by Chad McDole in the Division of Health & Movement Sciences, are offering members of the Graceland community an opportunity to achieve their optimal level of health.

Graceland University is pleased to invite you to the opening performance of the 2015 tour of Caladh Nua as part of the 2014-15 Graceland university Performing Arts Series. The series is dedicated to bringing culturally diverse and talented musicians, actors and performers to Lamoni and the surrounding region, and this show is no exception.

Graceland University Director of Athletics, Joe Worlund ’80, is a winner. On and off the field, Worlund has exemplified what it means to be an excellent leader and mentor for aspiring individuals, and to help push themselves to the very best of their potential.

Graceland University President John Sellars is pleased to announce a restructuring of the business services area with R. Paul Davis named as Vice President of Business Services and Janice Tiffany as Director of Business Services, effective Feb. 1.

Daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs… a kaleidoscope of magnificent movement... powerful precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics... extraordinary exhibitions of agility and grace... All of this is just a part of the magnificent show offered by The Peking Acrobats, coming to Graceland University from the People's Republic of China during their 29th North American tour.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Jason Smith, has been elected as Vice Chair of the Iowa Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) as of October 2014. This is a three-year appointment and an honor for Jason, and will offer a good opportunity for Graceland and its students as well.

Graceland University’s master’s programs in education and nursing were ranked in the top 10 Best Online Programs in the country by the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings edition of the Best Online Education Programs.

“I have had the great fortune to work with so many talented and impressive colleagues within CLAS, and I will be deeply honored to continue working with them as their dean."

In the busy weeks leading up to the end of Graceland University’s fall semester, there were many festive happenings on campus as students, faculty and staff celebrated the arrival of the Christmas season.

Graceland University Director of Bands, Dr. Erin Bodnar, is pleased to announce the selection of five Graceland students to the 21st Annual Iowa Collegiate Honor Band.

The Alumni Board of Directors is excited to partner with Sticks, a Des Moines American Craft company, to develop the Graceland Forever Heritage Collection.

Vice President for Enrollment Management, Kirk Bjorland, is pleased to announce that Joe Worlund ’80 will be the Graceland University Athletic Director effective Nov. 1.

The Shaw Center's regal Carol Hall thrived with life last Friday as local residents, professors and students alike flocked to hear the debut performances of Graceland’s new music faculty.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Southern Iowa was awarded more than $15,000 in a second round of funding from the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS).

Saturday, the Graceland University Board of Trustees ended a year-long, strategic dialogue by endorsing the faculty’s decision to align the academic calendars of Graceland’s two campuses, effective with the 2015-16 academic year.

Team Yellowjacket is heading out for a fourth year in a row on RAGBRAI, the (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. This year the 16-member group of alumni and friends will join more than 10,000 other cyclists in the annual river-to-river trek from the Missouri to the Mississippi – even if it takes them “forever” to do it.

For many years, the Graceland University Performing Arts Series (PAS) has enriched South Central Iowa and the greater Graceland University community in and around Lamoni, Iowa, with stellar, internationally acclaimed artists and groups.

Frank Hough 1940-2014

June 4, 2014

While at Graceland, Frank served as counselor, friend and mentor to hundreds of students, who found his vast, real-world experience, partnered with a relaxed, candid teaching style, fostered in them an interest in the fields of business and economics. Student interaction and development is what gave Frank the most satisfaction in his career.

The 2014 Commencement preparations began years ago, when the graduates first arrived at Graceland with hopes that this occasion would be marked in their timeline of accomplishments.

While recognizing the success of students each spring, Graceland University’s commencement provides an opportunity to give recognition for outstanding accomplishments in...

On May 13 and 14, the Graceland University F.M. Smith Library went to the dogs! As part of the library’s efforts to help students survive finals week, Library Director A...

When Madolyn (Rae) and Doyle Baughman were updating their wills last year, they wanted to include Graceland University in their plans. Kelly Everett proposed they do something...

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has announced the list of colleges, community colleges, universities and state systems sending teams to its t...

When Stu Sherman, ’85 presented Lysle Gilmore,‘36 with a plaque announcing April 29 as Lysle Gilmore Day for Graceland University, Lysle smiled and said, “&h...

Part of the Shaw family philosophy is that they share the blessings from their business ventures with those less fortunate.

Graceland University Professor of Chemistry Dr. Dan Pratt, one of the original founders of this event, commented that the original intent “was to incorporate undergraduate research back into the curriculum. This led to the formation of our Scholars’ Showcase, which highlights our students' creative, scholarly and artistic work.” “To me, the importance of Graceland University’s Scholars’ Showcase comes down to providing an opportunity to show off who we are academically.”

Graceland University is pleased to announce that Scott Huddleston, Ed.D., will be appointed Interim Dean of the Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education, effective July 1, and Dr. Steven L. Anders, Dean of the C.H. Sandage School of Business and Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will continue his interim dean role until a national search is completed to hire a full-time CLAS dean.

National Initiative Focused on Increasing First-generation and Nontraditional Student Attainment Rates

Graceland University CEPE students gain the knowledge and skills to assess and restore musculoskeletal function and enhance human performance. The exploration of theoretical concepts and hands-on application in the classroom, practicums and internships provide students the opportunity for mastery of skills as well as instructional and leadership development.

Graceland University is pleased to announce that Dr. Tammy Everett has accepted an offer to become Graceland’s next Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective July 1...

Head Athletic Trainer for Graceland University, John Bartholomew, has been approved to complete a rotation at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center from May 12 to May 27, 2014, as a Sports Medicine Volunteer.

Graceland University Professor of Art Rob Stephens has had a triptych accepted into a juried art show for the Inaugural Exhibition at the Viaduct Gallery in Des Moines.

The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS) approved on Monday a new $15K state-funded RSVP (formerly the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) grant to be based at Graceland University in Lamoni. The RSVP of Southern Iowa will serve Decatur and Ringgold counties.

27 years ago, first-year faculty member Gary Heisserer walked into his acting class and found the names Tracy Salter and Brian White on his class roster. Tracy went on to receiv...

Academic Honors Day

February 17, 2014

Graceland University is committed to academic quality and achievement. Students such as these who attend Academic Honors Day help support Graceland’s mission, which is centered on building learning communities, helping to empower persons for transformational service and leadership.

Just after winning a Grammy for Best World Music Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards in January, the group made famous, worldwide, after appearing on Paul Simon’s album, Graceland, is appropriately the next performance on the list of world-class music groups in the 2013-14 Graceland University Performing Arts Series.

Do you enjoy singing? Would you like to be coached by the foremost American choral composer? Join the Graceland University Oratorio Chorus! Morten Lauridsen, widely recogniz...

Graceland University Band Director and Professor of Music, Frank Perez, has accepted an invitation to the South Central Iowa Conference Honor Band as the featured guest conductor and clinician.

Graceland is very pleased to announce that the Online Graduate Education, Online Graduate Nursing, and Online Bachelor’s programs have received excellent rankings again this year by U.S. News and World Report for 2014.

Graceland University is pleased to invite you and your family and friends to attend the third performance of the 2013-14 Performing Arts Series, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, on Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaw Center.

The Music Department has announced this year’s winners of the Anthony-Hyde Scholarship Competition.

The Graceland University Choirs will perform a free concert entitled “Songs of Love” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 15, in the Shaw Family Auditorium.

On Nov. 8, the C.H. Sandage School of Business sponsored the Fourth Annual Scholarship Auction in the Shaw Center on Graceland’s Lamoni campus.

The International Summer University in Prishtina in Kosovo has selected Max Pitt, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, to teach as a Fulbright Specialist.

On Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 pm, Graceland University alumna and violinist Sarah (Young) Cullen gave a free concert in Carol Hall, performing pieces by Beethoven, Mozart...

Graceland University’s theatre department will be performing Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck on November 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and November 24 at 2:00 p.m.

A college-level course in Iowa history, to be offered during an eight- week period next spring, will be available for college credit for any student in an Iowa private college or university.

On the weekend of October 11-13, Gracelanders were blessed with perfect fall weather as they celebrated Homecoming 2013: “A Strong Past, A Better Forever.”

Graceland University continues to rank as first tier in the Regional University - Midwest category in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

The 2013 Homecoming theme is "A Strong Past, A Better Forever", and that is what the Graceland community will be celebrating the weekend of October 11-13th.

Washington Monthly magazine's "2013 Best Bang for the Buck" ratings system has ranked Graceland University as one of the most affordable private schools in the country.

The hoop house is located on the northeast corner of campus (right by the bike trail).

Chris Chambers '14 Dr. Mary Shawgo spent their summer working in the lab of UI biomedical researcher John Kirby.

The theme of the Summer 2013 issue of Horizons is "Going Places." (ACO) has ranked Graceland University as the 44th most affordable online college in the country.

Alisha Linam is Graceland's new Reference and Instruction Librarian. She comes to us from Middle Tennessee State University and has Master's degrees in library science and history.

Graceland's Art Academy (June 10-14 and 17-21) is a week-long arts camp experience for children attending grades 1-12 in southern Iowa and northern Missouri.

Alysia Grant '13, RN-B.S.N., says she feels a little more "official" after the Graceland University School of Nursing Recognition Ceremony on May 17, 2013, in the Community of Christ Temple.

Graceland's 116th Commencement Convocation was held on Sunday, May 19, and began at 10 a.m. in the Eugene E. and Julia Travis Closson Physical Education Center.

Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 10 a.m. in the Closson Physical Education Center.

Bill Missouri Downs, playwright of The Exit Interview, attended the April 27 performance of the play and stayed for a short question and answer session with the audience.

Graceland Enactus won Regional Champion at the Enactus United States Regional Competition in Chicago on April 12.

On April 18, two Graceland schools came together for a worthy cause: scholarships.

The Graceland University Choirs and Orchestra will perform Georg Friedrich Händel's Messiah, Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaw Family Auditorium on the Lamoni Campus.

March 27-30, Downs was on campus, helping with rehearsals, visiting with faculty and guest-lecturing in a variety of classes.

You're Invited: Annual Scholars' Showcase April 24

Auction to Fund Education & Ag. Bus. Scholarships

The Graceland University Chamber Singers and Concert Choir partner with the Lamoni Community of Christ Choir to perform a free concert, "Choral Reunion," Sunday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Carol Hall

Dr. Don Costello will speak on the history and future of cryptography Monday, April 8, 8 - 9 p.m. in R. 106, Resch Science Hall, at Graceland University.

Graceland University is excited to announce the addition of a drum line to the University music programs in Fall 2013.

Graceland Introduces Wrestling Program for Fall 2013

Graceland Launches Bowling Program for Fall 2013

While monitoring will not eliminate brain injuries, the benefits of early identification and prevention of further injury are numerous.

The Graceland University Performing Arts Series will present Dancers In Company on Friday, April 5, 2013, at 1 and 7:30 p.m.

The Graceland University Performing Arts Series will present OPERA Iowa in concert on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at 7:30 p.m.

Graceland University has been named to 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second year in a row.

The Graceland University Music Department will host Trombone Day at Graceland workshop on Saturday, March 09, 2013, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Graceland University Music Department will present Quartetto Sonoroso in concert on Monday, March 4, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in Graceland University Shaw Center's new

To celebrate the renovation of the Shaw Center and the re-installation of the Casavant pipe organ, the Graceland Music Department presents a free organ recital by Dr. Jan Kraybill on Friday, Feb. 15,

GU Top Rankings by US News

January 15, 2013

For the second year in a row, Graceland University was ranked in the top 20 Best Online Education Programs in the country by the U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings edition of the Best Online

The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band's Brass in Blue, a pioneering symphonic brass ensemble, will present a free concert in the Shaw Center Family Auditorium at Graceland University.

Graceland University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.

Christmas at the Shaw Concert

November 25, 2012

Graceland University's annual Christmas at the Shaw concert will take place Sunday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shaw Family Auditorium.

Celebration of Music Concert

November 20, 2012

Four great bands from Graceland University and Lamoni High School will team up Tuesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. for the second annual Celebration of Music Concert in the high school gymnasium.

Last night, professionals gathered on Graceland's Lamoni campus to talk to students about the path to success at Entrepreneurial Action Us', Enactus (formerly SIFE) annual Fall Burn.

Nutcracker Comes to Graceland

November 13, 2012

The Owen/Cox Dance Group of Kansas City will present "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" in a special Christmas concert on Friday, December 7, 7:30 p.m. at Graceland University's Shaw Center.

Graceland University Director of Bands Frank Perez will be the guest conductor of the 2013 West Central Activities Conference High School Honor Band in Earlham, Iowa, on Tuesday, November 13.

Graceland students from around the world took the stage last Saturday for "International Night," an annual event showcasing the talents of Graceland's diverse student body.

The famed Vienna Boys' Choir will perform for one night only on Monday, November 12, at Graceland University.

GU Hosts Pride of Iowa

November 2, 2012

The Graceland University Music Department hosted the 2012 Pride of Iowa Conference Honor Choir on Tuesday, November 6.

Before they left Lamoni, JR and Carol Shaw said the many events of the Shaw Center Dedication over Homecoming weekend created one of the best times they have ever had.

Homecoming 2012 Celebrated

October 28, 2012

Rain clouds cleared and temperatures warmed just in time for Homecoming 2012's "Curtains up on a Great Future."

Homecoming Concerts 2012

October 27, 2012

For months, excitement built in the Graceland community for the Shaw Center Dedication's two gala concerts.

Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" was performed Homecoming Weekend in our town.

A large Homecoming crowd could not get enough of the wonderful concerts featuring Graceland Maestro Jack Ergo and Friends held during the weekend in Carol Hall.

Graceland is continuing to climb up the ladder in the U.S. News & World Report's America's "Best Colleges" rankings.

At 3 p.m. on Friday, October 19th, a ribbon will be cut out in front of the new Shaw Center.

Constitution Day Speech at GU

September 20, 2012

Iowa U.S. Congressman Leonard Boswell's Constitution Day speech Sept. 17th at Graceland University was the first event to take place in the brand new Shaw Center's stunning Carol Hall recital facility.

Fitz Center Ribbon Cutting

September 17, 2012

The Fitzgerald family was on hand for a Gala Dedication of the Fitzgerald Fitness Center.

Her Sons and Daughters Carry to Others Her fame throughout the land.

Good news, Graceland: Team Yellowjacket survived last year

With a quiet computer lab, tucked inside the green walls of Resch Science and Technology Hall, Graceland's Computer Science and Information Technology program doesn't always get a lot of press.

The Graceland SIFE team finished 1st-runner up in their league in the National competition semi-finals Thursday.

The doors to the Graceland University pool were thrown open, music was blaring from speakers on the pool deck while parents were cheering over 72 local students from the bleachers.

The building's transformation was made possible by the largest single gift in university history from JR, a 1956 GU graduate, and Carol Shaw.

Graceland University will hold its 115th Commencement Convocation at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 20th in the Eugene and Julia Travis Closson Physical Education Center.

The area between Tess Morgan Hall and the F.M. Smith Library started out as nothing more than a bean field. Then, in 1977, the Roy A. Cheville Chapel was built.

Two very special events to honor the life and legacy of former Graceland University President Barbara J. Higdon will be held on May 18.

Hope is the next TED

April 25, 2012

Graceland is known for creating lasting, homegrown events.

The Graceland SIFE team was successful Monday, April 16 at their Regional Competition in Chicago, one of 11 such regional events held around the country.

Graceland has made exciting additions to its list of programs in the last few years.

Coliseum Theatre Makeover

February 15, 2012

Graceland University and the Lamoni community have partnered to fund a series of remarkable renovations to the venerable Coliseum theatre.

An enthusiastic crowd of Gracelanders gathered Monday, March 5, to celebrate groundbreaking for the new Fitzgerald Fitness Center.

Jan Rice, Graceland School of Nursing Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, knows that the health care field is always changing

Last May Graceland University President John Sellars, Community of Christ President Steve Veazey, Graceland Board of Trustees Chair Ken McClain, and donors JR and Carol Shaw, scooped the first shovels

Graceland University has hit the road with a new student recruiting initiative called Road Trip 2012 that is adding a real

Barbara Higdon 1930-2011

January 9, 2012

We would like to invite you to share in the life of Barbara Higdon here.

Barbara J. McFarlane Higdon, Graceland

Homecoming 2011 A Success

October 18, 2011

The sun shone brightly, the wind calmed down and the temperatures were perfect for what was a glorious Homecoming Weekend in so many ways.

Everyone is invited to attend a special Graceland Forever campaign kickoff ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m. as GU's 2011 Homecoming gets in full swing October 14-16, 2011.

Graceland was named 1st Tier Midwest University for second consecutive year.

Building A Great Forever Graceland Forever - The Campaign for Graceland University

Construction Transforms Lamoni Campus New student apartments are now occupied; Shaw Center construction moves quickly forward.

Shaw Center Groundbreaking and 114th Commencement Highlight a Busy Weekend.

Graceland Named to the Princeton Review lis, "BEST IN THE MIDWEST" featured on its site: "2012 BEST COLLEGES: REGION BY REGION"

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