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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.

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.