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The Television Academy announced Saturday that Jordan Wayne Long, a 2008 Graceland University graduate, is among the winners of the 69th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.

Longtime Graceland supporter JR Shaw, whose significant generosity led to the magnificent Shaw Center, recently gave yet another gift of art to Graceland University. The Shaw lobby is now adorned with a large original oil and acrylic on panel entitled “Slice” by Erin Loree. The painting makes a statement, measuring 86 X 68 and demands attention with its strong composition and bold color.

Graceland University has taken a big stride this summer in support for its premier soccer programs and has committed to a complete renovation of the playing surface, consisting of sod removal, laser grading, and resodding to enhance the quality and playability.

Graceland University Sustainability and the Lamoni Food Pantry have teamed up to spearhead the Lamoni Raised Bed Community Garden Project featuring community gardens in downtown Lamoni.

Graceland University nurtures and sends into the world individuals who take the mission of the university to heart and carry it out in their daily lives. An example of this occurs each summer at Lake Doniphan near Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where a concentration of Gracelanders – representing a wide range of ages and backgrounds – passionately come together and volunteer a week of their summer at Camp MOJA.

Today begins the new president’s responsibility to transcend the leadership team and reach out to the entire Graceland community to ensure achievement is planned, collaborative and celebrated. Her role will include a commitment to the mission and values of Graceland University, grounded in the Christian faith and sponsoring church, Community of Christ.

Graceland University Vice President of Enrollment Management Scott Briell is pleased to announce an internal restructure of the Athletics Department designed to create a strong leadership team for athletic success. Brady McKillip '00 has been appointed as Athletic Director. Zach Mullins has been appointed as an Associate Athletic Director. Stew McDole '65 will remain as an Associate Athletic Director.

Continuing in the tradition of athletic excellence, Graceland University Director of Athletics Joe Worlund and Vice President of Enrollment Management Scott Briell are pleased to announce Marc Kolb as Graceland’s new head football coach. Kolb brings a wealth of winning experience to Graceland’s program with 22 seasons as a successful college coach.

The Graceland University Board of Trustees has approved new social science degree programs to be offered beginning Fall 2017 on the Lamoni campus. The decision was in response to a proposed redesign of the criminal justice major and the addition of a concentration in criminology to the reintroduced sociology major by Graceland’s Division of Social Sciences.

Sunday, April 30, was a bittersweet day for Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. The 120th Commencement began at 10 a.m. as the graduate candidates filed into Closson Center to be honored for the completion of their degree program. The ceremony presented something special as President John Sellars, PhD, CPA, presided over his last commencement for Graceland University.

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.

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.

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

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

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).