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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. L...

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.