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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.

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.

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.

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.