Division of Science and Math News

Kevin ’08 and Lora Toncheva ’07 Potter are a duo that makes Graceland proud. With successful careers, two young boys (and another one on the way) and their sights on improving the world, this couple is making a difference.

Jeremy Graybill ’98 revealed that he wasn’t really the best student when he came to Graceland. He had some areas that needed improvement and said he was thankful for the “patience and guidance” of Professor Emeritus Dr. Ron Smith, who taught several of his math classes. It was the Graceland community, the men’s volleyball team, the guys on the hall and his family who helped to form the leader that Graybill has become today.

While she was at Graceland Andrea “Andi” Barber ’06 Chatburn discovered that her understanding of death and dying was different than most. In Bob Mesle’s class Suffering and Meaning, discussions around death revealed her difference. As a girl, Chatburn lost six great-grandparents within a few years. She experienced the care and love given to her great-grandparents, and, because of the inclusion in these intimate beautiful deaths, she understood death as a natural part of life.

It is a common process for students to be unclear on the path they wish to follow at the time they begin their college career, and that was definitely the case for Alex Cash ʼ12. Cash, who graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, began his Graceland experience as a music education major.

Friday, March 30, the Graceland University Division of Science and Math was pleased to honor Daniel ‘48 and Alice ‘47 Waite for their generous gift of an endowed chair in science. The Daniel E. and Alice D. Waite Chair in Science will fund a faculty position in perpetuity and honors the scholarship of the chair holder.

Graceland is doubly fortunate to "get her" and "him" too. The Draves doctors have a powerful impact on Graceland’s future.

Mary Shawgo, PhD, is bringing skilled scientific practices to Graceland University undergraduate programs and students.

Coming to Graceland University was a last minute decision for Jalen Brown `17. He was offered a scholarship to play basketball for the university only a couple months before classes began. Brown says what really drove him to come to Graceland was the thought of being on his own, away from the big city lights of Chicago.

Grant Kouri ’06 has chosen a career of service and steps out courageously to act on his convictions. Graceland’s mission and values are lived out in Grant’s passion for global humanitarian work.

Graceland graduate Paloma Ortiz ‘15 is a busy woman with a plan to move justice forward. She is excited about her career and the direction her life is going. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Spanish/Chemistry minors, she was accepted to Emporia State University’s Master of Science program in forensics.

Graceland graduate Paloma Ortiz ‘15 is a busy woman with a plan to move justice forward. She is excited about her career and the direction her life is going. After graduat...

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.

Griff Cady - Student Success

November 11, 2016

The Graceland connections are valuable! Griff Cady ’17 landed a great internship for the summer in San Diego, California, because of the Graceland network of friends.

So he’s a numbers guy who likes people – a really good combination.

It was a really good experience to learn more about drug discovery and to learn about scientists who are working in current, relevant fields; to learn things that no one else knows about yet.

...he realized he was just as prepared and was thankful for Graceland’s solid science program.

Jenna Cox - Student Success

November 4, 2016

For my entire life, all I have wanted to do is work alongside animals. Caring for them fills my heart to the brim.

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.

Stephen Moore '16

September 23, 2014

Before coming to Graceland, Stephen Moore of Scottsdale, Arizona, didn’t see himself as the best student.

Matt Binnicker, '99

January 22, 2014

Dr. Binnicker has written over 30 peer-reviewed articles, authored 4 book chapters, serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, and has been invited to present his research at conferences around the world.

Sophia Ringsdorf, '13

March 4, 2013

For most people, getting braces is less than a desirable experience. There's the pain, the maintenance, the expense, the physical appearance - the list of grievances goes on.

Daniel Vogelsang, '13

February 2, 2013

Daniel Vogelsang '13 says that he has always been an explorer. And since coming to Graceland, he has indulged the trait.

Jennifer Abraham, '11

January 31, 2013

For many students, it can be difficult to see how their classwork will one day benefit their lives.

Sarah Balik, '12

January 30, 2013

Ever since Sarah Balik '12 was little, she knew she wanted to be a doctor. However, during winter term of her sophomore year at Graceland, she encountered a conflict that would eventually change her mind.

Tyler Bridge, '08

January 28, 2013

While at Graceland, Social Sciences Division Chair Dr. Brain Smith kindled his interest when he spoke about the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and doctors.