Graceland Spotlights News

Stephanie Herman ’18 was part of the Graceland University group that traveled to Dunfield House in England for May Term 2017. Graceland has a tradition of providing life-changing opportunities to experience intercultural learning, one of the high impact practices the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has determined to help bring about student success.

Zacary Stetzel ’18 from Panora, Iowa, came to Graceland for a college visit during homecoming. Kinzey Nicklaus ’19 from Griswold, Iowa, is good friends with Camryn Kuehl ’19, and Cameron told Kinzey about the KCPD internship possibility.

Bardha Maloku ’18 is a senior in Khiyah House, majoring in computer science and technology with minors in business administration and mathematics. She is a smart, determined woman who wants to help other women reach their goals — to slap the stereotypes that keep them out of the computer science field and claim the success that comes from the world of technology.

Graceland University has been a tradition in many families. Generations and siblings have shared in the Graceland experience – sometimes at the same time. Since its early history, Graceland has also been host to international students from all over the world. The Maloku family brings these two traditions together.

Yellowjacket Update

December 20, 2017

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Two Athletes Play Two Different Fall Sports By: Tabi Miller `17 For many at Graceland, sports are a very important part of the college experience. This yea...

Universities across the nation recognize the need to help students go from graduation to their next steps: graduate school and entering their professions.

Spotlight: Katie Bash

October 11, 2017

...leads Graceland to a successful recommendation from the Higher Learning Commission. Working with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is one of Dr. Katie Bash’s fortes. Ten years ago, she successfully led Graceland’s HLC review and received a top endorsement: a recommendation for 10 more years of accreditation. Through painstaking detail, she has again led the university through the accreditation process, unearthing Graceland’s true and worthy attributes — resulting in another top endorsement.

Elizabeth Sweet ’14 loves her work and wants to make a difference in the world. She enjoys the extensive travel associated with her position as the Executive Assistant to the Co-Founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Founded in 1984, Starkey Hearing Foundation has expanded from its base in Minnesota across the U.S. and around the world. Helping economically disadvantaged people, Sweet is privileged to be part of the process of giving them the gift of hearing.

Carol Green, PhD, won the 2016 Nurse of the Year award based on the impact she has had on the lives of patients, colleagues and students.

Alumni Spotlight: Joyce Soule

September 28, 2017

Currently enrolled in Graceland University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with an anticipated graduation date in 2018, Joyce Soule ’09 has already experienced incredible success in the health care industry.

Faculty Spotlight: Tim Robbins

September 21, 2017

Assistant Professor of English Tim Robbins, PhD, is one of the newer faculty members in Graceland’s Humanities Division — a prolific writer with flare.

Faculty Spotlight: Jeff McElroy

September 11, 2017

Jeff McElroy, MBA, believes in his students, ultimately inspiring them to pursue a career that eventually leads them to entrepreneurship.

It is true that Steve Glazer, PhD, will make efforts to connect history to cats in just about every class he teaches.

A positive force of energy joined the Graceland faculty two years ago when Karen Gergely, MFA, was hired to teach art.

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

Teaching and learning are seamless in Tanya Coffelt, PhD, who is a living example of lifelong learning.

Ioseb “Soso” Gabelaia ’10 is originally from the Republic of Georgia. He was born in Sukhumi but raised in Batumi because of the dangers of war.

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.

Phillip Rogers `01 graduated from Graceland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and went on to become the Creative Arts Pastor for Gateway Community Church in Austin, Texas and is active in commercial, television, film and live production.

Chad Elliott `96 comes from a long line of Graceland alumni: he is the fourth generation to graduate from the university. While attending Graceland, three of his grandparents worked on campus, which made being away at college really feel more like home. The fifth generation of family, Elliott’s son and niece, currently attend Graceland.

The decision to attend Graceland University was made for Jennifer Craig-Blakeley `02, a member of Community of Christ, when her older sister, Catharine Craig, made Graceland her college of choice a few years earlier. When Craig permanently moved to Iowa following her college graduation, Craig-Blakeley wanted to be closer to her.

Dwayne Melton ’11 has gone from good to great! Graceland’s supportive coaches, staff and faculty made all the difference in Dwayne’s life. He came back to campus a few weeks ago to say thanks…

When Joe Nicholson ’97 graduated from college, the market was tight. He chose to attend Graceland because of the Commercial Design major offered, proximity to home, small class sizes and soccer program.

Success: Julie Filbeck

May 16, 2017

Julie Filbeck `03 is thankful each day of her life for the experience she had at Graceland University. Upon completing all her prerequisite work through the Kansas City Community College system, Julie was ready to transfer to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. After an unsuccessful stint at a big university right out of high school, Filbeck was looking for a small learning environment where she felt connected when she found Graceland.

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.