Spotlights

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself to Franklin, so she went for it. Along with four other recipients, Franklin beat out 325 other applicants to receive the award for the 2019 Artist Fellowship fiscal year presented through the Iowa Arts Council.

April 13, 2018 – On stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Graceland University theatre major Haley Johnson `19 competed in the Irene Ryan Scholarship competition, awarded annually.

Heather Knowles `93 graduated from Graceland University with a Bachelor of Arts in English – Writing with a minor in Speech. During high school, she attended summer volleyball camps organized by Graceland women’s head coach, Stew McDole, in Rolla, Missouri. From those experiences she was enticed to visit campus, try out for Graceland’s team and learn all about the Graceland experience. Her initial campus visit was met with hellos, happy faces and a laid-back friendly vibe. She knew the university was the right fit.

Who is changing the world? Field Manager Chelsea Tobin ʼ11 and activist in the Denver area, shares her story.

Graceland University theatre major Haley Johnson `19 has been active in theatre since her high school sophomore year when she discovered her passion for acting.

Joe Sprunger ’18 is a publication, writing and design major. In anticipation of his senior year, Joe took advantage of the summer to combine two of his passions, photography and soccer.

The Graceland University Theatre Department will put on upcoming performances of “Lend Me a Tenor” written by Ken Ludwig during the homecoming weekend. The play is directed by Gary Heisserer, PhD and has a cast of eight characters.

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

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.