Scholars' Showcase Graceland University

Scholars' Showcase is . . . 

Every April, Graceland University student scholars from a variety of academic disciplines are selected to present their work to an audience of fellow students, faculty and visitors. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the University’s emerging scholars.

Graceland students will have a chance to see the results of their hard work as they listen to and interact with scholar presenters. Area high school students, members of National Honor Society and their counselors will be in attendance. 

The project was started by Dan Pratt, Bill Norman, Sherri Kirkpatrick and Jeana Wilcox in 2009 and has been growing dramatically each year. The Scholars' Showcase now includes over 100 scholarly works and is an all-day event. The goal is to develop a culture of high quality research, scholarship and creative activities. The showcase is an opportunity for students and professors to professionally demonstrate their scholarly works for the entire campus to see and enables all schools to see each other’s work in one place. Scholarly works are represented by posters, presentations, demonstrations, senior projects, art shows, musical instrument recitals and more.

Graceland University Professor of Chemistry Dr. Dan Pratt, one of the original founders of this event, commented that the original intent “was to incorporate undergraduate research back into the curriculum. This led to the formation of our Scholars’ Showcase, which highlights our students' creative, scholarly and artistic work. To me, the importance of Graceland University’s Scholars’ Showcase comes down to providing an opportunity to show off who we are academically.”

Scholars' Showcase 2019

Thursday, April 11 
Applications due: March 22, 5 p.m.

Application Form

Contact Kristin Seemuth Whaley, PhD (

Keynote Speaker - Amy L. Hough

Amy L. Hough

Amy L. Hough currently serves as the International Director of Brands for Essense Designs, an award-winning global fashion house, which creates bridal labels Essense of Australia, Stella York, Martina Liana and Sorella Vita.


Leading the consumer research, copywriting and image creation teams, Hough is responsible for crafting and evolving a worldwide brand presence for all current and future labels within the company’s portfolio. Prior to her time at Essense, Hough held similar positions at Strasburg Children, a nationwide children’s clothing chain; General Growth Properties; The Richard E. Jacobs Group; and Westfield International.


Hough attended Graceland University, a private liberal arts institution in Lamoni, Iowa, from 1992-1996 earning a Bachelor of Arts in both Communications: Writing and Communications: Speech, and John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, from 2001-2004 receiving a Master of Arts in Communications Management.


During her time in Kansas City, Hough has been an active member of the charitable organization, The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri; played for four years on the Kansas City Roller Warriors All-Stars women’s roller derby team winning two Regional Champion titles and 4th Place at the WFTDA World Championships; and worked hard at being a below-average student of Bikram Yoga.


Hough resides in Leawood, Kansas, with her husband Sean Wheeler; children Linden, 14, and Jennifer, 13; and two Australian cattle dog rescues, Dibley and Jones.