Student and mentor studying by Freddie's Cafe

Student Success Studio

Housed in the F. M. Smith Library, the Student Success Studio is a hub for students to gather to work on computers and participate in study groups. The Studio provides academic counseling, study space, tutoring, a writing center, and peer mentors. It is home to Freddie’s Cafe, complete with food and drink options such as Aspretto coffee with flavored syrups, a variety of drink and snack items, and a limited grab-n-go menu of sandwiches and wraps. A destination focused on bringing students together with academic success in mind.

Our mission is to help students become successful, serious and self-aware individuals who graduate from Graceland and move on for advanced study and/or productive careers that help them live rewarding lives. The atmosphere in student services is a friendly, accepting and personal one where students feel welcomed and accepted for who they are. Each student is challenged and supported to grow as an individual. 

About Student Disability Services

Graceland University is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As part of the implementation of this law, the university will continue to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities so that they can participate fully in the university's educational programs and activities. Although Graceland is not required by law to change the fundamental nature or essential curricular components of its programs in order to accommodate the needs of disabled students, the university will provide reasonable academic accommodations.

Students with physical disabilities are encouraged to contact Student Disability Services in the Success Studio, Rm 012 during the first week of class attendance or as early as possible. The office will work with the course instructor and the student to arrange for reasonable accommodations. Students are required at their own expense to provide documentation verifying disability.

The general definition of a student with a disability is any person who has “a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s activities, and any person who has a history of, or is regarded as having, such an impairment.”

Complete the Graceland University Accommodation Request Form here.


Diana Jones
Student Disability Services Coordinator
Office: 012 Library

Your Success is Our Goal

During the COVID-19 response, group tutoring is available as needed via Zoom. Please check your Graceland email for days, times, and the link to the Zoom meeting. If there is not a group tutoring session and you would like one, please contact Dr. Roger Powell at or If a tutor is available, and people attend the tutoring session, then additional group tutoring sessions will be set up.

A college education can be strenuous, and many students need academic assistance. We offer a variety of programs on the Lamoni Campus: developmental courses, academic advising, tutoring, and writing assistance.

Institutional Support Services (ISS): Provides developmental courses in math and English for freshmen, as determined by admissions criteria. Lamoni campus students may request tutoring as long as the student attends class and a tutor is available. Tutors are hired and trained by the Tutor Coordinator.

Roger Powell, PhD, Director
119 Library
Phone: 614.784.5206

Writing Center

During the COVID-19 response, the Writing Center will be available online. Please email Dr. Roger Powell at or to get an appointment either synchronously via Zoom or asynchronously via Microsoft Word Comments. These sessions will be with trained peer writing tutors or the director.

Located on the main level of the FMS Library, the Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive, welcoming environment where all Graceland students can work together with a trained tutor on improving both their writing knowledge and skills. The Writing Center assists students in all majors and at any stage of the writing process to become better writers.

Students will work with writing tutors. These peer tutors are experienced readers and writers specifically trained to assist students of all levels and abilities with their writing.

The Writing Center offers both face-to-face tutoring (for students on the Lamoni campus) and online tutoring (for any distance, Graceland University student). Students are encouraged to schedule appointments by calling 641.784.5077, by coming to the Writing Center or by emailing (

For additional information, student writers are invited to visit the Writing Center on My Graceland. You will be required to login with your user name and password. On My Graceland, you will find more information about signing up for appointments, our services and who our tutors are.

Writing Center
Roger Powell, PhD, Director
Office: FMS Library, Main Level, Rm 119
Phone: 641.784.5206
Email: /

The Peer Mentor Program: Building Learning Communities

Each first-year seminar course will be assigned a peer mentor. The peer mentor is typically a sophomore student who will be available to help orient first-year students to college life.

For more details, visit the First-Year webpage.
Location: 012, Library

Graceland University's Student Support Services (SSS) is a TRIO grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed to provide individualized assistance to eligible students encouraging their persistence and success in college. 

Their goal is to increase the retention and graduation rates of those traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education. The program provides intentional interventions proven to boost academic, social and personal readiness for the attainment of a bachelor's degree.

Nationally, students in the SSS TRIO program are more than twice as likely to remain in college as students from similar background who do not participate in the program.


To be eligible for assistance from Student Support Services, you must be a U.S. citizen and meet at least one of the following guidelines:

  • Neither parent has a bachelor's degree.
  • Income level that enables you to receive federal financial aid.
  • Documented disability.
  • Eligibility does not guarantee selection into the program.

Services Available

  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Support
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • One-on-one Tutoring
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Student Advocacy
  • Help in understanding the university environment.

SSS Staff

Donna Hurt
Office: 211 Zimmermann
Phone: 641.784.5211

Trish Collins
Office Manager
Office: 207 Zimmermann
Phone: 641.784.5212

Leslie Robinson
Academic Success Coach
Office: 203 Zimmermann
Phone: 641.784.5207


Peer Mentoring 012, Library
Student Disability Services 012, Library
Student Success and Retention 012, Library
Conference and Interview Room 015, Library
Tutoring 119, Library


Academic Advising 016C, Library
Service Learning 016C, Library
Special Programs 016C, Library
Classroom 025, Library
Small PC Lab 026, Library
Large PC Lab 003, Library