Student Success Studio
Housed in the F. M. Smith Library, the Student Success Studio is a tremendous resource for Graceland students - a hub for students to gather to work on computers and participate in study groups. The Studio provides career and academic counseling, study space, tutoring, a writing center, TRIO, peer mentors, and disability services. 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.
Your Success is Our Goal
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.
MaryAnn Manuel, MEd
Office: 016B 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.
- Academic Advising
- Academic Support
- Cultural Enrichment
- One-on-one Tutoring
- Peer Mentoring
- Student Advocacy
- Help in understanding the university environment.
The Career Services Coordinator guides students through the process of self-assessment, exploring possible career fields and the job search process. Students are assisted in locating resources for securing internships and summer jobs and given guidance with resume and cover letter development, LinkedIn profile writing, personal statements for graduate school and providing mock interviews.
Jan Gray, Career Services
Office: 016A Library
Located on the main level of the Frederick Madison Smith Library (Room 119), the Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive, welcoming environment where students enrolled in all academic programs can work on improving both general writing skills and specific writing assignments. Supported by tutors—experienced readers trained to assist at any stage of the writing process—students can learn to become effective writers.
The Writing Center offers both face-to-face tutoring (for on-campus students) and online tutoring (for distance learners). Students are encouraged to schedule appointments by calling Cris Karmas at 641.784.5077, by signing up (Tutoring Schedule posted by the Writing Center door), or by emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Cris Karmas, Writing Center
Office: Student Success Studio
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 the Office of 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.”
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
Nicole V. Briell, MEd
Director of Student Success and Student Disability Services Coordinator
Office: 012 Library
|Peer Mentoring||012, Library|
|Student Disability Services||012, Library|
|Student Success and Retention||012, Library|
|Conference and Interview Room||015, Library|
|Career Services||016A, Library|
|Academic Advising||016C, Library|
|Service Learning||016C, Library|
|Special Programs||016C, Library|
|Small PC Lab||026, Library|
|Large PC Lab||003, Library|