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Thurston Smith ’95 Recognized for a Lifetime of Service Alumni Profile

April 28, 2022

Since completing the Addiction Studies program at Graceland in the late 1990s, THURSTON S. SMITH, MPA, LAC-S, CCS, has had an eventful life and career, which was recently recognized through a series of awards and public service citations. “For me, it...

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Darrell Johnston Alumni Profile

April 28, 2022

Johnston grew up in Leon, Iowa, and originally wanted to study radio broadcasting, but when he came to Graceland, he found his new home in the theatre department. Johnston earned his MFA in acting at the University of South Carolina...

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Opening Pandora’s Box

April 27, 2022

As a new student 700 miles from home, some of his biggest challenges were navigating life in rural Iowa and transitioning to the college experience. Even though Strawter did not graduate from Graceland, he still remembers the connections he made...

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Team Freddie

April 27, 2022

Shelton got a call from Graceland’s Executive Director for Planning and Effectiveness Beth Higdon ’73 asking to keep the library open for a week. Then they realized they needed someone to keep the library operating and functional for the entire fall...

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