House System

The basic unit of student life is known as a "house." The house system is a unique program of the University based on the principle of inclusion that recognizes the importance of each student attending the University and celebrates the individuality of each person.

At Graceland, we offer a unique system that merges student government and the housing system. Each floor of the residence halls is designated as a "house” with its own name, symbol and colors. The integration of student government and the houses allows student leaders to impact the entire campus community and to plan and run programs for the house. This is accomplished by house council leaders becoming the members and decision makers in the student government organizations. This unique system immediately engages students in positive communities. 

Members of the house elect five students, known as the House Council, to hold key leadership positions. Under their direction, social, religious and academic support activities are planned for house members. By cooperative effort, the house organizes its own social, intramural and religious programs. All activities will assure the student freedom to determine the extent of their participation in all Hhuse activities. Participation in any house activity is completely voluntary.

House Inclusion Philosophy

Everyone who is here belongs here just because they are here, and for no other reason.
This is our rule. It depends on nothing else.
Nothing changes it.

 

 Houses

Agape House symbol
  • Men's House
  • Established in the fall of 1962 as one of the original residence hall houses
  • House name is Greek and means "love and brotherhood."
  • Became the first House to add unique painting to its hallway
Amici House symbol
  • Women's House
  • Established in 1985
  • House name is Latin/Italian and means "friendship."
  • The original House mascot was Gumby because the character was able to bend and stretch in any situation.
Aponivi House symbol
  • Women's House
  • Established in 1979
  • House name is Native American and means "where the wind blows."
  • The name was chosen because of the RLDS Church's (now Community of Christ) Lamanite heritage.
Cheville House symbol
  • Men's House
  • Established in the spring of 1965
  • House is named for Roy A. Cheville, a religion professor at Graceland from 1923-1960.
Closson House symbol
  • Men's House
  • Established in October 1962 as one of the original residence hall houses
  • House is name for Eugene E. Closson who taught psychology at Graceland from 1931-1959.
  • Won the first house float contest at the 1962 Homecoming, earning a $25 theater party and a large group picture
Faunce House symbol
  • Men's House
  • Established in October of 1962 as one of the original residence hall houses
  • House is named for Roscoe O. Faunce, who taught speech and drama at Graceland from 1934-1960.
  • House's yin-yang symbol signifies strength through common ground reflected by its culturally diverse members.
Hanthorne House symbol
  • Women's House
  • Established during the fall semester in 1994
  • House is named for Cleo Hanthorne Moon who was a poet laureate at Graceland and served as campus librarian from 1935-1945 and again from 1956-1969.
  • The symbol of the sun and the purple and gold colors were chosen during the first year of the House's existence.
Khiyah House symbol
  • Women's House
  • Established in the fall of 1994
  • House name is Hebrew and means "Mother Earth" and has a similar term in Swahili: "season of new beginnings."
  • The three interlocking diamonds of its symbol is Nordic for heavenly power.
McKevit Manor House symbol
  • Nursing House
  • Established during the 1970-71 school year
  • House is named for Margaret L. McKevit who in the late 1960s was a key nursing professor in developing Graceland's nursing program.
  • The only House located on the Independence, Missouri, campus
Orion House symbol
  • Men's House
  • Established in 1985
  • House is named for the constellation known as "the Hunter."
  • Only men's House whose name has no connection to Graceland's historical or religious roots
Paloma House symbol
  • Women's House
  • Established in the fall of 1966
  • House name is Spanish and means "dove."
  • A fall hayride has been an annual tradition of the House since its inception.
Powell House symbol
  • Men's House
  • Established in the fall of 2013
  • House is named for Thomas Powell who was vice president of Student Life and dean of students at Graceland.
Sariah House symbol
  • Women's House
  • Established in the fall of 1962 as one of the original women's residence hall houses
  • House is named for Sariah, wife of Lehi and mother of Nephi, in the Book of Mormon.
Shalom House symbol
  • Women's House
  • Established in the fall of 1962 as one of the original women's residence hall houses
  • House name is Jewish and means "peace."
  • House's name was inspired by the musical Fiddler on the Roof and the various meanings of "shalom."
Solah House symbol
  • Women's House
  • Established in the fall of 1962 as one of the first women's residence hall houses
  • House name is an acronym: Sisterhood of Love and Honor
  • In the 1963 Acacia yearbook, Solah and Tiona boasted they were the first sister-brother house to have a tug-of-war.
Stewart Manor House symbol
  • Men's House
  • Established in September 1956 as a basic residence unit
  • House is named for Rolland M. Stewart, the president of Graceland from 1904-1908. He is known for his contribution in developing Campus LIfe.
  • The only House in existence today whose name roots back to the basic residence unit system of 1956
Tiona House symbol
  • Men's House
  • Established during the 1957-58 school year as a basic residence unit
  • House name is Tahitian and means "Zion," which was used for a branch of the RLDS Church in Tahiti in the 19th century and later for reunion grounds in Australia.
  • The tug-of-war with Solah House boasted about in the 1963 Acacia yearbook took place across the end of Big G Lake.

*Facts provided above have been taken directly from The Graceland College Book of Knowledge, Goehner, David (1995).

 

 

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