Faculty Highlights

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Spanish Jonathan Montalvo, PhD, gave a presentation titled “Diversity within the Latinx Community” March 11 for the Office of Latino Affairs of the State of Iowa. The talk focused on racial and linguistic diversity, demystifying the notion that Latinxs are a homogenous group. The presentation was part of a series of webinars organized by the Association of Iowa Latinx Professionals.

Graceland University Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Gary Heisserer will direct Athol Fugard's masterpiece "Master Harold" ...and the Boys, as announced by the Kansas City Actors Theatre for its 15th season. The play is set in South Africa in the 1950s and examines issues of race and identify through the eyes of a teenage boy and two black waiters who work for his family. It will run from Sept. 11-29 and will be performed at the City Theatre located in Kansas City's Union Station.

Graceland University Instructor of Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands Melinda Leoce, MM, is featured on a new album, The John Psathas Percussion Project Vol. I, released in January 2019. Leoce, along with 12 percussion colleagues from around the country, recorded the album over the last four years at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. The album features the works of New Zealand composer John Psathas adapted for percussion chamber ensemble by Dr. Omar Carmenates, Professor of Percussion at Furman.

Graceland University Professor of Information Technology Kevin Brunner, PhD, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology Kyung Park, DSc, accompanied three Ackerley Scholars to the University of Iowa Computing Conference Feb. 22 and 23 at the University of Iowa. The conference discussed topics on big data, machine learning and security.

Graceland University Associate Professor of History John Franklin, PhD, attended the Missouri Valley History Conference with history majors Anthony Ginger '19 and Shane Majerus '19 in Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 28 - March 2. Ginger and Majerus presented papers in sessions hosted by Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.