Humanities Spotlights

Creating Global Citizens

June 28, 2019

Jonathan Montalvo talks new Hispanic Studies program.

Graceland University will launch two new academic programs to begin in 2019-20. The Division of Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Lamoni, Iowa, campus will offer both new programs: a major in Hispanic studies and a minor in creative writing.

“I taught all my Spanish classes in the dark and without technology,” shared Professor Montalvo. “For language courses, this could be challenging given that technology often facilitates language instruction through images, audio and video. In my basic Spanish course, I asked my students to depict vocabulary words on index cards. Toward the end of class, I encouraged them to reflect on the experience. Many agreed that it was very time consuming (for a 50-minute class), making language learning less efficient (compared to using technology). Also, it was not the most comfortable setting. The latter was precisely what I wanted them to feel in order to empathize with those Puerto Rican students who were affected by the hurricane.”

RAQUEL MOREIRA, PHD, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATION, WAS PRESENTED WITH THE ORGANIZATION FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN AND COMMUNICATION'S FEMINIST SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR AWARD Feb. 17 in Santa Clara, California.

Heather Knowles `93 graduated from Graceland University with a Bachelor of Arts in English – Writing with a minor in Speech. During high school, she attended summer volleyball camps organized by Graceland women’s head coach, Stew McDole, in Rolla, Missouri. From those experiences she was enticed to visit campus, try out for Graceland’s team and learn all about the Graceland experience. Her initial campus visit was met with hellos, happy faces and a laid-back friendly vibe. She knew the university was the right fit.

Who is changing the world? Field Manager Chelsea Tobin ʼ11 and activist in the Denver area, shares her story.

Stephanie Herman ’18 was part of the Graceland University group that traveled to Dunfield House in England for May Term 2017. Graceland has a tradition of providing life-changing opportunities to experience intercultural learning, one of the high impact practices the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has determined to help bring about student success.

Faculty Spotlight: Tim Robbins

September 21, 2017

Assistant Professor of English Tim Robbins, PhD, is one of the newer faculty members in Graceland’s Humanities Division — a prolific writer with flare.

It is true that Steve Glazer, PhD, will make efforts to connect history to cats in just about every class he teaches.

Ashley Edwards '05

February 16, 2016

Ashley is a former HIV/Maternal Health Case Manager, now a traveling photographer who is working toward medical school to become an infectious disease specialist.