Chris and Jonna Lisle ’09 Bernal,
Leander, Texas, Jan. 8, 2015.

Colin ’07 and Elizabeth McClain,
Independence, Missouri, June 27, 2015.

John (JP) ’03 and Janea Gadelman
Roberts, Independence, Missouri,
June 19, 2015.

Steven and Mindy Colyer ’02 Summers, Fort Dodge,
Iowa, May 31, 2014.

Matthew ’12 and Courtney Willoughby, Knoxville,
Iowa, June 15, 2013.



Al and Bonita Gates ’53 Christensen
celebrated their 60th anniversary on
March 23, 2017.



Tyson ’05 and Heather Della Vedova,
Middletown, Ohio, Gianna, born July 27, 2012, and McGuire, born Sept. 1, 2016.

Dan and Jennifer Everett ’06 Doerfler,
Lamoni, Iowa, Allison Emory and Elizabeth Marie, born Feb. 8, 2017.

Macey ’05 and Jennifer Ellis, Stanton,
Iowa, Adalyn Remington, born March 2,

Nick ’04 and Kerbi Everett ’06
, Keller, Texas, Ryder Dean,
born Feb. 24, 2017.

Bryan and Katie Booth ’99 Heinrich,
Manhattan, Kansas, Gabriella Anne, born March 27, 2016.

Chris and Jonna Lisle ’09 Bernal, Leander, Texas, Coen Carlino, born May 6, 2010, Emily, born March 4, 2015, and Benjamin, born July 15, 2016.


Colin ’07 and Elizabeth McClain, Independence, Missouri, Matilda Grace, born Dec. 7, 2016.

Ryan ’10 and Whitney Edgerton ’09 Sheehy, Tiffan, Iowa, Jack, born Sept. 20, 2014, and Brooklyn, born March 18, 2017.

Christopher ’03 and Bethany Stowell, Flower Mound, Texas, Isaac Daniel, born April 6, 2017.

Steven and Mindy Summers ’02, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kayla Michele, born Nov. 14, 2016.

Ryan and Lauren Mish ’06 Trimble, Dallas, Texas, Tabitha May, born Sept. 13, 2016.

Nickolas ’02 and Andrea Uhlenhopp, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Landry Lee, born Oct. 23, 2016.

Matthew ’12 and Courtney Willoughby, Knoxville, Iowa, Ryker, born Aug. 7, 2014, and Kyler, born May 11, 2016.

Soso - Horizons

On a whim during his first year in college in the Republic of Georgia, Ioseb “Soso” Gabelaia ’10 filled out an application to study in the United States. In place of the three required essays, he simply stated the judges would need to invite him to interview to get to know him, and it worked. When he received his acceptance, Soso learned that Graceland University had chosen him.

The fear of telling his mom hit him first. She had given up her goal to complete a PhD due to the country’s war state and had hopes for her children to do more. So, knowing it would just be a year, she gave her blessing.

Soso had expectations of the America he had seen in the media – Los Angeles and New York City – and Lamoni was even more of a shock than he anticipated.


In order to take his mind off the longing to be home, he took on every opportunity he could find.

When his year was over, he went home to his family, but something was missing. He had made a home in Lamoni and missed the people. So again, with his mother’s blessing, Soso prepared to return to the U.S. But this time, Soso chose Graceland.

Back in Lamoni, Soso was named president of International Club and worked as a student caller for Admissions, which led to a position as an Admissions intern after graduation. When he was offered the West Coast territory as a full-time admissions counselor, he was nervous. However, not one to shy away from a challenge, Soso accepted the position and continued to grow.

Through hard work and commitment to success, Soso enjoys his role as the first face of Graceland for people who are nervously approaching a new phase in their own lives. “When you’re talking to families,” he says, “you have to believe what you’re selling.”

In December, Soso was appointed the Associate Director of Admissions at Graceland University and completed an MEd in Instructional Leadership from Graceland. His creativity and dedication hallmark his continued success as he starts his eighth recruiting class.



Joseph Anway Jr. ’48, Kansas City, Missouri, May 10, 2017.

Larry Beal ’68, Camdenton, Missouri, March 18, 2017.

Phyllis Bullard ’51 Voltman Beitz, Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 16, 2017.

Helen Epling ’73 Berrey, Tama, Iowa, March 9, 2017.

Grant Bowerman ’75, Blue Springs, Missouri, Feb. 15, 2017.

Elsa Baker ’44 Cotter, Lee's Summit, Missouri, March 26, 2017.

Leon Curtis ’49, Lawrence, Kansas, Nov. 24, 2016.

Richard Davies ’41, Houston, Texas, April 13, 2017.

Beverly Doig ’56, Fort Collins, Colorado, April 6, 2017.

Tanya Bolingbroke ’90 Finger, Independence, Missouri, March 26, 2017.

Marjorie Jorgensen ’50 Foss, Holden, Missouri, Feb. 22, 2017.

Gloria Fuge ’50, Torrance, California, March 15, 2017.

James (Jake) Goodson ’83, Holt, Florida, Feb. 27, 2017.


LoVina Beatty ’42 Gow, Inverness, Illinois, Oct. 9, 2016.

Jerrold Hall ’51, Asheville, North Carolina, April 18, 2017.

Winston Howell ’67, Pasadena, California, Sept. 19, 2016.

Lillian Henderson ’48 Kirby, Blue Springs, Missouri, March 25, 2017.

Carol Johnson ’72 Kostura, Orange, California, Feb. 4, 2017.

Micheline Bensimon ’71 Logan, Calgary, Alberta, March 11, 2017.

Wilma Hartschen ’47 Michener, Bishop, California, March 6, 2017.

Dorothy (Maxine) Salisbury ’47 Mindling, Indianapolis, Indiana, Feb. 10, 2017.

Dale Oswalt ’62 Muir, Ashland, Oregon, May 2, 2017.

James Nelson ’54, Normal, Illinois, Feb. 9, 2017.

Lawrence Piepergerdes ’49, Independence, Missouri, April 18, 2017.

Marvin Powell ’47, Stewartsville, Missouri, April 8, 2016.

Rebecca Ramsey ’82, Lamoni, Iowa, March 25, 2017.


Gilbert Remington ’53, Topeka, Kansas, March 30, 2017.

Bonnie Schneider ’41 Revell, Independence, Missouri, April 13, 2017.

Marguerite “Maggie” Fortman ’54 Roberts, Pinkerton, Ohio, May 13, 2017.

Elizabeth Smith Sandage, Urbana, Illinois, April 11, 2017.

John Cameron Stuart Jr. ’68, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 16, 2016

Bonita (Bunni) Stubbart ’76, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 23, 2017.

John Watkins ’82, Des Moines, Iowa, April 14, 2017.

Wilma Meek ’74 Whitehurst, Santa Barbara, California, May 9, 2017.



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