The Heart of America Athletic Conference has selected Lashaunda Yates as the A.O. Duer Award winner for the 2014-15 academic year.
Darcy Volz, a Solah House senior, shines as a leader. She is the Assistant Hall Director for Walker Hall, from Whitehall, Montana, with Community of Christ roots and comes from generations of Gracelanders.
Born and raised in Kuching, Malaysia, Oscar knew he wanted to go to college in the U.S. and applied to several schools with the help of his tennis coach. Graceland was his choice.
for being a part of the Graceland community!
Because of your generous support, great things are happening for GU!
- Graceland moved to a first-tier academic level in several national surveys.
- Graceland received top recognition for innovative programming from the American Council of Education.
- Graceland’s School of Nursing’s online master’s program is now rated among the top 10 nationally.
- The Gleazer School of Education’s online master’s degree is recognized among the top five nationally.
- Princeton Review recognized Graceland again in their “Best in the Midwest” listing.
As notable as those institutional achievements are, Graceland has never been about the institution itself. Our pledge to the students is, “our passion is your success.” In this issue, we have included several stories about how Graceland made a difference in the lives of students. ere are many more of these stories to be told! Each of these students has been transformed by internships during their “Graceland Experience.” Their transformation is possible through the Graceland connections of alumni, faculty, administration, family and friends as we stand together in our passion
to help our students succeed. We are the Graceland community – it takes all of us.
Thank you for making Graceland a special place in higher education. If you would like to share your success story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to see you in October at homecoming!
John Sellars, PhD, CPA
Building Character in Community
When I think of these two words, I think about building character in both the individual and the community. I believe that it is the character of an individual and the community that will give definition to student success. So, what do I mean by character?
Character in an individual is about integrity, openness, being able to think critically and constructively. It is about adaptability, problem solving and making good decisions. An important mentor in my life, Paul Booth, would tell me, repeatedly, that the way to help people is to "teach them how to make good decisions in life." Sounds like a no brainer, doesn't it. But being able to make good decisions means being able to think critically from a solid value base. It means being able to challenge assumptions and biases. It means being open to new possibilities and to be able to put decisions in a context that treats everyone with respect and worth. This is not so easy when we throw in all the stressors and pressures that hit people in their daily lives.
Character in community goes to the centrality of a liberal education. It challenges us to create a learning community that is interdisciplinary, teaches us how to be a continuous learner, gives people the opportunity for engagement of new ideas with faculty, staff, other students and the larger world. It engages the whole life of the student and provides ways for them to reflect on their values and beliefs, and search for new and creative ways to live healthy and productive lives in their community.
There are hundreds of stories of how Graceland builds character in the individual and community. We are reading about some of those personal stories in this issue of Horizons. How many more we can share.....
Remember the Graceland mailboxes?
Now you can have your own GU mailbox.
All proceeds will go to the Alumni Endowed Scholarship fund.
Artist Tim Sundell ’09, who benefited from the Alumni Endowed Scholarship while he attended Graceland, was happy to handcraft the boxes for his alma mater.
Each handmade hardwood mailbox is branded with the Graceland University logo and features those little glass doors with combination locks that we all loved. Mailboxes will be available for purchase on a first-come basis at homecoming, and supplies are limited. Own a piece of Graceland history.
“Retrace your memories” at homecoming. Purchase a GU mailbox as a souvenir and support the Alumni Endowed Scholarship fund.
For more information email Jeanne Davis at Jeanne.Davis@graceland.edu.