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Lamoni, Iowa — Graceland University is pleased to announce that Aleksandar Memca ’00 will share the commencement address for the Spring 2019 Commencement ceremony to be held Sunday, April 28, in the Eugene E. and Julia Travis Closson Physical Education Center in Lamoni, Iowa.

It is with sadness that we share that Rod Schall, a 1950 alumnus and  longtime men’s volleyball coach at Graceland has passed away at the age of 90. Schall began as the sponsor for Graceland’s men’s volleyball when it was just a club sport in 1967. When the program was granted varsity status in 1969, Schall became the coach, and he remained in this role until his retirement in 1993.

Graceland hosted over 150 Special Olympics athletes and their coaches and families Saturday, April 13, for the 2019 South Central Area Spring Games for Special Olympics Iowa. The sun came out and the wind died down to make it a beautiful day for competition. The athletes ran, walked, threw and jumped in an effort to qualify for the state games in May. Graceland has hosted the Spring Games since 2010.

Graceland University Symphonic Band’s final concert for the 2018-19 season, “Poetic Beauty,” will take place April 15 and involves finding peace and wisdom through aesthetic experiences. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Carol Hall in the Shaw Center on the Lamoni campus.

Graceland University is excited to announce the approval of a competitive intercollegiate rodeo program. The university will begin an immediate search for a rodeo coach who will be charged with organizing the program, recruiting and networking . This co-curricular program is a part of Graceland’s strategic initiative to recruit more students from central Iowa and northern Missouri.

This weekend, the Graceland University and Culver Stockton College baseball teams will come together for a three-game series in the inaugural Strike Out Cancer event to benefit the Kansas University (KU) Cancer Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Graceland University senior art exhibits are currently on display on the Lamoni, Iowa, campus. The first of two groups will be on display through Friday, April 5, with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 30. A second set will open Monday, April 8, and run through April 19. Its reception will run from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 12. Some of the works will be for sale at the option of the student.

Graceland University Campus Ministries will sponsor a campus blessing service at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, March 31, in the Shaw Center Lobby on the Lamoni campus. The celebration will acknowledge gratitude for the strong sense of community the Graceland family shares – past and present.

The Graceland University Theatre Department will present an ambitious production of “Macbeth,” one of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedies, under the direction of Graceland Theatre faculty Tracy Salter. Shows will take place in the JR Theatre in Graceland’s Shaw Center on the Lamoni Campus at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, April 4-6, and at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

Graceland University students Anthony Ginger and Christian Sarabia have partnered with the nonprofit organization Better Angels to host a depolarization workshop on the Lamoni campus Saturday, March 23.

Graceland University is among a group of Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) member institutions selected to send representatives to the second annual Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts Institute in June.

Kevin Brunner, PhD, Professor of Information Technology for Graceland University’s Division of Science and Math was awarded the City of Lamoni’s 2019 Citizen of the Year at the annual Lamoni Area Chamber of Commerce Gala Tuesday, March 5.

Four Graceland University Wrestling and three Track and Field student-athletes have qualified for nationals and will compete later this week. The Graceland community is coming together once again to celebrate the success of our student-athletes competing at the national level.

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.

The Graceland University Symphonic Band and audience will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night, Feb. 18, in Carol Hall under the direction of band instructor Chee Yim. The theme of the concert is “Diverse,” and the program selections certainly support that title.

Graceland University has again earned the Military Friendly Schools Designation for 2019-20. The designation is awarded to higher education institutions “who are committed to being Better for Veterans and are an example to American schools.”

Graceland University will launch the Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics degree under the Division of Science and Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Science on Lamoni, Iowa, beginning Fall 2019.

Chris Bessonette, a 1998 Graceland graduate, has been named a 2018-19 recipient of the Milken Educator Award accompanied by an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. Bessonette received the award for his work with second-grade dual-language immersion students at Munger Mountain Elementary in Jackson, Wyoming.

Actor/musician Darrell Johnston, a 2010 graduate of Graceland University originally from Leon, Iowa, will return to the Graceland Lamoni campus this month to put on an original musical in Carol Hall as well as at the SCIT Theatre in Leon.

Graceland University is proud to announce the hiring of Zac Harmon-McLaughlin as Director of the Community of Christ Seminary.

Southern Iowa RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is currently recruiting volunteers for a new program, Literacy Leaders, in Decatur and Ringgold Counties.

Graceland University has partnered with Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, to offer a Master of Athletic Training with a concentration in Human and Sport Performance degree. Students in this 3+2 program will complete three years of coursework at Graceland, then enroll as a senior at Culver-Stockton to complete the remaining two years.

Graceland University is pleased to welcome Ryan Watson as a new member of the Board of Trustees. He began a three-year term in August and attended his first meeting of the trustees that same month. Watson retired in May from his position as Senior Vice President and New Jersey Branch Manager for Chubb after more than 30 years with the company. He spent the majority of his 41-year, 10-city professional career in general management positions, which allowed him to be involved in many areas of business, and he sees himself as a problem solver and mediator with the ability to bring people together for a satisfying outcome.

Vexation is defined as “the state of being annoyed, frustrated or worried.” It is also the title of the piece Graceland University Assistant Professor of Music Chee Weng Yim, DMA, played for 28 hours straight, without breaks, beginning this past Monday.

Anyone wondering what happens to food prepared at a restaurant or cafeteria that’s left over can learn the best way to take care of the problem from Graceland University students and Sodexo, the university’s food service provider. Now, unused food at the Commons finds its way over to the Memorial Student Center (MSC) on selected Saturdays at 7 p.m. with free meals available to students and the public.