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The Graceland University Communications Office is getting a new look. Shane Adams, an 18-year marketing and communications veteran, has been named director of communications. Brooke Sutherland will take on the role of associate director of communications, where she will continue to support the university’s social media presence and work closely with Adams. Sutherland has served as communications specialist for Graceland since 2013.

Two Graceland University community outreach programs have new leadership. Cyndi Smith is the new director of Graceland’s AmeriCorps Youth Launch effort, and Lisa Kolb has taken over as director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Both Graceland partner programs are components of the Volunteer Iowa effort to encourage Iowans to give time to promote community programs.

“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.”

Iowa State Representative Scott Ourth, Ackworth, has accepted appointment to a three-year term on the Graceland University Board of Trustees. He will serve on the 27-member governing board of the university until 2021.

Graceland alumnus Peter Hamann ‘78 is a professional ceramic artist who now lives in Japan and recently realized a lifelong dream to achieve a solo show in New York. Hamann learned from Graceland faculty such as Les Wight(Graceland faculty from 1961-87), Mel Clark (Graceland faculty from 1971-84) and Dan Keegan (Graceland faculty from 1974-76 and 1980-90), and you may have seen some of his work around Graceland’s Lamoni campus.

Graceland University has been named among the Best Online Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner Degree Programs for 2018 by, an industry-leading educational research organization. Graceland was identified in the top 50 programs in the nation that are the best in the areas of curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes.

Graceland University Vice President for Enrollment Management Scott Briell is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Emily Munter as the Community of Christ Outreach Specialist. Munter will begin her new role Oct. 1.

Graceland University welcomes new faculty to both the Independence and Lamoni campuses for the 2018-19 school year.

Graceland University and the City of Lamoni mourn the passing of a longtime supporter of the community. The Honorable Leonard L. Boswell passed away at the age of 84 on Aug. 17 in a Des Moines, Iowa, hospital.

Graceland University has been designated a Top 10 Military Friendly School for the 2018-19 school year.

Graceland University awarded $122,000 in prestigious scholarships to Spectacular campers last week. Spectacular, or Spec, is the largest annual gathering of youth in Community of Christ, Graceland’s sponsoring church. Over 1,000 campers and their leaders gather at Graceland University, where they have opportunities to participate in leadership and discipleship development, diverse worship, and expression of arts, music and sports. The scholarships awarded at Spec are announced at the end of the week-long camp and are available to students entering their senior year of high school and participating in the camp.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself to Franklin, so she went for it. Along with four other recipients, Franklin beat out 325 other applicants to receive the award for the 2019 Artist Fellowship fiscal year presented through the Iowa Arts Council.

Governor Kim Reynolds and Volunteer Iowa honor leaders in volunteer service with Bobbie Finch Champion of Service Awards

Dennis McElroy was recognized with the President's Volunteer Service Award at the 2018 International Society for Technology in a Education (ISTE) conference in Chicago last month. This is the second year in a row McElroy has received the honor and was recognized along with approximately 20 others at the silver level designated for volunteers who volunteered 250-499 hours during the past year.

Graceland Executive Council today approved the addition of esports for the Lamoni, Iowa, campus for the 2018-19 school year. Graceland’s esports program will be housed under Student Life and will share space with Graceland Enactus in the Memorial Student Center as the effort gets up and going.

A consistent theme has emerged from the stories coming out of the Graceland University community over the past years: Gracelanders are making the world a better place. Students, faculty, alumni… the actions they are taking and the impact they are making provide strong evidence that Graceland values – learning, wholeness and community for the enrichment of lives and the betterment of the world – are taking hold in them and the parts of the world they touch. While this practice is strong in individuals around the world, one place in which a large-scale impact is made by a growing group of people connected to the university is at Camp Moja, a summer camp sponsored by Graceland’s sponsoring church, Community of Christ, for people with intellectual disabilities. The camp takes place for one week each summer and is made possible entirely by volunteers.

This fall, many of the resources Graceland already provides will be consolidated into a student success center in the F.M. Smith Library in order to provide a one-stop location for a variety of services. The center will be a collaborative effort of several departments and will include tutoring, the Writing Center, peer mentors, disability services, career services and more. Consolidating these services into one location will provide Lamoni-campus students the convenience of a centralized location and will include “hang out” space to study or just be with friends.

“Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. I don’t care if I never get back.” The song that has become a staple at every baseball game across North America since its introduction at Major League Baseball games during the 1934 World Series.

After a national search, assisted by Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and Dr. Richard F. Geise, Dr. Jill Rhea has been chosen as Graceland Univ...

With an audience made up of friends, family and supporters, Graceland Enactus delivered their final competition presentation of the 2017-18 school year to a panel of judges who would ultimately decide their fate. In a league of three other schools – Canisius College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Utah Valley University – those judges placed Graceland in the number-four spot. This placement places Graceland University Enactus as one of the top 16 Enactus teams in the country, and their placement means a $1,500 award for the program.

Graceland University Enactus will advance to the second round of competition after making their way into the top 16 teams in the country Monday. The decision was announced to a crowd of students and supporters anticipating the results after a day of competition at the Kansas City Convention Center. Graceland’s presentation team – made up of students Alyssa Dockins, Melissa Sherer, Regan Jackson, Robbie Turk, Sydney Dorrance and Zack Ferrara – out-presented the four other universities in their league – Southern Adventist University, Cornerstone University, Southwestern College–Kansas and Penn State University Park – and answered all questions from the judges in a way that enhanced their presentation even further as they delivered the same passion in their words as they feel for the projects they were there to represent.

Graceland Enactus is inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit to make a difference; and they do just that in both local and global communities. After winning the regional competition in Chicago last month, this week, the team’s project work has brought them to Kansas City, Missouri, for the annual Enactus U.S. National Exposition, where they will compete against student teams from universities across the country. On 1,600 university campuses worldwide, Enactus provides students the opportunity to channel their unique talents, passions and ideas to create projects that empower others. This year, though they have many to choose from, Graceland Enactus will showcase three key projects: Kids Bank, Right 2 Fresh and Brain Breaks.

In an effort to better understand millennials, Principal, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, developed the Voice of the Young Consumer Business Challenge in 2012. Their goal: to learn college students’ thoughts and ideas on how to engage millennials with Principal’s products.

Graceland University Assistant Professor of Allied Health James Geiselman, DC, MS, EMT-P, initiated a conversation with his alma mater, Logan University, that has led to a partnership between the two universities in which students are the winners. Combined with his passion for educating the next generation of health care providers, it was the similarities Geiselman saw in the two universities – a conservative health care model, an interdisciplinary team approach, and a commitment to whole patient care – that prompted his passion to connect them. The 3+3 articulation program will allow students to complete their first three years of undergraduate study at Graceland, then transfer to Logan University to start the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program there.

The graduating class of 2018 will matriculate Sunday, April 29, at 10 a.m. in Closson Center on the Lamoni, Iowa, campus. The commencement address will be given by Graceland alumnus Matthew Bolton, PhD, `01, director of the International Disarmament Institute and professor of political science at Pace University in New York City, and his spouse, Emily Welty, PhD, director of Peace and Justice Studies at Pace University, ecumenist and artist. Bolton and Welty are part of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and will be presented with honorary doctorates during the commencement ceremony.