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Graceland University recognized a new class of athletics hall of fame inductees over the homecoming weekend for their contributions to the athletic department. Inductees, along with family and friends, enjoyed a special luncheon in the historic Harpham Heritage Chapel located in the Higdon Administration Building with special recognition from Graceland President Patricia H. Draves and Athletic Director Brady McKillip. The induction took place during halftime of the 2019 homecoming football game, Saturday, Oct. 26. Read below for more information on this year’s class.

The Freeman Awards were presented at Homecoming 2019 to the athlete in each sport with the highest grade point average. The awards are presented by Tom and Terry Freeman.

Each year at homecoming, Graceland University Development presents alumni and honored friends with awards of recognition for their service to Graceland and the world. Graceland is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s honorees.

Lamoni, Iowa — Graceland University announced the generous contribution of philanthropist and alumnus Richard J. Resch ‘58 to the Morden Center project, wrapping up ...

Graceland University Esports has gotten off to a good start in the team's inaugural year. So far, the Graceland League of Legends team is 3-0 in their Iowa league tier. They have had impressive finishes against Kirkwood Community College, Northwestern College and the University of Iowa Team Black.

Graceland University will rename its gymnasium after long-time supporters and alumni Louise ’43 and Paul ’36 Morden. The Morden family donated a lead gift to renovate the building, currently named the Eugene E. and Julia Travis Closson Physical Education Center.

Graceland University was recognized as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for 2018-19. This is the third consecutive year the Yellowjackets have been recognized at the gold level for this achievement.

The White House awarded Graceland University Professor of Education Dennis McElroy, PhD, the President's Volunteer Service Award (silver level) for his work with the International Society for a Technology in Education (ISTE) at the 2019 ISTE conference in Philadelphia. McElroy serves on ISTE's Teacher Education Network leadership team planning and providing learning programs for thousands of educators around the world and is the organization's president-elect for 2019-20. This is the third straight year McElroy has been recognized with this honor.

Graceland University and Sodexo Food Services have renewed their partnership and, in turn, renewed their dual commitment to the Graceland student experience.

Graceland University Athletic Director Brady McKillip announced the hiring of John Young of Orient, Iowa, as Graceland’s inaugural rodeo coach.

Graceland University awarded $110,000 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.

Last Chance Combine

July 15, 2019

Graceland Football will host a “Last Chance Combine” to help football student-athletes with exposure and access to college.

The Closson Project

July 11, 2019

With funding for Newcom Student Union nearing completion, we are excited to turn our attention to Graceland’s architectural icon: CLOSSON PHYSICAL EDUCATION CENTER.

The Memorial Student Center has housed many offices and services over the nearly seven decades it has served the needs of the Graceland Lamoni campus, including several Student ...

Graceland Men's Soccer alumnus Brandon Beresford is currently Competing for the Guyana National Team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Graceland Assistant Professor of Allied Health James Geiselman, DC, DACBN, MS, EMT-P, and Assistant Professor of Health and Movement Science Bryan Gatzke, MS, CSCS, PES, CES, recently attended Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Connection Day in Davenport, Iowa.

When I joined Graceland in 2017, I was acutely aware of the tradition of excellence that has existed as a part of this university’s DNA. One area that has been a shining example of that excellence for more than 50 years is the nursing program.

Athletic Director Brady McKillip and Vice President for Enrollment Management Scott Briell announced the promotion of Nate Robinson as Graceland University’s new head football coach early Friday.

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.