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Graceland University President Patricia H. Draves welcomed Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg to the Lamoni campus today during the Decatur County stop on their 99-county tour of the state. A small group of students and faculty were honored to have the opportunity to meet with them.

The Graceland Fine Arts season opens today, Friday, Sept. 8, in Carol Hall with a Fall Faculty Showcase Recital. Five talented musicians from the Music Department will present selections representing a broad range of vocal and instrumental repertoire. The program is at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

Graceland University Professor of Education Dennis McElroy was among 25 people honored with the President's Volunteer Service Award for his work as part of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The award was presented in June during ISTE's conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Our new faculty members have arrived on campus and are completing their first week of instructing their new classes. We are excited for a successful 2017-18. Meet our newcomers.

The online Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program offered through the Graceland University C. H. Sandage School of Business has been ranked number four by College Choice on their list of the 35 Best Online Organizational Leadership Degrees.

Team Yellowjacket had a successful seventh year with the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), a non-competitive cycling road tour organized by The Des Moines Register. Riders travel across Iowa from the west end of the state at the Missouri River to the Mississippi River bordering the east edge. According to their website, RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest bike-touring event in the world.

For the sixth year in a row, Graceland University has been named Best in the Midwest for 2018 by the Princeton Review. Graceland is among 158 premier colleges to make the list, released annually.

Graceland senior, Will Ward `18 and Scott Briell, Vice President of Enrollment gave an impromptu interview to CW Iowa Live's Jackie Schmillen on the first day of the 2017 Iowa State Fair.

For the past 11 years, Ken and Cindy McClain have generously offered McClain internships to well over 100 Graceland students, providing them hands-on experience with their businesses on the Independence, Missouri, town square. The partnership has become a refined course in entrepreneurial endeavors benefitting and influencing Graceland students with experiential learning.

Graceland University School of Nursing has ranked twice in the 25 Best Online Nurse Practitioners Degree Programs for 2017 by College Choice.

Graceland has just learned that lifelong Gracelander Velma Ruch has passed away. Ruch graduated from Graceland College in 1941 and then returned as part of the English faculty in 1946. She became the first woman on Graceland’s faculty to hold a PhD, and later chaired the Language and Literature Division from its creation in 1965 until 1984.

The Television Academy announced Saturday that Jordan Wayne Long, a 2008 Graceland University graduate, is among the winners of the 69th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.

Longtime Graceland supporter JR Shaw, whose significant generosity led to the magnificent Shaw Center, recently gave yet another gift of art to Graceland University. The Shaw lobby is now adorned with a large original oil and acrylic on panel entitled “Slice” by Erin Loree. The painting makes a statement, measuring 86 X 68 and demands attention with its strong composition and bold color.

Graceland University has taken a big stride this summer in support for its premier soccer programs and has committed to a complete renovation of the playing surface, consisting of sod removal, laser grading, and resodding to enhance the quality and playability.

Graceland University Sustainability and the Lamoni Food Pantry have teamed up to spearhead the Lamoni Raised Bed Community Garden Project featuring community gardens in downtown Lamoni.

Graceland University nurtures and sends into the world individuals who take the mission of the university to heart and carry it out in their daily lives. An example of this occurs each summer at Lake Doniphan near Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where a concentration of Gracelanders – representing a wide range of ages and backgrounds – passionately come together and volunteer a week of their summer at Camp MOJA.

Today begins the new president’s responsibility to transcend the leadership team and reach out to the entire Graceland community to ensure achievement is planned, collaborative and celebrated. Her role will include a commitment to the mission and values of Graceland University, grounded in the Christian faith and sponsoring church, Community of Christ.

Graceland University Vice President of Enrollment Management Scott Briell is pleased to announce an internal restructure of the Athletics Department designed to create a strong leadership team for athletic success. Brady McKillip '00 has been appointed as Athletic Director. Zach Mullins has been appointed as an Associate Athletic Director. Stew McDole '65 will remain as an Associate Athletic Director.

Continuing in the tradition of athletic excellence, Graceland University Director of Athletics Joe Worlund and Vice President of Enrollment Management Scott Briell are pleased to announce Marc Kolb as Graceland’s new head football coach. Kolb brings a wealth of winning experience to Graceland’s program with 22 seasons as a successful college coach.

The Graceland University Board of Trustees has approved new social science degree programs to be offered beginning Fall 2017 on the Lamoni campus. The decision was in response to a proposed redesign of the criminal justice major and the addition of a concentration in criminology to the reintroduced sociology major by Graceland’s Division of Social Sciences.

Sunday, April 30, was a bittersweet day for Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. The 120th Commencement began at 10 a.m. as the graduate candidates filed into Closson Center to be honored for the completion of their degree program. The ceremony presented something special as President John Sellars, PhD, CPA, presided over his last commencement for Graceland University.

Graceland University believes experiential learning is an important part of student success, and the Principal Voice of the Young Consumer (VOYC) Business Challenge provides Graceland social media marketing students with just that. Each spring for the past five years, students in the Social Media Marketing class at Graceland have had the opportunity to develop a real marketing plan for a Fortune 500 company.

Kosovo’s Minister of Justice Dhurata Hoxha will bring the address at Graceland University’s 120th commencement. Graceland graduates, Dhurata Hoxha and Ambassador Zana Zeqiri Rudi will receive honorary doctorates. Additional Kosovo dignitaries on the platform will include Consul General Xhavit Gashi, and Kosovo Ambassador Greg Delawie. US Ambassador and former Graceland president John Menzies will return to campus for the ceremonies.

The Graceland University Alumni Board of Directors (ABOD) had its annual meeting March 11 and elected new officers who will serve for the next two years, beginning June 1. Michele Black ’81 was elected President, Joseph “Joe” Booz ’86 was elected as Vice President, and Holly (Phillips) Caskey ’81 was elected as Secretary. Cal Closson ‘82, who has most recently served as president and vice president prior to his current role, has enjoyed his tenure but wishes to give others the opportunity to lead. He will continue to take an active role in several areas of the board.

Graceland University Vice President for Enrollment Management, Scott Briell, has been selected as a 2017 recipient of the Flagler College Professional Achievement Award. The awa...