Spotlights

Faculty Spotlight: Dan Pratt

September 3, 2018

IF YOU'RE READING THE HORIZONS MAGAZINE, THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE YOU KNOW CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR DAN PRATT, PHD, ’81 — OR SOME OF HIS COUSINS. PROFESSOR PRATT IS CONNECTED.

Kevin ’08 and Lora Toncheva ’07 Potter are a duo that makes Graceland proud. With successful careers, two young boys (and another one on the way) and their sights on improving the world, this couple is making a difference.

Jeremy Graybill ’98 revealed that he wasn’t really the best student when he came to Graceland. He had some areas that needed improvement and said he was thankful for the “patience and guidance” of Professor Emeritus Dr. Ron Smith, who taught several of his math classes. It was the Graceland community, the men’s volleyball team, the guys on the hall and his family who helped to form the leader that Graybill has become today.

While she was at Graceland Andrea “Andi” Barber ’06 Chatburn discovered that her understanding of death and dying was different than most. In Bob Mesle’s class Suffering and Meaning, discussions around death revealed her difference. As a girl, Chatburn lost six great-grandparents within a few years. She experienced the care and love given to her great-grandparents, and, because of the inclusion in these intimate beautiful deaths, she understood death as a natural part of life.

It is a common process for students to be unclear on the path they wish to follow at the time they begin their college career, and that was definitely the case for Alex Cash ʼ12. Cash, who graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, began his Graceland experience as a music education major.

Friday, March 30, the Graceland University Division of Science and Math was pleased to honor Daniel ‘48 and Alice ‘47 Waite for their generous gift of an endowed chair in science. The Daniel E. and Alice D. Waite Chair in Science will fund a faculty position in perpetuity and honors the scholarship of the chair holder.

Graceland is doubly fortunate to "get her" and "him" too. The Draves doctors have a powerful impact on Graceland’s future.

Mary Shawgo, PhD, is bringing skilled scientific practices to Graceland University undergraduate programs and students.

Coming to Graceland University was a last minute decision for Jalen Brown `17. He was offered a scholarship to play basketball for the university only a couple months before classes began. Brown says what really drove him to come to Graceland was the thought of being on his own, away from the big city lights of Chicago.

Grant Kouri ’06 has chosen a career of service and steps out courageously to act on his convictions. Graceland’s mission and values are lived out in Grant’s passion for global humanitarian work.