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Graceland University
Motto Prudens futuri (Wisdom for the Future)
Established 1895
Endowment $37.2 million[1]
President John Sellars
Faculty 146
Students 2,351
Location Independence, Lamoni, USA
School Song Graceland Forever
Colors Blue & Gold
Nickname Yellowjackets
Mascot Sting
Affiliations Community of Christ

Graceland University is a private liberal arts university of about 2300 students and 150 faculty with campuses in Lamoni, Iowa and Independence, Missouri. The school, though non-sectarian, was established by, and is affiliated with, the Community of Christ, formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS), and was founded in 1895 as Lamoni College.

Its main campus is located in Lamoni, Iowa. This residential campus offers 43 majors and 60 degree options, 17 varsity sports, campus wide activities, and intramural sports. Among the significant architectural structures on the Lamoni Campus are the Higdon Administration Building, the Roy A. Cheville Chapel, Closson Physical Education Center, Frederick Madison Smith Library, and the Shaw Center.

The Independence campus is an urban campus that houses the school of nursing, undergraduate and graduate programs in education and Community of Christ Seminary.This campus also houses the Center for the Study of the Korean War, the largest Korean War archive in the United States.

In 1995, Graceland University acquired SkillPath, a business training company offering seminars and classes in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. SkillPath has offered approximately 20,000 sessions to more than 500,000 students in 450 cities.[2]

Dr. John D. Sellars was named as Graceland's 17th president, assuming that role effective July 15, 2007. He follows Dr. Steven L. Anders (Graceland's vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty who was appointed acting president on August 7, 2006), and John K. Menzies (who resigned as Graceland’s president on August 5, 2006).

Graceland won first-place in the four-year division of the SIFE USA National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 23, 2006. The team then went on to be the 1st runner up at the World Cup competition in Paris, France. In 2008, the SIFE team finished 3rd in National competition in Chicago, Illinois. They have qualified for National's 9 out of the past 10 years.



University rankings (overall)

USNWR Liberal Arts[3] NR
WM Liberal Arts[4] NR

Graceland is not ranked by U.S. News & World Report, being deemed a Tier 3 institution.[5] It is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission as a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[6]

Housing System

Instead of having fraternities and sororities like many universities, Graceland has residential social organizations called "houses". Each student is assigned to a "house," regardless of whether they live on or off campus. Each house functions socially as a fraternity or sorority. House officers form a house council including a president, a Council of Student Activities member (also known as COSA), a Student Academic Council member (also known as SAC), a senator who represents the house in student government, an intramural sports representative, a chaplain, and finally Crescents (exclusive to women's houses and whose duties include decorating and doing arts and crafts). Members of a house council are elected to their positions by members of their house.


Graceland athletics compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference.



In 2005, the Yellowjackets went 9-3, won their first conference title since 1975 and qualified for the NAIA national championships for the first time ever. This was just four years removed from an 0-10 season. COach Cris Welch is 28-14 in four years.

Herbert Goodman and Jeff Criswell went on to play in the NFL

Women's soccer

In 2006, GU won their third straight Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship. Despite a 17-1-1 record, the Jackets were not selected for the NAIA national tournament. They have not been defeated in conference play since October 2003 (29-0-3). GU is 67-6-11 over the lst four years.

Women's volleyball

Stew McDole has won 741 matches in 25 years at Graceland.

Men's volleyball

The Jackets capture three NAIA Championships (1973, 76, 79). They were one of only two teams to qualify for nationals all 11 years it was run. The NAIA stopped the championships following the 1978-79 season.

Men's soccer

In 2006, Graceland went 18-4-2. Despite losing in the Region V Championship, the Jackets were selected to the NAIA National Tournament and seeded second. They beat Milligan 1-0, Grand View 3-0, Webber International 1-0 and [[Azusa Pacific University}Azusa Pacific]] 0-0 (7-6 in a shoot out) to win the NAIA National Championships.

They beat Grand View 3-0 after losing 3-0 to them in the opening game of the season. In the semifinals against Webber International they played without one of the top two defensive players, Ruben Ruelas, who suffered a broken ankle against GV, Edson Edward (the #3 scorer, out with injury) and veteran Brett Porter, who was sitting out due to yellow cards.

In the final against Azusa Pacific, they were without Ruelas, Edward, Facundo Rinaldi (a top reserve, out with a red card) and Kevin Souter (a top player, out on fouls).

In the shootout, both teams made all five of their penalty kicks, which is highly unusual. Then in the second round, both teams missed their first three shots each. After each made the fourth shot, goalkeeper Isaac Unruh came up with a huge save and Nick Gay put his shot past the keeper for the win.

In 2008, the Yellowjackets won the HAAC conference for the third time (1997, 2005 and 2007) finishing with a 17 wins, 2 ties and 2 losses record. Graceland advanced to National Tournament for the third year in a row. Kevin Souter of Portsoy, Scotland has been signed by the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer.

In the Fall of 2008, Angel Monroy, long time assistant and associate head coach during the 2007 season, took over the reigns of the men's soccer program after Ivan Joseph moved to Ryerson University to become athletic director. Under the tutelage of the new coaching staff the Yellowjackets finished the season ranked nationally in the NAIA at #22 with a record 13-5-2 and 6-1-2 in the conference.[citation needed]



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