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					                                         Alumni and Friends Magazine   Summer 2007 Vol. 23, No. 2

Introducing Graceland’s
17th President John Sellars
John and Bette Support GU Artists at Des Moines Arts Festival
     A greeting from President John Sellars

   Dear Gracelanders:

     With our return to Graceland University, my wife Bette
and I are reminded of the nine years we served here from
1987 to 1996. It is with fond memories we recall restoring
the Briggs House (many homes are still referred to by the
name of the previous occupants even if that was 50 years
ago) which was built in the early 1890’s just south of Central
Park. Bette, in particular, enjoyed building flower beds
around the yard. It was hard to move from that old house
with its picket fence and what seemed like half an acre of
flower gardens when I became the Senior Vice President at
Michigan Tech.
     The house we renovated was President George Briggs’
home, Graceland’s president from 1915 to 1944. Graceland
has always been a place of history and educational
leadership. That includes the academic quality brought to
Graceland by the progressive ideas of President Briggs and
the genius of the community college movement that swept
the nation which was fathered by Dr. Edmund Gleazer,
Jr., Graceland’s president from 1946 to 1957. More recently,
Graceland has added a seminary and distance education
fostered by presidents Bill and Barbara Higdon, David
Clinefelter and John Menzies. Each president has left his or
her mark on the quality faculty and academic programs we
enjoy today.
     Graceland and Lamoni are different now than when
Bette and I last lived here. However, wonderful campus
improvements like the new Helene Center for the Visual
Arts, added lighting and parking areas, and building reno-
vations, have all been done to maintain the gentle historical
ambiance of the original campus. Around town we now see
Amish carts and bike trails. While one signifies a linkage to
the past and the other adapting to the modern way of life,
they both are illustrative of the culture of the community.
     While Graceland has changed with the times, one
characteristic of our community has not changed through
the years — the personal attention given to our students. I
continue to hear stories about faculty and staff reaching out
to students to help them both academically and personally.
After all, at Graceland University it is all about the students.

                                                  John Sellars
                                                                           John Sellars
                                                                     17th President
John D. Sellars, Ph.D.
   President                                                                 ven before he official-
Steven L. Anders, Ph.D. ’73
   Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty                   ly took office July 16th,
Kathleen M. Clauson, Ph.D.
   Executive Dean of Academic Quality                                        President John Sellars
Don Compier, Ph.D.
   Dean of the Community of Christ Seminary
                                                                     was on campus, visiting
Kelly W. Everett ’77                                                 students, staff and faculty.
   Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Sherri M. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. ’65                                     In the photo below he chats
   Vice President for Independence Campus
Janice Tiffany ’83                                                   in late June with Professors
   Interim Vice President for Business and Administrative Services   Bob Mesle (Religion and
Thomas L. Powell ’73
   Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students              Philosophy), Linda DeBarthe
Greg Sutherland ’73
   Interim Vice President for Enrollment                             (Accounting and Business
                                                                     Administration) and Steve
Board of Trustees
Kenneth B. McClain, J.D. ’79, Chair                                  Murdock (Mathematics).
J. Jay Newcom, J.D. ’64 , Vice Chair
Hon. Leonard L. Boswell ’55
                                                                     John and First-lady Bette Sel-
Charles Orman Brooner ’53                                            lars are getting settled into
Donald P Brown ’57
Robert P Bruch ’52
         .                                                           Carmichael House, visiting
David B. Carmichael ’42
    M.D., M.A.C.C., RADM MC USNR (Ret.)                              with old friends and making
John A. (Jack) Cave ’68                                              new ones, on campus and
Denise Dudley, Ph.D.
Nancy Tanner Edwards, Ph.D. ’65                                      in the community. Turn the
Lisa K. Freberg, J.D. ’83
Calvin V. French, Ed.D. ’49                                          page to read much more
Cheryl F. Hansen, ’77
Laurie Nipper Heintz ’85
                                                                     about the Sellars and learn
Barbara McFarlane Higdon, Ph.D. ’49                                  why John is the right man, at
W. Gary Howard, Ph.D. ’64
Lori A. Kaleikau ’81                                                 exactly the right time, to lead
Michael D. Lewis, J.D. ’90
Kay Johnson Mussell, Ph.D. ’63                                       Graceland into the future.
Emma Jean (Vicki) Ross, Ph.D. ’50
Howard K. Sakima, M.D. ’69
David D. Schaal ’80
Dwayne H. Shannon ’49
Llewellyn Shepherdson
Helen Pearson Smith ’58
Janet Ward Worthington ’81
K. Michael Zabel, M.D. ’84

Alumni Board of Directors
Sidna Adams ’70
Katie Arnold-Clow ’90
Pamela K. Smith Ash ’77
Howard J. Booth, Ph.D. ’60
Kirby O. Brooner ’76
Alan Cochran ’81
Dannie Crozier ’96
Karla M. Fennick ’89
Christy Jarvis ’90
Michael D. Lewis, J.D. ’90
Kathryn Lysinger ’83
Barbara Hiles Mesle, Ph.D. ’72
William D. Morain, M.D. ’62
Cherry A. Newcom ’65
Darren Ourth ’93                                                      About the cover:
Scott Ourth ’81
Larkin Powell, Ph.D. ’90                                              Graceland’s new president, Dr. John Sellars, and Bette Sellars,
Jackie Pray ’74                                                       pose with art students Eric Mercer and Katie Waugh at the Des
Rebecca T. Shalley ’62
G. Joe Shelton ’67                                                    Moines Arts Festival on June 29th. President Sellars began his
Adam W. Smith, J.D. ’96
Jeanne Sundell Davis ’81                                              duties on July 16th, but he and Bette made the trip to Des Moines
Tyler Williams ’95
                                                                      to cheer on Graceland’s entrants in the festival’s Emerging Art-
Editorial Board                                                       ists competition. Katie went on to win ‘Best of Show.’
Nancy Wallace ’74, Alumni Programs Director
Randy Meline, Editor                                                  Photo by Dennis Piepergerdes.
Howard J. Booth, Ph.D. ’60
Elizabeth Heltenberg ’94
Barbara Higdon, Ph.D. ’49
Tom Morain, Ph.D. ’69                                                 Horizons, Volume 23, No. 2
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                                                                                                                    GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007            1

lcome Back Home
 John and Bette Sellars Return as President and First Lady of Graceland

         ll is well with the world and             back home, John and Bette” resounding from
                                                   both town and gown.
         Graceland because Hank and
                                                       This dynamic couple have worked tire-
         Millie have moved into Car-               lessly during the last decade to reach lofty
michael House. There is something                  heights in the competitive world of education-
innately reassuring about having                   al fundraising. First at Michigan Technologi-
                                                   cal University and then Syracuse University,
dogs residing at the president’s home.
                                                   as a formidable development team, and most
Even more so because this spirited                 recently at Drury University, where John
brother-sister pair of Wheaten Terriers            has been president since 2005, they eclipsed
are, shall we say, very friendly.                  expectations, traveling together, charm-
                                                   ing alumni and friends with their disparate
    “Hank, get back over here,” shouts a tall,     interests and talents. They like to share a story
imposing man, from the front doorway, as           about an evening they spent with a couple in
Hank sprints off across the expansive lawn         their California home. Absorbed with art and
to greet a group of disc golfers. The attractive   photography, the man bonded instantly with
woman at the man’s side chimes in, “The dogs       Bette and they were off on a long tour of the
are absolutely going to love all this space.”      house, speaking a common language of de-
    Two-year-old Hank and Millie, of course,       sign and creativity. The woman, it turned out,
belong to Graceland’s new president, John          was immersed in the study of theology, one of
Sellars, and first-lady Bette Sellars, who ar-      John’s great passions. “My books at the office
rived in the heat and humidity of mid July. On     are about higher education,” he says. “My
John’s first day in office, the 16th, the Sellars    books at home are about religion and theol-
threw an ice cream social (photos at right) and    ogy.” He and the woman discussed Karl Barth
invited everyone — except Hank and Millie.         and other great theologians. The evening
That was probably a good call given there          could not have gone better.
were a dozen tubs of the delicious, sticky             Bette Sellars’ influence will be observed on
stuff, fudge and marshmallow sauce, and            the fundraising trail with John, but perhaps
all the toppings. “Very friendly” might have       more noticeably at Carmichael House. She is
become “furry-gooey.”                              a master interior designer and award-win-
    Nearly 200 faculty, staff, summer students     ning artist. Already she is at work to create a
and Lamoni residents came out to greet             stylized, welcoming home where the couple
Graceland’s 17th president and his gracious        promise that all manner of social gatherings
wife. While John and Bette saw new faces in        will be common place. Hank and Millie will
the long receiving line which wound under          be there to answer the door.
the tall shade tree next to the MSC, there were        John is big on communication. At Drury
also many familiar smiles because the Sellars      his office door was open each Friday after-
are not newcomers to Graceland or Lamoni.          noon he was in town. The same will be true at
John taught business courses here (he is a         his second-floor office in the Higdon Admin-
CPA) and was VP for Institutional Advance-         istration Building. “Everyone is welcome,”
ment from 1987-96. Bette was an art professor.     he says, flashing a contagious smile. He will
They were busy, respected members of the           write frequent letters to the board of trustees
community then, and it doesn’t take long now,      and campus communities, “reflecting what
after first meeting them, to know they will         is going on at the time.” He also wants to
be again. A little eavesdropping as ice cream      hear about, and honor, “the unheralded staff
social greetings were exchanged revealed the       members who so powerfully touch the lives of
obvious. There is an exclamation of “Welcome       our students.” He talked at some length about

                                                                                                GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007   3
  Bette and
John seated
    in a bay
  window at

               the tradition of “great Graceland employees who have                 That line of thought leads to a more serious subject. The
               devoted their lives to nurturing students, one at a time.”      smile dissolves. “There is real work to be done here,” he
                   It is not presumptuous to say that much of what John        says earnestly. “In today’s world it is no longer enough to
               has done until now (he is 59) was prelude to his timely         be a warm, caring liberal arts institution. We must become
               return to Graceland as president. He and Bette share a          a destination school. We must attract the students we want
               life-long faith tradition (several generations for both fami-   with signature professional programs. Students must say,
               lies) in the Community of Christ. He was under appoint-         ‘I’m going to the business school at Graceland because it is
               ment with the church – Bishop in Kansas City for seven          nationally known for its SIFE program; its premier science
               years and briefly in Lamoni, 1979-80 – and worked with           and math disciplines; its cutting-edge fine arts programs;
               17 World Church committees. He has a notable education,         its championship-yet-inclusive athletic teams; its renowned
               including a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri with          religion and philosophy department.’ Down the line, all of
               a dissertation about keys to success for private universi-      our programs, this all wraps together.”
               ties, post-doctoral study on educational management at               And how does John foresee presenting this concept
               Harvard and work on higher education marketing at the           to donors? “We don’t just raise money for a building,” he
               Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.         says, persuasively. John has a genuine charisma that illu-
               He has followed a seemingly pre-designed path of profes-        minates his visage when he speaks, when he emphasizes
               sional development which has resulted in tremendous             key words. “When we’re talking to donors we talk about
               success wherever he worked. He and Bette are familiar           the dream. The dream of a personalized education parents
               with and hold great affection for Graceland (their three        want for their children. The personal attention – within
               children attended here, Jeremy ‘91, Sara ‘93 Covert and         great signature programs – that creates better schol-
               Jennifer ’95 Warrington) and they love the relaxed pace         ars, more successful graduates. Personal attention their
               of life in southern Iowa (they like to walk, mountain bike      children will not get in big-university economics classes
               and kayak). Was it preordained? Destiny perhaps? There’s        with 600 students. We wrap that with our strong liberal
               that smile again, sincere and humble: “I’ll say this. There     arts tradition and our small, caring community. Then we
               was a sense, always, that the time would be right to come       provide the facilities, we retain the quality faculty, and
               back to Graceland.”                                             we become a marquee, destination school, a school that

                              “There was a sense, always, that the time
                             would be right to come back to Graceland.”

               4   GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007
builds the whole person. That combination is very power-
ful. That is the dream we talk about, with donors, with
parents and with prospective students.”
    You want to enroll right then when he finishes. You
want to write a check to support the Graceland dream.
You feel in your gut that John Sellars is the right presi-
dent, at exactly the right time, for Graceland.
    About our Independence Campus John says, “Think
about what’s happening there. It is new outreach, built
upon a venerable nursing program. It doesn’t have to
be done the same way it has been done in Lamoni. That
doesn’t mean it’s not fully Graceland. And, how excit-
ing can it possibly be to be involved in the early stages                                                                           The Sellars
                                                                                                                                    with Eric
of creating a new seminary?” He adds, “We think about
                                                                                                                                    and Katie.
Lamoni, and Independence, and then we will focus on
mutual adjustment and growth.”                                      employs involves creating a painting on a rusty piece of
    When John was 18, just out of William Chrisman                  steel, using chemicals, then stopping the chemical process
High School in Independence, “just about everyone was               at the right moment by applying beeswax. His booth at the
being drafted,” so he joined the Navy. He ended up as a             festival is the backdrop for the cover photo of this Horizons.
front gunner on the light missile cruiser USS Providence,                Katie and Eric both demonstrated their work at the
patrolling the coast of Vietnam, picking up Navy SEALS              festival and when the Sellars visited, a group of Graceland-
from Swift Boats, and providing fire support for combat              ers were on hand to greet them and pose for photographs.
troops inland. Just months earlier, he had met Bette. She           It was a stellar moment when the new president and first
was teaching art at a church camp. Now he was part of               lady were introduced to two young artists who had met at
a crew hurling massive six-inch munitions at human be-              Graceland, attended classes together, become friends, and
ings. “Spotters would tell us there were 80 Vietcong down           ultimately fell in love. Eric and Katie will attend the Savan-
during the last salvos, and your heart would sink. It tore          nah School of Art and Design, at the Atlanta, Georgia,
you apart.”
    Reaction to the
Vietnam experience is
a part of what formed
the gentle, soft-spoken
John Sellars we see
today. It was that John
Sellars, and Bette, ac-
companied by Lamoni
friends, who visited
the Des Moines Arts
Festival June 29th to
support two Graceland        Artists Eric Mercer and Katie Waugh demonstrate their work for judges at the Des Moines Arts Festival.
2007 graduates chosen
from among hundreds statewide as ‘Emerging Iowa Art-                campus, this Fall, and yes, when pressed, their faces turn a
ists.’ Bette especially was in her element at the prestigious       little red and they admit they are thinking of marriage.
festival that attracted 200,000 visitors.                                They also want to be working artists, and perhaps
    Our students, Katie Waugh ’07, of Wisconsin, and                teach, mimicking mentor faculty members Julia Franklin
Eric Mercer ’07, of Ontario, did Graceland proud. Katie’s           (also Chair of the Fine Arts Division) and Rob Stephens.
embroidery work on muslin depicts the crickets she                  Eric and Katie’s work preparing for the festival this sum-
observed so closely while creating paintings at the old             mer gave them a taste of what that would be like. They
art building Kelley Hall. She embroiders the crickets,              said it was the best summer they’ve ever had – hard work,
then creates her painting, in black, over the embroidered           but so rewarding.
muslin. It was a hit with judges. Katie won ‘Best of Show’               Katie added, “You know, it is so cool that the Sellars
among the 24 emerging artists.                                      would come to the arts festival. It bodes well for the fu-
    A certified blacksmith, Eric displayed the result of             ture. I think there are going to be great opportunities for
his labor-intensive process of working with steel to cre-           students at Graceland in the years to come.”
ate sculptures and paintings. A technique he currently                   John and Bette echo that sentiment.n

                                                                                                   GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007   5
(Pardon us Charles Wesley for our lyrics to your old Christmas carol)

    Hark the “Herald Angels” lived,
    at Graceland’s first off-campus dorm.
    They wrote to Horizons with memories,
    of fun and laughs at old Herald Hall.
    A wrecking ball has cleared the site,
    for a new high school and gym.
    Thank you for your witty tales,
    presented here for all to share.

     n the early 1920s they unofficially began call-
     ing themselves “Herald Angels.” It stuck, for
     the women and men. For 50 years, men, then
women, then men, then women, called Herald
Hall home. During World War II there were so                            Bonny Lou Haferkamp ‘48
                                                                    Briggs liked the long walk up
few men on campus, it was their only dorm. It                       the hill, as many called it. “It was
became the first Aaron House. The winter walk                        good exercise and invigorating
to and from campus was a good stretch of the                        to be out of doors in all kinds of
                                                                    weather,” Bonny wrote. But, she
legs for some, frozen drudgery for others. They                     could “scarcely turn around” in
all have memories of the publishing house that                      her tiny, windowless room. “But, I
became a dorm, the dorm that is no more. (Their                     was glad to have a place to call my
                                                                    own.” She worked the front desk,
photos are of course from Acacias.)                                 greeting callers, summonsing girls
                                                                    for their dates. House mother Barbara Bayless gave
                                                                    Bonny her wedding dress pattern. Her brother was
                                                                    stationed in Japan and sent “white silk crepe de Chine”
                                                                    which her aunt used to make the dress. She married
                                                                    Kenneth Briggs ’48 not long after graduation. She calls
                                                                    her year at Herald Hall “a blessing in my life.” (Inde-
                                                                    pendence, MO —

                                                                                         We could write a small book with
                                                                                         all the memories provided by
                                                                                         Jeanne Gatrost ’58 Murphey. She
                                                                                         remembers well the terrible Asian
                                                                                         flu epidemic of 1958 because she
                                                                                         and most everybody on campus
                                                                                         got it, right during Homecom-
                                                                                         ing. She didn’t mind that much
                                                                                         because she was behind on home-
                                                                                         work. “While I was sick I studied

                                                              wastebaskets down the stairwell. When I relayed the
                                                              story to my father, he said “I remember that, and I’m the
                                                              one who expelled him from the Hall for doing it!”

                                                              Elaine Sheppard ’48 Cavin sent
                                                              in a envelope full of old Graceland
                                                              photos and pointed out that “they
                                                              have grown old like the rest of
                                                              us.” She was right, and we can’t
                                                              use them, but thanks Elaine. She
                                                              also wrote that a “jokester” hid an
                                                              alarm clock in her room, set for 2
                                                              a.m., but they later became good
                                                              friends. “She visited my congrega-
                                                              tion a few years back and that Graceland Spirit was still
                                                              flowing between us. Herald Hall was fun, and a great
                                                              learning experience with a new dorm family.” (Lake
                                                              Lotawana, MO — 816-578-4067)

                                                                                     Lola Mae Glenn ’53 Collins
as much as possible, and caught up.” The sometimes                                   wrote, “Herald Hall will always be
“brutal” winter walk to campus was okay on Sundays                                   a memory of sisterhood, comfort,
because a baker at the coffee shop downtown made “won-                               spiritual growth and laughter.”
derful hot rolls.” She’d buy one for 10 cents and eat it as                          She lived in a large room with five
she walked to church. There was an advantage to the long                             roommates who she has met up
walk “if you could make it with a boyfriend. We had a lot                            with at church conference. One
more time to enjoy saying goodnight.” Curfew was 9:30                                roommate commented, “I’ll never
p.m. “Sometimes it was a race down the hill, and through                             forget you Lola because your
town to get in on time.” She learned “that mice liked to                             shoes and tops always matched.”
run through my dresser drawers. Fortunately I never           She adds, “Like all memories, Herald Hall will never re-
saw or heard them, but they left their droppings behind.”     ally be gone.” (Arizona City, AZ)
Popcorn poppers were forbidden because of old wiring,
but her roommate had one and it was a big (clandestine)
hit with the other girls! Her window led to a fire escape
“that girls used to stay out late with their boyfriends           Norma Gault ’51 Pomeroy
without getting punished.”                                    recognized a photo we used in
(Glen Carbon, IL —                          the Summer ’06 Horizons of girls
                                                              posing on the Herald Hall front
                                                              steps (reprinted above), because
                                                              she is in it with four of her
    Myron A. Calhoun ’61 wrote                                friends: Martha Hare ’52 Holm;
with a story about his father,                                Margaret Gilbertson ’51 Dyer;
Ammon C. Calhoun ’40, who was                                 Mary Jane Munn ’52 Thornton;
a Head Resident at Herald Hall.                               and Carol Jeane Dowdy ’51
“One of my Graceland roommates                                Kinnamon. “We had good-natured water fights, short-
(who shall remain nameless to                                 sheeted each other and played lots of tricks. It was a
protect the guilty) told me that                              great time!” Her job was “keeping order in the visiting
his father (well known in the                                 area, enforcing hours and locking the door.” Norma, did
RLDS church, hence my ‘protect                                you know about the fire escape escapes? (Brighton, MI
the guilty’ disclaimer) had dis-                              —
covered he could wake everybody up at once by rolling

                                                                                            GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007   7
    Fred Pryor ’69 belonged to Aaron House. He wrote                                 Jim E. Gamet ’62 of Estes Park, CO,
a note to say he remembered fondly a reception held at                               wrote to provide a story from his
Herald Hall for all Graceland students, put on by House                              dad, Dr. Elmo E. Gamet ’29, who
Parents Keith and Sharon Wick ’60 Summers. “They                                     lived in Herald Hall for a year.
treated every one with watermelon. I was just amazed                                 Elmo returned to Lamoni in 1934,
with their hospitality.” (Overland Park, KS)                                         where he practiced medicine for
                                                                                     over 40 years. He passed away in
                                                                                     2005. These are Elmo’s words, from
                                                                                     an oral history Jim took of his dad
                                                                                     in 2004: “I stayed in Herald Hall
                                                               — it was downtown. It used to be the Herald House, and
                                                               they turned it into a dorm. We ate breakfast there, and
                                                               our other meals out on the hill. We had to walk out to
                                                               the college every day, which was about a mile walk out
                                                               and back. I remember one time the kid that was taking
                                                               care of the boiler forgot to fill it with water, and blew
                                                               the boiler up. For about a week, we didn’t have any heat
                                                               down there, right in the dead of winter. They set up a
                                                               wood stove down in the dining room, and we’d go down
                                                               there to dress because it was cold — about zero I suspect

                                                                   It sounds like Jake Wiggins ’65
                                                                was something of a rascal. His de-
                                                               tailed stories could also make a small
                                                               book. Sorry Jake. We only have room
                                                               for one, edited down. “By the second
                                                               week of school, several of us had
                                                               discovered the wonders of the Eag-
                                                               leville Truck stop. Late night fried egg
                                                               sandwiches, real coffee and of course
                                                               year-‘round-fireworks! At the bottom
    Beverly Taylor ’52 Dimmitt                                 of the stairs, as you entered Herald, there was a small
was a pre-nursing student,                                     apartment. It housed our head resident and his wife.
worked in the campus infirmary,                                 Over coffee and egg sandwiches one night, we decided it
and often made the walk “up the                                would be great fun to attach fire crackers to his door. At
hill” in “wind, rain, sleet and                                midnight we taped the firecrackers to the door, attached a
snow.” At Christmas break she                                  timer, better known as an unfiltered and shortened Cam-
was to ride home with another                                  el cigarette, and went to our beds to wait for the noise. We
student so packed her suitcase                                 estimated a five-minute delay, and after seven minutes I
and left it in the Herald Hall                                 was tip-toeing down the second floor hallway when the
entryway so she could run in                                   fireworks did what fireworks do. It was loud! I got back to
and get it. When she returned, the suitcase was gone. “I       bed knowing that if they checked my heart rate I would
was devastated as I didn’t have a lot of clothes to begin      be in jail. Then the incredibly loud fire alarm went off.
with. My parents had sacrificed to get me to Graceland.”        Officially summoned, we gathered outside. The head
Over Christmas her mom made her some clothes and               resident informed us we would stay outside until some-
they bought a few things to get her by the rest of the         one confessed. He then locked us out! After grumbling
year. “When I arrived back at Herald Hall, there was my        by less-spirited members, we formed up and marched
suitcase. One of the girl’s fathers had picked it up by mis-   through the streets of Lamoni singing stirring songs,
take.” (St. Louis, MO —              Onward Christian Soldiers being the first. Lights started
                                                               coming on in houses. Faces appeared in windows. I can

still see the face of one little old lady who peeked out of   Hall! Liberation for Women Comes to Graceland in 1965.”
her window, waved enthusiastically and smiled a big           (San Bernardino, CA — 909-864-0996)
ole smile. We were into the second chorus of God Bless
America when Lamoni’s only police officer showed up,
partially dressed in his uniform, car lights flashing. We
said we were locked out of Herald Hall after a false-                               Dave Cottrell ’61 and his buddies
alarm fire drill. Somehow fireworks got left out. We were                             achieved a first in the fall of 1959.
reprimanded as a group, and I believe the head resident                             “I was a freshman eager to live the
was admonished for his actions. Several weeks later as                              Graceland Experience to the maxi-
I bought coffee at the Hy-Vee, the sweet-faced old lady                             mum. I knew that I must achieve
who had waved to our group came up to me. She said                                  good grades, but I was also deter-
how much she had enjoyed the music and how it seemed                                mined to thoroughly enjoy my time
so fitting because she had awakened from a dream about                               at Graceland. When it came time to
fireworks and the 4th of July.” Two quick notes about Jake.                          pledge a social club, I was hopeful
That summer (1965) he got a letter asking him not to come                           my roommate would invite me to
back to Graceland. He didn’t. His best Graceland experi-      join the Tri-T’s, which I thought would be the ultimate. I
ence: meeting Diana Willetts ’65 Wiggins, his wife of 41      soon learned that guys from a variety of social clubs were
years. (Bertram, TX —              talking of forming a new club where all the members
                                                              lived on the same floor of the same dorm. This was a radi-
                                                              cal notion. I liked the idea, especially since some of my
                                                              freshmen friends also thought it was a great idea and we
                  Thank you Cynthia Dexter ’66 Hayes          could join together. So the big question became: Would
                  for your wonderful stories. Wish we         the administration allow it to become reality? We knew
                  had more space. Here is one of them.        Herald Hall was going to open as a dormitory for the sec-
                  “It is amazing now to look back on the      ond semester and we would fit there perfectly. Our tim-
                  times, but women only wore skirts and       ing could not be better! Without a commitment from the
                  dresses to classes in the early years be-   administration, a new “Social Club” was formed called
                  fore the ’60s. This rule did not survive    Lambda Sigma Phi, close but not the same as that nation-
                  the ’60s, however. Traver House was         ally known fraternity. We were 22 cool guys who could
                  moved to Herald Hall for the school         conquer anything, even convincing the administration to
                  year 1965–66. Before they built Tess        allow us to live together at Herald Hall. Which we did!
Morgan they had run out of room for female students at        Starting with the second semester of 1959–60, we moved
Walker Hall. They did provide some bus service to and         into the first floor of Herald Hall. We had plenty of heat
from campus to Herald Hall. We enjoyed our bus driver         in the winter, the showers worked well and we had done
Myron Harbottle, but winters in Iowa are cold. We fussed      something no one else had ever done at Graceland. We
and argued about having to walk in the freezing snow.         had created a new social club, and we had lived together.”
The administration finally agreed that we could wear           How could Dave know that two years later the Graceland
pants when it got below zero. From there it was all down      House system came to be and the era of social clubs ended?
hill, and soon we were wearing pants a lot. Yea Herald        (Middleburg Heights, OH —

                                                                                            GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007   9
                                                               Nancy Doty ’58 Gorden wrote,
                                                            “Four of us found life boring so we
                                                            created the Herald Angels Quartet
                                                            and sang at social club events
                                                            and even the Christmas all-cam-
                                                            pus event.” The first snowstorm
                                                            startled her Hawaiian neighbors
                                                            “who couldn’t believe it was so
                                                            cold.” Nancy and her friends also
                                                            suffered through the famed ’58
                                                            flu epidemic. “They gave us tea and toast but we really
                                                            wanted Coca Cola.” The walk to campus was okay for her
                                                            because she talked to friends and “solved all the world’s
                                                            problems.” Lamoni’s elementary school was next door,
                                                            with swings and slides. One night, while swinging, Jerry
                                                            Lee Gorden ’57 proposed to her. “My response was, ‘let’s
                                                            think about it.’” They married on graduation day in the
                                                            Administration Building chapel. Jerry passed away this
                                                            year in February. (Johnston, IA —

                                                                                  The Gracelander from the earliest
                                                                                  class to respond was John M. Green
                                                                                  ’33 and his memory of Herald Hall
                                                                                  is an interesting one. He and others
                                                                                  began to notice clothing items were
                                                                                  missing, first a few, then more and
                                                                                  more. John lost a suit and “other
                                                                                  items I could ill-afford to lose at
                                                                                  that time.” So, they formed a group
                                                                                  to secretly take turns watching the
                                                            rooms. They caught the perpetrator, turned him in and
                                                            “he was forthwith kicked out of school.” All the missing
                       Marilyn Wood ’58 Suddaby lived       items were found in his trunk. John calls it an unfortu-
                       above the House Mother “right        nate incident, a “surprise to every one because he was an
                       beside the staircase. When I came    extremely nice guy we all liked.” He points out that he
                       clacking down the stairs in my       and his friends all had a lot of fun at Herald Hall, but this
                       hard plastic shower shoes, head-     memory stands out. That was 74 years ago. (El Paso, TX
                       ing for the basement showers, she    —
                       would come rushing out of her
                       apartment, almost tearing her hair
                       out, exclaiming at the noise I was
                       making. Unfortunately, I wasn’t          Lauryce Hintzsche ’48 Weydert
too sympathetic and continued using the flip flops. The        never had a sister but she met one
shower room was communal, with several shower heads         at Graceland (Gerri Metcalf ’48
in one room. Not a popular idea in the ‘50s. The worst      Smith, who lives in Wisconsin),
memory of living in Herald Hall was the walk to campus      they roomed together in the front
in the dead of winter, before women wore slacks. Even       room of Herald Hall (“we had a
with knee socks, the wind whistled up skirts and froze      great view for a ‘lookout’ of what
our extremities. On the way to campus, we passed Tess       was happening) and they have
Morgan’s yard and liked to steal her apples. Made up        remained lifelong friends. She
for it by carrying her suitcases once.” (Coquitlam, BC,     remembers campus being “jam
Canada —                                 packed” with returning WW II veterans. Sugar was being

rationed so the women of Herald secreted the precious                                        Last but certainly not least,
substance home in napkins, and when they had two cups                                        we heard from Gloria J. Fuge
saved they would make fudge in a coffee pot on a hot                                         ’50 with two good stories. One
plate. “It was a treat!” Lauryce, who returned to campus                                     winter night she and Emily
for her 50th reunion in 1998 and had a great time, said,                                     Ku ’50 snuck out the basement
“Herald Hall and Graceland were such a wonderful time                                        delivery doors and walked
in my life. I’ll never forget it.” She lives in Maple Park, IL.                              through the snow to the coffee
(                                                                      shop downtown where “they
                                                                                             made delicious hot-pork sand-
                                                                                             wiches and extra-thick malts.”
                                                                                             Graceland boys kidded them
                               Peggy Ann Guthrie ’56              about being out past curfew but they “just smiled” and
                           Clohessy remembers the beauti-         slid into a booth. “Boy, that food tasted extra specially
                           ful “snowball blossoms” outside        delicious!” The next night at a dorm meeting they learned
                           Herald Hall and the “never-end-        the custodian had found “footprints in the snow outside
                           ing, talk session, slumberless         the basement doors.” No one was named. “And, that was
                           parties that went from room-           that. Whew!” On another cold December night (her first
                           to-room and lasted late into the       Christmas away from home) four girls didn’t have dates
                           night.” And some cold, winter          so they got out all the Herald Hall ornaments and began
                           nights, after studying at the li-      trimming their tree, which had been delivered that day.
                           brary, her jaw felt like it was fro-   Gloria began to play the piano. They decorated and sang,
                           zen by the time she walked the         “loudly, with gusto,” she reports. Soon, the dating couples
mile home. “I couldn’t talk my jaw was so cold.” Here’s           wandered into the lobby and began singing along. Before
another of her memories of winter: “One of the guys with          long the lobby was full of carolers. The tallest male stu-
a car (and his buddy) would drive by slowly about 7:30            dent placed the star atop the tree. “Someone said, ‘lights,
a.m. and the first four or five girls waiting would dash            light on.’ Our tree was awesome. We ended the evening
out and all get in the back seat. It was a challenge because      singing Silent Night as the close of an unforgettable, coop-
of the hoop-skirt slips that hit you in the face when you         erative experience. My heart did not yearn for home, any
sat down. A couple of those made it very crowded in               more. It was a perfect Christmas!” (Torrance, CA — 310-
that back seat. Seat belts were not required.” She said she       327-3151)
dearly misses those days. Peggy Ann lives in Thousand
Oaks, CA. (805-496-9416)

                                                                                              GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007   11
Alumni Brick Plaza
                                      Graceland University
Graceland Forever
                  Be a part of

    All my life my parents, aunts                               I am so excited to announce
and uncles and grandparents have                            the second phase of the Alumni
told me about their experiences                             Brick Plaza will be launched
at Graceland. The fun, the great                            at Homecoming 2007! Your
academics, the personal attention                           donation, memorialized on a
they received – it all made me dream                        brick or paving stone, will have
of one day becoming a Graceland                             a positive impact and will make
student. My dream came true in part                         a meaningful difference to a
because I received the Alumni Endowed Scholarship           deserving future Gracelander. Alumni Plaza dona-
— funds provided by alumni who invested in the              tions are dedicated exclusively to providing schol-
Brick Plaza in front of our ad building. I will graduate    arships to descendants of alumni — your children
this year with degrees in Chemistry and Biology, and I      and grandchildren. Past scholarship recipients are
plan to attend medical school. I am ready for the chal-     making a difference in the world and spreading
lenge. Most of all, though, I will take that very special   the Graceland name as doctors, teachers, actors,
Graceland experience with me for the rest of my life.       lawyers and business professionals.
                                          Jenny Stone ’08                                          Pam Ash ’77

“My dream is to see the name of every Alumni inscribed on
a brick or paver installed in the Plaza. Fill out the form on the
enclosed envelope and mail it today. Individually we can make
a small difference; together we can make a huge difference!”
                                                          Pam Ash

                                                                               GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007   13
  2006-07 Ackerley
      Scholars, from
  left to right: Greg
Kelly, Anamosa, IA;
                        New Gift Enhances Ackerley Program
  David McDermid,

 Joplin, MO; Jacqui             he Ackerley Computer Science and Technology          helping Graceland shape our emerging CS/IT programs,”
 Everett, Ft. Worth,
       TX; Nick Gay,
                                Scholars — one of Graceland’s premier academic       Jones said. “Their vision and encouragement have in-
   Lenexa, KS; Ross             programs — will enjoy an increased number of         fused an energy into our programs that can be felt across
  Polly, Salem, OR;     students, and enhanced project and program outreach,         the campus and community.” He added that all CS/IT
  Samantha Bigger,      because of a generous new gift from the program’s found-     students, not just those receiving Ackerley scholarships,
       Croswell, MI;
  Blake Grundman,
                        ers, Robert and Nora and Leland and Carmen Ackerley.         will benefit from the additional funding. “Greater support
  Croswell, MI; Sha         The entrepreneurial families from Houston, Texas         for individual student research projects will be available
    Chen, Chengdu,      founded the Ackerley Scholars program in 2002 with           and we will be able to take more students to conferences
 China; Bojan Raic,     a gift of $2 million, creating an endowment that has         and competitions,” he said. For example, the Graceland
   Capljina, Bosnia-
                        allowed Dr. Jim Jones and his colleagues to build a          robotics team has excelled during the last several years
      Ammon Horn,       computer science and information technology program          at the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium
  Sibley, MO; Rinor     that is the envy of other small universities. The Ackerley   (MICS) held each Spring. Dritan Zhuja ’07, from Kosovo,
  Sadiku, Prishtina,    families – who did not attend Graceland but have family      and his partners, have won the robot competition three of
        Kosovo; and
Director Jim Jones.
                        ties dating back to the college’s origins in 1895 – have     the last four years, and our teams have done well in the
                        committed an additional $1 million to their endowment,       computer programming competitions.
                        funds that will allow Ackerley program Director Jones            It was the goal of the Ackerley families to infuse
                        to more competitively recruit top CS/IT high school          energy into Graceland’s computer science program
                        students from around the world.                              – making it a premier program – when they donated the
                            Increased funding drawn annually from the en-            initial $2 million. According to Dr. Jones that goal has
                        dowment will provide larger scholarships to Ackerley         become a reality. “Bright, energetic students have joined
                        scholars and allow their number to increase from 12 to       our program,” he said, “who might not otherwise have
                        16. Dr. Jones, who has led the program since it began, is    chosen Graceland. Their presence on campus and in the
                        excited about getting the word out that Graceland is fast    community has truly made a difference.” The Ackerley
                        becoming the small university to attend for computer         brothers’ great, great grandmother, Marietta Walker,
                        studies. Ackerley scholars have hailed from China,           donated the original 20 acres in 1893 which became the
                        Kosovo, Bosnia and other countries, and from across          Graceland Lamoni campus. The Ackerleys also funded
                        the United States, choosing Graceland because of its         the Leland Drennen Ackerley Outdoor Track and Field
                        excellent programs, facilities and faculty — components      Facility, part of Graceland’s Bruce Jenner Sports Complex.
                        supported by Ackerley gifts. Graceland boasts one of the         High school seniors who would like to apply to be
                        oldest computer science programs in the country among        part of the 2007-08 Ackerley Scholars program — and
                        small universities — it began in 1974. Ackerley funding      for more information about the program and application
                        has also provided for scheduled equipment updates and        forms — should visit
                        replacements (including major computer lab remodel-              Dr. Jones and his colleagues look forward to continued
                        ing last year), and for faculty salary and professional      growth of the Ackerley Scholars program, and all CS/IT
                        development.                                                 programs. The future looks very bright for computer
                            “We owe the Ackerley families a huge thank you for       studies at Graceland University.n

                        14   GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007
Bill Russell
A “Multitude of Men”
       ew faculty at Graceland have earned more respect            He has been an advocate and an effective, provocative,
       and admiration, from colleagues and students            and sometimes life-changing teacher for many students.
       alike, than Bill Russell. Counting his earlier years    His expectations for proficient oral and written com-
as an undergraduate and his tenure as a member of the          munication have been founded on his concern for critical
faculty since 1966, Graceland has reaped the benefits of        thinking in and out of the classroom. A lover of dialogue,
his contributions to the university for 45 years. He retired   Bill has always encouraged ideas contrary to his own.
in May and was honored with Professor Emeritus status              Bill has been one of Graceland’s most prolific scholars,
at the 2007 Commencement Convocation.                          publishing numerous articles and book reviews, includ-
    In 1960 Bill earned a B.A. in religion, graduating with    ing the recent article in Dialogue (Winter 2006) on Grant
Graceland’s first class to receive an accredited baccalaure-    McMurray and the succession issue in the Community
ate degree. His accomplishments as a Graceland student         of Christ. He has rendered countless presentations at a
would foreshadow his significant contributions later as a       wide array of conferences and served on several edito-
faculty member. Bill made his mark as an editor of both        rial boards for professional journals. Early in his career
the Acacia and Tower, as an outstanding track and cross-       Bill published two books, Treasure in Earthen Vessels: An
country athlete and as recipient of the Silver Seal for        Introduction to the New Testament and The Word Became
student leadership.                                            Flesh: Sermons on New Testament Texts. He expects a Fall
    He continued his cross-country running until he was        2007 publication of his latest book, Homosexual Saints:
56, when asthma slowed him down. He ran 25 marathons,          The Community of Christ Experience. He is at work on two
including Boston at age 41 and Los Angeles at age 52.          other books: the split in the church after ordination of
    Bill joined the Graceland faculty after serving six        women in 1985; and, the Kirtland, Ohio cult murders in
years as Herald House editor for the RLDS church. In           1989. He has written 600 political columns for The Lamoni
the beginning he taught courses in religious studies, but      Chronicle. He is a past president of the Mormon Historical
soon shifted his focus primarily to history and politi-        Association and the John Whitmer Historical Association.
cal science. Over the years Bill taught approximately 30           A close colleague characterizes Bill as a “multitude of
different courses in five academic fields: religion, his-        men, a Graceland original.” He has been a model of what
tory, political science, sociology and criminal justice. He    it means to be committed fully to the good purposes of
also served as Social Science Division chair from 1978-90      the university. For over four decades, Bill has been an ef-
and 2005-07. He perenially served as faculty sponsor of        fective protagonist for important educational dreams and
the ‘Young Democrats’ and the ‘Gay/Straight Alliance.’         social causes, and a stellar professional, whose work was
While at Graceland, he completed his Master of Divinity        not a job, but a life commitment. He has been a pioneer in
from St. Paul School of Theology in 1967 and his J.D. from     the life of the university, and the church, on the forefront
the University of Iowa College of Law in 1976. To this he      of their growth and development. He has been a potent
added over 70 hours of graduate work in history.               leader, often choosing to express his views with passion,
                                                                       but eager also to dialogue, and willing to change
                                                                       his views when persuaded. Finally, Bill has con-
                                                                       sistently offered unassuming care to many groups
                                                                       of persons in the university and the church who
                                                                       have needed encouragement and support. An ac-
                                                                       tive Elder in the church, Bill has served on several
                                                                       World Church committees and has been speaker at
                                                                       countless Sunday services in Lamoni, and across
                                                                       the United States.
                                                                           Few have contributed so much in so many ways
                                                                       to Graceland’s mission, and his commitment has
                                                                       led him to trod a unique path. In retrospect, Bill
                                                                       comments: “I can’t imagine a more fulfilling career
                                                                       than I have had the past 41 years at Graceland,
                                                                       combining intellectual satisfaction with the incred-
                                                                       ible joy derived from life-long friendships made
                                                                       among students, faculty and staff.”
                                                                                                      Howard Booth
                                                                                                      Professor Emeritus

                                                                                           GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007   15

 Board of Trustees Chair Ken McClain Addresses the 2007 Graduating Class

            ore than 2,000 Gracelanders gathered for           McClain arranged for each graduate to receive a copy of
            Commencement 2007 on May 20th to honor the         Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham, a children’s classic about
            largest graduating class in Graceland history,     a person afraid to try a new food. They read the book
 807 graduates from 49 states and 14 countries. A student      along with McClain, who entreated them to do something
 representing each nation carried in their national flag        in life to get invited back to Graceland one day to deliver
 during the processional and words of welcome were             the commencement address. He challenged them to serve
 repeated in Hindi, Korean, Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian       humankind and their communities. McClain and his wife
 and Japanese.                                                 Cindy have done a remarkable job revitalizing the build-
    Of the graduates, 345 earned masters degrees and           ings and establishing new businesses and restaurants on
 471 earned baccalaureate degrees in 43 majors – both          the Independence Square.
 Graceland records. Nine students earned both bachelors            Eight students received the Gold Seal for Scholarship
 and masters degrees in nursing.                               for their perfect 4.0 grade point averages over their entire
    Graceland Board of Trustees Chair Ken McClain ‘79          undergraduate careers. They were: Rachel Bradford, Katie
 delivered the commencement address, urging gradu-             Wilderson, Michelle Stark, Jaclyn Keil, Stephanie Wangler,
 ates not to fear new adventures. To illustrate his point,     Stacy Early, Bryan Kennedy and Kimberly Dinsmore.n

                          Steve Murdock Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

                                     athematics Professor      professional development.
                                     Steve Murdock ’69 re-         Murdock was cited especially for his dedicated work
                                     ceived the 2007 Excel-    with a visually-impaired student. He spent his lunch
                          lence in Teaching Award from the     hours for a year, ‘one-on-one,’ creatively communicating
                          Graceland Alumni Association,        about graphs, circles and parabolas using only spoken
                          whose president, Michael Lewis,      words and Braille. He and the student invented their own
                          noted that Murdock is respected      symbol system and tactile methods of graphing using
                          by his students for teaching tough   pegboards and string, expanding foam ink and other
                          subjects by employing interactive    tools. Murdock has described this as “the sweetest experi-
                          learning and a truly caring atti-    ence of his 38 years of teaching,” 24 of which have been
                          tude. One student who nominated      at Graceland. He has taught math, computer engineering,
                          Murdock said, “It is refreshing to   computer science and physics.
                          learn and laugh in courses where         Murdock said he believes deeply in lifelong learning,
                          the intimidation can be astound-     noting that 24 years elapsed between his undergraduate
                          ing.” The award carries a $1,000     degree and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1999.
Professor Steve Murdock   honorarium from the Alumni           He said, “I am proud to be on the short list of Graceland
                          Board that Murdock can use for       teachers who have received this honor.”n

 16   GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007
mencement 2007

                                                                         Left to right:
                                                                         Bret Loving,
                                                                         Tom Powell and
                                                                         Curtis Calloway.

                   Student Life Awards

                urtis Calloway and Bret Loving, both of St. Joseph,
                MO, were co-recipients of the prestigious Student
                Life Award for the 2006-07 academic year. The an-
       nual award is given to a senior(s) who have made a signifi-
       cant contribution to the university community and exhibit
       excellence in academics, leadership, service and co-curricu-
       lar involvement. Tom Powell, VP for Student Life and Dean
       of Students, made the awards at baccalaureate and called
       the recipients two “well-rounded leaders who personify
       the brick and mortar of who we are as an institution.”
           Curtis received his degree in Business Administra-
       tion, with a minor in Leadership. It is leadership he will
       be most remembered for, especially with Students in
       Free Enterprise (SIFE). He has been a presenter for three
       years, at last year’s National Championship and World
       Cup finals in Paris. He worked tirelessly on projects like
       the Edison Project, a Herculean effort to change out old
       light bulbs for the new CFLs. He also led a campus-wide
       group to create and build KBUZ “The Buzz” – Graceland’s
       online radio station. Curtis was GSG president and, prior
       to that, Speaker of the Senate. Powell said, “Curtis is a
       man of action. He is a man who views Graceland and the
       extended community through the lens of “potential.”
           Bret received his double-major degree in Physical Edu-
       cation and Sports Psychology. He has served as a house
       council member, house president of Stewart Manor, a
       COSA board member and captain of the 2006 National
       Champion men’s soccer team. Bret’s ‘habit’ of excel-
       lence, according to Powell, also earned him the National
       Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Champion of
       Character Award and an NAIA Outstanding Defensive
       Player Award. Men’s Soccer Coach Ivan Joseph said of
       Bret, “He is a young man that is uncompromising in his
       values and in his commitment to excellence.” Powell said,
       “Bret is a man who has led by looking inside himself first
       – harnessing his own potential – to transform himself into
       a man of strength, conviction and character.”n

                                   GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007   17
                                                                             Class Notes
                                                                                                                       Center in Independence, MO. Rebecca was
                   ’40s                                              ’70s                                              asked to speak at a Career Fair at Osage Trail
                   Dr. William E. Baber ’48 performed in his         Sharon Gorker ’72 Norris has published a
                                                                                                                       Middle School where she presented informa-
                   second Comedia Musica Production of World         book called Our Butterfly Blessings. Sharon
                                                                                                                       tion about nursing to 8th-grade students.
                   Premiere of Cardiff with the Ft. Dodge, Iowa      shares experiences taken from the personal
                   Civic Glee Club, and First United Methodist       journal she has kept since 1993, after her
                   (church of Ft. Dodge) Choir as a soloist. Dr.     20-year-old son Ryan’s suicide. In the small
                   Baber is retired after 46 years as an orthodon-   volume that is both tender and uplifting, the
                                                                                                                       Tricia Cady ’93 Brashear has been a Saint
                   tist. He was a Navy submariner in WW II,          quietly extraordinary events involving butter-
                                                                                                                       Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Home Care
                   serving in the South Pacific.                      flies offer blessings of love, peace and hope in
                                                                                                                       and Hospice case manager for three years.
                                                                     the time of grief. This book can be purchased
                                                                                                                       Tricia has received The Jane Holt Wythe Edu-
                                                                                                                       cation Travel Award. This award was estab-
                   ’60s                                                                                                lished by Dr. and Mrs. Peter Holt in honor of
                   Dr. Kay Johnson ’65 Mussell has been named        Richard Payne ’72 was interviewed and ap-
                                                                                                                       Dr. Holt’s mother. Its purpose is to recognize
                   a bronze-level member of the University of        peared in the PBS American Experience special
                                                                                                                       a nurse in Oncology or Home Health who
                   Iowa Alumni Association’s Old Capitol Club.       about Alexander Hamilton which appeared
                                                                                                                       exemplifies the highest level of dedication to
                   She has achieved great distinction for her        nationally on May 14th. Richard is Distin-
                                                                                                                       nursing and patient care.
                   multiple talents as a scholar, a teacher and      guished Professor of Politics and Government
                   an academic administrator at the American         at Illinois State University in Normal.
                                                                                                                       Kelli Kramer ’96 graduated May 20th from
                   University in Washington, D.C., where she                                                           Kansas University Medical Center, School of
                   has won numerous honors during her long           Sharon Welch ’75 has been appointed to
                                                                                                                       Nursing with her Ph.D. in Nursing.
                   career. She is also a member of the Graceland     the newly-created position of Provost at the
                   Board of Trustees.                                Meadville Lombard Theological School in
                                                                     Chicago. She will be chief academic and
                   Leonard Mussell ’67 and his wife Claudia          enrollment management officer.
                                                                                                                       Isaac Lopez ’02 graduated May 5th from Do-
                   have retired from the Des Moines Public
                                                                     Rebecca Corn ’76 Deason serves on the Aca-        minican University Graduate School of Social
                   Schools with a combined 78 years of service.
                                                                     demic Advisory Council for Health Careers         Work. He graduated Phi Alpha, with Honors.
                   They have started a new business, The Mus-
                   sell Inn Bed and Breakfast in Des Moines.         Programs at the Career and Technology

Carl Mesle Honored With Truman Public Service Award

                                                      ong-time supporter of Graceland, Carl               time Community of Christ minister at the Stone
                                                      Mesle ’34 was honored in May with the               Church in Independence for 32 years. At age 80,
                                                      Harry S. Truman Public Service Special              Mesle was part of a neighborhood beautification
                                              Recognition Award. Carl shared the podium at                project and, “He even volunteered to mow the
                                              the Truman Presidential Library & Museum,                   yard of an elderly resident,” joked Reimal during
                                              in Independence, MO, with former Secretary of               the presentation.
                                              State Madeleine Albright, there to receive the                  Mesle, now 93, was humbled by the award
                                              annual Truman Award for Public Service.                     and thanked friends, family and his wife, Kay
                                                  Independence Mayor Don Reimal pre-                      Sprague ’36 Mesle. “There are a lot of people
                                              sented the award to Mesle and noted, “This is               who do things for this community,” he said. “I
Carl Mesle accepts the Harry S.               an award not given every year. We choose to                 figured the key was just to out-live them all.”
Truman Public Service Special                 honor a gentleman who exemplifies the quali-                     Mesle frequently writes about his fondness
Recognition Award as former                   ties of dedication, ability, honesty and integrity          for Graceland and works to bring public atten-
Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright looks on.
                                              that distinguished Harry S. Truman in his                   tion to his alma mater of nearly 75 years. His
                                              years of public service.”                                   daughter, Sherry Mesle ’65 Morain is Director of
                                                  Mesle has been active in public service in              Financial Aid Services at Graceland and his son,
                                              Independence for decades. He has remained                   Bob Mesle ‘72, is a professor of Philosophy and
                                              active with the Boy Scouts of America (he was               Religion. His daughter-in-law, Barbara Hiles ’72
                                              an Eagle Scout) and he has served as a full-                Mesle is a professor of English.n

                   18    GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007
                                               Ruth’s ‘Labor of Love’
Rhonda Conner ’02 Beckett has graduated
Magna Cum Laude from the University
of Phoenix with her Master of Arts in
Elementary Education/Early Childhood
Education.                                     Helps Disabled Persons
Alysa (Beth) Webb ’03 completed her
MA in Curriculum and Instruction at the
University of Colorado in May.
                                               Live Life to the Fullest

Russell Pearson ’04 graduated with his                harpVisions, founded in 1992 by Ruth Siegfried ‘75, is a non-profit orga-
Master’s Degree in Business Administra-               nization in Pittsburgh, PA which helps people with multiple disabilities
tion from UMKC in May of 2007.                        fulfill their personal vision of a successful life.
                                                   Ruth’s labor of love provides highly individualized support plans to
Christina Manuel ’05 graduated May
2007 with a Masters in Mental Health           children, adolescents and adults living with any combination of the follow-
Counseling & Art Therapy. She was in the       ing circumstances: autism spectrum disorders, cognitive, developmental,
process of receiving licensure credentials     intellectual, neurological, physical and psychiatric challenges. In many cases,
in Missouri.                                   the individuals have a history of violent or self-abusive behaviors.
                                                   Each support plan is built around a person, not
Zana Zeqiri ’06 was accepted to attend the     a facility or program, and is designed to reflect that
John F. Kennedy School of Government at        person’s capabilities, interests and desires. In-
Harvard University.
                                               cluded in support plans are individuals close to the
Karen Porter ’06 and her dad, Duane            person experiencing challenges, including close
Porter, have written and illustrated a         friends, family members, and other key members
children’s book titled Charlie and the Chess   of the individual’s life, creating a circle of support
Set. They have created their own publish-      dedicated to the individual’s success.
ing company, Buried Treasure Publishing            Support plans immerse individuals in their com-
and would love to have you visit their Web     munity and create environments where individu-
site at      als live alone, with a housemate, or remain in their
Charlie and the Chess Set can be found at      family home, all with the help of SharpVisions sup-
the BTP web site, Barnes and,
                                               port professionals. These individualized lifestyle, and bookstores in
                                               arrangements save taxpayer money that would oth-
the Kansas City area.
                                               erwise be used to place these individuals in more
                                               expensive, large-scale institutional settings.
WEDDINGS                                           The results SharpVisions delivers are astound-
Martha Dennis ’99 and Elliott Marlow,          ing. Rather than focusing on an individual’s dis-
July 1, 2006.                                  abilities, SharpVisions focuses on possibilities. In-
                                               dividuals live life as it was meant to be lived; with
Ginelle Sakima ’01 and Doug Roberts ’01,       community involvement, family ties, friendships
August 5, 2006.                                and occupational satisfaction, free from artificially
                                               imposed limits.                                                                 Ruth Siegfried
Melissa Lair ’94 and Ben Hudson,
September 30, 2006.                                Ruth says SharpVisions’ philosophy will al-
                                               ways be “doing whatever it takes to enable people with disabilities to fulfill
Hannah Stensland and Brian Brock ’96,          their own visions of successful life, and doing that one person at a time.
November 11, 2006.                             By enriching the quality of these peoples’ lives, SharpVisions is convinced
                                               that the community grows richer, too.” For more information, email Ruth at
Shannon Osborn ’02 and Jeremy Hunter,
April 28, 2007.

Karen Bartlett Dorrance and Lee Ourth
’53, June 2, 2007.                                 There is also another side to Ruth. As we went to press with this issue
                                                of Horizons, she was playing for a medal in volleyball at the Pennsylvania
Katrina Sumsion ’05 and Matthew                 Senior Games. She also participated in the 2007 national senior games,
Dorton, June 15, 2007.                          competing in the 100 meter run and placing 7th in the nation in the long
                                                jump. The basketball team she plays on placed 7th as well, and played
Jocelyn Jentsch ’07 and Derek Sutherland
’98, June 23, 2007.
                                                against Virginia at Madison Square Garden in July as the “opening act” to
                                                the WNBA New York Liberty game. As a Yellowjacket, Ruth lettered in all
Tiffany Rider ’06 and Wendell Smith ’06,        but two women’s sports available at Graceland.
July 7, 2007.

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                                                Lysinger, May 25, 2005, Krasnovishersk, Rus-   Robert Creviston, Sr. ’52, Indianapolis, IN,
ANNIVERSARIES                                   sia. Adopted March 16, 2007.                   March 13, 2007.
(Those celebrating 50 years or more of
matrimony)                                      Mark and Susanne Holloway ’98 Imrie,           Rolan Keith Summers ’65, Portland, OR,
                                                Braintree, MA, Caroline Elizabeth,             April 9, 2007.
Rachel Ballantyne Trullinger and Glen
                                                April 11, 2007.
Trullinger ’68 celebrated their 60th wedding                                                   Daisy Black ’31 Deaver,
anniversary. They were married on               Rodney ’89 and Shelley Sturgis ’88 Chase,      Independence, MO, April 14, 2007.
June 10, 1947.                                  Clive, IA, Jesse Anthony, April 29, 2007.
                                                                                               Billy Stearman ’96, Independence, MO,
                                                Adam ’96 and Vadsana Khamphakdy ’00            April 26, 2007.
BIRTHS                                          Smith, Kansas City, MO, Pari Jun,
Jonathan ’98 and Amber Hale ’00 Grice,          April 29, 2007.                                David Russell ’54, Ashland, OR,
Independence, MO, William Hale,                                                                April 30, 2007.
October 6, 2005.                                Jonah ’02 and Mohria Potts ’01 Martin,
                                                Carbondale, IL, Payton Daniel,                 Charles Watt, Sr. ’52, Mount Pleasant, IA,
David and Monica Mitchell ’99 LaRoque,          May 19, 2007.                                  May 5, 2007.
Davenport, IA, Jacob Mallory,
November 15, 2006.                              Kennan Cole and Alysa Webb ’03,                Myradene Winship ’50 Dempsey, Indepen-
                                                Colorado Springs, CO, Matthew David, May       dence, MO, May 20, 2007.
Jeff and Kristina Thompson ’00 Walczewski,      23, 2007.
Glendale, AZ, Madison Jade, January 13, 2007.
                                                Erik ’86 and Lori Marvin Hansen,               Mildred Thomas ’32 Lundeen Whitaker,
Nathaniel (Duke) ’99 and Amanda Twombly         Lenexa, KS, Maren Ingerlise, July 9, 2007.     Lamoni, IA, May 21, 2007.
’00 Matya, Lamoni, IA, Grace Elizabeth,
February 8, 2007.                                                                              Robert Maxwell ’47, Independence, MO, May
                                                                                               26, 2007.
                                                IN MEMORIAM
Carl ’03 and Katie McLaughlin ’03 Hoyt,

   j         z
                                                Donald Tacy ’57, Atchinson, KS,
Eldridge, IA, Carter Matthew, March 2, 2007.                                                   Sue Jane Dempsey ’50 Howell,
                                                August 21, 2006.

                                                                                               Soldotna, AK, May 31, 2007.

Tom ’83 and Kathryn Christenson ’83             Frederick Law ’51, Ruskin, FL,
Lysinger, St. Louis, MO, Gracelyn Valentina                                                    Edith Fusselman ’49 Livingston,
                                                February 27, 2007.
                                                                                               Independence, MO, June 2, 2007.

                                                Jazz on the Bricks — September 7

                                                         raceland University will host         with old friends. The Jazz Daddies +
                                                         the annual Jazz on the Bricks         One is comprised of members of the
                                                         Friday, September 7, 2007 at          ‘Colonial Hill’ congregation of the
                                                the Independence Campus, 1401 Tru-             Community of Christ. Members in-
                                                man Road, Independence, MO. The                clude Don Booz ’48, Chuck Hakes ’56,
                          on th e               Jazz Daddies + One will perform for            Karl Hayes ’74 and Keith Kinart ‘74
                        bricks                  the 6-8 p.m. outdoor event featuring
                                                a KC-style, backyard barbecue.
                                                                                               – other members alternate at various
                                                                                               performances. A special thanks goes
                                                    Nancy Wallace, Director of                 out to Don Booz, who is also Chair
                                                Alumni Programs, said she hopes                of the PR/Special Events commit-
                                                friends of Graceland will plan to              tee for the Graceland Forever Capital
                                                attend. “We look forward to this fifth          Campaign, for all he does to make
                                                annual gathering of Graceland alum-            Jazz on the Bricks a fun evening. To
                                                ni and friends for an evening of fun           obtain tickets ($10.00 Adults-$5 ages
                                                and we are pleased the Jazz Daddies            5-12, under five free) please contact
                                                + One will again be providing the              Pam Combs, Institutional Advance-
                                                entertainment.” The event will be              ment, on Graceland University’s
                                                held on the Alumni Brick Plaza on              Lamoni campus, by calling 800-
                                                the south side of the Independence             645-3582. Or, you can email her at:
                                                Campus.                               Hope to see
                                                    Every one is invited to this eve-          you at Jazz on the Bricks!
                                                ning of fellowship and reconnecting

20    GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007
Martin Talcott ’72, Sun City, AZ,
June 7, 2007.

Russell Lair ’63, Apache Junction, AZ,
June 9, 2007.

Scott Chisholm ’57, Corvallis, OR,
June 16, 2007..

Keith Hopkins Clisby ’49,
Shady Cove, OR, June 16, 2007.

Joe DeBarthe ’37, Lamoni, IA, June 17, 2007.

Arvene Petz ’49 Edwards, Tracy, CA,
June 18, 2007.

Vera Bell ’24 Prall, Lamoni, IA,
June 27, 2007.

Majiel Briner Gatenby, Gallatin, MO,
July 7, 2007.
                                               Outreach International Club                                                          Members of the
                                                                                                                             Outreach International

Cheri Churchard ’82 Baughman,
Upatoi, GA, July 10, 2007.
                                               Surpasses Fund Raising Goal                                                   Club, pictured behind
                                                                                                                                the volleyball net at
                                                                                                                                  the Charity Spring

                                                         raceland’s Outreach International Club and Campus Minis-               Carvinal, an annual
Hale Stevenson ’34, Durham, NC,                                                                                               event for Lamoni area
                                                         tries raised more than $20,000 during the 2006-07 academic                        children.
July 15, 2007.
                                                         year to fund a clean drinking water project in a rural village
                                               in Nicaragua. With an anonymous matching donation, according to
                                               OI Club Co-Leader, student Stephen Donahoe, the grand total raised
                                               for the year was over $41,000. The matching funds went to OI to help
                                               the poor around the world.
                                                    “This was a great accomplishment for the entire Graceland
                                               Community,” said Donahoe. “We couldn’t have done this anywhere
                                               else. It takes the loving support of the whole community for some-
                                               thing of this magnitude to be achieved.”
                                                   A “giant” check was presented to OI President Matthew Naylor in
                                               May at Final Fling.

       he Nugget Club was formed                    This past year was OI Club’s third year in existence. Donahoe
       by the Graceland Alumni                 said, “We formed after returning from a site visit in Nicaragua dur-
       Association in 1983 as a                ing a Winter Term. “We needed to do something about what we had
way for children of alumni to get              seen. The first year we raised about $1,000, last year we raised $1,800
a head start toward “the Hill” at              and our goal for this year was originally $5,000.” The club and Cam-
an early age. They receive a $100              pus Ministries surpassed their goal by a long way.
Graceland scholarship, a certificate                 Projects the club tackled this past year included: Beans and Rice
of membership, an “I’m Graceland               Meals, Biking to Independence, No Shoes Days, selling t-shirts, an
Bound” bib and birthday cards                  art auction, the Charity Spring Carnival and telling OI Club’s stories
when they are five and 16 years                 at Community of Christ congregations. “It has been a great year
old. A seedling tree can be planted            and we are very excited about OI Club in the 2007-08 school year,”
in the child’s honor so it will be             Donahoe said. “And, more importantly, clean drinking water will be
grown and waiting when they                    available to those villagers for generations to come.”
arrive on campus for their fresh-                  Since the end of the 2006-07 school year, OI Club members have
man year. If you would like to                 kept up their good work. Three OI Club members headed to Out-
enroll your child (five years old or            reach International headquarters for a summer internship. One of
younger) in the Nugget Club, con-              their projects was creating an advocacy program for OI that will
tact Beth Heltenberg at 1-866-GU4-             allow more people to participate in the work of creating sustainable
EVER, or go to www.graceland.                  good in the world. Check out the 12 Months to Sustainable Good at
edu, click on ‘Alumni and Friends’    n
and then ‘Staying Connected.’n

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                            Message From the
                            Alumni President
                                Dear Alumni,

                                During winter and spring I have had
                            the rewarding opportunity of serving on
                            Graceland’s presidential search commit-
                            tee. As I’m sure you know by now, Dr.
            Michael Lewis
                            John Sellars ultimately was hired for the
                            position, and while Dr. Sellars is clearly
                            an outstanding and exciting choice, I

must tell you that the process was not easy. This was due to the                  o you have a special
number of high-caliber applicants we had, particularly our four                   story or photo from your
finalists. Each of them applied not because the position would be a                Graceland days you think
good career move, but because the position was at Graceland. Their       might make a fun, historical addi-
love for our university motivated them to put themselves and their       tion to a future edition of Hori-
families through the grueling application process, and to consider       zons? We are talking about initiat-
undertaking the daunting task of leading the institution. This sense     ing a new column in your alumni
of sacrifice permeates Graceland’s staff, administration and faculty.     magazine to be called Graceland
And, it illuminates the power of the institution’s values of learning,   Connections. Larkin Powell ’90, a
wholeness and community.                                                 member of the Alumni Board of
    One of the people who has especially shown self-sacrifice in          Directors, came up with the idea
Graceland’s interests over the past year is Dr. Steve Anders, who        and we think it is a good one!
served as acting president during the search process. His tireless           Quite simply, what Larkin
efforts on the school’s behalf eased what could have been a very         (and the Board’s Communica-
difficult period. In recognition of his hard work, the Alumni Board       tion Committee) has in mind is
of Directors unanimously passed a resolution at our July meeting         for alumni to get connected and
officially thanking Dr. Anders for his devotion to the school.            stay connected with their Alumni
    By the time this issue of Horizons is published, Dr. Sellars will    Board (and 24,000 fellow alumni)
have been on the job for several weeks. Nonetheless, I’d like to         and he believes there is no better
welcome him and his wife, Bette, back to “the Hill” on behalf of the     way to do that than through Ho-
Alumni Board of Directors and the Alumni Association. As fellow          rizons. Larkin wants you to relate
alumni, I hope you are as excited as I am to have them both back         a glimpse of your experience on
home. But, I suspect President Sellars would be the first to tell us      “the Hill” and/or share a photo
that no one person can make an institution successful. It is vital       you believe will give the rest of us
that we all reinvest in Graceland and ask ourselves how we can           a laugh or jog our memories with a
support Graceland’s vision of empowering people to lead lives of         special moment long forgotten.
service and leadership. I hope you each will join the Alumni Board           What do you think? You’ve
as we search for new ways to show our love for Graceland.                probably already thought of some-
    I hope we see you at Homecoming!                                     thing during the minute it has
                                                                         taken you to read this. We might
   All the best,,                                                        even start an alumni memory ar-
                                                                         chive on the Graceland Web site if
                                                                         enough of you respond. If Larkin’s
                                                                         idea sounds like fun to you, email
   Michael Lewis                                                         Horizons Editor Randy Meline at
                                                                and tell
                                                                         him your story. Attach a photo if
                                                                         you like. Let’s get Graceland Con-
                                                                         nections going!

       22    GRACELAND HORIZONS Summer 2007
 2007 Christmas Card Winners
       he third annual Alumni Christmas Card Competition
       attracted some of the most outstanding submissions
       yet, making the selection process quite a challenge.
However, the committee is pleased to announce the winners
for the 2007 contest in two categories.
    First place in the Alumni Selection is Jeanne Sundell ’81
Davis’ watercolor painting of winter pine trees which cap-
tured the peace and beauty of a new-fallen snow. Jeanne lives
in Kansas City, Missouri.
    First place in the Development Office Selection is Sue Ol-
son’s classic, clean pen and ink style design of the Administra-
tion Building. Sue serves Graceland as the data specialist for
institutional advancement and she lives in Jameson, Missouri.
    Honorable Mentions go to Kyle Gustafson and Dennis
McElroy for their outstanding entries. We look forward to see-
ing more of their work in the future.
    Jeanne’s Christmas card will be available for purchase
during Homecoming weekend, September 28-30, 2007. In
addition to this year’s card, we will also have some of your
favorite holiday cards from previous years available. Proceeds
go to the Fine Arts Scholarship Program and Summer Art
Camp programs.
    Alumni Programs Director Nancy Wallace wishes to thank
those who submitted card designs and looks forward to next         Jeanne Sundell Davis’ watercolor captured 1st Prize
                                                                   in the Alumni Selection and Sue Olson’s pen and ink
year’s entries. Watch for the Winter 2007 issue of Horizons for    design won the Development Office Selection. Be
details for next year’s competition. We hope to see entries        thinking about submitting your own design for next
from alumni, friends of Graceland and current students.n           year’s competition.

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                Extra credit
                              By Tom Morain        Director of Community Outreach

         amoni is 30 miles from the nearest fast-food       shirt. As soon as he’s done, he rushes to the shower.
         hamburger chain. You ask: “How do you ever         Growing tomatoes for Randy is animal instinct, like
         survive?” Well, it’s tough, but we manage to       distrusting your daughter’s dates or channel surfing
 eke out a meal here and there. Fortunately, we have        past The Lawrence Welk Show.
 our secret weapons: Graceland faculty members who              For me it’s rhubarb. After three decades living in
 are passionate about gardens. I suspect they carry a       Ames, Iowa, before coming to Graceland, I had the
 hoe beneath their robes at commencement to get an          women of the local congregation so well trained that
 early start for the summer.                                they not only brought rhubarb pies to all potlucks
     For example, there’s business professor John           but made it a point to tell me which one was theirs.
 Harvie. This spring, he drove five hours to southern        Of course, I had to sample and praise each one not to
 Missouri to a weekend festival featuring heritage          hurt their feelings. The same technique is working
 vegetable seeds. John brought home 20 historical vari-     in Lamoni. One sainted soul even called me when I
 eties of tomatoes, special strains preserved in genetic    missed a potluck to tell me she had baked one just
 purity for a century or more. There are purple ones,       for me. She was disappointed I wasn’t there. I prom-
 orange ones, striped ones, red ones, sauce tomatoes,       ised I’d never miss again. I also drive through town
 juice tomatoes, and some so good you pick them to          looking into backyards to see who has a good rhubarb
 eat on the way back to the house. He hauled in grass,      patch and who is and is not using theirs.
 leaves, clippings and mulch to his back yard, testing          For several of us rhubarb lovers, it was with ec-
 and amending the plot to near perfection. He devised       static delight we heard that religion professor Priscilla
 a watering system with gallon jugs and drip hoses. So      Eppinger had won a summer Fulbright scholarship.
 great is his Tomato Passion that he even pulled his car    Yes, this is indeed the very same Priscilla Eppinger
 around the house at night and worked in the glow of        who has a 15-foot row of vigorous rhubarb along
 the headlights. He estimates that he will harvest be-      the south edge of her garden. She would be touring
 tween 200-400 pounds from his seven-foot tall, neatly      Poland and Russia, gone six weeks at the height of the
 staked plants. Since he can’t possibly eat all those       rhubarb season. She and I shall both, each in our own
 himself, I have made it a special point to become one      way, be nourished by that scholarship.
 of his best friends.                                           So how about lunch? BLTs, sweet corn, cucumbers
     His next-door neighbor is long-time history profes-    and onions in sour cream, green beans, cold sliced to-
 sor Bill Juhnke. For Bill it’s sweet corn. His Mennonite   matoes and a fresh-baked rhubarb pie? It’s true what
 background on a Kansas farm gave him a connois-            the Beatles predicted four decades ago: You
 seur’s palate that can distinguish Truly Great Ears        really can get by with a little
 from the Merely Delicious. He may be director of the       help from your friends.n
 Peace Studies program through the year, but Juhnke
 doesn’t waste time with that “come let us reason
 together” blather when raccoons raid his sweet corn
 patch. Yes, the secret is out. Our Graceland champion
 of non-violence is not above stringing up electric
 wire to ward off animal raiders who share his love of
 Iowa’s hallmark.
     Horizons editor Randy Meline fights
 his own garden demons. He is allergic
 to tomato plants. They make his eyes
 red and watery and his skin break out
 in red rashes. Ergo, this year he cut
 back from 60 tomato plants to a mere
 24. When he works in the garden, he
 wears a hat, gloves and a long-sleeved

 S E P T E M B E R 28 – 30             | H omecoming 2007 |                             GRACELAND UNIVERSITY

                                              F R I DAY | S E P TE M B E R 2 8
schedulE                                                 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.   Homecoming Registration

of Events
Partial listing of Homecoming events. For
                                                                  1 p.m.
                                                               3 – 5 p.m.
                                                                            Homecoming Benefit Golf Tournament
                                                                            Alumni College
a complete listing with descriptions, go to
                                                               5:30 p.m.    8TH Annual Alumni Emeriti & Awards Banquet
                                                               6:30 p.m.    Alumni Art Show & Reception
                                                               7:30 p.m.    Homecoming Musical Rumors
                                                               9:30 p.m.    Pep Rally
                                                              10:00 p.m.    Student Airband Competition

                                              SAT U R DAY | S E P TE M B E R 29
                                                                  8 a.m.    Cross-Country Alumni & Friends Fun Run/Walk
                                                               8:30 a.m.    Homecoming Tennis Tournament
                                                          9 a.m. – 3 p.m.   Homecoming Registration Open
                                                              9 – 10 a.m.   Social Club Fair
                                                               9:30 a.m.    Women’s Varsity Volleyball VS. Lindenwood
                                                          10 a.m. – Noon    Science & Math Open House and Busy Bees Corner
                                                                 10 a.m.    Alumni Forum
                                                      11 a.m. – Halftime    Silent Auction
                                                                 11 a.m.    Choir Concert
                                                         11 a.m. – 4 p.m.   50 Year Alumni Gathering
                                                   11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.   Tailgate Party
                                                              11:30 a.m.    Big G Pizza Party
                                                               1:15 p.m.    Pre-game Ceremonies
                                                                  2 p.m.    Homecoming Football Game VS. Baker University
                                                               3 – 5 p.m.   9TH Annual GALA Reception
                                                                  5 p.m.    Women’s Volleyball Exhibition Game
                                                                  5 p.m.    Women’s Soccer VS. Missouri Baptist
                                                               6:30 p.m.    Returning Women’s Volleyball Alumni & Wall of Fame Dinner
                                                                  7 p.m.    Black Student “re”-Union
                                                                  7 p.m.    Men’s Soccer vs. Missouri Baptist
                                                               7:30 p.m.    Homecoming Musical Rumors
                                                                  9 p.m.    “Mad” Chad Taylor - Comic/Juggler

                                              S U N DAY | S E P TE M B E R 30
                                                                  8 a.m.    Crescent Breakfast
                                                              10:30 a.m.    Homecoming Worship Service
                                                                  2 p.m.    Homecoming Musical Rumors
                                                                  2 p.m.    Men’s Soccer vs. Truman State University

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