Homecoming 2019 - Remembering the Time of Your Life
Homecoming 2019 will be held on October 25-27. Use this link to go straight to the official Graceland.edu Alumni & Friends Homecoming page.
View area lodging, make dinner reservations, and see the schedule of Homecoming events. The web page is updated regularly, so keep checking back!

Graceland is excited to announce a new way for you to stay connected to your Graceland family. With a sign-on to My Graceland you will be able to access your Graceland information such as your unofficial transcript for post-1988 alumni, your giving history, and your biographical data on file. The Social Networking page allows you to search for your friends and classmates. You'll also be able to view and/or subscribe to announcements and calendars.

If you have a My Graceland username and password, you have access to this information already! Explore the "My Personal Info" and "Social Networking" links on the left side of this page.

To request a sign-on, complete and submit the form below. You will receive an email from the Alumni Office (alumni@graceland.edu) within 3 days. You will then receive a confirmation email with your sign-on and password to sign on to My Graceland.
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To submit Class Notes and News to be published in Horizons, please complete the Class Notes form. These notes may be viewed online until press time for our next Horizons.
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Enjoy these Class Notes before publication in the next HORIZONS. Please use the Submit Class Notes portlet to submit your news for publication.

'65 Dan Hanton, Ft. Gratoit, Michigan -- My 1990-91 Port Huron Northern Boys Basketball Team (22-4) will be inducted into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame Oct 12, 2019...defeated by the Nation’s #1 ranked High School Team Detroit Southwestern in the State of Michigan QuarterFinals. That team starred Jalen Rose... (Was GU women’s coach 1999-2003, AD 2003-2008 & Assistant Women’s Coach 2010-16...)  
 '83 Willliam "Bill" Sherer, Happy Valley, Oregon -- The Board of Directors of MSNW (Mennonite Services Northwest) is pleased to announce that William Sherer has been selected as chief executive officer starting September 25, 2019. Mr. Sherer comes to MSNW with over 30 years of experience in the Health Care industry, including executive positions with health systems, senior living organizations and as owner and operator of senior living communities. Mr. Sherer's leadership experiences include: owner and operator of long-term care facilities in Iowa, President and CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives - Portland, OR Service Area, and most recently Clinical Program Executive Medicine – Oregon Region for Providence St. Joseph Health. Mr. Sherer has a Masters in Health Administration and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.  Will Barnhart, Chair of the MSNW Board and Search Committee, stated "Bill's selection is the result of a national search for MSNW's next CEO. We are excited to invite Bill and believe he can help lead MSNW to continue to provide quality services in a way that effectively reflects our values and vision. Bill's experience in a variety of health care organizations is a good fit with the multi-service line approach of MSNW. Bill stood out from other candidates and exhibited a passion and planned approach to this job that we felt made him an excellent choice for this position.”  Bill said about his selection, “The faith-based mission and values of Mennonite Services Northwest resonate deeply with me. In the context of that mission and those values, I look forward to serving along with the board, the leadership team, and the caregivers at all levels, those entrusted to our care now and into the future.” Bill and his wife are really looking forward to this new chapter of their lives. Bill's first day as the new CEO is September 25, 2019.
'91 Kerby Bunch, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma--Kerby was awarded Outstanding Teacher by the Tulsa Technical College on August 24, 2019.  She is an Early Childhood Teacher with the Jenks Public Schools.
'94 Mike Seagraves, Granite Bay, California--Mike graduated with a PhD in Global Leadership and Change from Pepperdine University and has since taken a new position as VP of Digital Delivery and Operations at Kaiser Permanente. 
'97 Jimmie Murray, Humeston, Iowa--art exhibit at the Hearst. (emailed link to communications 6/18/19). 
'97 Thurston Smith, Memphis, Tennessee--Thurston joined Southwest Tennessee Community College as an adjunct professor and is teaching counseling in the Department of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services in January 2019.  He serves on a variety of local civic boards and commissions.  He is currently a candidate for Memphis City Council District 7.

'01 Matt Koehn-Fairbanks, Elba, Nebraska -- Matt was selected as the Nebraska Coaches Association volleyball coach of the year for 2019.  Matt is the volleyball coach at St. Paul Public High School.



'11 Kyle and Hana Piepergerdes '13 Lee, Independence, Missouri, May 26, 2018.  Stephanie Remmenga Weeda and Nathan Weeda, Mount Ayr, Iowa, June 22, 2019.

E. Thomas (Tom) and Julie Fletcher '64 Hartley celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary January 27, 2019. 
'68 David and Alice Kramer '69 Neal celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 13, 2019.
'68 Jim and Barbara (Jeannie) Bailey '66 McKinney celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary August 30, 2019. 
'93 Angela Gould Brenton and William H Brenton, Windermere, Florida, Robert Harold Angelo, born June 20, 2019.
'97 Wendy Maybee Davies, Grain Valley, Missouri, Addyson, born September 24, 2009.
'98 Jason and Wendy Grutter, Panorama City, California, Evyenia, born July 9, 2019. 
'09 Tyler and Autumn Wellington '10 Jones, Edmond, Oklahoma, Sutton, born April 23, 2018. 

'21 Jennie Kunz Hunger, Duluth, Minnesota, November 16, 1995. 
'38 Betty White Liston, Independence, Missouri, June 7, 2019. 
'42 Manon Page, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 8, 2019. 
'46 Juanita Beitz Nordeen, Independence, Missouri, August 6, 2019. 
'48 Bonnie Haferkamp Briggs, Independence, Missouri, July 4, 2019.  Stanley Johnson, Bremerton, Washington, May 29, 2019.
'49 Bonnie Brooks Cash, Decatur, Iowa, July 10, 2019.  Charlotte Engle Reynolds, Liberty, Missouri, March 14, 2019.   John Wallace, Rogers, Arkansas, July 26, 2019.
'51 George DeLapp, Independence, Missouri, August 20, 2018.  Edwin Marlowe, Blue Springs, Missouri, August 15, 2019.  John Roberts, Jr., Columbus, Ohio, June 3, 2019.
'52 Carolyn Brooner Hedrick, Bolingbrook, Illinois, February 6, 2019.  Kenneth Simpson, Independence, Missouri, July 28, 2019. 
'53 Marilyn Mann Carlson, Harcourt, Iowa, December 6, 2018.  Robin Duff, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, May 27, 2019. 
'56 Marlene Buchanan Brunner, Akron, Ohio, April 8, 2019.  Patricia Nelson Herring, La Jolla, California, 2017. 
'58 William Main, Seattle, Washington, June 17, 2019. 
'59 Alice Chapin Crosby, Midland, Michigan, July 2, 2019.  Lyla Kubeil Dudley, Medowie, New South Wales, Australia, September 6, 2016.  Norman Dudley,  Medowie, New South Wales, Australia, November 6, 2016.  Jeanette Quick Thomas, Oak Grove, Missouri, June 19, 2019.
'61 Arnold Walker, Independence, Missouri, July 29, 2019.
'62 Judy Beckett Carter, Columbia, Missouri, April 7, 2019.
'65 Glenn Brush, Lamoni, Iowa, July 28, 2019. 
'69 Cheryl Neville Brown, Painesville, Ohio, March 28, 2017.   William Farrand, St. Petersburg, Florida, February 13, 2014.
'70 Janelle Payne Hetherington, Cottage Grove, Oregon, July 14, 2019. 
'71 Judy Haslee Scott, Aurora, Colorado, January 2019. 
'72 Mary Sharrar Hunter, Libertyville, Illinois, July 6, 2019. 
'74 Irene Thompson Davis, Kansas City, Missouri, June 24, 2019. 
'76 LaVerne Smith Glendenning, Mt. Ayr, Iowa, July 1, 2019. 
'80 Joseph Carney, Jr., Leawood, Kansas, December 2, 2017.  Mike Christenson, Independence, Missouri, December 16, 2017.  Barbara McKain, Leon, Iowa, March 3, 2019.
'83 Verla Shinabarger Hart, Lees Summit, Missouri, June 24, 2019. 
'93 Angela Gould Brenton, Windermere, Florida, June 20,2019. 
'94 Carol Day Weeks, Independence, Missouri, September 26, 2016.
'19 Whitney Ronk, Woodbine, Iowa, June 16, 2019.