The Communication's Office core mission is providing counsel and producing content that advances the priorities of the university, connects with people emotionally and creatively tells the Graceland story through a variety of communications channels.
The Communications Office (CO) is located in the lower level of the Higdon Administration Building in rooms G07 and G12.
The CO is responsible for the design and production of both printed and electronic media used by the university community. Services include graphic design, writing, photography, large-format printing, web and online services.
For social media and T.V. event communication, please contact Shane Adams or Brooke Sutherland.
For graphic design questions, please contact Steve Edwards or Tiffany Smith
For public website, photography requests and branding adherence questions, please contact Steve Edwards.
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In order to ensure the best possible quality, Design Services requests a minimum of four weeks from the time you place your design or print request to the time you would like the finished product. Note that projects that are more complex or have to be printed at an outside vendor will likely require additional time. Projects that are needed sooner may incur a $25 rush fee.

Only designated employees are permitted to speak on behalf of the university. If the media wishes to request a statement, they should contact the Office of Communications. If an employee is asked by the media to provide a statement, the employee should direct them to the Office of Communications.

Director of Communications
Shane Adams

Like other universities of similar size, Graceland University no longer has a full-time in-house Print Shop. The Creative Media Center, now Creative Services and Communications, will focus on its core mission of providing counsel and producing content that advances the priorities of the university, connects with people emotionally and creatively tells the Graceland story through a variety of communications channels.

Although the Graceland Print Shop will only function with limited capacity, it is still imperative that the branding initiative begun during the Spring of 2016 continue. Consistent voice, color, and imagery are necessary for building a sense of familiarity and comfort – the Graceland brand. Any projects that are intended for use outside the Graceland campus or for recruiting purposes, must be approved by the Communications team. If you fail to obtain the necessary approvals prior to printing, Graceland may refuse to pay the invoice. Do not depend on the print vendor for approval. It is ultimately the responsibility of the individual placing the print order to obtain the necessary approval. If in doubt, please email a copy of your file in PDF format to


Print Shop/Creative Services Print Services

Print Shop: The Print Shop operates on a part-time basis. The primary mission of the Print Shop is to support the ongoing efforts of Enrollment, Development, Alumni and the President’s Office. Depending on volume, the Print Shop will be able to output a limited number of projects for other departments, but priority will always be to the areas indicated above. If the timing is important for this secondary printing, an alternate printing option should be considered.

The Print Shop will also continue to print letterhead, business cards and will either print or arrange for printing of envelopes for the entire campus.


Black and white printing in the CMC: The Print Shop will now accept a limited amount of black and white printing. This should be limited to simple projects, ideally front and back single sheets. In order to keep costs low, all printing is done on oversized sheets and then cut to size. This means stapling sets of black and white printing such as tests is no longer possible. 


Large Format printing (banners, photo prints, prints larger than 12x18”): Large format work is primarily limited to the Enrollment, Development and Alumni departments. As capacity allows, Creative Services may output a limited number of large format prints for other Graceland departments. Alternative vendors for printing large format include Invinci Printing in downtown Lamoni and FastSigns in Des Moines.

 How do I submit an order for large format printing? Click on


Specialty printing, such as multi-part forms (NCR or carbonless paper) and notepads can now be produced in the Print Shop once all primary projects have been completed. Please contact to determine if your project can be produced in the Graceland Print Shop.



Other on-campus Printing Options

ITS supported Multi-Function Printers (MFP): Offices will continue to have the option to use their MFP. For more information on these devices, go online to

  • University Communications Approval Reminder. If your project is intended for an off-campus audience or is for recruitment, the design must be approved before it is printed. Email a PDF copy of the file to


Off-campus Printing Solutions

 Invinci Graphics: Invinci Graphics in downtown Lamoni has the ability to output low-volume color work on up to 12x18” paper. Note that Invinci is not always able to meet short turn-around timelines.

  • How do I submit an order for printing? If your project is intended for an off-campus audience or is for recruitment, the design must be approved before it is printed. Email a PDF copy of the file to Upon approval, you will need to contact Invinci directly about cost, paper selection and production timelines.

Communications Team

The Communications team promotes Graceland with internal and external communications through planning, producing, and/or monitoring the Graceland brand. Steve Edwards is the Creative Director, Shane Adams is the Director of Communications, Brooke Sutherland is the Assistant Director of Communication, and Tiffany Smith is the Senior Graphic Designer.


With the cooperation and contributions of all other Graceland University departments, the mission of the Communications Team is to act as a collective location for the knowledge and sharing of information and events for the Graceland Community and the outside public. We are committed to staying up to date on all GU marketing and branding efforts, as well as offering the utmost quality in all areas of internal and external social interactions including, but not limited to, press releases, social media, print design and web design. We are happy to help you with your communication needs and those of your department at Graceland University.

  • Design Request
  • Print Request
  • Large Format Print Request
  • Letterhead Request
  • Business Cards (UPDATED SUMMER 2019, the Graceland Print Shop will not be producing business cards for departments on a monthly basis. Beginning August 1, 2019 - the business cards will be printed once per month during the last full week of the month. In order to be included in that print run, you need to have your order in during the first TWO full weeks of the month. Orders received after that time will be run during the normal printing week the following month. If you miss the business card cut off and need your cards more quickly, you continue to have the option of printing through Staples. In order to place an order with Staples, you will need to have a Staples Advantage ordering account. This person is typically a department supervisor or assistant. If you need to have an account or are unsure who has an account for your area, please contact Paula Smith in Business Services. The officially approved business cards templates are located under "Your Lists" and then go to "Business cards". You should NOT design your own business cards. If you have questions about placing orders for business cards, contact Steve Edwards at 5249 or email
  • Envelope Request

There is no login required. Prior to placing an order, verify with your department head or other appropriate contact that you are authorized to initiate a design/print request.