Grand View University Announces $1 Million Gift

April 14, 2016

Grand View University announces a $1 million gift from the trust of alumnus Darold D. Braida. The gift enables the University to establish an endowed professorship in Creative Writing.
 
This endowed professorship will give Grand View students new perspectives and new opportunities in the creative realm.  Writing is emphasized throughout Grand View’s curriculum, regardless of a student’s major field. The English major, which offers concentrations in literature, writing, and teaching, provides students with a strong foundation of skills that are in demand by employers of all kinds: the ability to read critically, think analytically, write clearly -- and approach tasks creatively.
 
All students will have the opportunity to take creative writing courses and otherwise tap into the expertise this gift will bring to campus. And all students may submit their works to GV’s literary journal, Bifrost, which Mr. Braida helped underwrite at the time of its inception. 

Mr. Braida, a 1949 Grand View alumnus, had a 40 year career as an English teacher, 36 of those years in Honolulu.  Born in Williamson, Iowa, Mr. Braida graduated from Chariton High School, received his BA from Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI) and his master’s from the University of Iowa.  He served two years in the military during the Korean War.

Creative writing was his love and the Japanese style of poetry called Haiku was his specialty. He was well known in Haiku circles, winning many contests. He was published often, including his own book An Anthology of Haiku of Iowa: Daylillies & Other Important Things. His students were also frequent winners of Haiku contests.

“Creative writing is a passion for some, like Mr. Braida, and an important underpinning for workplace innovation for others,” said President Kent Henning.  “Our students will benefit from Darold’s gift in so many ways, and their creative visions will, in turn, enhance the campus community.  We are grateful for this significant gift.”