First Year Experience

If you’re thinking about becoming a student at Grace College, or you’re a member of the 2014 Freshman Class at Grace, we hope to answer many of your questions as you prepare for your first year of college.

Welcome to Grace College!

At Grace, we provide a comprehensive program to assist first-year students in their adjustment to college life. It is our hope that Grace will become a fast second home for you and that you’ll feel supported as you discover and pursue God's calling on your life. The central components of the first-year program are Welcome Weekend (orientation) and Freshman Foundations (FYE 1010). Throughout orientation and the course, freshmen meet in breakout groups of 15-20 students led by a Faculty Mentor and a Student Mentor (an upperclass student). These groups are designed to give first-year students the kind of support needed to adapt to college life. To being preparing for the Freshman Foundations course before orientation, read the Summer Reading Book.

Welcome Weekend

"Welcome Weekend" will be Saturday, August 16, 2014, through Monday, August 18, 2014. Welcome Weekend is the time when Grace welcomes new students to campus and introduces them and their parents to the Grace campus family.

2014 Welcome Weekend Schedule

Other Information

The Campus Book Store, Business, Registrar, and Financial Aid Offices are all open during Welcome Weekend to assist new students.

Meetings and other events are scheduled throughout the weekend to help new freshmen and transfer students learn about the Grace campus and community and to become familiar with expectations and the campus environment.

In addition, programs are provided during the weekend to help parents learn about the campus community, educational philosophy, and academic commitment of the college and its faculty and administration. New freshmen and transfer students are required to attend the events specified for them on the schedule.

Each parent will be given two complimentary meal passes for the weekend to be picked up at Welcome Weekend Registration. Additional meal passes for other family members can be purchased at the entrance of Alpha Dining Commons.

You will be given a final schedule of Welcome Weekend Events upon arrival.

Lodging

To assist parents and/or family members, we have a list of available lodging in the Warsaw and Winona Lake area.

For more information about Welcome Weekend, call the Grace College Student Affairs Office at 1-800-54-GRACE, ext. 6466.

Freshman Foundations

Who Are We? Who Are You? What Is Our Calling?

These questions (and perhaps a few more) will be addressed in the Freshman Foundations (FYE 1010) introductory course required for all freshmen. It’s designed to help students discover their God-given strengths, navigate through current college issues, introduce the student to the mission and expectations of the learning community at Grace College, better understand what makes Christian liberal arts education valuable, introduce students to the value of service in the local community and introduce the students to prospective departments and faculty within the institution. A primary component of this course is a small group discussion led by Faculty Mentors and Student Mentors where students are free to explore ideas with the guidance of the experienced staff and students at Grace.

Principle Faculty:

Jim Swanson
Jacqueline Schram
Aaron Crabtree

2014-15 Summer Read

God's Double Agent

God's people are hiding in plain sight.
Tens of millions of Christians live in China today, leading double lives to hide from a government that relentlessly persecutes them. By day, Bob Fu was a teacher in a communist school; by night, he was a preacher in an underground house church network. This edge-of-your-seat book tells the true story of Fu's conversion to Christianity, his arrest and imprisonment for starting an illegal house church, his harrowing escape, and his subsequent rise to prominence in the United States as an advocate for his oppressed brethren. God's Double Agent will inspire you to boldly proclaim and live out your faith in a world that is at times indifferent, and at other times murderously hostile, to those who spread the gospel.   More Info

 

Faculty & Student Mentors

The men, women and students below serve as Faculty and Student Mentors (sometimes called "break out group leaders") for Freshman Foundations (FYE 1010).

As a freshman you will meet with your breakout group one or two times a week. Assisting each Faculty Mentor is an upperclass student called a Student Mentor. Together, it is their desire to assist you in any way possible as you transition to college life and begin to feel at home at Grace. Feel free to contact these mentors with any questions you may have—or just to introduce yourself and begin getting to know them.

Meet the Mentors:

Aaron Crabtree

Dean of Students
Office: Indiana Hall 143
Break-out location: TBA
Phone Extension: x6464
Email: crabtrat@grace.edu

Dennis Duncan

Director of Indiana Correctional Education
Office: McClain 207
Break-out location: TBA
Phone Extension: x6257
Email: duncandl@grace.edu

Tonya Fawcett

Director of Library Services
Office: Library 204
Break-out location: TBA
Phone Extension: x6291
Email: fawcettl@grace.edu

Patrick Loebs

Assistant Professor, Communication
Office: Philathea 103B
Break-out location: TBA
Phone Extension: x6096
Email: ploebs@grace.edu

Deb Musser

Student Health & Counseling Center Director
Office: Indiana Hall 157
Break-out location: TBD
Phone Extension: x6069
Email: musserds@grace.edu

Laurie Owen

Dean, School of Education
Office: Mount Memorial 205
Break-out location: TBD
Phone Extension: x6184
Email: owenla@grace.edu

Randy Polston

Director of Applied Learning
Office: Indiana Hall 249
Break-out location: TBD
Phone Extension: x6416
Email: polstorw@grace.edu

Ty Propp

Physical Plant Set-Up Supervisor
Office: Physical Plant main door/SW unit
Break-out location: TBA
Phone: 574.253.2230
Email: proppte@grace.edu

Jacqueline Schram

Associate Dean of Student Affairs;
Associate Professor, French
Office: Indiana Hall 141
Break-out location: TBA
Phone Extension: x6283
Email: schramjs@grace.edu

Jim Swanson

Vice President of Student Affairs and Academic Services
Office: Indiana Hall 142
Break-out location: TBA
Phone Extension: x6473
Email: swansoje@grace.edu

Carlos Tellez

Dean of Chapel & Global Initiatives
Office: Indiana Hall 150
Break-out location: TBA
Phone Extension: x6284
Email: tellezjc@grace.edu

Denise Terry

Director, Center of Career Connections
Office: Indiana Hall 151
Break-out location: TBA
Phone Extension: x6101
Email: denise.terry@grace.edu

These mentors are ready and willing to help you as a freshman—whether you encounter a question about life at Grace College or just want a friend to share a meal or a cup of coffee with.

Other helpful resources:

Residence Life Departments/Majors Health Center Forms Career Services Computer Services Student Activities Academic Assistance

Questions?

Email Student Affairs at studentaffairs@grace.edu or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6488.