Grace College Offers Kauffman FastTrac for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

March 14th, 2018

Do you have an idea for a new business? Or, do you already have a small business and wonder what to do next? Kauffman FastTrac is a flexible course with a solid framework to support aspiring and new entrepreneurs. The Grace College School of Business and the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development, a legacy FastTrac affiliate, is pleased to offer the 10-week course this spring.

Kauffman FastTrac will meet from 6 – 9 p.m. each Thursday night from March 22 to May 31 in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. It will be taught by three Grace College School of Business faculty who are certified Kauffman instructors. The cost for the 10-week program is just $75.

“We are very excited to offer this outstanding class to the community and hope that many will take advantage of the opportunity to become equipped to own and operate a business,” said Dr. Alan Grossnickle, director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development and associate professor of business at Grace College. “The Kauffman program has a terrific reputation and is sure to change the lives of some – if not all – participants.”

Kauffman FastTrac was created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation in the world devoted to entrepreneurship. Mr. Kauffman was an entrepreneur and humanitarian who was committed to helping young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, get a quality education. FastTrac was birthed from his belief that building enterprise is one of the most effective ways to realize individual promise and spur the economy.

This immersive 10-week course is designed to provide information, tips, exercises, and tools to help aspiring entrepreneurs think through all aspects of their business idea and set them on the road to success. Throughout the class, students will:

• Discover how your business concept matches your personal vision.
• Align your business concept with a real market opportunity.
• Find your target market and discover your competitive advantage.
• Determine the unique features and benefits of your product or service.
• Learn how to set realistic financial goals for your business.
• Define your company’s brand and marketing.
• Learn how to manage business functions and develop an organizational culture.
• Determine the steps to profitability.
• Identify potential sources of funding for your business.
• Launch your business.

To register for FastTrac at Grace College from March 22 – May 31, or for more information, contact Dr. Alan Grossnickle at 574-372-5100, ext. 6091 or

Grace College Wind Ensemble to Present ‘Greetings from Europe’

March 14th, 2018

The Grace College Wind Ensemble will present “Greetings from Europe” on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake. The free concert will feature well-loved pieces from some of Europe’s most famous composers.

Mr. Eric Criss directs the 70-member ensemble, comprised of the area’s finest local, student and professional musicians. According to Criss, “Audience members will delight in hearing such favorites as ‘Scheherazade,’ ‘The Pines of Rome,’ Holst’s ‘Second Suite in F’ and highlights from ‘The Sound of Music.’” The concert will also feature trumpet soloist Barry Frisinger in “La Virgen de la Macarena.”

The concert will include several familiar pieces that are sure to entertain the entire family. “‘Greetings from Europe’ is a multigenerational experience you won’t want to miss,” Criss said.

Grace College Welcomes Prospective Students, Parents to Lancer Days

March 9th, 2018

Grace College invites prospective students and their parents to attend Lancer Day – a day designed to introduce the school to families looking for the right college fit for their student. Upcoming Lancer Days will take place Friday, March 23 and Friday, April 6 at Grace College, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Ind.

Lancer Days begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by a student and faculty panel discussion. Then participants discover what Grace College has to offer by attending chapel, touring campus, and eating lunch at Alpha Dining Commons. The day officially concludes with a faculty fair at 2 p.m. However, students and parents may choose to take advantage of complementary tickets to sporting events during their visit. In addition, high school juniors and seniors may spend one night in a residence hall.

“At Lancer Days, students survey the academic departments and majors at Grace, learn about student activities and clubs, discover financial assistance opportunities and see first-hand how Grace College is making quality, Christian education attractive and affordable,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace.

During their visit, families will hear about new academic programs and see current construction projects on campus. Grace College has recently launched majors in agribusiness, engineering, chemistry, nursing and worship arts. In all, Grace College offers more than 70 undergraduate degrees in both traditional four-year and accelerated three-year degree formats.

Students and parents will see the new Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex which is scheduled for completion this summer. The complex is part of the $37 million comprehensive Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary. To date, more than $32.5 million has been raised.

To register for a Lancer Day or to schedule an individual campus tour, go to, email or call 866-974-7223.

Former Grace Wind Ensemble Director Headed to Carnegie Hall

March 8th, 2018

The following is an article from Times Union Online, published March 7.   Martin Becker directed the Grace College Community Wind Ensemble for 15 years.  He retired last year.

Leiff Hall (L) and Martin Becker. Photo from Times Union Online.

Retired Grace College and Warsaw Community High School band director Marty Becker will be a guest conductor next week at Carnegie Hall.

Becker was asked by one of his former students, Leif Hall, to share this experience. Hall graduated from WCHS in 1994 and started in band on trumpet under Becker’s mentorship in the fifth grade. Hall also came back to Warsaw Schools and taught middle school band for a couple of years.

Becker said, “There is no greater honor or reward in teaching than seeing a former student achieve success. I am so proud of Leif and all he is accomplishing with his outstanding band program in Houston. I am thrilled and honored that I get to share this experience with my former student.”

Hall teaches at Tanglewood Middle School, an International Baccalaureate school and one of 287 public schools in the Houston Texas Independent School District. The school serves 811 students in sixth through eighth grade in the Galleria Aria of Houston. Under Hall’s direction, the Tanglewood Band program has grown in membership and has earned high ratings at all music festivals since 2011, according to a press release from Becker.

The Carnegie Hall Performance is the result of submitting an audition recording. Bands, orchestras and choirs from across the nation audition to perform each spring. The Directors Choice Premier Performance Invitational is a once-in-a-lifetime concert event at the world-class venue, according to the release.

The performance will be at 8 p.m. March 14 at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, New York City.

March Madness Descends Upon Winona Lake

March 6th, 2018

March Madness is fast approaching Kosciusko County. Grace College is set to host the 2018 NCCAA Div. I Men’s and Women’s Basketball National Championships this month.

The unique national event, held March 14-17 at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, features 16 premier men’s and women’s college basketball teams in the nation. The MOCC will host 24 basketball games over four days, culminating with Championship Saturday to crown both a men’s and women’s national champion.

Wednesday and Thursday of the national tournament consists of eight games apiece, tipping off at 8:30 a.m. and running until after 10 p.m. Last year’s tournaments saw Colorado Christian take the men’s national title and Greenville (Ill.) win the women’s banner.

Tickets for the event are $30 for a four-day pass or $10 for a one-day pass. Children and students can purchase a discounted $5 one-day pass. Call (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266 for ticket or sponsor information. Visit the official tournament website at for more information.

On Tuesday, Grace will host the national tournament banquet for participating teams. The speaker this year is Indiana basketball legend Kent Benson, the 1976 NCAA champion from Indiana University and former No. 1 NBA draft pick. Banquet tickets to hear Benson speak are available by calling Grace’s athletic office.

This year’s tournaments are unique because the NCCAA is celebrating its 50th year in existence. Additionally, this marks Grace’s 10th straight year hosting a national basketball championship.

The Kern Family Foundation Grants $200,000 to Grace College & Seminary

March 6th, 2018

Grace College & Seminary is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $200,000 grant from The Kern Family Foundation. The grant will be used to expand Grace’s blended seminary degree program which allows students to earn a bachelor of arts in biblical studies and a master’s in divinity in five years.

The Kern Family Foundation, based in Waukesha, Wisc., endeavors to enrich lives by developing the formation of good character, increasing educational achievement, promoting the value of work and instilling an entrepreneurial mindset.

Betsy Mackett, program coordinator at The Kern Family Foundation, said “The unique seminary program at Grace aligns very well with our mission as well as our intentional focus on systematic change and long-term programs. We believe students who complete the five-year degree program at Grace College & Seminary will be well-equipped with the academic skills and virtues necessary to make meaningful contributions in the world.”

The $200,000 grant, which will be dispersed in $40,000 increments each year for five years, will provide for the hiring of a part-time program director, marketing efforts to promote the program, scholarship dollars and spiritual formation for students.

“We are thrilled to have earned the support of The Kern Family Foundation,” said Dr. Jeff Gill, vice president and dean of Grace Theological Seminary. “This grant will allow us to take the five-year blended degree to the next level, to reach many more prospective students and ultimately make a significant impact for the Kingdom of God.”

For more information about the Grace College & Seminary blended seminary degree program, call 574-372-5100, ext. 6438.


Grace wins NCCAA Midwest Region

March 5th, 2018

Lady Lancer Kyannah Stull

In the final tuneup before the NCCAA National Championships, Grace’s women’s basketball team beat Concordia 75-69 on Feb. 28.

The Lady Lancers (18-15) will enter the national tournament as the champion of the NCCAA Midwest Region. Grace hosts NCCAA Nationals at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center from March 14-17.

The complete tournament field, game schedule and brackets for the national tournament will be revealed on March 11.

Four players scored in double figures for Grace, led by 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals from Vironnica Drake.

In the first quarter, Grace began to gain separation from the Cardinals (20-13) with a 10-1 run. Kelsie Peterson and Brooke Sugg both hit triples, and Kaylie Warble scored four points.

Grace led 24-17 after one quarter and increased that cushion to 41-30 by halftime.

The Cardinals whittled away at Grace’s lead and only trailed by four late in the third quarter.

Concordia eventually tied the score at 56-56 with 6:30 remaining in the contest, setting the stage for a tightly-contested finish.

Lexi Minix put Grace back on top with a pair of free throws on the next possession, and Sugg followed that up with a 3-pointer to extend the lead.

Warble maintained the Lady Lancers’ momentum with six points over the next two minutes, bumping Grace’s lead back up to nine.

Concordia did its best to claw back with a pair of 3-pointers over the final minutes, but Grace secured the regional win from the free throw line.

Warble racked up 15 points and 11 boards off the bench, and Sugg tallied 14 points, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Micaela Box scored eight points to go along with three assists, and Kyannah Stull added two points and five boards.

15th Annual Grace College Presidential Scholarship Competition Awards $2.2 Million

February 28th, 2018

2018 Grace College Presidential Scholarship candidates

Grace College hosted its 15th annual Presidential Scholarship Competition (PSC) on Feb. 16 and 17, 2018. PSC is an invitation-only scholarship competition for qualifying high school seniors. Invitations are based on academic achievement, with awards ranging from $​2​,000 scholarships to full tuition. In all, 68 scholarships were awarded, totaling​ more than​ $2.2 million.

The contestants numbered 127 from 12 states. Their average high school GPA was 4.11 with a 1330 average SAT score and a 29 average ACT score. “Presidential Scholars is a hallmark event at Grace College,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace. “We invite the best and brightest to compete for scholarships and the result is truly inspiring.  It’s a joy to get to know these accomplished students throughout the weekend.”

On Friday, participants enjoyed dinner and a program, followed by an opportunity to speak with faculty members. On Saturday, students competed for prizes through an interview and one-hour essay contest.

Six levels of scholarships were awarded. The 2018 Presidential Scholarship Competition recipients are:

Philip Wertz, winner of the President’s full tuition Scholarship

President’s Scholarship: full tuition

Philip Wertz of Goshen, IN


Trustee Scholarship: $80,000 total ($20,000 per year)

Kennedy Parker of Mishawaka, IN

Taylor Vroman of Seneca, IL


Faculty Scholarship: $68,000 ($17,000 per year)

Sarah Bingham of Warsaw, IN

Chasen Madsen of Winona Lake, IN

Ethan Maiyer of Ashland, OH

Emilia Tallent of Norten Shores, MI

Jael Winterholter of Fort Wayne, IN


Achievement Scholarship: $56,000 ($14,000 per year)

Faith Cole of Sault Sainte Marie, MI

Jennifer Dannemiller of Nashport, OH

Bryson Durst of Painesville, OH

Kyla Foley of Columbus, IN

Natalie Gerber of Wakarusa, IN

Kylee Gudeman of Warsaw, IN

Ann Marks of Niles, MI

Sydney Newton of Crawfordsville, IN

Alayna Trier of Columbia City, IN

Luke Turek of Sydney, MT


McClain Scholarship: $48,000 ($12,000 a year)

Sydney Black of Pickerington, OH

Hannah Brood of Rudyard, MI

Allison Brown of Auburn, IN

Tyler Brueckman of New Carlisle, OH

Nichole Cochran of Noblesville, IN

Nicole Collins of Merrimack, NH

Audrianna DeWitt of Indianapolis, IN

Alexis Elwood of Defiance, OH

Kaitlynn Gorrell of Berne, IN

Morgan Hixson of Clark, CO

Stasia Hudak of Fort Wayne, IN

Alissa Jagger of Columbia City, IN

Halley Krochta of Medina, OH

Katherine Lade of Elkhart, IN

Calyssa Lehman of Berne, IN

Christina Magers of Pendleton, IN

Rachel Schick of Oxford, MI

Lydia Thompson of Lizton, IN

Holly Unkel of Lafayette, IN

Jan Wasmuth of Kokomo, IN

In addition, Winona Merit Scholarships of $8,000 each ($2,000 per year) were awarded.

PSC is one part of the robust financial aid program at Grace College.  The college is dedicated to helping families make quality, Christian higher education affordable.  Ninety-nine percent of Grace students receive institutional financial aid.  Through the college’s comprehensive affordability and excellence program, Measure of Grace, tuition never increases after the first year of enrollment, all students receive free textbook rentals and have the option to earn a bachelor’s degree in any of Grace’s 70-plus majors in a three-year accelerated degree program.

For more information about financial aid and scholarships available at Grace, visit, call 866-974-7223 or email


Grace College Unveils Indoor Golf Facility

February 27th, 2018

The Grace College men’s and women’s golf teams now have an indoor facility where they can practice at Gordon Recreational Center.


Grace College’s golf programs are pleased to unveil a dynamic, state-of-the-art indoor facility.

The training facility, located at Grace’s Gordon Recreation Center, will be home to Grace’s men’s and women’s golf teams and feature a number of innovative facets.

The facility features a custom putting green, launch monitor and chipping fringes to prepare the Lancers during the offseason.

“We are incredibly excited to utilize this new facility. It’s the natural next step in the progression of our programs,” said Grace women’s golf coach Denny Duncan.

“It will be a tremendous competitive advantage in recruiting, and it allows our current players to improve throughout the winter. We want our teams to be excellent. Recruiting the best players and creating an atmosphere that is excellent like this new facility is very important. This is a crucial step in that process.”

The 400-square-foot putting green has five holes, carefully designed to allow for creativity. The green has perfectly flat surfaces as well as subtle breaks in other areas to simulate a wide variety of approaches, up to a 22-foot putt.

Fringe is also included in the setup, ranging from basic fairway height to significant rough patches. Student-athletes can also practice chipping with and against the grain.

The launch monitor features a video analysis center for players to hone their swing. The system can take a golfer through every club, analyze each swing and print out detailed data.

“The new indoor facility will be one of the most complete indoor facilities in the area,” said Grace men’s golf coach Denny Hepler.

“We are excited to offer our players a very realistic place to work on their games in the winter, and I know this will reap benefits for years to come.”

Barn & Business Breakfast Coming to MOCC

February 27th, 2018

The following article is from Ink Free News.  

Whether a manufacturing business, service provider, sales distributor or farm – every business in Kosciusko County can gain something from the upcoming Barn & Business Breakfast, hosted by Kosciusko County Community Foundation and Kosciusko County Farm Bureau.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. on March 6 at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College.

At last year’s event, over 300 individuals representing leaders from a wide array of industries attended. They expressed appreciation for the opportunity to converse with other leaders about specific topics addressed at the breakfast, and they said they found the presentation by the keynote speakers relevant to their work.

This year’s keynote speakers will be Larry Clemens of The Nature Conservancy and Dr. Nate Bosch of the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College. Clemens and Bosch will speak about environmental stewardship and sustainability within business and agriculture.

Thanks to generous sponsors, there is no charge to attend the event. However, registration is required.  Reservations can be made online here or by calling the Community Foundation office at (574) 267-1901.  The deadline to register is Feb. 27, 2018.

Event sponsors include: Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Kosciusko County Farm Bureau, Grace College & Seminary, Silveus Insurance Group, Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce, Horizon Bank, Maple Leaf Farms, Creighton Brothers and CTB.


Dr. Nate Bosch, Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams Director 

Larry Clemens, The Nature Conservancy Director of North America’s Agriculture Program