Lakes Festival Now Accepting Vendor Applications

February 17th, 2017
Curbside participated as a food vendor in the 2016 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival.

Curbside participated as a food vendor in the 2016 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College is now accepting vendor applications for the 2017 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival this Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28.

Food and commercial vendors will be located outside at Center Lake Park in Warsaw, Ind. Vendors must be set up from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, but can elect to open for the Friday evening concert, Saturday evening events, and Sunday afternoon events. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Both the Commercial Vendor Application and the Food Vendor Pre-Application can be accessed online at

The Lakes Festival is also accepting Education Vendor Applications for education and non-profit organizations with messages that align with the festival’s mission to further lake and stream education in Kosciusko County and beyond.

The 2017 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival will feature a Friday evening concert, Saturday evening fireworks over Center Lake, a kayak race, live entertainment, lake education, and more! Admission is free. More information and activities will be released closer to the festival dates. To learn more about the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival and for most recent activity updates, visit

Grace College to Host Toastmasters Speech Contests

February 16th, 2017

toastmasters_internationalGrace College will host the Area 13 Toastmasters speech contests on Thursday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in McClain Hall room 107.  The Area 13 contest will feature participants who have successfully competed at the club level and advanced to area competition.  The event is open to the public.

The Area 13 International and Evaluation Contests will be held on March 2.  In the International Contest, contestants will present a five-to-seven-minute speech on the topic of their choice. During the Evaluation Contest, contestants will observe a five-to-seven-minute speech and then present a two-to-three-minute evaluation of what they heard.

Contestants represent four area clubs: Warsaw Noon Toastmasters, Maple City Toastmasters, Everence Toastmasters and the Lake City Toastmasters. The Lake City Toastmasters meet regularly at Grace.

“Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills. Attending a contest is inspiring!” says Jean Wolfe, talent development specialist at Grace College and vice president of education for the Lake City Toastmasters club that meets at Grace College.

Brent Hochstetler, Area 13 director, said, “Contests are exciting opportunities for Toastmasters members. You’d be surprised at the doors that open by developing your speaking skills, both at your local Toastmasters club and at contests like this one.”

Each year thousands of Toastmasters compete in speech contests. Competition begins with club contests, and winners continue competing through the area, division and district levels. The international competition has two additional levels — semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking®. The Toastmasters International Convention culminates annually in the final round of the International Speech Contest, where the World Champion of Public Speaking® is chosen. In this event, ten contestants from all over the world deliver five-to-seven-minute speeches that are evaluated by a panel of experienced Toastmasters. After a year of competing in club, area, district and semifinal competitions, these contestants have advanced for the chance to win this prestigious accolade.

Richard Brungardt, president of the Lake City Toastmasters, encourages the community to attend the Area 13 contests on March 2. “The public is also welcome to attend the Lake City club meeting at 5:30 p.m., immediately prior to the contest, to learn more about the club experience,” said Brungardt.  “Find out how Toastmasters can help you!”

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization’s membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders.

To learn more about the Lake City Toastmasters club, visit For general information about Toastmasters, go to and follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.  For information about Grace College, visit or call 574-372-5100.

Grace College Unveils New Athletic Website

February 16th, 2017

Welcome to the new GCLancers.comGrace’s award-winning athletic website took another step forward with the unveiling of the new today.

The website features an enhanced responsive view, providing a similar viewing experience regardless of the device being used. Additionally, the new site is built with a dynamic image and video-based design to better showcase Grace’s teams.

“We are very excited about the new website. The site is a primary source for information and updated communication for Lancer Nation and potential student-athletes,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “I appreciate Josh Neuhart‘s dedication to building a website that is cutting edge and has a ‘wow factor’ to display all that the Lord is doing at Grace College.”

The new uses state-of-the-art design to highlight the parts of Grace College that are unique. The athletic website also delivers a slick viewing experience, focusing on strong imagery and video highlights to bring Grace’s fanbase closer to the action than ever before.

Other new features include improved schedule and roster pages, simplified in-site navigation, integrated social media networks and new facilities pages.

“A primary goal with this redesign was to become a dynamic recruiting tool for the next wave of Lancer student-athletes. So we decided to highlight parts of Grace which are distinctive to us, including our outstanding academics, pristine facilities, unique location and our central mission to build champions of character,” said Grace Assistant Athletic Director/SID Josh Neuhart. “Thanks to Chad Briscoe for his support and direction on this project as well as the countless people who served on focus groups during the design phase. We are committed to continue bringing our Lancer fans the same great coverage while also providing cutting-edge design and technology.”

Grace worked closely with SIDEARM Sports during the design process. SIDEARM Sports, a Learfield company, is a leading digital provider and powers over 900 athletic websites. To learn more about the company’s capabilities and its complete collegiate portfolio, visit

DeRenzo Honored for 30 Years on the Mic for the Lancers

February 14th, 2017
Pictured is Paul DeRenzo (in red shirt) and his family during Saturday's surprise ceremony for the longtime "Voice of the Lancers".

Pictured is Paul DeRenzo (in red shirt) and his family during Saturday’s surprise ceremony for the longtime “Voice of the Lancers”.

Longtime Grace College staff Paul DeRenzo was surprised with a ceremony on Saturday, honoring his three decades of service to Grace Athletics.

DeRenzo is in his 30th year doing public address work for Lancer teams. He was shocked at halftime of the men’s basketball game to receive a custom plaque and a surprise from his family at center court.

DeRenzo was met by family members, who were wearing shirts honoring DeRenzo’s 30 years as Grace’s PA announcer. The crowd gave DeRenzo a standing ovation in thanks for his service.

To cap off a memorable day, DeRenzo also was on the mic for the Lancers’ last-second 65-64 win over Spring Arbor.

“Paul puts on a tremendous game-day atmosphere for the Lancers and serves the teams and fans extremely well,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “He has a great heart to serve others. We couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate this milestone, and we are excited for the next 30 years with Paul at the mic.”

Grace College Study Abroad Program Opens World to Student

February 13th, 2017

ianrossIan Ross, resident of Oswego, Ill., is a junior at Grace College studying world languages including biblical Hebrew, French and Spanish.  He is currently studying in Dijon, France, for the spring semester where he will complete his bachelor degree immersed in French culture. “I am taking some language courses along with culture and civic classes, which include a contemporary history and French philosophy,” Ross said.

This is Ross’s second trip studying overseas while pursuing his bachelor degree at Grace College.  Last fall, he was hosted by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) as he studied Spanish and cultural adaption in Costa Rica for 12 weeks.  Grace has partnered with the CCCU to provide a broader selection of study abroad programs for its students.

Students studying languages, international business and international studies at Grace most often take advantage of study abroad programs.  The opportunity to live and study immersed in another culture significantly adds to the depth and impact of their education.  For Ross, study abroad experiences have refined and guided his decision on the career path to pursue after college.  “I hope to work for a sustainably minded NGO [non-governmental organization], a non-profit or Christian ministry overseas.  Long term, landing a job as an interpreter or translator between two or more languages is my ‘end game,’” he said. “I believe this to be a way I can serve the Lord and be part of the Church during my time on earth.”

Ross strongly encourages prospective students interested in languages to attend Grace. “You are never short of willing and helpful professors,” he said. “They prepare you for the experiences you will have abroad by encouraging self-initiative, creative problem-solving and humility.”

In addition to study abroad opportunities, all undergraduate programs at Grace include a mandatory cross-cultural field experience.  Many students choose to fulfill this requirement through a Go Encounter trip to a variety of destinations including Brazil, Fiji, France, England, Germany, Japan, Romania, South Korea, Cambodia, Uganda, Ireland and many more.   Grace’s faculty lead these seven-to-10-day trips on which students explore native cultures and serve the community.

For more information about study abroad and cross-cultural experiences at Grace College, visit here or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6133.  For questions, email


Grace College Students Vie for Impact Awards

February 10th, 2017
Five of the seven Grace students nominated for the Impact Award. Left to right: Autumn Ogrin, Chloe Mann, Tim Swanson, Marina Tolczyk and Danielle Deal.

Five of the seven Grace students nominated for the Impact Award. Left to right: Autumn Ogrin, Chloe Mann, Tim Swanson, Marina Tolczyk and Danielle Deal.

Grace College was pleased to support seven students nominated for the 11th-annual Indiana INTERNnet (IIN) Impact Awards. The students, all of whom are fulfilling Grace’s applied learning and internship requirements, were chosen based on exemplary work ethic and leadership skills.

IIN is dedicated to celebrating internship, employer and employee excellence. The program is managed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. It provides an extensive database to help link employers, students and higher education schools with the best possible internships.  This year, the awards luncheon took place on Feb. 8 at Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center. There were 50 nominees in all. Tamika Catchings, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, WDNA All-Star and founder of Catch the Stars foundation, gave the keynote address. The winners were announced during the luncheon.

The nominated Grace students and corresponding internship sites were Danielle Deal, Flagship Enterprise in Anderson, Ind.; Chloe Mann, Centricity Music Label in Nashville, Tenn.; Katie Moheny, Think Pod in Mishawaka, Ind.; Autumn Ogrin, Roberts Brothers Excavating in 3Rivers Mich.; Jacob Kohl Smith, Croasman Properties in Indianapolis, Ind.; Tim Swanson, Grace College Athletic Department in Winona Lake, Ind., and Marina Tolczyk, Arrowhead Gold Club in Wheaton, Ill.

Although none of the Grace nominees received an award, they were honored to attend the event and spoke highly of the internships that led them there. “The most rewarding parts of my work at Roberts Bros. Excavating were the relationships I built,” said Ogrin. “The internship has also given me insight into what to look for in future jobs and what areas I need to grow in.”

Deal also spoke well of her internship experience at Flagship Enterprise Center. “The most rewarding part was contributing to the mission and vision of Flagship. I was able to contribute as a regular employee, not just as an intern,” she said. Deal called the experience “invaluable.”

“We are proud of our students,” said DeeAnna Muraski, associate director of internships and adjunct faculty for the Career Institute at Grace. “They are capable, talented men and women. We believe our applied learning and internship programs effectively develop students’ skillsets for the job market. Career preparation is a top priority at Grace.”

Mann’s mother, Debbie Mann, also attended the event. “I was honored and proud to attend with my daughter,” Mrs. Mann said. “I often hear about what Chloe is doing. But to see the fruits of that labor in action was a blessing!”

Grace College’s applied learning and internship programs are designed to incorporate real-world experience in the college curriculum.  All Grace students are required to complete 12 hours of applied learning credits to earn their bachelor’s degree. Grace’s Center for Career Connections has developed partnerships with more than 250 area businesses and organizations from which students may choose to apply their classroom learning and explore their desired career path.

For more information about Grace’s applied learning and internship programs, visit or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6101.

Boy Scouts of America to Host Food Drive at Grace College

February 9th, 2017
Photo courtesy of Ken Locke.

Photo courtesy of Ken Locke.

The local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America will host “Scouting for America” on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. The food drive event takes place during the men’s basketball game between the Spring Arbor University Cougars and the Grace College Lancers.

Admission is free to all Boy Scout youth and leaders wearing their uniforms and bringing at least two cans of food per person. The community is also welcome to attend the game and donate canned goods. All food will be given to The Salvation Army Choice Pantry of Kosciusko County. The pantry supplies food on a monthly basis to local, qualifying individuals and families.

Grace Nonprofit Management Student Turns Passion into Profit for Animals in Need

February 3rd, 2017
Grace College student Jurnee Carr. Photo courtesy of

Grace College student Jurnee Carr with one of her rescue dogs, Java. Photo courtesy of K9 Photo.

Jurnee Carr, a current student in the Master’s in Nonprofit Management program at Grace College, has a passion for helping animals.  In the past ten years – since the young age of 12 – she has developed a thriving foundation to assist animal rescue and welfare organizations.  Carr says she believes “the Lord has directed my life to be a voice for those who only have a bark or meow.”  The following story about Jurnee’s Journey Foundation appeared Feb. 2, 2017 in the Kingsport, Tennesee Times News.

Ten years ago, a young Girl Scout went on an outing with her troop to a local animal shelter. There, she was saddened to see animals overcrowded in kennels. When she asked, “What is going to become of all the animals?” she was told the sad truth that some would not be kept much longer and would be put down if not adopted.

That young girl was Jurnee Carr. In 2007, at age 12, she made a decision to make it her duty in life to speak for those forgotten animals and she established Jurnee’s Journey Foundation.

The mission of Jurnee’s Journey Foundation is “to provide support to local, national and international animal rescue and welfare organizations through various fundraising efforts,” according to Jurnee and the website (

Jurnee’s Journey Foundation encourages pet adoption from shelters and spaying and neutering to control the pet population and cut down on unnecessary euthanasia due to overcrowding. “Every animal deserves a loving, forever home!” Jurnee stressed.

Jurnee’s Journey Foundation is an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. During the past 10 years, through donations and the hard work of Jurnee, her family, friends and volunteers, the foundation has raised over $51,000. In turn, 100 percent of funds raised were used to support 37 different animal rescue and welfare organizations in 17 states and three countries. Those supported include a donkey rescue in Tanzania and a traveling spay/neuter clinic in Romania. Donations of money, blankets, food, cleaning supplies and more are accepted. Jurnee also encourages people to volunteer time to walk dogs, help with cleanup, foster animals or take pets to adoption events for animal shelters.

Jurnee served as an intern and a Youth Advisory Board member for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 2015. Her primary role as an HSUS intern was to conduct formal research on the effectiveness of humane education programs in the United States. Presently, as a HSUS Volunteer District Leader, she has been actively lobbying for animal protection legislation. This past week, she met with Tennessee Senators Rusty Crowe and Jon Lundberg and State Representatives Gary Hicks, Timothy Hill and Matthew Hill to discuss introduced legislation to require dog breeders to register with the state. This legislation is beneficial to both respected dog breeders and those wishing to own pure-bred dogs, to help stop “puppy mills” which often incorrectly breed and sell dogs, she explained.

She has attended the Animal Care Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., and the TAFA – Taking Action for Animals – annual conference in Washington, D.C. There, Jurnee met with Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander and U.S. Representative Phil Roe to lobby for various pieces of animal protection legislation. In August of 2016, she traveled to Puerto Rico to educate people about the humane treatment of animals in various cities.

Jurnee has received many honors for her work.

“I do this because it is my passion and I feel the Lord has directed my life to be a voice for those who only have a bark or meow,” Jurnee says humbly.

To read the complete story, click here.  To see Jurnee’s Feb. 2 television interview on WCYB (NBC-5) about animal protection legislation, click here.

For more information about Grace’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program, visit

Dr. Karen Swallow Prior to Present at Lyceum Series at Grace College

January 31st, 2017
Karen Swallow Prior

Dr. Karen Swallow Prior

Dr. Karen Swallow Prior will visit Grace College to present this year’s installment of the Lyceum Series on Faith and the Academy. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Westminster Hall, 105 9th St., Winona Lake.  This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

The Lyceum Series is an annual lecture series at Grace College dedicated to merging cultural engagement, academics and faith.  Dr. Prior’s presentation, “Hannah More and the Moral Imagination,” will discuss More’s fascinating story.  Dr. Prior will describe how the poet helped end slavery, reform the United States and teach the poor to read.

“We are delighted to host Dr. Prior on campus,” said Dr. Lauren Rich, chair of the Languages, Literature and Communication Department at Grace College. “We hope that many from the community will join our students, staff and faculty to hear this dynamic speaker.  We anticipate that Dr. Prior’s presentation will inspire us to examine the relationship between Christian faith and social reform, both in the past and in our world today.”

Prior’s newly published book, “Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More,” is a timely call to strong convictions and moral imagination leading to social change.  Copies of the book will be available for $5, cash only, at the event.  Prior will sign books following her lecture.

Dr. Prior is an English professor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. She is a member of the graduate faculty and specializes in 18th-century British literature.  She is well-known for her work in “1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era,” “The Shandean” and “The Scriblerian.” In addition to “Fierce Convictions,” Prior has authored “Abolitionist” and “Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me.”  Her work has appeared in many publications, including Christianity Today, The Washington Post, Break Point and The Atlantic.

The Lyceum Series draws inspiration from the history of Grace College and Winona Lake. The series reflects Winona Lake’s tradition of cultural engagement and Grace College’s commitment to vibrant conversation on issues related to the intersection of Christian faith and academics.  For more information, please call 574-372-5100, ext. 6151 or email

Grace College to host NCCAA Basketball National Championships through 2020

January 31st, 2017
Grace President Dr. Bill Katip (left) and Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe.

Grace President Dr. Bill Katip (left) and Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe.

The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) has announced a contract extension with Grace College as the host for the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball National Championships for 2018-2020. 

The championships will be held on the Grace College campus in the beautiful 2,200-seat Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center in Winona Lake, Ind.

Grace has served as a national tournament host since 2009, hosting the NCCAA women’s basketball championships for three years before adding the men’s basketball tournament in 2012. This marks the second straight three-year bid the NCCAA has awarded Grace to host the men’s and women’s combined national tournaments.

“The NCCAA is excited that Grace College has renewed their bid to host the Division I Basketball Championships,” said NCCAA Executive Director Dan Wood. “Under the outstanding leadership of Athletics Director Chad Briscoe and the continued support and excellence of the whole athletic staff, we anticipate the continuation of a mutually beneficial partnership.”

The championship will be held each year in March as 24 basketball games will be packed into four days. The men’s and women’s tournaments consist of eight elite teams in each bracket, featuring top-caliber competitors from across the United States. Men’s and women’s games will be interspersed throughout the event. As host, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams from Grace College will earn automatic bids to the NCCAA championships.

“This is a great day for our athletic department, campus and community,” Briscoe said. “We are humbled and thankful to once again be selected by the NCCAA for the opportunity to host both of these national championships. We will work diligently to continue creating a national championship atmosphere that generates great memories for the participants, fans and our community.”

The state-of-the-art Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center opened in 2007. The 2017 tournament from March 15-18 will be Grace’s sixth consecutive year hosting both the men’s and women’s championships. During last year’s national tournament, Roberts Wesleyan College (N.Y.) claimed the women’s championship while Emmanuel College (Ga.) won the men’s title.

“Grace College is honored and delighted to once again host these great championships,” said Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip. “We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting the NCCAA championships for nearly a decade, and we are excited at the opportunity to continue holding this prestigious event on our campus.”

The championships will swing into action with a Christian Service Project (CSP) in the Winona Lake and Warsaw community. Prior service projects include trips to local elementary schools, churches, senior citizen homes and Combined Community Services among others.

“The CSPs truly define the NCCAA and its commitment to our student-athletes,” Wood said.  “Our goal is to remind each participant of his/her Christian responsibility prior to competing for a national championship. One men’s and one women’s team will leave with a banner as champions, but each team and individual will have the opportunity to carry the banner for Jesus Christ while in Winona Lake and throughout their life.”

The NCCAA, a not-for-profit association headquartered in Greenville, S.C., is America’s only Christian intercollegiate athletic association. It serves nearly 100 member colleges and universities involving well over 17,000 student-athletes and 850 coaches. A total of 24 national championships in men’s and women’s sports and one national invitational are sponsored by the NCCAA. The NCCAA also sponsors mission endeavors throughout the world sharing the witness of Jesus Christ through athletics.

For more information regarding Grace’s hosting of the NCCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, visit