Adventure Race and Paddle Wars Featured at Lakes Festival

May 19th, 2016

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This year’s Northern Indiana Lakes Festival on June 11 & 12 will feature several new events, including the Crawfish Adventure Race, presented by Metzger’s Outdoors, and Paddle Wars, presented by P4C Paddlers for Conservation.

The Lakes Festival is an annual celebration of our local lakes and waterways. Events like the Crawfish Adventure Race and the first-ever Paddle Wars give Kosciusko County residents and visitors even more opportunities to interact with a local lake.

Metzger’s Outdoors is located in the Warsaw/Winona Lake area and organizes adventure races which can involve canoeing, kayaking, obstacle courses and other water activities. Races can include all types of terrain, from the deep woods, to swamps, lakes and rivers.

The first-ever Paddle Wars is an event organized by the P4C Paddlers for Conservation club, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to promoting paddling, education and conservation. For this event, teams of four will participate in a tug-of-war in which two canoes will be tied together stern to stern; the first team to pull their opponent past the center line (rope) wins.

To find out more about these events, or to register, visit lakesfestival.org.

Festival admission is free and other activities include a swim race, kayaks for kids, food, a live animal show, petting farm, open swimming, kids’ activities and exhibitors, and Saturday fireworks presented by Zimmer Biomet.

Commercial vendor applications and food vendor pre-applications are still being accepted; the deadline for these applications is June 1. Other festival event information can be found online at lakesfestival.org.

This year’s top sponsors include Zimmer Biomet, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission, DePuy Synthes, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Maple Leaf Farms, and Silveus Insurance Group.

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Grace College Welcomes New Millennial Scholars

May 19th, 2016

MSA-LogoGrace College has announced the 29 recipients of the Millennial Scholar Academy (MSA) scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarship provides first year out-of-state students with a $1,000 scholarship that increases by $500 each year enrolled for up to four years.

The Millennial Scholar Academy’s purpose is to expose Grace College students to an array of leadership principles and instill in them a passion to serve their campus and community as current students and later as alumni. The program was initially launched out of a Lilly Endowment grant aimed at attracting high-achieving, out-of-state students to Indiana but is now funded through Grace College.

MSA students are selected during the admissions process by a committee chaired by Vice President of Enrollment Management Cindy Sisson.  Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate academic and leadership potential evidenced by past performance and future goals. Previous leadership experience, scholastic success, financial need and a written essay are taken into consideration.

The 2016-2017 incoming Millennial Scholars are:

Isabel Applequist of Long Beach, CA

Aidan Baldwin of Serbia

Cody Boerema of Akron, OH

Makayla Burtner of Cabot, PA

Charity Cosby of Coal City, IL

Crystal Crespo-Santiago of Peoria, IL

Natalee Cross of Aroma Park, IL

McKenna Cruz of Fullerton, CA

Angela Debbink of Cedar Grove, WI

Emma Fischer of Rocky River, OH

Dennis Glass of Milan, MI

Abigail Hammond of Joliet, IL

Ryan Hutton of Brookfield, WI

Julia Kapocius of Chicago Heights, IL

Brandon Mack of Troy, OH

Brandi Munson of Kalamazoo, MI

Caleb Niemi of Troy, OH

Jordan Noska of Medina, OH

Olivia Nystrom of Woodstock, IL

Bethany Okupski of East Aurora, NY

Scarlett Peterson of Guys Mills, PA

Emma Pruitt of Hutto, TX

Joana  Schimmel of Simi Valley, CA

Luke Steppey of Clinton Township, MI

Camryn Stuart of Oak Forest, IL

Christopher Watson of Marysville, OH

Alexandra Worthing of Gaines, MI

Mackenzie Young of Cincinnati, OH

Deborah Michalski of Xenia, Ohio

“The accepted scholars this year come from New York to Serbia. I am excited to see the contributions these incoming students will bring to Grace from around the country and the world. We are pleased to be able to offer each of them a scholarship as well as an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and serve the community,” said Sisson.

Millennial Scholar Academy students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average, volunteer and attend two or more leadership seminars each semester.  For more information on MSA and other scholarship opportunities at Grace, visit grace.edu/immersive-learning or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6105.

 

 

Grace College Makes Change to Detroit Degree Programs

May 18th, 2016

Grace College and Seminary has made a change in its program offerings in the Detroit area.  Beginning this summer, the college will offer Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL) degree completion programs online to any interested area students.  Formerly, Grace offered GOAL as well as associate’s degree programs residentially in Detroit-area locations.

The change from residential programs comes in light of the recently-announced government funding of associates degrees in the city.  “While it is no longer sustainable for us to offer residential degree programs in Detroit, we hope to attract many new students to our highly-affordable, biblically-based bachelor’s degree completion programs online,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College.

GOAL is designed for adults who desire to complete their bachelor’s degree while continuing full-time work and life responsibilities.  Now available completely online, students may pursue a Bachelor of Science in Management, Business Administration or Human Services through Grace College.  Building on previous college credits and life experiences equivalent to about two years of college, a student can complete their bachelor’s degree through GOAL in as little as 16 months.

Evangel Ministries, located on Detroit’s west side, is a Grace College partner that previously hosted residential degree programs.  Now, Senior Pastor Christopher Brooks looks forward to directing members and the larger community to Grace’s online programs.  “I have seen first-hand that the biblically-centered curriculum offered at Grace changes lives.  Men and women graduate from Grace with a renewed sense of purpose, equipped to make a difference in their lives and others’ lives,” said Brooks.

Matthew Parker, former special assistant to the president for strategic outreach at Grace College, commented “As Grace transitions to a new model in Detroit, I’m excited to work with them to form strategic partnerships to meet the needs of our community.  Our Daily Bread Christian University is one potential partnership that could serve our population well and help provide quality, affordable Christian education to those pursuing a college degree.”

Senior Pastor of Second Ebenezer Church, Bishop Edgar Vann, has heartily endorsed the Grace College GOAL program, saying “the academic and theological excellence offered by Grace College brings credibility and legitimacy to our community.”  He went on to say, “The GOAL program strengthens the faith and resolve of students while preparing them for a variety of professional and ministry opportunities.”

New online GOAL cohorts begin three times per year.  Fall applications are due by July 31.  For more information about GOAL degree completion programs or to apply, visit online.grace.edu or call 800-823-8533.

 

Center for Lakes & Streams, Grace College Present Storm Drain Project at State Conference

May 17th, 2016
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Some of the local fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, and Yellow Perch are depicted in this coloring-page inspired painting. Community members can color this painting in with sidewalk chalk and contribute to this design by Grace student Gabe Shennum.

This spring, the Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College, the City of Warsaw, Grace College Art Integrations students, and Urban Water Resources collaborated to unveil nine storm drains, painted by Grace College students in downtown Warsaw, Indiana. The project entitled “Current Effects: Clean Stormwater Art Project” will be presented May 17 at the Indiana Annual MS4 Meeting in Indianapolis by representatives Cindy Bryan, Madisson Heinl and Theresa Sailor.

The project is one of only a few similar initiatives around the country and was launched for the purpose of educating the community about caring for lakes and streams through understanding local urban storm drain systems. Representatives of the project will present an overview and timeline of the accomplished project for the purpose of providing other communities and state employees with resources to replicate the idea in their own towns and cities.

Over 2,200 storm drains in the city of Warsaw connect directly to local waterways, meaning that all water and other substances which flow to these drains, also flow to the Tippecanoe River as the final receiving waterbody, untreated.

Storm drain art pieces highlight the importance of lake and stream conservation and depict wildlife native to the over 100 lakes in Kosciusko County. Some designs are interactive, including a hopscotch design and a coloring book page design, and encourage local children to ask questions about water conservation.

A full list of storm drain locations, art depicted, and artists’ reflections can be accessed at lakes.grace.edu.

Tuition-Free Summer Classes to begin at Grace College

May 16th, 2016
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Grace College student Emily Bobb

Part of Grace College’s commitment to making excellent, higher education affordable, tuition-free summer courses are offered to traditional undergraduate students.  Beginning May 16, current students will begin their tuition-free online courses, helping to ensure on-time graduation.  Grace’s block pricing tuition structure includes 12 to 18 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters plus six more credits each summer at a flat rate to students.

Forty to 50 different course sections are offered to traditional undergraduate students each summer.  “Providing students the opportunity to enroll in summer classes enables them to finish their degrees sooner at a more affordable price,” said Tim Ziebarth, executive officer of academic affairs and dean of Grace College’s School of Professional and Online Education.  “Online courses provide students the flexibility to go home for the summer and perhaps get a summer job, all the while continuing their Grace education,” he said.

Tuition-free summer courses is one of many innovative ways Grace College is making its quality, biblically-based education available to as many students as possible.  In the fall of 2015, Grace instituted the Measure of Grace campaign which included an initial 9% decrease in tuition cost, a $500 reduction in tuition each consecutive year of undergraduate enrollment and free textbook rentals.  Grace College is pleased to offer a 3-year bachelor’s degree in any of its 65 majors as well as the option to blend a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years.

For more information about tuition and admissions at Grace College, call 866-974-7223 or visit grace.edu/admissions.

2016 Commencement Address, Performance Available for Viewing

May 13th, 2016

Approximately 2,500 people attended the Grace College commencement ceremony on May 7, 2016.  It was a special day as we celebrated the achievements of more Grace graduates than ever before.  While the conferring of degrees by Dr. Katip was perhaps the most exciting part of the ceremony for graduates, all of those in attendance will not soon forget the commencement address given by Professor of Communication Mike Yocum and the performance by Lancer Chorus Director Thomas Hall.  In response to several requests to make these commencement events available for viewing, we have posted them here.  We hope that you will enjoy them!

Mike Yocum 2016 Commencement Address

Thomas Hall 2016 Commencement Performance

Distinguished Grace Alumnus Dr. Robert Clouse Dies

May 11th, 2016

A very respected history scholar, writer, professor and distinguished Grace Seminary alumnus, Dr. Robert Clouse, died on Sat., May 7, at his home in Terre Haute, Ind. Dr. Clouse had a distinguished career as an historian with a special emphasis on Grace Brethren history. As a theologian, he was well-respected for his published works on eschatology. In addition to his academic work, he also pastored small churches for many years. He was also a distinguished faculty member at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

Dr. Mark Norris, dean of the school of arts and sciences at Grace College, who knew Dr. Clouse professionally, describes him as “an excellent scholar and a great encourager.”

Services were held on May 10 at the Greiner Funeral Home. Kyle Andrews, pastor of Calvary Temple in Terre Haute, officiated the service. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

The Grace College & Seminary family extends its sympathy and best wishes to Dr. Clouse’s wife, children, extended family, and his network of friends and professional contacts all around the world. We thank God that he was part of the Grace family and we look forward to seeing him again one day.

Click here to read Dr. Clouse’s full obituary on GraceConnect, a ministry of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.

Spring Interpretive Hike Saturday

May 11th, 2016
Luke Hunt, a certified naturalist in Indiana, leads fall interpretive hike attendees through Heritage Trail in Winona Lake, noting natural features found along the trail.

Luke Hunt, a certified naturalist in Indiana, leads fall interpretive hike attendees through Heritage Trail in Winona Lake, noting natural features found along the trail.

The Center for Lakes & Streams is hosting a free spring interpretive hike this Saturday, May 14 beginning at the Lake City Greenway, through Heritage Trail. The hike will begin at 9 a.m. at the Greenway entrance. Participants should meet at the Heritage Trail parking lot at the end of Boys City Drive.

The hike will be led by Luke Hunt, a certified naturalist in Indiana and retired secondary science educator from the Whitko school district. Hunt was also an adjunct professor at Grace College. The hike is open to participants of all ages and fitness levels.

Luke Hunt notes wild mushrooms growing on Heritage Trail.

Luke Hunt notes wild mushrooms growing on Heritage Trail.

While the Center for Lakes & Streams has hosted hikes annually, this spring hike is an added opportunity for community members to learn about species native to Indiana, identify local trees and plants, study birds, and learn how to protect our watershed. Hikers will learn how the stream functions as part of the forest ecosystem as they walk the trail along the stream. Other natural features along Heritage Trail will be noted on the hike.

Participants are encouraged to dress according to weather and trail conditions. In the case of inclement weather,

cancellation to the event will be announced on the Center for Lakes & Streams Facebook page and via Twitter @CenterforLakes.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts applicable research, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with other organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner. For more information or to support their efforts, visit lakes.grace.edu.

Local Nonprofit Leader Among Graduates from New Grace College Master’s of Nonprofit Management Program

May 10th, 2016
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Grace College Master of Nonprofit Management graduate Rich Haddad

Grace College began a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management online degree program in 2014.  The first cohort of students, including President and CEO of K21 Health Foundation, Rich Haddad, graduated May 7.

K21 is a private foundation that provides grants in Kosciusko County aimed at improving the health of local residents. Haddad has worked as K21 CEO since 2006. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Grace College in 1987 with a double major in business administration and accounting.  Haddad decided to enroll in the Master’s of Nonprofit Management program to refresh and improve his skills and lend credibility to his leadership at K21.

Having worked in the nonprofit world for nearly 15 years, Haddad explained, “The program has helped me to better understand and embrace my goals in nonprofit management.” Haddad said the program not only prepares students for effective nonprofit work, but also allows them to sharpen their management skills while gaining experience.  “I especially appreciated the opportunity to apply our learning to existing organizations throughout the program.  The approach was a win-win for students and nonprofits.”  Haddad concluded, “There is no doubt in my mind that every leader, both current and future, will increase their capacity to succeed in the nonprofit world through this program.”

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management at Grace College is a 36-credit hour online program that can be completed in two years, with students taking one or two classes per semester.  The program offers a faith-based education to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a difference as leaders in nonprofit organizations.  Curriculum includes budgeting, fundraising, grant writing, managing staff, applying technology, strategic planning and more.

Dr. Steve Grill, director of the Master’s in Nonprofit Management program and Dean of Community Education at Grace College, said, “We’re proud of the first nonprofit management graduating class and anticipate the impact Rich and his contemporaries will make in the nonprofit sector.  We continue to grow this program and reach an amazing variety of students across the nation who are looking for a biblically-based education to enhance their impact as well.”

Applications for the Master of Nonprofit Management fall, 2016 cohort can be completed online and are due by July 31.  For more information about the Master’s in Nonprofit Management and other graduate degree programs at Grace College, visit grace.edu/graduate-programs or call 800-823-8533.

Grace Duo Earns NCCAA Player of Week Honors

May 10th, 2016
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Chandler Elliott

Grace’s softball team swept the NCCAA National Players of the Week as Clarissa Knight and Chandler Elliott were both honored.

Knight was named the Crossroads League and NCCAA Player of the Week.

Elliott was the NCCAA National Pitcher of the Week.

Elliott impressed last week from the mound, she posted a 0.57 ERA in three

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Clarissa Knight

appearances. She earned a win and a save and held opponents to a .227 batting average. Her lone loss was an 8-inning relief appearance against No. 17 Marian in which she gave up just one run. She also batted .353 from the plate with six RBIs.

Knight hit .571 last week, recording a hit in every game which was highlighted by three multi-hit games. She scored 4 runs, drove in 4 more, and did not commit an error in 19 chances from the shortstop position.

The Lady Lancers will look to extend their season on Wednesday in the NCCAA Midwest Regionals. Grace will need to win three games on Wednesday in the tournament, which also includes Oakland City and Indiana Wesleyan. The winner of the regional tourney receives an automatic bid to the 2016 NCCAA World Series.