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Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Grace College

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

As part of their 90th year, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their family show to Grace College’s Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

The Globetrotters, who also came to Grace in 2011, are embarking on their 90th Anniversary World Tour.

On the court, the Globetrotters’ 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster, the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction.

Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over nine thrilling decades.

For tickets, contact Grace’s athletic office at (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266 or order online at General admission is $26.50 and limited courtside tickets are $53.50. Special pregame festivities are available as a Magic Pass for $15.

Grace College Host to 1961 Freedom Rider Charles Person

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

On Monday, Jan. 18, more than 600 people came to the campus of Grace College and Seminary to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and to hear first-hand from 1961 Freedom Rider Charles Person.  It was a memorable, and at times emotional, experience for the students and adults in attendance.  Monday’s event marked the 28th year commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. in Kosciusko County.  Below is an article from InkFree News.

Over 600 people of all ages and all walks of life, came to the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on the campus of Grace College not only for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, but to hear Charles Person, one of three surviving original Freedom Riders of 1961.

It was the largest year ever in attendance for the event, according to Bryan Lowe III, president of the Committee to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who welcomed those in attendance for the 28th annual celebration. The day also recognized three students with the presentation of the Academic Excellence and Community Service Award.

Recipients of the award are: Ophpelia Luu, daughter of Cir Luck Luu and Guo Hui He; Luoji Helser, son of Ryan and Veronica Helser, and Paul Marandet, son of Dr. Noe and Honorine Marandet. Luu plans to attend Indiana University to study health sciences/biology. Helser would like to attend Ivy Tech or Grace Community College to study French to become a French teacher. Marandet would like to attend IUSB to study business/entrepreneurship and play basketball at the next level overseas. All three are seniors at Warsaw Community High School and received $300 each.

The complete article with video clips can be viewed here.

Recent Grace Grad Tells Story of Eclectic Study Abroad Experience

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Emily Strawn, 2015 graduate of Grace College, recently spoke to her local newspaper about her experience studying abroad in Korea.  The following story is from the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier in Mattoon, Ill.

Emily Strawn (back, second from right) pictured with students dressed in Hanbok, traditional Korean clothing, while studying abroad in South Korea


Studying abroad in South Korea in her last semester of college afforded Mattoon resident Emily Strawn not only a change of scenery but also the sense of adventure she was looking for at this stage of her life.

“I have always been interested in different cultures so some of my desire to study abroad stemmed from that,” said the December 2015 graduate of Grace College and Theological Seminary of Winona Lake, Ind. She earned a bachelor’s degree in counseling with a minor in general science.

“I guess I kind of wanted to go out with a bang. It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to live in a different country for four months.”

To enter the study abroad program, she said she endured an intense application process including two applications at her school and another application specific to the school in Handong.

The first application at Grace was just a basic application including her name, GPA, etc., while the second one was a checklist with criteria such as letters of recommendations from teachers and having the dean of students sign it.

It was “not a process I want to relive anytime soon,” Strawn said. “It was a lot of work.”

Approximately 60 international students participated, including students from countries like the US, Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, Mexico, Madagascar, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. The students studied at Handong Global University in Pohang South Korea.

For the complete article, please click here.

Lyceum Series on Faith and the Academy to Feature Dr. Todd Allen

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The Lyceum Series on Faith and the Academy is an annual event at Grace College and Seminary that merges cultural engagement, academics and faith.  Sponsored by the Office of Faith, Learning, and Scholarship at Grace College, the 2016 program will feature Dr. Todd Allen, professor of communication and visual arts at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Allen’s lecture, “What do these stones mean? Race, civil rights, and public memory,” will focus on race in America and tensions related to commemorating the Civil Rights Movement. The program will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in Westminster Hall, 105 Ninth St., Winona Lake.  The event is free and open to the public.

“The Lyceum lecture is quite timely this year as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. earlier in the week.  We are delighted to welcome Dr. Allen to Grace College and hope that many from the community will join our students, staff and faculty to hear a dynamic speaker on a very relevant topic,” said Dr. Jared Burkholder, history and political science chair at Grace College.

The Lyceum Series on Faith and the Academy is a lecture series that draws inspiration both from the history of Grace College and Winona Lake itself. The Lyceum 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 visit or email

Experience Grace College First-Hand on Lancer Day

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

The first “Lancer Day” of the new year to introduce high school students and parents to Grace College will be held Friday, Jan. 22.  The event is designed to give prospective Grace students and their families an opportunity to learn about what the college offers and experience life at Grace with other high school students in a group setting.  Lancer Day will begin at 8:30 a.m. at 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Indiana.

Although campus visits may be scheduled at any time, Lancer Days provide a unique experience. Students and their families participate in a panel discussion, attend chapel, tour campus, eat lunch in Alpha Dining Commons, and interact with faculty members. “Students who visit during Lancer Days have the opportunity to survey the sixty-plus majors at Grace, the diverse student activities and clubs, learn about the many financial assistance opportunities and how Grace College is making quality, Christian education attractive and affordable,” said Cindy Sisson, Grace College Vice President of Enrollment Management. Game Day passes are also available for sporting events during the student’s visit. Additionally, high school juniors and seniors can spend one night in a dorm.

Grace’s innovative approach to higher education makes it an excellent option for prospective high schools students. Measure of Grace provides undergraduate students with an addition $500 reduction in tuition each consecutive year they attend Grace. Students also receive free textbook rentals, amounting to $4,800 in savings over four years. Grace’s accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree program allows students to save a year’s tuition and enter the workforce earlier.

2016 Lancer Days include Friday, January 22, Friday, April 1, and Friday, April 8, 2016. To register for Lancer Day, visit  For more information, visit or call 866-974-7223.


Grace College Featured on “The Ric Runestad Show”

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Two of Grace College’s own recently appeared on a financial news program in Fort Wayne, Ind.  Amanda Banks, director of public relations, and Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management, were guests on “The Ric Runestad Show” December 27 and January 10, respectively.  ”The Ric Runestad Show” airs Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on NBC-33 following “Meet the Press”.

“It was a pleasure to represent Grace and talk to Ric’s audience about our Measure of Grace initiative and many things that make Grace a unique and attractive place to attend college and earn a variety of degrees.  Cindy provided very practical and beneficial information to the audience about financial aid and planning for the cost of college education,” said Banks.  ”Appearing on ‘The Ric Runetad Show’ was a great opportunity for us to be a resource for the public – in this case, on higher education financial issues – while also showcasing Grace’s attributes to the public,” she continued.

To view each programs in its entirety, click here for Amanda’s appearance and here for Cindy’s.

Lancers Score Huge Upset, Beat No. 1 IWU

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Grace’s men’s basketball team had not beaten Indiana Wesleyan on the road in 11 years.

On Saturday, the Lancers ended that streak in dramatic fashion.

Grace stunned the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked team 91-80, making a statement win and moving into a tie for second place in the Crossroads League.

The Lancers (14-4, 4-2 CL) shut down IWU’s high-octane offense for much of Saturday’s contest. The Wildcats (16-2, 4-2 CL) came into Saturday’s game averaging 96.4 points per game, good for third in the NAIA.

But Grace held IWU to 16 points below their season average. The Lancers also had the hot hand on offense, hitting 60 percent of their field goals and 44 percent of their 3-pointers.

The game started evenly as the teams traded small leads over the first 12 minutes. IWU led 26-23 with 8:53 remaining in the half before Grace made a game-changing run.

The Lancers rattled off 14 unanswered points over the next four minutes. Logan Irwin scored five points during Grace’s run, and Kyle Fillman added four. When the dust had settled, the Lancers had built up an 11-point cushion.

A 3-pointer from Brandon Vanderhegghen on Grace’s final possession of the half lifted the Lancers to a 45-38 lead at halftime.

The Wildcats quickly cut Grace’s lead down to five early in the second half. The Lancers answered with an offensive explosion, tallying 10 points in 1:36 of action to hold a commanding 65-47 lead.

IWU did not go down easily, however. The Wildcats made another rally to trim Grace’s margin to seven on a 3-point play by Jonny Marlin with 5:43 to play.

The Lancers’ defense then made a series of stops and held IWU scoreless for nearly three minutes. Grace recovered to earn a 13-point lead, and IWU was forced to foul to prolong the game.

Grace hit its free throws down the stretch to ice the game, making 11-of-14 during the final key minutes to secure the milestone victory. Grace’s victory also snapped a 10-game winning streak for IWU.

Vanderhegghen led Grace with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. He made 8-of-12 from the floor, including five triples.

Irwin scored 20 points with four assists and played all but 1:29 of the game. Erik Bowen recorded his 11th double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Fillman made 7-of-8 from the floor for 16 points.

Caleb Featherston recorded seven points and three steals, and Chad Hoffer added five points and two steals.

IWU’s Lane Mahurin led all players with 29 points, and Bob Peters tallied 26.

Grace shot 60 percent for the game and survived 13 3-pointers from IWU. The Lancers forced the Wildcats into 16 turnovers and outscored the hosts 38-24 in the paint.

The Lancers will return home on Wednesday, hosting Goshen in a men’s/women’s doubleheader. The women will tip off at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8 p.m.

Grace College Mediation Team Members Win Third Place

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

The Grace College Mediation Team traveled to Drake Law School, a school within Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa for the INADR International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament November 11-13, 2015.  The team and their sponsor, Dr. Mark Norris, heard Dick Calkin speak about the field of mediation, necessary mediation skills, cases studies, and the future of mediation. During the two-day competition, the Grace College Mediators took turns mediating, advocating for a client, and being a client in a series of cases.  The team performed very well and two Grace students, Drake Darrah and Edward Coplin, earned third place in the Outstanding All American Advocate/Client Team.  Other members of the team included Hannah Boal, Peter Guess, Chelsee Hartsfield, Mary Wick, and Joshua Yoder.

Olive’s Career Day Boosts Lancers

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Pictured is junior Tre Olive burying one of his five 3-pointers against Spring Arbor on Saturday.

Coming into Saturday, Tre Olive had one game in double-digit scoring.

On Saturday against Spring Arbor, Olive erupted. The junior poured in a career-best and game-high 22 points off the bench, lifting the Lancers (12-4, 2-2 Crossroads League) to a 73-62 win.

Grace trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half before Olive sparked the Lancers. Grace missed six of its first seven field goals, and Spring Arbor had the upper hand for most of the opening half.

The Cougars (6-10, 0-4 CL) used a 14-3 run in the early stages to gain control. Spring Arbor pulled ahead 36-26 with five minutes left in the half, but lockdown defense from Grace and an offensive boost from Olive gave Grace an unlikely halftime lead.

Olive scored 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting before halftime, and Spring Arbor was held to just two points for the final 5:11 of the half. Brandon Vanderhegghen swished three free throws with 11 seconds left after being fouled on a 3-pointer, and Grace went into halftime with a 39-38 lead.

Grace’s momentum continued in the second half. The Lancers began the period by making 11 of their first 14 field goals.

Grace was particularly deadly from deep, burying five 3’s to pull out to a 66-51 lead. Olive’s hot shooting carried into the second half with three more triples to propel the hosts.

With 8:03 remaining in the game, Grace led 70-55. The Lancers hit a dry spell down the stretch and only mustered three more points for the rest of the contest. The Cougars were unable to make a serious push, however, and lost by 11.

Olive’s 22 points came on 7-of-9 shooting, 5-of-6 beyond the arc and 3-of-3 from the foul line. He also had two assists and two steals.

Vanderhegghen tallied 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals, and Erik Bowen earned his 11th double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Logan Irwin scored 13 points to go along with five assists, and Kyle Fillman added six points and six boards.

For the game, Grace made 46 percent of its field goals and 10-of-16 (63 percent) from the 3-point line. Spring Arbor connected on 50 percent shooting in the first half and just 27 percent after halftime. Grace also had a plus-7 advantage in rebounding.

The Lancers now sit one game out of first place in the league standings. Grace travels to Huntington on Tuesday for its next league contest.

Kim Reiff Art Exhibit Offers Opportunity for Reflection this Holiday Season

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

"Faith to Rise", part of Reiff's Reconnecting series

Now through Feb. 3, 2016, the Kim M. Reiff art exhibit will be on public display at Warsaw City Hall, 102 S. Buffalo St., Warsaw.  Reiff is associate professor of art and design, and department chair of visual, performing and media arts at Grace College.  Her artistic pursuits include merging traditional and digital art forms that explore the visual and tactile nature of “being.” Utilizing wet media, digitized photographs, and mixed materials through a reconstructive process, her work personifies the inherent fragility and enduring strength of humanity.


Her current exhibit features artworks from two different series entitled Shadows and Reconnecting. Images from her Shadows series derive from shadows cast on sidewalks. Photos were taken with family and friends in Spain and in southern Indiana.


Reiff explains, “Shadows help us see ourselves, and sometimes the world, a little differently. As children, we chased them, jumped on them and danced with them. As adults we run from the shadows of our past, but seldom stop to see ourselves cast in the light of the present. This imagery explores stopping in the light with family and friends.”  When viewing this work, Reiff hopes that observers will see their own shadow projected from the gallery lights and for a moment view themselves and the world a little differently.


The creative process for this work explores digital and traditional methods including the use of photography, photo imaging software, inkjet printing, and watercolor. The photographic compositions are modified, printed on watercolor paper, then manipulated using traditional brush and watercolors.


The second series, Reconnecting, is a body of work featuring knotted bows that in a simple way reveal a complex human condition: reconnecting of mind, body, and spirit.  After experiencing what she refers to as a “life interruption” in 2013, her left side became totally paralyzed due to a stroke.  Requiring significant focus of thought, determination, and help from family and friends, she regained the physical ability to stretch, tear, and paint canvases again.  And through hundreds of attempts, she relearned to tie bows.


Reiff states, “At one point when I was discouraged because the bows weren’t perfect, my friend said to me, ‘It’s not about being perfect; it’s about being whole’. The process of creating these tactile works revealed to me a new paradigm about reconnecting: it must happen in the present, and in the present we become whole.”  Through the visual textures of imperfectly tied canvas bows, dried acrylic paint and unraveled threads, her hope is the viewer may find encouragement on their own journey of reconnecting.


Shadows and Reconnecting by Kim Reiff may be viewed by the public at the Warsaw City Hall main lobby and gallery Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. until Feb. 3.  Please note, City Hall will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.


To view additional work from Kim Reiff, visit