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Message from the President: Hate Incident

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Grace Community,

Early this morning, a Grace College student was the victim of a hate incident that is currently under investigation as a hate crime by the Winona Lake Police Department and the Grace College Campus Safety Office. As we investigate, let me be absolutely clear: racism will not be tolerated at Grace College. We are first and foremost a community of believers in Christ. We are one body called to edify and love one another.

There is NO place for hate on our campus. If you believe there is, then you do not belong on our campus.

I am angry and heartbroken that this act has taken place and it is our shared responsibility to respond to this act of hate in a clear and decisive way.

I am asking that anyone with any information about this or other hate-related acts to contact the Grace College Campus Safety Office at 574-269-5344, and they can assist you in in contacting the Winona Lake Police Department. You may also contact the Dean of Students, Aaron Crabtree at 574-527-9662, or Carrie Yocum, at 574-372-5100 x6491 to report any concerns about harassment of any kind.  Also, an anonymous notification system will be posted to our Website later today.

If you feel angry, fearful, upset, or vulnerable, the student affairs and counseling teams are available to talk with you. Please contact any of your RD’s or contact the counseling center at 574-372-5100 x6472

Let me be very clear: harassment of any kind will not be tolerated – toward this student or anyone involved in this investigation.

Any requests by the media for comment should be directed to our Director of Public Relations Amanda Banks at 260-229-9925.

Please be mindful of what you may post on social media as this is a sensitive and hurtful situation, but we are taking immediate and decisive action to investigate and assure the safety of all those involved.

Please pray for our campus, our students involved, their families, and those involved in this investigation as we commit to not ignore this situation.

In His service,

Bill Katip


Lancers Down Taylor on Homecoming

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Cody Boerema celebrates his first-half goal against Taylor.

Homecoming Saturday climaxed for Grace College as the Lancers defeated Taylor 3-2.

The Lancers went ahead 3-0 in the second half and held off a late charge from the Trojans. The win moves the Lancers (5-2-4, 2-0-1 Crossroads League) into second place in the league standings, less than a game behind Spring Arbor for the lead.

“We had moments of good soccer today, and it’s always important to get a win in conference,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “We had a great atmosphere to play in front of, so thanks to all the fans, alumni and friends for coming out to support us today.”

Damon Binkley set the tone for Grace’s offense to start the match. Binkley had three shots in the first three minutes and was set free several times from long passes by Joshua Coupar.

Grace was patient in its attack and had control of the ball for the majority of the first half. The Lancers’ speed began to gave Taylor fits, eventually leading to the first goal.

The Lancers produced several shots in the penalty box that were blocked, including a close-range blast from Togo Narusawa which was saved.

The game’s opening goal came in the 35th minute. Narusawa placed a looping pass behind Taylor’s line. Cody Boerema was on the receiving end and deftly chipped his shot over the charging Trojan goalkeeper.

For the half, Grace held a dominant 11-1 shot advantage. The Lancers had four shots on goal and seven corner kicks before halftime.

Shortly into the second half, Grace’s lead doubled. Boerema took on a few defenders and unleashed a shot at Taylor’s goal. The shot was saved, but it fell to the feet of Nikola Djordjevic who blasted his rebound just below the crossbar in the 49th minute.

A similar play occurred in the 62nd minute. Breno Oliveira tried a low shot from the edge of the box that was blocked by Taylor’s goalkeeper, and Binkley finished off the loose ball from just in front of the net.

Grace’s momentum nearly produced a fourth and fifth goal. Ulisses Miranda had a one-on-one opportunity with Taylor saved, and Narusawa had a goal called off due to being offside.

The Trojans (4-4-2, 0-3 CL) made things interesting in the final minutes. Taylor scored its first goal in the 76th minute by heading in a cross.

Grace surrendered a second goal with 4:14 remaining after a well-placed corner kick from Taylor created another goal. But neither team was able to take another shot for the final minutes, letting Grace hold onto the tight victory.

“Giving up those two goals in the last 10 minutes was frustrating. Our guys thought the ball clearly went out of bounds on the first goal, so that is unfortunate, but we have to roll with the punches and make up for those situations,” Hotchkin said. “Their second goal off the corner bent so badly in the wind that we just misjudged it. Our focus is on one game at a time, and we will look to improve for Wednesday.”

Miranda had five shots to lead all players, and Narusawa and Binkley each shot four times.

The win marks the third straight Grace victory on Homecoming, including men’s soccer against Indiana Wesleyan in 2015 and women soccer against Bethel in 2016.

The Lancers remain home on Wednesday, hosting Indiana Wesleyan at 7 p.m. at 1st Source Bank Field.

Grace College & Seminary Honors Outstanding Alumni

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Grace College & Seminary 2017 alumni and parent awardees (standing L to R): Michael Mace, Dale & Jolie Miller, Jim Banks, Ashley Durand and (sitting) Geraldine Gagle-Velasco.


Grace College & Seminary recognized six distinguished alumni and friends at its annual Homecoming Chapel on Oct. 6.  Jim Banks, Ashley Durand, Michael Mace, Geraldine Gagle-Velasco, and Dale and Jolie Miller were honored for their accomplishments and contributions to Grace and their communities. Each of the men and women awarded represents the mission of Grace College, applying biblical values to strengthen character, sharpen competence and prepare for service.

Rep. Jim Banks (MBA 13) of Columbia City, Ind., was presented the Alumni of the Year Award. This award is given in recognition of alumni who have enhanced Grace’s mission, reputation or campus morale, and who represent the school with professionalism, enthusiasm and dedication.

In January 2017, Jim Banks became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Indiana’s Third Congressional District which includes Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.  He previously served as state senator of Indiana Senate District 16 from 2010 to 2016.

“I feel a strong calling to serve and make a difference,” said Jim. “For me, serving in elected office is about improving the lives of Hoosiers and passing on more opportunities and a stronger country to future generations.”

Jim joined the United States Navy Reserve as a supply corps officer in 2012, and attended Grace College where he earned his MBA in 2013. “The Grace MBA program’s reputation, location and flexibility made it the perfect fit for me and my career,” he explained. Since graduating, Jim said he “deeply appreciates the faith-centered curriculum. Every class I took had an intentional scriptural component. The education I received at Grace enhanced my worldview and has helped me better articulate my political ideology and values.”

Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip said Jim is a model alumnus and an encouragement to current students, faculty and staff.

“Grace is mission-focused and absolutely committed to strengthen character, sharpen competence, and prepare students for service.  Jim lives this out.  He is a great example of an alumnus whose life and vocation exhibit our mission,” said Katip. “We are delighted to honor Rep. Banks as Alumni of the Year.”

Commenting on Jim’s ervice in Congress, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said, “Jim Banks has already made a huge impact in Washington, leading by example in the freshman class. He’s really moving the needle on the work his committees are doing, especially the House Armed Services Committee. This Congress, the conservative movement and the people of Indiana are all lucky to have him.”

Ashley (Mazelin BS 13) Durand of Colorado Springs, Colo., was given the Young Alumni of the Year Award, which is awarded in recognition of alumni who have made significant contributions to society and/or have made significant professional advancements in their career less than 10 years since their graduation.

Originally from Granger, Ind., Ashley arrived at Grace College as an aspiring writer and missionary. Grace’s journalism program honed her skills, which she used writing for the school newspaper.  Ashley also founded an anti-human trafficking club at Grace and served as a resident assistant for two years.

According to Dean of Students Aaron Crabtree, Ashely left an “unforgettable mark” at Grace “through the mature and intentional way that she mentored and led students as a resident assistant.”  Crabtree continued, “It’s no surprise to us that Ashely has gone on to do great things in her career in a very short time.”

Just before graduating (in only three years) with her journalism degree, Ashley accepted a job with 212 Media Studios as a content specialist. After two years in her position, she sensed God was readying her for a new adventure. After sending out multiple resumes and considering law school, Ashley applied for a public relations job with Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colo. While Ashley considered it “a long shot,” she was hired at Focus in 2015 as a publicist and represents the organization to the media, writes press releases, manages podcast recordings, blogs and facilitates internal communications.

Andrew Montgomery, director of public relations and guest relations for Focus on the Family said, “Ashley is creative, determined and inquisitive, but what I appreciate most about her is that her love for God and her heart for people drive her. She sees her work as something more than a job. For Ashley, it’s not just about coordinating media interviews; it’s an opportunity to change lives by giving people hope for better relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children. We are fortunate to have her on Focus on the Family’s public relations team.”

Michael Mace (BA 80) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was presented with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award, which is given in recognition of alumni who have exhibited Christian leadership and who have displayed extraordinary service to the increased welfare of Grace.

When Michael arrived on campus, he joined student senate and began earning his double-major degree in secondary education (mathematics) and business administration. But it was the grace he experienced after making some poor decisions that has made Michael a lifelong champion of Grace College & Seminary.

“In my senior year I drifted off course, and my decisions resulted in expulsion from Grace,” he recounted. But Michael reapplied to Grace and was able to finish his degree a year and half later. “Choices have consequences, and God’s standards are firm. Thankfully, He and His people are loving and gracious.”

Upon graduation from Grace, Michael taught for several years, and then transitioned to the technology industry.  He has worked for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 20 years, currently as a part of the website development team and the global collaboration services team.

For many years, Michael has faithfully prayed for the leadership of Grace and encouraged prospective students to consider attending Grace. Michael also contributes financially to Grace monthly and has designated Grace Schools as a beneficiary in his charitable remainder trust.  In 2014, he accepted an invitation to join the Alumni Advisory Council.

“Seeing Michael recognized with this award is special for me,” said Director of Alumni Engagement Denny Duncan.  “He and I lived in the same dorm during our time together at Grace. He has always been a leader, and he is a true example of an alum who supports the school with his time, talent and treasure.””

I love Grace Schools and the family of ‘Gracies,'” said Michael.  “Wherever we all disperse, when we meet, we are united with a bond of grace. Our God has had His hand on this place for many years, and the school continues to stand strong for Him. My personal experience has forever set my heart to desire the very best for this place.”

Geraldine “Gerry” Gagle-Velasco of New Lebanon, Ohio, was chosen as the Honorary Alumni of the Year Award recipient. This award is given in recognition of non-alumni who have demonstrated a genuine interest in the cause of Christian higher education as represented by and through Grace and who have demonstrated their commitment to the mission of Grace.

Gerry was born in Portland, Ind., and earned her bachelor’s degree from Miami University (Ohio). After graduating, Gerry moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1962 where she taught fourth grade for 19 years and earned her master’s degree in education from Arizona State University.  She eventually met her husband, Gilbert Velasco, in 1996, and they moved to New Lebanon, Ohio, where Gerry still resides today.

Gerry’s association with Grace College began through her involvement at Grace Brethren Church of Phoenix, Ariz., where she taught fourth-grade Sunday school. She loved the Grace Brethren Fellowship and appreciated Grace College’s adherence to the inerrancy of Scripture.  Through the years, Gerry became a stalwart promoter and supporter of the institution, welcoming Grace faculty into her home as often as they were traveling through and organizing events and conferences at her local church where Grace was promoted.

Besides being a proud member of the McClain Heritage Society, Gerry has also loyally followed the creation work of Dr. Don DeYoung, professor of physics at Grace.  “Gerry has been a strong advocate for Grace Schools,” said Dr. DeYoung. “She prays for and gives gifts to Grace faithfully, and she is keen on ensuring Grace maintains its historic position on biblical creation.”

Dale and Jolie (Eckhardt BS 86) Miller of Claypool, Ind., were given the Parent Distinguished Service Award, which is presented in recognition of parents of a Grace student who have exhibited extraordinary service to the increased welfare of Grace.

Dale and Jolie Miller are deeply invested in Grace. Not only is Jolie a Grace graduate, but both of the Millers’ children attend Grace: Pam is a junior and Sam is a freshman. While at Grace, Jolie played on the softball and basketball teams and in 2011 was inducted into the Lancer Hall of Fame.  She now serves on the Lancer Hall of Fame Committee.

Athletic Director Chad Briscoe says the Millers are tremendous supporters of the Grace athletic department. “The Millers offered major support to the softball field upgrades several years ago. They have a love and passion for the impact athletics at Grace can have on the lives of athletes,” Briscoe said.

You can find one of the Millers at most home sporting events across all of the sports teams and during the summer, they support the youth Lancer camps. “I love Grace,” said Jolie. “I bleed black and red,” she laughed.

Jolie and her husband, Dale, are owners and operators of Miller Cattle Company in Claypool, Ind. Dale is also a team member with Silveus Insurance Group where he’s worked since 2002 and specializes in whole farm and crop insurance markets.

In the midst of all their professional responsibilities, they find time to serve on the Grace Parent Council, where Jolie is also the chairman. Additionally, the Millers employ Grace students at their farm, and you’ll regularly find students at their home doing laundry and at their dinner table. They have housed Korean students for the education department too.

Jolie remembers the homes she stayed in when she was in college and she promised herself if she had the opportunity to do the same for others in the future, she would. “We wanted to pay it forward,” said Jolie.

Because of their regular involvement in campus, Grace is like a second home to the Millers. “We love the motto ‘To Know Christ and to Make Him Known,’ said Dale. Grace is a place where those words aren’t just on the letterhead. They are practiced.”

Grace College Special Education Majors Receive State Awards

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Grace College students Elizabeth Freeman (left) and AnnKelly Myers pose with their 2017 Council for Exceptional Children awards.

Grace College seniors Elizabeth Freeman and AnnKelly Myers were awarded for excellence in pursuit of a career in special education at the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) convention in Indianapolis on Sept. 27.

Dr. Cheryl Bremer, Grace College CEC faculty advisor and associate professor in the School of Education, is a CEC executive board member and presented the students with their awards. “We’re proud of the exemplary efforts Liz and AnnKelly have put into their education and the passion with which they are pursuing a career in special education.”

Elizabeth Freeman was presented the 2017 Outstanding Student Member of the Year award.  She is a senior from Waukesha, Wisc., studying elementary and special education.   Currently, Freeman student teaches elementary special education at Claypool Elementary School.

“Liz has been a CEC member since 2015, which was her first year at Grace,” said Bremer. “In 2016 and 2017, Liz was president of the Grace College Student CEC Chapter. She served in this role wholeheartedly and with great devotion. She built a leadership team that was extremely effective.”

Under Freeman’s leadership, the Grace College CEC chapter led multiple outreach events in the community, at local schools, and on campus. Her example of caring for people with disabilities was reflected in her job at Cardinal Services, her coursework and her leadership in CEC.

AnnKelly Myers was awarded the 2017 Dr. William Littlejohn Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate student pursuing licensing in special education.  The recipient is chosen based on the student’s dedication to the principle and high professional standards of Dr. William Littlejohn, a founding national executive director of CEC.

Myers is a Grace College elementary and special education teacher candidate from Smithville, Ohio, and will be student teaching at Leesburg Elementary School in the spring.

“Not only has she maintained academic excellence in the classroom,” said Bremer, “but she leads by serving.”

AnnKelly was vice president of the Grace College Council for Exceptional Children chapter and presented with her peers at the national CEC convention.  In 2016, Myers won the CEC Board Member of the Year Award and the Grace College School of Education Micah 6:8 Award which recognizes a teacher education major who most reflects the school’s conceptual framework of character, competence, and service.

CEC is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. They accomplish their mission through advocacy, standards and professional development. This year, Grace College’s CEC chapter is led by third-year student Elizabeth Mikel. The chapter meets regularly and serves at many locations in the community.


Record 900 Students Participate in Lilly Center’s Annual Lake Adventure Days

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

A Grace College Education student teaches Kosciusko County fourth grade students about local fish species before they go fishing on a nearby lake.

During the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams’ annual Lake Adventure Days, a record-setting 900 students from 12 schools in Kosciusko County visited Pike Lake. The two-day fieldtrip took place September 28-29. To make the event a success, the Lilly Center teamed with local volunteers and DNR officers, Grace College elementary education students, and the Grace College School of Education.

Lake Adventure Day was arranged by Caitlin Yoder, education coordinator at the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams. Fourth graders from elementary schools including Akron, Claypool, Eisenhower, Jefferson, Leesburg, Lincoln, Milford, North Webster, Syracuse, Triton, Warsaw Christian, Washington STEM Academy and local homeschools enjoyed the event.

Lake Adventure Day focuses on firsthand education. Throughout the day, fourth graders took turns visiting five stations. They did water testing, built mini-watersheds, competed in an exercise to learn how to save water, created a water-themed craft, and even went fishing.

Aaron, a participating student from North Webster Elementary, said that his favorite part of the day was fishing in a local lake and that taking care of lakes and streams is important because of the wildlife habitats they provide.

Kosciusko County has over 100 lakes, but this was the first time many of the fourth graders took a closer look at them. Erica Kimble, a fourth grade teacher also from North Webster Elementary, said that an event like Lake Adventure Day is important because, “They [students] are going to be around the lakes for the rest of their lives, and they need to learn about how to maintain them for their futures and their families.”

The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams is creating educational opportunities throughout the 2017-18 school year through programs such as Classroom Lake Experience, the Lakes & Streams Art Contest, and Aquatic Petting Zoos.

Sponsors of the 2017 Lake Adventure Day event include Bart’s Water Sports, City of Warsaw, Dekko Foundation, DePuy Synthes, Warsaw Kiwanis Club, Louis Dreyfus Company, Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners, Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club, The Papers, Inc., and Zimmer Biomet.


The Other Wonder Woman

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Grace College alumna Lynda Vu


The following story was written by Kerith Ackley-Jelinek, publications director at Grace College. It was first published in the 2017 summer edition of Two Eight & Nine Magazine.

Lynda Vu (BS 88) is a marvel. Her life and accomplishments have taken her around the world many times in the service of her family and country. If we printed her full résumé in this magazine, it would be the magazine. But for context, there are highlights of Vu’s vitae that you need to know.

Vu is a colonel, the senior-most field-grade military rank. She’s a family medicine doctor, who has also earned her master’s in public health and is a board-certified aerospace medicine specialist. She’s the director of the Pentagon Flight Medicine Annex (a clinic at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland). She’s served as chief of the medical staff and as a commander of a medical operations squadron and an aerospace medical squadron. She’s served stints in England, Greece, Nicaragua and Belize, to name a few. And in July she was deployed for six months to support a mission in the Middle East. At home, she’s the co-captain of a “large flight” as the mother of five children (who were born across several trans-Pacific time zones in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Japan).

But behind all of the education, titles, locations and experiences is a woman whose first and only mission is to know and love Jesus. “It’s an honor for me to share my story because it’s a testimony of what God has done in my life to impact the world and His Kingdom,” insists Col. (Dr.) Vu, before answering the first interview question I posed to her. “[Sharing my story] is nothing more than showing the wonderful hand of God at work in my life.”

Vu was born in the central highlands of Vietnam. She and her mother moved to the U.S. in 1972, after her mother married an American sailor. Vu was three years old when they moved to a small town in Massachusetts. Her parents weren’t believers, but they sent Vu to a Christian school, and she accepted Jesus as a five-year-old.

It was then that she took on her first mission. She began attending a church down the street— by herself. After Vu’s pastor came to their house for a visit, Vu’s mother also came to Christ, and the whole family began attending church.

Upon graduating from high school, Vu took a year off to attend a one-year Bible school to get grounded in the Word. While she was there, she heard about Grace College and its strong pre-med program. Vu’s mother had envisioned her becoming a doctor, but Vu wasn’t entirely convinced. However, by the time she arrived at Grace and sat under the tutelage of professors like Dr. Richard Jeffreys, Vu was committed to becoming a doctor. “I saw his passion for science and for life and for his students. He cared for his students so much and made sure they got what they needed to be successful in careers and the calling God had given them.”

After graduating from Grace, Vu took a year to pray over the calling she thought God had put on her life. “I felt pretty confident, but I wanted to make sure that was where the Lord wanted me to go.” Eventually, she applied to several medical schools and decided to attend Tufts University School of Medicine, where she obtained her medical doctorate in 1993. During her residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Vu signed up with the Air Force as a means to help offset the costs of medical school. “I really thought I would part ways with the military after I finished my four-year commitment,” she says, but when she and her husband prayed about her next step, it became clear she was supposed to stay.

Two decades later, Vu’s missions have included being on the teaching staff of the hospital on Travis Air Force Base (Calif.); providing medical support to operational units supporting military missions and overseeing all of the credentialed clinical providers at Yokata Air Base (Japan); serving as chief of medical staff at the Hickam Air Force Base clinic and flight surgeon at the Theater Patient Movement Requirements Center (Hawaii); training, equipping and resourcing units of over a hundred airmen to ensure they were able to execute their field missions (Alabama and England); and completing a residency in aerospace medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio).

Currently, Vu describes her latest mission as “[taking] care of the people who take care of the president.” As the director of the Pentagon Flight Medicine Annex, her clinic attends to senior military leaders and their families, and she gets to see patients almost every day.

With each new assignment, Vu embraces its unique opportunities to grow and strengthen her skills and leadership, but it doesn’t come without cost. Uprooting her family every few years, building a new community, getting acquainted with each new high stakes mission, and simply doing her job — which often means managing medical crises — requires sacrifice. “It’s not always easy,” she admits. But God provides for her at every turn. “In those crisis situations, He’s given me a calmness about being able to address the problem, and has given me a way to focus on the crisis. In the midst of critical incidents with severe injuries and in a time crunch, God helps me take it step by step by step.”

“There is a lot of stress in my job,” Vu says. “Every day I go to work and say, ‘Thank You [God] for Your strength and wisdom to make decisions. Show me the divine appointments you want me to meet today.’ Every day, I am amazed by the people He brings my way.” This is the reason Vu is who she is and does all she does. She sees God orchestrating every assignment, every new move and every interaction for the purpose of being able to impact others’ lives for Jesus. “Yes,” says Vu, “[my job assignments] are defined as military missions, but they are really God’s missions, aren’t they? And that’s true for all of us.”

Women’s Golf Team Wins Title

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Grace’s women’s golf team won its second tournament of the fall at the Cleary Invitational on Aug. 25.

The Lady Lancers fired a 327 as a team and had the top-three individual finishers at Chemung Hills Golf Club.

Grace beat out five other teams in the field, including second-place Spring Arbor who Grace beat by 37 strokes.

Libby Tully earned her first career medalist honor, topping the individual leaderboard with a 78. Lauren Keiser was not far behind with an 80 to grab second place.

Sydney Abbott’s 83 was good for third place in the tournament, capping off a 1-2-3 finish for the Lady Lancers.

Anna Marshall finished the tournament with an 86, and Kristin Holt carded a 90.

“I couldn’t be happier with our performance today. This was possibly the most difficult course we’ve played all year,” said Grace head coach Denny Duncan. “To shoot 327 out there on such a tough, hot day was really fantastic.”

Also competing as individuals were Rachel Harvey, Amanda Gifford and Kara Godsey.

The Lady Lancers continue play this weekend at the St. Francis Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Scott Workman to Perform Classical Guitar Recital

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Photo courtesy of Scott Workman

Scott Workman, a professional guitarist, composer and adjunct faculty member at Grace College, will perform a classical guitar recital onFriday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 708 College Ave., Winona Lake. The free event is open to the public.

“This recital is a unique assortment of solo classical guitar music,” said Walter Brath, assistant professor of worship arts at Grace College, citing pieces by Milan, Bach, Sor, Albeniz and Domeniconi. “Workman will also perform some original compositions. We encourage the community to attend this special event,” Brath added.

In addition to leading worship at Warsaw Missionary Church in Warsaw, Ind., Workman teaches in the worship arts program at Grace College. “Professor Workman is an impressively accomplished guitarist with a diverse toolbox of musical knowledge and technique,” said Adam Dauber, a second-year student studying accounting. “He’s impacted me most by teaching me classical guitar. I’ve gotten to play in a local festival with him and in a Creative Arts and Culture class on campus. Now I’m involved in the classical guitar ensemble that he’s started at Grace. Whether you like classical guitar or not, you will be impressed by what he can do!”

Workman is a guitarist and composer with over 30 years of performing and 25 years of teaching experience. He holds a master’s of music in guitar performance from Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) and a bachelor’s of music education from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). Workman has performed in several classical guitar Master Classes with Adam Levin, Duo Sonidos, Clare Callahan, Jeffrey Van and Rodney Stuckey.  While at IUSB, Scott was a Music Talent Scholarship recipient and his composition “Serendipitango,” for flute, violin, guitar and cello, was premiered at IUSB’s New Music Ensemble Concert in April, 2012.

While at IPFW, Scott was chosen as a winner in the IPFW Concerto and Aria Competition in 2009, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Guitar in D, RV93 (all three movements) at the winner’s concert. His solo guitar piece, “Tanpura Suite,” was premiered at IPFW in 2011. Scott remains an active performer in many styles, including all types of popular music.

Grace College’s worship arts program in which Workman teaches is designed to prepare students for the multi-faceted role of the modern music worship setting.  It trains students to support a primary pastor or worship minister within the worship environment. With proficiencies in keyboard, voice, percussion and guitar, students will combine musicianship with courses in worship music history, theory, theology and spiritual formation, along with the live performance and production in their emphasis area.

For more information about the new worship arts program, visit, email or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6021.

Grace College to Celebrate Alumni at 2017 Homecoming

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Anticipation is building: Grace College Homecoming will take place Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, 2017. The weekend promises to provide time to reconnect with friends, tour campus, enjoy entertainment, competition and much more.  For the complete event schedule and to register, visit the Grace College website.

“In celebration of our alumni, we have planned a weekend full of memorable events,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College. “We hope our friends, alumni, parents and students will plan to participate in a variety of events, from chapel on Fridaymorning to the Nocturnal race on Saturday night.”

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC), 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. Coffee and light refreshments will be served in the Bill and Ella Male Hospitality Suite, located on the upper concourse.  Alumni and parent award winners will be honored during Homecoming Chapel, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the MOCC.  After chapel, alumni and friends can enjoy a bus tour of campus, guided by Dr. Terry White (BME 64).

Friday night, all are invited to unwind with an evening of comedy. At 8:30 p.m., Christian comedian Brad Stine will entertain in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake. Stine is referred to as one of “the funniest, most innovative, smartest and culturally relevant” comedians.

The Homecoming Parade will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Winona Lake Park, winding through the Village at Winona and ending at Westminster Hall. The homecoming court, alumni award winners and several student and community groups will take part in the parade.  Afterward, all are invited to a tailgate lunch at Miller Athletic Complex. Beginning at noon, participants and their families can enjoy good food, a bounce house, face painting and more. At 2 p.m., Lancers can cheer on the Grace College men’s soccer team as they take on Taylor University.

A public open house at the new Worship Arts facility in the William Male Center, 999 Rupe Dr., Winona Lake, will take place Saturday evening from 4:45 – 6 p.m.  A music reunion and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room.  All alumni are welcomed to attend this celebration of music through the years.

The weekend will conclude with a family-friendly Nocturnal 8 Adventure Race at 8 p.m. On this three-to-four-mile trip through Winona Lake, families will explore local fields and wooded areas while climbing around obstacles, all in complete darkness. Participants are encouraged to bring flashlights, costumes and reflective gear.

Many events require pre-registration.  Visit to download a full event schedule and register for events. For questions, call the Grace College Alumni Office at 574-372-5100, ext. 6127.

Grace College Accounting Fair Celebrates 10 Years

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Grace College junior Ashley Myers speaks to employers at the 10th annual Accounting Career Fair at Grace College.

Grace College’s Accounting Career Fair celebrated its tenth anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 20.  More than 70 students from seven area colleges, including Grace College, interacted with representatives from 12 accounting employers.

This year, Tammara Jongkind returned to the fair representing her employer, CapinCrouse LLP. Jongkind is a 2010 Grace College graduate and senior audit manager at CapinCrouse in Colorado Springs, Colo. She attended the first-ever Accounting Career Fair in 2008. “As a student, the point of the fair was to learn about the building blocks of the industry,” Jongkind said. “It provided an opportunity to interact with accounting professionals and receive career guidance.”

Although Jongkind did not interview with CapinCrouse representatives in 2008, the career fair was a stepping stone. “I love Grace,” Jongkind said. “I’m a big proponent of the school, especially the accounting department. Dr. Stichter and Marsha Yocum set me up well to succeed. Grace provides more than an education; it teaches students how to be Christians in the professional world.” Dr. Roger Stichter is professor of accounting at Grace College; Marsha Yocum is administrative assistant in the School of Business and facilitates the Accounting Career Fair.

Grace alumna Tammara Jongkind returned to the Accounting Career Fair this year representing her employer, CapinCrouse.

As an employer at the fair, Jongkind was excited to interact with current students. “Grace students are key to our success as a business,” she said. “We want to pull from students who are already grounded as Christians. And even if students don’t want to enter public accounting, interacting with someone who has succeeded in the field is valuable,” she said. CapinCrouse is a biblically-based organization specializing in tax, consulting and audit services for non-profits, churches and higher education.

During the Accounting Career Fair, students mingled with employers and asked questions about the field. After lunch, employers held interviews with individual students. The face-to-face conversations provide connections with potential future employers. “Every year, quite a few students are called to the companies for more intensive interviews and are offered jobs,” explained Marsha Yocum. “Juniors who attend may be selected for internships in the spring.”

Ashley Myers is one such junior who endeavors to find an internship from today’s career fair.  “I hope to find a spring or summer internship that will lead to a full-time job in the future,” she said.  Myers is an accounting major from Nappanee, Ind., who aspires to be an auditor at a CPA firm in the future.  “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to meet and interact with potential employers today.  I’m hopeful that the connections I made will advance my career,” said Myers.

The Accounting Career Fair at Grace College was started by Dr. Roger Stichter in 2008. Originally, four accounting firms and 30 students from four area colleges participated. In ten years, participation has more than doubled.  This year, the growing event was sponsored by RSM and Kruggel Lawton CPAs.