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Annual Lakes & Streams Art Contest Seeks Entries

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Artwork by Maddy Foutz entitled “Tall, Green, and Beautiful,” won first place in the eleventh grade category in the 2016 “Lake and Stream Habitats” Lakes & Streams Art Contest.


The Center for Lakes & Streams is drawing attention to Kosciusko County’s local waterways with their annual student art contest, inspired by the lakes and streams.  The ninth annual Lakes & Streams Art Contest is now accepting entries.  The theme for this year’s contest is “Life at the Lake.”

Students are encouraged to submit artwork depicting Kosciusko County lakes and streams and the local species which inhabit these waters. Submissions are due Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  Fourth through twelfth grade students from Kosciusko County public, private and homeschools are encouraged to enter.

Cash prizes will be given for first through sixth places in six different grade categories: Fourth and fifth grades, sixth and seventh grades, eighth and ninth grades, tenth grade, eleventh grade, and twelfth grade. Winning artwork will be displayed around the county.

No artwork depicting invasive species will be considered. For example, trumpeter and tundra swans are acceptable but mute swans are not. Instead, the center encourages promoting the value of species of plants and animals native to Indiana in local lakes.

As part of the contest announcement, the center is selling calendars for 2017 that showcase last year’s winning artwork. Calendars are $5 each.

For contest information or to purchase a calendar visit or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6453.

This year’s contest is sponsored by the City of Warsaw Stormwater Utility, Clear Water Car Wash, Didage Sales Company, Inc., Kay Young-Todd Realty, Kosciusko Community Hospital, Lake City Bank, Medtronic, MutualBank, Surgical Power, Inc., The Watershed Foundation, The Papers and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

2017 Calendar Cover

Delaney Keirn’s piece, “A Moth’s View,” is pictured on the cover of the 2017 “Lake and Stream Habitats” calendar. Keirn won fifth place in the eleventh grade category.

God Behind Bars: A Story of a Grace Grad

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Peggy Owens. Picture courtesy of GraceConnect.

Peggy Owens. Picture courtesy of GraceConnect.

Peggy Owens, resident of Winona Lake and graduate of Grace College, has served as assistant chaplain and worship leader in the Kosciusko County Jail for almost 18 years. Owens uses her degree in music education to teach piano to the children of jail guards and facilitates weekly Bible studies for current inmates, released inmates and their families. Owens explains, “There is so much excitement in sharing God’s love with people who see their need for Him.”  The following is a story from GraceConnect.

Many people attend their churches on Sunday, sitting in the pews, singing in the choir, and hearing their pastor in a pulpit. But not every worship service is the same. Some don’t even take place in a designated building. For Peggy Owens of Winona Lake, Ind. (pictured at right), her church has been inside the Kosciusko County Jail for many years.

Peggy’s path to the county jail, located in Warsaw, started in 1999 when she attended a women’s mission trip to Urban Hope in Philadelphia, Pa. The leader asked a question that plagued Peggy: “What percentage of your time do you spend with people who don’t know the Lord?”

Her “percentage” was low, as she was constantly surrounded by fellow Christians at her work, church, and spare time. This analysis didn’t sit well with her, and upon returning home from her trip, Peggy approached the chaplain of the jail and asked if there was a way she could contribute. As it happened, the chaplain needed someone to lead music for Sunday morning services.

“I’ll miss my church,” was Peggy’s first thought, but God tugged at her heart and, as the weeks went by, gave her a real love for the inmates.

Click here to read to full article from GraceConnect.

Semiconductor, Alternative Energy Research Underway at Grace College

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Dr. Nathan Tice (left) discusses organic chemestry with students Austin Streppy and Micah Gerakinis.

Dr. Nathan Tice (left) discusses organic chemistry with students Austin Streppy (center) and Micah Gerakinis (right).

Dr. Nathan Tice, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Findlay, visited Grace College’s Organic Chemistry I class on Friday, Oct. 7.  Dr. Chad Snyder, associate professor of chemistry at Grace, invited Dr. Tice to give a seminar to his students about green chemistry, alternative energy and summer research opportunities for Grace College science students.

Dr. Snyder and Dr. Tice are currently involved in a semiconductor/alternative energy research project with students at Grace College. Both professors seek to provide novel organic compounds that can serve as low-cost, low-energy substitutes for liquid-crystal displays.  This technology is found in most flatscreen devices.  Grace students Grant Carlson, Austin Steppey and Micah Gerakinis work in Dr. Snyder’s Synthetic Organic Research Laboratory synthesizing compounds that are then sent to Dr. Tice for spectroscopic analysis.  In turn, Dr. Tice provides Grace College the analytical confirmation required for publication and for proceeding forward in their findings.

Carlson, Steppey and Gerakinis plan to present their latest findings at the 132nd-annual meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science scheduled for March, 2017. Grace College and the University of Findlay will present their collaborative work in an oral and poster session in this state-wide meeting. Both research groups, Drs. Snyder and Tice have targeted federal funding through the National Science Foundation in order to further this research, widen its scope, obtain research equipment and fund its students. They plan to send Grace College and University of Findlay undergraduate research students to an American Chemical Society Meeting to present their work on a national level.  The American Chemical Society has nearly 157,000 members and is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

Dr. Snyder and Dr. Tice have collaborated on several projects over the last 11 years and have published papers in journals including “The Journal of Organic Chemistry,” “The Journal of Organometallic Chemistry,” “Transition Metal Chemistry” and “The Journal of Sulfur Chemistry.”  Undergraduate research students served as coauthors on these peer-reviewed manuscripts.

For more information about the Department of Science and Mathematics at Grace College, contact Dr. Snyder at or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6443.

Students Invited to Visit Grace College during Fall Break

Friday, October 7th, 2016
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Students walk outside of McClain Hall on the Grace College campus.

Lancer Days at Grace College offer high school students and their families the opportunity to experience campus life firsthand. Upcoming Lancer Days include Friday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Nov. 11 at Grace College, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake.

“Close to half of high school fall breaks will correspond with our October 21 Lancer Day,” said Mark Pohl, dean of admissions at Grace. He encourages students to consider coming then. “It’s a great opportunity to visit Grace without interrupting a busy school week,” he added.

Lancer Days begin at 8:30 a.m. with a faculty and student panel, and conclude at 2 p.m. with a faculty fair.   In between, participants discover what Grace College offers by attending chapel, touring campus, meeting students and staff, and eating lunch at Alpha Dining Commons.  While prospective students may also schedule individual tours of campus, Lancer Days offer the unique opportunity to explore Grace College with their peers in an intentional way.

“At Lancer Days, students survey the 70-plus majors at Grace, learn about diverse student activities and clubs, discover financial assistance opportunities and see first-hand how Grace College is making quality, Christian education attractive and affordable,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace.  Game day passes are available for sporting events during the student’s visit and high school juniors and seniors may spend one night in a residence hall.

This year, Grace achieved a record total enrollment of 2,333 students.  The Winona Lake campus is home to 1,295 undergraduate students, the largest population since Grace’s founding in 1948.  The school credits innovative, bold measures to reduce cost and increase excellence for recent success.  Measure of Grace, a comprehensive affordability and excellence plan launched last fall, guarantees that tuition will never increase during a student’s enrollment.  Moreover, Grace reduces tuition by $500 each consecutive year of a student’s undergraduate enrollment and provides free textbook rentals.  Grace’s accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree program and blended bachelor’s-master’s four-year degree program enables students to finish school sooner with significant savings and earning potential.

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

Grace’s Three-year Degree Program Featured on College Planning Website

Friday, October 7th, 2016

1_SL-4270Grace College’s three-year degree program dramatically cuts college costs. Since instituting that and other cost-cutting measures five years ago, enrollment has risen by 44 percent, with undergraduate enrollment increasing 10.5 percent in the last year alone. Grace also offers a four-year path to a dual undergraduate and master’s degree. The following interview is from My College Planning Team (MCPT).

MCPT: Can you explain the basics of what students need to do to graduate  in three years? 

Pohl: At Grace, students take just three courses per eight-week session (four sessions per academic year) and receive two online summer courses tuition free (with a $225 per course technology fee) that can be completed from home during the summer. All 70-plus majors offered at Grace College can be completed in three years.

MCPT: How many students start on this path as freshman and, of those, how many go on to complete their degree in three years? 

Pohl: About half endeavor to complete their degree in three years and nearly 30 percent (29.1 percent) actually do.

MCPT: What percent of students embark on and complete the four-year path to an undergraduate and master’s degree? Are there certain majors that this is more popular for? 

Pohl: This is a growing program; currently not quite 10 percent of students complete the blended degree program. Our MBA is the most popular master’s degree.

MCPT: What about AP or other such credits? Can students graduate even sooner with these?

Pohl: AP and dual credit students can transfer in credits to eliminate course requirements at Grace and graduate sooner. Dual credit courses (C or better) and AP courses (4 or 5 final exam score) generally transfer quite easily. We have had a number of students with numerous transfer credits graduate in less than three years.

MCPT: Can a student do 10 hours of work-study per week and still earn a degree in three years? 

Pohl: Yes. While every student is different, many students work on campus and our three-year program means that students take just three courses each eight-week session, which allows them to focus on fewer courses. One part of the three-year program is 12 credits of applied learning, so all of our students graduate with real world experience, which sometimes includes work-study positions.

Click here to read the full article from My College Planning Team.


Grace Helps at ‘Back to the Days’

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
An Abe Lincoln actor talks to students. Photo courtesy of InkFree News.

An Abe Lincoln actor talks to students. Photo courtesy of Ink Free News.

Fourth graders from local elementary schools got a taste of Indiana history by attending Back to the Days at Harrison Elementary on Friday, Sept. 30. Among others, students from Grace College assisted elementary school teachers to lead Back to the Days and Grace history majors taught kids about Indiana history.  The following is a story from Ink Free News.

The rain didn’t stop kids from enjoying the hands-on-learning experience at numerous stations positioned around the property of Harrison Elementary.

Students learned about the history of Indiana through various ways as they were led in groups by teachers and assistants who helped them get to each station. The fourth graders listened and watched professional actors and volunteers portray what life has been like in Indiana over the years.

During the event, an Abe Lincoln actor gave the students a history lesson. Kids learned how people built barns. Actors taught kids about the aspects of daily life in Indiana in the past by talking about things as hygiene, hunting and pastimes.

Click here for the complete story from Ink Free News.

Grace College Dedicates Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
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Key sisters (L to R) Martha Dosmann, Maymie Pride, Margaret McKinney and Winifred Harbin pose beneath the new Grace track and field complex sign named in honor of their parents.


The Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex at Grace College was dedicated on Oct. 1, 2016 during Homecoming and Family Weekend.  In attendance were more than 80 members of the Key family as well as Grace alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff.

The track is named in honor of Bernard and Linnie Key whose lineage includes several Grace graduates.  Their family was eager to pay tribute to their legacy of faithful trust and dependence on God.  Margaret Key, one of the four daughters of Bernard and Linnie in attendance Saturday, commented that they were committed to their seven children and “although not wealthy, my parents shared generously, trusting God to provide for their needs.”  The complex will serve as a reminder of the Key’s valued principles: to know the Word of God and run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

At Saturday’s dedication, Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip, Vice President of Advancement Drew Flamm and Athletic Director Chad Briscoe gave remarks.  Greg Dosmann, Grace College board member and grandson of Bernard and Linnie Key, shared about the couple and presented Grace College with a plaque to commemorate the Key’s legacy on campus.  Grace Track and Field Coach Jeff Raymond offered a dedicatory prayer.  Finally, a ceremonial first lap was taken around the track.  Grace track and field athletes Hunter Reed, Paige Kindig, Jesse Zvers and Joel Zook started the lap and then handed the baton to the four Key sisters who finished the lap arm in arm.

The Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex is a state-of-the-art design that features a nine-lane, 400-meter competition track with the ability to run sprints in either direction, depending on the wind.  The complex includes discus and hammer throw cages, high jump zone and pole vaulting facilities, long jump pits, javelin throw and shot put event areas, and grandstand seating for 400.

Grace College broke ground on the complex in April.  Less than six months later, the track is nearly complete and ready for competition.  “Our fundraising efforts have surpassed our original goal of $1 million,” said Drew Flamm, vice president of advancement for Grace College.  “However, fundraising is ongoing as we seek to raise the complete $1.5 million track cost,” he said.

The first track and field meet at the Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex is scheduled for April 29.  On that day, Grace will host the Inaugural Lancer Invitational with teams from at least five other colleges and universities.  “We are thrilled to begin hosting track and field meets at Grace for the first time in our 68 year history,” said Chad Briscoe, athletic director at Grace College.  “The complex will not only benefit track and field athletes, but indeed all Grace athletes will make use of the new facility.  We are extremely grateful to the Key family for making this expansion of our athletic programs possible,” he said.

For more information about giving opportunities to the Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex, visit or call Vice President of Advancement Drew Flamm at 574-372-5100, ext. 6121.

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Dr. Bill Katip speaks, flanked by Key grandchildren Greg Dosmann and Julie Boynton.

Grace track and field athletes are eager to compete at the new complex.

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Key sisters watch dedication ceremony.


Key sisters cross the finish line of the inaugural first lap around the track.

Grace Reorganizes Senior Administration to Integrate Student Life and Academics

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016
Grace College Dean of Students Aaron Crabtree, Dean of CORE and Global Initiatives Jacqueline Shram and Provost Dr. John Lillis.

Grace College Dean of Students Aaron Crabtree, Dean of Core and Global Initiatives Jacqueline Shram and Provost Dr. John Lillis.


Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, recently announced a restructuring of senior administration for academic and student affairs.  “After much prayer, discussion and consideration, I have decided to reinstate the provost model of higher education administration and restructure key positions in these areas to more effectively integrate student life and academics,” he said.

John Lillis, executive vice president of academic affairs, has been promoted to provost.  “Dr. Lillis’s extensive experience in Christian higher education – particularly as past provost of Cornerstone University and executive officer and dean of Bethel Seminary – has prepared him very well for this position,” Katip commented.  As provost, Lillis will oversee Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, which includes six schools, the library and registrar.

“I’m eager to take on the position of provost and work collaboratively with student affairs and our six schools to enhance the student experience at Grace,” Dr. Lillis said.  I’m honored to assume the role of provost and help lead the college forward.”

An associate provost will soon be hired to support Dr. Lillis in assessment efforts and general administration.

Dean of Students Aaron Crabtree will take on an increased leadership role in this new model.  He will now serve as chief student affairs officer, representing student affairs on the senior administration team, and will report to Dr. Lillis.  “During Aaron’s 13 years in the Student Affairs Department at Grace, he has consistently demonstrated his tireless worth ethic, creativity and passion for students.  Dr. Lillis and I are very excited to have Aaron assume this expanded leadership position,” said Dr. Katip.

Finally, Jacqueline Schram will move from Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Coordinator of General Education to Dean of Grace Core and Global Initiatives, also reporting to Dr. Lillis.  “As dean, Jacqueline will provide vision and oversight to our CORE liberal arts program while integrating our commitment to student global experiences.  Her past role as well as her passion for global learning has prepared her well for this expanded position,” Dr. Katip stated.

“With each of these changes, we intend to better integrate academics and the student experience at Grace so that students have the best possible learning and growth environment on campus,” said Dr. Katip.  “This reorganization flows out of our commitment to mission,” he continued.  “As a Christian community of higher education, we endeavor to strengthen character, sharpen competence and prepare students for service.”


Grace golfers earn bid to NCCAA Nationals

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
The Grace men's golf team.

Grace’s men’s golf team.

For the first time in nearly two decades, Grace’s men’s golf team is headed to the NCCAA National Championships.

The Lancers earned an at-large invitation to NCCAA Nationals, marking Grace’s first trip to the tournament in 17 years. Grace’s only other tournament appearances were a four-year run from 1996-99.

“I’m very excited about the direction that both of Grace’s golf programs are headed,” said Grace head coach Denny Hepler. “I’m happy for our boys to have this experience and for the opportunity to represent our fine institution at this prestigious event. This is a major milestone for our program.”

Grace’s women’s golf team will also be present in the tournament as freshman Anna Marshall qualified as an individual.

The NCCAA Nationals are held at Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla, from Oct. 24-26. The tournament is a three-round event with 18 holes played each day.

Championship action will begin with the first round on Monday, Oct. 24. The second round will be on Tuesday, Oct. 25, after which the top nine teams will advance to Wednesday’s final round following the 36-hole cut.

Grace is one of 12 schools represented in the national field, joining the likes of Oklahoma Baptist, Cedarville, Colorado Christian, Oakland City and others.

Center for Lakes and Streams to Host Interpretive Hike October 8

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

P1050423The Center for Lakes & Streams is hosting a free fall interpretive hike Saturday, October 8 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.

The Center for Lakes & Streams typically hosts interpretive hikes biannually, in the spring and fall.  Interpretive hikes are opportunities 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 and signs of the coming season 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, the Interpretive Hike event page on Facebook, 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