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New Presidential Care Scholarship at Grace College Enables Local Student to Fulfill College Dream

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Dr. Bill Katip (far right) presents Jeremy Himes and his guardians Beth and Brandon McBrier with the Presidential Care Scholarship. 

Jeremy Himes of Warsaw was orphaned at age 13.  His mother died after a long battle with chronic heart issues while his father served a life sentence in prison.  Jeremy had dreamed of attending Grace College since elementary school, yet his aspiration always seemed out of reach until a fortuitous meeting with Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, last year.

After short stints living with an aunt and then a friend after his mother’s death, Himes found a home with his youth group leaders Brandon and Beth McBrier just before starting high school. “They’ve showed me unconditional love over and over,” Himes said, “And that God is greater.”

As high school drew to a close, Jeremy decided to pursue his dream and apply to Grace College; in fact, he applied nowhere else. “I didn’t know if I could get in, and even if I did, I didn’t know how I could pay for it,” Himes said.  Much to his delight, Himes was accepted.  That’s when this incredible story of grace reaches its climax.

A short time later, at a Big Brother banquet in Warsaw, Himes shared his story and his desire to attend Grace College.  Dr. Katip and others from Grace were in the audience.  They knew immediately that they wanted to play a role in Jeremy’s story.  “We felt like the Lord put us at the banquet for this purpose.  Others had stepped up along the way, and now it was our turn,” said Dr. Katip.

As a result, the Presidential Care Scholarship was established by a donor who cares deeply about orphan care to benefit students like Himes who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend Grace.  The awardees will be granted a full-ride scholarship to Grace.  Jeremy Himes was the first individual to receive the scholarship.

After learning that he would be awarded, Himes was overwhelmed with gratitude.  “I can’t believe it.  I’m still trying to believe it,” he exclaimed.  Jeremy plans to major in psychology at Grace. “I’ve been in counseling my whole life dealing with anger and anxiety. I believe God can use my hurt to help others,” he explained.

Dr. Katip is pleased that Grace could help Himes in this significant way. “Grace College is committed to making high-quality, biblically grounded higher education available to as many students as possible.  We hope that Jeremy will benefit in multiple ways from his time at Grace,” he said.  “My prayer is that this scholarship will help Jeremy finish college and develop leadership and ministry skills that will serve him well the rest of his life,” he concluded.

For more information about Grace College and scholarship opportunities, visit or call 574-372-5100.

Dr. Katip Appears on The Harvest Show

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary, appeared on The Harvest Show on August 9, 2016.  The Harvest Show is a live international daily syndicated Christian news program produced by LeSEA Broadcasting Network.  The Harvest Show reaches more than 115 million homes around the globe each day.

Dr. Katip appeared on The Harvest Show to discuss the value of Christian higher education.   Hosts Stephan Radelich and Valerie Lowe also discuss affordability of faith-based higher education, mission relevance and real world preparation at Grace College with Dr. Katip.  To view Dr. Katip’s 10-minute interview, click here.  For more information on The Harvest Show, visit


Photo courtesy of “The Harvest Show.”

K21 Health Foundation Gift Brings Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex Total Giving to $6.5 Million

Friday, August 5th, 2016

CLAS in Science CenterGrace College recently announced plans to break ground on the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex at its Winona Lake campus this spring.  Now, with a gift of $1 million from K21 Health Foundation, a total of $6.5 million has been raised for this project.

The K21 gift was given specifically to fund office, meeting and laboratory space for Grace College’s Center for Lakes & Streams. K21’s CEO and President Rich Haddad notes the great synergy between the two organizations.

“K21 is dedicated to supporting and improving the human health in our county, and the Center for Lakes & Streams is a critical resource and expert in ensuring our lakes remain a great asset for our community. Their work has strong connections to local health through its various research studies, rapid response to issues and collaborative projects,” he said.

Center for Lakes & Streams Director Dr. Nate Bosch is excited about the specially designed and dedicated space that will allow the center to increase its impact in the community and provide even stronger applicable learning opportunities for Grace students.

“The Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex puts the ‘center’ in the Center for Lakes & Streams,” explains Bosch. “It gives us the space we need to be a better launching point for local water research and K-12 educational programs, and it creates a hub for local lake and stream research.”

“One of the great benefits of the Center for Lakes and Streams getting enhanced work space is the potential of bringing the lab work in-house. Currently they must send most of the lab testing out to other organizations, but in the future, they could expand to do the work directly, which would be more cost effective and improve the turnaround time for test results,” Haddad added.

The new science complex will renovate and expand the Cooley Science Center, which has served the Department of Science and Mathematics since 1978 and the Center for Lakes & Streams since its founding in 2007.   The entire complex will include contemporary and upgraded labs and classrooms, and feature a central suite for lake and stream research, offices and multi-use space.  In addition to K21, substantial gifts have been given by Zimmer Biomet and Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller.

“Our board has seen the enormous contributions that the Center has made to the health of our community, and this significant commitment is evidence of how strongly we believe the Center needs to remain in our community for future generations,” Haddad concluded.

“For nearly ten years, the Center for Lakes & Streams has proven its value and relevance to our community through hard work and serious research.  I am deeply grateful to K21 and prior donors for their confidence in the Center and their generous investments in its future,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College.

Architectural plans and construction bids are now underway for the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex.  A conceptual rendering of the Center for Lakes & Streams space in the future Science Complex is attached.  Those interested in the work of the Center for Lakes & Streams or the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex may call 574-372-5100 ext. 6445.


Grace College Announces $5.5 Million Raised for Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

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Grace College plans to break ground on the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex at its Winona Lake campus in the spring of 2017.  The new science complex will renovate and expand the Cooley Science Center, which has served the Department of Science and Mathematics since 1978.  Thanks to the generous gifts of Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller, Zimmer Biomet and friends of the college, $5.5 million has been raised for the project to date.

For nearly forty years, Grace’s science center has ably prepared physicians, researchers and professors to serve others and improve lives.  In that time, the Department of Science and Mathematics has grown sixfold.  Today more than 220 students are pursuing 13 different science majors and 11 pre-professional tracks at Grace.

The science center also houses the Center for Lakes and Streams, an education and research center focused on the more than 100 lakes and streams in Kosciusko County.  The Center, along with increased interest in environmental science courses and market demand for graduates with these skills, has made updated and expanded lab space a necessity.

The Millers have had a longstanding friendship with Grace College and worked with the leadership on several joint projects to make the college and community stronger.  Dr. Dane Miller was co-founder of Biomet and its CEO for 39 years.  Before his passing in 2015, he and Mary Louise discussed the importance and relevance of Grace’s science center in educating the next generation. “Dane was very interested in renovating Grace’s science center,” said Mary Louise.

“The Millers’ significant gift was the catalyst for this project,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College. “We encouraged Mary Louise to allow us to name the science complex in memory of Dane, and she agreed.”

“Dane would be elated about the new complex and deeply honored that Grace would recognize him in this way,” said Mary Louise. “This will be the greatest visible tribute to Dane’s legacy in our community.”

Zimmer Biomet also contributed significantly to the project to honor the immeasurable influence Dr. Miller had on the orthopaedics industry and its Company. “Dane was a true innovator in our industry and in our community,” said Zimmer Biomet President and CEO David Dvorak.  “We are pleased to have an opportunity to nurture that value in the next generation of leaders.”

Modernizing the science center will include the construction of contemporary and upgraded labs to train future doctors and nurses, classrooms for engineering and math students, a hub for lake and stream research, additional office and multi-use space.

The funds raised have initiated architectural drawings and construction bids. “Our aspirations are now actualities,” said Grace College V.P. of Advancement Drew Flamm. “We’ve been dreaming of and planning for a new science complex that resources our students and equips our faculty to be leaders in their fields. We’re now well on our way toward that reality.”

Friends of Dr. Miller are coming together to form the “No Tie Club,” which is giving gifts to the new complex specifically in honor of Dr. Miller.  For more information, contact V.P. of Advancement Drew Flamm at 574-372-5100, ext. 6121 or


Village at Winona to Present Barbershop Festival

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Left to right: This image pictures David Zimmerman, Theo Hicks, Kohl Kitzmiller and Kyle Kitzmiller from Instant Classic. – Photo courtesy of Instant Classic.

The fourth of six summertime Village at Winona Festival of Music performances will feature barbershop music. The Barbershop Festival will take place on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake. Tickets are available at Rocket Fizz, Pottery Bayou and at the door.  Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

2015 International Quartet Champions, Instant Classic, will headline the event.  Summit City Chorus of Fort Wayne, Chain-O-Lakes Men’s Barbershop Chorus of Columbia City and Optimist Singers of Warsaw will also perform.  Following individual performances, all groups will join together to sing the Barbershop Harmony Society theme song, “Keep the Whole World Singing.”

Since its founding in 1938, the Barbershop Harmony Society has promoted and preserved barbershop music as an art form.  Today over 23,000 men in the United States and Canada are members of the society whose focus is a cappella music.

In addition to the 3 p.m. concert, individual quartets from Chain-O-Lakes, Summit City Chorus and the Warsaw Optimist Singers will give short performances in the Village at Winona.  Performances will begin at 1 p.m.

Marty Becker, Festival of Music coordinator, encourages the public to come early and enjoy the preshow quartets.  “What better way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Winona Lake?,” he said.  “The best barbershop quartets in the region will surprise shoppers and diners with their beautiful a cappella music around the Village until the concert begins in the Heritage Room at three o’clock,” Becker continued.

Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and the Village at Winona have partnered to bring the community high-quality, family-friendly concerts throughout the summer. The series, sponsored in part by the Esther Pfleiderer Charitable Trust and 1st Source Bank, includes six concerts from June 18 through Sept. 3.  For more information, visit

Grace Honored With Record 16 NAIA Scholar-Teams

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

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Grace’s athletic programs were honored for their academic success during the 2015-16 year.

Sixteen teams were named NAIA Scholar-Teams, breaking a program record for Grace’s department. The total also was tied for 13th-most in the NAIA.

Headlining Grace’s academic awards’ haul was the Lady Lancers’ soccer team. The Michael Voss-coached squad claimed an academic national championship with a 3.79 GPA, ranking highest among all women’s soccer programs. The squad was also the highest-ranked Crossroads League team, regardless of sport. The Lady Lancers have ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 nationally in the sport for the past six seasons.

Overall, Grace placed nine teams in their sport’s top 25 and five teams in the top 10.

“The academic excellence that our athletic programs achieve can be credited to the commitment and dedication of our coaches and student-athletes,” said Grace Athletic Director Chad Briscoe. “Our programs strive for Christian excellence in all areas, which includes both the academic and athletic realms. The Scholar-Team distinction for our programs is a tremendous reflection on Grace College. Our faculty play an integral role in the academic and spiritual growth of our student-athletes, and we are incredibly thankful for their work.”

Women’s tennis, coached by Scott Moore, boasted a 3.68 GPA to rank sixth in their sport. Grace’s track programs excelled at the national level. Women’s indoor track and field had a 3.65 GPA under coach Jeff Raymond, ranking sixth in their sport, and the women’s outdoor team was 11th with a 3.59 GPA. The men’s indoor team was seventh nationally in their sport with a 3.30 GPA, and the men’s outdoor team was eighth in the nation.

Women’s cross country (3.59 GPA) under Raymond, and the volleyball team under coach Katie Van Hofwegen (3.54) both topped 3.50 GPAs as a team and ranked in the top 25 of their sport.

The men’s basketball team, led by Jim Kessler, had a team GPA of 3.27 to rank No. 15 in the sport.

Other Scholar-Teams for Grace include: softball (3.40), women’s basketball (3.35), men’s golf (3.29), men’s cross country (3.20), men’s tennis (3.13), men’s soccer (3.08) and baseball (3.07).

To see the complete listing of NAIA Scholar-Teams sorted by GPA and school, click here. Overall, 1,590 teams earned the Scholar-Team distinction from the NAIA.

Click here to see an infographic.

Grace GOAL Graduate Creates Foundation, Helps Local Children

Monday, July 18th, 2016
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Pictured left to right are Brad Hagg, Chris Mohrbach, Grace College graduate Eric Sorensen and Grace College professor Matt Metzger. Photograph courtesy of Ink Free News.


Eric Sorensen recently completed his bachelor’s degree through the Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL) program.  He used a class assignment to commemorate a friend’s life and help underprivileged children in Warsaw.  The following story was published by Ink Free News.

A recent Grace College graduate has been working on finding a way to commemorate the memory of Kelby Jones, a former staff member at the Warsaw School Corporation who recently passed away.

Earlier this year, Eric Sorensen was taking a course at Grace College to complete his bachelor’s degree. One of Sorensen’s professors, Matt Metzger, assigned the students the task of finding a project they could work on to help others. “He wanted us to do something beyond ourselves,” said Sorensen.

Sorensen works in the tech department at the Warsaw Community School Corporation. When he learned about the assignment, he thought this would be the perfect opportunity to help the community remember Jones, who worked in the technology department at Warsaw schools.

Sorensen approached his boss, Brad Hagg, Chief Technology Officer for WCS, about creating a fund for Jones to be remembered. With the help of Metzger and Hagg, Sorensen was able to create a fund to help students in poverty offset the costs of the iPads that students fifth grade through twelve grade are required to purchase.

To read the entire story and find information to donate to the foundation created by Sorensen, click here.

Center for Lakes & Streams Research Featured on WSBT

Friday, July 15th, 2016

On July 14, WSBT (CBS-South Bend) aired an in-depth story about the ongoing research conducted on Lake Wawasee by Grace’s Center for Lakes & Streams.  The story and video below is courtesy of WSBT.

After years of study, students at the Winona Lake school have discovered that more blue green algae are living in Lake Wawasee.

Nestled in Kosciusko County, it is one of a dozen lakes the college’s Center for Lakes and Streams began studying extensively nearly six years ago.

Finding more blue-green algae prompted the Center to develop a new research question of what causes some blue-green algae to be toxic, and some not.

Every week, students sample water from Lake Wawasee using various techniques. Wawasee, the state’s largest natural lake, is one of several lakes and streams in Kosciusko County that the Center studies.

“If some of the things that we think we’re seeing bode true for this entire summer, it could be ground breaking things that nobody else in the world has figured out,” said Center for Lakes and Streams Director Nate Bosch.

Lead by Bosch, the group of students compared previous research on Wawasee to their current findings.

In 1912, researchers found one type of blue-green algae living in Lake Wawasee. In 1954, that number jumped to 14, and in 2015, their findings showed 30 different species of blue-green algae living in the water.

“We’re starting to get some hits on possible correlations between what could be causing that, and that could be really revolutionary,” said Bosch. “Because not only can you predict when the blue-green algae will produce the toxin, but you can then also tweak the lake a little bit to trick the blue green algae not to produce the toxin.”

For the complete story, click here.

Lilly Scholars Plan to Attend Grace College in Fall

Friday, July 15th, 2016
Jocelyn Chupp

Jocelyn Chupp

Jocelyn Chupp from Elkhart, Ind. and Jordan Shuler from Scottsburg, Ind., 2016 Lilly Scholarship Endowment Community Scholars, plan to attend Grace College this fall. The students were awarded four-year, full-time tuition scholarships and book stipends.

The Lilly Scholar program, now in its 19th year, helps “raise the foundations to enhance the quality of life of the state’s residents.” They have served about 4,050 high school seniors, providing a sum of over $333 million dollars.

Chupp and Shuler are among 142 Indiana high school seniors nominated by their local community foundations and approved by the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) Selection Committee to receive the Lilly Endowment. According to the program, “students are free to attend any HLC accredited four-year college or university in the state of Indiana to which they are admitted.” This year, the students will attend 27 different Indiana colleges and universities.

Jordan Shuler

Jordan Shuler

Chupp graduated from Concord High School. She intends to pursue a degree in communications and general business. “Receiving the scholarship and having my tuition paid for brings me so much relief and excitement,” Chupp said. “I chose Grace because of the three-year program. I also found the academics and professors appealing.”

Shuler calls the scholarship a “blessing” to him and his family. “Knowing we won’t have to take out student loans and go into debt is a huge burden off our shoulders. I chose Grace because of the family-like, Christian atmosphere.” Shuler looks forward to becoming a Lancer in the fall.

Grace College offers each of its 70-plus majors in both a traditional four-year bachelor’s degree and an accelerated three-year degree program.  Other cost-saving measures at Grace include no tuition increases after your freshman year and free textbook rentals for all students. For more information about Grace College, visit or call 574-372-5100.  A virtual tour can be seen here.

Center for Lakes & Streams Receives National Grant

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
John Rice (left) and Dave Illingworth, General Manager and Dealer Principal at Toyota Warsaw, stand with Dr. Nate Bosch (far right), director of the Center for Lakes & Streams. The center received $15,000 from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. to promote water resource education.

John Rice (left) and Dave Illingworth, General Manager and Dealer Principal at Toyota Warsaw, stand with Dr. Nate Bosch (far right), director of the Center for Lakes & Streams. The center received $15,000 from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. to promote water resource education.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College recently received $15,000 from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. to promote water resource education.

The center will use grant money to improve and expand efforts to increase environmental literacy in Kosciusko County through K-12 programming and the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival.

“Toyota’s support of our educational programs brings attention to our center’s growing effectiveness and importance to the community,” said Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the Center for Lakes & Streams.

The Center for Lakes & Streams served over 7,000 K-12 students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Public, private and home school students across the county engage in hands-on lake and stream learning experiences through the center’s programs such as the Classroom Lake Experience, Lake Adventure Days and the Lakes & Streams Art Contest.

“Educating students about taking care of our local waterways is important to our county’s growth and development in the future,” said Caitlin Yoder, education coordinator for the Center for Lakes & Streams. “Showing students and children how to take care of our local lakes and streams now is an important part of preserving these natural resources for future generations.”

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of over 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers in the U.S. which sold more than 2.35 million vehicles in 2014. Toyota directly employs more than 34,000 people in the U.S. and partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. For more information about Toyota, visit or

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts research, provides resources, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with local organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner.