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Grace College Announces Family Weekend 2017

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Grace College is pleased to invite parents, siblings and grandparents to campus for Family Weekend 2017.  The family-focused weekend will take place Nov. 17 and 18.

“We hope to provide a special time for families to spend with their Grace students on campus,” said Sharon Sallot, director of the Grace Fund and Family Weekend coordinator.  “We’ve organized a weekend full of events for families to enjoy together.  Some are entertaining, some informative, and some for worship and prayer,” she said.

Families can attend chapel and classes with their student on Friday morning and afternoon.  A tailgate dinner for families will be offered Friday evening prior to the women’s and men’s basketball games. The Hoops for Hope basketball tournament will run throughout the weekend for families to enjoy.  In addition, a presidential prayer breakfast will take place Saturday morning and there will be plenty of time to tour campus, enjoy shopping in the Village at Winona, walk the beautiful area trails and more.

“We are pleased to offer all weekend events at no cost to families,” said Sallot.  However, we’d greatly appreciate pre-registration.”  For complete information about Family Weekend 2017, including registration and lodging options, visit here.

Congressman Banks to Speak at Annual Executive Forum

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Congressman Jim Banks will deliver the keynote address at ‘Giving Back to the Community’ Nov. 20 at Grace College.


The Grace College School of Business is pleased to present the sixth-annual Executive Forum, ‘Giving Back to the Community,’ on Monday, Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake.  Doors open at 8 a.m. for check-in and continental breakfast. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased here.

Rep. Jim Banks, Indiana’s Third District Congressman and resident of Columbia City, Ind., will give the forum’s keynote address.  Banks earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from Grace College. He previously worked in the commercial construction and real estate industries and serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a supply corps officer.

“We believe that ‘Giving Back to the Community’ is a great theme to help executives and business leaders understand social consciousness,” said Al Grossnickle, associate professor of business at Grace College and director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development. “We’re excited to host Congressman Banks as our keynote speaker.  He has a sincere interest in generating a strong workforce and vibrant communities in northeast Indiana.  We look forward to hearing about his contributions and ideas to this end.”

Rich Haddad, president and CEO of the K12 Foundation in Warsaw, Ind., will moderate the forum. Four panelists will offer their unique perspective on community engagement: John Sampson, president and CEO of Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership; Suzanne Light, executive director of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation; Kelly Byrd, director of leadership and personal growth at Sweetwater Sound; and Steve Longbrake, director of business development at Silveus Insurance Group, Inc.

“Our hope is that participants will walk away with a better understanding of the importance of giving back, and how doing so improves their community,” Grossnickle added. “Forums like this one are part of being a good corporate citizen and using our resources and talent to enhance the lives of people and places around us.”

To make the Executive Forum a success, Grace College partnered with the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development and the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce. The forum is sponsored by RSM US LLP, a leading national assurance, tax and consulting firm with locations including South Bend and Indianapolis.

For more information, please call event coordinator Marsha Yocum at 574-372-5100, ext. 6094.

Student-Written Cabaret Takes the Stage at Grace College

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Student actors practice for performances in the Little Theatre.

Grace College’s performing arts program will blend story and song at this year’s cabaret show, “A Story in a Scene.” The special performances will take place in Grace College’s Little Theatre, located in Philathea Hall, on Oct. 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m.  Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Written and directed by second-year student Elizabeth Mattia, “A Story in a Scene” weaves together scenes and songs about each student performer.  “Traditionally, a cabaret showcases distinct musical performances,” said Mattia.  “Sometimes a cabaret can be connected by a loose theme, but these performances are different – they are connected by story.”

Eighteen talented Grace College students will take the stage.  “The show includes folk music, pop, Broadway hits, and everything in between,” said Mattia.  “It has emotional scenes as well as fabulous comedic duos. Each cast member will showcase either who they are or who they never get to be.”

Mattia invites the community to visit campus and enjoy an evening of entertainment. For more information about “A Story in a Scene,” contact Elizabeth Mattia at

FunFest Offers Families a Halloween Alternative in Winona Lake

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Grace College is pleased to host its 28th-annual FunFest on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Gordon Recreation Center, 100 Publishers Dr., Winona Lake. The event is free and open to all children and their families.

“FunFest is a long-standing tradition on Grace’s campus. Almost 30 years!” said Kearstin Criswell, director of student involvement at Grace College. “Every year, we’re blessed to host hundreds of children in the Gordon Recreation Center and offer them a fun, lighthearted alternative to the usual Halloween festivities.”

At FunFest, children will enjoy face painting, bouncy houses, food and games. This year’s theme is Disney. Children are invited to dress in their favorite Disney-themed attire or any costume of their choice.

“We love interacting with our community through family-friendly events like this one,” said Kamry Williams, a senior at Grace College and organizer of FunFest. “Our student volunteers can’t wait to serve local kids and families.” Nearly 60 Grace students have volunteered to help run the event.

“This year, we will be collecting paper towels for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts,” Criswell added. “Please consider bringing paper towels to help us support families impacted by the hurricane in Texas.”

For more information about FunFest, contact Kamry Williams at

Grace College to Host RedBird Art Exhibit

Friday, October 13th, 2017

RedBird Art Studio, a division of Cardinal Services Inc., will present its first-ever art exhibit in Mount Memorial Art Gallery, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Oct. 17 – Dec. 9.  The opening reception will take place Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the gallery.  The public is invited to attend this free event.

“RedBird artists created beautiful canvas paintings, handcrafted pillows and beaded jewelry for this show,” said Kim M. Reiff, chair of the Visual, Performing and Media Arts Department at Grace College. “We invite the community join us at the reception to support the uniquely gifted people who created artwork for this exhibit.”

The opening reception will begin with an artist talk by Michele Fanfair-Steury, director of RedBird Art Studio.  Then the public will have the opportunity to view and purchase artwork from more than 80 artists. Sixty percent of sales will go directly to the artists; 40 percent will be returned to the studio to purchase new art supplies.

“We are so pleased to partner with RedBird and Cardinal Services,” said Reiff.  “We believe a long-term relationship between Grace and Cardinal can revolve around the creative arts.”  In addition to the RedBird exhibit at Grace College, Grace students intern at Cardinal Services in a variety of positions.  “Our partnership benefits both Grace students and individuals at Cardinal, including RedBird artists.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact the Grace College Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts at 574-372-5100, ext. 6024 or email  For more information about Cardinal Services and RedBird Art Studio, visit  




Shakespeare at Grace to Bring Literature to Life in Winona Lake

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Shakespeare at Grace, a week-long series of events at Grace College, will take place Oct. 18 – 21. The wide range of programs, including live theatre, lecture and discussion, are sure to inspire and develop appreciation for William Shakespeare’s renowned literature.

Shakespeare at Grace is organized by Professor of Literature Dr. Lauren Rich and the Grace College Languages, Literature and Communication Department. “During the week, we will celebrate the irreplaceable contribution Shakespeare made to literature,” said Rich. We will do this through annual events like The Lyceum Series as well as brand new events including performances by Actors From The London Stage,” Rich said.

The Lyceum Series is an annual event dedicated to merging cultural engagement, academics and faith. This year’s installment is presented by Dr. Peter Holland, a world-renowned Shakespeare scholar, during Shakespeare at Grace. Holland’s lecture, “Forgiving and Forgetting: Shakespeare & Power,” will occur on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in Westminster Hall, 105 9th Street, Winona Lake. The Lyceum Series lecture is free, open to the public, and will be followed by light refreshments and a book signing.

Holland is the associate dean for the arts at Notre Dame University. He is a respected editor and author of several books, including “English Shakespeares: Shakespeare on the English Stage in the 1990s” and a major study of Restoration drama, “The Ornament of Action.”

Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS), one of the oldest and most established touring Shakespeare companies in the world, will perform “Measure for Measure” by William Shakespeare in Grace College’s Little Theatre located in Philathea Hall, 1499 Alpha Dr., Winona Lake.  Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19, 20 and 21. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 general admission, and are available through Eventbrite.

AFTLS is housed and workshopped in England with academic tours booked through the University of Notre Dame. AFTLS tours the country in the spring and fall, visiting almost 20 universities per year. The actors include Peter Pray, Ben Eagle, Dominic Gerrard, Wela Mbusi and Anna Wright. Grace College is one of eight schools AFTLS will visit on their fall, 2017 tour.

In tandem with AFTLS, violinist Shana Brath and guitarist Scott Workman will perform a pre-show dinner concert in Alpha Dining Hall on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. “Brath and Workman are exceptionally talented.  They’re sure to prepare visitors for AFTLS’ performance,” Rich said. “Dinner tickets don’t need to be bought in advance,” Rich added. “Just visit Alpha Dining and purchase a meal pass Thursday evening.”

Immediately following “Measure for Measure” on Saturday night, student-led Grace College Cinematic Conversations (GC3) will offer a panel discussion to delve into the play’s weighty content. “Our hope is that this time will create space for students to process and learn from the material offered by Shakespeare via AFTLS,” said Kirsten Mead, student body president and coordinator of GC3’s discussion.

GC3 is a Student Senate-sponsored club on campus led by student Caleb Dudeck. The club regularly meets to watch films and discuss their worldview and moral implications. Rather than allowing movie-watching to be a passive activity, GC3 helps students actively engage with the words, ideas and images presented in film.

Sponsors for Shakespeare at Grace include: The Grace College Languages, Literature & Communication Department; Grace’s Office of Faith, Learning & Scholarship, and the Elener R. (Norris) Grossman Excellence in Languages, Literature & Communication Fund. The Elener R. (Norris) Grossman Excellence in Languages, Literature and Communication Fund honors Grace alumna Elener “Ellie” Grossman (BA ’53, S ’63). Ellie was a lifelong learner and consummate educator who taught English and journalism at the college and high school level for nearly a quarter of a century, including several years as an assistant professor at Grace College. Begun by her husband Gilbert and continued by her son Luke and daughter-in-law Dawn, this fund invests in the students and faculty of Grace College by sponsoring unique cultural and educational experiences.

For questions about Shakespeare at Grace, contact Dr. Lauren Rich via email at or call 574-372-5100.

Grace College Response to Hate Incident

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Racism and harassment of any kind is not tolerated at Grace College.  Throughout the past summer, we took action to address and improve racial sensitivity and inclusiveness on campus.  These efforts included discussions with African American alumni about their student experience at Grace, an all-faculty and staff meeting to discuss racial sensitivity and inclusiveness, reorganization of various multi-cultural clubs on campus into the Council for Diversity and Inclusion, and the creation of an advisory group on race and diversity comprised of leaders on these issues.

Immediately upon learning of the hate incident in a residence hall this morning, action was taken to address it.  The Grace College Campus Safety Office and the Winona Lake Police Department commenced investigations.  Grace College administrators communicated personally with the student targeted and his parents.  An all-campus email was sent from Grace College President Dr. Katip to inform students, faculty and staff of the incident and provide contact information to report additional information about this or other hate-related acts as well as contact information for student counseling services.  In addition, faculty were instructed to read the statement to each class held today.  This afternoon, an all-campus meeting was convened to address the incident.  Dr. Katip spoke from his heart on the matter, explained what was being done to address it and led everyone in prayer.  This evening two separate meetings were held on campus: one for African American students and another for students who live in the residence hall involved to share their concerns, information and ideas to address the matter.  Tuesday morning an open meeting will be held for all of those on campus affected or concerned about this or related incidents at Grace.

In the days ahead, Grace College will provide updates to the campus and the public as appropriate regarding the investigation and our actions to address this incident.  We will continue to seek answers for how best to respond, grow and understand as a campus.  We will take all actions necessary to stop any and all harassment on campus and prevent it from reoccurring while we care for and minster to those affected by today’s incident. Grace College is steadfast in our commitment to ensure all people feel welcomed and respected on our campus.  As Dr. Katip shared this afternoon, we must be “an inclusive, welcoming, respectful, civil, and loving community of believers — one that loves all our neighbors in ways that demonstrate the love of Jesus, in keeping with the Word of God as our authority.”



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.”