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Book Signing for Ecclesiastes Commentary Scheduled

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Ecclesiastes-coverTiberius Rata and Kevin Roberts, authors of the new interdisciplinary commentary, Fear God and Keep His Commandments: A Practical Exposition of Ecclesiastes, will sign copies of the book at a reception at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 24. The event, which lasts until 4:30 p.m., will be held in the lobby of the William Male Center, 999 College Ave., Winona Lake.

Rata is a professor of Old Testament Studies at Grace Theological Seminary, while Roberts is a professor of Counseling at Grace College, both located in Winona Lake.

The commentary looks at the words of Solomon, the wisest man in history, who was Israel’s third king. His words challenge and encourage the reader to live as if his or her time were short and to fear God in all things.

Fear God and Keep His Commandments: A Practical Exposition of Ecclesiastes will be available for purchase at the book signing at the discounted rate of $10. It generally retails for $14.99 and also is available at BMHBooks.com, amazon.com, and other online retailers, or may be ordered at any local bookstore.

There is no charge to attend.

The reception is co-sponsored by BMH Books and Grace College and Theological Seminary.

Grace College to Host Senior Art Exhibit

Friday, March 17th, 2017

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Grace College senior art majors will showcase their cumulative and thesis work at two art shows on campus this spring.  The first Senior Art Show will take place March 20 – April 8 at Mount Memorial Gallery, 808 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 – 4 p.m.  A public reception will take place Friday, March 24 from 7 – 9 p.m.

 

“The senior show showcases students​’ endeavors to offer creative solutions to today’s societal problems,” said Richard Wanjema, assistant professor of visual communication design and program director of media arts at Grace College. He encourages the community to visit the gallery.

Nine seniors from the Department of Visual, Performing, and Media Arts will display their work at the first Senior Art Show. They are: Megan Barge, Joshua Dudeck, Cambria Godsey, Olivia Kent, Katlyn Knuver, Abigail Moellering, Riley Smith, Matthew Stephens and Keri Koenig.

The department’s goal is to equip graduates with the ability to communicate visually, possess professional skills and be able to analyze works from historical and contemporary cultural perspectives. Students learn to demonstrate excellence in creative work that ultimately serves in their calling as artists, Christians and professionals.

For more information, call 574-372-5100, ext. 6022 or email art@grace.edu.

Grace Professor Joins Cast of Historians Writing About Faith and the World Wars

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Image courtesy of Christian History magazine.

Image courtesy of Christian History magazine.

 

Dr. Jared Burkholder, chair of the department of history and political science and associate professor of American and world history at Grace College, recently wrote “Spreading Light in a Dark World” for Christian History magazine.  Burkholder was among the Christian history professors chosen from across the country to write for the magazine’s most recent edition, “Faith in the Foxholes,” focusing on faith during the world wars.  In Burkholder’s article, he explores how the world wars served as a pivotal time for Christian relief efforts. The following is an excerpt from the article. The full article can be read here.

 

In 1944, the same year Allied forces stormed the beaches of occupied Europe, the congregation of Boston’s historic Park Street Church began giving up some meals during Lent. They sent the money they would have spent on food to the War Relief Fund, an initiative created by the newly formed (1942) National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). They were not alone in their desire to alleviate the suffering in war-torn Europe. Now known as World Relief, this fund was just one of many new Christian service organizations spurred into being by the world wars.

The Call of the Refugees

In World War I modern industrial war disrupted trade, destroyed farms, and decimated populations of young men, all while Europe experienced harsh winters and crop failures. Throngs of people became refugees, including women and orphaned children. Prisoners of war occupied temporary camps filled with disease and lacking adequate food and basic services.

In Belgium the 1914 German invasion displaced thousands. The following year the Ottoman government systematically brutalized the Armenian population in what most experts now consider genocide. Then in 1921–1922, the Russian people suffered through one of the worst famines in history, a suffering made worse by the Russian government’s policies and resulting in approximately 5,000,000 deaths.

Protestant missionaries helped to raise awareness about these atrocities, sometimes collaborating with nonreligious humanitarian groups such as the Near East Foundation (founded in New York in 1915). Others worked with international organizations such as the League of Nations. Karen Jeppe, a Danish missionary who founded a farming colony near Aleppo, Syria, for Armenian survivors, wrote when she took on the task,

How would I supply for all these people? It is quite certain that if I have got them out of the harems, then I will also be responsible for what becomes of them. And who will finance this huge enterprise? I have very little trust in the whole affair. But it may be a vocation. Well, then I must apply myself to it, however much I resist.

Later, when the League questioned her about the work, she made the shortest speech in its history: “Yes, it is only a little light, but the night is so dark.”

“They Have Never Tasted Milk”

Some of the earliest Christians to respond to these tragedies were the “peace churches,” including the Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Mennonites. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), formed in 1917, provided nonviolent opportunities for conscientious objectors to serve their countries, but also became the primary facilitator for all kinds of humanitarian efforts.

Friends made up a small army of ambulance drivers and medical personnel. They cared for orphans, refugees, and prisoners of war and were among the most active in providing relief during the Russian famine. In Austria Friends helped supply milk through a program called “Cows for Vienna.”

The New York Times reported on the “sufferings of the little children” in Austria—where many children, it said, “have never tasted milk.” The AFSC bought cows in Holland or Switzerland and gave them to farmers in Austria, who donated a portion of the milk to Quaker Infant Welfare Centers. Friends considered this a natural embodiment of their religious commitments to peacemaking and social justice. So did American Mennonites, who established the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in 1920.

Even prior to World War I, the American branch of the YMCA served among military personnel in America and abroad. Although the YMCA and YWCA mostly provided services and aid to American servicemen and women, their work extended to enemy prisoners of war held in miserable conditions in Europe. They partnered with other humanitarian agencies, such as the Rockefeller Foundation.

Prominent Methodist and YMCA leader John Mott wrote directly to oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, pressing for resources to help the 2,000,000 POWs on both sides “in grave danger of physical, mental and moral deterioration unless something is done to occupy their minds, and so far as possible, their bodies.”

In World War II when Hitler’s Final Solution became public, the plight of Jews gave Christians new reasons for activism. Though Christians often were criticized for not doing more, Catholics in Europe did take measures to rescue Jews, and American Protestants supported Roosevelt’s new War Refugee Board. In fact most of the relief agencies that continue to work globally with suffering people today had their beginnings in the years surrounding World War II: the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief (1940), Episcopal Relief and Development (1940), Catholic Relief Services (1943), World Relief (1944), Lutheran World Relief (1945), Church World Service (1946), World Vision (1950), and Compassion International (1952).

Read the entire article here.

Grace College Hosts NCCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

NCCAA bannerGrace College is the site of the 2012-2020 NCCAA Division I Basketball National Championships.  The men’s and women’s 2017 tournaments will take place March 15-18 at  the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, which seats over 2,000 fans. With an exciting basketball atmosphere, the MOCC is one of the premier basketball arenas in the Midwest. Grace College is proud to partner with the National Christian College Athletic Association in hosting the national championship.

Teams and fans are encouraged to visit the “Resources” section below for links to schedules, brackets, banquet information, host information and much more.

Over 100 Christian colleges and universities comprise the NCCAA involving well over 13,000 student-athletes and 850 coaches. A combined total of 25 national championships in men’s and women’s sports is sponsored by the NCCAA. The very existence of the NCCAA speaks to the need of a different game plan for college athletics in the midst of an era when the very foundations of our society are being eroded morally.

 

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Grace College and Lutheran Health Network KCH Enter Into Community Partnership to Support Health Initiatives

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary, and Kirk Ray, CEO of Lutheran Health Network KCH, shake hands while officials from both institutions look on during the announcement of their extended partnership at the Manahan Orthopaedic Captial Center.

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary, and Kirk Ray, CEO of Lutheran Health Network KCH, shake hands while officials from both institutions look on during the announcement of their extended partnership at the Manahan Orthopaedic Captial Center.

Grace College & Seminary is pleased to announce that its partnership with Lutheran Health Network Kosciusko Community Hospital is expanding. Grace and KCH have collaborated on various health-related initiatives for many years, however, this new KCH partnership is a 10-year agreement that includes ongoing support to Grace for health education, wellness, academics, athletic programs and other projects. A formal announcement was made on Wednesday, March 15 during the opening night of the 2017 NCCAA national basketball championships tournament held at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College.

Lutheran Health Network KCH strives to make a positive influence that extends beyond the walls of its facilities which is demonstrated every day through active participation in the wellness, growth and vibrancy of the community. Lutheran Health Network KCH officials believe the opportunity to partner with Grace College & Seminary is an exciting step in the ongoing pursuit of those goals.

“The purpose of this commitment is to improve the health and wellness of community members who we serve locally through Kosciusko Community Hospital, MedStat Urgent Care and Occupational Health, our affiliated medical staff and KCH Regional Rehabilitation Center,” said Kirk Ray, chief executive officer, Lutheran Health Network KCH. “This agreement demonstrates a commitment from both entities to have a unified, long-term vision for improving the health of Grace College & Seminary students, faculty and staff.”

For many years, KCH Regional Rehabilitation Center has served student athletes through athletic training. Training will continue to be offered and sports medicine services will be enhanced. KCH’s Optimal Performance Sports program will provide student athletes with tailored performance enhancement services as an extension of Grace College’s coaching staff. Sports performance services can include injury prevention training, bridging post-surgery gap with return to sport training, on-site training for coaches on proper technique and latest research, and strength and conditioning. Additionally, a student health nurse and health education will be provided to the college.

“One of the primary ways Grace College & Seminary effectively and efficiently serves its students, faculty and staff is through the support and partnership of organizations that provide our campus with their expertise,” said Grace College & Seminary President Dr. Bill Katip. “We’re thankful for the ongoing support of Lutheran Health Network KCH and are grateful for how they are extending and expanding their support to our students. We’ll be stronger for it.”

 

Grace College Community Wind Ensemble to Perform Spring Concert

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble

The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble

 

The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble will perform “A Symphonic Journey” on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave, Winona Lake.  Advance tickets may be purchased at the Grace College Campus Store (inside the Gordon Recreation Center, 100 Publishers Dr.) and at Pottery Bayou in the Village at Winona. Tickets will also be available at the door. All ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

 

This will be the Community Wind Ensemble’s last concert directed by Martin Becker, who is retiring.  The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble has been under the direction of Becker for the past 15 years.  He has conducted band concerts for 49 years, 32 of which have been with the Warsaw Community Schools and Grace College.

 

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Marty for his years of service to the Grace College music program, and his decades of artistic contribution to our community,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary.  “He has left an irreplaceable mark on our campus and community through his love for music and dedication to developing musicians.  I hope that families and friends will gather in mass to hear and participate in Marty’s last concert with the Community Wind Ensemble,” he concluded.

 

Director Martin Becker provided the following description of the upcoming spring concert:

 

“The band has seventy musicians and the instrumentation is outstanding,” said Martin Becker, director of the Community Wind Ensemble. “It will feature some of the area’s finest musicians. The band is comprised of Grace College students, community members and professional musicians. I am looking forward to the performance and encourage everyone’s attendance; this will be one not to miss,” Becker added.

 

The performance will open with the “Radetzky March” written by Johann Strauss and arranged by Alfred Reed. It is festive and jubilant march, popular with European audiences. It was first played before an audience of Austrian officers who began clapping their hands and stomping their feet at the beginning of the performance. It is a tradition that continues in Vienna to this day.

The second piece is another popular Strauss composition, “Die Fledermaus.” The piece is widely known and performed around the world.  The wind ensemble will perform the overture which features several melodies.  The waltz plays a prominent role in this delightful work.

 

The third piece is “See Rock City.” The classically-American composition fuses elements of rock, jazz and funk styles. All sections of the band will contribute familiar riffs, grooves and melodies throughout the three-part form. The work is inspired by the southeastern United States, specifically Rock City, Georgia. “Whether standing under a waterfall or walking through a cavern full of glowing gnomes, Rock City, like this namesake piece, is pure, simple fun,” said Becker.

 

The first half of the program will finish with “On the Mall” that takes the audience to Central Park in New York City, NY. The phrase “On the Mall” refers to the mall at the Naumburg Bandshell where Franko Goldman’s band frequently performed in Central Park. In a technique identified with Goldman, the trio is predominantly sung by the band members and then repeated, after a break strain, with whistling. A great believer in public participation, Goldman encouraged audiences to sing and whistle with the band. Likewise, Becker invites the Winona Lake audience to participate in this long-standing tradition.

 

The second half of the concert will open with “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas.” “The first notes of the piece alert the audience that this will be no ordinary composition,” said Becker. “A manic scream from the full band is distinctly unnerving!” How the story unfolds and ends is both comical and dramatic. The band is called upon for screams and other sound effects. Becker will also provide a hilarious slideshow to help the audience follow the comical chaos.  Some cameo appearances of famous icons like Lucille Ball, Donald Duck, Elvis Presley, Wayne Newton, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong and other surprises are featured.

 

“A Symphonic Journey” continues with an arrangement of Broadway tunes composed by Leslie Bricusse, a British lyricist, and his long-time writing partner Anthony Newley. One of their greatest hits was “What Kind of Fool Am I,” for which they won the Grammy Song of the Year in 1962. “Bricusse and Newley on Broadway” was arranged for band by Warren Barker. The medley contains the delightful songs, including “On a Wonderful Day Like Today,” “Who Can I Turn To,” “Gonna Build A Mountain” and “What Kind of Fool Am I.”

 

For the final selection, Becker has chosen his favorite march, “His Honor,” written in 1933 by Henry Fillmore. Bandmaster Fillmore was the most colorful bandmaster of his time during an era that stretched fifty vibrant years. As a composer, his irrepressible talent for marches produced a string of masterpieces uniquely of his own flavor. Among the most outstanding of them is “His Honor.”

 

For more information about the spring concert, contact Martin Becker at 574-551-3550 or becker.martinandjudy@gmail.com.

 

Grace College Announces New Agribusiness Degree Program

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

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Grace College will offer a new agribusiness degree program.  Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, announced the new program today at the Barn & Business Breakfast at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.   Beginning in the fall of 2017, an associate degree of applied science in agribusiness and a bachelor degree of science in agribusiness will be offered at Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.  The curriculum will combine science, business and new agriculture courses to provide students with the competencies necessary to run farms and pursue a variety of agriculture careers in today’s marketplace.

“For more than three years we have researched and developed the agribusiness program to best meet the needs of our region and current economy.  We’ve long realized the importance and prominence of agriculture in our county and state; this degree program is our response,” said Dr. Katip.  “We want to prepare the next generation of farm CEOs, CFOs and independent farmers to amply feed of our state, nation and world from right here in Kosciusko County.”

According to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, agriculture is one of the best fields for new college graduates, offering ample career opportunities, good pay and job satisfaction.  A significant deficit of graduates available to fill agriculture job openings currently exists and, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, “these jobs will only become more important as we continue to develop solutions to feed more than 9 billion people by 2050.[i]

Dr. Jeffrey Fawcett, dean of the School of Business at Grace College, led development of the agribusiness program.  In collaboration with several area agriculture professionals, a relevant curriculum was created for the current marketplace.  “The Grace College program is designed to educate the student with an agriculture background, such as a family farm, who wishes to return home upon graduation to run the family business.  It’s also geared to prepare students for an agriculture business career in jobs such as provider, processor and marketer,” he said.

To augment classroom instruction, a hallmark of the Grace agribusiness program will be real-world preparation through internship experience.  Unique to Grace College, agribusiness students will be required to complete three integrated internships – totaling seven months – to adequately experience the entire growing season.  “We believe it’s imperative that students graduate with a working knowledge of the whole crop cycle,” he said.

The associate degree of applied science in agribusiness will include 60 total hours while the bachelor degree of science in agribusiness will be comprised of 120 hours.  Both degrees will include courses from the liberal arts Grace Core, traditional business classes, science courses and new agribusiness classes such as Agricultural Economics, Ag & Commodity Marketing and Sustaining the Family Business.

“As with all programs at Grace College, our agribusiness program will prepare career-ready students through a Christ-centered curriculum,” stated Katip.  “We are eager to begin this new degree program in partnership with local farms and businesses as we seek to fulfill a significant need in our region.”

To learn more about Grace College and to apply, visit grace.edu/admissions.  For questions about the agribusiness program, contact Dr. Fawcett at Jeffrey.fawcett@grace.edu or 574-372-5100, ext. 6090.

[i] https://nifa.usda.gov/press-release/one-best-fields-new-college-graduates-agriculture

Grace College Awards $2.2 Million at Presidential Scholarship Competition

Monday, March 6th, 2017
This image pictures the high school students who participated in Grace College's 2017 President Scholarship Competition.

This image pictures the high school students who participated in Grace College’s 2017 President Scholarship Competition.

 

Grace College hosted its 14th-annual Presidential Scholarship Competition (PSC) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18. PSC is an invitation-only scholarship competition for qualifying high school seniors. Invitations are based on academic achievement, with awards ranging from $1,000 scholarships to full tuition. In all, 68 scholarships were awarded totaling over $2.2 million in tuition.

“PSC is one of our biggest events all year,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace College. “We enjoy hosting students and parents, helping to make Christ-centered, excellent higher education at Grace College attainable for families.”

Sisson went on to comment about the caliber of this year’s students.  “They were outstanding and impressive.  We had a vigorous competition among the students,” she said.  The contestants numbered 135 from 15 states and Austria. Their average high school GPA was 4.054 with a 1330 average SAT score and a 29 ACT score.

On Friday, participants enjoyed dinner and a program, followed by an opportunity to speak with faculty members. On Saturday, students competed for first prize through an interview and one-hour essay contest.

Six levels of scholarship were awarded.  The 2017 Presidential Scholarship Competition recipients are:

President’s Scholarship: full tuition

Kathryn Bradley of Milford, Ohio

 

Trustee Scholarship: $80,000 total ($20,000 per year)

Sydney Perry of Valparaiso, Ind.

Kira Riddle of Indianapolis, Ind.

 

Faculty Scholarship: $68,000 total ($17,000 per year)

Sarah Foster of Wakarusa, Ind.

Zacary Harley of Burbank, Ohio

Daniel Negowski of Bath, Ohio

Abigail Roeder of Sulphur Springs, Ind.

Adelaide Sutter of Springfield, Ohio

 

Achievement Scholarship: $56,000 ($14,000 per year)

Megan Cardin of Winona Lake, Ind.

Jonathan Clayton of Hartsville, Ind.

Lydia DeBoest of Warsaw, Ind.

Anna Edwards of Liberty Township, Ohio

Liesl Greider of Beach Park, Ill.

Houston Haney of Shipshewana, Ind.

Mackenzie Moeller of Barrington, Ill.

Nicole Samuelson of Wheaton, Ill.

Lauren Scott of Webster Grove, Mo.

Taylor Traut of Brownsburg, Ind.

 

McClain Scholarship: $48,000 ($12,000 per year)

Emily Anderson of Coos Bay, Ore.

Cooper Beer of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Ashley Beer of Milford, Ind.

Amelia Crabtree of Indianapolis, Ind.

Karyssa Davis of LaGrange, Ind.

Katlyn Downing of Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Brenna Garner of Bristol, Ind.

Kara Godsey of Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Madeline Kearns of Springfield, Ohio

Camryn Kline of Plainfield, Ind.

Elizabeth Manning of Garden City, Mich.

Alayna Maxwell of Buchanan, Mich.

Sierra Perdew of Pittsboro, Ind.

Anna Poel of Aurora, Ill.

Natalie Revesz of Richfield, Ohio

Hannah Rose of New Palestine, Ind.

Madalyn Schrader of Irwin, Ohio

Rachel Starrett of Milford, Ill.

Mara Swankler of Waynesboro, Pa.

Seth Tew of Dayton, Ohio

Katherine Walthour of Mansfield, Ohio

 

In addition, Winona Merit Scholarships of $4,000 each ($1,000 per year) were awarded to 30 students.

PSC is one part of the robust financial aid program at Grace College.  The college is dedicated to helping families make quality, Christian higher education affordable.  Ninety-nine percent of Grace students receive institutional financial aid.  Through the college’s comprehensive affordability and excellence program, Measure of Grace, tuition decreases by $500 each consecutive year of enrollment, all students receive free textbook rentals and have the option to earn a bachelor’s degree in any of Grace’s 70-plus majors in a three-year accelerated degree program.

For more information about financial aid and scholarships available at Grace, visit www.grace.edu/admissions, call 866-974-7223 or email financialaid@grace.edu.

 

Grace College Welcomes St. Joseph’s College Transfer Students

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

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In response to the recent announcement by Saint Joseph’s College that the school will suspend all programs at is Rensselaer campus at the conclusion of this semester, Grace College welcomes St. Joseph’s students to apply to Grace at no cost.  Further, Grace College guarantees that the cost for St. Joseph’s students to transfer to and attend Grace next fall will not exceed their current student contribution to tuition at St. Joseph’s College.

“Grace College wants to help St. Joseph’s students make the fall, 2017 transition to continue their college education as seamless as possible.  We believe many St. Joe students could find Grace to be a familiar and encouraging place to do so,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace College.

Grace College is an accredited, Christ-centered institution of higher education located in the historic lakeside town of Winona Lake, Ind. (about two hours northeast of St. Joseph’s College).  Affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Grace College was founded in 1948.  Today Grace offers more than 70 undergraduate degrees in both traditional four-year and accelerated three-year degree formats.  Grace also offers on-campus and online graduate degrees, associate degrees and a bachelor’s degree completion program.  Grace College commuter sites are located in Indianapolis and in Akron, Ohio.  For more information, visit grace.edu or call 800-544-7223.  To apply, visit grace.edu/admissions/apply-now.

Grace College Student Wins Institute of Internal Auditors Scholarship

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
2017 Scholarship Winner - Noel Negowski

Stacey Strack, vice president, and Scott Brown, president of the Fort Wayne chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), present Grace College student Noel Negowski with the 2017 IIA scholarship award.

 

Noel Negowski, daughter of Stephen and Denise Negowski of Bath, Ohio, was recently selected for a $1,000 scholarship at the annual Fort Wayne chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) student night. Negowski is a junior at Grace College, simultaneously earning her bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in business administration through Grace’s blended degree program.

This year, 12 students from area colleges competed for the IIA scholarship. “IIA invests in the scholarship competition because we believe it’s an investment for the future of our profession,” said Stacey Strack, senior security and controls adviser at The Mako Group in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Strack is the vice president of IIA’s Ft. Wayne chapter; she also organized the student night competition. “We hope the scholarship provides winners with opportunities they might not have had before,” Strack added.

“This scholarship is such a blessing,” said Negowski. “It couldn’t have come at a better time.” Negowski believes she was chosen for the scholarship because her essay accurately demonstrated her passion for a career in accounting. Negowski aspires to model strength and humility in a challenging work environment in the accounting field upon graduation.

During her time at Grace, Negowski has completed several internship and Applied Learning (APL) experiences. “I did two mini internships last summer at Shields-Blice CPAs, in Fairlawn, Ohio, as a payroll intern and at Lipkin & Co., in Akron, Ohio, as an accounting intern. These counted toward my APL credits,” said Negowski. “This past January, I started at Zimmer Biomet, in Warsaw, Ind., as an international tax intern.”

After college, Negowski plans to take the CPA exam, which will allow her to become licensed as a U.S. Certified Public Accountant. “Hopefully I’ll get to work for a big firm like Erst & Young,” she said. Negowski plans to graduate from Grace in May, 2018, with a bachelor in accounting and master in business administration.

Grace offers an innovative three-year bachelor’s degree program in each of its 70-plus majors which can save students a full quarter off their total college cost.  With the blended degree program, students like Negowski can earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in just four years.

Career preparation is also a top priority at Grace; the Center for Career Connections at Grace has developed partnerships with more than 250 Hoosier businesses and organizations from which students may choose to apply their classroom learning and explore their desired career path. Using these resources, students complete 12 hours of APL credits necessary for all bachelor’s degrees at Grace. APL experiences help students shape their career aspirations and hone skills learned in the classroom.