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Grace College Urges Students to Submit FAFSA

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
College_Goal_Sunday_LogoThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form by which federal and state governments determine students’ financial need, can significantly help cover the cost of college tuition, room and board. To ensure eligibility for state grants, Indiana students should submit their FAFSA by March 10, 2017.  FAFSA applications may be completed online at

Cindy Sisson, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Grace College, encourages all college-bound students to apply to the school(s) of their choice and file their FAFSA as soon as possible.  “Applying to college should go hand-in-hand with filing a FAFSA,” Sisson said.  Students may include up to 10 college codes on their FAFSA; the code for Grace College is 001800.

“Students who are accepted to Grace and include code 001800 on their FAFSA will receive a personalized letter from us detailing the complete financial aid package we offer,” said Sisson.  An admissions counselor will call the student to answer any questions and ensure they understand all aid available to them.  Grace offers a variety of grants and scholarships to assist students beyond state and federal aid; 99 percent of Grace College students receive financial aid.

“We endeavor to make quality, Christian higher education accessible to as many students as possible,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College. “We hope students and their families will take advantage of our helpful financial aid staff and online resources.  We realize the college application and financial aid process can be overwhelming.  We are here to assist in any way possible.”

In addition to financial aid, Grace College offers cost savings to students through tuition reduction each consecutive year of attendance, free textbook rentals for the duration of undergraduate studies and the opportunity to graduate in three years or add a master’s degree in four.

For more information about applying to Grace College or general questions about financial aid, visit or call 866-974-7223.  Personalized assistance for filing a FAFSA is also available at College Goal Sunday on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at 42 locations around the state.  For a full list of Indiana locations, visit

VITA Celebrates $1 Million in Tax Returns to Community

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Left to right: Dr. Jeff Fawcett, Prof. Ken McEwan, Al Wuthrich, Pat Coy, Dr. Alan Grossnickle, Tim Ziebarth, Mayor Joseph Thallemer, Tim Meyer, Dr. Bill Katip, Thomas Carini and Bill Gordon.

Left to right: Dr. Jeff Fawcett, Prof. Ken McEwan, Al Wuthrich, Pat Coy, Prof. Al Grossnickle, Tim Ziebarth, Mayor Joseph Thallemer, Tim Meyer, Dr. Bill Katip, Thomas Carini and Bill Gordon.


As the Grace College School of Business prepares to begin its seventh year of the Volunteer Tax Assistance program in Kosciusko County, community leaders gathered on Jan. 18 to celebrate over $1 million in tax refunds to past clients. Warsaw Mayor Joseph Thallemer and Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip spoke. Afterward, attendees mingled and enjoyed cake to celebrate the occasion.

“We have served over a thousand clients since the program began in 2011,” said Al Grossnickle, associate professor of business at Grace College and director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development.  “It is remarkable that we have reached this milestone of returning over $1 million to individuals and families.  We are looking forward to ramping up for another great year of VITA,” he said.

VITA offers free tax preparation to elderly, disabled, and lower-income individuals filing a basic tax return. The William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development at the Grace College School of Business partners with United Way of Kosciusko County to offer the IRS-endorsed VITA program in our county.  In 2016, over 35 volunteers, including certified public accountants (CPAs), Grace students and professors, and DePuy and Lake City Bank employees, logged more than 1,700 volunteer hours.

Dr.​​​​ Katip (center) and Mayor Thallemer (right) talk about the program's positive impact.

Dr.​​​​ Katip (center), Mayor Thallemer (right) and Tim Meyer (left) talk about the program’s positive impact.

“We are privileged to offer this service to our community,” said Grossnickle.  “It’s encouraging to see the number of clients grow each year and know that we are helping individuals and families in a tangible way.”  Since 2011, VITA clientele has grown by about 20 percent each year.  VITA helps working families take advantage of all tax credits for which they are eligible, including earned income tax credit, child tax credits and education credits.

This year, Grace will host VITA from Monday, Jan. 30, through mid-March. Weekday appointments will be held at the MOCC.  Ivy Tech in Warsaw will host select Saturday appointments in February and March.  Those interested in taking advantage of free tax assistance should call 211 to schedule an appointment.  For more information about VITA, including information on becoming a volunteer tax preparer, call 574-372-5100, ext. 6091.

Grace College Students Inducted to Alpha Chi Honor Society

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Grace College Provost Dr. John Lillis speaks at Alpha Chi induction ceremony

Grace College Provost Dr. John Lillis speaks at Alpha Chi induction ceremony

On January 14, 22 Grace College juniors and seniors were inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society.  These high-achieving students have earned the top 10 percent of GPAs at Grace.  They join nearly 12,000 college students from around the country inducted into Alpha Chi this year.  New Grace College inductees include:

Emily Apgar: life science education major from Warrenton, Va.

Marta Bleed: sport business major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Shoshannah Bontrager: general business from Middlebury, Ind.

Alexandria Brown: elementary education major from Caro, Mich.

Aleena (Sallot) Brown: health science major from Warsaw, Ind.

Carley Brechner: illustration major from Fishers, Ind.

Benjamin Carter: applied physics major from Argos, Ind.

Kayla Frederick: health science major from Bolivar, Ohio

Bailey Gerber: communication major from Bluffton, Ind.

Joshua Hanlon: history major from Osceola, Ind.

Bethany Ingram: Bible translation major from Stryker, Ohio

Rachel Jones: accounting major from Jeffersonville, Ind.

Jenna Kieper: accounting major from Goshen, Ind.

Katlyn Knuver: graphic design and illustration major from Fremont, Mich.

Matthias Meiers: counseling major from Mansfield, Ohio

Mariah Munn: elementary education major from Goshen, Ind.

Emma Neahusan: health science major from Middletown, Md.

Abigail Schue: exercise science from Mishawaka, Ind.

Kirstin Spohn: intercultural studies major from Whitestown, Ind.

Kylie Tester: English education major from Huntington, Ind.

Gabriel Vervynckt: accounting major from Plymouth, Ind.

Joel Wesco: accounting major from Mishawaka, Ind.

Alpha Chi is a national honor society with a rich history of scholarship and service since 1922.  The society is dedicated to “making scholarship effective for good.”  At Grace College, Alpha Chi members organize the annual Communitas Symposium each spring.  The symposium, which resembles a professional academic conference, is designed to integrate academic excellence, creative expression and the Christian faith.  Students present papers, displays, artwork and performances across the range of disciplines at Grace College.

At this year’s induction ceremony, each student was introduced by a faculty member from their major and presented with a certificate and pin.  New Alpha Chi members will also receive honor cords to be worn at graduation. Grace College Provost Dr. John Lillis gave the keynote address while Alpha Chi Honor Society Chapter Sponsor and Grace College Assistant Professor of Communication, Dr. Patrick Loebs, acted as emcee. Many parents and friends were present to celebrate with the students.

“It is always a special event to honor student achievement and celebrate new inductees into Alpha Chi,” said Dr. Loebs.  “These students have worked hard to earn this distinction and we applaud their success.”

For more information on Alpha Chi Honor Society, visit here.  For more information about the Grace College Alpha Chi Chapter, contact faculty sponsor Dr. Patrick Loebs at

Student Katlyn Knuver with Professor Kim Reiff from the School of Arts and Sciences

Student Katlyn Knuver with Professor Kim Reiff from the School of Arts and Sciences

Student Alexandra Brown and Professor Laurie Owen from the School of Education.

Student Alexandra Brown and Professor Laurie Owen from the School of Education.

Student Joel Wesco and Professor Roger Stichter from the School of Business.

Student Joel Wesco and Professor Roger Stichter from the School of Business.


Grace College & Seminary Introduces Biblical Studies Program in Akron, Ohio

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

akron logoGrace College & Seminary is pleased to announce the inception of a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies program at Grace Church, 754 Ghent Rd., Akron, Ohio.  Grace College & Seminary is an accredited higher education institution offering more than 70 undergraduate degrees as well as associate, graduate and doctoral degree programs at its main campus in Winona Lake, Ind.  The biblical studies program at Grace Church is the first fully residential degree program offered by Grace College & Seminary. Grace Church was recently listed on Outreach Magazine’s “100 Fastest-Growing Churches in America,” having grown 13% in 2016.

“We’re excited to partner with Grace Church to help train the next generation of church leaders,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College.  “Our program will provide academically rigorous material, a hands-on, practical learning environment and first-rate teaching from a growing ministry in the heart of Akron.”

The biblical studies program prepares students to be servant-leaders both in church and society.  Classes focus on the Old and New Testaments, theology, church history, intercultural studies, preaching, spiritual formation and apologetics. Classes meet one evening and one Saturday per week at Grace Church Bath Campus.

“We are eager to start equipping new students to plant and pastor churches,” said Senior Pastor Jeff Bogue of Grace Church. “Our goal is to plant 30 churches in 30 years.  We are confident that the new Grace College program will raise up workers for our churches planting efforts and for the greater kingdom,” he said.

The Grace College Akron spring semester is currently underway; however, applications for the fall of 2017 are being accepted.  Visit to complete an application or call Grace Akron Site Director Caleb Nichols at 330-422-3150 for more information.

Barbara Manahan Passes

Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Mrs. Barbara J. Manahan

Mrs. Barbara J. Manahan

Barbara Manahan, wife of Dr. Ronald Manahan, special advisor to the president and past president of Grace College and Seminary, passed away on January 13, 2017.  The following is her obituary as provided by Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home in Warsaw, Ind.
She was born on October 24, 1941 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Henry Campbell and Wilna (Fleming) Campbell.  She was married on July 18, 1964 and shared 52 wonderful years with Ronald E. Manahan, who survives in Winona Lake, Indiana.

She will be lovingly remembered by her son:  Nathan Manahan (Indianapolis, Indiana); and daughter:  Kelly (husband John) Manahan Geisler (Athens, Georgia).  She also leaves behind seven grandchildren:  Becca (husband Micah) Wood (Columbia City, Indiana); Michael Geisler (Boston, Massachusetts); Matthew Geisler (Athens, Georgia); Audra, Campbell, Maggie and Patrick Manahan (all of Indianapolis, Indiana); and her sister:  Evelyn (husband Robert) Chipps (Jacksonville, Florida).  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana.

A memorial service celebrating Barbara’s life will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Road, Winona Lake, Indiana and officiated by Reverend Les Lofquist.  A private family graveside service will be conducted at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.

Memorial donations in Barbara’s name may be directed to First Baptist Church of Oswego, 2985 E. Church Street, Warsaw, Indiana  46582; or to Grace College and Theological Seminary, 200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana  46590 and would be appreciated by the family.

Barbara and Ron Manahan

Barbara and Ronald Manahan

Grace College Welcomes Students, Families on Lancer Days and Special Visit Days

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Dr. Tiberius Rata, assistant dean, School of Ministry Studies, speaks to a prospective student at Lancer Day.

Dr. Tiberius Rata, assistant dean, School of Ministry Studies, speaks to a prospective student at Lancer Day.

Lancer Days at Grace College offer high school students and their families the opportunity to experience campus life first-hand. Upcoming Lancer Days include Friday, Jan. 20, Friday, Mar. 31 and Friday, April 7 at Grace College, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake.  New this year are day-long special visit days which give prospective students the opportunity to explore Grace majors in an in-depth way.  Special visit days for four different majors will be offered this month on Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27.​

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.

Many current students chose to attend Grace as a result of their Lancer Day experience.   One such student is Spencer Landis, originally from Shelby, Mich., who is now a sophomore majoring in design engineering technology at Grace. “Lancer Day impacted my decision to attend Grace because I learned about the opportunities for engineering students, the smaller class sizes and I really took to the beautiful campus,” said Landis. “I also enjoyed the chapel service and the genuine people I met.”

Prospective students are also encouraged to attend special visit days at Grace. These new, day-long events provide in-depth examinations of specific departments and schools on campus. This month, visit days include business and elementary education majors on Thursday, Jan. 26, and nursing and science majors on Friday, Jan. 27. Participants will receive a tour of campus and attend a class of their choice. They may also meet with a professor from their chosen major​.

In addition, students and families may schedule a campus tour any weekday during the school year.  To register for a Lancer Day, special visit day or to schedule a tour, go to, email or call 866-974-7223.

About Grace College:

Last fall, Grace achieved a record total enrollment of 2,333 students.  The Winona Lake campus is home to 1,295 undergraduate students.  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 in 2015, 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.

Grace College to Host Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Community Celebration

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Committee to Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

Committee to Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Photo courtesy of CCMLK.

Members of the Committee to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are excited to host the community celebration to be held on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on Grace College’s campus from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, and Rachael Hoffert, associate professor of education at Grace College, are among the committee members who planned the event.

Carl Erskine of Anderson, Ind., will be the featured guest speaker for the event. Erskine may be best known for playing in major league baseball with many impressive records including playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers and holding the world series strike out record (14) versus the Yankees in 1953. While his baseball awards are prestigious, Erskine will leave a legacy beyond that.

Erskine was a teammate and friend of Jackie Robinson. Robinson became the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball. Together they shared an enduring friendship that would teach lessons of patience, fortitude, and doing the right thing. Erskine shares an intimate portrait of baseball, friendship and one man’s fight to change the world as he witnessed his teammate crusade for racial equality. Robinson once said, “A life is not important except the impact it has on other lives.”

Among many other accolades, Erskine also went on to be a champion for Special Olympics after he personally witnessed struggles with prejudice with his own son Jimmy born with Down syndrome.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship will also be presented during the event. The scholarship will be awarded to current senior students who demonstrate excellence and encompasses the heart of Dr. King through acts of community service and by enriching the lives of others.

This event is opened to the public and free of charge. A lunch will be served. For additional information please contact Warsaw Community Schools at 574-371-5098.

Grace College Partners with Area Colleges, Universities to Make Bachelor’s Degree Attainable for More Students

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
McClain Hall on the campus of Grace College

McClain Hall on the campus of Grace College

Grace College has reached two new agreements with area colleges regarding adult learners. Vincennes University and Crossroads Bible College graduates are now eligible to transfer to Grace College to complete a Bachelor of Science degree through Grace’s Opportunities for Adult Learners program (GOAL).  Vincennes and Crossroads graduates with an associate degree will receive a $100 per credit hour discount in tuition from Grace.

The GOAL program is designed for adults who desire to complete their bachelor’s degree while continuing full-time work and life responsibilities.  Students may choose the residential or online Bachelor of Science in Management degree, the online Bachelor of Science in Human Services or the online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.  Two Indianapolis-area commuter locations host classes: 9302 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis and 835 W. Worthsville Rd., Greenwood.  Classes meet once per week in the evening and two Saturdays each semester, allowing students to complete their degree in 16 months.

Grace College, Vincennes University and Crossroads Bible College share a common commitment to higher education accessibility and affordability.  “Vincennes University is delighted to announce this partnership with Grace College,” said Vincennes University President Chuck Johnson.  “Working together we will enhance access to higher education and increase affordability for generations of Hoosier students.”

“For Crossroads Bible College, this is yet another opportunity to advance our mission to glorify God by training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ,” noted Crossroads Bible College Vice President Dr. Bob Kellemen. “We’re excited to partner with Grace College to provide students this unique opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree.”

“We look forward to partnering with these institutions for many years to come,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College. “Our philosophies are complementary.  We are confident that working together will allow more students to earn a bachelor’s degree, and in the process, potentially change their life in a very positive way.”

Vincennes University and Crossroads Bible College join Ivy Tech, Harrison College and Ancilla College in partnering with Grace College to make bachelor’s degrees attainable for more Hoosier students.  GOAL program candidates must have at least 60 college credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  Some credits may be earned from life experience.  Students who wish to transfer from any accredited college are welcomed to apply.  GOAL cohorts begin each fall and spring at Grace College.  For more information or to apply, visit or call 855-927-4631.

Grace College & Seminary Loses Historical Figure in Dr. E. William Male

Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Male, Bill with Katip

Dr. Bill Katip (right), president of Grace Schools, honors Dr. E. William Male

Grace College & Seminary has lost a significant figure in its history with the passing this morning of Dr. E. William Male, former academic dean, professor, and administrator. Male died in Michigan, having recently moved there from Grace Village Retirement Center to be closer to one of his daughters.

In the 34 years he served Grace Schools, Dr. Male held a variety of teaching and administrative positions in the college and seminary, including twelve years as academic dean of the college, eleven years as dean of the seminary, and two years as the acting dean of the seminary’s west campus. For eight years, while serving as academic dean of the college, he worked on a Ph.D. degree at Indiana University, which was awarded in 1968. In 1971 he founded the first of the annual institutes for Christian school administrators and teachers, for which Grace has become internationally known in the Christian school movement. After his retirement from his academic ministries at Grace, he served as a part-time planned giving officer for the school from 1989 through 1993.

During his years of service at Grace College & Seminary, Male also served as an interim pastor of a number of churches. Dr. Male was a board member of the Brethren Missionary Herald Company from 1957 to 1996, served on the board of the Warsaw Christian School from 1960 to 1978, the Lakeland Christian Academy board from 1974 to 1983, and was one of the founding board members of the Association of Christian Schools International in 1978. In 1983, the ACSI board granted him the title of Board Member Emeritus. At the annual meeting of the Association of Grace Brethren Ministers in July, 2009, he was honored with their “Lifetime Achievement” award.

Dr. Male and his wife, Ella, distinguished themselves not only with their service, but also with their philanthropy. Their generous gifts resulted in naming the alumni suite in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center and the building that houses Grace Seminary, graduate counseling, and the new worship arts major. The board of trustees named the building for Male at its March, 2014, meeting.

We are deeply grateful to the Lord for the devotion, service, and generosity of Dr. Male. He was a loyal, trusted friend and counselor, willing to undertake any task assigned to him. He has encouraged us all with his pastoral style, his close walk with the Lord, and his devotion to Grace and to Christian education.

A memorial service is planned at Grace Village Retirement Center for Monday, January 9, at 2 p.m.  A viewing will be held on Sunday, January 8, from 2-4 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral home in Warsaw.

Center for Lakes & Streams Analyzes Samples of Center Lake Following Reports of Public Concern

Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Center Lake began exhibiting a reddish tint toward the end of December as ice began to melt on the lake. Photo courtesy of Jon Fussle.

Center Lake began exhibiting a reddish tint toward the end of December as ice began to melt on the lake. Photo courtesy of Jon Fussle.


On December 28, the Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College was contacted with a concern that Center Lake was exhibiting a reddish tint. Following this, on January 3, Kosciusko County Emergency Management Director Ed Rock, contacted the Center for Lakes & Streams with reports of a pink and orange foamy substance being found on Center Lake. The Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Kosciusko County Emergency Management Department, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and Indiana Department of Natural Resources were also involved in detection and investigation of the substance.

In response to these reports, the Center for Lakes & Streams collected samples from Center Lake on Tuesday, January 3 for lab analysis at Grace College.

According to Dr. Nate Bosch, the director of the center, reddish coloration or presence of foam in local lakes are not new situations. “We confirmed algae as the cause of Hill and Diamond lakes appearing red in southern Kosciusko County back in 2011, and foam is a common occurrence in many of our lakes due to natural surfactants in lake water,” Bosch explained.

Initial lab results from the Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College have supported the algae coloration connection as the dominant algae type in Center Lake was Planktothrix which can have a reddish coloration. This algae is common in many lakes of our region, causes a red or purple tint, and can form algae blooms during late winter immediately after the disappearance of ice. Planktothrix is a type of blue-green algae which can be harmful to the health of people and pets. While the algae is capable of producing toxins, no toxins have yet been detected in Center Lake as a result of the algae bloom. Furthermore, due to cold temperatures at this time of year, there is little concern for any human or pet exposure of toxins. No environmental impacts have yet been reported as a result of the algae either.

The center will continue to actively monitor Center Lake over the coming weeks. This latest lake-related public concern highlights the importance of the Center for Lakes & Streams studying local lakes to guide strategic actions based on science. The center has been collaborating with the K21 Health Foundation on local blue-green algae research as well as with the City of Warsaw and the Kosciusko County Health Department on recent research related to Center Lake.

The Center for Lakes & Streams monitors local lakes and streams for emerging threats by regularly sampling local streams, responding to immediate lake threats including local spills, and educates the community regarding local lake threats and taking care of county lakes and streams. Continual monitoring of waterways, even throughout the winter months, is important for understanding the overall health of local lakes and streams.

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