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Federal Judge Suspends Enforcement of Contraceptive Mandate for Grace College

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

A federal court decided on December 27th to have the Obama administration suspend enforcement of the abortion pill mandate against Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. The injunction will allow Grace to offer medical coverage to its employees without being forced to offer drugs the college sees as contrary to its religious convictions. This is a preliminary stay to the mandate while the federal case against the government continues.

“Grace appreciates the court’s decision in upholding our rights as a Christian based institution to keep our most core beliefs and convictions regarding the sanctity of human life,” said Grace President Bill Katip. “Although this is only the first step, we believe the courts will continue to see the unconstitutional nature of this mandate and continue to protect our religious freedoms.”

Grace filed its lawsuit jointly with Biola University in California against the federal government in August 2012. The suit is a direct challenge to the Department of Health and Human Services’ requirement which mandates that faith-based employers must provide insurance coverage to its employees which includes all government approved contraceptive drugs including those objected to by many as abortifacient. The joint suit filed by Grace and Biola University argues that the contraceptive mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the schools’ First and Fifth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.

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Kauffman Named Crossroads League Player of Week

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Junior Allison Kauffman was named the Crossroads League Player of the Week for her efforts at the Roosevelt Tournament.

Kauffman averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game against stiff competition for the Lady Lancers. She recorded 16 points and nine rebounds against No. 11 Roosevelt. For the week Kauffman shot 64 percent from the floor and 71 percent from the foul line.

So far during the 2013-14 season, Kauffman leads the Crossroads League with six double-doubles. She ranks third in the CL with 8.5 rebounds per game and 10th in scoring at 14.8 ppg.

The Lady Lancers will host one of their biggest games of the season on Saturday against rival Bethel at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. Grace’s women’s team will play Bethel at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and the men’s rivalry game will follow.

Grace College & Seminary Receives Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Grace College was recently awarded a $1,000,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. as a part of the Endowment’s Initiative to Promote Opportunities through Educational Collaborations.  The initiative aims to encourage and enhance efforts to help Indiana college graduates find meaningful employment in the state.

“Grace will use the grant to create a Career Advantage Center centered on applied learning,” explained Carrie Yocum, vice president of administration and compliance at Grace and one of the key grant writers. “Applied Learning” is a concept that emphasizes commitment to analytic inquiry, active learning, real-world problem solving, and innovation, with a goal of linking knowledge and skills acquired in work, community, and research activities with knowledge acquired in the classroom and through traditional schoolwork.

The Career Advantage Center will create a more cohesive and comprehensive job-development, placement-focused department at Grace. The department will work to increase the number of applied learning opportunities and internships and focus on raising the percentage of graduates employed in Indiana after graduation.

The college currently offers 160 approved applied learning opportunities for all students, 90 percent of which are located in Indiana. Since the inception of the applied learning program in January of 2012, 137 students have earned applied learning credit, and about a third of participating companies in the last two years have connected with Grace students for employment after college.

“We are always looking for ways to build our students’ preparedness for an increasingly competitive job market,” said Grace president Bill Katip. “Through the generosity of Lilly Endowment and the hard work of many here on the campus and in the community, we will be able to make significant progress towards that goal.”

Dr. Don DeYoung Publishes Hands-On Educational Book for Children

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Pictured (left): Dr. Don DeYoung, chair of the science and mathematics department and professor of physics at Grace College, during his children’s book signing for “77 Fairly Safe Science Activities for Illustrating Bible Lessons.”

An esteemed Grace College professor has released a new children’s book. Dr. Don DeYoung, chair of the science and mathematics department and professor of physics at Grace College, held a book signing on Tuesday, December 10 for “77 Fairly Safe Science Activities for Illustrating Bible Lessons.” The book, published in September 2013, contains hands-on science activities and fun-filled demonstrations for revealing truths about God and creation. The experiments use common household objects, require little setup, and are illustrated with diagrams.

DeYoung is the author of several more books on science and the Bible, several of which feature a question-answer format with concise discussion of popular issues. He also conducts workshops for children with hands-on Bible-science activities and often speaks on creation, detailing how the intricacies of nature are a powerful testimony to the Creator’s care for mankind.

He is the current president of the Creation Research Society, a worldwide group of scientists who promote biblical creation, fund research, and publish books and a technical quarterly journal. In addition, DeYoung writes and speaks for Answers in Genesis, a widely-known apologetics ministry supporting young earth creation.

“My purpose in writing is to interest all ages, from 5 to 95, in the study of the Bible and science,” explained DeYoung. “Many people are intimidated by secular trends of science including big bang and evolution theories. However, a close look at nature shows clear harmony between the present-day creation and God’s Word. I believe that people of faith have the best reason to enjoy nature because we know who made all things.”

The book can be purchased on Amazon. For more information, visit

Grace College & Seminary Partners with Kauffman Foundation to Host Class for Entrepreneurs

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Pictured (from left to right): Alan Grossnickle, director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development, and Dr. Jeffrey Fawcett, dean of the School of Business and professor of marketing at Grace.

The Grace College School of Business and the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development are collaborating with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to host a FastTrac New Venture class, a 10-week seminar offering key knowledge and resources to small business owners in the community. Taught by school of business faculty who are certified to teach Kauffman courses, the program will run January 20 to March 24 and will be held Monday evenings at the Ronald and Barbara Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

FastTrac New Venture classes are designed specifically for entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development. The classes aim to help potential or established business leaders begin building an infrastructure for business operations; explore the risk and success factors in the market place; understand how to access the human, financial, and business resources; network with entrepreneurs and professionals; respond to changes that can impact business; and build an actionable business plan.

“The Grace College School of Business is excited to be able to partner with local businesses to help them meet the challenge of today’s marketplace,” said Dr. Jeffrey Fawcett, dean of the School of Business and professor of marketing at Grace.

Alan Grossnickle, director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development, explains, “The business school is already reaching out to the youth in the community through dual enrollment programs at several area high schools, and we have the regular business school for students at Grace. Now we want to reach out into the community to help adults who want to learn how to start a new business venture–even if they’re already involved in a business we want to help them further develop the skill sets necessary to be successful.”

FastTrac programs are delivered by a variety of affiliate organizations, both non-profit and for-profit alike, including chambers of commerce, business development centers, local and regional economic development councils, colleges, universities, consulting firms, and many others. By helping entrepreneurs succeed, FastTrac programs contribute to building and sustaining strong, vibrant communities and economies.

The Kauffman Foundation is devoted to advancing entrepreneurship as one of the fundamental aspects of life in the United States. Focusing on research, education, technical assistance and policy, the foundation works to increase the number and success rate of individuals engaged in the process of starting or growing their own business or idea, and works with partners to design programs based on the proven principles, techniques and leadership tactics that make starting and growing a business a more common choice for Americans of all walks of life.

Grace’s Second-Half Rally Knocks Off Georgetown

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Allison Kauffman spearheaded a dominant second half for Grace’s women’s basketball team as the Lady Lancers rallied for a 53-50 victory over Georgetown (Ky.) on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers (6-7) trailed by as many as 15 points in the game, but they held Georgetown to just 20 points in the second half to split their effort at the Shawnee State Classic. Grace lost to host Shawnee Stateon Friday night.

Grace’s offense got off to a slow start on Saturday. Juaneice Jackson’s 3-pointer in the opening minutes was the team’s only production over the first 5:13. The Lady Lancers also suffered another scoring drought midway through the first half as the Tigers (5-2) held Grace to five points over nearly nine minutes of action.

Georgetown claimed a 30-20 advantage at halftime thanks to Grace shooting just 27.6 percent from the floor.

Allison Kauffman helped Grace erase Georgetown’s lead, however, with a flurry of baskets. Kauffman poured in 11 points over the first 6:15 of the second half to tie the game at 34-34.

The margin was razor-thin for Georgetown for the rest of the half until the Lady Lancers made a late push. JoEllen Fickel scored with under four minutes to play to lift Grace to its first two-possession lead at 49-45.

Kauffman made a shot in the paint with 1:53 remaining to reestablish Grace’s four-point lead. She and Jackson made a free throw apiece down the stretch, which was enough to lift the Lady Lancers to the win. Georgetown had a chance to tie the game in the final possession behind by three points, but Kauffman came up with a steal as Grace handed Georgetown its second loss of the season.

Allison Kauffman registered a game-best 21 points to go along with 10 boards. She scored 16 points after halftime on 6-of-8 shooting.

Juaneice Jackson tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, and JoEllen Fickel added six points.

Chloe Pridgen hauled in eight boards, and Tiffany Petro swatted two shots.

Grace was outrebounded by 19 against Georgetown, but the Tigers were silenced to 27-percent shooting for the game, including 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.

The Lady Lancers will take two weeks off from competition before resuming play at the Roosevelt University Tournament on Dec. 28-29.

Supermarket Sweep Event Brings in Over $18,000 of Donated Goods

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

From 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, Owen’s Supermarket on East Center Street was teeming with people shopping for a good cause. Mission Point Community Church and Grace College partnered with Owen’s to host the third annual Super Market Sweep: Give ‘Till You Drop.  The all-day event is an opportunity for Warsaw community members to give back to area families in need during the holiday season.

381 students and 38 community members, staff and faculty shopped at Owen’s for non-perishable food items to replenish the pantries of Combined Community Services, Our Father’s House, and Salvation Army, as well as baby formula and diapers given to Heartline Pregnancy Center. The day’s donations totaled $18,800 (12,147 pounds) of non-perishable food donations, which will serve 36,000 meals to people in Kosciusko County. Over 8,800 diapers were also donated to Heartline Pregnancy Center.

The event was largely planned by Kearstin Criswell, student involvement coordinator at Grace College, and Jamie Koser, mission coordinator at Mission Point Community Church.

“Three years ago I realized SAB (Student Activities Board) spends a lot of money on a Christmas party and supplies for the students,” said Criswell. “I wanted to make sure that the students knew we were celebrating the true meaning of Christmas by doing a fun activity that incorporated giving.”

“The Supermarket Sweep was a huge success,” said Emily Koontz, Grace SAB director. “Though we often label ourselves ‘poor college students’, it was a great opportunity to give generously in light of how much the Lord has given us. It was so inspiring to see students come together and to see their excitement and eagerness to serve our community in this way.”

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. Grace College also offers flexible online graduate degrees, on-campus and online degree completion programs, and highly affordable, easily accessible degree programs in Detroit, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.  The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Second-half Surge Lifts Grace Past Maple Leafs

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Grace’s game against Goshen’s women’s basketball team on Saturday may have been close for a half, but the Lady Lancers blew the game wide open after halftime.

The Lady Lancers (5-6; 2-1 Crossroads League) outscored the Maple Leafs by 17 points in the second half en route to a 78-57 victory at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

Grace used an impressive defensive performance over the first 10 minutes of the second half to speed away from the Maple Leafs (2-10; 0-3 CL).

Juaneice Jackson scored 20 points in the win and moved into third place all-time on Grace’s career scoring list. She also had six rebounds and three assists in the game.

Neither side was able to gain separation in the opening half. The largest lead of the half was a six-point advantage Grace held with six minutes remaining. The Lady Lancers entered halftime ahead, 39-36.

Grace coach Scott Blum inspired the Lady Lancers during the halftime break, especially on the defensive end. The Lady Lancers silenced the Maple Leafs to start the second half, holding Goshen to one made field goal over the first 10:30 of the half.

During Grace’s 19-4 run, Goshen missed 10-of-11 from the floor and committed eight turnovers against the Lady Lancers’ defense. A basket from Allison Kauffman with 10:00 to play gave Grace a commanding 58-40 lead, and the Lady Lancers cruised to a 21-point victory.

Allison Kauffman produced 15 points and 11 boards, and Chloe Pridgen just missed another double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Dariyan Morris produced 12 points, and Darian Patton (six points) and Tiffany Petro (five points) played well off the bench. Senior Lindsey Schaefer also made her first appearance of the season after battling through injury.

As a team Grace made 52 percent of their field goals, including 16-of-29 (55 percent) in the second half. Grace also held a plus-13 advantage on the boards.

Goshen, on the other hand, was held to 35-percent shooting. The Maple Leafs made just six field goals in the second half.

The Lady Lancers will not resume league competition until after New Year’s. Grace will play two nonleague tournaments, however, including at Shawnee State on Dec. 13-14 and at Roosevelt on Dec. 28-29.

Grace Steamrolls Judson to Advance to NCCAA Semifinals

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

A dominant display from Grace’s women’s soccer team on Wednesday propelled the Lady Lancers to a 4-1 win over Judson, securing Grace a spot in the NCCAA National Semifinals.

The Lady Lancers (12-6-3) will take on Dallas Baptist on Friday at noon. With a victory, Grace will take on the winner of Azusa Pacific and Point Loma Nazarene in the championship on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Mallory Rondeau scored two goals to highlight the Lady Lancers’ effort, and Emily Hickerson and Carianne Sobey each had a goal and an assist.

“The women really took control today. It was good to see them spread it out and finish,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “There were lots of positive adjustments today from the women.”

Grace was aggressive offensively from the kickoff. Early shots from Rondeau and Jordan Hairgrove forced Judson’s goalkeeper to make deflected saves in the first minutes. Rondeau was first on the score sheet soon after in the ninth minute, finishing a low cross from Sobey.

The Golden Eagles (12-8-2), who were ranked in the NAIA for much of the regular season, responded almost immediately with the equalizer 20 seconds later.

Emily Hickerson scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 22nd minute. Rondeau provided a beautiful diagonal pass to Hickerson in the penalty box, and Hickerson took a quick touch and chipped the charging goalkeeper.

Hickerson returned the favor seven minutes later, allowing Rondeau to double Grace’s advantage. Hickerson led the Lady Lancers’ attack down the left side of the field and crossed to Rondeau who hit a one-time rocket into the net.

Rondeau was involved in Grace’s fourth goal as well as Judson tackled the sophomore in the penalty box. Sobey buried the ensuing penalty kick in the 53rd minute to all but secure the victory.

Grace’s possession took control of the remainder of the contest, limiting Judson to two shots after halftime.

Jackie Seal had a well-placed shot saved by Judson’s goalkeeper, and Rondeau was denied a hat trick by the left goal post in the 78th minute.

Grace held a dominant 19-6 advantage in shots. The Lady Lancers’ starting defense of Heather Martin, Lauren Becker, Erica Manchess and Faith Voehringer held Judson’s Angela Bianchi to just two shots. Bianchi had 23 goals to her credit entering Wednesday’s contest. Carmen Barnhill picked up the win in goal for Grace, making four saves in 90 minutes.

Grace College & Seminary Welcomes New Vice President of Academic Affairs

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Grace College & Seminary is pleased to welcome Dr. John Lillis as the new vice president of academic affairs at Grace College. Lillis earned his B.S. at the University of Kentucky, a M.S. at Air Force Institute of Technology, a M.Div. at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He most recently worked as dean and executive officer at Bethel Seminary in San Diego, Calif. where he served since 2001. Under his leadership, enrollment at Bethel Seminary—San Diego increased dramatically, the number of masters degrees offered nearly doubled, and the school added a doctoral degree program. Before arriving at Bethel, Lillis served Cornerstone University in multiple positions on the undergraduate and graduate levels.

“The opportunity to be responsible for the academics provided here excites me more than anything has in the last few years,” said Lillis. “I am impressed with the humble, godly, and dedicated people who work daily at Grace, insuring quality education for the students who attend.”

In addition to teaching, and his academic administrative work, Lillis has served as a pastor in the United States and abroad. He served as a major in the Michigan Air National Guard and as a captain in the United States Air Force as a nuclear research officer. He is an educational consultant for the United African American Ministerial Action Council (UAAMAC), a blue ribbon committee member for the American Red Cross in San Diego, and a leader in numerous Christian societies. Lillis will begin his new position with Grace during the spring semester.