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Grace Basketball Hosts Hoops for Hope Cancer Benefit

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

The annual Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope Tournament will be held this weekend at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

This year’s tournament, including Grace’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, features eight games over the weekend and six teams either ranked or receiving votes nationally.

Admission to watch the games is $5 per day, and all proceeds will go directly to Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund (KCCCF). The tournament is sponsored by Bennigan’s of Warsaw and the Warsaw Morning Optimist Club. All cancer survivors are welcome to attend the tournament free of charge.

“Our goal each year is to raise around $2,000. We want to raise money but also to raise awareness in the community,” said Grace’s men’s coach Jim Kessler. “We chose to channel our money to KCCCF rather than the Jimmy V Foundation like most other schools do because all of the money stays local to benefit the area. It’s been a neat thing for us to be involved with as a team.”

The women’s tournament is a classic format with all four teams appearing in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Preseason Poll. No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan will face No. 9 St. Xavier at 2 p.m. on Friday, and No. 20 Grace will host No. 21 Purdue-Calumet at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Indiana Wesleyan will take on Purdue-Calumet at 10 a.m. with Grace and St. Xavier squaring off at 2 p.m.

The men’s bracket kicks off on Friday at 4 p.m. with a pair of NAIA Division I schools. University of Cumberlands (receiving votes nationally) will play Missouri Baptist at 4 p.m., and 16th-ranked Grace will host Holy Cross at 8 p.m.

The men’s consolation game will take place on Saturday at noon with the championship game to follow at 4 p.m.

Lyceum Lecture Commemorates C.S. Lewis

Monday, November 11th, 2013

As a part of the Lyceum Series on Faith and the Academy, Grace College will be hosting Dr. Devin Brown who will give a commemorative lecture on C.S. Lewis on November 22. The event will be held in Westminster Hall at 7:00 p.m. that Friday evening.

Dr. Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and Professor of English at Asbury University. Brown holds a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina and specializes in the literature of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. He has published numerous books and scholarly articles on Lewis and Tolkien. These include Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Inside Prince Caspian (2008), and Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010). His latest book is The Christian World of The Hobbit (Abingdon Press, 2012).

The Lyceum Series on Faith and the Academy is a lecture series that draws inspiration from both the history of Grace College and Winona Lake. During America’s Progressive Era at the turn of the twentieth century, Winona Lake’s Chatauqua tradition attracted lectures and presentations from high- profile speakers who brought high culture to small-town America. Notable figures included three-time Democratic Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, humorist Will Rogers, and famous preacher Russell Conwell.

Under the Office of Faith, Learning & Scholarship, the Lyceum Series on Faith and the Academy reflects Winona Lake’s tradition of cultural engagement and Grace College’s commitment to vibrant conversation on issues related to the intersection of Christian faith and academics.

“I think the evening will be very enjoyable and stimulating,” said Dr. Jared Burkholder, associate professor of American and world history at Grace.  We are excited to host Dr. Brown as a part of the Lyceum series. He’s a first-rate scholar on C.S. Lewis.”

Kelsi Burkholder Wins ‘Realizing the Dream’ Award

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Local Kelsi Burkholder has been named a 2013 recipient of the “Realizing the Dream” award, a one-time scholarship bestowed each year by the Independent Colleges of Indiana through the Lilly Endowment.  The award honors first-generation college sophomores who have graduated from an Indiana high school, have a superior GPA, and have demonstrated leadership abilities on their college campus.  Burkholder was awarded a $2,000 grant toward tuition and on November 9 had the opportunity to attend an honors banquet in Indianapolis with the other nominees from across the state.

Burkholder also had the chance to honor a teacher who helped inspire her to attend college. She chose Megan Davidhizar, English and peer tutoring teacher at Fairfield Jr. Sr. High School. Davidhizar will receive a professional development grant for $1,000 as part of the award.

“Mrs. Davidhizar was one of my favorite teachers because of her desire to not only teach, but get to know her students personally,” said Burkholder. “I learned so many life lessons from her and I will always remember and appreciate that. She was always so approachable and I always walked away from her class with not only more knowledge of education, but also a feeling of being cared for.”

Burkholder graduated from Fairfield Jr. Sr. High School in 2010 and is now pursuing a major in business marketing at Grace College. She will graduate in December 2014. Her parents, Larry and Vanita, live in Goshen, Indiana.

“We are proud of Kelsi for receiving this award,” her parents said. “We both didn’t go to college, so are happy that she desired to pursue a higher education. She is an achiever and we know she will succeed in anything she puts her heart to. We are looking forward to seeing the opportunities she has in her future, due to her work ethic and passion.”

Men’s Basketball Completes Dominant Weekend With 91-67 Victory

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Grace topped 90 points for the third straight game on Saturday with a 91-67 dismantling of the University of Akron-Wayne.

The NAIA No. 16 Lancers (3-0) are averaging 100.3 points per game in their first three contests.

Saturday’s game saw the Lancers make over 50 percent of their shot attempts (37-of-71) and place five players in double digits for points.  Akron-Wayne, conversely, was stifled into a 32-percent shooting from the floor.

Grace erupted for 51 points in the opening half, taking a 51-31 lead into the halftime break. The Lancers drilled seven 3-pointers before halftime and connected on a sizzling 62 percent from the floor.

Head coach Jim Kessler used his substitutes extensively in the game, allowing 16 Lancers to see the court. Grace’s bench tallied 36 points overall, 18 of which came from Brandon Vanderhegghen who made 7-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

Greg Miller notched a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards to go along with six blocked shots, and Niko Read sank four 3-pointers for 18 points. Miller and Read were named to the All-Tournament Team for the Crossroads Classic at MVNU for their efforts.

Brock McFarland produced 10 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals, and Logan Irwin added 13 points and four assists.

Kyle Fillman contributed eight points and seven rebounds off the bench, and freshman Eric Miller pulled down seven boards in six minutes off the bench.

The Lancers held a dominant 54-22 advantage in points in the paint. Grace also outrebounded Akron-Wayne by 16 in the game.

Grace will travel to IU-East on Tuesday before returning to the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center for the Terry Polston Hoops for Hope Classic on Friday and Saturday.

Lancers Top Century Mark for Second Straight Game

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Grace’s men’s basketball team eclipsed 100 points for the second straight game to open the season in a 110-82 rout of Wilberforce on Friday.

The Lancers’ game on Friday night helped open up Mount Vernon Nazarene’s new gym, Ariel Arena, at the Crossroads Classic at MVNU.

Six players reached double-digit scoring for the NAIA 16th-ranked Lancers (2-0), including 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists from Logan Irwin. Grace made 56 percent of their field goals and drilled eight 3-pointers to make short work of Wilberforce.

Within the first 12 minutes of tip-off, Grace had opened up an 18-point lead at 44-20 over the Bulldogs. Despite Wilberforce making six treys in the first period, the Lancers still held a 64-48 advantage at the halftime break.

The Lancers led by as many as 31 points in the second half, substituting freely over the final minutes. Fifteen players saw action for Grace on Friday, and 12 of the Lancers scored a point.

Greg Miller finished with 17 points and six rebounds, Brandon Vanderhegghen netted 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Niko Read made a trio of 3-pointers for 13 points.

Adrian Makolli had 10 points and six boards in his first career start, Kyle Fillman produced 13 points off the bench, and Brock McFarland tallied 8 points, 6 assists, 3 steals and 0 turnovers.

In their impressive first half, Grace made 24 field goals on 63-percent shooting, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Grace’s output of 110 points was the team’s highest since ripping off 129 points against Ohio-Eastern in 2010.

The Lancers will wrap up the Crossroads Classic at MVNU when they face Akron-Wayne on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Grace College & Seminary Celebrates Inauguration of 6th President

Friday, November 8th, 2013

As part of the week’s Homecoming festivities, Grace College & Seminary celebrated the inauguration of Dr. William J. Katip as its new president on Friday, November 1.  The inauguration ceremony took place at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center at 10:00 a.m., followed by a community reception and luncheon for family and close friends.

“This special occasion marked an important turning point in the history of Grace College,” said Jim Custer, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Grace is positioned for tremendous influence and success in bringing quality Christian education to students of all backgrounds, and we are delighted to welcome Dr. Katip into this crucial leadership role as we move forward.”

Dr. Katip has a long and significant history with Grace as a former student, instructor, board member, and administrator. He began his higher education career at Grace in 1974 and served for nine years. In 1983, he left to serve in various administrative positions at several other colleges, and in 2005 was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees at Grace. Two years later, President Manahan selected him to serve as provost of Grace Schools. His 24 years at other institutions prepared him to partner with Dr. Manahan during some of the most economically challenging times the school has faced. His support to the institution has been invaluable in guiding Grace through many innovative changes since 2007, including the implementation of three commuter locations in the Midwest and the three-year accelerated degree program.

Dr. Katip earned his B.A. in Bible and psychology from Grace College, M.S. in clinical psychology from Purdue University, and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Michigan State University. He is a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club, currently sits on the board of directors for the Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO), and is on the board of directors for OrthoWorx in Warsaw, Ind.

“I am grateful for a president with a heart that is deeply devoted to God, a passion for excellence, and a commitment to our historic, theological heritage,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gill, vice president and dean of the seminary and the school of ministry studies. “It is a joy to be partnering with him in this exciting season at Grace.”

Grace Cross Country Team to Host Saturday’s League Championships

Friday, November 8th, 2013
Grace’s cross country team and head coach Jeff Raymond will host the 2013 Crossroads League Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Miller Athletic Complex.All Crossroads League schools will be represented for both the men’s and women’s teams. The winning squad in each race will advance to the 2013 NAIA Cross Country National Championships.

Saturday’s events will commence with the women’s championship race (5K) at 10:30 a.m. After a short break, the men’s race will start at 11:30 a.m. with the awards ceremony to follow the compilation of results.

The NAIA Cross Country National Championships are held in Lawrence, Kansas, on Nov. 23.

Super Market Sweep – Give ‘Till You Drop Event

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Mission Point Community Church and Grace College are partnering with Owen’s Supermarket on East Center Street to host the third annual Super Market Sweep: Give ‘Till You Drop event on Wednesday, November 20, an all-day event.

The Super Market Sweep is a day for Warsaw community members to come together and give back to area families in need this season.  Members of the community are invited to go to Owen’s Supermarket and shop for as many non-perishable food items as possible.  Volunteers will be present to pass out a list of needed food items and collect the purchased food. After all the food has been collected, it will go to replenish the pantries of Combined Community Services, Our Father’s House, and Salvation Army. Baby formula and diapers will be given to Heartline Pregnancy Center.

Financial donations have been provided by Mission Point Community Church, Grace College, DePuy Orthopaedics, Silveus Insurance, Nextremity Solutions, and Wildman Uniform.  A special thanks to Owen’s Supermarket and their managers for being willing to host this shopping spree.

Plan to join in on the generosity and make a difference by giving this year. Come shop the Super Market Sweep on November 20!

For more information on the Super Market Sweep, Give ‘Till You Drop event, please contact Jamie Koser at:

Jackson’s 30-point Outburst Fuels Homecoming Victory

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Senior guard Juaneice Jackson dazzled her way to 30 points with a trio of 3-pointers to lead Grace’s women’s basketball team to a 84-63 victory over Trinity Christian on Saturday.

Jackson made 11-of-16 from the floor to go along with 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in an impressive performance. Jackson is now averaging 22.0 ppg through the first three outings. Saturday’s game marked the third time she has reached 30 points in her career.

The Lady Lancers (2-1) led from start-to-finish on Homecoming Saturday. They held a 34-27 advantage midway into the first half, and a 12-2 spurt lifted Grace to a 14-point halftime cushion. Jackson and Allison Kauffman scored five points apiece during their 12-2 run.

Grace did significant damage to Trinity Christian’s efforts at the free throw line in the second half. The Lady Lancers earned 24 trips to the charity stripe, knocking down 71 percent of their attempts. Kauffman made 8-of-10 from the free throw line herself in the second half.

The Trolls (0-2) staged a comeback with 12 minutes left in regulation. They buried three 3-pointers over a three-minute span to cut Grace’s lead down to 64-56 with 9:38 to play.

But the Lady Lancers scored on their next possession and never allowed their advantage to slip into single digits again.

As a team, Grace outrebounded Trinity Christian by 16. The Trolls also committed 23 turnovers and shot 35 percent from the floor. The Lady Lancers made 47 percent of their shots.

Allison Kauffman finished with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Sarah Feasby was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor for 13 points, also collecting 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Gabby Bryant finished with six points and four rebounds, and JoEllen Fickel had four points and six rebounds.

The Lady Lancers will hope to pick up their third win of the season on Wednesday when they travel to Indiana Tech for a 7 p.m. game.

Men’s Basketball Nets 100 in Dominant Season Opener

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Grace’s men’s basketball team put on a show for the packed Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center crowd on Saturday, defeating Great Lakes Christian College 100-58.

Five players scored in double-digit scoring for the Lancers, led by 20 points and nine rebounds from senior Greg Miller.

The Lancers’ well-balanced attack included 26 assists on 32 made field goals. Grace also committed just 12 turnovers, forcing GLCC into 19 turnovers.

Grace never trailed in their Homecoming game on Saturday. The Lancers (1-0) held a 14-12 lead before ripping off 14 unanswered points, claiming a 45-30 cushion at halftime.

GLCC struggled to 28 percent shooting in the second half, allowing Grace to ease away for their 42-point win. The Lancers made 19 free throws in the final period, sinking four 3-pointers after halftime to aid their cause.

Defensively, Grace held GLCC to six points over the final 7:02. The Lancers’ substitutes outscored their opposition 23-6 down the stretch.

Overall, Grace held a plus-19 advantage in rebounding. They made just under half of their shot attempts (49 percent), including 41 percent from beyond the arc.

Logan Irwin recorded 14 points, 5 assists and 1 turnover in his first game as a Lancer, and Kyle Fillman added 11 points and four rebounds. Brandon Vanderhegghen nailed a trio of 3-pointers for 13 points, and Drew Perrin handed out five assists in 13 minutes of action.

Adrian Makolli produced nine points and nine rebounds off the bench, and Morgan Michalski sank 3-of-3 from beyond the arc for 12 points. Brock McFarland also had 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 points in his first collegiate game. Overall 15 players saw the court for Grace with 14 of them recording a point.

The Lancers will travel to Mt. Vernon Nazarene next weekend for the Crossroads Classic. Grace will take on West Virginia-Parkersburg on Friday and Wilberforce on Saturday.