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Grace Unveils 2013 Inductees for the Lancer Hall of Fame

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The Grace College Athletic Department will induct five members into the Lancer Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday morning: Matt Abernethy, Pam Fair, Ivan and Carol Schuler, and Art Woodruff.

The 2013 induction class is Grace’s sixth class. The group will be honored at the annual Hall of Fame Breakfast on Saturday at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

“It’s exciting to honor Grace’s rich athletic history,” said athletic director Chad Briscoe. “This is a very accomplished group of people who have added so much to Grace athletics. They deserve to be recognized for their contributions to our institution.”

Matt Abernethy was a 2003 graduate who starred on the basketball court for Grace. He was an NAIA First Team All-American in 2003 as well as the NCCAA Player of the Year winner. In addition, he earned NAIA Second Team All-American and NCCAA First Team All-American honors in 2002. Despite playing just three seasons, Abernethy racked up 2,233 career points to rank No. 6 in program history. He also holds the No. 9 and No. 10 spots for the Lancers’ single-season scoring record. Abernethy picked up First Team All-Conference honors in all three seasons for Grace.

His classmate Art Woodruff (2003 graduate) was a standout runner for the Lancers. He hauled in six All-American honors over his career from the NCCAA in both cross country and track, winning the prestigious NCCAA Wheeler Award in 2001. His 4×800-meter relay team was a two-time national champion in 2001 and 2002. Additionally, Woodruff’s relay team won the 4×800 race for the conference in 2002. He was also an NAIA and NCCAA Academic All-American as a junior and senior

The athletic department will also induct Ivan and Carol Schuler for their meritorious service to Grace athletics. Carol has been a lifelong teacher while Ivan has served numerous roles at Grace, including Director of Athletics, Golf Coach, Volleyball Coach, Baseball Coach and Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach. During his time at Grace, Ivan initiated an athletic scholarship program for all sports, assisted with the development of the L-Club, taught classes in the physical education department and even authored a sports devotional book “Huddle Time.”

Pam Fair was a three-sport athlete who graduated from Grace in 1988. Her list of honors includes being named NCCAA All-District for women’s basketball in 1985, NAIA All-District for softball in 1988, and First Team All-Conference for volleyball in 1986 and 1987. She was a two-time NCCAA Academic All-American and even earned Grace’s Female Athlete of the Year award as a senior. She holds numerous career records for the softball team, including being fifth in hits (124) and sixth in stolen bases (32).

“We want to thank those individuals who have brought much distinction and honor to Grace College and have established a tradition of Christian excellence which is incomparable,” Briscoe continued. “These achievements have touched everyone associated with Grace College both in and out of the arena of athletics.”

Lady Lancers Volleyball Team Sweeps Maple Leafs

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Grace’s volleyball team ended the 2013 regular season on a high note, sweeping Goshen in convincing fashion on Wednesday evening.

The Lady Lancers (19-15; 9-9 Crossroads League) held the Maple Leafs to a .088 hitting percentage, winning 25-16, 25-21 and 25-17.

In the opening set, Grace seized a commanding 16-6 lead to set the tone for the match. Grace pounded out 15 kills on just four errors in their nine-point victory.

The Maple Leafs (9-23; 3-15 CL) stayed within striking distance for much of the second set, leading 11-10 midway into the game. But five straight points gave Grace a cushion to hold on for the 25-21 win.

Although Grace led for the majority of the third set, Goshen made a late push to trail 20-17. Grace Woolsey sparked the Lady Lancers, however, with two service aces, and Megan Johnson ended the match with a kill.

Calah Kruse notched her 15th double-double of the season for the Lady Lancers with 14 kills and 14 digs. She was joined in double figures by Dana Johnston who added 13 kills on a .345 percentage. Ellie Harp passed out 33 assists in the three-set victory.

Hannah Clemmons, the reigning CL Libero of the Week, continued her strong play with 16 digs, and Kaitlin Kerrigan chipped in with 14 digs.

Woolsey’s three aces and Jessica Scherb’s two aces highlighted Grace’s serving efforts.

As a team, Grace recorded 13 more kills, 11 more digs and 8 more assists than Goshen.

The Lady Lancers will await the final draw for the 2013 CL Tournament. Grace tied for fifth place in the league standings with a 9-9 record. Check back on for tournament updates.

Hollar, Sobey Grab Player of the Year Honors from Crossroads League

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

To cap off Grace’s best Crossroads League season in program history, the women’s soccer team was honored with five players on the All-Crossroads League Team.

Meredith Hollar was named the Offensive Player of the Year in her first season, and Carianne Sobey was named the Midfielder of the Year after an outstanding regular season.

Also appearing on the All-League Team for the Lady Lancers (10-6-1; 7-1-1 CL) were midfielder Holly Bennett, goalkeeper Carmen Barnhill and defender Heather Martin.

“It is always a real blessing when the league recognizes our players and is truly an honor. We are very appreciative of these awards and will celebrate these together,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “We don’t play for the awards, though. We recognize that the team has been honored when we receive individual accomplishments. Because of our possession-attacking futbol, different players will be honored at different times. This is truly a reward for the team as a whole.”

The individual awards are voted on by the Crossroads League coaches. Meredith Hollar was the top vote-getting forward in the CL after an impressive freshman year. She ripped off 11 goals and three assists in the regular season, including eight goals in league play. Her four game-winning goals ranked No. 19 in the NAIA.

Carianne Sobey tied for the CL lead with seven assists (tied with teammate Mallory Rondeau). The sophomore midfielder dished out all seven of her assists in league play. She already ranks third in program history with 24 career assists.

Holly Bennett contributed 12 points in Grace’s midfield with three goals and six assists. She tallied either a goal or an assist in five straight league matches late in the regular season.

Carmen Barnhill was one of two goalkeepers to appear on the All-League Team. She made 81 saves to lead the Lady Lancers to a 10-6-1 record.

Heather Martin picked up her first award from the league. She helped Grace register five team shutouts, limiting league opponents to less an average of less than five shots on goal per game.

Inauguration Ceremony for President Katip

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Grace College & Seminary will hold an inauguration ceremony for Dr. William J. Katip on Friday, November 1, as part of the week’s Homecoming festivities.  Katip, who assumed the presidency in May, is Grace’s 6th president. The inauguration ceremony is open to the public and will take place at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center at 10:00 a.m., followed by a reception.

Katip received a B.A. in Bible and Psychology from Grace College, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University. His professional background includes 39 years of college administration (15 at Grace), teaching and counseling experience, and serving as provost of Grace College since 2007. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO) and Orthoworx in Warsaw, IN.

A live stream of the inauguration ceremony will be available online on November 1 at 10:00 a.m. EST.  For more information, visit

Grace to Break Ground on New Townhouse Dorms

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Grace College & Seminary’s record enrollments for the past several years have resulted in a need for more on-campus housing. After completing a new dorm last August, Grace is now ready to break ground on an 80-bed townhouse-style dorm that will be completed in time for students to move in August 2014. The dorm will be a three-story building located on the corner of Kings Highway and Seventh Street.  It will feature brownstone, front and back porches, and an outdoor community space.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Thursday, October 31 at 1:00 p.m. Grace president  Bill Katip will be present for the ceremony, along with Dr. James Custer, chairman of the board, Dr. Jim Swanson,  vice president for academic and student services, Aaron Crabtree, dean of students, Bruce Shaffner, Winona Lake town council president, Grace student body president, Jackie Seal , future resident director of Lancer Lofts, Victoria Casey, Kevin Scully, partner at Design Collaborative, and Drew Mitchell and Larry Mudd, both vice presidents of development for Holladay Properties.

The dorm is a project of Design Collaborative, the architect firm that designed the Lodge and the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, and is developed by Holladay Properties, a South Bend, Indiana–based commercial real estate firm.  Pictures showing the new dorm’s location, floor plans, renderings and a construction schedule can be found at under the news section.  Questions can be directed to the office of Tom Dunn, vice president of strategic initiatives and planning, at 574-372-5100 ext. 6510.

“Grace College and Seminary is excited to partner with Holladay Properties to provide quality housing solutions for our ever growing student population,” said Dunn. “They have provided an innovative solution which allows us the flexibility to grow and meet the needs of the school.”


Women’s Basketball has high hopes for 2013-14 season

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Grace’s women’s basketball team has high expectations for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Senior All-American guard Juaneice Jackson is joined by a cast of talented Lady Lancers as they hope to earn the program’s first berth into the NAIA National Championships.

Jackson was named NAIA Second Team All-American after a breakout campaign last season. She produced 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game while breaking the school’s record for most points in a season (665), leading the Lady Lancers to a 19-17 record.

With 1,244 career points entering her final campaign, Jackson needs 388 more points to become Grace’s all-time leading scorer.

This season, however, is more about team goals than individual accomplishments, according to head coach Scott Blum. Entering his 10th year as Grace’s coach, Blum believes this team has the ability to reach NAIA Nationals.

“In this year more than others, our goal is to make it to NAIA Nationals. We are to the point in our program where we expect to finish in the top part of the [Crossroads League],” Blum said. “When the season ended last year, I told the girls in the locker room that we have the opportunity this year to win conference and make it to nationals. Our mindset has been that way since that game.”

In order to accomplish their goal, the Lady Lancers will need to utilize a newfound strength of the team – its quickness. Blum noted that this year’s freshman class was recruited to add speed to the lineup. With six freshmen on the roster, several new faces will be counted on to contribute immediately.

Dariyan Morris and Darian Patton were teammates at Merrillville High School, helping the team to a 23-2 record last winter. Morris, a point guard, was The Times’ Indiana Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year. Chloe Pridgen, a 5-foot-11 post player, has the quickness and strength to defend any position on the court, according to Blum.

“We are adding quickness, foot speed and an ability to get to the basket. There will be more tenacity on the defensive end,” Blum said. “With our quickness, we’ll have that special piece that we’ve been missing – the ability to get after people in the fullcourt.”

The Lady Lancers also return several key players from last year’s squad, including starters Allison Kauffman and Gabby Bryant. Kauffman, a junior forward, posted averages of 12.3 ppg and 7.4 rpg to earn honorable mention status for NCCAA All-American. Bryant was producing 8.4 ppg on 38 percent shooting from the 3-point line before her season was cut short due to injury.

Also returning are junior Lindsey Schaefer and sophomores JoEllen Fickel, Sarah Feasby and Kelsey Sule, who each appeared in at least 25 games in 2012-13. The team’s depth has been crucial in Grace’s recent success, and Blum sees no reason why that will change this year.

“The new freshmen are going to blend in really well for us. I think we should be the deepest team in the conference,” Blum continued. “We lost two point guards last year [Bryant, Micah Pollard], but we still managed to win 19 games thanks to our depth.”

With All-American talent, increased speed, and a wealth of options at his fingertips, Blum is confident the 2013-14 Lady Lancers can be a special team. Grace is all but assured a national preseason ranking by the NAIA when they were picked to finish third in the Crossroads League coaches’ poll. The only question that remains to be answered is how the Lady Lancers will come together on the court.

“It takes hard work to buy in as a team on both ends of the court. If we play both sides of the ball to our potential, though, we can be a scary team,” Blum said. “As long as we honor the Lord with our attitudes and work hard for each other, we can reach our goals. When you have a strong, close-knit team, you can overcome a lot of things.”

Grace kicks off its season on Saturday at Holy Cross. The Lady Lancers return to the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center next week for a pair of games – on Oct. 29 against IU-South Bend and on Nov. 2 for their Homecoming game against Trinity Christian.

Grace Presidents to Attend Sign Re-dedication Ceremony

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Past Grace College Presidents Dr. Homer A. Kent (’76-’86); Dr. John J. Davis (’86-’93); Dr. Ronald E. Manahan (’94–’13) will join current Grace President Dr. Bill Katip in re-dedicating the iconic Class of 1978 campus sign at 6:45 pm on Saturday, November 2 in Westminster Hall.

The combined dessert reception and special rededication ceremony will begin immediately following the class reunion dinners that evening for those who would like to attend – also in Westminster Hall.

Given that this year’s class reunion banquets coincide with the inauguration of Grace’s new president, Dr. Katip, the Class of ’78 asked the Alumni Association to include time in the Homecoming schedule when all alumni and friends can share in this special recognition ceremony of Grace’s new president while thanking the College’s past leaders as well.

In May, 1978, the Class of ‘78 gifted Grace with a beautiful campus entrance sign in memory of Reverend Samuel Iradell Horney, Sr., an active member of Grace’s Board of Trustees and a Grace Brethren pastor at that time. The handsome red-brick marquee, lettered with ‘GRACE’ in old English script, was given as a perpetual statement of the schools’ heritage proclaiming the testimony and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and bearing the schools’ motto – To Know Christ and to Make Him Known.

Initially located on the main campus lawn off Wooster Road, the marquee was relocated to its present site at the apex of King’s Highway and Wooster Road sometime after 1998 following a period of campus renovations. The marquee itself underwent renovation this past summer, incorporating the current institutional brand and adding beautifully illuminated rock garden-style landscaping.


The Class of ‘78, with other alumni and friends, will present Grace with a new commemorative pedestal tablet bearing an inscription honoring Dr. Bill Katip to be displayed near the existing marquee along with newly mounted, notable-mention plaques for all of the schools’ past presidents.

All Grace alumni and friends are invited to attend this very special ceremony. For further information, please contact Tammy Denlinger, Director of Alumni Relations, at 574-372-5100 ext. 6129 or

Vice President of Financial Affairs Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Paul Blair, recently hired vice president of Financial Affairs (CFO) at Grace College, was honored this past weekend with the School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award by his alma mater, Eastern Illinois University, where he received his bachelor’s in business in 1985 and his MBA in 1992.

With over two decades of Fortune 500 company experience, Blair is a respected financial leader in the Warsaw/Winona Lake area.  He has expertise in investor relations, strategic planning, business development, and financial reporting. In the past, he has served as vice president of investor relations at Zimmer Holdings, vice president of strategic planning and development at Owens & Minor (Richmond, VA), and director of investor relations at Bindley Western Industries.

The School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1971. The award is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the business field, and who, through their accomplishments and service, have brought prestige to their alma mater.

“I was pleasantly surprised when Eastern contacted me and asked if I would be willing to accept the distinguished alumni nomination,” said Blair.  “When I think of all of the graduates, who could have been selected to receive such recognition, it is truly a humbling honor to have received this award.”

Women’s Soccer Secures Second Place in CL Tournament

Monday, October 21st, 2013

In an impressive offensive performance, Grace’s women’s soccer team amassed 34 shots and three goals in a 3-2 victory over Marian in the league finale.

The win assures the Lady Lancers (10-6-1; 7-1-1 Crossroads League) the No. 2 seed in next week’s CL Tournament. Grace will host the 7th-seeded team on Saturday at Miller Field.

“The women ran the system well today, created quality chances and played collectively well to achieve what we needed to,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “The next seven days will be instrumental for us as we prepare for the tournament.”

Grace’s possession and offensive barrage wore down the Knights on Saturday. The Lady Lancers held a 34-6 shot advantage against Marian’s defensive lineup. Grace also took 13 of the match’s 14 corner kicks.

Mallory Rondeau nearly opened the scoring in the first five minutes of action. The sophomore forward collected a through ball, juked around the goalkeeper at the outside edge of the penalty box, but her shot rolled wide.

Erica Manchess netted the first goal of the game in the 11th minute off a well-worked corner kick. Kaitlan Wiles and Meghan Wiles earned the double assist.

Five minutes later, Grace had doubled its advantage. Kaitlan Wiles sent Jordan Hairgrove through Marian’s defense on the left side of the field. Hairgrove then slotted her shot past the charging goalkeeper from outside the box.

Carianne Sobey was a central figure in Grace’s efforts in the second half. She unleashed a shot from 25 yards away that clanged off the post. She hit her second post of the half when she tried to score near-post after breaking past Marian’s defense on the right side.

The Knights (3-14-1; 0-9 CL) scored on a set piece at the 68:09 mark on just their third shot of the afternoon.

Sobey’s hard work in the half paid off with 5:02 remaining in regulation. Kaitlan Wiles and Hairgrove sent two quick passes into the box, and Sobey chipped Marian’s goalkeeper for the team’s third goal.

Marian managed to produce a second goal less than a minute later when a long shot slipped past Carmen Barnhill into the net.

Hairgrove nearly had an answer to the Knights’ goal with a lofted shot that floated over the goalkeeper and bounced off the post.

Grace, who has appeared in the NCCAA National Championships in three of the past four years, will hope to advance to the NAIA Nationals by winning the CL Tournament. First-round games will be played on Oct. 26, semifinals on Nov. 2 and the championship will be on Nov. 9.

Men’s Soccer Clinches Crossroads League Tourney Berth

Monday, October 21st, 2013
Needing a victory to ensure a place in next week’s Crossroads League Tournament, Grace’s men’s soccer team came through with a 2-1 win on the road against Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Saturday.

On a wet pitch, the Lancers (7-7-1; 3-5-1 CL) used goals from Ben Cahill and Shane Barthuly to secure a much-needed win in the regular-season finale.

Grace will await results from the final league contests to see how the regular-season standings conclude. The Lancers will be on the road for their first-round opponent next Saturday.

Grace outperformed the Cougars (7-10-1; 2-6-1 CL) in the first half, holding a 7-2 advantage in shots and 5-0 in corner kicks over the first 45 minutes. Within seven minutes of action, the Lancers had scored.

Nikola Blazic found Ben Cahill, and the converted forward scored his second goal of the year at the 6:22 mark.

The second half was more balanced as Grace recorded slightly more shots than Mt. Vernon at 10-9. The Lancers doubled their lead at the 71:28 mark. Jon Christensen touched a pass to Barthuly at the right side of the goalie’s box, and Barthuly ripped his shot past the goalkeeper with pace from a narrow angle.

Grace continued to pressure, looking for some extra breathing room, but they were unable to score on ensuing chances.

With less than 15 minutes to go, the Cougars punctured Grace’s nets when they headed in a corner kick. Grace’s defense refused to surrender the game-tying goal, however, as Jacob Cole made two saves in the final 5:51 of regulation to preserve the win.

Cole registered seven saves overall in the complete-game win.

Offensively, Gift Sibukome led Grace with four shots, and Cahill, Blazic and Trent Smith each tallied three shots.