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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

Retired Grace Jerseys Find New Life in Cameroon

Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Green City FC soccer player holds Grace jersey.

Green City FC soccer player holds Grace jersey.

Soccer jerseys take a beating over their lifetime. A jersey must live through rainstorms, slide tackles in the mud, grass stains, and tugs and yanks from overeager defenders.

But where do Grace jerseys go when their moment in the spotlight is finished? Where do Lancer jerseys go to retire?

For Grace men’s soccer uniforms, they find new life in Africa. Cameroon, to be specific.

Jordan Cone has served the Lord in Yaoundé, Cameroon, for several years. Cone graduated from Grace and was a standout forward for the Lancers from 2004-07. He even served as an assistant coach with Grace’s women’s team while on furlough two years ago.

He currently works at Yaoundé’s Rain Forest International School, serving as a coach, teacher and athletic director. Through sports, Cone and his student-athletes share the Gospel in a variety of ways.

Cone is also the general manager of Green City FC, a first division women’s club team in Cameroon. When Grace shipped over retired soccer jerseys, Cone knew exactly how to put them to use.

Green City FC now proudly wears their GRACE jerseys on game days, adding their team patch and club name. Cone credits the jerseys for helping develop relationships among the athletes who might otherwise never be exposed to the Gospel.

“We can’t thank the soccer program at Grace College enough for donating jerseys to Green City FC and being part of the ministry here in Cameroon,” Cone said. “The jerseys have already helped form relationships and open doors to further the Gospel.”

Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin added: “It’s a great privilege to assist the ministry of Jordan and his family. Nothing achieved on the field of competition can ever rival the joy of seeing Grace Soccer alumni serving the Lord using their education and soccer skills.”

Grace Spanish Students Apply Classroom Knowledge to Help Neighbors in Need

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Grace College Spanish students Shoshannah Bontrager, Ashmine Minnie and Katelyn Ware volunteering at We Care Warsaw.

Grace College Spanish students Shoshannah Bontrager, Ashmine Minnix and Katelyn Ware volunteering at We Care Warsaw.


It is one thing to practice a foreign language in the classroom, but quite another to put your proficiency to the test in a real-world setting.  For fourteen Grace College Spanish students, the test came in an opportunity to assist the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition (NIHHC) during We Care Warsaw on Nov. 19.  The annual event at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church includes a health fair for local individuals and families with economic needs.  Many of those served are Spanish speakers reliant on others to make important medical information understandable in their native language.

Grace College assistant professor of Spanish, Benjamin Navarro, learned of NIHHC’s need for Spanish speakers and thought We Care Warsaw would be a great opportunity for Spanish majors and minors to integrate their studies with service.  “Community projects are one of the best ways for students to demonstrate their language skills outside of the classroom,” he said.  “Grace’s core values are character, competence and service.  This project incorporates all three.”

To prepare for the one-day health fair, Grace students trained for five hours with NIHHC representatives to learn about the health examinations given at We Care Warsaw, how to help administer them and effectively communicate individuals’ results with them.

During We Care Warsaw, 42 Hispanic participants obtained 340 free health examinations.  These included body mass index, glucose, blood pressure, oxygen, pulse, anemia and waist circumference measurement.

“Each of the participants benefited from a personal explanation of their examination from a Spanish speaker,” said Patricia Garcia Stiles, program coordinator for NIHHC. “They now understand the state of their health and ways to improve it.”

Stiles called the Grace College volunteers “key to the success of the fair.”

“The students gave 110 percent with every person they helped,” said Stiles.  In addition to the satisfaction received from helping others, Grace students learned first-hand about local Hispanic culture and the resources in place to assist Hispanics.

Shoshannah Bontrager, a Grace senior minoring in Spanish from Middlebury, Ind., found the experience informative and enjoyable.  “We Care Warsaw was the perfect opportunity to help people while practicing Spanish,” said Bontrager. “It was exciting to converse with native Spanish-speakers instead of other students in the classroom, and I think the practice will benefit me during my study abroad in Argentina.”

Shoshannah will travel to Argentina next fall to fulfill a study abroad experience for her Spanish minor.  The Grace College Spanish program combines on-campus courses with a required study abroad trip to one of Grace’s member institutions in Argentina or Spain.  There, students apply their faith and skillsets in Hispanic culture.   The Grace Spanish program equips students to interact in authentic situations like We Care Warsaw using Spanish, and to live intentionally as global citizens.

For more information about the Grace College Spanish program, contact Benjamin Navarro at 574-372-5100, ext. 6282 or For more information about the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition, visit

ICI President to Resign

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Richard Ludwick. Photo from

ICI President Richard Ludwick. Photo from Inside INdiana Business.


Richard Ludwick, the president and chief executive officer of the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), has announced plans to step down and become president of the University of St. Thomas. Since 2010, Ludwick has successfully led ICI through a series of challenges. ICI Board Chair Bill Katip, president of Grace College, gave Ludwick a glowing review in a recent article. The following was published by Inside INdiana Business.

“By any objective measure, we are stronger because of Richard’s leadership,” said ICI Board Chair Bill Katip. “During his seven-year tenure, Indiana’s private colleges have experienced growth in enrollment, student aid, collaboration among our membership, and recognition by policymakers and the public of our educational and financial value to the state.”

Ludwick, who has served in the role since 2010, will step down in June to become president of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

The ICI Board of Directors says it will begin a search for Ludwick’s successor after the first of the year.

Ludwick has previously served as provost of Saint Gregory’s University in Oklahoma and vice president for enrollment and student affairs at Albany Law School in New York. At UST, Ludwick will succeed Robert Ivany, a retired Army Major General, who is stepping down after 12 years as president.

For the complete story, click here.


Allyn Decker Named Warsaw Ivy Tech President

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Allyn Decker (Photo provided by Ivy Tech)

Former director of the Orthopedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs graduate program and the Medical Device Quality Management program at Grace College, Allyn Decker will become Ivy Tech’s next president in Warsaw.  An alumnus of both Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary, Decker served in multiple capacities at Grace over the years including chair of the communications department and dual credit administrator.  The following story is from Ink Free News.

Ivy Tech Community College announces the appointment of Allyn Decker as campus president at the Warsaw campus. He will begin his role with the college on Jan. 2.

Decker recently served as director of the Orthopedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs graduate program, and Medical Device Quality Management program at Grace College. He also brings academic experience in dual credit administration and as chair and faculty member of the Communication department at Grace College.

“(Decker) plans to expand his service to the community where he has strong relationships with community leaders, the orthopedic industry and the banking industry,” said Dr. Thomas Coley, North Central/Northwest Chancellor. “He brings the skills and attitude the Warsaw campus needs to further its efforts for community and student success.”

Decker assumes campus leadership duties from interim president Michael Slavkin.

“I commend Dr. Slavkin for his efforts to maintain campus operations, to support enrollment growth, and to promote outreach into the community,” Dr. Coley said.

For the complete story from Ink Free News, click here.

Grace Students Brighten Local Business with Mural

Friday, December 9th, 2016
1.Michelle Sweers and Kaylee Kercher’s mural on the conference room wall at AkzoNobel Powder Coatings.

Michelle Sweers and Kaylee Kercher’s mural on the conference room wall at AkzoNobel Powder Coatings.

Grace College students Kaylee Kercher, resident of Goshen, Ind., and Michelle Sweers, resident of Union, Mich., spent the summer of 2016 creating art at AkzoNobel Powder Coatings in Warsaw, Ind.  After two months of sketching and outlining, and over 100 hours of painting, the duo produced a landscape masterpiece on a conference room wall.

“Employees got to watch the project unfold,” said Deanna Cripe, Powder Coating’s Warsaw buyer. “Day by day, a beautiful sea of tulips with a snowcapped mountain range, and even a windmill, emerged. We are pleased with the result!  Michelle and Kaylee were also very professional; their work impressed our team.”

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings is a world-wide provider of solvent-free spray paint for every surface. Since arriving in 2015, Mojmir Mocek, Warsaw’s Powder Coatings plant manager, has pursued a variety of business improvements. The mural project was Mocek’s inspiration for beautifying the building. Through a partnership with Kim M. Reiff, professor and chair of the Visual, Performing and Media Arts Department at Grace College, Kercher and Sweers were chosen for the job.

“We completely enjoyed creating the mural for Powder Coatings,” said Sweers. “It was so cool to have people walk by and appreciate our work. It was also a great real-world experience and application of our skills.”

(Left to right) Deanna Cripe, Kaylee Kercher, Michelle Sweers, Kim M. Reiff and Mojmir Mocek stand in front of Sweers and Kercher’s final project.

(Left to right) Deanna Cripe, Kaylee Kercher, Michelle Sweers, Kim M. Reiff and Mojmir Mocek stand in front of Sweers and Kercher’s final project.

Kercher, an illustration major, and Sweers, an art major, earned applied learning credit by interning at Powder Coatings. Grace College’s applied learning and internship programs prepare students to enter the workforce after graduation. They supply substantial resume material and experience in the student’s field of interest. Applied learning is required for each academic program at Grace; undergraduate students must earn ten percent of their bachelor’s degree by attaining 12 credit hours of applied learning.  Positions include part-time summer jobs, research projects, cross-cultural field experiences and community service projects.  Applied learning can lead to internships and eventual employment.

For more information about applied learning and internship opportunities with Grace College students, visit or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6101.