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Grace Students Celebrate Talent, Style in Senior Thesis Show

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Warsaw native Christina Baughman with her work at the Senior Thesis Show now on display in Mount Memorial Art Gallery

Business. Photography. Illustration. Therapy. Marketing and travel blogs. The avenues of expression for seniors in the Grace College Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts are as varied as the students themselves. Each tells their story through their work, which will be showcased now through Feb. 3 in the Mount Memorial Art Gallery, 808 Kings Highway, Winona Lake. The gallery is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday. The community is also invited to the opening reception on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.

The first Senior Thesis Show of 2018 will display the work of students Christina Baughman, Carley Brechner, Megan Gunkel, Kelsey Kirkendall, Lauren Rekeweg, Anastasia Suderman, Michelle Sweers, and Caleb Yoder.

Christina Baughman, a Warsaw native, creates harmony between business and art to make a marketing impact. “I see marketing as a two-sided coin with a business side and an art side; without one it is impossible to have a strong and complete marketing program,” Baughman explains. “I achieve both artistic influence and business relationships by using business and art to strengthen one another through marketing.”

Carley Brechner is an illustration major from Fishers, Indiana, who dreams of creating children’s books. She uses her experiences of growing up in New Zealand and Thailand as a missionary’s kid to weave other cultures and biblical messages into her work. Brechner explains, “Through my artwork, I strive to show people they are valuable and there is beauty in the world.”

Megan Gunkel, of Juneau, Alaska, is an aspiring art therapist whose work focuses on art as a way to achieve good mental health. Gunkel explains, “My show reflects my passion for embracing the connection between art and psychology.”

Kelsey Kirkendall uses art as a storytelling medium. Whether she is working on the brand of a local business or the art for a children’s book, the Lima, Ohio, native wants to understand the story of her subject, their history and experiences. Kirkendall explains, “My work often focuses on people because every person is a story written by their past, their background, and their lived experiences.”

Every aspect of a company communicates a message, and for Lauren Rekeweg, that message is the core of the relationship with customers. Her focus on detail and message made her collaboration with Thunder Lakes, an indoor range and outdoor equipment retailer, into a project that demonstrates the power of a strong brand. Rekeweg is from Auburn, Indiana.

A Goshen native, Anastasia Suderman created Waves & Caves because she needed a travel blog with practical information, and she hopes the information and imagery will be both helpful and inspirational for others. She designed postcards as a way to capture memories in a tangible form. “The material token of a postcard is something that can be looked back on to conjure up the memorable moments and shared experiences that happened in that location,” said Suderman.

Michelle Sweers is captivated by the details. “I adore the pretty colors in pebbles and tiny grains of sand,” Sweers explained. Her portfolio is a celebration of the details that God put into his creation for humans to wonder at and appreciate. Sweers is from Union, Michigan.

As a photographer, Wakarusa native Caleb Yoder enjoys capturing a variety of subjects and locations, from portraits to landscapes. For his senior project, he used both to display and celebrate people and the natural world. His portraits take advantage of light and capture interesting visual elements, while his landscapes usually feature people as a way to develop scale. “I enjoy these two types of photography the most because they allow me to capture the beauty in people and in nature,” explains Yoder.

For more information about upcoming art exhibits and the Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts at Grace College, visit here or call 574.372.5100 ext. 6024.

Megan Gunkel

Anastasia Suderman

Michelle Sweers

Well-Known Speakers to Visit Grace This Semester

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Grace College is pleased to welcome several notable speakers to its campus during the spring semester. Chapel guests will include “Propaganda,” Keith Minier, John Lynch and Tamika Catchings. Chapels are free and open the public. They take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 10:30 – 11:20 a.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

“Chapel is a place where we gather as one community to worship and integrate our faith and learning, said Brent Mencarelli, dean of chapel and community life at Grace. “We want our students and the community to learn how to bring their faith into every area of their lives whether they are studying scripture, pursuing a career, or even enjoying times of rest. Jesus never leaves us and we desire to see our students live in light of that truth.”

A variety of leading voices will speak at Grace Chapel this semester. The list includes authors, musicians, athletes and activists. “By hearing from leaders of several different fields and causes, we hope to deepen students’ understanding of God’s work in the world and how they fit into that work,” Mencarelli said.
Propaganda will speak at Grace College on Jan. 17. Propaganda is an artist, activist, academic, father, and husband. He has released music with the Tunnel Rats and the Footsoldiers, three solo albums, five LPs, and a book of poetry. His art combines pop culture knowledge and aesthetics with messages that challenge his listeners to think and feel in new ways.

Cokiesha Bailey Robinson will speak at Grace on Jan. 19. Robinson is a speaker and author who has a passion for encouraging people. She served as a missionary in Africa, Jamaica, and Turkey. She has contributed to the books “Farther In and Deeper Down,” “The Inheritance,” “This is My Story,” and “Planting Trust, Knowing Peace,” and she currently writes for several devotional sites.

Keith Minier will speak at Grace on Jan. 25 and 26. He is the lead pastor at Grace Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio, and an avid basketball fan and blogger. Minier’s blog address is

Nicole Bromely will speak at Grace on Feb. 2. Bromely is an author, speaker, and founder of OneVOICE, a nonprofit dedicated to stopping global child sex trafficking. Her books include “Hush: Moving from Silence to Healing after Childhood Sexual Abuse” and “Breathe: Finding Freedom to Thrive in Relationships after Childhood Sexual Abuse.” She received the 2016 Role Model Magazine Top 25 Influential Women Award and the 2011 Marietta College’s Outstanding Young Alumna Award.

John Lynch will speak at Grace from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9. He is a contributing author for “The Cure: What If God Isn’t Who You Think He Is and Neither Are You?” as well as more than 10 other books. He is also the pastor of Open Door Fellowship Church in Phoenix, Ariz.

Tamika Catchings will speak at Grace on Feb. 14. Catchings played in the WNBA for thirteen years on the Indiana Fever, and she holds the record for most all-start appearances and most consecutive playoff appearances. She now owns a tea shop, Tea’s Me Café, in Indianapolis, and is director of player programs and franchise development for Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

A full schedule for Grace’s Spring Chapels can be found at

Tim Tebow to Speak at Grace College

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Tim Tebow will speak at Grace College on Feb. 16.

Heisman Trophy winner and inspirational speaker Tim Tebow will visit Grace College on Friday, Feb. 16.  Tebow will speak at 10:30 a.m. on his career and faith journey during Chapel at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. The event is free and open to the public while tickets last.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tim to campus and provide our students and community the opportunity to hear from a champion of our faith who has built a very successful career and honored God through it,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College.

Tim Tebow is a two-time national champion, first-round NFL draft pick, and Heisman trophy winner. He played three years in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and New England Patriots. Tebow is now an outfielder for the New York Mets Organization as he endeavors to succeed at the highest level in two professional sports. Tebow is a college football analyst for the SEC Network and a contributor for ESPN. His 2011 book “Through My Eyes” was named the #1 sports book of the year and best-selling religion book of 2011. In 2016, Tebow released “Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms.”

In partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which will host Tim Tebow on Feb. 15 for its Night of Hope at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Grace College invited Tebow to speak on campus during its annual Career Week. Throughout the week, the Grace College Center for Career Connections (CCC) provides resources and perspectives for students to help guide the trajectory of their education.

“The Center for Career Connections is committed to helping students prepare for successful careers after college,” said Denise Terry, director of the CCC. “Part of preparation is inspiration – and it doesn’t get much better than Tim Tebow!”

An estimated 250 area high school students with disabilities will be in the audience to hear Tebow. These students will be on campus for Transition Exploration Day, an annual event hosted by the Grace College Student Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), to explore local post-secondary options available to them.

“We couldn’t ask for a more edifying speaker for this event than Tim Tebow,” said Dr. Cheryl Bremer, sponsor of CEC and associate professor of education at Grace College. The Tim Tebow Foundation is dedicated to making dreams come true for children with special needs including those with disabilities, life-threatening illnesses and those needing a permanent home. The Foundation sponsors Night to Shine, a worldwide prom for people with special needs, which will take place in Warsaw on Feb. 9.

Tim Tebow’s visit to Grace College is sponsored by Lippert Components. Generous donations were also made by Wildman Business Group and Dr. Michael Lyons.

Tickets are now available at the Grace College Campus Store, located in the Gordon Recreation Center, 100 Publishers Dr., Winona Lake. Campus Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon – 4 p.m. While tickets are free, they are required for entrance.  A limit of six tickets per person will be distributed while they last. For group ticket distribution or for more information, call 574-372-5100, ext. 6106.