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NINE INDUCTED INTO LANCER ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
New members of the Lancer Athletics Hall of Fame are (front, left to right) Eve Dawes, Willa Henry, Cheryl Pulver, Gary Woolman, Tim Van Duyne, (back row, left to right) Rebecca Macy, Ron Henry, John Boal, Jim Woolman, and Darrell Johnson

New members of the Lancer Athletic Hall of Fame are (front, left to right) Eve Dawes, Willa Henry, Cheryl Pulver, Gary Woolman, Tim Van Duyne, (back row, left to right) Rebecca Macy, Ron Henry, John Boal, Jim Woolman, and Darrell Johnson

Grace College inducted nine members into the Lancer Athletic Hall of Fame November 7. The inductees honored at the banquet in the Orthopaedic Capital Center include: Rebecca Macy (Wahlstrom), volleyball; John Boal, men’s basketball; Darrell Johnson, baseball and golf; Eve Dawes (Arthur), women’s soccer; Cheryl Pulver (Myers), women’s basketball; Tim VanDuyne, men’s soccer; Lloyd Woolman, athletic director and coach; and Ron and Willa Henry, for their meritorious service to Grace Athletics.

Macy was an NAIA All-American (‘95), MCC Player of the Year (‘95), and two-time NCCAA All-American (‘95, ‘96) for volleyball.

Boal was a two-time NAIA District 21 Player of the Year (‘83, ‘84), NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (‘84) and two-time NCCAA All-American (‘83, ‘84) for men’s basketball. During his speech, he spoke about his bond with fellow teammates and the lessons that 33-year veteran head coach Jim Kessler taught him.

Johnson was named MCC All-Conference  (’73) for baseball and MCC Golf Coach of the Year (’97). He also holds Grace College’s pitching records with wins in both career and season, as well as single season ERA. Johnson pitched in the very first game at Grace College’s Miller Field, and as a long-time faculty member, he has enjoyed seeing Lancer Athletics evolve over the years.

Dawes was an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (’99), NCCAA All-American (’97, ’98, ’99) and MCC All-Conference (’96-’99) for women’s soccer. She also holds the individual records for goals and points in a career.

Pulver was a two-time NAIA District 21 All-American (’91, ’92), NCCAA All-American (’92) and two-time MCC All-Conference (’91, ‘92) for women’s basketball; and Van Duyne was an NAIA All-American (’76), NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (’78) and MCC All-Conference (’76-’79) for men’s soccer.

The late Lloyd Woolman was also honored. Woolman won four MCC track and field championships, and an MCC soccer title as a coach.  Woolman also served as athletic director and he helped institute Grace’s track and field, cross country, baseball, tennis, golf and soccer programs. Woolman’s two sons were in attendance to accept the award.

Ron and Willa Henry were also honored for their meritorious service to Grace Athletics. Ron has been a faculty member for over 50 years, and he was the public address announcer at Lancer games and Warsaw High School games for a number of years. Willa has also been named Warsaw teacher of the year.

“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,” said Grace Athletic Director Chad Briscoe. “These achievements have touched everyone associated with Grace College both in and out of the arena of athletics.”

ALPHA CHI INDUCTS 27

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

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Grace College’s Indiana Gamma Chapter of Alpha Chi, national college honor society, inducted 27 students at a ceremony November 8. Alpha Chi is a coeduational society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those achieving such distinction.

New members are Elizabeth Balasa, elementary education and Spanish education; Jennifer Benner, English and history; Lauren Cartwright, social studies; Megan Crawford, physical education; Jaime DeWeerd, art education; Corey Grandstaff, social studies; Bethany Henderson, psychology and sociology; David Henry, biology; Rebekah Kesler, business administration; Brooke Kovac, criminal justice and psychology; John Leichty, accounting; Darci Long, marketing; Linda Molyneux, psychology; Cassie Patterson, criminal justice and counseling; Sheila Remington, sociology and counseling; Sarah Rice, history; Samuel Roth, mathematics; Caleb Roth, business administration; Emily Rush, biology; Tommi Sauder, graphic design and drawing and painting; Julie Shearer, counseling and sociology; Nathan Short, biblical studies; Daniel Smith, accounting and information systems; Heather Speckman, counseling; Kori Sutterfield, business administration; Rachael Warrington, elementary education; and Melissa Witwer, biology.

FIND GRACE COLLEGE CHAPEL PODCASTS ON ITUNES

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Grace chapel messages are now available through iTunes. If you have downloaded the iTunes software previously, go to the “iTunes Store” tab and search “Grace College Chapel” from the main page. If you do not have iTunes software first download iTunes software from the iTunes Web site, then click on iTunes Store once you have installed the software. There is no charge for the podcast subscription.

CROSSES ON LAWN REPRESENT 2,016 ABORTIONS

Monday, September 28th, 2009
Crosses representing the 2,104 abortions (1982-2008) in Kosciusko County, Ind., where Grace is located, have been placed on the north and east lawns of Morgan Library on the Grace campus. The crosses are a reminder of the human beings, each created in the image and likeness of God (Genesus 1:26), whose lives were so tragically ended by abortionists.

Crosses representing the 2,016 abortions (1982-2008) in Kosciusko County, Ind., where Grace is located, have been placed on the north and east lawns of Morgan Library on the Grace campus. The crosses are a reminder of the human beings, each created in the image and likeness of God (Genes1s 1:26), whose lives were so tragically ended by abortionists.

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GRACE PART OF COMMUNITY EFFORT FUNDED BY $7 MILLION GRANT

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The future of Warsaw, Indiana, the orthopedics capital of the world, received a significant boost September 23, with the single largest private foundation grant ever awarded in the region.

Grace President Dr. Ron Manahan discussed Orthoworx at the September 23 news conference.

Grace President Dr. Ron Manahan discussed Orthoworx at the September 23 news conference.

At a news conference September 23 in the Orthopaedic Capital Center on the Grace College campus, the Kosciusko County Community Foundation (KCCF) and BioCrossroads announced that a $7 million grant, provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. to KCCF, will support the establishment of OrthoWorx, a Warsaw-based, industry, community and education initiative to advance and support growth and innovation within the region’s uniquely concentrated, globally significant orthopedics device sector. The initiative will engage and enhance the broader community interests that both serve and depend upon the sector’s continued growth.

“Indiana is indeed fortunate to be home to this extraordinary cluster of orthopedic companies in the Warsaw community,” said N. Clay Robbins, president of the Endowment. “We are pleased that a promising plan and framework have been developed, after many months of deliberation and good effort, to secure and enhance the region’s competitive appeal to the orthopedic industry now and in the future.

“While many have contributed to the development of this plan, we are especially impressed by the leadership and dedication of the president of Grace College, Ron Manahan; the executive director of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Suzie Light; and the leaders of the orthopedic industry and BioCrossroads. Without their tireless efforts we would not be here today,” Robbins added. Both Light and Dr. Manahan serve on the OrthoWorx board of directors with other local industry leaders.

Speaking at the news conference, Grace President Ron Manahan said, “Today marks a great partnership of commitment to action over the next months and years. We have had studies before. We have a partnership for action, for change, for pursuit of the opportunities that are ahead. I thank everyone here for a committed partnership for action and achievement, for seizing this opportunity. This is our opportunity. It is up to us to achieve. We are in this together.”

The OrthoWorx initiative was created out of a comprehensive Endowment-funded study conducted by BioCrossroads, Indiana’s public-private collaboration for investment, development and advancement of the state’s signature life sciences strengths. Released Sept. 10, the report, “Warsaw, Indiana: The Orthopedics Capital of the World — An overview, analysis and blueprint for future industry and community growth”, explores the sector’s current assets and challenges and sets forth a series of action-oriented recommendations designed to secure and advance the community’s current position as home to nearly a third of the world’s orthopedic device industry. The report is available in PDF format at www.biocrossroads.org.

Initially,  OrthoWorx will focus on (1) branding and awareness, (2) community enhancement, (3) education, (4) talent and workforce development, (5) transportation and logistics, and (6) technical support services.

GRACE SETS NEW ENROLLMENT RECORD

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Grace College and Seminary reports a record enrollment this fall for the fourth consecutive year. As of Friday, September 4, a total of 1,633 students have enrolled for the 2009–2010 academic year, topping the 2008 enrollment of 1,508 by 8.3 percent.

The combination of new students and a high student retention rate of upperclassmen has contributed to the increase this year.  Although the number of new freshmen is less than last year, strong enrollment in the college’s GOAL degree-completion program, its prison education program, and graduate programs resulted in the new record.

Grace President Ronald E. Manahan, Th.D., said Grace is attracting the record number of students because of innovative new undergraduate and graduate academic programs, the development of scholar and leadership programs, and the college’s continued commitment to Christian values. In recent years, the college has offered new programs such as its GOAL degree-completion program, as well as several new master’s degrees with online components. In addition, the college has instituted its new bachelor of science in environmental biology program beginning this fall. Additional new offerings are in the plans for next year.

“It is encouraging to see our students respond to our innovative scholar and leadership programs, such as the Millennial Scholar Academy, Orthopaedic Scholar Institute, and Presidential Scholarship Competition, as well as the strong enrollment in the Graduate Department of Counseling and Interpersonal Relations and the new graduate programs in the Teacher Education Department,” Dr. Manahan said. “In addition, when visiting the Grace campus, parents and future students often comment on the engaging atmosphere and commitment to both academic achievement and the Christian faith.”

One of the programs contributing to the increase in enrollment is the college’s dual credit program. This program enables some high school juniors and seniors to earn credits at Grace College before they graduate from high school. Grace has partnered with Blackhawk Christian Academy in Ft. Wayne and Columbia City High School for dual credit classes taught on the college level to be offered at those high schools. In addition, the college is in contact with several other high schools interested in offering the dual credit courses.

Grace recently received recognition for excellence from two organizations which annually rank leading colleges. In July, U.S. News and World Report named Grace to its list of “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest” for 2010. Grace ranked 35th among the 99 Midwest institutions in the 2010 USN&WR rankings. Also in July, The Princeton Review named Grace as one of the best colleges in the Midwest, selecting Grace as one of 158 institutions it profiles in the “Best in the Midwest” section of its Web site feature 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

Grace College Named Among Top Midwestern Colleges

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

U.S. News and World Report has named Grace College in Winona Lake to its “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest” for 2010. Grace ranked 35th among the 99 Midwest institutions included in the USN&WR report for 2010.

U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings are based on a number of criteria, including academic reputation, retention rates, graduation rates, faculty, selective admissions practices, financial resources, and alumni giving.

Grace is preparing to welcome an estimated 300 new full-time freshmen and transfer students at its new student registration on August 29.

Applicants are attracted to Grace because of several factors, including the college’s commitment to academic achievement and to the Christian faith. In recent years, Grace has continued to build on its strengths with innovative programs such as the Millennial Scholar Academy, Orthopaedic Scholar Institute, and Presidential Scholarship Competition. In addition, Grace provides students with opportunities for community involvement and domestic and foreign ministries.

Grace starts the fall semester August 31 in the second year of a new academic organization structure designed to further enhance its academic programs. The college consists of four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Ministry Studies, School of Music, and School of Adult and Community Education. Grace offers more than 50 undergraduate majors in its undergraduate departments: Art, Behavioral Science, Biblical Studies, Business, Communication, English and Journalism, Foreign Languages and Cultures, History and Social Studies, Nursing (in cooperation with Bethel College), Science and Mathematics, and School of Music. In addition, the college offers six undergraduate pre-professional programs:  pre-law, pre-med, pre-veterinary, pre-physical therapy, pre-dentistry, and pre-physician assistant.

The college also offers through its School of Adult and Community Education three master’s degree programs featuring blended studies with on-campus and online components. They are Master of Education, Master of Science in Instructional Leadership, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

Another degree program through the School of Adult and Community Education is GOAL (Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners), which provides people who have some college credit the opportunity to complete their college degrees.

The Grace College Graduate Department of Counseling and Interpersonal Relations offers two master’s degree programs. In addition, master’s and doctoral level programs are offered by Grace Theological Seminary.

Last month, Grace was recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest. The New York City-based education services company selected Grace as one of the institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section on its Web site feature, 2009 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

Three Profs Join Grace College

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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Prof. Reiff

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Dr. Marlett

Dr. Marlett

Dr. Bosch

Dr. Bosch

Three professors  join the Grace College faculty beginning with the fall 2009 semester. They are Nathan S. Bosch, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science and director of Kosciusko Lakes and Streams; Keith E. Marlett, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling; and Kim M. Reiff, M.F.A., assistant professor of art and chair of the college’s Department of Art.

Nathan Bosch holds his Ph.D. degree in resource ecology and management—aquatics from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. He earned his B.A. degree at Trinity Christian College and has studied at the Au Sable Environmental Institute in Michigan. Dr. Bosch comes to Grace College from his position as research fellow with the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research at the University of Michigan. In addition, he has served as a modeling consultant with the Stantec, Inc., and research assistant at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

Keith E. Marlett holds his Ph.D. degree in professional counseling, M.A. degree in professional counseling, B.S. in pastoral ministries from Liberty University and earned his associates degree at Auburn Community College.  Dr. Marlett has taught at Ashland Theological Seminary in its master of divinity and M.A. in Clinical Counseling programs and comes to Grace College from his position at the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. He also has more than 24 years of experience as a pastor.

Kim M. Reiff, M.F.A., earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic arts from Indiana University, her MBA degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and master of fine arts degree in visual arts from Azusa Pacific University. She comes to Grace from her position as manager of marketing communications at NuVasive, Inc., in San Diego, California. Prof. Reiff’s experience also includes positions as manager of marketing communications at MacroPore Biosurgery, Inc., in San Diego and graphic designer for Biomet in Warsaw, Indiana. She also has worked as a production manager, art director, and staff artist, as well as teaching organizational management at Indiana Wesleyan University.

 

Princeton Review Names Grace College to Its List of Best Midwestern Colleges

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Grace College is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company selected Grace as one of 158 institutions it profiles in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its Web site feature 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region that posted July 27, 2009.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing, “We chose Grace College and the other terrific schools we recommend as our ‘regional best’ colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs. We also work to have our roster of ‘regional best’ colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character, and locale.

“We choose the schools based on institutional data we collect from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers–their students–report to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey.” 

DeYOUNG WEB SITE FEATURES DESIGNS FROM NATURE

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Don DeYoung, Ph.D.

Don DeYoung, Ph.D.

Don DeYoung, Ph.D., professor of physics at Grace College, explains how nature has inspired some of the greatest inventions and medical breakthroughs on his Web site, discoveryofdesign.com. This Web site features a different design every month, with all of the previous designs easily accessible.

For example, DeYoung featured the kingfisher in January of 2009. This bird, native to Canada and northern regions of the United States, inspired Japanese engineers with their design of engines for bullet trains. Previously, the trains had caused sonic booms, which disturbed people living within several miles of the tracks.

The Japanese studied the design of the kingfisher’s beak and redesigned many of their train engines to have long, tapered noses. This design creates less noise and increases energy efficiency.

Other cases where nature has solved technological problems, or provided for needs, can be found on the Discovery of Design Web site. “God has embedded countless design ideas in nature, and He’s just waiting for us to discover them,” DeYoung once said during Chapel services at Grace.

In addition to this Web site, DeYoung is currently putting together some of his research for a book titled Discovery of Design. He, along with co-author Derrik Hobbs (an alumnus of Grace), will include hundreds of examples which show in the book how inventors and designers have taken inspiration from creation.

The authors expect the book to be published in the fall of 2009. For more information, visit discoveryofdesign.com.