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Grace College Grounds Team Receives National Recognition

Monday, November 7th, 2016
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Grace College & Seminary grounds team. Left to right, front row: Bradley Zeinstra, Nikola Blazic, Morgan Cody and Shane Parrett.   Left to right, back row: Hildegard Fehlmann, Denzil Mauk, Jeffrey Buriff, Harold Loebs and Brian Balke.


Grace College & Seminary’s grounds team recently received the Green Star Honor Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS). The award, which recognizes excellence in grounds management, was presented to Jeff Buriff, Grace College grounds supervisor, at the PGMS national convention in Louisville, Ky. on Oct. 21.  “It was a huge honor to receive this award. It has put Grace College on the national stage in the landscape world,” Buriff said.

PGMS is the nation’s largest grounds management society, recognized for its leadership and educational resources.  Annual Green Star Awards recognize superior landscaping and grounds management in a variety of sectors including colleges and universities.  Grace College & Seminary was one of six recipients of its kind to receive the Green Star Honor Award this year.

“I am so pleased that the grounds team received this recognition,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary.  “I consistently hear complimentary remarks from visitors about the quality of our campus grounds, and that is testament to our high caliber team.”

“The honor award is evidence of our continued efforts to improve and beautify our campus and sports turf,” said Randy Kleinhans, director of the physical plant at Grace College. “Our aim is to provide an environment where students, faculty, staff and the public can enjoy excellent professional landscaping.”

Grace’s grounds team has sought professional development and continual improvement in recent years.  Training seminars in landscape and sports turf management conducted by Purdue University have proved beneficial, as well as visiting other campuses. “In addition to training, we have visited peer schools to learn new ideas and best practices.  We are striving to be the best in class for our size school,” Kleinhans added.

For more information about Grace College & Seminary, visit or call 574-372-5100.

Grace College Recognized for Top Online Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Program

Friday, November 4th, 2016



Grace College’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online degree was recently named one of the top national programs by Best Counseling Degrees.  Grace College ranked 6th and was the only Indiana college named among the most affordable accredited programs.

Best Counseling Degrees shares expert information about top counseling degrees to help students achieve their professional goals. Lists are compiled using data from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP).

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to build a quality and affordable faith-based program that emphasizes professional skill development,” said Dr. Amy Gilbert, chair of the graduate counseling department at Grace.

Grace College’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling trains graduate students to excel as professional counselors. They are taught to be scripturally grounded, professionally skilled and interpersonally competent. Upon completion, students are qualified to seek state licensure or pursue doctoral studies in counseling. The program is offered online and on-campus; both are CACREP-accredited.

“We’re proud to offer students the option of a residential or online program at Grace,” said Gilbert.  “Our online degree program is ideal for those who need to maintain full-time family and work responsibilities while pursuing their degree.  Online students also enjoy the four to six-day residency on campus in Winona Lake,” she said.

For more information about the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, visit Or, contact Dr. Gilbert at 574-372-5100, ext. 6064.  For the complete report and rankings from Best Counseling Degrees, visit

Grace College Accepting Applications for Degree Completion Program

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

GOAL_LogoGrace College is now accepting applications for the Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL) program.  The degree completion program is offered residentially or fully online for adults who wish to complete their four-year degree while maintaining family and work responsibilities.  The next GOAL cohort will begin January 9, 2017.

With convenient scheduling, current technology and outstanding instruction, Grace makes obtaining a bachelor’s degree a reality for many area adults. Building on previous college credits and life experiences equivalent to about two years of college, a GOAL degree can be completed in just 16 months.

In 2014, Serena Case graduated from GOAL with a bachelor of science in business management. Case calls enrolling in GOAL “one of the best decisions” she has ever made. “GOAL has impacted my career in so many ways. It was a necessary stepping stone for the success I’ve had,” she said.  In GOAL, Case mastered her subject area and built lasting relationships. “It gave me the tools and confidence I needed to pursue a career that I love,” said Case.

Initially, Serena worked in manufacturing.  Four months after graduating from GOAL, she was hired as a quality engineering tech at DePuy Synthes in Warsaw.  After two years at DePuy, Case acquired her dream job: a clinical research associate at Medpace in Cinncinati, Ohio. “GOAL truly changes lives,” she said. “Students graduate feeling confident and equipped.”

At Grace’s Winona Lake campus, GOAL students can earn a B.S. in management or a B.S. in quality management.  Each course meets one night per week for five weeks or for two day-long Saturday sessions.  Online degrees include a B.S. in management, a B.S. in human services and B.S. in business administration.

Grace College is now accepting applications for January GOAL cohorts. Prospective students should call 877-607-0012 or email admissions counselor Natalie Ferry at  Additional information about GOAL can be found at

Four Lady Lancers Honored by Crossroads League

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Meredith Hollar

Meredith Hollar

Abby Schue

Abby Schue

Four members of Grace women’s soccer team were honored by the Crossroads League on Nov. 1 in the postseason awards.

Meredith Hollar, Abby Schue and Kristelle Jadoo were all named First Team All-League, and Maile Grout was honorable mention to the All-League Team.

Hollar was Grace’s leading attacker throughout the season. She had eight goals and one assist in the regular season to rack up 17 points. Hollar’s 36 career goals rank fifth in program history.

Schue posted eight shutouts in 16 games for Grace. She made 95 saves on the season, averaging nearly six saves per game.

Jadoo was an integral part of Grace’s defense. The senior outside back was one of just four players to start all 16 games. She helped Grace to six shutouts in league play.

Grout was a steady defensive midfielder for Grace. The senior was instrumental in winning and keeping possession for Grace in the middle. She also started all 16 games.

The Lady Lancers played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, taking on six ranked teams during the regular season. Grace still managed to finish fourth in the Crossroads League.

Grace is focused on qualifying for the NCCAA National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. To reach NAIA Nationals, the Lady Lancers will need to qualify through NCCAA Regionals which will be released in the coming days.

Grace Holds Sportsmanship Summit for Northern Lakes Conference

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Sportsmanship conference

Grace College and Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe welcomed student-athletes from the high schools of the Northern Lakes Conference for a Sportsmanship Summit on Monday, Oct. 31.

Student-athletes from the NLC schools attended the summit, which was designed to educate student-athletes about sportsmanship and character training in athletics.

“We are pleased to be a part of building character at the high school level through the Sportsmanship Summit,” Briscoe said. “We hope it served as a great opportunity to educate and reinforce character education and to help promote the importance of sportsmanship for each student-athlete.”

Student-athletes from the NLC spent the day together working in groups to discuss and challenge one another in sportsmanship and character-building opportunities in the athletic realm. The students worked in team-building opportunities to promote camaraderie among the schools in the conference and create various mission statements for the NLC.

The Sportsmanship Summit featured sessions from Roger Grossman, Lenny Krebs and Briscoe.

Grace College to Present Fall Play: ‘A Murder Is Announced’

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

muder posterGrace College will present the play “A Murder Is Announced” Friday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Little Theatre, located in Philathea Hall on the Grace College campus.  This murder mystery, based on the book by Agatha Christie, takes place in England.  The classic “whodunit” plot unfolds after a local paper publishes the time and place of a future murder.  The mystery will have audiences guessing until the very end.

Ticket are $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults.  Tickets may be purchased at Jazzman’s Café on campus, through Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts by calling 574-267-8041 or at the door.  Performances will take place at the following times:

Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


Tippecanoe River Clean-Up Project Completes Final Phase, Makes River Accessible

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

More than 280 logjams were cleared from the Tippecanoe River to mitigate flooding and open the river to recreation. Partners gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony to “open” the Tippecanoe River: (From left to right) Mike Kissinger, Matt Gilbert, Scott Fetters, Ed Roberts, Bob Conley, Amy Bloemendaal, John Tyler, Rod Edgell, Jim LeMasters, Nate Bosch, Jo Paczkowski, Stephen Becker, Jeff Gilbert, Richard Kemper (not pictured), and Ed Rock (not pictured).


The project addressing areas of excess fallen trees in the Tippecanoe River was completed this fall, reducing flooding and increasing recreation opportunities.

More than 280 logjams were removed from the 30-mile stretch of river from Oswego Lake to Ind. 19 as a strategy to allow for water to flow more freely and provide easier canoe and kayak paddling access in the Tippecanoe River.

The project is a collaboration led by the Center for Lakes & Streams along with Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Kosciusko County Office of Emergency Management, Kosciusko County Surveyor’s Office, Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners, and Paddlers for Conservation.

The Nature Conservancy listed the Tippecanoe River as the eighth most important river in the world for biodiversity. Removal efforts focused on logjams of greatest severity, leaving smaller trees and other woody debris closer to the stream banks for beneficial wildlife habitat. While logjams have been removed making the river currently passable, future logjams will be removed when possible to keep the river open.

A paddling trip down the cleared portion of the Tippecanoe River from Oswego Lake to the Chinworth Bridge parking area near the CCAC is estimated to take approximately six hours, and the stretch from Chinworth Bridge to the DNR public access parking area at Ind. 19 takes approximately five hours to travel.

Funding for this project primarily came from DNR funds set aside for logjam removal efforts.  Local matching funds were obtained from the Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission, various lake associations, corporations and private donors.


Grace College to Host Conference on Mission

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

grace_college_fall signGrace College will host its annual Conference on Mission Tuesday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 4.  Since 1960, Grace has welcomed missionaries to campus for this special annual event.  Guest speakers, seminars and other events will take place throughout the week with a focus on God’s plan for mankind both locally and globally.  The public is welcomed to attend.

“The purpose of this year’s Conference on Mission is to help students see God’s vision for reaching the world no matter where they are or what job they have,” said Brent Mencarelli, dean of undergraduate chapel and community life at Grace College.  “Our conference theme mirrors our 2016-17 campus theme: CORE.  As we study what is at the heart of our Christian faith this year, we hope students will see the value of mission work both locally and globally, as each are part of the ‘core’ of Christianity,” he said.

Conference on Mission seminars will be held on Tuesday from 9:15 – 10:15 p.m., Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:45 p.m., and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and 9:15 – 10 p.m.  Guest speakers include Ed Gersch from Athletes in Action, Rick Smith from Biblical Ministries Worldwide, Doug Schaible from New Tribes Mission, Kirsten Lynch from CMF International, Dave and Susie Hobert from Encompass World Partners and many others. More than 50 missionaries representing over 30 mission organizations will participate.

Chapel will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Captial Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake.  A 24-hour day of prayer will take place in McClain Hall beginning on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m, concluding Thursday at 2:30 p.m.  A dessert social with missionaries will be held on Wednesday from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in Westminster Hall.

For the complete Conference on Mission schedule and missionary participants, visit or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6488.

Susan Gibbons to Exhibit Work at Grace College Art Gallery

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
“Adam Series Study IV: Encaustic and Dirt on Cradled Board” by Gibbons

“Adam Series Study IV: Encaustic and Dirt on Cradled Board” by Susan M. Gibbons


Susan M. Gibbons, a professional artist from Denver, Colo., will present her work on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.during the opening of her exhibit, “The Adam Series,” in the Art Gallery of Mount Memorial Hall, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake. From 6:30-7 p.m., Gibbons will present an artist’s talk. A reception will follow until 9 p.m. The community is welcome to attend the free event.

Gibbons will hold a collagraph workshop on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9-11 a.m. in Mount Memorial, room 109. The community is welcome to attend the class; tickets are $10. Grace students may attend for free. Interested parties should RSVP to

Gibbons works with the ancient media of encaustic (pigmented bee’s wax) as well as with acrylic, oil, graphite, ink and mixed media. Current bodies of work reflect poetry, nature, times of contemplation and prayer. Her work capitalizes on the interaction between textures, subtleties, colors and contrasts.

In addition to solo and group exhibitions, Gibbons’ work has been exhibited in various galleries nationally and internationally. Her work is held in private collections and has been included in publications. Gibbons holds a master’s degree in fine art from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Colorado State University.  Gibbons also enjoys teaching college students and adults through community workshops. She is represented by The Royal Contemporary Gallery in Florence, Colo.

The Gibbons exhibit runs now through Dec. 17, 2016. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call Grace College Department of Visual, Performing, and Media Arts 574-372-5100 ext. 6022 or email

Community Welcome at Fun Fest 2016

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

FunFest 2016 FINAL graphicGrace College will host its annual Fun Fest event on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6-9 p.m. in the Gordon Recreation Center, 100 Publishers Dr., Winona Lake. The Halloween alternative is free and open to the public. It offers inflatables, face painting, games, food, candy and more. This year, Fun Fest will be themed after Disney’s popular movie, “Zootopia.” Children are invited to wear costumes and come ready for a fun-filled evening.

“Fun Fest is a great way for Grace students and the community to interact and build relationships,” said Kearstin Criswell, coordinator of student involvement at Grace College. “We look forward to supplying a safe, fun fall event for the whole family.”

Fun Fest is planned and executed by SERVE, a student-led service organization at Grace.  SERVE provides mentors and tutoring at local elementary schools and facilitates family-friendly community events throughout the year including Fun Fest, Supermarket Sweep (to take place Nov. 16) and Night Market (to take place Dec. 9).

Over 50 Grace students will volunteer in a variety of roles to make this year’s Fun Fest a success.  Hannah Treadway, a graduate student at Grace, is responsible for volunteer recruitment and event oversight.  “I’m thrilled to help execute Fun Fest this year,” she said.  “We are going to have a lot of fun making ‘Zootopia’ come alive for kids and families.  The student volunteers are really looking forward to serving the community and welcoming everyone to campus for Fun Fest.”

Local elementary school parents can find more information about Fun Fest in their Peachjar digital flyer.  For further information, please contact Kearstin Criswell at or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6470.

Grace College student Tonya Hassler leads the horseshoe game at Fun Fest 2015.

Grace College student Tonya Hassler leads the horseshoe game at Fun Fest 2015.