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Grace College Student Applies Political Science Education on Campaign Trail

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
Montana gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte (left), Kirsten Mead and Rick Perry, former governor of Texas.

Montana gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte (left), Grace College student Kirsten Mead and Rick Perry, former governor of Texas.


Kirsten Mead of Powell, Ohio, spent last summer as a full-time intern in Bozeman, Mont., working on Greg Gianforte’s gubernatorial campaign. Mead, a junior studying political science, pre-law and English at Grace College, worked on the campaign’s fundraising team.

“I did whatever was needed,” Mead said. “Sometimes this meant spending eight hours of my nine-hour day making phone calls. Occasionally, it would translate to chatting with high-dollar donors during fundraisers.” Mead learned that campaigning is “far from glamorous” but found the experience intensely helpful. “It solidified my belief that politics is something I want to invest myself in professionally,” Mead said.

After graduation, Mead plans to pursue a career in lobbying. “But I’m excited to see what doors open in the political field,” Mead added. “I’m truly enthusiastic about the field as a whole and willing to pursue paths in any area of politics.”

Grace College is committed to graduating career-ready students. All students must complete at least 12 credit hours of applied learning such as study abroad, internship, student leadership, applied research and student teaching. Applied learning opportunities are designed to help students gain experience in the real world and refine their career choice.

“My education at Grace prepared me well for my experience in Montana,” Mead said. “Classroom discussions and texts helped me analyze the campaign rhetoric.”  Mead recalls one exercise in particular led by instructor Jeff Grose in which she analyzed hypothetical demographics and classified people into political persuasions.  “It was incredible to see how often these stereotypes held true on the Gianforte campaign, and also to discover factors that caused differentiation from the stereotypes,” she said.  “People’s passions, careers, and experiences can move someone who should be an obvious conservative voter to support liberal candidates, and vice versa,” she continued.

The Grace College History & Political Science Department offers concentrations in history, political science and social studies. Minors include archeology, geography, museum studies and pre-law.  Field experiences, such as Mead’s campaign internship, are strongly encouraged to supplement coursework and provide practical knowledge beyond the classroom.

For more information about the History & Political Science Department, contact Jared Burkholder, department chair, at or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6006. Additional information can be found at

Grace Basketball to Host Cancer Care Benefit Tourney

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

HoopsforHope2016The annual Wyndham Garden Terry Polston Hoops for Hope Tournament will be played this weekend at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

This year’s tournament, hosted by Grace’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, features eight games over the weekend. Games will run from 2-10 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission to watch the games is $7 per day, and all proceeds will go to Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund (KCCCF). The tournament is sponsored by Wyndham Garden of Warsaw and the Warsaw Morning Optimist Club. All cancer survivors are welcome to attend the tournament free of charge. The tournament is also in remembrance of D.A.R.E. Officer Terry Polston, who succumbed to lung cancer after a nine-year battle.

“Our goal each year is to raise around $2,000. We want to raise money but also to raise awareness in the community,” said Grace’s men’s coach Jim Kessler. “We chose to channel our money to KCCCF rather than the Jimmy V Foundation like most other schools do because all of the money stays local to benefit the area. It’s been a neat thing for us to be involved with as a team.”

The women’s tournament is a classic format. Grace’s women’s basketball team will host Silver Lake on Friday 6 p.m. in the nightcap. The Lady Lancers will then host NAIA Div. I No. 17 Pikeville on Saturday 2 p.m.

The men’s tournament includes Grace Bible, Lincoln Christian and Rochester. Grace will play Grace Bible on Friday at 8 p.m. The winner will advance to the men’s championship game against the winner of Rochester/Lincoln Christian at 4 p.m. Saturday.

To find out more information, including game times and live coverage, go to

Grace College Student Grace Smith of Fortville ‘Realizes the Dream’

Monday, November 14th, 2016
The attached photo pictures (left to right): Jon and Lynn Smith, parents of Grace; Grace Smith; Kim Davis, language and literature teacher at Heritage Christian High School; and Kearstin Criswell, Grace College director of student involvement.

The attached photo pictures (left to right): Jon and Lynn Smith, parents of Grace; Grace Smith; Kim Davis, language and literature teacher at Heritage Christian High School; and Kearstin Criswell, Grace College director of student involvement.

Grace Smith, a sophomore at Grace College from Fortville, Ind., was one of 31 college students honored at the annual “Realizing the Dream” banquet on Nov. 5 in Indianapolis. The event is organized by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), of which Grace College is a part.  Each of the honorees is a sophomore student who has “realized the dream” to be the first in his or her family to attend college.

The 27th annual event was made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to ICI to recognize successful first-generation college students and families. One student was selected by each of the 31 independent colleges in Indiana for outstanding achievement during their freshman year. Each honoree received a $2,500 check to help with college costs. Additionally, each student’s selected “most influential” teacher or mentor received a $1,000 professional development grant.

One out of every three students on ICI campuses is first-generation. Generous financial aid provided by the institutions combined with state and federal grants, makes a private college education a possibility for all Hoosier students, including Smith.

When asked why she chose to attend Grace College, Smith said “Ultimately, it was the invested professors I met while visiting, the beautiful campus and the free book rentals that led to my choice.”  And, she said “I truly felt the Lord calling me here.  I couldn’t be happier with all He has done in my time at Grace thus far.”

Smith has assumed several roles at Grace College since beginning her college career in 2015.  Most prominently, she is a Student Activities Board officer and a small group leader in her dorm. “Grace is a stand-out leader on campus,” said Kearstin Criswell, director of student involvement at Grace College. “She demonstrates courage and authenticity as she leads other women and models academic achievement on campus.”

Grace said she was shocked and honored when she received the news that she would receive the scholarship.  “It was rewarding to see that my efforts have not been overlooked, and incredibly humbling to have been chosen considering how many brilliant student leaders there are on campus,” she said. Smith credits her parents for much of her success up to this point.  “Although my parents did not attend college, they have always encouraged and prodded me to work hard so that I could attend college one day,” Smith continued.  “I would not be where I am today without their love and support,” Smith added. “I am beyond thankful.”

Criswell, along with Mrs. Kim Davis, language and literature teacher at Heritage Christian High School, accompanied Smith to the “Realizing the Dream” banquet on Nov. 5. “It was an honor to represent Grace College and celebrate Grace Smith’s accomplishments at the banquet,” Criswell said. “We are very proud of Grace and are fortunate to have her on campus,” she concluded.

For more information about Grace College, including financial aid and scholarship information, visit or call 866-974-7223.

Grace Partnership with KCH Expands

Friday, November 11th, 2016
Grace College & Seminary and Lutheran Health Network KCH celebrate their partnership. Pictured (left to right) are Grace staff Aaron Crabtree, dean of students; Christina Walters, exercise science instructor; Chad Briscoe, athletic director; Lisa Harman, director of human resources; Drew Flamm, vice president of advancement; Dr. Bill Katip, president; and KCH administrators Kirk Ray, chief executive officer; Jay de los Reyes, chief operating officer; Chuck Josey, chief financial officer; Kim Finch, chief nursing officer; and Megan Martin, vice president.

Grace College & Seminary and Lutheran Health Network KCH celebrate their partnership. Pictured (left to right) are Grace staff Aaron Crabtree, dean of students; Christina Walters, exercise science instructor; Chad Briscoe, athletic director; Lisa Harman, director of human resources; Drew Flamm, vice president of advancement; Dr. Bill Katip, president; and KCH administrators Kirk Ray, chief executive officer; Jay de los Reyes, chief operating officer; Chuck Josey, chief financial officer; Kim Finch, chief nursing officer; and Megan Martin, vice president.

Grace College & Seminary is pleased to announce that its partnership with Lutheran Health Network Kosciusko Community Hospital (KCH) is expanding. Grace and KCH have collaborated on various health-related initiatives for many years; however, this new KCH sponsorship is a 10-year agreement that includes ongoing support to Grace for health education, wellness, academics, athletic programs and other projects.

“The purpose of this commitment is to improve the health and wellness of community members whom we serve locally through Kosciusko Community Hospital, MedStat Urgent Care and Occupational Health, our affiliated medical staff and KCH Regional Rehabilitation Center,” said Kirk Ray, CEO of Kosciusko Community Hospital. “The agreement demonstrates a commitment from both entities to have a unified long-term vision for improving the health of Grace College & Seminary students, faculty and staff.”

For many years, KCH Regional Rehabilitation Center has served student athletes through athletic training. Training will continue to be offered and sports medicine services will be enhanced to Grace College through the term.

KCH’s Optimal Performance Sports program will provide student athletes with tailored performance enhancement services as an extension of Grace’s coaching staff. Sports performance services can include injury prevention training, bridging post-surgery gap with return to sport training, on-site training for coaches on proper technique and latest research, complimentary training for teams on-site, and strength conditioning. Additionally, a student health nurse will be provided to the institution.

“One of the primary ways Grace College & Seminary effectively and efficiently serves its students, faculty and staff is through the support and partnership of organizations that provide our campus with their expertise,” said Grace College & Seminary President Dr. Bill Katip. “We’re thankful for the ongoing support of KCH and are grateful for how they are extending and expanding their support to our students. We’ll be stronger for it.”

Grace College to Host Fifth Annual Executive Forum

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Gordon Institute LogoGrace College School of Business and the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development will partner to present the fifth annual Executive Forum, “Engaging Employees into the Company Culture,” on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 8 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake.  Doors open at 8 a.m. for check-in and continental breakfast.

Bill Pollard, chairman of FairWyn Investment Company, will give the forum’s keynote address.  The former ServiceMaster CEO and author of several books including best-seller “The Soul of the Firm,” has many business accolades.  While leading ServiceMaster, the company was recognized as the #1 service company in the Fortune 500 and one of the most respected companies in the world by “Financial Times.”  The distinguished businessman and author will speak about engaging employees in meaningful, God-honoring ways while growing your business.

“Bill Pollard has influenced my philosophy of business more than anyone else,” said Dr. Jeffrey Fawcett, dean of the School of Business at Grace College.  “We are thrilled to have him keynote this year’s forum.”

Pat Miller, host of The Pat Miller Program on WOWO, will moderate the event, and five panelists will offer their unique perspective on engaging employees. Panelists include Emily Hughes Smith, owner/operator of Naissance in Granger, Ind.; Mark Webb, CEO of QuikCut in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Larry Davis, CEO of Daman Products in Mishawaka, Ind.; Dan Adams, president and CTO of Manufacturing Technologies Inc. (MTI) in South Bend, Ind.; and Randy Lake, CEO of Oldcastle Materials Inc. in Atlanta, Ga.

“We expect this year’s forum to be the best yet,” said Alan Grossnickle, director of the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development and associate professor of business at Grace College. “We hope to draw a variety of businesspeople from across the region at our fifth annual event.”  This year’s topic – engaging employees into a company culture – is one that nearly every type of business can benefit from, according to Grossnickle.  “I think that every attendee should come with the expectation of receiving insights to make a tangible, positive difference at their place of business,” he concluded.

The Fifth Annual Executive Forum is open to the public. Tickets, which include a continental breakfast, are $40 per person and $35 for each additional person from the same company now through Nov. 8.  After Nov. 8, tickets are $45 and $40 for each additional person from the same company.  Tickets may be purchased online here.   The first 300 registrations will receive a free copy of “The Soul of the Firm” by speaker Bill PollardAdditionally, area high school students will be invited to fill the gallery for no charge.

This year’s forum is sponsored by RSM US LLP, a leading national assurance, tax and consulting firm with locations including South Bend and Indianapolis. For more information, please call Marsha Yocum at 574.372.5100, ext. 6094.

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Grace Chemistry Students Connect Studies to National Security

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
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Mr. Sam White, Ph.D. candidate, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Chad Snyder, Grace College chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics, invited Mr. Sam White, Physics Ph.D. candidate from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., to Grace for a research seminar on Nov. 4.  His physics research presentation entitled “Phase Transitions in VO2:  Optical Properties and Applications” was given to over 70 Grace College general chemistry students.

Mr. White’s research focuses on Department of Defense funding as well as NASA funding.  His studies center on the unique properties of vanadium (IV) oxide and its applications that include the protection of our U.S. and allied tank periscope operators.

Mr. White discussed the dangers our periscope operators face from incoming enemy laser attack meant to blind the operator.  In response to that threat, his research can help provide tank periscope operators a VO2 coating that will shield their eyes much like UV filters on certain sunglasses.

He also discussed how his research has applications in space technology where certain types of VO2 coatings can shield many satellites from harmful radiation from the sun as well as keep their internal temperatures consistent ensuring continued operation.

For more information about the Grace College Department of Science and Mathematics, contact Dr. Snyder at or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6443.




Annual Supermarket Sweep Brings Grace College and Community Together to Help Those in Need

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
The attached photo pictures Grace College students Nolan Miller (left) and Jordon May holding items to purchase during the 2015 Supermarket Sweep.

Grace College students Nolan Miller (left) and Jordon May hold items to purchase during the 2015 Supermarket Sweep.

Grace College and Mission Point Community Church are partnering for their sixth annual Supermarket Sweep, to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Owen’s Market, 2211 E. Center St., Warsaw.  The community is invited to participate in the all-day event to provide food and other daily essentials to those in need.

During Supermarket Sweep, shoppers are provided a list of needed items upon arrival.  Participants simply purchase those non-perishable food and baby products and leave them at the store for donation to area non-profits. These organizations include The Salvation Army, Combined Community Services, Our Father’s House and Heartline Pregnancy Center.

One beneficiary, The Salvation Army, relies on the gifts made through Supermarket Sweep each year. “The Supermarket Sweep ensures that we have food in our pantry for the holidays to reach out to people who are on fixed incomes, underemployed, unemployed and are facing crisis,” said Ken Locke, community ministries coordinator at The Salvation Army. “We appreciate this effort as we reach out to others in the name of Jesus!”

Kearstin Criswell, director of student involvement at Grace College, encourages families to consider participating together. “Grace students and staff look forward to this event all year,” she said.  “One of our favorite parts about the event is the collaboration with our community.  It’s especially gratifying to see families participate together.”  Criswell added, “Supermarket Sweep is a great way to teach children about the joy and importance of giving.”

A special Supermarket Sweep game show-style competition will be held from 9-11 p.m. for Grace students. The students will compete in small groups to win a variety of prizes donated by local businesses. Last year, nearly 450 students participated. The friendly competition is designed to encourage students’ involvement and culminates the day-long fundraiser.

Last year, Supermarket Sweep raised a record $26,124 in food and other products.  About half of those donations came from Grace students and half from the community. “The team effort between students and the communtiy raised significant help for those in need,” said Criswell. “This year, we hope to reach $30,000 in donations.  With the help of the community, we are optimistic that we’ll succeed!”

For more information about Supermarket Sweep, contact Kearstin Criswell at or (574) 372-5100 ext. 6470.

Grace College Wind Ensemble to Perform Fall Concert

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Photo pictures musicians preparing to play in the Winona Heritage Room. Photo courtesy of Jake Rhodes.

Photo pictures musicians preparing to perform in the Winona Heritage Room. Photo courtesy of Jake Rhodes.


The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble will present “Dreams, Wishes and Rainbows” on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake.  Tickets will be sold at the door; prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  There will be open seating; the audience is encouraged to arrive early for a good seat.

Martin Becker, director of the fall performance, was inspired to create the concert’s compilation of music by one of America’s greatest entertainment pioneers: Walt Disney.  “Disney’s legacy is an international, cultural icon,” said Becker.  Disney’s music is woven into the concert.

The concert will begin with a selection appropriately titled, “Fanfare: A Vision and a Dream.” The pieces were written by Ryan Nowlin and dedicated to William Doud Packard, who had characteristics similar to Disney’s. “Packard was a man of ingenuity, dreams, patriotism and generosity,” said Becker. “We feel this music captures those attributes.”

The second selection, “Dream, Imagine, Live,” is a new arrangement written by Larry Clark.  It is written in three diverse sections. Combined, the pieces are reflective of Henry David Thoreau’s quote, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”

The first half of the concert will conclude with “October,” a piece written by Eric Whitacre. “October is my favorite month,” Whitacre once said.  “Something about the crisp autumn air and subtle change in light always makes me a little sentimental, and I felt the same beauty in the writing.”  Whitacre is a Grammy-award winning composer and one of the most popular conductors of his generation. His music is performed throughout the world; his ground-breaking Virtual Choir, a user-generated choir that requires members to record and upload music, has united singers from over 110 different countries.

The second half of the concert will begin with “At the End of the Rainbow,” a newly composed selection written by Indiana composer Richard L. Saucedo. The composer notes, “The piece is named for that ongoing quest in which we all embark when trying to find our place in the world. No matter what we may find at our respective ‘ends of the rainbow,’ the search, the journey and the process is what matters most and creates for each individual a life that is extremely worthwhile.”

“There is no better way to conclude the concert than to perform some of Disney’s music,” Becker said. The ensemble will play “When You Wish Upon a Star,” a song written in 1940 for Disney’s adaptation of “Pinocchio.” The original version is the representative song of the Walt Disney Company.  “Composer Sammy Nestico has produced a wonderful arrangement of the song for concert band,” Becker adds.

The final selection is Disney’s “Fantasia 2000,” inspired by the movie and arranged by Jay Bocook. The Grace Wind Ensemble will perform three of the compositions used in the film: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Paul Dukas’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and the final from Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.”

The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble includes student and community members. The experienced group provides several public performances throughout the year. For more information, email Martin Becker at or call 800-544-7223, ext. 6359.

Winona History Center Receives Biederwolf Bust

Monday, November 7th, 2016
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Dr. Biederwolf bust acquired by the Winona History Center

One of the most recent acquisitions of the Winona History Center is a bronze bust of Dr. William E. Biederwolf (1867-1939) who directed the Winona Bible Conference from 1922 until his death in 1939. The bust was given to the History Center by the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois, and it was brought to Winona Lake by Skip and Carol Forbes. Carol Forbes, who spent many years developing and archiving materials in the Winona History Center, has had a special research interest in Biederwolf.

Biederwolf was born in Monticello, Indiana. He was educated at Wabash College, Princeton University, and at several universities in Europe. A Presbyterian, Biederwolf served as a pastor, chaplain, and in 1900 he turned to full-time evangelism under the tutelage of J. Wilbur Chapman, the first director of the Winona Bible Conference. One of Biederwolf’s greatest legacies, however, may be the role he played in convincing the founders of Grace College & Seminary to locate their school permanently in Winona Lake.

Biederwolf was present at the meeting held in the Winona Lake Presbyterian Church (now Church of the Good Shepherd) in 1937 during the Brethren conference. A capacity crowd of more than 500 was present and plans were announced for the opening of Grace Theological Seminary. Biederwolf was impressed with the proceedings and the spirit of the gathering and he invited Grace Seminary to make its home in Winona Lake.

The seminary opened the next fall in Akron, Ohio, with a student body of 39. After careful consideration, and in response to Biederwolf’s invitation, the seminary moved to Winona Lake to begin operation two years later in the fall of 1939. Grace College was subsequently founded in 1948 and it became a four-year liberal arts college in 1954. Biederwolf, after a lengthy illness, died  September 3, 1939, in the town where he was born—Monticello, Indiana.

The bust was originally owned by J. Palmer Muntz, who directed the Winona Bible Conference from 1938 until 1958. The transfer from the Billy Graham Center was arranged through Tonya Fawcett, director of library services at Grace College & Seminary.


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.