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Grace’s Track & Field Team Enjoys Plethora of Awards at League Championships

Monday, May 8th, 2017
Grace's 13 All-League Track and Field Performers

Grace’s 13 All-League Track and Field Performers

The Crossroads League Championships produced 13 All-League performers for Grace’s track and field team on Friday and Saturday.

The meet, held at Taylor University, saw Grace’s men’s team finish fifth and the women end in seventh. The men’s squad finished with 89 points, the most in 15 years. The previous high in that span was 61 points.

Three events resulted in league champions for Grace. Macallister Seitz won the discus in a school record-tying heave of 167-0 feet.

Raven Arellano defended her title in the 5,000-meter run in a time of 18:10.97, and the men’s 4×800 relay team of Hunter Reed, Tyler Houvener, Nathan Lane and Sam Hall won the crown in 7:53.30.

Overall, Grace had 13 individuals earn All-League status (top-three finish). Bennett Parker was the runner-up in the high jump, leaping 6-6, and the men’s 4×400 (Nolan Miller, KeJuan Leek, Sam Hall, Joel Zook) was second in a season-best time of 3:20.01.

Jacob Brown and Isaac Stuckey finished second and third respectively in the hammer throw; Brown’s mark landed at 172-5 with Stuckey’s at 171-9.

Hannah Treadway was Grace’s final All-League honoree. She finished third in the javelin at 117-1.

Treadway also ended in fifth in the discus and sixth in the hammer, both personal-best throws.

Hall finished fourth in the 800 at 1:56.13, and Brown was also fourth in the javelin at 147-7.

Caleb Dudeck (hammer), Zook (400), Brandon Smith (steeplechase) and Caleb Brown (discus) all finished sixth in their respective events. Nolan Miller was fifth in the 400 hurdles with a PR time of 56.72, and William Shafer was seventh in the discus at 132-4.

“The tone was set for us on Friday when the 4×800 team captured first place early in the meet. Macallister [Seitz] followed with a win in the discus, and Bennett [Parker] was runner-up in the high jump,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “I am so pleased with the way we competed in a conference that is getting better every year. To produce 13 All-League performers is a significant accomplishment for our program.”

Next up, the Lancers turn their focus to national tournaments. Grace will send 26 student-athletes to the NCCAA National Championships next weekend in Shawnee, Okla., followed by the NAIA Championships starting May 24

Grace Grad Pursues Dream Career

Monday, May 8th, 2017
Pictured, from left, are Grace Whalen, Brooklyn Whalen, 6, Lucas Whalen and Grant Whalen, 2. Photo courtesy of InkFreeNews.

Pictured, from left, are Grace Whalen, Brooklyn Whalen, 6, Lucas Whalen and Grant Whalen, 2. Photo courtesy of InkFreeNews.


Grace Whalen, resident of Warsaw and a Grace College graduate, recently embarked on an entrepreneurial adventure. Whalen graduated from Grace with degrees in psychology and sociology. She quickly discovered, however, that her creativity and ability to organize were designed for a  different career: event planning. The following is an article from InkFreeNews.

Growing up in Marlette, Mich., Whalen got a scholarship to play basketball at Grace College. With the help of their mutual friends she met her husband, Lucas, and they decided to stay in the area. After they were both out of college, Whalen graduating with a degree in psychology and sociology, they got married and bought a house. After reading an article by an event planner who suggested a creative and organized mind is the best recipe for an event planner, Whalen began working toward her career.

There was no place in the area where she could simply get a job so she made the choice to begin volunteering her time working with the housing authority, chamber of commerce, Combined Community Services and Tri Kappa on their events. According to Whalen, “I wanted to earn my stripes and prove myself.” Working with Dana Huffer and other area businesses helped get her business name become well respected within the community.

Whalen Creative Group is currently in its ninth year of business. One of the first things she had to do was figure out how to get clients. The best way was through referrals and she discovered vendors are her greatest ally in referring clients to her. Originally Whalen wanted to be an all around event planner but she learned quickly, after only a couple years, weddings were her niche.

Her first bride she met through some mutual friends and things just seemed to fall into place as Whalen got her first client. After she planned her first wedding, Whalen said she “planned one wedding and then another wedding and then another” and things took off from there.

She considers each wedding a learning experience and she has worked with putting packages together for clients and meeting with them monthly so they are able to build a relationship and gain trust. While previously Whalen had limited herself to 12 weddings a year, she is now limiting herself to only five. She wants to take the time to refresh, spend time with her family and get creative again. That way she is able to “come up with new innovations and fresh ideas.”

Read the full story here.

Grace College Students Convert Used Vegetable Oil to Biodiesel

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Grace College freshmen Ryan Buzalski (left) and John Marhefka (right) stnd with the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Mark Norris. Ryan is holding a graduated cyclinder containing clear biodiesel made from the used vegetable oil held by John.

Grace College freshmen Ryan Buzalski (left) and John Marhefka (right) stand with the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Mark Norris. Ryan is holding a graduated cyclinder containing clear biodiesel made from the used vegetable oil held by John.


For the second consecutive year, Grace College’s General Chemistry II students successfully converted used vegetable oil from Alpha Dining to biodiesel. In addition to the general chemistry students, the students in the Introduction to Chemistry course also made biodiesel this semester.

Biodiesel is created from vegetable oils, animal fats or recycled restaurant greases. The clean-burning fuel is known for being biodegradable and producing fewer air pollutants. “This science covers multiple issues all at the same time.  It’s so important to teach our students about our role in the stewardship of the environment God has given us,” said Dr. Chad Snyder, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Science at Grace College. “This can be done through recycling, but in a context they might not have known before: chemically modify food industry waste for alternative energy. Additionally, this project emphasizes peer collaboration as students must participate in certain synthetics duties to make this fuel formula work.”

According to Dr. Snyder, the biodiesel project highlights the relevance of chemistry and organic chemistry principles discussed in class. It also demonstrates how clean the biodiesel fuel formula is in comparison to other fuel sources. “Converting used vegetable oil into biodiesel is just one example of how chemistry makes a difference in helping our environment,” said Dr. Snyder.


Grace College Announces New BSN Program

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
2017 ADN graduates Seth King and Christina Crain practicing their nursing skills with instructor Chable Johnson (center).

2017 ADN graduates Seth King and Christina Crain practicing their nursing skills with instructor Chable Johnson (center).

Grace College will host a baccalaureate nursing program (BSN) beginning in fall, 2017, in partnership with Bethel College.  Since 2004, Grace and Bethel have partnered in nursing education through an associate degree program (ADN) on the Grace College campus.  The transition to a BSN program at Grace has been recently approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) to begin in August.

“We are thrilled to have a BSN at Grace starting next fall,” stated Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College.  “The current demand for well-trained nurses as well as student interest in a baccalaureate program have led to our decision to transition from an ADN to a BSN,” he continued.  “Bethel College has a reputation for high-quality nursing education.  We couldn’t have a better partner for our new BSN program.”

Dr. Deborah Gillum, dean of nursing at Bethel College, says a recent recommendation by the Institute of Medicine has significantly impacted nursing nationwide.  “The Institute of Medicine has recommended that we have a national registered nurse workforce that is 80% BSN-prepared by 2020.  This, combined with research that shows improved patient outcomes when care is provided by nurses with at least a BSN, have led to preferential hiring of BSN-trained nurses,” she said.  “We are happy to help meet the healthcare needs of Kosciusko County and beyond with the BSN program at Grace.”

A hallmark of Bethel’s BSN program is that students begin clinicals one year earlier than most nursing programs, thereby increasing student confidence and competence with their newly acquired skills.  Bethel’s nursing programs boast 100 percent job placement for all graduates, in addition to 100 percent employer program satisfaction. The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) pass rate for nursing associate degree graduates from the Grace College campus was 100 percent for the last two years.

The Bethel College School of Nursing was ranked seventh in the nation in Top RN Degree Programs for 2017. The list, compiled by Accredited Schools Online, ranked schools nationwide based on criteria including cost, graduation rates and student resources. With a score of 97.2 out of 100, Bethel is the only Indiana college to appear in the top 30 and the only Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) school to appear in the top 20.

The BSN at Grace College is among several new academic programs in development at the school.  Others include agribusiness, chemistry and mechanical engineering.  Grace College announced the comprehensive $37 million Aspire Campaign in March which includes a focus on educational excellence and a culture of innovation.  The Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex is currently under construction to house Grace’s growing science and mathematics programs and the newly renamed Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams.  For more information, visit


Aspire Campaign Aims to Raise $10 Million for Sustainable Affordability

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
Kittie Grill shares how God called her and three other women to pray weekly for Grace in the newly renovated Prayer Room at Grace College.

Kittie Grill shares how God called her and three other women to pray weekly for Grace in the newly renovated Prayer Room at Grace College.


Affordability has been a focus for Grace College & Seminary since launching the three-year degree program almost a decade ago.  Now close to 30% of Grace students graduate in three years and many stay a fourth to complete a master’s degree.  In 2015, the Measure of Grace initiative lowered tuition by 9%, provided additional tuition reduction of $500 each year a student returns to Grace, and made free textbooks available to all undergraduate students.

One of four priorities of the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary is Sustainable Affordability.  This fourth and final priority continues efforts to make Grace an affordable college option for all students. The Aspire Campaign seeks to raise $10 million to specifically support the McClain Heritage Society, endowments and the Grace Fund.

In the mid-1990s, four women began to pray in earnest for the future of Grace College & Seminary. Kittie Grill, mother of Grace Dean Dr. Steve Grill, gathered together Marjorie Foote and Laura Peugh, both mothers of Grace graduates, and Pearl Elliot, a Grace staff member. They prayed every week for seven years, covering everything from students to faculty members to fundraising needs. Dr. Ron Manahan, past president of Grace College & Seminary, says that every blessing the campus experienced in those years can be traced directly to their prayers.

Before her passing, Kittie Grill established a charitable trust in Grace’s name – making her a McClain Heritage Society member – and the funds from that trust went towards remodeling the Prayer Room located in McClain Hall.  At the age of 96, just months before her passing, Kittie was able to sit in the renovated Prayer Room and praise God for allowing her to be part of the work He wanted to accomplish through Grace College & Seminary.

The McClain Heritage Society and endowments are closely related. Endowments bolster the financial health of Grace, aiding students and employing the best and brightest Christian faculty. Members of the McClain Heritage Society include Grace in estate plans or set up a gift annuity or charitable trust. Grace is seeking 100 new members and $5 million in planned and estate gifts for this portion of Sustainable Affordability.

The second focus of Sustainable Affordability is growth of the Grace Fund. The Grace Fund fills the gap between tuition revenue and actual institution expenses. It helps keep tuition affordable for students. The Aspire Campaign has reached $3.02 million of the $5 million goal for this portion of Sustainable Affordability.

The total goal of $10 million for Sustainable Affordability will allow students and their families to focus on educational possibilities, rather than the price tag of quality Christian higher education.  Grace will continue to seek and apply unique affordability options to make a Christ-centered college experience available to as many families as possible and provide for the sustainability of Grace College & Seminary far into the future.

For more information and to give to the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary, visit or call 574-372-5100.

Grace College to Honor Graduates in Commencement Ceremony May 13

Monday, May 1st, 2017


Grace College & Seminary’s annual commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 13, at 9 a.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. Commencement will honor 561 graduates, including some August and December graduates.

“We’re very proud of our students for reaching this important academic juncture,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary. “We are confident that they will leave Grace well-equipped to serve successfully wherever God takes them.  We hope this ceremony provides a sense of closure for their time here as well as great expectation for the future.”

Each year, Grace’s senior class elects a faculty member to deliver the commencement address. This year, Dr. Joe Graham, associate professor of behavioral sciences, was chosen.  “Dr. Graham is an exciting and innovative teacher who is well-loved by students and faculty colleagues alike,” said Dr. John Lillis, provost of Grace College.  “We are anticipating a unique and challenging message for our graduates this year.”

Jonah K. Pettet, representative of the undergraduate student body, will give the student greeting, while Nicholas A. Stanton, representing the seminary and graduate student body, will give the family recognition.

A special presentation will take place to honor Dr. James Custer, teaching pastor and senior pastor emeritus at Grace Polaris Church in Westerville, Ohio.  An alumnus of Grace College & Seminary, Custer has served for 17 years on the Grace College & Seminary board of trustees and has been named Trustee Emeritus.  Dr. Katip will recognize Dr. Custer’s 50 years of ministry and service during the commencement ceremony.

The commencement invocation will be given by Rev. Ricardo Murillo, pastor at University Heights Baptist Church in Whiteland, Ind., and Rev. Virgil W. Wesco, pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church in South Bend, Ind., will offer the benediction.  Martin Becker and Walter Brath will lead the musical selections, and Dr. Katip will confer the degrees.

“As we look back on the 2016-17 school year, we have much to be grateful for,” said Dr. Katip.  “In the fall, we celebrated another year of record student enrollment and began our new worship arts program.  Through the year, we announced several new partnerships with community businesses and like-minded schools.  The spring was perhaps most exciting of all with the announcement of our comprehensive Aspire Campaign and the groundbreaking of the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex.”

Next year promises to be equally exciting, he said.

“This summer we will prepare to welcome new agribusiness students, chemistry majors and start a BSN program.  Much is happening at Grace College and we are most grateful for our great students and alumni who inspire us to keep reaching higher,” Katip concluded.

For questions or more information about commencement, please call the Grace College Registrar’s Office at 574-372-5100, ext. 6414 or email

Agribusiness Program and Science Complex Praised in “Life Sciences INdiana”

Friday, April 28th, 2017

IIB_Logo_300x143Grace College’s new agribusiness program and science complex, to be completed in 2018, are highlighted in “Life Sciences INdiana,” a publication of Inside INdiana Business. The article, which appeared in INside Edge eNewsletter on April 27,  praises Grace for staying in-tune with the local agriculture community. Construction of the new science facility is also commended for aiming to train students for “cutting-edge science careers.” Below is the article from Life Sciences INdiana:

Grace College in northern Indiana is taking a leap forward in two areas it says are of great importance in the region. Surrounded by a strong agricultural presence, the school is adding an agribusiness degree program, and a new science facility acknowledges Grace’s connection to the local orthopedic sector and aims to prepare graduates for cutting-edge science careers.

School leaders say its science and mathematics department has grown six-fold in the last four decades to now include more than 250 students; as more enrolled in the program, faculty grew and the need for an updated facility became a top priority for Grace College.“Students who come to visit…but look at our facility and say, ‘Well, I think I’m going to go somewhere else’—they’re now going to come to us. It’s going to be that impressive,” says Grace College Science and Mathematics Department Chair Dr. Chad Snyder. “We’re going to have a lot of brand-new equipment, and our facilities are going to look so nice—that, alone, is going to attract a lot of students who may have, otherwise, gone somewhere else because they weren’t wowed by what our building currently has to offer.

The $8 million Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex measures 35,000 square feet; about one-third will be newly-constructed science facilities, and the remaining portion will be renovated space. Snyder says the investment includes updated instruments in laboratories and classroom audio visual technology for collaborative teaching and research. It will also increase office space, house a center for lakes and streams research and new labs for a chemistry degree planned for 2018.

“Students will have increased space to do research in, which is becoming a growing goal for us in the department—to include more students in faculty-led scientific and mathematical research,” says Snyder.

The facility’s namesake, the late Dr. Dane Miller, was co-founder and 39-year president and chief executive officer of local orthopedic giant Biomet, now Zimmer Biomet. The center underscores the university’s close ties with Warsaw’s orthopedic sector; the school has developed two orthopedic degree programs with a third in the works, and says hundreds of alumni work in the sector.

Also connecting to the local economic landscape is the school’s new agribusiness degree program, launching this fall. Surrounded by a variety of agricultural companies, Grace College School of Business Dean Dr. Jeffrey Fawcett says agriculture was a missing piece in its program.

“Fifteen miles north of us, you’ve got Chore-Time Brock, and eight miles north, you’ve got Maple Leaf Farms. Due west is Mentone and all of the ag producers there. If you go south, you’ve got Louis Dreyfus Company. [Ag] is everywhere, so varied, and there’s so much going on,” says Fawcett. “Tom Farms is plowing 18,000 acres, Bishop Farms has 5,000 acres—this all is a great opportunity for students to get their hands dirty and involved in an industry we weren’t touching.”

Fawcett says Grace is hopeful the program will help keep graduates in the region and promote “brain gain,” growing the local agricultural work force. The school says a unique aspect of the degree is a required eight-month internship for agribusiness students, something local agriculture companies requested. Fawcett says the extended internships mean students will experience the full production cycle, including preparation and planting, growing and harvesting.

“One of the things we like to do here at Grace is go into the industry and say, ‘What is it that you need?’, not what we think we can create,” says Fawcett. “We talked to farms in the area and other organizations, asking them, ‘What would the skillset look like for somebody you were going to bring onto your farm to help run the business side of things?’”

Grace will begin offering the agribusiness program in the fall, and Fawcett says the school is already halfway to its enrollment goal for the first year, “and we really haven’t started pushing much yet.” Once established, Fawcett expects about 50 students total working toward the agribusiness degree.

“From the very beginning, we’ve been creators and cultivators made in God’s image to do that. When I think about the biblical precedent here, back in Genesis 2, God put Adam in the garden and instructed him to take care of it,” says Fawcett. “That’s exciting for us to be part of a system to get young people excited about agriculture and to move into that field—preparing them to plug into our local economy and help Indiana get better at what we do.”

To view the complete article and hear audio interviews with Drs. Fawcett and Snyder, click here.

Lancers Excited to Host First Track Meet Saturday

Friday, April 28th, 2017
Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex

Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex


On Saturday, April 29 at 12 p.m, for the first time in over 60 years, Grace College’s track and field team will host a meet. The Lancers are set to officially open the new Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex with the Lancer Invitational. The community is welcome to attend the historic event.

The five-team meet features several Crossroads League opponents. Joining Grace at the historic meet will be Huntington, Goshen, St. Francis and Trinity Christian.

The Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex is a state-of-the-art design that features a nine-lane, 400-meter competition track with the ability to run sprints in either direction, depending on the wind. The complex includes discus and hammer throw cages, high jump zone and pole vaulting facilities, long jump pits, javelin throw and shot put event areas, and grandstand seating for 400.

“We are thrilled to begin hosting track and field meets at Grace for the first time in our 68-year history,” said Chad Briscoe, athletic director at Grace College. “The complex will not only benefit track and field athletes, but indeed all Grace athletes will make use of the new facility. We are extremely grateful to the Key family for making this expansion of our athletic programs possible.”

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Aspire Campaign Seeks $10 Million to Enhance Campus Community

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Grace College seeks $10 million to strengthen Connected Community, one of four priorities of the Aspire Campaign.

Ask Grace College students or alumni what made their college experience great, and they are likely to tell you about the relationships they formed and the genuine community they experienced at Grace.  Connected community is a defining mark of Grace College & Seminary, and it is one of the four Aspire Campaign priorities.

The Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary is the comprehensive $37 million campaign launched in March to propel Grace forward as an exemplary institution that trains the next generation to lead and serve well.  Grace aspires to create richer living, learning and dining environments that inspire meaningful relationships and student development.  To achieve this goal, Grace seeks to raise $10 million for Connected Community through new “third spaces,” state-of-the-art athletic facilities and student programs.

Relationships are integral to students’ success and to their emotional, mental and spiritual health.  Indeed, residence-life experiences influence students as much as time in the classroom.  Research shows that an average college student spends nine hours a week in the classroom while spending 71 hours studying, exercising, building relationships, recreating and dining.  Third space settings are those outside of students’ residences (first space) and classrooms (second space).  They are places for students to study, collaborate, dine and fellowship.  The creation of third spaces will provide a richer student experience.  These much sought-after places on campus will help drive our mission forward in tangible ways.  Grace is seeking $7 million for third spaces.  A total of $2.26 million has already been raised.

Athletics is another integral part of the Grace College experience.  It provides a means for student development through discipline, service, spiritual growth and maturity both on and off the field.  Nearly one-fourth of undergraduate students participate in Grace’s athletic programs.  In order to expand the potential of Grace’s athletics and to impact current students as well as attract new students, Grace must invest in its athletic facilities.

The Aspire Campaign includes a $1.5 million goal to enhance athletic facilities.  Incredibly, through the generous donation of friends and alumni, Grace has surpassed this goal and raised $1.57 million to date.  These funds have been invested in the Miller Athletic Complex with the renovation of the soccer stadium and creation of Grace’s first track and field complex.

A $350,000 renovation of the soccer stadium began in 2014.  Stadium updates included 1,000 new bleacher seats, a larger field, high-end floodlights, new team dugouts, a new scoreboard and a live-video enabled press box.  In 2016, the soccer stadium was sponsored by and renamed 1st Source Bank Field.

Also in 2016, the Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex was completed.  Although Grace has a successful track program, it has never had a home track to host meets. The new Key Track and Field Complex’s state-of-the-art design features a nine-lane, 400-meter competition track, grandstand seating for 400 spectators, discus and hammer throw cages, shot put and javelin throw areas, a high jump zone, three long jumps pits and dual-directional pole vaulting. The inaugural track and field meet will take place at Grace’s new Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex on April 29.

For more information and to give to the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary, visit or call 574-372-5100.


Miller Athletic Complex at Grace College

Grace College Day to ASPIRE to Take Place April 27

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Day to Aspire Make a Gift today - profile picGrace College will host Day to ASPIRE on Thursday, April 27, 2017.  This is the fourth annual 24-hour online giving event to support the Grace Fund, which provides merit and need-based scholarships to students.  This year’s event is named “Day to ASPIRE” to coincide with the Aspire Campaign, the comprehensive campaign for Grace College & Seminary launched in March.

Day to ASPIRE supports sustainable affordability at Grace, one of the four Aspire Campaign priorities.  As Grace College endeavors to make quality, Christian higher education available to as many students as possible, affordability is key.  Funds raised during Day to ASPIRE will directly support current students and help attract future students to Grace.

Sharon Sallot, event coordinator and director of the Grace Fund, encourages the community to participate. “Grace relies on the ongoing support of our alumni and other donors, but investment by the community at large is necessary to make Grace successful,” Sallot said.  “This is the one day each year when we specifically ask our surrounding community to support Grace College with a monetary donation.”

In 2016, $78,202 was raised from 532 donors. “We hope to surpass that figure as well as increase our number of donors this year,” said Sallot.  While tax-deductible donations to Grace College are welcomed at any time during the year, the 24-hour community fundraising event will end at 11:59 p.m. on April 27.  “Participating in Day to ASPIRE is a show of faith in Grace College and our vision to develop caring, confident and career-ready students prepared to live lives of purpose.  We hope many new and returning donors will be inspired to give for this reason,” Sallot concluded.

To join the cause, visit For more information, call the Grace College Office of Advancement at 866-448-3472.