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Grace Soccer Stadium Renamed 1st Source Bank Field

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Pictured left to right are Drew Flamm, Chad Briscoe and Jim Sawnson from Grace College, and Doug Baumgardner, Bill Burton and John Elliott from 1st Source Bank.


On Sept. 3, Grace College’s soccer stadium was officially renamed 1st Source Bank Field.

1st Source Bank, a proud supporter of the local community, has made a generous donation to support athletic and overall student development at Grace. Because of that pledge and 1st Source Bank’s support of Grace’s student programs, academics and Lancer athletics, the college was pleased to unveil the new name of Grace’s soccer stadium.

“We are thrilled to partner with 1st Source Bank as a campus and in our athletic program. Their support enables us to continue pursuing excellence through the mission of Grace,” said Grace Athletic Director Chad Briscoe. “This relationship shows a commitment to impacting our community by providing an avenue for positive growth. 1st Source Bank is a recognized leader in our community, and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

A ceremony and presentation were held before Saturday’s men’s soccer match against Bluefield. 1st Source East Region President Bill Burton joined the bank’s Vice President John Elliott and Warsaw City President Doug Baumgardner in presenting a ceremonial check to Briscoe, Grace Vice President for Advancement Drew Flamm, Grace Vice President for Academic and Student Services Jim Swanson and Grace Board of Trustees member Steve Miller.

“It is an honor to partner with Grace College and present 1st Source Bank Field to the campus and the community as a whole,” said Baumgardner. “1st Source Bank Field will be a welcoming place for student athletes to develop their skills and for area residents and students to enjoy watching Grace Lancer sports teams compete for many years to come.”

Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip expressed appreciation for 1st Source Bank’s long-term and important support of the college.

“We are proud to have the 1st Source Bank name on our soccer stadium,” Katip said. “I am thrilled that we can expand our partnership with 1st Source Bank and enhance the relationship with such a first-class organization who shares so many of our values.”

Grace’s sparkling soccer stadium, which was revamped in 2014, now proudly displays the 1st Source Bank Field logo on the press box at the entrance into the field.

Grace College Announces Record Enrollment

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
McClain Hall

McClain Hall on the Grace College campus


Grace College is pleased to announce record total student enrollment of 2,333.  Undergraduate students number 1,295 at the Winona Lake campus – the largest undergraduate enrollment at Grace since its founding in 1948.  A record 495 new undergraduate students joined the Grace community – a 10.5% increase from last year – while adult and graduate student enrollment increased 18%.

According to Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, efforts to address affordability and deliver excellence in Christian higher education have been well received by parents and students alike.  “When we launched Measure of Grace at the start of last school year, we were optimistic that our work to reduce the cost of high-quality, private education would positively affect enrollment and satisfaction on campus.  It turns out that indeed more students started at Grace this year than ever before, and our retention rate also reached an all-time high,” he said.

In the last five years, Grace’s enrollment has increased by 44%.  Freshman to sophomore retention rate is 83.3%, which is more than seven percentage points above the national average of comparable academic level four-year private colleges.   Two-thirds of Grace students graduate in four years while the national average of comparable private colleges is 26.3%.  In addition, nearly a third of Grace students earn a bachelor’s degree in just three years.

Measure of Grace is the comprehensive affordability and excellence plan launched at Grace one year ago.  At its inception, a 9% tuition reduction occurred along with a guarantee that tuition would never increase during a student’s enrollment.  In fact, Grace reduces tuition by $500 each consecutive year of a student’s undergraduate enrollment and provides all students with free textbook rentals – an estimated savings of $4,800 over four years.  Also part of Measure of Grace is the innovative three-year bachelor’s degree program which can save students a full quarter off their total college cost plus the added earning power of entering the work force one year sooner.  Grace also offers a blended degree program which enables students to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in just four years.

“With the opportunity to earn any of our 70-plus bachelor’s degrees in three years, nearly half of incoming freshmen indicate their intention to graduate in three years and a growing number are adding a master’s degree in four,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace College.  “Perhaps most importantly, Measure of Grace includes a commitment to our unchanging mission.  We are dedicated to providing a Christ-centered, excellent learning environment where students graduate career-ready and equipped to live lives of purpose,” she said.

Innovative, bold measures to reduce costs and increase excellence is the reason for success according to President Katip.  “We are heartened by the results of our efforts at Grace and blessings from the Lord,” he said.  “We see positive outcomes in enrollment, alumni engagement and investment in the college – each of which is vital to our success.”

Just opening for students this fall is Omega Dorm, the third new dorm in four years at Grace College.  Renovations are currently underway for a state-of-the-art performing and recording center to house Grace’s new worship arts major.  The Bernard and Linnie Key Track and Field Complex is nearing completion and Grace has announced plans to break ground on the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex in the spring.

For more information on Grace College, visit or call 866-974-7223.  To see Grace College, take a virtual tour here or email to schedule a personal tour on campus.

Grace College and Lifeline Announce Partnership

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Lifeline and Grace College representatives gather for photo following partnership signing ceremony. Left to right: Travis Turk, Lifeline recruitment representative; Dave Long, Lifeline VP of residential services; Dr. Amy Gilbert, Grace College Department of Graduate Counseling chair; Kevin Hedrick, Lifeline COO; Mark Terrell, Lifeline CEO; Tim Ziebarth, Grace College School of Professional and Online Education executive dean; Dr. Bill Katip, Grace College president; Jacquie Downey, Lifeline VP of marketing; Dr. Tom Edgington, Grace College School of Behavioral Science dean.

Grace College and Lifeline Youth & Family Services announced a new partnership today.  Grace’s graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program will be offered at a discount to qualified Lifeline employees and interested future Lifeline employees.  Reduced tuition from Grace combined with significant tuition reimbursement from Lifeline make this new partnership an innovative and attractive option for those pursuing a career in mental health counseling.

Prospective students in the Grace-Lifeline Educational Career Track Program will be placed at Lifeline for the required CMHC practicum and internship.  Upon completion of their Master of Arts in CMHC, Grace-Lifeline Educational Career Track Program students will be employed by Lifeline.

Lifeline Youth & Family Services offers home-based and residential counseling-related services, including family casework, therapy, supervised visitations and help for families struggling to overcome their past. Lifeline is committed to helping families become stronger and more independent.

Mark Terrell, CEO of Lifeline Youth & Family Services stated, “Across the state of Indiana, there is such a great demand for more graduate clinical mental health professionals. We are serving over 3,000 families a week and we need additional staff to meet these families’ needs.”

Dr. Amy Gilbert, chair of the Department of Graduate Counseling at Grace College, remarked on the benefit to potential students the partnership offers.  “I’m delighted that Lifeline has partnered with Grace to offer the opportunity for our students to be employed as professional counselors at a well-respected Christian organization immediately upon graduation.  For many of our students, this would be a dream job!” she said.

The CMHC program at Grace College trains graduate-level students to be competent professional counselors grounded in biblical principles. Upon completion, students are qualified to seek state licensure or pursue doctoral studies in counseling. The CMHC program as well as the Grace-Lifeline Track is available both residentially and fully online, both of which are CACREP-accredited.

“We’re excited to pair quality education at Grace with the excellent practical experience offered at Lifeline for a reduced price,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College.  “This partnership is one example of our commitment to graduating career-ready students equipped to live lives of purpose,” he said.

“Grace College and Lifeline have worked hand in hand for years.  This is a new facet of our exceptional partnership,” said Dave Long, vice president of residential services at Lifeline.  “With our new location in Warsaw, we are especially excited to work with Grace to train competent mental health professionals,” he said.

For more information on the Grace-Lifeline Educational Career Track Program, including admissions information, contact Travis Turk (574) 265-4187 or

Center Assists with SWCD Water Drop Program to Provide Lake Education

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
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The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College assisted at the annual Water Drop rafting trip, a program of the Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District also organized by other local partners. Warsaw Community High School Freshmen rafted through the waters of Grassy Creek and into Lake Tippecanoe.

On August 24, the Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College partnered with the Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District and other organizations on the SWCD Water Drop Program rafting trip for Warsaw Community High School freshmen students.

In preparation for the event, the Center for Lakes & Streams assisted by updating and providing the scientific curriculum taught by raft leaders and chaperones during the trip, as well as providing a scavenger hunt for students on the trip. Freshmen that attended learned about healthy lake and stream ecosystems, the importance of keeping our watersheds clean, and even assisted in performing tests on Grassy Creek and Lake Tippecanoe waters.

Program Administrator of the Kosciusko County SWCD and raft trip coordinator, Darci Zolman, said of the program, “This was the ninth year for the rafting program and the Soil and Water Conservation District is appreciative of the amazing community support and partnerships that come together to make it so successful.  It is important for our youth to make connections with their local resources to develop a feeling of ownership and stewardship, as well as, make informed decisions in the future.  This program is a springboard for that.”

Caitlin Yoder, the center’s education coordinator, explained, “The Water Drop rafting trip is a great team-building experience as well as a chance to learn about the environment of Grassy Creek and Lake Tippecanoe. We not only want to educate the students, but also make the learning fun, engaging, and effective so it has a lasting impact on the way that students think about our local water resources.”

Other partners of the SWCD Water Drop Program include: Arrow Head Country RC&D, Camp Crosley, community volunteers, Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners Association, Local Conservation Officers, Merry Lea Environmental Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pie Eyed Petey’s, Purdue Cooperative Extension, St. Joseph County SWCD, The Watershed Foundation, University of Notre Dame, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and Zolman Farms and TranZstar, Inc.

This fall, the Center for Lakes & Streams will organize Lake Adventure Day for fourth grade students in Kosciusko County, launch its 2016-2017 Classroom Lake Experience program, and distribute 2017 Calendars including artwork from the winners of the 2016 Lakes & Streams Art Contest.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts applicable research, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with other organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner. For more information or to support their efforts, visit

Grace College ‘Serve’ to Host Community Movie Night

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016


Serve, a student-led organization that connects students to service opportunities at Grace College, will host a community movie night on Fri., Sep. 2.  “Jungle Book” will show on the Morgan Library lawn at 8 p.m.  Rain location will be inside the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.  Free snacks and drinks will be available beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The movie is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“We welcome the Winona Lake community to join us for an evening of entertainment,” said Kearstin Criswell, coordinator of student involvement at Grace College. “Winona Lake is home to Grace students for the duration of their college career. We encourage students to build relationships with their neighbors, and community movie night is one way we can foster that and give back to our community,” she said.

Visitors on campus for movie night should park at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., and take the crosswalk to the library lawn.  For more information, contact Kearstin Criswell at or 574-372-5100 ext. 6470.

Village at Winona Festival of Music to Present Band Concert

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Marty Becker conducts band

Marty Becker conducts the Lake Area Community Band at the Celebrate America Pops Concert


The Lake Area Community Band will perform at the fifth of six Village at Winona Festival of Music concerts on Sat., Aug. 27.  The free concert will take place at 2 p.m. in Artisan Court behind Kelainey’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop in Winona Lake.

The Lake Area Community Band, founded in 1989, is a 50-member band conducted by Village at Winona Festival of Music Coordinator Marty Becker.  At the Aug. 27 concert, the band will play several Sousa marches, patriotic music, a medley of Hollywood movie themes and Olympic themes.  The younger audience members will enjoy selections from the movie “The Incredibles” and Barry Frisinger will be featured in a trumpet solo, “Believe in All Those Endearing Young Charms.”

The Lake Area Community band has gained popularity recently with its summer concerts, including performances in Warsaw’s First Friday events, the Optimist Car Show, Lakeside Park in Syracuse, Greencroft in Goshen, Grace Village in Winona Lake and Dixie Park in North Webster. They have also performed in the “Celebrate America” concert held in Winona Lake prior to fireworks.

Marty Becker encourages community members to make plans to attend the band concert. “We will have something for everyone in the family,” said Becker.  “The band concert is a great way to wrap up summer with loved ones and friends.”  Becker notes that the audience should bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the concert.

Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and the Village at Winona have partnered to bring the community high-quality, family-friendly concerts throughout the summer. The series, sponsored in part by the Esther Pfleiderer Charitable Trust and 1st Source Bank, includes six concerts from June 18 through Sept. 3.  For more information on the festival, visit  For more information on the Lake Area Community Band, visit

Grace College V.P. Cindy Sisson Completes Premier Leadership Training at 2016 HERS Denver Summer Institute

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Grace College V.P. of Enrollment Management and Marketing Cindy Sisson


Cindy Sisson, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing at Grace College, completed the 2016 HERS Denver Summer Institute, June 13-25, 2016. Sisson joined 62 women leaders across the United States as part of the HERS Institute at the University of Denver.

For over 40 years, HERS has prepared women faculty and administrators for leadership roles in higher education. At one of the three HERS Institutes – HERS Denver, HERS Bryn Mawr, and HERS Wellesley – participants gain the knowledge and skills needed to lead change on their campus and positively affect higher education. The participants selected for this year’s HERS Denver cohort represent institutions across the U.S.

Institute sessions included Managing and Leading Change: Your Role in Re-inventing Higher Education, New Partnerships & New Pathways, Leaning into Turbulent Times, Exploring Inclusive Excellence and Reframing: Work-Life to Living Well.

“This institute was an opportunity to learn from women who fill leadership roles in higher education.  This training offers women aspiring to higher education leadership positions the guidance to expand their leadership skills and broaden their knowledge while providing a lasting network of colleagues from across the nation,” said Sisson.

Sisson has served as vice president at Grace since 2013.  Previously she was dean of enrollment management for six years. Under Sisson’s leadership, enrollment has increased annually at Grace College. For more information about HERS, visit

Tree of Life Bookstore Gets New Name and Location on Grace College Campus

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The new Grace College Campus Store in the Gordon Recreation Center

Tree of Life Bookstore has relocated and rebranded just in time for the 2016-17 school year.  The store will now be called the Grace College Campus Store and will be located in the Gordon Recreation Center, 100 Publishers Dr., Winona Lake. The store will open Saturday in an enclosed area in the Center’s lobby.

The Campus Store will exclusively sell Grace College apparel and gifts; these products can also be purchased at  Due to space constraints, the store will not operate a coffee shop or other food and beverage service. Normal hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Textbook delivery and returns will remain largely unchanged. Books will be delivered to the dorm rooms of on-campus students; commuter students and students who add or drop classes will pick up and drop off books in Gordon Recreation Center room 155.  Students who do not qualify for free textbook rentals may place orders online at

Grace College is also pleased to announce that Sarah Fredericks, a Grace graduate and long-time employee of the bookstore, will be the store manager. Fredericks will oversee day to day operations of the store. “We are excited to have Sarah manage the store,” said A.J. Schemmer, Tree of Life store training manager.  “Sarah knows our operations well and she will be a great leader for the new Grace College Campus Store.”

For more information or questions about the Grace College Campus Store, please contact Sarah Fredericks at or call 574-372-5185.




The News-Sentinel Highlights Grace College Partnership with Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Friday, August 12th, 2016
Biology student Will Lorenz of Grace College in Winona Lake takes a water sample Wednesday from the pond in the sitatunga exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo with help from Amber Eagleson, the zoo's area curator for Africa and Indonesia. Grace College and the zoo have partnered on a research project to try to find a way to reduce the amount of algae in ponds in the zoo's African Journey area. (By Kevin Kilbane of The News-Sentinel)

Grace College biology student Will Lorenz takes a water sample from the pond in the sitatunga exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo with help from Amber Eagleson, the zoo’s area curator for Africa and Indonesia. – Photo courtesy of The News-Sentinel.


Grace College and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo are collaborating on research. Their shared goal is to decrease the amount of algae in the African Journey exhibit ponds. Dr. Chad Snyder, chairman of Grace College’s Department of Science and Mathematics, initiated the partnership. He is excited about utilizing his research skills to help the zoo. The partnership will also provide Grace College students with hands-on experience in field research. The following story was published by The News-Sentinel.

A research partnership between the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Grace College in Winona Lake could lead to future years with less algae covering ponds in the zoo’s African Journey area.

Chad Snyder, chairman of Grace College’s Department of Science and Mathematics, and junior biology student Will Lorenz of Peru, in north-central Indiana, began collecting water samples and other data about the ponds in April, Snyder said. They completed their last water sample collections Wednesday.

Snyder, who is an associate professor of chemistry and director of chemical research at Grace College, approached the zoo about collaborating on the research. The college and zoo are sharing the costs.

To read the full article, click here.

New Presidential Care Scholarship at Grace College Enables Local Student to Fulfill College Dream

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Dr. Bill Katip (far right) presents Jeremy Himes and his guardians Beth and Brandon McBrier with the Presidential Care Scholarship. 

Jeremy Himes of Warsaw was orphaned at age 13.  His mother died after a long battle with chronic heart issues while his father served a life sentence in prison.  Jeremy had dreamed of attending Grace College since elementary school, yet his aspiration always seemed out of reach until a fortuitous meeting with Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, last year.

After short stints living with an aunt and then a friend after his mother’s death, Himes found a home with his youth group leaders Brandon and Beth McBrier just before starting high school. “They’ve showed me unconditional love over and over,” Himes said, “And that God is greater.”

As high school drew to a close, Jeremy decided to pursue his dream and apply to Grace College; in fact, he applied nowhere else. “I didn’t know if I could get in, and even if I did, I didn’t know how I could pay for it,” Himes said.  Much to his delight, Himes was accepted.  That’s when this incredible story of grace reaches its climax.

A short time later, at a Big Brother banquet in Warsaw, Himes shared his story and his desire to attend Grace College.  Dr. Katip and others from Grace were in the audience.  They knew immediately that they wanted to play a role in Jeremy’s story.  “We felt like the Lord put us at the banquet for this purpose.  Others had stepped up along the way, and now it was our turn,” said Dr. Katip.

As a result, the Presidential Care Scholarship was established by a donor who cares deeply about orphan care to benefit students like Himes who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend Grace.  The awardees will be granted a full-ride scholarship to Grace.  Jeremy Himes was the first individual to receive the scholarship.

After learning that he would be awarded, Himes was overwhelmed with gratitude.  “I can’t believe it.  I’m still trying to believe it,” he exclaimed.  Jeremy plans to major in psychology at Grace. “I’ve been in counseling my whole life dealing with anger and anxiety. I believe God can use my hurt to help others,” he explained.

Dr. Katip is pleased that Grace could help Himes in this significant way. “Grace College is committed to making high-quality, biblically grounded higher education available to as many students as possible.  We hope that Jeremy will benefit in multiple ways from his time at Grace,” he said.  “My prayer is that this scholarship will help Jeremy finish college and develop leadership and ministry skills that will serve him well the rest of his life,” he concluded.

For more information about Grace College and scholarship opportunities, visit or call 574-372-5100.