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Johnson Earns National Player of the Week Award

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Pictured is Samantha Johnson batting for the Lady Lancers

To cap off a remarkable week for Samantha Johnson, the freshman was named the NCCAA National Softball Player of the Week.

Johnson batted an incredible .706 over six games last week, which included 12 hits in 17 at-bats. She doubled three times and drove in seven runs, posting an .882 slugging percentage and a .772 on-base percentage.

Additionally, she did not make a field error in nine opportunities while managing Grace’s center field. She was 2-for-2 in Grace’s upset of league-leader Taylor last week.

Johnson was also named the Crossroads League Player of the Week on Monday.

For the season, Johnson is batting .326. She has a team-best .404 average in league competition.

The Lady Lancers are currently tied for fourth place in the CL standings, two games out of second place under head coach Heather Johnson. Grace is scheduled to play at Huntington on Thursday before hosting Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Friday at Miller Field.

Grace College Students Honored at Indiana Intern Award Luncheon

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Pictured left to right are Carolyn Duong, Jessica Otteman, and Janelle Hess

On February 5th, Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence at the 8th annual IMPACT Awards luncheon in Indianapolis. Indiana INTERNnet exists to increase the quantity and quality of experiential learning in the state of Indiana in order to retain top talent. It is a free internship-matching program linking employers, students, high schools, colleges and universities.

Three Grace students were recognized by the organization as award nominees: Carolyn Duong, Jessica Otteman, and Janelle Hess. More recently, Indiana INTERNnet honored Carolyn Duong, one of the nominated students from Grace, with a feature on their webpage.

Grace’s Applied Learning program, launched in January of 2012, has allowed 205 students to earn credit through hands-on experiences in a variety of settings and positions. Currently, Grace College offers over 160 applied learning experiences for their students. This spring semester, 58 students are earning credit, the largest number to date.

The program emphasizes commitment to active learning, real-world problem solving, and innovation.  Students may experience applied learning through both traditional and non-traditional assignments.  The goal is to link knowledge and skills acquired in work, research and community activities with knowledge acquired in the classroom.

“I want to congratulate each of our Grace students that received this recognition from Indiana Intern,” said Randy Polson, director of Applied Learning.  “Through our Applied Learning and internship programs, our students are recognized through many different career experiences before they graduate.  One employer recently shared with me, ‘We are not only using the Applied Learning program to offer experiences to Grace College students, but we look at this as a pre-interview time period.  As employers, we are given the opportunity to observe the students during hands on experiences.’”

Read Carolyn’s story at http://indianaintern.net/blog/2014/03/carolyn-duong-making-impact/.

 

Freshmen Sweep Crossroads League Weekly Awards

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Pictured are Grace freshmen (left) Hannah Adams and Samantha Johnson

Grace College softball freshmen Samantha Johnson and Hannah Adams earned the weekly Crossroads League Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, announced on Monday.

Johnson (Kokomo HS) had the best week of her young career when she batted an incredible .706 over six games. She ripped off 12 hits in 17 at-bats, notching three doubles and seven RBIs in the process. She posted a .882 slugging percentage and a .772 on-base percentage.

Additionally, she did not make a field error in nine opportunities while managing Grace’s center field. She was 2-for-2 in Grace’s upset of league-leader Taylor on Tuesday.

Adams (Northeastern HS) was the Co-Softball Pitcher of the Week. She earned three of Grace’s four wins on the mound this week. The freshman hurler struck out 17 batters in 14.1 innings while only walking three batters.

Her standout performance came against league-leading Taylor. She allowed just one run and three hits in 5.1 innings, leading the Lady Lancers to a 2-1 victory.

The Lady Lancers are currently tied for fourth place in the CL standings, two games out of second place under head coach Heather Johnson. Grace is scheduled to host Bethel on Tuesday and Mt. Vernon Nazareneon Friday at Miller Field.

Grace College Business Students Give Back at Grace Village Event

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Pictured from left to right are Grace College President Bill Katip, Carol Buhlman, Jacob Mackin, Georgi Sandlin, and Dr. Jeff Fawcett

On Saturday, March 29, the Grace College Entrepreneurship and Business Practicum class held an event at Grace Village and donated the proceeds of their business class project to Grace Village in the sum of $2,200.  Grace President Bill Katip was present at the event to play the piano and spend time with the students and seniors.

“It is a student led class, so the students do all the work,” explained Katie Van Sloten, the class’ vice president of service. “Dr. Fawcett stepped back and let us run it, and we were able to choose a not-for-profit organization to invest in and volunteer at.”

The class decided to invest in Grace Village, and each member of the class contributed at least 10 hours, combining for over 240 hours of total volunteer work. To fulfill the financial investment portion of the class, the class published and sold copies of a devotional written by members of the Grace faculty and donated the profits to Grace Village. They invited President Katip to contribute to the evening’s festivities by playing the piano and mingling with the attendees.

“It was a pleasure to see the results of these students’ hard work,” said Katip. “It was refreshing to see young Grace students using their newly learned business skills, energy, and passion to turn a great idea into reality and then getting to witness the positive outcome that blessed so many people. I was honored to be a part of it all.”

“[For the volunteer work] we did a lot of gardening…mowing lawns, yard work, baking cookies, playing bingo, and reading to the residents,” said Van Sloten. “I think it was the most work any of us ever had to put into a class, but I think it was worth it. Seeing everyone’s face when we gave them the check and were able to serve them was really big because everyone appreciated it so much.”

Lancers Nearly Sweep St. Francis

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Pictured is Dellos Schabel pitching against St. Francis on Saturday

Grace’s baseball team came within two outs of sweeping St. Francis on Saturday at Miller Field.

The Lancers (9-18; 8-11 Crossroads League) had to settle for a split with the Cougars (9-22; 5-9 CL), winning 9-2 in the opener and falling 12-11 in the second game.

Grace opened the scoring in the second inning. Jacob Bloom was hit by a pitch to start the inning and eventually came around to score on a single by Jared Lemler. Tyler Weber scored on a passed ball, and Joey Hickerson drove in two runs with a two-out single up the middle.

CJ Swartz singled in another run in the third to increase Grace’s lead to five.

St. Francis got its first run with a solo home run in the fourth and added another score in the fifth, but Grace countered with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Swartz brought in two more runs with a single through the infield, and Joe Dougherty hit a sacrifice fly ball to score another. Hickerson then showed tremendous speed with a diving effort at first base to beat out the throw for a bases-loaded infield single.

For the game Swartz finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs, and Hickerson was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Bloom scored three times, and Weber scored twice.

Sammy Wilkerson was effective on the mound, allowing six hits and two runs in five innings. Logan Grigsby pitched the final two innings without allowing a hit.

The second game was a slugfest with 23 combined runs and 33 hits. Grace and St. Francis scored in every inning except for the sixth. The Lancers scored one run in the second, third and seventh innings, two runs in the fifth, and three runs in the first and fourth.

Grace led 10-9 after Jacob Bloom and Wyatt Clemens drove in runs during the fifth inning. After neither team scored in the sixth, St. Francis rallied in the top of the seventh. The Cougars tied the game with one out and went on to add two insurance runs, which proved to be crucial.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Lancers had the beginnings of a rally when Aaron Christenberry and Bloom doubled to score a run with one out. But needing one more run, Grace was retired with two straight fly outs.

Christenberry and Bloom finished 2-for-2 with two doubles and three runs scored apiece, and Paul Blankley drove in two runs with a triple in the fourth inning. Swartz was 3-for-4, Jared Lemler was 2-for-3, and Joey Hickerson finished 2-for-5.

Grace and St. Francis will tangle again on Tuesday in Ft. Wayne with the first pitch set for 2 p.m.

Grace Splits a Pair with Goshen

Monday, April 14th, 2014

A strong offensive performance from Samantha Johnson highlighted Grace’s softball team on Saturday at Miller Field.

The Lady Lancers fell 2-1 in the opener before crushing the Maple Leafs in the second game, 9-1. Johnson finished 5-for-6 during the doubleheader.

Despite outhitting Goshen in the opening game, 8-6, the Lady Lancers came up one run short on the scoreboard. The Maple Leafs (2-30; 1-21 Crossroads League) scored their two runs in the fourth, thanks to back-to-back doubles.

Grace had numerous opportunities to score but came up empty in several key moments. In the third inning, Grace had runners on second and third with one out but did not score. In the fifth inning, the Lady Lancers (15-21; 11-9 CL) loaded the bases with nobody out, but Goshen’s Jessica Reed struck out the next two batters and escaped the inning unharmed with a pop out.

Brittany Melzoni finally put the Lady Lancers on the scoreboard with a solo homer. Samantha Johnson reached base on the next at-bat via error, but the final two batters for Grace struck out.

Melzoni and Johnson were 2-for-3 in defeat, and Amanda Bowman tossed two innings of scoreless relief.

Grace put its first-game woes far behind in the first inning of the second game, exploding offensively for four runs. Brooke Shell led off with a triple, and Clarissa Knight singled her in. Later in the inning, Paige Petrone tallied an RBI single, and Tiffany Featherston drove in two more runs with a single.

Alex Shipley laid down a squeeze bunt in the second inning to score Samantha Johnson. Johnson drove in Featherston with a two-out single in the third.

The Cougars got on the scoreboard in the fourth with three singles, but the Lady Lancers ended the inning with a double play.

The game ended due to the run rule in the fifth as Grace pummeled the Maple Leafs for three more runs. Johnson brought in Morgan Hutcheson and Melzoni with a double, and Johnson scored the clinching run when she scurried across home plate on a wild pitch. Johnson was 3-for-3 in the second game with two runs scored, two doubles and three RBIs. Featherston and Knight finished 2-for-2.

Alex Shipley took the win from the mound, surrendering seven hits, one run and a walk in a complete-game effort.

The Lady Lancers’ next games are at home at Tuesday against Bethel starting at 3 p.m.

Lancers Notch Personal Bests at Little State Championships

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Several members of Grace’s track and field teams had personal-best finishes at the Little State Championships over the weekend.

Sabrina Whitaker was second in the high jump at 5-feet-2.5, and Donovan Graham placed third in the 800-meter run at 1:56.70.

“We had some really good performances this weekend as the athletes continue learning how to compete well in these bigger meets,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “We still have a ways to go, but I like our attitudes and strong efforts.”

Grace had a number of other top-10 finishes at the 11-team meet. Lance Taylor finished fourth in the 400 in 49.00, and Drew Perrin was eighth in the triple jump at 41-0.25.

The Lancers’ relay teams had strong showings. The women’s 4×400 squad of Erin Jones, Katelyn McCullough, Alicia Hertzler and Jo Boren was fourth, and the 4×800 team of Allison Zylstra, Jenna McClellan, Sarah Hoff and Rachel Fehring was sixth. The men’s 4×400 squad of KeJuan Leek, Taylor, Matt Lee and Graham and the 4×800 team of Jonathan Rex, Lee, Graham and Brandon Smith both placed fifth.

For the Lady Lancers, Boren was sixth in the 400 at 1:00.01, McCullough and Heather House were seventh and eighth respectively in the 100 hurdles, and Erin Jones (400m) and Jesse Feitz (javelin) both finished ninth in their own events.

Micah Pollard advanced to the finals of the 100 with a PR of 12.62, and Erin McPherson had a season-best toss of 36-11 in the shot put.

For the men’s team, KeJuan Leek had a PR in the 400 preliminary race, and Josh Peterson (shot put) and Macallister Seitz (discus) had PRs as well.

To see complete meet results, click here.

The Lancers continue action on Thursday with the Spartan Invitational at Manchester University.

Lady Lancers Power Past Cougars in Twin Bill

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Pictured is freshman Hannah Adams pitching against St. Francis in the opening game on Friday

Grace’s softball team continued its midseason surge with a convincing sweep of St. Francis at Miller Field on Friday.

The Lady Lancers (14-20; 10-8 Crossroads League) exploded for 22 runs and 32 hits offensively to blow out the Cougars, winning 10-2 in five innings and 12-6 in the second game.

The wins move Grace into a tie for fourth place in the CL standings, two games removed from third place. Brooke Shell, Brittany Melzoni and Samantha Johnson had sparkling offensive performances in the doubleheader. Shell had six hits on the day with three stolen bases, Melzoni drove in six runs, and Johnson had five hits.

In the opener Grace kicked off the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Clarissa Knight singled in Shell for the first run. Olivia Winget and Chelsea Whitesell blasted run-scoring doubles to spark the inning.

The Cougars (9-17; 6-10 CL) rallied in the third with two runs and had the bases loaded, but pitcher Hannah Adams struck out the final batter of the inning. Adams helped her own cause in the bottom of the inning with an RBI ground ball to add an insurance run.

Grace ended the game prematurely due to the run rule with a six-run outburst in the fifth. Shell, Alex Shipley, Adams, Whitesell, Morgan Cody all had singles, and Brittany Melzoni produced a two-run double. Samantha Johnson ended the game with an RBI ground ball to bring in Cody.

Shell was 2-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases, and Knight, Whitesell, Adams and Melzoni drove in two runs apiece. Winget finished 2-for-2, and Johnson was 2-for-3. Adams went the distance on the mound, limiting the Cougars to six hits and zero walks in five innings. The freshman hurler struck out eight batters and allowed two runs.

Grace erupted in second and third innings of the second game. Melzoni recorded two-out, two-run doubles in both the second and third innings, and Johnson had a two-run single with two outs in the third. When the dust had settled, the Lady Lancers were in front 7-3 after three innings.

St. Francis cut Grace’s lead to two during the fourth, scoring twice to make the score 7-5. But the Lady Lancers put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth. Brooke Shell sliced an RBI triple to deep left-center field to tack on a run, and Alex Shipley singled in Shell. Knight and Winget also scored to make the score 11-5.

The home team was poised to end the game early again in the sixth inning after Melzoni scored on a single from Shell. But with the bases loaded and one out, the Cougars escaped the inning without another Grace run crossing the plate.

St. Francis added another run in the seventh, but Grace’s cushion proved too great to overcome.

Shell finished 4-for-5 in the second game, Melzoni was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Johnson was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Morgan Hutcheson also batted 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Winget scored twice.

The Lady Lancers continue action at Miller Field on Saturday with a doubleheader against Goshen at 1 p.m.

Grace College Students Plan Second Annual CEO Forum

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Pictured from left to right (front row): Hannah Clemmons, Dr. Alan Grossnickle, Brook Vosler, and Seth Miller. Pictured left to right (back row): Jessica Otteman, Kelsey Cook, Sarah Grube, Carianna Sobey.

On Tuesday, April 29, Grace College business students will have the unique opportunity to showcase the results of many hours of dedicated work at the second annual CEO Forum, “Developing Leaders in your Company,” held at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Sponsored by the Grace College School of Business and the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development, the forum is entirely planned and executed by Grace College business students Jessica Otteman, Kelsey Cook, Sarah Grube, Carianne Sobey, Hannah Clemmons, Brook Vosler, and Seth Miller; all of whom volunteered to plan and oversee the entire event.

“These kids have been working on this since last fall – they have overseen every detail of the entire process,” said Alan Grossnickle, director of the Gordon Institute. “Everything from processing invitation lists, bulk mailing over 1,000 invitations, securing a postage permit, designing and printing the program, and planning the breakfast — and that’s just the beginning. They are already working on the next CEO Forum to be held this coming November…they are really putting in a lot of work.”

Garnering over 300 guests last year, the forum is an opportunity for area business professionals to hear from some of the top CEOs from around the country as they present strategies and tactics for developing leaders within a company. This year’s special guests will include keynote speaker Mike Kubacki, former CEO of Lake City Bank, and moderator Pat Miller, WOWO’s political analyst. The panelists are John Tucker, co-president of Maple Leaf Farms; Mark Tarner, president of the South Bend Chocolate Company; Peggy Taylor, global senior vice president of Biomet, Inc.; Randy Lakes, CEO of Old Castle Materials; and David Findlay, CEO of Lake City Bank.

“It’s such a tremendous opportunity for business students to plan a major event like the CEO Forum,” said Grossnickle. “They’re making this whole thing happen and gaining many skills they can use in real life someday.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for both the students and for the Grace business program,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace. “Overseeing an event of this magnitude is an opportunity many college students don’t have. I’m proud of our students for taking up this challenge; it will serve not only to enhance their own future careers, but also to pioneer the way for future business students to have such opportunities.”

Businesses and organizations interested in attending can visit http://www.grace.edu/ceo-forum to register.  Call Marsha Yocum at 574.372.5100 ext. 6094 or email marsha.yocum@grace.edu with questions. RSVP on or before April 25.

Green’s Gem Leads Lancers to Split with Knights

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Pictured is Austin Green on the mound (file photo from earlier this season)

A six-inning no-hitter from Austin Green highlighted Grace’s men’s baseball doubleheader with Marian on Thursday.

Green and Dellos Schabel combined to no-hit the Knights (12-15; 10-10 Crossroads League) in the second game to win 2-0, helping ease the letdown of an 8-6 defeat in the opener. The Lancers (8-17; 7-10 CL) won three of four from Marian in the season series after sweeping the Knights at Miller Field.

Grace started the opener with three straight singles. The Lancers’ third single from CJ Swartz drove in Joey Hickerson for the game’s first run. Grace tacked on another run in the third when Brook Vosler drove in Jared Lemler.

The Knights tied the game in their half of the third, but the Lancers struck twice in the fourth.  After Grace loaded the bases with one out, Grace coach Bill Barr called for a squeeze bunt. Logan Grigsby’s well-executed sacrifice bunt allowed Swartz to score, putting Grace on top. Jacob Bloom then scampered across home plate from third base on a passed ball.

Bloom scored again in the sixth on an RBI double by Steven Hovermale. Lemler also drove in Grigsby in the inning. But Marian changed the game with a six-run sixth inning. The Knights were aided by a fielding error and pounded out four hits in the inning to take the lead for good.

Vosler singled in the seventh – his fourth hit of the game – but he was stranded at second as the game ended on a strikeout. Vosler was 4-for-4 from the plate to lead Grace. Lemler and Hickerson also tallied two hits.

Defense was the name of the second game. Although the Lancers only mustered three hits in the contest, Austin Green’s masterful pitching performance handcuffed Marian throughout the game.

Grace’s first run came in the fourth inning when Frank Rocchio’s ground ball allowed Matt Morgart to plate. The Lancers added an insurance run in the seventh when Vosler’s ground ball scored Tyler Weber.

Dellos Schabel came in to close the game in the seventh inning, retiring the only three batters he faced. Green did the heavy lifting from the mound, shutting down the Knights for six innings. The only thing separating Green from a shot at a perfect game was a hit batsman in the fifth. Green did not walk a batter and struck out one. Hickerson, Bloom and Paul Blankley notched hits for the Lancers.

Grace returns to Miller Field on Saturday to start the season series with St. Francis at 1 p.m. Grace’s softball team will also play at Miller Field on Saturday at 1 p.m.