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Grace College to Celebrate Alumni at 2017 Homecoming

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Anticipation is building: Grace College Homecoming will take place Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, 2017. The weekend promises to provide time to reconnect with friends, tour campus, enjoy entertainment, competition and much more.  For the complete event schedule and to register, visit the Grace College website.

“In celebration of our alumni, we have planned a weekend full of memorable events,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College. “We hope our friends, alumni, parents and students will plan to participate in a variety of events, from chapel on Fridaymorning to the Nocturnal race on Saturday night.”

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC), 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. Coffee and light refreshments will be served in the Bill and Ella Male Hospitality Suite, located on the upper concourse.  Alumni and parent award winners will be honored during Homecoming Chapel, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the MOCC.  After chapel, alumni and friends can enjoy a bus tour of campus, guided by Dr. Terry White (BME 64).

Friday night, all are invited to unwind with an evening of comedy. At 8:30 p.m., Christian comedian Brad Stine will entertain in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake. Stine is referred to as one of “the funniest, most innovative, smartest and culturally relevant” comedians.

The Homecoming Parade will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Winona Lake Park, winding through the Village at Winona and ending at Westminster Hall. The homecoming court, alumni award winners and several student and community groups will take part in the parade.  Afterward, all are invited to a tailgate lunch at Miller Athletic Complex. Beginning at noon, participants and their families can enjoy good food, a bounce house, face painting and more. At 2 p.m., Lancers can cheer on the Grace College men’s soccer team as they take on Taylor University.

A public open house at the new Worship Arts facility in the William Male Center, 999 Rupe Dr., Winona Lake, will take place Saturday evening from 4:45 – 6 p.m.  A music reunion and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room.  All alumni are welcomed to attend this celebration of music through the years.

The weekend will conclude with a family-friendly Nocturnal 8 Adventure Race at 8 p.m. On this three-to-four-mile trip through Winona Lake, families will explore local fields and wooded areas while climbing around obstacles, all in complete darkness. Participants are encouraged to bring flashlights, costumes and reflective gear.

Many events require pre-registration.  Visit www.grace.edu/alumni/events/homecoming to download a full event schedule and register for events. For questions, call the Grace College Alumni Office at 574-372-5100, ext. 6127.

Grace College Accounting Fair Celebrates 10 Years

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Grace College junior Ashley Myers speaks to employers at the 10th annual Accounting Career Fair at Grace College.

Grace College’s Accounting Career Fair celebrated its tenth anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 20.  More than 70 students from seven area colleges, including Grace College, interacted with representatives from 12 accounting employers.

This year, Tammara Jongkind returned to the fair representing her employer, CapinCrouse LLP. Jongkind is a 2010 Grace College graduate and senior audit manager at CapinCrouse in Colorado Springs, Colo. She attended the first-ever Accounting Career Fair in 2008. “As a student, the point of the fair was to learn about the building blocks of the industry,” Jongkind said. “It provided an opportunity to interact with accounting professionals and receive career guidance.”

Although Jongkind did not interview with CapinCrouse representatives in 2008, the career fair was a stepping stone. “I love Grace,” Jongkind said. “I’m a big proponent of the school, especially the accounting department. Dr. Stichter and Marsha Yocum set me up well to succeed. Grace provides more than an education; it teaches students how to be Christians in the professional world.” Dr. Roger Stichter is professor of accounting at Grace College; Marsha Yocum is administrative assistant in the School of Business and facilitates the Accounting Career Fair.

Grace alumna Tammara Jongkind returned to the Accounting Career Fair this year representing her employer, CapinCrouse.

As an employer at the fair, Jongkind was excited to interact with current students. “Grace students are key to our success as a business,” she said. “We want to pull from students who are already grounded as Christians. And even if students don’t want to enter public accounting, interacting with someone who has succeeded in the field is valuable,” she said. CapinCrouse is a biblically-based organization specializing in tax, consulting and audit services for non-profits, churches and higher education.

During the Accounting Career Fair, students mingled with employers and asked questions about the field. After lunch, employers held interviews with individual students. The face-to-face conversations provide connections with potential future employers. “Every year, quite a few students are called to the companies for more intensive interviews and are offered jobs,” explained Marsha Yocum. “Juniors who attend may be selected for internships in the spring.”

Ashley Myers is one such junior who endeavors to find an internship from today’s career fair.  “I hope to find a spring or summer internship that will lead to a full-time job in the future,” she said.  Myers is an accounting major from Nappanee, Ind., who aspires to be an auditor at a CPA firm in the future.  “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to meet and interact with potential employers today.  I’m hopeful that the connections I made will advance my career,” said Myers.

The Accounting Career Fair at Grace College was started by Dr. Roger Stichter in 2008. Originally, four accounting firms and 30 students from four area colleges participated. In ten years, participation has more than doubled.  This year, the growing event was sponsored by RSM and Kruggel Lawton CPAs.

Actors From The London Stage to Perform During Shakespeare at Grace

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Actors From The London Stage will perform at Grace College Oct. 19 – 21.

The Grace College Languages, Literature and Communication Department is pleased to present the first-ever Shakespeare at GraceThis week-long, campus-wide series of events will celebrate the best of Shakespeare through speaking, music and performances, Oct. 18 – 21.

Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS), one of the oldest and most established touring Shakespeare companies in the world, will perform “Measure for Measure” by William Shakespeare in Grace College’s Little Theatre, located in Philathea Hall, 1499 Alpha Dr., Winona Lake.  Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19, 20 and 21. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 general admission, and are available through Eventbrite.

“We’re thrilled to host some of the world’s best, classically-trained Shakespeare performers and share their talent with the community,” said Dr. Lauren Rich, chair of the Languages, Literature and Communication Department at Grace College. Rich urges community members to purchase tickets soon. “We expect to sell out quickly,” she said. “You won’t want to miss this exceptional show! We’re bringing truly world-class theatre to our own Little Theatre.”

AFTLS is housed and workshopped in England with academic tours booked through the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind. AFTLS tours the country in the spring and fall, visiting almost 20 universities per year. The actors include Peter Bray, Ben Eagle, Dominic Gerrard, Wela Mbusi and Anna Wright. These award-winning performers trained at prestigious schools including the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and the Drama Centre in London. Grace College is one of eight schools AFTLS will visit on their fall 2017 tour.

In addition to dynamic performances, AFTLS will conduct a week-long residency program at Grace. “It’s our pleasure to host AFTLS in this capacity,” said Rich. “While at Grace, the team will provide workshops and other learning experiences to classes all over campus and at some local high schools.” AFTLS is committed to interacting with students and providing hands-on workshops that change the way participants view the performance arts.

Sponsors for Shakespeare at Grace include the following: The Grace College Languages, Literature & Communication Department; Grace’s Office of Faith, Learning & Scholarship; and the Elener R. (Norris) Grossman Excellence in Languages, Literature & Communication Fund. The Elener R. (Norris) Grossman Fund honors Grace alumna Elener “Ellie” Grossman (BA ’53, S ‘63). Ellie was a lifelong learner and consummate educator who taught English and journalism at the college and high school level for nearly a quarter of a century, including several years as an assistant professor at Grace College. Begun by her husband Gilbert and continued by her son Luke and daughter-in-law Dawn, this fund invests in the students and faculty of Grace College by sponsoring unique cultural and educational experiences.

Parental advisory: Like many Shakespearean plays, the plot of “Measure to Measure,” though compelling and interwoven with important topics like sin, grace and justice, is less likely to suit a young audience. Rich suggests young children do not attend, due to the play’s mature content and themes.

For more information, email Dr. Lauren Rich at richlg@grace.edu or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6151.

From Sutures to Sweet Tea

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Grace College alumnus Philip Everett

 

Written by Bryan and Chelsea Thompson, first published in the summer 2017 edition of Two Eight & Nine Magazine.

High-achieving, ambitious students are routinely encouraged to map out their lives in advance — to create the perfect plan. But even the best five-year plans have a way of going sideways as life hurls its barrage of unknowns and surprises. When asked for his take on the moments when things don’t quite go as planned, Philip Everett (BS 10) gives a knowing laugh.

“I think that’s all of life.”

His consistently positive attitude and ability to roll with the punches allowed Everett to recognize the fact that when God closes off the path we’ve planned, He always has a new direction is store.

FINDING GRACE

Ever since middle school, Everett’s dream had been to attend a military service academy and train as a combat trauma surgeon. But despite a stellar GPA and great SAT scores, he wasn’t accepted to the service academies where he applied. He was, however, accepted to attend Grace, where his father had attended college. “I went out there a little bit begrudgingly at the start,” he admits, “but truly fell in love almost instantly. I loved the college and found that it was honestly the best fit for me. I’d always envisioned myself at a bigger school, but Grace really felt like home.” Everett had a very specific heart behind his dream of being a combat surgeon: “I always had this passion in my heart for being there for somebody on their worst day. I thought, what’s a worse day than getting blown up on a battlefield a couple thousand miles from home?”

While studying biology, chemistry and international missions, Everett invested himself heavily in campus life. Despite the intensity of his major (he still suffers from the occasional nightmare of showing up unprepared for Dr. Richard Jeffreys’ class), Everett’s impressive grades led to his being in an honor society. Along with two years as a resident assistant, he also helped create a ministry that raised awareness and funding to fight for children who are exploited as soldiers and as a part of the sex-trade. “My time at Grace? I absolutely loved it. It was awesome. It was big enough that it had a bunch of the things I wanted — sports teams and intramurals, a robust enough biology program to get me into med school — but it was small enough that I felt known, familiar to others. These were incredible people who really poured into me — they had a deep influence and impact.”

RETHINKING THE PATH

After graduating cum laude, earning an above-average score on the MCAT, and having a great first interview with the medical school of his choice, Everett again had his future all planned out. “Honestly, it seemed like med school was a slam dunk.” But instead, he found himself wait listed — the first sign that his perfectly planned medical school pursuits might be changing. Newly married and apartment hunting, he started looking for an interim job. His siblings spoke highly of their experience working for Chick-fil-A, and a new location just happened to be opening in his neighborhood. Everett applied and, to his surprise, was immediately hired as a team leader. He was further surprised by how much he liked the job. He immediately bonded with the store owner, Ryan. He enjoyed helping build the business. “I always had this passion in my heart for being there for somebody on their worst day.” Most of all, he valued the opportunity to mentor the young people under his leadership. “I was only a couple years older than them, but they looked up to me. So many of them didn’t have a strong role model. It was just awesome being able to be a light in their lives.”

HIS WORST DAY

Six months later, Everett finally got the letter he’d been waiting for. However, it didn’t have the answer he expected. The medical school had turned down his application. “It was a crushing moment,” he remembers. “I knew it was the end — God clearly and definitively closing the door on my dream. But it was also the end of my identity.” Even though radically changing plans can lead to disorientation and dismay, Everett didn’t stay down for long, as God provided guidance and insight on his new future in a timely conversation with his boss, Ryan. “Honestly, that was the pivotal moment because right then, I realized I’m having my worst day. And who’s right here? Ryan. I didn’t just get blown up on a battlefield, I’m not a thousand miles from home. But I’m having my personal worst day, and Ryan is right there for me.” Though the revelation of change was incredibly difficult, it became the epiphany of a future Everett never expected.

THE WORK OF RESTORATION

When Everett was finally selected to run a franchise location in Rockford, Ill., things were looking up. After years of travel and living out of hotel rooms during Chickfil-A training, he would finally have a home base and the job he was after. But yet again, his path veered off into the unexpected. His marriage ended suddenly, leaving Everett to acclimate to the rigors of life as a new business leader while going through a very difficult personal ordeal. “I had incredible support from family and friends, and I was able to move through that season. It’s certainly still a healing process, but I’m doing a lot better. And still all the more feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be.” As Everett points out, “The word ‘restaurant’ comes from a Latin/French word that means to restore or to fill. At my restaurant, we talk about wanting to restore people physically through great food, emotionally through engaging relationships and, if given the chance, spiritually through prayer or sharing the Gospel. Every one of my team members has permission from me to give any amount of food away, as long as they have a good reason why that person needed to be restored.”

He has used his leadership role to serve Rockford on various community restoration projects and to counsel his staff, many of whom are young people with a deep need for an authority figure they can trust. “Kids [are] so young, so impressionable,” he muses. “I’ve been there with them through family members dying, boyfriends and girlfriends breaking up with them, talking about abuse in their past. We’ve dealt with some really heavy things. Again, it’s their worst day.” He pauses. “It’s crazy — I never thought I would be a pastor, but I feel like to a great degree, that is what I do.” When you think about it, pastors are a lot like trauma surgeons. They are binding up wounds, first-responders when the explosions in this life hit hard, and a face of the familiar when people feel lost and far from home. Over the course of his life, Everett’s plans may have moved him from suturing wounds to offering leadership and loving advice over chicken nuggets and sweet tea, but we’d say God’s plan to prepare him was really perfect.

Grace Honored as NAIA Champions of Character Institution

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Grace College has been recognized by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution. 

The Lancers earned Silver Level status and were among the 183 institutions honored by the NAIA. 

Additionally, the Crossroads League was one of 18 NAIA conferences to receive the Five-Star Conference Award. All 10 league schools were named Five-Star Institutions.

Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to the NAIA’s Champions of Character initiative. Athletic departments can earn points throughout the year in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. 

Grace President Dr. Bill Katip said: “We are tremendously honored to receive the Champions of Character distinction from the NAIA. Our student-athletes consistently represent Grace College well at the local and national levels, and our coaches are dedicated to the personal development of each player.”

Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe added: “This award is a direct reflection of the continued pursuit of excellence that is set both by our coaches and student-athletes. I appreciate the great faculty and staff at Grace College who work diligently to educate and invest in the lives of our student-athletes. We pursue building champions of character through all facets of the collegiate experience at Grace College, and I’m very happy for our athletes and coaches to be recognized with this award.” 

Grace College Launches New Orthopaedic Graduate Program

Friday, September 15th, 2017

ORCA graduates David Fawley (L) and Mike Wolford collaborate in the classroom.

Grace College and OrthoWorx are pleased to announce a new, updated curriculum for the Master of Science in Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs (ORCA) program.  The updated graduate program will be offered in an accelerated four-semester format beginning in January, 2018, at Grace’s Winona Lake campus.

After six years of successful operation and more than 100 graduates of ORCA, it was time to revise the program, according to Dr. Steve Grill, dean of community education at Grace College.  “As regulations in the orthopaedic industry constantly change, ORCA must change with them,” he said.  “We know that orthopaedic companies depend on ORCA graduates receiving the highest-quality, relevant education in the industry.  We’re committed to living up to that reputation for the long haul.”

ORCA is the only master’s degree program of its type in the country.  What makes it particularly unique and valuable to orthopaedic companies is Grace College’s partnership with industry catalyst OrthoWorx.  Brad Bishop, executive director of OrthoWorx, was an integral advisor in developing ORCA’s new curriculum.

“The original ORCA program addressed a critical industry need to meet rapid changes in the regulatory environment and increases in the demand for clinical outcomes data,” Bishop said. “Those factors are still in place, so it was important that we pair industry experts with Grace College to keep ORCA responsive to the talent needs of our members.”

Bishop says the working group is very pleased with the end product and confident that the updates make an “even stronger” program.

“The new format follows the product lifecycle and will provide real-world applicability of concepts to better prepare students for a career in the industry,” he commented.

Paul Voorhorst, vice president of clinical research at DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction, served on the ORCA industry advisory group.  “I am pleased with the new format of the ORCA program which follows the regulatory and clinical touch-points throughout the product lifecycle,” he said. “I think people who come out of the program will be well-suited for a role in regulatory or clinical affairs.”

Voorhorst went on, “the program is also an excellent development opportunity for individuals already in the industry. The global regulatory and health care environments are evolving rapidly, creating a greater demand for these skill sets, and the ORCA program is targeted at developing that talent,” he said.

The new ORCA curriculum will begin in January.  Eligible students can earn a M.S. in Orthopaedic and Regulatory Affairs in four semesters.  In the 2017-18 school year, ORCA classes will be taught at the Winona Lake campus on Tuesday evenings.  For more information, visit our website or call 1-888-249-0533.  Applications are available online.

A Constellation of Rising Stars

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Left to right: Lauren Endsley, Kathy Haddad and Polly Teevan

 

The following story was written by Kerith Ackley-Jelinek, publications director at Grace College. It was first published in the summer edition of Two Eight & Nine Magazine.

Dr. Michael Harstine (BS 90), former Grace business professor, says he’d be hard pressed to identify three brighter Grace graduates than Kathy (McGee BA 86) Haddad, Polly (Cary BS 01) Teevan and Lauren (Zeltwanger BS 08) Endsley. They each have their own rising-star story, but they couldn’t have had it without one another. When Kathy and Rich Haddad (BS 87, MSNM 16) returned to Warsaw, Ind., in 1992, after both graduating from Grace College just a few years before, they wanted to create a place for Grace College students to experience, well — grace. “We wanted to give students a place where they could come and feel at home,” describes Kathy. “A place where students knew they would be accepted and loved. I wasn’t going to be shocked or disgusted by anything they told me.” As a previous student at Grace, Kathy understood the pressures to look the part of a perfect Christian: to do and say the right things, but on the inside, to be hiding all the pain, confusion and struggles of life. During her own time at Grace, Kathy came to understand the transformative power of Jesus’ grace through professors like Dr. Mike Grill (BA 67) and Bill Gordon, who showed her that Christianity isn’t a set of behaviors, but a relationship. “It sounds simple, but it’s a profound difference,” says Kathy, and she wanted other students to understand it.

So in the 1990s and early 2000s, Kathy and her husband Rich began hosting students every Monday night. They would come watch football, eat pizza and work out life and faith issues. In 1997, Grace freshman Polly (Cary) Teevan was unsure if Grace felt like a right fit for her and had made plans to transfer to another college. But when Polly heard from her roommate about a Bible study Kathy and others were beginning on Philip Yancey’s book, “Disappointment with God,” she called Kathy out of the blue. Not only did Polly become a regular attender on Monday nights, but she met once a week with Kathy for the next three years.

Reflecting back on meeting Kathy, Polly says, “I could talk about everything, and it was a real conversation. Kathy demonstrated how your faith was a relationship where you could face challenges, struggle and still be authentic in your journey. There were no topics that were off limits.” Polly says there’s no doubt that her life changed because of Kathy. “It changed the conversation; it changed my course. One hundred percent.” Meanwhile, Grace accounting professor Dr. Roger Stichter was challenging Polly in the classroom. “He sets the bar high for excellence. He won’t do the work for you, but he gets in the trenches with you,” says Polly. Bill Gordon, a former business professor, also helped Polly consider her future career and learn how to apply her knowledge in the workplace. “I can’t overstate how much those professors invested in providing their students with an excellent education,” insists Polly.

Polly has been working for DePuy Orthopaedics for the last 17 years. She is currently the U.S. hip and shoulder marketing director, and she applies the principles she learned at Grace to recruit talent to her team and to create and influence its culture. “When I’m looking for talent, I look for people with character, curiosity and motivation. Those are things I can’t teach them,” explains Polly. “But I know Grace purposely works to strengthen students’ character and sharpen their competence. In addition to investing in students academically, professors also get involved with their lives personally. I can remember Prof. Gordon and Tom Dunn taking students out to ski on Winona Lake or inviting them over to have dinner to invest in them as people. I have a soft spot in my heart for ‘Gracies,’ because I know Grace is mindfully investing in its students, and I was a beneficiary of those investments.”

So when Polly met Lauren (Zeltwanger) Endsley at DePuy in 2010, she was eager to help Lauren any way she could. Lauren, who was working in the finance department, was anxious to make the transition into marketing. Polly was willing to invest the time in sharing her experiences with Lauren, and when a prospect came up at another company, Lauren was ready to take the leap. Lauren had graduated from Grace in three years, before the three-year degree option existed. Professors Dr. Michael Harstine, Dr. Roger Stichter and Bill Gordon mentored her while she was there, and it’s because of the investment they made in her life that she goes into work each day looking for ways to invest in and bless others around her. “They helped me understand that to whom much has been given, much will be required, and I want to pay it forward,” she says simply.

After Lauren moved to her new job, she was on the lookout for another mentor. At a business meeting in 2013, Lauren found herself sitting across the table from Kathy. “I saw how extremely poised she was and what a professional example of female leadership she offered,” remembers Lauren. Lauren introduced herself and asked Kathy if she would have time to meet with her and offer some coaching. Kathy agreed, and the two have remained close ever since. But Polly remembered Lauren. And later that year, she offered Lauren a job in her marketing department at DePuy. It was the perfect job description, and so Lauren went to work for her, and is now a group product director for the U.S. hip marketing team. Polly also had been discussing with Kathy for years about her being “DePuy material” and was just waiting for the right fit to bring Kathy onto her team. When the right job position surfaced in 2016, they both knew it was the perfect fit, and Kathy joined Lauren and Polly at DePuy as a U.S. marketing product director.

If it weren’t for the investment Grace professors made in their education and spiritual lives, and the way they’ve chosen to serve one another, they all wonder where they’d be today. Kathy, Polly and Lauren aren’t just a force of intelligence in their workplace; they are also one of light. “In every interaction,” says Kathy, “I ask myself, ‘Is this holy ground? Is this a moment to shine some light in the darkness?’”

I’d call that brilliance.

‘Love Kindness’ Author to Speak at Grace College

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Dr. Barry Corey, president of Biola University and author of “Love Kindness”

 

Grace College is pleased to welcome Dr. Barry Corey, president of Biola University, to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Corey will speak in chapel, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 601 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

Corey is the author of “Love Kindness,” the summer read for Grace College’s 2017 freshman class. Prior to arriving on campus each fall, freshmen collectively read an assigned book. The book assignment is part of Freshman Foundations, a course designed to help students discover their God-given strengths and navigate through college-related issues. “Love Kindness” addresses the power of kindness and the revolutionary way Christians are called to live.

“Love Kindness” was also read by the Grace College faculty during the summer of 2016.  “Many of us have been blessed by Dr. Corey’s book,” said Grace College Provost Dr. John Lillis. “We hope the students, staff and community take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear directly from Dr. Corey about the importance of Christ-like kindness.”

Under Corey’s leadership, Biola University has seen the highest enrollment in school history. Corey has initiated construction of new facilities and the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign at Biola to date. Corey is also vice chair of the board of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), a member of the Convoy of Hope board of directors and a board member for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

For more information about Grace College chapel and to view the fall chapel schedule, visit www.grace.edu/campus-life/chapel.

Grace College Welcomes Strong Class; Accelerated and Blended Degrees on the Rise

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Grace College & Seminary welcomed 1,278 undergraduate students to its Winona Lake campus this fall – the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Grace history. A growing number of students are choosing to pursue accelerated and blended degrees.  Since 2011, Grace College has offered a three-year bachelor’s degree in all of its 70-plus majors.  This year, nearly one-third of Grace undergraduates are on track to earn an accelerated bachelor’s degree.  In addition, students pursuing a blended degree – a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years – has increased to its greatest number ever.

 

Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace College & Seminary, commented on Grace’s 2017-18 enrollment.  “We are very pleased to again have a strong entering class of more than 400 students.  We’ve made this benchmark for six years in a row now,” she said.  “It’s also encouraging to see an increasing number of students choose accelerated and blended degrees.  It seems clear that our efforts in innovation and affordability are paying off.”

 

Nontraditional students, including online, graduate and seminary students, number 877 for the 2017-18 school year.  Grace continues to offer Jump Start and dual credit for high school students as well as a bachelor degree completion program, GOAL (Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners), both online and on campus.  Last year, Grace added its ninth online master degree in Nonprofit Management.  Others include Athletic Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Ministry Studies, Business Administration, Higher Education, Intercultural Studies, Local Church Ministry and Divinity.  Online graduate enrollment is up more than 13% this year.

 

The Grace College School of Business continues to grow in enrollment and reputation.  This fall, business majors number 328 – the most ever and a 20% increase from three years ago.  As the School of Business seeks Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) approval this academic year, it also kicks off a new agribusiness program.  Both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree in agribusiness are now offered to equip students with the competencies necessary to run farms and pursue a variety of agriculture careers in today’s marketplace.

 

Also new this fall is a bachelor’s in nursing program (BSN) in partnership with Bethel College.  According to Dr. John Lillis, provost of Grace College & Seminary, “The need for well-trained nurses and student interest led to our decision to transition from an ADN to a BSN program at Grace.”

 

As Grace continues construction on the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex, so does it continue development of a new chemistry major and accreditation for a mechanical engineering degree.  In the past four decades, Grace’s Department of Science and Mathematics has grown sixfold to include 13 different science majors and 11 pre-professional tracks. “Our investment in science will not waiver as we seek to meet the demand for well-trained professionals in health care, orthopaedics, environmental science and more,” said Lillis.

 

Last spring, the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary was launched to fund the college’s four new strategic priorities: educational excellence, connected community, culture of innovation and sustainable affordability.  Grace seeks to raise $37 million to fund these priorities; to date, nearly $30 million has been raised.

 

Grace College to Host TELL Summit for Educators

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Grace College is excited to host the first annual The Educators Leadership Learning Summit (TELL) on Oct. 30.

The Summit, held at Grace’s Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, is specifically created for school superintendents, administrators, principals, athletic directors and coaches. The TELL Summit will bring in numerous top state educators and motivational speakers to share their experiences in the world of education.

The Grace College Athletic Department created the summit, providing an educational event that is unique across the state of Indiana.

The TELL Summit is designed to inspire current and future educators in the high school world. This TED Talk-inspired event was created to spark new learning ideas, stimulate deep discussion and provide networking opportunities among like-minded educators. 

“We are honored to host the TELL Summit at Grace College. We feel that professional development for educators in the athletic world is critical to help student-athletes in their development,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “We hope that providing an experience for high school educators to grow and sharpen one another will be a great benefit to sports leaders at the high school level across the state.”

Included among the 14 presenters in the 2017 Summit are Bobby Cox, IHSAA Commissioner; Sandy Searcy, National Federation of State High School Associations Director of Sport; Seth Maust, Five Star Life President; and Jamy Bechler, John Maxwell Coach. Three school superintendents will be speaking, including Warsaw’s David Hoffert, as well as three athletic directors, a principal and three high school coaches.

To register for the summit, contact Grace’s athletic office at 574-372-5100 ext 6266 or email chad.briscoe@grace.edu.