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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.

Dr. Katip Appears on The Harvest Show

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary, appeared on The Harvest Show on August 9, 2016.  The Harvest Show is a live international daily syndicated Christian news program produced by LeSEA Broadcasting Network.  The Harvest Show reaches more than 115 million homes around the globe each day.

Dr. Katip appeared on The Harvest Show to discuss the value of Christian higher education.   Hosts Stephan Radelich and Valerie Lowe also discuss affordability of faith-based higher education, mission relevance and real world preparation at Grace College with Dr. Katip.  To view Dr. Katip’s 10-minute interview, click here.  For more information on The Harvest Show, visit


Photo courtesy of “The Harvest Show.”

K21 Health Foundation Gift Brings Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex Total Giving to $6.5 Million

Friday, August 5th, 2016

CLAS in Science CenterGrace College recently announced plans to break ground on the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex at its Winona Lake campus this spring.  Now, with a gift of $1 million from K21 Health Foundation, a total of $6.5 million has been raised for this project.

The K21 gift was given specifically to fund office, meeting and laboratory space for Grace College’s Center for Lakes & Streams. K21’s CEO and President Rich Haddad notes the great synergy between the two organizations.

“K21 is dedicated to supporting and improving the human health in our county, and the Center for Lakes & Streams is a critical resource and expert in ensuring our lakes remain a great asset for our community. Their work has strong connections to local health through its various research studies, rapid response to issues and collaborative projects,” he said.

Center for Lakes & Streams Director Dr. Nate Bosch is excited about the specially designed and dedicated space that will allow the center to increase its impact in the community and provide even stronger applicable learning opportunities for Grace students.

“The Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex puts the ‘center’ in the Center for Lakes & Streams,” explains Bosch. “It gives us the space we need to be a better launching point for local water research and K-12 educational programs, and it creates a hub for local lake and stream research.”

“One of the great benefits of the Center for Lakes and Streams getting enhanced work space is the potential of bringing the lab work in-house. Currently they must send most of the lab testing out to other organizations, but in the future, they could expand to do the work directly, which would be more cost effective and improve the turnaround time for test results,” Haddad added.

The new science complex will renovate and expand the Cooley Science Center, which has served the Department of Science and Mathematics since 1978 and the Center for Lakes & Streams since its founding in 2007.   The entire complex will include contemporary and upgraded labs and classrooms, and feature a central suite for lake and stream research, offices and multi-use space.  In addition to K21, substantial gifts have been given by Zimmer Biomet and Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller.

“Our board has seen the enormous contributions that the Center has made to the health of our community, and this significant commitment is evidence of how strongly we believe the Center needs to remain in our community for future generations,” Haddad concluded.

“For nearly ten years, the Center for Lakes & Streams has proven its value and relevance to our community through hard work and serious research.  I am deeply grateful to K21 and prior donors for their confidence in the Center and their generous investments in its future,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College.

Architectural plans and construction bids are now underway for the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex.  A conceptual rendering of the Center for Lakes & Streams space in the future Science Complex is attached.  Those interested in the work of the Center for Lakes & Streams or the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex may call 574-372-5100 ext. 6445.


Grace College Announces $5.5 Million Raised for Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Science Complex Conceptual Rendering_final


Grace College plans to break ground on the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex at its Winona Lake campus in the spring of 2017.  The new science complex will renovate and expand the Cooley Science Center, which has served the Department of Science and Mathematics since 1978.  Thanks to the generous gifts of Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller, Zimmer Biomet and friends of the college, $5.5 million has been raised for the project to date.

For nearly forty years, Grace’s science center has ably prepared physicians, researchers and professors to serve others and improve lives.  In that time, the Department of Science and Mathematics has grown sixfold.  Today more than 220 students are pursuing 13 different science majors and 11 pre-professional tracks at Grace.

The science center also houses the Center for Lakes and Streams, an education and research center focused on the more than 100 lakes and streams in Kosciusko County.  The Center, along with increased interest in environmental science courses and market demand for graduates with these skills, has made updated and expanded lab space a necessity.

The Millers have had a longstanding friendship with Grace College and worked with the leadership on several joint projects to make the college and community stronger.  Dr. Dane Miller was co-founder of Biomet and its CEO for 39 years.  Before his passing in 2015, he and Mary Louise discussed the importance and relevance of Grace’s science center in educating the next generation. “Dane was very interested in renovating Grace’s science center,” said Mary Louise.

“The Millers’ significant gift was the catalyst for this project,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College. “We encouraged Mary Louise to allow us to name the science complex in memory of Dane, and she agreed.”

“Dane would be elated about the new complex and deeply honored that Grace would recognize him in this way,” said Mary Louise. “This will be the greatest visible tribute to Dane’s legacy in our community.”

Zimmer Biomet also contributed significantly to the project to honor the immeasurable influence Dr. Miller had on the orthopaedics industry and its Company. “Dane was a true innovator in our industry and in our community,” said Zimmer Biomet President and CEO David Dvorak.  “We are pleased to have an opportunity to nurture that value in the next generation of leaders.”

Modernizing the science center will include the construction of contemporary and upgraded labs to train future doctors and nurses, classrooms for engineering and math students, a hub for lake and stream research, additional office and multi-use space.

The funds raised have initiated architectural drawings and construction bids. “Our aspirations are now actualities,” said Grace College V.P. of Advancement Drew Flamm. “We’ve been dreaming of and planning for a new science complex that resources our students and equips our faculty to be leaders in their fields. We’re now well on our way toward that reality.”

Friends of Dr. Miller are coming together to form the “No Tie Club,” which is giving gifts to the new complex specifically in honor of Dr. Miller.  For more information, contact V.P. of Advancement Drew Flamm at 574-372-5100, ext. 6121 or


Village at Winona to Present Barbershop Festival

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Left to right: This image pictures David Zimmerman, Theo Hicks, Kohl Kitzmiller and Kyle Kitzmiller from Instant Classic. – Photo courtesy of Instant Classic.

The fourth of six summertime Village at Winona Festival of Music performances will feature barbershop music. The Barbershop Festival will take place on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake. Tickets are available at Rocket Fizz, Pottery Bayou and at the door.  Prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

2015 International Quartet Champions, Instant Classic, will headline the event.  Summit City Chorus of Fort Wayne, Chain-O-Lakes Men’s Barbershop Chorus of Columbia City and Optimist Singers of Warsaw will also perform.  Following individual performances, all groups will join together to sing the Barbershop Harmony Society theme song, “Keep the Whole World Singing.”

Since its founding in 1938, the Barbershop Harmony Society has promoted and preserved barbershop music as an art form.  Today over 23,000 men in the United States and Canada are members of the society whose focus is a cappella music.

In addition to the 3 p.m. concert, individual quartets from Chain-O-Lakes, Summit City Chorus and the Warsaw Optimist Singers will give short performances in the Village at Winona.  Performances will begin at 1 p.m.

Marty Becker, Festival of Music coordinator, encourages the public to come early and enjoy the preshow quartets.  “What better way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Winona Lake?,” he said.  “The best barbershop quartets in the region will surprise shoppers and diners with their beautiful a cappella music around the Village until the concert begins in the Heritage Room at three o’clock,” Becker continued.

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, visit

Grace Honored With Record 16 NAIA Scholar-Teams

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Scholar Teams graphic

Grace’s athletic programs were honored for their academic success during the 2015-16 year.

Sixteen teams were named NAIA Scholar-Teams, breaking a program record for Grace’s department. The total also was tied for 13th-most in the NAIA.

Headlining Grace’s academic awards’ haul was the Lady Lancers’ soccer team. The Michael Voss-coached squad claimed an academic national championship with a 3.79 GPA, ranking highest among all women’s soccer programs. The squad was also the highest-ranked Crossroads League team, regardless of sport. The Lady Lancers have ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 nationally in the sport for the past six seasons.

Overall, Grace placed nine teams in their sport’s top 25 and five teams in the top 10.

“The academic excellence that our athletic programs achieve can be credited to the commitment and dedication of our coaches and student-athletes,” said Grace Athletic Director Chad Briscoe. “Our programs strive for Christian excellence in all areas, which includes both the academic and athletic realms. The Scholar-Team distinction for our programs is a tremendous reflection on Grace College. Our faculty play an integral role in the academic and spiritual growth of our student-athletes, and we are incredibly thankful for their work.”

Women’s tennis, coached by Scott Moore, boasted a 3.68 GPA to rank sixth in their sport. Grace’s track programs excelled at the national level. Women’s indoor track and field had a 3.65 GPA under coach Jeff Raymond, ranking sixth in their sport, and the women’s outdoor team was 11th with a 3.59 GPA. The men’s indoor team was seventh nationally in their sport with a 3.30 GPA, and the men’s outdoor team was eighth in the nation.

Women’s cross country (3.59 GPA) under Raymond, and the volleyball team under coach Katie Van Hofwegen (3.54) both topped 3.50 GPAs as a team and ranked in the top 25 of their sport.

The men’s basketball team, led by Jim Kessler, had a team GPA of 3.27 to rank No. 15 in the sport.

Other Scholar-Teams for Grace include: softball (3.40), women’s basketball (3.35), men’s golf (3.29), men’s cross country (3.20), men’s tennis (3.13), men’s soccer (3.08) and baseball (3.07).

To see the complete listing of NAIA Scholar-Teams sorted by GPA and school, click here. Overall, 1,590 teams earned the Scholar-Team distinction from the NAIA.

Click here to see an infographic.