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Lady Lancers Rout Indiana Tech by 31

Monday, November 10th, 2014

A career day from Kelsey Sule highlighted an 86-55 victory for Grace’s women’s basketball team over Indiana Tech on Saturday.

Sule poured in a career-best 22 points in 26 minutes off the bench, draining five 3-pointers to spark Grace’s rout of the Warriors (0-3).

Allison Kauffman also tallied 20 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists in a well-balanced performance for the Lady Lancers (4-0).

Grace led from start to finish on Saturday, opening the game with a 3-pointer by Darian Patton. After six minutes of action, the Lady Lancers spurted ahead with a 13-2 run to open up a 24-10 lead with 11:24 remaining in the half. Sule ripped off four 3-pointers in less than five minutes to key Grace’s attack.

The Warriors trailed by as many as 22 in the opening half but rallied to within 49-34 at halftime.

The second half started fully in Grace’s corner. The Lady Lancers rattled off 15 unanswered points to begin the half, including six from Kauffman and five from Sule. Indiana Tech did not score a point in the second half until 5:24 had expired.

Grace maintained a nearly 30-point cushion for the remainder of the contest, substituting freely down the stretch for the 31-point margin of victory.

Sule and Kauffman combined for 42 points on 15-of-21 shooting to spearhead Grace’s offense. Chloe Pridgen produced 11 points and six rebounds in eight minutes off the bench, Kelsie Peterson had 9 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds, and Gabby Bryant finished with six points and three steals.

Grace connected on a sizzling 56 percent shooting for the game, including 17-of-28 (61 percent) after halftime. Indiana Tech shot 31 percent from the floor and committed 28 turnovers. Grace enjoyed 33 points off those turnovers. WCHS grad Nikki Grose scored six points for the Warriors.

The Lady Lancers continue play at home on Wednesday 7 p.m. against Calumet College of St. Joseph’s.

Grace Sweeps Goshen on Senior Night

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Grace's volleyball team celebrating a late point against Goshen on Wednesday

Grace’s volleyball team wrapped up the regular season with a 3-0 victory over Goshen on Wednesday night.

The Lady Lancers (25-9, 14-4 Crossroads League) wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the league standings on  Senior Night that honored Calah Kruse, Hannah Clemmons and Ellie Harp. The trio helped Grace win 101 games over the past four seasons and secure the program’s best league finish in over a decade.

Grace will host seventh-seeded Goshen again in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament on Tuesday 7 p.m. With a win, Grace will host the semifinals on Thursday night.

The opening set was a back-and-forth affair with Grace holding on for a 25-22 victory. Grace’s offense had its lowest output with 10 kills in the first set.

The second start was similar as each squad struggled to seize control. A block point from Ellie Harp late in the game gave Grace momentum, and Tori Bontrager ended the set 25-21 with a kill.

Grace opened up a five-point lead midway into the third set and never looked back. The Maple Leafs (15-16, 8-10 CL) never came within four points of Grace’s lead the rest of the way. Freshman Naarah Foster won the match 25-19 with a kill off the bench.

Kruse finished with seven kills and 11 digs, and Kaitlin Kerrigan added nine kills on a .304 percentage. Bontrager had nine kills on a .316 percentage, and Grace Woolsey tallied seven kills on a .500 percentage to go along with five block assists.

Harp passed out 30 assists with three block assists, Sara Miller led all players with 14 digs, and Clemmons chipped in 10 digs.

Record-Breaking Defense Leads Grace

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

pictured is sophomore Tre Olive defending Lawrence Tech on Tuesday

While it may not have been the prettiest game Grace has ever played, it was Grace’s best in at least one sense.

The Lancers’ basketball team defeated Lawrence Tech 57-34 on Tuesday night, breaking the program’s record for fewest points surrendered in a game. The Lancers’ previous best for stingiest defense in a game was 35 points against Unity in the 1978-79 season.

Grace struggled with its shooting touch, making just 21-of-62 (34 percent) from the floor and 4-of-18 from the 3-point line. But the Lancers (3-0) handcuffed the Blue Devils (1-2) to 29-percent shooting for the game, which included a 2-of-20 performance from beyond the arc.

In a contest in which offense was at a premium, the Lancers’ defense did not surrender a point until over four minutes of action. The Blue Devils suffered a severe scoring drought starting at the12:15 mark of the first half, going scoreless for nearly the next nine minutes. Grace used Lawrence Tech’s woes to open up a 23-7 lead and went into the locker room ahead 27-12 at the break.

Shortly into the second half, Logan Irwin scored five quick points to hand the Lancers a 20-point lead. The Blue Devils never came closer than 18 points for the remaining 17 minutes of action.

Grace held a commanding plus-13 advantage in rebounds at 43-30, aided by 16 offensive boards. Grace forced Lawrence Tech into 17 turnovers and scored 19 points off those miscues.

Niko Read led all players in scoring with 14 points and two steals. Irwin’s well-rounded performance included 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, and Dennis Williams had eight points and eight rebounds. Kyle Fillman tallied all seven of his points from the free throw line, and Caleb Featherston chipped in four points.

The Lancers play their first road games of the season this weekend with a tournament at Trinity International. Grace will play Trinity International on Friday and Missouri Valley on Saturday in Deerfield, Ill.

Women’s Soccer Soars to Highest NAIA Ranking

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Grace’s women’s soccer team continued to gain momentum on the national scene, rising to No. 17 in the latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

The Lady Lancers’ ranking is the first top-20 spot in program history and the team’s fourth straight national ranking.

Grace defeated Huntington 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament, improving its record to 13-3-2. The Lady Lancers will host St. Francis at Miller Field at 3 p.m. Saturdayin the semifinals of the CL Tournament. Grace has only reached the tournament championship one other time in program history (2012).

The Lady Lancers are in pursuit of their first NAIA National Championship appearance. The winner of the CL Tournament receives an automatic bid while the final bids are given on an at-large basis.

Grace Professor Awarded Fellowship at Elizabethtown College

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

This fall, Dr. Jared Burkholder, chair of the history and political science department at Grace and director of the Office of Faith, Learning, and Scholarship, has been appointed a Snowden Fellow at the Young Center for Pietist and Anabaptist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. During the fellowship, Burkholder continues to examine the history and legacy of German pietism in America since the Great Awakening.

“I would like to expand my previous work on the Morovians to include other groups and how they have impacted religion in America,” said Burkholder. “The long term goal is to publish a book. In the short term, I will be giving a lecture here at the Young Center on how Pietists have been looked upon as both heretics and heroes of the faith.”

Burkholder coedited The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Anabaptism and Evangelicalism (Wipf and Stock, 2012) and Becoming Grace: Seventy-Five Years of Christian Higher Education at Grace College and Theological Seminary (BMH, Forthcoming) and has written articles in several periodicals.

“The staff at the Young Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Jared Burkholder as our Snowden Fellow for 2014,” said Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center. “Jared’s expertise in Pietism and his research interests in the interfaces of Pietism and evangelicalism add great insight and conversation to our collective research work at the Young Center. We are happy to have a scholar of Pietism with his strong capabilities here this semester.”

Dr. Burkholder has taken a sabbatical this fall from his duties as associate professor of American and world history to be in residence at Elizabethtown for the fellowship. He will be presenting a lecture for the public on Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Young Center.


Grace College School of Business, Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development Host Third Annual Executive Forum

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Front row (L to R)- Hannah Clemmons, Kelsey Cook, Lydia Bronner, Sarah Grube, and Dr. Al Grossnickle Back Row (L to R)- Carianne Sobey, Annette Hammond, and Alex Noppert

Grace College and the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development are partnering to present the community with the third annual Executive Forum, “Enhancing Communication in Your Organization” on Tuesday, November 18. WOWO Radio political analyst Pat Miller will moderate the event, joined by panelists Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, founder of Vera Bradley; Cory Colman, senior vice president of Paragon Medical; Nick Deeter, founder of OrthoPediatrics; Ed McMillan, former CEO of Purina Mills; and John Zeglis, former CEO of AT&T. Student volunteers from Grace College are involved in the planning and execution of the event.

The forum, held at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center located at 610 Wooster Road on the Grace College campus, is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 11:45 a.m.  Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is $40 per person, and includes a networking breakfast to kick off the event. RSVP on or before November 11 by visiting For multiple reservations or additional information, please contact Marsha Yocum at 574.372.5100 ext. 6094 or

This year’s forum is sponsored by McGladrey, the leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, with locations all over the country including South Bend and Indianapolis.

“This event is a perfect opportunity for business leaders in our community to come together, network over a continental breakfast, and enjoy a panel of experienced business leaders,” said Alan Grossnickle, director of the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development and associate professor of business administration at Grace.

Cole, Smith Picked to the All-League Team

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

At the conclusion of a nine-win regular season, Grace’s men’s soccer team placed two players on the All-Crossroads League Team in Jacob Cole and Trent Smith.

Cole was named First Team All-League after yielding just three goals in Crossroads League play. The senior goalkeeper earned three of his four shutouts against league opponents and was the CL and NCCAA Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 20.

Smith earned a place on the Second Team All-League for the second straight season. The senior directed Grace’s midfield, tallying two goals with two assists. He also led the Lancers with 41 shots on the season.

The Lancers are focused on qualifying for NCCAA Nationals for the third time in four years. Grace will need to qualify through the Midwest regional with games yet to be determined.

Schue Wins Third Defensive Player of the Week Honor

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Freshman Abby Schue

Freshman Abby Schue posted yet another shutout victory for Grace’s women’s soccer team to earn her third Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday.

Schue, who was an All-League winner at the end of the regular season, helped Grace to a 1-0 victory over Huntington in the Crossroads League Tournament. She made three saves in 90 minutes, notching her sixth consecutive shutout to propel Grace into the tournament semifinals. Grace has not surrendered a goal with Schue as goalkeeper since Oct. 8.

Grace will host St. Francis in Saturday’s semifinal clash at 3 p.m. at Miller Field.

Kauffman Lauded as League’s Player of the Week

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Senior Allison Kaufman

Senior Allison Kauffman has sparked Grace’s women’s basketball team to a 3-0 start in the 2014-15 season. After a strong week, Kauffman was named the Crossroads League’s Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Kauffman powered Grace to a pair of road victories with averages of 24.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. The Lady Lancers knocked off IU-South Bend and Trinity Christian last week.

Kauffman shot 90 percent from the free throw line and 48.3 percent from the field for the week. She had 26 points and nine rebounds versus IU-South Bend, who is receiving votes in the NAIA poll.

The Lady Lancers continue play on Saturday with a home game against Indiana Tech at 1 p.m.

Grace College Alumna Honored with Teacher of the Year Award

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

(From left) Betsey Vastbinder, Teacher of the Year, stands with Brenda Linky, Special Services Staff Member of the Year and Wendy Harges, Support Staff Member of the Year

Betsey Rumley Vastbinder, seventh grade social studies instructor at Lakeview Middle School, received recognition as Teacher of the Year for Warsaw Community Schools during the 2014-2015 annual back to school program.

A Grace alumna and social studies education major, Rumley Vastbinder will be featured on billboards throughout the community along with the other nominees, courtesy of the Warsaw Education Foundation.

On behalf of Grace College, we wish her congratulations on this outstanding achievement!