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Screeton Named Next Head Coach for Grace Baseball

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Baseball Coach Cam Screeton

The interim title is coming off. Cam Screeton has been named the next head baseball coach for Grace College, announced on Tuesday.

Screeton will be the 18th head coach in team history. He served as the interim coach during the 2017 season, leading the Lancers to 15 wins. Grace’s 15 wins were the third-most in the past 15 years.

Screeton was also an assistant coach for the Lancers in 2016, helping Grace achieve 20 wins for just the third time in program’s 58-year history.

“I am truly blessed and honored to have the opportunity to lead the Grace baseball program. I want to thank Dr. Katip and Chad Briscoe for entrusting me as the head baseball coach,” Screeton said. “I love Grace College and the mission and purpose this school has to grow spiritual leaders. I hope to continue that mission through the baseball program. I am excited to start working with the guys and continue building on what we started this past season.”

Screeton has been central to Grace’s recruiting success over the last three years, securing some of the program’s best recruiting classes in recent memory. He recruited two players who earned All-Crossroads League recognition in 2017 (sophomore Xavier Harris, freshman Gavin Bussard).

The Lancers displayed a significant boom in power this year with Screeton at the helm. Grace hit 35 home runs this spring, equal to the team’s total for the five previous seasons combined.

“We have been extremely pleased with the program development and spiritual growth of our student-athletes under Coach Screeton this past year. We look forward to the continued pursuit of Christian excellence within the baseball program under his leadership,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “His passion and enthusiasm for impacting young men’s lives for Christ through baseball is evident. His history in Northern Indiana and his commitment to the mission of Grace College will serve him well as he takes over the program.”

Screeton is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan and was a dependable member of the Wildcats’ team. He played in 137 games during his career and tallied 104 hits with 58 runs, 50 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. His standout season came as a junior in 2014 where he hit .300 for the year.

Screeton graduated from IWU in 2015 with a degree in Sport Management. Prior to IWU, Screeton attended high school locally at Rochester, earning All-Conference recognition as a junior and senior. As a sophomore on the basketball team, he helped the Zebras to the state championship game. 

Grace College Opens Escape Room

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The Grace College Department of Science and Mathematics has developed an escape room for community use in Westminster Hall.  Escape rooms, which are quickly gaining popularity across the country, are designed to provide fun, adventure and team-building among a group of people.  Teams are typically given one hour in a room to solve puzzles and find clues to enable to them to “escape.”

Dr. Kristin Farwell, associate professor of mathematics and director of the mathematics program at Grace College, guided the mathematics students who designed the new escape room.  “I’m proud of the dedication and creativity these students demonstrated in designing the room,” he said.  “I hope that many from the community will make plans to experience the escape room and put their wit to the test!”

Dr. Farwell is currently scheduling teams of four people for one-hour time slots in the escape room.  This activity is ideal for families, friends and co-workers, high-school age and above.  The Grace College Escape Room cost is $5 per student and $15 per adult.  Funds raised will go to design the next escape room and outfit the new mathematics classroom in the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex.

Some teams of staff and students have already put their problem-solving skills to the test and entered the Grace Escape Room.  Paul Blair, vice president of financial affairs and CFO at Grace College, participated with three colleagues.  “The Math Department has done an exceptional job in creating a trending, team-building experience.  Our team works together in the Business Office but it was a good opportunity to do something different together.  We are looking forward to version 2.0 of the Grace Escape Room,” Blair said.

To schedule your team at the Grace College Escape Room, contact Dr. Farwell at farwelk@grace.edu or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6303.

Summer Lakes Season Kicks Off at Northern Indiana Lakes Festival May 26-28

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

 

Get your sunscreen ready! Summer lakes season is here. May 26 marks the beginning of the lakes season with the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, hosted by the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College.

The free event, now in its ninth year, takes place at Center Lake Park in Warsaw, Indiana, and includes workshops, educational booths, children’s activities, entertainment, fireworks, and more.  As festival participants complete activities, they will earn stamps on an “educational passport” and receive water-themed prizes for completed passports.

“This festival is a great way for the community to enjoy the outdoors while also learning about responsible care for our local lakes and streams,” said Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams. “We are thankful to our many sponsors and organizations who have helped grow this event to more than 6,000 participants last year, and the many community volunteers who help make the event successful.”

This year’s top sponsors include DePuy Synthes, Kosciusko County Convention Recreation and Visitors Commission, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Maple Leaf Farms, Silveus Insurance Group, and Zimmer Biomet.  Toyota Motor North America also donated a new 2017 Toyota Tacoma to help support research and education efforts toward cleaner water resources, including the Lilly Center’s Classroom Lake Experience.

“The programs offered by the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams help improve knowledge of local water resources and inspire the next generation toward responsible actions,” said Kevin Butt, general manager of environmental sustainability, Toyota Motor North America.

The Lakes Festival takes place May 26-28, 2017.  For more information visit lakesfestival.org.

 

Lakes Festival to Feature Fireworks and Memorial Day Ceremony

Friday, May 19th, 2017

 

The annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, May 26-28, will feature a Saturday fireworks show presented by Zimmer Biomet over Center Lake and a Sunday Memorial Day Ceremony presented by 1st Source Bank at Center Lake Park to commemorate the holiday weekend.

The fireworks show will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. over Center Lake in downtown Warsaw.

The Memorial Day Ceremony will begin Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. This ceremony is an effort to commemorate the holiday, honor veterans, current military, and fallen soldiers, and serve as one of the only Memorial Day celebrations in the Warsaw area. Warsaw Community High School JROTC members will perform a flag ceremony and play TAPS on the bugle.

The Lakes Festival is a celebration of local waterways. The Lakes Festival is scheduled for this Memorial Day weekend as the official kick-off to lakes season around the county.

Festival admission is free and other activities include Friday and Saturday evening concerts, food, live animal shows, display tanks, kids’ activities, exhibitors, and more!

This year’s top sponsors include Kosciusko County Convention Recreation and Visitors Commission, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Maple Leaf Farms, Silveus Insurance Group, and Zimmer Biomet. For more information about the 2017 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, including volunteer opportunities, visit www.lakesfestival.org or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6445.

Grace College Graduate Counseling Program Recognized for Excellence

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Grace College was recently recognized by two independent organizations for excellence in graduate mental health counseling programs.  Top Counseling Schools ranked Grace #4 in the nation for best online counseling degrees and #6 for best Christian colleges with graduate counseling degree programs.  Meanwhile, Affordable Colleges Online placed Grace #13 in the U.S. for best online degrees in mental health counseling.

Dr. Amy Gilbert, chair of the Grace College Department of Graduate Counseling, was pleased to learn of the rankings.  “I am delighted that we have earned these recognitions which reflect our efforts to provide an excellent educational experience for graduate counseling students,” she said.  “We have worked hard to meet the training standards of our CACREP accreditation and the counseling profession, and we are proud to accept these awards.”

Top Counseling Schools aids higher learning by providing objective information for counseling students and professionals. Using the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs directory, accredited counseling programs are identified and ranked based on completion rate, job placement rate, licensing exam pass rate, accreditation length, research productivity, tuition and fees.  Top Counseling Schools noted Grace’s commitment to developing counseling professionals with a passion for God in both its two- and three-year accredited counseling degree programs.

Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) is a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings.  ACO develops college rankings based on a number of data points, including regional accreditation, in-state tuition and fees, percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving financial aid, the number of programs offered online, student-to-teacher ratio and graduation rates.

According to Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of Affordable Colleges Online, “We want to honor the colleges and universities setting the bar for online learning.  These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs an excellent option and more affordable.”

ACO has distinguished its ranking scale by using a Peer-Based Value metric, or PBV. A “bang for your buck” metric, PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same or similar qualitative score. It also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same or similar cost.  Grace College ranked #13 on the list of top online mental health counseling programs nationwide with the third-highest graduation rate of all schools ranked.

Grace College’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers both online and on-campus CACREP-accredited learning platforms.  Grace trains graduate students to excel as professional counselors.  They are taught to be scripturally grounded, professionally skilled and interpersonally competent.  Upon completion, students are qualified to seek state licensure or pursue doctoral studies in counseling.  For more information, visit www.grace.edu/graduate-programs or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6051.

Guinness World Record Jump Roper Featured at Lakes Festival

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Rope Warrior David Fisher. Photo used by permission.

 

David Fisher, jump roping Guinness World Record holder, will perform at this year’s Northern Indiana Lakes Festival May 26-28, Memorial Day Weekend.

Fisher, also known as the “Rope Warrior,” holds the world record for the most revolutions turned with a jump rope while pushing off and landing only on the backside in one minute—or “rump-jumps”—for completing 56 of these jumps in one minute.

Fisher was a Double A volleyball player at Emory University in Atlanta, and trained using a jump rope. Since then, Fisher turned jumping rope into his full-time profession as he promotes wellness and creative physical fitness. He serves as president of The Rope Warrior, Inc.™ and originator of Ropenastics™ which combines jumping rope with gymnastics techniques.

Rope Warrior shows are scheduled for Sunday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. at Center Lake Park in downtown Warsaw.

Festival admission is free and other activities include Friday and Saturday evening concerts, food, live animal shows, display tanks, kids’ activities, exhibitors, a Memorial Day ceremony and more!

This year’s top sponsors include Kosciusko County Convention Recreation and Visitors Commission, Maple Leaf Farms, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Silveus Insurance Group, and Zimmer Biomet.  For more information about the 2017 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, visit lakes.grace.edu/lakes-festival.

Grace College Recognizes Business Honor Society Inductees

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

2017 Grace College Sigma Beta Delta inductees (L to R): Colin Hayes, Gabrielle Lawrence, Thomas Carini, Rachel Jones, Joel Wesco, Ryan Mundy, Phillip Olson, Adam Miller, Gabriel Vervynckt, Marina Tolczyk and Emily Guinter. Not pictured are Caleb Adams, Megan Carpenter, Frani Gerst and Tiffany Schuman.

 

The Grace College School of Business recently inducted fifteen 2017 graduates to Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society in business, management and administration.  The inductees are: Caleb Adams, Thomas Carini, Megan Carpenter, Frani Gerst, Emily Guinter, Colin Hayes, Rachel Jones, Gabrielle Lawrence, Adam Miller, Ryan Mundy, Phillip Olson, Tiffany Schuman, Marina Tolczyk, Gabriel Vervynckt and Joel Wesco.

Sigma Beta Delta honors students with superior records in business programs in colleges and universities with regional accreditation.  Today, over 400 chapters exist with more than 80,000 members world-wide.  This year’s Grace College inductees earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.848, representing the top 20% of business students at Grace.

“It’s our pleasure to recognize these outstanding students with a special designation,” said Dr. Jeff Fawcett, dean of the School of Business at Grace College.  “Their membership in Sigma Beta Delta signifies the diligence they brought to their studies at Grace, and it serves as an indicator to future employers of the students’ caliber,” he said.

The Grace College School of Business strives to create an experiential learning environment that inspires students to embrace biblically based ethical character, develop professional competence, and demonstrate active service where they live and work.  With 15 different majors – including agribusiness new this fall – the School of Business provides preparation for entry into a variety of business occupations as well as a foundation for graduate study.  For more information, visit www.grace.edu/academics.

All American Lumberjack Show to Perform at Lakes Festival

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Photo courtesy of All American Lumberjack Shows: lumberjackshows.net.

 

The All American Lumberjack Show, presented by Silveus Insurance Group, will be featured at the annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival this Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28.

The All American Lumberjack show is a group located in Stillwater, Minnesota which offers shows featuring log-rolling, boom running and axe-throwing, and camps which get attendees involved in these activities.

Lumberjack shows and camps are scheduled throughout the day on Saturday, May 27, with shows at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Camps are scheduled throughout the day and are open to attendees of all ages.

Festival admission is free and other activities include Friday and Saturday evening concerts, food, live animal shows, display tanks, kids’ activities, exhibitors, a Memorial Day ceremony and more!

This year’s top sponsors include Kosciusko County Convention Recreation and Visitors Commission, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Maple Leaf Farms, Silveus Insurance Group, and Zimmer Biomet.  For more information about the 2017 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, visit lakes.grace.edu/lakes-festival.

 

Grace Tracksters Thrive at NCCAA Nationals

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Grace’s All-American 4×800-meter team of (left) Hunter Reed, Tyler Houvener, Nathan Lane and Sam Hall.

Grace’s track and field program enjoyed one of its most successful NCCAA National Championships in program history this week.

The Lancers produced eight All-Americans to highlight a strong meet, held at Oklahoma Baptist University.

The men’s team placed fifth out of 24 teams, setting a program record for highest finish and most team points (59). The women ended in 16th place.

“We left the meet with eight All-Americans, another NAIA qualifier, a new school record and several personal bests, so it was obviously a success,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “More than those accomplishments, however, it was great to see individuals break through some barriers and see their hard work pay off.”

Three Lancers placed second in the nation. Macallister Seitz, who was named the NCCAA Wheeler Award winner earlier on Saturday, was second in the discus at 162-feet-9.

Isaac Stuckey was second in the hammer at 168-3, and Bennett Parker was the national runner-up in the high jump when he cleared 6-7.5.

The hammer was a great event for the Lancers with Stuckey going second, and Caleb Dudeck also getting All-American honors with a third-place throw of 163-1. Seitz also placed fourth in the event, and Walker Hobbs ended in sixth place.

The men’s 4×800-meter relay team was the final All-American event for Grace. Hunter Reed, Tyler Houvener, Nathan Lane and Sam Hall finished the race in third place in 7:44.65. The squad also met the NAIA “A” standard.

The men’s 4×400 unit of Nolan Miller, Hall, Martin Schiele and Joel Zook broke a school record in the championship event, crossing the finish line in 3:18.34 for fifth place.

Hannah Treadway finished fourth in both the javelin (116-9) and the hammer (148-10).

Hall placed sixth in the 800, Caleb Brown was sixth in the discus with a PR of 144-10, and Miller placed seventh in the 400 hurdles.

Raven Arellano also placed in the national meet, finishing seventh in the 5000 at 18:27.35.

The Lancers will end the season by sending a group to the 2017 NAIA Outdoor National Championships, held in Gulf Shores, Ala., beginning May 24.

Outstanding Grace Students Earn Teacher Awards

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Grace College 2016-2017 prospective teacher award winners (left to right): Jena Stevenson, Alexandria Brown, Angela Mack and Sarah Landfair.

 

Four Grace College 2017 graduates were recently recognized as outstanding prospective teachers.  Alexandria Brown, Jena Stevenson and Sarah Landfair were named Outstanding Prospective Teachers, while Angela Mack was presented the Indiana Future Reading Teacher Award.  All four women student taught in Warsaw Community Schools.

Alexandria Brown, originally from Caro, Mich., student taught second grade at Eisenhower Elementary School and kindergarten at Leesburg Elementary School.  Jena Stevenson hails from Niles, Mich., and student taught math at both Warsaw Community High School and Edgewood Middle School.  Sarah Landfair, originally from Troy, Ohio, student taught special education at Madison Elementary School and went abroad to student teach first grade in Honduras.  Angela Mack, also of Troy, Ohio, student taught fifth grade at Harrison Elementary.

Each year, the School of Education at Grace College selects three seniors studying education to receive the Outstanding Prospective Teacher Award.  Supervisors and faculty from the School of Education select students based on their exemplary effort as student teachers.  Simultaneously, the Indiana Future Reading Professors Council chose one student from Grace College to receive the Indiana Future Reaching Teacher Award.  Each Grace awardee was given a plaque in recognition of their achievement.

“We’re very proud of the incredible effort these ladies put into their student teaching and other academic pursuits,” said Dr. Laurie Owen, dean of the School of Education at Grace College. “They exemplify Grace’s mission of competence, character and service in many ways.” Each student rose to the top of their classes at Grace in both achievement and behavior. They also performed well on their professional exams.

“This award is a huge honor,” said awardee Sarah Landfair. “I am a perfectionist and always push myself to do my best. At times during my Grace education classes and student teaching, I felt like I would never be a sufficient teacher. I’m far from perfect, but this award reminds me that I have learned and grown so much. It reminds me not to give up and to continue learning and growing,” she said.  After graduation, Landfair hopes to teach in her hometown of Troy, Ohio.

Angela Mack was equally honored to receive the Future Teaching Teacher Award. “This award matters to me because I love to teach reading and because I care about the growth of my students,” said Mack. “This award gives me confirmation that my instruction is benefiting students—my primary concern as a teacher.” After graduation, Mack intends to teach in Warsaw or her hometown.

Grace College education majors are taught classroom planning, instruction, management and professionalism, as well as the ability to respond to moral and ethical issues in the classroom. These skills, combined with applied learning experiences, P-12 classroom teaching and community-based service projects, provide graduates the disposition, knowledge and competences needed to be effective in the field of education.

The Grace College School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is approved by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Indiana Department of Education.  For more information about the School of Education, call 574-372-5100, ext. 6144.