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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!

Second-half Surge Propels Lancers

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

An impressive second half saw Grace win its second game in as many days, 76-43 over Andrews on Saturday.

Grace completed their home Crossroads Classic with two wins to start off the 2014-15 season. Head coach Jim Kessler picked up win No. 701. He was honored with a commemorative basketball by athletic director Chad Briscoe beforeSaturday’s contest.

The Lancers used balanced production to coast past the Cardinals (0-2). Grace’s leading scorer Brandon Vanderhegghen had 13 points as five players reached double figures in scoring.

It took Grace 12 minutes of action to open up a double-digit lead in the first half. A late 3-pointer from Niko Read helped Grace claim a 32-22 advantage at halftime.

Grace continued to hold a small lead until blowing the game wide open midway into the second period. The Lancers rattled off 17 unanswered points and held Andrews scoreless for exactly 7:00 of action. When the dust had settled on Grace’s run, the Lancers led 64-33 on a steal and layup by Logan Irwin.

The exclamation points of the night came from a trio of 3-pointers by freshman Stephen Halstead and a slam dunk by senior Adrian Makolli.

Vanderhegghen’s team-high 13 points came with three treys, and Irwin had 10 points and seven assists. Halstead fired in 11 points in 7:40 off the bench, Kyle Fillman had 11 points and eight boards, and Erik Bowen chipped in 10 points.

Grace’s defense forced Andrews in 18 turnovers, scoring 19 points off those miscues. Grace’s offense amassed 22 assists on 30 made field goals. The Lancers’ bench starred with 42 points compared to 17 for the Cardinals.

The Lancers continue home play on Tuesday 7 p.m. against Lawrence Tech.

Rondeau’s Late Winner Lifts Grace Into Semifinals

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Mallory Rondeau proved why she was voted the 2014 Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Year on Saturday night, scoring in the 87th minute to beat Huntington 1-0.

The Lady Lancers (13-3-2) advance to next Saturday’s CL Tournament semifinals thanks to Rondeau’s game winner. Grace will host St. Francis at Miller Field in the semifinals.

Despite a commanding 20-3 advantage in shot attempts for Grace in the match, the Foresters (5-12-2) kept Grace off the scoreboard for most of the game.

The Lady Lancers took eight shots in the opening period while holding the Foresters to zero. Grace ramped up its offensive pressure after halftime in search of a game winner, but it didn’t come until the 87th minute.

Rondeau made a run along the right endline, finding enough space to unleash a rocket above Huntington’s goalkeeper and into the roof of the net from the tightest of angles. Huntington was limited without a clear-cut scoring chance over the final frantic minutes.

Grace’s defense notched its sixth consecutive shutout victory thanks to the goalkeeping of Abby Schue (three saves) and the defending of Heather Martin, Faith Voehringer, Meredith Matson and Erica Manchess. The Lady Lancers have not surrendered a goal since Oct. 8 and have outscored their opponents 16-0 during that span.

Meredith Hollar and Mimi Lozano provided an offensive spark off the bench, accounting for seven shots between the pair. Carianne Sobey and Meghan Wiles notched three shots apiece, and Rondeau and Marina Tolczyk both shot twice.

The NAIA 21st-ranked 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 Wins Third Straight to Start Season

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Grace’s women’s basketball team continued its fast start to the 2014-15 season with a 75-68 victory at Trinity Christian on Saturday.

Allison Kauffman poured in 22 points, and Kelsie Peterson added 17 to lead the Lady Lancers to a third consecutive win to kick off the season.

The Trolls started on a strong note, claiming a double-digit lead in the first half. Trinity Christian led by as many as 12 in the opening half, but Grace used a 12-2 spurt to climb back into the game. Kauffman had five points in that run, and Darian Patton added four.

Shortly after Grace’s 12-2 run, the Lady Lancers scored six unanswered to claim a 39-34 advantage, and Grace never trailed again.

The Trolls fell behind by 11 in the second half before making a furious rally. Trinity Christian erased a 55-44 deficit, cutting Grace’s lead to two at 59-57 on a 3-pointer. But Patton buried a 3-pointer of her own for Grace to end the Trolls threat, and the Lady Lancers never led by fewer than five points for the rest of the contest.

Kauffman’s 22 points led all players. She made 5-of-11 from the floor and 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Peterson finished with 17 points, making all four of her foul shots.

Patton was efficient on offense, producing 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers. Lindsey Schaefer tallied seven points and six rebounds, Kelsey Sule scored five off the bench, and Gabby Bryant had four points and three assists.

Grace forced Trinity Christian in 26 turnovers, scoring 26 points off those miscues.

The Lady Lancers return to the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on Nov. 8 for a 1 p.m. game against Indiana Tech.

Kessler Wins 700th Game in Lancers’ Season Opener

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

 Legendary men’s basketball head coach Jim Kessler added one more milestone to his career with win No. 700 on Friday night, defeating Concordia 89-71.

Kessler became just the 45th coach in the history of men’s college basketball to reach the 700 plateau, earning all 700 wins in his 38 seasons at Grace.

“This was never something I intended to get when I first started coaching. My goal as a coach is to go out and find good kids who can also play basketball,” said Grace head coach Jim Kessler. “It’s fun to be the 45th coach in history with 700 wins, but the trick is to be on the right bus and with the right people. I’ve been very fortunate here at Grace. I want to be found faithful and serve the Lord in my role, and it’s been a privilege to work at Grace.”

Four players scored in double figures for Grace, led by 18 points in 22 minutes from Brandon Vanderhegghen.

The Lancers (1-0) started slowly and trailed for most of the opening 10 minutes against the Cardinals. But Grace charged in front for good with a definitive 22-6 run over the final 9:18, claiming a 39-26 advantage at halftime. Chad Hoffer scored six of his eight points during Grace’s run, and Drew Perrin added five more in that span.

In the second half, Concordia managed to trim Grace’s lead to single digits on a few occasions, but each time Grace had a response. The Cardinals came within 59-52 with 9:30 to play, but the Lancers countered with a flurry of points. Grace erupted for 12 points in less than three minutes to balloon its lead back up to 17. Vanderhegghen had half of Grace’s points in that run.

Despite 20 turnovers, Grace’s offense operated at a high efficiency by shooting 58 percent for the game. The Lancers made 18-of-29 (62 percent) from the floor in the second half. Concordia, on the other hand, connected on 40 percent of their field goal attempts, including 6-of-25 from the 3-point line.

Vanderhegghen’s game-high 18 points came on 7-of-10 shooting with three assists and three steals. Niko Read also hit 7-of-10 from the floor for 16 points, adding two assists and three steals.

Dennis Williams posted a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Kyle Fillman had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Logan Irwin tallied 8 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds, and Hoffer added eight points and two assists.

The Lancers continue their home Crossroads Classic on Saturday with an 8 p.m. game against Andrews at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. A ceremony honoring Kessler’s milestone will take place before Saturday’s game.

Grace Trounces Titans on the Road

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Pictured is senior forward Allison Kauffman, who scored 26 points on Wednesday.

Allison Kauffman’s 26 points powered Grace’s women’s basketball team to an 80-62 victory over IU-South Bend on Wednesday.

The Lady Lancers (2-0) were efficient all-around, hitting 46 percent of their shots from the floor, 56 percent on 3-pointers and 82 percent on free throws. The Titans (1-1) trailed for the final 32 minutes of the game. IU-South Bend, along with Grace, is receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

The teams traded points to start the game until Grace grabbed the lead for good midway into the first half. For over six minutes, Grace held the hosts scoreless. The Lady Lancers turned a two-point deficit into a seven-point lead and never trailed again. Grace took a 35-29 advantage into halftime.

The second half belonged to Grace. The Lady Lancers quickly built up a double-digit lead, outscoring the Titans 45-33 overall in the second half.

IU-South Bend trimmed Grace’s lead to seven at 61-54 with 8:43 to play, but Grace responded with an 8-0 run to neutralize the Titans’ threat. Kauffman had six of Grace’s eight runs during that span.

Kauffman led all players with her 26 points. She finished 9-of-18 from the floor and 7-of-8 on free throws, adding a game-high nine boards. Freshman Kelsie Peterson had her first collegiate game in double-digit scoring, tallying 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.


Lindsey Schaefer made 5-of-7 from the floor for 11 points, and Darian Patton produced six points and eight boards. Kelsey Sule was a perfect 3-of-3 shooting, including 2-of-2 from the 3-point line for eight points off the bench, and Gabby Bryant and Micah Pollard each scored five.

As a team Grace held a plus-10 advantage in rebounds.

The Lady Lancers’ next game is on the road at Trinity Christian on Saturday.