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Grace College to Present “Godspell”

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Godspell image

Grace College will present the musical production “Godspell” on April 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23.  The production, based on the Gospel of Matthew, will be performed in the Little Theater located in Philathea Hall on the Grace College campus, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake. The musical will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening with the addition of a matinee at 1:30 p.m. on April 23 only.

“Godspell” was conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak while a student at Carnegie Mellon University.  It features music by Stephen Schwartz who also produced music for “Wicked,” “Pocahontas” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  “Godspell” has been on Broadway twice, was produced as a movie and has been performed thousands of times all over the world since it opened off Broadway in 1971.

Mike Yocum, professor at Grace College and director of “Godspell” said, “We are excited to present ‘Godspell’ for the first time at Grace.  It’s funny, the music is very catchy and it does a wonderful job of powerfully presenting the life of Christ.”  The production is comprised of a series of parables and several beloved songs including “Day by Day.”

Tickets for “Godspell” can be purchased at Tree of Life Bookstore in Winona Lake or Jazzman’s Café on the Grace College campus using cash or credit, or at the door with cash.  Cost of admission is $7 for students and senior citizens and $9 for adults.

For more information call 574-372-5100 ext. 6113.

Grace College Students Participate in “Mentors for Kids” Program

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Grace College Student Rachel Brown (L) and first grade student (R) building marshmallow tower during College Mentors of Kids program.

Grace College Student Rachel Brown (L) and first grade student (R) building marshmallow tower during College Mentors of Kids program.

Serving kids in Kosciusko County since 2007, the College Mentors of Kids program is a 100 percent student-led, innovative organization that pairs first through fifth graders with college students. Grace College students serve as mentors to 40 children at Jefferson Elementary.

Rachel Brown, a freshman at Grace College, is one of the mentors. “A lot of the kids I work with don’t have strong role models in their lives. I’m passionate about showing them the possibilities they could create for themselves,” says Brown.

The College Mentors of Kids program partners with high-needs elementary and middle schools to reach children who need mentor services most. The program’s focus is on children from poverty or low-income homes of which 88% are potential first-generation college students. The three main goals of the program are to equip young people with the skills they need to be successful in life, help children understand the importance of education and motivate them to try harder in school, and to engage college students in meaningful leadership and service.

Forty students from Jefferson Elementary visit Grace College weekly to participate in structured group activities with their mentors. Activities are centered on higher education, careers, culture and diversity, and community service – all to encourage exploration of the college experience and expose the young people to potential opportunities for success in their future.

Grace College is responsible for raising much of the money necessary to operate the program. Online donations are appreciated to help support changing the lives of children and college students. To learn more about College Mentors of Kids at Grace College and to donate, visit

Grace College Students Participate in Indiana Academy of Science Meeting

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Grant Carlson (left) and Jessica Lokotar (right) explain to a conference participant their research on the newly proposed route to Thiapentalenes.

Grant Carlson (left) and Jessica Lokotar (right) explain to a conference participant their research on the newly proposed route to Thiapentalenes.

Grace College students Will Lorenz, Grant Carlson, and Jessica Lokotar attended the 131st Annual Indiana Academy of Science meeting held in Indianapolis on March 26. As members of the Indiana Academy of Science, the three students joined 400 scientists and guests for the event. The meeting included 140 oral presentations, 120 poster presentations, 11 hot topic presentations and two workshops. Carlson and Lokotar each gave a poster presentation on their peer-reviewed synthetic organic chemistry research which was published in the event’s proceedings. “They performed excellently as I expected. It was a great experience for them to present their research to fellow scientists and be recognized for their work,” says Dr. Chad Snyder, associate professor of chemistry and director of chemical research at Grace College. Students are now preparing for next year’s meeting where they will be presenting oral and poster presentations. Research for the students’ presentations were funded in part by Grace College faculty members: Don DeYoung, Mark Norris, and John Lillis.

Annual Opportunity for Giving Makes a Difference at Grace College

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

DTMAD2016_Lockup_ColorGrace College’s third annual Day to Make a Difference will take place Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The 24-hour online event inspires students, alumni and families to set an example of philanthropy and service. Money raised during Day to Make a Difference supports the Grace Fund, which enabling Grace to provide scholarships and fund cutting-edge educational technology. It also helps attract and retain Grace’s exceptional faculty and staff.

Sharon Sallot, event coordinator and director of the Grace Fund, encourages everyone to participate. “All monetary gifts are appreciated, but the real goal is to build community,” she says. “Grace relies on the ongoing support of our alumni and other donors, but investment by the community at large is necessary to make Grace successful,” Sallot continued, citing the mission of Grace College to strengthen character, sharpen competence and prepare students for service.

In 2015, $52,000 was raised. This year’s goal is to raise $55,000. There will also be fun, engaging challenges and incentives for participants throughout the day.

While donations to Grace College are welcomed at any time during the year, the 24-hour community fundraising event will end at 11:59 p.m. on April 12.  “Participating in Day to Make a Difference is a show of faith in Grace’s institution and mission.  We hope to encourage many new donors to take part, as well as those who have participated in the past,” Sallot stated.

To join the cause, visit For more information, go to or call the Office of Advancement at 866-448-3472.

Students Featured at Grace College Senior Art Exhibit

Monday, April 4th, 2016
Brittany Salazar

Brittany Salazar poses with her artwork at the senior art exhibit in Mount Memorial Gallery.

Ten Grace College seniors are featured in the senior artwork showcase in Mount Memorial Gallery at Grace College. This is the third and final senior art exhibit for students in the department of visual, performing, and media arts.  Today through April 16, their cumulative and thesis work will be display Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 – 4 p.m.  The opening reception with the artists will take place Fri., April 8, from 7 – 9 p.m.

The exhibit showcases the students’ individual talents and academic skills acquired at Grace. There are 10 participants: graphic design majors Emily Propp, Megan Donley, Lindsay Lapp, Brittany Salazar, Emalie Mooren, Anna Cone and Christian Sampson, illustration majors Katherine Morrisore and Nathan Stampe, and art and illustration major Katherine Barr.

Nathan Stampe poses with his artwork at the senior art exhibit in Mount Memorial Gallery.

Nathan Stampe poses with his artwork at the senior art exhibit in Mount Memorial Gallery.

In the art program, students get to work with a variety mediums, from traditional to digital. “I liked learning to use the Adobe programs,” Salazar said. Stampe enjoyed his experience with 3-D and ceramics, while Donley favored the mediums used in her visual storytelling project. Lapp added, “Grace fulfilled my academic needs, but it also provided genuine community.”

The Grace College art department’s goal is to equip graduates with the ability to communicate visually, possess professional skills and be able to analyze works from historical and contemporary cultural perspectives. Students learn to demonstrate excellence in creative work that ultimately serves in their calling as artists, Christians and professionals.

The Mount Memorial Gallery is located at 200 Seminary Dr. in Winona Lake.  For more information, visit or call 866-974-7223. Or, email questions to

Mock Interview Event Affords Learning and Career Opportunities for Grace Students

Friday, April 1st, 2016
mock interview event

The attached photo pictures DeeAnna Muraski and Alysha Beachy during the mock interview event. Muraski is the associate director of internships and an adjunct professor in the business department at Grace College. Beachy is a senior at Grace, majoring in elementary education.

Grace College hosted its fifth annual mock interview event for upperclassmen on Thurs., March 31. The evening included two sets of interviews and an intermission for continued conversation between students and local employers.

According to Denise Terry, director of the Center for Career Connections at Grace College, the mock interview event provides a unique opportunity for participating students. “They are able to practice interviewing with real professionals from a wide variety of industries. Students can significantly improve their skills as a result,” she said. “It’s a safe environment in which to learn and receive feedback.”

The event was sponsored by the Center for Career Connection and Office of Advancement at Grace College. This year, 65 employers participated, including The Bowen Center, Wildman Business Group and Warsaw Community Schools. Additionally, Warsaw Mayor Joseph Thallemer and Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce President Rob Parker were present.

During the course of the evening, students engaged in one or both sets of interviewing times. They interacted with employers in and outside of their fields of interest. After conducting an interview, each employer provided the student with ways to improve. During the intermission, students and employers enjoyed light refreshments and relaxed conversation.

Alysha Beachy, a Grace College senior, participated in the evening. “I think it was an excellent experience,” Beachy said. “It helped me be less nervous. The employers did a great job of showing us what the interview process looks like. They also made it a comfortable environment to learn in.” Overall, the event left Beachy confident, ready to engage in future interviews.

For more information about the mock interview event, call the Grace College Center for Career Connections at 574-372-5100, ext. 6101.

Coach Kessler Featured in NCCAA “The Pursuit” Magazine

Friday, April 1st, 2016

NCCAA magazine


Grace College Coach Jim Kessler is known for his pursuit of the hearts of men – particularly those he coaches on the men’s basketball team.  In the latest edition of NCCAA’s “The Pursuit” magazine, assistant coach and former Grace basketball player Greg Miller gives a behind-the-scenes look at “Coach K” – what matters most to him and how he lives out those priorities on a daily basis.  To read the encouraging article, click here or on the magazine image.  Coach Kessler’s story, “One Man’s Legacy: A Life of Outward Faith,” begins on page 19.

Grace College Invites Public to Hear a Speech of Hope

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Dr. Doreen Dodgen Magee pictured.

Dr. Doreen Dodgen Magee, a licensed psychologist and national public speaker, has a message of hope and significance to offer to the Winona Lake community next week. Currently practicing in Portland, Oregon, Magee has 22 years of experience working with adults dealing with issues of loss, depression, relationships, and life transitions.

“Yet another fantastic speaker to learn from,” said Carlos Tellez, dean of chapel at Grace College. “We all have hurt in our lives. Dr. Magee will allow us to address those hidden burdens that we carry and provide hope for the future.”

Doreen Dodgen Magee will speak at the Grace College chapel service on Wed., April 6 and Thurs., April 7 in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. Chapel begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

To educate the student body and community about the heart of God and the heart of campus, Grace College holds chapel three times per week. It provides an opportunity to gather and experience Christ and His present work. For more information about chapel and to view the spring chapel schedule, visit




Third Congressional District Candidate Forum Held at Grace College

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Prof. Pat Loebs and Student Body President Evan Kilgore moderate the Grace College Congressional Candidate Forum on March 29. Participating candidates seated left to right are State Sen. Liz Brown, Todd Nightenhelser, State Sen. Jim Banks and Dr. Pam Galloway.



Candidates running to represent Indiana’s Third Congressional District – which includes Winona Lake – attended a forum organized by the Grace College Student Senate on Tuesday evening.  The timely event offered a unique opportunity for students and community members to get to know the men and women who wish to represent them in Washington, D.C. just five weeks before the May 3 primary election.  Republican candidates present were State Senator Jim Banks, State Senator Liz Brown and Dr. Pam Galloway.  Democratic candidate Todd Nightenhelser also participated.  Candidates outlined their reasons for running for Congress and then fielded questions from students and the public on a variety of topics including gun control, healthcare, the national debt and national security.  Approximately 75 people and several news outlets attended Tuesday’s event.  Click here to see 21 Alive’s (ABC-Fort Wayne) coverage.

Grace Art Professor Invited to Display Artwork at Greek Consulate in Chicago

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
Kim Reiff poses with her artwork at the Embassy of Greece in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Kim Reiff with artwork in the Greek Consulate in Chicago, Ill.

Kim M. Reiff is associate professor of art and chair of the department of visual, performing, and media arts at Grace College.  Recently, Reiff was delighted to display 15 of her personal photographic artworks at the Greek Consulate General and in the official residence of the Consul General of Greece in Chicago.

While leading a Grace College Go Encounter trip last May, Reiff photographed the Erechtheion and Caryatids from the “Porch of Maidens” on the Acropolis and in the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. Built in 421 BC, the once sacred temple accommodated a series of complex cultural beliefs and is now famous for the marble female statues that support the stone porch on its south side.

From left to right: Consul General Polyxeni Petropoulou and Kim Reiff discuss Greek artwork and culture.

From left to right: Consul General Polyxeni Petropoulou and Prof. Kim Reiff in the consul general’s office in Chicago.

After showing ancient Greek imagery in her faculty show in January, Reiff wanted to continue using her artwork to share experiences of Greece. “I became aware that foreign embassies display artwork depicting their home countries,” Reiff explained, “so I sent an inquiry to the Embassy of Greece in Washington, D.C. to ask about the process.” Reiff was pleasantly surprised to receive an immediate reply with an invitation from the consulate in Chicago to display her work there.

When delivering the artwork, Reiff was invited to spend time with Consul General Polyxeni Petropoulou. Gracious with her time, Petropoulou shared her love of Greece, its culture and her career as a foreign diplomat. As an avid art collector, Petropoulou spoke about how Greece has used their art treasures to build international cross-cultural relationships. When asked how long the Consulate could display the artwork, Reiff replied that the pieces could be considered a gift. “Consul General Petropoulou, then asked me for permission to take four of the artworks to the official residence in Chicago,” Reiff said. “They will have a permanent home with the Consul General.”

An exceptional privilege and honor to Reiff, she hopes this this opportunity will open doors for her students to use art created from cross-cultural experiences to make new connections and build relationships. Already, she is encouraging students to consider embassies and consulates for their artworks inspired from their countries.

The process for the creating Reiff’s displayed artworks included digital photography and color manipulation using graphic software. Photographs were taken on site at the Acropolis and in the New Acropolis Museum, Athens, May 2015.