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Grace College President Ronald Manahan Addresses Congressional Subcommittee

Monday, July 16th, 2012

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Grace College and Theological Seminary President Dr. Ronald Manahan testified before the Congressional Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training at a hearing entitled, “Keeping College within Reach:  Discussing Ways Institutions Can Streamline Costs and Reduce Tuition” at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

 

Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx had invited Manahan to represent Grace College at the hearing because of Grace’s innovative 3-year accelerated degree program, which is available for each of Grace’s more than 50 majors.

 

Manahan was given five minutes to present his oral testimony; he also submitted a longer written statement, which is included in the hearing record. Members of the Committee had five minutes each to ask questions of the witnesses and to comment on the testimonies.

 

Manahan was excited about the invitation’s implications for Grace College.  “It’s a great honor for Grace College to be recognized for something we’ve put so much time and effort into – using innovative approaches to address the escalating costs of higher education,” Manahan said.

 

Indiana Congressman Marlin Stutzman praised Grace College for its initiative to find solutions.  “We, as Hoosiers, are constantly innovating, finding ways to lower costs and increase opportunities. It was great to have Grace College recognized as a leader in higher education. I’m glad when Hoosiers take bold perspectives to DC. Dr. Manahan and Grace College are doing great work for our community and offering a model for the rest of the country,” Stutzman said.

 

In his oral testimony, Manahan explained how Grace College has addressed the increasing cost of higher education.  In an effort to reduce cost, the school has systematically evaluated every academic program, reviewed institutional operations, explored innovations (which include the new three-year degree program, the Weber school, and Grace’s “placement promise” to graduates), and created collaborations and partnerships with other institutions.  These efforts are in line with Manahan’s closing statement that, “…higher education must be vigilant in controlling cost, ensuring access, and increasing employability.”

 

Grace Students and Faculty Member to Volunteer at Super Bowl XLVI

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Four Grace College students and one faculty member have been selected to work as volunteers at events surrounding Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis February 3-5.

Josh Troyer, Ben Reno, Josh Remington, and Brandon Glock, all Sport Management majors, were selected from among 4,500 people who applied to fill the anticipated 3,000 volunteer positions available for events surrounding the Superbowl.

 

Three of the students, Reno, Remington, and Glock, will be assisting with the “NFL Experience,” which, according to the official NFL Super Bowl XLVI website, is “pro football’s interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, kids’ football clinics, free autograph sessions and the largest football memorabilia show ever.” Troyer will be assisting with operations at central command.

 

Dr. Darrell Johnson, faculty advisor for Sport Management majors, also applied to volunteer. Johnson will be in Indianapolis February 3-5, helping with various events, beginning with a Gospel singspiration on Friday evening.  Johnson was also selected to serve as a “Special Ambassador” supervising groups of volunteers at the Super Bowl Village on the newly renovated Georgia Street area.

 

Johnson routinely encourages his students to take advantage of volunteering opportunities.  “Volunteering helps students build their resumes and expand their networking base, and it’s exactly the kind of applied learning focus that the Sport Management program has been cultivating for the past five years,” Johnson said. According to Johnson, the Sport Management program has 70 students and is the fastest-growing major on campus.

 

The William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development and United Way of Kosciusko Provide Tax Assistance Program for Local Community

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

The William P. Gordon Institute through the School of Business at Grace College and United Way of Kosciusko County have partnered to bring the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) to Kosciusko County for the second year.

Tim Ziebarth, of the William P. Gordon Institute, says “Bringing VITA to Kosciusko County is important because we can help low-income, elderly, and disabled families get their income tax returns prepared at no cost.”

Grace College students and alumni, along with local community members, have been specifically trained to provide tax assistance through VITA. To learn more about eligibility for tax assistance, as well as when and where appointments can be scheduled, or to set up an appointment, individuals may call 2-1-1.

 

 

 

 

 

Super Market Sweep – Give ‘Till You Drop, December 7, 2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The Student Activities Board (SAB) at Grace College is partnering with Owen’s Supermarket on East Center Street to host the first ever Super Market Sweep, Give ‘Till You Drop event on Wednesday, December 7, from 8-11p.m.

The Super Market Sweep is an evening for students and community members to give back to the Warsaw/Winona Lake community.  SAB is asking students to form teams of any size and collect coupons as well as raise money to spend at the Super Market Sweep.  On December 7, teams will come to Owen’s Supermarket, 2211 East Center Street, and spend their money by purchasing food items for the Christmas season.  The food will be collected and donated to local families in need as well as other local organizations.

Prizes will be awarded to the team that saves the most money as well as the team that purchases the most items.  Financial donations have been provided by Mission Point Community Church, New Horizon Community Church, and DePuy Orthopaedics.  A special thanks to Owen’s Supermarket and manager, Charles Neuwirth for partnering with SAB to host this shopping spree.  Join the Christmas spirit by giving this year, come shop the Super Market Sweep on December 7!

For more information on the Super Market Sweep, Give ‘Till You Drop event, please contact Kearstin Criswell at criswekn@grace.edu.

 

Grace College and Ancilla College Sign Articulation Agreement – November 15, 2011

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

On November 15, Grace College, located in Winona Lake, Indiana and Ancilla College, located in Donaldson, Indiana, signed an Articulation Agreement to allow Ancilla graduates to continue their education in Grace’s GOAL (Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners) degree completion program.  The Ancilla graduates can enroll in the GOAL program and earn a B.S. in Management through Grace College.

Dr. Ronald L. May, President of Ancilla College and Dr. Ronald E. Manahan, President of Grace College & Theological Seminary performed the signing that was held in the Orthopaedic Capital Center on the Grace College Campus at 4:00 p.m.

The articulation agreement provides opportunities for Ancilla College graduates to complete their B.S. in Management through Grace College’s GOAL program.  The GOAL program is an excellent opportunity for Ancilla graduates by offering the flexibility of an entirely online program or the traditional educational format of a physical campus, depending on the student’s individual needs and preferences.  Both options use a cohort model, allowing students to be a part of a community of learners.

Grace Director of Online Education, Tim Ziebarth, is excited about the articulation and the opportunities it provides to new students.  “The Grace/Ancilla collaboration is representative of the shift in Indiana Institutions of Higher Education towards partnerships.  Five to ten years ago, students did not see these types of agreements between colleges.  We’re making headway in the right direction in providing student-centered solutions to educational needs.”

Founded in 1937 by the Catholic religious congregation of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Ancilla College is a two-year liberal arts college located on an idyllic campus in Donaldson, Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is chartered to grant the Associate of Arts Degree (AA), the Associate of Science Degree (AS), the Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (ASN), and the Associate of Liberal Studies Degree (ALS).

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

 

CASE Recognizes Grace College and Seminary’s 2|8|9 Magazine

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Grace College and Seminary’s alumni magazine, 2|8|9, received the 2011 Pride of CASE V Bronze Award for the Best Alumni/Institution Magazine in the 2,999 full time equivalency or fewer category. The Pride of CASE V Awards Program honors institutions and individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the concept and execution of advancement programs and communications. CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) is divided into eight regions through the United States and Grace is part of Region V, which includes the Midwest states. Chief Advancement Officer Dr. John Boal responded, “We’re proud of the work we’ve done to articulate and represent the incredible story of what God is doing through Grace and its alumni. It’s an honor to have our efforts with our 2|8|9 magazine recognized and validated by CASE, and we’re excited to build on this success.”

Nocturnal II: Military Edition – Extraordinary Success

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The Grace College Student Veteran Organization in partnership with Metzger Outdoors, and the KCV Cycling Club hosted Nocturnal II: Military Edition on October 22nd, 2011.  With over 300 people in attendance this adventure race extravaganza was a huge success with numerous racing participants as well as community support and involvement.

The three races, a 10 Mile Bike Race, 5K Trail Run, and the Ridiculous Race were full of adrenaline, speed, and fun.  Prizes were given for best costume, coolest bike, and 1st place for each race.  The 1st place results are as follows, 10 Mile Bike Race: Matt Light (41:12:90), 5K Trail Run: Female – Megan Metzger (26:15:02), Male – Spencer Rheinhardt (21:56:60), and the Ridiculous Race: George Joachim (34:20:60).  The largest team that participated was “PeddleFish” with 18 people.

Prizes were donated from Relentless Martial Arts Academy, YMCA, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Wal-Mart, Shoe Sensation, Eagle Creek Farms, Signature Portrait Studio, Marsh and more!  Local businesses and families sponsored the event through cash donations; these sponsors included Kohl’s, SYM Financial Advisors, Global Auto, Wildman Business Group, Metzger Trucking, Chore Time/Brock, Crouse Body Shop, the Andy Airgood family, and the Mike Metzger family.  Local businesses also made in-kind gifts, Kohl’s sent four volunteers to help with the event, Lake City Radio and LeSEA Broadcasting promoted the event, Martin’s Supermarket donated reusable shopping bags, and Rabb donated water.  Thanks to all those who sponsored, volunteered, and participated in the event.

On top of the three races, the day included children’s activities, food, and representatives from the Navy, Army National Guard, and the Grace College Admissions Team.  In the back of a Navy SUV an entire gaming system was set up for all to enjoy Madden and Guitar Hero.  A helicopter from Parkview Samaritan Hospital landed on Miller Baseball Field where children and adults were able to explore the helicopter.

Donations from local businesses as well as racer entry fees totaled over $7,000, the money raised goes towards the Grace Military Fund to assist Grace students who are veterans or military dependents in affording their schooling.  On top of this scholarship, the cash proceeds from the day were donated to a local family as an act of kindness.  Following the final race of the night over 120 bikers made their way through Winona Lake following a Winona Lake fire truck and a 2nd Mile Adventures bus to honor this family and give the donation right at their home.  Participants described the night bike parade as the best part of the entire event, extremely fulfilling, and emotional.

Nocturnal II: Military Edition was a tremendous success and Metzger Outdoors is already planning to host an annual race in partnership with the Grace College Student Veteran Organization.  Look for more races in the near future!

For more information on Nocturnal II or other upcoming races, please visit: www.metzgeroutdoors.com.

For more information on Grace College’s Military program, please visit: www.grace.edu/military.

 

Engineering Degrees at Grace College Offered Through Partnership with Trine University

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Trine University, in cooperation with Grace College, will now offer undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees at the Grace College campus in Winona Lake, Ind.  This agreement will allow students to earn an engineering degree through Trine University while attending and receiving all the on-campus benefits of Grace College.

The program will offer a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Engineering with stems in Biomedical Engineering Management, Civil Engineering Management, and Mechanical Engineering Management.  Students will simultaneously earn both an engineering degree from Trine and an applied physics degree from Grace.

All four undergraduate degrees will provide engineering students with the latest resources to meet the tough demands of the global workplace. Engineering students will be prepared to enter a fast and changing world where their education will allow them to be on the cutting edge of their fields.  Thanks to their time at Grace, these students will also be equipped to deal with relational and spiritual challenges.

This partnership between Grace College and Trine University will allow students to enjoy Grace’s Christian campus experience, including dorm life, chapel, and growth groups, while they learn from Trine’s academically rigorous and widely-respected engineering classes.  Engineering students will be able to keep their financial aid package all four years and will be eligible to participate in collegiate sports.  Students will meet with both a faculty advisor from Grace College and a student support specialist from Trine University.

Trine University has a strong job placement history, with engineering students experiencing between 95 and 100 percent job placement over the last 10 years.

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

Trine University was founded in 1884 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Trine operates a 400-acre main campus in Angola, Ind. with regional learning centers in Angola, Columbus, Fort Wayne, Howe, Logansport, Schererville, Indianapolis, South Bend/Mishawaka and Winona Lake, Ind.

 

Taste of the World – November 16th, 2011

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

WINONA LAKE, IND. – Grace College Conference on Mission is hosting their annual Taste of the World experience, an evening of ethnic food, cultural entertainment, and family fun!  Taste of the World is open to the public and will take place on November 16 at the Gordon Recreation Center located on the Grace College Campus.  The event will run from 5-8pm and the meal cost is $5.00 for community members.  Children five and under are free and Grace College students may use a meal scan if they choose.

Participants will be able to learn about several different cultures and nations through games, entertainment and food.  Mission representatives from over 25 organizations will be involved in leading games from around the world and will share their perspective on life and ministry in a different country.  Ethnic foods, provided by Sodexo’s specialty chefs will be served from 5-7pm.  A free concert will be held with guest performances by a Mariachi band at 5pm, Capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts and dance group at 6pm, and African drum band performing at 6:45pm.

For more information on Taste of the World, please email chapel@grace.edu.

 

Grace Launches Military Student Website

Monday, November 7th, 2011

New Military Microsite Launched, www.grace.edu/militarystudents

WINONA LAKE, IND. – Grace College and Seminary recently launched a Military specific website for all current and prospective military students.  Grace is committed to coming alongside Military veterans, dependents, and those currently serving in the Military through providing quality education and services.  Grace College seeks to help those who have made a difference in our armed forces make a successful transition into civilian life.

The new website is designed to be a resource not only for current and prospective Military students at Grace, but also for community members with a Savings at Local Businesses page.  Also featured on the website is the Grace College Student Veterans Organization, the Veteran Affairs Student Services Team, military benefits, and financial aid opportunities.  The website can be found at www.grace.edu/military.

Grace College and Seminary has grown its Military program in the last year through building the VA Lounge and Resource Center located on the Grace College Campus in the Gordon Recreation Center.  The VA Lounge is a place for veteran students to connect and commune with fellow veterans, network and share strategies, information, and support one another as they adjust to civilian life and a Higher Education environment.  In addition to the lounge, the Grace Student Veterans Organization provides activities and events for students to interact and share with one another.  Recently the Student Veterans Organization put on a campus wide Scavenger Bingo that was a huge success.  Also, the SVO partnered with Metzger Outdoors to host Nocturnal II: Military Edition which included a 5k run, 10 mile bike race, and ‘ridiculous’ adventure race!