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Bailey Weathers Named as the Director of Athletics at Grace College

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Grace College is pleased to announce the hiring of Bailey Weathers as the new Director of Athletics.

Weathers has an extensive amount of administration and coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level and also has years of experience working with the United States National Swimming Team.

“I believe Grace College is an incredible place. The faculty, staff and the student body grow together to change each other’s lives and prepare the students for the world ahead,” Weathers said. “I believe athletics can be a unique part of that relationship, and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with our coaches to maximize the development of the student-athletes at Grace.”

Most recently Weathers served as the Executive Head Coach for Club Wolverine in Ann Arbor, Mich. At Club Wolverine, Weathers oversaw a staff of 19 year-round coaches along with eight coaches from the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.

Overall, Club Wolverine works with over 400 swimmers from the ages of 6-28. In 2008 Club Wolverine had 42 athletes qualify for the US Olympic Trials and had four Olympic team members. In 2009 Weathers’ club produced six members of the USA Swimming World Championship team.

“Bailey is uniquely qualified with his gifts and experiences to be a coaches’ coach who can provide godly leadership for the athletic department,” said Grace College Provost Bill Katip. “He knows what it means to achieve athletic excellence at the premier level, and thus he is the perfect person to lead us onto continued success at even higher levels.”

Prior to Club Wolverine, Weathers had three successful head coaching tenures at NCAA Division I swimming programs.

From 1995-2005 Weathers was the head women’s swimming coach at the University of Notre Dame where he led the team to nine consecutive Big East Conference championships. Weathers was named the Big East Conference Coach of the Year six times.

Weathers also a three-time Metro Conference Coach of the Year winner and a National Independent Conference Coach of the Year during his time as the head women’s swimming coach at the University of South Carolina.

Weathers was given NCAA Division I Coach of the Year honors in 1986 as the head women’s swimming coach at Southern Illinois University, fielding nine All-Americans in his two-year experience at SIU.

Before becoming a head coach, Weathers served stints as an assistant swimming coach at the University of Texas and Indiana University.

Furthermore, Weathers has on different occasions served as the head and assistant coach for US Swimming Olympic Development Camps in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“I was very impressed with the level of excellence in the coaches and their commitment to the student-athletes at Grace,” Weathers continued. “They are going to be a fun group to work with, and my wife and I are excited and blessed to join the Grace family.”

Weathers graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1982 then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Physical Education from the University of Texas in 1984.

Weathers is married to Susan, and the couple has two daughters – Christina (26) and Elizabeth (22) – and a son named Timothy (18).


Former First Lady Laura Bush Presenting at Grace College

Friday, August 26th, 2011


<< click here for more information and to buy tickets >>

Grace College & Seminary and The Remnant Trust are pleased to welcome former First Lady Laura Bush to the Orthopaedic Capital Center on the Grace College campus this fall. Mrs. Bush will address the public, alumni and students at Grace College on October 6.

Dr. Manahan, president of Grace College & Seminary, expressed his pleasure at bringing Laura Bush to campus. “Our campus is delighted to welcome Former First Lady Laura Bush to our community to talk about ideas important to all Americans,” he said.

Mrs. Bush will present on freedom and literacy, followed by a question and answers session with Grace College & Seminary Chief of Advancement John Boal. Prior to the event, Mrs. Bush will meet with a select group of elementary students.

As a former librarian and teacher, Mrs. Bush has a passion for literacy and children. In September 2011, Mrs. Bush joined with the Library of Congress to launch the First National Book Festival. She now serves as an Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade. She is an enthusiastic proponent of teacher recruitment programs such as Teach for America, The New Teacher Project and Troops to Teachers.

Local community leaders such as Dane Miller, co-founder and former CEO of Biomet, are eager to hear Mrs. Bush present. “Those of us who live and enjoy the town of Winona Lake are truly excited about this once in a lifetime opportunity to welcome Mrs. Laura Bush to our community and hear her thoughts on freedom and literacy,” he said, adding that the event would not just benefit Grace College, but the entire Midwest region.

The event will take place from 7:15-8:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, in the Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College. The cost is $25 for priority adult seating, $5 for general adult admission, and $2.50 for students under 17 years old. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Advancement or Athletic Offices of Grace, or on the web at For more information, please contact John Boal at 866-448-3472.


Grace College on Inside Indiana Business

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Grace College in the news with innovative new programs like Reimagine, The Weber School, and Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs.

<<audio interview with Grace’s Provost Dr. Bill Katip>>

<<video interview with Marketing Senior Project Manager David Grout>>

Grace College and Seminary Receives Grant to Promote Academic Success Among Student Service Members and Veterans

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Grace College and Seminary will use a $50,000 grant from Operation Diploma, an initiative of the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University, to develop programs and policies designed to boost academic success of student service members and veterans on campus.

The grant is part of more than $1 million that MFRI awarded, through its Operation Diploma initiative to Indiana’s post-secondary institutions of higher education. The colleges and universities all proposed ways to enhance services at their campuses for the state’s student service members, veterans and their families.

The Grace College and Seminary award includes four initiatives. First, students in the M.Div. Chaplaincy Program will be advised by CH (CPT) Scott Shaffer, Army National Guard Chaplain with the 38th Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (DHHB) in Indianapolis. This mentorship program will allow students to learn from Scott who is an experienced veteran and also a Grace staff member. Second, writing assistance in the Learning Center will be available to all military students to help them transition back into an educational environment. Third, a local/regional advisory council will be formed to help guide and direct the Grace College & Seminary VA Program. Fourth, the award will support the further development of a Grace military specific website that is set to launch in August and will assist prospective students, and provide information to veteran/military students in the community.

Currently at Grace College and Seminary, there are 24 military students that will return to campus this fall along with several incoming freshmen. These students all have access to the VA Student Resource Center & Lounge located on the Grace campus in the Gordon Recreation Center.

Scott Shaffer, VA Student Services Officer at Grace College & Seminary stated, “We are excited to expand the VA Program here at Grace and look forward to the new developments and opportunities that this award will allow us to explore in helping veteran students transition to Grace College & Seminary.”

Launched with a $5.8 million gift from Lilly Endowment Inc., Operation Diploma empowers Indiana’s post-secondary institutions and student veterans organizations to better serve student service members and veterans entering college for the first time, and those re-entering college after extended service or deployment.

Since 2009, Operation Diploma has awarded more than $2.4 million to Indiana colleges and universities, who have used the funds to produce more effective and supportive services or expand them for these students. This year, institutions submitted competitive proposals for grants of up $100,000.

“This year’s proposals demonstrate that we are entering a new phase of campus recognition and support,” said Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, director of MFRI. “Schools are building on their successes to reach for even higher goals and attracting the attention of their neighbor and peer institutions in the process.”


Grace College and Seminary is honored to be a part of this generous grant.  In addition to Grace, MFRI funded grants at 21 other Indiana schools.


Grace College Opens Location in Fort Wayne

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Grace College held a big ribbon-cutting Friday, August 5, at a Fort Wayne campus now known as “The Summit.”

Earlier this week, the owners of the former Taylor University campus, Ambassador Enterprises, announced the name change.

The Henry and Frances Weber School at Grace College, will offer a two-year associate of arts degree in general studies at Fort Wayne.

Tuition is $3,900 dollars per semester.

Ambassador officials said they want to use the campus for collaborative educational opportunities. Grace College leaders said that’s what brought them here.

“We especially, as a campus, believe strongly in the value of collaborations and partnerships. We have a number of them on our home campus and it made sense for us then to think about that option when we came to Fort Wayne,” said Dr. Ron Manahan, President of Grace College.

<<WANE video coverage>>


Grace College Weber School Opens New Location in Fort Wayne: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Friday, August 5, 2011

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Grace College and Theological Seminary has announced it is opening a location in Fort Wayne at the Ambassador Enterprises property formerly occupied by Fort Wayne Bible College, and classes will begin this fall. To commemorate the event, Grace will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference on Friday, August 5, 2001 at 11 AM at the location, which is housed in the English Library.


Speakers will include Dr. Ronald Manahan, president of Grace College, Mayor Tom Henry and Larry Rottmeyer of Ambassador Enterprises.

Grace College is moving forward to bring post-secondary education within reach of a larger population. Beginning August 2011, The Henry and Frances Weber School at Grace College will deliver a two-year associate of arts degree in general studies in two locations: Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. Tuition rates for the new program are $3900 per semester.

Dr. Ronald Manahan, president of Grace College, remarked, “To our knowledge this is the only such Christian two-year program available today. This school will offer a cost-effective associate degree to students in urban areas who want a Christian education, and we ultimately look forward to offering this program in a variety of cities.”

Each of the two years will be divided into fall, spring, and summer semesters, each with two eight-week sessions. The program is designed so that students completing the two-year associate degree can continue to the Winona Lake campus or transfer to another college to complete baccalaureate degrees.

Dr. John Teevan has been appointed Executive Director of The Weber School. Teevan came to Grace in 2006 to lead the Prison Extension, which grew to 350 students under his leadership. For more than thirty years before coming to Grace, he was a pastor in Grace Brethren Churches in Ashland, Ohio and Winona Lake, Ind.

“Henry and Frances Weber have served Grace College in a variety of capacities for nearly two decades,” said Teevan. “It’s an honor for our school to be able to give back to them when they have given so richly to us.”

Henry Weber noted that Christian higher education needed “to develop alumni who make their way in the world as successful Christian members of society, no matter what their vocation.” Through The Weber School, Grace plans to help fulfill this charge by lowering the upfront cost of the first two years of college and minimizing barriers to education that many people face.


Grace College Breaks a Guinness World Record

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Grace College is now on the Guinness website!

More than 400 people lined up behind the free throw line at Grace College’s Orthopaedic Capital Center on Friday, April 12, to participate in a Guinness World Record-breaking game of knockout basketball. The game was organized as a fundraiser for Grace senior Jeremy Mohr, who was paralyzed in an accident last fall.

The idea originated among five Grace College students as a part of a Sport Management class, and their goal – bring in more than 360 participants to beat the world record previously held by Iowa State University – came to fruition when more than 401 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members lined up to participate and give Grace College the record.

In order to raise funds for Mohr’s care, event organizers Zane Gard, a Grace sophomore, and Hannah Lengel, a junior, asked for a $1 participation fee from all players. By the end of the night, they had raised more than $1,200.

Gard said because of the donations they received from various Grace College departments, they were able to host the game without outside expense – meaning Mohr would receive the full amount raised.

Lengel, a Sport Management and Business major, said she was incredibly encouraged to see the campus and community support Mohr in such an unexpected way.

“Our original goal was just to raise funds from admissions – $361. To know that it’s all going to Jeremy and it’s going to make a difference is great,” Lengel said. “When we started planning this, the record was 137. Then a few weeks later it jumped up to 200 people, and a week after that the record was 360 from Iowa State. When it got to that point, I was a little skeptical and a little worried, but we knew even if we didn’t break the record, at least we’d be raising money for Jeremy.”

The game lasted for more than two hours, and the final 20 contestants received free T-shirts from the Grace College department of admissions. Reneker’s Sport of Warsaw donated a trophy for the winner of the knockout game.


Grace College to Open Locations in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne: Bridging the Gap to Christian Higher Education

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The new Henry and Frances Weber School at Grace College, opening in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne in fall 2011, promises to narrow the gap between a personal bottom line and higher education. Recognizing that components like campus housing and meal plans can make a college education difficult to afford, Grace has simplified the educational model without compromising their mission toward character, competence, and service.

The Weber School delivers a Christian two-year associate degree for commuter students in Indiana’s two largest cities at a fraction of the cost of traditional higher education. For students wishing to pursue bachelor degrees, the new school builds an accessible bridge to further education, offering automatic continuation at the Winona Lake campus or the ability to easily transfer credit to another college.

This new program provides students the opportunity to attain a Christian college education by lowering costs, while making classes available in Indiana’s two largest population centers. Tuition is quoted at a flat rate of $3900 per semester, placing it significantly lower than most other Christian residential and private commuter colleges. Class times are scheduled in the mornings, allowing students time for part-time work, further offsetting the cost of obtaining a degree.

Dr. John Teevan, executive director of the Weber School, explained, “We’re one of the few schools that has actually acknowledged the bottom line by lowering upfront costs of the first two years. With tuition for two years at the Weber School totaling just $15,600, students save almost $45,000 as compared to two years’ worth of tuition, room and board at a typical private Christian college.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2005, a two-year associate degree increases an individual’s median lifetime earnings by 28 percent over those with only a high school diploma. A bachelor’s degree raises earnings by nearly 70 percent. Additionally, achieving an associate degree can prepare students for a more advanced degree by fulfilling about half the credit requirements of a bachelor’s degree and making the student more appealing to four-year colleges and universities.

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.”

For more information on Grace College and the Henry and Frances Weber School, please visit


2011 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival Makes a Splash

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

The third annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival was held on Saturday, June 25, at Center Lake in Warsaw. This one-day event made a splash in local awareness and appreciation for our lakes through education, experience, fun and celebration.

Organized by local water quality organization Kosciusko Lakes and Streams (KLAS), this year’s event drew its largest crowd ever with over 1,300 attendees.

KLAS Director Dr. Nathan Bosch said, “We were very encouraged by the record number of attendees this year, but even more encouraged by the number of participants in the educational activities offered at the festival.  Our goal is to inspire, educate and equip citizens to be good stewards of our lakes and participation in our educational booths helps us do that.”

Other highlights from the Lakes Festival included the inaugural Water Waddle.  The one-mile fun run was organized with the help of the Kosciusko Community YMCA.  Over 70 kids from toddlers to 14 years old participated in the race.

Winners in the boy’s category were Hunter Metzger coming in first place, Stephen Possell in second and Noah Bohnenkamper in third.  Winners in the girl’s category were Hannah Dawson in first place, Brigit Nemitz in second and Mikaela Grout in third.

KLAS Program Manager Anna Burke said, “Festival goers really enjoyed the Lake City Skiers as always and seemed really excited about the addition of the fun run and the stand up paddle boarding.” 

The event was organized by Kosciusko Lakes and Streams, a research and education center at Grace College.  Several local sponsors, including Biomet, Indiana-American Water, K21 Health Foundation, Lake City Radio, and Zimmer as top-level sponsors, made the event possible. To get involved in next year’s Lakes Festival, please contact Burke at or 574-372-5100, ext. 6446.


Adventure Race Raises Money for a Grace Scholarship

Monday, June 20th, 2011

On June 4, over 150 participants from several states participated in “Destination: Unknown”, an adventure race that had participants using their brain and brawn (running, navigation, orienteering, water activities and more).

This year, there were two races running simultaneously; one for new racers and families, the other for those up for a challenge. The race started in Winona Lake and went to some unexplored areas.

All of the money raised (over $10,000) went to a Grace scholarship.