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First-Generation College Students Recognized for “Realizing the Dream”

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Lots of us have dreams, but far fewer of us make significant progress towards making them come true.  And that’s exactly what 31 students from Indiana’s independent colleges and universities are being celebrated for this Saturday evening, November 10, at the 23rd annual “Realizing the Dream” banquet.

Now sophomores, they have realized the dream of being the first in their families to go to college, have been selected by their colleges for outstanding achievement in the freshman year, and are now advancing towards successfully completing their bachelor’s degrees. Grace College sophomore Sarah E. Doty from Winamac was selected for the award, and she chose Marilyn Krohn Newman from Winamac Community Middle School as her most influential teacher.

Made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the event recognizes first-generation students attending ICI campuses, along with their inspirational teachers and families.  The event is being held at the Hilton Indianapolis North, with a reception at 6:15 p.m. and an awards dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Each honored student will receive a $2,000 check to help with college costs, and each student’s chosen “most influential” teacher will receive $1,000.  This year’s keynote speaker is Alan Hill, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Franklin College.  A first generation college student himself, Hill is a DePauw University alumnus and has held various administrative positions there, as well as at Alma College in Michigan.

One out of every three students on ICI campuses is a first-generation one. Generous financial aid provided by the campuses themselves, combined with state and federal grants, makes a private college education a possibility for all students in Indiana.

“We are so grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc. for making this inspirational program possible,” says Richard L. Ludwick, ICI president & CEO.  “We are proud, too, that because of the higher graduation rates of our ICI colleges and universities, these students are twice as likely to realize the dream of completing their degrees in four years.”

Independent Colleges of Indiana is a membership association of the state’s 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universitiesICI member institutions enroll some 90,000 students (approximately 20 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 35 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in Indiana. Information about ICI is available at www.icindiana.org.

Fall Wind Ensemble Concert – Friday, November 16 at 7:30p.m.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Join the Grace College Community Wind Ensemble on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. as they present their fall concert Rejoice with Praise and Thanksgiving.  With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, Mr. Becker thought a fitting theme would be to feature music and sounds of Praise and Thanksgiving.  Some wonderful sacred band arrangements will be performed.

Opening the program will be Symphonic March on an English Hymn Tune.
This piece was commissioned by the Northshore Concert Band from Chicago, John Paynter, conductor. The premiere of this work was by Northshore Concert Band at the First Annual Adult Band Conference, with composer Claude T. Smith conducting.

Johann Sebastian Bach is acknowledged as one of the most famous and gifted of all composers past and present in the entire western world. The genius and sheer magnitude of Bach’s vocal and instrumental compositions remain overwhelming. The second selection on the program will be Bach’s powerful and monumental composition Our Father Who Art in Heaven arranged by Alfred Reed.  This beautiful setting for winds is based on a German chorale melody by Bach to the text of the Lord’s Prayer.  Alfred Reeds instrumental version is based on a large chorale organ prelude.

Having just celebrated Veterans Day the wind ensemble will salute all Veterans by programming God of Our Fathers a 19th-century American Christian hymn, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1876.  The hymn was written by Daniel C. Roberts,a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church. Roberts had served in the American Civil War in the 84th Ohio Infantry.  This stirring arrangement was arranged Claude T. Smith. The audience will also have the opportunity to join in singing this celebrated hymn.

Rounding out the first half of the program is the traditional gospel song Just a Closer Walk with Thee. It has been recorded and performed by many artists.  One of those popular groups is the Canadian Brass.  The wind ensemble will also feature this terrific arrangement complete with a Dixieland Band.

Opening the second half of the program is Clouds that Sail in Heaven by Todd Stalter.  It is an exciting fanfare based on the hymn All Creatures of Our God and King.

Because the Word of God was conveyed by Bach’s music in powerful ways, Mr. Becker has chosen to include a second Bach composition in the program.  The Wind Ensemble will perform Bach’s popular chorale from Bach’s Cantata 147, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. This chorale movement is one of Bach’s most enduring works.

Next on the program is a lighter but entertaining selection White River Revival. It is based on two themes and takes the audience on a delightful musical journey along the twists and turns of the White River and even a stop at a good old Gospel fashioned revival with a touch of that Old Time Religion.

The finale of the evening will be Raise Your Joys and Triumphs High  based on one of the most popular hymns ever written, “Christ The Lord is Risen Today,” Its musical impact is undeniably both breathtaking and stunning beyond all descriptive words. The conclusion of this work allows for the audience to sing the hymn while an antiphonal brass section soars high above with emotional reverence.

This is Mr. Becker’s tenth year as the conductor of the Grace College Community Wind Ensemble.  The musicians include Grace College music students, community members, several high school students and professional musicians.

The concert will be held at Rodeheaver Auditorium and is free and open to the public.  Contact Martin Becker at Grace College if you need additional information about the Grace College Wind Ensemble.

Free Admission

Friday, November 16, 2012

7:30 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

Winona Lake, Indiana

Grace College Brings Brazil to Winona Lake

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Grace College is pleased to extend a friendly Brazilian bem-vindo (welcome!) to the local community as it celebrates the 14th annual Taste of the World event on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 5–7:30 p.m. at Grace’s Gordon Student Recreation Center. This year’s Taste of the World event will focus on the food, music, and culture of Brazil.

The community is welcome to attend as Grace students host and coordinate the event, which will feature Brazilian cuisine ($6/meal for adults, kids under 5 eat free) as well as a Bossa Nova performance by “Brazilian Jazz Guy” Luciano Antonio, a Capoeira performance (a Brazilian martial art that combines dance and music), and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu demonstrations. The evening will also include games and activities for students and children.

“Attendants will be immersed in the tastes, sounds and sights of Brazil,” said Carlos Tellez, Dean of the Chapel and Global Initiatives. Grace hosts Taste of the World annually as part of its Conference on Mission. Several mission guests will be present during the evening, displaying information about their ministries.

The focus on Brazil at this year’s Taste of the World ties in with the 2012 Grace College Conference on Mission project. The goal is to raise $10,000 towards the establishment of a Ministry Training Center in the city of Uberlândia, Brazil. The center will offer opportunities for intensive Bible study, hands-on evangelism, discipleship training, and spiritual growth to those who visit.  Profits will help furnish the Ministry Training Center and provide scholarships and travel expenses for those being trained.

“The purpose of the Ministry Training Center is infused with the idea of convivencia, living together,” said Bruce Triplehorn, missionary to Brazil with Encompass World Partners. “The goal of the Training Center is not to limit training to just Brazilians but to train people from Latin America and North America as well.”

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service. Grace College also offers flexible online and hybrid-online graduate degrees, on-campus and online degree completion programs, and highly affordable, easily accessible two-year degree programs in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.  The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Nocturnal III: The Mission – Huge Success

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

The Grace College Student Veteran Organization in partnership with ML Motorsports, Wish for Our Heroes and KCV Cycling hosted Nocturnal III: The Mission on Oct. 27, 2012.  With over 500 in attendance, the adventure race extravaganza was a huge success for participants and contributors alike.

Matt Metzger gives directions prior to the start of the road vs. trail bike race.

This year’s event incorporated some first-of-its-kind races, including a road vs. trail bike race, a pet-friendly three-mile run, and “The Mission” – a high-adrenaline in-the-dark obstacle race that took participants through the winding trails of the Winona Lake Trails, canoeing in Winona Lake, and crawling over hay bales and stacks of logs. Prizes were given to teams with most participants, best costumes, and top finishers, as well as door prizes awarded at random.

The race results are as follows: Road Bike Race Winners: Female – Erica Baker, Male – Evan Hansen; Bike Race Winners: Female – Andrea Lehr, Male – Matt Morgart; Run Winners: Female – Stacy Fisk, Male – Eric Cusick; and Mission Winners: 1st place – Team Busse, 2nd place – Plowboys.  The largest team was Boy Scouts of America Troop 453, who entered 14 participants.

In addition to the races, the event offered children’s activities including a Boot Camp bounce house provided by the National Guard, a full meal provided by the Mike Metzger family and the Army National Guard, 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 SoCom, Madden, Guitar Hero, and a flight simulator.  A helicopter from Parkview Samaritan Hospital landed at the start line of the trail run and took off as the runners started the race.

A bike race participant crosses the finish line in costume.

“It was great to see the civilian and military communities work together to support veterans pursuing that next assignment into higher education,” said Scott Shaffer, Veteran’s Affairs Professional at Grace College & Seminary. “The support from the Army National Guard and U.S. Navy was incredible.  They brought the entertainment for those in attendance.  So many people stopped by to see what was going on at Rodeheaver and to see their family members finish The Mission.”

Local businesses and families sponsored the event through cash donations, in-kind donations and prizes.  Sponsors included Metzger Trucking, the Warsaw YMCA, SYM Financial Advisors, Relentless Martial Arts Academy, Wyndham Garden, the Dane and Mary Louise Miller Foundation, Wildman Business Group, Lake City Radio, LeSEA Broadcasting, Oldies 98.3, Crouse Body Shop, Papa John’s, Lake House, Trail House, Culver’s, Shoe Sensation, Pet Supplies, Wal-Mart, 1000 Park Bãk∙afé, Rabb Water, Boathouse, Martin’s Supermarket, Buggy Shop Bakery, Giverny Fitness, Army National Guard, US Navy, and the Mike Metzger family. The event wouldn’t have been possible without countless volunteers including Amy Evans, Matt Livengood, Karen Wood, Bethany Cockburn-Atkins, Lorraine Deffenbaugh, Rod Ginter, Bill Holder, Dihana Bowen, Bob and Sue Cockburn, Alexi Demopolis, Greg Demopolis, Cara Roe, Susanna Wolf, Mike Cusick, Rob Bishop, Brandt Cox, Joe Romie, Dan Murphy, the Grace Student Veteran’s Organization, Grace Sport Management students and more. Thanks to all who sponsored, volunteered, and participated in the event.

Donations from local businesses as well as racer entry fees totaled over $4,000, which went towards the Grace Military Fund to assist Grace students who are veterans or military dependents with their schooling.  Additionally, the cash proceeds from the day were donated to a local family as an act of kindness.  Following the final race of the night, a large group of racers and supporters made their way through Winona Lake to surprise the family with the donation right at their home.

“For me, the coolest part of the night was when all of the racers took money to a neighbor,” explained Matt Metzger, co-director of Metzger Outdoors. “The recipients were overwhelmed with joy.  It was truly a chance to obey God’s command to love your neighbor. The night gave the racers a chance to let their lights shine (in more ways than one)!”

The event also benefited Wish for Our Heroes, a non-profit dedicated to helping active-duty military families from all branches of the U.S. military.

Nocturnal III: The Mission was a tremendous success that Metzger Outdoors and the Grace College Student Veteran Organization enjoy partnering with each year.  For more information on The Mission: Nocturnal III or other upcoming races, please visit: www.metzgeroutdoors.com.

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

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Veterans Day Discounts 2012

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

FREE MEALS ON VETERANS DAY
OLIVE GARDEN
Veterans eat free. Olive Garden Restaurants offer a free meal (with proof of service) from a list of several entrees on a special menu. This special is scheduled for Monday, November 12, 2012. Additionally, some Olive Garden restaurants will also give out a $10 gift card to veterans for a future visit.
APPLEBEE’S
Military Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members will be able to eat free at any Applebee’s across the U.S. on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012. There will be six entrées available from the menu. Guests will be asked to show one ore more of the following as proof of Service: a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, a U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, a photograph in uniform, or wearing a uniform in person. For more information about Veterans Day at Applebee’s, visit the Applebee’s website.
GOLDEN CORRAL
Golden Corral’s 9th annual Military Appreciation Monday dinner will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012, from 4 to 9 pm in all Golden Corral restaurants nationwide. The free dinner meal is a special “thank you tribute” to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to join us for Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner. To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.2 million free meals and contributed over $3.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization.
CHILI’S
Free meal, Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov 11, 2012. Chili’s is offering all Military Veterans past and present their choice of one of 6 meals. This offer is available during business hours at participating Chili’s in the U.S. only. Dine-in from limited menu only; beverages and gratuity not included. All Desserts priced $5.oo for Veterans and active duty military. Simply show proof of military service.
TEXAS ROADHOUSE
Free meal, Veterans Day, Monday, Nov 12, 2012. Offer varies by location; our local Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4pm. Other locations may vary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information. Visit the web site for locations and participation.
SUBWAY
Free six inch Sub. Many Subway locations offer a free six inch sub to military veterans on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2010. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may only be available in select locations. Please contact your local Subway for more information regarding Veteran’s day specials.
KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT
Free doughnut. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on Veterans Day, Sunday November 11, 2012. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
DENNY’S RESTAURANTS
All-you-can-eat Pancakes. Participating Denny’s restaurants will be offering an all-you-can-eat pancakes meal on Monday, Nov 12, 2012. Remember to call ahead and verify that your local Denny’s is participating.

OTHER DISCOUNTS ON VETERANS DAY
CABELA’S OUTDOOR STORE
Veteran’s Day weekend, Cabela’s outdoor store is offering their employee discount to all veterans, active duty military and reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel on Nov. 11 and 12. Dubbed a “Hometown Heroes” event, eligible shoppers will need to check in at a table at the store to receive a coupon for the discount. The discount varies from 5% to 50%, depending on item. Some items may be excluded.
HOME DEPOT and LOWES MILITARY DISCOUNT
The 10% military discount is available to: Active-duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, honorably discharged veterans and immediate family members of all those groups are eligible. Customers requesting a discount must be able to show a valid military ID card or other proof of military service (a DD Form 214 or VFW membership may qualify).
SPORTSCLIPS
Free haircut to active-duty military & veterans. Offer only available at select locations on Veterans Day, Monday, November 12, 2012. Additionally, offers 20% discount on all services and products to Military and Veterans everyday. Sports Clips is currently participating in the Help-A-Hero program which provides free call time to deployed or hospitalized military personnel. Please call to verify local participation.
SLEEP NUMBER STORES
This year Sleep number is offering a couple of discounts. Among these are $600.00 off on all I8 or M7 beds, 30% off all bedding items, and 0% interest on 24 months financing. This is only available to military and veterans. This special is going on now through Nov. 18. Contact your local store for more details.
SONIC CAR WASH
Free car wash to Veterans on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2012.

**The following companies offer discounts, but you may find that NOT all locations participate**
Restaurants:

Arby’s

A&W

Burger King

Carl’s Jr.

Chevy’s Fresh Mex

Chick-Fil-A

Chipotle

Denny’s

Dunkin’ Donuts

IHOP

KFC

Long John Silver’s

McDonald’s

Panda Express

Pizza Hut

Quizno’s

Red Robin

Sonic

Taco Bell

Wendy’s

Travel:

AmTrak

Best Western Choice Hotels

Continental Airlines Cruise lines (most)

Hyatt Hotel

Marriott Hotels

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Car Care:

AutoZone

Checker Auto Parts

General Motors

Jiffy Lube

Kragen Auto Parts

Meineke

NAPA Auto Parts

Super Sonic Car Wash
Cell Phone Service Discounts:

Alltel

Cingular

Sprint/NexTel

T-Mobile

Verizon
Clothing and Shoes:

Aeropostale

The Children’s Place

Dress Barn

Fanzz (10%)

The Finish Line

Foot Action (15%)

Foot Locker (20%)

Hot Topic

Jos. A. Bank

Jockey

Kohl’s

Lerner

New York & Company

Pac Sun

Reebok

Timberland Outlets (active duty only)

Wilson’s Leather

 

Grace’s 75th Homecoming Celebration Packed with Weekend Activities

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

A tailgate barbeque, renewal of vows, president’s prayer breakfast, concert featuring an internationally-renowned recording artist and class reunion dinners are among the highlighted events during Grace College’s 75th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration, November 1-4.

“We’ve included something for everyone,” said Tammy Denlinger, director of alumni relations at Grace College. “From sporting events to an art exhibit and even a concert but, probably most importantly, an opportunity for Grace alumni to catch up with friends, former classmates and faculty.”

A dinner honoring Grace’s former national championship teams in basketball and volleyball kicks off the weekend on Thursday, November 1. Friday’s agenda includes a welcome reception in the Orthopaedic Capital Center Alumni Suite followed by a student variety show. On Saturday, November 3, a pancake breakfast is the first of over a dozen events for the day that includes a family tailgate barbeque prior to home basketball games for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

At 5:30 pm, there is a special dinner for Grace alumni of all ages – regardless of graduation year – in Westminster Hall. This includes alumni attending the festivities for class-year-specific reunions as well as Grace alumni from graduation years that are not celebrating formal reunion activities this year.

A performance by Dove Award-winning artist Phil Keaggy at 8:00 pm caps the activity-filled day at Grace’s Rodeheaver Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by
calling 574-372-5100 ext. 6127.

For a complete and detailed list of homecoming events and class reunions commemorating the 75th anniversary of Grace College, please visit grace.edu

Upcoming Adventure Race Benefits Grace College’s Student Veteran’s Organization

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The Grace College Student Veteran’s Organization is excited to partner with Metzger Outdoors, ML Motorsports, Wish For Our Heroes and KCV Cycling in hosting Nocturnal III: The Mission.

This year’s races, which will be held during the afternoon and evening of Oct. 27 in Winona Lake will  include a road vs. trail bike race, which will be held at 3:30, a night time, pet-friendly three-mile run at 6:30, and, the night’s biggest surprise, “the mission” – a secret-mission obstacle race, to be held at 8:00. Participants should expect the unexpected, but may want to come prepared with a flashlight or headlamp, reflective gear, long pants, thin gloves, and eye protection. Teams are encouraged to participate together in “The Mission,” and team size is unlimited.

Participants are welcome to take part in any or all of the events, and may register online at metzgeroutdoors.com. “Nocturnal Warriors,” or those who compete in all three events, will be eligible to win a $500 cash prize at the end of the night. Funds raised from this year’s registration will go toward supporting Grace’s Student Veteran Organization,s and a gift for an anonymous family in need. In addition, Nocturnal III will benefit Wish For Our Heroes, a non-profit dedicated to helping active-duty military families from all branches of the U.S. military.

Prizes will be awarded for the largest team, team with the best costumes, and for top finishers. The event will also include door prizes awarded at random.

Last year’s races, Nocturnal II: Military Edition, attracted more than 300 attendees and raised more than $7,000 to benefit the Grace Student Veteran’s Organization, as well as a local family in need of financial assistance. Metzger Outdoors and Grace’s Student Veteran Organization expect an even greater turnout for this year’s adventure races.

For more information or to register for the event, visit www.metzgeroutdoors.com.

Phil Keaggy Concert – Open to the Public

Monday, October 15th, 2012

A performance by Dove Award-winning artist Phil Keaggy will highlight the 75th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend at Grace College on Saturday, November 3rd.  A limited number of tickets to the concert, which will take place at Grace’s Rodeheaver Auditorium at 8:00 pm, are now available to the public. For ticket information, contact 574-372-5100 ext. 6127 or denlintl@grace.edu.

Phil Keaggy’s solo career has spanned more than 30 years, and has included over 50 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, as well as eight releases with his band, Glass Harp. From 1998 to 2001, Keaggy dominated the “Instrumental Record” category at the Dove Awards, winning for “Invention”, “Acoustic Sketches”, “Majesty and Wonder”, and “Lights of Madrid”.

For three years in a row, Keaggy was also voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine.

One of the most sought after studio guitarists, Keaggy continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully-orchestrated instrumental compositions. At the Grace concert, Keaggy will feature songs from his latest album “The Cover of Love”, and demonstrate his one-of-a-kind guitar style through many Phil Keaggy classics.

For a complete list of homecoming events and class reunions commemorating the 75th anniversary of Grace College November 1-4, please visit www.grace.edu

Kosciusko County to Host Community Conversation on Competing for World-Class Talent

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Kosciusko County residents are invited to attend a Community Conversation on Oct. 30 at Grace College called “Competing for the future: The role of community in building world-class talent.” The event will feature guest speakers and breakout sessions for attendees to discuss ways to maximize Kosciusko County’s strengths and position it for the future.

The series is part of the Community Conversations program, organized and facilitated by Indiana Humanities and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University. After an application period in early 2012, Kosciusko County was one of five communities in the state of Indiana to be selected for a Community Conversation. Kosciusko County also hosted a Community Conversation in 2010.

Event details include:

When: 8 a.m. – noon, Oct. 30

Where: Orthopaedic Capital Center, Grace College (610 Wooster Road, Winona Lake, IN 46590)

Gerry Dick, creator and host of Inside INdiana Business, will emcee the event. Speakers include community planning expert Aaron Renn, venture capitalist Aron Starosta and Jim Walker, a Warsaw-native and founder of Big Car in Indianapolis.

“We look forward to learning from experts with deep and broad knowledge and people with real-world experience about what helps communities compete for world-class talent,” said Suzie Light, executive director of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation. “We think those presentations will lead to engaging conversations about our people, our community and our future.”

Local partners also include Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Warsaw Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce, Grace College and OrthoWorx.

“Kosciusko County has a promising future. However, community leaders know that it takes a strong vision to be successful in the 21st century,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “This type of conversation, which explores best practices, encourages critical thinking and fosters civil dialogue, allows the entire community to shape that vision.”

Registration is available on the Warsaw Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce website.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. As a convener, leader and partner, Indiana Humanities promotes the public humanities and engages Indiana’s community of minds to create stronger, more vibrant communities. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.

About the Bowen Center for Public Affairs

The Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University advances the ideals of civic literacy, community involvement, and public service exemplified by the career of Dr. Otis R. Bowen. The Center leads the way in Indiana toward an energized citizenry and vital community life. Learn more at www.bsu.edu/bowencenter.

About Grace College

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service. Grace College also offers flexible online and hybrid-online graduate degrees, on-campus and online degree completion programs, and highly affordable, easily accessible two-year degree programs in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.  The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

 

William P. Gordon Institute and United Way Partner to Host IRS-Endorsed Tax Assistance Program to Kosciusko County, Volunteers Needed

Monday, October 1st, 2012

The William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development through the School of Business at Grace College and the United Way of Kosciusko County will partner again this year  to host an IRS endorsed “Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)” Program in Kosciusko County during the months of  February and March 2013.

VITA offers free tax assistance to qualifying taxpayers, usually of lower income, who require assistance in preparing their own tax returns. In order to provide this service, the William P. Gordon Institute and the United Way are seeking volunteers who are willing to help serve the Kosciusko community. Volunteers will undergo certification training, though professional tax preparers may opt out of training and complete a test online for certification.

VITA aims to help working families take advantage of all tax credits for which they are eligible, including earned income tax credit, child tax credits and education credits. This not only assists the individual family, but also increases tax dollars in the county.

William P. Gordon Institute’s VITA Representative Tim Ziebarth said the program is a synergistic opportunity for everyone in our community. “The Gordon Institute in collaboration with the United Way of Kosciusko County is excited to use VITA as a platform to serve the community. We hope to see Grace students, alumni, and community friends get involved in the VITA program.  Volunteers will get a unique hands-on learning experience and the community recipients will benefit from free tax assistance,” he said.

Anyone interested in volunteering as a screener/greeter , tax preparer, or quality control position, or those interested in finding out more about how the VITA program might help them should contact Tim Ziebarth at tjziebarth@grace.edu or by calling (574) 372-5100 ext. 6191.