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Grace College Named a “Military Friendly” School for Third Year

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

For the third consecutive year, G.I. Jobs magazine has recognized Grace College and Theological Seminary as a “Military Friendly” school for 2013. The list of named schools is a product of years of research across government agencies and private entities, as well as a survey administered by G.I. Jobs. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Scott Shaffer, Grace’s Veteran’s Affairs Professional, emphasized the importance of this ranking as Grace has made considerable effort in the past several years to intentionally serve military students.

“Grace is fairly new to reaching out to the military and being placed on this list three years in a row is an excellent first step in showing our commitment to the nation’s best,” he said. “Service men and women deserve exceptional service, and by being a military friendly school, veteran and dependent students can trust that Grace will be up-to-date on the latest benefits and that we will do our part in making sure they receive what they have worked so hard to earn.”

Grace’s military friendly initiatives in the past several years have included the formation of a student veteran’s organization, the building of a student veteran’s resource center, financial aid and scholarships for military students, and college credit for military service, as well as training in military chaplaincy.

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.

Grace College Welcomes Author Eric Metaxas

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Grace College is pleased to welcome Eric Metaxas, author of the New York Times Bestseller “Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery,” as a guest speaker to chapel and the Freshman Foundations classroom on Wednesday, September 26.

Metaxas’ biography on William Wilberforce, renowned abolitionist, was required summer reading for Grace’s incoming freshman class. During his visit to campus, Metaxas will address the freshmen specifically in their Freshman Foundations class before speaking in Grace’s undergraduate chapel service.

Grace invites the local community to attend Metaxas’ chapel presentation, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Orthopaedic Capital Center. He also spoke at the Kosciusko County Right to Life Banquet on September 24.

Besides his best-selling biography on William Wilberforce, Metaxas has authored another biography titled “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” and has written across several genres, including humor and children’s books, in which he has received various honors and awards . Metaxas was invited to speak at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast and has had several appearances on CNN and the Fox News Channel. He serves on the vestry of Calvary/St. George’s Episcopal Church, and lives in Manhattan, New York.

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. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have regularly named Grace as one of America’s Best Colleges and a “Best Midwestern College” respectively. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Grace College Welcomed Dr. Rick Ostrander

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Grace College welcomed Dr. Rick Ostrander, provost of Cornerstone University and author of “Why College Matters to God: Faithful Learning and Christian Higher Education” to its campus late last month. During his visit, Ostrander spoke to the Freshman Foundations class, where his book was required reading, in the undergraduate chapel service, and in an informal faculty session.

Students and faculty were able to meet Ostrander to ask questions and gain perspective on the liberal arts approach to Christian education.

Dr. Jared Burkholder, director of Grace’s Office of Faith, Learning, and Scholarship, was thrilled to have Ostrander visit the campus, specifically praising his chapel presentation. “He prodded us toward a Christocentric approach to learning that should include large doses of humility, meaningful relationships, and restful contemplation,” Burkholder said. “Ostrander is a respected figure for his contributions to the history of evangelicalism in America, in addition to his writing on Christian higher education. His visit meshed well with our desire to be a place of thoughtful reflection where we challenge students and faculty—through events like this—to examine their calling within the academy. I was very thankful that Jacqueline Shram, Aaron Crabtree, and Jim Swanson had the insight to bring Dr. Ostrander to our campus. ”

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. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have regularly named Grace as one of America’s Best Colleges and a “Best Midwestern College” respectively. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana

Grace’s Dr. Burkholder to Serve as Program Chair for the Conference on Faith and History

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Grace College’s Dr. Jared Burkholder, associate professor of American and world history, has been invited to serve as the program chair for the 2012 student meeting of the Conference on Faith and History (CFH), which will meet at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass. early next month.

CFH is a national organization that includes historians from many of the nation’s colleges and universities. Burkholder is responsible for organizing the program for the student conference, where undergraduates from across the country will present research papers. Four Grace students will give papers at the conference, and both Burkholder and Grace’s Dr. Mark Norris will attend the event as well as participate in the professional segment of the meeting.

Burkholder is excited for the opportunities the conference and his role in it can provide for Grace students. “Serving in this way allows Dr. Norris and I to take an active role in mentoring our students, which includes introducing them to the professional world of their disciplines,” he said.

During his doctoral work, Burkholder served on the CFH executive board as the Graduate Student Representative from 2005-2007.

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. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have regularly named Grace as one of America’s Best Colleges and a “Best Midwestern College” respectively. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Innovation Yields Record-Breaking Enrollment at Grace College

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Grace College and Seminary kicks off its fall 2012 semester and 75th anniversary celebration with a record-breaking enrollment of 1,821 students thanks to nationally recognized program innovation and new academic offerings.

The record enrollment, propelled by 407 new students this fall, results from Grace College’s innovative, market-driven responses to a rapidly changing higher educational landscape increasingly shaped by concerns about college affordability and accessibility.

Recognizing that rising college costs are a significant burden and growing barrier to students, in 2011, Grace College launched an innovative three-year accelerated degree program for all 60 majors, allowing students to graduate sooner, save a year’s tuition and enter the workforce a year earlier.  The program also allows students to benefit from free online summer courses.  National statistics indicate the average undergraduate spends five years completing a bachelor’s degree.

Grace College is one of the few public or private universities nationally – to offer a three-year degree program across its curriculum.  Grace’s program innovation has attracted the attention of Congress, state legislators and national media.

At a time when parents and students increasingly consider quality and affordability in their consideration of educational options, forty-nine percent of entering freshmen this year indicated an intent to pursue the three-year degree option.  In 2011, forty-eight percent of entering freshmen identified Grace’s three-year degree program as a significant factor in their college selection decision.

New online graduate and adult programs, along with the launch of additional educational sites in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, also contributed to Grace College’s significant enrollment growth.

A remarkable 85 percent retention rate of students from their freshman to sophomore year also has positively impacted student enrollment at Grace College. This figure considerably exceeds the 70 percent national average for schools similar to Grace.  Grace officials attribute the impressive retention rates to Grace’s three-year degree program and the stellar student support services offered.

“Grace College is committed to continued program innovation and educational leadership to keep a high quality, faith-based education accessible and affordable for all families,” said Grace College Provost Dr. William Katip.  “We are pleased to see the increased number of students, including those attending our new sites in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, who are directly benefiting from our aggressive attempts to adapt educational models and address escalating costs to better serve savvy educational consumers seeking better higher educational options.”

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service. Grace College offers traditional undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as flexible online and hybrid-online graduate degrees, on-campus and online degree completion programs, and a highly affordable, easily accessible two-year degree program in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have regularly named Grace as one of America’s Best Colleges and a “Best Midwestern College” respectively. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Grace Professor Releases New Book

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Grace College graduate counseling professor Dr. Tammy Schultz has released a new and insightful book, titled “Beyond Desolate: Hope Versus Hate in the Rubble of Sexual Abuse”. The 342-page paperback tackles the difficult topic of recovery from sexual abuse and is meant to provide a biblically-based resource for recovering victims.

Schultz, an active worker in the therapeutic community, partnered with Hannah Estabrook, M.A., to write the book, which may be used by therapists, within support groups, or for individual healing and processing. Schultz has taught 17 years in Grace’s Graduate Department of Counseling and Interpersonal Relations and has dedicated much of her research and professional life to helping victims of sexual abuse.

“Beyond Desolate,” published by Winona Lake’s BMH Books publishing company, is available online, at bookstores, or at www.bmhbooks.com for $16.99.

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. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have regularly named Grace as one of America’s Best Colleges and a “Best Midwestern College” respectively. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Grace Professor Delivers Message at Regent University Convocation

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Dr. Chris Hull, assistant professor of counseling at Grace College and Theological Seminary and an alumnus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, was invited to deliver a message at Regent’s annual convocation last month, where he spoke on the identity of Regent University, current problems facing Christian education, and the solutions for those problems.

Hull has followed in the footsteps of both of his parents in his service as a Christian educator. His lifelong proximity to Christian education and his current role as a professor at Grace have made him especially qualified to identify and understand the various approaches to Christian education, and to find solutions for the problems he has identified. Hull encouraged Regent students and faculty to “be doers of the Word and not hearers—or teachers—only,” referring to a passage in the book of James.

Hull also challenged students and faculty to evaluate their priorities, emphasizing that spiritual disciplines and values must not be overshadowed in pursuit of academic achievement.

“I felt honored to receive an invitation to speak at Regent University’s Convocation from President Dr. Campo and Dr. Pat Robertson,” Hull said.  “To even be considered to speak at such an event was overwhelming.”

At the convocation service, Hull shared the stage with Regent University’s founder and chancellor, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, as well as Regent President, Dr. Carlos Campo.

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. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have regularly named Grace as one of America’s Best Colleges and a “Best Midwestern College” respectively. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Fall 2012 Hybrid Counseling Residential Week

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The Department of Online Education and the Department of Online Graduate Counseling was privileged to welcome 28 graduate counseling students to beautiful Winona Lake, Indiana, during their in-residence portion of the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.   The students arrived on campus for orientation on Sunday, August 19th, followed by a dinner reception.  Classes began on August 20th and ended on the 24th. The program director, Dr. Chris Hull, along with Dr. Jenny Preffer and Dr. Rhonda Ladd guided the students through an intense week of understanding the relationship of theology and prayer in counseling.  Much of the week was also spent learning and practicing foundational counseling skills that prepare students for their ongoing practice throughout the program and into their careers.

While the time on campus is intense, the counseling faculty value the importance of connecting outside of the classroom. Dr. Hull took advantage of beautiful Winona Lake (within walking distance of campus) and arranged an afternoon of canoeing and kayaking, a perfect break for the students, faculty and staff.

View photos of the week.

Grace’s Dr. Norris Appointed to Indiana Council for the Social Studies

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Grace College’s Dr. Mark Norris, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Department of History and Political Science, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Indiana Council for the Social Studies, a premiere professional organization of social studies educators in Indiana.

Norris has been active in the organization for six years, attending and taking students to ICSS yearly meetings. His participation in the organization helps Grace’s history and political science department and its students stay current on trends in social studies education, and involvement in the ICSS meetings allows students to gain insight and experience as they work toward careers as social studies educators.

“We believe it is vital for students to connect with the broader world of their disciplines,” Norris said. “It is vital that we faculty model building relationships with other professionals both within Christian organizations and within the broader world.   Our students benefit from all the relationships we make and avenues are increasingly open for others to learn about the mission of our college.”

Norris was elected to the board and attended his first board meeting in Indianapolis in late August. He said it was an honor to be noticed and nominated for the position.

“I was also moved that they really want Grace to be involved, especially since we are in northern Indiana and most of their representatives are in southern Indiana,” he added.

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. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have regularly named Grace as one of America’s Best Colleges and a “Best Midwestern College” respectively. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

Author Beverly Lewis to Hold Book Signing in Winona Lake

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Award-winning and bestselling author Beverly Lewis will meet fans and sign copies of her newest book, “The Bridesmaid,” at the Tree of Life bookstore in Winona Lake on Sept. 20.

Her most recent novel is the second in her series “Home to Hickory Hollow.” Lewis is considered the pioneer of Amish fiction, with 17 million copies of her books in print. “The Bridesmaid” will be released on Sept. 11 and will be available for sale at the Tree of Life bookstore, where many of her other novels are also available.

Lewis will begin the book signing at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.

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. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have regularly named Grace as one of America’s Best Colleges and a “Best Midwestern College” respectively. The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.