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Grace Soccer Coaches Bike West, Set Record

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This summer, Grace College head soccer coach Matt Hotchkin and assistant soccer coach Kyle Alcorn joined a record-breaking bike ride with 2nd Mile Adventures, a Winona Lake based ministry organization, traveling for one week with other 2nd Mile Adventure riders and totaling 258 miles through two mountain passes in a one-week period.

The men rode approximately 30-40 miles each day in the country along gravel roads through the Rocky Mountains, traveling from Saratoga, WY and ending in Dillon, CO. Each day, the men were challenged to examine their spiritual lives and explore ways to speak of Christ on a regular basis.

Hotchkin said that while he loved the thrill of “cranking up a steep climb with 45lbs of gear or ripping down a Colorado mountain pass in the early morning, “ his favorite part of the trip was being a part of a team.

“The guys that went on the trip were a huge encouragement to me.  We had some good times together and they displayed Jesus Christ to me before, during, and after the trip,” he said.

Alcorn called the trip a “massive physical challenge,” but added that “While it felt great to accomplish such a physical feat, the mental and spiritual renewal might have been the best part,” noting that he was able to live day-to-day with a lot less than he’s used to.

While the men traveled with 2nd Mile Adventures, Winona Lake’s Trailhouse Village Outdoor Store and Fort Wayne’s Summit City Bike Shop helped prep each individual’s bike for a successful trip.

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 and Seminary and Biola University Join Lawsuit

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM (FORMERLY ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND)
NEWS RELEASE – August 23, 2012 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Christian opposition to abortion pill mandate grows,
two more colleges sue

Grace College and Seminary, Biola University join other evangelical, Catholic lawsuits

 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration on August 23, 2012, on behalf of two evangelical Christian colleges: Grace College and Seminary in Indiana and Biola University in California. The lawsuit is the latest to challenge the administration’s unconstitutional mandate that faith-based employers provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs at no cost to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.

“Christian colleges should remain free to operate according to their deeply-held beliefs. Punishing religious people and organizations for freely exercising their faith is an assault on our most fundamental American freedoms,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor. “This mandate leaves religious employers with no real choice: you must either comply and abandon your religious freedom and conscience, or resist and be taxed for your faith. Every American should know that a government with the power to do this to anyone can do this–and worse–to everyone.”

“The Obama administration’s mandate forces us to act against our own doctrinal statement, which upholds the sanctity of human life,” said Biola University President Barry H. Corey. “It unjustly intrudes on our religious liberty as protected under the U.S. Constitution and makes a mockery of our attempts to live our lives according to our faith convictions, time-honored and long protected.”

“Government officials do not have the right to require religious organizations to act in a way contrary to deeply-held religious beliefs, nor do they have the right to define what constitutes the free exercise of religion,” added Grace College and Seminary President Ronald E. Manahan. “To determine that Grace College and Seminary is not ‘religious enough’ to qualify for an exemption from this mandate is an affront to the religious freedom and free conscience of dedicated Christian organizations across America.”

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have already filed three other lawsuits against the mandate: one on behalf of Geneva College and The Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company in Pennsylvania, one on behalf of Louisiana College in Louisiana, and one on behalf of Hercules Industries in Colorado, in which a federal judge issued an order preventing the mandate from being enforced against the family-run business. The lawsuits represent a large cross-section of Protestants and Catholics who object to the mandate.

The new lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Grace College and Seminary v. Sebelius, argues that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Attorney Jane Dall Wilson of Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, in Indianapolis is local counsel in the case. Biola University Legal Counsel Jerry Mackey is also participating in the case.

Grace College and Seminary is a private, Christian institution in Winona Lake, Ind., offering baccalaureate, master, and doctor degrees and drawing students from more than 20 countries. Biola University is a private, Christian university in La Mirada, Calif., with six schools that offer 145 academic programs, ranging from the B.A. to Ph.D, and is the first university in California to file suit against the mandate.

Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund) is an alliance-building legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

 

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Biola University’s statement

Grace College and Theological Seminary Response and Lawsuit: HHS Regulation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

1.       What was Grace College’s motivation for filing this lawsuit?

The lawsuit was filed in response to President Obama’s federal mandate that religious employers provide abortion-inducing drugs at no cost to employees as part of their healthcare coverage. We believe the government does not have the right to require religious organizations to act in a way contrary to deeply-held religious beliefs, nor to take to itself the right to define what constitutes the free exercise of religion. A further reason for filing is to challenge the unprecedented narrow definition of a “religious organization” and the extremely restrictive religious exemption in the rules imposed by an administrative agency of the government. This sets a dangerous precedent for future restrictions on religious freedom of all religious organizations.

2.       Why now?

The decision was made to await filing until after the Supreme Court decision about the overall constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Since the regulation dealing with abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception is still in effect under the ruling, we felt it necessary to file at this time to protect our religious freedom. The rules will apply to employee plans beginning in the next plan year (for Grace College that is Jan, 2013) and all student health plans beginning August, 2012.

3.       What was the process that led Grace College to file?

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to file in the March 2012 meeting after months and much consultation with the administration and external legal counsel. President Manahan announced the intention to file suit on August 23, 2012, and feedback support from the campus leadership and community was positive.

4.       What is this costing Grace College?

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) based in Scottsdale, Arizona is our legal representation. ADF provides its services at no cost to us. Only such costs such as staff time, document preparation, and necessary travel for Grace College staff will be expended by the university directly. These items are minimal and well worth the defense of our religious freedom. Thus, the legal action is not a financial burden to Grace College. If we succeed in protecting our religious and constitutional freedom through this case, Grace College will avoid having to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in government fines each year.

5.       Does this mean Grace College will not provide contraceptive drugs as part of its healthcare coverage? What about coverage for contraceptive drugs prescribed to treat specific health conditions other than pregnancy?

No. Grace College has and intends to continue to provide coverage for birth control drugs that act before conception. The lawsuit is directed toward abortifacient drugs that, although classified by the FDA as “contraceptives,” act to induce abortions after life has begun. These include the drugs Plan B and ella, sometimes referred to as “morning-after” or “week-after” pills. Drugs prescribed to treat diagnosed medical conditions, not as “contraceptives” or abortifacients, are covered, and the college plans for them to be covered in the future. The purpose of the prescription is relevant.

6.       What about the “accommodation” to religious organizations proposed by HHS?

We view this proposed “accommodation” essentially as a sham. We have also submitted formal comments to the HHS on the proposed “accommodation.” The mandate creates an unprecedented “two-tier” approach to defining religious organizations that sets a very dangerous precedent if left unchallenged, and the administration’s suggested possible accommodations do nothing to address that concern. To regard some organizations as “religious enough” and others as not so, creates an affront to religious freedom of dedicated Christian organizations such as Grace College. Also the proposition that insurance companies will provide services for free is indeed an illusion and does not eliminate the fact that the objectionable services will still be made available through the college’s health plan.

Grace College Hits the Mark in Annual United Way Dodgeball Tournament

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

<<view photos from the United Way Dodgeball Tournament>>

On August 7 Grace College and 14 other community organizations threw in their support for the Kosciusko County United Way in a friendly but fierce corporate dodgeball tournament. As first-time participants, Grace beat out the defending champions, Symmetry, and secured a third-place standing in the final rankings, coming in behind Biomet.

Grace faced up against Symmetry in the first round of the tournament, defeating them with a winning hit from Deea Breeden, Grace’s student employment coordinator.

“Team Grace College did an amazing job our rookie year playing dodgeball in the United Way Corporate Dodgeball challenge,” Breeden said. “The team took out the 2011 Championship Winners in round one of play and I am pretty sure we all felt like we won an Olympic Gold Medal.”

The Lancer team took on the Bowen Center in the second round of play, defeating them before facing up against Biomet, who went on to become the newest United Way Annual Dodgeball Champions.

Randy Polston, who coached this year’s team, said Grace staff are already looking forward to next year, where hopefully Grace can move up to the top.

“This was the inaugural year for the Lancers so we didn’t know what to expect. We all dodged, ducked, dipped, and dove our way to a 3rd place finish out of 15 teams. We had a great time throughout the evening having fun and giving back to our community and we’re already looking forward to the event next year,” he said.

On August 15 Grace partnered once again with the Kosciusko County United Way to participate in the annual Day of Caring, providing practical assistance to hundreds of elderly, disabled, and low-income families in Kosciusko County.

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.

Five New Faculty Joining the Grace College Team

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Grace College and Theological Seminary welcomes five new faculty members to the 2012 – 2013 school year.

Grace’s Math and Science department is pleased to welcome Ashley Holland, Ph.D., as the newest assistant professor of mathematics. Dr. Holland received her Ph.D. in applied and interdisciplinary mathematics from the University of Michigan and joins the Grace faculty after having worked for StataCorp and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

 

 

 

 

The School of Behavioral Sciences welcomes Brooke Kovac, who received her B.S. in criminal justice and psychology from Grace College and her M.A. in criminal justice from Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg, as the newest assistant professor of criminal justice. Kovac has participated in research with juvenile delinquents and transgender inmates in Pennsylvania prisons and in Italy, worked with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and has interned with the United States Secret Service. Kovac has also worked with Kosciusko County Emergency Management and with Chasing Rainbows, a community organization that provides equine therapy to children with disabilities.

 

 

 

Grace’s graduate program welcomes three new assistant professors of graduate counseling and interpersonal relations. David Olges, Ph.D., will teach graduate students on-campus, while Jenny Preffer, Ph.D. and Rhonda Ladd, Ph.D., will teach students online through Grace’s department of online education.

Dr. Olges joins the faculty having earned his M.A. in counseling from Grace (97) and his Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Regent University. Olges currently has his own counseling practice and has served as a staff team member in two large Indianapolis churches. He has also built a Christian residential facility and program for women who suffer from eating disorders.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Preffer also earned her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Regent University. She is a licensed mental health counselor and is board certified as a nationally certified counselor. In addition to teaching, her career experiences include working with military families, providing intensive in-home counseling with at-risk youth, Christian-based private practice, and providing career counseling to college students. She is active in research and has presented at several national conferences.

 

 

 

Dr. Ladd also holds a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Regent University. She has served at Freedom Fellowship in Virginia Beach, VA as director of extended pastoral care counseling ministries and comes to Grace having worked in Caldwell College’s master’s in mental health counseling program. She is the founder and director of Ladd Empowerment, where she is a life coach for individuals and marriages, consultant for religious and other organizations, relationship educator for couples and singles, and counselor educator.

 

 

 

 

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.

Students’ Applied Learning Experience Proves Challenging and Eye-opening

Friday, August 17th, 2012

As a part of Grace College’s new Applied Learning initiative, a program that connects students to skill/life-building experiences and opportunities outside the classroom, freshman Daniel Moore traveled to Santa Cruz, Bolivia this summer where he is working with South American Mission (SAM) serving church ministries in need. Moore is an accounting major at Grace and is earning Applied Learning credits, as well as using this trip as his cross-cultural field experience which is a required element in every Grace student’s course of study.

In Bolivia, Moore has visited several orphanages, painted and repaired buildings, and ministered to those in need, among many other activities. He also traveled to Santiago, Bolivia to help further the construction of the local church.

This June, he joined another SAM team on an excursion to the department of Beni on the Rio Blanco, the Itenez, and the Mamoré Rivers. There they provided medical supplies to the inhabitants of ten villages in the jungle. The group used “The Jesus Film” and other videos to reach out to the natives with the message of the gospel.

Moore recounts one particularly moving incident on his first Beni trip: “At one of the villages, there was a six-year-old girl who had meningitis when she was younger. She had to be carried by her father wherever she went. We were able to supply them with a new wheelchair… The best part is that her mother had just dreamt that a boat would bring a wheelchair for her daughter in the morning.”

As a result of this eye-opening experience, Moore explains that this summer is not just about getting credit hours or fulfilling a degree requirement; the trip is changing his worldview as well. He shared three important lessons that he is learning in an essay about his first month in Bolivia: “First, God calls diversity to the mission field; he calls the strong, the weak, the handsome and pretty, the ugly, the educated and the drop-outs. Second, with God’s help, I am learning to talk to people before forming too much of an opinion about them. After I do, I always discover their unique stories and gain understanding into why they act the way they do. Third, God is also continuing to teach me to slow down and be patient… I can be a hard block of clay, reverting back to my former ways, but God is the master-potter and He is molding me little by little.”

Moore will be returning to Grace in the fall. Like many other students who are taking part in the Applied Learning program at Grace this summer, he will undoubtedly have gained a better and bigger picture of the world beyond the college classroom. Thanks to recent enhancements of Grace’s curriculum, students like Moore will continue to benefit immensely from an increasing number of practical experiences that are created to prepare and grow students in ways that they could not have otherwise imagined.

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 Women’s Soccer to play Haiti WNT at Miller Field

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Grace women’s soccer team will welcome one of the toughest opponents in program history to Miller Field on Aug. 25 with an exhibition match against the Women’s National Team of Haiti.

The Lady Lancers, who have high expectations entering the 2012 season, believe they are more ready for their stiff test against Haiti’s WNT.

“It is very rare for an NAIA team to be able to play any national team, so for us to play two national teams in one calendar year is pretty exciting,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “This game fits our mission in that we want to play national teams, but we also want to be playing for Christ.”

Voss, who currently serves as an assistant coach for Haiti, was instrumental in organizing the match. Haiti has competed against some of the top professional teams in American women’s soccer during the past year while playing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League Elite. They also lost a narrow 2-1 game against the University of Notre Dame on April 27.

According to Voss, Haiti’s WNT is one of the top qualifiers in the Caribbean region and should be one of the top contenders for the CONCACAF bid into the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

This will be the Lady Lancers’ second taste in the past year of international soccer. During the spring, Grace played the Cayman Islands U20 WNT as a part of their mission trip to the Cayman Islands.

The Lady Lancers look to field one of their most talented squads ever against Haiti and are fresh off tying the program’s win record in 2011. Grace finished 14-7-3 last season and returns 10 of their 11 starters in 2012.

“This game is a good next step for [Grace],” Voss explained. “The Haitian team is tough. They’re playing against big D-1 schools and pro teams. By all stretches of the imagination, it should be a really tough game for us.”

Admission will be charged at the gate into Miller Field. High school and club teams interested in attending should call Coach Voss for group rates at (574) 372-5100 ext. 6544.

Miller Field, which is the home stadium for Grace men’s and women’s soccer, is one of the top soccer fields in the Crossroads League.

Dennis Duncan Hired as Director of Prison Education at Grace College

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Grace College was recently selected by Indiana’s Department of Correction to head the state’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program in the northern region. As a part of their initiative to bring experience and leadership to the new team, the school has named Dennis Duncan Director of Prison Education.

The position became a necessity as a team of approximately 30 employees was inherited in preparation for the initiative’s continuation this fall. Duncan will also be supervising the hiring of 10 new teachers to work in the GED program.

Duncan has been the principal at Jefferson Elementary School—whose campus is adjacent to Grace College’s—for the past 19 years. Many Grace students have had the privilege of being under his leadership at the elementary school, and he has also taught several courses in Grace’s education department.

Duncan is a Grace graduate. He earned his B.S. in Elementary Education there and his Master’s in School Administration from Indiana University. He is grew up in Canton, Ohio.

“I think that [Duncan’s] background, attitude and values all work well for Grace’s long-term goals of [developing] relationships and serving the men at these correctional facilities,” said John Teevan, Executive Director of the Weber School and now Executive Director of Prison Education. “We are delighted to have [Duncan] join us in this highly mission-centered front-line venture [serving] a very overlooked population.”

For Duncan himself, though departure from Jefferson is a sad farewell, he’s excited about what is on the horizon for the prison program. “It’ll be difficult to leave,” he said, “but at the same time I’m very excited about this new chapter with Grace.”

Duncan’s aspirations for the program are high as he and his staff head into a challenging educational arena. “We want to give these guys a sense of hope and purpose,” he said. “A lot of them have hit the bottom… but if they get someone who will reach out to them and help them earn their degree… [they will] realize there’s more to life than they’ve ever known before.”

Duncan’s hiring marks the initiation of a program that, according to Teevan, has seen its fair share of obstacles. However, as the new academic year begins, contracts have been negotiated, a not-for-profit corporation has been formed in order to handle Grace’s non-traditional programs, and the school is prepared to serve over 1,000 men a year through the ABE initiative.

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 Accounting Students’ Exam Scores Rank Among Highest in Country

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Hard-working students and professors have put Grace College on the map once again as graduates of the accounting program ranked 10th out of 793 institutions nationwide for first time pass rate on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exams.

Aside from its extraordinary nationwide ranking, Grace also placed 4th in the country for high exam scores in the category of small institutions. This success on the part of the Accounting Department is a significant marker in the school’s history.

“I’m happy for the graduates and for Grace,” said Associate Professor of Accounting Roger Stichter. “I had a feeling Grace was doing well in CPA exam pass rates but never dreamed we would score 10th in the nation for a year. These students worked hard during their accounting courses at Grace, took a good CPA exam review course and considered the taking of the CPA exam a serious matter.”

Stichter also pointed to the investment and teaching of Dr. Brad Lemler, Professor of Accounting, as a significant factor in the graduates’ recent success.

“This is wonderful news for our accounting program and great confirmation of Roger and Brad’s hard work with our accounting students,” said Jeff Fawcett, Professor of Marketing and Dean of the School of Business.

The achievements that Grace’s business department has enjoyed are an excellent model of the college’s desire to encourage graduates to excel in their studies and prepare for careers that will require competency and professionalism.

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 and on-campus and online degree completion programs. The newest initiative—Grace College Weber School—is 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 Students Gain Essential Life Skills from Applied Learning Experiences

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Grace College students participating in applied learning experiences this summer are thriving in environments where they get a chance to practice real, experiential-based work and interaction. Applied learning initiatives aim to take the principles taught in the classroom out into the real world where otherwise solely academic concepts are put to practical use.

This summer almost 40 students are participating in the applied learning program and are active not only in their own communities, but also across the country in some cases. One such group is comprised of the 20 students who are in Orlando, FL, this summer. They are currently participating in a life-building initiative called “The Orlando Project” where 220 college students total are learning skills in leadership, discipleship, individual and community study, worship, and evangelism while simultaneously working a full-time job at local venues such as Universal Studios.

Out of the students participating in the project, 10 are earning credit through the program. These are Bethany Harshfield, Jessica Davis, Jocelyn Bassett, Ben Gifford, Nathan Patton, Chris Merrick, Joy Itiola, Jordan Fox, Isaac Herman and Colson Herman.

“After spending time with [the] Grace College students in Orlando, I looked at my wife and stated, ‘Our students are on fire for the Lord and how He will work in their lives to witness to those that do not know Him,’” says Randy Polston, Director of Applied Learning at Grace, who just returned from a visit to Orlando. Several students have approached him expressing their enthusiasm for this particular applied learning experience, noting that it has changed their perspectives on their careers and relationships. “The Orlando Project is a great example of an applied learning experience,” says Polston.

Another Grace student, Mackenzie Aldrich, is involved in a similar skills-building experiencing at LifeWorks Counseling in Fort Wayne, Ind. where she is earning credit as an intern. “My work experience at LifeWorks Counseling and Consulting has helped me tremendously in my career path. I have [had] more hands-on experience then I would in a classroom setting because I am actually in the field,” she says. Aldrich sees her summer applied learning endeavors as a chance not only to get an inside perspective on her major, but to get a taste of the real world. “My favorite part about this is that I get to experience what it is like being a professional,” says Aldrich. “If I had a chance to pursue more applied learning experience I would definitely do it again and I advise others to do it as well!”

Grace’s shift towards a curriculum that champions the integration of classroom knowledge and practical skills is one of many recent changes that the school has adopted. Students who are a part of the applied learning program continually attest that it has prepared them for the job market with experiential-based learning that they might have otherwise not encountered.

Grace College and Seminary is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The Seminary is conservative, evangelical, and has a rich tradition of sound biblical education that prepares men and women for both local and global church ministry. All of the institution’s academic, residential, athletic, and social priorities are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. Grace College also offers convenient and flexible online and hybrid-online graduate degrees and an on-campus or online degree completion program. The newest initiative—Grace College Weber School—is a highly-affordable, easily-accessible two-year degree program in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. Grace 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.”  The 180-acre main campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Indiana.

(right to left) Chris Merrick, Three Broom Sticks Cook in Harry Potter Village; Nate Patton, Twister Ride Operator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy Itiola, Comic Strip Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Roe, Dervish and Banges Gift Shop in Harry Potter Village

 

 

 

 

 

KLAS Helps Introduce Beach Alert System

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

WANE News Story

Ever have trouble finding which Kosciusko County beaches are closed due to high E. coli levels or wonder when they reopen? A new beach alert system will allow people to get this information immediately via website, email or text message.

Kosciusko Lakes and Streams (KLAS), the Kosciusko County Health Department and K21 Health Foundation are introducing the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s BeachGuard and BeachesAlert systems to help the community become aware of closed beaches. Though there will still be signs at the public beaches in the event of a closure, Kosciusko County lake-goers can now know of high E. coli levels before they even reach the water.

The public can browse beach information on the BeachGuard website at https://extranet.idem.in.gov/beachguard or have updates sent to them through the BeachesAlert application at www.in.gov/beachesalert. To register, click Search, select Kosciusko County on the map, then click Subscribe. Subscribers can then choose to receive information via email or text message and choose which lakes they would like to be updated on.

High E. coli levels are a common cause of beach closures. Most strains of the bacteria are harmless, though a few can cause cases of diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting if ingested.

According to Dr. Nate Bosch, director of KLAS, “E. coli in lakes is caused by sewage and waterfowl and wild animal feces getting into the water. Individuals infected with the bacteria usually recover on their own, but should contact a doctor if the infection becomes severe.”

To protect the public, when E. coli levels in public swimming beaches reach heights that threaten swimmers, the health department closes that beach to swimming. Since the main caution for E. coli is limiting ingested water, other lake activities, such as fishing and canoeing, are still permitted. Even fish caught during this time are generally safe to consume.

The health department samples E. coli levels weekly and contacts the local park manager if levels are high enough to warrant a closure. The park manager posts signs at the closed beach.

The seven public beaches sampled by the health department are Center, Pike, Syracuse (Hoy’s Beach and Syracuse Lake Beach), Waubee, Webster and Winona lakes.

So far this summer, there has only been one closure.

Staci Young, the Warsaw Parks Department recreation director, says “We are always working to keep the public safe and informed in regards to the beaches. The instant notification system will be a tremendous help.”

Kosciusko County’s inclusion in the new notification system is the result of a previous grant from K21 Health Foundation to KLAS in partnership with the health department which focused on blue-green algae and E. coli health threats.

Kosciusko Lakes and Streams is a community-based research center at Grace College focused on applied research, educational outreach and advocacy that builds community capacity to promote, enjoy and properly steward Kosciusko County’s lakes and streams.

To learn more about KLAS, visit www.water.grace.edu.

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 and on-campus and online degree completion programs. The newest initiative—Grace College Weber School—is 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.