Archive for August, 2011

The Big 400: Local Organizations Celebrate King James Bible’s Anniversary

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Grace College & Seminary, The Remnant Trust and Liberty Fund are hosting an event this fall to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. This event will take place on October 6, from 10-12:00p.m. at Westminster Hall on the Grace College campus in Winona Lake, Indiana.

The King James Version was initiated in 1604 when King James of England requested that a new English translation of the Bible be published. Seven years later, the KJV was finished in 1611 and was first published by the Church of England. For the past 400 years, this version of the Bible has led multitudes to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. The KJV has also had a profound impact on the literature throughout the past 400 years.

Four distinguished experts will present on different facets of the King James Version. These speakers include Dr. Jeffrey Kloha, Dr. Matthew Harmon, Dr. John Alvis, and Martine Brownley.

Concordia Theological Seminary professor Dr. Jeffrey Kloha will open up this symposium with the topic, “What to Translate? How the KJV Definited ‘The Bible’”. Dr. Kloha is a premier New Testament scholar who is highly sought after for his presentations.

Dr. Matthew Harmon, Grace College professor, will speak on, “Is Translation Really Treason? The Impulse to Translate the Bible into the Common Tongue.” Dr. Harmon brings a passion to equip people to encounter Christ through the Scriptures and leads others to do the same as well.  His blog entitled ‘Biblical Theology’ was recognized by ChristianColleges.com for being a top 100 Theology Blog.

University of Dallas Professor Dr. John Alvis will speak on, “The Contribution of the KJV to the Anglo-American Tradition of Prizing Liberty.” Dr. Alvis’ research interests include Shakespeare, Milton, American literature, and playwriting. His work has been published in many distinguished news magazines such as Carolina Academic Press, Lexington Press, and the Liberty Fund Press.

Martine Brownley, Emory University professor, will conclude the event with, “‘It Lives on in the Ear’: Language, Literature, and the King James Bible.” Martine is an associated faculty member in the Comparative Literature Program at Emory and the Institute for Women’s Studies. She was awarded with the 2009 Governor’s Award in the humanities category. This award recognizes individuals and organizations who build community, character, and citizenship in Georgia through public humanities education.

This symposium will take place from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2011, in Westminster Hall. For more information, please contact John Boal at 866-448-3472.

 

Grace names Bailey Weathers the Director of Athletics

Monday, August 29th, 2011

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – 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).

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

 

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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 www.grace.edu/laurabush. 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>>

Privileges

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

This time of the year is always crazy busy but crazy fun for me. I’m working with students who are putting the final touches on their applications and committing to come to school here. This year is the first where I am working with counseling students and GOAL students in addition to new seminary students.

A lot of my job is  non-glorious, follow-the-prescribed-order-of-contacts that’s time-tested to work to get students here. But this week always reminds me how God is the one doing the work to get students here.  He’s done some cool things in their lives to lead them to this point and I have the privilege to assist in their journey.

For me at this time of year, there is certainly plenty of stress and it’s crucial I keep track of all the random loose ends that are out there. But it’s plenty rewarding no matter the busy-ness.

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>>

 

American Greed

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

One of my favorite all-time songs is packed with beautifully deep lyrics that are convicting and haunting when honestly considered.

The stuff of Earth competes
For the allegiance
I owe only to the giver
Of all good things
- Rich Mullins,
‘If I Stand’

The stuff of earth…I was picking out my attire for today last night, going through my closet of pants and shirts of various colors and designs. I thought about how many of the shirts I rarely wear and I thought about how much stuff I own. It goes way beyond clothes of course. But my closet is a perfect example of this. I was in the Philippines earlier this summer where some of the people couldn’t even dream of owning a closet full of clothes. They are incredibly thankful when we hand out meals that were given to us that may not be ‘safe’ for us to eat.

I derive so much silly pleasure from video games, cable tv, air conditioning, and ipods. It is usually a slow process to turn over our allegiences to the stuff of earth. Almost imperceptable, the eyes of our hearts focus on gifts rather than the giver.  We are too easily satisfied with the temporary that we ignore the eternal.

While it is usually a slow process we slide into as we embrace the stuff of earth, it usually takes a drastic amputation to break the spell of materialism. The Spirit must act as our alarm clock and startle us out of our slumber. Hopefully our Beats headphones haven’t made us deaf to His call.

August 16 – Fort Wayne Weber School Open House

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Join us at the Weber School Fort Wayne location on Tuesday, August 16th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Meet the Weber School staff and find out more about The Weber School and what it offers your student and your family. There will be a short presentation with Q&A and refreshments.

The Weber School in Fort Wayne is located on the former Taylor Fort Wayne campus at 1025 West Rudisill Blvd.

Let us know you’re coming to the Open House! <<register here>>

For more information call the Fort Wayne  Site Director, John French, at  574-377-0813.