Archive for November, 2011

Grace College and Ancilla College Sign Articulation Agreement – November 15, 2011

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

On November 15, Grace College, located in Winona Lake, Indiana and Ancilla College, located in Donaldson, Indiana, signed an Articulation Agreement to allow Ancilla graduates to continue their education in Grace’s GOAL (Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners) degree completion program.  The Ancilla graduates can enroll in the GOAL program and earn a B.S. in Management through Grace College.

Dr. Ronald L. May, President of Ancilla College and Dr. Ronald E. Manahan, President of Grace College & Theological Seminary performed the signing that was held in the Orthopaedic Capital Center on the Grace College Campus at 4:00 p.m.

The articulation agreement provides opportunities for Ancilla College graduates to complete their B.S. in Management through Grace College’s GOAL program.  The GOAL program is an excellent opportunity for Ancilla graduates by offering the flexibility of an entirely online program or the traditional educational format of a physical campus, depending on the student’s individual needs and preferences.  Both options use a cohort model, allowing students to be a part of a community of learners.

Grace Director of Online Education, Tim Ziebarth, is excited about the articulation and the opportunities it provides to new students.  “The Grace/Ancilla collaboration is representative of the shift in Indiana Institutions of Higher Education towards partnerships.  Five to ten years ago, students did not see these types of agreements between colleges.  We’re making headway in the right direction in providing student-centered solutions to educational needs.”

Founded in 1937 by the Catholic religious congregation of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Ancilla College is a two-year liberal arts college located on an idyllic campus in Donaldson, Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is chartered to grant the Associate of Arts Degree (AA), the Associate of Science Degree (AS), the Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (ASN), and the Associate of Liberal Studies Degree (ALS).

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education that applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

 

The LAB — Live from Kissimmee, FL

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The Grace College Lancers are capping off one of the finest fall sports seasons in school history by sending three teams to the 2011 NCCAA National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla.

Scroll below to follow the men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball teams on their quest to bring Grace its third national title. The LAB will provide analysis, photos and video clips from behind-the-scenes action on Grace’s teams as they gear up for competition. Once the tournaments begin, head over to Grace’s Championship Central to follow the action.

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Tuesday, November 29
Teams En Route to Kissimmee

Today was a long day for the Lancer athletic teams. All three teams had one final practice session in Winona Lake before heading to Indianapolis for flights to Kissimmee, Fla. Both soccer teams had flights tonight, but volleyball will depart in the morning. Upon arrival at the Orlando International Airport, both teams converged on the official team hotel to get settled in. The men’s soccer team arrived around 12:00 a.m. and the women’s team arrived around 1:00 a.m.

The volleyball team will fly out in the morning and arrive around 10:00 a.m. As for the soccer teams, the men will have a training session at the Austin Tindall Regional Park soccer complex at 9:45 a.m. and the women will train at 11:00 a.m.

Tomorrow afternoon will be a free afternoon for all three teams to enjoy the glorious sunshine and the local attractions. From there the soccer teams will head to the Championship Kick-off Dinner at the Campus Crusade for Christ headquarters at 7:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for more from the NCCAA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida.

By Adam Basinger

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Wednesday, November 30
Teams  Excited, Ready to Get to Work

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This morning the men’s soccer team headed to the pitch for their training session. Despite the training session being short, the men made the most of their time. The focus of the session was to work on possession and getting more comfortable on the ball. Also, the lads worked on finishing and were able to get in some fitness.

After lunch, the team headed to the outlet malls to find some of the remaining Black Friday deals. From there it was a free afternoon before heading to the Championship Kick-off Dinner in the evening.

Meanwhile, the women’s soccer team headed to the training ground before lunch time to have the final session before the tournament kicks off tomorrow. Like the men, it was a time to get a feel for the Bermuda grass pitch, work on possession, fitness, and touch on the ball.

While both soccer teams were on the training ground, the volleyball team was in the air headed to Kissimmee. Upon arrival, the team picked up lunch at KFC and had the afternoon to rest.

In the evening, the soccer teams went to the kick-off dinner at the Campus Crusade for Christ headquarters. At the dinner, the teams all participating teams were introduced followed by guest speakers.

 

 

 

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Meanwhile, coach Andria Harshman had one goal for her girls. Have fun. To get things started, the team went to Carrabba’s Italian Grill for dinner. From there, the team visited the Town Center of Celebration.

In Celebration, a quaint little town of the main roads, the girls snapped pictures in front of the lighted Christmas tree on the lake and toured the town. For the tour, the girls hopped on a horse-drawn carriage to take a ride around town. During the ride, the girls sang a number of Christmas carols to serenade the other patrons. Back at the hotel, Harshman deemed the night a success and mission accomplished.

Tomorrow is a big day for the Lancers. Volleyball will have their final practice session and be involved in the Christian Service Project. The highlight of the day will be on the soccer pitch for the first day of competition. The women will kick-off against Asbury University at 12:00 p.m. and the men will face off against Judson University at 2:30 p.m. Listen live to both matches here.

 

 

 

 

 

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By Adam Basinger

CASE Recognizes Grace College and Seminary’s 2|8|9 Magazine

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Grace College and Seminary’s alumni magazine, 2|8|9, received the 2011 Pride of CASE V Bronze Award for the Best Alumni/Institution Magazine in the 2,999 full time equivalency or fewer category. The Pride of CASE V Awards Program honors institutions and individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the concept and execution of advancement programs and communications. CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) is divided into eight regions through the United States and Grace is part of Region V, which includes the Midwest states. Chief Advancement Officer Dr. John Boal responded, “We’re proud of the work we’ve done to articulate and represent the incredible story of what God is doing through Grace and its alumni. It’s an honor to have our efforts with our 2|8|9 magazine recognized and validated by CASE, and we’re excited to build on this success.”

Nocturnal II: Military Edition – Extraordinary Success

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The Grace College Student Veteran Organization in partnership with Metzger Outdoors, and the KCV Cycling Club hosted Nocturnal II: Military Edition on October 22nd, 2011.  With over 300 people in attendance this adventure race extravaganza was a huge success with numerous racing participants as well as community support and involvement.

The three races, a 10 Mile Bike Race, 5K Trail Run, and the Ridiculous Race were full of adrenaline, speed, and fun.  Prizes were given for best costume, coolest bike, and 1st place for each race.  The 1st place results are as follows, 10 Mile Bike Race: Matt Light (41:12:90), 5K Trail Run: Female – Megan Metzger (26:15:02), Male – Spencer Rheinhardt (21:56:60), and the Ridiculous Race: George Joachim (34:20:60).  The largest team that participated was “PeddleFish” with 18 people.

Prizes were donated from Relentless Martial Arts Academy, YMCA, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Wal-Mart, Shoe Sensation, Eagle Creek Farms, Signature Portrait Studio, Marsh and more!  Local businesses and families sponsored the event through cash donations; these sponsors included Kohl’s, SYM Financial Advisors, Global Auto, Wildman Business Group, Metzger Trucking, Chore Time/Brock, Crouse Body Shop, the Andy Airgood family, and the Mike Metzger family.  Local businesses also made in-kind gifts, Kohl’s sent four volunteers to help with the event, Lake City Radio and LeSEA Broadcasting promoted the event, Martin’s Supermarket donated reusable shopping bags, and Rabb donated water.  Thanks to all those who sponsored, volunteered, and participated in the event.

On top of the three races, the day included children’s activities, food, 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 Madden and Guitar Hero.  A helicopter from Parkview Samaritan Hospital landed on Miller Baseball Field where children and adults were able to explore the helicopter.

Donations from local businesses as well as racer entry fees totaled over $7,000, the money raised goes towards the Grace Military Fund to assist Grace students who are veterans or military dependents in affording their schooling.  On top of this scholarship, the cash proceeds from the day were donated to a local family as an act of kindness.  Following the final race of the night over 120 bikers made their way through Winona Lake following a Winona Lake fire truck and a 2nd Mile Adventures bus to honor this family and give the donation right at their home.  Participants described the night bike parade as the best part of the entire event, extremely fulfilling, and emotional.

Nocturnal II: Military Edition was a tremendous success and Metzger Outdoors is already planning to host an annual race in partnership with the Grace College Student Veteran Organization.  Look for more races in the near future!

For more information on Nocturnal II or other upcoming races, please visit: www.metzgeroutdoors.com.

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

 

Stay Alert!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The past 6 weeks have had me doing a lot of traveling to various conferences to recruit for our seminary and grad programs. That means a lot of driving all over the midwest. A lot of driving.

I can handle long trips on the road pretty well though. I enjoy getting locked in, listening to the radio or cd’s and taking in the scenery.

Earlier this week though, I had a close call. I was within 5 miles of Warsaw, driving on a country road short-cut, when I noticed on my left, a deer sprinting through a cornfield in my general direction. I kept my focus on it, observing the angle it was taking and it’s relation to my car. I didn’t need to slam on my brakes, but I had to stop semi-abruptly as it made a bee-line (deer-line?) for the opposite side of the road.

I was very thankful and said a quick prayer of gratitude to God for keeping me safe. The young buck blended in with much of the field and country-side, so I was very thankful I had spotted it in time.

I think there’s a spiritual correlation to be made from my near miss. It reminded me of 1 Peter 5, and how we are told to be alert and on-guard ‘because your enemy Satan prowls around like a roaring lion searching for someone to devour.’ Sometimes spiritually, if we are coasting, we can get blindsided by our enemy’s attacks, the world’s temptations, or the flesh sprouting up out of the blue. It is important that each and every day we focus on being alert to the battles and struggles that are out there waiting for us.  And it’s crucial that we depend on God’s Word and the Spirit if we want to emerge victorious from those conflicts.

When I travel, I can often get so set on cruise control, I realize I’m not always aware of my surroundings. It’s important to avoid that on the road, and even more important to avoid relaxing too much spiritually. Instead, we must stay alert and aware of the real spiritual war that is waging.

Engineering Degrees at Grace College Offered Through Partnership with Trine University

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Trine University, in cooperation with Grace College, will now offer undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees at the Grace College campus in Winona Lake, Ind.  This agreement will allow students to earn an engineering degree through Trine University while attending and receiving all the on-campus benefits of Grace College.

The program will offer a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Engineering with stems in Biomedical Engineering Management, Civil Engineering Management, and Mechanical Engineering Management.  Students will simultaneously earn both an engineering degree from Trine and an applied physics degree from Grace.

All four undergraduate degrees will provide engineering students with the latest resources to meet the tough demands of the global workplace. Engineering students will be prepared to enter a fast and changing world where their education will allow them to be on the cutting edge of their fields.  Thanks to their time at Grace, these students will also be equipped to deal with relational and spiritual challenges.

This partnership between Grace College and Trine University will allow students to enjoy Grace’s Christian campus experience, including dorm life, chapel, and growth groups, while they learn from Trine’s academically rigorous and widely-respected engineering classes.  Engineering students will be able to keep their financial aid package all four years and will be eligible to participate in collegiate sports.  Students will meet with both a faculty advisor from Grace College and a student support specialist from Trine University.

Trine University has a strong job placement history, with engineering students experiencing between 95 and 100 percent job placement over the last 10 years.

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

Trine University was founded in 1884 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Trine operates a 400-acre main campus in Angola, Ind. with regional learning centers in Angola, Columbus, Fort Wayne, Howe, Logansport, Schererville, Indianapolis, South Bend/Mishawaka and Winona Lake, Ind.

 

Taste of the World – November 16th, 2011

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

WINONA LAKE, IND. – Grace College Conference on Mission is hosting their annual Taste of the World experience, an evening of ethnic food, cultural entertainment, and family fun!  Taste of the World is open to the public and will take place on November 16 at the Gordon Recreation Center located on the Grace College Campus.  The event will run from 5-8pm and the meal cost is $5.00 for community members.  Children five and under are free and Grace College students may use a meal scan if they choose.

Participants will be able to learn about several different cultures and nations through games, entertainment and food.  Mission representatives from over 25 organizations will be involved in leading games from around the world and will share their perspective on life and ministry in a different country.  Ethnic foods, provided by Sodexo’s specialty chefs will be served from 5-7pm.  A free concert will be held with guest performances by a Mariachi band at 5pm, Capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts and dance group at 6pm, and African drum band performing at 6:45pm.

For more information on Taste of the World, please email chapel@grace.edu.

 

Grace Launches Military Student Website

Monday, November 7th, 2011

New Military Microsite Launched, www.grace.edu/militarystudents

WINONA LAKE, IND. – Grace College and Seminary recently launched a Military specific website for all current and prospective military students.  Grace is committed to coming alongside Military veterans, dependents, and those currently serving in the Military through providing quality education and services.  Grace College seeks to help those who have made a difference in our armed forces make a successful transition into civilian life.

The new website is designed to be a resource not only for current and prospective Military students at Grace, but also for community members with a Savings at Local Businesses page.  Also featured on the website is the Grace College Student Veterans Organization, the Veteran Affairs Student Services Team, military benefits, and financial aid opportunities.  The website can be found at www.grace.edu/military.

Grace College and Seminary has grown its Military program in the last year through building the VA Lounge and Resource Center located on the Grace College Campus in the Gordon Recreation Center.  The VA Lounge is a place for veteran students to connect and commune with fellow veterans, network and share strategies, information, and support one another as they adjust to civilian life and a Higher Education environment.  In addition to the lounge, the Grace Student Veterans Organization provides activities and events for students to interact and share with one another.  Recently the Student Veterans Organization put on a campus wide Scavenger Bingo that was a huge success.  Also, the SVO partnered with Metzger Outdoors to host Nocturnal II: Military Edition which included a 5k run, 10 mile bike race, and ‘ridiculous’ adventure race!

 

As “Fate” Would Have It

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Daniel Sanchez is a winner.

Ever since he started playing tennis at age 10, Sanchez has been adding accomplishments to his résumé’. Whether it was in Venezuela, where Sanchez is from, or at Grace, his new home, Sanchez has played tennis—and played it well.

Daniel Sanchez was named to the MCC All-Conference Team as a freshman

Sanchez, though, was not the first one in his family to play tennis. In fact, if baseball practices had not been so boring to Sanchez, he might have never ventured to pick up a tennis racquet. After wanting to watch his sister play tennis to see if tennis looked appealing, Sanchez decided he would give it a try himself.

Within a month of starting out at the beginner’s court, Sanchez was playing at the court for top-rated players. This was the start of a career that would make Sanchez the top-ranked player in all of Venezuela this past summer for players 18 years old and under—when Sanchez is only 17.

During his playing time in Venezuela, Sanchez was able to compile many other accomplishments. Playing club tennis, Sanchez made five regionals in singles, making the semifinals once, and won nationals for doubles twice. It was because of this success that Sanchez became a top recruit from Venezuela.

Yet despite his success, Sanchez could not really continue his tennis career in Venezuela. Wanting to learn English better, live on his own and study in the United States, Sanchez started looking at colleges to play for. A sports agent gave Sanchez some suggestions on where to begin, and one of those was Grace.

Maybe it is ironic Sanchez is at Grace. After all, tennis head coach Larry Schuh has taught Spanish for 13 years. Maybe it was because Sanchez did not take the ACT in time to secure a scholarship from Taylor University. Or maybe everything lined up for a reason. As Schuh put it, “God, for whatever reason, wanted him to come to Grace.”

When Schuh started emailing Sanchez about playing for Grace, Sanchez could tell he was different. Though Sanchez could tell Schuh wanted him the most, that was not stuck out the most. What Sanchez noticed was a Schuh’s short closing on every email that said, “Prov. 3:5-6.”

Sanchez quickly pointed it out to his dad, a pastor. It was, after all, his favorite Bible verse, and one that cemented Sanchez’s interest in Grace. Still, Sanchez wanted to major in engineering—a degree that Grace did not offer.

One day last January, Schuh had not heard from Sanchez or his family in three weeks, when he received an email from Sanchez’s dad saying that Sanchez was still thinking over his choice of major: business or engineering. Schuh knew what that meant. If Sanchez chose engineering, he was going to Taylor and Grace would lose a top recruit.

Later that day, Schuh received an email that would change the men’s tennis program—except it was not from Sanchez.

Instead, it was from former Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe, who did not know about Sanchez’s pending decision. He informed Schuh that Grace was going to add an engineering program—just in case he wanted to let recruits know.  Of course, Schuh quickly told Sanchez and later that day Sanchez committed to Grace. This was one final miracle in Sanchez’s direction to Grace.

“There were answers from God,” Sanchez said. “He was opening doors.”

Now at Grace, Sanchez has become a fixture on the tennis team as his tennis success has now stormed through his collegiate play.

Not many freshmen can say they made it to the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tournament. Sanchez can. He actually could have done better, too. After defeating the No. 8 seed, the eleventh-ranked player in the tournament, and one of the host school’s (Aquinas College) top players, Sanchez finally lost in his eighth grueling match in two days to the No. 3 seed.

Still, in only his first year, Sanchez was named to the MCC All-Conference Team after going undefeated in singles competition. Sanchez was also 11-1 in doubles competition, with his only loss coming in the MCC championship. Unfortunately for Sanchez, his doubles partner, Aaron Blevins, had broken his toe the night before the championship, significantly hindering their chances at winning.

Sanchez’s success on the court can be traced back to his intelligence—intelligence that will help Sanchez pursue his dream of starting his own company after graduation. Schuh says that Sanchez has a knack for always hitting the best shot at the best time—not bad for someone playing against foes that could have been five years older than him.

When he first toured the Orthopaedic Capital Center, Sanchez found his number one goal at Grace. When Sanchez looked at the men’s tennis plaque, he saw that the last time Grace won the MCC conference was 1989. Shocked, Sanchez vowed to change that.

“I want to add some new numbers to it,” Sanchez explained with a laugh.

Sanchez will certainly do his part. After a great freshman year, Sanchez should only get better. Schuh said “he could see” Sanchez breaking some records and finishing with one of the most successful careers in the history of Grace’s tennis program.

Regardless, Sanchez has already left a mark on Grace, simply by being here. His addition to the men’s tennis team cannot and will not go unnoticed. And if the past is any indication, Sanchez will leave an even bigger mark on Grace.

Good thing Sanchez ended up Grace—as “fate,” of course, would have it.

By Zane Gard

This story was published in the November 4 issue of Grace’s student newspaper, The Sounding Board.

Grace College and CUGN Partnering to Offer Fully-Online Accredited Master’s Degree

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Grace College is pleased to announce its partnership with Christian University GlobalNet (CUGN) to offer an online Master of Arts degree.  The Master of Arts in Ministry Studies (MAMS) degree builds on courses completed by students through CUGN.

 

This new partnership is an exciting opportunity for students who desire to expand their Biblical education but lack the time or physical proximity to an educational institution in order to do so.  Grace College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the fact that the MAMS degree is online makes it both effective and convenient.

 

The program is broken into three steps – students complete Cores 1 and 2 with CUGN, and then take an additional 18 credits through Grace, with classes taught by Grace College & Seminary faculty.  Students who complete all three steps will receive a Master of Arts in Ministry Studies from Grace College.  The cohort models used by both CUGN and Grace allow students to build relationships, engage in discussions, and learn collaboratively while enjoying the convenience of an entirely online program.

 

Dr. Jeffrey A. Gill, Dean of the School of Ministry Studies at Grace College, is enthusiastic about the partnership.  “This opportunity allows us to open the door for people from around the world to obtain a master’s degree.  The partnership is mutually beneficial for Grace and CUGN in that through Grace, CUGN students are now able to obtain an accredited master’s degree, and that through CUGN, Grace becomes known to a global student base,” said Gill.

 

Grace College & Seminary President Ronald E. Manahan shares Gill’s enthusiasm for the project and is especially pleased with the direction online education is taking. “The future of higher education is in collaborative partnerships between institutions that have unified missions.  This partnership allows us to leverage Grace’s legacy of academics with CUGN’s legacy of resources.   I believe partnerships like this are the future, and it’s consistent with Grace’s commitment to innovation in education.”

 

Christian University GlobalNet is a Colorado-based university offering Bible, Christian life, and theology courses totally online. The graduate-level courses are taught by scholars from various seminaries (such as Dallas Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), who have been selected by peers as among the best lecturers in their fields of study. Christian University GlobalNet is the academic division of ChristianCourses.com, affiliated with RBC Ministries family, publishers of Our Daily Bread.

 

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”