Archive for February, 2012

Grace Claims MCC Tournament Championship

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

For the first time in the Orthopaedic Capital Center’s history, the nets have been cut down.

Grace punched its ticket to the NAIA Division II Basketball Championships in Branson, Mo., with a 79-75 thriller over Saint Francis on Wednesday night, taking home the 2012 MCC Tournament championship.

The Lancers (24-7) earned their first conference tournament title in program history and their sixth trip overall to the NAIA DII Championships – including four of the past five seasons.

Bruce Grimm Jr. proved unstoppable all night as he dazzled his way to 35 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

The OCC crowd was at fever pitch from the tipoff and had little reason to drop its level of excitement in the title bout.

The Cougars (21-12) grabbed their largest lead of the game early with a 14-8 advantage after six minutes of play. The Lancers soon after leveled the score.

Grimm added six of his 16 first-half points in the final 2:10 of regulation, and his driving layup in the waning seconds gave Grace a 36-31 lead at the halftime break.

Saint Francis fired back to start the second half, however, and ended a 12-2 run with back-to-back 3-pointers to take a 43-40 lead.

The teams played about as evenly as possible for most of the second half. Over a 14-minute stretch in the half, the lead was never greater than three points in either team’s favor.

Freshman Karl Columbus and Grimm were instrumental in keeping Grace close. Columbus added eight points and four boards in his 13 second-half minutes.

Grimm finally began to swing momentum Grace’s direction when he pulled up for a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Lancers ahead 63-61 with six minutes to play.

Greg Miller muscled his way to a pair of low-post buckets on Grace’s next two possessions as the frenzied OCC crowd erupted with the home team leading 67-61 and only 4:33 remaining.

After a basket from the Cougars, Columbus banked in a shot in the lane, and Grimm scored twice in a row to establish a 10-point lead for the Lancers heading into the final minute.

Saint Francis scored from beyond the arc to cut the gap to seven points, but Jacob Peattie leaked free for a fastbreak two-handed jam on the inbounds pass out of a Saint Francis timeout.

The Cougars continued to foul over the last minute of play and managed to slice Grace’s lead to 78-75 after a contested 3-pointer from Q Owens swished through with 10 seconds left.

But Elliot Smith hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line with 6.7 seconds on the clock, and Saint Francis misfired on a desperation shot in the final seconds as Grace held on for the tournament championship.

Grimm’s 35 points tied a career high he set earlier this year in a double-overtime win against Bethel College. He finished 12-of-25 from the field and a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line while playing all 40 minutes of the game.

Miller and Columbus each tallied 13 points and five boards, and Duke Johnson added 6 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocked shots.

The Lancers hit 55 percent from the field, including 16-of-25 in the second half (64 percent). Grace held a dominant 52-36 advantage in points in the paint and outrebounded Saint Francis by three (34-31).

The Cougars shot 43 percent for the night and were 47 percent from the 3-point line. Owens led Saint Francis’s production with 24 points.

The 32-team field and the tournament bracket for the NAIA DII Championships will be revealed on Wednesday. Stay up-to-date with Grace’s draw in Branson on Grace’s official site


Local Business Discounts

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Kosciusko County is home to many local businesses which eagerly support military members and veterans.  I’ve mentioned a few of them here, and I hope that you will acknowledge their generosity by frequenting their locations of business.

The “Big R” located on 3660 Commerce Drive in Warsaw offers a “Military Mondays program, where on  the 2nd Monday of each month; card carrying veterans receive 10% off their entire purchase; special order, sale items, firearms and ammunition excluded.

The Pizza Shoppe”, located on 3632 Commerce Drive in Warsaw offers 10% off to military cardholders.  I should note that their pizza is absolutely fantastic, and their service is always friendly.

Culvers”, on N. Parker Street in Warsaw offers military cardholders a 10% meal discount.  My personal favorite “fast food” resteraunt, Culvers turns out excellent hamburgers and delicious frozen custard.  They offer a personable staffa and a clean and comfortable dining environment.

We are always on the lookout for businesses which offer military discounts, and if any of your favorites happen to be military-friendly, be sure to let us know about them so that we can share them with other Indiana veterans.  Check our Veterans Discount page often as we continue to add more businesses.


-Marshall Vondy

Veteran’s Affairs Student Worker (And Pizza Eater)


Grace Intramural Program to Offer Event for Local High School Students

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The Grace Intramural Program (GIP) is putting on an indoor soccer tournament. This event is a chance to connect local Warsaw and Lakeland Christian high school students with Grace College.

GIP aims to bring more than 100 students to the Baker Youth Club in Warsaw, IN, on Saturday, February 25. The event starts at 7pm and will be free for both admission and participation. Teams composed of five players will need to arrive early to register for the tournament. The winning team will also receive championship t-shirts. Spectators are welcome.

In addition to having the indoor soccer tournament, other activities will be available for students to participate in, including a game room. Food and drinks will also be provided at no additional charge, but donations will be accepted. Grace student and student intramural director, Zane Gard, says the goal of the event is to give students an opportunity to interact with volunteer students from Grace and to jumpstart high school involvement and interest in the intramural program.

Those who are interested in volunteering or have questions about the event should email Gard at


College Classes & Monthly Training

Monday, February 20th, 2012

This past week was a busy one for me, and in addition to securing a nice paycheck, it reminded me of another reason why I am happy to be at Grace College and Theological Seminary.

From Friday to Tuesday I was at my monthly drill at Grissom Joint Air Reserve Base in Peru, Indiana.  Now, my unit’s drill weekends are normally just two day ordeals, but due to upcoming dual Annual Tours coming up in May and October, my commander saw fit to extend our training through Monday and Tuesday so that everyone could be current with things like medical, career-specific Computer Based Training courses, and , as well as heavy equipment refresher courses.  In addition, much time was delegated to the building up and loading of pallets for air shipment via KC-135.  While I was excited by the prospect of getting a larger paycheck than normal, I was initially concerned by the extension of the training weekend.  I had classes and due dates on Monday and Tuesday which I would have to skip, and I knew that I would have very little time to work on class projects in the evenings after I got off duty.

When I addressed my concerns with my professors, they told me that they made personal habits of working with military students and their often-abnormal schedules.  They summarily extended several deadlines for me.  Additionally, when informed that my first annual tour would overlap with the last week of classes in May, they were very eager to work out modified assignment schedules with me.  I was encouraged by their willingness to help and the appreciation which they showed for Grace’s military students, and I am continually happy to recommend Grace as a truly “military-friendly” college.


-Marshall Vondy

Veteran’s Affairs Student Worker

(And USAF Air Transportation troop)   (;


Northern Indiana Lakes Festival to Expand

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Kosciusko Lakes and Streams’ annual celebration of lakes is now a two-day event. The Northern Indiana Lakes Festival will take place June 9-10.

Saturday’s events are located at Center Lake in Warsaw. Festival favorites from previous years will be back, including canoeing, an electrofishing demonstration, the Water Waddle kid’s fun run and a ski show by the Lake City Skiers.

Saturday will also include new activities such as Center Lake Conservation Association’s Warsaw Aqua Mile, a Metzger Outdoors Adventure Race, Habitat for Humanity’s Rain on Kosciusko rain barrel auction, an evening concert and many new exhibitor booths.

Sunday’s events will be at Winona Lake with activities such as Grace College Bass Club’s Fishing Tournament, ICDI’s 5K Run, KCV Cycling Club’s Mountain Bike Time Trials and a boating messabout.

This free event is made possible through sponsorships. Kosciusko Lakes and Streams is still seeking additional sponsors for 2012. ABC Industries, Biomet, CenturyLink, Medtronic and Zimmer are current sponsors.

For more information about the festival, or to be a sponsor, contact Anna Burke at (574) 372-5100, Ext. 6446 or go to


Lakes Festival volunteer, Kyle Turner, teaches Andrew Bosch how to cast a fishing pole at one of the educational activities.


Student Interview: Jericho Schoof

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

This past week I had the opportunity to talk to United States Air Force veteran Jericho Schoof about why he chose to study at Grace College.  During his time in the Air Force, Jericho served as a F-15 jet engine mechanic, and was station at Both Eglin AFB in Florida and Mountain Home AFB in Idaho.  He now lives with his wife in Warsaw, Indiana, and is pursuing a degree in Spanish Education.

What drew you to Grace College?
I thought the small campus atmosphere with a Christian focus was the most appealing part of Grace College. I also liked the sense of community shared by both the faculty and student body. The overall curriculum and the opportunities to study abroad also interested me.

As a military student, what do you feel Grace College offers that another college doesn’t? And, do you feel that the Veteran’s Affairs Student Services Team is a benefit to you?As a military student, the veterans lounge is a big bonus that other campuses don’t offer. I like having the ability to converse with other veterans in our own area devoted to those who served. Since there are not a lot of veterans on campus, the Veteran’s Affairs Student Services Team gets to know each of us by name and are always available if we need any help or have any questions.

Do you feel that you have benefited from choosing to attend Grace College?
Yes, I have benefited from choosing Grace in multiple ways. First, I am able to pursue a degree in Spanish Education and Grace offers challenging classes that push me academically. Secondly, I am able to grow in my faith not only while I am in class, but also while I attend Chapel.

Would you recommend Grace College to another military veteran?
Yes, I would recommend Grace College to another veteran, because the small campus atmosphere and challenging curriculum is a great way to start your career outside the military.


Like Jericho, I feel that whether you are currently serving or have moved past your military career, Grace college is an excllent way for any veteran to kick-start a successful career. ”


-Marshall Vondy

Veteran’s Affairs Student Services Worker


Grace College Students Embrace Entrepreneurial Careers

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Pictured from left to right: Matt DeRenzo, Michelle Sweeten, Dana Johnston, Leah Molter, Mike Depositar, Tiffany Featherston, Karrah Beckmann, Taylor Fervida, Katie Strine, Josh Christensen, Caitlin Steiner, and Joe Doust

The Prosperity Success Institute based in Gold Canyon, Arizona, recently hosted 15 college students and staff members from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, at its School of Entrepreneurial studies to an intense and focused seven day business start-up course known as ECIP – the Entrepreneur Candidate Initiative Program.

This is the second year in a row that the Prosperity Success Institute has held this event for college participants and even more extensive classes are planned later for this year. It features a variety of business-building formats and one-of-a-kind instruction using the very latest in technology tools. It further includes guest business speakers from throughout the Phoenix area that offer key business-building strategies.

The instructional course was create and developed based on the business experience of Larry Snow, the founder of the Institute, who spent 35 years owning and operating a logistical business (trucking, warehousing, equipment) in Elkhart, Indiana (located in North Central Indiana) which still successfully operates today under the savvy management of his wife, Kim Overmyer.

His desire in creating it was to build an encore educational teaching career to be able to give back to other perspective start-ups as a result of the prosperity success that they have been able to enjoy throughout their entrepreneurial lifetime.

The course offers real life experiences in owning a business enterprise and is offered in 30 continuing and specific sessions throughout the course of the week. It focuses on sales and marketing, finance, communications, operations, negotiating, as well as building a unique and detailed customized business plan. The students each receive three credit hours for this highly-sought accredited course.

Among other activities, the course involves visiting several existing area businesses, allowing participants to ask the owners specific questions regarding business operations, business survival techniques, and other pertinent questions pertaining to the real entrepreneurial ownership experience.

They were also able to enjoy a real west experience as they took time off to visit the OK Corral and spend an afternoon on horseback on a tour through the Superstition Mountains. The participants were also hosted by the Arizona Grace College Alumni at a reception held for them in the evening at Bethany Church in Glendale, Arizona on January 6th.

The course ended with a comprehensive review of their business plan and a two hour detailed written examination as well as a critique of the entire Arizona experience. As they have returned to the campus, they will work to finalize their college experience and use their newly-formed business plan and entrepreneurial education to create their own personal business enterprise in the future.

The Prosperity Success Institute™ also offers many other classes, courses, workshops, and seminars in Personal Finance, Entrepreneurism, Job/Career Success, and Real Estate Investing. Each of them is available in three separate levels of instruction including Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Snow is the author of several books including Learning How to Become Prosperous Today. For more information, you can visit their website located at: or you can email them direct at or

Alan Grossnickle, who was in charge of the expedition, was a company President and CEO before he began teaching at Grace this past August. As a Business Professor, his passion is mentoring and encouraging his students to use their potential to succeed in the business world through knowledge, hard work, and “the belief that they can do it!”

Grace College Orthopaedic Program Graduates First Class

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., is pleased to announce that members of the first cohort of the Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs (ORCA) graduate program are slated to graduate on May 19. Thirty ORCA students will receive their degrees in the college’s annual commencement ceremony after completing a rigorous year of study in twelve courses designed by and for professionals in the orthopaedic industry.

This graduate program is targeted to professionals who desire a thorough knowledge of the laws and regulations mandated by the federal government, especially the FDA, as they apply to the development, testing approval, manufacturing, and commercialization of orthopaedic products. Grace College partnered with OrthoWorx to launch this program one year ago, and it has since enjoyed wide industry support. Of the 30 students enrolled, 22 come directly from local orthopaedic firms such as Zimmer, DePuy, Biomet, Medtronic, Paragon Medical, and Orthopediatrics.

According to Allyn Decker, Program Director, “We couldn’t have asked for a better first year. The quality of instruction and the dedication of our students have been exceptional. We anticipate career growth and success for those currently employed in orthopaedics and for others hoping to enter the field.” Already, two non-industry ORCA students have been accepted to long-term internships at local companies, and other students have taken on new responsibilities at their current companies because of the knowledge they’ve gained through the ORCA program.

Grace College will accept applications until April 1 for the next cohort, which will begin in May of 2012. Program information and application materials can be accessed at Grace College is a member of the North Central Association, and its programs are accredited by the Commission on Higher Learning.

Orthopaedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs students. Pictured left to right: Molly Fishel, Joseph Meyers, Mike Wolford and Kim Earle.

Conviction Anticipated

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Our small group ‘flock’ at church is going through the Fruit of the Spirit. We have been through love, joy, and peace last night. A good study, an interesting study as you look at all the different facets of these qualities and all the potential applications.

For the second or third straight week, I had to prod my wife away from socializing because we needed to leave. Needed may not accurately describe all three weeks, but it’s close enough. Poor me for having a wife who easily gets drawn into conversations with friends.

As I was trying to politely push her out the door, I was reminded for the second straight week that the fruit of patience is coming up. I don’t know that I’ve been impatient, just slightly bothered when one conversation ends and another begins.  Well, at least I don’t have to teach on patience : ).

But I will have lead a lesson on kindness in two weeks.