Grace College Welcomes Largest Class Ever For Spring 2015

January 14th, 2015

For spring 2015, enrollment at Grace College & Seminary is at 1,835 students, a 13% increase over spring 2014, making it the largest spring class in the school’s 76 year history. The college’s enrollment has enjoyed a 24.7% increase in spring enrollment over the last three years.

Grace College has become known for consistently pursuing creative and relevant options to offer students a quality, affordable, faith-based education.  It is precisely these initiatives that have led to Grace’s continuing growth in enrollments. This spring’s increase can be attributed, in part, to a 4.8% increase in traditional undergraduate enrollment and a 70.6% increase in online student enrollment.

As the college has reimagined itself over the past several years, it first redesigned its traditional education model to allow students the option of pursuing an accelerated three-year undergraduate degree and added opportunities for applied learning. Raising the bar again, Grace College began offering students the option to graduate with a bachelor’s and master’s degree combined in just four years total.

With the new Measure of Grace Initiative (www.grace.edu/gamechanger), effective fall of 2015, Grace will reduce the cost of tuition by nine percent for traditional students on the main campus. In addition, once a student enrolls, their tuition will never be raised; instead, each consecutive year a student attends Grace they will receive an additional $500 off their tuition. This can amount to an additional $3,000 savings. Grace then goes one step further, offering all main campus, undergraduate students their textbook rentals free of charge (excluding consumables and workbooks). For the average student, this equates to another $1,200 price break per year.

“We are excited that our effort to bring an affordable, faith-based education to students and their families is yielding such positive results,” said Aaron Crabtree, dean of students at Grace. “As with our recent 2014 fall class, we are now ready to welcome the largest incoming spring class ever to Grace College.”

“Hard working families are making it clear that having a high quality education that’s affordable and accessible to them is a top priority,” said Bill Katip, president of Grace. “This spring’s enrollment is a reaction to this vital need. It’s why more and more students are looking at the value and quality of a Grace education, and I believe having a faith-based institution that meets this need is an even greater value.”

Grace College Receives Major Gift from Fuson Family

January 14th, 2015

Grace College and Seminary has received one of the largest single gifts in the school’s history. This significant contribution was given to Grace by Mrs. Shirley (Sue) Fuson on behalf of herself and in memory of her late husband, Dr. Robert (Doc) Fuson, who passed away in March of 2012.

This gift will be in the form of Winona Lake frontage, located in Warsaw. The gifted property will be named the “Doc and Sue Fuson Family Leadership Learning Center.” In accepting this property, Grace will help to materialize some of the Fuson’s desires for its use. While plans are still tentative, the school would like to use the land as a family leadership learning center for Grace’s alumni, faculty, staff, and students. Grace is also looking into further uses for the property in keeping with the Fuson’s wishes, aligning with Grace’s own mission, and helping further foster connections with the surrounding community and alumni. These might include: an antique fire truck museum, a music venue for MasterWorks performances, a family retreat center, a research center for Grace’s Center for Lakes and Streams on Winona Lake, student activities, board events, water sports, events for local children, weddings, funerals, receptions, and a place for host families and students.

“This was an unexpected gift to Grace Schools that was just finalized last week. This gift was so unexpected that it was obviously of the Lord’s doing,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College and Seminary. “While it was unexpected to us, it was NOT unexpected to our Lord. It is part of His plan for Grace College and Seminary, and we thank and praise Him for this as well as for the overwhelming generosity and faithfulness of the Fuson family.”

The late Doc Fuson and his wife, Sue, have been long-time residents of the community. Doc Fuson was the Senior Vice President for Zimmer, Inc. of Warsaw, Indiana from 1975-1996. Dr. Fuson was very involved in the community as a board member for the Kosciusko Community Foundation and Warsaw Biblical Gardens. He and Sue loved attending and supporting the MasterWorks Festival and had a love for antique automobiles, especially fire-trucks.

“This community is extremely grateful for the gracious contribution from Sue Fuson in honor of her late husband, Dr. Robert Fuson, and his many wonderful causes, his influence, and his vision for Warsaw and Winona Lake,” said Dane Miller, Ph.D., founder of Biomet Inc., and The Village at Winona.

Grace Rolls By No. 19 Marian

January 14th, 2015

Grace’s men’s basketball team upset its third NAIA Top-25 ranked opponent of the season, toppling No. 19 Marian 76-59 on Tuesday.

The Lancers (14-5, 4-3 Crossroads League) won their fourth straight road contest. They also snapped a five-year losing drought in Indianapolis — a losing streak at Marian dating back to Dec. 2, 2008.

Niko Read had an exceptional shooting performance for a team-high 23 points. He hit 7-of-10 from the floor, 4-of-4 from the free throw line and a perfect 5-of-5 on 3-pointers.

Grace’s offense got off to a fast start in Indianapolis. The Lancers quickly opened up a 15-6 lead after making seven of their first 10 shots.

The score remained stuck at 25-18 in Grace’s advantage for a few minutes. A jump shot from Logan Irwin broke the scoring drought for both sides with three minutes left in the half.

Grace went into halftime leading 31-25. Grace shot 58 percent from the floor and turned the ball over only twice. Marian, on the other hand, struggled to 35 percent shooting. But the Knights grabbed seven offensive boards to stay within striking distance.

The Lancers forced a quick Marian timeout in the second half after Kyle Fillman scored back-to-back buckets. After the Knights scored out of the timeout, Fillman responded with an and-one to put Grace ahead by double figures.

From that point on, Grace’s lead was never truly threatened. The Lancers rode the hot shooting of Niko Read to establish a 20-point cushion. Read drilled three straight 3-pointers to give Grace a 53-31 advantage. He added two free throws and his fifth trey of the game minutes later to hand Grace a 26-point lead. At one point, Read outscored Marian 14-5 by himself.

Grace coasted down the stretch, allowing 13 players to see the court and 10 players to score.

Overall, the Lancers bettered the Knights in nearly every statistical category. Grace hit 60 percent from the floor compared to 40 percent for the Knights. Grace also outrebounded Marian by nine. The Lancers hit 56 percent on 3-pointers and 90 percent on free throws.

Fillman finished the game with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go along with five rebounds. Dennis Williams scored eight points, and Logan Irwin, Erik Bowen and Brandon Vanderhegghen chipped in with six points.

The Lancers, winners of four of their past five games, will travel to Huntington on Saturday for a 3 p.m. matchup.

Kauffman Nabs Second League Player of Week Honor

January 14th, 2015

After helping Grace to its biggest win of the season, Allison Kauffman was honored with her second Player of the Week award from the Crossroads League.

Kauffman powered the Lady Lancers to an 81-71 upset of No. 7 St. Francis on Saturday. The Fort Wayne, Ind., senior forward had the only double-double of the contest with 21 points and 11 rebounds. For the week, Kauffman poured in 25.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game, making 52 percent from the floor, 50 percent from the 3-point line and 85 percent from the charity stripe.

She also tallied 29 points and 15 boards in a loss against Spring Arbor.

Kauffman, who leads the league with 9.2 rebounds per game, also won the weekly award on Nov. 3. She ranks No. 3 in the league with 19.4 points per game.

The Lady Lancers have a pair of home games this week, including against Marian at 7 p.m. Wednesday and against Huntington at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Grace Topples Defending Champs by 10

January 12th, 2015

Pictured is Kelsie Peterson driving to the basket on Saturday. The freshman guard had a career-high 18 points against St. Francis.

Grace’s women’s basketball team knocked off No. 7 St. Francis 81-71 on Saturday after an impressive second-half display.

Kelsie Peterson and Sarah Feasby both had career-high production in the Lady Lancers’ upset of the defending NAIA Div. II national champions.

Allison Kauffman had the only double-double of the game with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Grace started the game off with a strong defensive effort, forcing several early turnovers from the Cougars (13-5, 4-2 Crossroads League). A 3-pointer from Kelsie Peterson lifted Grace to a 16-12 advantage after nine minutes of play.

But the Cougars responded with an 8-0 run and did not trail the rest of the half. St. Francis slowly built up a 10-point edge on Grace.

Sarah Feasby provided a late spark off the bench for the Lady Lancers (9-9, 2-4 CL). The junior forward rattled off eight points over the final 3:32 of the period and added a pair of steals to help Grace stay within striking distance.

St. Francis claimed a 39-35 lead at halftime after shooting 62 percent from the floor in the first half. Grace, on the other hand, struggled to 30 percent shooting but grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to help its cause.

The teams traded baskets to start the second half. Gabby Bryant hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 52-52, and Chloe Pridgen gave Grace the lead on the next play, forcing the Cougars to call a timeout.

Grace edged ahead by five with 6:09 remaining after Allison Kauffman hit four straight free throws. Peterson buried a 3-pointer to stretch Grace’s lead to seven and give the Lady Lancers the breathing room they needed.

St. Francis was forced to foul down the stretch, allowing Grace to score seven points from the charity stripe in the final minute. Grace hit a sizzling 83 percent of its free throws, making 29-of-35 for the game. Conversely, the Cougars got to the line 24 times but only made 10.

Kauffman’s 21 points came on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor and 8-of-8 from the foul line. Peterson had a career-high 18 points, hitting 8-of-10 on free throws and a pair of 3-pointers. She also had eight rebounds and two steals.

Feasby’s 17 points came with six rebounds and four steals. Darian Patton tallied eight points and three assists, and Bryant added seven points and three boards.

The Lady Lancers have a pair of home games next week, including against Marian on Wednesday 7 pm and against Huntington on Saturday 1 pm.

Grace Stuns No. 5 Bethel on the Road

January 5th, 2015

Pictured is Niko Read driving earlier in the season for the Lancers.

A lockdown defensive effort propelled Grace’s men’s basketball team to a 62-57 upset of archrival No. 5 Bethel on Saturday.

The Lancers improved to 12-4 and 2-2 in the Crossroads League with the win and now sit one game out of first place in the CL standings.

Bethel came into Saturday’s rivalry game averaging 86.3 points per game (14th in NAIA Div. II). The Lancers held the Pilots (14-2, 2-2 CL) to 29 points below their season scoring average. The Pilots were stifled into shooting 35 percent for the game, including a 4-for-22 performance (18 percent) from the 3-point line.

Grace never trailed in the game, although the lead was never greater than 14. Niko Read buried a jumper on the first possession of the game, and Grace eased ahead early 9-4. Caleb Featherston hit two free throws to put Grace up 25-17 with 5:56 remaining in the half. But a late 7-0 spurt from Bethel allowed the Pilots to trail by just 29-26 at the halftime break.

Although Grace struggled with its shooting touch in the first half (31 percent), the Lancers dominated the Pilots on the glass. Grace had nine more rebounds and grabbed 13 offensive boards.

Bethel moved to within one point of Grace’s lead at 33-32 early in the second half, but Grace’s defense was about to take over the game. The Lancers held the Pilots to just four points over an 8:59 stretch midway into the half. Overall Grace outscored Bethel 17-4 during the game-changing run, claiming a 50-36 advantage with eight minutes to play.

The No. 5 Pilots would not go down without a fight in front of their home crowd, however. Bethel eventually trimmed Grace’s lead down to one possession at 55-52 with over two minutes remaining. Logan Irwin made a tough layup on Grace’s next play, but Bethel’s Matt Schauss responded with a 3-pointer to make the score 57-55.

With the shot clock winding down, Caleb Featherston drained a catch-and-shoot 3-pointer from the top of the key with 47 seconds on the clock. Niko Read then made a steal on Bethel’s next possession to send Grace to the free throw line. Read hit both foul shots to effectively secure the upset.

Irwin led Grace in scoring with 14 points to go along with six rebounds. Dennis Williams had 11 points and seven boards on 5-of-7 shooting, and Kyle Fillman scored 10.

Featherston and Chad Hoffer had eight points apiece off the bench, and Niko Read tallied 4 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Bethel’s Schauss led all players with 19 points and 16 boards.

The Lancers will play at Spring Arbor on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Grace will then return to the MOCC for the first time in a month on Dec. 10 with a men’s and women’s doubleheader with St. Francis.

Lady Lancers Pound Pilots by 30

January 5th, 2015

Pictured is a file photo from Grace's women's basketball team huddling earlier in the year.

Grace’s women’s basketball team picked up its first Crossroads League victory of the year in style, blitzing Bethel 87-57 on the road on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers (8-8, 1-3 CL) had a career-high 20 points from Darian Patton in one of the Grace’s most complete performances of the season. Grace outrebounded Bethel by 20 and also held the Pilots to 31 percent shooting for the game.

The first six minutes of the game set the tone for Grace’s rout. Grace jumped out to a 16-2 lead from the start thanks to seven points from Lindsey Schaefer. Bethel rallied to within six after connecting on a pair of 3-pointers, but the Pilots would not come closer for the rest of the contest.

Grace blew the game wide open with a 20-4 run. The Lady Lancers extended their lead from six to 22 after back-to-back buckets from Kelsie Peterson. After Peterson’s second basket, Grace led Bethel 36-14 with 7:04 still to play in the half.

At halftime, Grace had doubled up Bethel 50-25 after making 19-of-33 from the floor (58 percent) and 10-of-10 from the foul line. The Pilots, on the other hand, made just nine field goals on 28 percent shooting in the opening period.

The Pilots (7-9, 1-3 CL) were never able to mount a comeback attempt in the second half. Bethel trailed by at least 20 points for the entire second half and were behind by as many as 33.

Grace head coach Scott Blum substituted liberally in the second half and played all 15 uninjured players. Eleven players scored in the game for Grace.

Darian Patton’s career-best 20 points led all players on Saturday. She shot 6-for-13 from the floor, made two 3-pointers and tallied six assists and four rebounds.

Allison Kauffman was lethally efficient, totaling 17 points by making 5-of-6 from the floor, 1-of-1 from the 3-point line and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Lindsey Schaefer had the game’s only double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Gabby Bryant made 4-of-7 field goals for 10 points. Chloe Pridgen tallied six points and five boards in 11 minutes of action.

For the game, Grace shot 50 percent compared to 31 percent for Bethel. Grace also made nine more free throws and 12 more field goals. Bethel was led in scoring by Chelsea Ward with 12 points.

The Lady Lancers kick off a four-game home stand on Wednesday when Spring Arbor visits the MOCC at 7 p.m. Grace will also host St. Francis on Jan. 10 in a women’s and men’s doubleheader at the MOCC.

Grace Holds on Late for Win at Webber International

December 18th, 2014

Grace’s men’s basketball team may have struggled with its shot for much of Wednesday’s game with Webber International, but the Lancers made shots when it counted.

The Lancers’ clutch free throw shooting in the final minute proved the difference as Grace held on for a 60-57 win over the Warriors (3-9). The Lancers (11-4) never trailed on Wednesday in the final game of its Florida road trip, but the Warriors refused to fade.

Grace blitzed the Warriors from the get-go, claiming an 11-3 lead to force an early timeout from Webber. The Lancers led by as many as 11 in the first half and earned a 28-22 advantage at halftime.

Dennis Williams nearly had a double-double in the opening period with nine points and 10 rebounds. Grace only made 13-of-37 from the floor (36 percent) before halftime, but Webber struggled even more at 27 percent.

Grace bumped its lead back up to 11 points in the second half, but the Lancers allowed the Warriors to stay alive.

Webber made its push with five minutes left in the game, trimming a 10-point deficit down to 50-48 with 4:00 on the clock. The Warriors knotted the score for the first time all game at 53-53 on a 3-pointer with 1:03 to play. But Grace went on to win the game at the free throw line.

With the score tied, Dennis Williams was fouled and made both foul shots to give Grace a two-point edge. Brandon Vanderhegghen came up with a steal on Webber’s next possession, and Logan Irwin made two free throws to put Grace ahead by four.

The Warriors scored on the next play, and Vanderhegghen was sent to the free throw line where he made 2-of-2 with five seconds on the clock. Webber cut the lead to two points with one second on the clock, and Kyle Fillman was quickly sent to the free throw line where he made 1-of-2 for the final margin of victory.

All in all, Grace sank 7-of-8 from the free throw line over the final 34 seconds. Apart from the final 34 seconds, Grace made just 4-of-10 from the free throw line the rest of the game.

Grace struggled mightily from the 3-point line, going 1-of-19 and missing its last 16 shots from beyond the arc.

Dennis Williams put in Grace’s strongest performance with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with 20 rebounds. Fillman scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and Niko Read added 14 points and three assists.

The Lancers turned the ball over a season-low six times, and they also held a dominant 51-30 advantage in rebounds. Williams nearly outrebounded Webber’s team by himself with his 20 boards.

Grace will not play again until 2015 with a men’s/women’s doubleheader at archrival Bethel College.

Kauffman’s 31 Points Powers Lady Lancers

December 16th, 2014

*attached is a file photo from the year of Allison Kauffman taken by Jeff Nycz

A career night from senior Allison Kauffman lifted Grace’s women’s basketball team to a 64-54 win at Johnson & Wales on Monday night.

Kauffman ripped off a career-best 31 points on 13-of-21 shooting, rounding out her memorable evening with 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Grace held the Wildcats (4-5) to 30 percent shooting for the game. The Lady Lancers (7-6) also tied a season-low with nine turnovers in an efficient performance in Florida.

The Lady Lancers jumped out to a 16-5 lead after tipoff to set the tone for Monday’s game. Kelsie Peterson opened the game’s scoring with a 3-pointer, and Grace did not trail the rest of the way.

Grace went into the halftime break with a 32-22 advantage. Grace assisted on eight of its 12 made shots in the first period and held Johnson & Wales to a paltry 29 percent from the floor.

Kauffman flexed her muscles in the second half. The All-American senior netted 21 of Grace’s 32 second-half points, making 9-of-11 from the floor.

Grace led by as many as 19 points after halftime at 56-37 with 6:20 remaining. The Lady Lancers coasted to the final buzzer, winning comfortably by 10 points.

Both squads struggled to find production away from their starting five. Heather House’s two points were the only points scored off the bench by either team. The Wildcats did hold a plus-nine advantage in rebounds thanks to 23 offensive boards, but poor shooting by the home team (21-of-70) was too much for Johnson & Wales to overcome.

Peterson netted 10 points, 4 assists and 2 steals, and Lindsey Schaefer had eight points and seven rebounds. Gabby Bryant tallied 8 points, 5 boards and 3 assists, and Darian Patton added five points and five assists. JWU’s Diamond Williams scored 21 to lead the Wildcats.

Grace concludes its trip to the Sunshine State with a game Tuesday at St. Thomas at 6 p.m.

Cole, Smith Garner All-American Recognition

December 11th, 2014

Seniors Jacob Cole and Trent Smith were honored as All-Americans by the NCCAA to wrap up the 2014 season for Grace’s men’s soccer team.

Cole and Smith were both NCCAA Second Team All-Americans, released on Wednesday. The pair were also honored by the Crossroads League as Cole was First Team All-CL and Smith was Second Team All-CL.

Senior goalkeeper Cole gave up just three goals in six Crossroads League contests. He finished the season with four shutouts and nine goals surrendered, making 32 saves in 11 games.

Smith directed the Lancers’ midfield, tallying two goals and two assists. He led Grace’s team with 45 shots and 19 shots on goal.

Cole and Smith helped Grace advance to two trips to NCCAA Nationals during their four-year careers under head coach Matt Hotchkin.

Additionally, the Lancers had six players earn NAIA and NCCAA Scholar-Athlete status: seniors Ben Cahill, Cole, Payton Norris and Trent Smith and juniors Justin Festa and Kyle Hamlin. Hamlin was also named CoSIDA Academic All-District.