Grace Nonprofit Management Student Turns Passion into Profit for Animals in Need

February 3rd, 2017
Grace College student Jurnee Carr. Photo courtesy of K9photo.org.

Grace College student Jurnee Carr with one of her rescue dogs, Java. Photo courtesy of K9 Photo.

Jurnee Carr, a current student in the Master’s in Nonprofit Management program at Grace College, has a passion for helping animals.  In the past ten years – since the young age of 12 – she has developed a thriving foundation to assist animal rescue and welfare organizations.  Carr says she believes “the Lord has directed my life to be a voice for those who only have a bark or meow.”  The following story about Jurnee’s Journey Foundation appeared Feb. 2, 2017 in the Kingsport, Tennesee Times News.

Ten years ago, a young Girl Scout went on an outing with her troop to a local animal shelter. There, she was saddened to see animals overcrowded in kennels. When she asked, “What is going to become of all the animals?” she was told the sad truth that some would not be kept much longer and would be put down if not adopted.

That young girl was Jurnee Carr. In 2007, at age 12, she made a decision to make it her duty in life to speak for those forgotten animals and she established Jurnee’s Journey Foundation.

The mission of Jurnee’s Journey Foundation is “to provide support to local, national and international animal rescue and welfare organizations through various fundraising efforts,” according to Jurnee and the website (jurneesjourney.org).

Jurnee’s Journey Foundation encourages pet adoption from shelters and spaying and neutering to control the pet population and cut down on unnecessary euthanasia due to overcrowding. “Every animal deserves a loving, forever home!” Jurnee stressed.

Jurnee’s Journey Foundation is an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. During the past 10 years, through donations and the hard work of Jurnee, her family, friends and volunteers, the foundation has raised over $51,000. In turn, 100 percent of funds raised were used to support 37 different animal rescue and welfare organizations in 17 states and three countries. Those supported include a donkey rescue in Tanzania and a traveling spay/neuter clinic in Romania. Donations of money, blankets, food, cleaning supplies and more are accepted. Jurnee also encourages people to volunteer time to walk dogs, help with cleanup, foster animals or take pets to adoption events for animal shelters.

Jurnee served as an intern and a Youth Advisory Board member for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 2015. Her primary role as an HSUS intern was to conduct formal research on the effectiveness of humane education programs in the United States. Presently, as a HSUS Volunteer District Leader, she has been actively lobbying for animal protection legislation. This past week, she met with Tennessee Senators Rusty Crowe and Jon Lundberg and State Representatives Gary Hicks, Timothy Hill and Matthew Hill to discuss introduced legislation to require dog breeders to register with the state. This legislation is beneficial to both respected dog breeders and those wishing to own pure-bred dogs, to help stop “puppy mills” which often incorrectly breed and sell dogs, she explained.

She has attended the Animal Care Expo in Las Vegas, Nev., and the TAFA – Taking Action for Animals – annual conference in Washington, D.C. There, Jurnee met with Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander and U.S. Representative Phil Roe to lobby for various pieces of animal protection legislation. In August of 2016, she traveled to Puerto Rico to educate people about the humane treatment of animals in various cities.

Jurnee has received many honors for her work.

“I do this because it is my passion and I feel the Lord has directed my life to be a voice for those who only have a bark or meow,” Jurnee says humbly.

To read the complete story, click here.  To see Jurnee’s Feb. 2 television interview on WCYB (NBC-5) about animal protection legislation, click here.

For more information about Grace’s Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program, visit grace.edu/graduate-programs.

Dr. Karen Swallow Prior to Present at Lyceum Series at Grace College

January 31st, 2017
Karen Swallow Prior

Dr. Karen Swallow Prior

Dr. Karen Swallow Prior will visit Grace College to present this year’s installment of the Lyceum Series on Faith and the Academy. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Westminster Hall, 105 9th St., Winona Lake.  This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.

The Lyceum Series is an annual lecture series at Grace College dedicated to merging cultural engagement, academics and faith.  Dr. Prior’s presentation, “Hannah More and the Moral Imagination,” will discuss More’s fascinating story.  Dr. Prior will describe how the poet helped end slavery, reform the United States and teach the poor to read.

“We are delighted to host Dr. Prior on campus,” said Dr. Lauren Rich, chair of the Languages, Literature and Communication Department at Grace College. “We hope that many from the community will join our students, staff and faculty to hear this dynamic speaker.  We anticipate that Dr. Prior’s presentation will inspire us to examine the relationship between Christian faith and social reform, both in the past and in our world today.”

Prior’s newly published book, “Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More,” is a timely call to strong convictions and moral imagination leading to social change.  Copies of the book will be available for $5, cash only, at the event.  Prior will sign books following her lecture.

Dr. Prior is an English professor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. She is a member of the graduate faculty and specializes in 18th-century British literature.  She is well-known for her work in “1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era,” “The Shandean” and “The Scriblerian.” In addition to “Fierce Convictions,” Prior has authored “Abolitionist” and “Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me.”  Her work has appeared in many publications, including Christianity Today, The Washington Post, Break Point and The Atlantic.

The Lyceum Series draws inspiration from the history of Grace College and Winona Lake. The series reflects Winona Lake’s tradition of cultural engagement and Grace College’s commitment to vibrant conversation on issues related to the intersection of Christian faith and academics.  For more information, please call 574-372-5100, ext. 6151 or email richlg@grace.edu.

Grace College to host NCCAA Basketball National Championships through 2020

January 31st, 2017
Grace President Dr. Bill Katip (left) and Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe.

Grace President Dr. Bill Katip (left) and Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe.

The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) has announced a contract extension with Grace College as the host for the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball National Championships for 2018-2020. 

The championships will be held on the Grace College campus in the beautiful 2,200-seat Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center in Winona Lake, Ind.

Grace has served as a national tournament host since 2009, hosting the NCCAA women’s basketball championships for three years before adding the men’s basketball tournament in 2012. This marks the second straight three-year bid the NCCAA has awarded Grace to host the men’s and women’s combined national tournaments.

“The NCCAA is excited that Grace College has renewed their bid to host the Division I Basketball Championships,” said NCCAA Executive Director Dan Wood. “Under the outstanding leadership of Athletics Director Chad Briscoe and the continued support and excellence of the whole athletic staff, we anticipate the continuation of a mutually beneficial partnership.”

The championship will be held each year in March as 24 basketball games will be packed into four days. The men’s and women’s tournaments consist of eight elite teams in each bracket, featuring top-caliber competitors from across the United States. Men’s and women’s games will be interspersed throughout the event. As host, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams from Grace College will earn automatic bids to the NCCAA championships.

“This is a great day for our athletic department, campus and community,” Briscoe said. “We are humbled and thankful to once again be selected by the NCCAA for the opportunity to host both of these national championships. We will work diligently to continue creating a national championship atmosphere that generates great memories for the participants, fans and our community.”

The state-of-the-art Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center opened in 2007. The 2017 tournament from March 15-18 will be Grace’s sixth consecutive year hosting both the men’s and women’s championships. During last year’s national tournament, Roberts Wesleyan College (N.Y.) claimed the women’s championship while Emmanuel College (Ga.) won the men’s title.

“Grace College is honored and delighted to once again host these great championships,” said Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip. “We have thoroughly enjoyed hosting the NCCAA championships for nearly a decade, and we are excited at the opportunity to continue holding this prestigious event on our campus.”

The championships will swing into action with a Christian Service Project (CSP) in the Winona Lake and Warsaw community. Prior service projects include trips to local elementary schools, churches, senior citizen homes and Combined Community Services among others.

“The CSPs truly define the NCCAA and its commitment to our student-athletes,” Wood said.  “Our goal is to remind each participant of his/her Christian responsibility prior to competing for a national championship. One men’s and one women’s team will leave with a banner as champions, but each team and individual will have the opportunity to carry the banner for Jesus Christ while in Winona Lake and throughout their life.”

The NCCAA, a not-for-profit association headquartered in Greenville, S.C., is America’s only Christian intercollegiate athletic association. It serves nearly 100 member colleges and universities involving well over 17,000 student-athletes and 850 coaches. A total of 24 national championships in men’s and women’s sports and one national invitational are sponsored by the NCCAA. The NCCAA also sponsors mission endeavors throughout the world sharing the witness of Jesus Christ through athletics.

For more information regarding Grace’s hosting of the NCCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, visit www.gclancers.com/nccaa.

Grace College Announces Dean’s List

January 26th, 2017

Grace College students who achieve high standards of academic excellence are placed on the Dean’s List.  The fall 2016 semester list includes 221 students, each of whom was enrolled full-time and earned a grade point average of 3.94 or greater for the semester.  In addition, their cumulative grade point average was 3.3 or greater.  The following students were named to the fall 2016 Grace College Dean’s List.

 

Abbey Hartwiger, Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hartwiger

Abigail Schue, Mishawaka, Ind., daughter of Mrs. Denise Schue

Abigail Smith, Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Smith

Adam Dauber, Grove City, Ohio, son of Rev. & Mrs. Rob Dauber

Adam Miller, Fort Wayne, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. John Miller

Adelle Shrader, Camden, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Steve Shrader

Alec Carey, Uniontown, Ohio, son of Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Carey

Aleena Brown, Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Sallot

Aletha Dobbins, Silver Lake, Ind.

Alex Geiger, Woodburn, Ind.

Alexander Reinhardt, Goshen, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Brent Reinhardt

Alexandra Hornung, Muncie, Ind., daughter of Ms. Lorraine Hornung

Alexandria Brown, Caro, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Brown

Alison Coleman, Waynesville, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Tim Coleman

Allison Lunsford, Carmel, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Bill Leonard

Allison Warner, Irasburg, Vt., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David Warner

Alyssa Hartman, Mishawaka, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Hartman

Amanda Lessick, Brownsburg, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lessick

Amanda Peters, New Haven, Ind.

Amanda Price, Milwaukee, Wisc., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Price

Amanda Torres, Plainwell, Mich.

Amie Milam, Frankfort, Ind.

Andrea Ledgerwood, Angola, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ledgerwood

Andrea Peterson, Highland, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wendell Peterson

Angela Mack, Troy, Ohio

Anna Roseler, Wooster, Ohio, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Dwight Roseler

Annabelle Newcombe, Prospect, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Newcombe

Anthony Hendrickson, Warsaw, Ind., son of Mrs. Beth Upson

Ashley Jackson, Indianapolis, Ind.

Ashley Myers, Milford, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Greg Myers

Ashley Osborn, Grabill, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Osborn

Asia Weimer, Waterloo, Iowa, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jason Weimer

Aubrey Feipel, Hoagland, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Feipel

Aubrey Hunter, Fairland, Ind.

Austin Steppey, Clinton Township, Mich., son of Mr. & Mrs. Marc Steppey

Bailey Gerber, Bluffton, Ind.

Benjamin Carter, Argos, Ind.

Benjamin Fultz, Hagerstown, Md., son of Mr. & Mrs. Donald Fultz

Bennett Parker, Wakarusa, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Rod Parker

Bethany Nelson, Indianapolis, Ind.

Bethany Okupski, East Aurora, N.Y., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Okupski

Bethany Ryan, Dayton, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Sean Ryan

Blythe Foote, Okemos, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Foote

Bobbie Junker, Columbia City, Ind.

Brandon Schmitt, Warsaw, Ind.

Brittany Arnold, Columbia City, Ind.

Caitlin Grandstaff, Indianapolis, Ind., daughter of Mrs. Marcy Carl

Caleb Adams, Warsaw, Ind.

Caleb Yoder, Leo, Ind.

Cana Ryan, Dayton, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Sean Ryan

Carissa Duckett, Woodburn, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Eisenmann

Carley Brechner, Fishers, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Brechner

Charles Warner, Westfield, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Steven Warner

Charlotte Byers, Ostrander, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Brad Byers

Charlotte Miller, Switz City, Ind.

Christen Karako, Galena, Mo., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Karako

Christy Thomas, Saginaw, Mich.

Clayton Wetzel, Seymour, Ind.

Cody Jones, Three Rivers, Mich., son of Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Jones

Colin Hayes, Goshen, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. B. Douglas Hayes

Courtney Evans, Kimmell, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dale Evans

Cynthia Giuliani, La Porte, Ind.

Cynthia Norris, Westville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Alan Norris

Dan Kemmerling, Plymouth, Ind.

Danielle Deal, Avilla, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Deal

David Potts, South Whitley, Ind.

Deborah Anders, Plymouth, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Curt Anders

Dominic Kimbrough, Oak Forest, Ill.

Elisabeth Phillips, Clarks Green, Pa., daughter of Mrs. Sarah Phillips

Elizabeth Brenton, Holland, Ohio

Elizabeth Mikel, Milford, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ronn Mikel

Elliot Jerge, Erie, Pa., son of Mr. Matthew Jerge

Emanuel Galati, Switzerland

Emilie Judy, Syracuse, Ind.

Emily Culp, Pickerington, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Culp

Emily Johnson, Kennard, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Johnson

Emily Roberts, Madison, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Holly Roberts

Emily Stichter, Goshen, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jim Stichter

Emily Teisman, Hudsonville, Mich.

Emily Zilz, Columbia City, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Zilz

Emma Mitchell, Fruitport, Mich.

Emma Neahusan, Middletown, Md., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Troy Neahusan

Erika Combs, Fort Wayne, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jason Combs

Gabriel Eberstein, Warsaw, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Franklin Eberstein

Gabriel Vervynckt, Plymouth, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. James Vervynckt

Gabrielle Kirchner, Columbia City, Ind.

Gabrielle Lawrence, Columbus, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mark Lawrence

Gavin Roswarski, West Lafayette, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Roswarski

George Ruckman, Rochester, Ind.

Hannah  Remington, Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Dr. & Mrs. William Remington

Hannah England, Metamora, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jeff England

Hannah Fuller, Greendale, Wisc., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Scott Fuller

Hannah Miller, Middlebury, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Willis Miller

Hannah Patterson, Newton, Iowa, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Patterson

Hannah Thompson, Normal, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mark Thompson

Hannah Todd, Hagerstown, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Todd

Isaac Heath, Noblesville, Ind.

Jacob Crain, Connersville, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Crain

Jacob Gambrel, Indianapolis, Ind.

Jacob Noftz, Leesburg, Ind.

Jared Prince, Rome City, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Kemuel Prince

Jason Sell, Granger, Ind.

Jayna Huber, Peru, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Huber

Jeanette Sanchez, Leesburg, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Melesio Sanchez

Jenna DeFord, Warsaw, Ind.

Jennifer Buinowski, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Jennifer McCloskey, Fishers, Ind.

Jessica Jobe, Peru, Ind.

Jessica VandenBoom, Markle, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert VandenBoom

Joanna Moine, Sterling, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joel Moine

Joanna Taylor, Winona Lake, Ind., daughter of Rev. & Mrs. Michael Taylor

Joel Miller, Bristol, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Myron Miller

Joel Wesco, Mishawaka, Ind., son of Rev. & Mrs. Virgil Wesco

Joel Zook, Orrville, Ohio, son of Mr. & Mrs. J. Zook

John Marhefka, Mansfield, Ohio, son of Mr. & Mrs. John Marhefka

Jon Cox, Shreveport, La.

Jonathan Franklin, McKinney, Texas, son of Mr. & Mrs. Randall Franklin

Jordan Shuler, Scottsburg, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. James Shuler

Jordan Weimer, West Olive, Mich., son of Mr. & Mrs. Harry Weimer

Joshua Hanlon, Osceola, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Hanlon

Julia Neal, Martinsville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Neal

Julie Brazis, Stow, Ohio

Justin Cunniff, Indianapolis, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. David Cunniff

Kari Feddema, Kalamazoo, Mich.

Kassidy Bowman, Syracuse, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Brian Bowman

Kate Mull, Ypsilanti, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Mull

Katelyn Ware, Indianapolis, Ind.

Katie Bowerbank, Pittsboro, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Brian Bowerbank

Katrina Nunez, Winona Lake, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mark Nunez

Kayla Balisteri, Hampshire, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Balisteri

Kelsey Saunders, Grand Haven, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Craig Saunders

Kelsie Sparks, Bargersville, Ind.

Kira Peter, Greenfield, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Peter

Kirsten Mead, Powell, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Mead

Kirstin Spohn, Whitestown, Ind.

Kwshay Murray, South Bend, Ind.

Kyah Merritt, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kyle Kaufman, Noblesville, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Kerwin Kaufman

Kylie Tester, Huntington, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Tester

Lauren Rekeweg, Auburn, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Greg Rekeweg

Lauren Springer, Fort Wayne, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Springer

Liesl Ritz, Zionsville, Ind., daughter of Ms. Pamala Ritz

Lilith Muth, Sequim, Wa.

Lillian Warner, Cicero, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Tom Warner

Lily Van Loh, Lansing, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Van Loh

Lisa Drubert, Warsaw, Ind.

Logan Swartzentruber, Dalton, Ohio, son of Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Swartzentruber

Loranna Shilling, Silver Lake, Ind.

Lori Heenan, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Lucas Cone, Winona Lake, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Kipling Cone

Lucas Vervynckt, Plymouth, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. James Vervynckt

Lydia Bronner, Hartland, Wisc.

Lydia Yurkovich, Concord Twp., Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Yurkovich

Lyndsey Brommer, Columbia City, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Randy Brommer

Lynley Hiser, Onsted, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Hiser

Maile Grout, Seymour, Ind., Mr. & Mrs. David Grout

Mary Slonim, Anderson, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David Slonim

Matthew Elliott, Walkerton, Ind.

McCalah Mast, Johnstown, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mast

Megan Carpenter, Pendleton, Ind., daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Scott Carpenter

Megan Johnson, Lewisburg, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Johnson

Meghan Stevens, Muncie, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Stevens

Melissa Kline, Greencastle, Ind.

Melissa Sanchez, Leesburg, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Melesio Sanchez

Meredith Hollar, Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Steven Hollar

Meredith Matson, Geneva, Ill., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Matson

Micah Simonton, Columbus, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. James Simonton

Michaela Buettner, Lima, Ohio

Michele Payton, Warsaw, Ind.

Michelle Bradley, Pierceton, Ind.

Michelle Rosenberg, Winona Lake, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Arcesio Bravo

Mikia Dillard, Indianapolis, Ind.

Molly Jacobs, Chicago, Ill.

Nathan Lane, Solon, Ohio, son of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lane

Nathaniel Coy, Leesburg, Ind.

Nicole Calaway, Warsaw, Ind.

Nicole Crates, Decatur, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jason Crates

Nicole Hanlon, Osceola, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Hanlon

Noah Hicks, Romeo, Mich., son of Mr. & Mrs. John Hicks

Nolan Miller, Goshen, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Shawn Miller

Olivia Chiodo, Racine, Wisc., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Trace Chiodo

Olivia Fisher, Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Fisher

Olivia Winegardner, Peru, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jason Winegardner

Paul Blankley, Pelham, Ala., son of Dr. & Mrs. Alan Blankley

Paul Bowman, Jerome, Mich., son of Mr. & Mrs. Adam Bowles

Phillip Anders,  Warsaw, Ind.

Rachel Jones, Jeffersonville, Ind.

Rebecca Kovatch, Delaware, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Gery Kovatch

Rebekah Landfair, Troy, Ohio

Rhonda Garcia, Mundelein, Ill.

Rileigh Wolpert, Decatur, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Wolpert

Rosalyn Miller, Warsaw, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wendell Miller

Saida Hemsoth, Warsaw, Ind.

Sarah Field, Fort Wayne, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Field

Sarah Landfair, Troy, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Philip Landfair

Sarah Lockridge, Warsaw, Ind.

Sarah Miller, Toledo, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Shane Miller

Savannah Phillips, Guys Mills, Pa., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. David Phillips

Serena Draper, Indianapolis, Ind., daughter of Mrs. Gina Camp

Shelby Gray, New Paris, Ind., Ms. Sheri Taylor

Shoshannah Bontrager, Middlebury, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Bontrager

Spencer Mason, Hartville, Ohio, son of Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Henson

Stuart Mullet, Nappanee, Ind., son of Mr. & Mrs. Brandon Mullet

Susan Negowski, Bath, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Negowski

Sydney Walker, Paw Paw, Mich., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Walker

Tahria Rollins, East Chicago, Ind.

Taylor Knowles, Orlando, Fl.

Theresa Krystaponis, Louisville, Ky., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Krystaponis

Thomas Carini, Brookfield, Wis., son of Mr. & Mrs. Filippo Carini

Tiffany Schuman, Columbia City, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Keith Schuman

Tommy Gifford, Lexington, Ky., son of Mr. & Mrs. Steve Gifford

Toni Sullivan, Onward, Ind.

Torrey Matthes, Goshen, Ind., son of mark and Glenda Matthes

Travis Payne, Brownstown Twp., Mich., son of Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Payne

Tristan Spuller, Kendallville, Ind., son of Mrs. Tami Spuller

Victoria Pflueger, Monroeville, Ind., daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Steven Pflueger

Virginia Willis, Ashland, Ohio, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Willis

William Shafer, Big Piney, Wyo., Mr. & Mrs. Lee Shafer

Zebadiah Lewis, Winona Lake, Ind., son of Christine Lewis

Zoey Griffin, Rushville, Ind., daughter of Ms. Jennifer Griffin

Delp named Zimmer Biomet President, Americas

January 26th, 2017
Robert Delp

Robert Delp. Photo courtesy of Orthopedics This Week.

 

Robert D. Delp, a Grace College graduate, was named President, Americas and joined the executive leadership team of Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. on January 23, 2017. Previously, Delp was Zimmer Biomet’s Vice President of U.S. Sales, leading sales for the knee, hip, bone cement, biologics, extremities, sports medicine, foot and ankle, surgical and trauma categories. The following story is from Orthopedics This Week.

According to a company announcement on January 17, 2017, Stuart Kleopfer, following a career at Zimmer Biomet and pre-merger Biomet, decided to retire from his position as President, Americas. Kleopfer will “continue with the company for a period of time and work closely with Delp to fully transition responsibilities.” Kleopfer became president of Biomet U.S. in 2011 and has been with the company since 1988.

“I would like to thank Stuart for his significant contributions to the company and congratulate Rob on his new leadership appointment. Rob is a strategic and customer-focused executive, and he is the right leader to continue to grow Zimmer Biomet’s Americas region in the future,” said Zimmer Biomet President and Chief Executive Officer David Dvorak.

For the complete story from Orthopedics This Week, click here.

Willie Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty to Speak at Grace College

January 24th, 2017
Willie Robertson

Willie Robertson

 

Willie Robertson will speak at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC), 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.  The CEO of Duck Commander and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” will give remarks about “faith, family and ducks” to the audience.

Willie Robertson has expanded his family company, Duck Commander, from a living room operation to a multi-million-dollar enterprise and destination for all things outdoors.  Duck Commander is the best-selling duck call brand in the United States as well as a popular trademark on apparel, hunting gear, food and more.  Robertson is executive producer of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” and “Buck Commander” on the Outdoor Channel.  He is a New York Times best-selling author of “The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family and Ducks Built a Dynasty,” “American Hunter” and “American Fisherman.”  Robertson’s story is a remarkable example of entrepreneurship and dedication built on faith and family.

Robertson’s appearance at Grace College is part of the college’s annual Career Week.  Each year, the Center for Career Connections at Grace College hosts Career Week to equip students with information and perspectives to guide the trajectory of their education.  Career-focused chapel speakers and a career fair are scheduled to assist students as they consider their calling and the next chapter in their lives.

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, looks forward to having Robertson on campus.  “We are thrilled to bring Willie Robertson to Grace to share with our students and community the amazing story of his family’s faith journey woven through their incredibly successful businesses and entertainment ventures,” Katip said.

Tickets are now available online here.  Ticket pricing is as follows:

VIP priority seating and photo opportunity with Willie Robertson: $50  SOLD OUT

Preferred floor seating: $30

General admission stadium seating: $20

Student admission stadium seating: $10

Cash-only tickets will also be available at the door for a $5 additional charge.

The VIP photo opportunity will take place from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. in the MOCC upper level.  VIP doors will open at 5:30.  Preferred seating and general admission doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  The event will begin at 7 p.m.

Sponsors of the Willie Robertson event at Grace College include The Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller Foundation, LDC. (Louis Dreyfus Company), Wildman Cleaners, Silveus Insurance, Mr. Paul Wagner and Dr. Michael Lyons.

“This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.  We are grateful to each of them and hope that many in our community will enjoy this unique opportunity to meet and hear from Willie Robertson as a result of their generosity,” Katip said.

For more information about the event, please email event coordinator and Director of Applied Learning Randy Polston at polstorw@grace.edu.

Grace College Urges Students to Submit FAFSA

January 23rd, 2017
College_Goal_Sunday_LogoThe Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form by which federal and state governments determine students’ financial need, can significantly help cover the cost of college tuition, room and board. To ensure eligibility for state grants, Indiana students should submit their FAFSA by March 10, 2017.  FAFSA applications may be completed online at www.fafsa.gov.

Cindy Sisson, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Grace College, encourages all college-bound students to apply to the school(s) of their choice and file their FAFSA as soon as possible.  “Applying to college should go hand-in-hand with filing a FAFSA,” Sisson said.  Students may include up to 10 college codes on their FAFSA; the code for Grace College is 001800.

“Students who are accepted to Grace and include code 001800 on their FAFSA will receive a personalized letter from us detailing the complete financial aid package we offer,” said Sisson.  An admissions counselor will call the student to answer any questions and ensure they understand all aid available to them.  Grace offers a variety of grants and scholarships to assist students beyond state and federal aid; 99 percent of Grace College students receive financial aid.

“We endeavor to make quality, Christian higher education accessible to as many students as possible,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College. “We hope students and their families will take advantage of our helpful financial aid staff and online resources.  We realize the college application and financial aid process can be overwhelming.  We are here to assist in any way possible.”

In addition to financial aid, Grace College offers cost savings to students through tuition reduction each consecutive year of attendance, free textbook rentals for the duration of undergraduate studies and the opportunity to graduate in three years or add a master’s degree in four.

For more information about applying to Grace College or general questions about financial aid, visit www.grace.edu/admissions or call 866-974-7223.  Personalized assistance for filing a FAFSA is also available at College Goal Sunday on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. at 42 locations around the state.  For a full list of Indiana locations, visit www.collegegoalsunday.org/index.php/locations.

VITA Celebrates $1 Million in Tax Returns to Community

January 19th, 2017
Left to right: Dr. Jeff Fawcett, Prof. Ken McEwan, Al Wuthrich, Pat Coy, Dr. Alan Grossnickle, Tim Ziebarth, Mayor Joseph Thallemer, Tim Meyer, Dr. Bill Katip, Thomas Carini and Bill Gordon.

Left to right: Dr. Jeff Fawcett, Prof. Ken McEwan, Al Wuthrich, Pat Coy, Prof. Al Grossnickle, Tim Ziebarth, Mayor Joseph Thallemer, Tim Meyer, Dr. Bill Katip, Thomas Carini and Bill Gordon.

 

As the Grace College School of Business prepares to begin its seventh year of the Volunteer Tax Assistance program in Kosciusko County, community leaders gathered on Jan. 18 to celebrate over $1 million in tax refunds to past clients. Warsaw Mayor Joseph Thallemer and Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip spoke. Afterward, attendees mingled and enjoyed cake to celebrate the occasion.

“We have served over a thousand clients since the program began in 2011,” said Al Grossnickle, associate professor of business at Grace College and director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development.  “It is remarkable that we have reached this milestone of returning over $1 million to individuals and families.  We are looking forward to ramping up for another great year of VITA,” he said.

VITA offers free tax preparation to elderly, disabled, and lower-income individuals filing a basic tax return. The William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development at the Grace College School of Business partners with United Way of Kosciusko County to offer the IRS-endorsed VITA program in our county.  In 2016, over 35 volunteers, including certified public accountants (CPAs), Grace students and professors, and DePuy and Lake City Bank employees, logged more than 1,700 volunteer hours.

Dr.​​​​ Katip (center) and Mayor Thallemer (right) talk about the program's positive impact.

Dr.​​​​ Katip (center), Mayor Thallemer (right) and Tim Meyer (left) talk about the program’s positive impact.

“We are privileged to offer this service to our community,” said Grossnickle.  “It’s encouraging to see the number of clients grow each year and know that we are helping individuals and families in a tangible way.”  Since 2011, VITA clientele has grown by about 20 percent each year.  VITA helps working families take advantage of all tax credits for which they are eligible, including earned income tax credit, child tax credits and education credits.

This year, Grace will host VITA from Monday, Jan. 30, through mid-March. Weekday appointments will be held at the MOCC.  Ivy Tech in Warsaw will host select Saturday appointments in February and March.  Those interested in taking advantage of free tax assistance should call 211 to schedule an appointment.  For more information about VITA, including information on becoming a volunteer tax preparer, call 574-372-5100, ext. 6091.

Grace College Students Inducted to Alpha Chi Honor Society

January 18th, 2017
Grace College Provost Dr. John Lillis speaks at Alpha Chi induction ceremony

Grace College Provost Dr. John Lillis speaks at Alpha Chi induction ceremony

On January 14, 22 Grace College juniors and seniors were inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society.  These high-achieving students have earned the top 10 percent of GPAs at Grace.  They join nearly 12,000 college students from around the country inducted into Alpha Chi this year.  New Grace College inductees include:

Emily Apgar: life science education major from Warrenton, Va.

Marta Bleed: sport business major from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Shoshannah Bontrager: general business from Middlebury, Ind.

Alexandria Brown: elementary education major from Caro, Mich.

Aleena (Sallot) Brown: health science major from Warsaw, Ind.

Carley Brechner: illustration major from Fishers, Ind.

Benjamin Carter: applied physics major from Argos, Ind.

Kayla Frederick: health science major from Bolivar, Ohio

Bailey Gerber: communication major from Bluffton, Ind.

Joshua Hanlon: history major from Osceola, Ind.

Bethany Ingram: Bible translation major from Stryker, Ohio

Rachel Jones: accounting major from Jeffersonville, Ind.

Jenna Kieper: accounting major from Goshen, Ind.

Katlyn Knuver: graphic design and illustration major from Fremont, Mich.

Matthias Meiers: counseling major from Mansfield, Ohio

Mariah Munn: elementary education major from Goshen, Ind.

Emma Neahusan: health science major from Middletown, Md.

Abigail Schue: exercise science from Mishawaka, Ind.

Kirstin Spohn: intercultural studies major from Whitestown, Ind.

Kylie Tester: English education major from Huntington, Ind.

Gabriel Vervynckt: accounting major from Plymouth, Ind.

Joel Wesco: accounting major from Mishawaka, Ind.

Alpha Chi is a national honor society with a rich history of scholarship and service since 1922.  The society is dedicated to “making scholarship effective for good.”  At Grace College, Alpha Chi members organize the annual Communitas Symposium each spring.  The symposium, which resembles a professional academic conference, is designed to integrate academic excellence, creative expression and the Christian faith.  Students present papers, displays, artwork and performances across the range of disciplines at Grace College.

At this year’s induction ceremony, each student was introduced by a faculty member from their major and presented with a certificate and pin.  New Alpha Chi members will also receive honor cords to be worn at graduation. Grace College Provost Dr. John Lillis gave the keynote address while Alpha Chi Honor Society Chapter Sponsor and Grace College Assistant Professor of Communication, Dr. Patrick Loebs, acted as emcee. Many parents and friends were present to celebrate with the students.

“It is always a special event to honor student achievement and celebrate new inductees into Alpha Chi,” said Dr. Loebs.  “These students have worked hard to earn this distinction and we applaud their success.”

For more information on Alpha Chi Honor Society, visit here.  For more information about the Grace College Alpha Chi Chapter, contact faculty sponsor Dr. Patrick Loebs at ploebs@grace.edu.

Student Katlyn Knuver with Professor Kim Reiff from the School of Arts and Sciences

Student Katlyn Knuver with Professor Kim Reiff from the School of Arts and Sciences

Student Alexandra Brown and Professor Laurie Owen from the School of Education.

Student Alexandra Brown and Professor Laurie Owen from the School of Education.

Student Joel Wesco and Professor Roger Stichter from the School of Business.

Student Joel Wesco and Professor Roger Stichter from the School of Business.

 

Grace College & Seminary Introduces Biblical Studies Program in Akron, Ohio

January 18th, 2017

akron logoGrace College & Seminary is pleased to announce the inception of a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies program at Grace Church, 754 Ghent Rd., Akron, Ohio.  Grace College & Seminary is an accredited higher education institution offering more than 70 undergraduate degrees as well as associate, graduate and doctoral degree programs at its main campus in Winona Lake, Ind.  The biblical studies program at Grace Church is the first fully residential degree program offered by Grace College & Seminary. Grace Church was recently listed on Outreach Magazine’s “100 Fastest-Growing Churches in America,” having grown 13% in 2016.

“We’re excited to partner with Grace Church to help train the next generation of church leaders,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College.  “Our program will provide academically rigorous material, a hands-on, practical learning environment and first-rate teaching from a growing ministry in the heart of Akron.”

The biblical studies program prepares students to be servant-leaders both in church and society.  Classes focus on the Old and New Testaments, theology, church history, intercultural studies, preaching, spiritual formation and apologetics. Classes meet one evening and one Saturday per week at Grace Church Bath Campus.

“We are eager to start equipping new students to plant and pastor churches,” said Senior Pastor Jeff Bogue of Grace Church. “Our goal is to plant 30 churches in 30 years.  We are confident that the new Grace College program will raise up workers for our churches planting efforts and for the greater kingdom,” he said.

The Grace College Akron spring semester is currently underway; however, applications for the fall of 2017 are being accepted.  Visit www.grace.edu/admissions to complete an application or call Grace Akron Site Director Caleb Nichols at 330-422-3150 for more information.