Lady Lancers Win Pair to Kick Off 2014 Season

August 25th, 2014

Pictured is freshman Tori Bontrager (center) celebrating a kill late in Grace's win over IU-Kokomo on Friday

An exciting first day of volleyball for Grace College was capped off by a five-set thriller at the Wyndham Classic on Friday.

The Lady Lancers defeated IU-East 3-1 to open up the tournament and ended the day with a memorable 3-2 win against IU-Kokomo.

In Grace’s opening match of the day, the Lady Lancers seemed to get better as the afternoon progressed. Grace lost the opening set to IU-East but recovered to win the match 3-1.

Grace had as many attacking errors (10) as kills in the first set, and the Red Wolves pulled away late to win 25-23. Grace’s defense impressed in the second set, tallying 15 digs including seven from Hannah Clemmons to win 25-21.

The third set was knotted at 20-20 when Annie Salazar provided a spark off the bench with pinpoint serves. Freshman Sierra Smith finished off the game with a kill as Grace won 25-22.

Grace’s offense was clicking on all cylinders by the fourth set. The Lady Lancers ripped off 21 kills on a .432 percentage to win 25-20.

Grace Woolsey was a dominant figure on offense, producing 10 kills on 11 attempts for a .818 percentage. She added a match-high six block assists. Kaitlin Kerrigan recorded 13 kills and seven digs, and Calah Kruse had 8 kills, 8 digs and 3 block assists.

Ellie Harp handed out 45 assists to spearhead Grace’s offense. Sierra Smith added 12 kills and four block assists in her collegiate debut, and Tori Bontrager had four kills on four attempts in her first match for Grace.

The Lady Lancers repeated their cold start in the second match of the day against IU-Kokomo. Grace had a team hitting percentage of .030, allowing the Cougars (0-2) to win 25-14.

Grace responded with more energy in the second set as late kills from Sierra Smith and Megan Johnson propelled the home team to a three-point win.

The third set was all Grace. The Lady Lancers exploded for 15 kills on three errors, blasting by the Cougars for a 25-14 win. But IU-Kokomo kept the match alive with a five-point win in the fourth game, using a 12-6 run late to force a tiebreaker.

After falling behind 1-4 in the early stages, Grace rallied with seven unanswered points. The Cougars did not fade, however, cutting Grace’s lead down to 8-7. From that point forward, Grace played inspired volleyball in front of a frenzied home crowd. The fans erupted after an acrobatic defensive save from Sara Miller was followed up by a kill from Tori Bontrager, handing Grace an 11-7 lead they wouldn’t surrender. Grace went on to clinch the match 15-12 on a well-placed kill by Woolsey.

Sierra Smith tied for match honors with 16 kills, and Calah Kruse was right behind with 13. Ellie Harp tallied 49 assists, 5 kills, 6 digs and 2 aces, and Miller had a match-high 20 digs.

Woolsey added nine kills on a .500 percentage to go along with 3 aces, 2 solo blocks and 3 block assists, Clemmons finished with 13 digs, and Laken Chaney came off the bench to tally five digs and an ace in her first collegiate appearance.

Grace continues action in the Wyndham Classic on Saturday against Indiana Tech at 11 a.m. and St. Xavier at 4 p.m. Watch both matches online at www.gclancers.com/watch.

Grace Welcomes Its New Mascot: Sir Red

August 22nd, 2014

After a month-long process of collecting names and submissions from Lancer Nation, Grace has revealed its new mascot – Sir Red.

Sir Red is a state-of-the-art, full-bodied knight with breathable, flexible and moveable mesh armor. He features a detachable and extendable lance and a shield to both protect Grace’s home court and attack any opposition.

Besides being the Lancers’ official color, red has historical significance for the Lancers. Grace’s athletic teams were first represented by the seminary, dubbing themselves the Ambassadors with the colors blue and gold. When the college decided to establish its own athletic identity, it decided on the color red. Lancer Nation was officially born.

Sir Red was officially revealed on Thursday, Aug. 21, at Grace’s student chapel service. Dr. Bill Katip ceremonially knighted Sir Red with a lance, charging the new mascot with the following proclamation:

“You have sworn to uphold the chivalry — its honors, rights and privileges; to remain faithful and loyal to the fans and athletes of Grace College; to uphold the principles of sportsmanship; to rally inimitable school spirit, and defend its honor to the end.

By your deeds and demeanor, you have earned the right to a place on our field. Having fulfilled the requirements of boundless energy, mesmerizing personality, and agility in armor, and having had your qualifications spoken to, and been clothed in your vestments, I hereby bestow upon you the accolade of Knighthood.

Ergo, it is before the assembled nobility and faithful Red Zone compatriots that I do deem thee SIR RED, mascot of Grace College. Go forth and rally our teams to victory!”

Men’s Tennis Eyes Three-Peat of League Crown

August 22nd, 2014

Coming off back-to-back regular season championships in the Crossroads League, Grace’s men’s tennis team has reloaded for another charge at the league title.

Despite graduating three starters from the 2013 squad, head coach Larry Schuh is confident of the Lancers’ depth and ability to keep the pace in 2014.

“I do not sense the guys letting the pressure of being a two-time conference champ weighing them down,” Schuh said. “Part of that is confidence and part of that is because our players simply play fearlessly. They are not afraid to fail.”

Leading the team is returning No. 1 singles player Daniel Sanchez. The senior earned First Team All-League honors after posting a 6-2 record in singles and 6-2 record at No. 1 doubles.

Jose Marval is set to play a major role in his junior season, coming off an impressive 2013 campaign. Marval was a First Team All-League selection after finishing 7-1 at No. 2 doubles and 6-2 at No. 2 singles.

Other returners with experience include juniors Ricardo Bedon and Ethan Grove and sophomores David Driscoll, Jacob Stump and Gabe Vervynckt.

Schuh, a two-time CL Coach of the Year (2013, 2009), brought in two international players for the fall season. Sophomore Uros Pajic (Serbia) played his freshman season at NCAA Division I Chicago State and will likely play at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles in 2014. Freshman Danila Kourkoulin was a standout tennis player from Haifa, Israel.

Although the Lancers have high hopes of continuing their league success and advancing to NAIA Nationals, the Schuh-led Lancers are dedicated to remaining true to their mission.

“The goals and expectations every year center around going to nationals, but those expectations are embedded in doing it the right way,” Schuh said. “We see tennis as a means to glorify God. If we are winning but not reflecting Christ on the court, it is a vain pursuit and a meaningless result. But to win and to bring attention to Christ at the same time will enrich the winning experience while seeking first His kingdom.”

The first step in Grace’s defense of its league title begins on Aug. 27 at Huntington at 4:30 p.m.

Pictured above is Grace’s men’s tennis team for 2014.

Men’s Soccer Claims Win in Season Opener

August 22nd, 2014

Grace’s men’s soccer team started its season on the right foot, picking up a 1-0 victory over Colorado Christian on Thursday.

The Lancers defeated the NCAA Division II school with a first-half own goal, and Grace had a strong 14-8 shot advantage in the match.

Grace’s goal came three minutes before halftime when an own goal beat the Cougars’ goalkeeper at the 42:58 mark.

In the first half, Grace took eight corner kicks and seven shot attempts. The Lancers continued their assault on the Cougars’ goal after halftime, outshooting Colorado Christian 7-3.

“We played with strong commitment and with our style of soccer. We did a nice job moving the ball and got comfortable as the game went on,” said Grace head coach Matt Hotchkin. “Our finishing touches are not crisp, and that clearly needs improvement. But overall I thought we played good, balanced soccer.”

Danilo Carnelos led all players with three shots. Gift Sibukome had two shots on goal, and Josiah O’Deens, Austin Altimus and Trent Smith each tallied two shots apiece.

Hector Torres, O’Deens, Isaac Magnuson and Zack Tucker each made their first official collegiate appearance for the Lancers.

Jacob Cole earned the shutout victory in goal, making three saves in 90 minutes of action.

The Lancers continue their Colorado road trip on Saturday against another NCAA DII school University of Colorado-Colorado Springs at 4 p.m.

Grace College to Offer Tuition Reduction and Free Textbook Rentals

August 20th, 2014

Since 2010, Grace College has been a nationally recognized pioneer in higher education, pursuing the most creative ways to offer students an excellent and affordable, faith-based education.

As the college has reimagined itself over the past several years, it first redesigned its curricular model to accommodate the pursuit of an accelerated undergraduate degree in any of their 65 majors within a three-year time frame. They also added more opportunities for applied learning experiences and internships outside the classroom. As a second act, Grace raised the bar again to allow the option to graduate with a bachelor’s plus a master’s degree in just four years total.

In its relentless pursuit of new methods, it’s no surprise Grace is innovating once again. With the new Measure of Grace initiative, effective with the entering class in fall of 2015, Grace will lower the cost of tuition by 9 percent.

In addition, each continuous year a student returns as an undergraduate, Grace will lower the tuition by another $500. This can add up to as much as a $3,000 additional savings. One of the real game-changers likely to create a buzz, however, is offering all undergraduate students their textbook rentals for free (excluding workbooks and consumables). For average students, this equates to another $4,800 back in their pockets over four years.

“We are convinced that high quality and affordability can go hand-in hand,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace. “This is the next step, and we are excited to see this process unfold.”

“Grace’s commitment to innovation has set them apart from others in the world of higher education,” said Paul Blair, vice president of financial affairs at Grace. “With the new Measure of Grace initiative, which includes tuition reduction and free textbook rentals, students will find themselves with more breathing room and financial stability in their college planning.”

Grace Volleyball Sets Focus for 2014 Campaign

August 19th, 2014

The Grace College volleyball team may have big visions for the 2014 season, but the Lady Lancers are focused on one day at a time this fall.

The Andria Harshman-coached spikers clinched their third consecutive 20-win season in 2013, finishing 20-17 and 9-9 in the Crossroads League. While Harshman is hoping for a long 2014 season with a national tournament at the end, she ultimately wants the team to concentrate on winning each day.

“We definitely want to be in contention for the league title and are practicing from day one to be in that mix,” Harshman said. “But this season we are planning to go 1-0 every day. We want to win each game, each practice and play our very best every day. If we aim to go 1-0 every practice and every game, we’ll end up winning a lot more than we lose.”

At the team’s nucleus is a trio of seasoned seniors who have stepped up to lead the squad. Outside hitter Calah Kruse (396 kills) and setter Ellie Harp (1,072 assists) were All-League performers last year, and Hannah Clemmons (552 digs) has worked hard this offseason to grab the team’s libero position.

Harshman expects the seniors’ leadership and voice to be a major advantage for Grace. “We will have a lot of senior leadership on the court this year – more so than we’ve ever really had. All three ladies will play crucial positions for us and provide a ton of valuable experience to the court.”

Offensively, the Lady Lancers’ fast, dynamic attack will be spearheaded by Harp and Kruse. They will be joined by returning outside hitters Alix Underwood, Kaitlin Kerrigan and Megan Johnson and several new faces in the middle.

Sophomore middle hitter Grace Woolsey has made major strides this offseason, according to Harshman, and provides a dominant attacking and blocking presence in the middle. Three freshmen (Savannah Hart, Tori Bontrager, Kari Feddema) add depth and versatility to Grace’s middle hitters.

Freshman Sierra Smith was a pivotal piece of Harshman’s 2014 recruiting class. The 6-foot-2 opposite hitter will be a major presence on both sides of the net right away, according to Harshman. “Sierra [Smith] is going to be absolutely dominant for us. She’s the piece we can build an offense around because of her presence. It’ll be hard for teams to contain her at the net, and she’ll allow our middles to get open as a result.”

Grace’s blocking efforts should be revamped in 2014, due in part from new personnel and part to a new system. The new swing-blocking system promotes a “powerful, explosive style of blocking,” according to Harshman.

Clemmons likely returns to her starting libero role in 2014, teaming up with juniors Annie Salazar and Jessica Scherb and freshman Sara Miller to form a fast, hardworking back row. The group has displayed a high level of intensity and determination in the preseason.

Adding valuable depth to the team are backup setters Taylor Baird and Laken Chaney, opposite hitter Cassaundra Worthen and outside hitter Angie Mack.

Harshman will be assisted by Mike Alejado and first-year assistant Gillian Gabryluk. The coaches hope to weave the team’s motto of “Soli Deo Gloria” (Glory to God Alone) into the legacy of the 2014 squad. “This year the team is studying what it means to work for the Lord and not for men,” Harshman said. “What we do off the court is emphasized by how we play on the court. The court is a place we want to redirect people to God. Soli Deo Gloria.”

The Lady Lancers open their season at home with the Wyndham Classic on Aug. 22-23. Grace will play four teams over the weekend tournament held at Grace’s Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

Pictured is the 2014 Grace College volleyball team.

Historic Night Highlights Grace’s New Soccer Stadium

August 18th, 2014

An estimated 1,200 fans packed the newly renovated Miller Athletic Complex on Friday night to take in a historic night for Grace Athletics.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams for Grace enjoyed their first taste of soccer under the lights at Miller Field in a pair of night-time exhibition matches. Along with the stadium lights, the new-look stadium debuted bleacher seating, scoreboard, team dugouts, press box and entryway for a standing-room only crowd.

A pregame ceremony led by Grace athletic director Chad Briscoe officially opened the new stadium. Grace soccer coaches Matt Hotchkin and Michael Voss along with their families and Grace board member Kip Cone turned on the lights for the public for the first time to cap off the prematch festivities.

The men’s game saw the Lancers pull out a 2-0 exhibition victory over club team F.C. Indiana. Austin Altimus was credited with a goal and an assist in the second half to propel the Lancers to an opening win.

Altimus crossed a dangerous ball into the path of freshman Zack Tucker and a Lion defender, and Tucker’s pressure and positioning paid off with a ricochet into the net from close range in the 60th minute.

In the 84th minute, Altimus received a low cross in the penalty box from Gift Sibukome. Altimus made a quick turn and rifled his shot past the goalkeeper to complete an impressive performance. Sibukome also rattled the crossbar with a blast in the opening half.

The women’s match featured the Lady Lancers against the Haiti Women’s National Team, currently No. 56 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Rankings. Haiti, who is in the midst of a qualifying run toward the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, produced two quick goals to start the match. Grace responded patiently to build its possession-based attack.

Haiti finished a loose ball in the penalty box for the team’s third goal midway into the second half, but Grace responded with its second international goal in program history. Jordan Hairgrove and Mallory Rondeau linked up for a nifty combination play, resulting in Rondeau beating Haiti’s goalkeeper late with 10 minutes remaining in the contest. Haiti tacked on a fourth goal in the final minutes, producing the final 4-1 scoreline.

In addition to the estimated 1,200 fans in attendance on Friday night, over 650 viewers joined the historic night via Grace’s live video broadcast, which was featured on www.GCLancers.com/watch.

Marketing Specialist – Lake City Bank

August 14th, 2014

POSITION TITLE:    Marketing Specialist

BANK GROUP:                   Executive

BANK SECTION:               Marketing

RC:                                         720

REPORTS TO:                     VP, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Mary Horan

SALARY GRADE:              9  (Exempt)

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position manages the bank’s social media program, executes marketing projects and provides support for Marketing and other lines of business.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:

  1. Manages the bank’s social media program including developing strategies for various applications, creating content and managing and scheduling content. Measures effectiveness of the social media program using appropriate programs.
  2. Supports event marketing for bank lines of business including golf outings, luncheons and other events.
  3. Develops and implements marketing programs for the bank as assigned, including new product launches, promotions and campaigns.
  4. Produces print materials as assigned, including obtaining approved art, bidding jobs, overseeing production and handling distribution.
  5. Provides writing support for collateral material, letters, email and other customer communication.
  6. Works with vendors including the bank’s advertising agency, social media marketing management vendor and print vendors according to industry standards and bank guidelines.
  7. Attends various bank marketing events as needed.
  8. Works on special projects within the department and accepts additional responsibilities as needed.
  9. Keeps up to date on all compliance testing, issues, and new legislation relating to the job.

COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:  (KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED)

1.       Concern with Personal Impact/Professionalism and Customer Service Orientation:

  • Ability to be professional through one’s speech, actions, appearance and mode of behavior.
  • Above average verbal and written communication skills.
  1. 2.       Attention to Detail:
  • Accuracy in written and oral communication.
  • Thoroughness in accomplishing a task through concern for all areas involved.
  • Excellent grammar and proof reading skills required.
  • Understanding of bank procedures and policies.
  1. 3.       Planning/Organization:
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, work under pressure and concentrate in an orderly, organized, and systematic way.
  • Ability to set priorities with an appropriate sense of what is most important.
  • Accuracy and organization skills to meet deadlines and reporting schedules.
  1. 4.       Initiative:
  • Ability to work unsupervised for extended periods of time.
  1. 5.       Judgment:
  • Demonstrates the ability to make decisions wisely, after adequately contemplating various available courses of

action.

  1. 6.       Technical/Procedural Expertise:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social media including trends and applications in the financial services industry. Experience in managing social media programs a plus.
  • Exceptional writing skills for a variety of applications including social media content, promotions, collateral material and publications. Knowledge of AP Style a plus.
  • Experience in print production.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of marketing concepts and strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and succeed in a team environment.
  • Project management skills.
  • Intermediate experience in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or related field required.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Physical effort and/or working conditions that may be required up to 10% of the time are:

  • Business travel required.
  • Additional hours worked under special circumstances.
  • Operating a scanner.
  • Lifting and carrying up to 10 pounds.

Physical effort and/or working conditions that may be required more than 50% of the time are:

  • Excessive amounts of time staring at computer monitor.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time.
  • General office setting.

 

This position is an ideal entry level position for college graduates with a degree in marketing, communications or a similar field.

To apply, go to www.lakecitybank.com.

Needed – Part Time Minister Position – Roann, IN

August 14th, 2014

 

The Roann Christian Church is now looking to fill a part-time minister position. Located in the northeast part of Wabash County Indiana,our independent Church serves a rural community and is dedicated to the service of our Lord Jesus.

This is a part-time ministerial position with duties and pay subject to agreement between the minister and the church board.

 

 

 

Please send all correspondence and resumes to:

Roann Christian Church
Attn: Elders
PO Box 355
Roann, Indiana 46974

Assistant Pastor Worship Ministry – Full Time – Aliso Viejo, CA

August 14th, 2014

Job Title: Assistant Pastor of Worship Ministry

Where:
Compass Bible Church
140 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92565
www.compasschurch.org

The selected candidate will directly assist the worship pastor in all aspects of leading the ministry.  He will be involved in administration, worship set development, leading worship in the multiple ministry environments, and overall support to the pastor.
We are seeking a candidate that has repented and placed their trust in Christ and has a strong calling to be involved in pastoral ministry within the local church.  He needs to be a hard worker, entrepreneurial, multi-tasker, with strong communication skills both verbal and written. Must be gifted as a preacher, and pastor both.  Furthermore, must fit the qualifications found in Titus 1:6-9.
Please read and review our statement of faith (www.compasschurch.org) and make sure you are in agreement.

Salary: 28-38k

Start Date: ASAP

How to Apply:

Email Pastor Pete Lasutschinkow at pete@compasschurch.org. Please include: resume, either video/audio sermons, and a statement of faith.

Return response no later than September 30, 2014.