Grace College Affirms Commitment to Diversity and Inclusiveness

June 9th, 2017

June 9, 2017

Today, Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, released the following statement:

“Earlier this week, an insensitive and inappropriate photo was posted by a Grace College employee on the employee’s personal Facebook page. A Grace College department was referenced in the post and Grace employees were pictured in the photograph posted. This post elicited a significant amount of criticism, concern and hurt from our alumni, students, parents, friends and others.

It is important for the public to know that Grace College is committed deeply to diversity and inclusiveness, and conduct that demonstrates insensitivity to these values will not be tolerated. Grace leadership has taken steps to ensure that this sort of incident will not recur, and several of the individuals involved are no longer employees of Grace College.

This incident has initiated a reexamination of the policies and training at Grace related to diversity and inclusion. While we strive to create a welcoming environment, it is apparent that we can and must do more to help ensure people of all backgrounds are treated with respect and feel welcomed on our campus. These ongoing efforts will start immediately and will include the input and participation of current students, faculty and staff, alumni, board members and other thought leaders on diversity.”

 

Grace College Welcomes Students, Families at Preview Day

June 8th, 2017

Grace College invites interested high school students and their parents to campus for Preview Day on Friday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m.  This special event is designed to give families a first-hand look at the opportunities available at Grace College, located in the historic lakeside town of Winona Lake, Ind.

At Preview Day, prospective students and their parents will tour campus, meet with admission and financial aid professionals, interact with current Grace College students and faculty, and eat lunch on campus. Following lunch, a panel discussion with faculty, staff and current students will take place.

“We know that biblical education and career preparation are top priorities for many parents and prospective students,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president of marketing and enrollment management at Grace College. “At Grace, we are focused on providing innovative, real-world learning to students in a Christ-centered community.  We look forward to sharing more about our mission and methods at Preview Day.”

Grace College is growing.  Last fall, Grace achieved record total enrollment of 2,333 students. The Winona Lake campus is home to 1,295 undergraduate students with another 1,000 enrolled in graduate, seminary and online programs. In tandem with the recently announced Aspire Campaign and groundbreaking of the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex, several new degree options are in development, including agribusiness, worship arts and mechanical engineering.

Grace College offers more than 70 undergraduate majors which students can complete in either three or four years.  Measure of Grace, a comprehensive affordability and excellence plan launched in 2015, guarantees that tuition will never increase during a student’s enrollment and provides free textbook rentals.  In addition, Grace’s accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree program and blended bachelor’s and master’s four-year degree program enable students to finish school sooner with significant savings and earning potential.

“We’re excited to host high school students and parents at our summer Preview Day,” said Mark Pohl, dean of admissions at Grace College. “We have much to share about what Grace has to offer to a variety of students.  We look forward to answering questions and helping families explore whether Grace is the right fit for their personal and academic goals.”

To register for Preview Day, visit www.grace.edu/previewday.   For questions or more information, call 866-974-7223.

Students Return from Go Encounter France

June 7th, 2017

Grace College students on Go Encounter France (L to R): Blythe Foote, Nicole Kindig, Courtney Evans, Rachel Gregory, Stephanie Porter, Deborah Jackson, Chantel Shetler and Abby Phinney.

A week after spring semester concluded, nine Grace College students and Professor Jacqueline Schram, dean of Grace Core and Global Initiatives, left the United States for Paris, France. According to student Abby Phinney, the team’s 10-day trip was riddled with moments of awe. “It’s one thing to see the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre in a book; it’s an entirely different experience to stand inches from them and look up,” Phinney explained. “History becomes tangible in aged countries like France. Every cobblestone, cafe and curving alleyway tells a story.”

The students’ first four days were spent in the capital city; from there, they took a train to Dijon. In Dijon, the team visited Grace’s study abroad students and experienced some excellent French cuisine. A couple of days later, they wove their way through the French countryside. Among other landmarks, the team visited the oldest castle in Burgundy and the Abbey at Cluny. The trip culminated in Professor Schram’s peaceful childhood home, the Chateau de Saint Albain.

“This experience was unlike any other,” commented Phinney.  “We were steeped in French culture, from cuisine to the country’s history to interaction with French people. None of us could imagine any trip being finer. We’re all so glad we chose France as our Go Encounter destination,” she concluded.

Phinney is a senior at Grace studying journalism. Post-graduation, Phinney plans to pursue a career as a public relations specialist in the Warsaw, Ind. area.

“Go Encounter France has left an indelible mark on my life,” Phinney said. “As a journalist, my writing is enriched by cultural experiences. As a Christian, I’m more aware of how big my God truly is!”

In addition to study abroad opportunities, all undergraduate programs at Grace include a mandatory cross-cultural field experience.  Many students choose to fulfill this requirement through a Go Encounter trip to a variety of destinations, which include Brazil, Fiji, France, England, Germany, Japan, Romania, South Korea, Cambodia, Uganda and Ireland.   Grace’s staff and faculty lead these seven-to-10-day trips on which students explore native cultures and serve diverse communities.

For more information about Go Encounter trips, visit here or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6133.  For questions, email gograce@grace.edu.

Grace Athletic Director Honored at NCCAA Convention

June 7th, 2017

Grace College Athletic Director Chad Briscoe (left) receives Meritorious Service Award from NCCAA Executive Director Dan Wood.

Grace College Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe was recently recognized for his service to the NCCAA.

During the NCCAA’s Annual Convention in Louisville, Briscoe was given the Meritorious Service Award. He served as the NCCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Chair for three years (2014-17), overseeing the men’s basketball coaches at the NCCAA level.

Additionally at the convention, Briscoe was elected as the Second Vice President of the NCCAA. He was elected by members of the association and will perform the role in addition to his day-to-day duties as athletic director at Grace College.

“I am honored to serve the NCCAA for the next nine years in this capacity,” Briscoe said. “I would like to thank Dr. Bill Katip (Grace College President) for allowing me to be considered for this position. I look forward to serving alongside the strong leadership within the NCCAA and Board of Directors in order to further the intentional Christ-centered mission of the NCCAA.”

Briscoe will serve a three-year term as the Second Vice President before transitioning to the Vice President position for another three years, eventually culminating as the President for a final three-year stint.

“Chad brings an accomplished level of administration and professionalism to the NCCAA leadership team that will serve us well as we wrestle with the difficult decisions facing our membership,” said NCCAA Executive Director Dan Wood. “However, his commitment to the mission of the NCCAA and all of Christian higher education is what excites me the most.”

Inspiring Instrumental Musicians to Perform June 16 in Winona Lake

June 6th, 2017

The Burchfield Brothers will perform June 16 as part of the 2017 Grace College & Village at Winona Festival of Music.

 

Community members are invited to enjoy an evening of instrumental music on Friday, June 16, at 8 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave, Winona Lake. This is the second event of the Grace College & Village at Winona Festival of Music.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

“This concert is family-friendly and open to the public,” said Walter Brath, coordinator of the festival. “We hope parents will bring their children for a night of excellent music. It’s sure to be enjoyed by the whole family!”

From 8 – 8:30 p.m., Patrick Woods will share his original guitar compositions using steel-string, finger-style methods. Woods is a talented Hoosier native who has perfected his unique brand of fingerpicking and performed in coffee shops, clubs, concerts and contests across the state. In the past ten years, Woods has recorded four full-length studio albums.

The Burchfield Brothers will perform from 8:40 – 9:45 p.m. Jon and Ben Burchfield use classical guitar, midi-marimba, Irish whistles and recorders to evoke the sound of an entire ensemble. Due to their stylistic diversity, this Dove-nominated duo is constantly in demand. Burchfield Brothers concerts are a combination of music, storytelling and comedy; they are sure to win the hearts of the audience.

The second annual Festival of Music is sponsored by Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and The Village at Winona.  For more information on all planned events, please visit www.grace.edu/musicfestival or contact festival coordinator Walter Brath at brathw@grace.edu.

Billy Sunday Home to be Moved, Preserved

June 6th, 2017

Mount Hood, the home of Billy Sunday, is owned and operated by Grace College.

“Mount Hood,” the historic home of the once famous evangelist Billy Sunday and his family, will be moved and partially restored this summer.  The home, which is owned and operated by Grace College, has been located above Park Ave. on Sunday Lane since 1911.  While the interior was restored about 20 years ago, the exterior has been deteriorating in its present location.  A new, dry foundation is needed for the long-term preservation of the home.  Grace College plans to relocate the home to a prominent location on campus between Mount Memorial and the Free Methodist Church on College Ave.

“We are hopeful that the upcoming move will increase visibility of the historic Billy Sunday home and renew interest in this significant local landmark,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary. “It’s exciting to think about the effect this move will have on the long-term preservation of the home,” he continued.

Mount Hood’s foundation has been compromised by water for decades.   Although dehumidifiers run continuously, the basement is wet much of the year.  Some of the exposed wood – a feature of the home’s character as an Arts and Crafts Bungalow – has become severely rotted as well.  The preservation plan includes landscaped surroundings and necessary repair of the exterior.

As part of the recently announced sale of Grace College property between Ninth and 12th Streets along Park Ave., Silveus Insurance Group will use the current Mount Hood land in its plan for a new corporate headquarters.

“While we acknowledge the historical significance of the home’s original location, we are confident that our partnership with Silveus maintains important heritage while helping facilitate a successful future for Winona Lake,” said Dr. Katip.

Grace College is committed to handling the Billy Sunday home and its original contents responsibly and is in conversation with local preservation experts toward this end. About 700 people visit the Sunday home annually and are hosted by docents from the Winona History Center located in Westminster Hall.  For more information and tour availability, please contact the center at 574-372-5193 or visit www.winonahistorycenter.com.

Grace College Begins Partnership with StraighterLine

June 1st, 2017

A Grace College GOAL student participates in class. Now Grace partners with StraighterLine to allow GOAL students to complete general education courses online.

Grace College has entered a new partnership with StraighterLine, the fastest-growing provider of alternative academic credit.  The two organizations seek to offer students an affordable, convenient pathway toward bachelor degree completion.  The partnership will allow students in Grace’s Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL) program to complete the general education courses necessary to fulfill their bachelor’s degree from the comfort of their own home, completely online.

According to StraighterLine Founder and CEO Burck Smith, “Grace College’s degree completion program aligns well with our mission to help students affordably complete general education courses online and guarantee credit transfer to applicable degree programs.  By partnering with StraighterLine, Grace College is helping nontraditional learners complete the prerequisites they need to get on the fast track to degree completion.”

President of Grace College, Dr. Bill Katip, commented, “We are very pleased to partner with StraighterLine as they share our commitment to help nontraditional students complete their degree as well as our dedication to high-quality college education.”

StraighterLine is a designated EQUIP partner (Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships) by the U.S. Department of Education and all StraighterLine credit-bearing courses are approved by the ACE (American Council on Education).

Grace College’s adult degree completion program (GOAL) leads to a Bachelor of Science in Management, Business Administration, or Human Services. The program serves those who have interrupted their higher education for work, family or other commitments. GOAL is specifically designed for adult learners who desire to complete their degree in as little as 16 months while maintaining full-time life responsibilities.  For more information, visit www.grace.edu/degree-completion.

WSBT Features Grace Aquatic Ecology Class

May 26th, 2017

 

WSBT (CBS-22) in South Bend, Ind., featured Dr. Nate Bosch’s aquatic ecology class in its nightly news cast on May 25.

Of interest was the field trip taken by aquatic ecology students to a great blue heron rookery in Warsaw, Ind. While the rookery is on private land, Dr. Bosch had permission to take students to the wetlands to study the special nesting ground that has been in existence for centuries.  The students observed many great blue heron nesting high in the trees, took water samples and conducted other research on the land.

Some may be surprised to learn that homes, schools and businesses are right next door to the rookery, which is located just miles from the Grace College campus.  According to Bosch, this great blue heron rookery “is a good example of how humans can get along with the nonhuman environment really well.”

To see the news story from WSBT, click here.

First Village at Winona Festival of Music Concert to Take Place June 3

May 25th, 2017

The first event in the 2017 Grace College & Village at Winona Festival of Music will be the Chamber Music Concert on Saturday, June 3, during the Art Festival.  The concert will take place outdoors at the Village Pavilion, located near 9th and Park Streets, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The concert is free and open to the public.

At 10 a.m., classical guitarist Scott Workman and violinist Shana Brath will perform works from Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.  At 11 a.m., Symphony of the Lakes String Quartet will take the stage and perform pieces from Mozart as well as light classical favorites.  At 12 noon, Winona Lake Dixieland Band will wrap up the concert with popular Americana selections.

“We are excited to kick off the Festival of Music with these fine musicians on June 3,” said Walter Brath, coordinator of the festival.  “The variety of music during the Art Festival should provide an enjoyable day of entertainment for shoppers, diners and other visitors in the Village,” he said.

The second annual Festival of Music is sponsored by Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and The Village at Winona.  For more information on all planned events, please visit www.grace.edu/musicfestival or contact festival coordinator Walter Brath at brathw@grace.edu.

Screeton Named Next Head Coach for Grace Baseball

May 25th, 2017

Baseball Coach Cam Screeton

The interim title is coming off. Cam Screeton has been named the next head baseball coach for Grace College, announced on Tuesday.

Screeton will be the 18th head coach in team history. He served as the interim coach during the 2017 season, leading the Lancers to 15 wins. Grace’s 15 wins were the third-most in the past 15 years.

Screeton was also an assistant coach for the Lancers in 2016, helping Grace achieve 20 wins for just the third time in program’s 58-year history.

“I am truly blessed and honored to have the opportunity to lead the Grace baseball program. I want to thank Dr. Katip and Chad Briscoe for entrusting me as the head baseball coach,” Screeton said. “I love Grace College and the mission and purpose this school has to grow spiritual leaders. I hope to continue that mission through the baseball program. I am excited to start working with the guys and continue building on what we started this past season.”

Screeton has been central to Grace’s recruiting success over the last three years, securing some of the program’s best recruiting classes in recent memory. He recruited two players who earned All-Crossroads League recognition in 2017 (sophomore Xavier Harris, freshman Gavin Bussard).

The Lancers displayed a significant boom in power this year with Screeton at the helm. Grace hit 35 home runs this spring, equal to the team’s total for the five previous seasons combined.

“We have been extremely pleased with the program development and spiritual growth of our student-athletes under Coach Screeton this past year. We look forward to the continued pursuit of Christian excellence within the baseball program under his leadership,” said Grace Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe. “His passion and enthusiasm for impacting young men’s lives for Christ through baseball is evident. His history in Northern Indiana and his commitment to the mission of Grace College will serve him well as he takes over the program.”

Screeton is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan and was a dependable member of the Wildcats’ team. He played in 137 games during his career and tallied 104 hits with 58 runs, 50 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. His standout season came as a junior in 2014 where he hit .300 for the year.

Screeton graduated from IWU in 2015 with a degree in Sport Management. Prior to IWU, Screeton attended high school locally at Rochester, earning All-Conference recognition as a junior and senior. As a sophomore on the basketball team, he helped the Zebras to the state championship game.