Winona Lake Named Among the Safest Cities in Indiana

June 23rd, 2016

The-Safest-Cities-in-IndianaAccording to a recent GraceConnect article, Winona Lake, home to Grace College and many other Grace Brethren affiliates, is number seven on the top ten list of the safest cities in Indiana.

The list was created by Safewise, a home security company, and is based on the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data.

Two other Indiana cities on the list, Berne (at number five) and Columbia City (at number 20) are also home to Grace Brethren congregations. Bethel Brethren Church (Joe Nass, pastor) is located in Berne. Community of Hope Grace Brethren Church (Jeremy Wike, pastor) is located in Columbia City.

For the complete story, click here. Visit SafeWise to view the full list of Indiana’s safest cities.

Village at Winona Festival of Music to Present Patriotic Pops Concert

June 21st, 2016
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Pops Concert vocal soloist Rania El-Rah

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Pops Concert trumpet soloist Bob Gray

Celebrate America Pops Concert, the second of six Village at Winona Festival of Music concerts this summer, will take place outside across from the Boathouse restaurant on Sat., July 2 at 7:45 p.m., just before the fireworks.  The concert will feature patriotic-themed music performed by an eighty-five member concert band including the Lake Area Community Band, Grace College Wind Ensemble and other professional musicians.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Martin Becker, Festival of Music coordinator, will direct the band along with Joey Shepherd, Lake Area Community Band assistant director.  The program will include music from John Philip Sousa, Leroy Anderson and John Williams.  The band will also play pieces from Disney and Broadway as well as Indiana composers including Hoagy Carmichael in tribute to the state’s bicentennial.  The Armed Services medley will salute veterans while young audience members will be invited to participate in another special portion of the concert.

Ms. Rania El-rah will make her debut performance as a featured soloist with an orchestra, singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables.”  After a recent move from Indianapolis, Rania is taking the Michiana music scene by storm, regularly signing with Truth in Jazz Big Band and Vibe Nation.  A second vocal soloist, local hair stylist Luke Becknell, will sing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.”  Bob Gray, past member of the United States Navy Band and current principal solo-cornetist with the Ohio Valley British Brass Band in Dayton, Ohio, will perform “Concert Etude” and “Believe in All Those Endearing Young Charms” on trumpet.  Former Warsaw resident Max Fulwider, now an accomplished performer and music instructor in Nashville, Tenn., will perform “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and Boots Randolph’s “Yakety Sax” on the saxophone.

In case of rain the concert will take place in the Winona Heritage Room.  Audience members are encouraged to arrive well before the 7:45 p.m. start time to get a good seat and bring their own chairs or blankets.

Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and the Village at Winona have partnered to bring the community high-quality, family-friendly concerts throughout the summer. The series, sponsored in part by the Esther Pfleiderer Charitable Trust and 1st Source Bank, will includes six concerts from June 18 through Sept. 3.  For details on all of the Festival of Music events, visit www.grace.edu/musicfestival.

PreUnion 2016

June 21st, 2016
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Incoming freshmen get to know each other at PreUnion 2016.

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Dr. Katip takes students out tubing on Winona Lake.

PreUnion, an annual, optional event for incoming Grace College freshmen, took place on Fri., June 17.

At PreUnion, students enjoyed a fun-filled day of sun, boating, beach volleyball and more.  PreUnion is a unique day at Grace when new students get to know the people they will walk alongside in the next chapter of their lives.  Those people include Grace College President Bill Katip.

“PreUnion is one of my favorite days of the year.  I always enjoy taking the students out on the boat and getting to know them by name before classes begin in the fall,” said Dr. Katip.

The incoming freshman class shared in fellowship over dinner and evening worship around the campfire before the day concluded.  For more information about PreUnion, click here.

 

Grace Earns 10 NAIA-SIDA National Awards

June 17th, 2016

SirRed_AthleticCampPressReleaseGrace’s website, media guides and design work resulted in a record 10 awards at the 2016 NAIA-SIDA Convention.

Grace’s 10 awards were the third-most in the NAIA and more than the rest of the Crossroads League combined (7).

Overall, two features of GCLancers.com were honored. Additionally, 4 media guides, 3 graphics and 1 video received top-10 honors at the national level.

“These awards are a direct reflection on our sports information office,” said Grace Athletic Director Chad Briscoe. “Josh Neuhart and his student assistants work tirelessly and do an outstanding job promoting our programs and providing coverage of our events.”

Grace’s SID Josh Neuhart, who oversees athletic communication and website content, was awarded the No. 1 spot in the infographic contest for his design piece on Grace’s academic success.

Two unique facets of GCLancers.com earned top-5 finishes in the Special Event Website category. The “Kessler NAIA Hall of Fame” was given third place, while the “2015 Soccer Championship Headquarters” was fourth.

A pair of splash pages won top-10 recognition, including fifth place for the men’s soccer promo for the Crossroads League Tournament championship game and eighth place for the women’s soccer NAIA Opening Round.

In the media guide realm, the combined men’s and women’s basketball guide placed third for winter brochures. The softball guide was eighth in the spring brochures category, and volleyball (seventh) and women’s soccer (eighth) each placed for fall brochures. All covers for Grace’s media guides were designed by Vincent Sell.

Finally, Grace won ninth place in the Video Publicity contest for a commemorative look at the 50th season for Grace’s men’s soccer program.

“It’s very humbling to be recognized by your peers for these awards. We have unbelievably fantastic coaches and student-athletes at Grace, so it’s a joy to point the spotlight on them every day,” Neuhart said. “Much thanks needs to be given to our A.D. Chad Briscoe for his support and to my tremendous staff of student workers, who selflessly serve the school.”

Donor to Match Gifts for Grace College’s New Track and Field Complex

June 16th, 2016
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2015-16 Grace College Track and Field team with dignitaries at the April groundbreaking of the Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex.

A generous donor has offered to match up to $200,000 in gifts made toward the construction of Grace College’s new $1.5 million dollar track and field complex.

“We are excited to announce that all donations made to the Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex will be matched by an anonymous donor, up to the amount of $200,000,” stated Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College. “Donors have already generously given $1.1 million dollars toward this project. We are grateful for this substantial pledge to help raise the remaining $400,000 of the project’s funding. We believe this new complex will be a great asset to our campus and community.”

The Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex is expected to be completed by fall of 2016. The sports facility will feature a 400-meter, nine-lane competition track; discus and hammer throw cages; high jump zone and pole vaulting facilities; long jump pits; javelin throw and shot put event areas; grandstand seating for 400 and a press box.

The name of the complex is in memory of Bernard and Linnie Key of South Bend whose lineage includes several Grace graduates. The Key family wished to honor Bernard and Linnie for their many years of generosity, service, and trust in God. The new complex will pay tribute to the Keys’ core values of “knowing the Word of God and running with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

“This addition to our athletics program will be a significant benefit to our athletes as well as the community,” stated Chad Briscoe, director of athletics at Grace College. “It will encourage our student-athletes in their pursuits, providing better training and hosting opportunities. We are excited to see how the new facility is used for the glory of God.”

For more information on the Bernard & Linnie Key Track and Field Complex, including how to donate to the project, visit www.gclancers.com/newtrack or call 866-448-3472.

Knight, Elliott honored as All-Americans

June 14th, 2016
Clarissa Knight (left), Chandler Elliot and in action during a softball game.

Clarissa Knight (left), Chandler Elliot and in action during a softball game.

Clarissa Knight and Chandler Elliott were awarded All-American status after their sterling 2016 seasons.

Additionally, the pair was named Second Team All-Region for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Knight was a First Team NCCAA All-American and honorable mention for NAIA All-American. She was one of four Crossroads League players to appear on the NAIA All-American listing.

Knight led Grace’s offense with a .459 batting average, the second-highest average in program history. She produced 83 hits in 59 games, scoring 51 runs and driving in 40 more.

Elliott was a Third Team NCCAA All-American honoree. The sophomore had a balanced season, hitting .385 from the plate and posting a 4.56 ERA in 139.2 innings from the mound. Elliott had a team-best 12 doubles and notched 72 hits for the season. She, along with Knight, were the only Lady Lancers to play in all 59 contests.

In the classroom, five Lady Lancers were recognized as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes: Amanda Bowman, Allison Franklin, Brittany Melzoni, Kati Gregory and Morgan Hutcheson. To achieve Scholar-Athlete status, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman and maintain a 3.5 GPA. Grace had the third-most Scholar-Athletes among Crossroads League institutions.

Grace College Alumni Thriving According to Gallup-Purdue Index

June 13th, 2016

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The Gallup-Purdue Index recently released findings of its 2016 survey of more than 30,000 college graduates from across the country.  Grace College was one of 13 Hoosier institutions to participate.   Grace College outperformed the national and state institutions on almost every measure.  The complete Grace College scorecard can be viewed here.

Among the most significant findings are:

1. Grace alumni say they received excellent emotional support during their college years.

  • The strong majority (57%) of Grace College alumni believed “My professors cared about me as person” compared with just 28% nationwide and 36% of Hoosier grads.
  • Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Grace grads agreed with the statement “I had at least one professor who made me excited about learning” compared with 64% of national and statewide graduates.

2.  Grace alumni report high levels of well-being.

  • Among the five elements of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical, Grace grads reported “thriving” by an average of 55% compared to 45% of national respondents and 46% of Hoosier respondents.
  • 63% of Grace alumni said they were thriving in purpose, compared to 54% of national and statewide survey respondents.

3.  Grace grads have more fulfilling jobs than other college graduates.

  • 50% of Grace alumni say they are “deeply interested in the work they do” compared to 43% of other college grads.
  • 37% of Grace grads report that they have the “ideal job” compared to 29% of all other graduates.

Conducted in January and February of 2016, this Gallup-Purdue survey sought to examine outcomes of college graduates beyond job placement and salaries by evaluating undergraduate experience, alumni attachment, well-being and workplace engagement.

Earlier today, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education issued a news release detailing statewide implications of the survey.  Commissioner Lubbers also offered comment on the results for Grace College saying, “The Gallup-Indiana survey results show a majority of Grace College alumni have a high opinion of their college experience and feel their higher education at Grace was worth the investment.  I commend Grace College for stepping up to be a part of this alumni satisfaction survey, and I’m confident they will use this information to drive even greater satisfaction and success for graduates in the future.”

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, was encouraged by the survey results.  “The highly respected Gallup-Purdue Index shows that most Grace alumni are faring very well post-graduation.  While we acknowledge that improvements can and should be made in alumni satisfaction and value, the survey confirmed that Grace graduates receive a unique education characterized by real relationships formed.  Their college experience prepares them to be well-adjusted adults who make meaningful contributions to society and seek to fulfill God’s calling on their lives,” Katip said.

Grace College Welcomes Rising High School Seniors to Campus

June 9th, 2016

SignA first event of its kind at Grace College, students entering twelfth grade in the fall are invited for a campus visit and information sessions at Grace on Friday, June 24.  “Start at Grace Preview Day” will take place at the beautiful Winona Lake campus beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace College, commented, “We are excited to welcome rising seniors and their parents to campus for a day of discovery as they begin the process of choosing their future college.”

Preview Day will include an admissions and financial aid meeting, campus tour and lunch, and a faculty and student panel discussion.

“We’ve designed Preview Day to be both informative and enjoyable.  Summer is a beautiful time of year on campus and at nearby Winona Lake.  We’re optimistic that families will appreciate the slower-paced summer campus experience and individual attention that the day will offer,” Sisson continued.

Grace College is committed to applying biblical values to strengthen character, sharpen competence and prepare students for service.  In its endeavor to make quality, Christian education available to as many students as possible, Grace College launched the Measure of Grace initiative last fall.  Measure of Grace guarantees a tuition reduction in each consecutive year of undergraduate enrollment and free textbook rentals to all students.  In addition, Grace offers a three-year bachelor’s degree in any of its 65 majors as well as the option to blend a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years.

For more information on Start at Grace Preview Day and to register, call 866-974-7223.

Summer Sports Camps Offered at Grace College

June 3rd, 2016

A variety of sports camps for children in kindergarten through high school will be offered at Grace College throughout the summer.  Starting June 5, camps for boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball, baseball, softball, tennis, track and golf will take place.  Day camps and overnight camps are available.

Young players will have the opportunity to hone their skills, interact with other athletes, learn from collegiate student-athletes and coaches, and study sport and teamwork in a Christian context.

“We look forward to hosting young people on campus throughout the summer months.  Lancer camps offer athletic development as well as spiritual enrichment to participants,” said Chad Briscoe, director of athletics at Grace College.  “Our top-notch coaches and staff are committed to building relationships with each player and facilitating sportsmanship and character development among campers.”

A detailed camp brochure and online registration is available at www.gclancers.com/camps.  For questions, call (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266 or email sharpkj@grace.edu. The dates and types of each camp are listed below.

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June 5-9
4th – 10th grade | Overnight

Lancer Boys’ Basketball Camps 
June 20-23
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June 26-30
6th – 10th grade | Overnight

July 3-July 7
3rd – 6th grade | Overnight

Lancer Baseball Camps

June 6-10
K – 9th grade | Day

Lancer Softball Camps

June 20-21
3rd – 8th grade | Day

June 22-23
6th – 12th grade | Day

Lancer Girls’ Soccer Camps

June 13-16
4th – 6th grade | Day

June 20-23
1st – 3rd grade | Day

July 10-13
7th – 12th grade | Overnight

Lancer Boys’ Soccer Camps

June 13-16
4th – 6th grade | Day

June 20-23
1st – 3rd grade | Day

June 25-28
7th – 12th grade | Overnight

Lancer Tennis Camps

June 27 – July 1

K – 12th grade | Morning

Lancer Volleyball Camps

July 10-14
4th – 10th grade | Overnight

July 18-22
K – 4th grade | Day
5th – 8th grade | Day

Lakes an Important Contributor to Economy

June 3rd, 2016
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Center Lake is located in urban Warsaw, Indiana. The over 100 lakes in Kosciusko County are economic drivers for the county. The total lake economic impact of lakes in Kosciusko County is estimated to be conservatively $313 million annually.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College completed a study this spring profiling the economic impact of the lakes in Kosciusko County. The study conservatively estimated the total value of Kosciusko County lakes to be approximately $313 million annually.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources lists 936 major Indiana lakes on their website, 58 of which are located in Kosciusko County, meaning that Kosciusko County lakes account for approximately 6 percent of the major lakes in Indiana. If the results of this Kosciusko County study were applied to estimate the potential economic impact of lakes in Indiana, lakes could account for as much as $5 billion statewide annually.

The Center for Lakes & Streams conducted an economic impact study using data collected from 314 businesses in Kosciusko County. Businesses profiled in the study included lake-specific businesses which profit directly from the presence of lakes, such as boat marinas and manufacturers, as well as lake-related businesses which benefit from the added presence of lakes, such as restaurants and grocery stores. Data was obtained from businesses primarily through survey (65 percent response rate) and, where survey data could not be obtained, through public data sources and national averages.

Lake-specific businesses generate approximately $150,722,000 annually as a result of the presence of lakes in Kosciusko County. Boat sales, boat manufacturing, and marinas had the largest total revenues of the lake-specific industry categories.

Lake-related businesses generate approximately $147,661,000 annually from the presence of lakes in Kosciusko County. The auto and gas, food and dining, and construction categories accounted for a large portion of the lake-related industry categories.

Property tax revenues generated by lakes in Kosciusko County were found to be $15 million annually. This data was also added to the total lake economic impact calculations.

Dr. Nate Bosch, Director of the Center for Lakes & Streams, explained the importance of this study, “This study shows how Indiana lakes benefit our communities, even beyond lake users. Our findings also highlight the importance of what our center and other partner organizations do—an investment in our lakes is an investment in our state’s economy.”

A positive or negative shift in the water quality of these lakes could enhance or severely harm the businesses that are located around Indiana lakes. Utilizing studies conducted in Ohio, the Center for Lakes & Streams estimates that an improvement in lake quality could increase the economic value of lakes by as much as 5 percent, or approximately $10.5 million, annually in Kosciusko County. Conversely, a decline in lake quality could result in an economic decline of 40 percent, or approximately $84 million, annually in Kosciusko County.

A full technical report and project summary can be accessed online at lakes.grace.edu.