Grace College Wind Ensemble to Perform Fall Concert

November 9th, 2016
Photo pictures musicians preparing to play in the Winona Heritage Room. Photo courtesy of Jake Rhodes.

Photo pictures musicians preparing to perform in the Winona Heritage Room. Photo courtesy of Jake Rhodes.


The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble will present “Dreams, Wishes and Rainbows” on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake.  Tickets will be sold at the door; prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  There will be open seating; the audience is encouraged to arrive early for a good seat.

Martin Becker, director of the fall performance, was inspired to create the concert’s compilation of music by one of America’s greatest entertainment pioneers: Walt Disney.  “Disney’s legacy is an international, cultural icon,” said Becker.  Disney’s music is woven into the concert.

The concert will begin with a selection appropriately titled, “Fanfare: A Vision and a Dream.” The pieces were written by Ryan Nowlin and dedicated to William Doud Packard, who had characteristics similar to Disney’s. “Packard was a man of ingenuity, dreams, patriotism and generosity,” said Becker. “We feel this music captures those attributes.”

The second selection, “Dream, Imagine, Live,” is a new arrangement written by Larry Clark.  It is written in three diverse sections. Combined, the pieces are reflective of Henry David Thoreau’s quote, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”

The first half of the concert will conclude with “October,” a piece written by Eric Whitacre. “October is my favorite month,” Whitacre once said.  “Something about the crisp autumn air and subtle change in light always makes me a little sentimental, and I felt the same beauty in the writing.”  Whitacre is a Grammy-award winning composer and one of the most popular conductors of his generation. His music is performed throughout the world; his ground-breaking Virtual Choir, a user-generated choir that requires members to record and upload music, has united singers from over 110 different countries.

The second half of the concert will begin with “At the End of the Rainbow,” a newly composed selection written by Indiana composer Richard L. Saucedo. The composer notes, “The piece is named for that ongoing quest in which we all embark when trying to find our place in the world. No matter what we may find at our respective ‘ends of the rainbow,’ the search, the journey and the process is what matters most and creates for each individual a life that is extremely worthwhile.”

“There is no better way to conclude the concert than to perform some of Disney’s music,” Becker said. The ensemble will play “When You Wish Upon a Star,” a song written in 1940 for Disney’s adaptation of “Pinocchio.” The original version is the representative song of the Walt Disney Company.  “Composer Sammy Nestico has produced a wonderful arrangement of the song for concert band,” Becker adds.

The final selection is Disney’s “Fantasia 2000,” inspired by the movie and arranged by Jay Bocook. The Grace Wind Ensemble will perform three of the compositions used in the film: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Paul Dukas’s “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and the final from Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite.”

The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble includes student and community members. The experienced group provides several public performances throughout the year. For more information, email Martin Becker at or call 800-544-7223, ext. 6359.

Winona History Center Receives Biederwolf Bust

November 7th, 2016
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Dr. Biederwolf bust acquired by the Winona History Center

One of the most recent acquisitions of the Winona History Center is a bronze bust of Dr. William E. Biederwolf (1867-1939) who directed the Winona Bible Conference from 1922 until his death in 1939. The bust was given to the History Center by the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois, and it was brought to Winona Lake by Skip and Carol Forbes. Carol Forbes, who spent many years developing and archiving materials in the Winona History Center, has had a special research interest in Biederwolf.

Biederwolf was born in Monticello, Indiana. He was educated at Wabash College, Princeton University, and at several universities in Europe. A Presbyterian, Biederwolf served as a pastor, chaplain, and in 1900 he turned to full-time evangelism under the tutelage of J. Wilbur Chapman, the first director of the Winona Bible Conference. One of Biederwolf’s greatest legacies, however, may be the role he played in convincing the founders of Grace College & Seminary to locate their school permanently in Winona Lake.

Biederwolf was present at the meeting held in the Winona Lake Presbyterian Church (now Church of the Good Shepherd) in 1937 during the Brethren conference. A capacity crowd of more than 500 was present and plans were announced for the opening of Grace Theological Seminary. Biederwolf was impressed with the proceedings and the spirit of the gathering and he invited Grace Seminary to make its home in Winona Lake.

The seminary opened the next fall in Akron, Ohio, with a student body of 39. After careful consideration, and in response to Biederwolf’s invitation, the seminary moved to Winona Lake to begin operation two years later in the fall of 1939. Grace College was subsequently founded in 1948 and it became a four-year liberal arts college in 1954. Biederwolf, after a lengthy illness, died  September 3, 1939, in the town where he was born—Monticello, Indiana.

The bust was originally owned by J. Palmer Muntz, who directed the Winona Bible Conference from 1938 until 1958. The transfer from the Billy Graham Center was arranged through Tonya Fawcett, director of library services at Grace College & Seminary.


Grace College Grounds Team Receives National Recognition

November 7th, 2016
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Grace College & Seminary grounds team. Left to right, front row: Bradley Zeinstra, Nikola Blazic, Morgan Cody and Shane Parrett.   Left to right, back row: Hildegard Fehlmann, Denzil Mauk, Jeffrey Buriff, Harold Loebs and Brian Balke.


Grace College & Seminary’s grounds team recently received the Green Star Honor Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS). The award, which recognizes excellence in grounds management, was presented to Jeff Buriff, Grace College grounds supervisor, at the PGMS national convention in Louisville, Ky. on Oct. 21.  “It was a huge honor to receive this award. It has put Grace College on the national stage in the landscape world,” Buriff said.

PGMS is the nation’s largest grounds management society, recognized for its leadership and educational resources.  Annual Green Star Awards recognize superior landscaping and grounds management in a variety of sectors including colleges and universities.  Grace College & Seminary was one of six recipients of its kind to receive the Green Star Honor Award this year.

“I am so pleased that the grounds team received this recognition,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary.  “I consistently hear complimentary remarks from visitors about the quality of our campus grounds, and that is testament to our high caliber team.”

“The honor award is evidence of our continued efforts to improve and beautify our campus and sports turf,” said Randy Kleinhans, director of the physical plant at Grace College. “Our aim is to provide an environment where students, faculty, staff and the public can enjoy excellent professional landscaping.”

Grace’s grounds team has sought professional development and continual improvement in recent years.  Training seminars in landscape and sports turf management conducted by Purdue University have proved beneficial, as well as visiting other campuses. “In addition to training, we have visited peer schools to learn new ideas and best practices.  We are striving to be the best in class for our size school,” Kleinhans added.

For more information about Grace College & Seminary, visit or call 574-372-5100.

Grace College Recognized for Top Online Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Program

November 4th, 2016



Grace College’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling online degree was recently named one of the top national programs by Best Counseling Degrees.  Grace College ranked 6th and was the only Indiana college named among the most affordable accredited programs.

Best Counseling Degrees shares expert information about top counseling degrees to help students achieve their professional goals. Lists are compiled using data from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP).

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to build a quality and affordable faith-based program that emphasizes professional skill development,” said Dr. Amy Gilbert, chair of the graduate counseling department at Grace.

Grace College’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling trains graduate students to excel as professional counselors. They are taught to be scripturally grounded, professionally skilled and interpersonally competent. Upon completion, students are qualified to seek state licensure or pursue doctoral studies in counseling. The program is offered online and on-campus; both are CACREP-accredited.

“We’re proud to offer students the option of a residential or online program at Grace,” said Gilbert.  “Our online degree program is ideal for those who need to maintain full-time family and work responsibilities while pursuing their degree.  Online students also enjoy the four to six-day residency on campus in Winona Lake,” she said.

For more information about the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, visit Or, contact Dr. Gilbert at 574-372-5100, ext. 6064.  For the complete report and rankings from Best Counseling Degrees, visit

Grace College Accepting Applications for Degree Completion Program

November 2nd, 2016

GOAL_LogoGrace College is now accepting applications for the Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL) program.  The degree completion program is offered residentially or fully online for adults who wish to complete their four-year degree while maintaining family and work responsibilities.  The next GOAL cohort will begin January 9, 2017.

With convenient scheduling, current technology and outstanding instruction, Grace makes obtaining a bachelor’s degree a reality for many area adults. Building on previous college credits and life experiences equivalent to about two years of college, a GOAL degree can be completed in just 16 months.

In 2014, Serena Case graduated from GOAL with a bachelor of science in business management. Case calls enrolling in GOAL “one of the best decisions” she has ever made. “GOAL has impacted my career in so many ways. It was a necessary stepping stone for the success I’ve had,” she said.  In GOAL, Case mastered her subject area and built lasting relationships. “It gave me the tools and confidence I needed to pursue a career that I love,” said Case.

Initially, Serena worked in manufacturing.  Four months after graduating from GOAL, she was hired as a quality engineering tech at DePuy Synthes in Warsaw.  After two years at DePuy, Case acquired her dream job: a clinical research associate at Medpace in Cinncinati, Ohio. “GOAL truly changes lives,” she said. “Students graduate feeling confident and equipped.”

At Grace’s Winona Lake campus, GOAL students can earn a B.S. in management or a B.S. in quality management.  Each course meets one night per week for five weeks or for two day-long Saturday sessions.  Online degrees include a B.S. in management, a B.S. in human services and B.S. in business administration.

Grace College is now accepting applications for January GOAL cohorts. Prospective students should call 877-607-0012 or email admissions counselor Natalie Ferry at  Additional information about GOAL can be found at

Four Lady Lancers Honored by Crossroads League

November 1st, 2016
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Meredith Hollar

Abby Schue

Abby Schue

Four members of Grace women’s soccer team were honored by the Crossroads League on Nov. 1 in the postseason awards.

Meredith Hollar, Abby Schue and Kristelle Jadoo were all named First Team All-League, and Maile Grout was honorable mention to the All-League Team.

Hollar was Grace’s leading attacker throughout the season. She had eight goals and one assist in the regular season to rack up 17 points. Hollar’s 36 career goals rank fifth in program history.

Schue posted eight shutouts in 16 games for Grace. She made 95 saves on the season, averaging nearly six saves per game.

Jadoo was an integral part of Grace’s defense. The senior outside back was one of just four players to start all 16 games. She helped Grace to six shutouts in league play.

Grout was a steady defensive midfielder for Grace. The senior was instrumental in winning and keeping possession for Grace in the middle. She also started all 16 games.

The Lady Lancers played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, taking on six ranked teams during the regular season. Grace still managed to finish fourth in the Crossroads League.

Grace is focused on qualifying for the NCCAA National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. To reach NAIA Nationals, the Lady Lancers will need to qualify through NCCAA Regionals which will be released in the coming days.

Grace Holds Sportsmanship Summit for Northern Lakes Conference

November 1st, 2016

Sportsmanship conference

Grace College and Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe welcomed student-athletes from the high schools of the Northern Lakes Conference for a Sportsmanship Summit on Monday, Oct. 31.

Student-athletes from the NLC schools attended the summit, which was designed to educate student-athletes about sportsmanship and character training in athletics.

“We are pleased to be a part of building character at the high school level through the Sportsmanship Summit,” Briscoe said. “We hope it served as a great opportunity to educate and reinforce character education and to help promote the importance of sportsmanship for each student-athlete.”

Student-athletes from the NLC spent the day together working in groups to discuss and challenge one another in sportsmanship and character-building opportunities in the athletic realm. The students worked in team-building opportunities to promote camaraderie among the schools in the conference and create various mission statements for the NLC.

The Sportsmanship Summit featured sessions from Roger Grossman, Lenny Krebs and Briscoe.

Grace College to Present Fall Play: ‘A Murder Is Announced’

November 1st, 2016

muder posterGrace College will present the play “A Murder Is Announced” Friday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Little Theatre, located in Philathea Hall on the Grace College campus.  This murder mystery, based on the book by Agatha Christie, takes place in England.  The classic “whodunit” plot unfolds after a local paper publishes the time and place of a future murder.  The mystery will have audiences guessing until the very end.

Ticket are $5 for students and seniors and $7 for adults.  Tickets may be purchased at Jazzman’s Café on campus, through Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts by calling 574-267-8041 or at the door.  Performances will take place at the following times:

Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


Tippecanoe River Clean-Up Project Completes Final Phase, Makes River Accessible

October 27th, 2016

More than 280 logjams were cleared from the Tippecanoe River to mitigate flooding and open the river to recreation. Partners gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony to “open” the Tippecanoe River: (From left to right) Mike Kissinger, Matt Gilbert, Scott Fetters, Ed Roberts, Bob Conley, Amy Bloemendaal, John Tyler, Rod Edgell, Jim LeMasters, Nate Bosch, Jo Paczkowski, Stephen Becker, Jeff Gilbert, Richard Kemper (not pictured), and Ed Rock (not pictured).


The project addressing areas of excess fallen trees in the Tippecanoe River was completed this fall, reducing flooding and increasing recreation opportunities.

More than 280 logjams were removed from the 30-mile stretch of river from Oswego Lake to Ind. 19 as a strategy to allow for water to flow more freely and provide easier canoe and kayak paddling access in the Tippecanoe River.

The project is a collaboration led by the Center for Lakes & Streams along with Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Kosciusko County Office of Emergency Management, Kosciusko County Surveyor’s Office, Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners, and Paddlers for Conservation.

The Nature Conservancy listed the Tippecanoe River as the eighth most important river in the world for biodiversity. Removal efforts focused on logjams of greatest severity, leaving smaller trees and other woody debris closer to the stream banks for beneficial wildlife habitat. While logjams have been removed making the river currently passable, future logjams will be removed when possible to keep the river open.

A paddling trip down the cleared portion of the Tippecanoe River from Oswego Lake to the Chinworth Bridge parking area near the CCAC is estimated to take approximately six hours, and the stretch from Chinworth Bridge to the DNR public access parking area at Ind. 19 takes approximately five hours to travel.

Funding for this project primarily came from DNR funds set aside for logjam removal efforts.  Local matching funds were obtained from the Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission, various lake associations, corporations and private donors.


Grace College to Host Conference on Mission

October 26th, 2016

grace_college_fall signGrace College will host its annual Conference on Mission Tuesday, Nov. 1 through Friday, Nov. 4.  Since 1960, Grace has welcomed missionaries to campus for this special annual event.  Guest speakers, seminars and other events will take place throughout the week with a focus on God’s plan for mankind both locally and globally.  The public is welcomed to attend.

“The purpose of this year’s Conference on Mission is to help students see God’s vision for reaching the world no matter where they are or what job they have,” said Brent Mencarelli, dean of undergraduate chapel and community life at Grace College.  “Our conference theme mirrors our 2016-17 campus theme: CORE.  As we study what is at the heart of our Christian faith this year, we hope students will see the value of mission work both locally and globally, as each are part of the ‘core’ of Christianity,” he said.

Conference on Mission seminars will be held on Tuesday from 9:15 – 10:15 p.m., Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:45 p.m., and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and 9:15 – 10 p.m.  Guest speakers include Ed Gersch from Athletes in Action, Rick Smith from Biblical Ministries Worldwide, Doug Schaible from New Tribes Mission, Kirsten Lynch from CMF International, Dave and Susie Hobert from Encompass World Partners and many others. More than 50 missionaries representing over 30 mission organizations will participate.

Chapel will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Captial Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake.  A 24-hour day of prayer will take place in McClain Hall beginning on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m, concluding Thursday at 2:30 p.m.  A dessert social with missionaries will be held on Wednesday from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in Westminster Hall.

For the complete Conference on Mission schedule and missionary participants, visit or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6488.