Mock Interview Event Affords Learning and Career Opportunities for Grace Students

April 1st, 2016
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The attached photo pictures DeeAnna Muraski and Alysha Beachy during the mock interview event. Muraski is the associate director of internships and an adjunct professor in the business department at Grace College. Beachy is a senior at Grace, majoring in elementary education.

Grace College hosted its fifth annual mock interview event for upperclassmen on Thurs., March 31. The evening included two sets of interviews and an intermission for continued conversation between students and local employers.

According to Denise Terry, director of the Center for Career Connections at Grace College, the mock interview event provides a unique opportunity for participating students. “They are able to practice interviewing with real professionals from a wide variety of industries. Students can significantly improve their skills as a result,” she said. “It’s a safe environment in which to learn and receive feedback.”

The event was sponsored by the Center for Career Connection and Office of Advancement at Grace College. This year, 65 employers participated, including The Bowen Center, Wildman Business Group and Warsaw Community Schools. Additionally, Warsaw Mayor Joseph Thallemer and Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce President Rob Parker were present.

During the course of the evening, students engaged in one or both sets of interviewing times. They interacted with employers in and outside of their fields of interest. After conducting an interview, each employer provided the student with ways to improve. During the intermission, students and employers enjoyed light refreshments and relaxed conversation.

Alysha Beachy, a Grace College senior, participated in the evening. “I think it was an excellent experience,” Beachy said. “It helped me be less nervous. The employers did a great job of showing us what the interview process looks like. They also made it a comfortable environment to learn in.” Overall, the event left Beachy confident, ready to engage in future interviews.

For more information about the mock interview event, call the Grace College Center for Career Connections at 574-372-5100, ext. 6101.

Coach Kessler Featured in NCCAA “The Pursuit” Magazine

April 1st, 2016

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Grace College Coach Jim Kessler is known for his pursuit of the hearts of men – particularly those he coaches on the men’s basketball team.  In the latest edition of NCCAA’s “The Pursuit” magazine, assistant coach and former Grace basketball player Greg Miller gives a behind-the-scenes look at “Coach K” – what matters most to him and how he lives out those priorities on a daily basis.  To read the encouraging article, click here or on the magazine image.  Coach Kessler’s story, “One Man’s Legacy: A Life of Outward Faith,” begins on page 19.

Grace College Invites Public to Hear a Speech of Hope

March 31st, 2016

Dr. Doreen Dodgen Magee pictured.

Dr. Doreen Dodgen Magee, a licensed psychologist and national public speaker, has a message of hope and significance to offer to the Winona Lake community next week. Currently practicing in Portland, Oregon, Magee has 22 years of experience working with adults dealing with issues of loss, depression, relationships, and life transitions.

“Yet another fantastic speaker to learn from,” said Carlos Tellez, dean of chapel at Grace College. “We all have hurt in our lives. Dr. Magee will allow us to address those hidden burdens that we carry and provide hope for the future.”

Doreen Dodgen Magee will speak at the Grace College chapel service on Wed., April 6 and Thurs., April 7 in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. Chapel begins at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

To educate the student body and community about the heart of God and the heart of campus, Grace College holds chapel three times per week. It provides an opportunity to gather and experience Christ and His present work. For more information about chapel and to view the spring chapel schedule, visit




Third Congressional District Candidate Forum Held at Grace College

March 30th, 2016

Prof. Pat Loebs and Student Body President Evan Kilgore moderate the Grace College Congressional Candidate Forum on March 29. Participating candidates seated left to right are State Sen. Liz Brown, Todd Nightenhelser, State Sen. Jim Banks and Dr. Pam Galloway.



Candidates running to represent Indiana’s Third Congressional District – which includes Winona Lake – attended a forum organized by the Grace College Student Senate on Tuesday evening.  The timely event offered a unique opportunity for students and community members to get to know the men and women who wish to represent them in Washington, D.C. just five weeks before the May 3 primary election.  Republican candidates present were State Senator Jim Banks, State Senator Liz Brown and Dr. Pam Galloway.  Democratic candidate Todd Nightenhelser also participated.  Candidates outlined their reasons for running for Congress and then fielded questions from students and the public on a variety of topics including gun control, healthcare, the national debt and national security.  Approximately 75 people and several news outlets attended Tuesday’s event.  Click here to see 21 Alive’s (ABC-Fort Wayne) coverage.

Grace Art Professor Invited to Display Artwork at Greek Consulate in Chicago

March 30th, 2016
Kim Reiff poses with her artwork at the Embassy of Greece in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Kim Reiff with artwork in the Greek Consulate in Chicago, Ill.

Kim M. Reiff is associate professor of art and chair of the department of visual, performing, and media arts at Grace College.  Recently, Reiff was delighted to display 15 of her personal photographic artworks at the Greek Consulate General and in the official residence of the Consul General of Greece in Chicago.

While leading a Grace College Go Encounter trip last May, Reiff photographed the Erechtheion and Caryatids from the “Porch of Maidens” on the Acropolis and in the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. Built in 421 BC, the once sacred temple accommodated a series of complex cultural beliefs and is now famous for the marble female statues that support the stone porch on its south side.

From left to right: Consul General Polyxeni Petropoulou and Kim Reiff discuss Greek artwork and culture.

From left to right: Consul General Polyxeni Petropoulou and Prof. Kim Reiff in the consul general’s office in Chicago.

After showing ancient Greek imagery in her faculty show in January, Reiff wanted to continue using her artwork to share experiences of Greece. “I became aware that foreign embassies display artwork depicting their home countries,” Reiff explained, “so I sent an inquiry to the Embassy of Greece in Washington, D.C. to ask about the process.” Reiff was pleasantly surprised to receive an immediate reply with an invitation from the consulate in Chicago to display her work there.

When delivering the artwork, Reiff was invited to spend time with Consul General Polyxeni Petropoulou. Gracious with her time, Petropoulou shared her love of Greece, its culture and her career as a foreign diplomat. As an avid art collector, Petropoulou spoke about how Greece has used their art treasures to build international cross-cultural relationships. When asked how long the Consulate could display the artwork, Reiff replied that the pieces could be considered a gift. “Consul General Petropoulou, then asked me for permission to take four of the artworks to the official residence in Chicago,” Reiff said. “They will have a permanent home with the Consul General.”

An exceptional privilege and honor to Reiff, she hopes this this opportunity will open doors for her students to use art created from cross-cultural experiences to make new connections and build relationships. Already, she is encouraging students to consider embassies and consulates for their artworks inspired from their countries.

The process for the creating Reiff’s displayed artworks included digital photography and color manipulation using graphic software. Photographs were taken on site at the Acropolis and in the New Acropolis Museum, Athens, May 2015.

Grace College Cross-Cultural Trip Gives Graduating Student New Perspective and Aspiration

March 29th, 2016
Grace College students and faculty at All Saints Camp in Nassau, Bahamas during Go Encounter: Bahamas trip. Brittany Fourman is third from the right, middle row.

Grace College students and faculty at All Saints Camp in Nassau, Bahamas during Go Encounter: Bahamas trip. Brittany Fourman is second from the right, middle row.

Grace College students were spread across the world for cultural encounter trips over spring break, Feb. 26 – March 8, 2016. Groups of students and advisors traveled to the Bahamas, southern California, Taiwan, Atlanta, Dubai, England, Hong Kong, India and Philadelphia. The teams were led by cross-culturally experienced faculty and staff and lasted seven to ten days. The trips provide students with a cross-cultural experience in which they are exposed to native people and customs of various cultures.

As a part of Grace’s general education core, these trips are one way to meet the “cross-cultural field experience” requirement for Global Perspectives, a class designed to develop a biblical lens for seeing the world in order to live meaningfully and biblically in increasingly multi-cultural societies.   According to Carlos Tellez, dean of chapel and global initiatives for Grace College, the cross-cultural field experience “prepares students for today’s globalized marketplace and for obedience to Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations.”

Brittany Fourman, a senior majoring in communications and journalism from Dayton, Ohio, was part of the Bahamas Encounter trip.  A total of 15 students and four faculty traveled to Nassau, Bahamas where they began by exploring remote islands on a sailboat. The trip gave them the opportunity to stay with a native host family for a night, visit a school on Black Point Island and spend time at All Saints Camp with AIDS and HIV-infected Bahamians.  The students also had the opportunity to experience the unique beauty and wildlife of the Bahamas.

Fourman said she was inspired by the culture.  “They don’t put emphasis on time and everyone is very relaxed. It was refreshing to experience a completely different lifestyle from that in the U.S.” Fourman said many Bahamians see the country as “a sinking ship” but she saw a place with unlimited opportunity and many untapped markets that could positively change the country.

“I never realized the degree to which our country impacts the Bahamas.  It relies on America for many imports because we are their closest neighbor.  The large amount of importing in the Bahamas makes goods there much more expensive,” she explained. Fourman says this trip has expanded her aspirations and she hopes to return to work there after graduation this May.  She aspires to help develop new industries to make the Bahamians more self-reliant.  Although hesitant about the trip prior to leaving, Fourman says now she is very grateful for the experience and appreciates the cross-cultural requirement for graduation at Grace.

The next cultural trips will be taken by Grace students and faculty in May to Austria, Fiji, Greece, Italy, Japan, Portugal and Toronto.  Then, a mystery trip in June will give students the opportunity to experience three world class cities across three continents. For more information about Go Encounter trips, visit

Prof. Matthew Harmon Discusses Easter on Morning News

March 26th, 2016



On Good Friday, March 25, Dr. Matthew Harmon, Professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College, was a guest on WNDU (NBC) in South Bend, Ind., to discuss the significance of Easter.  Dr. Harmon winsomely described how Easter “changes everything” and Jesus’ death and resurrection offers new life for all people and creation.  Click here to see Dr. Harmon’s complete interview.  Dr. Harmon’s latest book, “Making All Things New” can be purchased here.  And finally, Dr. Harmon’s podcast “Ten Ways Easter Changes Everything”, recorded on the “Ask Pastor John” podcast March 24, can be heard here.  He is risen!  He is risen, indeed!

Third Congressional District Candidate Forum to be Held at Grace College

March 24th, 2016

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The Grace College Student Senate will host a Third Congressional District Candidate Forum on Tues., March 29 at 7 p.m. The forum will be held in Grace College’s McClain Hall auditorium, located adjacent to Indiana Hall, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake. The public is invited to join Grace College students and faculty for the forum.

Candidates running to represent our area in Congress will share thoughts with the audience and then address questions, concerns and ideas from students and community members. Questions may be submitted verbally or via Twitter at the forum. Confirmed candidates include Jim Banks, Liz Brown and Pam Galloway.

Grace College Student Body President and moderator for the event, Evan Kilgore, says, “I am excited to offer this opportunity to students and the community. It is not often that we are able to meet political candidates and get our questions answered. This event will allow voters to be more knowledgeable when they vote this May.”

The primary election will be held May 3; polling locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the forum, contact Kearstin Criswell, Coordinator of Student Involvement, at 574-372-5100 ext. 6470.

Grace Professor Releases New Book and Appears on John Piper Podcast

March 24th, 2016

Making All Things New


Dr. Matthew Harmon, professor of New Testament studies at Grace College and Seminary, is today’s guest on the “Ask Pastor John” podcast.  The popular radio program hosted by John Piper has an average listenership of 70,000.  Harmon’s interview is entitled “Ten Ways Easter Changes Everything,” a topic related to his newly-released book “Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church.”

While most associate eschatology solely with the end times, in “Making All Things New”, Harmon and co-author Benjamin L. Gladd argue that the appearance of Jesus Christ has already introduced a new creation.  Harmon and Gladd encourage and equip pastors to let this reality shape the growth and outreach of their churches.

According to Harmon, there are many ways the resurrection of Jesus Christ should change our perception of the modern age. “When Jesus rose from the dead,” Harmon says in today’s podcast, “It was the beginning of a new era in human history. God’s new-creation kingdom has broken into this fallen world.”  Harmon goes on to say that the resurrection guarantees that God will one day transform all of creation.  “Every stain of the fall and the curse will be gone from creation, every tear wiped away, no more death, no more sorrow, no more weeping. All of it is done away with and all of that stems ultimately from the fact that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.”

To hear the entire podcast and read the transcript, click here.

For more information about “Making All Things New,” or to purchase a copy, click here.

Vanderhegghen named All-American

March 24th, 2016

To cap off his sterliBrandon_Vanderhegghenng career, Grace’s Brandon Vanderhegghen earned All-American honors from both the NAIA and NCCAA.

Vanderhegghen was named Second Team All-American by the NCCAA and was honorable mention by the NAIA. Additionally, he was named to the NCCAA All-Tournament Team after helping the Lancers to a third-place finish last week.

Vanderhegghen ends his four-year career ranked No. 31 for Grace in career scoring with 1,398 points. In the 2015-16 campaign, he averaged 16.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game — all career-best marks.

Academically, Grace was recognized with four members earning Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete status. Seniors Caleb Featherston, Kyle Fillman and Drew Perrin and junior John Swanson earned the academic distinction, given to upperclassmen with a GPA of at least 3.5.

Grace had the most Scholar-Athletes (four) of any school in the Crossroads League.

The Lancers finished the year with a record of 21-14 and 9-9 in CL play. Head coach Jim Kessler has now racked up 743 wins in his NAIA Hall of Fame career.