Grace College and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts to Present the First Annual Village at Winona Festival of Music

March 23rd, 2016



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Partnering to bring the Winona Lake and Warsaw community the highest quality professional and amateur musical and cultural experiences, Grace College and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts will present a series of six concerts of artistic excellence and variety this summer.  Sponsored by Mrs. Mary Louise Miller, the first annual Village at Winona Festival of Music will take place June 18 through Sept. 3 in Winona Lake.

The Festival endeavors to feature local and regional music talent to grow and draw friends and families to the Village at Winona.  Marty Becker, Festival of Music coordinator, sought to include as many different genres of music as possible in the festival.  “I wanted to bring quality, innovative entertainment to the community from jazz to classical music, and much in between,” said Becker.

The following six events are planned for the 2016 Village at Winona Festival of Music:

Jazz Fest: Sat., June 18 at the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave.  In coordination with the Village at Winona Exotic Car Show, Jazz Fest will feature two big bands: Truth in Jazz Big Band and New Millennium Jazz Band.

Celebrate America Pops Concert: Sat., July 2 outdoors in the Village at Winona.  Prior to the annual fireworks, the 70-member combined Lake Area Community Band and Grace College Wind Ensemble will perform under the direction of Marty Becker.

River Raisin Ragtime Revue: Sat., July 9 at the Winona Heritage Room.  River Raisin Ragtime Review will transport audiences to turn-of-the-century America as it performs our country’s first popular music style: ragtime.

Barbershop Festival: Sun., Aug. 7 at the Winona Heritage Room.  The festival will feature the 2015 International Barbershop Quartet Champions, Instant Classic.  Also performing will be Summit City Chorus, Chain-O-Lakes Barbershop Chorus and Optimist Singers.

Band Concert: Sat., Aug. 27 at the Village at Winona gazebo behind the shops.   The Lake Area Community Band will perform marches, jazz standards and current and past pop favorites.

Chamber Music Festival: Sat., Sept. 3 at the Village at Winona gazebo behind the shops.  In conjunction with the Village at Winona Canal Days, the Chamber Music Festival will feature small music ensembles throughout the day including Symphony of the Lakes String Quartet, Jaenicke Consort, Gentle Winds Trio and Backyard Brass Ensemble.

“We are delighted to offer this unique concert series to the community,” added Becker.  “Each of this summer’s events promises to bring family-friendly entertainment and a culturally-enriching experience to our town.”

Some events will be free of charge while others will require a low-cost ticket.  Details on concert times and ticket prices are forthcoming.  For more information, please visit

Grace College Student Honored as Hero in Fiery Crash

March 23rd, 2016

Kosciusko County Commissioners and Sheriff’s Department honored Grace student Tyler Rothhaar and fellow Good Samaritan, Chris Willavize, with heroism awards. Christa and Jeremy Noland, who Tyler helped rescue, are pictured at far left.



Grace College business student, Tyler Rothhaar, was honored March 22 for helping save the lives of a young couple during a fiery crash on March 11. The multiple vehicle crash at U.S. 30 and State Road 13 pushed a car into the side of a gas tanker. The couple was trapped in their burning car when Rothhaar pulled them out and away from the scene with help from Chris Willavize, another Good Samaritan. The couple, Christa and Jeremy Noland, suffered minor burns and a concussion. Christa thanked Rothhaar saying, “Jeremy would be dead and I probably would too because I don’t think I could have crawled out over him.” Although many are labeling Rothhaar a hero, he says he doesn’t see himself as one but rather believes all people should take measures in those situations to save lives. For the extended story from WSBT 22 (CBS), click here.

Center Samples Stormwater as Part of Clean Waters Partnership

March 22nd, 2016

Research assistant Seth Bingham samples stormwater outfall flowing to Pike Lake. This sampling effort is important in light of recent rain and storm events in Kosciusko County.

The Center for Lakes & Streams recently began conducting stormwater monitoring in the Warsaw area as a partner in the Clean Waters Partnership (CWP). The CWP is an extension of The Watershed Foundation and is a collaboration of county individuals, businesses, and governmental organizations, including the City Warsaw.

The information collected through the monitoring of stormwater outfalls and stream sites in Kosciusko County will be used to evaluate levels of pollutants that can harm area waters. This is a vital component of the two-year planning process that will create a watershed management plan for the unique Warsaw area. The management plan will find sources of pollution in the community, and prescribe solutions that would make the lakes and streams of the watershed healthier.

The Center for Lakes & Streams will sample ten stream sites throughout the Tippecanoe-Walnut Creek watershed, which covers Warsaw and surrounding rural areas that drain and flow to the Tippecanoe River and area lakes, on a biweekly basis. This sampling began in January 2016 and will continue through December 2017. The new sampling sites are in addition to the stream sites already sampled by the center around Wawasee, Tippecanoe, Winona, and Syracuse lakes.

During this study, the center is also collaborating with the Kosciusko County Health Department, which will analyze the E. coli samples collected during the study.

Sampling local waterways during storm and rainfall events is of particular importance as these events can cause large amounts of water to carry pollutants, such as nutrients, chemicals, and sediment to local lakes, streams and rivers. Sampling during storm events while water levels are higher than normal gives a more thorough analysis of potential factors that may affect county water resources.

Stormwater outfall sampling is also included in this study as part of the City of Warsaw’s Stormwater Utility efforts. “Stormwater from our city’s streets, yards, parking lots, and buildings ends up in our local lakes and streams, and our Stormwater Utility is interested in improving the quality of that water traveling through our city,” according to Mayor Joe Thallemer.

Research staff from the Center for Lakes & Streams will gather information at each site as they measure stream flow, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, water temperature, E. coli, total suspended solids, chloride, fluoride, sulfate, silica, total phosphorus, soluble reactive phosphorus, total nitrogen, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts applicable research, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with other organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner. For more information or to support their efforts, visit

Grace College Community Wind Ensemble to Present Spring Concert

March 22nd, 2016

The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble under the direction of Martin Becker will present their spring concert “Sacred Sounds of Praise” on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake.  The program will feature music of a sacred genre, in keeping with Easter.

The concert will begin with the famous American Hymn “God of Our Fathers” arranged by Thomas Knox.  This famous American Christian hymn was written in 1876 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence.  It has stood the test of time as evident by the fact that President Ronald Reagan’s first inauguration in 1981 included the new arrangement by Knox.

The second selection is a new arrangement for band written by Anthony LaBounty titled “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”. It is a timeless hymn from British songwriter and Christian worship leader Stuart Townsend, written just before the end of the 20th Century. The tune is melodious and alluring; equal to the text bountiful in poetic language illuminating the scriptural epitome of the ultimate love of a father.

Next on the program will be the very challenging work written by David Holsinger titled “Abram’s Pursuit”.  The music vividly portrays the fourteenth chapter of Genesis, the story of a rebellion, led by Chedorlaomer, King of Elam.

Finishing the first half of the concert, Mr. Becker has chosen a piece written originally for Brass Band, but has become a popular addition to both Orchestral and Concert Band.  In 1927 Gustav Holst was commissioned to write a piece for the BBC and the National Brass Band Competition.  The result was “The Moorside Suite”.  The band will be performing the third movement of the Suite titled “Moorside March”.

Following a brief intermission the band will perform “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, a Christian hymn written by the 18th Century pastor and hymnist Robert Robinson. He penned the words at age 22 in the year 1757. This arrangement is titled “Songs of Praise”.

Mr. Becker turned to poetry and nature for the next composition, “The Seal Lullaby”, written originally for choir by Eric Whitacre.  The composer’s inspiration for this piece came from a Disney film based on Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The White Seal”.

In what has become tradition, the Grace Wind Ensemble likes to include some Jazz or Dixieland in concerts.  The audience won’t be disappointed because next on the program is a Canadian Brass arrangement of “Nearer My God to Thee”.  This arrangement is reminiscent of a New Orleans funeral procession which starts out solemn and finishes in a celebration.

The evening program concludes with a favorite of conductor Martin Becker: the powerful work by Richard Wagner, “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral”. This German romantic opera premiered in 1850 for the imminent betrothal of heroine Elsa to Lohengrin, mystic Knight of the Holy Grail. In this transcription for band the instrumental solo voices of the original are paralleled and the choral voices are deftly absorbed in the rich instrumental texture, recreating all the luxuriant Wagnerian color, drama, pageantry, power and mysticism of the original.

The audience is encouraged to arrive early to get a good seat. The fall concert attracted over 500 attendees.  Admission is free but an offering opportunity will be available at intermission.

Grace College Offers College Credit to High School Students

March 18th, 2016

Jump start photo

To serve the community and introduce higher education to high school students, Grace College offers the Jump Start and Dual Credit programs. Both programs allow students to earn accredited, transferable college credit and take advanced courses that are not offered at the high school level.

Jump Start is offered on the Grace College campus to any high school junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5.  Juniors may take three credit hours per semester, while seniors may take up to six credit hours per semester.  Dual credit is currently offered through six area high schools to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Participating high schools include Warsaw Community High School, Lakeland Christian Academy and Tippecanoe Valley High School in Kosciusko County; Blackhawk Christian School in Allen County; Lakewood Park Christian School in DeKalb County and South Adams High School in Adams County.

A maximum of 12 credit hours total per year may be taken by a Jump Start or Dual Credit student through Grace College.  Grace offers a discounted rate per credit hour for both programs.  Currently, a combined 300 students are enrolled in Jump Start and Dual Credit.  Grace College encourages more families to explore the unique prospect afforded to high school students through these programs.

“Jump Start and Dual Credit offer high school students a great opportunity to get a head start on their college education at a very affordable price.  We hope that more students will take advantage of the possibility of finishing college earlier and earning high school credit while doing it,” says Allyn Decker, director of dual credit programs at Grace College.

Dual credit registration for fall of 2016 begins this spring at participating high schools.  Interested students should inquire with their high school counselor for more information.  Jump Start registration for fall of 2016 begins April 20 at Grace College.  For more information or to apply, visit or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6214.

Grace Earns No. 4 Seed at NCCAA Nationals

March 15th, 2016

NCCAA-homesplashGrace’s men’s basketball team will compete in the 2016 NCCAA National Basketball Championships this week, held at Grace’s MOCC.


The Lancers are the No. 4 seed in the eight-team tournament. Grace will play No. 5 Alice Lloyd on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the opening round. The NCCAA Parade of Champions will take place before Grace’s game at 7 p.m. at the MOCC.

The national semifinals will be held on Thursday night with the men’s championship to tip off on Saturday at 5 p.m. The women’s NCCAA tournament will be held simultaneously at Grace, resulting in 24 games during tournament week in Winona Lake.

The complete men’s field is No. 1 Emmanuel (Ga.), No. 2 Southwestern Christian (Okla.), No. 3 Ohio Christian, No. 4 Grace, No. 5 Alice Lloyd (Ky.), No. 6 Trinity International (Ill.), No. 7 Bluefield (Va.) and No. 8 Central Christian (Kan.).

To find out more about the tournament, including brackets, schedules, banquet information and more, visit

Students Featured at Grace College Senior Art Exhibit

March 15th, 2016

Abigail Barrett with her artwork at the Senior Art Exhibit at Mount Memorial Gallery.

Seven Grace College seniors will be featured in the upcoming senior artwork showcase in Mount Memorial Gallery at Grace College. This is the second of three senior art exhibits for students in the department of visual, performing, and media arts.  Their cumulative and thesis work will be displayed March 14-26, Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 – 4 p.m.  The opening reception with the artists will take place Friday, March 18, from 7 – 9 p.m.

Lauren Scavo’s artwork on display at the Mount Memorial Gallery.

The exhibit showcases the students’ individual talents and academic skills acquired at Grace. The participants include: graphic design majors Anna Joy Cone and Amanda Bowman, art majors Bryanna VanNostran and Jessica Vogel, illustration major Abigail Barrett, and photography major Breanna Clark. Schylar Miller is double-majoring in graphic design and photography.

The Grace College art department’s goal is to equip graduates with the ability to communicate visually, possess professional skills and be able to analyze works from historical and contemporary cultural perspectives. Students learn to demonstrate excellence in creative work that ultimately serves in their calling as artists, Christians and professionals.

The Mount Memorial Gallery is located at 200 Seminary Dr. in Winona Lake.  For more information, visit or call 866-974-7223. Or, email questions to

Inside INdiana Business article highlights Grace College “Affordability Plan”

March 11th, 2016

Bill on IIBThe following is an article from Inside INdiana Business.  Last week, Dr. Katip was interviewed by Gerry Dick on Inside INdiana Business Television.  This is a follow-up story to his appearance on the show.  For the complete article, click here.

Grace College Says Affordability Plan a Success

Grace College in Winona Lake says a college affordability plan it unveiled several years ago is paying off with increased enrollment numbers and decreased student debt. Launched as “Re-Imagine Grace” during the recession in 2008-2009, the effort involved new campuses and the ability for students to earn any degree in three years. Last year, the college reduced tuition by nine percent and began offering free book rentals as part of its “Measure of Grace” program. President Bill Katip says “we’ve been amazed” at the reaction to the measures, which have resulted in growing numbers of new students.

Katip says from 2008-2009, new student enrollment at Grace college decreased from 350 to 290, which is a significant drop for what was then a 1,500-student school. He says high costs discouraged many prospective students from enrolling. He says the college began focusing on “faith-based affordability,” which included the effort to allow students to graduate more quickly. In addition, a new campus in Indianapolis, which currently serves about 80 students, increased access to the school.

In September, Grace College reported record enrollment for the fourth consecutive academic year. More than 2,300 students were enrolled in 2015, which was a 5.4 percent increase over the previous year. At the time, the school said the growth was largely driven by a doubling in online bachelor’s and master’s program enrollment.

For the complete story, click here.

Grace College Business Students Participate in Ninth Annual I-69 Challenge Collegiate Innovation Challenge

March 10th, 2016
I69 Challenge

Participating Grace College business students pictured in front row left to right: Frani Gerst, Gabrielle Lawrence & Lydia Bronner; back row left to right: Bryce Glock & Thomas Carini.


The Grant County Economic Growth Council hosted the ninth annual I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge on February 19-21 at Plymouth’s Swan Lake Resort. Grace College was one of four I-69 corridor schools that participated to create for-profit business plans to solve a social problem. This year the students tackled lack of education. Grace senior Bryce Glock, juniors Frani Gerst, Gabrielle Lawrence, Thomas Carini, and sophomore Lydia Bronner participated in this event, accompanied by Professor Alan Grossnickle.


The first place team developed a plan that integrated trade school training and small businesses into one for-profit entity, “Gateway Holdings.” The team members included Bryce Glock; Kevin Fodrey, a junior from Huntington; Marissa Kitchens, a freshman from Taylor; and Jacinda Fogle, a senior from Indiana Wesleyan. Each team member was awarded a $500 gift card. The second place team members each won $250 gift cards for their proposal of “T.L.D.” which stands for “Teach it, Learn it, Do it” an educational app that helps students stay engaged in their school work. The third place team members were awarded $100 gift cards for their idea, “Socius,” a recruitment company that matches college students with companies for scholarships, internships, and post-graduate jobs.


Five teams competed in the challenge. Each team was comprised of a student representative from each participating university. “I loved the idea behind the event, and I enjoyed building relationships with other students,” shared Jacinda Fogle of the winning team. The students were placed into teams Friday afternoon based on the Basadur Creative Profile, a problem-solving assessment, and collaborated for less than 24-hours on their business plans.


Saturday afternoon, the five teams presented their solutions to a panel of four judges: Jerry McColgin of Collidea; Leslie Wagner of Ginvous; Haley Altman of Ice Miller LLP; and Luke Singer of Heidrick & Struggles.  Following the presentations, the judges selected the winning teams based on criteria that included innovation, profitability, and market potential. “It is so inspiring to see how they respond to the challenges tossed at them which, from my perspective, were handled with great enthusiasm, intelligence and professionalism,” stated Leslie Wagner, who returned this year for her second time as a judge of the I-69 competition.


The purpose of the I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge is to encourage entrepreneurship among students along the I-69 corridor, provide networking opportunities for students and judges, generate creative ideas, and allow for collaboration between universities. The Grant County Economic Growth Council’s event was sponsored by the participating universities, Duke Energy, Indiana Michigan Power, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Vectren, and Wal-Mart.

Senior Art/Design Students Visit Printing Company, Interact with Creative Professionals

March 10th, 2016

Students learn about offset printing process


Panelists answer questions from Grace students


Marketing materials provided to students


Twenty-three Grace College senior art/design portfolio students recently toured a leading printing company and met with industry professionals in New Haven, Ind.


Organized by Richard Wanjema, assistant professor of visual communication design, the students visited New Haven Print to get an in-depth understanding of offset and digital print production processes, along with production management tips.


Later the students participated in a business luncheon where they listened to a panel discussion of creative professionals from Fort Wayne. During a Q&A session, they received insight from design educators, professional designers, and potential employers on portfolio and exhibit preparation, interviewing techniques, and what to expect when beginning a job search.


This event served as an opportunity to learn, network, and become aware of “who’s who” in the local design and creative community.


The Visual, Performing and Media Arts Department at Grace College is dedicated to assisting students in defining their calling as designers, artists, Christians and professionals so they can communicate with expertise and confidence in a visually-oriented world where creativity really does matter.


The Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Department is grateful to the following professionals for sharing their time and resources with Grace College students:


Andie Mobley

President, Red Tree Procurement


Dan Mobley

Graphic Designer, Blue 707


Jennifer Bell

JB Wordcraft


Craig Dellinger

President, New Haven Print


Leslee Hill

President, Hill Image Consulting


Patrick Florea

JH Specialty


Jeremy Diller

Owner, Scenario 77


Neal Bruns

Owner, Capture Photography


Helge Hinniger

Corporate Communications Manager, Fort Wayne Metals


Wendy Sherbondy

Sales, Millcraft Paper


Neal Bruns

Capture Photography


Helge Hinniger

Fort Wayne Metals


Wendy Sherbondy

Millcraft Paper