Grace Community Education Graduates 98 at Miami Correctional Facility

June 3rd, 2016
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Grace Community Education faculty and staff at Miami Correctional Facility 2016 graduation

Since 2012, Grace Community Education has offered high school equivilency and vocational education to men incarcerated at Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) in Kokomo, Ind.  MCF is one of five Indiana prisons at which Grace offers educational opportunities.  A graduation ceremony was recently held for participants at MCF.  The following is an article that appeared in the Kokomo Herald on June 2, 2016.   

Miami Correctional Facility held a graduation ceremony for offenders who recently completed the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), formerly known as the General Education Degree (GED).

TASC is the new high school equivalency test that took the place of the GED in January 2014. Also celebrating were 16 additional offenders who completed their College Correspondence courses.

Currently Grace Community Education at Miami Correctional Facility teaches 434 students, which includes 283 ABE (Adult Basic Education)/TASC students, 86 Vocational students and 65 college correspondent students. The college also has a PEER Packet Program, where it tutors inmates who have very low TABE (Test Adult Basic Education) scores – with the objective of advancing these individuals into the regular ABE/TASC classes.

The Keynote speaker for the program was Dr. William Katip, President of Grace College. Since Grace has been teaming with MCF, it has had a total of 434 GED/TASC completers and 308 Vocational completers.

For the complete story, click here.

 

Village at Winona Festival of Music to Present Jazz Fest

June 3rd, 2016
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Photo courtesy of Truth in Jazz.

 

Jazz Fest, the first of six Village at Winona Festival of Music concerts this summer, will take place on Sat., June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave, Winona Lake.  In coordination with the Village at Winona Exotic Car Show, Jazz Fest will feature two big bands, Truth in Jazz and New Millennium Jazz Orchestra.  Tickets will be sold at the door; prices are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

Truth in Jazz, an 18-piece big band, was established in 1998 in Elkhart, Ind. and is directed by Steve Allen.  New Millennium Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ed King II, is based in Fort Wayne and includes 19 professional musicians.

Marty Becker is the Festival of Music coordinator.  “Two exciting, professional big bands will present the best in cool jazz and nostalgic sounds from the big band era,” said Becker. “Jazz Fest will be an event to relax, unwind and enjoy the great sounds of live music.”

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Photo courtesy of New Millennium Jazz Orchestra.

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 first annual Festival of Music will include six concerts from June 18 through Sept. 3. In addition to Jazz Fest, the festival will feature pop, ragtime, barbershop, band and chamber music.  For details on all of the Festival of Music concerts, visit www.grace.edu/musicfestival.

‘Reconnecting’ Artwork on Display at Wagon Wheel

June 1st, 2016
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Kim Reiff’s “Reconnecting” art series, including this piece, will be on display at the Wagon Wheel beginning June 4.

Kim M. Reiff, associate professor of art at Grace College, and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts are partnering to present an exhibit featuring artworks from Reiff’s “Reconnecting” series. It explores the visual and tactile nature of “being.”

 
The public is invited to join the Wagon Wheel Visual Arts Committee for an opening reception on Sat., June 4, from 9-10:30 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast fare will be served. Those in attendance will learn about Reiff’s artistic process and her inspiration for the series of work. 
 
Reiff’s artwork reveals, in a simple way, the complexities of reconnecting. Feelings of disconnectedness in mind, body or spirit may occur as a result of trauma, separation, or loss. These works were created within the paradigm that reconnecting must happen in the present. Reiff’s work uses two-dimensional forms of reconstructed canvas and knotted bows to show the process.
 
Reiff earned her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University. She is Chair of the Department of Visual, Performing, and Media Arts at Grace College.
“Reconnecting” may be viewed by the public at the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, found at 2515 E. Center Street in Warsaw. The exhibit is on display from June 4 to July 18. Additional work by Reiff is viewable at www.kimmreiff.com.

Grace College Students to Study with Wycliffe Bible Translators

May 31st, 2016
The attached photograph pictures Grace College student Bethany Ingram.

Grace College student Bethany Ingram

Two Grace College seniors are headed to the University of North Dakota this summer to study with Wycliffe Bible Translators in their pursuit of a major in Bible translation and a dream of full-time missions work.  Bethany Ingram, resident of Stryker, Ohio, and Mitchell Hussong, originally from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, will study in North Dakota from June 7 to August 5, taking four linguistics courses with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

For more than 70 years, Wycliffe Bible Translators has worked globally to help indigenous tribes translate the Bible into their own languages. They partner with organizations in Africa, the Americans, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Wycliffe teaches college linguistic courses including articulatory phonetics, syntax and morphology, and introduction to sociolinguistics.

Wycliffe will introduce Ingram and Hussong to the sounds used in spoken languages and teach them how to recognize, produce, transcribe, classify and describe words. They will also be taught the fundamentals of analyzing grammatical and morphological structures of languages. Additionally, Ingram and Hussong will gain exposure to language as a phenomenon dependent on age, general, social class, and setting.

“I’m excited to start learning about new languages and cultures,” Ingram said. “The classes will also prepare me to effectively build relationships with tribal people. My goal is to prepare myself now for future ministry.” She anticipates using the material and new skills to partner with a Bible translation organization after graduation.

Hussong looks forward to learning and transcribing new languages. “I plan to be in full-time ministry as a missionary,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll be a part of New Tribes Missions or Wycliffe Bible. I want to translate scripture into a language that does not yet have the Bible.”

Translating the Bible into another language is an extremely challenging process that can take many years. With these courses, including a foundation of core classes and biblical studies at Grace College, Ingram and Hussong will be prepared for roles as Bible translators, linguists, literacy workers and language surveyors.

For more information about ministry studies at Grace College, visit www.grace.edu or call 574-372-5100 or toll free 866-974-7223.

Grace College and Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Partner to Ensure Pond System Health

May 26th, 2016
1.Dr. Chad Snyder (right), director of chemical research at Grace College, and Will Lorenz (left), chemistry research student at Grace College, stand on the veldt in the African Journey biome at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Dr. Chad Snyder (right), director of chemical research at Grace College, and Will Lorenz (left), chemistry research student at Grace College, stand on the veldt in the African Journey biome at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Dr. Chad Snyder, associate professor of chemistry and director of chemical research at Grace College, and Dr. Joe Smith, director of animal programs at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, recently began a research partnership to help ensure the long-term health of the zoo’s pond system.  Dr. Snyder and research students will conduct routine water chemistry analyses including pH, dissolved oxygen, chloride, calcium, nitrate, nitrite and phosphate concentrations as well as algae counts and algae species distributions.  Their third visit to the African Journey biome took place Wednesday.

“It’s very exciting to begin a research partnership with the zoo,” said Dr. Chad Snyder.  “Our goal at Grace College is to help the zoo understand its pond system’s water quality and develop strategies to keep it healthy for all of its aquatic inhabitants.  After three monthly visits, we are encouraged by the collaboration and potential long-term benefit we can create for the zoo.”

Will Lorenz, chemistry research student at Grace College, wades through Small Pasture Pond to take a sample of the water.

Will Lorenz, chemistry research student at Grace College, wades through Small Pasture Pond to take a sample of the water.

With the permission of Dr. Smith and the zoo’s Animal Research and Conservation Committee, Grace College faculty

and students enter several of the zoo’s enclosures to obtain pond samples.  “This proactive approach helps us gather necessary data from a variety of ponds and assess variations in the water samples to appropriately respond to any potentially unhealthy conditions,” added Snyder.

The African Journey’s pond system is home to 11 species of birds and mammals that inhabit the ponds.

“Dr. Snyder and his research assistant are helping to systematically document our water quality and algae content over time to help determine what factors might lead to unsightly algae blooms and unstable water conditions,” said Dr. Joe Smith.  “We are committed to ensuring the long-term health of all animal species at the zoo, and our pond system health is essential in this endeavor.  We are pleased to partner with Grace College to this end,” he said.

Adventure Race and Paddle Wars Featured at Lakes Festival

May 19th, 2016

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This year’s Northern Indiana Lakes Festival on June 11 & 12 will feature several new events, including the Crawfish Adventure Race, presented by Metzger’s Outdoors, and Paddle Wars, presented by P4C Paddlers for Conservation.

The Lakes Festival is an annual celebration of our local lakes and waterways. Events like the Crawfish Adventure Race and the first-ever Paddle Wars give Kosciusko County residents and visitors even more opportunities to interact with a local lake.

Metzger’s Outdoors is located in the Warsaw/Winona Lake area and organizes adventure races which can involve canoeing, kayaking, obstacle courses and other water activities. Races can include all types of terrain, from the deep woods, to swamps, lakes and rivers.

The first-ever Paddle Wars is an event organized by the P4C Paddlers for Conservation club, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to promoting paddling, education and conservation. For this event, teams of four will participate in a tug-of-war in which two canoes will be tied together stern to stern; the first team to pull their opponent past the center line (rope) wins.

To find out more about these events, or to register, visit lakesfestival.org.

Festival admission is free and other activities include a swim race, kayaks for kids, food, a live animal show, petting farm, open swimming, kids’ activities and exhibitors, and Saturday fireworks presented by Zimmer Biomet.

Commercial vendor applications and food vendor pre-applications are still being accepted; the deadline for these applications is June 1. Other festival event information can be found online at lakesfestival.org.

This year’s top sponsors include Zimmer Biomet, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission, DePuy Synthes, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Maple Leaf Farms, and Silveus Insurance Group.

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Grace College Welcomes New Millennial Scholars

May 19th, 2016

MSA-LogoGrace College has announced the 29 recipients of the Millennial Scholar Academy (MSA) scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarship provides first year out-of-state students with a $1,000 scholarship that increases by $500 each year enrolled for up to four years.

The Millennial Scholar Academy’s purpose is to expose Grace College students to an array of leadership principles and instill in them a passion to serve their campus and community as current students and later as alumni. The program was initially launched out of a Lilly Endowment grant aimed at attracting high-achieving, out-of-state students to Indiana but is now funded through Grace College.

MSA students are selected during the admissions process by a committee chaired by Vice President of Enrollment Management Cindy Sisson.  Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate academic and leadership potential evidenced by past performance and future goals. Previous leadership experience, scholastic success, financial need and a written essay are taken into consideration.

The 2016-2017 incoming Millennial Scholars are:

Isabel Applequist of Long Beach, CA

Aidan Baldwin of Serbia

Cody Boerema of Akron, OH

Makayla Burtner of Cabot, PA

Charity Cosby of Coal City, IL

Crystal Crespo-Santiago of Peoria, IL

Natalee Cross of Aroma Park, IL

McKenna Cruz of Fullerton, CA

Angela Debbink of Cedar Grove, WI

Emma Fischer of Rocky River, OH

Dennis Glass of Milan, MI

Abigail Hammond of Joliet, IL

Ryan Hutton of Brookfield, WI

Julia Kapocius of Chicago Heights, IL

Brandon Mack of Troy, OH

Brandi Munson of Kalamazoo, MI

Caleb Niemi of Troy, OH

Jordan Noska of Medina, OH

Olivia Nystrom of Woodstock, IL

Bethany Okupski of East Aurora, NY

Scarlett Peterson of Guys Mills, PA

Emma Pruitt of Hutto, TX

Joana  Schimmel of Simi Valley, CA

Luke Steppey of Clinton Township, MI

Camryn Stuart of Oak Forest, IL

Christopher Watson of Marysville, OH

Alexandra Worthing of Gaines, MI

Mackenzie Young of Cincinnati, OH

Deborah Michalski of Xenia, Ohio

“The accepted scholars this year come from New York to Serbia. I am excited to see the contributions these incoming students will bring to Grace from around the country and the world. We are pleased to be able to offer each of them a scholarship as well as an opportunity to develop their leadership skills and serve the community,” said Sisson.

Millennial Scholar Academy students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average, volunteer and attend two or more leadership seminars each semester.  For more information on MSA and other scholarship opportunities at Grace, visit grace.edu/immersive-learning or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6105.

 

 

Grace College Makes Change to Detroit Degree Programs

May 18th, 2016

Grace College and Seminary has made a change in its program offerings in the Detroit area.  Beginning this summer, the college will offer Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL) degree completion programs online to any interested area students.  Formerly, Grace offered GOAL as well as associate’s degree programs residentially in Detroit-area locations.

The change from residential programs comes in light of the recently-announced government funding of associates degrees in the city.  “While it is no longer sustainable for us to offer residential degree programs in Detroit, we hope to attract many new students to our highly-affordable, biblically-based bachelor’s degree completion programs online,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College.

GOAL is designed for adults who desire to complete their bachelor’s degree while continuing full-time work and life responsibilities.  Now available completely online, students may pursue a Bachelor of Science in Management, Business Administration or Human Services through Grace College.  Building on previous college credits and life experiences equivalent to about two years of college, a student can complete their bachelor’s degree through GOAL in as little as 16 months.

Evangel Ministries, located on Detroit’s west side, is a Grace College partner that previously hosted residential degree programs.  Now, Senior Pastor Christopher Brooks looks forward to directing members and the larger community to Grace’s online programs.  “I have seen first-hand that the biblically-centered curriculum offered at Grace changes lives.  Men and women graduate from Grace with a renewed sense of purpose, equipped to make a difference in their lives and others’ lives,” said Brooks.

Matthew Parker, former special assistant to the president for strategic outreach at Grace College, commented “As Grace transitions to a new model in Detroit, I’m excited to work with them to form strategic partnerships to meet the needs of our community.  Our Daily Bread Christian University is one potential partnership that could serve our population well and help provide quality, affordable Christian education to those pursuing a college degree.”

Senior Pastor of Second Ebenezer Church, Bishop Edgar Vann, has heartily endorsed the Grace College GOAL program, saying “the academic and theological excellence offered by Grace College brings credibility and legitimacy to our community.”  He went on to say, “The GOAL program strengthens the faith and resolve of students while preparing them for a variety of professional and ministry opportunities.”

New online GOAL cohorts begin three times per year.  Fall applications are due by July 31.  For more information about GOAL degree completion programs or to apply, visit online.grace.edu or call 800-823-8533.

 

Center for Lakes & Streams, Grace College Present Storm Drain Project at State Conference

May 17th, 2016
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Some of the local fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, and Yellow Perch are depicted in this coloring-page inspired painting. Community members can color this painting in with sidewalk chalk and contribute to this design by Grace student Gabe Shennum.

This spring, the Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College, the City of Warsaw, Grace College Art Integrations students, and Urban Water Resources collaborated to unveil nine storm drains, painted by Grace College students in downtown Warsaw, Indiana. The project entitled “Current Effects: Clean Stormwater Art Project” will be presented May 17 at the Indiana Annual MS4 Meeting in Indianapolis by representatives Cindy Bryan, Madisson Heinl and Theresa Sailor.

The project is one of only a few similar initiatives around the country and was launched for the purpose of educating the community about caring for lakes and streams through understanding local urban storm drain systems. Representatives of the project will present an overview and timeline of the accomplished project for the purpose of providing other communities and state employees with resources to replicate the idea in their own towns and cities.

Over 2,200 storm drains in the city of Warsaw connect directly to local waterways, meaning that all water and other substances which flow to these drains, also flow to the Tippecanoe River as the final receiving waterbody, untreated.

Storm drain art pieces highlight the importance of lake and stream conservation and depict wildlife native to the over 100 lakes in Kosciusko County. Some designs are interactive, including a hopscotch design and a coloring book page design, and encourage local children to ask questions about water conservation.

A full list of storm drain locations, art depicted, and artists’ reflections can be accessed at lakes.grace.edu.

Tuition-Free Summer Classes to begin at Grace College

May 16th, 2016
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Grace College student Emily Bobb

Part of Grace College’s commitment to making excellent, higher education affordable, tuition-free summer courses are offered to traditional undergraduate students.  Beginning May 16, current students will begin their tuition-free online courses, helping to ensure on-time graduation.  Grace’s block pricing tuition structure includes 12 to 18 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters plus six more credits each summer at a flat rate to students.

Forty to 50 different course sections are offered to traditional undergraduate students each summer.  “Providing students the opportunity to enroll in summer classes enables them to finish their degrees sooner at a more affordable price,” said Tim Ziebarth, executive officer of academic affairs and dean of Grace College’s School of Professional and Online Education.  “Online courses provide students the flexibility to go home for the summer and perhaps get a summer job, all the while continuing their Grace education,” he said.

Tuition-free summer courses is one of many innovative ways Grace College is making its quality, biblically-based education available to as many students as possible.  In the fall of 2015, Grace instituted the Measure of Grace campaign which included an initial 9% decrease in tuition cost, a $500 reduction in tuition each consecutive year of undergraduate enrollment and free textbook rentals.  Grace College is pleased to offer a 3-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 about tuition and admissions at Grace College, call 866-974-7223 or visit grace.edu/admissions.