Grace College Students Present at Indiana Academy of Sciences and Indiana Collegiate Mathematics Competition

April 6th, 2017
"X-Ray Crystallographic and Spectroscopic Analysis of Some 3,4-Bis(halomethyl)-2,5-dimethylthiophenes," presented by Grace College students Austin Steppey Micah Gerakinis.

“X-Ray Crystallographic and Spectroscopic Analysis of Some 3,4-Bis(halomethyl)-2,5-dimethylthiophenes” presented by Grace College students Austin Steppey (right) and Micah Gerakinis.

The 132nd annual Indiana Academy of Sciences meeting was held on Saturday, March 25, at the J. W. Marriot in downtown Indianapolis. Dr. Chad Snyder, chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics at Grace College, and Dr. Rick Roberts, assistant professor of biology and biology program director at Grace College, attended the event with five students.

The day began early with opening remarks and nominations for next year’s scientific officers, followed by oral research presentations and poster presentations in the afternoon.  Grace College students Abigail Borkowski, Grant Carlson, Micah Gerakinis, Will Lorenz, and Austin Steppey presented research posters in the Chemistry and Science Education session. The students represented 18 percent of the chemistry research presentations and 20 percent of the science education research posters.

Scientific research from a variety of Indiana colleges and universities was presented in oral and poster presentations.  The research covered a wide spectrum of disciplines including anthropology, botany, cell biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, physics, astronomy, science education, and zoology. A diverse crowd of Indiana scientists, professors, graduate and undergraduate science students from institutions met to disseminate and celebrate our state’s ongoing research within the sciences.

Also on March 25, Professors Ryan Johnson and Kristin Farwell of the Department of Mathematics at Grace College accompanied 10 students to the Mathematical Association of America Conference held at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. Grace College students comprised two out of 30 teams in the Indiana Collegiate Mathematics Competition. The trip was made possible in part to a generous donation from Bruce Sellers, a Grace graduate and supporter of the math department.


Winona History Center to be Featured in World War I Exhibit

April 6th, 2017
Image by Brandpoet

The Billy Sunday home in Winona Lake, Ind.

The Winona History Center on the Grace College campus has loaned a portion of its Billy Sunday artifacts to the Minnesota Historical Society for a new exhibit on World War I America (WWI America). The National Endowment for the Humanities provided a $600,000 grant for the exhibit’s implementation.

“Billy Sunday is being included for his role in supporting the war effort as well as for Prohibition,” said Dr. Jared Burkholder, chair and associate professor of the history and political science department at Grace College. “We’re excited that some of our artifacts will be spotlighted for this section of the exhibit.”

The WWI America exhibit will explore movements during that era, present dozens of artifacts and tell the stories of legendary American heroes. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 8, in the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, Minn. The exhibit will have a three-year tour to premier historical museums around the country.

Billy Sunday was an acclaimed evangelist in the early Twentieth Century. Due to Sunday’s fame, the iconic house in Winona Lake, built in 1911, has been a tourist destination since the early 1900s. After Billy’s death in 1935, Helen Sunday continued giving tours to curious passersby. It was her wish that the house remain available to the public after her own death in 1957.

The historic Billy Sunday Home and the Winona History Center are owned and operated by the history and political science department of Grace College. The Winona History Center is open Tuesday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Visit to learn more and schedule a tour of the Billy Sunday Home. Or, call 574-372-5193.

Center for Lakes & Streams Becomes Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams

March 30th, 2017

LAKES_Vert_FullColorGrace College’s Center for Lakes & Streams is now the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams. This new name acknowledges the substantial leadership gifts to the center’s endowment fund from Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Lilly family through the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation.

The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams has been making the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County clean, healthy, safe and beautiful since 2007 through research, education and collaboration. Due to the center’s work, Kosciusko County lakes are the most thoroughly studied in the state.

The Lilly Center’s new endowment fund is a critical, sustainable funding source. Endowment income will join existing income sources including annual donor gifts, business sponsorships, operational support from agencies and organizations, and grants and donations for specific projects.

Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams, said, “We are honored to now be affiliated with the prestigious Lilly name, which carries a legacy of local lake research and a strong commitment to excellence. I am grateful for this generous support that allows us to expand the Lilly Center’s work and groundbreaking research.”

Lilly family connections to lakes in the region stretch back more than a century. Col. Eli Lilly, founder of the pharmaceutical company, helped establish a local research station that benefited several lakes in Kosciusko County. His grandson, Eli, who helped found Lilly Endowment, was personally involved in several research efforts on Lake Wawasee. Today, Col. Lilly’s descendants continue to own summer homes on Lake Wawasee.

Altogether, the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams has received gifts and pledges from 78 individuals, businesses and organizations representing 12 lakes in the county totaling more than $5 million for its endowment fund to provide ongoing support for the Lilly Center into the future.

Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip explained, “Over the past decade, the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams has become a well-respected research organization and community collaborator. Under the leadership of Dr. Bosch, both the local community and the scientific community have come to rely on their excellent work. I’m delighted that the Lilly Center can broaden its influence and impact even further with Lilly Endowment and Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation gifts.”

Announcement of the Lilly Center’s growing endowment and name change comes as Grace College announces the launch of its $37 million Aspire Campaign.  On March 24, Grace College broke ground on the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex, a feature project of the Aspire Campaign, where the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams will soon be relocated.  For more information about the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary and the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex, visit

Grace College Breaks Ground on Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex

March 24th, 2017
The future Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex rendering at Grace College

Rendering of the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex

Grace College broke ground today on the $8 million Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex on its Winona Lake campus.  The complex is part of the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary, a $37 million campaign announced yesterday to empower the next generation to lead and serve well.

The Science Complex will renovate 22,500 square feet of existing space and create 13,000 square feet of new space for Grace’s growing science and math programs.  The new complex will equip students with upgraded laboratories and modern classrooms; it will provide a contemporary hub for lakes and streams research and additional office and multi-purpose space.

For nearly 40 years, Grace College students in the Department of Science and Mathematics have studied in the Cooley Science Center to become physicians, researchers, mathematicians and medical professionals.  In those four decades, the department has grown sixfold and now includes 13 different science majors and 11 pre-professional tracks.  Simultaneous to growth in science programs, Grace has added environmental studies, exercise science and a nursing program in partnership with Bethel College  The Cooley Center has also housed the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams since its founding in 2007.

“As we have advanced as an institution, the sciences have become a critical part of our mission to mold servant leaders,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary.  “Our growth in health and environmental science and pre-medical fields has necessitated that we build modern classrooms and purchase updated equipment.  The Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex will be a state-of-the-art facility, with the latest in labs and equipment, to train world-class biologists, chemists, engineers and medical professionals at Grace College.”

The new science complex is named after Dr. Dane Miller, co-founder and 39-year president and CEO of Biomet.  Dane was a Warsaw and Winona Lake resident for nearly 40 years.  Dane and his wife Mary Louise have invested substantially in the local community, including at Grace College & Seminary.

“The Millers have generously given of their time, wisdom, and resources to Grace College over the course of our friendship,” said Katip.  “We are delighted that Mary Louise allowed us to name this complex in memory of Dane,” he said.

“Dane would be elated about the new complex and deeply honored that Grace would recognize him in this way,” said Mary Louise Miller.  “This is the greatest visible tribute to Dane’s legacy in our community,” she said.

At the conclusion of the groundbreaking ceremony, a bust of Dr. Dane Miller was unveiled.  The bronze bust, donated to Grace by friends of Dane, will be displayed in the foyer of the new Science Complex.

Dr. Bill Katip announced that more than $7.1 million has been raised to date toward the $8 million goal for the Science Complex.  This total includes a lead gift from Mrs. Mary Louise Miller, a significant contribution from Zimmer Biomet, and a $1 million grant from the K21 Health Foundation to fund new space and laboratories for the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams.

For more information or to give to the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex and the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary, visit or call (866) 448-3472.

The attached photo pictures Grace College officials and community leaders at the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex groundbreaking ceremony.  (L to R): Bill Burke, Chairman of the Board, Grace College & Seminary; Dan Hann and Greg Sasso, former Biomet executives and personal friends of Dane Miller; Dan Williamson, Group President Joint Reconstruction, Zimmer Biomet; Mary Louise Miller, Honorary Chair, Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary; Dr. Bill Katip, President, Grace College & Seminary; Rich Haddad, CEO & President, K21 Health Foundation; Hayden McCloskey, Grace College environmental studies student; Dr. John Lillis, Provost, Grace College & Seminary.

Grace College officials and community leaders participate in the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex groundbreaking ceremony.  (L to R): Bill Burke, Chairman of the Board, Grace College & Seminary; Dan Hann and Greg Sasso, former Biomet executives and personal friends of Dane Miller; Dan Williamson, Group President Joint Reconstruction, Zimmer Biomet; Mary Louise Miller; Dr. Bill Katip, President, Grace College & Seminary; Dr. Ron Manahan, Past President, Grace College & Seminary; Rich Haddad, CEO & President, K21 Health Foundation; Hayden McCloskey, Grace College environmental studies student; Dr. John Lillis, Provost, Grace College & Seminary.

The Dr. Dane Miller bronze bust will be displayed in the Science Center foyer.

The Dr. Dane Miller bronze bust will be displayed in the Science Center foyer.

Dozens gathered for the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex groundbreaking ceremony on March 24, 2017.

Dozens of Grace College friends and supporters gathered for the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex groundbreaking ceremony on March 24.

Grace College & Seminary Announces $37 Million Aspire Campaign

March 24th, 2017
Aspire Gala

Aspire Campaign Chairman Greg Dosmann announces the largest campaign in Grace College & Seminary history at a Thursday evening gala. The $37 million Aspire Campaign has garnered $27.08 million to date.


Grace College & Seminary publicly announced its $37 million comprehensive campaign Thursday night at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center in Winona Lake.  At the evening gala, Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary, announced to a crowd of friends, alumni and supporters that the Aspire Campaign has already garnered $27.08 million.  A special celebration will also take place Friday morning at the campus chapel service for Grace students, faculty and staff.

Aspire Campaign Chairman Greg Dosmann, an alumnus and principal partner at Edward Jones Investments, emceed the gala.  “We believe God is calling Grace to be an exemplary, Christ-centered educational community characterized by innovation, affordability and real-world preparation,” he said.  “The Aspire Campaign is about funding that vision.”

Mary Louise Miller is the honorary chair of the campaign cabinet, a position she assumed after the passing of her late husband, Dr. Dane Miller, in 2015.  Dr. Miller previously served on the campaign cabinet.

The Aspire Campaign is intrinsically tied to Grace’s new strategic priorities, which were unanimously approved by the Board of Directors Thursday afternoon.  It will enable Grace to deliver on four priorities: Educational Excellence, Connected Community, Culture of Innovation and Sustainable Affordability.

“We have entered a new era of growth and vision at Grace College and Seminary,” said Dr. Katip, referring to record student enrollment and steady expansion in academic programs and degree options. “While our mission will never change, we must continually refine our methods to prepare students to serve in our ever-changing world.  The Aspire Campaign is the newest chapter in our story of remarkable faith, growth and positive change.”

The $37 million Aspire Campaign is the largest campaign in Grace history; it is four times greater than any past fundraising effort. The campaign encompasses a comprehensive plan to grow the college academically, spiritually and financially.  Specific campaign goals and projects were highlighted with videos and speakers at the Thursday night gala.

In response to market demands, several new academic programs are in the works at Grace College & Seminary.  Pending Higher Learning Commission approval, a new Mechanical Engineering program will prepare students for multifaceted, promising careers in engineering.  An innovative Grace Seminary competency-based education model, Deploy, is also planned pending Higher Learning Commission approval.  Deploy will provide much sought-after leadership training on site at churches.  Other new academic programs, including Agribusiness and Worship Arts, are in the early stages of implementation on campus.

Construction projects announced include the future Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex, set to open in the fall of 2018.  The creation of third spaces – areas specially designed to provide collaboration, study, dining and fellowship space for students – are planned for the future.  The newly renamed Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams was also announced.

Campaign projects already completed include the recently renovated and renamed 1st Source Bank Soccer Field and the newly completed Bernard and Linnie Key Track & Field Complex.

Drew Flamm, V.P. for Advancement at Grace College & Seminary, concluded the gala by saying, “We aspire to give every student access to an excellent, biblically grounded education marked by ingenuity, vibrant community and intentional career preparation.  With the help of our friends and alumni, we will.”

For more information or to give to the Aspire Campaign for Grace College & Seminary, visit or call (866) 448-3472.

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Public Invited to Day of Worship, Communitas and Spurgeon Lecture at Grace College

March 22nd, 2017
Grace College student Kody Carpenter

Student Kody Carpenter participates in worship service at Grace College. Day of Worship will take place March 29 at Grace College.

Grace College welcomes the public to three special events on campus March 29 and 30.  Grace’s Day of Worship and Communitas will take place on Wednesday, March 29.  On Thursday, March 30, Dr. Christian George, assistant professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will lecture on the life of Charles Spurgeon.

Day of Worship will take place on March 29 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC), 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake.  Bryan Loritts, lead pastor of Abundant Life Church in Silicon Valley, Calif., and president of the Kainos Movement, will be the keynote speaker.  Loritts is a prolific author, most recently of “Saving the Saved,” and is well-known for his passion for the multi-ethnic church.  Following Loritts, the public is invited to join in student-led prayer and worship.

Communitas will immediately follow Day of Worship and continue through the evening. This annual event is sponsored by the Grace College Office of Faith, Learning & Scholarship.  It is a campus-wide, interdisciplinary event aimed at showcasing student scholarship in all forms.

“The event kicks off at noon with entertainment provided by the Worship Arts Program and Remnant drama outreach team,” said Dr. Lauren Rich, chair of the Grace College Languages, Literature and Communication Department.

Student presentations will take place from 1:30 – 5 p.m.  The complete schedule of sessions can be found at  A launch party and literature reading for Inkspot, Grace College’s new literary magazine, will take place at 6 p.m. at Jazzman’s Café on campus. Free coffee and copies of the magazine will be available for all student and community members in attendance.

“Communitas is an interesting day on campus full of diverse expressions of student learning and interests,” said Rich.  “You don’t want to miss it.”

On Thursday, March 30, Dr. Christian George will speak on the passionate, unapologetic life of Charles Spurgeon and the importance of Spurgeon’s ministry. Dr. George serves as curator of The Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on a 12-volume edition of Spurgeon’s earliest, unpublished sermons on which his lecture will be based.

“Dr. George will expand our view of the man known worldwide as the ‘Prince of Preachers,’” said Dr. Tiberius Rata, chair of the Grace College Biblical Studies Department.  “He will discuss whether Spurgeon’s theology, preaching and rhetoric have changed over the years or remained constant.” The 7 p.m. lecture will take place in McClain Hall Auditorium and is open to the public.


Northern Indiana Lakes Festival Memorial Day Weekend

March 21st, 2017
Community members enjoy the Lakes Festival celebration.

Participants enjoying the water during last year’s Northern Indiana Lakes Festival.

The annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival is this May 26-28, Memorial Day Weekend, at Center Lake Park in Warsaw.

The Lakes Festival is an annual celebration of our local lakes and waterways. Festival admission is free and activities include a Friday evening concert, food, live animal show, display tanks, kids’ activities, exhibitors, Saturday fireworks over Center Lake, and more!

Scheduling the Lakes Festival for Memorial Day Weekend is an effort to kick off the summer in a fun way with local lakes in mind. For many, Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to the summer and the Lakes Festival can provide activities and new traditions to enjoy with family and friends living in or visiting Kosciusko County.

Commercial vendor and food vendor applications are now being accepted through April 3. Applications and other festival information can be found online at

This year’s top sponsors include Kosciusko County Convention Recreation and Visitors Commission, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Silveus Insurance Group, and Zimmer Biomet. Additional sponsors are still being sought.

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

Book Signing for Ecclesiastes Commentary Scheduled

March 21st, 2017

Ecclesiastes-coverTiberius Rata and Kevin Roberts, authors of the new interdisciplinary commentary, Fear God and Keep His Commandments: A Practical Exposition of Ecclesiastes, will sign copies of the book at a reception at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 24. The event, which lasts until 4:30 p.m., will be held in the lobby of the William Male Center, 999 College Ave., Winona Lake.

Rata is a professor of Old Testament Studies at Grace Theological Seminary, while Roberts is a professor of Counseling at Grace College, both located in Winona Lake.

The commentary looks at the words of Solomon, the wisest man in history, who was Israel’s third king. His words challenge and encourage the reader to live as if his or her time were short and to fear God in all things.

Fear God and Keep His Commandments: A Practical Exposition of Ecclesiastes will be available for purchase at the book signing at the discounted rate of $10. It generally retails for $14.99 and also is available at,, and other online retailers, or may be ordered at any local bookstore.

There is no charge to attend.

The reception is co-sponsored by BMH Books and Grace College and Theological Seminary.

Grace College to Host Senior Art Exhibit

March 17th, 2017



Grace College senior art majors will showcase their cumulative and thesis work at two art shows on campus this spring.  The first Senior Art Show will take place March 20 – April 8 at Mount Memorial Gallery, 808 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Ind. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 – 4 p.m.  A public reception will take place Friday, March 24 from 7 – 9 p.m.


“The senior show showcases students​’ endeavors to offer creative solutions to today’s societal problems,” said Richard Wanjema, assistant professor of visual communication design and program director of media arts at Grace College. He encourages the community to visit the gallery.

Nine seniors from the Department of Visual, Performing, and Media Arts will display their work at the first Senior Art Show. They are: Megan Barge, Joshua Dudeck, Cambria Godsey, Olivia Kent, Katlyn Knuver, Abigail Moellering, Riley Smith, Matthew Stephens and Keri Koenig.

The 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.

For more information, call 574-372-5100, ext. 6022 or email

Grace Professor Joins Cast of Historians Writing About Faith and the World Wars

March 16th, 2017
Image courtesy of Christian History magazine.

Image courtesy of Christian History magazine.


Dr. Jared Burkholder, chair of the department of history and political science and associate professor of American and world history at Grace College, recently wrote “Spreading Light in a Dark World” for Christian History magazine.  Burkholder was among the Christian history professors chosen from across the country to write for the magazine’s most recent edition, “Faith in the Foxholes,” focusing on faith during the world wars.  In Burkholder’s article, he explores how the world wars served as a pivotal time for Christian relief efforts. The following is an excerpt from the article. The full article can be read here.


In 1944, the same year Allied forces stormed the beaches of occupied Europe, the congregation of Boston’s historic Park Street Church began giving up some meals during Lent. They sent the money they would have spent on food to the War Relief Fund, an initiative created by the newly formed (1942) National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). They were not alone in their desire to alleviate the suffering in war-torn Europe. Now known as World Relief, this fund was just one of many new Christian service organizations spurred into being by the world wars.

The Call of the Refugees

In World War I modern industrial war disrupted trade, destroyed farms, and decimated populations of young men, all while Europe experienced harsh winters and crop failures. Throngs of people became refugees, including women and orphaned children. Prisoners of war occupied temporary camps filled with disease and lacking adequate food and basic services.

In Belgium the 1914 German invasion displaced thousands. The following year the Ottoman government systematically brutalized the Armenian population in what most experts now consider genocide. Then in 1921–1922, the Russian people suffered through one of the worst famines in history, a suffering made worse by the Russian government’s policies and resulting in approximately 5,000,000 deaths.

Protestant missionaries helped to raise awareness about these atrocities, sometimes collaborating with nonreligious humanitarian groups such as the Near East Foundation (founded in New York in 1915). Others worked with international organizations such as the League of Nations. Karen Jeppe, a Danish missionary who founded a farming colony near Aleppo, Syria, for Armenian survivors, wrote when she took on the task,

How would I supply for all these people? It is quite certain that if I have got them out of the harems, then I will also be responsible for what becomes of them. And who will finance this huge enterprise? I have very little trust in the whole affair. But it may be a vocation. Well, then I must apply myself to it, however much I resist.

Later, when the League questioned her about the work, she made the shortest speech in its history: “Yes, it is only a little light, but the night is so dark.”

“They Have Never Tasted Milk”

Some of the earliest Christians to respond to these tragedies were the “peace churches,” including the Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Mennonites. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), formed in 1917, provided nonviolent opportunities for conscientious objectors to serve their countries, but also became the primary facilitator for all kinds of humanitarian efforts.

Friends made up a small army of ambulance drivers and medical personnel. They cared for orphans, refugees, and prisoners of war and were among the most active in providing relief during the Russian famine. In Austria Friends helped supply milk through a program called “Cows for Vienna.”

The New York Times reported on the “sufferings of the little children” in Austria—where many children, it said, “have never tasted milk.” The AFSC bought cows in Holland or Switzerland and gave them to farmers in Austria, who donated a portion of the milk to Quaker Infant Welfare Centers. Friends considered this a natural embodiment of their religious commitments to peacemaking and social justice. So did American Mennonites, who established the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in 1920.

Even prior to World War I, the American branch of the YMCA served among military personnel in America and abroad. Although the YMCA and YWCA mostly provided services and aid to American servicemen and women, their work extended to enemy prisoners of war held in miserable conditions in Europe. They partnered with other humanitarian agencies, such as the Rockefeller Foundation.

Prominent Methodist and YMCA leader John Mott wrote directly to oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, pressing for resources to help the 2,000,000 POWs on both sides “in grave danger of physical, mental and moral deterioration unless something is done to occupy their minds, and so far as possible, their bodies.”

In World War II when Hitler’s Final Solution became public, the plight of Jews gave Christians new reasons for activism. Though Christians often were criticized for not doing more, Catholics in Europe did take measures to rescue Jews, and American Protestants supported Roosevelt’s new War Refugee Board. In fact most of the relief agencies that continue to work globally with suffering people today had their beginnings in the years surrounding World War II: the Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief (1940), Episcopal Relief and Development (1940), Catholic Relief Services (1943), World Relief (1944), Lutheran World Relief (1945), Church World Service (1946), World Vision (1950), and Compassion International (1952).

Read the entire article here.