Grace Holds Sportsmanship Summit for Northern Lakes Conference

November 1st, 2016

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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.

Susan Gibbons to Exhibit Work at Grace College Art Gallery

October 25th, 2016
“Adam Series Study IV: Encaustic and Dirt on Cradled Board” by Gibbons

“Adam Series Study IV: Encaustic and Dirt on Cradled Board” by Susan M. Gibbons


Susan M. Gibbons, a professional artist from Denver, Colo., will present her work on Friday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m.during the opening of her exhibit, “The Adam Series,” in the Art Gallery of Mount Memorial Hall, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake. From 6:30-7 p.m., Gibbons will present an artist’s talk. A reception will follow until 9 p.m. The community is welcome to attend the free event.

Gibbons will hold a collagraph workshop on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9-11 a.m. in Mount Memorial, room 109. The community is welcome to attend the class; tickets are $10. Grace students may attend for free. Interested parties should RSVP to

Gibbons works with the ancient media of encaustic (pigmented bee’s wax) as well as with acrylic, oil, graphite, ink and mixed media. Current bodies of work reflect poetry, nature, times of contemplation and prayer. Her work capitalizes on the interaction between textures, subtleties, colors and contrasts.

In addition to solo and group exhibitions, Gibbons’ work has been exhibited in various galleries nationally and internationally. Her work is held in private collections and has been included in publications. Gibbons holds a master’s degree in fine art from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Colorado State University.  Gibbons also enjoys teaching college students and adults through community workshops. She is represented by The Royal Contemporary Gallery in Florence, Colo.

The Gibbons exhibit runs now through Dec. 17, 2016. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call Grace College Department of Visual, Performing, and Media Arts 574-372-5100 ext. 6022 or email

Community Welcome at Fun Fest 2016

October 18th, 2016

FunFest 2016 FINAL graphicGrace College will host its annual Fun Fest event on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6-9 p.m. in the Gordon Recreation Center, 100 Publishers Dr., Winona Lake. The Halloween alternative is free and open to the public. It offers inflatables, face painting, games, food, candy and more. This year, Fun Fest will be themed after Disney’s popular movie, “Zootopia.” Children are invited to wear costumes and come ready for a fun-filled evening.

“Fun Fest is a great way for Grace students and the community to interact and build relationships,” said Kearstin Criswell, coordinator of student involvement at Grace College. “We look forward to supplying a safe, fun fall event for the whole family.”

Fun Fest is planned and executed by SERVE, a student-led service organization at Grace.  SERVE provides mentors and tutoring at local elementary schools and facilitates family-friendly community events throughout the year including Fun Fest, Supermarket Sweep (to take place Nov. 16) and Night Market (to take place Dec. 9).

Over 50 Grace students will volunteer in a variety of roles to make this year’s Fun Fest a success.  Hannah Treadway, a graduate student at Grace, is responsible for volunteer recruitment and event oversight.  “I’m thrilled to help execute Fun Fest this year,” she said.  “We are going to have a lot of fun making ‘Zootopia’ come alive for kids and families.  The student volunteers are really looking forward to serving the community and welcoming everyone to campus for Fun Fest.”

Local elementary school parents can find more information about Fun Fest in their Peachjar digital flyer.  For further information, please contact Kearstin Criswell at or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6470.

Grace College student Tonya Hassler leads the horseshoe game at Fun Fest 2015.

Grace College student Tonya Hassler leads the horseshoe game at Fun Fest 2015.

Annual Lakes & Streams Art Contest Seeks Entries

October 13th, 2016

Artwork by Maddy Foutz entitled “Tall, Green, and Beautiful,” won first place in the eleventh grade category in the 2016 “Lake and Stream Habitats” Lakes & Streams Art Contest.


The Center for Lakes & Streams is drawing attention to Kosciusko County’s local waterways with their annual student art contest, inspired by the lakes and streams.  The ninth annual Lakes & Streams Art Contest is now accepting entries.  The theme for this year’s contest is “Life at the Lake.”

Students are encouraged to submit artwork depicting Kosciusko County lakes and streams and the local species which inhabit these waters. Submissions are due Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  Fourth through twelfth grade students from Kosciusko County public, private and homeschools are encouraged to enter.

Cash prizes will be given for first through sixth places in six different grade categories: Fourth and fifth grades, sixth and seventh grades, eighth and ninth grades, tenth grade, eleventh grade, and twelfth grade. Winning artwork will be displayed around the county.

No artwork depicting invasive species will be considered. For example, trumpeter and tundra swans are acceptable but mute swans are not. Instead, the center encourages promoting the value of species of plants and animals native to Indiana in local lakes.

As part of the contest announcement, the center is selling calendars for 2017 that showcase last year’s winning artwork. Calendars are $5 each.

For contest information or to purchase a calendar visit or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6453.

This year’s contest is sponsored by the City of Warsaw Stormwater Utility, Clear Water Car Wash, Didage Sales Company, Inc., Kay Young-Todd Realty, Kosciusko Community Hospital, Lake City Bank, Medtronic, MutualBank, Surgical Power, Inc., The Watershed Foundation, The Papers and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

2017 Calendar Cover

Delaney Keirn’s piece, “A Moth’s View,” is pictured on the cover of the 2017 “Lake and Stream Habitats” calendar. Keirn won fifth place in the eleventh grade category.

God Behind Bars: A Story of a Grace Grad

October 11th, 2016
Peggy Owens. Picture courtesy of GraceConnect.

Peggy Owens. Picture courtesy of GraceConnect.

Peggy Owens, resident of Winona Lake and graduate of Grace College, has served as assistant chaplain and worship leader in the Kosciusko County Jail for almost 18 years. Owens uses her degree in music education to teach piano to the children of jail guards and facilitates weekly Bible studies for current inmates, released inmates and their families. Owens explains, “There is so much excitement in sharing God’s love with people who see their need for Him.”  The following is a story from GraceConnect.

Many people attend their churches on Sunday, sitting in the pews, singing in the choir, and hearing their pastor in a pulpit. But not every worship service is the same. Some don’t even take place in a designated building. For Peggy Owens of Winona Lake, Ind. (pictured at right), her church has been inside the Kosciusko County Jail for many years.

Peggy’s path to the county jail, located in Warsaw, started in 1999 when she attended a women’s mission trip to Urban Hope in Philadelphia, Pa. The leader asked a question that plagued Peggy: “What percentage of your time do you spend with people who don’t know the Lord?”

Her “percentage” was low, as she was constantly surrounded by fellow Christians at her work, church, and spare time. This analysis didn’t sit well with her, and upon returning home from her trip, Peggy approached the chaplain of the jail and asked if there was a way she could contribute. As it happened, the chaplain needed someone to lead music for Sunday morning services.

“I’ll miss my church,” was Peggy’s first thought, but God tugged at her heart and, as the weeks went by, gave her a real love for the inmates.

Click here to read to full article from GraceConnect.

Semiconductor, Alternative Energy Research Underway at Grace College

October 11th, 2016
Dr. Nathan Tice (left) discusses organic chemestry with students Austin Streppy and Micah Gerakinis.

Dr. Nathan Tice (left) discusses organic chemistry with students Austin Streppy (center) and Micah Gerakinis (right).

Dr. Nathan Tice, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Findlay, visited Grace College’s Organic Chemistry I class on Friday, Oct. 7.  Dr. Chad Snyder, associate professor of chemistry at Grace, invited Dr. Tice to give a seminar to his students about green chemistry, alternative energy and summer research opportunities for Grace College science students.

Dr. Snyder and Dr. Tice are currently involved in a semiconductor/alternative energy research project with students at Grace College. Both professors seek to provide novel organic compounds that can serve as low-cost, low-energy substitutes for liquid-crystal displays.  This technology is found in most flatscreen devices.  Grace students Grant Carlson, Austin Steppey and Micah Gerakinis work in Dr. Snyder’s Synthetic Organic Research Laboratory synthesizing compounds that are then sent to Dr. Tice for spectroscopic analysis.  In turn, Dr. Tice provides Grace College the analytical confirmation required for publication and for proceeding forward in their findings.

Carlson, Steppey and Gerakinis plan to present their latest findings at the 132nd-annual meeting of the Indiana Academy of Science scheduled for March, 2017. Grace College and the University of Findlay will present their collaborative work in an oral and poster session in this state-wide meeting. Both research groups, Drs. Snyder and Tice have targeted federal funding through the National Science Foundation in order to further this research, widen its scope, obtain research equipment and fund its students. They plan to send Grace College and University of Findlay undergraduate research students to an American Chemical Society Meeting to present their work on a national level.  The American Chemical Society has nearly 157,000 members and is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

Dr. Snyder and Dr. Tice have collaborated on several projects over the last 11 years and have published papers in journals including “The Journal of Organic Chemistry,” “The Journal of Organometallic Chemistry,” “Transition Metal Chemistry” and “The Journal of Sulfur Chemistry.”  Undergraduate research students served as coauthors on these peer-reviewed manuscripts.

For more information about the Department of Science and Mathematics at Grace College, contact Dr. Snyder at or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6443.

Students Invited to Visit Grace College during Fall Break

October 7th, 2016
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Students walk outside of McClain Hall on the Grace College campus.

Lancer Days at Grace College offer high school students and their families the opportunity to experience campus life firsthand. Upcoming Lancer Days include Friday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Nov. 11 at Grace College, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake.

“Close to half of high school fall breaks will correspond with our October 21 Lancer Day,” said Mark Pohl, dean of admissions at Grace. He encourages students to consider coming then. “It’s a great opportunity to visit Grace without interrupting a busy school week,” he added.

Lancer Days begin at 8:30 a.m. with a faculty and student panel, and conclude at 2 p.m. with a faculty fair.   In between, participants discover what Grace College offers by attending chapel, touring campus, meeting students and staff, and eating lunch at Alpha Dining Commons.  While prospective students may also schedule individual tours of campus, Lancer Days offer the unique opportunity to explore Grace College with their peers in an intentional way.

“At Lancer Days, students survey the 70-plus majors at Grace, learn about diverse student activities and clubs, discover financial assistance opportunities and see first-hand how Grace College is making quality, Christian education attractive and affordable,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace.  Game day passes are available for sporting events during the student’s visit and high school juniors and seniors may spend one night in a residence hall.

This year, Grace achieved a record total enrollment of 2,333 students.  The Winona Lake campus is home to 1,295 undergraduate students, the largest population since Grace’s founding in 1948.  The school credits innovative, bold measures to reduce cost and increase excellence for recent success.  Measure of Grace, a comprehensive affordability and excellence plan launched last fall, guarantees that tuition will never increase during a student’s enrollment.  Moreover, Grace reduces tuition by $500 each consecutive year of a student’s undergraduate enrollment and provides free textbook rentals.  Grace’s accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree program and blended bachelor’s-master’s four-year degree program enables students to finish school sooner with significant savings and earning potential.

To register for a Lancer Day or schedule an individual campus tour, go to, email or call 866-974-7223.