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The Other Wonder Woman

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Grace College alumna Lynda Vu

 

The following story was written by Kerith Ackley-Jelinek, publications director at Grace College. It was first published in the 2017 summer edition of Two Eight & Nine Magazine.

Lynda Vu (BS 88) is a marvel. Her life and accomplishments have taken her around the world many times in the service of her family and country. If we printed her full résumé in this magazine, it would be the magazine. But for context, there are highlights of Vu’s vitae that you need to know.

Vu is a colonel, the senior-most field-grade military rank. She’s a family medicine doctor, who has also earned her master’s in public health and is a board-certified aerospace medicine specialist. She’s the director of the Pentagon Flight Medicine Annex (a clinic at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland). She’s served as chief of the medical staff and as a commander of a medical operations squadron and an aerospace medical squadron. She’s served stints in England, Greece, Nicaragua and Belize, to name a few. And in July she was deployed for six months to support a mission in the Middle East. At home, she’s the co-captain of a “large flight” as the mother of five children (who were born across several trans-Pacific time zones in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Japan).

But behind all of the education, titles, locations and experiences is a woman whose first and only mission is to know and love Jesus. “It’s an honor for me to share my story because it’s a testimony of what God has done in my life to impact the world and His Kingdom,” insists Col. (Dr.) Vu, before answering the first interview question I posed to her. “[Sharing my story] is nothing more than showing the wonderful hand of God at work in my life.”

Vu was born in the central highlands of Vietnam. She and her mother moved to the U.S. in 1972, after her mother married an American sailor. Vu was three years old when they moved to a small town in Massachusetts. Her parents weren’t believers, but they sent Vu to a Christian school, and she accepted Jesus as a five-year-old.

It was then that she took on her first mission. She began attending a church down the street— by herself. After Vu’s pastor came to their house for a visit, Vu’s mother also came to Christ, and the whole family began attending church.

Upon graduating from high school, Vu took a year off to attend a one-year Bible school to get grounded in the Word. While she was there, she heard about Grace College and its strong pre-med program. Vu’s mother had envisioned her becoming a doctor, but Vu wasn’t entirely convinced. However, by the time she arrived at Grace and sat under the tutelage of professors like Dr. Richard Jeffreys, Vu was committed to becoming a doctor. “I saw his passion for science and for life and for his students. He cared for his students so much and made sure they got what they needed to be successful in careers and the calling God had given them.”

After graduating from Grace, Vu took a year to pray over the calling she thought God had put on her life. “I felt pretty confident, but I wanted to make sure that was where the Lord wanted me to go.” Eventually, she applied to several medical schools and decided to attend Tufts University School of Medicine, where she obtained her medical doctorate in 1993. During her residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Vu signed up with the Air Force as a means to help offset the costs of medical school. “I really thought I would part ways with the military after I finished my four-year commitment,” she says, but when she and her husband prayed about her next step, it became clear she was supposed to stay.

Two decades later, Vu’s missions have included being on the teaching staff of the hospital on Travis Air Force Base (Calif.); providing medical support to operational units supporting military missions and overseeing all of the credentialed clinical providers at Yokata Air Base (Japan); serving as chief of medical staff at the Hickam Air Force Base clinic and flight surgeon at the Theater Patient Movement Requirements Center (Hawaii); training, equipping and resourcing units of over a hundred airmen to ensure they were able to execute their field missions (Alabama and England); and completing a residency in aerospace medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio).

Currently, Vu describes her latest mission as “[taking] care of the people who take care of the president.” As the director of the Pentagon Flight Medicine Annex, her clinic attends to senior military leaders and their families, and she gets to see patients almost every day.

With each new assignment, Vu embraces its unique opportunities to grow and strengthen her skills and leadership, but it doesn’t come without cost. Uprooting her family every few years, building a new community, getting acquainted with each new high stakes mission, and simply doing her job — which often means managing medical crises — requires sacrifice. “It’s not always easy,” she admits. But God provides for her at every turn. “In those crisis situations, He’s given me a calmness about being able to address the problem, and has given me a way to focus on the crisis. In the midst of critical incidents with severe injuries and in a time crunch, God helps me take it step by step by step.”

“There is a lot of stress in my job,” Vu says. “Every day I go to work and say, ‘Thank You [God] for Your strength and wisdom to make decisions. Show me the divine appointments you want me to meet today.’ Every day, I am amazed by the people He brings my way.” This is the reason Vu is who she is and does all she does. She sees God orchestrating every assignment, every new move and every interaction for the purpose of being able to impact others’ lives for Jesus. “Yes,” says Vu, “[my job assignments] are defined as military missions, but they are really God’s missions, aren’t they? And that’s true for all of us.”

Grace Earns 10 NAIA-SIDA National Awards

Friday, June 17th, 2016

SirRed_AthleticCampPressReleaseGrace’s website, media guides and design work resulted in a record 10 awards at the 2016 NAIA-SIDA Convention.

Grace’s 10 awards were the third-most in the NAIA and more than the rest of the Crossroads League combined (7).

Overall, two features of GCLancers.com were honored. Additionally, 4 media guides, 3 graphics and 1 video received top-10 honors at the national level.

“These awards are a direct reflection on our sports information office,” said Grace Athletic Director Chad Briscoe. “Josh Neuhart and his student assistants work tirelessly and do an outstanding job promoting our programs and providing coverage of our events.”

Grace’s SID Josh Neuhart, who oversees athletic communication and website content, was awarded the No. 1 spot in the infographic contest for his design piece on Grace’s academic success.

Two unique facets of GCLancers.com earned top-5 finishes in the Special Event Website category. The “Kessler NAIA Hall of Fame” was given third place, while the “2015 Soccer Championship Headquarters” was fourth.

A pair of splash pages won top-10 recognition, including fifth place for the men’s soccer promo for the Crossroads League Tournament championship game and eighth place for the women’s soccer NAIA Opening Round.

In the media guide realm, the combined men’s and women’s basketball guide placed third for winter brochures. The softball guide was eighth in the spring brochures category, and volleyball (seventh) and women’s soccer (eighth) each placed for fall brochures. All covers for Grace’s media guides were designed by Vincent Sell.

Finally, Grace won ninth place in the Video Publicity contest for a commemorative look at the 50th season for Grace’s men’s soccer program.

“It’s very humbling to be recognized by your peers for these awards. We have unbelievably fantastic coaches and student-athletes at Grace, so it’s a joy to point the spotlight on them every day,” Neuhart said. “Much thanks needs to be given to our A.D. Chad Briscoe for his support and to my tremendous staff of student workers, who selflessly serve the school.”

Grace College Students Participate in Indiana Academy of Science Meeting

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Grant Carlson (left) and Jessica Lokotar (right) explain to a conference participant their research on the newly proposed route to Thiapentalenes.

Grant Carlson (left) and Jessica Lokotar (right) explain to a conference participant their research on the newly proposed route to Thiapentalenes.

Grace College students Will Lorenz, Grant Carlson, and Jessica Lokotar attended the 131st Annual Indiana Academy of Science meeting held in Indianapolis on March 26. As members of the Indiana Academy of Science, the three students joined 400 scientists and guests for the event. The meeting included 140 oral presentations, 120 poster presentations, 11 hot topic presentations and two workshops. Carlson and Lokotar each gave a poster presentation on their peer-reviewed synthetic organic chemistry research which was published in the event’s proceedings. “They performed excellently as I expected. It was a great experience for them to present their research to fellow scientists and be recognized for their work,” says Dr. Chad Snyder, associate professor of chemistry and director of chemical research at Grace College. Students are now preparing for next year’s meeting where they will be presenting oral and poster presentations. Research for the students’ presentations were funded in part by Grace College faculty members: Don DeYoung, Mark Norris, and John Lillis.

Grace College Encourages Prospective Students to Submit FAFSA

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form by which federal and state governments determine need, can help students cover tuition, room and board. Indiana students may be eligible to receive state grants by submitting the FAFSA by March 10, 2016.

“Applying for college should go hand-in-hand with filing a FAFSA,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president for enrollment management at Grace College.  “After being accepted to a college and filing a FAFSA, students will receive information on the federal, state and institutional financial aid for which they are eligible,” she continued.

The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.gov and the school code for Grace College is 001800.  Students may include up to 10 college codes on their FAFSA.

“Students who are accepted to Grace and include code 001800 on their FAFSA will receive a personalized letter from us detailing the complete financial aid package we can offer.  Then, an admissions counselor will call them to answer any questions and ensure they understand all aid available to them,” said Sisson.

Grace College endeavors to make quality, Christian higher education accessible to as many students as possible.  Ninety-nine percent of Grace College students receive financial aid.  Admissions counselors are always available to answer questions and assist families in securing aid, including filing the FAFSA.

 

For more information about applying to Grace College or general questions about financial aid, visit www.grace.edu/admissions or call 866-974-7223.  Personalized assistance for filing a FAFSA is also available at College Goal Sunday on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at 42 locations around the state.  For a full list of Indiana locations, visit www.collegegoalsunday.org/index.php/locations.

2015 Presidential Scholarship Competition Winners

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

2015 Presidential Scholarship Competition Winners

<<view photos from PSC 2015 here>>

During the weekend of Feb. 13-14, Grace College hosted 155 high school students for its Presidential Scholarship Competition. The competition, held annually, brings finalists to campus to compete for scholarships ranging from $1,000 – full tuition per year.

This year’s winners included:

President’s Scholarship:

  • Alexandra Gandy, Indianapolis, IN

Trustee Scholarship:

  • Asia Weimer, Hudson, IA
  • Erika Combs, Fort Wayne, IN

Faculty Scholarship:

  • Kirsten Mead, Powell, OH
  • Benjamin Fultz, Hagerstown, MD
  • Logan Swartzentruber, Dalton, OH
  • Emily Zilz, Columbia City, IN
  • Hannah England, Metamora, MI

Achievement Scholarship:

  • Jennifer Gonzalez, Macedonia, OH
  • Virginia Willis, Ashland, OH
  • Sydney Burdge, Columbia City, IN
  • Paige Price, Warsaw, IN
  • Jocelyn Quirple, Hagerstown, MD
  • Lauren Rekeweg, Auburn, IN
  • Charlotte Byers, Ostrander, OH
  • Megan Hansen, Lees Summit, MO
  • Julia Kaster, Clinto, WI
  • Alec Carey, Uniontown, OH

McClain Scholarship:

  • Abigail Boswell, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Sarah Manko, Blacklick, OH
  • Susan Negowski, Bath, OH
  • Maryl Gerst, Warsaw, IN
  • Lydia Yurkovich, Painesville, OH
  • Anna Hertzler, Mears, MI
  • Benjamin Tucker, Mansfield, OH
  • Austin Risner, Piqua, OH
  • Josiah Barkdoll, Lawrenceburg, IN
  • Blaze Bowers, Toronto, OH
  • Kelsey Saunders, Grand Haven, MI
  • Andrea Howell, Frankfurt, IN
  • Tyler Stout, Mishawaka, IN
  • Carrie Buhmann, Hobart, IN
  • Kristy Parks, Lawton, MI
  • Noah Osborne, Westfield, IN
  • Grace Smith, Fortville, IN
  • Kaleb Kramer, Ostrander, OH
  • Bejamin DeJong, Hudsonville, MI
  • Lily Van Loh, Lansing, MI

 

Grace College School of Business, Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development Host Third Annual Executive Forum

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Front row (L to R)- Hannah Clemmons, Kelsey Cook, Lydia Bronner, Sarah Grube, and Dr. Al Grossnickle Back Row (L to R)- Carianne Sobey, Annette Hammond, and Alex Noppert

Grace College and the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development are partnering to present the community with the third annual Executive Forum, “Enhancing Communication in Your Organization” on Tuesday, November 18. WOWO Radio political analyst Pat Miller will moderate the event, joined by panelists Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, founder of Vera Bradley; Cory Colman, senior vice president of Paragon Medical; Nick Deeter, founder of OrthoPediatrics; Ed McMillan, former CEO of Purina Mills; and John Zeglis, former CEO of AT&T. Student volunteers from Grace College are involved in the planning and execution of the event.

The forum, held at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center located at 610 Wooster Road on the Grace College campus, is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 11:45 a.m.  Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is $40 per person, and includes a networking breakfast to kick off the event. RSVP on or before November 11 by visiting www.grace.edu/executiveforum. For multiple reservations or additional information, please contact Marsha Yocum at 574.372.5100 ext. 6094 or yocummd@grace.edu.

This year’s forum is sponsored by McGladrey, the leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, with locations all over the country including South Bend and Indianapolis.

“This event is a perfect opportunity for business leaders in our community to come together, network over a continental breakfast, and enjoy a panel of experienced business leaders,” said Alan Grossnickle, director of the Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development and associate professor of business administration at Grace.

Pastor Needed – Huntington, IN

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Union Church is currently searching for a Lead Pastor to shepherd our congregation.  We are a large non-denominational congregation with multiple worship sites, located in the heart of rural Huntington County, Indiana. Established in 1946, we are a congregation led by a strong Elder Board (including the Pastor).  We are a conservative, evangelical church whose motto is “Loving God, Loving People”.

We are seeking a pastoral candidate with the following qualifications:

  • Minimum 5-7 years experience in an associate or lead pastor role
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Experience working with a multi-staff congregation

The preferred candidate will have had:

  • seminary instruction or a ministry degree
  • strong biblical preaching
  • leadership and relationship skills
  • worked with a multi-site congregation.
  • a proven record of casting a compelling vision for the church, including discipleship and spiritual formation.
  1. The preferred candidate should be strong in the following spiritual gifts:  faith, leadership & teaching.
  2. The preferred candidate should be strong in prayer and be able to give examples of answered prayers.

As we desire to minister to our community, we would prefer that candidates be willing to acclimate and integrate themselves into not only our church family, but our community family as well.

If you are qualified and interested in our position, please submit a resume and a statement of faith to the following email address:  tdbrumbaugh@yahoo.com .  You can also see more about Union Church at our website, www.unionchurchin.org

Senior Pastor Needed – FT – Wisconsin

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

The Community Evangelical Free Church is a small rural congregation tucked into the hills of southwest Wisconsin. CEFC was founded in 1998 and has been served by three pastors. The present pastor has been with us for seven years. CEFC is a healthy church with a desire to grow and reach people in the Shullsburg area with the Gospel.

If the called individual is without senior pastor experience a transitional period until September of 2015 could be arranged. Regardless of experience, the elders would appreciate a willingness to spend time working with the current pastor. Then, on September 1, 2015, Pastor Lee would move on to the next stage of his journey, and the new individual would become the pastor. During the transition period, some compensation would be available, but the salary and benefits package would not begin until September 2015.

If this is an opportunity you would be interested in pursuing please send your resume to the church. Also we invite you to call or email (communityefc.shullsburg@gmail.com) us with any questions you have.

Pastor Lee: 608-965-3016 or 608-482-4014

Tom Hackl, Search Committee Chairman: 608-482-1943

Nick Johnson, Elder Board Chairman: 608-574-6011

Four School Records Fall at Taylor Invitational

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

In just their second indoor meet of the season, Grace’s track and field teams broke four school records at the Taylor Invite on Saturday.

Nathan Brown and Jo Boren highlighted Grace’s day as the sophomore duo had a hand in two records each.

“I thought we made some key improvements in the last week. Some of the young athletes are learning new events and learning how to compete at this level,” said Grace coach Jeff Raymond. “Besides the school records, we had several other personal-best performances, so that makes for a successful event.”

The Taylor Invite featured 12 teams and over 600 athletes. No team scores were kept for the indoor meet.

Brown placed second in both the high jump (6-feet-4.75) and the long jump (22-1.75), breaking Grace’s record for each event in the process.

Boren improved her own school record in the 400-meter run, finishing in 1:02.35 for third place. She then led off the 4×200 relay team of Erin Jones, Lindsey Young and Alicia Hertzler that crossed the line in 1:50.72, the fastest time in school history.

The women’s 4×800 relay squad of Jenna McClellan, Katelyn McCullough, Allison Zylstra and Rachel Fehring finished fourth in 10:13.04, and the men’s 4×800 relay team (Jonathan Rex, Donovan Graham, Brendon Lengacher, Matthew Lee) echoed their fourth-place showing.

For the men’s team, Lance Taylor was third in the 400 (51.79 seconds), Graham was fourth in the 600 (1:25.54), and Rex was fifth in the 1000 (2:39.14).

The Lancers will tackle their third indoor meet of the season next Saturday at the IWU Invitational in Marion, Ind.

Senior Pastor Needed – FT – Kingsport, TN

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
Kingsport Methodist Church, located in Kingsport, Tennessee is seeking a full-time senior minister. Kingsport Methodist Church is a small, independent, self-governing church that is Wesley-Arminian in doctrine and practice. The ministerial candidate must meet but not limited to the following requirements:
  1. Must be Wesley-Arminian in doctrine
  2. Must meet the Scriptural requirements especially in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1
  3. Must have a theological education (i.e. MDiv, Masters in Theological Studies, Biblical Studies, etc.)
  4. Administer the rites of the office, which includes but not limited to communion, baptism, marriage ceremonies, funerals, and infant dedications.
  5. Perform duties of the office, such as visitation, pastoral counseling, preaching/teaching, and instruction concerning doctrine, rules, and regulations of the church.

Overall, the candidate will be a shepherd to the people of Kingsport Methodist Church who will preach the whole council of God, believes the Bible to be the infallible, inspired, and authoritative Word of God, affirms the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ and His bodily resurrection, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, one can live a sanctified life. We believe that a pastor should preach Christ crucified to those who are lost, embody the Gospel, and help make disciples within the church.

Church salary: negotiable.  *Applicants should supply a resume/vitae with references.

Contact: Dwight Gonce

Phone: (423) 288-7285

Email: gonceathome@yahoo.com