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New 2010 Tax Law Impacts Grace College & Seminary

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The New 2010 Tax Law Impacts Grace College & Seminary

The $858 billion tax relief bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2010, includes important legislation for Grace College & Seminary and other charitable organizations.

Continuing a series of tax breaks from the Bush era, the latest bill (The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010) restores the IRA Charitable Rollover for 2010 and permits its use in all of 2011. The act is retroactive to January 1, 2010, so donors who previously made 2010 IRA rollovers will qualify.

This means that individuals who are 70½ or older and receive IRA distributions may transfer those finances to a public charity such as Grace without any tax liability. The tax-free component is applicable to a direct transfer from an IRA to a qualified public charity that does not exceed $100,000 for the year.

The extended legislation allows for another important benefit for 2010. Because Congress recognized that it is very late in the year, individuals who choose to make a qualified charitable distribution rollover from their IRA trustee to a charity like Grace may make their 2010 charitable gift during the remaining days in December 2010 or in January 2011.

To take advantage of this 2010 tax law, or if you have questions regarding IRA distributions, please contact Greg Weimer, Grace’s Director of Planned Giving, at 866-448-3472 ext. 6124.

As with all retirement and investment tools, talk to your financial management representative for details.

Grace College and Independent Colleges of Indiana Hold Lower Tuition Rates

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Recent research from the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) shows that Grace College and the remaining 30 member schools, on average, have lower tuition costs than other independent colleges nationwide, as well as lower tuition than out-of-state students at Indiana’s major public universities.

On average, independent colleges across America cost students $27,793 each year. ICI found that the average tuition among its member schools was $25,547 – which, over four years, amounts to nearly $9,000 saved. Indiana’s two major state schools, Indiana University and Purdue University, required out-of-state students to pay $27,688 and $26,622 respectively.

According to ICI, “Tuition for out-of-state students attending either the IU or Purdue main campus is a more accurate reflection of the actual cost of attendance without benefit of the state subsidies provided to these institutions by taxpayers.”

Though Grace College already has lower-than-average annual tuition costs ($21,700), the college is taking additional measures to lower the price tag on higher education. It has cut the cost of earning a Bachelor’s degree by up to 50 percent by creating a three-year accelerated degree program. The accelerated track option, which will begin in Fall 2011, will allow students to eliminate one full year of college costs and begin earning in the workforce sooner.

Since Grace introduced the program in June, applications have risen 18%.

Grace College Provost Dr. Bill Katip said that though initially the idea of a private education may seem out-of-reach, “More families seem to be reaching the realization that a Grace education really is affordable. Our three-year accelerated degree option is making inroads to help meet the financial needs of Hoosiers and other families from the Midwest.”

The idea of the accelerated degree began receiving national and political consideration last fall when Sen. (R-Tenn.) and former U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander publicly addressed the need for three-year options in higher education.

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

Harlem Globetrotters Bring Basketball’s First-Ever 4-Point Shot to Warsaw

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

The Harlem Globetrotters, who have contributed more innovations to the game of basketball than any other team in history, have implemented the first-ever 4-point shot as part of all of its games on the team’s 2011 “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the team’s record 85th season of touring.

The Globetrotters introduced the 4-pointer to a national audience on Sunday, December 5 when ESPN2 telecasted the Globetrotters’ game against the Washington Generals from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

This game-changing innovation will be on display when the Globetrotters take on the Washington Generals at Orthopaedic Capital Center on January 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets, starting at $25.00, are on sale at, the Orthopaedic Capital Center on the campus of Grace College – 574-372-5100 ext. 6266, the Coty County Athletic Complex (CCAC), the Kosciusko County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Reinholt’s Town Square Furniture. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at

“The Globetrotters have been at the forefront of basketball’s evolution throughout the sport’s history,” said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “From the alley-oop to the slam dunk to the behind-the-back pass, the Globetrotters have long brought innovations to basketball that are now staples of the game, and we’re confident the 4-point shot will change the game of basketball going forward.”

Throughout the 2011 North American tour, which will travel to 220 cities in 46 U.S. States and six Canadian provinces between December 26 and April 17, every Globetrotters game will now feature two designated 4-point shooting spots on each side of midcourt, each located 35 feet from the basket (the spots are 12 feet beyond the NBA’s official 3-point line). The 4-point option is expected to further open up the playing floor for the Globetrotters as well as their opponents, the Generals, and is expected to generate even more high-scoring action and competitive play.

“Bring it,” said Washington Generals President Red Klotz, whose team has not beaten the Globetrotters since January 1971, when Klotz himself sank a game-winning shot in Martin, TN. “Long-range marksmanship is a Generals trademark, and we’ve already installed several new plays to take advantage of the 4-pointer. If anything, this only makes us stronger.”

“I only wish they had this shot when I was playing,” said Globetrotter Legend Curly Neal, one of only five Globetrotters in history to have his jersey number retired. “I could have lit up that scoreboard all night long.”

Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, Howard Johnson Hotels, America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, Greyhound Lines and Spalding, the Original Harlem Globetrotters continue a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages.

Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades.

Grace Inducts New Members to Alpha Chi Honor Society

Monday, December 6th, 2010

In a candlelight ceremony at McClain Auditorium last month, the Grace College chapter of the Alpha Chi inducted 35 new junior and senior students into the honor society.

The student inductees pledged themselves to uphold the principles of Alpha Chi in character and service. Each student’s advisor then spoke a few words about how the student has achieved both academic and personal success, followed by the student signing himself or herself into the roll of Alpha Chi membership.

Darci Long, 2009 Chapter Secretary, gave the welcome and invocation. Professor Joesph Lehmann presented the students, and senior Sarah Rice closed the ceremony by presenting a paper on children of the industrial revolution, which won an award at the Alpha Chi convention.

Alpha Chi was founded in 1922 as a coeducational society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those achieving such distinction. Its name derives from the intial letters of the Greek words alethia and character, meaning respectively truth and character. The motto of Alpha Chi is, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

The newly inducted members include: Katherine Aardsma, Nicole Barlow, Abby Birkey, Anthony Burkholder, Abigail Clements, Kellie Deutscher, Abigail Dutcher, Katherine Fillman, Noelle Fink, Margaret Gullman, Hannah Harmsen, Sarah Hess, Julene Holladay, Jenessa Jergensen, Kaili Johns, Amelia Landis, Megan McGarvey, Emily Metcalf, Alysha Mroczka, Connie Okupski, Zoe Rozsa, Alison Spahr, Sarah Stengel, Travis Stockton, Jana Vastbinder, and Jonathyn Zapf.

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

Grace College Music Wind Ensemble Presents Grace Holiday Concert

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

The Grace College Wind Ensemble invites the community to join them on Friday, December 10 at 7:30 P.M. as they present their holiday concert.  The evening will feature guest performances from the Chain-O-Lakes Barbershop Chorus, Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Singers, Holiday Brass Ensemble, and featured soloist Arturo Osorio.

The twenty-member Grace Holiday Brass Ensemble will begin the program with Sammy Nestico’s “Spirit of Christmas” fanfare. Following the fanfare the Optimist Singers will perform several selections, including a spoof on the traditional carol “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” entitled “Variations of Fa La La.” The Optimist Singers have been performing for more than 25 years.

With its 30-plus members, the vibrant Chain-O-Lakes Chorus will perform holiday favorites like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “O Holy Night,” “White Christmas,” and more, under the direction of Dick Sutton.

Closing out the program will be the Grace Wind Ensemble under the direction of Martin Becker.  The band will perform a couple of new arrangements that have a new twist on some traditional Christmas melodies.  The band will “swing” as they perform “Christmas a la Big Band” and “Secret Agent Santa.”  From a holiday favorite the “Nutcracker Ballet,” the band will perform “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” Next, the ensemble will perform Gustav Holst’s “Christmas Day.”

The audience will join in the finale of the evening as all the performers and audience join in a Christmas carol sing-along.

The concert will be held at Rodeheaver Auditorium and is free and open to the public.  Contact Martin Becker at Grace College if you need additional information about the Grace College Wind Ensemble.

Free Admission

Friday, December 10, 2010

7:30 p.m.

Rodeheaver Auditorium

Winona Lake, Indiana

Grace College MBA Program Approved to be Fully Online

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Grace College is now offering a two-year, fully online Master of Business Administration degree. The program, offered through Grace’s School of Adult and Community Education, will provide a curriculum and environment where current and future business professionals will be able to study the discipline from a distinctly biblical perspective – without interrupting students’ current careers.

Emphasizing practical application of knowledge and interdisciplinary perspectives, MBA program topics will be addressed so as to maximize their value in business settings.

Each year of the curriculum culminates with an integrative application project. This project emphasizes a cross-disciplinary approach, as it provides students with the opportunity to use material from at least three of the five courses taken throughout the year in a problem-solving or other application setting. These projects will be evaluated by an advisory council made up of current business professionals.

The online degree has been approved for accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Grace College MBA program is designed for non-traditional, non-residential students. Applicants must have achieved a baccalaureate degree. They will also be required to submit one letter of recommendation along with an official transcript, resume, photos, and formal application.

For more information, please contact your MBA Admissions Counselor at 877.607.0012, via e-mail at, or online at

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

Jeremy Mohr Makes Remarkable Progress

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Grace College senior Jeremy Mohr was interviewed by News Net 5 last weekend. Since the accident in September, Jeremy has shown remarkable progress. Jeremy and his family are giving all the praise and glory to God.

Read the full story and watch the interview here>>

This Tuesday, November 30th at 7:30pm, a Jeremy Mohr benefit concert will be held in McClain Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students/seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased either at the Tree of Life bookstore or at the door. All proceeds will be going directly to Jeremy. Come out and support Jeremy as he continues to heal.

Redemption Motivates New Rugby Club

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

by Christian Sheckler

Two years ago, Joey Hamby hit rock bottom. But rugby turned his life around.

Hamby, now a freshman at Grace, was raised Catholic but never took Christianity to heart during his upbringing. Through his high school years the Avon, Ind., native played football and led a freewheeling lifestyle of drugs, drinking and sex.

Although he made a half-hearted effort to keep his vices secret, Hamby’s mistakes began to catch up with him.

“I was trying to be the bad kid who was pretending to be good, and I was getting found out,” he said.

Hamby’s penchant for hard-hitting sports drew him to rugby after seeing videos on YouTube, and he started an official club at Avon High School in the fall of 2008.

“All I wanted to do back then was hurt people, and rugby was a good way to do that,” Hamby said.

But God had more than just a chance to hurt people in store for Hamby that fall.  A local youth pastor, Tom Graef, volunteered to coach the new rugby club, and he and his son began inviting Hamby to attend church with them.

First, though, Hamby got a wake-up call. “I had two girls pregnant, and I had nowhere to go,” he said. “I was broken.”

Finally, on October 15, Hamby took Graef up on the offer.

“Going to church that day, I was actually at the end of my rope,” Hamby recalled of the day he accepted Christ. “I was thinking, ‘Whatever this God thing is, I need it and I need it now.’”

This fall, with three years of experience—including a stint with a semi-pro team in Detroit—under his belt, Hamby came to Grace with a rugby club atop his list of priorities. Problem was, nobody else at Grace had played a lick of rugby—except for Asher Bontreger.

Bontreger, a junior, has played two years of college soccer but he played his first game of pickup rugby just a year ago. Before that, his knowledge of the sport was limited to the bits and pieces he caught on TV, but he quickly felt drawn to the sport.

“I decided if soccer ever ends for me, I want to play rugby,” said Bontreger, who, along with Hamby, recently won funding from the Student Senate to found Grace’s first rugby club.

The $1,000 awarded by the Student Senate for the club’s first year will go largely toward travel and equipment expenses. According to Bontreger, the investment in dur- able rugby jerseys will prove well worth the price tag.

“T-shirts won’t last,” Bontreger said in a nod to the rough-and-tumble nature of the sport.

Bontreger said 25 men attendede an official callout meeting Wednesday for anyone interested in playing.

Most of the potential recruits have little or no rugby experience, but Bontreger remains optimistic. “We have a lot of guys that have a lot of heart,” he said. “We’re pretty happy to start humbly until we get things going.”

Later this fall, when the squad takes to Beta Field for some practice in preparation for the spring season, Hamby will assume a coaching role. Players will have to learn terms like “rucking,” which is not a swear word but rather a form of tackling, and “scrum,” the pile-up of bodies often associated with rugby.

“The game’s really easy to learn but takes a long time to master,” Hamby said.

But more important than the nuts-and-bolts rules of the game, rugby also includes a unique social aspect.

“After the game, you sit and meet and greet with the other team,” Hamby said. “Sometimes you kick it with the other team for about three hours.”

Usually, that social time centers on alcohol. A common phrase describes the typical rugby club as “a drinking team with a rugby problem,” Hamby said.

But the club’s co-founders hope to use the social aspect of the sport as an opportunity for ministry.

“My old school has a team, and they need the love of Jesus,” said Bontreger, who attended St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., before transferring to Grace.

Grace’s club will play teams from Christian colleges, such as Anderson University, as well as state schools like Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

“We want to be salt and light wherever we go, whether we’re playing among other believers or going to a secular school like St. Joseph’s or IPFW,” Bontreger said.

Given his past, Hamby understands the ministry opportunity as well as anyone. He notes with a touch of pride that the club he founded in Avon now boasts about 75 members, but he keeps things in perspective.

“It’s better to have one person come to Christ than 75 people joining a rugby club,” Hamby said.

He speaks from experience.

This article originally appeared in The Sounding Board.

Steve Carlson Moves Into Registrar Position

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

by Carina Brown

After serving his role in Career Services for the past 13 years, Steve Carlson is stepping up to fill the main registrar position.

Student Affairs has been looking for someone to replace Todd Norris since he left in September.

According to Jim Swanson, the Vice President of Student Affairs and Academic Services, Student Affairs generally tries to promote current employees before they look for new people to hire.Swanson sees this particular move as “an opportunity to put the right person in the right place,” since Carlson fits the position well.

Carlson’s previous work in career services involved two different areas: career counseling and career preparation.

The counseling aspect of his job consisted of helping students decide what to do; he helped them match their gifts and interests with majors and careers that would fit them.

Carlson also prepared students for the transition into the job market by helping students write résumés, prepare for interviews, and find employers.

In the future, these two functions of career services will be divided between two people. Student Affairs is still looking to hire someone as a career counselor, while Deea Breeden, the current student employment coordinator, will take over job preparation in career services.

Even though Student Affairs plans to hire a new career counselor, Carlson will still be supervising both functions of career services. According to Swanson, this set-up will not require any budget cuts; it works well because both the registrar and the career services offices are already under the supervision of Student Affairs. Student Affairs has the freedom to move people from position to position as needed.

When asked what he wants to do with the new registrar position, Carlson expressed his desire to serve both students and faculty well. Elma Sherman, who already works in the registrar’s office, thinks that Carlson’s skill with handling details makes him a good choice for the position. Also, she said his “tender heart and caring spirit” will be helpful in working with students.

Scott Shaffer, the current assistant registrar, says that Carlson’s “unique perspective” and “cutting edge understanding of the job market” will make him a great addition to the team.

Carlson says that he wants to build on the good work that Norris accomplished while he worked here. The current registrar staff needs to “be applauded,” Carlson said, “for all the hard work they’ve done while being short-staffed.”

Carlson looks forward to working with a “great team,” and his new responsibilities.

This article originally appeared in The Sounding Board.

Allyn Decker Named Director of New Orthopedic Graduate Program at Grace College

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Grace College, which recently partnered with OrthoWorx to create the nation’s first graduate certificate program in orthopedic regulatory and clinical affairs, is excited to name Warsaw’s Allyn Decker as director for the new program.

This program, offered by Grace College’s OrthoWorx Center of Excellence in Regulatory and Clinical Affairs, through Grace’s School of Adult and Community Education, is being launched to meet a crucial need within the orthopedic sector. The program will provide participants with the expertise required to meet an existing high demand for individuals with orthopedic regulatory and clinical training.

Decker will leave his current position as vice president of organizational development at Lake City Bank, where he developed “Lake City University” and has worked since 1997.  In doing so he will turn his focus back to higher education as program director at Grace College. Decker taught at Grace from 1986 to 1997, serving during that time as chair for the communication department.

“Building this new graduate certificate program at Grace College is an honor and a unique opportunity to enrich the ‘Orthopedic Capital of the World,’” said Decker. “Educating local orthopedic professionals will make their industry — and our community — much more ready to face tomorrow’s challenges.”

Grace Provost Dr. Bill Katip expressed his pleasure at welcoming Decker as the new program director. “Allyn’s unique experience and expertise in designing high-quality corporate training programs involving regulatory requirements and his proven track record in higher education make him a wonderful fit for our new director position,” he said. “Allyn understands our community and orthopedic companies, as evidenced through his role as moderator of the Kosciusko Leadership Academy.”

Decker is a certified professional in Learning and Performance, having received the highest possible certification offered by the American Society of Training and Development in 2008. He received the Bank Administration Institute’s Training Innovator Award the same year. Decker has also served as a Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce Education Subcommittee member and moderator for the annual education summit since 2003.  Allyn also sits on the Kosciusko County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau board. In 1996, Decker received the Alva J. McClain Outstanding Teacher Award from Grace College, and was given Presidential Citation by Lake City Bank in 2009.

Individuals interested in participating in the nation’s first and only graduate program in orthopedic regulatory and clinical affairs should contact Allyn Decker at or call (574) 372-5100 ext. 6509. With its proximity to Warsaw, the “Orthopedic Capital of the World,” Grace is specially positioned to offer this program, allowing for its graduates to receive their education from experts within the orthopedic sector.

Grace College is an evangelical Christian arts and sciences college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

OrthoWorx ( is a Warsaw-based, industry, community and education initiative established to advance and support growth and innovation within the region’s uniquely concentrated, globally significant orthopedics device sector. Funded in part by the Lilly Endowment, OrthoWorx was founded in 2009 out of a comprehensive study conducted by BioCrossroads.  The initiative engages and enhances the broader community interests that both serve and depend upon the sector’s continued growth by targeting an integrated set of educational, workforce, cultural, communication, branding, logistical and entrepreneurial efforts.