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Grace College Opens Veteran Student Resource Center

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

WINONA LAKE, IN. —  Grace College employees and veteran students celebrated the ribbon cutting of its new Veteran Student Service Center Wednesday, Nov. 10.

“Establishing this VA student center is a huge milestone for the Grace College Campus and its veteran students,” said Scott Shaffer, Grace’s assistant registrar and VA student services officer. “It shows that Grace is taking the initiative to support our military.”

The center, located in Grace’s Gordon Student Recreation Center, will provide a place for veteran students to connect and commune with fellow veterans, network, and share strategies, information, and support as they adjust to a higher education environment. Veteran students can also use the VA Student Service Center to study and stay up-to-date regarding military announcements and civilian affairs, such as career placement.

“As a former United States Air Force Officer, I’m excited about Grace’s initiatives to support the veteran’s program,” says Tom Dunn, the chief operating officer for Grace College and Seminary. “It’s gratifying to see the school assisting veteran students by providing facilities to specifically meet their needs as they adjust to the higher education setting.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by veteran students, as well as faculty, staff, and community supporters. Both Shaffer and Grace President Dr. Ronald Manahan spoke, praising the efforts of Grace to accommodate the unique needs of its veteran students. Wayne Thomas, Grace’s Student Veterans Organization president, also spoke, thanking and recognizing the VA Student Service Center’s supporters. Grace would also like to thank the Kosciusko community foundation for its lead gift to establish the office of Veterans affairs at Grace College and the Military Family Research Institute for funding the new VA research center.

Grace College and Seminary currently has 18 students claiming Veterans benefits.  Of the 18 students, 10 are military veterans and 8 are the dependents of military veterans.

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.”

OrthoWorx, Grace College launch orthopedic graduate program

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Warsaw, Ind. – OrthoWorx has entered into an agreement with Grace College to launch the nation’s first graduate program in orthopedic regulatory and clinical affairs. Developed in consultation with orthopedic company leadership, this program will fill a crucial and immediate gap in workforce training and provide participants with the expertise required to meet an existing demand.

The program will be offered through the OrthoWorx Center of Excellence in Orthopedic Regulatory and Clinical Affairs at Grace College, which is being established by OrthoWorx and Grace. As a partner in this process, OrthoWorx will participate in the development of the Center and will play an active role on the Center’s advisory board. OrthoWorx is providing initial funding to assist in the development of the program. As it matures, the Center will capture funding from its programs for reinvestment in curriculum development focused on meeting future orthopedic industry needs.

“A key element in OrthoWorx’s mission is to help foster an environment where the orthopedic industry can continue to thrive, and the availability of employees with specialized skills and knowledge is critical to sustaining the cluster in the Warsaw region,” said Brad Bishop, OrthoWorx Executive Director.

“We are delighted to partner with Grace College to address an educational need that was prioritized highest by the orthopedic industry cluster, according to a feasibility study conducted by Grace,” said Cheryl R. Blanchard, PhD, OrthoWorx board chair and Chief Scientific Officer for Zimmer Holdings, Inc. “As the global regulatory environment in which all the companies operate becomes more complex, the Center will provide a valuable asset to educate employees and help sustain the orthopedic cluster in Kosciusko County.”

“Because of our location and the connectivity among our students, faculty, alumni and the orthopedic companies headquartered here, we believe Grace College is uniquely qualified to assist the companies in addressing their most pressing educational and training needs,” said Grace College President Ron Manahan.

“We look forward to working with OrthoWorx to launch this important educational resource.”

Grace College is currently finalizing the curriculum for the program in concert with industry representatives and is recruiting staff and instructors. The first cohort of students is being formed and individuals interested in information regarding the program should immediately contact Dr. Steve Grill, dean of The School of Adult and Community Education at Grace (574-372-5100, ext. 6511). Plans are underway to begin offering classes in Spring 2011.

“OrthoWorx is currently conducting a comprehensive study that will further define the educational and workforce development needs of the region’s orthopedic industry cluster,” said Toby Buck, Paragon Medical Chairman and CEO and Chair of the OrthoWorx Talent and Workforce Development Committee. “We believe there is much that can be accomplished by marshalling the resources of our area’s educational institutions and focusing efforts on the programs that will be needed to strengthen the industry while providing greater career opportunities for the thousands of area residents employed in orthopedics. This important
partnership is the first step toward that goal.”

About OrthoWorx
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.

About Grace College
Grace College is an evangelical Christian liberal arts college. Its academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects 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.”

New leadership for Remnant drama club

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

by Ashley Brewster

Take the love of theater, add it to a great ministry opportunity, throw in the chance to travel to places like Florida and Hawaii, and you have Remnant, Grace’s ministry drama team.

Remnant has been a part of Grace for over 20 years, and is still taking the truths of the Bible to schools, churches, and even occasionally Grace chapel and relating them to audiences the same way Jesus did–via story.

The group is made up of eight members–ideally four boys and four girls–and performs prop-less skits that explore themes like gossip or revamp parables. They use outside sources or write the skits themselves.

“Our purpose is to spread God’s word through acting,” says Jillian Clark, one of Remnant’s leaders.

Clark, a communications major and a junior, is in her third year as a part of Remnant. She leads with Ian Christensen, who is a senior and a psychology major. This is their first time leading Remnant after a shift in the group’s authority when last year’s leaders resigned.

“When I learned that we wouldn’t have our leaders, I just sort of stepped up,” explains Clark. “I brought Ian along with me.”

Practice for Remnant takes place typically once a week in the Little Theater in Philathea, though they don’t actually begin performing until the second semester of the year. The group usually travels on Sundays, unless it is the spring break trip, which according to Clark is a big deal. Last year she was able to throw a last-minute trip to Indianapolis together.

This year they are exploring the possibility of an East Coast trip over spring break–or one to Hawaii, where Clark was surprised to learn they have several connections through several of the group’s members.

“We travel based on our connections, which are mainly through Grace Brethren churches,” explains Clark.

Auditions are held for Remnant at the beginning of the year, and according to Jillian, around 30 people try out.

“Remnant is a great ministry opportunity,” says Clark when asked why students should consider getting involved. “I feel like I’ve really grown. It also gives me the chance to do theater, which I love. The group also has great chemistry. We have a lot of fun.”

Clark says she sees Remnant as a group of ambassadors with a two-fold mission.

“When we go to these places, we’re representing God, but we’re also showing them what Grace is all about.”

Clark says that Remnant is entering this new year with a definite purpose in mind.

“Our mission statement this year is ‘Unscripted’,” says Clark. “It sort of ties in with Grace’s theme this year, ‘Authored.’ We want to make our skits more than words on a page. We want to make them real and honest.”

Clark says the group makes a point to avoid “softer” subjects.

“No fluffy Christian skits,” she says. “We want to challenge people and make them think.”

This article originally appeared in The Sounding Board.

Hacienda Night to Support Grace Student Veterans

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

by Octavia Lehman

Do you like burritos, quesadillas, or mudslides? You’re in good hands. The Student Veterans Organization is partnering with Hacienda for a “Hacienda Gives Back” event.

Next Wednesday, on Nov. 10, Hacienda will donate 20 percent of their sales to the SVO.

From 11 a.m. until close, students and faculty who visit Hacienda can present a token along with their bill. Hacienda will then donate 20 percent of the bill to the SVO.

According to the president of the SVO, Wayne Thomas, he considers it a win-win situation. “You get great food, and you are helping out a good cause,” he explained.

In order for SVO to receive any money, a token must be presented with the bill.

Tokens have already been distributed to all campus mailboxes.

Extra tokens are available at the Office of the Registrar, the Post Office, and Student Affairs. Without a token the group will receive no money.

The SVO is a newly established group at Grace College. Currently there are 22 student veterans at Grace College. Money raised from the event will allow the group to do more activities, and maintain a newly constructed resource center.

A few of the faculty have donated their time to help serve at the event. Professor Laurie Owen, will be serving, as well as Dr. Rata, the chair of the Biblical Studies Dept. Dr. Rata is scheduled to serve at 9:30 p.m.

If you would like more information about the event, please contact Wayne Thomas at

This article originally appeared in The Sounding Board.

Fun Fest brings families to Grace’s Gordon Recreation Center

Monday, November 1st, 2010

by Ethan Sheckler

Hundreds of Warsaw-area families attended Fun Fest, a Serve-coordinated Halloween alternative event, at Gordon Recreation Center on Friday, Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m.

Serve offers the event as a fun and safe alternative to trick-or-treating for any area children to participate in. “I like it more than trick-or-treating,” area mother Patrice Hygema said as her daughter Gabriel, 6, participated in one of many crafts at the event. “I just don’t think trick-or-treating is safe any more.”

The event was free for all area families, with a suggested donation of a canned food item for Combined Community Services, a Kosciusko County organization dedicated to helping those in need of spiritual, financial, medical, and educational help.

The Serve student leader of the event, Kristi Davis, estimated that more than 500 local children participated in the event, dressed in costume as ninjas, pirates, vampires, and many more. At the event, children participated in various games such as corn-hole and bean-bag tosses, as well as other activities such as bracelet-making, face painting, and pony rides.

Funfest is held yearly at the GRC, and many local families make a point of coming every year. “The kids always want to go every year,” said Grace’s Dr. Jared Burkholder as his daughter Maggie worked on an unfinished salvation bracelet.  “We always come.”

Area Christian radio station Pulse FM also participated in the event, broadcasting one week of radio commercials in support of Funfest, as well as broadcasting live from the event for 2 hours.

Families attending the event were given a plastic bag donated by Owen’s supermarket that contained a thank-you from the event’s sponsors, Walmart and Owen’s, as well as an e-mail address to which families can send questions and comments for the event organizers.

The bag also contained the brochure “Two Ways to Live: The Choice We All Face” as a gospel outreach to area families.

This article originally appeared in The Sounding Board.

Grace College GOAL Program for Adult Learners is Approved to be Fully Online

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Grace College has received official accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission to offer an adult degree-completion program fully online. The Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners (GOAL) program is now completely online, beginning with the January 2011 cohort. The Grace College GOAL program is designed to help adult students complete a Bachelor of Science in Management degree in as little as 16 months.

Eligible applicants must hold an associate’s degree or have earned at least 60 college credits to be admitted into the program. Credit may be awarded for experiential learning. GOAL students benefit from learning in a small cohort model with other adult students who are returning to college to improve their career opportunities and seek the personal satisfaction of completing a bachelor’s degree.

The GOAL program allows students to return to school and complete a degree without interrupting their careers. With the new online option, students will be able to complete the entire program from home. Students may still choose to participate in the residential program, however, which meets as a class one night each week and requires a few weekend class times.

Grace College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  For more information on the GOAL program or other adult learning opportunities, please contact Graduate and Adult Admissions at 877-607-0012 or

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.”

Warsaw 11th In Forbes’ Best Cities

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Originally printed in the Times Union on 10/28/10

by Daniel Riordan – Times-Union Staff Writer

Looking for a great place to raise a family?

According to Forbes magazine, if you live in Warsaw you’re already here. released a report on the Top 15 small cities to raise a family and Warsaw was ranked 11th.

Forbes took 126 cities with a population of less than 100,000 and ranked them in five different categories.

Those categories were: commute time, median household income, home ownership, cost of living and high school graduation rate.

Of the 126 cities ranked, Warsaw ranked highest in median household income at 16 and home ownership rate at 18.

The Lake City ranked lowest in high school graduation rate at 78.

Warsaw ranked just behind another Indiana city, Columbus, and ahead of Minot, N.D.

Dubuque, Iowa, was the highest-ranked small city.

“It’s quite humbling,” said Warsaw Mayor Ernie Wiggins. “It’s flattering that someone from the outside recognized what a great city this is. The people that live here, that raise their families here already know.”

The Midwest dominated the rankings with four Wisconsin cities making the top 15. Eleven of the 15 top cities are from Midwestern states.

The full story can be found at

Grace mourns student loss.

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Mallori Lin Kastner, 18, of rural Wabash, Indiana died late Friday night, September 17, 2010 at Winona Lake, Indiana. She was born March 6, 1992 in Wabash to James “Rob” Kastner and Shelly “Marie” (Dayton) Baucco.

Mallori was a student at Grace College and Seminary at Winona Lake, Indiana. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church in Wabash.

She was a 2010 Wabash High School graduate and statewide volleyball standout. Standing at 6 foot, Mallori was a middle hitter and a four-year player for Wabash. She was an Indiana North Volleyball All-Star (2009) and Wabash High School MVP (2009). She was named to the All-State 2nd Team (2009), Three Rivers Conference (TRC) 1st Team (2009), Wabash County 1st Team (2009), Wabash County 2nd Team (2008) and was a TRC Honorable Mention (2007, 2008). She led the TRC in attacks in 2009 with 379 kills and was at the top of the TRC in blocking in 2008 and 2009.

Along with her success on the volleyball floor, she also played basketball and ran track for four years. On the hardwood, she was a member of the team that reached the regional finals, was a TRC All-Conference Team Honorable Mention (2009), and she broke the school record for blocked shots in a single season. In track, she participated in the high jump and the long jump. She chose Grace because she really liked the campus, the Christian values, the volleyball team and the program. She wanted to be a key player for Grace volleyball and help the team succeed.

She is survived by her mother & step father, Shelly “Marie” (Andy) Baucco; father, James “Rob” Kastner; and 2 sisters, Heather M. Kastner and Katy Baucco, all of Wabash; brother, Michael J. Kastner of West Lafayette, Indiana; grandparents, Darlene “Grams” Smith, Jennifer Dayton, Robert & Sandi Kastner, and Vince & Judy Baucco, all of Wabash.

Funeral services will be held at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 188 W. Sinclair Street, Wabash on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 10:30am with Father Sextus Don officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 2-8pm Tuesday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash, with a rosary service at 8:00pm at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Wabash High School Volleyball Team or Grace College Volleyball Team.

The memorial guest book for Mallori may be signed at

Presidents Address – September 18

ACT:S Walks for Water

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

by Emily Armstrong

The “Water Walk,” which raised awareness for the need of drinking water in Africa, was carried by the ACT:S club on Oct. 16. Participants walked approximately 1.75 miles carrying gallon and half gallon jugs of water in order to help them understand, in a small way, the hardships many African families deal with every day.

Unlike American women, many African women and children must walk several miles each day in order to get clean water for cooking, drinking and bathing because there are no clean water wells in their villages.

The idea for the Water Walk came from Blood:Water Mission, a grassroots organization dedicated to encouraging communities to get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the water crisis. According to the ACT:S members, digging wells in villages benefits each member of any African village community because access to clean water not only helps prevent diseases, but it also eases the workload for children who could otherwise be focusing on their education.

Wells also benefit missions work, acting as gathering places in the villages and giving missionaries a focal point at which to build relationships.

ACT:S club is Grace College’s chapter of World Vision’s activism network and has been in existence since 2006. Formerly the club was known as Acting on AIDS, but when World Vision changed its vision, so did Acting on AIDS. Each semester the ACT:S club chooses a different issue to focus on. This semester’s focus is clean water.

This year the ACT:S club’s vision is “God’s year to act,” which is taken from Acts chapter four. The club seeks to fulfill its vision by not only raising awareness and funds for popular social issues, but also by using the platform of social issues to spread the good news of Christ said Connor Park, one of the club administrators.

For more information about the need for clean water wells in villages and how to donate to the digging of clean water wells, visit Blood:Water Mission, Charity Water or ICDI’s websites.

This article originally appeared in The Sounding Board.

Grace College and Questa Foundation Partnership Encourages Graduate Retention, Less Debt

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College and Questa Foundation for Education announced a new partnership that will help retain Grace College graduates in northeast Indiana after completing their degrees.  The partnership also will allow these students to graduate with less debt.

The new Pay Back Partnership agreement inked by Grace College and Questa Foundation will provide up to 75 percent in debt forgiveness and loan repayment assistance for any Questa Scholar who completes his or her degree at Grace College.

Questa Scholars may borrow up to $20,000 over four years to pay for college. If a Questa Scholar graduates with a 2.75 GPA, Questa Foundation will forgive 25 percent of the loan balance immediately.  If the student elects to live and work in the eleven counties of northeast Indiana for at least five years after graduation, then Questa will forgive an additional 25 percent.

For Questa Scholars who complete their degrees at Grace College, the college has agreed to pay back an additional 25 percent of a Questa Scholar’s loan balance upon the student’s graduation.

Grace’s partnership with Questa Foundation is one more step the college has taken to help ensure and maintain affordability and assistance for Grace students. In an effort to reduce overall costs for its students, Grace recently announced its new Reimagine curricular design, a three-year accelerated degree program that will allow students to graduate one year sooner, saving time and money while helping them enter and earn in the workforce earlier.

“Grace College is highly dedicated to helping students pay for college in these economically uncertain times,” said Grace President Dr. Ronald Manahan. “Between our new Reimagine program and this partnership with Questa Foundation, I believe we are moving in the right direction to help ensure that the rising costs of higher education do not prevent students from attending Grace College or reaching their full potential.”

“The Grace-Questa partnership allows our region’s best and brightest to pursue a high-quality Grace education with tremendous affordability.  With the Pay Back Partnership agreement, Questa Scholars attending Grace College are able to borrow up to $20,000 and are eligible to have up to 75% of the debt forgiven and/or repaid on their behalf.  This is a winning proposition for middle-income families,” said Christina Smith, Questa Foundation’s executive director.

“We are very pleased that every college and university in northeast Indiana has joined Questa Foundation in a Pay Back partnership agreement, providing added incentives for our region’s future leaders to pursue their educational training right here in northeast Indiana,” added Smith.

Currently, one Questa Scholar is enrolled at Grace College. This student will benefit from the new agreement, as will future Questa Scholars who choose to attend Grace.

Questa Foundation for Education, which has provided loans and scholarships to Allen County high school graduates for nearly 75 years, began the Questa Scholars 1/2 Back Loan Program in 2007 with an investment of $4 million of its endowment to fund the initial five-year pilot period. Currently, 210 Allen County graduates have been selected as Questa Scholars.

For more information about the Questa Scholars Pay Back Partnership agreement, contact Grace College’s Office of Financial Aid at (574) 372-5100 ext. 6162 or Questa Foundation at (260) 407-6494.

Questa Foundation’s mission is to expand educational opportunity and encourage greater financial freedom for Allen County students with financial need by providing affordable college loans and generous scholarships that reward academic success and retain graduates in northeast Indiana. For more information, visit

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 165-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.”