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Grace Student Part of Winning KLA Team and Dr. Steve Grill Signs Off as KLA Advisor After 34 Years

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Pictured (L to R) are Ryan Christner, Precision Medical Technologies Inc.; Bryce Glock, Grace College student; Jean Northenor; Erich Hollis, Hall & Marose Silveus; and Chris Koldyke, Zimmer-Biomet. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union

The 35th Kosciusko Leadership Academy (KLA) Graduation took place April 25.  Grace College student Bryce Glock was among this year’s graduates and was part of the “Youth & the Outdoors United” team.  Glock and his team members received the Northenor Award accompanied with a $1,000 prize to aid in their mission to engage and instill a passion for outdoor recreation and conservation in Kosciusko County youth.  After 34 years of service as advisor to KLA, Grace College Dean of Community Education Dr. Steve Grill stepped down and announced his successor.  The following story is written by David Slone of the Times-Union.

White Paper Projects Lauded at KLA Banquet

A White Paper Project on engaging youth in outdoor recreation and conservation won the Jean Northenor Award at Kosciusko Leadership Academy’s 35th graduation celebration Tuesday night, while a project on an ice rink in Warsaw won a Board of Trustees Award. “Youth & the Outdoors United,” or YOU, received the Northenor Award, which comes with a $1,000 prize to help the team bring their project into fruition. On the team are Ryan Christner, Bryce Glock, Erich Hollis and Chris Koldyke.

According to the executive summary of the project, “The mission of Youth and the Outdoors United is for the benefit of the youth in Kosciusko County to engage and instill a passion for outdoor recreation and conservation. This will be accomplished by forming an alliance of like-minded outdoor organizations with the focus of providing ample opportunities for youth to discover and experience the outdoors as much as possible.” Northenor, KLA advisor emeritus and co-founder, said she and the other two judges, Brad Bishop and Suzie Light, based their decision on the award winner on three main criteria: Is the project doable? Will the project have an impact on a wide spectrum of the county, and will its impact be fairly distributed? And can the project be sustained over time once KLA season is over and the award funds have been consumed?

“For those reasons, the judges made the following award. Now this is a $1,000 award that hopefully, while you’ve done the White Paper, hopefully this $1,000 will be able to kickstart your White

Paper Project. It won’t be enough to do the whole thing, but hopefully it will be enough to start it and then you’ll have to go out and get the rest of it,” she said before announcing YOU as the winner.

She said the judges found the project to be doable; the team has already found the groups to be a part of the organization; no significant outlay of funds will be required; and it will take advantage of the county’s incredible natural environment. “The breadth of the potential impact is excellent, with a program available to youth across the county,” Northenor said. “We believe it is sustainable. The work the team has done in identifying and enlisting partner organizations is excellent.”

Accepting the Trustee Award for “Ice Ice Baby II: Warsaw’s Winter Wonderland” was the team of Jeff Beeler, Julie Kline, Lili Dailey, Tiffany Kreider and Jennifer Stewart. The award comes with a $500 prize. The executive summary for Ice Ice Baby II states the group wanted to tackle the issue of the lack of winter tourism in the county. It discovered that previous studies that were conducted in Warsaw showed a consistent interest from the community in having an outdoor ice rink. In looking at various locations, the downtown area of Warsaw appears to be the most suitable for this venue, with Central Park serving as the home of the ice rink, the summary states.

The team discovered that the most successful rinks with sustainable ice throughout the winter season are covered rinks with a cooling system under the ice. This can all but guarantee the rink to remain open throughout a winter season of warmer-than-normal temperatures in addition to winters with heavy snow and ice, the summary states.  According to the summary, “With the upcoming changes that will be happening with the downtown Warsaw area such as the Buffalo Street Project, the timing of constructing the ice rink in Central Park appears to be the right time if it is going to happen. City leaders agreed that they would like to pursue this concept at this time to see if it could be incorporated with the current plans of the revitalization of the downtown area.” The city’s Parks Department will need to drive the project.

In presenting the Trustee Award last night, Northenor said, “They’ve done a refreshment of an earlier KLA White Paper Project regarding a potential ice skating rink. And that certainly coincides with what the mayor and his city council is doing right down Buffalo Street. There’s already considerable energy around this project as it seems to be happening at a time when the community is very anxious to advance quality of life projects.” She said that while dreams don’t always come true, she hopes the ice skating rink does as the picture of what the team hopes to do is a beautiful one. “It will impact residents and visitors throughout the year, not just in the winter. And there’s already some potential support for this,” Northenor said.

KLA Advisor Dr. Steve Grill then presented Hall of Fame awards to Bishop and Light. He said the KLA Executive Committee wanted to honor long-time Board of Director members Light and Bishop for their many years of helping to select the Northern Award winners. Guest speaker this year was Dr. Nate Bosch, Center for Lakes & Streams director and Grace College associate professor of environmental science. He spoke on the various studies the Center has done or is working on, including a Lake Economic Impact Study which found the lakes bring in a conservative estimate of $313,383,000 to the county each year. If the lakes are improved, that could increase by about $10,519,000, but if the lakes decline the county could lose $84,153,000.

“The lake economic impact can not be taken for granted,” he said. A report from the recipients of the 2015 Northenor Award also was given by Cheryl Shepherd, Jennifer Stouder and Tom Till. Team members Nicole Sherrill and Kristin Whitacre were unable to attend. Their project was GPS 2 Success, which was a career fair for students in high school and college during the day and adults at night. The career fair was held last year and again this year on April 14. The Chamber of Commerce is a partner in the project.

Grill ended the celebration by announcing the 2016-17 Executive Committee, which includes Jeff Fawcett as president; Joni Truex, vice president; Becky Anglin, treasurer; Ryan Christner, curriculum; Cameron Plew, selection; Jason Zaugg, public information; Shelly Fraley, events coordinator; Allyn Decker, moderator; and Nathan Conley, KLA advisor. Conley replaces Grill as advisor. This year was Grill’s last year as advisor after serving in that position for 34 consecutive years.

KLA was founded in 1982 by Northenor, Matt Dalton and Doug Grant. Each year it conducts sessions that gives its cadets access to community leaders in various areas. It culminates with a White Paper Project by student teams who have researched relevant community issues and needs. The teams then propose workable solutions. The KLA website can be found at

Employers of the Year and Exceptional Grace College Students Recognized for Applied Learning and Internship Experiences

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Rachel Elsner (left) and Paulina Rogers hold Influence Awards presented to them on Wed., April 27, at Grace College's Award's Ceremony.

Rachel Elsner (left) and Paulina Rogers hold Influence Awards presented to them on Wed., April 27, at Grace College’s award’s ceremony.

Ambassador Enterprises in Fort Wayne and Magical Meadows in Warsaw were each named Employer of the Year by Grace College for their outstanding contributions to Grace’s applied learning and internship programs.  In addition, Grace College junior Paulina Rodgers received the Applied Learning Student of the Year Award while senior Rachel Elsner received the Internship Student of the Year Award at Wednesday’s annual awards chapel.

Grace College’s applied learning and internship programs prepare students to enter the workforce after graduation. They supply substantial practical experience in each student’s field of interest. According to Randy Polston, director of applied learning at Grace College, “Experiential learning is ‘learning through reflection on doing.’  At Grace, we believe it is important for every student to have the opportunity to learn and reflect by doing.  Applied learning and internships are the vehicles we use to provide this vital experience.”

Applied learning is required for graduation in each academic program at Grace. Students must attain 12 applied learning credits, equating to 480 hours of work experience.  Grace offers more than 200 unique opportunities for students to connect with businesses, agencies and churches which include research projects, cross-cultural field experiences and community service projects.

The Applied Learning Student of the Year, Paulina Rodgers, is a junior from Marion, Ind., majoring in educational ministries.  Paulina worked at Twin Lakes Camp and Conference Center in Hillsboro, Ind. as a counselor last summer.  She led a cabin of 10 campers each week, caring for their spiritual, physical and emotional well-being as well as coordinating their activities and leading daily devotions.

Paulina’s supervisor, Ashley Nierman, commented, “Paulina’s work ethic and amazing heart led to a great experience and personal growth.  She was always pushing herself and trying to improve herself.  She listened to advice and was willing to apply it.”

Magical Meadows, a therapeutic horseback riding program in Warsaw, won the Applied Learning Employer of the Year for its outstanding program.  Several Grace College students have chosen Magical Meadows for their applied learning since 2012.  Students at Magical Meadows perform instructional assistance, administrative assistance and animal care. Each student completes a volunteer training course to better understand the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and proper maintenance of horses.  Students consistently praise Magical Meadows for the fulfilling experience it affords, both professionally and personally.

Internships, generally reserved for junior and senior year, allow students to see practical application of the course material they have learned in the classroom.  In the 2015-16 school year, 181 Grace students secured internships. Internships are more formal than applied learning because they are specifically related to the students’ majors.  Assigned projects reinforce the student’s career path and cultivate people skills, collaboration, business etiquette and personal propriety.

Senior Rachel Elsner of Lititz, Pa., won this year’s Internship Student of the Year Award.  Rachel is a business student who interned at State Farm Insurance in Stevens, Pa.  Her supervisor, Matt Williams, appreciated her ability to work independently without direction. Williams said “she wrote more automobile loans than anyone else in the office and was a top performer in our district of State Farm Agents.”  Additionally, using the system Rachel implemented, “our office wrote more loans than in last five years combined,” Williams said.

Ambassador Enterprises (AE), in Fort Wayne, Ind., was recognized as Internship Employer of the Year for its outstanding internship program.  AE helps fledgling companies survive economically. Three Grace students were selected to participate in AE’s competitive internship program during the summer of 2015.  The students cultivated leadership, problem solving, project management and teamwork skill sets from practical experience as well as weekly learning sessions led by area executives.  In addition, the interns stayed overnight in Nashville, Tenn., with an AE corporate executive to visit the companies they had worked to improve.  The exceptional, professional experience left the students ready to pursue their careers.

For more information about Grace’s applied learning programs, contact Randy Polston at, or call 574-372-5100.   To learn about internships, contact DeeAnna Muraski at or call 574-372-5100.

Grace Graduate Wins APME Award

Monday, April 25th, 2016
Ben Quiggle

Grade graduate Ben Quiggle



Ben Quiggle, who graduated from Grace College’s journalism program in 2015, received first-place for Enterprise Reporting, Division 3, in the annual Indiana Associated Press Media Editors (APME) contest on Friday, April 15.

Quiggle was awarded for a series of articles published in the Marion, Ind., Chronicle-Tribune on tax increment financing and the city’s debt. The judges said Quiggle’s material was not only written very well, but that he “appeared to be the only person willing to shed light on the issue.” In his response, Quiggle thanked his wife, Ferron Quiggle, and his Grace professors, Terry White and Paulette Sauders. He also thanked the editors that helped him “form words.”

CoolCorp Triumphs at Grace College Business Competition

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
(L to R): Dean of Grace College School of Business Dr. Jeff Fawcett, 2016 Business Plan Competition winner Wesley Gensch and Director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development at Grace College, Al Grossnickle.

(L to R): Dean of Grace College School of Business Dr. Jeff Fawcett, 2016 Business Plan Competition winner Wesley Gensch and Director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development at Grace College, Al Grossnickle.

Wesley Gensch, a senior at Grace College and creator of CoolCorp, a cryotherapy products business, was awarded first prize in Grace’s fourth annual Business Plan Competition on April 20. Gensch also won most creative concept and best pre-contest participation awards.

Sponsored by the Grace College School of Business, the competition featured four finalist teams comprised of Grace College students. A seven-person panel of area business executives judged the competition: George Robertson, president of Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation; Lindy Breeden, executive vice-president of Farmer’s State Bank; Jeff Cahill, entrepreneur; Jeff Hodgson, entrepreneur-in-residence at Elevate Ventures; Michael Hall, owner of Hall and Marose Silveus Insurance; Caleb France, owner of Cerulean, and Chuck Christner, managing partner of RSM McGladley.  Rob Parker, president and CEO of the Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce, moderated the event.

In addition to CoolCorp, competition finalists were Wish Upon a Button, created by students Megan Carpenter and Elisa Stump; Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery Specialists, created by students Amelia Roman and Tiffany Schuman; and Hope Unfolded, created by students Ricardo Bedon and Adam Yoder.

Gensch was awarded $4,000 as the grand-prize winner and an additional $500 for the most creative concept and best pre-contest participation awards.  Gensch will also receive a website template and domain name, courtesy of Data, Inc.  Megan Carpenter and Elisa Stump, creators of Wish Upon a Button, took home $500 for the best presentation and best written plan awards.

CoolCorp, a business specializing in personal cryotherapy products, has been developing for several years. While pitching for the Grace College baseball team, Gensch’s elbow sustained a serious injury. Rehabilitation included icing the joint on a daily basis. “Traditional icing is messy and inconvenient,” Gensch said, referring to the bags of plastic-wrapped ice used by injured athletes. After developing and using a prototype of his product, however, Gensch’s recovery time reduced significantly. “This is something no one else has,” he added.

But others have already caught onto his product – his teammates and other Grace athletes began to use CoolCorp and experienced similar positive results.

CoolCorp offers convenience and quicker recovery times for injured persons. The sleeve, designed to fit around any limb or joint, is filled with freezable gel that can be thawed and refrozen multiple times. According to Gensch, one sleeve can last over two years. The sleeve is then covered by a second sleeve that, much like a blood pressure cuff, increases air pressure to keep the gel-filled sleeve close to the injury.

Al Grossnickle, associate professor of business at Grace College and director of the William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development, coordinated the competition.  “I was very impressed with each of the finalists’ presentations last night,” he said.  “I believe that Wes has a real shot at making CoolCorp a successful business and helping many injured people.  Best of all, I know he will pursue his dreams with biblical principles and a focus on serving others,” he concluded.

Gensch will market his product to athletes and the orthopedic industry. He plans to first use his relationships with the Ft. Wayne Tin Caps and South Bend Cubs. Gensch will also have an online platform to sell his product. An outside manufacturer will build the items as demand increases. In the first two years, Gensch anticipates making $82,685 in profit.

The 2016 Grace College Business Plan Competition was sponsored by Data, Inc., Elevate Ventures, Farmer’s State Bank, Hall and Marose Silveus Insurance, RSM and Wildman Business Group.  For more information about Grace College School of Business, visit or call 574-372-5100.

Grace College Standout Accepts Position with Prestigious Law Firm

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

rsz_darrah_drake_picBuffalo Grove, Ill. native and Grace College senior Drake Darrah has accepted the position of project assistant with Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.  Darrah was the 2012 recipient of the full-tuition President’s Scholarship to Grace.  He will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in history and political science and a minor in pre-law.

Darrah’s two-year post at Sidley Austin will entail supporting paralegals and attorneys in various practice groups. This year Sidley Austin LLP received the Best Lawyers Law Firm of the Year Award by “U.S. News and World Report” and has recently been ranked the second best law firm in Chicago and seventeenth nationally according to Vault Rankings and Reviews.

Quite different from a “typical student,” Darrah as overcome significant challenges to achieve his success. Adopted at a young age from a Chinese orphanage, suffering complete deafness and having no language skills, Darrah has worked his way through intense speech and auditory therapy after receiving a cochlear implant. His parents, Craig and Sara Darrah, say that Drake displayed exceptional intelligence immediately after joining their family. Drake taught himself to read prior to preschool, and reached grade-level literacy and academic skills before receiving a cochlear implant at age five. This surgically implanted device provided electronic hearing and allowed him to experience sound for the first time.

“Drake is an inspiration to overcome any struggles in life. I am excited to follow his career path and see where the Lord leads him,” said Dr. Jared Burkholder, chair of the department of history and political science and professor at Grace College.

Darrah’s desire for a Christian education led him to Grace College where he excelled. Professor and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Mark Norris said, “Drake was a great student; he always excelled in class. He just needed to know if he worked hard enough, he could accomplish anything.  And he did just that.”

This past fall Darrah and fellow student, Edward Coplin won All American Client and Advocate team, placing third in the International Mediation Competition hosted by Drake Law School.

Darrah looks at every day as an opportunity to grow beyond his circumstances. He says he was encouraged by his professors to live by the motto “memores acti prudentes potest,” which means “mindful of what has been done, aware of what is possible.”  According to Darrah, “Being at Grace taught me to stop theorizing and to invest in my interests and dreams.”

In addition to the experience Darrah will gain at Sidley Austin LLP, he is excited to be a part of a culture of learning that drives its employees to apply their time and talents toward resolving challenging legal matters. Darrah hopes to further his education by pursuing a J.D. of International Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Long-term Darrah says, “Grace has inspired and prepared me for bigger things. I would like to work to end sex trafficking after I acquire my J.D.”

Grace College Students Present at Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

URC2016BannerEight seniors from Grace College presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference held at Butler University in Indianapolis on April 8. Grace Beight, Melissa Sorensen, Brittany Fourman, Alexis Nelson, Jordyn Stowers, Samantha Weiler, Lauren Scavo, and Hannah Scott were among 640 undergraduates to present their research projects in 25 topic areas. More than 40 colleges and universities from 10 different states were represented at this year’s conference.

The five English and three journalism students conducted research on topics of their choosing, each resulting in an extensive research paper and presentation as a part of the Senior Seminar class required for graduation. Their research topics were as follows: “A Meth to His Madness: Walter White as a Modern Tragic Hero,” “Don’t Forget the Henchman,” “The Effects of the Norman Conquest on the English Language,” “Darth Vader as Tragic Hero: Compared to Macbeth,” “Interpreting William Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’,” “A Study of Kosciusko County Welfare System,” “Abortion Studied,” and “Health Inspections in Restaurants: Are They Working?”.

Professor and Chair of the Languages, Literature and Communication Department, Dr. Paulette Sauders, said, “The students invested a lot of time into each of their topics. You could feel the passion in many of their presentations as they explained how their theories developed and what they uncovered.”

As a part of the Senior Seminar class, students met twice a week for eight weeks with Dr. Sauders to discuss writing and language techniques, conduct research and practice interviewing. During the creation of their projects, students gathered information from outside sources and conducted extensive research for 16 or more weeks. Their work culminated with at the Undergraduate Research Conference.

Grace College School of Education Students Present at CEC Convention

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
The attached image pictures the ten Grace College students and Dr. Cheryl Bremer. From left to right: Cheryl Bremer, Anna Roseler, Lynley Hiser, Kassie Lucas, Liz Freeman, Caitlin Brown, Courtney Kindig, Liz Endicott, Mariah Zumbrun, AnnKelly Myers and Summer Voss.

The attached image pictures the ten Grace College students and Dr. Cheryl Bremer. From left to right: Cheryl Bremer, Anna Roseler, Lynley Hiser, Kassie Lucas, Liz Freeman, Caitlin Brown, Courtney Kindig, Liz Endicott, Mariah Zumbrun, AnnKelly Myers and Summer Voss.

Ten Grace College School of Education students pursuing dual licensure in elementary and special education attended and presented at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) convention in St. Louis April 13-16, 2016.

The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. The CEC convention is the largest and most comprehensive special education professional development event in the world. There were hundreds of sessions and workshops, each helping deliver cutting-edge special education content and resources from the field’s experts. The wide variety of formats provided interactive and engaging programs that addressed relevant topics within special and gifted education.

Grace students Anna Roseler, Lynley Hiser, Kassie Lucas, Liz Freeman, Caitlin Brown, Courtney Kindig, Liz Endicott, Mariah Zumbrun, AnnKelly Myers and Summer Voss attended CEC. They were led by Dr. Cheryl Bremer, associate professor of education and department chair of special education at Grace. While at CEC, the students were provided with strategies on topics that included bullying prevention, behavior modification, co-teaching with general educators and universal design for learning.

The students also presented at the national conference. Their presentation was titled “Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders: Growing a CEC Chapter in Higher Education.” There were over 5,500 people in the audience.

For more information regarding Grace’s education program, visit Or, call Cheryl Bremer at 574-372-5100, ext. 6146.

Grace College Graduate Works to Rescue Teen Sex Workers

Thursday, April 21st, 2016
David Grant

David Grant, national director of Destiny Rescue. Photo provided by Ink Free News.

David Grant, Grace College graduate of music, theology and biblical studies, now works as national director of Destiny Rescue. After serving in positions at two local churches, Grant was introduced to Destiny Rescue and began assisting the organization with web design. Later, he traveled to Cambodia and Thailand where he visited slum villages and the karaoke bars that serve as fronts for prostitution. His experience led him to his current position at Destiny Rescue. Below is a story from Ink Free News.

The issue of human trafficking has not been on most Americans’ radar for very long. It is seen in the media, from far away, mentally as well as physically.

But for Warsaw’s David Grant, national director of Destiny Rescue, that distance has been broken down by faith, and he has become a voice for the millions of children trapped in the world of sexual exploitation.

Grant is originally from near Pontiac, Mich. He came to Winona Lake to study music, theology and Biblical studies at Grace College, where he also met his wife, Marah, a Warsaw native.

After graduating, Grant served as a communications director at Winona Lake’s Christ Covenant Church. He then became director of worship, youth and creative ministries at North Webster United Methodist Church until 2012. Grant has also been a consultant for Creative Technology Solutions Inc. since 2009.

But it was during a breakout session at an event in Epworth Forest he attended with his wife Grant was introduced to Destiny Rescue. “She’s led me in a lot of areas related to women’s justice.” There he learned about people risking their lives, going into brothels to rescue children. “We had to be a part of it.”

For the full story, click here.

Grace Professor to Hold Book Signing

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

rsz_matthew_harmonDr. Matthew Harmon, professor of New Testament studies at Grace College and Seminary, will be signing copies of his book, “Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church,” on Thurs., April 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the William Male Center, 999 College Ave., Winona Lake.

“Making All Things New” was published in March, 2016. In this book, Harmon and co-author Benjamin L. Gladd explore inaugurated eschatology. Most associate eschatology solely with the end times. In “Making All Things New,” Harmon and Gladd argue that the appearance of Jesus Christ has already introduced a new creation. Harmon and Gladd encourage and equip pastors to let this reality shape the growth and outreach of their churches.

Copies of “Making All Things New” will be available for purchase at the book signing and may also be purchased here. For more information about Grace College and Seminary, visit or call 574-372-5100.


Grace Students Participate in Campus-Wide Joust Event

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Grace students compete in beach volleyball during the Joust.

Grace students compete in beach volleyball tournament during the Joust.

Grace College hosted its third annual Joust event from Thurs., April 14, to Sun., April 17, 2016. The yearly competition, formally called Olympiad,

included a series of lighthearted challenges. The event encouraged community and teamwork, incorporating the entire campus into an entertaining weekend tournament. It culminated in a closing ceremony on Sunday night.

Hundreds of Grace students participated throughout the weekend. A week before The Joust, students signed up for activities and joined one of four teams delineated by different colors. The teams competed against each other in 46 challenges, slowly compiling points. The contests included cooking, ping pong, beach volleyball, Mario-Kart, tug of war, euchre, and spelling and geography bees, just to name a few.

The Blue Team came out on top. Members of the winning team will be rewarded with a blue-themed party next week. Among other things, refreshments will include blueberries, blue drinks and blue skittles.

For more information about Grace College, visit or call 574-372-5100.