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Grace College Graduate Counseling Program Recognized for Excellence

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Grace College was recently recognized by two independent organizations for excellence in graduate mental health counseling programs.  Top Counseling Schools ranked Grace #4 in the nation for best online counseling degrees and #6 for best Christian colleges with graduate counseling degree programs.  Meanwhile, Affordable Colleges Online placed Grace #13 in the U.S. for best online degrees in mental health counseling.

Dr. Amy Gilbert, chair of the Grace College Department of Graduate Counseling, was pleased to learn of the rankings.  “I am delighted that we have earned these recognitions which reflect our efforts to provide an excellent educational experience for graduate counseling students,” she said.  “We have worked hard to meet the training standards of our CACREP accreditation and the counseling profession, and we are proud to accept these awards.”

Top Counseling Schools aids higher learning by providing objective information for counseling students and professionals. Using the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Programs directory, accredited counseling programs are identified and ranked based on completion rate, job placement rate, licensing exam pass rate, accreditation length, research productivity, tuition and fees.  Top Counseling Schools noted Grace’s commitment to developing counseling professionals with a passion for God in both its two- and three-year accredited counseling degree programs.

Affordable Colleges Online (ACO) is a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings.  ACO develops college rankings based on a number of data points, including regional accreditation, in-state tuition and fees, percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving financial aid, the number of programs offered online, student-to-teacher ratio and graduation rates.

According to Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of Affordable Colleges Online, “We want to honor the colleges and universities setting the bar for online learning.  These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs an excellent option and more affordable.”

ACO has distinguished its ranking scale by using a Peer-Based Value metric, or PBV. A “bang for your buck” metric, PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same or similar qualitative score. It also compares the qualitative score of the program to the score of other programs with the same or similar cost.  Grace College ranked #13 on the list of top online mental health counseling programs nationwide with the third-highest graduation rate of all schools ranked.

Grace College’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling offers both online and on-campus CACREP-accredited learning platforms.  Grace trains graduate students to excel as professional counselors.  They are taught to be scripturally grounded, professionally skilled and interpersonally competent.  Upon completion, students are qualified to seek state licensure or pursue doctoral studies in counseling.  For more information, visit or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6051.

Guinness World Record Jump Roper Featured at Lakes Festival

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Rope Warrior David Fisher. Photo used by permission.


David Fisher, jump roping Guinness World Record holder, will perform at this year’s Northern Indiana Lakes Festival May 26-28, Memorial Day Weekend.

Fisher, also known as the “Rope Warrior,” holds the world record for the most revolutions turned with a jump rope while pushing off and landing only on the backside in one minute—or “rump-jumps”—for completing 56 of these jumps in one minute.

Fisher was a Double A volleyball player at Emory University in Atlanta, and trained using a jump rope. Since then, Fisher turned jumping rope into his full-time profession as he promotes wellness and creative physical fitness. He serves as president of The Rope Warrior, Inc.™ and originator of Ropenastics™ which combines jumping rope with gymnastics techniques.

Rope Warrior shows are scheduled for Sunday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. at Center Lake Park in downtown Warsaw.

Festival admission is free and other activities include Friday and Saturday evening concerts, food, live animal shows, display tanks, kids’ activities, exhibitors, a Memorial Day ceremony and more!

This year’s top sponsors include Kosciusko County Convention Recreation and Visitors Commission, Maple Leaf Farms, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Silveus Insurance Group, and Zimmer Biomet.  For more information about the 2017 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, visit

Grace College Recognizes Business Honor Society Inductees

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

2017 Grace College Sigma Beta Delta inductees (L to R): Colin Hayes, Gabrielle Lawrence, Thomas Carini, Rachel Jones, Joel Wesco, Ryan Mundy, Phillip Olson, Adam Miller, Gabriel Vervynckt, Marina Tolczyk and Emily Guinter. Not pictured are Caleb Adams, Megan Carpenter, Frani Gerst and Tiffany Schuman.


The Grace College School of Business recently inducted fifteen 2017 graduates to Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society in business, management and administration.  The inductees are: Caleb Adams, Thomas Carini, Megan Carpenter, Frani Gerst, Emily Guinter, Colin Hayes, Rachel Jones, Gabrielle Lawrence, Adam Miller, Ryan Mundy, Phillip Olson, Tiffany Schuman, Marina Tolczyk, Gabriel Vervynckt and Joel Wesco.

Sigma Beta Delta honors students with superior records in business programs in colleges and universities with regional accreditation.  Today, over 400 chapters exist with more than 80,000 members world-wide.  This year’s Grace College inductees earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.848, representing the top 20% of business students at Grace.

“It’s our pleasure to recognize these outstanding students with a special designation,” said Dr. Jeff Fawcett, dean of the School of Business at Grace College.  “Their membership in Sigma Beta Delta signifies the diligence they brought to their studies at Grace, and it serves as an indicator to future employers of the students’ caliber,” he said.

The Grace College School of Business strives to create an experiential learning environment that inspires students to embrace biblically based ethical character, develop professional competence, and demonstrate active service where they live and work.  With 15 different majors – including agribusiness new this fall – the School of Business provides preparation for entry into a variety of business occupations as well as a foundation for graduate study.  For more information, visit

All American Lumberjack Show to Perform at Lakes Festival

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Photo courtesy of All American Lumberjack Shows:


The All American Lumberjack Show, presented by Silveus Insurance Group, will be featured at the annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival this Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28.

The All American Lumberjack show is a group located in Stillwater, Minnesota which offers shows featuring log-rolling, boom running and axe-throwing, and camps which get attendees involved in these activities.

Lumberjack shows and camps are scheduled throughout the day on Saturday, May 27, with shows at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Camps are scheduled throughout the day and are open to attendees of all ages.

Festival admission is free and other activities include Friday and Saturday evening concerts, food, live animal shows, display tanks, kids’ activities, exhibitors, a Memorial Day ceremony and more!

This year’s top sponsors include Kosciusko County Convention Recreation and Visitors Commission, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Maple Leaf Farms, Silveus Insurance Group, and Zimmer Biomet.  For more information about the 2017 Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, visit


Grace Tracksters Thrive at NCCAA Nationals

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Grace’s All-American 4×800-meter team of (left) Hunter Reed, Tyler Houvener, Nathan Lane and Sam Hall.

Grace’s track and field program enjoyed one of its most successful NCCAA National Championships in program history this week.

The Lancers produced eight All-Americans to highlight a strong meet, held at Oklahoma Baptist University.

The men’s team placed fifth out of 24 teams, setting a program record for highest finish and most team points (59). The women ended in 16th place.

“We left the meet with eight All-Americans, another NAIA qualifier, a new school record and several personal bests, so it was obviously a success,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “More than those accomplishments, however, it was great to see individuals break through some barriers and see their hard work pay off.”

Three Lancers placed second in the nation. Macallister Seitz, who was named the NCCAA Wheeler Award winner earlier on Saturday, was second in the discus at 162-feet-9.

Isaac Stuckey was second in the hammer at 168-3, and Bennett Parker was the national runner-up in the high jump when he cleared 6-7.5.

The hammer was a great event for the Lancers with Stuckey going second, and Caleb Dudeck also getting All-American honors with a third-place throw of 163-1. Seitz also placed fourth in the event, and Walker Hobbs ended in sixth place.

The men’s 4×800-meter relay team was the final All-American event for Grace. Hunter Reed, Tyler Houvener, Nathan Lane and Sam Hall finished the race in third place in 7:44.65. The squad also met the NAIA “A” standard.

The men’s 4×400 unit of Nolan Miller, Hall, Martin Schiele and Joel Zook broke a school record in the championship event, crossing the finish line in 3:18.34 for fifth place.

Hannah Treadway finished fourth in both the javelin (116-9) and the hammer (148-10).

Hall placed sixth in the 800, Caleb Brown was sixth in the discus with a PR of 144-10, and Miller placed seventh in the 400 hurdles.

Raven Arellano also placed in the national meet, finishing seventh in the 5000 at 18:27.35.

The Lancers will end the season by sending a group to the 2017 NAIA Outdoor National Championships, held in Gulf Shores, Ala., beginning May 24.

Outstanding Grace Students Earn Teacher Awards

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Grace College 2016-2017 prospective teacher award winners (left to right): Jena Stevenson, Alexandria Brown, Angela Mack and Sarah Landfair.


Four Grace College 2017 graduates were recently recognized as outstanding prospective teachers.  Alexandria Brown, Jena Stevenson and Sarah Landfair were named Outstanding Prospective Teachers, while Angela Mack was presented the Indiana Future Reading Teacher Award.  All four women student taught in Warsaw Community Schools.

Alexandria Brown, originally from Caro, Mich., student taught second grade at Eisenhower Elementary School and kindergarten at Leesburg Elementary School.  Jena Stevenson hails from Niles, Mich., and student taught math at both Warsaw Community High School and Edgewood Middle School.  Sarah Landfair, originally from Troy, Ohio, student taught special education at Madison Elementary School and went abroad to student teach first grade in Honduras.  Angela Mack, also of Troy, Ohio, student taught fifth grade at Harrison Elementary.

Each year, the School of Education at Grace College selects three seniors studying education to receive the Outstanding Prospective Teacher Award.  Supervisors and faculty from the School of Education select students based on their exemplary effort as student teachers.  Simultaneously, the Indiana Future Reading Professors Council chose one student from Grace College to receive the Indiana Future Reaching Teacher Award.  Each Grace awardee was given a plaque in recognition of their achievement.

“We’re very proud of the incredible effort these ladies put into their student teaching and other academic pursuits,” said Dr. Laurie Owen, dean of the School of Education at Grace College. “They exemplify Grace’s mission of competence, character and service in many ways.” Each student rose to the top of their classes at Grace in both achievement and behavior. They also performed well on their professional exams.

“This award is a huge honor,” said awardee Sarah Landfair. “I am a perfectionist and always push myself to do my best. At times during my Grace education classes and student teaching, I felt like I would never be a sufficient teacher. I’m far from perfect, but this award reminds me that I have learned and grown so much. It reminds me not to give up and to continue learning and growing,” she said.  After graduation, Landfair hopes to teach in her hometown of Troy, Ohio.

Angela Mack was equally honored to receive the Future Teaching Teacher Award. “This award matters to me because I love to teach reading and because I care about the growth of my students,” said Mack. “This award gives me confirmation that my instruction is benefiting students—my primary concern as a teacher.” After graduation, Mack intends to teach in Warsaw or her hometown.

Grace College education majors are taught classroom planning, instruction, management and professionalism, as well as the ability to respond to moral and ethical issues in the classroom. These skills, combined with applied learning experiences, P-12 classroom teaching and community-based service projects, provide graduates the disposition, knowledge and competences needed to be effective in the field of education.

The Grace College School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is approved by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Indiana Department of Education.  For more information about the School of Education, call 574-372-5100, ext. 6144.

Beaman Home Receives Gifts of Art from Grace College Students

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Grace College Art Integrations instructor Cindy Bryan (far left) with student artists in front of a gift of art to the Beaman Home. Students pictured left to right are: Riley Smith, Keri Koenig, Deborah Jackson, Michelle Sweers, Kaylee Kercher, Alexis Bolkema, Lauren Rekeweg, Cami Weaver, Carley Brechner, and Kelsey Kirkendall.


Grace College Art Integrations students and their instructor, Cindy Bryan, revealed the compilation of their semester’s work at the Beaman Home on Wednesday, May 10.  Ten students created paintings, illustrations, ceramics and a wall mural at the Beaman Home to fulfill class and applied learning requirements.

“Each spring, students in Art Integrations apply their artistry to a community space, place or cause.  With the renovation of the Beaman Home last year, we knew a great opportunity existed for collaboration and contributions from our students,” said Kim M. Reiff, chair, Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts at Grace College.

Grace College art students sought to create art with the power to elevate, enrich and contribute to the healing of those living in the Beaman Home, a safe haven and service provider in Warsaw for domestic violence victims and their children.  Art themes developed by the students included “safari,” illustrated by a mother elephant hovering protectively over her young, “lighthouse,” to symbolize hope for the lost, and “botanical,” to represent the beauty of new life.  A total of 26 pieces were completed by student artists; the largest work is the children’s activity room wall mural.

Two Grace students, Kaylee Kercher and Michelle Sweers, painted the ocean scene 6-by-25-foot mural.  “When we walked into the children’s room, we knew an ocean theme would be perfect.  The glass blocks throughout the room give it a tank feeling – like being at an aquarium,” explained Kercher.

The mural took approximately 85 hours to complete.  “We loved creating this mural for the Beaman Home.  Michelle and I hope that it will bring joy and inspire creativity from the children and parents who interact with it for years to come,” said Kercher.

On Wednesday, Prof. Bryan and students hung and placed art work throughout the recently renovated facility which now includes 11 resident rooms, three living rooms, a resource library and computer lab.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the students’ artistic contributions to our facility,” said Tracie Hodson, executive director of the Beaman Home.  “The children’s activity room mural and all of the pieces throughout the building add warmth, life and hope to those who call Beaman home.  The work by these students is a true gift to us!”

The Grace College Department of Visual, Performing and Media Arts equips students to create and communicate with expertise to a visually oriented world.  Students are trained to demonstrate excellence in creative work that serves in their calling as artists, Christians and professionals.  For more information, please call 574-372-5100, ext. 6021 or visit

Carley Brechner poses by her four-panel acrylic painting, “Lighthouse.”

Mural artists Michelle Sweers (left) and Kaylee Kercher in front of their art at Beaman Home.

Grace College Sells Winona Lake Property to Silveus Insurance

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Grace College & Seminary has reached an agreement with Silveus Insurance Group for purchase of its property between 9th and 12th Streets in Winona Lake.  Silveus plans to use the property to build a new corporate headquarters.  The Winona Heritage Room, which is located on the property, will continue to be operated as a community and events center space.

Silveus Insurance Group is a national leader in crop insurance.  Since the 1940s the company has sought to help farmers manage risk.  Now in its fourth generation of leadership, the company has grown to employ nearly 150 people in several Warsaw and Winona Lake locations.

“We are thrilled to soon house all Silveus employees under one roof,” said Craig Snow, chairman of the board at Silveus Insurance Group.  “The growth of our company over the last several years has necessitated a new headquarters.  Constructing a facility next to The Village at Winona and very close to Grace College is ideal,” he continued.  “We look forward to partnering with The Village and exploring new connections with Grace College and its students.”

Mary Louise Miller, who founded The Village at Winona along with her late husband Dr. Dane Miller, says the location of Silveus next to The Village will be a benefit to the community.

“Silveus Insurance is a community-minded company that will add beauty and prosperity to Winona Lake.  I am very pleased to welcome Silveus as a new neighbor and friend of The Village at Winona,” she said.

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College & Seminary, commented on the synergy between Grace’s new agribusiness program and Silveus’s new headquarters.

“Silveus has been a long-time supporter of Grace College and our students,” said Katip.  “Many Grace alumni work at Silveus, and many students have enjoyed internships at the company.  With the start of our agribusiness associate and bachelor degree programs this fall, we anticipate even more meaningful internship and job opportunities for Grace students in the future.”

According to Katip, the agreement will also be a boon for the Winona Lake community.

“Grace College students, faculty and staff regularly enjoy all that The Village has to offer.  From restaurants to shops and recreation opportunities, there is so much to appreciate in The Village at Winona,” said Katip.  “Certainly the addition of 150 Silveus employees in Winona Lake each week day will benefit all involved.  We look forward to ongoing, strong connections between Grace College and the Winona Lake community.”

Lilly Center Educational Programs Wrap Up Successful School Year

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams Classroom Lake Experience program distributed 29 aquariums during the 2016-2017 school year and hosted aquatic petting zoos in six schools.

As part of the Classroom Lake Experience program, aquariums are located in classrooms, libraries and community centers around Kosciusko County to educate students and residents about caring for local lakes and streams. Each aquarium houses a variety of fish species found in local waterways, including bluegill, bass and catfish, and crayfish.

The Classroom Lake Experience program originally started as a K-12 education effort. However, the aquariums can now also be found in local community centers and offices including North Webster Community Center, Syracuse Community Center, and Kosciusko Community YMCA. These aquariums provide an opportunity for community education concerning Kosciusko County’s lakes that stretches beyond the classroom.

Each aquarium is sponsored by a local business. Sponsors this year include Cargill, City of Warsaw, CTB, Inc., The Dekko Foundation, Paragon Medical, Hand Family Foundation, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, The Papers, Syracuse Lake Association, Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, Winona Lake Preservation Association, and Zimmer Biomet.

In addition to aquariums, the Lilly Center also brought aquatic petting zoos to kindergarten classrooms across the county during the 2016-2017 school year. Through this program, students learn about and interact with crayfish, catfish, turtles, and frogs. This year’s sponsors include The Papers, Inc., Louis Dreyfus Commodities, The Dekko Foundation, and Anderson Farms.

These unique, hands-on, educational programs would not be available without the support of local businesses and organizations. If your organization or business is interested in sponsoring the Lilly Center’s educational programs, visit

Second Annual Grace College & Village at Winona Festival of Music Announced

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017


Grace College and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts will partner to present the second annual Grace College & Village at Winona Festival of Music, a series of seven concerts of artistic excellence and musical variety. The concerts will take place June 3 through November 25 in Winona Lake, Ind.

The Festival will feature local and regional music talent with the intention of providing family-friendly, community-oriented entertainment.  Walter Brath, Festival of Music coordinator, sought to build on the success of last year’s inaugural festival and add new variety to the 2017 concerts.  “Audiences can expect the same high-quality music entertainment with some familiar artists along with new bands, ensembles and concerts this year,” said Brath.

The following events are planned for the 2017 Village at Winona Festival of Music:

Chamber Music: Saturday, June 3, at the Winona Lake Village Pavilion.  This free, light-classical and Dixieland concert will feature Scott Workman and Shana Brath, Symphony of the Lakes string quartet and the Winona Lake Dixieland Band.

Southern Gospel: Friday, June 16, at the Winona Heritage Room.  Patrick Woods, a talented and experienced fingerstyle guitarist based in Indiana, will open the concert. Then The Burchfield Brothers will take the stage to play a variety of songs from Smokey Mountain Jazz to gospel and classical selections.

Celebrate America Pops Concert: Saturday, July 1, outdoors in the Village at Winona.  Symphony of the Lakes will perform a free outdoor concert prior to the July 4 fireworks celebration.

Jazz in the Village: Saturday, July 29, at the Hillside Amphitheater.  This free concert will feature Margaret Murphy Webb Group and the New Millennium Jazz Band.

Instrumental: Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Winona Heritage Room.  Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will perform sacred music from their latest CD, “Hope,” as well as familiar classics.

Contemporary Christian: Friday, Sept. 8, at the Winona Heritage Room.  King’s Kaleidoscope, a Seattle-based band that uses an eclectic blend of modern woodwind, string and brass instruments, will perform a collection of contemporary Christian songs.

Tree Lighting Caroling: Saturday, Nov. 25.   The community is invited to attend and participate in caroling at the annual tree lighting ceremony in the Village at Winona.

Walter Brath joined Grace College’s School of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2016 as the department of visual, performing, and media arts as assistant professor of worship arts and program director of performing arts. Aided by his extensive background in worship music ministry, Brath leads in building Grace’s worship arts program and teaches students to fuse musical talents with leadership, technology, visual and theatre arts.  This is his first year serving as Festival of Music coordinator.

The 2017 Festival of Music is sponsored by Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and The Village at Winona.  Some concerts will be free of charge while others will require a low-cost ticket.  Details on concert times, locations and ticket information will be announced as the concerts approach.  For more information, please visit or contact festival coordinator Walter Brath at