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Lyceum Series on Faith and the Academy to Feature Dr. Todd Allen

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The Lyceum Series on Faith and the Academy is an annual event at Grace College and Seminary that merges cultural engagement, academics and faith.  Sponsored by the Office of Faith, Learning, and Scholarship at Grace College, the 2016 program will feature Dr. Todd Allen, professor of communication and visual arts at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Allen’s lecture, “What do these stones mean? Race, civil rights, and public memory,” will focus on race in America and tensions related to commemorating the Civil Rights Movement. The program will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in Westminster Hall, 105 Ninth St., Winona Lake.  The event is free and open to the public.

“The Lyceum lecture is quite timely this year as we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. earlier in the week.  We are delighted to welcome Dr. Allen to Grace College and hope that many from the community will join our students, staff and faculty to hear a dynamic speaker on a very relevant topic,” said Dr. Jared Burkholder, history and political science chair at Grace College.

The Lyceum Series on Faith and the Academy is a lecture series that draws inspiration both from the history of Grace College and Winona Lake itself. The Lyceum Series reflects Winona Lake’s tradition of cultural engagement and Grace College’s commitment to vibrant conversation on issues related to the intersection of Christian faith and academics.  For more information, please visit or email

Experience Grace College First-Hand on Lancer Day

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

The first “Lancer Day” of the new year to introduce high school students and parents to Grace College will be held Friday, Jan. 22.  The event is designed to give prospective Grace students and their families an opportunity to learn about what the college offers and experience life at Grace with other high school students in a group setting.  Lancer Day will begin at 8:30 a.m. at 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Indiana.

Although campus visits may be scheduled at any time, Lancer Days provide a unique experience. Students and their families participate in a panel discussion, attend chapel, tour campus, eat lunch in Alpha Dining Commons, and interact with faculty members. “Students who visit during Lancer Days have the opportunity to survey the sixty-plus majors at Grace, the diverse student activities and clubs, learn about the many financial assistance opportunities and how Grace College is making quality, Christian education attractive and affordable,” said Cindy Sisson, Grace College Vice President of Enrollment Management. Game Day passes are also available for sporting events during the student’s visit. Additionally, high school juniors and seniors can spend one night in a dorm.

Grace’s innovative approach to higher education makes it an excellent option for prospective high schools students. Measure of Grace provides undergraduate students with an addition $500 reduction in tuition each consecutive year they attend Grace. Students also receive free textbook rentals, amounting to $4,800 in savings over four years. Grace’s accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree program allows students to save a year’s tuition and enter the workforce earlier.

2016 Lancer Days include Friday, January 22, Friday, April 1, and Friday, April 8, 2016. To register for Lancer Day, visit  For more information, visit or call 866-974-7223.


Grace College Featured on “The Ric Runestad Show”

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Two of Grace College’s own recently appeared on a financial news program in Fort Wayne, Ind.  Amanda Banks, director of public relations, and Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management, were guests on “The Ric Runestad Show” December 27 and January 10, respectively.  ”The Ric Runestad Show” airs Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on NBC-33 following “Meet the Press”.

“It was a pleasure to represent Grace and talk to Ric’s audience about our Measure of Grace initiative and many things that make Grace a unique and attractive place to attend college and earn a variety of degrees.  Cindy provided very practical and beneficial information to the audience about financial aid and planning for the cost of college education,” said Banks.  ”Appearing on ‘The Ric Runetad Show’ was a great opportunity for us to be a resource for the public – in this case, on higher education financial issues – while also showcasing Grace’s attributes to the public,” she continued.

To view each programs in its entirety, click here for Amanda’s appearance and here for Cindy’s.

Lancers Score Huge Upset, Beat No. 1 IWU

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Grace’s men’s basketball team had not beaten Indiana Wesleyan on the road in 11 years.

On Saturday, the Lancers ended that streak in dramatic fashion.

Grace stunned the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked team 91-80, making a statement win and moving into a tie for second place in the Crossroads League.

The Lancers (14-4, 4-2 CL) shut down IWU’s high-octane offense for much of Saturday’s contest. The Wildcats (16-2, 4-2 CL) came into Saturday’s game averaging 96.4 points per game, good for third in the NAIA.

But Grace held IWU to 16 points below their season average. The Lancers also had the hot hand on offense, hitting 60 percent of their field goals and 44 percent of their 3-pointers.

The game started evenly as the teams traded small leads over the first 12 minutes. IWU led 26-23 with 8:53 remaining in the half before Grace made a game-changing run.

The Lancers rattled off 14 unanswered points over the next four minutes. Logan Irwin scored five points during Grace’s run, and Kyle Fillman added four. When the dust had settled, the Lancers had built up an 11-point cushion.

A 3-pointer from Brandon Vanderhegghen on Grace’s final possession of the half lifted the Lancers to a 45-38 lead at halftime.

The Wildcats quickly cut Grace’s lead down to five early in the second half. The Lancers answered with an offensive explosion, tallying 10 points in 1:36 of action to hold a commanding 65-47 lead.

IWU did not go down easily, however. The Wildcats made another rally to trim Grace’s margin to seven on a 3-point play by Jonny Marlin with 5:43 to play.

The Lancers’ defense then made a series of stops and held IWU scoreless for nearly three minutes. Grace recovered to earn a 13-point lead, and IWU was forced to foul to prolong the game.

Grace hit its free throws down the stretch to ice the game, making 11-of-14 during the final key minutes to secure the milestone victory. Grace’s victory also snapped a 10-game winning streak for IWU.

Vanderhegghen led Grace with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. He made 8-of-12 from the floor, including five triples.

Irwin scored 20 points with four assists and played all but 1:29 of the game. Erik Bowen recorded his 11th double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Fillman made 7-of-8 from the floor for 16 points.

Caleb Featherston recorded seven points and three steals, and Chad Hoffer added five points and two steals.

IWU’s Lane Mahurin led all players with 29 points, and Bob Peters tallied 26.

Grace shot 60 percent for the game and survived 13 3-pointers from IWU. The Lancers forced the Wildcats into 16 turnovers and outscored the hosts 38-24 in the paint.

The Lancers will return home on Wednesday, hosting Goshen in a men’s/women’s doubleheader. The women will tip off at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8 p.m.

Grace College Mediation Team Members Win Third Place

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

The Grace College Mediation Team traveled to Drake Law School, a school within Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa for the INADR International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament November 11-13, 2015.  The team and their sponsor, Dr. Mark Norris, heard Dick Calkin speak about the field of mediation, necessary mediation skills, cases studies, and the future of mediation. During the two-day competition, the Grace College Mediators took turns mediating, advocating for a client, and being a client in a series of cases.  The team performed very well and two Grace students, Drake Darrah and Edward Coplin, earned third place in the Outstanding All American Advocate/Client Team.  Other members of the team included Hannah Boal, Peter Guess, Chelsee Hartsfield, Mary Wick, and Joshua Yoder.

Olive’s Career Day Boosts Lancers

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Pictured is junior Tre Olive burying one of his five 3-pointers against Spring Arbor on Saturday.

Coming into Saturday, Tre Olive had one game in double-digit scoring.

On Saturday against Spring Arbor, Olive erupted. The junior poured in a career-best and game-high 22 points off the bench, lifting the Lancers (12-4, 2-2 Crossroads League) to a 73-62 win.

Grace trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half before Olive sparked the Lancers. Grace missed six of its first seven field goals, and Spring Arbor had the upper hand for most of the opening half.

The Cougars (6-10, 0-4 CL) used a 14-3 run in the early stages to gain control. Spring Arbor pulled ahead 36-26 with five minutes left in the half, but lockdown defense from Grace and an offensive boost from Olive gave Grace an unlikely halftime lead.

Olive scored 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting before halftime, and Spring Arbor was held to just two points for the final 5:11 of the half. Brandon Vanderhegghen swished three free throws with 11 seconds left after being fouled on a 3-pointer, and Grace went into halftime with a 39-38 lead.

Grace’s momentum continued in the second half. The Lancers began the period by making 11 of their first 14 field goals.

Grace was particularly deadly from deep, burying five 3’s to pull out to a 66-51 lead. Olive’s hot shooting carried into the second half with three more triples to propel the hosts.

With 8:03 remaining in the game, Grace led 70-55. The Lancers hit a dry spell down the stretch and only mustered three more points for the rest of the contest. The Cougars were unable to make a serious push, however, and lost by 11.

Olive’s 22 points came on 7-of-9 shooting, 5-of-6 beyond the arc and 3-of-3 from the foul line. He also had two assists and two steals.

Vanderhegghen tallied 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals, and Erik Bowen earned his 11th double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Logan Irwin scored 13 points to go along with five assists, and Kyle Fillman added six points and six boards.

For the game, Grace made 46 percent of its field goals and 10-of-16 (63 percent) from the 3-point line. Spring Arbor connected on 50 percent shooting in the first half and just 27 percent after halftime. Grace also had a plus-7 advantage in rebounding.

The Lancers now sit one game out of first place in the league standings. Grace travels to Huntington on Tuesday for its next league contest.

Kim Reiff Art Exhibit Offers Opportunity for Reflection this Holiday Season

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

"Faith to Rise", part of Reiff's Reconnecting series

Now through Feb. 3, 2016, the Kim M. Reiff art exhibit will be on public display at Warsaw City Hall, 102 S. Buffalo St., Warsaw.  Reiff is associate professor of art and design, and department chair of visual, performing and media arts at Grace College.  Her artistic pursuits include merging traditional and digital art forms that explore the visual and tactile nature of “being.” Utilizing wet media, digitized photographs, and mixed materials through a reconstructive process, her work personifies the inherent fragility and enduring strength of humanity.


Her current exhibit features artworks from two different series entitled Shadows and Reconnecting. Images from her Shadows series derive from shadows cast on sidewalks. Photos were taken with family and friends in Spain and in southern Indiana.


Reiff explains, “Shadows help us see ourselves, and sometimes the world, a little differently. As children, we chased them, jumped on them and danced with them. As adults we run from the shadows of our past, but seldom stop to see ourselves cast in the light of the present. This imagery explores stopping in the light with family and friends.”  When viewing this work, Reiff hopes that observers will see their own shadow projected from the gallery lights and for a moment view themselves and the world a little differently.


The creative process for this work explores digital and traditional methods including the use of photography, photo imaging software, inkjet printing, and watercolor. The photographic compositions are modified, printed on watercolor paper, then manipulated using traditional brush and watercolors.


The second series, Reconnecting, is a body of work featuring knotted bows that in a simple way reveal a complex human condition: reconnecting of mind, body, and spirit.  After experiencing what she refers to as a “life interruption” in 2013, her left side became totally paralyzed due to a stroke.  Requiring significant focus of thought, determination, and help from family and friends, she regained the physical ability to stretch, tear, and paint canvases again.  And through hundreds of attempts, she relearned to tie bows.


Reiff states, “At one point when I was discouraged because the bows weren’t perfect, my friend said to me, ‘It’s not about being perfect; it’s about being whole’. The process of creating these tactile works revealed to me a new paradigm about reconnecting: it must happen in the present, and in the present we become whole.”  Through the visual textures of imperfectly tied canvas bows, dried acrylic paint and unraveled threads, her hope is the viewer may find encouragement on their own journey of reconnecting.


Shadows and Reconnecting by Kim Reiff may be viewed by the public at the Warsaw City Hall main lobby and gallery Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. until Feb. 3.  Please note, City Hall will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.


To view additional work from Kim Reiff, visit




Vanderhegghen Nets 1,000th Point in Grace’s Win

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Brandon Vanderhegghen scored his 1,000th point during Grace’s 82-69 win at Menlo on Thursday.

The senior, who joined Logan Irwin as 1,000-point scorers this winter, reached the milestone at the free throw line late in the game and ended the contest with 17 points.

The Lancers (10-3), enjoying the warmer weather in California, made over half of their shots in a sizzling performance.

Grace started the game sharply, scoring seven of the first nine points in the contest. The Oaks (7-7) countered, pulling ahead 12-11 after six minutes of action.

But Grace exploded with a game-changing run. The Lancers used a 22-4 run to charge out to a 33-16 advantage. Grace’s offense hit two-thirds of its field goals over the opening 10 minutes, easing out to an 11-point lead at halftime.

Bench play proved key for Grace in the opening half. Grace’s subs accounted for 15 first-half points, led by six from Josh Ruggles and five from Eric Miller. Grace also dominated in the post, outscoring Menlo 22-6 in the paint.

The Lancers did their best to pull away, starting the second half with a 50-31 lead, but Menlo battled back. The Oaks scored on five straight possessions—including a trio of 3-pointers—to whittle Grace’s lead down to eight with less than six minutes to play.

Ruggles answered for Grace with a pair of 3’s of his own, and Erik Bowen converted an old-fashioned 3-point play followed by a trey from the top of the key to help end Menlo’s threat.

Ruggles tied Vanderhegghen for scoring honors on the evening with 17 points. The freshman hit seven of his first eight shots.

Irwin finished the game with 11 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds, Bowen added 16 points and seven boards, and Kyle Fillman tallied seven points and two blocks.

For the game, Grace made 27-of-53 for 51 percent. The Lancers also excelled at the foul line, hitting 21-of-26 for 81 percent. Bowen was a perfect 7-of-7 on free throws and 4-of-4 from the floor.

The Lancers wrap up their West Coast trip on Friday with a game at No. 23 Cal Maritime.

Grace Graduate Makes News Across the Country for Development of New Web App

Thursday, December 17th, 2015



Caleb Roth, a 2010 graduate of Grace College, is making news across the country for his creation of eFlip, a bookselling web application.  Warsaw marketing agency 212 Media Studios has been selected by Roth’s company, The Book Flipper, to develop and market eFlip. The following story is from KPLC TV in Los Angeles, Calif.

Warsaw, Indiana (PRWEB) December 15, 2015

212 Media Studios was selected by The Book Flipper, a leading Amazon FBA bookselling business based in Aurora, Colo., to develop and market its latest web application, eFlip.

“We are excited to partner with The Book Flipper in the development of eFlip. This web application streamlines the processes of many in the online bookselling community. Developing and marketing web applications like eFlip is a perfect blend of our internal development capabilities and our marketing and demand generation expertise,” says CMO of 212 Media Studios David Phelps.

212 handled the complete design, development, and roll out of this industry-leading web portal. The final product is a completely interactive and secure web application that allows clients to quickly query the eFlip database of more than three million new and used books for the purpose of buying or selling. eFlip is also equipped with a secure and fully PCI-compliant payment processing portal for buying and selling books.

Founder of The Book Flipper and eFlip Caleb Roth is excited to work with an organization in a familiar community. Roth is an alumnus of Grace College and a former Depuy Synthes employee. “It’s been great to maintain ties with the community of Warsaw. I couldn’t be happier with the strategic partnership with 212 and the work they’ve done to program and market this new software. I’m excited to have launched eFlip and to provide value to the online bookselling community by allowing people to earn an income while working from home,” says Roth.

Click here for the complete story.

Grace Theological Seminary Professor Matthew Harmon Receives “Top Book” Recognition

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

By Liz Cutler Gates,

A book by Grace Theological Seminary faculty member, Matthew Harmon, has been named among The Gospel Coalition’s Top Books of 2015. Harmon’s commentary on Philippians cited as being “evangelical scholarship” at its best. Read the complete list and reviews by clicking here. A portion of the article appears below.

Bible and Theology

Winner: Matthew Harmon, Philippians (Mentor)

Earlier this year I was preparing to teach through Philippians, so I picked up several commentaries. I had never heard of Matthew Harmon. Within the first few weeks of teaching, though, his became the first resource consulted. By the end, it was sometimes the only one. Academically informed, clearly written, and pastorally insightful, this is evangelical scholarship at its best. The volume is filled with helpful outlines, charts, and suggestions for gospel-driven application.

Read the complete list and reviews by clicking here.