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More Than 700 Students Participate in Center for Lakes & Streams Annual Lake Adventure Day

Monday, September 26th, 2016
Lake Adventure Days

Fourth grade students from schools in Kosciusko County fish in Pike Lake as they learn about how to take care of local lakes and streams.

More than 700 students from 29 classrooms in Kosciusko County participated in the Center for Lakes & Streams’ annual Lake Adventure Days Thursday and Friday, September 22 and 23 at Lucerne Park and Winona Lake. The Center for Lakes & Streams partnered with local volunteers, local DNR officers, Grace College elementary education students, and the Grace College School of Education to make the event a success.

This year’s Lake Adventure Day event was organized by Caitlin Yoder, education coordinator for the Center for Lakes & Streams. Fourth graders from local elementary schools including Claypool, Harrison, Jefferson, Leesburg, Lincoln, Milford, North Webster, Syracuse, and Warsaw Christian were in attendance over the two-day event.

Lake Adventure Days were open to fourth grade classrooms in Kosciusko County and provided attending students with a day of lake fun and education. Throughout the day, fourth graders rotated through stations at which they performed water testing, built their own mini-watersheds, competed in a water conservation exercise, completed a water-themed craft, and even went fishing in Pike or Winona Lake. Keira, a fourth grade student who attended Lake Adventure Day explained, “I learned how to take care of lakes and not pollute them.”

While over 100 lakes are located in Kosciusko County, this was the first time many of the students who attended have interacted with a local lake. Charlotte Jessie, a teacher at North Webster Elementary School, said of the event, “It teaches them how valuable our lakes are—there are over 100 lakes in the county and it gives them hands-on experience.” Jessie expressed that Lake Adventure Days also prepare her students for when the Center for Lakes & Streams installs an aquarium in her classroom with native fish species as part of the Classroom Lake Experience program.

The Center for Lakes & Streams will continue to provide lake education opportunities throughout the 2016-2017 school year. The center has aquariums in 24 local classrooms with fish and plant species like those found in local lakes and streams as part of their Classroom Lake Experience program. Additionally, the center is now selling 2017 Calendars depicting winning pieces of the annual Lakes & Streams Art Contest. Order forms can be found online at

Sponsors of the 2016 Lake Adventure Day event include Bart’s Water Sports, the City of Warsaw, Culver Family Foundation, DePuy, The Dekko Foundation, Lake Tippecanoe Property Owners, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, The Papers, Warsaw Kiwanis, and Warsaw Optimist Club.



‘Walk Into My Future’ Introduces Elementary Students to College, Careers

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Grace College School of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Mark Norris, Grace College Computer Programmer Dan Pacheco, Grace students Madeline Pacheco and Sarah Chappell prepare to instruct students in the “Angry Bird” session about physics and math.


Grace College and the Kosciusko County YMCA partnered to plan and execute the Kosciusko County Promise’s “Walk Into My Future” event on Friday, Sept. 23. The day-long event, hosted by Grace College, educated approximately 2,700 kindergarten through second grade students from Kosciusko County on the benefits of saving for college, attending college, earning a degree and pursuing a career.

Dr. Laurie Owen, Dean of the School of Education at Grace College, coordinated the event.  “It was a great day on campus,” she said.  “More than 500 volunteers participated, including Grace College students, faculty and staff, YMCA and Ivy Tech staff.  They all did a terrific job shepherding young students around campus and educating them on the benefits of college.”

Kosciusko County Promise believes it is beneficial for children to begin thinking about their academic futures in kindergarten. The event focuses on age-appropriate introductions to college and career discovery. Throughout the day, children participated in five session rotations, took a short tour of Grace College, had lunch and attended a large-group program.

“It was an honor to host these young people and come alongside their amazing teachers to help students think about their future education and careers,” Owen concluded.

For more information about the Kosciusko County Promise, visit  For more information about Grace College, visit

Toastmasters International Demo Meeting to be Held at Grace College

Friday, September 23rd, 2016


Grace College will host a Toastmasters International demo meeting on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in McClain Hall, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake.  The meeting is free of charge and open to the public.

“We encourage people to check out Toastmasters at the demo meeting,” said Jean Wolfe, talent development specialist at Grace College.  “There is no obligation by attending; the meeting is designed to show prospective members what Toastmasters is like and answer questions.”

Following the demo meeting, Grace College will host regular Toastmasters meetings bi-monthly on campus.  “They serve as professional development opportunities for employees and as community outreach opportunities for students,” said Wolfe.  Individual annual dues are less than $120 per year.

At each Toastmasters meeting, members develop communication and leadership skills by giving speeches, assuming different club roles, and providing and receiving feedback.  Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Toastmasters is the world leader in communication and leadership development, has more than 345,000 memberships and 15,900 clubs in 142 countries.

To reserve a seat at the Sept. 29 demo meeting, click here.  For questions about the Grace Toastmasters Club, contact Jean Wolfe at or 574-372-5100, ext. 6078.  To learn more about the Toastmasters, visit

Grace Professors Coauthor Interdisciplinary Book on Ecclesiastes

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Ecclesiastes coverProfessor of Old Testament Studies at Grace Theological Seminary, Tiberius Rata, and Professor of Counseling at Grace College, Kevin Roberts, have collaborated to write an interdisciplinary work on the book of Ecclesiastes. “Fear God and Keep His Commandments: A Practical Exposition of Ecclesiastes” not only looks at the Ecclesiastes text from a theological viewpoint, but also examines the psychological perspective.  Rata and Roberts believe it might be the first book to take such a view of the Old Testament book.

Published by BMH Books, the commentary looks at the words of Solomon, the wisest man in history, who was Israel’s third king. His words challenge and encourage the reader to live as if his or her time were short and to fear God in all things.  Written for serious students of the Bible, professors, Sunday school teachers, and laypeople will appreciate the dual theological and psychological assessment on this much beloved and fascinating Old Testament book.  Each chapter is outlined so that it could be taught or preached in two, three, or four points.

“I think this book is very relevant because we have Solomons, not just in our pews,” says Rata. “We have Solomons in our lives, people who try to fill the void that only God can fill, with different things.”

“Those wrong choices that we make by having false idols produce some severe consequences,” adds Roberts. “Solomon is challenging us to remember God, and not to live under the sun, but to keep that perspective. I think that he’s doing that because he’s looking back on a life where he hasn’t lived that way.”

“Fear God and Keep His Commandments: A Practical Exposition of Ecclesiastes” is now available at,, and other online retailers, or may be ordered at any local bookstore.  It will also be available as an ebook in Kindle, iBook, Nook, and Kobo formats platform.  To watch the book trailer, click here.

Tiberius Rata, B.S., M.Div., Ph.D., is assistant dean, School of Ministry Studies and professor of Old Testament Studies at Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. Dr. Rata is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif., and holds an M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has a passion for instilling in his students a love for God and His inerrant Word.

Kevin Roberts, B.S., M.A., Psy.D., is chair, Behavioral Science Department and professor of Counseling at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. Dr. Roberts is a graduate of Grace College, including an M.A. in Counseling, and holds a Psy.D., from Adler School of Professional Psychology. His special interests include integrated health care practices and behavioral medicine and addiction treatment.

Bicentennial Celebration Concert to Inspire Hoosier Pride

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

ind_bicentennialKosciusko County will celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial with a Hoosier-themed concert on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC), 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. The event is free; however, general admission tickets are required and seating will be limited. Tickets are available at county high schools, the Grace College Campus Store (located in the Gordon Recreation Center), the Grace College Athletic Office (located in the MOCC), and at Latte Lounge, 108 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw.

The Indiana musical event is coordinated by Martin Becker with Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip, Warsaw Community Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert, and Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer participating.  The Warsaw High School JROTC will present the colors and county bicentennial torchbearers will be introduced.  Local photographer Al Disbro will present a photographic slide show of Kosciusko County.

More than 1,000 student and adult musicians will perform in the Bicentennial Concert.  Participating schools include Warsaw High School, Wawasee High School, Whitko High School, Triton High School, Tippecanoe Valley High School, Lakeview Middle School, Edgewood Middle School and Lakeland Christian Academy.  Joining the student musicians will be the Lakeland Community Choir, Lakeland Youth Chorale, Warsaw Optimist Singers, Kosciusko County Extension Chorus, Lake Area Community Band, Grace College Wind Ensemble and area church choirs.

“The event has been eight months in the making,” said Martin Becker, Bicentennial Celebration Concert coordinator.  “I’m not aware of another county in the state that has an event of this magnitude planned.  It’s been a joy to work with the diverse school and community groups to make the Kosciusko County celebration a memorable event and great tribute to our state,” he said.

Martin Becker, Dr. Ardis Faber and Thomas Stirling will share the conductor’s podium.  Walter Brath, assistant professor of worship arts at Grace College, will perform “The Old Rugged Cross.” Other musical selections will include “Beyond the Sunset” by Winona Lake natives Virgil and Blanche Brock, “Lake Land March” by Nilo Hovey, a medley by Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter, “I Love Indiana” arranged by Dale Mock, “Back Home Again in Indiana” by James Hanley and “America the Beautiful.”

For more information, contact event coordinator Martin Becker at 574-551-3550.

Grace College Announces Plans to Assist Former ITT Tech Students

Thursday, September 15th, 2016


Grace College announced today that it will hold three information meetings for displaced ITT Tech students at its Indianapolis North location, 9302 N. Meridian St., to discuss transfer of credits and advise them on applicable programs at Grace.  Information meetings will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 14 at 12 noon.  Grace also announced it will offer two tuition-free courses to former ITT students during the current fall semester to jumpstart their continuing education.

Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace College, explains that Grace’s past policy for accepting ITT credits will continue.  “Just as in the past, Grace will accept up to 75 ITT credits for GOAL (Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners) and students can finish their bachelor’s degree in as little as 16 months,” she said.  GOAL is a degree-completion program offered in Indianapolis, Winona Lake and fully online.  Bachelor’s degrees available through GOAL include management, human services and business administration.

“We hope that by offering ITT students two free residential courses this fall, they will experience very little interruption in their education and minimize any hardship caused by recent events,” Sisson said.  GOAL classes are specially designed for adult students who need to balance full-time life responsibilities while pursuing higher education.  “Students can choose a residential or online degree program – whichever suits their needs and preferences.  We also offer financial aid to qualified students,” Sisson added.

Displaced ITT students may also transfer credits to Grace’s main campus in Winona Lake and pursue one of more than 70 bachelor’s degrees.  The number of transferable credits will be determined by the chosen program, but up to 60 credits are eligible for transfer.

For more information or to talk to an admissions counselor at Grace College, call 1-855-927-4631 or email


Grace College Accounting Career Fair Connects Region’s Students with Employers

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Grace College student Elizabeth Bakker talks to Danilo Carnelos from CapinCrouse LLP.


Grace College hosted its ninth annual Accounting Career Fair on September 14 in Westminster Hall. More than 60 students from seven colleges and universities, including Grace, and 10 Hoosier employers participated in the event. In the morning, students mingled with employers and asked questions. After lunch, employers held individual interviews with selected students.

Megan Carpenter is a senior accounting student at Grace College. This was her second year participating the Accounting Career Fair. “The fair is an excellent way to connect with potential employers,” Carpenter said. “Face-to-face conversations have a different dynamic than phone calls. The employer may be more likely to hire you if you meet in person.” She was preparing for a few interviews later in the day. “It really isn’t as scary as it seems,” Carpenter added, encouraging future attendees.

Louise Brenner is a Grace alumnus with an exciting success story. She attended the accounting fair in 2012 and 2013 during her junior and senior years at Grace. “In 2013, after an interview, I received an internship at Dauby, O’Conner & Zaleski (DOZ) in Indianapolis,” Brenner said. “After graduation in 2014, I was hired by DOZ and now I represent DOZ at the accounting fair.” Brenner hopes to see more Grace graduates employed at her place of work in the future.

RSM US LLP was this year’s accounting fair gold sponsor. Karen Wagner, human resources manager at RSM, has represented her company at the accounting fair since its inception. “I’ve watched the number of students grow steadily,” she said. “This event is valuable to employers because it is a way to recruit several potential employees in a single day.” The event saves time; it also provides quality candidates. “RSM has hired students from this fair every year,” Wagner added.

Grace College Professor of Accounting Dr. Roger Stichter organized the first Accounting Career Fair in 2008. Originally, four accounting firms and 30 students from four area colleges participated. This year, the growing event is sponsored by RSM from Elkhart and Kruggel Lawton CPAs from South Bend. Employers include Dauby, O’Connor & Zaleski LLC from Carmel; Dulin, Ward & DeWald Inc. and BKD, LLP, from Fort Wayne; CapinCrouse LLP from Greenwood; Zimmer Biomet from Warsaw; Crowe Horwath, LLP, from South Bend; CliftonLarsonAllen from Indianapolis and Insight Accounting Group, PC, from Goshen. Colleges and universities include Grace College, Huntington University, Goshen College, University of Saint Francis, Bethel College, Indiana Wesleyan University and Trine University.


Grace College student Tiffany Schuman speaks to Terry Bush from Kruggel Lawton CPAs.

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

Julia Holcomb to Speak at Grace Chapel

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Julia Holcomb (Photo courtesy of Ambassador Speakers Bureau.)

Julia Holcomb (Photo courtesy of Ambassador Speakers Bureau.)

Julia Holcomb, former girlfriend and legal ward of Steven Tyler, lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith, will speak in the Grace College chapel service on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Chapel takes place in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center (MOCC), 601 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake, at 10:30 a.m.  The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend chapel.

Holcomb was 16 years old when she became the legal ward of Steven Tyler. At age 17, Holcomb survived a devastating apartment fire. She was pregnant at the time. While recovering from the fire at a hospital, Holcomb was coerced into an abortion. In the following years, Holcomb rebuilt her life. She attributes her recovery to her faith in Jesus Christ.

Holcomb is the author of the memoir “The Light of the World,” first published on LifeSite News. She is also an accomplished artist, specializing in iconography, portraiture and landscape realism. Holcomb is happily married to her husband of 30 years; they have seven children.

Holcomb will keynote the Kosciusko County Right to Life banquet on Monday, Sept. 19 in the MOCC. “For those unable to attend the right to life banquet,” said Brent Mencarelli, chaplain at Grace College, “this is a great opportunity to hear a remarkable story of God’s redemption and purpose through extremely difficult circumstances.  We are delighted to have Julia speak to the Grace student body and community on Wednesday,” he said.

Chapel is a regular part of Grace College campus life and open to the community.  It takes place every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.  For more information about chapel and to view the fall chapel schedule, visit or call 574-372-5100.


Grace Professor Releases New Jeremiah Study

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Dr. Matthew Harmon, author of “Jeremiah: A 12-Week Study”

Dr. Matthew Harmon, professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College & Seminary, recently wrote “Jeremiah: A 12-Week Study” in conjunction with the Knowing the Bible series. The study was published on July 31 by Crossway Books.

The Knowing the Bible series is designed to help readers understand and apply biblical truth.  “The book of Jeremiah produces endurance and deepens our hope,” said Harmon. “It shows us the fullness of God’s character, the depth of our sinfulness, the power of our Savior and the riches of the new covenant.” Harmon addresses these four areas in his book.  The 12-week study leads readers through Jeremiah by highlighting key biblical themes, clarifying crucial doctrines and withdrawing personal applications.

“Jeremiah: A 12-Week Study” can be completed in a small group setting or through individual study.  Reflective questions are asked at the end of each section allowing the reader to glean personal and practical applications.  Harmon explains, “As Paul said in Romans 15, ‘whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction.’  By studying Jeremiah, we will know Christ better and strengthen our hope in God.”

Harmon is also the author or editor of several books, including “She Must and Shall Go Free: Paul’s Isaianic Gospel in Galatians,” “Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo,” “Philippians: A Mentor Commentary” and “Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of the Church.” He is currently working on several projects, including commentaries on Galatians, 2 Peter and Jude.  In addition to teaching at Grace College & Seminary, Harmon teaches and serves on the preaching team at Christ’s Covenant Church in Winona Lake.

“Jeremiah: A 12-Week Study”is available for purchase here. For more information about Grace College & Seminary, visit or call574-372-5100.

Grace College Announces Fall 2016 Lancer Days

Friday, September 9th, 2016

campus_life (4)Lancer Days at Grace College offer high school students and their families the opportunity to experience campus life first-hand. This fall, Lancer Days will take place on Friday, Sept. 16, Friday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Nov. 11 at Grace College, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake.

Lancer Days begin at 8:30 a.m. with a faculty and student panel, and conclude at 2 p.m. with a faculty fair.   In between, participants discover what Grace College offers by attending chapel, touring campus, meeting students and staff, and eating lunch at Alpha Dining Commons.  While prospective students may also schedule individual tours of campus, Lancer Days offer the unique opportunity to explore Grace College with high school peers in an intentional way.

“At Lancer Days, students survey the 70-plus majors at Grace, learn about diverse student activities and clubs, discover financial assistance opportunities and see first-hand how Grace College is making quality, Christian education attractive and affordable,” said Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace.  Game day passes are available for sporting events during the student’s visit and high school juniors and seniors may spend one night in a residence hall.

This year, Grace achieved a record total enrollment of 2,333 students.  The Winona Lake campus is home to 1,295 undergraduate students, the largest population since Grace’s founding in 1948.  The school credits innovative, bold measures to reduce cost and increase excellence for recent success.  Measure of Grace, a comprehensive affordability and excellence plan launched last fall, guarantees that tuition will never increase during a student’s enrollment.  Moreover, Grace reduces tuition by $500 each consecutive year of a student’s undergraduate enrollment and provides free textbook rentals.  Grace’s accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree program and blended bachelor’s-master’s four-year degree program enables students to finish school sooner with significant savings and earning potential.

To register for a Lancer Day or schedule an individual campus tour, go to, email or call 866-974-7223.