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Center for Lakes & Streams, Grace College Present Storm Drain Project at State Conference

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
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Some of the local fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, and Yellow Perch are depicted in this coloring-page inspired painting. Community members can color this painting in with sidewalk chalk and contribute to this design by Grace student Gabe Shennum.

This spring, the Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College, the City of Warsaw, Grace College Art Integrations students, and Urban Water Resources collaborated to unveil nine storm drains, painted by Grace College students in downtown Warsaw, Indiana. The project entitled “Current Effects: Clean Stormwater Art Project” will be presented May 17 at the Indiana Annual MS4 Meeting in Indianapolis by representatives Cindy Bryan, Madisson Heinl and Theresa Sailor.

The project is one of only a few similar initiatives around the country and was launched for the purpose of educating the community about caring for lakes and streams through understanding local urban storm drain systems. Representatives of the project will present an overview and timeline of the accomplished project for the purpose of providing other communities and state employees with resources to replicate the idea in their own towns and cities.

Over 2,200 storm drains in the city of Warsaw connect directly to local waterways, meaning that all water and other substances which flow to these drains, also flow to the Tippecanoe River as the final receiving waterbody, untreated.

Storm drain art pieces highlight the importance of lake and stream conservation and depict wildlife native to the over 100 lakes in Kosciusko County. Some designs are interactive, including a hopscotch design and a coloring book page design, and encourage local children to ask questions about water conservation.

A full list of storm drain locations, art depicted, and artists’ reflections can be accessed at lakes.grace.edu.

Tuition-Free Summer Classes to begin at Grace College

Monday, May 16th, 2016
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Grace College student Emily Bobb

Part of Grace College’s commitment to making excellent, higher education affordable, tuition-free summer courses are offered to traditional undergraduate students.  Beginning May 16, current students will begin their tuition-free online courses, helping to ensure on-time graduation.  Grace’s block pricing tuition structure includes 12 to 18 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters plus six more credits each summer at a flat rate to students.

Forty to 50 different course sections are offered to traditional undergraduate students each summer.  “Providing students the opportunity to enroll in summer classes enables them to finish their degrees sooner at a more affordable price,” said Tim Ziebarth, executive officer of academic affairs and dean of Grace College’s School of Professional and Online Education.  “Online courses provide students the flexibility to go home for the summer and perhaps get a summer job, all the while continuing their Grace education,” he said.

Tuition-free summer courses is one of many innovative ways Grace College is making its quality, biblically-based education available to as many students as possible.  In the fall of 2015, Grace instituted the Measure of Grace campaign which included an initial 9% decrease in tuition cost, a $500 reduction in tuition each consecutive year of undergraduate enrollment and free textbook rentals.  Grace College is pleased to offer a 3-year bachelor’s degree in any of its 65 majors as well as the option to blend a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years.

For more information about tuition and admissions at Grace College, call 866-974-7223 or visit grace.edu/admissions.

2016 Commencement Address, Performance Available for Viewing

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Approximately 2,500 people attended the Grace College commencement ceremony on May 7, 2016.  It was a special day as we celebrated the achievements of more Grace graduates than ever before.  While the conferring of degrees by Dr. Katip was perhaps the most exciting part of the ceremony for graduates, all of those in attendance will not soon forget the commencement address given by Professor of Communication Mike Yocum and the performance by Lancer Chorus Director Thomas Hall.  In response to several requests to make these commencement events available for viewing, we have posted them here.  We hope that you will enjoy them!

Mike Yocum 2016 Commencement Address

Thomas Hall 2016 Commencement Performance

Distinguished Grace Alumnus Dr. Robert Clouse Dies

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

A very respected history scholar, writer, professor and distinguished Grace Seminary alumnus, Dr. Robert Clouse, died on Sat., May 7, at his home in Terre Haute, Ind. Dr. Clouse had a distinguished career as an historian with a special emphasis on Grace Brethren history. As a theologian, he was well-respected for his published works on eschatology. In addition to his academic work, he also pastored small churches for many years. He was also a distinguished faculty member at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

Dr. Mark Norris, dean of the school of arts and sciences at Grace College, who knew Dr. Clouse professionally, describes him as “an excellent scholar and a great encourager.”

Services were held on May 10 at the Greiner Funeral Home. Kyle Andrews, pastor of Calvary Temple in Terre Haute, officiated the service. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

The Grace College & Seminary family extends its sympathy and best wishes to Dr. Clouse’s wife, children, extended family, and his network of friends and professional contacts all around the world. We thank God that he was part of the Grace family and we look forward to seeing him again one day.

Click here to read Dr. Clouse’s full obituary on GraceConnect, a ministry of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.

Spring Interpretive Hike Saturday

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Luke Hunt, a certified naturalist in Indiana, leads fall interpretive hike attendees through Heritage Trail in Winona Lake, noting natural features found along the trail.

Luke Hunt, a certified naturalist in Indiana, leads fall interpretive hike attendees through Heritage Trail in Winona Lake, noting natural features found along the trail.

The Center for Lakes & Streams is hosting a free spring interpretive hike this Saturday, May 14 beginning at the Lake City Greenway, through Heritage Trail. The hike will begin at 9 a.m. at the Greenway entrance. Participants should meet at the Heritage Trail parking lot at the end of Boys City Drive.

The hike will be led by Luke Hunt, a certified naturalist in Indiana and retired secondary science educator from the Whitko school district. Hunt was also an adjunct professor at Grace College. The hike is open to participants of all ages and fitness levels.

Luke Hunt notes wild mushrooms growing on Heritage Trail.

Luke Hunt notes wild mushrooms growing on Heritage Trail.

While the Center for Lakes & Streams has hosted hikes annually, this spring hike is an added opportunity for community members to learn about species native to Indiana, identify local trees and plants, study birds, and learn how to protect our watershed. Hikers will learn how the stream functions as part of the forest ecosystem as they walk the trail along the stream. Other natural features along Heritage Trail will be noted on the hike.

Participants are encouraged to dress according to weather and trail conditions. In the case of inclement weather,

cancellation to the event will be announced on the Center for Lakes & Streams Facebook page and via Twitter @CenterforLakes.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College conducts applicable research, engages and educates residents, and collaborates with other organizations in efforts to make the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County cleaner. For more information or to support their efforts, visit lakes.grace.edu.

Local Nonprofit Leader Among Graduates from New Grace College Master’s of Nonprofit Management Program

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
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Grace College Master of Nonprofit Management graduate Rich Haddad

Grace College began a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management online degree program in 2014.  The first cohort of students, including President and CEO of K21 Health Foundation, Rich Haddad, graduated May 7.

K21 is a private foundation that provides grants in Kosciusko County aimed at improving the health of local residents. Haddad has worked as K21 CEO since 2006. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Grace College in 1987 with a double major in business administration and accounting.  Haddad decided to enroll in the Master’s of Nonprofit Management program to refresh and improve his skills and lend credibility to his leadership at K21.

Having worked in the nonprofit world for nearly 15 years, Haddad explained, “The program has helped me to better understand and embrace my goals in nonprofit management.” Haddad said the program not only prepares students for effective nonprofit work, but also allows them to sharpen their management skills while gaining experience.  “I especially appreciated the opportunity to apply our learning to existing organizations throughout the program.  The approach was a win-win for students and nonprofits.”  Haddad concluded, “There is no doubt in my mind that every leader, both current and future, will increase their capacity to succeed in the nonprofit world through this program.”

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management at Grace College is a 36-credit hour online program that can be completed in two years, with students taking one or two classes per semester.  The program offers a faith-based education to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a difference as leaders in nonprofit organizations.  Curriculum includes budgeting, fundraising, grant writing, managing staff, applying technology, strategic planning and more.

Dr. Steve Grill, director of the Master’s in Nonprofit Management program and Dean of Community Education at Grace College, said, “We’re proud of the first nonprofit management graduating class and anticipate the impact Rich and his contemporaries will make in the nonprofit sector.  We continue to grow this program and reach an amazing variety of students across the nation who are looking for a biblically-based education to enhance their impact as well.”

Applications for the Master of Nonprofit Management fall, 2016 cohort can be completed online and are due by July 31.  For more information about the Master’s in Nonprofit Management and other graduate degree programs at Grace College, visit grace.edu/graduate-programs or call 800-823-8533.

Grace Duo Earns NCCAA Player of Week Honors

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
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Chandler Elliott

Grace’s softball team swept the NCCAA National Players of the Week as Clarissa Knight and Chandler Elliott were both honored.

Knight was named the Crossroads League and NCCAA Player of the Week.

Elliott was the NCCAA National Pitcher of the Week.

Elliott impressed last week from the mound, she posted a 0.57 ERA in three

Clarissa Knight

Clarissa Knight

appearances. She earned a win and a save and held opponents to a .227 batting average. Her lone loss was an 8-inning relief appearance against No. 17 Marian in which she gave up just one run. She also batted .353 from the plate with six RBIs.

Knight hit .571 last week, recording a hit in every game which was highlighted by three multi-hit games. She scored 4 runs, drove in 4 more, and did not commit an error in 19 chances from the shortstop position.

The Lady Lancers will look to extend their season on Wednesday in the NCCAA Midwest Regionals. Grace will need to win three games on Wednesday in the tournament, which also includes Oakland City and Indiana Wesleyan. The winner of the regional tourney receives an automatic bid to the 2016 NCCAA World Series.

Grace College Seminary Students Honored at Graduation and Awards Presentation

Monday, May 9th, 2016
From left to right: the attached image pictures Grace seminary graduates Daniel Rosenberg, Chase Ringler, Luke Johnson, Dave Ferrier, Collen Horne, Nate Harley and Keri Early with their awards in Westminster Hall on May 6.

From left to right: the attached image pictures Grace seminary graduates Daniel Rosenberg, Chase Ringler, Luke Johnson, Dave Ferrier, Collen Horne, Nate Harley and Keri Early with their awards in Westminster Hall on May 6.

Grace Theological Seminary honored seven seminary students, graduating from Grace’s masters and doctoral programs, at an awards luncheon on Fri., May 6.  The entire seminary class was honored at a commencement ceremony on Sat., May 7.

At the luncheon, seven cash awards and plaques were given to graduating seminary students. The Alva J. McClain Award in Systematic Theology was given to Daniel J. Rosenberg; the John J. Davis Award in Old Testament was given to Steven Chase Ringler; the Homer A. Kent Jr. Award in New Testament was given to David W. Ferrier; the Russell D. Barnard Award in World Missions was given to Nathaniel D. Harley; the Kenneth E. Bickel Award in Expository Preaching was given to Luke E. Johnson; the Faculty Award was given to Colin S. Horne; the Master of Arts in Ministry Studies (MAMS) Outstanding Student Award was given to Keri L. Early.

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College and Seminary, Dr. John Davis and Dr. Homer Kent, former Grace College and Seminary presidents, were in attendance at the awards presentation. Among others in attendance were 16 Korean students from Grace’s doctor of intercultural studies program.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to publicly express our appreciation and to congratulate our seminary graduates and their families,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gill, vice president and dean of Grace Seminary. “We send them out with our prayers and excitement for their future ministries.”

Grace Theological Seminary is dedicated to teaching, training and transforming the whole person for local church and global ministry. This purpose is accomplished through quality instruction in biblical literature, the study of various systems of theological thought, exposure to past and presence movements in Christian history and missions, the development of communicative and administrative skills, and more.

For more information about Grace Theological Seminary, call 877-607-0012 or email the Admissions office at gtsrec@grace.edu.

Grace College and Harrison College Partner to Make Bachelor’s Degree Attainable for More Students

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Grace College and Harrison College have reached an agreement regarding adult learners. Students who graduate from Harrison with an Associates of Applied Science degree are eligible to automatically transfer to Grace College to complete a Bachelors of Science degree through Grace’s Opportunities for Adult Learners program (GOAL).  Harrison graduates will receive a $100 per credit hour discount in tuition from Grace.

The GOAL program is designed for adults who desire to complete their bachelor’s degree while continuing full-time work and life responsibilities.  Students may choose the residential or online Bachelor of Science in Management degree, or the online Bachelor of Science in Human Services or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees.  Residential classes at Grace College Indianapolis, located at 9302 N. Meridian St., meet once per week in the evening and two Saturdays each semester, allowing students to complete their degree in 16 months.

Grace College and Harrison College place a high priority on both the academic and personal success of their students. “Since Harrison first opened as Indiana Business College in in 1902, our focus has been on providing a supportive environment for our students,” said Dr. Jim Hutton, president and CEO of Harrison College. “We know that Grace College shares this philosophy and are proud to partner with them to ensure the continued success of our students and communities.”

“We’re excited to partner with Harrison,” said Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College. “Our philosophies are complimentary.  We are confident that working together will allow more students to earn a bachelor’s degree, and in the process, potentially change their life in a very positive way.”

Harrison graduates with an Associates of Applied Science degree are automatically accepted into the GOAL program if they have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  Their credits will transfer to Grace via an official transcript. GOAL requirements regarding students’ high school and work experience are waived.

The Bachelor of Science degree completion program (GOAL) is available online and residentially at Grace College Indianapolis. Cohorts begin each fall and spring; fall applications are due July 31.  For more information or to apply, visit www.indy.grace.edu or call 855-927-4631.

Northern Indiana Lakes Festival June 11 & 12 at Center Lake Park

Friday, May 6th, 2016

KLAS_LakesFestLogo_WEB_4colorThe annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival is this June 11 and 12 at Center Lake Park in downtown Warsaw. This year’s Lakes Festival will be a full weekend event, complete with entertainment, educational workshops and recreational activities at Center Lake.

The Lakes Festival is an annual celebration of our local lakes and waterways. The 2016 festival will include such events as the Crawfish Adventure Race, the first annual Paddle Wars, evening concert, Sunday ski show, and the first ever fireworks show over Center Lake on Saturday.

Festival admission is free and other activities include a swim race, kayaks for kids, food, a live animal show, petting farm, open swimming, kids’ activities and exhibitors.

Commercial vendor applications and food vendor pre-applications are still being accepted; the deadline for these applications is June 1. Other festival event information can be found online at lakesfestival.org.

This year’s top sponsors include Zimmer Biomet, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation and Visitor Commission, DePuy Synthes, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Maple Leaf Farms, and Silveus Insurance Group.