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Knight, Elliott honored as All-Americans

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Clarissa Knight (left), Chandler Elliot and in action during a softball game.

Clarissa Knight (left), Chandler Elliot and in action during a softball game.

Clarissa Knight and Chandler Elliott were awarded All-American status after their sterling 2016 seasons.

Additionally, the pair was named Second Team All-Region for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Knight was a First Team NCCAA All-American and honorable mention for NAIA All-American. She was one of four Crossroads League players to appear on the NAIA All-American listing.

Knight led Grace’s offense with a .459 batting average, the second-highest average in program history. She produced 83 hits in 59 games, scoring 51 runs and driving in 40 more.

Elliott was a Third Team NCCAA All-American honoree. The sophomore had a balanced season, hitting .385 from the plate and posting a 4.56 ERA in 139.2 innings from the mound. Elliott had a team-best 12 doubles and notched 72 hits for the season. She, along with Knight, were the only Lady Lancers to play in all 59 contests.

In the classroom, five Lady Lancers were recognized as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes: Amanda Bowman, Allison Franklin, Brittany Melzoni, Kati Gregory and Morgan Hutcheson. To achieve Scholar-Athlete status, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman and maintain a 3.5 GPA. Grace had the third-most Scholar-Athletes among Crossroads League institutions.

Grace College Alumni Thriving According to Gallup-Purdue Index

Monday, June 13th, 2016



The Gallup-Purdue Index recently released findings of its 2016 survey of more than 30,000 college graduates from across the country.  Grace College was one of 13 Hoosier institutions to participate.   Grace College outperformed the national and state institutions on almost every measure.  The complete Grace College scorecard can be viewed here.

Among the most significant findings are:

1. Grace alumni say they received excellent emotional support during their college years.

  • The strong majority (57%) of Grace College alumni believed “My professors cared about me as person” compared with just 28% nationwide and 36% of Hoosier grads.
  • Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Grace grads agreed with the statement “I had at least one professor who made me excited about learning” compared with 64% of national and statewide graduates.

2.  Grace alumni report high levels of well-being.

  • Among the five elements of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical, Grace grads reported “thriving” by an average of 55% compared to 45% of national respondents and 46% of Hoosier respondents.
  • 63% of Grace alumni said they were thriving in purpose, compared to 54% of national and statewide survey respondents.

3.  Grace grads have more fulfilling jobs than other college graduates.

  • 50% of Grace alumni say they are “deeply interested in the work they do” compared to 43% of other college grads.
  • 37% of Grace grads report that they have the “ideal job” compared to 29% of all other graduates.

Conducted in January and February of 2016, this Gallup-Purdue survey sought to examine outcomes of college graduates beyond job placement and salaries by evaluating undergraduate experience, alumni attachment, well-being and workplace engagement.

Earlier today, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education issued a news release detailing statewide implications of the survey.  Commissioner Lubbers also offered comment on the results for Grace College saying, “The Gallup-Indiana survey results show a majority of Grace College alumni have a high opinion of their college experience and feel their higher education at Grace was worth the investment.  I commend Grace College for stepping up to be a part of this alumni satisfaction survey, and I’m confident they will use this information to drive even greater satisfaction and success for graduates in the future.”

Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, was encouraged by the survey results.  “The highly respected Gallup-Purdue Index shows that most Grace alumni are faring very well post-graduation.  While we acknowledge that improvements can and should be made in alumni satisfaction and value, the survey confirmed that Grace graduates receive a unique education characterized by real relationships formed.  Their college experience prepares them to be well-adjusted adults who make meaningful contributions to society and seek to fulfill God’s calling on their lives,” Katip said.

Grace College Welcomes Rising High School Seniors to Campus

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

SignA first event of its kind at Grace College, students entering twelfth grade in the fall are invited for a campus visit and information sessions at Grace on Friday, June 24.  “Start at Grace Preview Day” will take place at the beautiful Winona Lake campus beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Cindy Sisson, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Grace College, commented, “We are excited to welcome rising seniors and their parents to campus for a day of discovery as they begin the process of choosing their future college.”

Preview Day will include an admissions and financial aid meeting, campus tour and lunch, and a faculty and student panel discussion.

“We’ve designed Preview Day to be both informative and enjoyable.  Summer is a beautiful time of year on campus and at nearby Winona Lake.  We’re optimistic that families will appreciate the slower-paced summer campus experience and individual attention that the day will offer,” Sisson continued.

Grace College is committed to applying biblical values to strengthen character, sharpen competence and prepare students for service.  In its endeavor to make quality, Christian education available to as many students as possible, Grace College launched the Measure of Grace initiative last fall.  Measure of Grace guarantees a tuition reduction in each consecutive year of undergraduate enrollment and free textbook rentals to all students.  In addition, Grace offers a three-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 on Start at Grace Preview Day and to register, call 866-974-7223.

Summer Sports Camps Offered at Grace College

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

A variety of sports camps for children in kindergarten through high school will be offered at Grace College throughout the summer.  Starting June 5, camps for boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball, baseball, softball, tennis, track and golf will take place.  Day camps and overnight camps are available.

Young players will have the opportunity to hone their skills, interact with other athletes, learn from collegiate student-athletes and coaches, and study sport and teamwork in a Christian context.

“We look forward to hosting young people on campus throughout the summer months.  Lancer camps offer athletic development as well as spiritual enrichment to participants,” said Chad Briscoe, director of athletics at Grace College.  “Our top-notch coaches and staff are committed to building relationships with each player and facilitating sportsmanship and character development among campers.”

A detailed camp brochure and online registration is available at  For questions, call (574) 372-5100 ext. 6266 or email The dates and types of each camp are listed below.

Lady Lancer Girls’ Basketball CampSirRed_AthleticCampPressRelease

June 5-9
4th – 10th grade | Overnight

Lancer Boys’ Basketball Camps 
June 20-23
K – 4th grade | Day

June 26-30
6th – 10th grade | Overnight

July 3-July 7
3rd – 6th grade | Overnight

Lancer Baseball Camps

June 6-10
K – 9th grade | Day

Lancer Softball Camps

June 20-21
3rd – 8th grade | Day

June 22-23
6th – 12th grade | Day

Lancer Girls’ Soccer Camps

June 13-16
4th – 6th grade | Day

June 20-23
1st – 3rd grade | Day

July 10-13
7th – 12th grade | Overnight

Lancer Boys’ Soccer Camps

June 13-16
4th – 6th grade | Day

June 20-23
1st – 3rd grade | Day

June 25-28
7th – 12th grade | Overnight

Lancer Tennis Camps

June 27 – July 1

K – 12th grade | Morning

Lancer Volleyball Camps

July 10-14
4th – 10th grade | Overnight

July 18-22
K – 4th grade | Day
5th – 8th grade | Day

Lakes an Important Contributor to Economy

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Center Lake is located in urban Warsaw, Indiana. The over 100 lakes in Kosciusko County are economic drivers for the county. The total lake economic impact of lakes in Kosciusko County is estimated to be conservatively $313 million annually.

The Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College completed a study this spring profiling the economic impact of the lakes in Kosciusko County. The study conservatively estimated the total value of Kosciusko County lakes to be approximately $313 million annually.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources lists 936 major Indiana lakes on their website, 58 of which are located in Kosciusko County, meaning that Kosciusko County lakes account for approximately 6 percent of the major lakes in Indiana. If the results of this Kosciusko County study were applied to estimate the potential economic impact of lakes in Indiana, lakes could account for as much as $5 billion statewide annually.

The Center for Lakes & Streams conducted an economic impact study using data collected from 314 businesses in Kosciusko County. Businesses profiled in the study included lake-specific businesses which profit directly from the presence of lakes, such as boat marinas and manufacturers, as well as lake-related businesses which benefit from the added presence of lakes, such as restaurants and grocery stores. Data was obtained from businesses primarily through survey (65 percent response rate) and, where survey data could not be obtained, through public data sources and national averages.

Lake-specific businesses generate approximately $150,722,000 annually as a result of the presence of lakes in Kosciusko County. Boat sales, boat manufacturing, and marinas had the largest total revenues of the lake-specific industry categories.

Lake-related businesses generate approximately $147,661,000 annually from the presence of lakes in Kosciusko County. The auto and gas, food and dining, and construction categories accounted for a large portion of the lake-related industry categories.

Property tax revenues generated by lakes in Kosciusko County were found to be $15 million annually. This data was also added to the total lake economic impact calculations.

Dr. Nate Bosch, Director of the Center for Lakes & Streams, explained the importance of this study, “This study shows how Indiana lakes benefit our communities, even beyond lake users. Our findings also highlight the importance of what our center and other partner organizations do—an investment in our lakes is an investment in our state’s economy.”

A positive or negative shift in the water quality of these lakes could enhance or severely harm the businesses that are located around Indiana lakes. Utilizing studies conducted in Ohio, the Center for Lakes & Streams estimates that an improvement in lake quality could increase the economic value of lakes by as much as 5 percent, or approximately $10.5 million, annually in Kosciusko County. Conversely, a decline in lake quality could result in an economic decline of 40 percent, or approximately $84 million, annually in Kosciusko County.

A full technical report and project summary can be accessed online at

Grace Community Education Graduates 98 at Miami Correctional Facility

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
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Grace Community Education faculty and staff at Miami Correctional Facility 2016 graduation

Since 2012, Grace Community Education has offered high school equivilency and vocational education to men incarcerated at Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) in Kokomo, Ind.  MCF is one of five Indiana prisons at which Grace offers educational opportunities.  A graduation ceremony was recently held for participants at MCF.  The following is an article that appeared in the Kokomo Herald on June 2, 2016.   

Miami Correctional Facility held a graduation ceremony for offenders who recently completed the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), formerly known as the General Education Degree (GED).

TASC is the new high school equivalency test that took the place of the GED in January 2014. Also celebrating were 16 additional offenders who completed their College Correspondence courses.

Currently Grace Community Education at Miami Correctional Facility teaches 434 students, which includes 283 ABE (Adult Basic Education)/TASC students, 86 Vocational students and 65 college correspondent students. The college also has a PEER Packet Program, where it tutors inmates who have very low TABE (Test Adult Basic Education) scores – with the objective of advancing these individuals into the regular ABE/TASC classes.

The Keynote speaker for the program was Dr. William Katip, President of Grace College. Since Grace has been teaming with MCF, it has had a total of 434 GED/TASC completers and 308 Vocational completers.

For the complete story, click here.


Village at Winona Festival of Music to Present Jazz Fest

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Truth in Jazz


Jazz Fest, the first of six Village at Winona Festival of Music concerts this summer, will take place on Sat., June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave, Winona Lake.  In coordination with the Village at Winona Exotic Car Show, Jazz Fest will feature two big bands, Truth in Jazz and New Millennium Jazz Orchestra.  Tickets will be sold at the door; prices are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

Truth in Jazz, an 18-piece big band, was established in 1998 in Elkhart, Ind. and is directed by Steve Allen.  New Millennium Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ed King II, is based in Fort Wayne and includes 19 professional musicians.

Marty Becker is the Festival of Music coordinator.  “Two exciting, professional big bands will present the best in cool jazz and nostalgic sounds from the big band era,” said Becker. “Jazz Fest will be an event to relax, unwind and enjoy the great sounds of live music.”


New Millennium Jazz Orchestra

Grace College, Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts and the Village at Winona have partnered to bring the community high-quality, family-friendly concerts throughout the summer. The first annual Festival of Music will include six concerts from June 18 through Sept. 3. In addition to Jazz Fest, the festival will feature pop, ragtime, barbershop, band and chamber music.  For details on all of the Festival of Music concerts, visit

‘Reconnecting’ Artwork on Display at Wagon Wheel

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Kim Reiff’s “Reconnecting” art series, including this piece, will be on display at the Wagon Wheel beginning June 4.

Kim M. Reiff, associate professor of art at Grace College, and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts are partnering to present an exhibit featuring artworks from Reiff’s “Reconnecting” series. It explores the visual and tactile nature of “being.”

The public is invited to join the Wagon Wheel Visual Arts Committee for an opening reception on Sat., June 4, from 9-10:30 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast fare will be served. Those in attendance will learn about Reiff’s artistic process and her inspiration for the series of work. 
Reiff’s artwork reveals, in a simple way, the complexities of reconnecting. Feelings of disconnectedness in mind, body or spirit may occur as a result of trauma, separation, or loss. These works were created within the paradigm that reconnecting must happen in the present. Reiff’s work uses two-dimensional forms of reconstructed canvas and knotted bows to show the process.
Reiff earned her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University. She is Chair of the Department of Visual, Performing, and Media Arts at Grace College.
“Reconnecting” may be viewed by the public at the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, found at 2515 E. Center Street in Warsaw. The exhibit is on display from June 4 to July 18. Additional work by Reiff is viewable at

Grace College Students to Study with Wycliffe Bible Translators

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
The attached photograph pictures Grace College student Bethany Ingram.

Grace College student Bethany Ingram

Two Grace College seniors are headed to the University of North Dakota this summer to study with Wycliffe Bible Translators in their pursuit of a major in Bible translation and a dream of full-time missions work.  Bethany Ingram, resident of Stryker, Ohio, and Mitchell Hussong, originally from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, will study in North Dakota from June 7 to August 5, taking four linguistics courses with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

For more than 70 years, Wycliffe Bible Translators has worked globally to help indigenous tribes translate the Bible into their own languages. They partner with organizations in Africa, the Americans, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. Wycliffe teaches college linguistic courses including articulatory phonetics, syntax and morphology, and introduction to sociolinguistics.

Wycliffe will introduce Ingram and Hussong to the sounds used in spoken languages and teach them how to recognize, produce, transcribe, classify and describe words. They will also be taught the fundamentals of analyzing grammatical and morphological structures of languages. Additionally, Ingram and Hussong will gain exposure to language as a phenomenon dependent on age, general, social class, and setting.

“I’m excited to start learning about new languages and cultures,” Ingram said. “The classes will also prepare me to effectively build relationships with tribal people. My goal is to prepare myself now for future ministry.” She anticipates using the material and new skills to partner with a Bible translation organization after graduation.

Hussong looks forward to learning and transcribing new languages. “I plan to be in full-time ministry as a missionary,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll be a part of New Tribes Missions or Wycliffe Bible. I want to translate scripture into a language that does not yet have the Bible.”

Translating the Bible into another language is an extremely challenging process that can take many years. With these courses, including a foundation of core classes and biblical studies at Grace College, Ingram and Hussong will be prepared for roles as Bible translators, linguists, literacy workers and language surveyors.

For more information about ministry studies at Grace College, visit or call 574-372-5100 or toll free 866-974-7223.

Grace College and Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Partner to Ensure Pond System Health

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
1.Dr. Chad Snyder (right), director of chemical research at Grace College, and Will Lorenz (left), chemistry research student at Grace College, stand on the veldt in the African Journey biome at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Dr. Chad Snyder (right), director of chemical research at Grace College, and Will Lorenz (left), chemistry research student at Grace College, stand on the veldt in the African Journey biome at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Dr. Chad Snyder, associate professor of chemistry and director of chemical research at Grace College, and Dr. Joe Smith, director of animal programs at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, recently began a research partnership to help ensure the long-term health of the zoo’s pond system.  Dr. Snyder and research students will conduct routine water chemistry analyses including pH, dissolved oxygen, chloride, calcium, nitrate, nitrite and phosphate concentrations as well as algae counts and algae species distributions.  Their third visit to the African Journey biome took place Wednesday.

“It’s very exciting to begin a research partnership with the zoo,” said Dr. Chad Snyder.  “Our goal at Grace College is to help the zoo understand its pond system’s water quality and develop strategies to keep it healthy for all of its aquatic inhabitants.  After three monthly visits, we are encouraged by the collaboration and potential long-term benefit we can create for the zoo.”

Will Lorenz, chemistry research student at Grace College, wades through Small Pasture Pond to take a sample of the water.

Will Lorenz, chemistry research student at Grace College, wades through Small Pasture Pond to take a sample of the water.

With the permission of Dr. Smith and the zoo’s Animal Research and Conservation Committee, Grace College faculty

and students enter several of the zoo’s enclosures to obtain pond samples.  “This proactive approach helps us gather necessary data from a variety of ponds and assess variations in the water samples to appropriately respond to any potentially unhealthy conditions,” added Snyder.

The African Journey’s pond system is home to 11 species of birds and mammals that inhabit the ponds.

“Dr. Snyder and his research assistant are helping to systematically document our water quality and algae content over time to help determine what factors might lead to unsightly algae blooms and unstable water conditions,” said Dr. Joe Smith.  “We are committed to ensuring the long-term health of all animal species at the zoo, and our pond system health is essential in this endeavor.  We are pleased to partner with Grace College to this end,” he said.