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Grace College and CUGN Partnering to Offer Fully-Online Accredited Master’s Degree

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Grace College is pleased to announce its partnership with Christian University GlobalNet (CUGN) to offer an online Master of Arts degree.  The Master of Arts in Ministry Studies (MAMS) degree builds on courses completed by students through CUGN.


This new partnership is an exciting opportunity for students who desire to expand their Biblical education but lack the time or physical proximity to an educational institution in order to do so.  Grace College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the fact that the MAMS degree is online makes it both effective and convenient.


The program is broken into three steps – students complete Cores 1 and 2 with CUGN, and then take an additional 18 credits through Grace, with classes taught by Grace College & Seminary faculty.  Students who complete all three steps will receive a Master of Arts in Ministry Studies from Grace College.  The cohort models used by both CUGN and Grace allow students to build relationships, engage in discussions, and learn collaboratively while enjoying the convenience of an entirely online program.


Dr. Jeffrey A. Gill, Dean of the School of Ministry Studies at Grace College, is enthusiastic about the partnership.  “This opportunity allows us to open the door for people from around the world to obtain a master’s degree.  The partnership is mutually beneficial for Grace and CUGN in that through Grace, CUGN students are now able to obtain an accredited master’s degree, and that through CUGN, Grace becomes known to a global student base,” said Gill.


Grace College & Seminary President Ronald E. Manahan shares Gill’s enthusiasm for the project and is especially pleased with the direction online education is taking. “The future of higher education is in collaborative partnerships between institutions that have unified missions.  This partnership allows us to leverage Grace’s legacy of academics with CUGN’s legacy of resources.   I believe partnerships like this are the future, and it’s consistent with Grace’s commitment to innovation in education.”


Christian University GlobalNet is a Colorado-based university offering Bible, Christian life, and theology courses totally online. The graduate-level courses are taught by scholars from various seminaries (such as Dallas Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), who have been selected by peers as among the best lecturers in their fields of study. Christian University GlobalNet is the academic division of, affiliated with RBC Ministries family, publishers of Our Daily Bread.


Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”


Grace College Student Newspaper “The Sounding Board” Launches Online Website

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The Sounding Board, the weekly student newspaper of Grace College, launched their own website,

The website features a digital version of each Sounding Board issue and in the future will include other multimedia platforms such as slideshows, and video interviews. Users have the opportunity to comment on articles as well as submit letters to the editor for publication.

Users can browse through articles in campus news, community, perspectives, arts and culture, and sports.

The goal of the website is to reach Grace students in other platforms beyond the print form. “We want to engage students through videos, photos, and interviews,” said Octavia Lehman, the editor-in-chief of the Sounding Board.

“The newspaper is student-run and we want to continue to create conversations about what matters to our student body, and the digital format offers more options to do so.”

According to Lehman, “The website has a two-fold approach: engage students through convergence journalism, as well as allowing a platform for journalism students to practice what they are learning in the classroom.”

Jonathan Haag serves as the web editor. “”The Sounding Board online provides us with an incredible opportunity to advance accessibility and create a forum for readers to interact with our content.  With our website now online we hope, as we explore new technologies, that we become a leader in the field of online college newspapers,” said Haag.

The Sounding Board is published in conjunction with the journalism department at Grace College and Student Affairs.

The Sounding Board exists to glorify God by impacting people’s lives with relevant and timely news that connects them with the campus and the greater community, by providing excellent education in the field of journalism and by acting as a medium of student expression.

The Sounding Board publishes weekly while classes are in session, and is distributed throughout campus.


Grace College Presents 6th Graders with Laura Bush Photos

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Grace College Presents 6th Graders with Laura Bush Photos

WINONA LAKE, IND. – On September 29, Grace College hosted 6th grade students from Jefferson, Leesburg, Madison, and Claypool Elementary Schools.  The students participated in a day-long “Leaners are Leaders” workshop based on topics chosen in partnership with Former First Lady, Mrs. Laura Bush.  The informational day took place at Rodeheaver Auditorium on the Grace College campus, where students focused on three topics; literacy, bullying, and living conditions in Afghanistan.  Several community members led the discussions including Grace College Elementary Education students, DARE Officer Doug Light, and Sergeant Major Jim Houvener.

Following this educational event, 12 students from each school were chosen to meet Mrs. Bush in person on October 6 for a group photo followed by a question and answer session.  The 6th graders enjoyed sharing their favorite books and genres and hearing from Mrs. Bush about what she enjoys reading.

To round out the festivities associated with Mrs. Bush’s visit, on Wednesday, October 26, Dr. John Boal, Chief of Advancement for Grace College, and Professor Laurie Owen, Dean, School of Education, presented the students with their picture with Mrs. Bush.  The 6th grade teachers and principals received a copy of “Old Yeller” signed by Mrs. Bush, as well as a picture for the school.  The signed copy of “Old Yeller” will reside in each schools library.  Grace College is grateful to all of the elementary schools joining the college in welcoming Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush to Kosciusko County.









Grace College Community Wind Ensemble Fall Concert – “Portraits for Wind Ensemble”

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Grace College Wind Ensemble Fall Concert – “Portraits for Wind Ensemble”

Winona Lake, Indiana — The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble will present an evening of music titled “Portraits for Wind Ensemble” on Friday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Rodeheaver Auditorium in Winona Lake. The concert is free and open to the public. A variety of styles from classical to musical theatre will be performed that shows the versatility of the wind band.

The Wind Ensemble will open the concert with March “Grandioso”, a march that has often been featured in parades.  The Grandioso incorporates a theme from the fourteenth of Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies. On November 21, 1930, John Philip Sousa conducted the University of Pennsylvania Band at the student quadrangle in Seitz’s march for the band. Afterwards, Sousa said: “That is one of the best band marches, aside from my own productions, I have ever conducted.”

Second on the program the band will perform one of the most popular of all band compositions. Gustav Holst’s “Second Suite in F for Military Band”.  Gustav Holst‘s second and last suite for concert band, although performed less frequently than the First Suite in E-flat, it is still a staple of the band literature.

Finishing the first half of the program is a new arrangement for wind band. “La Tregenda”, the witches’ dance from the opera Le Villi, by the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. Written in 1864, this exciting instrumental selection from the one-act opera Le Villi occurs in a scene filled with magic and terror. Fast and furious, the music portrays a dance to the death. “La Tregenda” cannot be found in an Italian dictionary— or the vocabulary— today. However, in Italian, leggenda means legend; tragedia means tragedy. It is quite likely the two words were combined to convey the meaning, “the tragic legend.”

Opening the second half of the concert The Wind Ensemble presents “Tchaikovsky Suite”. The movements in “Tchaikovsky Suite” have been taken from Tchaikovsky’s Album for the Young, Op. 39, originally written for piano. James Barnes has selected five pieces including: Russian Folk Song; Morning Prayer; Mazurka; Polka and Waltz.  Delightfully scored for the band and will entertain the audience with each unique movement.

Next “Highlights from Les Miserables” conceived from the idea for a stage musical version of Victor Hugo‘s Les Misérables, which opened at the Palais de Sports in Paris in 1980. The musical opened to acclaim in London in 1985 and on Broadway in 1987. The Broadway production was nominated for twelve Tony Awards and won eight, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.  Les Misérables celebrated its twentieth anniversary in London in October, 2005 and it is the third-longest-running Broadway musical following Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.

Everyone loves a circus and what would a circus be without the spinning, whirlwind music that makes us hold our breath during the tightrope act or gasp at the trapeze artist? The concert finale is The Mystic Call, a circus march by Karl King. King composed this march for circus use, and dedicated it to his friend Charles Duble, a trombonist for numerous circus bands of the early 1900s. As for the title, it is from Masonic ritual, with Karl King having been very active in the Masons and Shrine.

The Grace College Community Wind Ensemble, conducted by Martin Becker, has been presenting concerts under Martin Becker’s baton for the past ten years.  Mr. Becker said “the band will number sixty musicians for this concert and the Rodeheaver Auditorium’s acoustics will be in for a workout.  The instrumentation is outstanding and will feature some of the area’s finest musicians.  The band is made up of Grace College students, community members, and professional musicians. I am looking forward to the performance and encourage everyone’s attendance; this will be one not to miss.”


William P. Gordon Institute and United Way Partner to Host IRS-Endorsed Tax Assistance Program to Kosciusko County

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The William P. Gordon Institute for Enterprise Development through the School of Business at Grace College and the United Way of Kosciusko County will partner again this year to host an IRS endorsed “Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)” Program in Kosciusko County during the months of February and March, 2012.


VITA offers free tax assistance to qualifying taxpayers, usually of lower income, who require assistance in preparing their own tax returns. In order to provide this service, the William P. Gordon Institute and the United Way are seeking volunteers who are willing to help serve the Kosciusko community. Volunteers will undergo certification training, though professional tax preparers may opt out of training and complete a test online for certification.


VITA aims to help working families take advantage of all tax credits for which they are eligible, including earned income tax credit, child tax credits and education credits. This not only assists the individual family, but also increases tax dollars in the county.


William P. Gordon Institute’s VITA Representative Tim Ziebarth said the program is a synergistic opportunity for everyone in our community. “The Gordon Institute in collaboration with Kosciusko County United Way is excited to use VITA as a platform to serve the community. We hope to see Grace students, alumni, and community friends get involved in the VITA program. Volunteers will get a unique hands-on learning experience and the community recipients will benefit from free tax assistance,” he said.


Anyone interested in volunteering as a screener/greeter, tax preparer, or quality control position, or those interested in finding out more about how the VITA program might help them should contact Tim Ziebarth at or by calling (574) 372-5100 ext. 6191.


Grace College Opens Two-Year Henry and Frances Weber School: Locations in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Grace College is moving forward to bring post-secondary education within reach of a larger population. Beginning August 2011, The Henry and Frances Weber School at Grace College will deliver a two-year associate of arts degree in general studies in two locations: Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. Tuition rates for the new program are $3900 per semester.

Dr. Ronald Manahan, president of Grace College, remarked, “To our knowledge this is the only such Christian two-year program available today. This school will offer a cost-effective associate degree to students in urban areas who want a Christian education, and we ultimately look forward to offering this program in a variety of cities.”

Each of the two years will be divided into fall, spring, and summer semesters, each with two eight-week sessions. The program is designed so that students completing the two-year associate degree can continue to the Winona Lake campus or transfer to another college to complete baccalaureate degrees.

Dr. John Teevan has been appointed Executive Director of The Weber School. Teevan came to Grace in 2006 to lead the Prison Extension, which grew to 350 students under his leadership. For more than thirty years before coming to Grace, he was a pastor in Grace Brethren Churches in Ashland, Ohio and Winona Lake, Ind.

“Henry and Frances Weber have served Grace College in a variety of capacities for nearly two decades,” said Teevan. “It’s an honor for our school to be able to give back to them when they have given so richly to us.”

Henry Weber noted that Christian higher education needed “to develop alumni who make their way in the world as successful Christian members of society, no matter what their vocation.” Through The Weber School, Grace plans to help fulfill this charge by lowering the upfront cost of the first two years of college and minimizing barriers to education that many people face.

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies Biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”


Grace College Art Department – Fall 2011 Art Encounters Series

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Grace College’s Art Department is hosting their Fall 2011 Art Encounters series for students in grades 1-12.  The program is directed by Grace graduate, Leah Damon and will begin October 13th and run every Thursday and Saturday through November 5th.  Each class is $35 per student.

The Thursday night series, entitled ‘Art with the Not-So-Famous Masters’ will meet from 4:30pm-6pm in Mount Memorial Hall room 105.  This course will begin on October 13th with classes following on October 20th, 27th, and November 3rd.  In this class, students will be given the opportunity to experiment with a variety of exciting materials such as pastels, plaster wrap, paint, and other mixed media.  Students will be studying the styles and works of some of the not-so-famous artists from history such as Marc Chagall and Alberto Giacometti.  In each class, students will create original works of art in the style of these masters.

The Saturday afternoon series, entitled ‘Sculpture for Kids’ will meet from 12:30pm-2pm in Mount Memorial Hall room 105.  This course will begin on October 15th with classes following on October 22nd, 19th, and November 5th.  This class will involve the study of various sculptural materials and methods including Sculpey Clay, recycled art, and low-relief.  Students will study ancient and contemporary sculpture artists, and will be creating 3-D works of art that incorporate life rendering as well as art from the imagination.

If your child is interested in art or wants to explore in one of these areas be sure to sign them up today.  Again, the program fee for each series is $35 per student which includes six hours of instruction and all materials for one themed course.  To register or for more information contact the Art Department at 574-372-5100 ext. 6022 or email


Mrs. Laura Bush Addresses Freedom and Literacy at Grace College

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush shared her remarks on freedom and literacy before a sold-out crowd of 2,600 people at the Orthopaedic Capital Center on the Grace College & Seminary campus in Winona Lake, Ind., on October 6.  The event was sponsored by Grace College and The Remnant Trust.


Prior to the event, Mrs. Bush took a photo with a select group of 6th graders from four area elementary schools, (Jefferson, Madison, Leesburg and Claypool) who had completed an all-day “Freedom Study” workshop.


Mrs. Bush expressed her beliefs about freedom and literacy while sharing recollections from her years in the White House and beyond.  She pinpointed reading and literacy as “one of the guiding passions” of her life. “I believe that every child in America should learn to read…literacy is an essential foundation for democracy,” said Mrs. Bush.  “Books have the power to shape our journey as a nation,” she continued.


After her remarks, Mrs. Bush participated in a question and answer session with Dr. John Boal, Chief of Advancement for Grace College.  During the session, Mrs. Bush advised college students and job seekers to “read widely” and to try to determine the ways they can be most helpful and constructive in life.  Mrs. Bush concluded the question and answer session by thanking the Warsaw community at large for their warm welcome.


Grace College & Seminary President Dr. Manahan stated “The former First Lady did an excellent job of highlighting the issues important to us if we are to raise up another generation of great Americans.  It was a pleasure to hear Mrs. Bush speak so eloquently and passionately about issues that are on many of our hearts today.  The sold-out audience is a testament to this area’s commitment to education and opportunities for each of its citizens.”


Mrs. Laura Bush is actively involved in issues of national and global concern, with a particular emphasis on education, health care and human rights. She has investigated and showcased successful programs for early childhood education, at-risk youth, global literacy, and preservation of our national parks and our country’s national treasures. And through her travels to more than seventy-six countries, including historic trips to Afghanistan, Mrs. Bush has helped launch groundbreaking educational and healthcare programs for women.


Grace College Sets Enrollment Record with New Accelerated Program

Friday, October 7th, 2011

For the sixth year running, Grace College and Seminary has had steady enrollment increases. 1,568 students have enrolled for the 2011-2012 academic year, topping the 2010 enrollment of 1,411 students by 11% (figures not including prison participants).

Overall enrollment is not the only figure that has increased this year.  With 294 students, the 2011 freshman class is the largest to date for Grace College.  New students total 346, another record-breaking number for Grace, and an increase of over 18% from 2010. Grace’s online programs have experienced dramatic growth since last year, from serving 75 students in 2010 to serving 115 students in 2011, a 53% increase.

Much of the credit for the enrollment increase is due to the Fall 2011 launch of Grace’s innovative three-year accelerated degree program – of the 346 new students enrolled this year, about 47 percent chose to participate in the three-year degree program. In each of its 50-plus major areas of study, Grace now offers students the option of obtaining a bachelor’s degree in three years or obtaining both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years.

With the Reimagine accelerated program, Grace College reinvented the school’s programs to better meet students’ and families’ needs.  The school has restructured the academic year into two eight-week sessions per semester, allowing students to take fewer classes at a time while completing more credits. Additionally, class curriculums have been redesigned to allow for increased practical and applied learning. Grace President Ronald E. Manahan said, “Grace College strives to produce graduates who are relevant, adaptable, and innovative.  Reimagine was Grace’s opportunity to say there’s a better way, and to implement it.  This is an important step for us, and gives students and their families’ greater opportunity.”

Much of the motivation for switching to the accelerated program is due to the concerted effort Grace has made to be sensitive to the financial constraints placed on college students and their families.  “Over the past couple of years we have worked very hard to help meet the financial burden that so many of our families have experienced, and this record new student enrollment seems to be a clear message that the plan is working,” said Grace College Provost Bill Katip.

Grace has gone out of its way to be competitive in the field of higher education in many other ways as well.  The college is expanding its undergraduate academic opportunities with the addition of the environmental science program and a new engineering program through Trine University. These programs are in addition to what Grace has already implemented, such as options for high school students and adults alike (through JumpStart and the GOAL program, respectively), a nursing program through Bethel College, and lower-cost satellite locations through the Henry and Frances Weber School at Grace College.


Night Adventure Race at Grace College

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Metzger Outdoors, KCV Cycling Club, and the Grace College Student Veteran Organization are partnering to host “Nocturnal II: Military Edition.”  This event includes three different races throughout the afternoon and into the evening on October 22.  Nocturnal II is Metzger Outdoors’ fifth adventure race. Past races have drawn over 150 participants from as far away as Arizona. Earlier this year, Metzger Outdoors put on an adventure race called “Destination: Unknown,” which raised over $10,000 for a Grace scholarship. The proceeds from Nocturnal II will go to the Grace Military Fund to assist Grace students who are veterans or military dependents.

Nocturnal II includes a 10-Mile Mountain Bike Trail Race starting at 4 p.m.  Within this race are three divisions: Expert, Sport, and Beginner. Following the Mountain Bike Trail Race, a 5K Evening Trail Race will start at 6 p.m., with divisions broken down by gender and age group.  Finally, for the truly adventurous, the Ridiculous Race will start at 7:30 p.m. and is completely in the dark.  Racers are encouraged to compete in teams, and each team needs one bike.

Prizes will be given for best costume (bikers and runners), coolest bike, and 1st place for each race.  Anyone who finishes all three races will be entered to win a cash prize of $500.  Early registration is through Oct. 15 and is $15/person per race or all three races for $35.  Late Registration, until race day, is $20/person per race or all three races for $50.  In honor of all veterans, there is a military discount of $5 off the total registration fee for reserve, active duty, or retired Military.  Registration is online at

Immediately following the Ridiculous Race, there will be a night bike parade through Winona Lake, and all the racers will get to be a part of a surprise act of kindness. A bonfire and cookout will also take place at Miller Field on the Grace campus.

A U.S. Marine will be at Nocturnal II collecting for Toys for Tots. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

For more information on Nocturnal II: Military Edition, and to register for the event, please visit