Posts Tagged ‘Grace College’

David Sumpter Interview

Friday, April 6th, 2012

This week we had the opportunity to speak with David Sumpter.  He is a Junior and member of our Student Veteran’s Organization.  He was one of our first active members, and served as the Organization’s vice president in 2010. He holds ratings in a variety of martial arts, and is the part owner of a martial arts school in Warsaw.  We are thankful that he took time out of his schedule as a father, student, husband, business owner and trainer in order to help lead the fledgling Grace SVO.


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born in Bradenton FL but moved to Warsaw Indiana before High school.  After graduating, I joined the Navy, where I served as a hospital Corpsman 6 1/2 years.  I served at Naval stations on both coasts, but never on ship or overseas. I have been married for almost 10 yrs and have a 6 month old baby girl named Lilianna. I go to Grace full time, and am a part owner of Relentless Martial Arts Academy with my wife, Rachel, and a fellow veteran, Brandon Hunter. On my days off I work at Dunham’s Sports.

What degree are you studying for at Grace College, and how long have you been here?

I have been studying Sports management at Grace College for almost 2 years.  I plan to use my degree to help my martial arts school.

What drew you to Grace College?

One of the main reasons I chose to come to Grace was because I had a desire to improve my spiritual walk with Christ. Additionally, I knew people that have attended Grace College in the Past.

Why would you recommend Grace College to a prospective military student?  

I would recommend Grace to Military members because the Veteran’s Affairs team here has a wide range of experience in dealing with the problems that military students encounter while in college.  If they can’t personally assist with an issue, they know who to talk to so that your problem is resolved as quickly as possible.

How would you like to see the veteran program change as it faces the next few years? 

I would like to see the SVO expand further.  I think that it would be cool if we could get an applied learning class developed which would bring military students together in an organized learning environment.


I appreciate David taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions.  Before I sign off, I should note that Relentless Martial Arts offers a military discount, and a free first week of classes!  Additionally, I hope that all of our fantastic members have a blessed Easter weekend and Resurrection Sunday.

SVO Competition at Purdue University

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Coming up on the 14th of April, the leadership of the Grace College Student Veteran’s Organization will be heading down to Purdue University in West Lafayette Indiana.  There, we will take part in the Operation Diploma grant competition , an initiative of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University.  We will be competing alongside other regional student veteran groups for a grant of up to $2000.  The past two years in a row our SVO has done very well in the competition, and we are hoping to continue our success in 2012.

A few examples of projects funded at least in part by MFRI grant money are Organization gatherings, new student welcome-packets, and the John Schumacher chapel event.  These projects have helped shape success in our organization as we reach out to our members, the campus and the community as a whole.  John Schumacher was fantastic for raising campus-wide awareness, and the welcome packets helped our students adjust to a new area.  Over the past several weeks we have been busy composing and refining our group’s presentation.  In it, we have covered the background and history of our Organization, in addition to our current administrative practices, our yearly budget, and our long-term goals for member recruitment and sustainment.  As we have composed outlines and prepared slideshows, we have closely examined our operational records from our past two years of existence.  This has helped our leadership develop a plan based off of the group’s current and past challenges and successes.

As we anticipate a potential boost in this year’s funds, I would like to take this opportunity to ask for feedback.  The leadership of the SVO here at Grace College and Seminary has a tentative budget prepared to present to the Military Family Research Institute on April 14th.  However, I would like to hear what our members think.  How would you like to see a grant used to benefit our organization?    Feedback is important.  The more we hear from you the members, the more the leadership can tailor the organization to be one that reflects the unique personalities and strengths of Grace College’s military students!


-Marshall Vondy

Veteran’s Affairs Student Worker


Local Business Discounts

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Kosciusko County is home to many local businesses which eagerly support military members and veterans.  I’ve mentioned a few of them here, and I hope that you will acknowledge their generosity by frequenting their locations of business.

The “Big R” located on 3660 Commerce Drive in Warsaw offers a “Military Mondays program, where on  the 2nd Monday of each month; card carrying veterans receive 10% off their entire purchase; special order, sale items, firearms and ammunition excluded.

The Pizza Shoppe”, located on 3632 Commerce Drive in Warsaw offers 10% off to military cardholders.  I should note that their pizza is absolutely fantastic, and their service is always friendly.

Culvers”, on N. Parker Street in Warsaw offers military cardholders a 10% meal discount.  My personal favorite “fast food” resteraunt, Culvers turns out excellent hamburgers and delicious frozen custard.  They offer a personable staffa and a clean and comfortable dining environment.

We are always on the lookout for businesses which offer military discounts, and if any of your favorites happen to be military-friendly, be sure to let us know about them so that we can share them with other Indiana veterans.  Check our Veterans Discount page often as we continue to add more businesses.


-Marshall Vondy

Veteran’s Affairs Student Worker (And Pizza Eater)