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Completing Your Degree at Grace University Has Never Been More Valuable

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A college degree has never held more value. This is an especially important message for the nearly two-thirds of Omahans (65%) who have not earned a bachelor’s degree.

Data analysis completed by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington shows that the pay gap between college graduates and those without degrees reached an all-time high in 2013. The contrast is startling – those with a four-year college degree earn 98% more on average than their counterparts without a degree.

“We talk to adults every day in the Omaha area who have a goal of completing their college degrees, but they don’t see a clear path to getting there,” said Dr. David Barnes, president of Grace University. “It is not for lack of desire or commitment, they just haven’t found a program that fits their work life and personal life.”

“The exciting news is that Grace University has flexible and affordable opportunities for the many adults in Omaha who have always wanted to complete a four-year degree but didn’t,” Barnes added.

Grace University is forming adult degree completion classes right now in business leadership, psychology and ministries. Students can complete their degrees in as little as 16 months.

“We offer adult learners a clear path to achieve their degrees and advance their careers, with the added benefit of doing so within the context of a faith-based, Christian environment,” Barnes said.

To learn more about how to earn credit for your life experiences and earn your bachelor’s degree, call 402-449-2826 or visit www.graceuniversity.com.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is a regionally accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.

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Spring Musical Boasts a Foot-Stompin’ Good Time

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Grace University students are preparing for opening night of this year’s spring musical, Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” The entire production took shape in just 20 days — from the first rehearsal to opening night Fri., Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.

The musical is being directed and produced by the father-daughter team of Mackenzie Dehmer and Dr. Greg Zielke, director of the Grace University Music Department. Dr. Zielke also is the conductor and Artistic Director for the Omaha Symphonic Chorus.

Dehmer said she learned more from directing “Oklahoma!” than from any show in previous years. “To me, ‘Oklahoma!’ is about choosing to have hope and make the right decisions even when life is hard. It’s about choosing to enjoy the simple gifts God has given us: a beautiful sunrise or a moonlit night. It’s about choosing to get along with one another. It’s about choosing to be faithful and honorable. All of these choices make up who we are. We may not make the right choice the first time; many of these characters do not and they must learn lessons the hard way,” she said.

More than 75 students and community volunteers are involved in this year’s production. Performances are at the Suckau Chapel on the Grace University campus located at 840 Pine St. in Omaha on Jan. 23-24 and Jan. 30-31 are at 7 p.m. The show Jan. 25 is 6 p.m. and the Feb. 1 show is at 3 p.m.; doors open at 45 minutes prior to the show. Plenty of free parking is available.

Reserved tickets are $10, and general admission tickets are $5. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.graceuniversity.edu/musical. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door.

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Suicidal Man Receives Life-saving Note from Grace Student

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Six homeless residents in downtown Omaha were recently given a rather unique gift – a handwritten note, ham sandwich and a smile, delivered by Grace University student LaQuana Billingsley.

The good Samaritan student later learned that one of the sandwich recipients – Fred Shafer – was suicidal that day. Her small gesture of kindness changed his life. As a result, Fred ended up at Omaha’s Open Door Mission in a class taught by Dr. Tara Rye, Grace University’s Dean of Women. During this time, Shafer shared his story of a young woman who saved his life. He wanted to thank her.

Last month Shafer and Billingsley had a chance to meet. Smiles were exchanged; and the original handwritten note – still intact. The note was signed Yeshua AKA Jesus.

This story recently ran in the Omaha World Herald. Check out the full story.

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Missionaries-in-Training Visit Agricultural Center

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Training missionaries is the primary focus of the Intercultural Studies Department. Students are being trained to serve in traditional foreign mission settings as well as being trained to serve in intercultural settings within businesses, church ministries, community development and education.

“Our focus on developing the next generation of evangelical leaders on the mission field has not changed since my days as a student at Grace,” said Dr. Mike Schmidt, Intercultural Studies Department Chair. “My goal is to provide opportunities to prepare students for the ministry they will be doing domestically and internationally as they serve as missionaries.”

During a recent field trip, Intercultural Studies students and faculty visited Jonathan Dodd and learned about his ministry, Keipos. This ministry focuses on a gospel-centered perspective as it trains missionaries heading to areas with alternative technologies who will be working with people groups who do not have secure or high-nutrition food sources. Dodd has developed an agricultural center south of Omaha where he trains, educates and disciples people in gospel-centered practices related to hospitality, food and farming.

“We want our Intercultural Studies students to learn through relevant studies, relationships, and real-life experiences,” said Dr. Schmidt. “By connecting them with missionaries in our community, they can learn the skills they need to spread the Gospel in the urban and rural areas around the globe.”

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Students Challenged During Annual Bible Conference

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During the annual Bible Conference, students were challenged to think about how multi-ethnic relationships and cultural conflicts impact ministries and their ability to reach others with the Gospel.

“The Bible Conference is an important component of a Grace University education,” said Dr. Gary Nebeker, Vice President of Christian Formation and Student Services. “We want our students to have a distinctly Christian worldview about the role of race and culture in ministry.”

Featured speakers at the event were Dr. Mark DeYmaz and Dr. Harry Li from Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. DeYmaz is the founding pastor of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas, multi-ethnic and economically diverse church where people from more than 30 nations serve and worship God together. Dr. Li is the Campus Pastor and a Teaching Pastor of The Mosaic Church of Little Rock, where he has been shepherding a very unique and diverse body of believers for more than 12 years.

Workshops and break-out sessions at the Bible Conference explored relevant topics such as how to transform the Christian community, if there a mandate to have a multi-ethnic church, and the power of the Gospel to overcome cultural barriers.

“We are training all of our students to be missionaries,” said Dr. Nebeker. “It is exciting to have seasoned servants come to campus and give our students insight into how God can use their skills for His glory.”

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is a regionally accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education

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Grace University Presents Festival of Christmas Scholarship Concert

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Get into the spirit of the season by attending Grace University’s annual Festival of Christmas Scholarship Concert on Saturday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., Omaha, Neb.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the Grace University scholarship fund. The Lincoln East High School choir along with Grace University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, and instrumental ensembles will perform.

Concert tickets are available for $10. Tickets for the 6 p.m. dinner and concert are $75 each or $550 for a table of 8. For concert and/or dinner tickets, visit www.graceu.edu/christmas, call (402) 449-2922 or email Kathy Walter at kwalter@graceu.edu. Dinner tickets must be purchased by December 1. Concert tickets will be available at the door.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is a regionally accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.

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Royal Racers Raise Funds to Study Abroad

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RunningRoyals5KDuring the Running with the Royals 5K walk/run, students, faculty, staff and members of the community teamed up to raise funds for a study-abroad trip to Israel scheduled for May.

Participants dressed in their finest Prom attire for the race through Little Italy and the Dahlman Neighborhood. Continue reading

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Donor Blesses Music Department

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MarimbaGrace University has seen God’s miraculous blessing as we have worked to expand opportunities for our music students.

One of our most pressing issues is being able to train musicians and music educators on the type of instruments they will be using professionally. Our students were in need of a 5-octave marimba so they could play today’s repertoire of percussion arrangements.

For the past 2.5 years, many faithful donors have helped us raise $7,500 to purchase a new marimba. But when we found ourselves needing to order the marimba, we were $5,000 short.

Then God provided a miracle! Continue reading

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Faculty Member Keynote Speaker at Alcohol and Drug Awareness Breakfast

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2014102495083057As part of Grace University’s continued effort to develop servant leaders and lead by example, faculty regularly serve within the community.

Jim Santoro, Dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, was the keynote speaker at the Bellevue Drug Commission’s recent Alcohol and Drug Awareness Breakfast. Santoro, a licensed professional counselor, discussed the importance of educating our children and their parents on the dangers of alcohol and drug use as well as the importance of team work between parents, teachers, law enforcement and counselors. He spoke to more than 75 people of all ages during the annual event where community members are honored for their commitment to preventing substance abuse. Continue reading

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38 Organizations Participate in 2014 SLT Fair

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By: Dale Kramer, Senior Communication and Psychology major

14992053227_89518b0d02_kGrace University held its 2014 Servant Leadership Training (SLT) Fair on Friday, September 5, on campus in the Jim Classen Gymnasium. The fair provided an opportunity for vendors to meet Grace students and set them up with service roles in their respective ministries.

The SLT program is a key distinctive of a Grace University education. As part of each academic program, students volunteer each week to gain ministry and leadership experience. Each year, students give more than 20,000 hours of service to the community. Continue reading

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