Completing Your Degree at Grace University Has Never Been More Valuable

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. Continue reading “Completing Your Degree at Grace University Has Never Been More Valuable”

Spring Musical Boasts a Foot-Stompin’ Good Time

Oklahoma!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. Continue reading “Spring Musical Boasts a Foot-Stompin’ Good Time”

Suicidal Man Receives Life-saving Note from Grace Student


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.