As some of you may be aware, Grace University has been in discussion with representatives of the owner of the property previously occupied by Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. The purpose of these discussions has been to explore the possibility of Grace University relocating its main campus operations to that property. I am very pleased to announce that Grace University has agreed to the terms in a Letter of Intent to relocate to the former Dana College site in Blair, Nebraska. Other organizations will be occupying owner developments adjacent to the campus on the 150-acre plot. Continue reading “Grace University’s Next Chapter in Moving Forward”
Alumni and Friends of Grace,
I am writing today to ask for your prayerful support of our Grace University.
As you know, higher education has undergone many changes over the past few years as a result of the economy, as well as social dynamics. Grace University has not been immune to those changes and the financial challenges associated with them.
With the city’s plan to develop the 10th Street corridor, the value of Grace University’s property has increased significantly over the past couple of years. Coupled with the fact that many of the buildings on the Grace campus have substantial, costly deferred maintenance needs, and dated infrastructure, the board of trustees determined in 2016 that it would be in the best interest of the university to sell our primary assets – our buildings and land.
Interest has been strong, and we have received an offer from Omaha Public Schools. Therefore, we have executed a purchase agreement with OPS for the sale of the buildings, e.g. the Gymnasium, Tschetter Academic Center, Suckau Chapel, Burkholder Center and Schmidt Hall, and open space on that property. Per the agreement, Grace will have full use of the property as it’s currently being used until May 31, 2018.
Grace University’s board of trustees and executive management are currently evaluating various options for the university to continue operations. These options include relocating the school, or merging with another, similar, faith-based institution.
We are in the midst of discussions about possible campus locations, with the goal of enabling Grace to continue its mission to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world.
We ask that you pray that the Lord provides for Grace the resources it needs to continue preparing strong, bold leaders who spread His light where there is darkness in our world. We thank you for your past financial support of the University and ask you to prayerfully consider continued financial support of the school.
Bill Bauhard, M.S.
Grace University’s Studio Band produced and released “Skies Are Blue” this past spring.
All songs on the album (except Holy Night) were written, arranged, and recorded by students in the class. Each student contributed their own unique skills/talents to the songs.
The majority of the music was recorded at Commonwealth Studios throughout the 2015-’16 school year.
It is available at all your favorite online music services.
*Skies Are Blue is the product of the Grace University Studio Band class in Omaha, NE.
Rob Benson (drums)
Andrew Dick (bass guitar)
Brian Dick (electric guitar)
Shamez Foster (lyrics/voice/acoustic guitar)
Obed Gamez (assistant recording engineer)
Christa James (lyrics/voice/cello)
Jana James (voice/violin)
Jon Molina (recording engineer)
Julia Nachtigal (lyrics/voice/piano)
Ryan Nordstrom (lyrics/voice/acoustic guitar)
Andy Stone (lyrics/voice)
The Grace University Band is made up of twenty-four students and community musicians.
Besides performing, the other main component of the trip was creating personal relationships with the Chinese people. Continue reading “Grace University Band in China”
Contributed by Loretta Gamboe, Freshman Class Secretary
The freshman and senior classes hosted a service opportunity in April at the Open Door Mission in Omaha.
“It was really encouraging to see so many people willing to dedicate their time to getting involved in the community,” said Tate Bredenkamp, freshman class president . “We didn’t even know what we would be doing when we got to the Mission, but people still came, willing to serve any way they could.”
The morning began with a quick trip to Olsen’s Bakery for a few dozen donuts, and soon after that students left for the Open Door Mission. Upon their arrival, students toured the facilities before proceeding to the Timberlake Outreach Center. This donation center is where families in need can come to get things like food, clothing, and bedding. Students sorted men’s clothing and organized women’s clothing. A few people helped to fold and organize bedding, and the rest of the students helped carry things to the cars of people being served by the donation center. Before leaving, the students also took the initiative to help organize the toy area.
Courtney Duba, the freshman class treasurer, said that it was “wonderful to see college students making an impact in the community with an organization that helps those in need.”
In one semester alone, through the Grace University Servant Leadership Training Program, students have given more than 8,100 hours of service to the community.
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.