Introducing Four New Royals Coaches

Introducing Four New Royals Coaches

Four new coaches are joining the Grace University team in 2015: Kim Karabatsos, head baseball coach; Paul Osborne, head men’s soccer coach; Kathleen Brown, Ph.D., inaugural head softball coach; and Rich Locke, head women’s soccer coach.

Coach Karabatsos completed the 2015 GU baseball season as head coach and is honored to be named director of athletic advancement. Previously, he served as an assistant baseball coach at Grace University, assistant varsity baseball coach at Leland High School in San Jose, Calif., and as summer coach of the USA Baseball Northern California teams. He received recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2015 for 25 years of coaching baseball. Coach Karabatsos’s father is from Fairbury, Neb., and his mother is from Geneva, Neb.

Coach Osborne has been part of the Grace University men’s soccer program since 2002, serving as an assistant coach for six years. Osborne also played soccer as a Grace University Royal, starting every match during his 2002 freshman season and helped Grace win its first-ever NCCAA Regional Championship and reach its first NCCAA National Tournament.

Coach Brown will lead the inaugural season of Grace Royal softball. She played four years of intercollegiate softball at Peru State College while earning her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with endorsements in secondary education and coaching. As an assistant softball coach, she earned her Master of Science in education at Peru State in 2008.  She then went on to get her Doctorate of Education in sports management with an emphasis in sports leadership from the United State Sports Academy (Alabama) in 2012.

Coach Brown will also serve as assistant athletic director at Grace University. She was assistant athletic director/senior women’s administrator (SWA) and director of marketing and promotions for the University of Minnesota Crookston in 2014-15. Coach Brown taught sports law and facilitated the coaching practicum classes for the sports management program at UMC in 2014-15. She will teach courses in Grace University’s new sports management concentration.​

Coach Locke has more than 30 years of playing and coaching experience. He played competitive soccer in high school and continued his playing career at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He has coached the under-19 boys’ and girls’ teams and also coached the women’s club soccer team at the U.S. Naval Academy for two seasons. Locke served 20 years in the United States Navy as a naval submarine officer before retiring in 2000. Most recently, he worked for the United States Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base before retiring in July, 2015.

“With the addition of these four new coaches to our Royal family, I believe we are well equipped to develop each of our student-athletes in their respective programs with their spiritual growth, academic excellence and athletic achievement,” said Willie Williams, athletic director at Grace University. “I am very excited to see the contribution that our athletic department and its staff will have in our Grace University community.”

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is an accredited, private Christian university offering 20 academic programs with 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, communication studies, 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.

Bonswa zanmim!

Bonswa zanmim!

Bonswa zanmim! means “Good afternoon my friend” in Creole.

Meghan Ward ’15 is interning in an orphanage in Haiti as she walks out the Grace University mission to be a servant leader in the home, church and world. She is sharing the love of Jesus by helping out with physical therapy, meals and activities, primarily with the 30 children at the orphanage who have special needs.

Check out what Meghan has to report:

“Generally, we start our mornings off by taking a few of the special needs kids out for a walk around the neighborhood.  The rest of our mornings are primarily dedicated to physical therapy.  Our afternoons are less structured, which has allowed to hangout in a more chill setting.  We have really loved having the freedom to do random activities such as jump roping with typical kids, holding sweet babies, or investing in special needs kids one-on-one.  It’s been crazy to see how much the Lord has multiplied our love for these kids in the short amount of time that we have been here.  HE IS SO GOOD!”

Grace Develops Partnership with College Possible

Grace Develops Partnership with College Possible

As part of our mission to develop servant leaders for the home, church and world, Grace University has developed a partnership with College Possible to serve low-income students in our community.

College Possible is a national nonprofit organization making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Mentors guide high school students as they prepare for college during weekly sessions throughout their junior and senior years. The program leads students through the college application process, financial aid and scholarship forms, and the transition to college. Coaching continues during college and students are mentored in study skills, financial literacy, and job acquisition.

“Grace University is dedicated to ensuring financial obstacles do not keep deserving students from reaching God’s plan for their lives,” said David Barnes, Ed.D., president of Grace University. “Our partnership with College Possible will help remove barriers for students seeking biblically based Christ-centered education.”

There are more than 250 College Possible students currently in Omaha making progress toward earning their degrees. Grace University is excited to join the nine other colleges in the Midwest partnering with College Possible to serve deserving students.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is an accredited, private Christian university offering 20 academic programs with 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, communication studies, 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.

Meet Jeff Banks – Our New Dean of Men

Meet Jeff Banks – Our New Dean of Men

Jeff Banks has joined Grace University as the new Dean of Men.

A native of Scottsbluff, Neb., Banks has served in the pastoral ministry for 20 years, the last nine as the pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship Evangelical Free Church in Greenfield, Iowa. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Dallas Theological Seminary.

“The Student Development Office recognized that Jeff was a uniquely gifted man with a humble heart and impressive track record of servant leadership,” Dr. Gary L. Nebeker, vice president, Christian formation and student services said. “We are honored and humbled to have him on our team. We know that God will use him in powerful ways on our campus.”

Married for 22 years, Banks and his wife, Dana, have two sons.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is an accredited, private Christian university offering 20 academic programs with 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, communication studies, 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.

New Online Degree Programs Approved

New Online Degree Programs Approved

Grace University is pleased to announce that the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has approved the university’s change request application for two online adult degree completion programs. Beginning in the fall of 2015, adult degree completion students have the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree in business leadership or psychology totally online. Continue reading “New Online Degree Programs Approved”

Family Ties Strong for Students at Grace

Family Ties Strong for Students at Grace

Longtime photography studio owner Dennis Applegarth understands the value of education. But because he also values time spent with his children, Applegarth pursued higher education alongside his three children at Grace University.

This spring, he graduated with one of them, and in 2012, he did the same. Continue reading “Family Ties Strong for Students at Grace”

Grace University Adds Theatre Concentration

Grace University Adds Theatre Concentration

Karl Pagenkemper, Grace University vice president of academic affairs is pleased to announce the addition of a theatre concentration beginning with the 2015 academic year.

“Grace has a multitude of students with a theatrical gift,” Pagenkemper said. “Adding theatre is a natural progression, as music and performing arts continue to thrive at this university.” Continue reading “Grace University Adds Theatre Concentration”

Grace University Welcomes New Women’s Basketball Coach

Grace University Welcomes New Women’s Basketball Coach

The Grace University Athletic Department is pleased to announce Chaia Huff as Grace University’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Chaia has a heart for Christian higher-learning and investing in young women through sports. She is committed to developing servant leaders for the home, church and the world through the avenue of intercollegiate basketball. We are confident she will help our student-athletes learn how to succeed on the court, in our Grace community, and most importantly, in life. Continue reading “Grace University Welcomes New Women’s Basketball Coach”

Grace University Receives Enrollment Growth Award

Grace University Receives Enrollment Growth Award

Grace University has been awarded the Jonathan N. Thigpen Enrollment Growth Award from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). The award stems from Grace University experiencing a 29 percent growth rate in enrollment in the 2013-2014 school year. The award was presented to Dr. David Barnes, university president, at the 68th annual meeting of the ABHE in February. Continue reading “Grace University Receives Enrollment Growth Award”