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.
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”
Psalm 20 is a powerful statement about God’s faithfulness — Some trust in chariots and some in horses,but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
At Grace University, our students are walking out their faith and learning to trust in God everyday. Our students were born into a culture that tells them that they can pull themselves up by their bootstraps and be a success by relying on no one but themselves. Our students are immensely talented and many could be a success in the world’s eyes on their own, but they want more than that!
I know you will enjoy hearing from Ali and how God has used Grace University to show her His plan for her life and is teaching her how she can trust in Him in all areas. The academic, biblical and spiritual lessons she and other students are learning during their time at Grace will carry them far as they graduate and go into their mission fields.
As we conduct our annual fund drive, I thank you for supporting Ali and other students through your generous gifts and prayers.
Yours for biblically based, Christian higher education,
David M. Barnes, Ed.D
We are so thankful to those of you who pray for and give to our students. During our annual fundraising campaign, which provides the resources our students need to reach the call on their lives, we are asking you to ask God how you can partner with us this year. As God prompts you, we ask you to give.
I hope you enjoy meeting Katy. She is just one of the incredible students who has embraced the Christ-centered education at Grace University and is excited about her future.
Everyday at Grace University, God is using caring professors and staff who are invested in the lives of students. Those of us committed to the mission of Grace feel a tremendous responsibility to assist these amazing students move out to their mission field.
Thank you in advance for helping raise up servant leaders for the home, church and world!
Yours for biblically based, Christ-centered education,
David M. Barnes, Ed.D.
P.S. To give today, click here and mark the Grace Fund on the donation form.
Many adult learners returning to school are excited about Grace University’s online degree programs. But many who are used to a traditional classroom wonder if online is right for them. A lot of the questions relate to course content or communication with faculty and fellow students.
At Grace University, online learning is a dynamic, integrated experience where you will enjoy the benefits of working from any location and customizing your own study schedule. You get the benefit of devoted faculty who are committed to getting to know you on a personal level and developing curriculum to meet your educational needs. Grace University online courses are not a one-size-fits-all class pulled off an academic shelf. Our online courses are customized to give you the same academic rigor and personal development as an on-campus course. Professors actively work with you and communicate with you on a regular basis. You will be working with your fellow students and having in-depth discussions to build a strong support network with your classmates as you earn your degrees and grow together.
And most importantly, your courses will have the same biblical integration as all Grace University courses and you will have professors who care for you and is praying for you and God’s call on your life.
Contact the School of Professional & Graduate Studies or call (402)449-2826 for more information on online degree programs in Business Leadership, Psychology and Christian Ministry and take the next step today.
The Grace University Orality class was invited to be the entertainment for Byron Bible Camp’s fund raiser in Huron, S.D. Seventeen students and volunteers made the 300-mile trip to support the ministry and share the Gospel. The students presented key Bible narratives with different creative orality strategies they learned during the fall semester.
Grace University students give more than 24,000 of community service each year. The students gave their time to serve and this was not part of a class assignment or an extra credit project.
“I talked with the group about the importance of sacrificial serving and doing something without the mindset of entitlement,” said Dr. Tara Rye, dean of women and course instructor. “I am proud of them. The entire class rearranged work schedules and homework to make this trip a reality.” The study of orality is a purposeful way of learning to transmit the Bible through a relational and social way so the stories can spread rapidly as an effective tool for evangelism and discipleship.
“The Bible is God’s word to us and it is 75% story. I am studying orality so that I can learn the stories of the Bible well in order to share them with others in the hopes of leading nonbelievers to Christ, as well as encouraging believers,” said Lauren Witteveen, junior Intercultural Studies major from Washington state. “The majority of people prefer to hear a story over a lecture, so I want to share the Gospel in a way that connects with people by telling Bible stories.”
Grace University has developed an exciting new partnership with the TeamMates Mentoring Program to provide scholarships to deserving students seeking biblically based Christ-centered higher education. Continue reading “Grace Develops Partnership with TeamMates Mentoring Program”
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. Continue reading “Grace Develops Partnership with College Possible”
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. Continue reading “Meet Jeff Banks – Our New Dean of Men”
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”
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”
You’ve felt the Lord calling you to serve. Now, finish your Bachelor of Science degree in Ministry Studies.
The Grace University Ministry Studies program lays a foundation for effective leadership in ministry in as little as 16 months. Continue reading “Ministry Studies: Answering the Call”
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”
“That in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace…” Eph. 2:7
Pastor James Gray spent more than 40 years in ministry and continues to serve in retirement from the pulpit. Continue reading “Touched by Grace”
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 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”
Grace University will cease all academic operations at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. This decision was extremely difficult, and one that was not reached without fervent prayer in seeking God’s will for Grace’s future and before exhausting all attempts to address the University’s financial challenges. We are confident that the decision was necessary at this time to ensure, to the extent possible, the successful completion of the current year and to provide sufficient time for the necessary transition planning for all those affected by the closure. The economic difficulties Grace has encountered over the past several years were due mainly to declining enrollment while initiatives to grow enrollment were unsuccessful. The financial impact of those issues reached a level whereby the amount of cash required to continue operations beyond the current year could not be reasonably attained without putting the University at significant risk.
We thank the administrators, faculty and staff who have served the University so faithfully over its history. We especially thank our current students who, despite the recent institutional challenges, have supported GU by continuing to pursue their educational goals with us. We are also grateful for the many donors whose generosity has also assisted the University over the years. While there must be necessary grieving and sadness with this decision, the Board urges all to balance that with the joy of Grace University’s 75-year legacy of developing thousands of servant leaders for the home, the church and the world. During the remainder of this year, the Board will be exploring other ways in which the legacy of GU can continue through other means.
In the days ahead, the Trustee Board remains committed to the current mission of Grace University and pledges its full support to the administration in the critically important efforts to assist students, faculty and staff through this period of transition. A teach-out plan that will allow students to complete their degrees through specific arrangements with other institutions or through normal transfer procedures is under development. More details on the plan will be forthcoming pending approvals by the Higher Learning Commission and other regulatory agencies.
While this decision has been extremely difficult for the Board and all who are connected to Grace University, we are confident that our God will walk with us and before us though the remainder of this year and beyond. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” In Philippians 4:6 Paul writes, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Grace University Board of Trustees
The announcement was made Monday, March 6 that Grace University will be moving to the former Dana College campus in Blair, NE, May 2018. Students react to this exciting news in the video below. Continue reading “Students React to Grace University’s Move to Blair, NE”
For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again… Proverbs 24:16
The anticipation of finishing up the lion drawing filled me with excitement. I could not wait to share it with the team. At this point, I had spent nearly 21 hours drawing and praying over the team as I created the lion. I only had two small sections left to fill. We were driving along the freeway and I did not want to wait until we arrived at our destination so I pressed on in my drawing. The roads were smooth and I did not think it would interfere. Just as I started to draw, we hit a major bump in the road and I drew a a line across the section that messed up the design I was going to create. At first, I froze and gasped, but then I told myself, “Wait! Just as in life we must embrace the pain in order to grow, how can I embrace this mistake and use it for the glory of God?” I looked at it for a minute said a short, “Help me LORD!” prayer and then I had an idea. It was not the design I had originally intended, but it was beautiful in its own right. When someone gazes at the lion, they would never know that I had messed up when I only had about 10 minutes left in drawing when I had spent a total of 21 and a half hours preparing.
Sometimes, we mess up bad. We hit a major bump in the road, we make a choice that causes us to fall into the pit of sin. We say something we should not have or just choose the wrong path for a season. Instead of fighting God, we need to just embrace it and ask Him to help us move through it. Without our realizing it, it will become a part of God’s great design in how He grows our character. When we embrace our mistakes by owning them this is when God can use them.
Father, please help us to embrace our mistakes and give them over to You!
Simply, Dr. Tara Rye