Grace Moving Forward

Grace 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.

Thank you.

Bill Bauhard, M.S.

Trust in God!

Trust in God!

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
President

Held to a Higher Standard

Held to a Higher Standard

Held to a Higher Standard

Dear alumni and friends,

Just as you are, our students are called to walk out their faith beyond the status quo. This generation of Grace University students is being discipled for a great mission as they take the gospel out to the world. Our students are benefitting from the characteristics of a Grace University education and using that for greatness in the name of our Lord!

I hope you enjoy hearing the testimony of Josh Pace. Josh’s story is that of so many students who felt God’s leading to come to Grace University and found their calling here. Josh has been obedient to the word of God and has been a good steward of the blessings and talents he has been given. I wish you could meet more of our students and hear each testimony.

We are in the midst of our annual campaign to raise the funds needed to support current students like Josh and incoming students who need scholarship funds. We are so thankful because as you pray and give sacrificially, Josh and others will have the support they need to attend the school to which they were called.

Thank you for prayerfully considering how you can help our students and for giving as you are able!

Yours for biblically based, Christian higher education,

David M. Barnes, Ed.D
President

p.s. — Check out what students are learning in Chapel four days a week. Click here

Walking out Exodus 4

Walking out Exodus 4

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.

President

P.S. To give today,  click here and mark the Grace Fund on the donation form.

Online Learning? Is it for you?

Online Learning? Is it for you?

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.

Students Serve South Dakota Ministry

Students Serve South Dakota Ministry

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.”

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. Continue reading “Meet Jeff Banks – Our New Dean of Men”

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”

Embracing the Mistake

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

Click here to order a T-shirt with the lion drawing to support the Israel Team.

“Skies Are Blue” GU Studio Band Project

“Skies Are Blue” GU Studio Band Project

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.

SPOTIFY   GOOGLE   ITUNES   AMAZON

*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)

 

Congratulations to the Donald J. Tschetter Servant Leadership Award Winners

Congratulations to the Donald J. Tschetter Servant Leadership Award Winners

Each year, Grace University faculty select the graduating man and woman who exemplify well-balanced Christian character, outstanding scholarship, and spiritual leadership consistent with the high ideals of Grace University. 

As the winners of this important award, Hunter McNeel, Christian Ministry, and Elisa Castillo, Music Education, were presented with a symbol of the Servant Leadership pyramid of Grace University for showing strong evidence of the following seven characteristics:

  1. A biblically literate student.
  2. A critical thinker.
  3. An obedient disciple of Jesus Christ.
  4. An engaging citizen.
  5. A compassionate leader.
  6. A global Christian.
  7. An equipped professional.

As part of the award process, recipients shared how Grace University helped transform them and identified some of these distinctives that have come true in their lives. 

Hunter shared, “There is nothing that our God cannot do. I have met people from around this world; and with all these people I hear the LORD’s love for them and His plan for them. God is moving around the world in ways beyond us, and I thank God for giving me such globally minded people at Grace to show me this awesome God that I am getting to know.”

Elisa followed with, “If I could summarize the greatest thing I learned during my time at Grace I would say: I learned that only someone who is an obedient disciple of Jesus, who has a surrendered heart, can experience abundant life, the kind of life God intends for us to have. And it is only when we have that kind of heart that other good goals, such as being biblically literate or an equipped professional, make total sense and can be fully met.”

This special award was established to honor Donald J. Tschetter who embodied the University’s mission and faithfully served the Lord at Grace University for 49 years from 1958 through 2007. In honor of their father, the children of Donald J. Tschetter presented the recipients with a financial award.

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