An Important Message from Dr. Jim Eckman

Dear alumni and friends,

Change is not something I especially appreciate. I love life when it is stable, predictable and orderly. But living in a fallen, broken world means that change is the norm and instability, temporary dysfunction and re-orientation more frequent than we desire. Grace University is undergoing one of those periods of change and instability. David Barnes has resigned as president and the Board of Trustees has asked me to re-engage with Grace. I retired nearly four years ago and have developed a number of ministries in which I am deeply involved. In addition to my adjunct teaching, I am on staff at my church part time and intensely involved in teaching four Bible studies throughout Metro Omaha. I am also engaged in several writing projects and in a mentoring ministry. However, I love Grace University, having devoted a significant portion of my adult life to this ministry. So, I have agreed to advise the Trustee Board and assume a leadership role in development at Grace.

The faculty and staff of Grace University remain deeply committed to the mission of Grace: To develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically-integrated education and through life change in a personal, discipling environment, all for the glory of God.To sustain this mission, the Board has embarked upon a significant re-structuring and re-organizing of the University, and has also launched a critical analysis of nearly every aspect of the University. jim-eckmanFor example, the Board is assessing Grace’s entire athletic program, which grew significantly over the last three years. Further, the Board is analyzing the scholarship and discounting-of-tuition program at the undergraduate level, which has also grown over the last three years. The Board strongly believes that significant changes need to occur in each of these areas, which will necessitate additional adjustments and the re-allocation of University funds.

As President Emeritus, I remain deeply committed to Grace’s mission, to the faculty and staff, and to the students, both undergraduate and graduate. I have continued to teach at Grace as an adjunct professor and have led mentoring groups with some of the men at Grace. In dependence on the Lord, the future of Grace is bright. We are graduating 97 students this year, who will be change-agents for Christ. Graduate and adult-learner enrollment for fall looks strong as do key undergraduate programs. Over the years, through your prayers and your gifts, you have demonstrated support for the mission of Grace University. I am asking you to heighten that support. We need you to partner with us in meeting the financial needs of Grace for these upcoming summer months. Our need is quite significant and I am inviting you to do two things for me:

  • Commit to praying for Grace daily this summer. Pray for the Board as they analyze and reorganize each aspect of the University. Pray for our faculty as they teach, prepare and invest in our students. Pray that God will provide out of His abundant grace the funds needed for the critical summer months.
  • Commit to a sacrificial gift to Grace University to sustain the school during these summer months. I am asking you to be as generous as you can possibly be to meet this need.

Thank you so much for your prayers and your financial support of Grace University. We are doing important and eternally significant Kingdom work at Grace. Your partnership with us in this ministry will yield eternal dividends for God’s Kingdom work at Grace University. Thank you.

In His mighty grasp,

James P. Eckman, Ph.D.
President Emeritus

Grace Students Serve at Open Door Mission

Contributed by Loretta Gamboe, Freshman Class Secretary

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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. 20160408_114409 (2)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.

Opportunities for Veterans at Grace University

Thank you. Two words not uttered enough today – especially to those who selflessly gave their time and talents to serve our country. Veterans, Grace University thanks you. Now, let us serve you – online or on campus.

“At Grace, veterans will get individualized attention and support to further develop and employ their talents in service and leadership,” said Jim Santoro, Air Force veteran and Dean of Grace University’s Adult Degree Completion Program. “Our mission is to develop servant leaders who will take their faith into their professions.”

In addition to having full-time veteran counselors on staff, Grace offers free tutoring for veterans and hosts a Student Veterans Association chapter on campus.

“We are very proud to be recognized as a Military Friendly school,” adds Santoro.

Grace University offers ACE credit for training and experiences as well as CLEP and/or DSST exams. This allows students to complete their degree sooner and with less out-of-pocket expense. Scholarships and tuition discounts are also available.

The School of Professional and Graduate Studies offers online and on campus bachelor’s degrees in Business Leadership, Ministry Studies, and Psychology in the Adult Degree Completion Program. Graduate students can earn master’s degrees in Education, Teaching, Counseling (concentrations in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling) and Christian Ministries (concentrations in biblical studies, theological studies, ministry leadership, counseling ministry and rural church ministry).

To learn more about how to earn credit for your military experiences and earn your degree, call 402-449-2826 or click here.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is a regionally accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs 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.

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

The Professional Benefits of Completing Your Degree at Grace University

Maybe you’ve been contemplating completing your degree for a while now, but aren’t quite sure if the time and financial investments are worth it. Let us tell you, there’s never been a better time to finish your bachelor’s degree online or oncampus at Grace University.  Here are three reasons why:

1. Relationships

The Adult Degree Completion program at Grace University uses a cohort style of learning. That means as you advance through your program, you’ll be working primarily with the same group of students. The relationships you will build with your cohort peers will provide you with a new network of professionals in your field. In addition, collaboration and teamwork brings the group together, building trust and a personal connection that will last well beyond graduation day.

2. A New Point of View

Completing your degree will not only help you advance in your current career or begin a new career, it will also bring a new point of view to your life. In the Adult Degree Completion program, students learn the newest ideas and strategies in their field of study. As you flex your critical thinking skills within your cohort groups, you’ll also be better apt to lead and communicate within your current position and employee team.

3. Leadership Development

Grace University’s mission is to develop servant leaders who will take their faith into their professions. The faculty are dedicated to strengthening your leadership skills and willing to help as you balance your professional, family and student life. Your time management skills will be sharpened as you build your schedule around work, studies and family – making you more efficient personally and professionally after graduation.

To learn more about how to earn credit for your life experiences and earn your bachelor’s degree online or on campus, call 402-449-2826 or visit www.graceuniversity.com.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is regionally accredited as well as accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) as a private Christian university. Education opportunities abound with more than 40 diverse undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs including education, business, psychology, professional counseling, 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.