Archive | October, 2012

LeRoy Stucky

LeRoy J. Stucky

Posted on 29 October 2012 by vunruh

LeRoy J. Stucky, 83, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Oct. 26, 2012.  He was born April 23, 1929, at Pretty Prairie the son of Rudolph J. and Emma Kaufman Stucky. A longtime resident of Pretty Prairie, previously of South Hutchinson, he was a retired minister, farmer, and writer.

He was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Pretty Prairie.

On Aug. 7, 1954, he married Marilyn I. Amstutz at Bluffton, Ohio. Other survivors include sons, Dennis and Lynn; daughter, Kathy Trim; brother, Delmer; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers, Elmer, Martin, Gilbert, Philip, Harvey, and a twin brother, Roy and sisters, Selma, Mabel, Lillie and Ruth.

Committal services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the First Mennonite Church Cemetery followed by memorial services at 2:00 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church, Pretty Prairie. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman, with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM), or the First Mennonite Church, both in care of the funeral home.

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Is it Still Missions?

Is it Still Missions?

Posted on 26 October 2012 by admin

After almost two decades on the field with Serving in Mission (SIM) in Niger, West Africa, Dr. Mike Schmidt ’87 has returned to Grace University to serve as Intercultural Studies Director. Mike is excited to put his stamp on the long tradition of cross-cultural ministry training at Grace.  His education in world missions from Dallas Theological Seminary, his doctorate in missiology from Biola University, and his experience ministering to the Tuareg people brings a valuable addition to the mission emphasis of Grace.

“The field of Intercultural Studies, coupled with Grace’s enduring commitment to strong biblical foundations in all programs, is a great combination for developing graduates who can make a difference in the world through Christian organizations, as well as international government agencies and businesses,” explained Mike.

Grace’s International Studies program exposes students to the latest in cultural theories, trends and movements in missiology, and gives students a real-life, hands-on, cross-cultural ministry experience in Omaha and through a semester study abroad program.  The EDGE program will be enhanced through additional opportunities abroad and the domestic side will become intentionally cross-cultural.

Mike Schmidt has returned to Omaha with his wife LaRae and their two children. While in rural Niger, they worked together to build a relational ministry using literacy, agriculture, health and children’s ministries as a means to share the Gospel. And Mike was a key leader in Niger responsible for SIM’s surgical hospital, food security interventions and church planting ministries. They are excited to be back at Grace and look forward to the new opportunities for ministry in Omaha.

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Inauguration Highlights

Inauguration Highlights

Posted on 26 October 2012 by admin

During a great celebration with students, faculty, staff, friends, family, and delegates, Dr. David Barnes was installed as Grace University’s 11th president during a formal inauguration convocation on Friday, Sept. 28, in the Suckau Chapel.

Dr. Barnes addressed guests and shared his vision for the future of Grace University, as he builds on the foundation brought forth by the university’s founders who came from across the Midwest to meet at Omaha’s Flatiron Hotel in 1943.

A highlight of the ceremony was reflections from Dr. Jared Burkholder. Dr. Burkholder shared his memories of being a “President’s Kid” as the son of one of the founders and former president of Grace University. Dr. Burkholder served at Grace University for 20 years before retiring from his post as Vice President for Student Services. Dr. Burkholder has had the privilege to know personally all 11 university presidents.

Additional highlights were a solo from Tim Clark, executive director of Love’s Jazz and Arts Center, and wonderful music from the Chorale and instrumental ensembles.

Participants included delegates from other academic institutions, Board of Trustees, Foundation Board, faculty and staff, key community members, students and Dr. Barnes’s family.

Dr. Barnes has been serving Grace University for the past four months after moving from his post as Dean of the School of Education and Professor of Education at the Phoenix, Arizona, site of Ottawa University based in Ottawa, Kansas.

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Used Your Alumni Card Lately?

Used Your Alumni Card Lately?

Posted on 26 October 2012 by admin

Alumni have special privileges on campus. Make sure to use your Alumni Card and enjoy:

  • Grad Alumni Grant to help pay for graduate classes.
  • Grewcock Library where you can relax with a great book.*
  • Donovan Fitness Center and the track for a fantastic workout.*
  • Athletic events where you can meet up with friends and cheer on the Royals.

We can’t wait to see you on campus!

*An ID card is requiredto enter these facilities and to check out library materials.  Contact the Office Manager for Student Services at (402) 449-2923 to arrange for a card or to access the basketball courts.  There is a one-time $15 ID fee, unless you still have your student ID card.  In that case, it is $5 to replace the front sticker to change your status.

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Festival of Christmas Scholarship Concert

Festival of Christmas Scholarship Concert

Posted on 26 October 2012 by admin

Join us for a fantastic night of music as you help raise money for student scholarships. During the Festival of Christmas scholarship concert you will enjoy the music of :

  • Chorale
  • Concert Band
  • Women’s Choir
  • Chamber Singers
  • Instrumental Ensembles
  • Columbus High School Choir

Proceeds go to support student scholarships. The event begins with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Witherspoon Concert Hall at the Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. RSVP at GraceU.edu/Christmas

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FREE Band Concert

FREE Band Concert

Posted on 26 October 2012 by admin

Join us on campus Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in Suckau Chapel (840 Pine Street) for a FREE concert featuring Artisans in Brass.

Artisans in Brass is a quintet of Christian professionals who use their talents to exalt Jesus Christ through the performance of the finest brass literature. Grace University is excited they are sharing their talents with musicians on campus during the Band Festival. After a day of music clinics, a free concert will conclude the event.

This Final Concert is the highlight of the Grace University Band Festival and includes performances from:

  • Grace University Band
  • Artisans in Brass
  • Grand Finale performed by the Festival Band including students from Omaha Homeschool Advanced Band, Omaha Christian Academy, Blue Ridge Christian School, and Sioux Falls Christian High School

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Alumnus Gives Back

Alumnus Gives Back

Posted on 26 October 2012 by admin

Gregg Mattox, president of the Alumni Association, invites you to join fellow alumni by partnering with the University through the Alumni Association.

“Serving on the Alumni committee has been rewarding, but it has been challenging at the same time.  I have been blessed to be part of a creative committee who want to help people connect and try new ideas.  On the other hand, I have also had to learn to come out of my comfort zone.  I have had to ask for help several times and I have had to accept the word ‘no’ on more than one occasion.  Living is always about learning.”

Gregg is serving his second year on the Grace University Alumni Association committee and his first year as president.

“Attending Grace was an important time in my life as my spiritual development was sparked.  Serving on the committee allows me assist the institution that God used to impact me,” said Gregg.  “As the committee is tasked with bridging the past with the future, there is plenty of work to do.  With God’s help, that bridge will be constructed.  As we move closer to homecoming weekend, I continue to look forward to listening, learning, and sharing how God continues to work.”

To learn how you can be a part of this great group, contact Verleen Unruh at 402-449-2878 or VUnruh6980@GraceU.edu.

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Vernon H. Buller

Posted on 25 October 2012 by vunruh

Vernon H. Buller ‘45, 88, died August 26, 2012, in Tahlequah, Okla. Vern was born June 6, 1924, to life on a farm in Orienta, Okla., and graduated from Oklahoma Bible Academy in 1942. The next year he taught first through eighth grades in a small rural school. His love for teaching then took him to Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, Neb. He went on to graduate with a B.A. in English from Goshen College in 1950, continuing his education at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., earning his Master’s Degree in Theology.

During seminary, Vern served as the Director of Music at McCoy Baptist Church, Elkhart, Ind., from 1947 to 1953. He served as pastor of Mt. Olivet Mennonite Church in Huron, S.D., from 1954 to 1961. He went on to become the Director of Public Relations for Grace College of the Bible from 1961 to 1968, and continued with Grace as the Director of Development from 1968 to 1979. Vern moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1979 where he worked as Director for Capital Gifts (Institutional Division) for Resource Services, Inc. until retirement in 1990.

It was in high school that Vern made life’ most important decision. It was then through the ministry of a high school buddy that Vern accepted Christ as he personal Savior — a decision that gave new direction to his life.

At Grace Bible Institute, Vern met Lucille Geiger. They married in 1948 and were blessed with four children. Vern felt the richness of family, friends, and professional satisfaction throughout his life. Upon retirement, Vern and Lucille moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Lucille passed away in 1992 after 44 year of marriage. In 1993 Vern married Roxy Tschetter and began his joyful years with her.

He leaves his wife of 19 years, Roxy (Tschetter) Buller, his son, Steven Buller and his wife Anitra; his daughter Sherril Day Hodo and her husband Lee; and his daughter Rhonda Kerns. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Marilyn Buller. Vern is predeceased by his parents; first wife, Lucille Buller; his son, Ronald Buller, his brother and wife Herman and Ruth Buller and his brother Norman Buller.

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Henry Wayne Siebert

Posted on 25 October 2012 by vunruh

Henry Wayne Siebert ‘56 was taken to his eternal home on Friday, August 24, 2012, at the age of 78.

He was the seventh of ten children born to Henry J. and Maria Siebert, November 25, 1933, near Henderson, Neb.  At age seven, his family relocated to a farm near Luton, Iowa. He had many fond memories of his activities on the farm. He was saved when Theodore Epp had evangelistic meetings at the Central Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa. Some of his favorite scriptures included John 3:16; John 1:12; and John 20:31. He graduated from Luton High School in 1951.

In 1957, he received his Bachelor of Science in Christian Education from Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb. He was married to Leona Ruth Flaming on August 16, 1957, in Medford, Okla. They lived in a number of locations involved in Christian ministry, including a brief pastorate in Avon, S. D. In 1961, they moved to a farm west of York, Neb., pursuing a farming career. They continued in lay ministry throughout their lives.

To their union was born six children: Infant son, Beverly Joy, twins Johnnie and Jeannie, Belinda Kay, and Bethanie. In 1972 they relocated to Colby, Kans., where they continued their farming career till their retirement in 1996. They built a house in Colby where they remained until moving to Hesston in January 2005.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, and daughter, Beverly Joy; three sisters: Esther Rogers, Winnifred Siebert, and Lillian Detweiler; and three infant grandchildren. He is survived by his wife; children John and Darla Siebert of Owosso, Mich.; Jeannie and Randy Nye of Kansas City, Mo.; Belinda Kay and Eric Jacobsen of Eagle, Idaho; Bethanie and Jeff West of Omaha, Neb.; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; three sisters: Tiena Sellers, Mable Eichhorn, and Marion Jensen; three brothers: Johnny, Alan, and Dennis.

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Frank Funk

Frank Funk

Posted on 25 October 2012 by vunruh

April 5, 1928 – September 18, 2012

Frank Funk, ’72, a dearly loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather was promoted to his heavenly home on September 18, 2012.  He will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Mary, son Merle (Sherri); their children Victoria (Seth, son Sylas); Micah (Ashley); and Anna along with daughter Michele (Kevin); and their children Eric and Andrew.  He is also survived by three brothers and their wives; six sisters, two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

After Frank accepted Christ as his Savior, he dedicated his life to Christian Service, holding several positions as Senior Pastor as well as AWANA Missionary for Western Canada.

The family expresses sincere thanks to Drs. Ali and Alex Rajput for their care and support over the past 17 years as we journeyed through the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.  Thanks also to the staff at RUH units 6200 & 6300, and Dr. Bowman along with the staff of City Hospital unit 6300 for their excellent, compassionate care.

 

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