Homecoming 2012 was a great weekend of renewing friendships, reconnecting with what is happening on campus, and honoring important friends of Grace.
Friday evening kicked off the weekend with dinner and a concert for the community by Bensonwells. On Saturday alumni enjoyed reunions, looking through yearbooks and GU memorabilia, tours of the campus, and a special luncheon.
During the luncheon Kathy Walter, ‘68 was honored with the Alumna of the Year award, Dr. Dick Dahlquist received the Honorary Alumnus of the Year award, and Tim Wiebe, ‘02 received the Emerging Alumni Leader award. They have all served Grace University, their community and the Lord well.
Addresses were given by three students, one alumnus and by President David Barnes. Music was presented by Grace University’s Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Greg Zielke. The time concluded with an open mic time for alumni to share what the school has meant to them.
Guests were challenged with a trivia quiz during the luncheon. Here is a sampling of the questions.
The Grace Tidings was first issued in _____?
What student organization was formed in the spring of 1945 and lives on today? ________ _________ ____________
The first yearbook was published in _____, and was called ________.
The first graduating class was in May of ______ with _____ graduates?
Servant Leadership Training (SLT) was first called ____________ ______________.
Answers: 1. 1943; 2. Student Body Association; 3. 1945, Charis; 4. 1945, 3; 5. Christian Service
This past year was an important one for the University as we moved forward with our mission to “develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world.” The need for servant leaders is greater than ever and our faculty and staff feel the burden to equip our students to serve in all arenas. In the coming year, we will witness tremendous growth as we reach out to more students who will in turn carry the gospel to those in need. Just some of the areas that we will be working on include:
Increasing enrollment in the traditional Undergraduate, EXCEL Degree Completion, and Graduate programs.
Growing the nonprofit concentration in the Business program.
Multiplying the impact of the Jobs as Mission program in China through the addition of the Counseling track to the already successful Business and Teacher Education programs.
Receiving a favorable response to our request to add a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Science in Education by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Expanding our Humanities program to include an English major, to strengthen existing programs and enhance our Teacher Education program to meet changing state standards.
Creating new opportunities for student athletes to get a Biblical education through the addition of Women’s Soccer and Men’s Baseball.
Developing a concentration in School Counseling in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.
Make sure to keep up on all the news and learn how you can be in prayer for your University at www.GraceU.edu.
The 2012 Festival of Christmas Scholarship Concert was enjoyed by more than 600 supporters of Grace University who helped raise funds for student scholarships. The evening began with a dinner in the Storz Fountain Court and was followed by the concert in the Witherspoon Concert Hall at the Joslyn Art Museum. Attendees enjoyed music from the Grace University Chorale, Concert Band, Women’s Choir, Chamber Singers and instrumental ensembles, along with our special guest, the Columbus High School Choir.
Funds raised from the concert support the Price Match Advantage which eliminates the financial factor when students are choosing the best fit for their college experience. Through the Price Match Advantage, Grace matches “net” out-of-pocket cost as shown on the financial aid award letter from any four-year, regionally accredited, public or private school.
Event sponsors who generously gave in support of student scholarships are:
David and Isabel Barnes
J.P. Cooke Company
Dr. and Mrs. Jim Eckman
Seline Family Foundation
United Republic Bank
Plan now to attend this great concert on Saturday, December 7, 2013.
The Grace University Band is going to China for a two-week concert tour in May. More than 25 students and community musicians will tour key places in China and perform many concerts in Taiyuan schools. The main component of the trip is ministering to and creating personal relationships with people. During previous trips in 2007 and in 2010, strong relationships were built and the team has seen the impact of continuing these friendships. In 2010, the musicians performed for almost 15,000 people.
Taiyuan does not attract tourists or business travelers. The Chinese people met have been very interested in talking with musicians at great length. For many, Grace representatives will be some of the few Americans they may ever encounter.
Please pray for the team and consider supporting the musicians financially. Each person must raise $2800 by March. If you are able to give, go to www.GraceU.edu and click on the “Give to Grace” box, and then select the China Tour to apply your donation. Gifts are tax-deductible.
Alumni from Oregon to Nebraska are invited to enjoy a visit from the Grace University Chorale. You will enjoy selections based on the theme Christ: the alpha and omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Some song titles include: The Creation, Sanctus and Agnus Dei from the Faure “Requiem”, Heavenly Light, The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy, Vamuvamba, O Sifuni Mungu, Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal, Crucifixus, Gaelic Blessing, Musick’s Empire, and Pilgrim’s Hymn.
Alumnus Jim Evans is giving back to Grace University. As the president of People Friendly Products, Jim is using proceeds from the sales of a complete line of infrared zone heaters to help fund student scholarships.
“I believe in the importance of a Biblical education for tomorrow’s business leaders,” said Jim. “I am committed to helping students receive the education they need to follow the call on their lives.”
Jim is donating 50% of the profit from the sales of SUNHEAT infrared zone heaters, which heat 1000 square feet for about 14¢ an hour. Visit PeopleFriendlyProducts.net and remember to put “Grace University” in the “Fundraising Recipient” box at the bottom during checkout.
After attending Grace University, Jim founded Clean Country in 1979. Today Clean Country cleans over 350 facilities in 40 states. SUNHEAT heaters are available through Clean Country’s sister company, People Friendly Products.
Since 2009, Grace University and the Friends of Asia have been working together to support and encourage the Asian community in Omaha.
“We believe that the Lord will open the eyes of these communities, and Grace University will play a greater role in this reformation,” said Giri Mohanan, a 2010 graduate of Grace University and president of Friends of Asia. “We are thankful for Grace University’s love for our community and people.”
Friends of Asia is helping to expand athletic opportunities on campus. The organization held the first Indoor Cricket Tournament ever in Nebraska in 2010 at Grace University with eight teams. The tournament has grown the past two years and this year’s tournament hosted 22 teams from different parts of Nebraska. For the first time in the history of Nebraska cricket, a non-Asian cricket team played in the tournament. The Grace University Cricket Team was made up of students and staff, including the University president. The next Indoor Cricket Tournament is scheduled for March and alumni are welcome to join the team.