Archive | February, 2014

Roger Wischmeier

Roger Wischmeier ’57

Posted on 17 February 2014 by vunruh

Roger Wayne Wischmeier, college professor, organist, choirmaster, champion of congregational music and authority on the organ chorale prelude as used in worship, has died at age 78. Roger died at 4:00 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014. He was under the care of Kansas City Hospice & Foxwood Springs, Raymore, MO, where he had been a resident for the past 4 1/2 years.
During his lifetime, he resided in Iowa, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri. Roger was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Bernie and Ellen (Zulauf) Wischmeier on August 12, 1935. He was the eldest of three sons, followed by Richard and Paul. He graduated from Wilcox High School in Nebraska. He received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and a doctorate in church music and organ performance from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
Dr. Wischmeier’s career in music spanned more than 60 years in churches and colleges. He came to Kansas City in October of 1989. Roger was the dean of the KC chapter of American Guild of Organists in 1994-95. He was also an avid supporter of both the Carillon Guild and the Kansas City Theatre Pipe Organ Club.
Roger was married to Wilma L. Augsburger in 1958. She preceded him in death. The quality of his life was greatly deepened by her love. He is survived by daughter Barbara of Midland, TX, and son, David of Elgin, IL, two brothers, Richard and his wife Elaine of Central City, NE, and Paul and his wife Kaye of Hastings, NE, in addition to nine nieces and nephews: Eric, Brian, John and Christine Wischmeier, Ramona Busenitz, Aleda Berry, Lori Flory, Miriam Griffin, and Martha Showalter.

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Richard Tschetter ’49

Posted on 17 February 2014 by vunruh

Richard “Dick” Tschetter, 95 died January 23, 2014 at his residence. He was born to Peter P. and Carra (Dirks) Tschetter on December 17, 1918 in Canton, KS. He grew up at Bridgewater and Freeman, SD and graduated from Freeman High School. He also graduated from Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, NE and from Bethel College in North Newton, KS.

While at Grace, Dick met and married Ruth Garbers. He pastored St. Paul’s Evangelical Reformed Church of Council Bluffs, IA, Herold Mennonite Church of Bessie, OK, St. John Mennonite Church, Pandora, Mt. Olivet Mennonite Church of Huron, SD and First Mennonite Church of Pretty Prairie, KS. After his retirement he served on the staff of Ebenezer Mennonite Church of Bluffton, OH.

In addition to his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and his wife and family, he loved to read and study God’s Word. His personal library contained over 2, 500 volumes.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, his daughter Rosalyn (Doug) Lehman of Mt. Cory; a son Russell (Mary) Tschetter of North Bend, OR; granddaughters Carra and Amanda Lehman of Portland, OR; step-grandchildren Jessica (Stuart) Smith of Bartow, FL; Bob Little of Seattle, WA; Lindsay Little of Livingston, MT; and Joey Little of North Bend, OR; step-great grandsons Dominic and Dawson of Livingston, MT; a brother Paul Tschetter of Phoenix, AZ; and a sister Caroline (Dalton) Jones of San Antonio, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Eva Ruth Tschetter Trammel.

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Gifford Cogdill

Gifford Lane Cogdill ’81

Posted on 17 February 2014 by vunruh

Jan 27, 1959 – Jan 30, 2014
Gifford Lane Cogdill passed away in his sleep at the age of 54. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Otis and Ada Cogdill. He lived in Dakota City, Nebraska until the age of 5, and then moved to Niobrara, Nebraska. During high school, he lived in Running Water, South Dakota and graduated from Springfield High School.
He married Amy Benson on August 8, 1981 and was married for 21 years before she passed on June 29, 2003. He was employed at West at the time of his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Connie Staples. Survivors include his children: son Chris of Arizona and daughter Charis of Omaha; sisters, Anita Minino (Rocky) of Omaha, Sally Hendrickson (Paul) of South Dakota, and Peggy Lopez (Al) of California; brother-in-law, Jerry Staples of South Dakota.

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Richard Voran

Richard William Voran ’73

Posted on 17 February 2014 by vunruh

Richard “Rich” William Voran, 68, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 19, 2014, near Deadhorse, Alaska. Richard was born on Sept. 4, 1945, the son of Willie and Amanda Voran in Hesston, KS. He was married to Kathleen Marie Harris on June 9, 1968.

Richard and Kathy came to Alaska and served the Lord with InterAct Ministries (formerly Arctic Missions) in 1973. He worked in maintenance at Arctic Bible Institute. Using his skills in computer programming, he also developed multiple finance management programs for various nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

Serving was his theme in life. He served on the church board and behind the scenes in many ways at Lazy Mountain Bible Church. He also served for a time as the Alaska field finance director for InterAct Ministries. After retiring from the mission, he continued to work for Cruz Construction as a heavy haul truck driver.

He enjoyed investing time in his children and grandchildren, working on projects, building furniture and toys, landscape gardening, and nature.

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Voran; children, Parrin and Sharon Voran of Fox, Alaska, Carlon and Brandey Voran of Port Alsworth, Alaska, Theron Voran of Boulder, Colo.; and six grandchildren, Keanu, Dakota, Austina, Coleson, Malea and Alianna. He also is survived by his sisters and their spouses, Joyce and Edward Dalke, Carolyn and Howard Wohlgemuth of Hesston, KS, and Betty and Alvin Smucker of Okemos, Mich. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Shaylan.

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Alumni Association — Changing for You!

Alumni Association — Changing for You!

Posted on 13 February 2014 by admin

This picture is special to me.  Not only because I know and dearly appreciate each one of these individuals, but it shows the value of each generation that has come through the doors of Grace and are now serving God at the University, in the community and in the local church.

The Alumni Association wants to serve our diverse alumni in ways that are meaningful to you!  In the coming months we are going to be talking to you, doing surveys, and making plans specific to you. We want and need your input on how Grace can best serve you in an ongoing way.  Your ideas, concerns and comments are all welcome and needed as we move forward.

Award recipients Dick Dahlquist-Honorary Alumnus of the Year, Tim Wiebe-Emerging Alumni Leader and Kathy Walter-Alumna of the Year

You are a part of an Alumni Association of up men and women, age 19 to 99 living in more than 40 countries.  We work in dozens of different professions. We are married, widowed, divorced or have never been married.  We are African American, Hispanic, White, American Indian, Asian and any number of international ethnicities.  The descriptions and “differences” could go on.

But we share an important commonality, we as children of God how have placed our trust in Him for our past, present and future.  We must also place our trust in Him for the future of Grace University.  Things may look and sound different from the Grace you knew, but the student’s needs, joys, hopes and commitment to God are no different from yours when you were a student.

Please be in prayer for those who will be involved in discerning what the Association will look like in the future.  If you would like to serve your fellow alumni by being a committed volunteer, please let me know.  We would love to have you!

Thank you for making it is a blessing to be a part of the Grace family.

Verleen Unruh ‘91

Program Manager for Alumni Relations

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Legacy of Grace Passed to the Next Generation

Legacy of Grace Passed to the Next Generation

Posted on 13 February 2014 by admin

Currently, 53 students at Grace are blessed with the heritage of a biblically integrated, Christian education. Their parents and grandparents know the value of an education at Grace and have passed that on to the next generation.  Your ongoing prayers and support of the University makes it possible for these students and future children of alumni to receive this wonderful education.


List of students/parents

Students, from left to right
Julie Boehr, Junior (Philip ’72 and Ann ’71 Boehr), Stephanie Ritta, Senior (Robert ’73 and Susan ’72 Ritta), Jessica Applegarth, Graduate Studies (Dennis Applegarth ’12)

Janelle Applegarth, Junior (Dennis Applegarth ’12)

Jessica Applegarth, Graduate Studies (Dennis Applegarth ’12)

Rebekah Bauman, Freshman (Alex Bauman ’76)

Erica Beckwith, Senior (LuAnne Beckwith ’83)

Jacob Bittner, Freshman (Trevor Bittman ’08)

Julie Boehr, Junior (Philip ’72 and Ann ’71 Boehr)

Front row: Andreina Silva, Rebekah Bauman, Heather Loewen and Samantha Manna; Back row: Trevor Larson, Thad Immink, Brian Dick and Kacia Ingraham

Cassidy Burkholder, Freshman (Brad ’91 and Sally ’91 Burkholder)

Brian Dick, Freshman (Sam ’92 and Debra ’87 Dick)

Chelsea Entz, Junior (Darrel Entz ’81)

Kristin Epp, Junior (Rachele Epp ’88)

Susanna Fohner, Senior (Thomas ’82 and Mary ’78 Fohner)

Stephanie Gable, Graduate Studies (Thomas Gable ’96)

Front row: Stephanie Gable, Julie Schmidt, Janelle Applegarth, Charity Udd and Taylor Sullivan; Back row: Tim Gallegos, Britney Reimer, Naomi Goossen, Jessica Simpson, Jessica Stucky, Seth Guthrie and Samantha Manna

Danica Gadeken, Senior (Janice Schroeder ’72)

Tim Gallegos, Junior (Cheryl Gallegos ’80)

Elizabeth Goodsell, Senior (Douglas Goodsell ’95)

Naomi Goossen, Junior (Lynette Goossen ’85, ’13; Alva ’59 and Linda ’60 Goossen)

Rachel Grant, Senior (Kevin Bennett ‘10)

Seth Guthrie, Senior (Scott ’82 and Cynthia ’81 Guthrie)

Front row: Jessica Jenkins, Hailey Holmes, Samantha Manna, Maria Tschetter and Cassidy Burkholder; Back row: Cheney Hanken, Kayleen Meckle, Michael Ross, Lance Larson and Joshua Pace

Cheney Hanken, Freshman (Todd Hanken ’92)

Monica Harms, Sophomore (Randell Harms ’88)

Carolyn Heida, Freshman (Jeff Heida ’10)

Hailey Homes, Freshman (Shari Holmes ’88)

Thad Immink, Freshman (Peggy Immink ’75)

Kacia Ingraham, Freshman (Alfred ’56 and Dellene ’57 Stucky)

Christa James, Junior (Jeff James ’94)

Janna James, Freshman (Jeff James ’94)

Jessica Jenkins, Junior (Nelson ’93 and Susan ’88)

Rodger Kunkle, Freshman (Rodger Kunkle ’77)

Courtney Kunnemann, Freshman (ZoAnne Kunnemann ’75)

Lance Larson, Junior (Greg Larson ’84)

Trevor Larson, Sophomore (Greg Larson ’84)

Heather Loewen, Sophomore (Verle Loewen ’78)

Katie Loewen, Senior (Patrice Loewen ’74)

Luke Manna, Senior (Mike ’87 and Judy ’83 Manna)

Samantha Manna, Freshman (Mike ’87 and Judy ’83 Manna)

Hannah McHone, Junior (Steven ’79 and Deb ’78 McHone)

Kayleen Meckle, Graduate Studies (Steven ’83 and Eileen ’83 Thiessen; Floyd ’54 and Lovella ‘54 Thiessen)

Brandon Myers, Freshman (Bryan ’85 and Diane ’85 Myers)

Bethany Norton, Junior (Daniel ’72 and Suzanne ’77 Norton)

Joshua Pace, Sophomore (Kimberly Pace ’12)

Britney Reimer, Junior (Leo ’75 and Debby ’81 Reimer)

Stephanie Ritta, Senior (Robert ’73 and Susan ’72 Ritta)

Michael Ross, Sophomore (Jeremiah Johnson ’07)

Dillon Runyon, Junior (Roger ’80 and Melodee ’79 Runyon)

Julie Schmidt, Junior (Steven Schmidt ’85)

Andreina Silva, Freshman (Melissa Silva ’10 and ’13)

Jessica Simpson, Sophomore (Jonathan ’93 and Mary ’88)

Jessica Stucky, Sophomore (Ken ’90 and Lori ’90 Stucky)

Darian Tellez, Junior (Petey Tellez ’02)

Carlen Thiessen, Freshman (Doug ’90 and Crystal ’88 Thiessen)

Kyle Thiessen, Junior (Steven ’83 and Eileen ’83 Thiessen)

Maria Tschetter, Freshman (Charles ’81 and Lydia ’81 Tschetter)

Charity Udd, Freshman (Stan ’64 and Viola ’64 Udd)


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Mission Field or Playing Field?

Mission Field or Playing Field?

Posted on 13 February 2014 by admin

As part of the strategic plan to increase enrollment in existing majors and enhance financial stability, the athletic program has added new programs and teams. But the increased focused on athletics is not about sports, it is about serving Christian student athletes and helping them grow in Christ.

“High school athletes are looking for colleges where they can play the sport they love,” said Dr. David Barnes, president. “By offering an expanded athletic program, Christian student athletes now have an opportunity to compete and get the biblically based Christian education they have been looking for.”

Thad Bosley, special assistant to the president and executive director of athletics, is working closely with coaches and the athletic director to provide the spiritual and educational support that student athletes need to be successful in the classroom today and serve as missionaries in their future profession.  As a former professional athlete, Bosley brings a unique perspective to the Athletic Department. He understands the fleeting nature of the spotlight and importance of an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ.

“By the grace of God we are growing godly men and women,” said Bosley.

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Blessings from the First Semester

Blessings from the First Semester

Posted on 13 February 2014 by admin

Last semester, a group of students were assigned to write a paper titled, “In My Own Words”. Here are a few testimonials from their first semester at Grace.

“I honestly couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else — getting my education and building a relationship with God, not only with God but with all the great peers I am surrounded with on this campus … I was messing up at home not getting any of my work done and not focusing on what is best for my future. Also I feel like every teacher here truly cares about me and wants nothing but the best; every time I need help, they are always willing to go out of their way to help me understand the material.”

“… Grace University offers opportunities for me that no other university can offer. On top of spiritual growth, I get to play to sport I love and do it to the best of my ability to honor my Father in heaven. Grace gave me a way out of a life that I would never want to go back too. God always has a way to bring His people back to Him, and Grace was His way of bringing me back.”

“When I was 8 years old I was diagnosed with an auditory and processing issue. With this learning block that I have, I need extra support in the classroom from the teachers so that I can understand this information and be able to recall it when I have to take a test. Grace University is giving me the support that I need to be successful in the classroom. And for the first time in my life, I know that I will be passing my classes.”

“Since being here at Grace, I have learned that God loves me no matter what and He has a plan for me. I have a relationship with God that I have never had before and I know He will lead me in the right path. Grace University has saved my life.”

“In the short amount of time since I have been here, I have been able to make a ton of new friends. This is mainly because we all have three things in common; we are here to get an education, grow closer to the Lord, and to glorify God out on the baseball field.”

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Because of You!!!

Because of You!!!

Posted on 13 February 2014 by admin

It’s true! You play a large role in the ministry of Grace University. Without the financial and prayer support of alumni, Grace University could not move forward to prepare the next generation for service to Him.

Now is the time to give! Through a generous $100,000 matching gift from the Woodhouse Auto Family, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar. The success of this campaign is key to providing students the resources they need to reach the calling on their lives.

Funds provide support to:

  1. Academics: New initiatives to reach more adult learners.
  2. Facilities: A significant growth in students means adding dormitory, classroom, and recreational spaces.
  3. Technology: Upgrades will better serve students enabling them to study more effectively.
  4. College of Professional and Graduate Studies: Expand programs and increase financial stability.
  5. Athletics: Growth in teams increases enrollment and adds to excitement on campus.

Watch your mailbox about how to give to this match starting in March.

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Burkholder Conference Focuses on Missions

Burkholder Conference Focuses on Missions

Posted on 13 February 2014 by admin

How Do Christians Engage the Middle East?


Keynote Speaker, Carl Medearis

The Jared Burkholder Conference on Global Engagement is helping students understand the challenges facing missionaries on contemporary mission fields. As part of the University’s on-going commitment to training evangelists, the three-day conference is challenging students to explore God’s call on their life and where they can serve.

The keynote speaker is Carl Medearis. He has lived and worked in the Middle East for 30 years, which gives him a true insider’s view of the region and makes him one of a handful of American experts in Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations.  He will challenge students to live their lives by the principles and teachings of Jesus to change their societies and nations.

Carl serves using the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth to promote peace-making. He works in a number of current movements in the Middle East to establish a cultural, political and religious dialog leading toward understanding and reconciliation. He has authored: Muslims, Christians and Jesus, Tea with Hezbollah, and Speaking of Jesus: the art of not-evangelism.

Plenary Speaker, Dr. Mark Christian

Dr. Mark Christian also will share his mission field with students. Dr. Mark Christian was born in Egypt and destined to become a Sunni religious leader. Through divine destiny, Dr. Christian left Islam and eventually became devoted to the Christian faith.  He is the founder of the Global Faith Institute. This Christian platform is dedicated to the proclamation and pursuit of truth, particularly as it relates Middle Eastern history and current happenings in the United States and around the world.

For the full conference schedule, click here.

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