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His Story/Your Story

Posted on 14 May 2015 by editor

Your testimony is incredible and we want to share it! We know about your days at Grace, but what has happened since?

Over the next year, we want to share your praise reports, testimonies and accomplishments with fellow alumni. Share how God used Grace University in your life and what God is doing today.

Check out the new blog with a few alumni stories and help us add to them by emailing us your story and sending photos to alumni@graceu.edu. And don’t forget to stay in touch by liking us on Facebook. And most importantly, let us know how we can be in prayer for you.

Trevor Smith, ‘13

trevor_pictureMy time at Grace University was transformational in my life.  I came here to finish my degree, but it ended up changing my life.  I had spent four years in the financial services industry as a financial advisor and came to Grace to complete my bachelor’s degree in Business Leadership, through the adult degree completion program, so that I would be able to earn industry designations that might help my career grow.

Grace was the first Christian school that I had attended and I clearly remember how we prayed the first day of class.  What a great experience that was!

My time at Grace did a number of things.  First it deepened my spiritual walk with the Lord, giving me tools to go deeper into His word.  God then gave me a desire to pursue vocational ministry to serve the Kingdom.  I now get the chance to do that in a number of ways.

As an admissions counselor, here at Grace I get the chance to tell other student about the value of an education at a private Christian college.  If any of the students that come here get half of the life change that I had, then it is well worth it.

I am also a pastoral ministries intern at my church, Riverview Community Church in Ashland, Neb.  I help run the Middle School youth program and had the joy of baptizing two of my students this Easter Sunday.  It is so cool to see God work in their lives through me.

Thanks!

Trevor Smith, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

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THANKS! Serious Dough Raised

THANKS! Serious Dough Raised

Posted on 14 May 2015 by editor

giving-day-2015Thanks so much for spreading the word about the first annual Giving Day!

Even Chloe, Dr. Barnes’s dog, got into the act.

Even Chloe, Dr. Barnes’s dog, got into the act.

We had great response from our students on campus and from our alumni. Raisin’ Bread Man took over the Dining Commons and students, faculty and staff had fun playing raisin-related games and tweeting about the need for scholarships.

Giving Day was a great way to spread the word about Grace University through social media. It was a fun and effective way to raise some bread for scholarships. If you missed any of the recipes or haven’t gotten to meet Raisin Bread man, check him out at www.graceu.edu/givingday.

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World’s Loss and Kingdom’s Gain

World’s Loss and Kingdom’s Gain

Posted on 14 May 2015 by editor

bathkeL514Dr. Warren E. Bathke, president of the Grace Bible Institute from 1984-1993, died on March 11 in Bentonville, Arkansas, at the age of 88. Dr. Bathke left a legacy of service and commitment to Christian higher education. He is remembered as a man of faith and consistent optimism. As president, he served the students well and:

  • Began the Grace University Foundation
  • Launched the Excel Degree Completion program for adult students
  • Built the 1,200 foot tower for KGBI
  • Made “dinner meetings” as priority method of connecting to public

To hear more about his work at Grace, watch the comments from Mel Friesen during Dr. Bathke’s funeral service.

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What is Burkholder to you?

What is Burkholder to you?

Posted on 14 May 2015 by editor

bc514What is Burkholder to you? Is he your favorite professor? Is she your favorite classmate? Did you love the conference? Is it where you got your mail?

No matter what your connection to Grace or how long it’s been since you’ve visited campus, it’s time to return. Meet up with the various Burkholders in the Burkholder Building during Alumni Weekend, October 9-10.

Enjoy time with old friends and favorite professors. Check out what’s new in Omaha during special events and tours. Catch up with classmates during receptions at Cascio’s. There is something for everyone on Alumni Weekend.

Call you old roomie and get registered at www.graceu.edu/homecoming. Watch your inbox and mailbox and Facebook for more details.

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Scholarships and Grants for Your Kids and Grandkids

Scholarships and Grants for Your Kids and Grandkids

Posted on 14 May 2015 by editor

gas-bannerL514We are excited to announce increases in grants and scholarships for alumni children and grandchildren. Below is a list of the many options to make a private Christ-centered education possible for the next generation of Royals. To get more information, contact Bill Hammond at (402) 449-2917 or bill@graceuniversity.edu.

Grace University Grants

  • Alumni Grant: $1500 per year
  • AWANA Grant:  $1500 per year
  • Christian High School Grant: $2500 per year
  • Christian Worker Family Grant: $1500 per year
  • Family Member Grant: $1500 per year
  • GPA Award: $2000 to $7500 per year
  • Homeschool Grant:  $2500 per year

Grace University Scholarships*

  • President Scholarship: 100% Tuition, Fees, Room & Board—4.0 GPA & 32 ACT
  • Grace Scholarship: $5000 per year—4.0 GPA & 29 ACT
  • Royal Scholarship: $2500 per year—3.5 GPA & 25 ACT
  • Multicultural Scholarship: Up to $2500 per year
*Scholarships are competitive. Meeting the requirements does not necessarily guarantee an award. To be considered applications are due by Feb 3rd.

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Mission Alumni Return to “Pay it Forward”

Mission Alumni Return to “Pay it Forward”

Posted on 13 February 2015 by editor

Jared T. Burkholder Conference on Global Engagement

Grace University friends and alumni are invited to the Jared T. Burkholder Conference on Global Engagement Feb. 23-26 in Suckau Chapel at 840 Pine Street on the Grace University campus to hear from alumni and missionaries Mark and Diane (Hofer) Ellis. This great week of study and prayer is organized annually by student leaders to help students learn more about what mission field God is calling them.

Some of you may remember that Mark and Diane met at Grace University on the first day of their sophomore year when both were in the missions program. For him, it was love at first sight; for her, not so much. Nevertheless, Mark was persistent, and they were married a month after graduation. Mark, who served as president for both Grace World Outreach and the 1980 senior class, will be returning to Grace to share from the Word of God and personal experiences how a person can discern God’s calling upon their lives, and practical advice on being a fruitful, lifelong missionary.

“God powerfully and effectively used professors and special speakers at Grace University to prepare us for life and ministry, and especially in our preparation for missions,” said Mark. “During our missionary training after arriving on the field, so much of what we heard from ‘cutting edge’ missiologists we had already learned at Grace University. My hope is that God will use us to touch the lives of Grace students in 2015 and ‘pay forward’ the blessings we received.”

Since graduation, Mark and Diane have been learning and serving around the Western Hemisphere. Prior to going to Brazil in 1995, they served as missionaries in Canada, and then Mark pastored churches in Nebraska and Texas. As missionaries in Brazil with the IMB/SBC, the focus of Mark’s ministry has been teaching and equipping the leaders of the future; together with Diane, he has also planted four churches. The focus of Diane’s ministry is discipling and counseling women. In addition, Diane homeschooled their five children who have graduated from college and are living out God’s purposes for their lives.

Mark and Diane are back in the U.S.A. for a year of “stateside assignment,” serving as Missionaries in Residence at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., seeking out opportunities to minister to students. Mark also continues to lead a Brazil-wide project to build a distance education platform and record on-line courses for use by Brazilian seminaries.

To hear more from Mark and Diane, join us at the conference or checkout the podcasts at http://blogs.graceuniversity.edu/gracelife/ Get the full schedule of events at www.graceu.edu or contact Dr. Mike Schmidt at mschmidt1096@GraceU.edu.

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Your Teen Can Experience Grace!

Your Teen Can Experience Grace!

Posted on 13 February 2015 by editor

Last month, more than 50 high school students arrived on campus with siblings and parents in tow. Over a fun weekend, the teens experienced Grace University as they stayed in the dorms, attended class, met with student leaders and faculty, and learned how a Christ-centered education can impact the call on their lives.

While the teens were shadowing the college students, the parents learned about the more than 40 academic areas of study, scholarship opportunities and financial aid. The parents also learned how a biblically based education impacts their children’s long-term relationship with Christ, compared with the typical college experience where 70% of Christian students leave the church.

We would love to see you and your children, grandchildren, youth group members, or friends join us for the next visit weekend:

Grace Summer Event!!!

Friday-Saturday, June 12-13

Hang out with future Grace U students, run through the zoo on a scavenger hunt, and enjoy the College World Series!

For more information or to register, contact the Admissions office at 800.383.1422 or email rebekah@graceuniversity.edu.

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Visit the Secret Space

Visit the Secret Space

Posted on 13 February 2015 by editor

Thoughts from Fellow Alumni 

Have you visited Grace University’s Secret Space? This is a great place where you can be challenged and refreshed. Check out some thoughts from Becky Swanberg ’04 who describes herself as “a wife, mom, writer, book lover, and Dr. Pepper enthusiast.”

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Raisin’ Bread

Raisin’ Bread

Posted on 13 February 2015 by editor

Who knew that dried grapes could be so fun?

On March 4, we are teaming up with the Woodhouse Auto Family for a special giving event. Woodhouse is again providing a $100,000 matching challenge to raise some dough for scholarship funds. To find out more information about doubling your dough, the identity of Raisin Bread Man or to get great raisin bread recipes, like us on Facebook and go to www.graceu.edu/givingday.

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Life-Saving Note

Life-Saving Note

Posted on 13 February 2015 by editor

Did you see the Omaha World-Herald story about how God is using Grace University?

Check it out at: http://graceuniversity.edu/news/suicidal-man-receives-life-saving-note-from-grace-student/

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