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Homecoming 2014

Homecoming 2014

Posted on 15 August 2014 by admin

October 30-November 1 is Homecoming 2014!  Events are planned for alumni families and students.  This is no ordinary weekend!  Gather friends and family and come back to where your relationships began.  Click here for the schedule and registration.  See you in October!

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Omaha Gives! 2014

Omaha Gives! 2014

Posted on 20 May 2014 by editor

Be part of the party & impact others for eternity!

Go to to donate to Grace University!

Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the metro area. The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum. Matching funds and prize money will be made available to amplify charitable donations. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations.

  • Help Christ-centered students by giving to GU
  • Give your gift on Wednesday, May 21
  • Your gift may be matched
  • Prizes for GU if we receive the most gifts hourly

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She Came Because Someone Gave.

She Came Because Someone Gave.

Posted on 15 April 2014 by editor

Alyssa Smith, ‘06 Tells Her Story

”You’re going where for college?” was a common question after I announced I would leave my family and friends in southern California to attend Grace University. People would say, “There’s nothing there but cows and cornfields.” My decision was unexpected to many, including me.

My dad and I had attended a seminar titled “How to Choose a Christian College” and the pastor referred to Grace as the “best Christian college” for its cost in the country. My dad, a native of the Midwest, suggested we visit Grace later that year. Despite an adamant “No!” my dad was persuasive. We visited Grace and I immediately felt welcomed by the students with whom I stayed and could easily imagine my future life on campus.

I was awarded a full tuition scholarship. That combined with federal grants and scholarship money from my parents’ mission organization, my school and living expenses were covered, including funds for travel home each year. As God often does, He provided beyond what I asked. I gratefully received this provision for school as clear direction that God had opened wide the doors for me to attend Grace.

Because I was planning to do mission work with children overseas, I selected Teacher Education as my major. A study abroad opportunity in Mexico allowed me to add an English Language Learners (E.L.L.) endorsement. My junior year, I served on the student mission organization Grace World Outreach. We wanted to involve students in consistent service to others (opposed to one-time trips or events), so I started taking a small group of girls to volunteer weekly at the Hope Center for Kids, where I later took a full-time job.

I had hoped to student teach overseas, but after that door closed, I did my student teaching in Omaha Public Schools. God began nudging my heart to consider staying in Omaha after graduation. My final few months at Grace were filled with a multitude of phone calls with my parents, many tears, and numerous nights in the “prayer closet” (our converted storage closet at the end of the hall), as I prayed through my future possibilities and plans.

In late April, I was offered a teaching position where I was student teaching and was also considering a position at the Hope Center for Kids. The Friday of graduation week was my deadline for giving the school district an answer. At the Senior Breakfast that day, a microphone was passed around for seniors to share their post-graduation plans. A huge knot grew in my stomach as the mic neared my table. My mind raced as I realized I had to share a decision I had not yet been able to settle with confidence. As the mic was placed in my hand, I stood and announced to everyone—including my parents—that I hoped I would be taking a position as Education Coordinator at the Hope Center for Kids that fall.

I graduated in May 2006 with my Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education with an Elementary Education and ELL endorsement and started my job at the Hope Center in September. I worked for five years as the education coordinator and then became the director. For the past two years, I have served as the Hope Employment and Learning Academy director. I oversee a program that provides part-time employment for high school youth, which includes academic support, employability training, and small group mentoring.

Eleven years ago, I could not have imagined Omaha becoming my home, but today I am very thankful that God brought and kept me here.

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Because of You, Others Will Come!

Because of You, Others Will Come!

Posted on 15 April 2014 by editor

Woodhouse Will Match Your Gift.

Join the Woodhouse Auto Family during their annual $100,000 Match Campaign where they match your gift to Grace University. Because of you, students are able to receive needed scholarships so they can earn a biblically based Christian education.

Check out the video below to see how God is moving at Grace.

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Upcoming Music Events

Upcoming Music Events

Posted on 15 April 2014 by editor

Grace University presents:

  • Everybody Rejoice! A Musical Review
    Sunday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in Suckau Chapel
    Join us for a night of musical celebration featuring some of Grace’s most talented students.
  • Masterworks Concert
    Children of Eden: A Concert Performance
    Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Suckau Chapel
    Enjoy the annual Masterworks Concert featuring the talents of Grace University choruses, Masterworks Chorus and the Masterworks Orchestra, who will showcase the work of Stephen Schwartz: Children of Eden. The event is a partnership between 70 students and staff, and more than 40 community musicians. Dr. Greg Zielke, music department chair, has directed this event since 1992.
    Admission is $5 at the door.

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Homecoming/Alumni Week 2014

Homecoming/Alumni Week 2014

Posted on 15 April 2014 by editor

Save the Date!

October 27-November 1 will be a week filled with activities for alumni, students, parents and the community.  As alumni, plan on attending the awards luncheon on Saturday, November 1.  There will also be class reunions for the years ending in 4 and opportunities to attend various events happening all over campus.

Complete details will be coming in July!

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Season in Review, by Steve Schwepker, sports information director

Season in Review, by Steve Schwepker, sports information director

Posted on 15 April 2014 by editor

Royals go to Nationals!

The Grace University men’s basketball team earned their way to the NCCAA Division ll national championship in March by winning their third consecutive NCCAA Division ll Central Regional championship. Also, head coach Willie Williams was awarded as NCCAA Division II Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year.

Their season was a tale of two halves – 6 wins in 17 games before Christmas break and 14 wins in 17 games after the break, ending with a 20-14 record.  The Royals recorded 20 wins for the 10th time in their 47-year history.

Senior forward Lance Evans became Grace’s first NCCAA Division II Central Region Player of the Year selection and also became Grace’s sixth NCCAA Division II All-America first team player.

Senior guard Spencer Plank earned his second consecutive NCCAA Division II All-Central first team recognition and he was named to the NCCAA Division II Scholar Athlete team for the second consecutive season.  Spencer finished in 14th place in Grace basketball history with 1447 points in four seasons.

Junior guard Justin McBride received NCCAA Division II All-Central Region second team honors and sophomore guard Treston Mayo was named to the All-Region honorable mention team.  Junior starting point guard A.J. Holmes earned NCCAA Division II Scholar Athlete honors.

Congratulations to the 2013-14 Royals men’s basketball team!

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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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