First Year Experience

If you’re thinking about becoming a student at Grace College, or you’re a member of the 2015 Freshman Class at Grace, we hope to answer many of your questions as you prepare for your first year of college.

Welcome to Grace College!

At Grace, we provide a comprehensive program to assist first-year students in their adjustment to college life. It is our hope that Grace will become a fast second home for you and that you’ll feel supported as you discover and pursue God's calling on your life. The central components of the first-year program are Welcome Weekend (orientation) and Freshman Foundations (FYE 1010). Throughout orientation and the course, freshmen meet in breakout groups of 15-20 students led by a Faculty Mentor and a Student Mentor (an upperclass student). These groups are designed to give first-year students the kind of support needed to adapt to college life. To being preparing for the Freshman Foundations course before orientation, read the Summer Reading Book.


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"Welcome Weekend" will be Saturday, August 15, 2015 through Monday, August 17, 2015. Welcome Weekend is the time when Grace welcomes new students to campus and introduces them and their parents to the Grace campus family.

2015 Welcome Weekend Schedule

Other Information

The Campus Book Store, Business, Registrar, and Financial Aid Offices are all open during Welcome Weekend to assist new students.

Meetings and other events are scheduled throughout the weekend to help new freshmen and transfer students learn about the Grace campus and community and to become familiar with expectations and the campus environment.

In addition, programs are provided during the weekend to help parents learn about the campus community, educational philosophy, and academic commitment of the college and its faculty and administration. New freshmen and transfer students are required to attend the events specified for them on the schedule.

Each parent will be given two complimentary meal passes for the weekend to be picked up at Welcome Weekend Registration. Additional meal passes for other family members can be purchased at the entrance of Alpha Dining Commons.

You will be given a final schedule of Welcome Weekend Events upon arrival.


To assist parents and/or family members, we have a list of available lodging in the Warsaw and Winona Lake area.

For more information about Welcome Weekend, call the Grace College Student Affairs Office at 1-800-54-GRACE, ext. 6466.


Freshman FoundationsFreshman Foundations

Who Are We? Who Are You? What Is Our Calling?

These questions (and perhaps a few more) will be addressed in the Freshman Foundations (FYE 1010) introductory course required for all freshmen. It’s designed to help students discover their God-given strengths, navigate through current college issues, introduce the student to the mission and expectations of the learning community at Grace College, better understand what makes Christian liberal arts education valuable, introduce students to the value of service in the local community and introduce the students to prospective departments and faculty within the institution. A primary component of this course is a small group discussion led by Faculty Mentors and Student Mentors where students are free to explore ideas with the guidance of the experienced staff and students at Grace.

Principle Faculty:

Jim Swanson
Jacqueline Schram
Aaron Crabtree


2015-16 Summer Read

Love DoesGod's Double Agent

A Book and Movement About Love in Action
In 2012, Bob wrote a book called Love Does and gave away 100% of the proceeds. The New York Times bestseller encouraged readers to live a lifestyle that fiercely seeks out ways of showing love. And in 2013, the Love Does Conference taught people exactly how. Through moving presentations, musical performances, and break-out sessions, the two-day summit leaves attendees with a new perspective on life. In addition, the proceeds of the book have gone to build a school in Gulu, Uganda through Restore International.

All the profits from Love Does go to Restore International and The Mentoring Project, organizations seeking to put love into action for those who need it most. Love Does is available at most book stores and online. It can also be purchased directly through Restore International. 

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Faculty & Student Mentors

The men, women and students below serve as Faculty and Student Mentors (sometimes called "break out group leaders") for Freshman Foundations (FYE 1010).

As a freshman you will meet with your breakout group one or two times a week. Assisting each Faculty Mentor is an upperclass student called a Student Mentor. Together, it is their desire to assist you in any way possible as you transition to college life and begin to feel at home at Grace. Feel free to contact these mentors with any questions you may have—or just to introduce yourself and begin getting to know them.

Meet the Mentors:


Aaron Crabtree

Dean of Students
Office: Indiana Hall 143
Break-out location: McClain 106
Phone Extension: x6464



Dennis Duncan

Director of Indiana Correctional Education
Office: McClain 207
Break-out location: Gordon Rec Center 023
Phone Extension: x6257



Tonya Fawcett

Director of Library Services
Office: Library 204
Break-out location: MOCC 201
Phone Extension: x6291



Patrick Loebs

Assistant Professor, Communication
Office: Philathea 103B
Break-out location: Philathea 001
Phone Extension: x6096



Deb Musser

Student Health & Counseling Center Director
Office: Indiana Hall 157
Break-out location: Mount Memorial 105
Phone Extension: x6069



Laurie Owen

Dean, School of Education
Office: Mount Memorial 205
Break-out location: Mount Memorial 203
Phone Extension: x6184



Randy Polston

Director of Applied Learning
Office: Indiana Hall 249
Break-out location: Philathea 009
Phone Extension: x6416



Ty Propp

Physical Plant Set-Up Supervisor
Office: Physical Plant main door/SW unit
Break-out location: Science Center 214
Phone: 574.253.2230



Jacqueline Schram

Associate Dean of Student Affairs;
Associate Professor, French
Office: Indiana Hall 141
Break-out location: McClain 101
Phone Extension: x6283



Jim Swanson

Vice President of Student Affairs and Academic Services
Office: Indiana Hall 142
Break-out location: McClain Auditorium
Phone Extension: x6473



Carlos Tellez

Dean of Chapel & Global Initiatives
Office: Indiana Hall 150
Break-out location: MOCC 106
Phone Extension: x6284



Denise Terry

Director, Center of Career Connections
Office: Indiana Hall 151
Break-out location: Science Center 210
Phone Extension: x6101



These mentors are ready and willing to help you as a freshman—whether you encounter a question about life at Grace College or just want a friend to share a meal or a cup of coffee with.

Other helpful resources:

Residence Life Departments/Majors Health Center Forms Career Services Computer Services Student Activities Academic Assistance



Email Student Affairs at or call 574-372-5100, ext. 6488.