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Grace Honors Achievers; Former Coach Dies

May 5, 2005

Grace College and Seminary school year concludes this weekend with commencement services this Saturday morning, May 7.

Awards chapel was held April 28 and students publicly honored for their accomplishments over the past year included Scott Borchelt and Megan Walter, recipients of the Dean of Students Award, and Jennifer Brook and Nathan Zuck, who were honored for Greatest Contribution to Campus Life.

Also at Awards Chapel, Professor Laurie Owen received the McClain Award for Excellence in Teaching, named after Dr. Alva J. McClain, Grace’s founding president. The award is presented every two years to a faculty member who is an outstanding example of teaching excellence. Prof. Owen is an associate professor of education and has been with Grace since 2001.

Thirty-one faculty and staff members were honored for their years of service to Grace at the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon on May 2. Six received awards for 20 years of service or more. They were: (20 years) Frank Benyousky, chair of the Communication Department and Dr. Tom Edgington, associate professor of psychology; (30 years) Dr. Richard Jeffreys, chair of the Biology Department, Jim Kessler, men’s basketball coach and associate professor of physical education, and Nancy Weimer, executive assistant to the president; (40 years) Dr. Paulette Sauders, chair of the English and Journalism Department.

Glenn Roy “Coach” Johnson, 68, who coached baseball at Grace College from 1995-2000, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne after suffering a stroke.

Prior to coming to Grace College, for 11 years, Johnson was an assistant high school coach, along with being an associate scout for the Atlanta Braves.

Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., Kokomo, IN, with Pastor Mark Malin officiating. Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.