OCU Student Essays

Trio of Writers Follow in the Steps of Edward R. Murrow

Ohio Christian University (OCU) students Kelly Coen, Dan Chapman and Chad Dobbs have each had their personal essays selected for publishing in National Public Radio's (NPR) "This I Believe" international writing project. They are the first students in the school's history to earn this distinguished honor.

Professor Anita Conkel"This kind of personal narrative composition is part of the curriculum at OCU where we challenge students to tell us why they believe what they do, how they believe it and what are the foundations for their beliefs," said Professor of English Anita Conkel, who, along with Dr. Krista Stonerock incorporate this writing experience as part of the composition sequence at OCU.  "This is a writing exercise that expresses core values which guide the daily lives of our students. Before OCU students reach the next step in their lives - work, ministry, etc. - this is a chance for them to define what they believe in their own words."

Conkel says students are encouraged to submit their essays for competitions such as "This I Believe" but they are not required to do so.

Chapman, a native of Canal Winchester, Ohio, submitted his essay over a year ago but was chosen recently along with Coen, who is from Philo, Ohio, and Chapman, who is from Jeffersonville, Ohio. The honor each student earned traces its roots back to the 1951 and to famed radio news man Edward R. Murrow who asked both famous and every day Americans to write short essays about their personal motivation in life.

According to NPR, selected essays are available online (www.npr.org), heard on public radio, chronicled through books and featured in weekly Podcasts.

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