Ohio Christian University - www.ohiochristian.edu http://team.ohiochristian.edu/recent-news/%251 Since 1948 Ohio Christian University has prepared young men and women to profoundly impact the world through Christian service. Ohio Christian University is committed to preparing students like you for a lifetime of leadership and excellence. en Our World Needs Righteous Leadership http://team.ohiochristian.edu/news/our-world-needs-righteous-leadership <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="545" title="“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”" alt="“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”" src="http://team.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/EBurke.jpg?1427365177" /></div><p><span style="font-size: 1.15em;">A Message from President Mark A. Smith</span></p><p>Today our world is filled with a multitude of explosive “breaking news” events that tend to focus on the evil of our society. Many times I refuse to watch or read the news due to the emotional way that it is presented. The news media seems obsessed with being the first to report another big “breaking news” storyline.</p><p>But the real reason I hate to view these events is because it highlights the evil of our day.</p><p>The underlying issue of our day is really not new at all—it is the story of good versus evil. It is the Adam and Eve and the serpent story. It is all about the fall of mankind. Romans 12:21 reminds us, <strong><em>“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”</em></strong> Evil is prevalent everywhere, and we must constantly fight against the cultural norms that drive us toward evil. The biblical admonition is to always fight against evil.&nbsp;</p><p>Many people have wondered why Ohio Christian University is involved so extensively in our culture. Well, here is the answer. Christ has made such a radical change in our lives for good through salvation that we must have as much influence as possible. If leadership is all about influence, as our alumnus Dr. John Maxwell suggests, then we must lead, we must influence!</p><p>Where do Christians get involved and lead? Church, here is some advice—it is time to lead righteously! A church that is not involved in the fight against evil is a church that is asleep. <em>Where do we lead?</em></p><h3><em>Why be involved in economics?</em></h3><p>Because the church helps assist and defend the poor and weak of society. This is a way to get involved in lives and share the Gospel—be righteousness to our society. The wicked destroy the poor! Scripture reminds us in Psalm 10:2, <strong><em>“The wicked arrogantly hunt down the poor.”&nbsp;</em></strong></p><p>James 1:27 says, <strong><em>“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress.”</em></strong></p><h3><em>Why be involved in politics?</em></h3><p>Because evil advice must not prevail according to God’s word. Evil advice will destroy a city, a state, and a nation. We must share righteous viewpoints. We must always be a voice against evil. Scripture shares why in Ezekiel 2:11: <em><strong>“These are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city.”</strong></em></p><h3><em>Why be involved in education?</em></h3><p>Because we must instruct this generation in righteousness. As the Church has pulled back in this arena, our nation is profoundly changing. Ideas control the world! Will the ideas be righteous or evil? We are commanded to teach righteous ways!</p><p>Deut. 6:5-9 says,<strong><em> “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”</em></strong></p><p>Many have decried the evil influences that are in our society, but the Church has in many cases abdicated responsibility. Church, it is time to be bold and stand for righteousness.</p><p class="p1">And always remember, “the gates of hell shall not prevail” over the Church. Be strong my friend! Stand for righteousness! Be encouraged, as we are on the winning side.</p><hr /><p><a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/forum"><span style="color: rgb(33, 90, 148); font-size: 1.25em;">Get inspired to make a difference and make plans to attend the 2015 Leadership Forum!</span></a></p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:22:39 +0000 kahoward 9182 at http://team.ohiochristian.edu Worship Leadership Graduates Serve at Xenia Church of the Nazarene http://team.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/news/worship-leadership-graduates-serve-xenia-church-nazarene <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="640" alt="" src="http://team.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/10620692_783652605025034_7147564868010543566_n.jpg?1427113191" /></div><p>Ohio Christian University 2014 graduates from the <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/worship-leadership-resources">Worship Leadership Program</a>&nbsp;Matt and Megan Harshbarger are doing what everyone wishes to do immediately following college, being employed in their field of choice in which their degree is focused. The Harshbargers are thankful for the opportunity to do just that. Matt is currently a full-time worship pastor at Xenia Church of Nazarene. Megan joins alongside him for the worship services every week as well. They work together to accomplish the mission of creating an atmosphere of worship for every person who steps into the services, whether that be through the words they speak or the songs they sing.</p><p>Megan references back to her time at OCU by saying she felt well-prepared for her current job. "Ohio Christian University provided many opportunities where professionalism was required. We both traveled in a public relations group for three years. Through that experience as well as internships through our degree program, we developed a sense of professionalism not only in our field of ministry, but we also developed skills that are required in any field of work - communication, character, energy, attitude, pursuing excellence, and recognizing a code of conduct - all with an underlying Biblical foundation. I would say all of these attributes are taught in class, but they are really brought to life in the opportunities that OCU presents to their students."</p><p>Matt encourages students to get involved in the opportunities given on campus, “You can spend all your time in class but if you’re not having real world experience, I think it can severely hinder your learning process.”</p><p>Megan agreed by saying, “The opportunities I was given to develop as a worship leader have shaped me for my future such as leading worship in chapel, traveling the east coast with a worship band in the summers, and interning my senior year in Georgia at Rock Springs Church.”</p><p><img alt="" class="float-right" src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/Medium_420x300/10982285_10205688827161883_4787920542591155700_n.jpg" style="font-size: 0.8em; line-height: 1.5em;" />Megan mentioned that advice she could give to current and prospective students about their time at OCU is, “Don’t settle for less than what you are capable of. Ohio Christian University is full of opportunities. You have to be willing and determined to seek those out! Communicate with your professors and mentors, challenge yourself, and believe that you can make things happen with hard work and determination!”</p><p>Matt continues by saying, “Dr. McDonald said one time in class, 'Think critically.' That was probably the singlehandedly most important thing I learned in college. I know college is a fun time and you gain a lot of independence, but you are there for your education. Don’t just accept things at face value. Ask questions. Read books and articles that you’re not required to read. Debate things with friends. You don’t gain knowledge from a diploma being handed to you at graduation. It’s the amount of time you spend critically learning in and outside the classroom that determine the knowledge you gain.”</p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Applications are being accepted now for the Fall Semester!&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/apply" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Apply online</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">, attend a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/attend-preview-day" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Preview Day</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">&nbsp;or&nbsp;</span><a href="http://admissions.ohiochristian.edu/trad-rfi/?sid=webarticle" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">request more information</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">.</span></p><p><em><strong><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Article contributed by Renee Edgell.</span></strong></em></p> Undergraduate Music Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:23:47 +0000 rfulks 9179 at http://team.ohiochristian.edu Worship Leadership Graduates Serve at Xenia Church of the Nazarene http://team.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/news/worship-leadership-graduates-serve-xenia-church-nazarene <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="640" alt="" src="http://team.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/10620692_783652605025034_7147564868010543566_n.jpg?1427113191" /></div><p>Ohio Christian University 2014 graduates from the <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/worship-leadership-resources">Worship Leadership Program</a>&nbsp;Matt and Megan Harshbarger are doing what everyone wishes to do immediately following college, being employed in their field of choice in which their degree is focused. The Harshbargers are thankful for the opportunity to do just that. Matt is currently a full-time worship pastor at Xenia Church of Nazarene. Megan joins alongside him for the worship services every week as well. They work together to accomplish the mission of creating an atmosphere of worship for every person who steps into the services, whether that be through the words they speak or the songs they sing.</p><p>Megan references back to her time at OCU by saying she felt well-prepared for her current job. "Ohio Christian University provided many opportunities where professionalism was required. We both traveled in a public relations group for three years. Through that experience as well as internships through our degree program, we developed a sense of professionalism not only in our field of ministry, but we also developed skills that are required in any field of work - communication, character, energy, attitude, pursuing excellence, and recognizing a code of conduct - all with an underlying Biblical foundation. I would say all of these attributes are taught in class, but they are really brought to life in the opportunities that OCU presents to their students."</p><p>Matt encourages students to get involved in the opportunities given on campus, “You can spend all your time in class but if you’re not having real world experience, I think it can severely hinder your learning process.”</p><p>Megan agreed by saying, “The opportunities I was given to develop as a worship leader have shaped me for my future such as leading worship in chapel, traveling the east coast with a worship band in the summers, and interning my senior year in Georgia at Rock Springs Church.”</p><p><img alt="" class="float-right" src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/Medium_420x300/10982285_10205688827161883_4787920542591155700_n.jpg" style="font-size: 0.8em; line-height: 1.5em;" />Megan mentioned that advice she could give to current and prospective students about their time at OCU is, “Don’t settle for less than what you are capable of. Ohio Christian University is full of opportunities. You have to be willing and determined to seek those out! Communicate with your professors and mentors, challenge yourself, and believe that you can make things happen with hard work and determination!”</p><p>Matt continues by saying, “Dr. McDonald said one time in class, 'Think critically.' That was probably the singlehandedly most important thing I learned in college. I know college is a fun time and you gain a lot of independence, but you are there for your education. Don’t just accept things at face value. Ask questions. Read books and articles that you’re not required to read. Debate things with friends. You don’t gain knowledge from a diploma being handed to you at graduation. It’s the amount of time you spend critically learning in and outside the classroom that determine the knowledge you gain.”</p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Applications are being accepted now for the Fall Semester!&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/apply" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Apply online</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">, attend a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/attend-preview-day" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Preview Day</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">&nbsp;or&nbsp;</span><a href="http://admissions.ohiochristian.edu/trad-rfi/?sid=webarticle" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">request more information</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">.</span></p><p><em><strong><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Article contributed by Renee Edgell.</span></strong></em></p> Undergraduate Music Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:23:47 +0000 rfulks 9179 at http://team.ohiochristian.edu OCU Administrators Promoted http://team.ohiochristian.edu/adult-graduate-studies/news/ocu-administrators-promoted <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="617" title="Silvia Lucaschi-Decker and Dr. Bradford Sample" alt="Silvia Lucaschi-Decker and Dr. Bradford Sample" src="http://team.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/Decker_Sample_0.png?1426761344" /></div><p>Ohio Christian University has named Silvia Lucaschi-Decker as Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing for OCU’s Adult and Graduate Studies program. OCU has also promoted Dr. Bradford Sample to Assistant Provost and Vice President of Academics for OCU’s Adult and Graduate Studies program (AGS).</p><h3>Dr. Bradford Sample</h3><p>Sample was hired in September 2014 as associate vice president. He oversees faculty, curricula, and educational quality for OCU’s 15 educational sites and online, which includes four associate, seven bachelor, and three master’s degrees with numerous concentrations available in most of the programs. In this capacity, he supervises 50 full-time employees and 500 part-time employees. Sample comes to OCU from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, where he served as the Vice President of Academics and Professor of History. Prior to that, he was the Dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University. Sample earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History and Master of Arts in American History from Indiana University, and Ph.D. in History from Purdue University. Sample commented...</p><p class="intro serif"><em><span style="color: rgb(33, 90, 148); font-size: 1.25em;">“I'm happy to be working with such a fantastic team at Ohio Christian University!”</span></em></p><h3>Silvia Lucaschi-Decker</h3><p>Decker supervises 47 employees including 38 recruiters. Decker has worked at OCU since July 2006, first as director and later as assistant vice president. “As a critical member of OCU’s administrative cabinet, Silvia consistently meets enrollment goals and provides innovative thinking,” said OCU president Mark Smith. “With more than 3,000 students enrolled in adult and graduate studies, she has earned the vice presidency and will be invaluable as she continues to lead enrollment growth.”</p><p>Decker brought experience to OCU as a financial aid counselor and student recruiter at Indiana Wesleyan University. When presented with the opportunity to duplicate her recruiting success at OCU, Decker accepted the challenge and now, nearly nine years later at OCU, is certain she made the right decision. She says...</p><p class="intro serif"><em><span style="color: rgb(33, 90, 148); font-size: 1.25em;">“I know I made the right decision. I have been challenged, but have learned so much. The leadership experience I have gained while at OCU has been invaluable. I am very thankful to have wonderful mentors and work with a dedicated group of leaders.”</span></em></p><p>Decker feels she has found her niche in higher education. OCU thinks so too! She came to the United States in 1998 with the expressed desire to study economics, but fell in love with U.S. higher education and decided to pursue higher education administration as a career. Since her arrival to OCU in 2006, she has led enrollment in AGS programs from 200 to more than 3,000 students.</p><p>Decker earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master in Business Administration, both from Indiana Wesleyan University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Toledo.</p><p>If her academic credentials and experience are not impressive enough, Decker has a rich heritage. She was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, where she lived her first 18 years. Decker’s parents instilled in her a strong work ethic and a desire for constant self-improvement. She describes her mother as “the epitome of unconditional love, self-sacrifice, and hard work.” Her parents provided the opportunity to study German, English, Russian, French, and Latin, both in school and with private tutors. She was also involved in several extracurricular activities including figure skating, painting, gymnastics, and tennis. As a child, Decker won two regional figure skating awards. Decker became a U.S. citizen in 2009.</p> Adult and Graduate Studies Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000 kahoward 9175 at http://team.ohiochristian.edu OCU School of Business & Government Hosts Inaugural Corporate Roundtable http://team.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/news/ocu-school-business-government-hosts-inaugural-corporate-roundtable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="949" alt="" src="http://team.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/IMG_9124_web.jpg?1426677599" /></div><p>Every year, the Ohio Christian University <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/business-government">School of Business and Government</a> holds a small business roundtable consisting of business owners in and around Circleville with 10 or fewer employees. This spring, the School of Business and Government held its first corporate roundtable. With participation from presidents and CEOs of large firms from the Columbus area, students learned what it takes to be a part of a team in a company with anywhere from 100 employees to over 20,000 employees and what they are looking for in their applicants.</p><p>The event is styled as a panel discussion where the Dean of the School of Business and Government, <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/faith-liberty/david-garrison">Dr. Dave Garrison</a>, asks the panel members various questions about the business practices of large corporations and advice they would give students who are looking to work in large companies. Students are also encouraged to ask any questions that they may have. This event was very successful with high participation from the students during the event and many student interactions with the panel members following the event.</p><p>Participation in this year’s panel included: Judy Huang, President and Co-Founder, 889 Global Solutions Ltd; Steve Sargent, Human Resources Manager, Cintas Facility Services; Kevin Green, Assistant Manager of Human Resources, Honda of America Manufacturing; Bill McKell, President and CEO, Horizon Telcom; and Daniel Brake, Associate General Counsel, R&amp;L Carriers.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Applications are being accepted now for the Fall Semester!&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/apply" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Apply online</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">, attend a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/attend-preview-day" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Preview Day</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">&nbsp;or&nbsp;</span><a href="http://admissions.ohiochristian.edu/trad-rfi/?sid=webarticle" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">request more information</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">.</span></p><p><em><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Pictured: Front row, this year's corporate roundtable participants. Back row, OCU School of Business and Government Faculty.</span></em></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Article contributed by Sarah Rogers.</span></em></strong></p> Undergraduate Business & Government Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:25:42 +0000 rfulks 9173 at http://team.ohiochristian.edu OCU School of Business & Government Hosts Inaugural Corporate Roundtable http://team.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/news/ocu-school-business-government-hosts-inaugural-corporate-roundtable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="949" alt="" src="http://team.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/IMG_9124_web.jpg?1426677599" /></div><p>Every year, the Ohio Christian University <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/business-government">School of Business and Government</a> holds a small business roundtable consisting of business owners in and around Circleville with 10 or fewer employees. This spring, the School of Business and Government held its first corporate roundtable. With participation from presidents and CEOs of large firms from the Columbus area, students learned what it takes to be a part of a team in a company with anywhere from 100 employees to over 20,000 employees and what they are looking for in their applicants.</p><p>The event is styled as a panel discussion where the Dean of the School of Business and Government, <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/faith-liberty/david-garrison">Dr. Dave Garrison</a>, asks the panel members various questions about the business practices of large corporations and advice they would give students who are looking to work in large companies. Students are also encouraged to ask any questions that they may have. This event was very successful with high participation from the students during the event and many student interactions with the panel members following the event.</p><p>Participation in this year’s panel included: Judy Huang, President and Co-Founder, 889 Global Solutions Ltd; Steve Sargent, Human Resources Manager, Cintas Facility Services; Kevin Green, Assistant Manager of Human Resources, Honda of America Manufacturing; Bill McKell, President and CEO, Horizon Telcom; and Daniel Brake, Associate General Counsel, R&amp;L Carriers.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Applications are being accepted now for the Fall Semester!&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/apply" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Apply online</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">, attend a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/attend-preview-day" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Preview Day</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">&nbsp;or&nbsp;</span><a href="http://admissions.ohiochristian.edu/trad-rfi/?sid=webarticle" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">request more information</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">.</span></p><p><em><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Pictured: Front row, this year's corporate roundtable participants. Back row, OCU School of Business and Government Faculty.</span></em></p><p><strong><em><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Article contributed by Sarah Rogers.</span></em></strong></p> Undergraduate Business & Government Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:25:42 +0000 rfulks 9173 at http://team.ohiochristian.edu Rep. Michele Bachmann To Be OCU's 2015 Commencement Speaker http://team.ohiochristian.edu/news/rep-michele-bachmann-be-ocus-2015-commencement-speaker <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1200" title="Rep. Michele Bachmann To Be OCU&#039;s 2015 Commencement Speaker" alt="Rep. Michele Bachmann To Be OCU&#039;s 2015 Commencement Speaker" src="http://team.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/Michele%20Bachmann.jpg?1426573903" /></div><p>Ohio Christian University is honored to have Rep. Michele Bachmann as guest speaker for its <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/commencement">66th Commencement Ceremonies</a>&nbsp;to be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. EST.</p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann became the first Republican woman to be elected to represent Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a self-proclaimed “Constitutional Conservative,” Bachmann is committed to fixing Washington’s broken ways by advocating for America’s adherence to the Constitution. Bachmann has become known on Capitol Hill as a member who champions tax reform, works to cut wasteful government spending and supports limiting the size of our government. She believes the government needs to make the kind of serious spending decisions that many families and small businesses across America have been forced to make. As a believer in the traditional values upon which this country was founded, she consistently defends America’s religious liberties and the importance of the family as the first unit of government. She also has continuously worked to defend the right to life for all Americans, including the unborn.</span></p><p>Bachmann is a graduate of Winona State University. After receiving her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary, she along with her husband, Marcus moved their young family to Stillwater, Minnesota. There they opened a small business health care practice that employs nearly fifty people. The Bachmanns, who have been married over thirty years, have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline and Sophia. The Bachmanns have also cared for 23 foster children, inspiring Bachmann’s tireless efforts in Congress on behalf of America’s foster and adopted children, a role that has earned her bipartisan praise.</p><p>Rep. Bachmann has been a guest on the Faith and Liberty Talk Show. Her interview with Dave Garrison can be heard through the <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/faith-liberty/podcast/michele-bachmann-direction-nation-andrew-mccarthy-why-president-should-be-impe">Faith and Liberty website</a>.</p><p>This year's commencement ceremonies can be viewed online via a live broadcast; and DVDs of the ceremony will be available for purchase both <a href="https://secure.qgiv.com/for/ocu/event/470998/">online</a> and onsite following the event.</p> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:14:18 +0000 kahoward 9170 at http://team.ohiochristian.edu OCU Alumnus Using Musical Gifts at the Tragedy Into Triumph Event http://team.ohiochristian.edu/news/ocu-alumnus-using-musical-gifts-tragedy-triumph-event <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="310" title="OCU Alumnus Derek Radcliff" alt="OCU Alumnus Derek Radcliff" src="http://team.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/dradcliff_crpd.jpg?1426645865" /></div><p>As a singer, songwriter, musician, worship leader, OCU Alumnus <a href="http://www.derekradcliffmusic.com">Derek Radcliff</a> is using his amazing gift of music at the <em>T<a href="http://www2.tragedyintotriumph.com">ragegy Into Triumph</a></em> event taking place this week in Circleville, Ohio (2264 Walnut Creek Pike.) Derek's music has enriched each evening of this free 4-day event, preparing hearts to hear the <em>Tragedy Into Triumph</em> stories of<span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">&nbsp;Tryrone Flowers, Michael Morton, Danny Gokey, and Justin Wren. The event began Sunday, March 15, and concludes</span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">&nbsp;Wednesday evening, March 18.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">In the past Radcliff has played with&nbsp;<i>Vintage Itch, Love Victoria, and Words of Men</i>. He is currently writing, recording, and touring with his own band as well as performing session work and leading worship from time to time.</span><span style="font-size: 0.8em; line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Derek's debut album,&nbsp;<i>Who Will Save Them All?</i>, for which he wrote the lyrics, sang both lead and harmony vocals, played organ, piano, and all guitar parts is scheduled to be released this month. In collaboration with other musicians the album blends many styles creating its own unique sound.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:00:00 +0000 kahoward 9172 at http://team.ohiochristian.edu Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman to be Honored for Opening Columbus for Ohio Christian University http://team.ohiochristian.edu/advancement/news/columbus-mayor-michael-b-coleman-be-honored-opening-columbus-ohio-christian-univers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="340" height="278" title="Mayor Michael B. Coleman will be honored at the OCU Leadership Forum" alt="Mayor Michael B. Coleman will be honored at the OCU Leadership Forum" src="http://team.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/Coleman-2011.jpg?1426256258" /></div><p>Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Mayor Michael B. Coleman of Columbus will be honored at this year's Leadership Forum scheduled for April 8! Leadership Forum attendees will hear from an outstanding group of guest speakers: Governor Mike Huckabee, linebacker A.J. Hawk of the Cincinnati Bengals, the Benham Brothers, and of course Dr. John C. Maxwell.</p><p>Since taking office in 2000, Mayor Michael B. Coleman has built Columbus’ reputation as one of the best cities in the nation by building stronger, safer neighborhoods, creating jobs, and maintaining a high quality of life. Columbus is the 15th largest city in the nation, the largest city in Ohio, and the fastest growing city in the Midwest. Mayor Coleman is the longest-serving mayor in Columbus history and the longest-serving incumbent African-American mayor among major U.S. cities.</p><h3>Reserve your seat today for what promises to be a very stimulating and inspirational forum!<br />Go to <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/forum">www.ohiochristian.edu/forum</a>&nbsp;or call Mark Taylor at&nbsp;<a href="tel:7404205919" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.940000534057617px;">740-420-5919</a>&nbsp;or Craig Brown at&nbsp;<a href="tel:7404205947" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.940000534057617px;">740-420-5947</a>.</h3> Advancement Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:21:32 +0000 kahoward 9168 at http://team.ohiochristian.edu OCU Alumnus Seth Mosley Wins Grammy http://team.ohiochristian.edu/news/ocu-alumnus-seth-mosley-wins-grammy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1000" height="473" title="OCU Alumnus Seth Mosley Wins Grammy" alt="OCU Alumnus Seth Mosley Wins Grammy" src="http://team.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/seth_mosley.jpg?1425389981" /></div><p>CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (March 9, 2015) – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that in February, Seth Mosley, producer of the Album <em>Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong, </em>won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album!</p><p>Now less than one month after having won the Grammy Seth is again being honored. Seth has been named Christian Songwriter of the Year at SESAC’s Christian Music Awards.</p><p>As a university we are excited to see what God does in the life of a student. Seth Mosely, who attended OCU in 2004 and 2005, is being used by God in a powerful way to write and produce impactful Christian music! Seth is one of Christian music’s most sought-after producers and writers. He has worked with Michael W. Smith, Francesca Battistelli, Jeremy Camp, Audio Adrenaline, Sanctus Real and the Newsboys. Seth has written or co-written numerous hit singles. Examples include: Francesca Battistelli’s recent #1 hit, “He Knows My Name,” “He Knows” (Jeremy Camp), “You Are I Am” (Mercy Me), “Words” (Hawk Nelson).</p><p>OCU President, Dr. Mark A. Smith, commented that he is blessed to have Dr. Jim Mosley, Seth’s father, as his physician and is thrilled to see how Seth’s talents contribute to reaching so many through the power of music.&nbsp;</p><p>As one of the nation’s fastest growing universities, Ohio Christian University has approximately 4,000 students engaged in traditional residential, online, and adult programs. OCU promotes a Christian worldview in the study of disciplines including music, worship leadership, and instrumental and vocal/choral concentrations. OCU offers full-featured programs in many disciplines with opportunities for internships, study abroad, and several other student-centered learning opportunities where students can gain real-world experiences in a Christ-centered environment.</p> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:40:57 +0000 kahoward 9155 at http://team.ohiochristian.edu