Ohio Christian University - www.ohiochristian.edu http://www.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 OCU Music Department Hosts Clinic for Local High School Bands http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/news/ocu-music-department-hosts-clinic-local-high-school-bands <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/The%20Judges%20Table.JPG?1424873216" /></div><p>The Ohio Christian University <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/music">Music Department</a> hosted its First Annual Pre-Contest Band Clinic on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The purpose of the clinic was to support local high school bands by providing an opportunity for them to perform their selections for a panel of outstanding band clinicians and applied music faculty to receive feedback on how to improve in preparation for the District Contest.</p><p>The bands received recorded comments and a 20-30 minute masterclass with the clinicians. The main clinicians were Mr. George Edge, retired Director of the Grove City High School Band and OCU’s new Instructor of Conducting and Instrumental Music Education and Dr. Jeff Shellhammer, retired Director of the Gahanna Lincoln High School Band and guest lecturer and student teaching supervisor at The Ohio State University. &nbsp;</p><p>OCU Percussion Instructor Dr. Juan Mendoza, OCU Woodwind Instructor and Chamber Winds Director Dr. Adrienne Marshall, Otterbein University Trombone Instructor Dr. Joel Shonkwiler, and OCU Music Department Chair and Trumpet Instructor Dr. John Anthony also participated in the clinic.</p><p>Following the clinic, the band students were treated to pizza and fun time in the Student Center Hub Game Room.</p><p>Here are what some of the participants had to say about the clinic:</p><p><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">"My students had a great time and I know it will be very beneficial with our upcoming preparations.&nbsp; I look forward to bringing both of my groups next year!"</span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">&nbsp;-&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">Ben Factor, Director of the Lancaster High School Band</span></p><p>"I believe the clinic was a huge success!&nbsp; I think the format was very useful to me and my students.&nbsp; I thought Mr. Shellhammer and Mr. Edge were very approachable and worked well with the students.&nbsp;&nbsp;Having applied faculty members sit with the group was very beneficial to allow students to hear a mature musical sound.&nbsp;Please continue the event! Overall a great experience for all!" -&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">Russ Hawvermale, Director of the Adena High School Band</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">"I was amazed at how well the clinicians and applied faculty worked together during the clinic. The wealth of expertise and experience (over 60 years just between the two main clinicians) represented by each of the clinicians and applied faculty was evident as they worked with the students. The fact that our applied faculty were able to sit among the band students and demonstrate mature performance practice for them was fantastic. I am excited about doing it again next year!” -</span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">Dr. John Anthony, OCU Music Department Chair and Trumpet Instructor</span></p><p><a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/music">Learn more about the Music Department</a> or check out their <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/music/music-events-spring-2015">upcoming concerts and events</a>.</p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Applications are being accepted now for the fall term.&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><img alt="" class="imagecache-Banner_600x300" src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/Banner_600x300/716.jpg" style="font-size: 0.8em; line-height: 1.5em;" /></p> Undergraduate Music Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:44:04 +0000 rfulks 9149 at http://www.ohiochristian.edu OCU Music Department Hosts Clinic for Local High School Bands http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/news/ocu-music-department-hosts-clinic-local-high-school-bands <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/The%20Judges%20Table.JPG?1424873216" /></div><p>The Ohio Christian University <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/music">Music Department</a> hosted its First Annual Pre-Contest Band Clinic on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The purpose of the clinic was to support local high school bands by providing an opportunity for them to perform their selections for a panel of outstanding band clinicians and applied music faculty to receive feedback on how to improve in preparation for the District Contest.</p><p>The bands received recorded comments and a 20-30 minute masterclass with the clinicians. The main clinicians were Mr. George Edge, retired Director of the Grove City High School Band and OCU’s new Instructor of Conducting and Instrumental Music Education and Dr. Jeff Shellhammer, retired Director of the Gahanna Lincoln High School Band and guest lecturer and student teaching supervisor at The Ohio State University. &nbsp;</p><p>OCU Percussion Instructor Dr. Juan Mendoza, OCU Woodwind Instructor and Chamber Winds Director Dr. Adrienne Marshall, Otterbein University Trombone Instructor Dr. Joel Shonkwiler, and OCU Music Department Chair and Trumpet Instructor Dr. John Anthony also participated in the clinic.</p><p>Following the clinic, the band students were treated to pizza and fun time in the Student Center Hub Game Room.</p><p>Here are what some of the participants had to say about the clinic:</p><p><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">"My students had a great time and I know it will be very beneficial with our upcoming preparations.&nbsp; I look forward to bringing both of my groups next year!"</span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">&nbsp;-&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">Ben Factor, Director of the Lancaster High School Band</span></p><p>"I believe the clinic was a huge success!&nbsp; I think the format was very useful to me and my students.&nbsp; I thought Mr. Shellhammer and Mr. Edge were very approachable and worked well with the students.&nbsp;&nbsp;Having applied faculty members sit with the group was very beneficial to allow students to hear a mature musical sound.&nbsp;Please continue the event! Overall a great experience for all!" -&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">Russ Hawvermale, Director of the Adena High School Band</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">"I was amazed at how well the clinicians and applied faculty worked together during the clinic. The wealth of expertise and experience (over 60 years just between the two main clinicians) represented by each of the clinicians and applied faculty was evident as they worked with the students. The fact that our applied faculty were able to sit among the band students and demonstrate mature performance practice for them was fantastic. I am excited about doing it again next year!” -</span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 19.2000007629395px;">Dr. John Anthony, OCU Music Department Chair and Trumpet Instructor</span></p><p><a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/music">Learn more about the Music Department</a> or check out their <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/music/music-events-spring-2015">upcoming concerts and events</a>.</p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Applications are being accepted now for the fall term.&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><img alt="" class="imagecache-Banner_600x300" src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/Banner_600x300/716.jpg" style="font-size: 0.8em; line-height: 1.5em;" /></p> Undergraduate Music Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:44:04 +0000 rfulks 9149 at http://www.ohiochristian.edu Saving Our Communities: Drug Education Conference for Pastors http://www.ohiochristian.edu/news/saving-our-communities-drug-education-conference-pastors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="548" height="260" title="Saving Our Communities: Drug Education Conference for Pastors" alt="Saving Our Communities: Drug Education Conference for Pastors" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/_0007_savingcommunities.png?1424813277" /></div><div class="grid12-12 nested last" style="width: 834px;"><h3>Helping Pastors and the Local Church to be equipped to reach people in need.</h3><p class="small"><em>Sponsored by the Ohio Christian University Department of Psychology and the School of Business and Government in cooperation with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.</em></p><p>Drug abuse and addiction is a mushrooming problem in the Nation and our State. It impacts people in all walks of life and all levels of society and economic standing. There is one entity that is uniquely positioned to reach into all of these levels to bring light and healing. That is the Church.</p><p><em style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; text-align: left;"><em><span style="color: rgb(33, 90, 148);">The drug epidemic is all around us, even in the best of families. This video gives a glimpse at the heartbreak and heartache of losing a child to heroin. This is "Marin's Story: The Battle Against Heroin."</span></em></em></p><p>Ohio Christian University and the Attorney General of the State of Ohio are teaming up to reach out to Pastors and their congregations to aid them to discover how they can help in the effort to change the lives of those so affected. This conference will provide a new perspective for Pastors as they hear from Law enforcement, Counselors, educators and fellow pastors with new insights into what their Church can do to bring the light.</p><p><em>Who should Attend? Pastors, Lay-ministers, parishioners involved in substance abuse related ministries.</em></p></div><div class="grid12-12 nested last" style="width: 834px;"><div class="grid12-6 nested" style="margin-right: 31.6875px; width: 834px;"><h2>Featured Speakers</h2><p>This one day conference will feature these experts:</p><div class="clearfix"><img alt="Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine" class="float-left" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/mike-dewine.jpg" style="height: 150px; margin-right: 31.6875px; margin-bottom: 31.6875px; width: 144px;" /><h5>Attorney General Mike DeWine</h5>Attorney General DeWine is working to rebuild Ohio’s neighborhoods and has devoted resources to fighting Ohio’s prescription drug abuse and heroin problems.<p>&nbsp;</p></div><div class="clearfix"><img alt="Charles E. Russell, MD" class="float-left" src="http://team.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/u678/Dr.%20Russel.PNG" style="height: 165px; margin-right: 31.6875px; margin-bottom: 31.6875px; width: 136px;" /><h5>Keynote: Charles E. Russell, MD</h5><p>Appointed to The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives of Ohio Governor John R Kasich, Dr. Russell is double board certified in Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine.</p></div><div class="clearfix"><img alt="Sheriff Robert Radcliff" class="float-left" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/robert-radcliff.jpg" style="height: 150px; margin-right: 31.6875px; margin-bottom: 31.6875px; width: 144px;" /><h5>Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliffe</h5><p>Sheriff Radcliff currently serves on the Executive Board of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Member of the Community Corrections Board.</p></div><div class="clearfix"><img alt="Sheriff Dave Phalen" class="float-left" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/dave-phalen.jpg" style="height: 150px; margin-right: 31.6875px; margin-bottom: 31.6875px; width: 144px;" /><h5>Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen</h5><p>Sheriff of Fairfield County. Columbus Police Lieutenant – Narcotics Bureau/Patrol Division. Phalen has taught classes on police ethics.</p></div><div class="clearfix"><img alt="Dr. James Smith" class="float-left" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/jim-smith.jpg" style="height: 150px; margin-right: 31.6875px; margin-bottom: 31.6875px; width: 144px;" /><h5>Dr. James Smith, OCU Professor: Chemical Dependency</h5><p>Smith is a Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC-S), Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) and Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors as well as an Elder in the U.M. Church.</p></div><div class="clearfix"><img alt="Rev. Barry Bennett" class="float-left" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/barry-bennett.jpg" style="height: 150px; margin-right: 31.6875px; margin-bottom: 31.6875px; width: 144px;" /><h5>Rev. Barry Bennett, Director Pickaway Area Recovery Services</h5><p>Bennett is a Counseling Supervisor in Chemical Dependency Counseling (LICDC-CS), an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS-I), and an Elder in the U.M. Church.</p></div><div class="clearfix"><img alt="Pastor Greg Delaney" class="float-left" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/greg-delaney.jpg" style="height: 150px; margin-right: 31.6875px; margin-bottom: 31.6875px; width: 144px;" /><h5>Rev. Greg Delaney, Pastor, Executive Director Jeremiah Tree</h5><p>Freedom Pastor for AHOP Ministries, Executive Director of the Jeremiah Tree and founder of Freedom Recovery Ministries.</p></div><div class="clearfix"><img alt="Apostle Juan Woods" class="float-left" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/juan-woods.jpg" style="height: 150px; margin-right: 31.6875px; margin-bottom: 31.6875px; width: 144px;" /><h5>Apostle Juan Woods</h5><p>Senior Pastor of Triumphant Christian Center in Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Juan was ordained Apostle in 2008 by LaFayette Scales, Apostle of Rhema Christian Center.</p></div><div class="clearfix"><img alt="Rev. Tom Thompson" class="float-left" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/tom-thompson.jpg" style="height: 150px; margin-right: 31.6875px; margin-bottom: 31.6875px; width: 144px;" /><h5>Rev. Tom Thompson- Founder of the Refuge</h5><p>Rev. Tom Thompson is founder of The Refuge, a faith based alcohol and drug addiction treatment facility for men 18 year and older.</p></div><div class="clearfix"><img alt="Rev. Tim Throckmorton" class="float-left" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/tim-throckmorton.jpg" style="height: 150px; margin-right: 31.6875px; margin-bottom: 31.6875px; width: 144px;" /><h5>Rev. Tim Throckmorton- Senior Pastor, Crossroads Church “Overcomers” Ministry</h5><p>Tim Throckmorton is the Pastor of Crossroads Church in Circleville Ohio. He is the former Executive Pastor of the Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene in Franklin Furnace Ohio and the Portsmouth First Church of the Nazarene in Portsmouth Ohio.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div><div class="grid12-6 nested last" style="width: 834px;"><h2>Schedule</h2><h5>9 AM: Session One: “Convincing of the Problem.” Awareness &amp; Education</h5><p>AG’s office and law enforcement will present the problem from their local and state perspective.</p><h5>10:45: Session Two: “Capturing the Hearts”</h5><p>Dr. Chuck Russell will present from a physician’s addictions expert perspective and provide scriptural basis for the problem.</p><h5>Noon Lunch</h5><p>Light lunch will be provided.</p><h5>12:45: Session Three: “Community Solution”</h5><p>Rev. Greg Delaney: Learning What is Possible- How Your Church Can Minister to These Folks. Engage in a panel discussion with Rev. Delaney, Rev. Barry Bennett, Rev. Tim Throckmorton, Rev. Tom Thompson, and Rev. Juan Woods. Conference participants will be provided insight and solutions by those that are working in this area with their congregations. Expect tools to work with in solving this problem in your community.</p><h5>2:30: Dismissal</h5><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-em-video float-left"><div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"> <iframe id="media-youtube-html5-1" title="YouTube video player" class="media-youtube-html5" type="text/html" width="600" height="350" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Qdj65B1lxVc?autoplay=1&rel=0&hd=1?autoplay=0&modestbranding=1&showinfo=0&autohide=1&origin=http://www.ohiochristian.edu&fs=1&rel=0&embed=1" frameborder="0" allowFullScreen> </iframe> </div></div> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:30:51 +0000 kahoward 9148 at http://www.ohiochristian.edu OCU Students Attend Human Trafficking Conference http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/news/ocu-students-attend-human-trafficking-conference <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="640" alt="" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/891531_797611346979706_2096865166_n.jpg?1424723452" /></div><p>Last week, the Ohio Christian University Heart for Justice Club attended End Slavery Cincinnati's 8th Annual Greater Cincinnati Human Trafficking Conference. The conference enables people from every walk of life to become educated on the issue and informs them of how they can engage trafficking awareness in their places of employment.</p><p>According to End Slavery Cincinnati's website, “Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that is currently occurring globally; overseas and here in Ohio. Human traffickers exploit men, women, and children using force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex or labor."</p><p>The Heart for Justice Club is an official International Justice Mission (IJM) Campus Chapter, with the President and Founder of the club being Senior <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/bachelor-arts/ba-intercultural-ministries">Intercultural Ministries major</a> Natasha Hudnell. After <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/news/ocu-student-serves-amsterdam">Natasha spent three months working with human trafficking in Amsterdam</a>, she wanted a tangible way for students to be involved in the fight against all different types of human trafficking.&nbsp;</p><p>"Trafficking is everywhere, and there is a need to be proactive and join the fight against this injustice," said Hudnell. "We serve a God who is so much bigger than all of our problems, including human trafficking. Instead of being scared of these issues, we are called to be of great courage." After some research, Hudnell decided that a IJM Campus Chapter was the most practical way for students to be involved.</p><p>Heart of Justice club members reflect on their time at the conference:</p><p>"I realized how common labor trafficking is in Ohio," said Junior <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/bachelor-arts/ba-youth-ministries">Youth Ministries major</a> Jessica Sturgeon. "It can be at any restaurant, anywhere."</p><p>Junior <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/bachelor-arts/ba-disaster-management-relief-business">Disaster Management &amp; Relief &amp; Business major</a> Meghan Coleman says,” I got a new perspective of what is appropriate in compliments, even towards friends. How we interact with others is important to not normalize behavior that is unacceptable.”</p><p>Education is key to the fight against trafficking, as not doing so, can be detrimental to those you may be attempting to help. Knowing what signs to look for, how to engage a victim, and what you can do in your place of employment were all covered in the conference. For more ways on how to be involved in the fight against trafficking, visit <a href="http://www.centralohiorescueandrestore.org/Helping_Out.php">centralohiorescueandrestore.org</a></p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Applications are being accepted now for OCU's fall term.&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>Pictured: OCU Heart of Justice Club members at the 8th Annual Great Cincinnati Human Trafficking Conference.</em></p><p><strong><em>Article contributed by Renee Edgell.</em></strong></p> Undergraduate Religion & Ministry Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:31:20 +0000 rfulks 9147 at http://www.ohiochristian.edu OCU Students Attend Human Trafficking Conference http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/news/ocu-students-attend-human-trafficking-conference <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="640" height="640" alt="" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/891531_797611346979706_2096865166_n.jpg?1424723452" /></div><p>Last week, the Ohio Christian University Heart for Justice Club attended End Slavery Cincinnati's 8th Annual Greater Cincinnati Human Trafficking Conference. The conference enables people from every walk of life to become educated on the issue and informs them of how they can engage trafficking awareness in their places of employment.</p><p>According to End Slavery Cincinnati's website, “Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that is currently occurring globally; overseas and here in Ohio. Human traffickers exploit men, women, and children using force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex or labor."</p><p>The Heart for Justice Club is an official International Justice Mission (IJM) Campus Chapter, with the President and Founder of the club being Senior <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/bachelor-arts/ba-intercultural-ministries">Intercultural Ministries major</a> Natasha Hudnell. After <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/news/ocu-student-serves-amsterdam">Natasha spent three months working with human trafficking in Amsterdam</a>, she wanted a tangible way for students to be involved in the fight against all different types of human trafficking.&nbsp;</p><p>"Trafficking is everywhere, and there is a need to be proactive and join the fight against this injustice," said Hudnell. "We serve a God who is so much bigger than all of our problems, including human trafficking. Instead of being scared of these issues, we are called to be of great courage." After some research, Hudnell decided that a IJM Campus Chapter was the most practical way for students to be involved.</p><p>Heart of Justice club members reflect on their time at the conference:</p><p>"I realized how common labor trafficking is in Ohio," said Junior <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/bachelor-arts/ba-youth-ministries">Youth Ministries major</a> Jessica Sturgeon. "It can be at any restaurant, anywhere."</p><p>Junior <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/bachelor-arts/ba-disaster-management-relief-business">Disaster Management &amp; Relief &amp; Business major</a> Meghan Coleman says,” I got a new perspective of what is appropriate in compliments, even towards friends. How we interact with others is important to not normalize behavior that is unacceptable.”</p><p>Education is key to the fight against trafficking, as not doing so, can be detrimental to those you may be attempting to help. Knowing what signs to look for, how to engage a victim, and what you can do in your place of employment were all covered in the conference. For more ways on how to be involved in the fight against trafficking, visit <a href="http://www.centralohiorescueandrestore.org/Helping_Out.php">centralohiorescueandrestore.org</a></p><p><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Applications are being accepted now for OCU's fall term.&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>Pictured: OCU Heart of Justice Club members at the 8th Annual Great Cincinnati Human Trafficking Conference.</em></p><p><strong><em>Article contributed by Renee Edgell.</em></strong></p> Undergraduate Religion & Ministry Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:31:20 +0000 rfulks 9147 at http://www.ohiochristian.edu OCU Students and Staff Minister at Youth Retreat http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/news/ocu-students-staff-minister-youth-retreat <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="960" height="720" alt="" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/Liz%20at%20NEO%20Retreat2.jpg?1424272319" /></div><p>Recently, Ohio Christian University students Liz Merringer, Eli Prosper and Sarah Musick, along with Admissions Counselor Alan Smith, had the opportunity to minister at the North East Ohio Winter Retreat. The retreat was for middle school and high school students from North East Ohio Church of God Churches. Nearly 300 students gathered for this time of fellowship, worship, and renewal.</p><p>The team from OCU was able to hang out with students as well as run various tournaments during the retreat's free time on Saturday afternoon. "It's important for the students to see that our Christian universities offer not only the Christian atmosphere but a great education," said Barbi Erbe, a youth pastor attending the event. "The influence the [OCU] representatives have on the students during the weekend is amazing. They make connections with the students during that time that wouldn't be able to any other time. I love having OCU be a part of this ministry and I know God will use the connections made to do a great work."</p><p>"The weekend was refreshing and recharging for all that attended," said Admissions Counselor Alan Smith. "Everyone left with a new passion and desire to do all that God has called them to do."</p><p>For the OCU team, the weekend was particularly impactful because they got to pour into the students at the event. &nbsp;"Old relationships were strengthened and new ones were formed," said OCU Senior and Admissions Counselor Liz Merringer. "The most exciting part is that these relationships are being continued through other events on campus such as <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/attend-preview-day">Preview Days</a>. We are looking forward to expanding on these relationships further."</p><p>Do you have a youth event you would be interested in having OCU attend? Contact Admissions at 877-762-8669 or email <a href="mailto:enroll@ohiochristian.edu">enroll@ohiochristian.edu</a>. You can also <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate/youth-leader-information">join our Youth Leader Email List</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Applications are being accepted now for the fall term.&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="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="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="font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">.</span></p><p><em><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 23.9400005340576px;">Pictured: Center, OCU Senior Liz Merringer with students at the retreat.&nbsp;</span></em></p> Undergraduate Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:13:12 +0000 rfulks 9139 at http://www.ohiochristian.edu Southern Gateway Business Development Center Close to Full Funding http://www.ohiochristian.edu/advancement/news/southern-gateway-business-development-center-close-full-funding <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="335" height="190" title="Southern Gateway Business Development Center Close to Full Funding" alt="Southern Gateway Business Development Center Close to Full Funding" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/Business%20Incubator.jpg?1424215636" /></div><p><em><span style="font-size: 0.8em; line-height: 1.5em;">By Steven Collins,<br />Staff Reporter for the Circleville Herald<br /><a href="http://www.circlevilleherald.com/news/business-development-center-close-to-full-financial-funding/article_b98b76b7-9587-5aef-976a-4655c16ed52d.html">Originally posted: Saturday, February 14, 2015</a></span></em></p><p>The Pickaway County Commissioners have agreed to support the Southern Gateway Business Development Center (SGC), putting funding for the project near the full $5 million needed.</p><p>“We’re getting very close,” Ryan Scribner, director of Pickaway Progress Partnership (P3) said. “This is an important investment. We have a good number of private sector parties that are interested and who may contribute to the project as well. The generous support of the Commissioners is much appreciated and very timely as we work to bring the vision of the innovation center to reality.</p><p>“The investments being made in this project by federal, state, municipal, and county governments provide a compelling argument for potential private sector supporters to come along too,” Scribner said. “I’m looking forward to working with OCU and our other project partners to make a positive impact on the community through the Southern Gateway.”</p><p>The commissioners agreed to contribute $50,000 in 2015 and $50,000 in 2016 for a total of $100,000. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in the fall of this year.</p><p>“The Pickaway County Board of Commissioners is very pleased to join the federal government, the State of Ohio, and the City of Circleville in support of the Southern Gateway Business Development Center, located here in our community at Ohio Christian University,” Brian Stewart, president of the Pickaway County Commissioners, said. “The mission of the Southern Gateway mirrors our mission as county commissioners, to increase economic development and assist in job creation for the betterment of our residents, our businesses, our schools and our entire community.”</p><p>Stewart noted the success of development centers in other areas. “In many instances, the employers which thrive and become long-term fixtures of a community are home grown,” Commissioner Stewart added. “As the board of commissioners, we are excited about the prospect of the next great Pickaway County employer getting their start through the Southern Gateway Business Development Center.”</p><p>The SGC is a public-private initiative to construct a $5 million, 24,000-square-foot entrepreneur and jobs center. The building will be located on OCU’s campus and will provide an array of support services for entrepreneurs and a center to address the workforce development needs of existing regional industry. It will serve as the regional hub for economic development efforts and provide much needed, previously unavailable resources to the county and region.</p> Advancement Tue, 17 Feb 2015 23:31:48 +0000 kahoward 9138 at http://www.ohiochristian.edu Psychology Alumnus Describes Readiness for Graduate School http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-graduate-studies/news/psychology-alumnus-describes-readiness-graduate-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="660" height="445" title="Psychology Alumnus Describes Readiness for Graduate School" alt="Psychology Alumnus Describes Readiness for Graduate School" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/pic%20Emerson%2C%20Jeremy.jpg?1423689111" /></div><p>When Jeremy Emerson started as a <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/undergraduate">traditional undergraduate</a> student at Ohio Christian University, he did not anticipate how God would direct his path. By his junior year, he was ready to work full-time and marry, and he decided to move to OCU’s &nbsp;<a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs">College of Adult and Graduate Studies</a> so that he could manage those additional responsibilities while continuing his education full-time. He describes that decision:</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">In short, the AGS program allowed for me to continue on the path that I believe God laid out for me. Without being able to work full time, and focus on one course at a time, I do not believe that I would have been able to successfully navigate all of the different terrains that I came into contact with during my time at Ohio Christian University.</p><p>Jeremy graduated in spring 2014 with his Bachelor of Arts with a <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-online-degrees/bachelor-science/psychology">major in Psychology</a> and enrolled in the Clinical and Mental Health Counseling program at Ashland Theological Seminary. &nbsp;He describes how OCU prepared him:</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">An aspect that prepared me for graduate education was the open dialogue in the classroom setting that I was able to experience in the AGS program. We engaged in a considerable amount of open discussions, in which my classmates and I were able to challenge each other’s critical thinking, beliefs, and reasoning.</p><p>Most importantly, Jeremy reflects on the spiritual growth he experienced as an AGS student and is supporting him in his continued path:</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">One of the most beneficial aspects of the AGS program is the spiritual discipline. During my time in the program, I found that I was able to grow spiritually because it was at the considered a necessity for each of our classes. Being able to go to class, build community with classmates, learn more about the subject of my degree, and learn more about God is what truly made the difference.</p><p>The College of Adult and Graduate Studies serves non-traditional learners as they earn <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs/degrees-offered">degrees</a> at <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs/locations">locations</a> in Ohio and Georgia and <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/online-degree-programs">online</a>. If you’re ready to continue your education, call us at 1-855-OCU-GRAD or visit <a href="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs" title="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs">http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs</a>.</p> Adult and Graduate Studies Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:00:00 +0000 kahoward 9136 at http://www.ohiochristian.edu OCU Looks to Future http://www.ohiochristian.edu/advancement/news/ocu-looks-future <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="660" height="300" title="The New Performing Arts Center at OCU" alt="The New Performing Arts Center at OCU" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/OCU-M%26PA-Front_web.jpg?1423596414" /></div><p><em>By Steven Collins<br />Staff Reporter&nbsp;for the Circleville Herald<br /><a href="http://m.circlevilleherald.com/news/ocu-looks-to-future/article_ad5bc36e-a043-5c50-91fd-ba8d87e6f449.html?mode=jqm">Originally published on 2/7/15</a></em></p><p>It is shaping up to be a year of progress and growth for Ohio Christian University (OCU).</p><p>Hank Kelly, provost at OCU, said two of the bigger projects coming up at the university include construction of the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center and the Ministry/Performing Arts Center.</p><p>“They will change the face of the campus, definitely,” he said. “By building out that way, it will make the whole campus look bigger. New buildings always bring new people and new attention.”</p><p>Mike Fracassa, vice president of operations and operational efficiency at OCU, said the expansion will benefit the community.</p><p>“They’re both not only going to look great, but they’re going to be great for the community,” he said. “Obviously, the innovation center is going to be an economic development hub for small businesses. The performing arts center is going to be used for community events and that is something we don’t really have much of in the county.”</p><p>Both projects are scheduled to begin in the fall of this year. The Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the Performing Arts Center in early 2018.</p><p>Kelly said the university also has some new programming and promotions that are shaping the future and growth of the university.</p><p>Dr. Bradford Sample was promoted to assistant provost and vice president for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies on Feb. 1, after being hired in September 2014. Silvia Lucaschi-Decker was promoted to vice president for Adult and Graduate Studies enrollment and marketing on Feb. 1.</p><p>“We have broken Tim Eades’ role into two different ones,” he said. “We lost one vice president and we gained two. When you promote people, it shows that you value people and that they have grown. It’s a good thing for people to get promoted and to show that there is internal movement. It’s also good to have new ideas brought in, and with their promotions, we have both.”</p><p>OCU has also added new concentrations to the Leadership and Ministry, Business and Business Administration programs. They have also created an Associate of Arts degree in Religious Studies and changed a previous offering to Emergency and Disaster Management.</p><p>“All of those concentrations are to meet the broader needs of the students,” Kelly said. “That’s why we do that — to meet the needs of the students. That’s why we’re trying to offer all those different concentrations.”</p><p>Kelly said OCU is also looking to grow its reach in Columbus and in Georgia with two recently created campus sites. OCU has the Malon Mimms Education Center in Morrow, Georgia. It has 14 cohorts and 116 students meeting at the site. Kelly said they hope to have the first graduation ceremony in April 2016.</p><p>“We’re looking at having more programs and expanding our locations wherever we can hire quality teachers and staff,” he said. “I think we should make education much more affordable and easier to get.”</p><p>One of the things Kelly said university officials are working on is raising the prestige of the school as they extend their reach.</p><p>“I used to think that prestige was self-serving and it seems that’s what all higher education wanted to do,” he said. “But then I looked at it from the graduate’s viewpoint. It raises the value of their degree, and there’s something to be said for that. If they feel better about it, they will graduate and get a job right away. There are a lot of positives to it.”</p><p>Kelly said all of these changes will help OCU achieve the strategic plan that was updated and changed in 2014.</p><p>“Our thinking was that all our graduates should meet these core values and so to do that, we’ve set up three-year and six-year goals,” Kelly said. “We always pick too many and I always say we have too many, but we’re going to try to achieve them all.”</p> Advancement About OCU Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:28:24 +0000 kahoward 9135 at http://www.ohiochristian.edu OCU Looks to Future http://www.ohiochristian.edu/advancement/news/ocu-looks-future <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image float-left"><img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="660" height="300" title="The New Performing Arts Center at OCU" alt="The New Performing Arts Center at OCU" src="http://www.ohiochristian.edu/sites/default/files/OCU-M%26PA-Front_web.jpg?1423596414" /></div><p><em>By Steven Collins<br />Staff Reporter&nbsp;for the Circleville Herald<br /><a href="http://m.circlevilleherald.com/news/ocu-looks-to-future/article_ad5bc36e-a043-5c50-91fd-ba8d87e6f449.html?mode=jqm">Originally published on 2/7/15</a></em></p><p>It is shaping up to be a year of progress and growth for Ohio Christian University (OCU).</p><p>Hank Kelly, provost at OCU, said two of the bigger projects coming up at the university include construction of the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center and the Ministry/Performing Arts Center.</p><p>“They will change the face of the campus, definitely,” he said. “By building out that way, it will make the whole campus look bigger. New buildings always bring new people and new attention.”</p><p>Mike Fracassa, vice president of operations and operational efficiency at OCU, said the expansion will benefit the community.</p><p>“They’re both not only going to look great, but they’re going to be great for the community,” he said. “Obviously, the innovation center is going to be an economic development hub for small businesses. The performing arts center is going to be used for community events and that is something we don’t really have much of in the county.”</p><p>Both projects are scheduled to begin in the fall of this year. The Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the Performing Arts Center in early 2018.</p><p>Kelly said the university also has some new programming and promotions that are shaping the future and growth of the university.</p><p>Dr. Bradford Sample was promoted to assistant provost and vice president for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies on Feb. 1, after being hired in September 2014. Silvia Lucaschi-Decker was promoted to vice president for Adult and Graduate Studies enrollment and marketing on Feb. 1.</p><p>“We have broken Tim Eades’ role into two different ones,” he said. “We lost one vice president and we gained two. When you promote people, it shows that you value people and that they have grown. It’s a good thing for people to get promoted and to show that there is internal movement. It’s also good to have new ideas brought in, and with their promotions, we have both.”</p><p>OCU has also added new concentrations to the Leadership and Ministry, Business and Business Administration programs. They have also created an Associate of Arts degree in Religious Studies and changed a previous offering to Emergency and Disaster Management.</p><p>“All of those concentrations are to meet the broader needs of the students,” Kelly said. “That’s why we do that — to meet the needs of the students. That’s why we’re trying to offer all those different concentrations.”</p><p>Kelly said OCU is also looking to grow its reach in Columbus and in Georgia with two recently created campus sites. OCU has the Malon Mimms Education Center in Morrow, Georgia. It has 14 cohorts and 116 students meeting at the site. Kelly said they hope to have the first graduation ceremony in April 2016.</p><p>“We’re looking at having more programs and expanding our locations wherever we can hire quality teachers and staff,” he said. “I think we should make education much more affordable and easier to get.”</p><p>One of the things Kelly said university officials are working on is raising the prestige of the school as they extend their reach.</p><p>“I used to think that prestige was self-serving and it seems that’s what all higher education wanted to do,” he said. “But then I looked at it from the graduate’s viewpoint. It raises the value of their degree, and there’s something to be said for that. If they feel better about it, they will graduate and get a job right away. There are a lot of positives to it.”</p><p>Kelly said all of these changes will help OCU achieve the strategic plan that was updated and changed in 2014.</p><p>“Our thinking was that all our graduates should meet these core values and so to do that, we’ve set up three-year and six-year goals,” Kelly said. “We always pick too many and I always say we have too many, but we’re going to try to achieve them all.”</p> Advancement About OCU Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:28:24 +0000 kahoward 9135 at http://www.ohiochristian.edu