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Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Caleb Friedeman, David A. Case Chair of Theology and Ministry and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, has published A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature(ASIRL) with Hendrickson Academic. This volume is a comprehensive Scripture index to classical rabbinic literature in English that contains approximately 90,000 entries and represents over 2,500 hours of work by a seven-person team over the course of two and a half years. In addition to the work of the editorial team, a group of OCU staff and students assisted in reviewing several thousand entries in the index. ASIRL is already receiving praise from top scholars in the field. “A Scripture Index to Rabbinic Literature is a most welcome addition to the tool kit of resources for the critical study of rabbinic Judaism’s creative interpretation of the Bible,” says Steven D. Fraade of Yale University. “It promises to set the standard for many years to come.” David Stern of Harvard University remarks, “ASIRL is an extraordinary contribution to the existing fund of resources for the study of rabbinic literature.… Nothing like this has ever been attempted before.” Ohio Christian University will be celebrating the publication of this volume with a release event on Tuesday, April 6 at 11am in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center. Off-campus visitors may register for the event here.
Filing the FAFSA isn’t as complicated or time-consuming as it seems – you only need about 6 documents and 22 minutes! In the time it takes you to catch up on your social media feed, you can take the critical first step in getting the money you need to attend college. Here’s a checklist of everything you need: An FSA ID. Your FSA ID allows you to log in to your account, sign the FAFSA and make changes or add schools. You and your parent must create separate FSA IDs. Create this first! You and your parent’s Social Security or Alien Registration number. Here’s what to do if your parent doesn’t have a Social Security number. Driver’s license (if you have one) Your and your parent’s federal income tax returns and W-2s from 2019 (you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import this data!) Bank statement If applicable, other records of money earned, and records of investments and untaxed income (If you are an independent student, you won’t need the items mentioned for parents.) File the 2021-22 FAFSA Don’t worry if you can’t find these materials right away. You can start the FAFSA and come back as many times as you need to update information or add schools (OCU's school code is 003030). The important thing is to get started! Need help? Check out the FAFSA YouTube channel for step-by-step instructions or contact the Ohio Christian University Financial Aid Office at 1 (740) 420-5944 (call or text) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is pleased to announce an ongoing Refer-A-Friend Program where individuals can invite a friend to learn more about OCU. A monthly drawing for referrers and a scholarship for prospective students make this an excellent opportunity to refer a friend. The referrer should enter his or her friend’s information at ohiochristian.edu/referafriend. This will automatically qualify the referrer to enter that month’s drawing for a $50 e-gift card of the winner’s choice and qualify the referred student for a Refer-A-Friend Scholarship. Refer A Friend Program Details: A $50 e-gift card drawing will occur at the end of every month to pick a winner from those who submitted referrals during that month. The winner will be emailed individually and announced via a campus-wide email. Referrals may be made at any time within the year, and there is no limit to the number of referrals a person can submit. If the referred person is already in our system, the referrer will earn 1 entry into the drawing. If not, the referrer will earn 5 entries. If the referred person is already signed up for an Orientation Day or registered for classes, the referrer will not earn an entry into the drawing and the referred person will not quality for the Refer-A-Friend Scholarship.
U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Ohio Christian University (OCU) as the #1 Top Performer on Social Mobility in the Regional Universities Midwest category. The social mobility indicator measures how successfully colleges graduate economically disadvantaged students who receive need-based federal Pell Grants. According to U.S. News, “Economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college. Some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. Students receiving these grants typically come from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually, though most Pell Grant money goes to students with a total family income below $20,000.” Provost Dr. Bradford Sample explains that OCU has aimed to continually improve the student experience. “We have worked diligently to expand academic support, improve the online and onsite classroom environments, hire diverse instructors, restructure for improved service, and increase academic rigor,” said Sample. “Although we want to assist all students, we’ve taken care to especially focus on activities that would help first-generation students, economically disadvantaged students, and second-chance students returning to college.” In addition to academic support, students receive quality financial aid guidance as well. “We work hard to counsel and provide every student with all the financial resources at their disposal,” explains Director of Financial Aid Brandon Ritchey. “We strive to keep OCU affordable for students from any economic background.” OCU even offers Payback Promise Loan Repayment Assistance to qualified students. OCU students can study entirely online, onsite or a combination to meet their needs. Submit our free Fast Application to get started. The U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings are released yearly and analyze U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. Click here to see Ohio Christian University’s ranking.
Ohio Christian University’s 29th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament occurred on Friday, October 2nd at the Pickaway Golf Course. Twenty-five four-person teams enjoyed a round of golf raising over $30,000 to fund scholarships for current students. These OCU Scholarships are awarded to current campus students each spring at the Annual Scholarship Banquet. "The golf tournament is one our major fund-raising events for student scholarships,” explained OCU President Dr. Jon Kulaga. “The engagement and generosity of each of the golfers is critical to our ability to assist OCU students with financial needs as they seek to acquire a Christ-centered, Biblically-based education.” Eighteen OCU alumni attended, including 2013 graduate Chris Thompson. “It’s just a great time when you can come and raise money for a good cause,” Thompson said. “Plus, you get to have fun doing it. I enjoy getting out there with alumni of OCU. We laugh, talk about old times, and compete hard to win the prizes.” 1st Place went to the Wint Financial Services Team consisting of Team Leader David Wint, Ty Pell, Chad Wilson and OCU’s Mark Taylor. The Proshield Team, made up of Team Leader Tim Stonerock, Brian Chaney, Gary Young and OCU Golf Coach Brent Martin earned 2nd Place. Neil Uhrig’s team, including Jason Uhrig, Kyle Uhrig and Jerry Mowery, took 3rd Place. Neil is a recently retired member of The Guardians gospel quartet. 2011 graduate Joshua McGrady explained it is important for him to support the Scholarship Golf Tournament because of his experience at OCU. “My time at OCU was so valuable to me. Being able to play four different sports during my time there and the lifelong friends I made because of it are something I can’t put time or a dollar amount to. Being able to reunite and enjoy a day with some of those friends is a highlight of the year for me.” The continuing generosity, camaraderie and goodwill of this tournament’s sponsors and donors is greatly appreciated. OCU would like to extend a special thanks to: All sponsors (to see list, click on pdf below) Corporate Sponsor, Prasco Laboratories Abby Huggins, Manager of the Pickaway Golf Course, for her excellent assistance. Gary Burns, Owner of Circleville Buffalo Wild Wings, for providing a delicious lunch. Kyle Miller of the Arington Foundation for his assistance before, during and after the event. The 30th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on June 19, 2021 at the Pickaway Golf Course in Circleville, Ohio. Learn more about how to support Ohio Christian University. 5x7 Sponsor Sheet.pdf (.pdf size: 296.69 KB)
April 1, 2021
Dr. Caleb Friedeman Publishes Major Reference Work
February 3, 2021
File the FAFSA in just 22 minutes
February 2, 2021
2021 Refer-A-Friend Program Announced
December 1, 2020
Ohio Christian University Ranked #1 on Social Mobility by U.S. News
November 13, 2020
29th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Raises $30,000 for Students
EATON, OH – Friday, April 23rd, Ohio Christian University competed at the River States Conference Championships at the Eaton community schools outdoor track. The meet was hosted by Indiana University-East. The University of Rio Grande won the men's title while Point Park took the women's crown.The Trailblazers men's team placed sixth with 50 points while the women's team placed eighth with 53 points. Eleven schools took part in the competition. The top three placements in all events and relays earned All-River States Conference honors. The top eight finishers in each event earned points for their teams.Morgan Maffett (SO/Pickerington, OH) won the shot-put with a personal best throw of 11.81 meters. Maffett claimed third place in the hammer throw (41.41 meters) and also scored in the discus placing fifth with another personal best of (32.18 meters).Acacia May (SO/Valley View, OH) finished as the runner-up in the pole vault, with a jump of 2.90 meters. This broke her own previous school record. May also earned a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a new p.r. of 1:02.34.Gracie Lanier (SO/Scott Depot, WV) placed fourth in the 200-meter dash (28.20) and sixth in the 100-meter dash (13.62).Imani Donovan (JR/North Olmsted, OH) placed fifth in the Hammer throw with a toss of 34.53 meters.Brittany Lenz (JR/Springfield, OH) placed sixth in the 1,500-meter run (5:19.22) and 8th in the 5,000-meters (20:32.0)The women's 4x100-meter relay placed seventh in a time of 59. 03 seconds. The team consisted of Monica Caldwell, Rachel Lomaka (JR/Pataskala, OH), California Headlee (SO/Grove City, OH), and Lanier.Their 4x800-meter relay placed eighth in a time of 12:32.53. The quartet of M. Caldwell, Lomaka, Headlee, and Lenz rounded out the women's scorers.The men were led by a pair of runner-up finishes. Chester Mientkiewicz (JR/Kinsman, OH) placed second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a new personal and school record of 10 minutes and 12.89 seconds. Mientkiewicz also placed fifth in the 5,000-meter run with a personal best time of 16 minutes and 21.06 seconds.Elijah Newland (FR/Marysville, OH) tied for second in the pole vault while matching his own school record of 3.05 meters.Corry Mientkiewicz placed fourth in the 5,000-meter run in a new personal best of 16:19.41. He also placed sixth in the 10,000-meters (35:13.37)The 4x100-meter relay team placed fourth in a time of 45.83 seconds. The quartet consisted of Evan Caldwell, Noah Booze (SO/Urbana, OH), Nathan Rose (SR/Hilliard, OH), and Derek Donner (SO/Lebanon, OH). The same runners also teamed up to place sixth in the 4x400-meter relay in a season-best time of 3:38.94.The 4x800-meter relay team placed fifth in a time of 8 minutes and 32.33 seconds. The members included Booze, E. Caldwell, Donner, and Chester Mientkiewicz.Donner scored in the 400-meter hurdles, placing fifth with a new personal best time of 1:01.34. He also placed seventh in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 18.56 seconds.E. Caldwell placed sixth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:04.57. This was a new personal best.Andrew Smith finished his collegiate career with an eighth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles in a new personal best time of 1:02.31.River Collins (JR/Akron, OH) rounded out the men's scorers with an eighth-place finish in the hammer throw, with a new personal best toss of 34.20 meters.Nathan Rose and Gracie Lanier earned spots on the RSC Champions of Character teams. These individuals were honored due to their actions, which consist of the NAIA's core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship.
Rio Grande, OH -- Friday, April 16th Ohio Christian University competed in the Art Lanham Invitational, which was hosted by the University of Rio Grande. The Trailblazers finished fourth in both the men's and women's team standings. There were 11 schools that took part in the competition. Acacia May (SO/Valley View, OH) got things going early for the Blazers. May won the pole vault with a leap of 2.75 meters. She also broke the school record in the process. The previous record of 2.60 meters was held by Dannyel Butte (2013) and Breanna West (2014). Brittany Lenz (JR/Springfield, OH) was the runner up in the 1500-meter run in a new personal best time of 5 minutes and 15.46 seconds. The 4x400 meter relay also placed second in a time of 4 minutes and 43.01 seconds. The relay members consisted of Gracie Lanier (SO/Scott Depot, WV), Acacia May, Brittany Lenz, and Monica Caldwell. Morgan Maffett (SO/Pickerington, OH) placed third in the shot put (10.96 meters), fourth in the hammer (36.27 meters), and seventh in the discus (31.85 meters). These finishes scored 13 points towards the women's team score. Gracie Lanier finished third in the 100-meter dash with a new college best of 13.37 seconds. Lanier also placed fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.09 seconds. Imani Donovan (JR/North Olmsted, OH) placed sixth in the hammer throw with a new personal best of 34.94 meters. Hailey Smith (JR/Lancaster, OH) made her collegiate debut in the Javelin. Her toss of 10.18 meters placed her eighth while rounding out the team scorers. On the men's side Elijah Newland (FR/Marysville, OH) set a new school record in the pole vault. Newland's jump of 3.05 meters won the event while earning 10 points for the team. Corry Mientkiewicz was the top collegiate finisher in the 1500-meter run. He crossed the line in 4 minutes and 21.17 seconds. Finishing right behind him was Corry's brother, Chester Mientkiewicz (JR/Kinsman, OH), in a time of 4 minutes and 25.86 seconds. The Mientkiewicz brothers combined for 18 points towards the team score. The 4x400 meter relay team placed third with a time of 3 minutes and 39.26 seconds. The quartet consisted of Noah Booze (SO/Urbana, OH), Evan Caldwell, Nathan Rose (SR/Hilliard, OH), and Derek Donner (SO/Lebanon, OH). Andrew Smith placed third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 20.48 seconds. Smith also ran the 400-meter hurdles where he placed fourth in 1:04.82. Derek Donner placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:04.08. Evan Caldwell placed fourth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:05.84. His teammate, Noah Booze, finished right behind him in fifth with a time of 2:07.99.
A walk-off single led the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers past Rio Grande 12-11 on Friday. The game was tied at 11 with the Trailblazers batting in the bottom of the ninth when Jarod Hamlin (JR/Carlisle, OH) singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. Ohio Christian collected 17 hits and Rio Grande had 11 in the high-scoring affair.Rio Grande got on the board in the first inning where Jesse Watson drove in one with a single.After Rio Grande scored one run in the top of the eighth, the Trailblazers answered with one of their own. Rio Grande scored when Clayton Surrell doubled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. OCU then answered when Hunter Holt (SR/Liberty Township, OH) lined out, driving in a run. Rio Grande scored five runs in the seventh inning. The offensive firepower by Rio Grande was led by Kent Reeser, Watson, Jon Erhard, and Tristan Arno, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Jonathan Vetter-Pierce was the winning pitcher for Ohio Christian University Trailblazers Varsity. Vetter-Pierce lasted one inning, allowing two hits and one run while walking zero. Will Bishop (FR/Mount Orab, OH), Bailey Roberts (JR/Washington CH, OH), and Logan Harris (SR/Piqua, OH) all put in work in relief out of the bullpen, steering their team towards the victory.Surrell took the loss for Rio Grande. Surrell allowed zero runs on one hit and walked zero. Zach Kendall started the game for Rio Grande. The pitcher went seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, striking out seven and walking zero. Tanner Popp (SR/Chillicothe, OH) started the game for Ohio Christian University Trailblazers Varsity. The righty allowed seven hits and seven runs over six and a third innings, striking out three. Ohio Christian collected 17 hits. Bryant Lung (JR/Seaman, OH), Seth Nichols (SO/Ironton, OH), Logan Kottenbrook (SR/Waverly, OH), Shawn Grider (JR/Greenwood, IN), Jarod Hamlin, and Hunter Holt all had multiple hits for Ohio Christian. Logan Kottenbrook, Seth Nichols, and Bryant Lung each collected three hits to lead the Trailblazers. Rio Grande racked up 11 hits on the day. Surrell, Reeser, Watson, and Caden Cluxton each had multiple hits for Rio Grande. Surrell went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Rio Grande in hits. "Powered by Narrative Science and GameChanger Media. Copyright 2021. All rights reserved."
WESTERVILLE, OH- The Trailblazers fought hard against the Grenadiers of IU Southeast and the Celtics of Carlow (PA), but ultimately fell short of the win at the Worthington Christian Tennis Courts. OCU had a tough going against IU Southeast. For doubles, both pairs on the men's and women's sides lost in 0-6 sweeps. For singles, it was much of the same, as everyone lost their pro sets either 0-8 or 1-8 on both sides. The bright side came for our women's team against Carlow, as just about every match was either close or won. The women were just 6 total games from a win. The first doubles pairing of Kiley Staley (SO/Harrod, OH) and Rebecca Strawser (SR/Gahanna, OH) lost in a close 6-4 match that came down the last few points. Much of the same ensued for the second doubles pairing of Gabriella Egbert (FR/Lucasville, OH) and Kara Velte (SR/Germantown, OH) also losing 6-4 in a tight contest. At 2nd singles, Rebecca had a strong showing and took her opponent to deuce each of the two deciding games, but ultimately fell 6-4, 6-4. Kara also had a very strong first set, but, in the end, fell 6-4, 6-1 at 4th singles. Our two bright spots of the day came at 1st and 3rd singles, as Kiley and Gabriella both took their first career college singles wins. Kiley won in a comeback victory at 1st singles, dropping the first set 1-6 and being down 1-4 in the second set, but coming back and leading 5-4, before her opponent forfeited. Gabriella won in a decisive victory at 3rd singles, handling her opponent 6-2, 6-1 in dominant fashion. The Trailblazers next competition comes on Tuesday as the men and women travel to Franklin, IN, to play Franklin College in a non-conference matchup.
Fort Wayne, IN – Saturday, April 10th Ohio Christian University took part in the Warrior Open which was hosted by Indiana Tech. Throughout much of the day athletes battled the elements as pouring rains and strong winds swept through the area. Chester Mientkiewicz (JR/Kinsman, OH) started the running events off with a runner-up finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. His time of 10 minutes and 17.83 seconds broke the previous school record (10:28.02) by over 10 seconds, which was set by Dylan Newton in 2016. Morgan Maffett (SO/Pickerington, OH) led the ladies with a runner-up finish in the B section of the hammer throw, which consisted of 24 athletes. Her toss of 42.43 meters was a new personal best while inching closer to another school record. Maffett also recorded a personal best in the Discus (31.85 meters) while finishing 9th in the B section. The Men's 4x400 meter relay team placed 5th in a time of 3 minutes and 52.3 seconds. The relay members consisted of Derek Donner (SO/Lebanon, OH), Noah Booze (SO/Urbana, OH), Nathan Rose (SR/Hilliard, OH) and Evan Caldwell. Listed below are Blazers who recorded personal records or collegiate bests: Imani Donovan (JR/North Olmsted, OH), Hammer 19th B section (34.90 meters), PR Andrew Smith, 110-hurdles 20th (20.41), CB; 400-meter hurdles 26th (1:06.0), PR Noah Booze, 400-meters 29th (53.77), CB Evan Caldwell, 400-meters 32nd (54.28), PR Gracie Lanier (SO/Scott Depot, WV), 100-meters 32nd (13.41), CB The trailblazers will next be in action Friday, April 16th at the Rio Grande Invitational at University of Rio Grande.
April 23, 2021
Maffett Crowned Shot-Put Champion at RSC Championships
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5k, Pole-Vault Records Fall During Weekends Competition
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Hamlin's Walk-Off Gives Trailblazers Victory Over Rio Grande
April 10, 2021
Trailblazers Tennis Falls to IU Southeast and Carlow (PA), Women Compete
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Mientkiewicz breaks steeplechase record at Warrior Open
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athleticsMaffett Crowned Shot-Put Champion at RSC Championships - Published: April 23, 2021 5k, Pole-Vault Records Fall During Weekends Competition - Published: April 17, 2021 Hamlin's Walk-Off Gives Trailblazers Victory Over Rio Grande - Published: April 16, 2021 Trailblazers Tennis Falls to IU Southeast and Carlow (PA), Women Compete - Published: April 10, 2021 Mientkiewicz breaks steeplechase record at Warrior Open - Published: April 10, 2021
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