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We are committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. We achieve this by providing accredited degree programs for residential undergraduate students, graduate students, adult, and online students. In addition, our Trailblazer Academy allows high school students to complete college classes. All of our programs are designed to equip students to become leaders in their careers, communities, families, and the world.
Students started the new semester with three days of revival services in the Ministry & Performing Arts Center in the mornings and in Detty Chapel in the evenings. Danielle Douglas '22, Worship Leadership major with an minor is Psychology, who also leads the Wednesday Chapel Team and OCU Worship Collective, said regarding revival, "The atmosphere of revival is something I have always looked forward to each year. The anticipation and willingness to learn and grow with each other is such a beautiful thing to behold." The theme for fall revival was Being in Fellowship with the Father. Services were led by Gerald Murphy and worship was led by OCU alumna Makayla Briggs, along with OCU Chapel Teams and OCU Worship Collective. The time was filled with scripture, songs of praise, and worship, prayer and intercession, and words of encouragement and a charge for students, faculty, and staff to move forward in the prophetic instruction the Lord has given us to Abide in Christ and remain obedient and ready for what He calls us to do. The Holy Spirit was definitely present and moved in a mighty way in all of the revival services. Douglas' summed up her thoughts of Fall Revival '21 saying, "This year, it was an honor to see how to open Ohio Christian University has become with their worship and understanding that God loves each of them and calls them to worship as an individual, not the neighbor next to them. It is a process of maturing, but after 4 years of being a student here at Ohio Christian University, I have seen a drastic shift of the intentionality of thanksgiving to our Lord in this revival.”
Ohio Christian University earned twelfth place on college data and review site Niche's list of the top 25 safest college campuses in America. Niche analyzed data and student reviews to look at which campuses are the safest. This honor did not escape the attention of Newsweek magazine, read their article here. Niche's Safest College Campuses ranking is intended to highlight colleges with little to no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage. They consider not only the campus data, but also the crime incidents in the local area, rates for violence and arrests, and comb through student survey responses when considering a campus to be designated among the safest in America. Student safety is highly important at Ohio Christian University as it helps foster a healthy learning environment for our students. Dr. Jon Kulaga, President, said this regarding campus safety, "Having a safe college environment is critical for students." Ohio Christian University is a Christ-centered, liberal arts institution that integrates faith and learning, equipping students academically and spiritually for a variety of real-world careers. With ways to earn degrees through online or classroom options, our supportive faculty foster excellence and integrity in a caring community.
Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food, Friends and Fellowship. In spite of some scattered storms, many people of all ages gathered together. Matt Hunnell, VP of University Advancement commented: “Despite a little rain, we had a great turn out. It was wonderful to see smiling faces on campus, and our friends enjoying music, a good meal, and time together. We look forward to many more events and gatherings on campus in the coming months.” OCU’s on-site dining service, Simply Delicious by Hallmark, provided a wonderful picnic dinner, while guests enjoyed the music ministry of The Lore Family (Portsmouth, OH) and Richard Jordan (Nashville, TN). University faculty and staff members also stayed for the evening event. Worship and Spiritual Formation Coordinator, Tiffani McLaurin, shared: “It was a wonderful evening of fellowship, great food and music”. That was a general consensus as many smiles were seen through the night. Several events are in the works for the upcoming academic year, including our annual Christmas production: Festival of Carols. We look forward to inviting the community back onto campus!
Ohio Christian University's 30th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, June 19th, at the Pickaway Country Club Golf Course. Four-person teams enjoyed a round of golf, raising over $40,000 to fund scholarships for current students. These OCU Scholarships are awarded to current campus students each year at the Annual Scholarship Banquet. "The annual OCU golf tournament is one of our major fundraising events for student scholarships – and is also a great way to connect with donors who love golf and love our students", explained OCU President Dr. Jon Kulaga. "With over 100 registered golfers, the money raised at this annual event is critical to our ability to assist OCU students with the very real financial needs they have, even as they seek to acquire a Christ-centered, Biblically-based education - an opportunity becoming increasingly more rare with each passing year". The Assistant Golf Coach Ryan Holbrook was well pleased with the successful event. "The OCU Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament is always full of family, friends, golf, great food, and a lot of Jesus! This year was no different and was such a great time. I have been attending these tournaments for many years, and it is always a great time to connect with fellow alumni and friends of OCU. It is very encouraging to see businesses and members of the community having a good time playing golf while investing in the lives of our students. I love this tournament, and it is always marked on my calendar, and I look forward to it every year. Here's to another 30 years!" 1st Place went to Elsea, Inc. whose team consisted of: Asa Jay Elsea, Don McIlroy, Ryan Scribner, and Tim Wilson. The 2nd Place finishing team was Jonah Mitchell Real Estate, consisting of: Tom Heilbron, Tommy Gilbert, Stu Smith, and Pat Banta. And our 3rd Place team was Wint Financial Services, whose team members were: David Wint, Mark Taylor, Ty Pell, and Jerry Edwards. 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 of our sponsors and the volunteers that make this event better every year for our scholarship recipients.
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.
September 10, 2021
Semester Begins With Revival Services
September 10, 2021
OCU Among The 25 Safest Colleges Campuses in America
August 6, 2021
2021 Summer Celebration Picnic
July 1, 2021
30th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Raises Over $40,000 for Students
April 1, 2021
Dr. Caleb Friedeman Publishes Major Reference Work
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Lady Trailblazers fighting for a second conference win came into last night's match full of energy. Point Park University came into the match with a plethora of matches already under their belt. Experience won out with the Lady Trailblazers drop in three sets. The first set turned out to be a fight, but ended in a final score of 18-25. Unfortunately, the second set did not turn out as much of a fight as the first, ending in a 9-25 defeat. Though the third set did end with a final blow to the night, this set ended in a much tighter score at 23-25. Madison Blickenstaff lead in kills with 5 and a total attack percentage of 14.8%. Three other Blazers ended the night with 4 kills with an average attack percentage of 35.7%. Rylee Barr had the largest stat of the night in assisting 17 of the 20 total kills on the night. Coach Coyle had this to say about the match, "We had a rough start tonight and ended up not being able to pull it out in the end. I've got to give credit to Point Park's outside hitters. They kept us guessing and it showed. We're going to get back in the gym tomorrow and see what we did and what we need to prepare for for Rio this Friday." The Lady Trailblazers travel down to Rio Grande this Friday for a match beginning at 7pm EST. For more on the Lady Trailblazer Volleyball Program and the rest of Ohio Christian University Athletics, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@OCUTrailblazers) and Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers).
CINCINNATI, OH - The Trailblazer Men's Soccer team continue to watch the beginning of the Season of Unfortunate Events play out in front of their eyes. This once promising season has become a fight for honor and reputation. Ohio Christian went into Saturday's match with a 0-5 record against an equally struggling 0-6 Mount St Joseph team hoping to redeem the last game. During the first half, the Trailblazers came out flat seeing the Lions send in an astounding 10 shots, but only allowing 3 to be scored. Two being scored by Lions' freshman Taidan Fox with the third being scored by senior Justin Ives. Ohio Christian only got one shot during the whole first half that came from Bebe Battogtokh with that being saved by Lions' keeper. The first half ended with a 3-0 deficit. The second half served to be less deadly, as the Lions only scored one additional goal, completing Taidan Fox's hat trick for Mount St Joseph. Mount St Joseph went on to tie their first half shot count at 10 shots, while Ohio Christian got 5 shots off, unable to sink any of them. "I'll be honest, it's tough. It's tough seeing the potential of this group and all that I know they can accomplish turn into this type of game. One thing is true though, if God has a plan for every other thing in this life, He certainly has a plan for this season. I truly believe we are about to turn this around and start setting sail towards a much better looking season. We just all need to be of one mind and setting out eyes on Christ. Without Him, none of this would matter anyway. God's got this season and this team. Time to get out on the practice pitch and work towards a tough Rio team on Thursday." Look for a tough matchup against the Redstorm of Rio Grande coming up soon this coming Thursday at 7pm EST. For more on the Trailblazers Soccer Program and the rest of Ohio Christian University Athletics, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@OCUTrailblazers) and Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers).
CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Lady Trailblazer volleyball team came into Saturday's match hot off of a conference win against Carlow looking for another conference victory. Indiana University East came in with an abundance of 2021 season experience with already played 13 matches before visiting Ohio Christian also not lost a conference match just yet. The first set did not give a promising ending to the match as a whole with the Blazers dropping set one, 15-25. Total kill numbers reflected the differential as IU-E came away with 13 kills and 3 attack errors, while Ohio Christian managed to get 8 kills and 7 total attack errors. The second set deemed to be much better for OCU due to a total team effort and rallied a total of 14 kills to East's 16. Although Indiana had more kills, OCU fought hard to gain it's first won set of the match with a score of 26-28. The next two sets did not turn out to be great ones for the Trailblazers as the end of the third set came with a score of 25-17 and the fourth ending with a score of 25-12, ending the match with the Red Wolves edging out the Trailblazers three sets to one. The two high scorers for Ohio Christian were freshman Madison Blickenstaff with 13 kills and sophomore Esther Holtzclaw with 16 kills of her own. The most eye-popping number of the night was freshman Rylee Barr's astounding 31 assists, plenty of which accompanied both Madison and Esther's kills quite nicely. "Defense was our Achilles' heel tonight. We had several errors that ended up giving IU-East the edge and allowed them to knock us down a few times. I see so much potential in this team though. We will take this on the chin and keep moving," said Coach Coyle. "This conference run will definitely be an interesting and fun ride. Looking forward to seeing Point Park come here on Tuesday." As Coach had said, rejoin the action as the Lady Trailblazers take on the Lady Pioneers of Point Park University here at the Maxwell Center, Tuesday evening at 7pm EST. For more on the Lady Trailblazer Volleyball Program and the rest of Ohio Christian University Athletics, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@OCUTrailblazers) and Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers).
RICHMOND, IN - Ohio Christian Men's and Women's Cross Country took off to compete in the Run With The Wolves Invitational at Indiana University - East. The race consisted of teams mostly from the River States Conference such as the host team IU-East, IU-Kokomo, Midway, Brescia, and Carlow while also spotlighting teams such as Hanover and Wilberforce. Ohio Christian sent three women to compete in today's race. Freshman Kayla Day finished the race with a time of 24:08 placing 28th out of a total of 53 women. Senior Brittany Lenz coming off an injury finishes 30th with a time of 24:12. And junior Rachel Lomaka finished 49th with a time of 30:31. Coach Brown had this to say, "Running your race obviously sounds mostly physical and literal in the way of running a foot race to finish at the end, but when Paul writes in Hebrews 12:1-3, he is talking about running the race that has been placed before us and pressing towards the Heavenly goal at the end of this life. Personally I believe the phrase "let us run with perserverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus," is really talking about going through this life by being role models and reaching people for Christ even when the world wants to slow us down. Maybe the placings in this race didn't look as good as we had hoped, but we also hope that we shined our light during the race and kept our heads high." The Runnin' Blazers have a slight rest in meets, but will be training hard for their next run on October 2nd at EP Sawyer Park in Louisville, KY at the Live in Lou Classic beginning at 9am EST. For more on the Lady Trailblazers Cross Country Program and the rest of Ohio Christina University Athletics, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@OCUTrailblazers) and Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers).
RICHMOND, IN - Ohio Christian Men's and Women's Cross Country took off to compete in the Run With The Wolves Invitational at Indiana University - East. The race consisted of teams mostly from the River States Conference such as the host team IU-East, IU-Kokomo, Midway, Brescia, and Carlow while also spotlighting teams such as Hanover and Wilberforce. They came out victorious as the Men's team lead at the end of the race giving them a first place victory. The Trailblazers end the contest with three runners in the top 10. DJ Dickerson finished the 8k race with a time of 27min 19sec with a 1st place finish out of 46 runners. This finish gives DJ his first ever collegiate cross country win. The other two runners in the top 10 were brothers Corry and Chet Mientkiewicz. Corry finished iwth a time of 28:54 which put him in 5th place while his brother Chet landed in 9th place with a time of 29:30. This was a huge accomplishment for the men's team with 3 placers in the top 10.Coach Brown had this to say, "I'm so proud of these guys going out there and showing what we can do as a team and individuals alike. Personally, seeing our only three runners place in the top 10 is incredible and inspiring. I hope these guys know what finishes like these can do in the minds of younger runners looking up to such role models as these three men. Proud to be their coach and can't wait to see what they do throughout the season."The Runnin' Blazers have a slight rest in meets, but will be training hard for their next run on October 2nd at EP Sawyer Park in Louisville, KY at the Live in Lou Classic beginning at 9am EST.For more on the Trailblazers Cross Country Program and the rest of Ohio Christian University Athletics, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@OCUTrailblazers) and Facebook (Ohio Christian University Trailblazers).
September 22, 2021
LADY TRAILBLAZERS FALL TO PIONEERS
September 20, 2021
TRAILBLAZERS CONTINUE DOWN THE LOSING TRAIL
September 20, 2021
LADY TRAILBLAZERS GRAB FIRST CONFERENCE LOSS
September 18, 2021
LADY TRAILBLAZERS RUN THEIR RACE
September 18, 2021
DJ DICKERSON LEADS THE TRAILBLAZERS TO VICTORY
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