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This article is reprinted with permission from the May 9th issue of the Circleville Herald. To view the article on The Herald web page click here CIRCLEVILLE —Ohio Christian University held its 72nd commencement ceremony to honor those 401 Trailblazers who earned their diplomas on Saturday at the Ministry and Performing Arts Center. Naming each graduation class is a unique tradition for OCU with this year’s class being called “The Proclaimers” — a name inspired by a Bible verse that comes from Luke 4:18-19, which says: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Along with naming the class, these scholars receive a Bible verse from which their name, identity and the logo come from. Ruth Edmonds and Kelly Kullberg served as the commencement speakers. As Director of Christian Engagement at the Center for Christian Virtue, Edmonds congratulated graduates in a ceremony dedicated to adult learners along with those hardworking students who earned online and master’s degrees. Echoing Scripture from the Book of Corinthians, Edmonds spoke of the importance of being a follower of Jesus Christ. “I say to you graduates, eyes have not seen, ears have not heard nor has it entered into the hearts of man what God has in store for those who love Christ,” she said to loud applause. “And I hope you love Him because I do.” Applying a Biblical reference from the Book of Matthew, Edmonds said to be a follower of Christ, one must not be afraid to step out of the boat to walk on water so as go “boldly where you’ve never gone before.” “I want to congratulate you on your academic excellence and successful student orientation,” said Edmonds, who serves on the Board of Trustees for the J. Jireh Development Corporation, a faith-based inner city ministry to benefit youth and homeless men. “You got out of the boat and you walk on water. I want to challenge you to set your head by Flint and focus leadership in a Christ centered way, because you are about to board another new boat and head out to water. Again, I want to charge you to remain biblically worldview based and ministry motivated all the rest of your days because this Christian life will forever present thresholds of getting out of the boat and walking on water.” Edmonds encouraged graduates to remain strong, steadfast against darkness. “There’s no time to get nauseated or sick of the wind and the waves of life,” said Edmonds, an ordained minister. ‘We must be strong and of a good courage and pursuing the call when our lives and the war against darkness. Now, the first trial part you’ve accomplished — you’re here and it’s graduation day, but in the days to come, the degree to which you embrace the challenge of leadership and the Christ centeredness, and be true to the charge of remaining biblical worldview based and ministry motivated will testify to the value you place on your own destiny.” As chaplain with the Harvard Graduate School of Christian Fellowship, Kullberg established the Veritas Forum. Veritas means “truth” and Kullberg envisioned the Forum as a place for students to raise and explore their hardest questions in relation to the person and worldview of Christ for whom Harvard College was originally founded. Kullberg addressed traditional graduates who earned associates and bachelor’s degrees. “You are going forth, comencing, into your future in an epic time of American history,” she said. “You have the opportunity to be a leading light into a hurting and confused world.” OCU is a private Christian college in Circleville, Ohio. The school is denominationally affiliated with the Churches of Christ in Christian Union.
Ohio Christian University closed on their first musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Saturday, April 9th and the OCU family couldn’t be prouder of the cast, crew, patrons, and supporters. With about 800 tickets sold, the first OCU musical production brought in families and community members, with a special dessert reception by Hallmark in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center lobby for opening night. Ohio Christian’s very own Nathan Strawser delivered a stellar Quasimodo performance Friday and Saturday night, and Mac Callahan, community member and OCU friend, also gave an excellent performance as Quasimodo during Saturday’s matinee. While Davi Da Silva (Clopin) stole our hearts and Elijah Newland (Phoebus) provided comedic relief, Alyna Whitmire as Esmeralda brought all of the emotion to her role and gave us chills during the haunting duet, “Someday.” A special shoutout to our ensemble for carrying the weight of the show with their beautiful voices and quick scene changes. Both the ensemble and choir delivered wonderful performances, navigating difficult songs (many in Latin), under the careful direction of our talented vocal director, Dr. Dione Bennett. The cast and crew of The Hunchback of Notre Dame would again like to thank Dr. Jon Kulaga and Lena Kulaga for their special support in making this show possible. The OCU Performing Arts Committee is excited to bring a new season of shows and fine arts events during the 22-23 academic calendar. Be on the lookout for next year’s productions!
By Elizabeth Ennis, a Junior Psychology Major, Event Leader for the Student Involvement Council, and Treasurer of Craft Crew. The events in Ukraine have created a humanitarian crisis that is weighing on the hearts of many people across the world. Last month, several junior and sophomore students at Ohio Christian University felt they needed to do something to help with crisis relief in the Ukraine and Eastern Europe. These students brought the idea of running a fundraiser for humanitarian relief to the student clubs which have helped to make this fundraiser possible. Members of the Table-top Guild, Friday Night Live, Craft Crew, and Nerd Herd worked together to run a fundraising table with baked goods outside of the Blaze Café in the Hickman Student Center. When asked why she was participating in this fundraiser, sophomore Emergency and Disaster Management major Gabriella Egbert responded, “I don’t know a lot about what I can do, but at the very least I can do this.” Students also recognized that there has been a lot of confusion about situation and why it is important to citizens of the United States of America. These students reached out to Dr. Bradford Sample and Professor Michael Burchett to organize an informational session. This session was attended by 75 students, faculty, and staff and gave students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the situation and far-reaching international impact. All proceeds of the fundraiser were given to East-West Ministry, a missions organization OCU is partnered with that is providing humanitarian relief in Eastern Europe. Anyone wanting to donate can do so online at https://www.eastwest.org/ukraine/.
On Wednesday, April 6th, hundreds of students, faculty, and staff converged on the cities of Circleville, Chillicothe, Columbus, and Lancaster to serve area churches. Classes and chapel were canceled in order to allow the Ohio Christian community to be the hands and feet of Christ to our brothers and sisters throughout south central Ohio. Approximately a dozen area churches were served by groups who came to clean, repair, do yardwork and whatever else was requested by leadership of said churches. Participants met in the Maxwell Center to grab some breakfast, then meet with their teams in the gym in order to prepare to go out and minister at their ministry assignments. Everyone gathered for prayer led by Kevin Bennie, Director of Spiritual Formation and Student Life, then picked up bag lunches, gloves and tools, before heading out and tackling the tasks at hand. This annual event is yet another way we strive to fulfill our mission: Ohio Christian University prepares students to serve effectively in the church and society by providing a holistic, Christ-centered, biblically integrated education in the Wesleyan tradition.
Ohio Christian University Celebrates 72nd Commencement
First Musical Theater Performance a Success
Students Involved in Ukraine Relief Support
2022 Church Service Day a Success