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Eric Metaxas Speaks at OCU Leadership Forum

President Jon S. Kulaga opened the University's annual Leadership Forum by welcoming the many attendees in the new Ministry and Performing Arts Center. 

Underscoring the importance of character in leaders, Kulaga noted that the University strives to inculcate three habits in students through its Christ-centered higher education: 1) spiritual growth through practicing inner devotion, or holiness, 2) intellectual development through academic learning, and 3) keeping faith alive through community service—habits of the heart, head, and hands.  Then he introduced this year's three keynote speakers, distinguished leadership advisors and practitioners:

Logan Stout, a 16-time World Series player, Stout is an entrepreneur, business leader, motivational speaker, coach, and author of Stout Advice: the Secrets to Building Yourself, People, and Teams.  Stout spoke about the importance of developing ‘up-hill habits’ to support building positive outcomes in life.  He recommends that leaders develop ‘bullseye targets' to focus efforts on achieving specific goals and objectives.  He advises maintaining a ‘momentum mindset’ so initial success stays on course.  Individuals can ‘design’ their lives by developing good habits to replace bad habits and help the world become a better place by leading with love.

Eric Metaxas, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, Amazing Grace, and If You Can Keep it: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty, hosts The Eric Metaxas Show.  Metaxas shared about how to succeed as a person of faith in a secular world, narrating humorous anecdotes about his journey to becoming a follower of Christ and successful author. He maintains that leaders will benefit from focusing on what is good, true, and beautiful, and order their desires and passions according to God’s will.  Americans are ‘blessed to be a blessing,’ the greatest honor and sobering because of the responsibility it requires to cherish and protect the freedoms we enjoy as citizens.

John McConnell, Chairman and CEO of Worthington Industries, is a board director of OhioHealth and has served also on Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Hospital, YMCA, and Columbus Zoo boards.  McConnell shared his real-world experience of inheriting leadership of an established steel manufacturing enterprise in a mature industry facing stresses of globalization.  Survival meant innovating to create new products and services, using creative imagination to anticipate and meet needs of a rapidly evolving marketplace.  Today Worthington Industries is benefiting from McConnell’s applying strategic, progressive leadership.  His advice:  Be creative, seek and discover innovative ways to meet new challenges to continue being successful.

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Overlook of the 25th Annual Quilt Show held in 2018

Campus Hosting 26th Annual Quilt Show

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Published: July 25, 2019

Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what we do,” Clifton said. “We’ll hang 180 to 200 quilts. The talent of these ladies is just phenomenal, they just do fabulous work.” The show is the 145-member guild’s biggest event of the year. It
Ohio Christian University is delighted to welcome the Goodtime Quilters Guild to campus for the fourth year in a row. The guild will be holding their 26th annual Quilt Show in the Maxwell Center on August 1-3. One of the organizers and president of the guild Judy Clifton expects the show to attract over 1,300 guests. “The quilt show is something we do to be an entertainment and to show what
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Engage Conference 2019

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Published: April 12, 2019

Engage: Evangelism at the Intersection of Faith
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Published: April 5, 2019

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Annual Scholarship Banquet a Success

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Published: March 28, 2019

Ohio Christian University (OCU) hosted its annual Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, March 26th where donors were celebrated and thanked for their contributions to the students of OCU. Over $100,000 in scholarships from 68 separate donors were awarded to students in attendance. Parents of recipients were encouraged to attend the banquet and meet the donors supporting their children’s education. Students Hannah Reager (’20), Davi Da Silva (’19), and Marissa McCrary (’20) all shared with those in attendance the impact that the donors had on them individually. Each student at Ohio Christian
Ohio Christian University (OCU) hosted its annual Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, March 26th where donors were celebrated and thanked for their contributions to the students of OCU. Over $100,000 in scholarships from 68 separate donors were awarded to students in attendance. Parents of recipients were encouraged to attend the banquet and meet the donors supporting their children’s education
Ohio Christian University (OCU) hosted its annual Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, March 26th where donors were celebrated and thanked for their contributions to the students of OCU. Over $100,000

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2014 OCU Homecoming Gospel Concert

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Published: October 13, 2014

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Published: April 24, 2014

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By Trish Bennett of the Circleville HeraldPhoto by Nancy RadcliffA middle schooler’s wish was granted at Ohio Christian University on Monday when he came face to face with a man he considers a role model. Just last year, Jonathan Reisinger, an eighth grader at Logan Elm’s McDowell Exchange School, was assigned to write an essay about a person he would like to meet. His choice — Dr. Ben
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Published: April 7, 2014

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Published: March 27, 2014

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Dr. Ben Carson - Gifted Hands

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Published: March 20, 2014

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