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By Steven CollinsStaff Reporter for the Circleville HeraldOriginally published on 2/7/15It is shaping up to be a year of progress and growth for Ohio Christian University (OCU).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.“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.”Mike Fracassa, vice president of operations and operational efficiency at OCU, said the expansion will benefit the community.“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.”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.Kelly said the university also has some new programming and promotions that are shaping the future and growth of the university.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.“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.”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.“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.”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.“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.”One of the things Kelly said university officials are working on is raising the prestige of the school as they extend their reach.“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.”Kelly said all of these changes will help OCU achieve the strategic plan that was updated and changed in 2014.“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.”

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OCU Improves Retention Through Persistence and Completion Academy

Student is coached as they study

Published: July 18, 2019

Ohio Christian University has participated in the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy for the past two years. This group of around 20 institutions collaborate on ideas to improve retention and graduation rates. Through this collaboration, Ohio Christian has worked on several initiatives for both the Adult
Ohio Christian University has participated in the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy for the past two years. This group of around 20 institutions collaborate on ideas to improve retention and graduation rates. Through this collaboration, Ohio Christian has worked on several initiatives for both the Adult
Ohio Christian University has participated in the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy for the past two years. This group of around 20 institutions collaborate on ideas
Morrow campus staff are awarded the Member of the Week award by Monica Colbert, President of the Chamber

Atlanta Site Honored by the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce

Morrow campus staff are awarded the Member of the Week award by Monica Colbert, President of the Chamber

Published: July 16, 2019

Last week, Ohio Christian University’s Atlanta site in Georgia was awarded Member of the Week by the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce for outstanding commitment and service to the community. President of the Chamber Monica Colbert presented the award with two other members of the chamber to the campus. The Atlanta site has been a member of the Chamber for four years and has worked hard to impact the surrounding community, which boast over 6000 businesses. In an effort serve their community, the Atlanta site has opened up their chapel for community events, including several job fairs
Last week, Ohio Christian University’s Atlanta site in Georgia was awarded Member of the Week by the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce for outstanding commitment and service to the community. President of the Chamber Monica Colbert presented the award with two other members of the chamber to the campus. The Atlanta site has been a member of the Chamber for four years and has worked hard to
Last week, Ohio Christian University’s Atlanta site in Georgia was awarded Member of the Week by the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce for outstanding commitment and service to the community.
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Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later

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Published: June 6, 2019

On June 6th 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the shores of Normandy to fight Nazi Germany. General Dwight D. Eisenhower described the operation as a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” The bravery and strength shown on this day allowed soldiers to infiltrate Europe and work to combat Adolf Hitler. D-Day commemorates the first day of the Normandy landings and is still honored and remembered 75 years later. Still the largest seaborne invasion in history, D-Day serves as a solemn reminder of the sacrifices of soldiers and the international
On June 6th 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the shores of Normandy to fight Nazi Germany. General Dwight D. Eisenhower described the operation as a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” The bravery and strength shown on this day allowed soldiers to infiltrate Europe and work to combat Adolf Hitler. D-Day commemorates the first day of the Normandy
On June 6th 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the shores of Normandy to fight Nazi Germany. General Dwight D. Eisenhower described the operation as a crusade in which “we will accept
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Memorial Day

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Published: May 22, 2019

By Dave Hirschler, Director of Brand Identity Ohio Christian University is grateful for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It is with appreciation that we celebrate with our fellow Americans in observing Memorial Day. Previously known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering and honoring persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  On a personal level, I love history and all things patriotic, as does my wife. As such, our family has developed a tradition of attending a Memorial Day service each year. We generally
By Dave Hirschler, Director of Brand Identity Ohio Christian University is grateful for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It is with appreciation that we celebrate with our fellow Americans in observing Memorial Day. Previously known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering and honoring persons who have died while serving in the United States
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OCU Community Garden '13

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Published: August 1, 2013

Ohio Christian University is, once again, diving into their Community Garden Project. They received a grant $60,000 last year from the Arington Foundation. Dr. Rick Christman is providing oversight for the project this year and pushing through some big obstacles. The rain has been great, but makes it hard for upkeep. We currently have 4 employees that maintain the garden by weeding, watering, harvesting, as well as marketing and sales of produce. We are growing a wide range of crops including tomatoes, corn, a variety of peppers, squash, zucchini, etc. Produce is also given to local
Ohio Christian University is, once again, diving into their Community Garden Project. They received a grant $60,000 last year from the Arington Foundation. Dr. Rick Christman is providing oversight for the project this year and pushing through some big obstacles. The rain has been great, but makes it hard for upkeep. We currently have 4 employees that maintain the garden by weeding, watering
Ohio Christian University is, once again, diving into their Community Garden Project. They received a grant $60,000 last year from the Arington Foundation. Dr. Rick Christman is providing oversight
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OCU Announces Application for Federal Grant

OCU Announces Application for Federal Grant image

Published: June 5, 2013

Ohio Christian University would like to announce its application for a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This grant will help fund the development of the proposed Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center, on the campus of Ohio Christian University. The proposed project is 2 miles east of the city of Circleville in Pickaway County. Project design drawings (for download, below) will be made available for public review and comments for 30 days beginning on 6/10/13.All interested persons wishing to express their views concerning the project may submit
Ohio Christian University would like to announce its application for a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This grant will help fund the development of the proposed Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center, on the campus of Ohio Christian University. The proposed project is 2 miles east of the city of Circleville in Pickaway County. Project design drawings
Ohio Christian University would like to announce its application for a federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant. This grant will help fund the development of the proposed Southern
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Ohio Christian Dedicates New Student Center

Ohio Christian Dedicates New Student Center image

Published: March 25, 2013

Ohio Christian University (OCU) conducted a dedication ceremony for its 30,000 square foot, $6 million Dean and Diana Hickman Student Center on March 23rd. The building includes a cafeteria, café, bookstore, intramural gym space, game room, classrooms, and offices. The building was needed to support the rapidly growing student body at OCU.The building is named after Dean and Diana Hickman who gave a significant gift to the University. Dean is President of Paragon Technical Services and has sung tenor with the Guardian Quartet since their first concert in 1988.Both Dean and Diana
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Ohio Christian University (OCU) conducted a dedication ceremony for its 30,000 square foot, $6 million Dean and Diana Hickman Student Center on March 23rd. The building includes a cafeteria, café,
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OCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies Reaches 3,000 Students

OCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies Reaches 3,000 Students image

Published: March 7, 2013

Ohio Christian University celebrates having 3,000 students enrolled in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. The AGS program with a convenient one night a week schedule, online options, and affordable tuition has made college a possibility for many adults.“Reaching 3000 AGS students is the culmination of a lot of hard work, dedication, and prayer,” said Silvia Lucaschi-Decker, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing. “This milestone could not have been possible without our efficient recruitment and student services teams led by knowledgeable and caring leaders.”This
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Ohio Christian University celebrates having 3,000 students enrolled in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. The AGS program with a convenient one night a week schedule, online options, and
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New book! Melvin M. Maxwell: A Tribute

New book! Melvin M. Maxwell: A Tribute image

Published: February 6, 2013

Born and raised during the Great Depression, Melvin Maxwell survived and even thrived to become a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and humbly influence seven generations of students, faculty, ministry leaders, and corporate officers. Melvin Maxwell: A Tribute is a collection of heartwarming reflections by those whom he has mentioned–of whom many have gone on to bless their own generations literally around the world. His immeasurable devotion to God, to his family, and to his calling have been motivating factors in the success of church leaders, business leaders, educators, and
Born and raised during the Great Depression, Melvin Maxwell survived and even thrived to become a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and humbly influence seven generations of students, faculty, ministry leaders, and corporate officers. Melvin Maxwell: A Tribute is a collection of heartwarming reflections by those whom he has mentioned–of whom many have gone on to bless their own generations
Born and raised during the Great Depression, Melvin Maxwell survived and even thrived to become a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and humbly influence seven generations of students, faculty,