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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

Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later image

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
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

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OCU Professor Named Chillicothe Schools’ Educator Emeritus image

OCU Professor Named Chillicothe Schools’ Educator Emeritus

OCU Professor Named Chillicothe Schools’ Educator Emeritus image

Published: February 3, 2013

The Chillicothe City Schools and the Chillicothe Education Association recognized Ohio Christian University mathematics professor Dennis Ray as this year's Educator Emeritus.  The ceremony was held Friday, January 18.Ray spent his entire 30-year public school teaching career at Chillicothe High School, retiring in 2008. He taught all levels of mathematics from ninth-grade math to AP Calculus.Ray was the Carrollton High School salutatorian in 1974. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1978 from the College of Wooster and began teaching at Chillicothe High School the fall of
The Chillicothe City Schools and the Chillicothe Education Association recognized Ohio Christian University mathematics professor Dennis Ray as this year's Educator Emeritus.  The ceremony was held Friday, January 18.Ray spent his entire 30-year public school teaching career at Chillicothe High School, retiring in 2008. He taught all levels of mathematics from ninth-grade math to AP Calculus
The Chillicothe City Schools and the Chillicothe Education Association recognized Ohio Christian University mathematics professor Dennis Ray as this year's Educator Emeritus.  The ceremony was held
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OCU Professor Heads Prestigious Accrediting Committee

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Published: January 24, 2013

OCU Professor Dr. Joe Brown has been appointed to lead a Review Committee for the Association for Biblical Higher Education.  Brown was the OCU Vice President for Academic Affairs for 12 years before stepping into a part-time teaching roll last spring.  In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, Brown leads OCU’s Master of Arts in Ministry program that had its first graduates last spring.Brown said of the appointment, “I am excited about the challenge and humbled by the responsibility.” OCU Provost Hank Kelly commented, “Dr. Brown has contributed so much to Ohio
OCU Professor Dr. Joe Brown has been appointed to lead a Review Committee for the Association for Biblical Higher Education.  Brown was the OCU Vice President for Academic Affairs for 12 years before stepping into a part-time teaching roll last spring.  In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, Brown leads OCU’s Master of Arts in Ministry program that had its first
OCU Professor Dr. Joe Brown has been appointed to lead a Review Committee for the Association for Biblical Higher Education.  Brown was the OCU Vice President for Academic Affairs for 12 years
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OCU Announces New Chaplain for Adult Program

OCU Announces New Chaplain for Adult Program image

Published: December 21, 2012

Ohio Christian University (OCU) is pleased to announce a new chaplain who will serve students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Pastor M. R. McCrary (Pastor Mac) hails from a small community in southern Indiana, where he began in ministry as a teenager. By age 19, he had answered the call to pastoral ministry and has since given 55 years of his life to pastoral and evangelical service. Pastor Mac notes the highlight of his ministry has been “working with students and youth.”As the Chaplain for Adult and Graduate students, Pastor Mac will support OCU students on their
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is pleased to announce a new chaplain who will serve students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Pastor M. R. McCrary (Pastor Mac) hails from a small community in southern Indiana, where he began in ministry as a teenager. By age 19, he had answered the call to pastoral ministry and has since given 55 years of his life to pastoral and evangelical
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is pleased to announce a new chaplain who will serve students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Pastor M. R. McCrary (Pastor Mac) hails from a small
OCU Doubles Internet Connection Capacity image

OCU Doubles Internet Connection Capacity

OCU Doubles Internet Connection Capacity image

Published: November 28, 2012

Ohio Christian University (OCU) is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant that will enable OCU to double the capacity of its Internet connection. The increase will benefit all students in their educational pursuits. In this current Digital Age, the Internet is utilized in all aspects of the learning process. It provides a powerful source of information as well as a means for communicating and collaborating with peers and faculty. The grant is intended to assist with providing the tools needed to spur innovation and prepare students for the workforce. The grant is part of
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant that will enable OCU to double the capacity of its Internet connection. The increase will benefit all students in their educational pursuits. In this current Digital Age, the Internet is utilized in all aspects of the learning process. It provides a powerful source of information as well as a means for
Ohio Christian University (OCU) is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant that will enable OCU to double the capacity of its Internet connection. The increase will benefit all
Ohio Christian University Launches Storytellers Guild image

Ohio Christian University Launches Storytellers Guild

Ohio Christian University Launches Storytellers Guild image

Published: October 22, 2012

Ohio Christian University recently launched a Storytellers Guild at the Circleville campus.  The Guild is made up of staff, faculty, community members, and students who believe in the power, and the wonder of storytelling.    The group was started to promote the art of storytelling, and to foster the growth and development of storytellers.  OCU’s Storytelling Guild is not just for kids, or those studying to work with kids.  The idea of storytelling is beneficial for all majors at the university.  Stories are how we communicate with each other.  Stories are an important part of our
Ohio Christian University recently launched a Storytellers Guild at the Circleville campus.  The Guild is made up of staff, faculty, community members, and students who believe in the power, and the wonder of storytelling.    The group was started to promote the art of storytelling, and to foster the growth and development of storytellers.  OCU’s Storytelling Guild is not just for kids, or
Ohio Christian University recently launched a Storytellers Guild at the Circleville campus.  The Guild is made up of staff, faculty, community members, and students who believe in the power, and