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Ohio Christian University’s commitment to education isn’t exclusively highereducation; this commitment includes every stage of a person’s learning experience.That’s why OCU is a dedicated to “Kids on Campus” – a summer enrichmentprogram for first through fourth graders that allows them to experience academiclife on a college campus, while improving their math, science, art, and technologyskills.The program is a partnership with Pickaway HELPS (Higher Education for LearnersPartnership) and Ohio Christian University with generous support from PPGindustries.Campus rarely lacks youthful exuberance, but having Kids on Campus really broughta child-rich energy. It wasn’t just the adults who enjoyed having the kids around; thekids had fun too. Here are some of the student responses on the end-of-coursesurvey responding to the questions: What did you like best? “Friendly teachers andkids.” “Experiments!” “Going on the tour of campus.” “I liked everything to the moonand back 2,000 times!!!” Additionally, students said they felt “smart,” “excited,”“grown-up,” “like I’m in college,” “I’m too old next year— boo!”“This is a meaningful experience across the board to students of all ages,” saidChristy Mills, executive director of Pickaway HELPS. Mills adds, “The elementarylevel kids participated in lots of hands-on fun activities with the bonus ofestablishing an early familiarity and comfort level with a college campus.” Accordingto Mills, “Each year enrollment has grown from the first year when 20 participated.In the past we added afternoon sessions and technology, then this year we addedart, and again had more students participate in Kids on Campus than ever before.Plans are already in process for the addition of music classes in 2016.”OCU is looking forward to hosting the 10th year of Kids on Campus next summer. Photos courtesy of Circleville Herald.

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Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference

Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference   image

Published: April 5, 2019

Over fifty youth leaders from more than thirty churches and organizations converged on the Ohio Christian University campus for the second annual Youth Leadership Conference. Anticipation for the conference was met with engaging and relevant information applicable to those in attendance. The subject of the day was the importance of actively engaging youth with the reality of Biblical Truth in these formative years. Dr. Walt Mueller, expert in youth culture and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, began the conference with a dive into youth culture and practical ways
Over fifty youth leaders from more than thirty churches and organizations converged on the Ohio Christian University campus for the second annual Youth Leadership Conference. Anticipation for the conference was met with engaging and relevant information applicable to those in attendance. The subject of the day was the importance of actively engaging youth with the reality of Biblical Truth
Over fifty youth leaders from more than thirty churches and organizations converged on the Ohio Christian University campus for the second annual Youth Leadership Conference. Anticipation for the
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Ohio Christian to host UNALTERED Tour

Ohio Christian to host UNALTERED Tour image

Published: January 31, 2019

Ohio Christian University will be hosting The Silver Ring Thing's UNALTERED Tour, an event for teens and their parents, in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 13th. The mission of the tour is to lead students into the fullness of life and their goal is to empower a generation to know the truth and experience freedom and flourishing through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Acknowledging the reality that today’s students are anxious, broken, and confused, and that they are shaping their identities in likes, comments, affirmation, gender, sexuality and more, UNALTERED
Ohio Christian University will be hosting The Silver Ring Thing's UNALTERED Tour, an event for teens and their parents, in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 13th. The mission of the tour is to lead students into the fullness of life and their goal is to empower a generation to know the truth and experience freedom and flourishing through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ohio Christian University will be hosting The Silver Ring Thing's UNALTERED Tour, an event for teens and their parents, in the Ministry and Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 13th. The

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OCU Professor Leads Student Research Teams in Ghana, West Africa

OCU Professor Leads Student Research Teams in Ghana, West Africa image

Published: June 26, 2014

Teams of students led by Prof. Matt Decker, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, are gaining valuable experience in the field. Last year nine OCU students joined Prof. Decker on a research trip to Ghana, West Africa. Their goal was to research rates of mental health symptoms among West Africans and to assess the level of Psychological Flexibility among Ghanaians. In May 2014, Decker and 12 OCU undergraduates returned to Ghana to continue the research and practice the skills they’ve learned in the classroom. Prof. Decker uses the research trips to teach students interview
Teams of students led by Prof. Matt Decker, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, are gaining valuable experience in the field. Last year nine OCU students joined Prof. Decker on a research trip to Ghana, West Africa. Their goal was to research rates of mental health symptoms among West Africans and to assess the level of Psychological Flexibility among Ghanaians. In May 2014,
Teams of students led by Prof. Matt Decker, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling, are gaining valuable experience in the field. Last year nine OCU students joined Prof. Decker on a
Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

OCU held surprise commencement for hospitalized student

Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

Published: April 22, 2014

Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian University officials secretly planned a surprise mini-commencement at Grant Medical Center on Friday, April 22. A teary-eyed Amanda entered a packed-room full of her family, friends, and co-workers. She
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being
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Enthusiasm For The Classroom

Enthusiasm For The Classroom image

Published: March 9, 2014

Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early Childhood program.   In her recently submitted paper, "A Tour of the Common Core," Annie enthusiastically quotes Valerie L. Wilson, Ph.D., OCU's Teacher Education Department Chair, "’Ohio Christian University has had a constructivist view on our teacher education program even before our accreditation. We believe in hands-on approaches to learning.’"   She goes on to give an
Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early Childhood program.   In her recently submitted paper, "A Tour of the Common Core," Annie enthusiastically quotes Valerie L. Wilson, Ph.D., OCU's Teacher Education Department Chair, "’Ohio
Do you wonder what’s happening in the OCU Teacher Education department? Catch a glimpse from current student, Annie Bonk, pursuing licensure through our Bachelor of Arts Teacher Education for Early
OCU Small Group Ministry Packs Shoeboxes for Children image

OCU Small Group Ministry Packs Shoeboxes for Children

OCU Small Group Ministry Packs Shoeboxes for Children image

Published: December 16, 2013

Let’s take a moment to leave our white Christmas behind and picture ourselves on the firm warm dirt of India. Just imagine the many eager hands reaching out, wide smiles, bright expectant eyes, and laughter filling the humid air. This is where Natasha Hudnell (pictured below), a Junior and Intercultural Ministries major at OCU, bore witness to a surprise delivery of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. She told of how one young teenage boy pored tears of joy with a tightly clasped first raised holding a small sucker. It was the first candy he had ever received.Many of us think “bigger
Let’s take a moment to leave our white Christmas behind and picture ourselves on the firm warm dirt of India. Just imagine the many eager hands reaching out, wide smiles, bright expectant eyes, and laughter filling the humid air. This is where Natasha Hudnell (pictured below), a Junior and Intercultural Ministries major at OCU, bore witness to a surprise delivery of Operation Christmas Child
Let’s take a moment to leave our white Christmas behind and picture ourselves on the firm warm dirt of India. Just imagine the many eager hands reaching out, wide smiles, bright expectant eyes, and
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Impacting the World through Education from Wesley’s Point of View

Impacting the World through Education from Wesley’s Point of View image

Published: November 26, 2013

During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what constitutes a “real-world education,” but his statement concerned me. Today’s Christian parents must be alert to the fact that many higher education institutions present godless content and philosophies that can cause students to stray from their faith.  Now, I am not so naive as to think one cannot be a proponent of Christian education while supporting the education processes of local public
During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what constitutes a “real-world education,” but his statement concerned me. Today’s Christian parents must be alert to the fact that many higher education institutions present godless content and
During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what