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          There is rarely a lack of youthful exuberance on OCU’s campus, especially once warmer temperatures arrive, but this spring the mood heightened even more as OCU hosted Battle Over Books for the first time in the event’s six-year history. Battle Over Books is a fierce, yet friendly, set of competitions among local middle and high school student teams: complete with buzzers and lighting rounds          Nearly 60 high school students participated in the April 10th competition, representing Circleville, Logan, Logan Elm, Teays Valley and Westfall schools. The May 11th middle school rivalry involved more than 80 contestants from Canal Winchester, Everts, Groveport Madison, Hilliard Weaver, Logan-Hocking, New Lexington, and Westfall schools.          Questions for the high school teams were drawn from 12 titles ranging from beloved classics such as The Hobbit, The Princess Bride, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, to Kristin Cashore’s debut fantasy Graceling, Alex Scarrow’s Time Riders science fiction series, and The Warren Commission Report: The Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assignation. A live-video conference with author Mindy McGinnis rounded out the day. She graciously spent more than an hour discussing her debut novel, Not a Drop to Drink, which was recently optioned for the big screen. Keenly attuned to her reading audience, McGinnis was hilariously offbeat and genuinely connected with the students. They held their own – gaining insightful and sophisticated queries about her characters, themes, and writing process.          Slightly longer, but equally challenging, the middle school list of sixteen titles included The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candance Fleming, Prisoner B-3087 by Alex Gratz, and The War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon McKay and Daniel LaFrance. In an impromptu discussion at the end of the day, one student revealed how the graphic novel’s style influenced their own art-making. Others weighed-in on their reading and library habits, the surprise of loving books they had expected to hate, and the sense of team dedication that comes out of the competition.          While the competition was indeed competitive - Circleville High School took the trophy for a second consecutive year, and Canal Winchester claimed the prize at the middle school level - the emphasis was on teamwork between students who simply love to read. Circleville teacher-librarian Trent Roberts put it well, “This is an awesome way to get kids reading and recognize them for their love of reading”.          Kudos goes to Roberts and the other librarians, teachers, and volunteers whose own love of reading made the event possible. They included, Pickaway County Public Library Outreach Services/Public Relations Coordinator Michelle Callahan, Teays Valley H.S. teacher-librarian Lisa Campbell, Circleville High School Library Clerk Terri Carter, Logan Elm H. S. teacher-librarian Jarod Lloyd, Westfall Middle School librarian Cheryl Lorson, Logan-Hocking H.S. language arts teacher Ben Taulbee, and Friends of the Pickaway County District Public Library Sharyn Blecha, Carol Bowling, Elaine Cook, Sandy Edgar, Martha Erchenbrecher, Lynn Kraus, Jane Poulson, Paula Prindle and Gary Wasmer who served as scorekeepers, judges, and timers.          It was a distinct pleasure to host Battle Over Books, and plans to host next year’s events are already in motion. 

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Emergency and Disaster Management Partner with Mennonite Disaster Service image

Emergency and Disaster Management Partner with Mennonite Disaster Service

Emergency and Disaster Management Partner with Mennonite Disaster Service image

Published: November 8, 2019

Representatives from Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program recently joined their new disaster partner, the Mennonites, at the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Region 2 Conference. The event took place in Rosedale, Ohio on Oct. 25-27. The Mennonite Disaster Service is a network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters. While their primary focus is on clean up, repair, and rebuilding homes, they expand beyond these activities. Their service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith, and wholeness. Emergency
Representatives from Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program recently joined their new disaster partner, the Mennonites, at the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Region 2 Conference. The event took place in Rosedale, Ohio on Oct. 25-27. The Mennonite Disaster Service is a network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by
Representatives from Ohio Christian University’s Emergency and Disaster Management Program recently joined their new disaster partner, the Mennonites, at the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Region
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Orchestra Shares Gospel Through Music in Japan

Orchestra Shares Gospel Through Music in Japan image

Published: November 8, 2019

This summer, Ohio Christian University’s orchestra went on its third mission trip to Japan. From Jul. 29 to Aug. 17, students had the opportunity to share not only their musical talents but their passion for spreading the gospel. The orchestra directors, Roger and Linda Stieg, completed their graduate work at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. After graduation, the Steigs were asked to come back to play some concerts. They agreed to return, hoping to be an example of how God can use even musical talent to help fulfill the Great Commission. Found in Matthew 28, the
This summer, Ohio Christian University’s orchestra went on its third mission trip to Japan. From Jul. 29 to Aug. 17, students had the opportunity to share not only their musical talents but their passion for spreading the gospel. The orchestra directors, Roger and Linda Stieg, completed their graduate work at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. After graduation, the Steigs
This summer, Ohio Christian University’s orchestra went on its third mission trip to Japan. From Jul. 29 to Aug. 17, students had the opportunity to share not only their musical talents but their
Trailblazers Participate In 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day image

Trailblazers Participate In 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day

Trailblazers Participate In 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day image

Published: October 16, 2019

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Last Wednesday, the Trailblazer Athletic Department, in partnership with the university, participated in the 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day. This year, Ohio Christian partnered with United Way of Pickaway County to expand the reach and scope by coordinating and bringing together the organizations individual efforts to serve the community.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Last Wednesday, the Trailblazer Athletic Department, in partnership with the university, participated in the 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day. This year, Ohio Christian partnered with United Way of Pickaway County to expand the reach and scope by coordinating and bringing together the organizations individual efforts to serve the community.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Last Wednesday, the Trailblazer Athletic Department, in partnership with the university, participated in the 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day. This year, Ohio
Students Serve Community in 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day image

Students Serve Community in 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day

Students Serve Community in 21st Annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day image

Published: October 16, 2019

Over 460 students from Ohio Christian University and local high schools through a partnership with United Way of Pickaway County came together on Oct. 9 to serve the community. During OCU’s 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day, students engaged in clean up and restoration projects at 44 sites throughout Circleville and the surrounding county. Before starting, the students were addressed by event organizers, Ralph C. Starkey’s daughter Beth Starkey Hill, Circleville Mayor Don McIlroy, and Pickaway County Commissioner Brian Stewart. Executive Director of United Way Jama
Over 460 students from Ohio Christian University and local high schools through a partnership with United Way of Pickaway County came together on Oct. 9 to serve the community. During OCU’s 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day, students engaged in clean up and restoration projects at 44 sites throughout Circleville and the surrounding county. Before starting, the students were
Over 460 students from Ohio Christian University and local high schools through a partnership with United Way of Pickaway County came together on Oct. 9 to serve the community. During OCU’s 21st
Student Volunteers

Ohio Christian Partners to Serve Community

Student Volunteers

Published: October 16, 2019

Ohio Christian University will hold its 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day on Oct 9. The event historically sends out over 400 students, faculty and staff into the community of Circleville and the surrounding area to serve those in need. This year, Ohio Christian has partnered with United Way of Pickaway County to expand the reach and scope by coordinating and bringing together the organizations individual efforts to serve the community. Ohio Christian has traditionally held Community Action Day in the spring but switched to fall this year so the day would coincide with
Ohio Christian University will hold its 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day on Oct 9. The event historically sends out over 400 students, faculty and staff into the community of Circleville and the surrounding area to serve those in need. This year, Ohio Christian has partnered with United Way of Pickaway County to expand the reach and scope by coordinating and bringing
Ohio Christian University will hold its 21st annual Ralph C. Starkey Community Action Day on Oct 9. The event historically sends out over 400 students, faculty and staff into the community of