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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. 

Archived Articles of Interest

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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
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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OCU Professor Contributing Across the Country

OCU Professor Contributing Across the Country image

Published: May 20, 2013

Ohio Christian University is blessed with an outstanding faculty and staff who not only impact OCU students, but are also actively influencing their academic disciplines nationally. Earlier this year, Dr. Krista Stonerock, Writing Center Director and Professor of English at the main campus in Circleville, was selected to serve on the McGraw Hill Freshman Composition Symposium in Boca Raton, Florida. Additionally, in March of this year, Dr. Stonerock was asked to serve on a panel at the College Composition and Communication national conference in Las Vegas, NV where she met with 15
Ohio Christian University is blessed with an outstanding faculty and staff who not only impact OCU students, but are also actively influencing their academic disciplines nationally. Earlier this year, Dr. Krista Stonerock, Writing Center Director and Professor of English at the main campus in Circleville, was selected to serve on the McGraw Hill Freshman Composition Symposium in Boca Raton,
Ohio Christian University is blessed with an outstanding faculty and staff who not only impact OCU students, but are also actively influencing their academic disciplines nationally. Earlier this