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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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Mark Lee Performs on Campus

Mark Lee Performs on Campus image

Published: October 16, 2019

Mark Lee caught the attention of Ohio Christian University and the surrounding community with his witty sense of humor and passion for sharing Christ with others. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian band Third Day. During his “An Evening with Mark Lee” concert on Sept. 16, Lee shared his music as well as stories from his own life. During the concert, Lee shared a part of his testimony from his recent book “Hurt Road.” Lee told the audience how his leg was badly injured as a result of an accident with a truck. It was during this down time as his leg was healing
Mark Lee caught the attention of Ohio Christian University and the surrounding community with his witty sense of humor and passion for sharing Christ with others. Lee is a founding member and guitarist for popular Christian band Third Day. During his “An Evening with Mark Lee” concert on Sept. 16, Lee shared his music as well as stories from his own life. During the concert, Lee shared a
Mark Lee caught the attention of Ohio Christian University and the surrounding community with his witty sense of humor and passion for sharing Christ with others. Lee is a founding member and
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Students Serve Alongside WGM in Uganda

Students Serve Alongside WGM in Uganda image

Published: October 16, 2019

At the end of May, a team from Ohio Christian University traveled to Uganda to serve alongside World Gospel Mission missionaries already working in the area. This trip would best be described as a vision trip rather than the typical mission work some may think of. The team got to see many different ministries the missionaries are working with as well as support them through fellowship and prayer. During the two weeks the team was abroad, they worked with a wide range of ministries, one of which is known as the Dignity project, providing women and girls with reusable feminine products
At the end of May, a team from Ohio Christian University traveled to Uganda to serve alongside World Gospel Mission missionaries already working in the area. This trip would best be described as a vision trip rather than the typical mission work some may think of. The team got to see many different ministries the missionaries are working with as well as support them through fellowship and
At the end of May, a team from Ohio Christian University traveled to Uganda to serve alongside World Gospel Mission missionaries already working in the area. This trip would best be described as a
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Lest We Forget Honors the Fallen

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Published: October 16, 2019

Lest We Forget returned to Ohio Christian University to remember those who lost their lives 18 years ago on 9/11 when terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and struck down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and damaged the Pentagon. The event honored the first responders who sacrificed themselves to save others on that fateful day and the military service members who answered their nation's call to fight against terrorism. In the 9/11 attacks, almost 3,000 innocent civilians lost their lives, over 400 firefighters and police died during rescue operations, and
Lest We Forget returned to Ohio Christian University to remember those who lost their lives 18 years ago on 9/11 when terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and struck down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and damaged the Pentagon. The event honored the first responders who sacrificed themselves to save others on that fateful day and the military service members who
Lest We Forget returned to Ohio Christian University to remember those who lost their lives 18 years ago on 9/11 when terrorists hijacked commercial airliners and struck down the twin towers of the
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Ohio Christian Atlanta Site Students Honor Caregivers

Ohio Christian Atlanta Site Students Honor Caregivers image

Published: October 16, 2019

A group of three students at the Ohio Christian University Atlanta site, as part of a project management class, chose to plan and host their own event honoring caregivers. In the course of five weeks, the students developed a charter, raised community support, and organized a black and white dinner for over 40 caregivers and nurses in the Atlanta area. “For the way they started and the way they finished in that class time, I was just truly amazed,” their professor, Selena Buchanan, said. The class normally requires students to plan for a fictious event, however, class member LaShaeele
A group of three students at the Ohio Christian University Atlanta site, as part of a project management class, chose to plan and host their own event honoring caregivers. In the course of five weeks, the students developed a charter, raised community support, and organized a black and white dinner for over 40 caregivers and nurses in the Atlanta area. “For the way they started and the way
A group of three students at the Ohio Christian University Atlanta site, as part of a project management class, chose to plan and host their own event honoring caregivers. In the course of five
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Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Published: July 29, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian Center Lead Pastor Perry Payne. Each day of camp kicked off with a student led devotional going over the Beatitudes of Jesus followed by real life breakout sessions. After lunch, students
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide