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Discussion of POVERTY, INC. Offers Christian Insight image

Film director and producer Michael Matheson Miller of the Acton Institute introduced his film POVERTY, INC. at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel Service before its showing in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center (OCUBIC) on November 14. Miller also addressed the School of Business & Government’s students in a session of its Distinguished Speakers Series, focusing his talk on causes of chronic poverty and how to improve the model for delivering aid.

Winner of 60+ international film festival honors, the Templeton Freedom Award, and the Best Documentary Award from the FIFE Environmental Film Festival in Paris, this documentary explores a fundamentally Christian principle of selfless agape love for others which has contributed to its positive reception by diverse audiences. Spotlighting flaws in global aid and social development, this engaging film examines unsuccessful efforts to aid the poor in developing nations.

POVERTY INC. underscores the importance of meeting the challenges of worldwide poverty by seeing ‘the poor’ as human beings whose needs are best to be met by treating them as ‘subjects’ deserving of the compassion and respect of providers of humanitarian charity. Showing Christ’s selfless agape love of others enables ‘human flourishing,’ the aim of givers. Such caring goes beyond delivering material resources and social engineering. 

Miller asserts that technocratic approaches to social engineering have not succeeded in eliminating poverty because they view the poor as ‘objects’ with problems to be solved. They fail because they are naïve intervention. “Instead of seeing the poor as objects to be treated, the givers of charity should view the needy as ‘subjects’ to be cared for and loved,” concludes Miller.

Miller studies the effects of humanitarian aid programs and the model for delivering assistance with their best intentions. He critiques the ‘mental model’ behind these efforts, drawing from his observations and studies of communities who are receiving aid. He concludes that “givers of aid need to address the causes of chronic poverty.  Namely, the poor lack of ability to establish clear ownership of land, exclusion from access to courts of law for justice, barriers to participation in the formal economy, and lack of access to capital resources, i.e., business loans."  

Miller summarizes his view of why aid programs have fallen short by paraphrasing a philosopher’s adage that “When charity is separated from the truth about the situation it degenerates into sentimentality.”

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Student Profile: Kaleb Blevins Pursues His Calling image

Student Profile: Kaleb Blevins Pursues His Calling

Student Profile: Kaleb Blevins Pursues His Calling image

Published: December 6, 2018

By Amber Ginter ‘19 Ohio Christian University (OCU) senior Kaleb Blevins has embraced a calling beyond his chosen vocation. Graduating a year early with a degree in Sports and Business Management, Blevins is dedicated to many volunteer activities. Participating and leading in faith-focused programs is his calling. Blevins leads a Bible study at Bloom Carol’s Catalyst High School and participates in an Apprenticeship at Grace Fellowship that inform his higher education. Having a passion for youth, playing and teaching piano, coaching and playing soccer, and leading groups, Blevins
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Ohio Christian University (OCU) senior Kaleb Blevins has embraced a calling beyond his chosen vocation. Graduating a year early with a degree in Sports and Business Management, Blevins is dedicated to many volunteer activities. Participating and leading in faith-focused programs is his calling. Blevins leads a Bible study at Bloom Carol’s Catalyst High School and
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Ohio Christian University (OCU) senior Kaleb Blevins has embraced a calling beyond his chosen vocation. Graduating a year early with a degree in Sports and Business Management
OCU Accounting Students Tour Kenworth Facilities

Accounting Majors Tour Kenworth Manufacturing Facility

OCU Accounting Students Tour Kenworth Facilities

Published: November 28, 2018

Ohio Christian University's Business School accounting students, led by Professors Betsy Magill and Lane Patrick, met with Kenworth’s accounting management staff on October 25, 2018. Assistant Controller Ron Butterbaugh and Human Resources Manager Brian Putnam led the group on the tour.  Kenworth has manufactured trucks since 1923. Students toured the factory where the Kenworth trucks are produced. They saw the assembly of raw materials, truck production in progress, and the finished units. They watched as the trucks were assembled, including viewing the components and parts that go
Ohio Christian University's Business School accounting students, led by Professors Betsy Magill and Lane Patrick, met with Kenworth’s accounting management staff on October 25, 2018. Assistant Controller Ron Butterbaugh and Human Resources Manager Brian Putnam led the group on the tour.  Kenworth has manufactured trucks since 1923. Students toured the factory where the Kenworth trucks are
Ohio Christian University's Business School accounting students, led by Professors Betsy Magill and Lane Patrick, met with Kenworth’s accounting management staff on October 25, 2018. Assistant
8th Annual Small Business Round Table

Business Roundtable Offers Great Advice

8th Annual Small Business Round Table

Published: November 28, 2018

Ohio Christian University’s School of Business & Government® hosted their 8th annual Small Business Round Table on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, the University's facility for business development and innovation. This event brought together over eighty students and four small business owners. The discussion focused on starting and managing a small business. Business executives at this year’s Round Table were Jesse Lear and Travis Smith, founders of V.I.P Waste Services; Mike Cessna, owner of My Auto Care, Bella Freight, and Redline Wear; 
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business
Ohio Christian Sees Startup Center as 'Front Door' for Business Community image

Ohio Christian Sees Startup Center as 'Front Door' for Business Community

Ohio Christian Sees Startup Center as 'Front Door' for Business Community image

Published: November 1, 2018

By Emily Bench, Staff reporter, Columbus Business First John Kulaga sees Ohio Christian University as an important partner in Pickaway County’s educational and economic development efforts. Kulaga, president of the Circleville school since last year, said to reach not only the school's business students but also the community at large, Ohio Christian last August launched the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. "We are a great front door for anyone who wants to do business here," he said. "The 22,000-square-foot, collaborative space is very much community endeavor," Kulaga said
By Emily Bench, Staff reporter, Columbus Business First John Kulaga sees Ohio Christian University as an important partner in Pickaway County’s educational and economic development efforts. Kulaga, president of the Circleville school since last year, said to reach not only the school's business students but also the community at large, Ohio Christian last August launched the Robert W.
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Tony Perkins Keynotes OCU Chapel Service image

Tony Perkins Keynotes OCU Chapel Service

Tony Perkins Keynotes OCU Chapel Service image

Published: October 23, 2018

Anthony R. Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., gave the message at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel Service on Monday, October 22. His visit was a stop on the Council’s “For the Sake of America: Stand Strong in the Lord” national road tour and part of the University’s School and Business and Government annual Distinguished Speaker Series. Perkins addressed the need for Christians in America to show courage in the face of threats to the tenets of the faith. The keystone of his message is
Anthony R. Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., gave the message at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel Service on Monday, October 22. His visit was a stop on the Council’s “For the Sake of America: Stand Strong in the Lord” national road tour and part of the University’s School and Business and
Anthony R. Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., gave the message at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel

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Published: November 17, 2017

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Professor Monty Lobb traveled to Kiev, Ukraine to speak at the 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation in early November. In greeting to assembly, he spoke about the importance of integrating Christian character into personal relationships to build better community. He also presented on the value of a Christian education in a program session.  For two days Ukrainians listened to
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OCU Business Students Visit the New York Stock Exchange

OCU Business Students Visit the New York Stock Exchange

OCU Business Students Visit the New York Stock Exchange

Published: November 9, 2016

OCU Business Students Visit the New York Stock Exchange A group of Ohio Christian University (OCU) Business and Government students visited Wall Street, Bloomberg Headquarters, the United Nations, and Mizuho Securities this fall. Students attended a Financial Crisis Tour where they learned firsthand what happens inside the New York Stock Exchange. The tour was led by Wall Street veterans who explained the difference between a CDO and a CDS, investment strategies which they said contributed to the economic collapse in 2008. Students also saw the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Hall,
OCU Business Students Visit the New York Stock Exchange A group of Ohio Christian University (OCU) Business and Government students visited Wall Street, Bloomberg Headquarters, the United Nations, and Mizuho Securities this fall. Students attended a Financial Crisis Tour where they learned firsthand what happens inside the New York Stock Exchange. The tour was led by Wall Street veterans who
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Dr. Monty Lobb is the new Dean of School of Business and Government at OCU

Lobb Named New Dean of School of Business and Government at OCU

Dr. Monty Lobb is the new Dean of School of Business and Government at OCU

Published: June 1, 2016

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Monty Lobb will assume the duties of Dean of the School of Business and Government on June 1, 2016, upon Dr. Dave Garrison’s retirement. Dr. Garrison will now become Dean Emeritus, which is a lifelong appointment. Dr. Monty Lobb, OCU professor since 2012 and former Assistant Secretary of State of Ohio, holds his J.D. from University of Dayton School of Law, his B.A. from Olivet Nazarene University, and he also earned undergraduate credits from New College at the University of Oxford. Dr. Lobb is president of
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Monty Lobb will assume the duties of Dean of the School of Business and Government on June 1, 2016, upon Dr. Dave Garrison’s retirement. Dr. Garrison will now become Dean Emeritus, which is a lifelong appointment. Dr. Monty Lobb, OCU professor since 2012 and former Assistant Secretary of State of Ohio, holds his J.
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio — Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that Dr. Monty Lobb will assume the duties of Dean of the School of Business and Government on June 1, 2016, upon Dr. Dave
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Student Learn Valuable Business Skills at Annual Roundtable

Student Learn Valuable Business Skills at Annual Roundtable  image

Published: April 15, 2016

Students of Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government had the opportunity to speak with various community leaders at the annual Corporate Roundtable. A panel of five experienced businessmen and women were on the panel, offering advice to upcoming graduates looking to succeed in the corporate world. “Patience is one of the largest derailments I’ve seen people struggle with” said M.J. Clark, on when asked about her position as an executive recruiter. “It takes time, patience, and hard work to move up. It’s not about what you must do, but who you must be”. The panel
Students of Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government had the opportunity to speak with various community leaders at the annual Corporate Roundtable. A panel of five experienced businessmen and women were on the panel, offering advice to upcoming graduates looking to succeed in the corporate world. “Patience is one of the largest derailments I’ve seen people struggle
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Students Participate in Poverty Simulation  image

Students Participate in Poverty Simulation

Students Participate in Poverty Simulation  image

Published: April 7, 2016

The Ohio Christian University’s Intercultural Department was pleased to have VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) facilitate The Poverty Simulation on last month. The Poverty Simulation is intended to be an “immersive experience that helps participants increase their knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of poverty.” According to their website, “The Poverty Simulation is a unique, enlightening experience that helps individuals begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. It moves people to think about the harsh realities of
The Ohio Christian University’s Intercultural Department was pleased to have VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) facilitate The Poverty Simulation on last month. The Poverty Simulation is intended to be an “immersive experience that helps participants increase their knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of poverty.” According to their website, “The Poverty Simulation is a unique
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