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Ohio Christian University now boasts a mighty network thanks to recent upgrades and optimization by John Bocook; Assistant Vice President of Information Technology and Jared Bader, Director of Network Operations. With over 3,600 students – 80% of which are remote – a stable network connection is crucial for students and professors.

"There have been issues in the past where we have had to shut down our internet connection, which, in turn, shuts down our user authentication," Bocook said. "Our remote students couldn't login in to the learning management system. Because of this new redundancy that we put into place; we simply switch everything over."

The redundant connections are actually fiber service from two different providers, Frontier and Spectrum. These connections are then linked to the OARnet network is, which is a dedicated, statewide, fiber-optic network that serves Ohio K-12, universities and other organizations.

“We use Frontier & Spectrum to connect to the OARnet network. OARNet handles all traffic routing from there,” Bocook said. “Utilizing the OARnet fiber backbone allows us to replicate our entire infrastructure and data systems in real time to Metro Data, our co-located data center.”

The two providers are configured so both connections act as one and in the event there’s an outage, all traffic moves over to the provider that’s up.

“Without OARnet handling the public routing, we are limited to having to segment parts of the campus out of one connection or the other – which isn’t a feasible solution. Connecting to OARnet’s fiber backbone opens up new possibilities usually out of reach for an organization our size.”

This fiber backbone provides more than just redundancy, it has also significantly improved network speeds. Ohio Christian upgraded from a 250mb single provider feed connection to two load-balanced 400mb connections with redundant firewalls and core switches. Previously, nearly half of all bandwidth went toward media streaming services. Thanks to OARnet’s new content subscription service, Ohio Christian now has a dedicated 200mb connection assigned specifically for Netflix and other video streaming services. This allows business traffic to be uninterrupted by the heavy bandwidth demands of content streaming.

"This is something that I haven't seen many other schools do, regardless of size," Bocook said. "It's important for us to provide the best service we can to our students. Staff and faculty get the benefit of this too, so, we're all really excited."

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Morrow campus staff are awarded the Member of the Week award by Monica Colbert, President of the Chamber

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Morrow campus staff are awarded the Member of the Week award by Monica Colbert, President of the Chamber

Published: July 16, 2019

Last week, Ohio Christian University’s Atlanta site in Georgia was awarded Member of the Week by the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce for outstanding commitment and service to the community. President of the Chamber Monica Colbert presented the award with two other members of the chamber to the campus. The Atlanta site has been a member of the Chamber for four years and has worked hard to impact the surrounding community, which boast over 6000 businesses. In an effort serve their community, the Atlanta site has opened up their chapel for community events, including several job fairs
Last week, Ohio Christian University’s Atlanta site in Georgia was awarded Member of the Week by the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce for outstanding commitment and service to the community. President of the Chamber Monica Colbert presented the award with two other members of the chamber to the campus. The Atlanta site has been a member of the Chamber for four years and has worked hard to
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Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later

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Published: June 6, 2019

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Memorial Day

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Published: May 22, 2019

By Dave Hirschler, Director of Brand Identity Ohio Christian University is grateful for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It is with appreciation that we celebrate with our fellow Americans in observing Memorial Day. Previously known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering and honoring persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  On a personal level, I love history and all things patriotic, as does my wife. As such, our family has developed a tradition of attending a Memorial Day service each year. We generally
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Remembering Sarah Dorsey

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Published: May 10, 2019

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OCU Breaks Ground on the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center

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Published: August 19, 2015

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio - Ohio Christian University welcomed local, state, and federal officials along with investment and development partners this morning to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center — a new job creation and workforce development center at Ohio Christian University’s Main Campus in Circleville, Ohio.   The Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center is being developed as a public/private partnership to help attract new businesses and workforce opportunities to the tri-county region. It will link education in
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OCU Looks to Future

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Published: February 10, 2015

By Steven CollinsStaff Reporter for the Circleville HeraldOriginally published on 2/7/15It is shaping up to be a year of progress and growth for Ohio Christian University (OCU).Hank Kelly, provost at OCU, said two of the bigger projects coming up at the university include construction of the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center and the Ministry/Performing Arts Center.“They will change the face of the campus, definitely,” he said. “By building out that way, it will make the whole campus look bigger. New buildings always bring new people and new attention.”Mike
By Steven CollinsStaff Reporter for the Circleville HeraldOriginally published on 2/7/15It is shaping up to be a year of progress and growth for Ohio Christian University (OCU).Hank Kelly, provost at OCU, said two of the bigger projects coming up at the university include construction of the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center and the Ministry/Performing Arts Center.“They
By Steven CollinsStaff Reporter for the Circleville HeraldOriginally published on 2/7/15It is shaping up to be a year of progress and growth for Ohio Christian University (OCU).Hank Kelly, provost
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OCU Doubles Internet Connection

OCU Doubles Internet Connection image

Published: March 31, 2014

Today, in order to further enhance students' educational experience, Ohio Christian University (OCU) has doubled the capacity of its internet connection. This expansion will improve internet connectivity for both residential and online students. With the proliferation of online learning this move to increase internet capacity will benefit all students, including online students who access the OCU network from all across the globe. In this Digital Age, the internet is utilized in all aspects of the learning process by providing a powerful source of information as well as a means for
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New Career Services Website for OCU

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Published: January 9, 2014

The Career Services Department of OCU announces the new Career Services website. This site is accessible through the students’ My OCU site and can assist them in many ways. Students can create resumes, cover letters and thank you notes. They may also utilize this site to search for Work Study jobs, local part time jobs, Christian Service opportunities and even the option for national job searches. Potentially, in the future, students may use the site to search for internship possibilities.Career Services will no longer send out emails advising of job opportunities. Instead all OCU
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The Career Services Department of OCU announces the new Career Services website. This site is accessible through the students’ My OCU site and can assist them in many ways. Students can create
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OCU Wins Federal EDA Grant to Develop Small Business Incubator

OCU Wins Federal EDA Grant to Develop Small Business Incubator image

Published: October 1, 2013

Ohio Christian University (OCU) has been awarded a $2.5 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), to establish the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center.The success of this effort would not have been possible without the unprecedented collaboration of partners and supporters led by OCU, including Ryan Scribner of the Pickaway Progress Partnership (P3), Kenny McDonald of Columbus 2020, Jay Wippel of the Pickaway County Board of Commissioners, TechColumbus, the economic development offices of Pickaway,
Ohio Christian University (OCU) has been awarded a $2.5 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), to establish the Southern Gateway Economic Innovation Development Center.The success of this effort would not have been possible without the unprecedented collaboration of partners and supporters led by OCU, including Ryan Scribner
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