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Nick Enix with Prof. Jim Smith at Graduation

Class of 2016 graduate Nick Enix is accustomed to reaching high in advancing his professional goals.  As a Chemical Dependency major, Nick was blessed to gain employment with the Pickaway Area Recovery Services (PARS) in Circleville during his junior year.  Today he continues there as a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor.

Due to his excellent OCU preparation, Nick was selected over competitors for his position.  Completing his bachelor degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling in just three-and-one-half years enabled him to pass the State of Ohio’s licensing test quickly and dive headfirst into counseling.

Upon his hiring, Nick began counseling immediately, remembering all he had learned during his OCU years and performing effectively day after day.  While individual counseling with 20-25 patients per week and being primary facilitator of the men’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and secondary facilitator for the women’s IOP, Nick must maintain intense focus for long periods. Being well-educated for this challenge made transition into full-time counseling much easier.

Nick is ecstatic about his professional training: “Ohio Christian University is the best place to prepare me for this job,” he explains, attributing his success to the encouragement of Professor Jim Smith.

“Dr. Smith’s chemical dependency counseling program is incredible. He teaches with a focus on developing counseling skills beyond book knowledge—through real-life examples that prepare us for what to expect.”

Nick opines that “In the way OCU’s Psychology program enables learning from sit-downs with Professors Decker, Olson, and Smith, to showing respect and Christian love, I learned more about counseling than I could have at any other university.  OCU’s professors are among the most caring individuals I’ve ever met.”

Nick’s determination, passion, and perseverance in and out of class paid off in landing this productive and enjoyable job.  Entering his second year at PARS, Nick exemplifies the result of working hard and having a ‘shooting for the stars’ ambition.  After all, serving others with compassion and Jesus’ love is how to live a Christian life.

“Sure,” Nick remarks, “this work may be hard and frightful at times.  You just need to remember counseling is tough because you are exposed to heartbreaking situations.  You need a thick skin and a soft heart.  You need to love people and know they ultimately make their own decisions.  All you can do is try to make a positive difference.”

Articles of Interest

Yeshua's Thief by R.E. Addison - Book Cover

Alumnus Publishes Book

Yeshua's Thief by R.E. Addison - Book Cover

Published: October 26, 2021

On November 10-11, 2021, Ohio Christian University will host R.E. Addison, Class of 2021, on campus after the release of his book, Yeshua's Thief. Set in 28 A.D., Yeshua’s Thief is the story of the family of a thief on the cross who was forgiven. It is a story of sacrifice, redemption, and romance.  Ohio Christian University President Jon Kulaga states “being able to celebrate the success of our students is a joy and a privilege.  R.E. is fulfilling his calling as a pastor, enjoying success as a husband and father, and now as a writer.  Ohio Christian University’s Christ-Centered
On November 10-11, 2021, Ohio Christian University will host R.E. Addison, Class of 2021, on campus after the release of his book, Yeshua's Thief. Set in 28 A.D., Yeshua’s Thief is the story of the family of a thief on the cross who was forgiven. It is a story of sacrifice, redemption, and romance.  Ohio Christian University President Jon Kulaga states “being able to celebrate the success
On November 10-11, 2021, Ohio Christian University will host R.E. Addison, Class of 2021, on campus after the release of his book, Yeshua's Thief. Set in 28 A.D., Yeshua’s Thief is the story of the
OCU Summer Celebration Photo

2021 Summer Celebration Picnic

OCU Summer Celebration Photo

Published: August 6, 2021

Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food, Friends and Fellowship. In spite of some scattered storms, many people of all ages gathered together. OCU’s on-site dining service, Simply Delicious by Hallmark, provided a wonderful picnic dinner, while guests enjoyed the music ministry of The Lore Family (Portsmouth, OH) and Richard Jordan (Nashville, TN). University faculty and staff members also stayed for the evening event. Worship
Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food, Friends and Fellowship. In spite of some scattered storms, many people of all ages gathered together. OCU’s on-site dining service, Simply Delicious by Hallmark, provided a wonderful picnic
Ohio Christian University held its first ever Summer Celebration Picnic on Friday, July 16, 2021. This was a time for OCU Alumni, donor partners and community members to get together and enjoy Food

Archived Articles of Interest

OCU Graduate Update - Justin Hamilton image

OCU Graduate Update - Justin Hamilton

OCU Graduate Update - Justin Hamilton image

Published: October 24, 2016

Justin is a 2016 graduate, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education (grades 4-9) with concentrations in English Language Arts and Social Studies. Justin has obtained his license and is now serving as a substitute for all of Pickaway County, schools in Ross County, such as Unioto and Zane Trace, and also Teays Valley School District. Aside from subbing, Justin is working and just finished a collection of H.P. Lovecraft novels. He has enjoyed having more time for family and his church as well. Keep up the good work Justin!
Justin is a 2016 graduate, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education (grades 4-9) with concentrations in English Language Arts and Social Studies. Justin has obtained his license and is now serving as a substitute for all of Pickaway County, schools in Ross County, such as Unioto and Zane Trace, and also Teays Valley School District. Aside from subbing, Justin is working and
Justin is a 2016 graduate, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Middle Childhood Education (grades 4-9) with concentrations in English Language Arts and Social Studies. Justin has obtained his license
OCU Graduate Update - Annie Edmonds image

OCU Graduate Update - Annie Edmonds

OCU Graduate Update - Annie Edmonds image

Published: October 24, 2016

OCU graduate Annie Edmonds shares this update from the field: I am currently working at New Beginnings Christian school  in Columbus Ohio, teaching first grade. There are countless times I refer back to my education while in the classroom. It is so encouraging to know that I still have a great support system at OCU, I know that if I ever needed anything they would be there in a heartbeat! I am thankful for each one of my professors that took time to help me achieve my goals and dreams!  
OCU graduate Annie Edmonds shares this update from the field: I am currently working at New Beginnings Christian school  in Columbus Ohio, teaching first grade. There are countless times I refer back to my education while in the classroom. It is so encouraging to know that I still have a great support system at OCU, I know that if I ever needed anything they would be there in a heartbeat! I
OCU graduate Annie Edmonds shares this update from the field: I am currently working at New Beginnings Christian school  in Columbus Ohio, teaching first grade. There are countless times I refer
Alum attributes success to time at OCU image

Alum attributes success to time at OCU

Alum attributes success to time at OCU image

Published: June 29, 2016

Latricia (Sullivan) Johnston, ’08, is a third generation Ohio Christian University alum who was recently was appointed Centennial Project Director for Fairfield Medical Center (FMC), where she will manage and coordinate a year-long celebration in honor of 100 years of existence of FMC.  Johnston has dedicated her professional life in the service of others with more than 23 years of non-profit, corporate, and higher education communications including grant writing, personal and legacy gift planning, fundraising events, physician and employee fundraising, marketing, event planning and
Latricia (Sullivan) Johnston, ’08, is a third generation Ohio Christian University alum who was recently was appointed Centennial Project Director for Fairfield Medical Center (FMC), where she will manage and coordinate a year-long celebration in honor of 100 years of existence of FMC.  Johnston has dedicated her professional life in the service of others with more than 23 years of non-
Latricia (Sullivan) Johnston, ’08, is a third generation Ohio Christian University alum who was recently was appointed Centennial Project Director for Fairfield Medical Center (FMC), where she will
One of OCU's recent RN-BSN graduates being pinned at a pinning ceremony last week.

Thank you, Nurses! - National Nurse Week

One of OCU's recent RN-BSN graduates being pinned at a pinning ceremony last week.

Published: May 6, 2016

National Nurse Week, sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day, begins today and runs from May 6- May 12, 2016, and since OCU graduated its first class of nurses at a pinning ceremony on April 30 — we'd like to thank all of the nurses out there for everything you do! Ohio Christian University wants to take this week to honor our nurses and our nursing students. If you see a nurse this week, thank them for their hard work and diligence in their field. Nurses—we couldn’t do it without you! National Nurse Week exists to acknowledge all nurses and their important role in society. The
National Nurse Week, sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day, begins today and runs from May 6- May 12, 2016, and since OCU graduated its first class of nurses at a pinning ceremony on April 30 — we'd like to thank all of the nurses out there for everything you do! Ohio Christian University wants to take this week to honor our nurses and our nursing students. If you see a nurse this
National Nurse Week, sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day, begins today and runs from May 6- May 12, 2016, and since OCU graduated its first class of nurses at a pinning ceremony on April
Jenna Wood Alumni

Successful Alumni Return for Business Roundtable

Jenna Wood Alumni

Published: April 12, 2016

Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government was pleased to invite former alumni to return for a panel discussion on April 12, 2016. The panel included 6 former students from diverse backgrounds, each with experience in their field. Students had the opportunity inquire of their past experiences and opinions of OCU. When asked about their favorite aspect of OCU, speakers looked back favorably upon their college classes. Jenna Wood,who majored in business management, said “I could always go to any of my professors for prayer; I was very comfortable talking with them
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government was pleased to invite former alumni to return for a panel discussion on April 12, 2016. The panel included 6 former students from diverse backgrounds, each with experience in their field. Students had the opportunity inquire of their past experiences and opinions of OCU. When asked about their favorite aspect of OCU, speakers
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government was pleased to invite former alumni to return for a panel discussion on April 12, 2016. The panel included 6 former students from