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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 Romy Nos and Family

Romy Nos on the OCU Experience

OCU Graduate Romy Nos and Family

Published: August 31, 2015

What did you like best about attending OCU? I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with other men and women who are passionate about their faith and their studies, and I loved how the professors truly cared about their subject matter and us as students. What program/location were you enrolled in? Masters in Ministry (Pastoral Counseling Program) onsite campus in Circleville Was there a class or professor that impacted your life? Professor Bill Ury (Theology of John Wesley) - He truly made Theology a delight to learn, and I could tell that he truly lives by what he believes.
What did you like best about attending OCU? I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with other men and women who are passionate about their faith and their studies, and I loved how the professors truly cared about their subject matter and us as students. What program/location were you enrolled in? Masters in Ministry (Pastoral Counseling Program) onsite campus in Circleville Was there a
What did you like best about attending OCU? I enjoyed rubbing shoulders with other men and women who are passionate about their faith and their studies, and I loved how the professors truly
OCU Alumni and Friends Visit Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay image

OCU Alumni and Friends Visit Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay

OCU Alumni and Friends Visit Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay image

Published: July 20, 2015

More than 80 Ohio Christian University Alumni and Friends visited the Columbus Zoo
More than 80 Ohio Christian University Alumni and Friends visited the Columbus Zoo
More than 80 Ohio Christian University Alumni and Friends visited the Columbus Zoo
Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management image

Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management

Disaster Management Graduate Making a Splash in Private Sector Emergency Management image

Published: January 5, 2015

 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field Service Supervisor with Clean Harbors.  Clean Harbors is a leading provider in environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America.  The company responds to over 3 thousand emergencies each year and serves the majority of the Fortune 500 companies, numerous federal, state, provincial and local governmental agencies, and through its Safety-Kleen subsidiary, over 200,000 small
 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field Service Supervisor with Clean Harbors.  Clean Harbors is a leading provider in environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America.  The company responds to over 3 thousand
 Josh Delph had no idea as he walked across the stage to receive his degree in Disaster Management and Relief that he would end up where he is today.  Josh is currently the Environmental Field
OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published image

OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published

OCU Disaster Management Graduate Published image

Published: December 31, 2013

2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The issue was dedicated to prose and poetry surrounding emotional trauma. Ms. Norris had stiff competition for the issue and beat out a number of other submissions to earn the spot in Healing Ministry.Tempest’s poem, “What Would Happen” was originally written for one of her disaster classes at OCU. The course instructor, Thad Hicks stated, “Tempest is very talented. I knew the first time I saw her
2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The issue was dedicated to prose and poetry surrounding emotional trauma. Ms. Norris had stiff competition for the issue and beat out a number of other submissions to earn the spot in Healing Ministry.
2013 Ohio Christian University graduate and former Disaster Management and Relief student Tempest Norris recently had her work published in the quarterly academic journal, Healing Ministry. The
Majority of OCU Graduates Serving in Ministry, Public Service, and Non-Profits image

Majority of OCU Graduates Serving in Ministry, Public Service, and Non-Profits

Majority of OCU Graduates Serving in Ministry, Public Service, and Non-Profits image

Published: October 13, 2013

In summer 2013, Ohio Christian University invited several thousand alumni to participate in a survey regarding their experiences as students and graduates. One of the important questions related to current employment. The responses indicated that more than half – 52 percent – of alumni are employed in churches, missions, education, government and public service, and other non-profit organizations. These results reveal that the University is meeting its mission to:Prepare students to serve effectively in the church and society by providing a holistic, Christ-centered, biblically
In summer 2013, Ohio Christian University invited several thousand alumni to participate in a survey regarding their experiences as students and graduates. One of the important questions related to current employment. The responses indicated that more than half – 52 percent – of alumni are employed in churches, missions, education, government and public service, and other non-profit
In summer 2013, Ohio Christian University invited several thousand alumni to participate in a survey regarding their experiences as students and graduates. One of the important questions related to