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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.”

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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 Alumni Visit Columbus Zoo and Waterpark image

OCU Alumni Visit Columbus Zoo and Waterpark

OCU Alumni Visit Columbus Zoo and Waterpark image

Published: July 24, 2013

More than 120 alumni and friends of Ohio Christian University gathered at the Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay for OCU's largest Alumni event to date. T-shirts, key chains, hats, bumper stickers, coasters, notepads, lanyards, and cups were given to those in attendance. Despite the weather, they shared a great time of fellowship in the Cora Shelter Cove. Lunch included hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, potato salad, ice cream sandwiches, and unlimited pop. Several calls and emails to the Alumni Relations office, thanking the team for organizing the event and making it affordable for families to
More than 120 alumni and friends of Ohio Christian University gathered at the Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay for OCU's largest Alumni event to date. T-shirts, key chains, hats, bumper stickers, coasters, notepads, lanyards, and cups were given to those in attendance. Despite the weather, they shared a great time of fellowship in the Cora Shelter Cove. Lunch included hot dogs, hamburgers,
More than 120 alumni and friends of Ohio Christian University gathered at the Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay for OCU's largest Alumni event to date. T-shirts, key chains, hats, bumper stickers,
OCU Alumni Returning to the Classroom image

OCU Alumni Returning to the Classroom

OCU Alumni Returning to the Classroom image

Published: April 20, 2013

Alumni of Ohio Christian University are returning to the classroom, only this time as professors. More than 40 Trailblazer graduates are currently serving as instructors in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Professional experiences coupled with their faith-based education provide opportunities for alumni to help current students reach their potential in Christ and in their careers.Michelle Bays earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2009.  She is currently employed as a Clinical Counselor for Molina Healthcare of Ohio.  During her time at Ohio
Alumni of Ohio Christian University are returning to the classroom, only this time as professors. More than 40 Trailblazer graduates are currently serving as instructors in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Professional experiences coupled with their faith-based education provide opportunities for alumni to help current students reach their potential in Christ and in their careers.
Alumni of Ohio Christian University are returning to the classroom, only this time as professors. More than 40 Trailblazer graduates are currently serving as instructors in the College of Adult and
OCU AG Students: A Season for Success image

OCU AG Students: A Season for Success

OCU AG Students: A Season for Success image

Published: March 13, 2013

Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce its’ first agribusiness graduates. Ryan Elliott and Angie Smith completed the associate program requirements and will receive their diplomas at the May commencement ceremony. Smith, who “loves to play in the dirt,” wanted to make her gardening hobby a business. Elliott, a life-long farmer, desired to expand his agriculture operation through education. With guidance from the program, both are moving forward in their careers.Many summers as Smith was growing up, consisted of gardening and canning to provide sustenance for her grandparents
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce its’ first agribusiness graduates. Ryan Elliott and Angie Smith completed the associate program requirements and will receive their diplomas at the May commencement ceremony. Smith, who “loves to play in the dirt,” wanted to make her gardening hobby a business. Elliott, a life-long farmer, desired to expand his agriculture operation through
Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce its’ first agribusiness graduates. Ryan Elliott and Angie Smith completed the associate program requirements and will receive their diplomas at the