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Madeline McCain, an Ohio Christian University AYA (Adolescent and Young Adult) education major with a concentration in English, recently accepted a position as an intern at The Circleville Herald. She will begin her duties by learning their computer system and typing police and court reports for the paper. In time, Maddy could move on to writing press reports, and she may eventually be given her own by-line.

Madeline says, “Writing and reading have always been passions of mine. Ever since I was a young child, I could be found with my nose in a book. When I was given the opportunity to explore my writing with a wide variety of assignments in the English Composition classes at OCU, I was thrilled. I feel that I’ve grown as both a writer and a person at OCU. . . . I would like to give special thanks to Professor Conkel, my English Composition professor. She has pushed me to better myself and grow not only in writing, but in Christ as well. Thank you to all of my professors, for always being there with a kind word and a smile. I am blessed by all of you!”

Part of the OCU Mission Statement says that OCU curriculum “integrates faith and learning in a scholarly environment that foster critical and creative thinking, academic excellence, and professional competence. Our emphasis on ministry and missions extends beyond the classroom into real-world experiences that prepare students for a lifetime of service in ministry.” Certainly, Madeline McCain and many other OCU students live this important philosophy in tangibly serving in the larger community.

As an example of the scope of creativity and talent that our OCU students possess, Madeline participated in a recent OCU Poetry Workshop with OCU graduate and published poet Adam Hughes. He challenged the students to process language through a creative lens that perpetuates the communication of deep feelings through meaningful reflection and critical thinking about the essence of life. Maddy’s poem gives a sense of the scope of her abilities with language:

Still Remember by Madeline McCain
I can still remember –
A voice, soft and tender,
Recounting times long gone by.
That voice, so used to crowing orders
Harsh, gruff, cold
Was so kind for me.
I can still remember –
A wide grin, splitting a lined face,
Memories encased in deep wrinkles.
That smile was genuine
Its grimace of anger and fear
Long since lost to age.
I can still remember –
Callused hands, holding mine
Like delicate flower petals
The hands
Accustomed to grasping guns
Gave my smaller hand a gentle squeeze.
I can still remember –
A cross, heavy and steel
Almost garish in size
Once it had been hidden
Tucked inside an undershirt
Close to the heart.
I can still remember –
Legs, wobbly and weak
Arthritic hands gripping tightly to a cane
The legs
Once propelled him across French sand
Now shuffling against hardwood.
I can still remember –
A whisper breaking the silence,
“Child, it’s story time. Wanna hear?”
Yes –
Of course. I love good stories –
And his stories were fantastic.
I can still remember –
Kindness
Compassion
A passion for God
A thirst for justice and truth
A love for fellow man
The world was not worthy;
So God called him home.

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

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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
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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

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Tyler Forney Leading SOS Project

Student Profile: Tyler Forney Is Learning Service over Self

Tyler Forney Leading SOS Project

Published: August 27, 2019

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Building safer houses, constructing new roofs, and laboring in Tennessee’s hot summer sun isn’t routine for OCU Junior Tyler Forney. What is routine is witnessing about Jesus, having a heart for Youth Ministry, and placing others' needs above his for the glory of God. Choosing to spend his summer with Service Over Self (SOS) in Memphis, Tyler, along with 40 other young adults, spread the
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Student Profile: Kyle Benecke Leaves Comfort Zone

Kyle Benecke

Published: August 27, 2019

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Junior Kyle Benecke has a slew of rising talents. While being on Sports Link and starring in Track and Cross Country, Kyle maintains superior academic standing. One may think this cool kid with the Mohawk can't possibly do anything else. But, when asked about some of his favorite activities, Kyle brings up his band, Leaving Cardboard Houses, as if it were nothing. Serving as lead singer,
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Nick Enix with Prof. Jim Smith at Graduation

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Nick Enix with Prof. Jim Smith at Graduation

Published: August 27, 2019

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
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
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Rev. David Dean, Graduate

Graduate Profile: Rev. David Dean

Rev. David Dean, Graduate

Published: August 27, 2019

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Upon graduation in Theology from Ohio Christian University, David Dean entered Olivet Nazarene University’s Church Management program and earned his Master's degree. Since then David has been an evangelist in many churches, camps, and colleges, as well as a servant in mission fields for 25 years. Since 2015, Rev. Dean is serving as OCU’s Director of Church Relations and Executive Director
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Published: October 24, 2016

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